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All the James Bond movies, a new comedy from the creators of Portlandia, a redo of Alex Rider & more!

A weekly round-up of the new movies and TV series on Netflix, Crave, Amazon Prime Video, CBC Gem and Criterion Channel

New on Netflix

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A Queen Is Born (new on Netflix)

Netflix’s international productions tend to get less press than their English counterparts, barring a few exceptions like Money Heist and Roma. Some weeks, however, they tend to be the most interesting things on offer. The Nigerian drama Citation, for example, is a long ways from the Christmas-card dopiness of things like Holidate; it tells the story of a college student who reports an attempted rape by a beloved professor. The other Netflix original features this week are What We Wanted, an Austrian drama about infertility, and Ludo, an Indian crime drama.

It’s a more series-centric week, for sure, with season 2 of the Belgian-Dutch show Undercover premiering on Nov. 9, the YA rom-com Dash & Lily on Nov. 10 and the drag reality show A Queen Is Born on Nov. 11. There are also a few titles from the vaults making their way onto the service, though nothing particularly worth noting: the Kevin Pollak-directed comedy The Late Bloomer and the Kevin Hart / Tiffany Haddish comedy Night School are the two biggest titles.

New on Amazon Prime

Alex Rider (new on Amazon Prime)

It’s a pretty international selection over at Amazon as well, with the Portuguese film Carlinhos & Carlão premiering on Nov. 11 and the Indian comedies Chhalaang and Coolie No. 1 dropping on Nov. 12 (in time for Diwali). The biggest title dropping this week is probably the first season of Alex Rider (Nov. 12), a series based on the popular YA novel series that was already brought to the screen with the extremely 2006 duo of Alex Pettyfer and Mickey Rourke starring. Otto Farrant stars as the teenage espionage operative in the eight-episode series.

New on Crave

new on Netflix
Moonbase 8 (new on Crave)

It’s a bit of an anticlimactic drop when you consider that it was almost certainly designed to coincide with the theatrical release of the latest Bond film, but as of Nov. 11, every James Bond film is available for streaming on Crave — even Never Say Never Again, the somewhat unofficial 1983 film not produced by the usual suspects. For slightly less weighty binge-watching purposes, you can also stream the entirety of The Bernie Mac Show as of today.

Moonbase 8 (Nov. 8) is a high-profile comedy that is sliding somewhat under the radar; the sci-fi comedy from Jonathan Krisel (Portlandia) stars John C. Reilly, Tim Heidecker and Fred Armisen as three astronauts living on a simulator base in the desert, waiting for their turn to go to the moon. Early reviews are overwhelmingly positive.

Crave subscribers can tune in to the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony this week; inductees include Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, T. Rex, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails and the Notorious BIG. The ceremony is presented live on Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. Industry is a new HBO / BBC coproduction set in the world of British investment banking; Lena Dunham produces and has directed the pilot episode. On Nov. 13 you can watch Transhood live as it airs at 8 p.m. The documentary follows five subjects (aged 4 to 15) over five years as they and their families work to define their gender identity.

In terms of movies, HBO offers up the recent Jane Austen adaptation Emma starring Anya Taylor-Joy, the Sundance-winning drama Burden starring Garrett Hedlund as a reformed member of the KKK who finds solace in a black church headed up by Forest Whitaker and American Woman starring Sienna Miller, Christina Hendricks and Aaron Paul. 

New on CBC Gem

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Dim the Fluorescents (new on CBC Gem)

CBC Gem presents three travel shows from England: Africa With Ade Adepitan, season 7 of Escape to the Chateau and The Misadventures of Romesh Nanganathan. On Nov. 6, you can stream the Slamdance award-winning Dim the Fluorescents from director Daniel Warth as well as Roz Owen’s Trouble in the Garden, an Indigenous drama starring Cara Gee.

New on Criterion Channel

new on Criterion
The Comfort of Strangers, Harold Pinter retrospective (new on Criterion Channel)

Criterion’s weekly retrospective turns its attention towards films written by acclaimed playwright Harold Pinter, including Paul Schrader’s 1990 The Comfort of Strangers and the three films Pinter wrote for Joseph Losey: The Go-Between, Accident and The Servant. Another retrospective — this time of the work of filmmaker Claire Denis — hits the service on Nov. 11. ■

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A weekly round-up of the new movies and TV series on Netflix, Crave, Amazon Prime Video, CBC Gem and Criterion Channel