The Best Movies, TV, Books and Music for November
Including the thankful return of “Knives Out.” Plus, Bob Dylan ponders pop music and Dan Levy dissects brunch.
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WATCH: Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
The sequel to Rian Johnson’s entertaining murder mystery (featuring Daniel Craig) gets a star-studded sequel, now also with Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom and many, many others. This one involves a murder on a private Greek island. (Nov. 23 in theaters; Dec. 23 on Netflix)
More new films coming to the small screen and big: Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (Nov. 4, The Roku Channel); Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Nov. 11, theaters); Spirited (Nov. 11, Apple TV+); The Fabelmans (Nov. 11, theaters); White Noise (Nov. 25, theaters)
WELCOME BACK: Mythic Quest
This Rob McElhenney comedy about wildly dysfunctional video game developers heads into season three with a clash between two competing companies and a dip into the metaverse, which is pretty much set up for satirizing as it is. (Nov. 11, Apple TV+)
More returning TV shows: The Crown (Nov. 9, Netflix); Yellowstone (Nov. 13, Paramount+); Dead to Me (Nov. 17, Netflix); Gangs of London (Nov. 17, AMC+); The Kingdom: Exodus (Nov. 27, MUBI)
BINGE: The Big Brunch
Why has no one done a reality/cooking show centered around brunch before? Dan Levy takes on the task, though this competition seems a lot friendlier and backed by contestant chefs who really want to help their own communities. Consider this the mimosa-fueled, feel-good antithesis of Gordon Ramsay. (Nov. 10, HBO Max)
More new series: Blockbuster (Nov. 3, Netflix); Tulsa King (Nov. 13, Paramount+); Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin (Nov. 23, Peacock); Echo 3 (Nov. 23, Apple TV+); Willow (Nov. 30, Disney+)
READ: The Philosophy of Modern Song
Bob Dylan — who has won a Nobel Prize for Literature — returns with his first new book since 2004. Herein, he actually talks about music from other legendary artists over the course of 60 essays, dissecting everyone from Nina Simone to Hank Williams to Elvis Costello. (Nov. 1)
More new books: Barkley: A Biography (Nov. 1); We Are the Light by Matthew Quick (Nov. 1); Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story by Bono (Nov. 1); Dickens and Prince by Nick Hornby (Nov. 15); Cocktail Time! The Ultimate Guide to Grown-Up Fun by Paul Feig (Nov. 15);
LISTEN: Bruce Springsteen
On Only the Strong Survive, the iconic New Jersey rocker tackles an array of R&B, soul and early rock classics. Do we need a Springsteen covers album? Maybe, maybe not, but it’ll make dads (grandads?) happy everywhere (and the first single is a pretty muscular take on “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do).”
More new music: Billy Joel (live album, Nov. 4); Morris Day (Nov. 11); Guns ‘N Roses (box set, Nov. 11); Neil Young with Crazy Horse (Nov. 18); Tom Petty (live album, Nov. 25)
A four-part docu-series on music producer Phil Spector, but one that focuses primarily on what happened on the night of February 3, 2003, when actress Lana Clarkson was shot dead in his mansion. (Nov. 4, Showtime)
More new documentaries and specials: Good Night Oppy (Nov. 4 theaters, Nov. 23 Prime Video); Meet Me in the Bathroom (Nov. 4, theaters); Master of Light (Nov. 16, HBO); Mickey: The Story of a Mouse (Nov. 18, Disney+)
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