The Best Movies and TV Shows New to Netflix Canada in November

The Best Movies and TV Shows New to Netflix Canada in November


‘Happy as Lazzaro’
Starts streaming: Nov. 30

The Italian writer-director Alice Rohrwacher (“The Wonders”) makes films that straddle genres and defy easy description, but her twisty “Happy as Lazzaro” was nonetheless one of the most widely beloved competition entries at Cannes this year, winning the award for best screenplay. Set in a rural village called Inviolata, the film is about an unlikely friendship between a pure-hearted peasant and a nobleman who asks him to help orchestrate his own kidnapping. There is also time travel involved, and the machinations of Marchesa Alfonsina de Luna (Nicoletta Braschi), known as the queen of cigarettes. It sounds baffling, but Rohrwacher’s magic realism has its own internal logic.

Also of interest: “21” (Nov. 1), “Jason Bourne” (Nov. 1), “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (Nov. 7), “Love Actually” (Nov. 7), “Shaun the Sheep Movie” (Nov. 10), “I Feel Pretty (Nov. 17) and “Bad Santa” (Nov. 26).

‘Medal of Honor’
Starts streaming: Nov. 9

Extraordinary stories of courage and valor are always shared during Medal of Honor ceremonies. This Netflix documentary series promises to go deeper into the lives of eight men who received the award between World War II and post-9/11, and perhaps find some commonalities among the type of people who have received the nation’s highest military honor. Some recipients are still alive and were able to participate in the series, while the memories of others are brought to life by family members and comrades-in-arms. With Robert Zemeckis’s backing as executive producer, “Medal of Honor” also has the resources to re-create the battles in which they set themselves apart.

‘Westside’
Starts streaming: Nov. 9

This stylized documentary series follows nine Los Angeles musicians as they try to make it in the business, building up to a big showcase at a nightclub. While “Westside” breaks down all their individual stories and talents, its approach is more about advocacy and promotion than fly-on-the-wall vérité. There are music videos and performances of original songs, on top of a “Real World”-like mingling of talented strangers. As one of them says, wryly, “This was an expedited process of growth.”

‘The Kominsky Method’
Starts streaming: Nov. 16

Chuck Lorre, maestro of the three-camera sitcom (“Two and a Half Men,” “The Big Bang Theory”), tried his hand at single-camera comedy with the Netflix series “Disjointed,” but it was canceled after a two-part, 20-episode season collected dismal notices. Now Lorre is taking another shot with “The Kominsky Method,” luring Michael Douglas to television to play a once-revered actor turned acting coach and pairing him with Alan Arkin, who plays his agent and friend. Douglas’s character sounds too close for comfort to Henry Winkler’s on “Barry,” but “The Kominsky Method” brings Douglas back to his roots on the small screen, where he made a name for himself on the 1970s procedural “The Streets of San Francisco.”

‘Narcos: Mexico’
Starts streaming: Nov. 16

The success of its crime drama “Narcos” has created an identity problem for Netflix. For two seasons, it was a show about the life and death of Pablo Escobar, the Columbian drug trafficker who became a cocaine billionaire. The third season followed the rise of the Cali Cartel, which directly benefited from Escobar’s death. Now “Narcos: Mexico,” from the series creators, Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro, basically applies the same aesthetic to a new country and an entirely new cast of characters, following the Guadalajara Cartel and the efforts of a D.E.A. agent (Michael Peña) to stop it.



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