News streaming on Amazon Prime for November 2021

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This month’s new arrivals include new Prime Originals including a film starring Benedict Cumberbatch and a documentary featuring Australia in flames.

Of Rob Hunter Published November 7, 2021

Crossing the streams is our series of guides that go over all the offers hitting the big streaming services each month. This time around, let’s take a look at the new Amazon Prime arrivals for November 2021, including an acclaimed biopic, an epic fantasy, and more!


Amazon Prime Pick of the Month for November 2021

The electric life of Louis Wain

I’m not familiar with director / co-writer Will Sharpe’s past work, but his latest film is garnering all sorts of hype and acclaim despite its rather low-key argument. The electric life of Louis Wain (2021) is a biopic about artist Louis Wain (duh), an English artist who died in 1939 after an ongoing bout with a mental illness. His last fifteen years of life were spent in a psychiatric hospital, and the paintings kept coming until his death. Benedict Cumberbatch plays Wain and has reportedly never been more touching or likable, and is joined by Claire Foy, Andrea Riseborough, Richard Ayoade and Toby Jones. The film is currently on tour for awards season, but is now also available on Prime.


Great fantasy!

The fantasy section of your favorite library is filled with beloved trilogies, series and short stories that just ask for an adaptation, but one that has been on the cusp of change for quite some time is that of Robert Jordan The wheel of time (premiered November 19). Initially intended as a simple trilogy, Jordan’s vision eventually expanded to include fourteen novels. The story involves the expected fare with magic, dragons, and medieval deceptions, and the big name at the top of the screen is Rosamund Pike. It might not seem like an attraction big enough to take the top spot in an epic fantasy series, but if the cast and crew are doing their job right – and the audience responds – Pike won’t need to lead the world on her own. The first season will run until December and Amazon has already given the green light for a second season.

I’ll be honest, if you had asked me to name the 2000s animated film starring Brad Pitt’s voice actor Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer and Joseph Fiennes, I would have said there was no such film. And I would have been wrong. Sinbad: The Legend of the Seven Seas (2003, free with commercials) is a Dreamworks production that failed to do much success upon release and didn’t garner much love in the decades since. It’s good? Doubt, but at least you will have the answer now in case anyone asks …

The sticky carpets of area multiplexes are littered with remnants of promising YA franchises that kicked off, failed and never saw a sequel … Cirque du Freak (2009)? I’m number four (2011)? The deadly tools (2013)? – and one of the sad group is new to Prime this month. Eragon (2006) is a fantasy based on a bestselling series that began when the author was just fifteen. Undoubtedly impressive, but his age shows in the resulting history that he looks infinitely familiar and ultimately boring. But it has its fans, so don’t take my word for it.


Original Amazon Documentaries!

Mayor Pete

Few things are dated as quickly as politicians running for president and forgiveness. Mayor Pete (2021, previews Nov 12) offers a look at Pete Buttigieg’s failed attempt for the Democratic nomination, and while it all sounds like old news already, there are still reasons to watch. He is currently in President Biden’s cabinet, which means he is still a political actor, and his presence as the first and highest-profile openly gay candidate deserves historical respect. The documentary examines his previous work on a much more local level, the ups and downs of the race for office and his personal life where warranted.

Even more relevant than a politician, however, is the ecological fragility of the Earth, and this is only part of what makes burning up (2021, premiered November 29) a more compelling watch. The film explores the devastating and deadly wildfires that ravaged Australia in 2019-2020, burning nearly sixty million acres across the continent and killing thirty-nine people. Dramatic footage and a clear and insightful message to those who ignore climate change as a real threat are the goal here, and constitute a strong condemnation of humanity’s inability to take it seriously.


Funny people!

The house bunny

Sometimes you just want to laugh, and to that end the November deals on Amazon Prime include all kinds of comedies. Most of them are pretty meh, so instead, I’m here to highlight the three that stand out from the crowd. The first is one of my favorite sports comedies of all time, Tin cup (1996, free with ads). Kevin Costner plays a former golf pro with an attitude problem and he’s awesome. Don Johnson, Rene Russo, and Cheech Marin co-stars – all great – but this is Costner’s show as he returns to collaborate with director / co-writer Ron Shelton (Bull Durham, 1988) for another very entertaining look at the personalities that make up professional sport. The finish is an absolute joy.

Writer / director Wes Anderson is still making films – his most recent, The French dispatch, is currently causing a stir, but his two best in my humble opinion remain Rushmore (1999) and The Royal Tenenbaums (2001). The first of these two gems is new to Prime this month and is absolutely worth watching, whether it’s the first or the seventh. A coming-of-age story told with personality, wit, comedy, nonsense and a stellar soundtrack, Rushmore remains a delightfully entertaining film about a young man looking for something to hold on to. Bill Murray shines (duh) in a supporting role while Jason Schwartzman makes the protagonist an outstanding performance.

You may have missed it if you’ve been avoiding Twitter and social media for the past couple of days – and if so, lucky hiccups – but Anna Faris was trending due to something her ex-husband did. It’s a twisted world we live in, folks. It’s a great reminder, however, that Faris is absolute magic in movies, more typically in comedies, and one of his many triumphs is The house bunny (2008). He plays a Playboy bunny who is kicked out of the mansion and moves into a fraternity as the mother of the lair. Laughter, hijackings and sweet moments follow. Kat Dennings, Emma Stone and Colin Hanks are co-stars, and it’s just a good time avoiding risque things to deliver more good-natured and less rape Revenge of the nerds.


The complete Amazon Prime list for November 2021

Release date Title degree
11/1 12 Years a Slave (2013) * free with ads
48 hours (1982) * free with ads
50/50 (2011)
Alien (1979)
Alien 3 (1992)
Alien Resurrection (1997)
Alien vs predator (2004)
alpha dog (2005)
American assassin (2017)
48 more hours (1990) * free with ads
A Beautiful for Christmas (2014) * free with ads
The big year (2011)
The Black Dahlia (2006)
The Boondock Saints II: All Saints (2009) * free with ads
Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
Breaking down the house (2003)
Casanova, Last Love (2021)
The Spooky Adventures of Casper and Wendy (2002)
thrown away (2000)
Children of Men (2006)
The Constant Gardener (2005)
Crazy, stupid, love (2011)
Dan in Real Life (2007)
The day the earth stood still (2008)
Society of Dead Poets (1989)
Die Hard (1988) * free with ads
Die Hard 2 (1990) * free with ads
Divergent (2014) * free with ads
The Divergent Series: Insurgent (2015) * free with ads
The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) * free with ads
Dragonball Evolution (2009)
Drive (2011) * free with ads
Man, where is my car? (2000)
Expiry date (2010)
Eragon (2006)
EuroTravel (2004) * free with ads
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
Feliz Navidad (2006) * free with ads
Gnomeo and Juliet (2011)
gone baby gone (2007) * free with ads
Good morning, Vietnam (1987) * free with ads
The Good Shepherd (2006) * free with ads
Merry Christmas (2014) * free with ads
The Happy Elf (2005) * free with ads
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) * free with ads
Holy man (1998) * free with ads
Eternal Hope Springs (2018)
The House Bunny (2008)
How Stella found her rhythm (1998) * free with ads
I love you, Beth Cooper (2009) * free with ads
Now I Declare You Chuck & Larry (2007)
Finding Santa Claus (2004) * free with ads
Over time (2011)
It’s complicated (2009)
Jane Eyre (2011)
Jingle all the way (1996)
jingle all the way 2 (2014)
Jingle Bells (1999) * free with ads
Johnny English (2003)
Kung Pow: Enter the Fist (2002)
Major Payne (1995)
The Mask of Zorro (1998) * free with ads
Meet Davide (2008)
Halfway (2019) * free with ads
Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) * free with ads
Men of Monuments (2014) * free with ads
Mrs Doubtfire (1993)
My adventures with Santa Claus (2019) * free with ads
The Nutty Professor (1996)
The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000)
O’Christmas Tree (1999) * free with ads
The Other Woman (2014) * free with ads
People Like Us (2012) * free with ads
Poetic Justice (1993) * free with ads
predator (1987) * free with ads
Predator 2 (1990)
Rushmore (1999)
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003) * free with ads
Sixteen candles (1984) * free with ads
Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)
Slum Millionaire (2008) * free with ads
snatch (2000)
left handed (2015) * free with ads
Stan & Ollie (2018) * free with ads
Stuck On You (2003)
That Awkward Moment (2014) * free with ads
Three Men and a Child (1987)
Tin Cup (1996) * free with ads
Undercover Brother (2002)
Vanity Fair (2004)
Point of View (2008)
The White Boy Rick (2018) * free with ads
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Wild pigs (2007)
Wimbledon (2004)
Zack and Miri make a porno (2008) * free with ads
11/5 The electric life of Louis Wain (2021) Amazon original movie
Snow blanket (2017)
Firs and Pines (2017)
11/11 Goosebumps (2015) * free with ads
11/12 Find You (2021)
Fruitvale Station (2013) * free with ads
Mayor Pietro (2021) Amazon original movie
14/11 All I want for Christmas is you by Mariah Carey (2017) * free with ads
11/16 Beginners (2011)
18/11 Nine (2009) * free with ads
19/11 Everyone Loves Natti – Season 1 Amazon original series
The Wheel of Time – Season 1 Amazon original series
11/20 Here comes the boom (2012)
24/11 Hanna – Season 3 Amazon original series
26/11 Years of the dog (2021) Amazon original movie
29/11 fiery (2021) Amazon original movie

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Rob Hunter has been writing for Film School Rejects since before you were born, which is weird considering he’s so damn young. He is our lead film critic and associate editor and lists “Broadcast News” as his favorite movie of all time. Feel free to say hello if you see him on Twitter @FakeRobHunter.

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