November 2016 Primer: The Music, Movies, Streaming Options And More Headed Your Way This Month

Above: 'Arrival', 'Doctor Strange', A Tribe Called Quest, and 'Fantastic Beasts' are all coming your way this month
Above: 'Arrival', 'Doctor Strange', A Tribe Called Quest, and 'Fantastic Beasts' are all coming your way this month

It’s pretty cold out there, wouldn’t you say? With autumn fully underway, most of us are planning our nights indoors – and with the entertainment options on the table, why wouldn’t you? November is a very movie-heavy month, with a few notable blockbusters dominating the box office. It’s a nice change of pace too, after October truly failed to deliver the goods. Along with the big screen, you can catch some of your favourites on the tube, courtesy of Netflix and your PS4. If any of those options aren’t your thing, you can prepare your headphones, as the music world is blessing us with some highlights this month. Mark your calendars, here are the entertainment releases you need to be aware of.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (November 18)
J.K. Rowling is banking on Newt Scamander to succeed her universally beloved, Harry Potter franchise. Those are some pretty big shoes for Eddie Redmayne and co. to fill, as the Potter films have collected an estimated $24,851,000,000. That mind-boggling number will be tough to reach, but thankfully for fans of the Fantastic Beasts series, the only thing that the movies need to do, is entertain. Whether you’re a wizard or a muggle, the new films will look to transport viewers to the magical world once again – and for that sheer fact alone, it’ll be worth the price of admission.

Also In Theatres (Various Dates)
The silver screen will be packed this month. The first big addition to the box office is none other than, Doctor Strange. Benedict Cumberbatch is the latest Marvel recruit, and will command the titular role, with help from Rachel McAdams and Mads Mikkelsen. The superhero flick bursts into theatres on November 4. Meanwhile, likely to be the most otherworldly of November’s films, is the science fiction thriller, Arrival. Denis Villeneuve helms the adventure, where mysterious alien vessels touchdown on planet earth. Trolls will be the best bet for the entire family, and is armed with the catchiest soundtrack of the bunch. Bad Santa 2 appears out of nowhere, debuting just before the holidays. The sequel will be yet another raunchy tale, and is set to drop at the end of November.

Election Coverage (November 8)
While the political fate of a nation shouldn’t necessarily be viewed as entertainment, multiple nightly shows will be covering the aftermath. The most anticipated of the takes, will come from Stephen Colbert. Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going To Clean Up This Shi*t?, is the lengthy title for Colbert’s live Showtime special. No matter the result, we’ll be blessed with late night stars who will help us cope with the results. Just like the election itself, Seth Meyers, Colbert, and the Daily Show will all be must-sees this month.

Netflix (Various Dates)
Streaming your favourites, is always an incredibly safe bet. Netflix knows this the best, and as always, will be providing a multitude of great titles. The underrated 2014 film, Inherent Vice, lands on the service this month, as does the period piece and guilty pleasure, King Arthur. Tom Hanks is everywhere right now, and Turner and Hooch does its part to keep up the trend. The 80s classic finds a home on Netflix right at the beginning of the month. Anton Yelchin lives on through the excellent, if not gory, Green Room, and Will Smith is as cool as ever in Bad Boys II. Both movies enter the library this November. Finally, Gilmore Girls makes its triumphant return to screens, and you should probably check it out. Seriously, the show is great, and worth a try if you haven’t done so already.

Video Games (Various Dates)
The world’s biggest video game series, Call of Duty, comes in guns blazing this November, with Infinite Warfare. If you’re a gamer, we didn’t need to remind you of that bit of news. Two big sequels are also being shipped this month, as Watch Dogs and Dishonored each get their latest installment. Fans of Final Fantasy will take home XV, the latest adventure in the long-running Japanese franchise. With all of that content, it’ll be hard to put down your controller.

In Your Ears (Various Dates)
Hip-hop and R&B are the big highlights of November’s music releases. Genre mainstays, Alicia Keys and Common, are both prepping to drop their anticipated LPs. Both of their albums are in stores on the first Friday of the month. Legendary hip-hop group, A Tribe Called Quest, pay tribute to member Phife Dawg, with what’s billed as their last ever album. Rockstars, Bon Jovi, Metallica, and Ryan Adams, all have slated releases as well. You’ll also be hearing from Bruno Mars and Joe Jonas project, DNCE. The radio will likely be dominated with these albums in November.

Aidan D'Aoust

Aidan D'Aoust

Aidan is a writer from Toronto. His favourite things in the world are music, movies, and mini dachshunds. Give him a follow on Twitter at @aidandaoust, where he’ll also accept your mixtape submissions.

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