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From Eternals to Dhamaka, What to Watch in November

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November has not one but two new Marvel releases. We will be treated to a new superhero ensemble in Eternals — Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Kit Harington, Salma Hayek, and Angelina Jolie are part of the cast — out November 5 in cinemas in India and around the world. Meanwhile, Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld star in Hawkeye that premieres November 24 on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar. Technically, there’s a third Marvel Cinematic Universe entry — if you haven’t felt comfortable stepping into cinemas, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Marvel’s first film with a Chinese superhero in the lead) will be available November 12 on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar.

That’s not all for superhero fans. From DC’s long-running ever-expansive Arrowverse, we have the eighth season of The Flash in the middle of November. The Flash season 8 begins November 16 on The CW in the US, but we are as yet without a release date for India.

November also has a bunch of streaming releases from India. There’s Kartik Aaryan in Dhamaka, which is the Indian remake of a South Korean thriller, releasing November 19 on Netflix. Kay Kay Menon returns as a de-aged version of Himmat Singh in Special Ops 1.5, coming November 12 to Disney+ Hotstar. R. Madhavan and Surveen Chawla play an estranged couple who live together in Decoupled, a Netflix series that doesn’t have a release date yet. And Sanya Malhotra and Abhimanyu Dassani get into a peculiar arranged marriage on Meenakshi Sundareshwar. The Netflix film ties the knot on November 5.

Elsewhere, we have Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds in the action comedy Red Notice, dropping November 12 on Netflix. Rosamund Pike leads Amazon’s adaptation of The Wheel of Time fantasy novels, beginning November 19 on Prime Video. Tom Hanks is a dying inventor who builds a care robot for his dog in Finch, unfolding November 5 on Apple TV+. Andrew Garfield becomes the award-winning Rent composer in Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first movie as director, tick, tick…BOOM!, November 19 on Netflix. Paul Rudd and Will Ferrell are at each other’s throats in The Shrink Next Door, starting November 12 on Apple TV+.

There’s more you can discover below, though there’s a lot more coming in November that we haven’t detailed below. That includes Halle Berry’s directorial debut Bruised out November 24 on Netflix, Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard in the Cannes-winning musical Annette releasing November 26 on Mubi in India, and Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga as Black women opposite sides of the fence in Passing on November 10 at Netflix.

Beyond that, we have the third and final seasons of both Dickinson (also with Steinfeld) and Narcos: Mexico (without Diego Luna) November 5 on Apple TV+ and Netflix respectively. Dickinson season 3 will air weekly, while Narcos: Mexico sticks to Netflix’s binge-release model. Additionally, Netflix will also offer Big Mouth season 5 on November 5, and Star Trek: Discovery season 4 at an as-yet undetermined date. Star Trek: Discovery season 4 begins November 18 on Paramount+.

November also offers expansions to an older property in different ways. Michael C. Hall returns as the titular serial killer in Dexter: New Blood, ten years after the events of the terrible series finale. Dexter: New Blood premieres November 8 on Voot Select. And the Home Alone franchise gives us Home Sweet Home Alone, with The Office and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Ellie Kemper trying to break into a home. Home Sweet Home Alone releases November 12 on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar.

With that, here’s our October 2021 guide to Netflix, Disney+ Hotstar, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, and the cinemas.

The Harder They Fall

When: November 3
Where: Netflix

Idris Elba, Jonathan Majors, Zazie Beetz, LaKeith Stanfield, and Regina King lead the stellar line-up of this ‘new-school’ Western that focuses on African-Americans. In what is a comedy-drama and the debut feature for director Jeymes Samuel, an outlaw (Majors) recruits a bunch of like-minded individuals to track down and take down his ruthless nemesis (Elba) who just left prison.

Delroy Lindo, Edi Gathegi, R.J. Cyler, and Damon Wayans Jr. also star. Samuel co-wrote with Boaz Yakin (Remember the Titans), with the duo basing the film’s characters on real-life cowboys and outlaws from the 19th century.

Eternals

When: November 5
Where: Cinemas

The next Marvel movie, from Oscar-winning filmmaker Chloé Zhao, is about the titular immortal ensemble. Created by the Celestials — we met one Celestial in Star-Lord’s dad Ego on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 — the Eternals have been living secretly on Earth for over 7,000 years. Why are we seeing them now?

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Well, they were told not to interfere unless their evil counterparts, the Deviants, were involved. The Deviants are back thanks to the return of the universe’s half of the population — in Avengers: Endgame — that is leading to an event known as the “emergence”.

The 10 Eternals we see in Eternals are played by Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Barry Keoghan, Don Lee, Salma Hayek, and Angelina Jolie. All of them have a variety of superpowers — from flight, super-speed, and creating weapons — that they draw from cosmic energy. Eternals also stars Harish Patel and Kit Harington.

Watch the Final Eternals Trailer in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam

Finch

When: November 5
Where: Apple TV+

In a post-apocalyptic world following a solar flare, one of the world’s last humans and a dying inventor (Tom Hanks) builds a robot (Caleb Landry Jones, via mo-cap) who will care for his dog after he’s dead. The unlikely trio then venture on a road trip across the American West.

Game of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik is at the helm, for what is only his second feature length movie, over a decade after 2010’s Repo Men. Originally meant for cinemas, Finch was eventually sold to Apple owing to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Meenakshi Sundareshwar

When: November 5
Where: Netflix

Imagine choosing a life partner because your names together make up a famous landmark? That’s what Sanya Malhotra and Abhimanyu Dassani’s titular characters end up doing in this rom-com. The landmark? Madurai’s famous temple “Meenakshi – Sundareshwar”.

But that’s merely the start of their crazy journey. Because after a job opportunity exclusively for single men pops up in Bengaluru, Sundareshwar (Dassani) decides to leave Madurai and has to pretend to be single, while being in a long-distance relationship with his new wife.

Unfortunately, those hoping for accurate Tamil representation from a Bollywood movie — it’s produced by Karan Johar’s Dharmatic — have (predictably) already been disappointed following the teaser’s release.

Red Notice

When: November 12
Where: Netflix

Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, and Ryan Reynolds play the best of their respective fields in what is said to be one of Netflix’s most expensive movies of all time. Johnson plays the world’s greatest tracker FBI Special Agent John Hartley, Gadot is the world’s most wanted art thief Sarah Black, and Reynolds is the world’s greatest con-artist Nolan Booth. Hartley and Booth team up to take down Sarah.

Skyscraper director Rawson Marshall Thurber is at the helm, renewing his collaboration with Johnson.

The Shrink Next Door

When: November 12
Where: Apple TV+

Based on the podcast of the same name that in turn was based on real-life events, Paul Rudd and Will Ferrell star in this eight-part miniseries about a dysfunctional and manipulative relationship between a popular psychiatrist (Rudd) and his long-term patient (Ferrell).

Kathryn Hahn and Casey Wilson are also part of the main cast. Michael Showalter (The Big Sick) and Jesse Peretz (GLOW) are directors, Georgia Pritchett (Veep) writes. Three episodes on release date, with the remaining ones debuting once a week until December 17.

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