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The best new streaming movies this week: Good Burger 2, several new Christmas movies, and more
The best new streaming movies this week
- Release date: Dec 1 on Netflix
- Starring: Julianne Moore, Natalie Portman, Charles Melton
In the fictional world of May-December, Gracie Atherton-Yoo was at the center of a scandal in 1992 when she was caught at the age of 36 having sex with a 13-year-old, a schoolmate of her son. Twenty-three years and a prison sentence later, Gracie and Joe are married and have three children together. All these years later a movie is going to be produced around the affair, with young actress Elizabeth Berry (Portman) taking on the role of Gracie. As she researches the role by meeting with Gracie and Joe, she soon learns there may be even more to the story just below the surface.
Candy Cane Lane
- Release date: Dec 1 on Prime Video
- Starring: Eddie Murphy, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jullian Bell
Eddie Murphy stars in a new holiday comedy about a man who is obsessed with winning a home decoration contest in his neighborhood. This drives him to seek bigger and better decor, leading to an encounter with a mischievous elf named Pepper. What he doesn’t realize is that the receipt he signs allows her to cast a spell on him making the 12 Days of Christmas come to life. Yes, it’s an odd storyline that doesn’t make a lot of sense, but nor does some of Murphy’s other greatest comedy hits over the years! I’ve yet to watch, but this is one I’ll definitely be seeing with the family within the next few weeks.
- Release date: Nov 30 on Netflix
- Starring: Jennifer Garner, Ed Helms
Jennifer Garner and Ed Helms star as a husband and wife who are following the same routine over and over again, all while struggling to connect as a family. This ultimately leads to an argument that has several family members saying they wish the other knew what it was like to be them. Just like Freaky Friday, this leads to some body swapping, but this time with the whole family. Although the plot is quite familiar, it has a few small twists to the formula and a solid cast. This should be a fun watch for families this holiday season, even if it’s far from film of the year material.
A Good Person
- Release date: Nov 28 on Amazon Prime
- Starring: Florence Pugh, Morgan Freeman, Molly Shannon
After a tragedy changes her life and plunges her into depression, Allison spends her days lying around on her mother’s couch struggling with an opioid addiction and unresolved grief. This slowly changes when an unlikely friendship with her mother’s would-be husband starts to help her come to terms with her grief and put her life back together. This movie is hard-hitting and can really pull at the feels thanks to an emotional storyline and excellent A-list talent including Florence Pugh, Morgan Freeman, and Molly Shannon.
- Release date: Nov 22 on Peacock
- Starring:Melissa McCarthy, Paapa Essiedu, Jordyn McIntosh
This close to Christmas you’ll see a ton of Christmas movies. Some are well-written high-budget affairs, others are simple B-movies that are fun to watch, but easily forgettable. This one falls into the latter group. It is a fun enough watch, but the pacing felt a bit rushed in some places and I had more than a few gripes about the plotline. For example, if roles were reversed and my significant other and I separated for a week and I came for a visit and they’d completely revamped our shared house with new furniture and a ton of other changes while I was gone… I would be mad they did this without me, not impressed. There are lots of little things that I felt could be stronger in the story, but we watch these movies to feel good around the holidays. That means the movies are cheesy, predictable, and often require a little suspension of belief. This is worht a look if you’re looking for a feel-good Christmas movie to watch with your partner or the whole family.
Good Burger 2
- Release date: Nov 22 on Paramount Plus
- Starring: Kel Mitchell, Kenan Thompson, Shar Jackson
Kenan and Kel are finally back together! This alone had me excited as a fan of All That, the Kenan and Kel Show, Good Burger, and many other collaborations between the two young actors back in the 90s during my childhood. Is this as good as the first movie? Not even close. Some of that is in the semi-chaotic plotline, and some of it is that I’ve partially outgrown their child-focused humor. There were moments when I chuckled, but mostly I watched it for nostalgia. Still, it’s a fun watch if you’re into these kinds of tributes to the past and one that my kids were pretty into, proving that this humor works well for younger ones. I was just hoping for something a bit more adult-focused for those who grew up with this brand of comedy but wanted a more mature take like the iCarly reboot. Overall though, a good family film even if it feels more than a little unnecessary.
- Release date: Nov 21 on Netflix
- Starring: Adam Sandler, Bill Burr
Adam Sandler stars in his company’s second animated feature, Leo. In addition to Adam, there are several other members of the Sandler family involved in this movie as well. The story revolves around an aging classroom pet lizard named Leo who believes he has only a year or so left to live. This leads him to take new risks, including talking to the students and teaching them important lessons while the current substitute seems more concerned with discipline and tradition than actually impacting the lives of her students. While it’s a fairly predictable film it has quite a few funny lines and kept my entire family entertained which isn’t an easy task when you have kids as young as six and as old as fourteen.
What was new and worth watching over the last month
Looking for more recommendations? Here are other great movies that debuted in the last 30 days or so:
- Release date: Nov 17 on AMC Plus
- Starring: Sterling K. Brown, Mark Duplass
Billy (Duplass) and Ray are not only best friends, but they just might be the last two men on Earth. Safely tucked behind a dome with all the systems necessary for their long-term survival, all thanks mostly to the scientific brilliance of Ray (Brown). Their custom biosphere isn’t just the perfect place to live in a world that is no longer livable, it’s the only place. That is until fish begin dying in their habit at an increasingly alarming rate.
Blue Beetle (2023)
- Release date: Nov 17 on Max
- Starring: Xolo Maridueña, Bruna Marquezine, Becky G
After graduating from college, Jaime Reyes struggles to start his career and find his place in the world. A place is found for him when he suddenly becomes in possession of a piece of ancient alien biotechnology called the Scarab. This technology chooses Reyes as his partner, turning him into the superhero Blue Beetle. But just because he has the powers doesn’t mean he knows what to do with them just yet.
Dashing through the Snow (2023)
- Release date: Nov 17 on Disney Plus
- Starring: Lil Rel Howery, Ludacris, Teyonah Parris, Oscar Nunez
Eddie Garrick (Ludacris) doesn’t believe much in the Christmas spirt, largely due to his own childhood trauma around the holiday. Nonetheless, he ends up taking out his 8-year-old daughter on Christmas Eve at the request of his soon-to-be ex-wife. That’s where he runs into Nick, a mysterious man who wears a Santa suit. As a social worker, Eddie thinks the man may be mentally ill. That is until the father and his daughter get wrapped up in an adventure to protect the naughty and nice list from a group of villains.
Please Don’t Destroy: The Treasure of Foggy Mountain (2023)
- Release date: Nov 17 on Peacock
- Starring: Nichole Sakura, John Goodman, Gaten Matarazzo
Ben, Martin, and John are three childhood friends who never made anything of their lives. Convinced the world will never see them as more than just losers, the three set out to change their destiny by finding the treasure of Foggy Mountain. They claim it’s worth $100 million and so they set out to find the treasure. The journey turns out to be more than they bargained for as others seek out the treasure for themselves.
- Release date: Nov 17 on Netflix
- Starring: Colman Domingo, Chris Rock, Glynn Turman
Bayard Rustin was one of the greatest activists in history, best known for planning the 1963 March on Washington. Unfortunately, as an openly gay black man in the 60s, he never got the same level of recognition as some of the other activists from his era. Thankfully this new movie shines a deeper spotlight on his life, his activism, and the steps he took to set up the iconic march, as well as the struggles he endured along the way.
Best Christmas Ever! (2023)
- Release date: Nov 16 on Netflix
- Starring: Heather Graham, Brandy Norwood, Jason Biggs
Charlotte is not-so-secretly jealous of her college friend Jackie’s life, which thinks is too perfect to be true. After ending up at her old college friend’s house by (sort of) accident, they end up staying with her friend. All the while Charlotte sets out to prove Jackie’s perfect life isn’t what it seems.
- Release date: Nov 10 on Shudder
- Starring: Marin Ireland, Judy Reyes, A.J. Lister
Birth/Rebirth is a unique twist on the classic Frankenstein formula, but instead of being a typical monster, it turns out a mad scientist of sorts has brought back a young girl from death. Initially, she is in a coma but starts to wake shortly after being reunited with her mother. But will she be the same girl her mother once knew, or will this experiment take a darker turn?
- Release date: Nov 10 on Netflix
- Starring: Michael Fassbender, Sophie Charlotte, Tilda Swinton
Yet another film where an assassin goes to war with his employers, The Killer is a high-stakes action movie that seems to move at a million miles a minute. If you’re looking for a fun action flick, you’ve found it.
- Release date: Nov 10 on Hulu
- Starring: Charlie Day, John Malkovich, Kate Beckinsale
A patient at the mental institute isn’t death or mute, but he’s lost his ability to speak and understand the world around him. Unfortunately, without insurance, he’s ejected from the hospital and forced onto the streets, where a chance encounter with a producer changes his life. It turns out he’s a dead ringer for a movie star who is refusing to cooperate. Soon he ends up taking that star’s place and becomes a huge star, even though he has zero idea what’s going on around him.
- Release date: Nov 9 on Hulu
- Creator: Sam Pollard
The League is a new documentary that takes a closer look at the Negro League, a baseball league specifically for African Americans. Not only are there interviews from legendary players, there’s also plenty of previously unearthed archival footage that gives us a deeper look into the realities and challenges these players faced.
- Release date: Nov 7 on VOD
- Starring: Nicolas Cage, Rachel Keller, Fred Hechinger
Set in the Old West, Butcher’s Crossing is the story of Will Andrew. After dropping out of Harvard, Will decides to travel west to find adventure and purpose. Along the way, he meets up with a man named Miller (Cage) and asks him to take him on a buffalo hunt. Little does he know just how much danger he’s getting himself into.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3
- Release date: Nov 3 on Peacock
- Starring: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Louis Mandylor
My Big Fat Greek Wedding is back for its third installment, set a year after the events of the second movie. The family is in mourning following the death of the family patriarch. Shortly into the film Toula and her family are invited to their ancestral home village of Vrisi for a reunion of sorts. If you haven’t watched the previous two films, you’ll want to do that first. Thankfully all three films are available on Peacock.
- Release date: Nov 3 on Netflix
- Starring: Annette Bening, Jodie Foster, Rhys Ifans
Nyad stars Annette Bening as swimmer Diana Nyad as she attempts to swim from Cuba to Florida in 2013 at the age of 64, after several previous attempts starting with the first in 1978. Along the way, she’s helped by her couch (Jodie Foster) and others, eventually being the odds and making history in the process.
- Release date: Nov 3 on Hulu
- Starring: Awkwafina, Sandra Oh, Will Ferrell
Anne and Jenny are as different as can be. The former is tightly wound and obsessed with game shows, while the other is a bit of a wild card. Despite these differences, the two must come together to raise enough money to pay off their mother’s gambling debt.
- Release date: Nov 3 on Netflix
- Starring: Sylvester Stallone
This documentary takes a closer look at Sylvester Stallone’s fifty-year career with interviews from the man himself, as well as others including Arnold Schwarzenegger and Quentin Tarantino.
- Release date: Nov 3 on Apple TV Plus
- Starring: Jessie Buckley, Jeremy Allen White, Annie Murphy
In the world of Fingernails there is a new technology that can use a fingernail to determine if couples were truly in love. Anna is one of those who has been tested and is said to be in love with her boyfriend Ryan, but when she takes a job with the company behind the technology she starts to have her doubts.
Magic Mike’s Last Dance
- Release date: Nov 2 on Hulu
- Starring: Channing Tatum
The final installment in the Magic Mike series has arrived on Hulu. The film sees Magic Mike (Channing Tatum) leave Florida for London in order to help a socialite produce a stage play. If you were a fan of the first two movies, you’ll want to give this one a look.
Spider-man Across the Spider-Verse
- Release date: Oct 31 on Netflix
- Starring: Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Oscar Isaac
The anticipated sequel to Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse is now on Netflix and absolutely worth the watch if you were a fan of the first. The new movie takes place beyond Miles’ universe and ups the ante with more Spider-Man variants than you can count. My family loved this one when we saw it in theaters, but be aware it does end in a big cliffhanger that won’t be answered until the third film.