What's new on Netflix UK for November 2022? – The Times of Bengal

What's new on Netflix UK for November 2022? – The Times of Bengal

Our pick of the fresh TV shows and movies on the nation’s favourite streaming service, updated for November 2022
You know how new DVDs and Blu-rays always come out on a Monday? Netflix laughs in the face of such regimented scheduling. Instead, it releases all of its new TV shows and movies whenever the heck it feels like it.
That can make keeping track of all of the new stuff a first-world nightmare of epic proportions. Don’t worry: help is at hand. Here we highlight all of the best new stuff on Netflix. And yes, that means we’ve left out all the rubbish. You won’t find the likes of Frontier or Sharknado: The 4th Awakens here.
Instead, allow us to guide you, truffle pig-like, to the finest and freshest streaming fungus.
Note: the newest content is at the top of the list, with shows and movies getting progressively less new as you scroll down
Sam Raimi’s 1995 Western is a star-studded romp that ticks off pretty much every trope in the genre’s checklist. Sharon Stone leads as a female gunslinger seeking vengeance on Herod, the ruthless outlaw boss who murdered her father decades before. Herod, played with relish by Gene Hackman, is now de facto mayor of a one-street frontier town, leeching the locals for money and ruling through fear, but his gunfight contest gives anyone the chance to face him in combat – they just have to survive the competition long enough to face him.
Russell Crowe and a young Leonardo DiCaprio are other standouts in a cast filled with recognisable faces, and while it plays a fairly straight bat as modern Westerns go, The Quick and the Dead is relentlessly enjoyable.
Watch The Quick and the Dead on Netflix
It’s been over 90 years since the publication of former German soldier Erich Maria Remarque’s anti-war novel documenting the horrors of life in a First World War trench, and it’s been twice adapted for the screen since – most notably in the Oscar-winning 1930 film. This new, third adaptation is the first made by a German director though, in German, and is the country’s Oscar submission for Best International Film this year.
Subtle this isn’t: even at almost 2.5 hours in length, it’s unrelenting in its depictions of brutality; loud and visceral from almost the beginning and giving viewers a break only to check in on how badly the generals and politicians are messing things up. Powerful stuff.
Watch All Quiet on the Western Front on Netflix
Just in time for Halloween, master director Guillermo Del Toro has assembled an eight-strong horror director dream team including the creators of Mandy, The Babadook and Splice. Each member of this Monster Squad has been tasked with serving up their own hour(ish)-long blood-chilling tale of terror.
The result is this Twilight Zone-style anthology series, with weightless CGI wizardry reduced (if not eschewed entirely) in favour of good old-fashioned practical effects. Del Toro himself describes the worlds and stories created as ‘beautiful and horrible’, and having watched half of them we agree – from gruesome rituals to voracious aliens to bizarre beauty products, there’s plenty here for horror lovers to enjoy.
Watch Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities on Netflix
Of the many Paranormal Activity movies rattling around on streaming services, very few can match the first. The pressure to do more and go further than that hugely successful initial instalment has forced the series’ writers and directors to stray too far from its low budget found footage roots.
With that being said, Paranormal Activity 3 isn’t bad at all, and for our money by far the best of the later entries. Made by the team behind cult ‘documentary’ (and later reality show spin-off) Catfish, it winds the clock back to 1988 to explore the childhoods of the sisters who starred in the first two movies. You surely know the score by now: malevolent entities, possessions and abducted babies abound. Despite the familiar ground, it stills serves plenty of chills.
Watch Paranormal Activity 3 on Netflix
A family moves into their dream home, only to find themselves the victims of a stalker who sends them creepy letters and may even be breaking in to watch them sleep. Is The Watcher – a heavily dramatized real-life mystery thriller big on the campiness we’ve expect from showrunner Ryan Murphy – actually a ‘good’ show? No, we don’t think so – it’s just too bizarre and ludicrous to be truly disturbing, and not insightful enough to feel significant.
That being said, the series is a classic Murphy guilty pleasure, star-studded, occasionally shocking and slickly made, and if you’re looking for some enjoyably macabre entertainment that you’ll likely have forgotten about in three weeks, you could do a lot worse that stream it.
Watch The Watcher on Netflix
Now one of Netflix’s most beloved series, this Karate Kid spin-off – which picks up the story of Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence 30-plus years on from their first clash – shows no signs of slowing down. This new season has arrived with more long-held grudges, more emotional allegiance-switches and more nostalgia-tweaking cameos. If you’re already on board the Cobra Kai train, chances are you’ll have binged through the lot already.
Watch Cobra Kai on Netflix
The pizza may have originated in Italy, but it’s become a truly global phenomenon, with different countries, regions and cities producing wildly different types of this simple dish. The latest season of Netflix’s beautifully produced, long-running food documentary series focusses on the modern chefs (the pizzaiolos if we’re being fancy) who have elevated the humble pie to an art form, with each episode providing a portrait of a particular pizza pioneer. Mouth-watering stuff.
Watch Chef’s Table: Pizza on Netflix
Having spent much of the 1980s and 90s as an all-out action star, Sylvester Stallone adopted a more considered and low-key approach for James Mangold’s 1997 neo noir thriller (before going back to being an action star in the 21st century – go figure).
Stallone is fantastic as the put-upon, hearing impaired local sheriff of Garrison, New Jersey – a quiet suburban town that happens to be home to some of New York City’s finest police officers, most of whom look down their noses at this hayseed hick cop. But when a mysterious murder-suicide alerts him to corruption within the NYPD, he’s drawn into a deadly conflict of wills with some truly ruthless men. Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel also star.
Watch Cop Land on Netflix
Hot Rod – in which Andy Samberg plays an aspiring stuntman desperate to win the respect of his tough stepfather – got mixed reviews and little box office success upon its 2007 release.
It’s since garnered something of a cult following – and deservedly so. Originally envisioned as a Will Ferrell vehicle, it instead morphed into a platform for the sort of surreal humour that made Samberg and his Lonely Island cohorts Jorma Taccone (who co-stars) and Akiva Schaffer (who directs) famous. Describing it as ahead of its time might be overdoing things a bit, but a decade-plus on this style of comedy is practically mainstream. So do yourself a favour and take Hot Rod for a spin.
Watch Hot Rod on Netflix
Clocking in at a backside-numbing three hours and 47 minutes, David Lean’s brilliant biopic of mercurial, enigmatic British Army officer T.E. Lawrence is epic in every sense of the word; when first released back in 1962, it had an actual intermission in the middle allowing cinemagoers to stretch their legs. It was subsequently cut down so that more screenings could be fitted into a day, but this special edition restores every minute of Lean’s original cut.
Stunning desert vistas, grand battles, a cast of thousands and some of the best acting talent of the time all go towards making Lawrence of Arabia an unforgettable film about war, Empire, loyalty, individual brilliance and what happens when greedy foreign powers meddle in the affairs of the Middle East. There’s no better way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Watch Lawrence of Arabia on Netflix
Napoleon Dynamite is a nerd of many talents: dancer extraordinaire, time machine builder, friend to llamas and all-round poster boy for the semi-mythical 1980s.
In case you missed the t-shirts that are still knocking about 20 years after this movie was released, the plot (such as it is) revolves around Napoleon’s new pal Pedro running for class president, with obligatory indie teen comedy staples like girl trouble and dysfunctional family thrown in to season the mix.
Like a lot of low budget indie comedies, Napoleon Dynamite is carried along more by its tone (heavily ironic) and characters (deadpan and deluded) than its story. Just hop on and enjoy the ride.
Watch Napoleon Dynamite on Netflix
A team of astronauts on the ISS rendezvous with a satellite carrying soil samples from Mars and are delighted when they discover microscopic signs of life within. Joy quickly turns to concern when the organism, dubbed “Calvin”, turns out to be intelligent, resourceful, capable of rapid growth and absolutely determined to stay alive – no matter the cost to its hosts.
It’s b-movie stuff at heart, but with a strong cast (including Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson), superb visual effects and some disturbing twists and turns, this tense sci-fi creature feature doesn’t disappoint.
Watch Life on Netflix
This Netflix original is written and directed by Babak Anvari, the British-Iranian horror auteur best known for the brilliant Under the Shadow (and its decidedly less-than-brilliant follow-up, the Armie Hammer-starring Wounds). I Came By hops gamely hop between genres, never quite allowing the audience to feel comfortable in its tale of anti-establishment graffiti writers, asylum seekers and creepy posh high court judges with dark secrets in the basement.
Hugh Bonneville is great playing against type as the aforementioned judge, and there’s get a sense that Anvari is trying to make several points about racism and colonialism along the way, but as a whole the film feels a little too unfocussed in both its themes and its plotting to be remembered as anything more than a tense and watchable psychological thriller. And that’s fine.
Watch I Came By on Netflix
Christopher Nolan’s breakthrough film stars Guy Pearce as a man with a particular form of amnesia. Following an attack that also left his wife dead, he’s unable to form new memories and must use notes, Polaroid photographs and tattoos on his own body as a way to track down her killer and find the revenge he seeks.
With its twin-timeline structure (one told forwards, one told backwards) and gripping neo noir plot, Memento was an early demonstration of Nolan’s characteristic sense of inventive storytelling and marked him as a director to watch, as well as further cementing the former soap star Pearce as a talented and magnetic leading man.
Watch Memento on Netflix
There have been several abortive efforts to adapt Neil Gaiman’s beloved DC Comics series for the screen, but Netflix’s millions have finally made it happen. Bottling the appeal of this dark fantasy tale of metaphysics, gods and dreams in a TV series can’t have been easy, but the makers have actually pulled it off ­(to be fair, having Gaiman himself involved in the production has probably helped no end). The Sandman is a bewitching and entertaining series with fantastic visuals, a dark adult-oriented tone and compelling plotlines.
Watch The Sandman on Netflix
The Gray Man had a $200 million budget, making it the streaming service’s priciest original film yet. So that’s why your Netflix subscription fee just jumped… That money has gone a long way, though. Not only does this action-thriller star Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans as duelling assassins, its extended cast includes Ana de Armas, Billy Bob Thornton and Regé-Jean Page. Its directors are the Russo brothers – previously best known for the final two Avengers movies.
Gosling’s highly skilled merc stumbles across some CIA dirty laundry, making himself prime target for a host of international hitmen. Evans plays their psychotic killer leader, sporting the grossest-looking on-screen moustache since Justin Bieber’s attempt to grow a mo. As a big-budget blockbuster action movie, it does its job, even if there are very few surprises in store.
Watch The Gray Man on Netflix
Anthony Hopkins won an Oscar for this film, in which he plays a man in the throes of dementia. At turns confused, cruel, angry, lonely, stubborn, childish, suspicious and devious, Hopkins’ character becomes a stand-in for the audience. We are shown characters, locations and plot points in the same contradictory way he experiences them, leaving us similarly perplexed. It’s a powerful method of putting us in the shoes of a person suffering with this awful affliction.
Watch The Father on Netflix
A compelling and moving portrait of much-missed writer, chef and travel documentarian Anthony Bourdain. Morgan Neville’s 2021 film attempts to get to the heart of the man through interviews with friends and family – and perhaps find some reasoning for his 2018 death by suicide. A beloved public figure who seemed to have no enemies and no shortage of admirers, Bourdain nevertheless comes across in the film as an unsettled soul with a predisposition towards successive addictions – be they constructive or self-destructive – and a tragic inability to find peace and happiness. A sad but fascinating watch.
Watch Roadrunner on Netflix
The iconic survival horror video game has had seven live-action movie adaptations already but, much like the T-Virus, it’s constantly mutating and moving to a new host – Netflix, in this case. This eight-part series attempts to forge its own identity by setting itself in the far-off future and focussing on all-new characters, which risks alienating fans of the games – but don’t worry: there are still zombie dogs in this one.
Watch Resident Evil on Netflix
In 1971, a man hijacked a Boeing 727 flying from Portland to Seattle, using a bomb in a briefcase to extort $200,000 before ordering the pilot to take off fly to Mexico – only to don a parachute and bail out shortly after take-off. The man, now known as D.B. Cooper, was never caught, found or identified, and has become something of a folk legend and the subject of investigation for thousands of budding internet sleuths. This slick four-part documentary series details the case and outlines a number of theories as to Cooper’s identity – but if you’re looking for definitive answers, get set for disappointment.
Watch D.B. Cooper: Where Are You?! on Netflix
If you’re not sick of watching polished, enthralling but incredibly disturbing true crime documentaries by now, make time for this terrifying feature-length film about an apparent hit and run victim whose death sparked a nationwide manhunt involving kidnapping, murder and false identities.
To even begin to explain the ins and out of this bizarre real-life tale is difficult. Just when you think you’ve developed some understanding another twist is uncovered, and the rug is pulled out from under you. A happy ending would be too much to hope for (the story is far too dark for that) but by the time the credits there is at least some small sense of closure for the victim’s family.
Watch Girl in the Picture on Netflix
The final tranche of this (supposedly penultimate) season of Stranger Things has landed. Clear your diaries, prep a mountain of snacks and settle down for two of the longest and costliest episodes of television ever created. The running times are 85 minutes and 150 minutes respectively.
You might argue that Netflix giving the show’s creators carte blanche has resulted in a once fast-moving and exciting series becoming a bloated, sluggish cruise liner, struggling under the weight of an ever-increasing cast and a need to drop more and more nostalgia-baiting references. Comedian Limmy’s comment that “even the 80s wasn’t as 80s” as Stranger Things rings true. Still, it’s watchable, entertaining, full of emotional highs and lows, and one of the best-looking TV shows ever made. It’s also going to smash all sorts of streaming records. Roll on season five.
Watch Stranger Things on Netflix
The Coen brothers’ adaptation of Charles Portis’ classic novel has the dubious honour of being the film nominated for the most Oscars without walking off with a single one. Watching it now, it’s clear the Academy made a mistake (not with the nominations, but with the… not winning thing). This is a truly outstanding modern day Western. It explores how heroism (aka “true grit”) comes in many forms, while being thrilling and funny in equal measure.
Jeff Bridges impresses as gruff alcoholic marshal Rooster Cogburn, tasked with hunting down an on-the-run murderer. But it’s young a Hailee Steinfeld as his spirited 14-year-old employer who arguably steals the show.
Watch True Grit on Netflix
In some ways, this is Quentin Tarantino at his least Tarantino-esque. Unlike everything else he’s written and directed, Jackie Brown is an adaptation (of Elmore Leonard’s novel Rum Punch). A fast-moving crime thriller with a relatively small cast and short running time, it’s also free of the bloat and self-indulgence that characterise many QT movies. That said, this story of a middle-aged flight attendant smuggling on behalf of a ruthless arms dealer bears some of the director’s most admirable hallmarks. Think excellent casting, stylish camerawork and editing, an evocative soundtrack and a rock-solid sense of cool. We think it’s among his best films, so don’t miss this opportunity to catch it on Netflix.
Watch Jackie Brown on Netflix
Rowan Atkinson returns to solid Mr Bean territory with this family-friendly slapstick comedy series. He plays a professional house-sitter whose first job – looking after an ultra-modern London pad – is hampered by a mischievous bumblebee. Even if you can see the pratfalls and gags coming a mile off (which is deliberate, and part of the charm) this is expertly crafted physical comedy from one of the best around. It’s not super-sophisticated, edgy or innovative, but it works.
Watch Man Vs Bee on Netflix
Modern Adam Sandler movies can go one of two ways, but thankfully this Netflix-produced sports drama is closer to Uncut Gems than Hubie Halloween. Don’t expect anything ground-breaking: at its heart it’s a capable and fast-moving rehash of the underdog tale we’ve seen play out a thousand times on the silver screen. Still, it’s full of charm and Sandler (a huge basketball fan) is clearly enjoying himself for once. He plays an out-of-favour basketball scout who unearths a rare talent in Spain and brings him to the USA – without his team’s approval. Queen Latifah and Robert Duvall co-star.
Watch Hustle on Netflix
A standalone spin-off of the compelling Scandi political drama, Power & Glory brings back a bunch of familiar faces. The ambitious Birgitte Nyborg finds herself appointed Danish Foreign Minister just as a huge oilfield is discovered in Greenland. With hungry superpowers sniffing around, Nyborg faces a delicate situation act in the Arctic while rivals vie for power at home.
Watch Borgen: Power & Glory on Netflix
Written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge and based on Luke Jennings’ Villanelle novels. This BBC series revolves around the relationship between a psychopathic international assassin (Jodie Comer’s Villanelle) and Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), an MI5 agent trying to track her down. As they dodge and chase each other, they develop a mutual obsession that threatens their careers – and their lives. At present, just the first of the four seasons is available on Netflix; you can watch the rest on BBC iPlayer, however.
Watch Killing Eve on Netflix
The picturesque, quaint Belgian city of Bruges is a wonderful place to be at Christmas time.  Except in the opinion of Irish hitman Ray (Colin Farrell), who promptly deems it a “sh*thole” on arrival. There’s little evidence of the festive spirit elsewhere either, as Ray and fellow killer-for-hire Ken (played wonderfully by Brendan Gleeson) blunder their way through the darker recesses of the Venice of the North.
Watch In Bruges on Netflix
Due to the COVID pandemic, the late Norm MacDonald’s final stand-up special wasn’t able to be recorded in front of a live audience. Instead, just prior to undergoing an operation in 2020, MacDonald decided to record it at home, alone in his living room. He died of cancer about a year later, having never had the chance to perform this material live. The lack of a crowd’s laughter after each one of his (killer – he’s still so funny) jokes lands is eerie and poignant. But even without an audience there’s so much to appreciate here. MacDonald’s way with words and folksy charm are somehow enhanced by the ability to so closely read his facial expressions.
The hour-long set is followed by a discussion by some of MacDonald’s famous peers, which feels more like a wake as they discuss his work and their relationships with him. All in all, it’s a fitting send-off for one of stand-up’s finest practitioners.
Watch Norm MacDonald: Nothing Special on Netflix
Jackass 4.5 is something of an oddity – but then what else would you expect from the team Jackass? It’s both a compilation of the best stunts and pranks that didn’t make it into Jackass Forever and a documentary about the making of the film. It’s unfocussed and lengthy – but infectiously funny with it. Your mileage may vary, as they say, but if you’ve ever enjoyed the sight of grown men being slammed in the testicles by bowling balls, tennis balls and all sorts of other balls, you’re in for a treat.
Watch Jackass 4.5 on Netflix
Do you like androids, ultra-violence and philosophising about intelligence, free will and the very meaning of life itself? Then we’ve got good news: a third batch of short animated films – executive produced by Tim Miller and David Fincher, no less – exploring all of the above has just arrived on Netflix.
While some of the stories (the longest of which are about 20 minutes, with most much shorter) are far more interesting than others, the pace at which they come, and the breadth of subject matter and tone showcased, mean one old adage is true: there really is something for everyone here. Everyone that likes robots, anyway.
Watch Love, Death + Robots on Netflix
Norfolk’s favourite son (Bernard Matthews aside) hits the silver screen in typical Partridge style – singing along to Roachford’s “Cuddly Toy” whilst driving to work at his digital radio station. Alpha Papa might not win over non-fans, but anyone who’s adored Steve Coogan’s past work will get a huge kick out of seeing how Alan Partridge works on a bigger-than-normal budget (spoiler: surprisingly well). It’s a comedy movie rich with all the awkwardness, pathos and lack of self-awareness you’d expect from one of telly’s most brilliantly cringy characters.
Watch Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa on Netflix
The most expensive Indian film ever made, this historical epic is an absolute blast. Fictionalising the lives of two pre-independence revolutionary heroes, it’s far more interested in action, excitement, emotion and ‘vibes’ than it is historical accuracy. Make no mistake, there’s plenty of all of the above packed into its three-hour running time. The portrayal of India’s British colonial overlords couldn’t be called nuanced (they’re all sneering, murderous bullies or worse). But that makes seeing them getting their comeuppance at the hands of our heroes all the more enjoyable.
Watch RRR on Netflix
Martin Scorsese’s first Best Director Oscar came courtesy of this slick and stylish 2006 thriller (technically a remake of the cult Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs), in which bent coppers and undercover moles vie for dominance in the Boston criminal underworld. With a weighty ensemble cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson, and a plot full of twists and turns, The Departed is a well-crafted, stylish and gripping crime thriller– even if Scorsese has directed far more interesting (and Oscar-worthy) films before and since.
Watch The Departed on Netflix
Kate Winslet gives an understated but exceptional performance as early Victorian fossil hunter Mary Anning in Francis Lee’s film. Anning combs the beaches near the cramped Dorset home she shares with her ailing mother, digging out rocks bearing ancient treasure. Despite having one of her finds displayed in the British Museum, she finds herself largely overlooked by the scientific community and lives a quiet, lonely life. That all changes when she meets a young woman (Saoirse Ronan) sent to convalesce in the sea air.
Watch Ammonite on Netflix
Stephen King’s long-awaited sequel to The Shining gets an enjoyable movie adaptation by horror maestro Mike Flanagan – which actually serves more as a sequel to Kubrick’s Shining film rather than King’s book. Doctor Sleep stars Ewan McGregor as a grown-up Danny (now just Dan) Torrance, an alcoholic who drinks to block out the trauma he experienced all those years ago at the Overlook Hotel. He still has his sixth sense ‘shining’, restricting its use to helping dying pensioners find some peace in the nursing home in which he works. But he discovers a young girl with a gift even more powerful than his own, and that she’s being tracked by a gang of insidious psychic killers, he realises he can’t run from his past forever.
Watch Doctor Sleep on Netflix
Bill Skarsgard plays Swedish criminal Clark Olofsson in Jonas Akerland’s riotous drama series – a hectic and heady true-life Scandi tale that feels like The Wolf of Wall Street by way of Dog Day Afternoon. But in Swedish.
Even if you haven’t heard of Olofsson himself, you’ve probably heard of the psychological phenomenon named after his antics during a bank robbery: Stockholm Syndrome. This series, which is frenetically edited and outrageously funny, deserves some attention as one of the few recent Netflix Originals that feels genuinely fresh.
Watch Clark on Netflix
Time has been surprisingly kind to Quentin Tarantino’s 2003 action-thriller, in which Uma Thurman’s Bride wakes from a coma and vows bloody vengeance on the former friends who turned her wedding into a massacre. It’s self-indulgent at times (like everything Tarantino has ever made) but also effortlessly cool and electrifyingly entertaining (also like everything Tarantino has ever made). Somewhat annoyingly, Vol. 2 isn’t streaming on Netflix at the moment, so you may have to look elsewhere if you want to complete the Bride’s tale.
Watch Kill Bill Vol. 1 on Netflix

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Our pick of the fresh TV shows and movies on the nation’s favourite streaming service, updated for November 2022
You know how new DVDs and Blu-rays always come out on a Monday? Netflix laughs in the face of such regimented scheduling. Instead, it releases all of its new TV shows and movies whenever the heck it feels like it.
That can make keeping track of all of the new stuff a first-world nightmare of epic proportions. Don’t worry: help is at hand. Here we highlight all of the best new stuff on Netflix. And yes, that means we’ve left out all the rubbish. You won’t find the likes of Frontier or Sharknado: The 4th Awakens here.
Instead, allow us to guide you, truffle pig-like, to the finest and freshest streaming fungus.
Note: the newest content is at the top of the list, with shows and movies getting progressively less new as you scroll down
Sam Raimi’s 1995 Western is a star-studded romp that ticks off pretty much every trope in the genre’s checklist. Sharon Stone leads as a female gunslinger seeking vengeance on Herod, the ruthless outlaw boss who murdered her father decades before. Herod, played with relish by Gene Hackman, is now de facto mayor of a one-street frontier town, leeching the locals for money and ruling through fear, but his gunfight contest gives anyone the chance to face him in combat – they just have to survive the competition long enough to face him.
Russell Crowe and a young Leonardo DiCaprio are other standouts in a cast filled with recognisable faces, and while it plays a fairly straight bat as modern Westerns go, The Quick and the Dead is relentlessly enjoyable.
Watch The Quick and the Dead on Netflix
It’s been over 90 years since the publication of former German soldier Erich Maria Remarque’s anti-war novel documenting the horrors of life in a First World War trench, and it’s been twice adapted for the screen since – most notably in the Oscar-winning 1930 film. This new, third adaptation is the first made by a German director though, in German, and is the country’s Oscar submission for Best International Film this year.
Subtle this isn’t: even at almost 2.5 hours in length, it’s unrelenting in its depictions of brutality; loud and visceral from almost the beginning and giving viewers a break only to check in on how badly the generals and politicians are messing things up. Powerful stuff.
Watch All Quiet on the Western Front on Netflix
Just in time for Halloween, master director Guillermo Del Toro has assembled an eight-strong horror director dream team including the creators of Mandy, The Babadook and Splice. Each member of this Monster Squad has been tasked with serving up their own hour(ish)-long blood-chilling tale of terror.
The result is this Twilight Zone-style anthology series, with weightless CGI wizardry reduced (if not eschewed entirely) in favour of good old-fashioned practical effects. Del Toro himself describes the worlds and stories created as ‘beautiful and horrible’, and having watched half of them we agree – from gruesome rituals to voracious aliens to bizarre beauty products, there’s plenty here for horror lovers to enjoy.
Watch Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities on Netflix
Of the many Paranormal Activity movies rattling around on streaming services, very few can match the first. The pressure to do more and go further than that hugely successful initial instalment has forced the series’ writers and directors to stray too far from its low budget found footage roots.
With that being said, Paranormal Activity 3 isn’t bad at all, and for our money by far the best of the later entries. Made by the team behind cult ‘documentary’ (and later reality show spin-off) Catfish, it winds the clock back to 1988 to explore the childhoods of the sisters who starred in the first two movies. You surely know the score by now: malevolent entities, possessions and abducted babies abound. Despite the familiar ground, it stills serves plenty of chills.
Watch Paranormal Activity 3 on Netflix
A family moves into their dream home, only to find themselves the victims of a stalker who sends them creepy letters and may even be breaking in to watch them sleep. Is The Watcher – a heavily dramatized real-life mystery thriller big on the campiness we’ve expect from showrunner Ryan Murphy – actually a ‘good’ show? No, we don’t think so – it’s just too bizarre and ludicrous to be truly disturbing, and not insightful enough to feel significant.
That being said, the series is a classic Murphy guilty pleasure, star-studded, occasionally shocking and slickly made, and if you’re looking for some enjoyably macabre entertainment that you’ll likely have forgotten about in three weeks, you could do a lot worse that stream it.
Watch The Watcher on Netflix
Now one of Netflix’s most beloved series, this Karate Kid spin-off – which picks up the story of Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence 30-plus years on from their first clash – shows no signs of slowing down. This new season has arrived with more long-held grudges, more emotional allegiance-switches and more nostalgia-tweaking cameos. If you’re already on board the Cobra Kai train, chances are you’ll have binged through the lot already.
Watch Cobra Kai on Netflix
The pizza may have originated in Italy, but it’s become a truly global phenomenon, with different countries, regions and cities producing wildly different types of this simple dish. The latest season of Netflix’s beautifully produced, long-running food documentary series focusses on the modern chefs (the pizzaiolos if we’re being fancy) who have elevated the humble pie to an art form, with each episode providing a portrait of a particular pizza pioneer. Mouth-watering stuff.
Watch Chef’s Table: Pizza on Netflix
Having spent much of the 1980s and 90s as an all-out action star, Sylvester Stallone adopted a more considered and low-key approach for James Mangold’s 1997 neo noir thriller (before going back to being an action star in the 21st century – go figure).
Stallone is fantastic as the put-upon, hearing impaired local sheriff of Garrison, New Jersey – a quiet suburban town that happens to be home to some of New York City’s finest police officers, most of whom look down their noses at this hayseed hick cop. But when a mysterious murder-suicide alerts him to corruption within the NYPD, he’s drawn into a deadly conflict of wills with some truly ruthless men. Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel also star.
Watch Cop Land on Netflix
Hot Rod – in which Andy Samberg plays an aspiring stuntman desperate to win the respect of his tough stepfather – got mixed reviews and little box office success upon its 2007 release.
It’s since garnered something of a cult following – and deservedly so. Originally envisioned as a Will Ferrell vehicle, it instead morphed into a platform for the sort of surreal humour that made Samberg and his Lonely Island cohorts Jorma Taccone (who co-stars) and Akiva Schaffer (who directs) famous. Describing it as ahead of its time might be overdoing things a bit, but a decade-plus on this style of comedy is practically mainstream. So do yourself a favour and take Hot Rod for a spin.
Watch Hot Rod on Netflix
Clocking in at a backside-numbing three hours and 47 minutes, David Lean’s brilliant biopic of mercurial, enigmatic British Army officer T.E. Lawrence is epic in every sense of the word; when first released back in 1962, it had an actual intermission in the middle allowing cinemagoers to stretch their legs. It was subsequently cut down so that more screenings could be fitted into a day, but this special edition restores every minute of Lean’s original cut.
Stunning desert vistas, grand battles, a cast of thousands and some of the best acting talent of the time all go towards making Lawrence of Arabia an unforgettable film about war, Empire, loyalty, individual brilliance and what happens when greedy foreign powers meddle in the affairs of the Middle East. There’s no better way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Watch Lawrence of Arabia on Netflix
Napoleon Dynamite is a nerd of many talents: dancer extraordinaire, time machine builder, friend to llamas and all-round poster boy for the semi-mythical 1980s.
In case you missed the t-shirts that are still knocking about 20 years after this movie was released, the plot (such as it is) revolves around Napoleon’s new pal Pedro running for class president, with obligatory indie teen comedy staples like girl trouble and dysfunctional family thrown in to season the mix.
Like a lot of low budget indie comedies, Napoleon Dynamite is carried along more by its tone (heavily ironic) and characters (deadpan and deluded) than its story. Just hop on and enjoy the ride.
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A team of astronauts on the ISS rendezvous with a satellite carrying soil samples from Mars and are delighted when they discover microscopic signs of life within. Joy quickly turns to concern when the organism, dubbed “Calvin”, turns out to be intelligent, resourceful, capable of rapid growth and absolutely determined to stay alive – no matter the cost to its hosts.
It’s b-movie stuff at heart, but with a strong cast (including Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson), superb visual effects and some disturbing twists and turns, this tense sci-fi creature feature doesn’t disappoint.
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This Netflix original is written and directed by Babak Anvari, the British-Iranian horror auteur best known for the brilliant Under the Shadow (and its decidedly less-than-brilliant follow-up, the Armie Hammer-starring Wounds). I Came By hops gamely hop between genres, never quite allowing the audience to feel comfortable in its tale of anti-establishment graffiti writers, asylum seekers and creepy posh high court judges with dark secrets in the basement.
Hugh Bonneville is great playing against type as the aforementioned judge, and there’s get a sense that Anvari is trying to make several points about racism and colonialism along the way, but as a whole the film feels a little too unfocussed in both its themes and its plotting to be remembered as anything more than a tense and watchable psychological thriller. And that’s fine.
Watch I Came By on Netflix
Christopher Nolan’s breakthrough film stars Guy Pearce as a man with a particular form of amnesia. Following an attack that also left his wife dead, he’s unable to form new memories and must use notes, Polaroid photographs and tattoos on his own body as a way to track down her killer and find the revenge he seeks.
With its twin-timeline structure (one told forwards, one told backwards) and gripping neo noir plot, Memento was an early demonstration of Nolan’s characteristic sense of inventive storytelling and marked him as a director to watch, as well as further cementing the former soap star Pearce as a talented and magnetic leading man.
Watch Memento on Netflix
There have been several abortive efforts to adapt Neil Gaiman’s beloved DC Comics series for the screen, but Netflix’s millions have finally made it happen. Bottling the appeal of this dark fantasy tale of metaphysics, gods and dreams in a TV series can’t have been easy, but the makers have actually pulled it off ­(to be fair, having Gaiman himself involved in the production has probably helped no end). The Sandman is a bewitching and entertaining series with fantastic visuals, a dark adult-oriented tone and compelling plotlines.
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The Gray Man had a $200 million budget, making it the streaming service’s priciest original film yet. So that’s why your Netflix subscription fee just jumped… That money has gone a long way, though. Not only does this action-thriller star Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans as duelling assassins, its extended cast includes Ana de Armas, Billy Bob Thornton and Regé-Jean Page. Its directors are the Russo brothers – previously best known for the final two Avengers movies.
Gosling’s highly skilled merc stumbles across some CIA dirty laundry, making himself prime target for a host of international hitmen. Evans plays their psychotic killer leader, sporting the grossest-looking on-screen moustache since Justin Bieber’s attempt to grow a mo. As a big-budget blockbuster action movie, it does its job, even if there are very few surprises in store.
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Anthony Hopkins won an Oscar for this film, in which he plays a man in the throes of dementia. At turns confused, cruel, angry, lonely, stubborn, childish, suspicious and devious, Hopkins’ character becomes a stand-in for the audience. We are shown characters, locations and plot points in the same contradictory way he experiences them, leaving us similarly perplexed. It’s a powerful method of putting us in the shoes of a person suffering with this awful affliction.
Watch The Father on Netflix
A compelling and moving portrait of much-missed writer, chef and travel documentarian Anthony Bourdain. Morgan Neville’s 2021 film attempts to get to the heart of the man through interviews with friends and family – and perhaps find some reasoning for his 2018 death by suicide. A beloved public figure who seemed to have no enemies and no shortage of admirers, Bourdain nevertheless comes across in the film as an unsettled soul with a predisposition towards successive addictions – be they constructive or self-destructive – and a tragic inability to find peace and happiness. A sad but fascinating watch.
Watch Roadrunner on Netflix
The iconic survival horror video game has had seven live-action movie adaptations already but, much like the T-Virus, it’s constantly mutating and moving to a new host – Netflix, in this case. This eight-part series attempts to forge its own identity by setting itself in the far-off future and focussing on all-new characters, which risks alienating fans of the games – but don’t worry: there are still zombie dogs in this one.
Watch Resident Evil on Netflix
In 1971, a man hijacked a Boeing 727 flying from Portland to Seattle, using a bomb in a briefcase to extort $200,000 before ordering the pilot to take off fly to Mexico – only to don a parachute and bail out shortly after take-off. The man, now known as D.B. Cooper, was never caught, found or identified, and has become something of a folk legend and the subject of investigation for thousands of budding internet sleuths. This slick four-part documentary series details the case and outlines a number of theories as to Cooper’s identity – but if you’re looking for definitive answers, get set for disappointment.
Watch D.B. Cooper: Where Are You?! on Netflix
If you’re not sick of watching polished, enthralling but incredibly disturbing true crime documentaries by now, make time for this terrifying feature-length film about an apparent hit and run victim whose death sparked a nationwide manhunt involving kidnapping, murder and false identities.
To even begin to explain the ins and out of this bizarre real-life tale is difficult. Just when you think you’ve developed some understanding another twist is uncovered, and the rug is pulled out from under you. A happy ending would be too much to hope for (the story is far too dark for that) but by the time the credits there is at least some small sense of closure for the victim’s family.
Watch Girl in the Picture on Netflix
The final tranche of this (supposedly penultimate) season of Stranger Things has landed. Clear your diaries, prep a mountain of snacks and settle down for two of the longest and costliest episodes of television ever created. The running times are 85 minutes and 150 minutes respectively.
You might argue that Netflix giving the show’s creators carte blanche has resulted in a once fast-moving and exciting series becoming a bloated, sluggish cruise liner, struggling under the weight of an ever-increasing cast and a need to drop more and more nostalgia-baiting references. Comedian Limmy’s comment that “even the 80s wasn’t as 80s” as Stranger Things rings true. Still, it’s watchable, entertaining, full of emotional highs and lows, and one of the best-looking TV shows ever made. It’s also going to smash all sorts of streaming records. Roll on season five.
Watch Stranger Things on Netflix
The Coen brothers’ adaptation of Charles Portis’ classic novel has the dubious honour of being the film nominated for the most Oscars without walking off with a single one. Watching it now, it’s clear the Academy made a mistake (not with the nominations, but with the… not winning thing). This is a truly outstanding modern day Western. It explores how heroism (aka “true grit”) comes in many forms, while being thrilling and funny in equal measure.
Jeff Bridges impresses as gruff alcoholic marshal Rooster Cogburn, tasked with hunting down an on-the-run murderer. But it’s young a Hailee Steinfeld as his spirited 14-year-old employer who arguably steals the show.
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In some ways, this is Quentin Tarantino at his least Tarantino-esque. Unlike everything else he’s written and directed, Jackie Brown is an adaptation (of Elmore Leonard’s novel Rum Punch). A fast-moving crime thriller with a relatively small cast and short running time, it’s also free of the bloat and self-indulgence that characterise many QT movies. That said, this story of a middle-aged flight attendant smuggling on behalf of a ruthless arms dealer bears some of the director’s most admirable hallmarks. Think excellent casting, stylish camerawork and editing, an evocative soundtrack and a rock-solid sense of cool. We think it’s among his best films, so don’t miss this opportunity to catch it on Netflix.
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Rowan Atkinson returns to solid Mr Bean territory with this family-friendly slapstick comedy series. He plays a professional house-sitter whose first job – looking after an ultra-modern London pad – is hampered by a mischievous bumblebee. Even if you can see the pratfalls and gags coming a mile off (which is deliberate, and part of the charm) this is expertly crafted physical comedy from one of the best around. It’s not super-sophisticated, edgy or innovative, but it works.
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Modern Adam Sandler movies can go one of two ways, but thankfully this Netflix-produced sports drama is closer to Uncut Gems than Hubie Halloween. Don’t expect anything ground-breaking: at its heart it’s a capable and fast-moving rehash of the underdog tale we’ve seen play out a thousand times on the silver screen. Still, it’s full of charm and Sandler (a huge basketball fan) is clearly enjoying himself for once. He plays an out-of-favour basketball scout who unearths a rare talent in Spain and brings him to the USA – without his team’s approval. Queen Latifah and Robert Duvall co-star.
Watch Hustle on Netflix
A standalone spin-off of the compelling Scandi political drama, Power & Glory brings back a bunch of familiar faces. The ambitious Birgitte Nyborg finds herself appointed Danish Foreign Minister just as a huge oilfield is discovered in Greenland. With hungry superpowers sniffing around, Nyborg faces a delicate situation act in the Arctic while rivals vie for power at home.
Watch Borgen: Power & Glory on Netflix
Written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge and based on Luke Jennings’ Villanelle novels. This BBC series revolves around the relationship between a psychopathic international assassin (Jodie Comer’s Villanelle) and Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), an MI5 agent trying to track her down. As they dodge and chase each other, they develop a mutual obsession that threatens their careers – and their lives. At present, just the first of the four seasons is available on Netflix; you can watch the rest on BBC iPlayer, however.
Watch Killing Eve on Netflix
The picturesque, quaint Belgian city of Bruges is a wonderful place to be at Christmas time.  Except in the opinion of Irish hitman Ray (Colin Farrell), who promptly deems it a “sh*thole” on arrival. There’s little evidence of the festive spirit elsewhere either, as Ray and fellow killer-for-hire Ken (played wonderfully by Brendan Gleeson) blunder their way through the darker recesses of the Venice of the North.
Watch In Bruges on Netflix
Due to the COVID pandemic, the late Norm MacDonald’s final stand-up special wasn’t able to be recorded in front of a live audience. Instead, just prior to undergoing an operation in 2020, MacDonald decided to record it at home, alone in his living room. He died of cancer about a year later, having never had the chance to perform this material live. The lack of a crowd’s laughter after each one of his (killer – he’s still so funny) jokes lands is eerie and poignant. But even without an audience there’s so much to appreciate here. MacDonald’s way with words and folksy charm are somehow enhanced by the ability to so closely read his facial expressions.
The hour-long set is followed by a discussion by some of MacDonald’s famous peers, which feels more like a wake as they discuss his work and their relationships with him. All in all, it’s a fitting send-off for one of stand-up’s finest practitioners.
Watch Norm MacDonald: Nothing Special on Netflix
Jackass 4.5 is something of an oddity – but then what else would you expect from the team Jackass? It’s both a compilation of the best stunts and pranks that didn’t make it into Jackass Forever and a documentary about the making of the film. It’s unfocussed and lengthy – but infectiously funny with it. Your mileage may vary, as they say, but if you’ve ever enjoyed the sight of grown men being slammed in the testicles by bowling balls, tennis balls and all sorts of other balls, you’re in for a treat.
Watch Jackass 4.5 on Netflix
Do you like androids, ultra-violence and philosophising about intelligence, free will and the very meaning of life itself? Then we’ve got good news: a third batch of short animated films – executive produced by Tim Miller and David Fincher, no less – exploring all of the above has just arrived on Netflix.
While some of the stories (the longest of which are about 20 minutes, with most much shorter) are far more interesting than others, the pace at which they come, and the breadth of subject matter and tone showcased, mean one old adage is true: there really is something for everyone here. Everyone that likes robots, anyway.
Watch Love, Death + Robots on Netflix
Norfolk’s favourite son (Bernard Matthews aside) hits the silver screen in typical Partridge style – singing along to Roachford’s “Cuddly Toy” whilst driving to work at his digital radio station. Alpha Papa might not win over non-fans, but anyone who’s adored Steve Coogan’s past work will get a huge kick out of seeing how Alan Partridge works on a bigger-than-normal budget (spoiler: surprisingly well). It’s a comedy movie rich with all the awkwardness, pathos and lack of self-awareness you’d expect from one of telly’s most brilliantly cringy characters.
Watch Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa on Netflix
The most expensive Indian film ever made, this historical epic is an absolute blast. Fictionalising the lives of two pre-independence revolutionary heroes, it’s far more interested in action, excitement, emotion and ‘vibes’ than it is historical accuracy. Make no mistake, there’s plenty of all of the above packed into its three-hour running time. The portrayal of India’s British colonial overlords couldn’t be called nuanced (they’re all sneering, murderous bullies or worse). But that makes seeing them getting their comeuppance at the hands of our heroes all the more enjoyable.
Watch RRR on Netflix
Martin Scorsese’s first Best Director Oscar came courtesy of this slick and stylish 2006 thriller (technically a remake of the cult Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs), in which bent coppers and undercover moles vie for dominance in the Boston criminal underworld. With a weighty ensemble cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson, and a plot full of twists and turns, The Departed is a well-crafted, stylish and gripping crime thriller– even if Scorsese has directed far more interesting (and Oscar-worthy) films before and since.
Watch The Departed on Netflix
Kate Winslet gives an understated but exceptional performance as early Victorian fossil hunter Mary Anning in Francis Lee’s film. Anning combs the beaches near the cramped Dorset home she shares with her ailing mother, digging out rocks bearing ancient treasure. Despite having one of her finds displayed in the British Museum, she finds herself largely overlooked by the scientific community and lives a quiet, lonely life. That all changes when she meets a young woman (Saoirse Ronan) sent to convalesce in the sea air.
Watch Ammonite on Netflix
Stephen King’s long-awaited sequel to The Shining gets an enjoyable movie adaptation by horror maestro Mike Flanagan – which actually serves more as a sequel to Kubrick’s Shining film rather than King’s book. Doctor Sleep stars Ewan McGregor as a grown-up Danny (now just Dan) Torrance, an alcoholic who drinks to block out the trauma he experienced all those years ago at the Overlook Hotel. He still has his sixth sense ‘shining’, restricting its use to helping dying pensioners find some peace in the nursing home in which he works. But he discovers a young girl with a gift even more powerful than his own, and that she’s being tracked by a gang of insidious psychic killers, he realises he can’t run from his past forever.
Watch Doctor Sleep on Netflix
Bill Skarsgard plays Swedish criminal Clark Olofsson in Jonas Akerland’s riotous drama series – a hectic and heady true-life Scandi tale that feels like The Wolf of Wall Street by way of Dog Day Afternoon. But in Swedish.
Even if you haven’t heard of Olofsson himself, you’ve probably heard of the psychological phenomenon named after his antics during a bank robbery: Stockholm Syndrome. This series, which is frenetically edited and outrageously funny, deserves some attention as one of the few recent Netflix Originals that feels genuinely fresh.
Watch Clark on Netflix
Time has been surprisingly kind to Quentin Tarantino’s 2003 action-thriller, in which Uma Thurman’s Bride wakes from a coma and vows bloody vengeance on the former friends who turned her wedding into a massacre. It’s self-indulgent at times (like everything Tarantino has ever made) but also effortlessly cool and electrifyingly entertaining (also like everything Tarantino has ever made). Somewhat annoyingly, Vol. 2 isn’t streaming on Netflix at the moment, so you may have to look elsewhere if you want to complete the Bride’s tale.
Watch Kill Bill Vol. 1 on Netflix

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