What to watch on Netflix Canada in November 2020

Our critics pick the best movies and TV shows coming to the streaming platform this month

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      We pore over the November 2020 Netflix Canada schedule to highlight the most interesting titles.

      This month, we’re looking forward to the return of Sophia Loren, the latest Ron Howard film, and Gillian Anderson playing Margaret Thatcher. 

      What we can't wait to watch

      The Crown (Season 4)

      The latest season of Netflix’s wildly popular soap opera based on the British royals takes us from 1977 to 1990, meaning Princess Diana, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and Camilla Parker Bowles are now in the mix with Olivia Colman’s Queen Elizabeth II. The most exciting news is Gillian Anderson taking on the role of the Iron Lady for a one-season run. Fingers crossed for some barely sublimated The Fall-esque sexual tension between Maggie and Liz. November 15

      Alien Xmas

      2020 has given us a lot of really unexpected stuff, but “a stop-motion Christmas special about an alien trying to stop his comrades from raiding Santa’s workshop, produced by the special-effects guys who made Killer Klowns From Outer Space from their own children’s book” has to be near the top of that list. But if you know the work of Stephen and Charles Chiodo, you’ll be delighted to hear that someone has given them money to make this happen. November 20

      Hillbilly Elegy

      When the trailer for this adaptation of J.D. Vance’s memoir about growing up poor in the Appalachians dropped earlier this month, awards prognosticators said it seemed like Oscar bait, with multiple-nominated actors Glenn Close and Amy Adams chewing up the scenery as the grandmother and mother of the central figure (Gabriel Basso). Ron Howard, no stranger to Academy Awards, directs. November 24

      Dash & Lily

      Netflix has been heavily promoting this adaptation of Rachel Cohn and David Levithan’s YA novel series, so you can rest assured there will be more than one season. This first outing has a holiday theme, as two opposites—cynical Dash (Austin Abrams, from Paper Towns) and optimistic Lily (Midori Francis, from Good Boys)—travel Manhattan and discover they have more in common than they thought. November 10

      Dolly Parton’s Christmas On The Square

      Like it or not, we’re entering Hallmark Holiday Movie season, and this film—about a tough, middle-aged city woman (the awesome Christine Baranski) who returns to her small town and finds love—should warm the hearts of even the Grinchiest viewer. Besides lending her name to the title, Dolly Parton plays an angel and 14 of her songs are featured, so there’s that. November 22 

      Ibrahima Gueye and Sophia Loren star in The Life Ahead.

      The Life Ahead

      In her first major movie role in more than a decade, Italian screen icon Sophia Loren plays a Holocaust survivor who takes in a Senegalese immigrant (Ibrahima Gueye) in her son Edoardo Ponti’s drama—the second film that sees mother and son working together. The 86-year-old, who reportedly took on some physically demanding scenes, is already generating Best Actress Oscar buzz. November 13

      Shawn Mendes: In Wonder

      Time to surrender to Shawn Mendes’s Toronto condo skyline views and brooding silhouettes in this album-tie-in documentary, which promises to articulate the Pickering-raised pop star’s Official Narrative. It arrives on Netflix fresh from a screening at the Toronto International Film Festival. While you’re holed up in isolation, find out what it’s like to be a hot, rich, soulful 22-year-old living the dream. November 23


      Produced by Joe and Anthony Russo in between VFX sessions on Avengers: Endgame, the directorial debut of screenwriter Matthew Michael Carnahan (The Kingdom, World War Z, Deepwater Horizon) is an action thriller inspired by the true story of Iraq’s Nineveh SWAT team, an assembly of policemen that spent three years trying to rid Mosul of ISIS fighters. The film takes place over a single day, following a young cop (Adam Bessa) who’s recruited into the squad by its weary commander (Suhail Dabbach). And the whole thing was shot in Arabic rather than English for extra authenticity. November 26

      We Are The Champions

      Hosted by Rainn Wilson, this new reality series celebrates competitive challenges in unconventional specialties, following contestants trying to prove their mastery of—and this is a direct quote—“cheese rolling, chili eating, fantasy hair styling, yo-yo, dog dancing and frog jumping.” Which leaves us asking: yo-yo what, exactly? November 17

      Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker

      Debbie Allen, she of the famous Fame monologue (“You got big dreams. You want fame. Well, fame costs. And right here’s where you start payin’!”), is busy this month. Besides directing Dolly Parton’s Christmas On The Square, she’s the subject of this docu-series, which chronicles her annual alternate take on the traditional Nutcracker ballet. November 27

      Daniel Kaluuya (left) and Brian Tyree Henry mix crime with politics in Steve McQueen’s Widows.
      20th Century Fox

      Solid bet


      Just in time for the U.S. election, Steve McQueen’s political crime drama featuring an underrated starring turn by Viola Davis (and one of the best movie make-out scenes in recent memory) arrives on Netflix. Davis leads a trio of widows who set out to rob a Kennedyesque Chicago politician (Colin Farrell) to payoff the crime boss (Brian Tyree Henry) running as his opponent. Widows subsumes several zeitgeist-y themes into a juicy plot and the excellent supporting cast includes Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Kaluuya, Robert Duvall, and Cynthia Erivo. November 1

      Here's a list of new titles available on Netflix Canada in November 2020 by date:


      Coming soon

      Arashi’s Diary: Voyage (episodes 15-17)


      Trial 4

      November 1

      Dawson’s Creek (season 1-6)

      November 3

      Felix Lobrecht: Hype

      November 4

      Love And Anarchy

      November 5

      Carmel: Who Killed Maria Marta?


      November 6

      Country Ever After

      November 9

      Undercover (season 2)

      November 10

      Dash & Lily

      Trash Truck

      November 11

      Aunty Donna’s Big O’l House Of Fun

      The Liberator

      A Queen Is Born

      November 13

      The Minions Of Midas

      November 15

      The Crown (season 4)

      November 17

      The Boss Baby: Back In Business (season 4)

      We Are The Champions

      November 18

      Bitter Daisies (season 2)

      Holiday Home Makeover With Mr. Christmas

      November 20

      Flavorful Origins: Gansu Cuisine

      Voices Of Fire

      November 24

      Dragons: Rescue Riders: Huttsgalor Holiday


      November 25

      The Great Pretender (season 2)

      November 26

      Larry The Cable Guy: Remain Seated

      November 27

      A Go! Go! Cory Carson Christmas

      Over Christmas

      Sugar Rush Christmas (season 2)

      Virgin River (season 2)

      November 28

      The Uncanny Counter

      November 29

      Wonderoos: Holiday Holiday!

      November 30

      A Love So Beautiful


      November 1

      12 Gifts Of Christmas

      About Last Night

      Angels & Demons


      Austin Powers In Goldmember

      Bad Santa

      A Belle For Christmas

      Broadcasting Christmas

      Catch And Release

      Christmas Break-In

      Christmas Survival


      The Da Vinci Code

      Due Date

      Elf Pets: A Fox’s Cub Christmas Tale

      Elf Pets: Santa’s Reindeer Rescue

      Gangs Of New York

      The Juror

      Little Monsters

      Mr. Deeds

      The Notebook




      A Perfect Christmas List




      November 3


      November 4


      Dracula Untold

      Fifty Shades Of Grey

      Get Him To The Greek

      The Good Shepherd

      Identity Thief

      In The Lake Of The Woods

      King Kong (2005)



      November 5


      A New York Christmas Wedding

      Operation Christmas Drop

      November 6


      The Late Bloomer

      November 10

      The Possession Of Hannah Grace

      November 11

      Night School

      What We Wanted

      November 12


      November 13

      Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

      The Life Ahead

      The Outpost

      November 15

      Hometown Holiday

      A Very Country Christmas

      November 17

      The Mule

      November 19

      The Princess Switch: Switched Again

      November 20

      Alien Xmas

      If Anything Happens I Love You

      November 21

      The Hangover: Part III

      The Matrix Reloaded

      The Matrix Revolutions

      November 22

      Dolly Parton’s Christmas On The Square

      November 23

      Shawn Mendes: In Wonder

      November 24

      Hillbilly Elegy

      Notes For My Son

      November 25

      The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two

      Halloween (2018)

      November 26


      Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

      November 27

      The Beast

      The Call

      Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker

      Don’t Listen

      November 30

      Doctor Strange

      Finding Agnes

      Spookley And The Christmas Kittens

      Last call

      Here's a list of TV series and movies leaving Netflix Canada in November 2020.

      November 15

      Love Actually

      November 16


      November 18


      Shrek 2

      November 20

      Batman Begins

      The Dark Knight

      The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring

      The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King

      The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers 


      November 27

      The Nutcracker And The Four Realms

      November 30

      E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

      Jurassic Park