From highly-anticipated animated adventures to gripping biographical masterpieces, this week’s slate of OTT releases is a cinematic feast waiting to be savoured. As we usher in the winter season, the warmth of your cosy sanctuary becomes the perfect backdrop to explore an eclectic array of stories.
From the heartwarming charm of Elf Me to the dark allure of I Don’t Expect Anyone to Believe Me, buckle up for a rollercoaster ride through worlds that defy expectations. With that said, let’s explore the new OTT shows and movies streaming into our homes this week.
1. Leo (Streaming on Netflix) - Release Date: 21 November 2023
Directed by Robert Marianetti, Robert Smigel, David Wachtenheim, Leo introduces us to a surprising hero—a class pet lizard voiced by the one and only Adam Sandler. Leo decides it’s high time to break free from his box-bound life and becomes the star of take-home assignments. But there’s a twist: Leo can talk! Watch this animated gem as Leo aids kids in solving their problems, proving that even a lizard can be a hero.
2. Oppenheimer (Available on Prime Video, Apple TV+, Google Play) - Release Date: 21 November 2023
Christopher Nolan’s biographical masterpiece, Oppenheimer, takes us on a riveting journey into the life of Robert Oppenheimer, the genius behind the atomic bomb. With a stellar cast including Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, and Matt Damon, this film delves into Oppenheimer’s pivotal role in the Manhattan Project and the aftermath of his choices.
3. Squid Game: The Challenge (Streaming on Netflix) - Release Date: 22 November 2023
Step into the real-life Squid Challenge with 456 players from around the world. Inspired by the Netflix sensation Squid Game, contestants battle it out for a jaw-dropping prize of USD 4.56 million. While the stakes are high, rest assured, this game is minus all the lethal consequences. Get ready for an adrenaline-pumping, wallet-fattening experience.
4. High on the Hog Season 2 (Streaming on Netflix) - Release Date: 22 November 2023
Sommelier Stephen Satterfield is back, travelling the culinary map to explore the rich stories behind African-American food. This season, buckle up for a gastronomic adventure in Atlanta, New York, New Orleans, and Los Angeles as Satterfield uncovers the delicious tapestry of Black history through food.
5. I Don’t Expect Anyone to Believe Me (Streaming on Netflix) - Release Date: 22 November 2023
Embark on a gripping narrative as a young writer sets foot in Barcelona with dreams of pursuing a PhD in Literature. However, the picturesque city reveals a darker underbelly as our protagonist becomes entwined in the sinister threads of a criminal network. Faced with unexpected challenges, his journey takes an unexpected turn, inspiring him to weave a tale of intrigue, diabolical twists, and literary ambition.
6. Pulimada (Streaming on Netflix) - Release Date: 23 November 2023
Venture into the heart of a small village where constable Vincent’s eagerly awaited wedding plans are disrupted by the chilling news of a man-eating tiger. Frustration turns to determination as Vincent embarks on a perilous journey to confront the threat, only to stumble upon a revelation that shatters his world. Pulimada promises a riveting blend of suspense, village drama, and unexpected twists.
7. My Daemon (Streaming on Netflix) - Release Date: 23 November 2023
In a near-future anime odyssey, follow Kento, an elementary student, and his newfound companion, Anna, a small daemon creature. Their extraordinary journey unfolds after a nuclear explosion alters the fabric of reality, causing Earth to collide with Hell. As they navigate this fantastical realm, the duo must unravel mysteries, confront magical forces, and forge an unbreakable bond.
8. A Nearly Normal Family (Streaming on Netflix) - Release Date: 24 November 2023
Dive into the labyrinth of familial bonds in this Netflix series adapted from the bestselling novel. A seemingly ordinary family, comprising a pastor, a lawyer, and their teenage daughter, is thrust into the spotlight when an accusation of murder rocks their world. As the threads of normalcy unravel, the family is tested in unexpected ways, making for a compelling exploration of loyalty and resilience.
9. Elf Me (Streaming on Amazon Prime Video) - Release Date: 24 November 2023
Prepare for a whimsical holiday tale that deviates from the conventional festive narrative. Meet Trip, an offbeat elf whose penchant for crafting eccentric weapons sets the stage for an unconventional Christmas adventure. When he crosses paths with Elia, a reserved kid from an Italian mountain village, the duo must unite to thwart a ruthless businessman and, in the process, rediscover the true meaning of Christmas magic.
10. The Village (Streaming on Amazon Prime Video) Release Date: November 24
Embarking on a thrilling journey inspired by the gripping graphic novel by Asvin Srivatsangam, Vivek Rangachari, and Shamik Dasgupta, this fast-paced series delves deep into the eerie landscapes of Tamil Nadu. Driven by desperation, Gautham (Arya) navigates through the haunting enigma of a cursed village, seeking help from the locals in a frantic quest to rescue his captive family. In a parallel unfolding, an unyielding successor dispatches hired soldiers on a quest to recover a mysterious entity. As these two narratives intertwine, the suspense heightens, setting the stage for a gripping tale of survival in the face of unimaginable horrors.
11. Last Call for Istanbul (Streaming on Netflix) - Release Date: 24 November 2023
Serin and Mehmet, brought together by chance encounters at the airport, find themselves swept into an unforgettable night of exhilaration, longing, and allure amidst the vibrant backdrop of New York. As they weave through the city’s pulsating energy, sharing what could be the best moments of their lives, a poignant predicament surfaces—both are bound by the ties of marriage. In the midst of the excitement and desire, the shadow of their commitments casts a complex hue over their shared experience, adding layers of tension and nuance to this riveting tale.