A new month and new shows to binge-watch. Streaming platform Showmax has added new titles to its site this month for your enjoyment including new and renewed series and movies.
Here are my favourites that I’ll be binge-watching in November.
Uncharted stars Tom Holland, aka Spider-Man as Nathan Drake and Mark Wahlberg as Victor based on the video game with the same title. The movie stays true to the source in a treasure-hunting adventure between the two. Uncharted is an action-adventure epic that spans the globe and follows Nate and Sully as they embark on the dangerous pursuit of “the greatest treasure never found” while also tracking clues that may lead to Nate’s long-lost brother.
Most video game movies don’t do well with Holywood but Uncharted was a hit at the box office with a 90% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Antonio Banderas and Sophia Ali (Dr Dahlia Qadri in Grey’s Anatomy) co-star.
It is available starting today on Showmax.
White Lotus Season Two
After a successful run on season one winning 10 Emmy 2022 Awards, season two of White Lotus is currently streaming on Showmax.
The next chapter of The White Lotus swaps Hawaii for Sicily, following a new group of vacationers jetting off to a different White Lotus resort.
The new cast includes Peabody Award winner Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), People’s Choice winner Theo James (Divergent), Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus, The Grand Budapest Hotel), Emmy winner Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos), Teen Choice nominees Meghann Fahy (Sutton in The Bold Type) and Haley Lu Richardson (Five Feet Apart), BAFTA winner Tom Hollander (The Night Manager), BAFTA nominee Will Sharpe (Landscapers, Giri/Haji), multi-award-winning Italian actress Sabrina Impacciatore and Adam DiMarco (Todd/Elliott in The Magicians).
The new season already has a 93% top critics score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Super Pumped: The Battle For Uber
If you like startup movies, then you’ll love Super Pumped – a movie based on New York Time author Mike Isaac’s book with the same title. The drama series revolves around the rise and fall of Travis Kalanick, former Uber CEO who is played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and embodies the highs and lows of Silicon Valley.
The season pivots on Travis Kalanick (two-time Emmy winner Joseph Gordon-Levitt from Inception), Uber’s hard-charging CEO, who was ultimately ousted in a boardroom coup, and his sometimes tumultuous relationship with his mentor Bill Gurley (Emmy winner Kyle Chandler from Super 8), the plainspoken, brilliant Texan venture capitalist who bets his sterling reputation on Uber’s success – and then has to live with the consequences.
Oscar nominee Uma Thurman (Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill) stars as Uber board member Arianna Huffington, the co-founder of The Huffington Post.
The upcoming season two will be based on Mike Isaac’s forthcoming book about Facebook.
All American: Homecoming
Created by Nigerian-American Nkechi Okoro, All American: Homecoming follows a young tennis hopeful from Beverly Hills and an elite baseball player from Chicago at a prestigious historically Black college. Here they must contend with the high stakes of college sports while navigating the highs, lows and sexiness of unsupervised early adulthood.
The spinoff of the acclaimed drama series All American sees GeffriMaya reprise her role as Simone Hicks opposite Peyton Alex Smith (Legacies) as Damon Sims and Emmy nominee Kelly Jenrette (The Handmaid’s Tale) as Amara Patterson.
The young adult sports drama has a 100% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
In North Hollywood, a kid must decide between choosing the future his father wants and following his dream of becoming a pro skater.
The cast includes Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly), Critics Choice Super Award winner Vince Vaughn (Freaky) and Angus Cloud (Euphoria’s Fezco).
Chapelwaite is a horror series based on the short story Jerusalem’s Lot by Stephen King (It, The Shining, Carrie) starring Oscar winner Adrien Brody as Captain Charles Boone. He was nominated for Best Actor: Horror at the 2022 Critics Choice Super Awards for his performance in Chapelwaite.
In the 1850s, Captain Charles Boone relocates his family to his ancestral home in the small, sleepy town of Preacher’s Corners in Maine. Here Charles will soon have to confront his family’s secrets and fight to end the darkness.
Nominated by both the American and Canadian Society of Cinematographers, Chapelwaite also stars multi-award winner Emily Hampshire (Schitt’s Creek) as Rebecca Morgan, while Jordan Poole was nominated for a Young Artist Academy Award as Emory Spicer.
Wu-Tang: An American Saga
Wu-Tang: An American Saga is the fictionalised account of the formation of the legendary hip-hop supergroup Wu-Tang Clan set in early 1990s New York, at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic.
MTV Movie Award winner Ashton Sanders (Moonlight, Judas and the Black Messiah) and Black Reel winner Shameik Moore (the voice of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’s Miles) co-star as Bobby Diggs and Sha Raider respectively.
Nigerian-American Uyoata Udi (This is Us, Watchmen) takes over from Joey Bada$$ as Jason Hunter/Rebel/Inspectah Deck as the series explores the backstory behind some of Wu-Tang’s biggest tracks.
Created by Grammy-nominated Wu-Tang leader RZA with Alex Tse (Watchmen), Season 1 of the series was nominated for an Emmy and three Black Reel Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series. The show has also already been renewed for a third and final season.
The Man Who Fell To Earth
In The Man Who Fell To Earth, an alien arrives on Earth with a mission: to learn to become human and find the one woman who can help save his species. Together they discover that in order to save his world, they must first save ours.
One of Rotten Tomatoes’ most anticipated shows of 2022, The Man Who Fell To Earth was up for Best Special Visual Effects at the Emmys, while Oscar nominees Chiwetel Ejiofor and Naomie Harris were nominated for Best Actor and Actress respectively at the 2022 Black Reel Awards, where Clarke Peters was up for Best Supporting Actor. BAFTA winner Bill Nighy and Emmy nominees Jimmi Simpson (Westworld) and Rob Delaney (Catastrophe) co-star.
Based on the Walter Tevis novel of the same name and the iconic film that starred David Bowie, The Man Who Fell To Earth has an 87% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Harry Palmer (aka The Ipcress File) – 9th November
As the Cold War rages, ex-smuggler-turned-reluctant-spy Harry Palmer (BAFTA nominee Joe Cole from Gangs of London) finds himself at the centre of a dangerous undercover mission to find a missing British nuclear scientist.
Based on the classic Len Deighton spy novel, The Ipcress File (aka Harry Palmer) has a 94% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics’ consensus says, “Slick, stylish, and packing sly nods to present politics, The Ipcress File is a classic spy caper with a modern sensibility.”
The six-part miniseries also stars BAFTA winner Tom Hollander (The Night Manager, The White Lotus) and Screen Actors Guild nominee Lucy Boynton (Bohemian Rhapsody).
The Handmaid’s Tale Season Five – 10th November
Adapted from the classic novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States, where the few fertile women, known as Handmaids, struggle to survive as reproductive surrogates.
Having got her revenge in the Season 4 finale, June is facing its consequences in Season 5, while struggling to redefine her identity and purpose. The widowed Serena attempts to raise her profile in Toronto as Gilead’s influence creeps into Canada. Commander Lawrence works with Nick and Aunt Lydia as he tries to reform Gilead and rise in power. June, Luke and Moira fight Gilead from a distance as they continue their mission to save and reunite with Hannah.
The show’s 15 Emmy Awards include wins for Elisabeth Moss, Ann Dowd, Bradley Whitford, and Samira Wiley, with nominations for Yvonne Strahovski, Max Minghella, O-T Fagbenle, and Madeline Brewer, all of whom return for the new season.
Season 5 has an 81% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Wife Season Three – 10th November
The award-winning, record-breaking, Twitter-topping Showmax Original telenovela The Wife is finally back. Season 3 centres on two star-crossed lovers: Tswana doctor Naledi Montsho and Zulu taxi driver Qhawe.
Gaisang K Noge (House of Zwide) stars as Naledi opposite DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Favourite Rising Star winner Kwenzo Ngcobo, dubbed “the Woolworths of amadoda” by Twitter, as Qhawe.“With Naledi missing and the Zulu brothers’ crimes now front-page news, the third and final season of The Wife is going to be explosive,” says head writer Busisiwe Ntintili. “The Zulu brothers may have finally met their match in Naledi’s family.”
Look out for SAFTA winner Wiseman Mncube (eHostela) joining the cast as Mqhele this season. Other new cast include Sello Motloung (Blood Psalms) as Naledi’s father, Kgosi; Bongo Maffin’s Stoan Seate as Sefako, Qhawe’s rival for Naledi; Lungelo Mpangase (eHostela, Lingashoni, Mzali Wam) as Xoli, Sambulo’s love interest; Mo Setumo (The Queen) as Tshidi, Naledi’s elder sister; and Thabang Lefoa (Skeem Saam) as Tsietsi.
Upcoming Movies and Series to Expect This Month
- Elders – 10th November
- Flawsome – 10th November
- Pressure Point – 10th November
- Seven Pounds – 10th November
- Slank S6 – 10th November
- Eight Grade – 14th November
- Makofi S3 – 14th November
- A Shot Through the Wall – 17th November
- Heart Attack – 17th November
- Red Tape – 17th November
- Enough – 17th November
- Tali’s Joburg Diary | 18th November
- Green Flake | 21st November
- Hacks S2 – 23rd November
- The Many Saints of Newark | 24th November
- Blood Conscious; Dankie – 24th November
- Lottoland S5 – 24th November
- The Real Housewives of Dubai S2 | 25th November
- Showtrial | 28th November
- The American King – 28th November
- A Starstruck Christmas – 28th November
- Donkerbos – 28th November