Every week, MobileSyrup goes over some of the most notable movies and TV shows that recently hit Canadian streaming platforms.
Our ‘Streaming in Canada’ column typically focuses on new content from Amazon Prime Video Canada, Crave and Netflix Canada, but other services like Apple TV+ and Disney+ will be mentioned when relevant.
We’ll also highlight shows or movies that are made in Canada, involve notable Canadian cast or crew and/or are filmed in Canada.
Finally, with the COVID-19 pandemic causing many movies to hit digital platforms much sooner than planned, we’ll make note of any major films that fall into this category when applicable.
Amazon Prime Video
Life in a Year [Amazon Original]
A young man tries to give his girlfriend a life’s worth of experiences in the year she has left.
Life in a Year was directed by Mitja Okorn (Letters to Santa) and stars Jaden Smith (The Get Down), Cara Delevingne (Carnival Row), Nia Long (Empire) and Cuba Gooding, Jr. (A Few Good Men).
It’s worth noting that the film was shot in Toronto.
Amazon Prime Video Canada release date: November 27th, 2020
Runtime: 1 hour, 47 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes score: N/A
Stream Life in a Year here.
Uncle Frank [Amazon Original]
In the ’70s, Frank and his 18-year-old niece Beth take a road trip to the family patriarch’s funeral, only to unexpectedly be joined by Frank’s lover Walid.
Uncle Frank was written and directed by Alan Ball (True Blood) and stars Paul Bettany (Avengers: Infinity War), Sophia Lillis (It franchise) and Peter Macdissi (Six Feet Under).
Amazon Prime Video Canada release date: November 25th, 2020
Runtime: 1 hour, 35 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes score: 78 percent (based on 90 reviews)
Stream Uncle Frank here.
Amazon Prime Video is included at no additional cost in a $79 CAD/year Amazon Prime subscription.
The full list of movies and shows that hit Amazon Prime Video Canada this month can be found here.
Christmas movies galore
It’s worth mentioning that Crave added a slew of Christmas movies on November 27th, including:
- A Christmas Carol (HBO + Movies)
- Deck the Halls (Starz)
- Die Hard (Starz)
- Doctor Who: The Christmas Specials
- Jingle All The Way (Starz)
- Jingle All The Way 2 (Starz)
- Love Actually (Starz)
- Miracle on 34th Street (1947) (Starz)
- Miracle on 34th Steet (1994) (Starz)
- A Russell Peters Christmas
- Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas (Starz)
- A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (Starz)
You can find these and more in Crave’s ‘The Holiday Collection.’
The Flight Attendant
A flight attendant wakes up hungover and without any memory of the night before in her hotel room with a dead body, leading her to question whether she’s actually the killer.
Based on Chris Bohjalian’s 2018 novel of the same name, The Flight Attendant was developed by Steve Yockey (Supernatural) and stars Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory), Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones), Zosia Mamet (Mad Men) and Rosie Perez (Fearless).
The Flight Attendant is one of many originals from the U.S.-only HBO Max that has come to Canada via Crave as part of Warner Media’s exclusive deal with Bell.
Crave release date: November 26th, 2020 (first three episodes, new episodes every Thursday)
Genre: Comedy, drama, thriller
Runtime: Eight episodes (around 45 minutes each)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 96 percent (based on 27 reviews)
Stream The Flight Attendant here.
The Mystery of D.B. Cooper
Directed by John Dower (Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos), this documentary tells the story of four people who are believed to be the infamous D.B. Cooper, the mysterious man who in 1971 hijacked a plane in U.S. airspace, extorted $200,000 in ransom, parachuted away and was never seen again.
Crave: November 25th, 2020
Runtime: 1 hour, 27 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes score: 88 percent (based on 16 reviews)
Stream The Mystery of D.B. Cooper here.
Never Rarely Sometimes Always
A teenager travels across state lines to New York City with her cousin to get an abortion.
Written and directed by Eliza Hittman (Beach Rats), Never Rarely Sometimes Always stars Sidney Flanigan (acting debut), Talia Ryder (Steven Spielberg’s upcoming West Side Story), Quebec’s own Théodore Pellerin (Family First) and Ryan Eggold (90210).
It’s worth noting that Never Rarely Sometimes Always is one of the highest-rated movies this year on both Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.
Original theatrical release date: March 13th, 2020 (VOD release on April 3rd due to COVID-19)
Crave: November 27th, 2020
Runtime: 1 hour, 40 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes score: 99 percent (based on 200 reviews)
Stream Never Rarely Sometimes Always here.
12 Dates of Christmas
In this Christmas-themed reality dating show, three singles go on various festive dates to try to find “the one” for them.
This is another HBO Max original that’s streaming on Crave.
Crave: November 26th, 2020 (first three episodes, new episodes every Thursday)
Runtime: Eight episodes (about 45 minutes each)
Rotten Tomatoes score: N/A
Stream 12 Dates of Christmas here.
A standard Crave subscription costs $9.99/month, with Starz adding another $5.99/month and HBO an additional $9.99/month. It’s worth noting that you have until November 30th to take advantage of Crave’s 25 percent off Black Friday promotion — read more on that here.
Meanwhile, the full list of movies and shows that hit Crave this month can be found here.
Black Beauty [Disney+ Original]
A teenage girl develops a close bond with a wild horse.
Based on Anna Sewell’s 1877 novel of the same name, Black Beauty was written and directed by Ashley Avis (Deserted) and stars Mackenzie Foy (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn), Kate Winslet (Titanic) as the voice of the horse, Fern Deacon (Ackley Bridge) and Claine Forlani (Mallrats).
Disney+ Canada release date: November 27, 2020
Runtime: 1 hour, 50 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes score: 56 percent (based on 27 reviews)
Stream Black Beauty here.
Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions [Disney+ Original]
Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift directs, produces and stars in this concert film that sees her perform all 17 tracks of her eighth studio album, Folklore.
Disney+ Canada release date: November 25th, 2020
Runtime: 1 hour, 46 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes score: N/A
Stream Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions here.
A Disney+ subscription costs $8.99/month or $89.99/year in Canada.
The full list of movies and shows that hit Disney+ this month can be found here.
The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two [Netflix Original]
Kate Pierce, now a teenager, runs away due to her mother’s relationship and ends up at the North Pole, where an elf is plotting to ruin Christmas.
The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two was directed by Chris Columbus (Home Alone) and features returning cast members Kurt Russell (Santa Claus), Goldie Hawn (Mrs. Claus), Darby Camp (Kate Pierce), Judah Lewis (Teddy Pierce and Kimberly Williams-Paisley (Claire Pierce).
Netflix Canada release date: November 25th, 2020
Genre: Christmas comedy
Runtime: 1 hour, 55 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes score: 70 percent (based on 37 reviews)
Stream The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two here.
Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker [Netflix Original]
This documentary showcases the career of renowned actress/dancer/choreographer Debbie Allen (Fame) and follows her dance students as they prepare for her annual “Hot Chocolate Nutcracker.”
Netflix Canada release date: November 27th, 2020
Runtime: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes score: N/A
Stream Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker here.
Mosul [Netflix Original]
Based on Luke Mogelsen’s “The Desperate Battle to Destroy ISIS” The New Yorker feature, Mosul tells the story of an Iraqi SWAT team and policeman as they fight against ISIS in the decimated city of Mosul.
Mosul was directed by Matthew Michael Carnahan (directorial debut, co-writer of Deepwater Horizon) and stars Suhail Dabbach (The Hurt Locker), Adam Bessa (Extraction) and Is’haq Elias (City of a Million Soldiers).
Netflix Canada release date: November 26th, 2020
Genre: Military drama
Runtime: 1 hour, 42 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes score: 69 percent (based on 13 reviews)
Stream Mosul here.
Shawn Mendes: In Wonder [Netflix Original]
This documentary follows Pickering, Ontario’s own Shawn Mendes’ rise to stardom and a behind-the-scenes look at his life during his 2019 self-titled world tour.
Shawn Mendes: In Wonder was helmed by longtime music video director Grant Singer (director of Scarborough, Ontario’s own The Weeknd’s “Starboy”).
It’s worth noting that the film has dropped right in time for Mendes’ fourth studio album, Wonder, which releases on December 4th.
Netflix Canada release date: November 23rd, 2020
Runtime: 1 hour, 23 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes score: 50 percent (based on 10 reviews)
Stream Shawn Mendes: In Wonder here.
The full list of movies and shows hitting Netflix Canada in November can be found here.
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For more recommendations, check out last week’s Streaming in Canada column here.
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