The Northman is one of the biggest films to arrive at Sky Cinema in November, but if you’re looking for something a little less gory, you might want to check it out The Phantom of Openness, an inspirational and funny film based on an incredibly true story. Sky is also airing a range of new documentaries and shows focused on the beautiful game in time for the World Cup in Qatar this month.
Check out this month’s highlights below, then keep scrolling to take a look at some of the other titles landing on Sky and Now TV this November.
Please note: This list is correct at the time of writing, but more titles are likely to be announced in the coming days.
Dating Death: The Rodney Alcala Story
In 1978, a young man named Rodney Alcala appeared on the popular US show The dating game. He was chosen from a number of eligible bachelors by contestant Cheryl Bradshaw, but when she felt something about him was “not right,” she decided not to go on the scheduled date.
It’s a good thing she didn’t, because Alcala was actually a serial killer who carried out a rape and murder campaign from 1968 to 1979 before he was finally caught. This documentary follows his shocking behavior and the investigation into his crimes.
On November 4, 1979, Iranian student activists stormed the US Embassy in Tehran and took over 60 Americans hostage. They did this to protest the imperialist practices faced by the Iranian people, but what began as a 48-hour sit-in soon evolved into an international crisis and major media event that lasted 444 days. This documentary brings this shocking chapter in world history to life through never-before-seen archive footage and interviews with hostages and hostage-takers.
Have, have, need
As a kid, I was used to the words “got, got, need” when swapping football stickers with my buddies. In this new series, comedian Jack Whitehall and footballer Jame Redknapp take card collecting to a whole new level when, instead of collecting football cards, Jack sends Jamie off to “collect” meetings with real footballers instead.
Surely one of the most disappointing comic book movies of the year, this lifeless attempt stars Jared Leto as Dr. Michael Morbius, a man who develops superhuman strength while trying to cure himself of a rare blood disease. The premise is promising, but the film itself is pretty boring, with some bizarre editing decisions and a distinct lack of thrills.
Sebastian Stan and Denise Gough star as two free-roaming spirits who meet in Athens during a very hot summer and then enjoy a steamy weekend affair. One half of the couple then quits their jobs to pursue the romance, but will their relationship make it through Monday? Tune in to find out!
Souls: Season 1
In this new mystery drama, the lives of three women are turned upside down when their 14-year-old son is involved in a serious car accident and later claims to remember a past life as a passenger plane pilot.
In Michael Bay’s action film, two robbers steal an ambulance after a mugging. They then pedal while fleeing the cops and wreaking havoc as they speed through the streets of LA. The movie is silly but fun and will satisfy anyone looking for a non-stop thrill ride of a movie.
Poker Face (2022)
Russell Crowe directs and stars in this film about a tech billionaire who hosts a high-stakes poker game with some of his friends. But as the game progresses, secrets are revealed and an elaborate plan for revenge unfolds. There are no reviews for it at the time of writing, but with a good cast including Liam Hemsworth, Elsa Pataky and RZA, this could be a film worth taking a chance on.
9 bullets (2022)
Lena Headey stars in this poorly received film as a former burlesque dancer-turned-writer who goes on the run with her neighbor’s son when the boy’s family is killed by a local crime boss. Will the two survive?
Hopefully, but since critics think the film is poorly written and edited, you might be tempted to tune it out before it reaches its resolution.
Brazil 2002: The True Story
After a humiliating defeat by France in the 1998 World Cup final, the Brazilian team returned home shunned by both the press and their fans. They rejoined the World Cup four years later, returning home victorious after beating Germany 2-0 in Japan. This documentary celebrates their journey, from leaving Brazil in national disgrace to returning home triumphant with the World Cup trophy.
Hurst: The first and only
This new documentary chronicles the ups and downs of Geoff Hurst, including his legendary hat-trick in the 1966 World Cup Final and the devastating personal losses he suffered after retiring from football.
Letitia Wright plays a young Nigerian woman fleeing persecution who seeks international protection in Ireland. Her chances for happiness are ruined by the bureaucracy of Ireland’s immigration system, but life begins to improve when she befriends a convict (Josh O’Connor) at a reception center. The film debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in the summer, where it received positive reviews.
The Phantom of the Open (2022)
In 1976, Cumbrian shipyard worker Maurice Flitcroft (Mark Rylance) competed in the British Open Golf Championship despite never having played a round of golf in his life. As might be expected, he performed poorly, much to the bewilderment of golf officials who mistook him for a professional player. He was then denied entry again, but Flitcroft, with the help of some clever disguises, entered the championship several more times.
Based on a true story, this is a funny and inspirational film with outstanding twists from Rylance and Sally Hawkins as his devoted wife.
The Reef: Stalked (2022)
Three friends venture into the Pacific Ocean on a kayaking adventure, but within hours of reaching the water, their lives are threatened by a great white shark. This belated sequel to the 2010 film The reef is not as good as its predecessor, but at least better than Bait for sharksa rather disastrous water-based thriller that launched on Sky Cinema a few months ago.
The Ghost of Richard Harris
The life of the legendary Irish actor is recalled, with newly revealed family shots, interviews with the actors who knew him and contributions from his three sons.
The Northman (2022)
Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman and Claes Bang are among the talented cast members in Robert Egger’s critically acclaimed film about a young Viking prince seeking revenge for the murder of his father.
It divided audiences, perhaps because some people were expecting a traditional Hollywood epic, but it’s a bit more mainstream than Eggars’ last two films. The witch and The lighthouseand it’s got plenty of blood-soaked action for those who like that kind of thing.
The Outfit (2022)
Mark Rylance plays Leonard, a mild-mannered tailor who plies his trade in downtown Chicago in the 1950s, tailoring suits for anyone who requires his services. Unfortunately, among his clients is a family of villainous gangsters who arrive at his house one fateful night in need of a special favor. Against this backdrop of stitching, someone is about to be stitched for betraying the mob, resulting in Leonard being drawn into a deadly game of deception and murder.
A Christmas Carol Christmas (2022)
The 1983 movie a Christmas Story is a mainstay of the Christmas season in the US but hasn’t had much of an impact in the UK. That’s a shame because it’s one of the funniest Christmas movies of all time and deserves a wider audience outside of the US. If you haven’t seen it yet, I recommend you do so in preparation for this sequel, set 30 years after the original.
Peter Billingsley reprises his role as Ralphie, who wanted a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas in the earlier film. Now an adult, Ralphie returns to his former home to give his children the kind of magical Christmas he experienced as a child. We hope this new film is as good as the 80’s original, with at least one scene of a kid sticking his tongue to a frozen flagpole as a throwback to the first film!
The Good Doctor: Season 6
Rabbit Academy (2022)
The royal mob
gods of the game
15th of November
Upright: Season 2
Rob & Romesh versus the World Cup
Avenue 5: Season 2
Coroner: Season 4
Hold the Front Page: Season 1