7 best new movies to watch this week on HBO Max, Netflix and more (November 7-13)

The best new movies to stream online this week offer something for everyone. First, we have big stars in a movie where they have to fight their own gossip, as Don’t Worry Darling finally airs.

We don’t know if it will get a spot on our list of best HBO Max moviesbut we will definitely start HBO Max to find out, as Harry Styles’ acting experiment continues. If nothing else, director Olivia Wilde’s previous film, Booksmart, earned our trust to shoot this film. Oh, and we can never say “no” to Florence Pugh.

Then the holiday movie season kicks off 10 days after Halloween, as Lindsey Lohan stars as an heiress struggling with amnesia. This one doesn’t seem to be one of the best movies on netflixbut we won’t be shocked when it rises in the Netflix Top 10 rankings.

Want something more kid-friendly? My dad’s dragon is absolutely adorable. Plus, the end of October doesn’t mean the end of horror releases, as indie horror hit Terrifier 2 will be available on video-on-demand later this week.

And if you like documentaries, we have three: one about Willie Mays, a true crime documentary. about self-defense and a film about the decade that changed film noir.

Need more? Be sure to check out our list of new movies and shows to watch from the weekend. And you can fill your calendar with the new movies and shows to watch in November 2022 on all the top streamers.

Don’t Worry Honey (HBO Max)

Don’t Worry Darling is a movie that looks perfect for streaming. Arriving with plenty of on-set and behind-the-scenes gossip drama surrounding director Olivia Wilde and star Harry Styles (not to mention the spit incident), this drama garnered plenty of attention. But, admittedly, it’s also a movie no one is quite sure of – and one that goes beyond its mystery box plot.

Florence Pugh stars as Alice, who moves to a perfect Stepford-level community because of her husband Jack (Styles) who is working on a mysterious project. But the closer Alice looks at the seams of her perfect life, the more things don’t add up. Expect a big twist at the end and lots of talking about whether Styles should stick to vocals.

To watch HBO Max (opens in a new tab) right now (posted Monday, November 7)

Say hello, Willie Mays! (HBO Max)

It’s never a bad day to talk about iconic baseball player Willie Mays. But HBO made a smart decision with the release of Say Hey, Willie Mays! just when the baseball season is over. This documentary aims to educate young audiences about how Mays was a baseball pioneer and how he changed the American conversation about race.

Mixing archival footage with new interviews, including ones with Mays himself, Say Hey, Willie Mays! looks like a mandatory viewing. It even seems to bring some iconic moments to life by seemingly remastering gameplay footage.

To watch HBO Max (opens in a new tab) from today (Tuesday 8 November)

Falling for Christmas (Netflix)

Netflix knows it’s not Thanksgiving yet, but it also knows that holiday season audiences don’t really care about things like the date or time. So Lindsey Lohan is kicking off Christmas movie releases with Fallout for Christmas, where she plays Sierra, a hotel heiress who falls on hard times. Or rather, she falls off a cliff while her boyfriend was mid-proposal – and wakes up in a hospital with an amnesia spell.

But Sierra doesn’t wake up without her sense of entitlement and her needy personality. So when she’s helped out by Jake (Chord Overstreet), a widower with a young daughter, it looks like Sierra might have a bit of an attitude adjustment.

Watch it on netflix (opens in a new tab) from Sunday (November 6)

Alabama State vs. Brittany Smith (Netflix)

Alabama’s Stand Your Ground law is supposed to give people the ability to defend themselves when attacked. And the state of Alabama’s depressing case against Brittany Smith seems to argue that it’s one of many laws that aren’t really available for everyone’s protection.

Trying to defend herself in her own home, Smith shot and killed her rapist. And then a judge threw out his use of the Stand Your Ground law in court. The judge also claimed that Smith had attempted to destroy evidence and that his testimony did not match any other evidence. This documentary seeks to clarify things.

To watch netflix (opens in a new tab) from Thursday (Nov 10)

Is that dark enough for you?!? (Netflix)

If you didn’t know, black cinema was forever changed by the years 1968 to 1978. And even if you did, Is That Black Enough for You?!? seems like the definitive guide to show you why it was. Narrated by Elvis Mitchell, this documentary aims to show why the 1970s were so profoundly revolutionary.

Mitchell is joined by Charles Burnett, Samuel L. Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne and other film noir icons. It even brings in Zendaya, someone who grew up in a much different time for film noir.

To watch netflix (opens in a new tab) from Friday (November 11)

My Father’s Dragon (Netflix)

Netflix’s latest surefire family animated film is a little different from its usual super colorful films. My Father’s Dragon, which is adapted from Ruth Stiles Gannett’s 1948 children’s novel of the same name, actually looks like a picture book brought to life. Which is perfect for the story of Elmer Elevator (voiced by Jacob Tremblay), a fugitive who sets out to find a dragon. In case you were wondering, Elmer is the titular father, as the story is told by his unnamed daughter (voiced by Mary Kay Place).

Of course, this being Netflix, My Father’s Dragon also has a stellar cast, including Stranger Things’ Gaten Matarazzo as Boris, the dragon Elmer meets. Whoopi Goldberg voices a cat, and the film’s animal cast is rounded out by Ian McShane as the gorilla, Dianne Wiest as Iris the rhino, Chris O’Dowd as Kwan the macaque, Judy Greer as Soda the Whale and Alan Cumming as Cornelius the Crocodile. From Cartoon Saloon (The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea, Wolfwalkers).

Watch it on netflix (opens in a new tab) from Friday (November 11)

Terrify 2 (Digital)

While I truly believe horror is best seen in the movies, Terrifier 2’s home release on digital media is significant news, as it brings the hit indie film to an even wider audience. It focuses on Art the Clown, a supernatural force of evil who has returned for more carnage, as he delights in terrorizing his victims. This time, he’s targeting Jonathan (Elliott Fullam), a kid who wants to dress up as Art for Halloween.

A ‘splatter’ horror flick that’s a bona fide crowdfunding hit (raising over 430% of their goal, with around $250,000 on Indiegogo), Damien Leone’s sequel is a blood and guts lover’s delight. . Lauren LaVera, who plays Jonathan’s sister Sierra, receives a lot of critical acclaim for her performance, which makes the film more than the sum of its gore.

Buy on First video (opens in a new tab) from Friday (November 11)

Alfonso E. Cramer