From the latest movie in The Hunger Games series to Hayao Miyazaki’s newest film, get your watchlist ready for November 2023’s new titles.
Believe it or not, we are now just two months away from the end of the year. Where did the time go, right? But even if 2023 is entering its final moments, that doesn’t mean the movies and shows coming our way are slowing down, far from it in fact. For starters, the QCinema film festival is set to run later this month. So, if your 2023 watchlist is still pretty hefty, prepare to make it even longer as November is chock full of brand new entertainment to devour from cinemas, TV, and streaming. Get ready for a month filled with new titles looking to satisfy a variety of tastes.
TUNNEL TO SUMMER, THE EXIT TO GOODBYES
This coming-of-age anime film entwines two young high school students from different backgrounds but share similar pains growing up. Kaoru Tuono and Anzu Hanashiro are two friends whose friendship deepens after they discover a mysterious tunnel that grants users their wish but speeds up time outside the tunnel. As time passes by, the two keep returning to the tunnel as they wonder how further they have to go deeper and how much they have to lose for their wishes to finally come true. The movie is currently showing in cinemas nationwide.
FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY’S
Whether you’re deep into the lore of the game series or just want to see Josh Hutcherson on screen again, this film adaptation has gotten people talking. Haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his brother a decade ago, Mike takes the job as a night watchman at the mysterious restaurant after being fired from his previous job in order to keep custody of his other younger sibling, Abby.
But Mike soon discovers that nothing at Freddy’s is what it seems. With the aid of Vanessa Shelly, a local police officer, Mike’s nights at Freddy’s will lead him into unexplainable encounters with the supernatural and drag him into the black heart of an unspeakable nightmare. The film is currently screening in cinemas nationwide.
SIMULA SA GITNA
This six-part mini-series that serves as a spin-off to the acclaimed 2019 film Hintayin Ng Langit centers on Sarah (Maris Racal), an employee at a purgatory-like Middle who is assigned to assist Andrew (Khalil Ramos) before he goes up to Heaven. But little do they know that their lives are connected as they get exposed to the seedy basement of purgatory. The show is currently streaming on Prime Video.
This sequel to Captain Marvel sees our titular hero team up with Kamala Khan and Monica Rambeau after they realize their powers are interconnected with each other as they work to save the universe. The film has its cosmic showings in local cinemas beginning November 8.
Based on the hit Korean webtoon of the same name by Kim Kyusam and CRG, Vigilante sees former victim Kim Jiyong grow up driven by a thirst for revenge. Tired of seeing the legal system fail and repeat offenders be set free, Jiyong spends his formative years becoming a star student at the police academy. He uses his inside knowledge to pursue non-repentant repeat offenders and deliver his own violent form of justice. But when the media catches on to his attacks, Jiyong will be forced into a cat and mouse game to continue pursuing criminals while avoiding being caught himself. The series streams on Disney+ beginning November 8.
CITY HUNTER THE MOVIE: ANGEL DUST
The final chapter begins in the long-awaited theatrical release of City Hunter The Movie: Angel Dust with the film’s main protagonist Ryo Saeba, a highly-skilled gunman and most-sought “sweeper” working tirelessly to get rid of crimes in the city of Tokyo. A non-stop hyper-action anime film, the film sees Ryo faces his dark past and stops a new breed of enemies designed to become super soldiers injected with nanomachines known as Angel Dust. You can catch all this when the movie hits cinemas on November 8.
David Fincher is back and giving us yet another thriller to sink our teeth into. After a fateful near miss, an assassin battles his employers — and himself — on an international hunt for retribution he insists isn’t personal. It streams on Netflix starting November 10.
You probably know PULP as one of the top local concert producers in the country. But did you know that they also make movies? This film will serve as their first project and stars Melai Cantiveros-Francisco as a policewoman, who is also a hardcore K-pop and K-Drama fan, that just so happens to travel to South Korea for a secret mission. There, she disguises herself as a tour guide to apprehend a dangerous fugitive. Along the way, she encounters a myriad of characters, each adding to the film’s adventure and humor. You can probably imagine what happens next and you can confirm those suspicions when the movie drops on November 15.
THIRD WORLD ROMANCE
If you didn’t catch this highly underrated film earlier this year, now’s your chance with the movie arriving on Netflix on November 16. The film centers on Britney (Charlie Dizon), a young and outspoken woman desperate for a job to fund the return ticket of her mom from Oman to the Philippines. Luck finds Britney when she comes across Alvin (Carlo Aquino), a laidback grocery store bagger who helps Britney get a job as a cashier at the grocery he works at. The two eventually fall in love, but they soon realize that their paycheck-to-paycheck life may not be the most ideal setting for their love story.
While the show had a reboot earlier this year, this take on the wild and wacky series serves as the Filipino version featuring stars like Eugine Domingo and Sassa Gurl. When it’s right it’s right. It lands on Prime Video on November 16.
THE HUNGER GAMES: THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS & SNAKES
The Hunger Games franchise makes its anticipated return in the 2020s, and this time for a prequel that follows a young Coriolanus Snow as he’s left in-charge to take care of our new hero, District 12’s Lucy Gray Baird. As their bond develops, we see how Snow ends up becoming the corrupt leader he grows up to be. May the odds be ever in your favor when it screens in cinemas starting November 15.
SCOTT PILGRIM TAKES OFF
The animated adventures of Scott Pilgrim’s battle against Ramona Flowers’ seven evil exes is finally here and lands on Netflix on November 17.
MONARCH: LEGACY OF MONSTERS
The MonsterVerse of Godzilla, King Kong, and more gets even bigger in this series that follows two siblings as they go on the hunt for the mysterious Monarch organization. Catch it on Apple TV+ beginning November 17.
In honor of Disney’s 100 year anniversary, the house of the mouse is going back to its roots using old school animation to bring to life their latest animated musical. It centers on Asha, a woman who gets more than what she bargained for as she desires for her wish to come true, literally. But this development causes her to fall into the sights of an evil king who wants her powers. You won’t have to wish for this movie to land soon as it hits local cinemas this November 22.
Did someone say holiday slasher? From director Eli Roth comes this film that was inspired by a fake trailer seen in 2007’s Grindhouse. After a Black Friday riot ends in tragedy, a mysterious Thanksgiving-inspired killer terrorizes Plymouth, Massachusetts – the birthplace of the infamous holiday. Picking off residents one by one, what begins as random revenge killings are soon revealed to be part of a larger, sinister holiday plan. Will the town uncover the killer and survive the holidays…or become guests at his twisted holiday dinner table? Find out when it arrives in local movie houses on November 22.
This K-drama starring Song Kang and Kim Yoo-jung centers on chaebol heiress Do Do Hee, who is an adversary to many, and Jung Koo Won, a powerful entity superior to humans. However, one day, Jung Koo Won loses his powers. Forced to collaborate with Do Do Hee to regain them, sparks of romance begin to fly between them as they embark on this journey together. The show lands on Netflix on November 24.
REPLACING CHEF CHICO
If ever you’ve watched The Bear and wanted a culinary show like that set in the Philippines that’s a little less tense, this series has got you covered. Netflix’s first original Filipino series stars Piolo Pascual, Alessandra de Rossi, and Sam Milby and follows a devoted sous-chef who steps up to the plate when her head chef falls into a coma, causing her to lead a Filipino fine dining restaurant from closing down. The series streams on Netflix beginning November 24.
TELL ME THAT YOU LOVE ME
When struggling actor Jung Moeun gets fired after just one day on set, she will find herself at the start of a series of chance encounters with Cha Jinwoo, a talented deaf artist. As the pair continue to bump into each other, their connection will grow stronger, with the pair realizing that love can be expressed in more ways than just through words, and that there are certain sounds that you can only hear with your heart. Follow this heartwarming story on Disney+ starting November 27.
Ridley Scott becomes the latest director to bring to life the French Emperor for the big screen. The spectacle-filled action epic that details the checkered rise and fall of Napoleon, played by Joaquin Phoenix, captures Bonaparte’s relentless journey to power through the prism of his addictive, volatile relationship with his one true love, Josephine, showcasing his visionary military and political tactics. You can watch this in local cinemas on November 29.
THE BOY AND THE HERON
No need to travel to Japan for Hayao Miyazaki’s newest movie with Studio Ghibli. The enchanting story of Mojito and his talking gray heron arrives in the Philippines this month when it screens in local cinemas soon.
SHAKE, RATTLE & ROLL EXTREME
A staple of the Filipino holiday season returns, but in not your typical format. After not being included in this year’s MMFF, the newest entry of the beloved horror franchise jumps ahead of the competition and offers viewers an early and extreme dose of horror for Christmas. See these horrific tales come to life when the movie screens in cinemas nationwide this November 29.
From director Rae Red comes a thriller starring Nadine Lustre about a woman who is forced to do unspeakable acts after she’s pushed to the edge. See how this story unfolds when it drops on Prime Video on November 30.
Oh, you thought it was over? As if November 2023 couldn’t be packed enough, we also have a few new seasons to take note of. Invincible Season 2 (November 3), Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2 (November 5), The Crown Season 6 Part 1 (November 16).