HBO NOW’s November Highlights, Including ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’

This November on HBO NOW, you’ll be able to catch some quality original programming in the form of a new U2 music special, plus the finale of this season of Project Greenlight, followed by the premiere of the film spawned from the series. Bill Maher and John Oliver are signing off for the year, so be sure to catch their 2015 finales, and you could do worse than checking out David Cronenberg’s 1986 body-horror classic, The Fly. Check out these titles when they hit the streaming service this upcoming November.

Kingsman: The Secret Service, 2014 (11/28)

Director Matthew Vaughan and comic book scribe Mark Millar — the duo previously collaborated on Kick-Ass — are back again with another comic book adaptation. Kingsman follows Eggsy (Taron Egerton), a troubled young man who is recruited by Harry (Colin Firth) into a secretive intelligence agency’s training program, but the training ends when the villainous Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) threatens world destruction. The film boasts fully loaded chambers of bloody fight sequences, and one brutal slugfest in a church is so entertaining that it’s worth the price of admission alone.

Dreamgirls, 2006 (11/1)

Nominated for eight Oscars, Dreamgirls is the tale of three female singers set against the backdrop of a changing music landscape in the ’60s. More than just a visually pleasing musical, Bill Condon’s (Gods and MonstersDreamgirls features fine dramatic performances, including Jennifer Hudson’s breakthrough, Oscar-winning execution of Effie White. One of the brightest treasures in the film, though, is Eddie Murphy’s portrayal of James “Thunder” Early, a drug-addled, but gifted entertainer whose story is nothing less than heartbreaking.

The Last King of Scotland, 2006 (11/1)

Kevin MacDonald (Touching the Void) was a documentarian before he moved into directing feature films with The Last King of Scotland. (His next project is bringing Stephen King’s JFK assassination drama 11/22/63 to TV.) His pedigree is interesting, because this film touches upon the very real story of dictator Idi Amin (Forest Whitaker), who was responsible for the massacre of hundreds of thousands of Ugandan citizens. Dr. Nicholas Garrison (James McAvoy) becomes Amin’s friend and physician, but alliances are strained when the dictator grows unhinged. Whitaker turns in a magnetic performance in his Oscar-winning role as the charismatic and dangerous Amin.

Here’s the full list of the comings and goings to HBO NOW this month…

New Original Programming:

Project Greenlight, Season Finale (11/1)

The Diplomat (11/2)

The Leisure Class (11/2)

Kareem: Minority of One (11/3)

Getting On, Season 3 Premiere (11/8)

U2: iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour (11/14)

The Latin Explosion (11/16)

The Danish Girl: HBO First Look (11/18)

Real Time with Bill Maher, Fall Finale (11/21)*

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Fall Finale (11/23)*

3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets (11/23)

*Added to HBO NOW the morning after HBO debut


Saturday Night Movies:

Unfinished Business, 2015 (11/7)

Run All Night, 2015 (11/14)

Fifty Shades of Grey, 2015 (11/21) (Original and Unrated cuts)


Spanish-Language Titles:

Los ases del corrar, 2015 (11/1)

Muerte en Buenos Aires, 2014 (11/6)

No robarás, 2013 (11/13)


Notable Films New to HBO NOW:

(Available November 1)

Battle for the Planet of the Apes, 1973

Beneath the Planet of the Apes, 1970

Don’t Say a Word, 2011

Double Jeopardy, 1999

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, 2007

Field of Dreams, 1989

Good Burger, 1997

Once, 2006

Planet of the Apes, 1968

Ride Along, 2014

Satisfaction, 1988

Scream, 1996

The Thomas Crown Affair, 1968

The Waterboy, 1998

Throw Momma from the Train, 1987


Last Chance to Catch:

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, 2013 (ends 11/24)


Ending November 30

Accepted, 2006

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, 1997

Dances with Wolves, 1990

Godzilla, 2014

Hannibal, 2001

Ice Age: The Meltdown, 2006

Jersey Boys, 2014

Let’s Be Cops, 2014

Miami Vice, 2006

Neighbors, 2014

Rush Hour, 1998

Scooby-Doo, 2002

The Fly, 1986