It’s getting cold outside, so it’s time to go inside and catch up on the best in streaming entertainment. Netflix, the most popular streamer for folks over 50, leads the charge by having a sure thing in multiple genres, from series to movies. You can spend your weekend with Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II, Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia Addams, and more.
Coming Nov. 1
A sensational-looking post-apocalyptic flick starring Tom Cruise, it’s got a plot full of holes and cool ideas filched from many other ∙movies. Time critic Richard Corliss called it “the only science-fiction film that borrows substantially from I Am Legend, WALL∙E and Sleepless in Seattle.” Plus Planet of the Apes and The Matrix. But it’s worth seeing for its wild, quite distinctively original design.
Young Royals, Season 2
In the first season of Netflix’s surprise hit with a perfect 100 percent Rotten Tomatoes critics’ rating, Sweden’s Prince Wilhelm (Edvin Ryding) broke up with his boyfriend at a private school, and his cousin August (Malte Gårdinger) leaked the prince’s sex tape. Now the prince plans to get even — imperiling the monarchy itself.
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Coming Nov. 3
Liked Superstore? Its cocreator brings you a comedy set in America’s last Blockbuster Video store, and starring Randall Park, Melissa Fumero and J.B. Smoove. (Yes, it’s ironic that the series airs on Netflix, which killed Blockbuster.)
Coming Nov. 4
Enola Holmes 2
The hit about Sherlock Holmes’ sleuthing kid sister gets an inevitable sequel, with Helena Bonham Carter back as the family matriarch Eudoria.
Manifest, Season 4
After a turbulent flight lands in New York, the passengers discover that during their trip, 5½ years went by for everyone else on Earth. And now they’re getting visions of dark events in the future. The final season of a canceled NBC supernatural show perfect for the spooky season, given a new life on Netflix.
Coming Nov. 7
The Crown, Season 5
The royal family is likely to loathe the new season of the smash hit about their clan, since it covers Charles’ divorce wish, Diana going rogue and airing their dirty laundry, her new beau Dodi Fayed, and other 1990s scandals. The eye-popping cast includes Imelda Staunton as the queen, Jonathan Pryce as Philip, Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret, Dominic West as Charles, and Elizabeth Debicki as Diana.
Coming Nov. 10
Falling for Christmas (2022)
A rom-com about a blue-collar ski lodge owner (Glee star Chord Overstreet) who looks after a recently engaged, spoiled-rotten heiress (Lindsay Lohan) after a holiday skiing accident gives her amnesia.
Lost Bullet 2: Back for More (2022)
In France’s pedal-to-the-metal answer to the Fast & Furious flicks, a super-mechanic seeks vengeance on the corrupt cops who killed his brother and mentor. Roadblocks are no obstacle to an angry man in the fastest of German sports cars.
Coming Nov. 11
Is That Black Enough For You?!? (2022)
Wittily erudite critic Elvis Mitchell illuminates the history of Black cinema, with insights from the likes of Harry Belafonte, Samuel L. Jackson, Laurence Fishburne and genius director Charles Burnett.
Capturing the Killer Nurse (2022)
If you liked Netflix’s movie The Good Nurse, about Charlie Cullen (Eddie Redmayne), the kindly New Jersey nurse who turned out to be one of the nation’s worst serial killers, try this documentary on the real psychopath.
Down to Earth With Zac Efron: Down Under (2022)
The actor globetrots with wellness expert Darin Olien in a documentary about living the healthy life.
Coming Nov. 16
The Wonder (2022)
Florence Pugh stars as a nurse investigating the case of a girl in an 1862 Irish village who doesn’t eat, yet mysteriously remains alive and well.
Call My Agent! (South Korean version)
Korean shows are hot these days, and so is Call My Agent!, the French comedy about showbiz talent agents struggling to keep their stars (often played by real celebrities) happy and their colleagues from ruthlessly seizing their power. Maybe the South Korean remake will be a hit too.
Coming Nov. 17
Anton Lesser (Game of Thrones) stars in an eerie mystery set aboard a ship of immigrants headed for New York at the dawn of the 20th century. They had high hopes for a new life but discover a nightmare aboard another migrant ship adrift in the menacing Atlantic.
Christmas With You (2022)
Aimee Garcia and Freddie Prinze Jr. star in a rom-com about a burnt-out pop star who agrees to meet a small-town fan and finds inspiration for a hit holiday tune, plus a chance at true love.
Dead to Me, Season 3
Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini are back in their superb black comedy about a widow (Applegate) who grieves the hit-and-run death of her husband and befriends Cardellini’s character in an emotional support group, unaware that her new friend was the fatal driver. Things get even weirder and tenser in this, the final season.
Coming Nov. 18
In a fantasy based on Winsor McCay’s legendary 1905 comic strip Little Nemo in Slumberland, a young girl explores dreams and nightmares to find her father lost at sea, assisted by a half-man, half-beast (Jason Momoa), who claims he used to be a dream-robber with her dad back when.
Coming Nov. 23
The Swimmers (2022)
True story: Two sisters flee Syria’s bloody war, make a perilous voyage and wind up competing as swimmers at the 2016 Olympic games in Rio.
Tim Burton presents the saga of the Addams family’s teenage Nevermore Academy student Wednesday (Jenna Ortega), who tries to grow up, master her psychic powers, stop a killing spree and solve a lingering mystery about her parents (Luis Guzmán as Gomez and Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia; Fred Armisen is Uncle Fester). Previous Wednesday Christina Ricci plays the new Wednesday’s Nevermore teacher Marilyn Thornhill.
Last day to watch: Oct. 31
8 Mile (2002)
Celebrate Eminem’s 50th birthday (Oct. 17) with this brilliant memoir-ish movie by Curtis Hanson, the ace director of L.A. Confidential.
Last day to watch: Nov. 15
Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson and Ben Whishaw star in a good historical drama about the British women who fought against tall odds to win the vote. With Meryl Streep in a cameo as the great leader Emmeline Pankhurst.
Last day to watch: Nov. 20
Netflix’s first original series stars Steven Van Zandt as a New York gangster not unlike his The Sopranos character, sent to Norway by the witness protection program. He falls in love with the richly eccentric locals and joins them in investigating crimes. A comedy/drama with oodles of charm.
Ben Is Back (2018)
Julia Roberts and Courtney B. Vance play a couple in ritzy Westchester whose son (Lucas Hedges) shows up on Christmas Eve on a 24-hour leave from drug rehab. She can’t let him out of her fiercely protective sight — did he stash drugs someplace before rehab? — and she seesaws between elation at seeing him apparently healthy, and terror that he’s not.
Tim Appelo covers entertainment and is the film and TV critic for AARP. Previously, he was the entertainment editor at Amazon, video critic at Entertainment Weekly, and a critic and writer for The Hollywood Reporter, People, MTV, The Village Voice and LA Weekly.