While Hollywood continues to be torn apart by the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike, there are still plenty of new films and TV series making their debut in cinemas and on streaming services. Between highly anticipated sequels, to next chapters in sprawling universes, to epic historical dramas, November 2023 has something for everyone. So, to see what’s in store for film and TV fans, let’s continue with a new installment of Screen Time.
But before we do that, a little housekeeping: we based our picks on a UK release calendar, so be sure to check for accurate local listings and dates. With that out of the way, let’s get started.
Invincible – Season 2 [Prime Video] – November 3
The animated adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s famous comic book series returns to kick off in November, with the second season of Invincible in which Mark tries to fit back into life after confronting his brutal father, Omni-Man, at the end of season 1. With a series of recurring characters reappearing and a story best described as an adult take on what Marvel usually creates, Invincible is a must-watch for animation and superhero fans.
The Santa Clauses – Season 2 [Disney+] – November 8
Now that we are in November, it means for Disney that the vacation season is here. To that end, the second season of The Santa Clauses makes its debut on Disney+, with this one featuring Tim Allen’s Scott Calvin further training his son, Cal, to eventually take over the family business and assume the role of Santa Claus. If you’re looking for something to get you in the vacation spirit, look no further.
The Marvels – November 10
The Marvel Cinematic Universe plans to close out 2023 with a film that brings together Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel, Iman Vellani’s Miss Marvel and Teyonah Parris’ Monica Rambeau for a film in which the three, alongside Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury, must stop a vengeful Kree warrior played by Zawe Ashton. With plenty of cosmic action planned, this will be one of the last major superhero projects of the year.
The Killer [Netflix] – November 10
Netflix’s first major project of the month sees Michael Fassbender starring as a hitman who turns his very specific skills on his employers, for a manhunt he insists is not personal. Also starring Tilda Swinton, this film is for those who like gritty and more rooted action films.
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes – Nov. 17
We know the story of Katniss Everdeen and the Mockingjay, but what happened long before that incredible story? The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes explores how a young Coriolanus Snow during the 10th Hunger Games. The film shows how the man became the tyrant and stars Rachel Zegler, Tom Blyth, Peter Dinklage, Viola Davis, Jason Schwartzman and more.
Thanksgiving- November 17
Thanksgiving is a very American holiday, but in November, moviegoers around the world will flock to theaters en masse to go crazy in a slasher film themed around the annual event. Thanksgiving is a horror film in which a murderous killer dressed as a pilgrim terrorizes a small Massachusetts town, and sees Gina Gershon, Patrick Dempsey, Addison Rae, Rick Hoffman and more in the lead roles.
Scott Pilgrim Takes Off [Netflix] – November 17
At this point you’ve no doubt seen the live-action movie or played the video game, but if you haven’t, Netflix has another alternative. Scott Pilgrim Takes Off is an anime adaptation of the beloved graphic novel that brings back the cast of the fan-favorite live-action film to be as faithful as possible. With Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead back as Scott and Ramona Flowers, as well as Brie Larson, Chris Evans, Anna Kendrick, Mae Whitman, Brandon Routh, Jason Schwartzman, Kieran Culkin, Aubrey Plaza and more stars, the cast of this show is absolutely stacked.
Monarch: Legacy of Monsters [Apple TV+] – November 17
While we wait for the next Godzilla and Kong movie, Apple has teamed up with Legendary to launch a new TV series based on the Monsterverse. This show, known as Monarch: Legacy of Monsters, is set over two time periods and explores the secret organization whose job it has been to protect the world from primordial monsters and keep their existence quiet.
Leo [Netflix] – November 21
Adam Sandler and Netflix are two peas in a pod these days, with the famous star and the streaming service teaming up for a plethora of projects over the years. The latest of the pair is an animated film about an elderly lizard who bonds with the young human children at the school he has called home for decades, helping them navigate the challenges and demands of school life.
Napoleon – Nov. 22
Ridley Scott has become a master of historical epics as he has told tales of gladiators and sieges of famous cities over the years. Added to this collection of brilliant films is Napoleon, a dramatized biopic that looks to tell the story of the famous French emperor and military tactician, with Joaquin Phoenix at the helm and starring as the titular protagonist. Also starring Vanessa Kirby as Empress Josephine, Napoleon is perhaps the greatest film of the month.
Wish – November 24
Closing out November is Disney’s next animated film. Wish sees a young girl named Asha take on the power of a ruling tyrant after she wishes for a star and gets an answer that is frankly more than she ever expected. With Ariana DeBose leading the cast and Chris Pine, Evan Peters and Alan Tudyk playing supporting roles, Wish is the perfect film to celebrate 100 years of the famous entertainment giant.
There we have it, another month in the books. With a very busy December coming up, don’t forget to check back in a month to see what the final month of 2023 has in store for film and TV fans.