Q. I like reading your stories about which shows are coming to Netflix every month. But there are so many of them, it’s hard to figure out which ones to watch. Could you single it out with the best shows. I can only watch so much! — Denise, Suitland, Maryland.
Denise, I hear you. Netflix this month (November 2019) will add 117 new TV shows and movies to its streaming lineup. With so many new titles suddenly available, it can be a little difficult to sort through and pick a small group to watch. But let me try to do that for you with my three best shows coming this month to Netflix.
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1. The Irishman (Pictured above)
This is the long-awaited Netflix original movie directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel. The film chronicles the real-life deathbed confession of a Teamsters official who claims to have killed former Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa.
The Irishman, which opens in select theaters today, makes its streaming debut on Netflix on November 27. Critics who have seen the film are nearly unanimous in praising it as a worthy successor to Scorsese’s GoodFellas and Casino, two crime dramas considered among the best ever in the genre.
“Feels genuinely new and deeply satisfying — for its subtlety, wit and resonance; for its serenely confident technique, meaning no truck with fancy tricks; for the sumptuous quality of the production; and for the epic scope of the story,” writes Joe Morgenstern of the Wall Street Journal.
Available November 27.
2. The Crown, Season Three
The Crown is the Netflix original drama about the life of Queen Elizabeth II with Claire Foy in the title role. Season three will focus on her majesty’s life in the sometimes turbulent but always swinging 1960s.
Rottentomatoes.com, which tracks critical reviews, gave season two a score of 90 out of a possible 100, based on a survey of 82 critics.
“The Crown continues its reign with a self-assured sophomore season that indulges in high drama and sumptuous costumes,” the site states, summarizing the reviews.
Available November 17.
3. Rosemary’s Baby
Directed by Roman Polanski, this spooky 1968 drama stars Mia Farrow as a pregnant young woman who suspects a mysterious group wants to kidnap her baby. Farrow is brilliant and haunting as the paranoid (or is she?) mother and film auteur John Cassavetes plays her loving (but possibly suspicious) hubbie to perfection.
Made before the horrific Manson family murders, the film now takes on overtones of the massacre that took Polanski’s wife (Sharon Tate) in 1969, a parallel that has haunted the director throughout his life. The connection only makes the film more powerful and poignant in retrospect.
Rottentomatoes.com gives Rosemary’s Baby a score of 97 out a possible 100, based on 82 reviews.
“One of the finest horror films ever made,” writes Stephen Whitty of the Newark Star-Ledger.
Available November 1.
— Phillip Swann