The 7 best new movies on HBO Max in November 2022
If you’re trying to figure out what to watch on HBO Max, you’ve come to the right place. In addition to our main curated selection of best movies currently streaming on the platform, we’ve rounded up some of the best new movies streaming this month to help narrow down the selection. They include new 2022 releases like Olivia Wilde’s “Don’t Worry Darling,” a pair of excellent Christmas movies, and even an iconic franchise for good measure. You really can’t go wrong choosing any of the movies below.
So sit back, relax, and enjoy after you’ve made your selection from our list of the best new movies on HBO Max in November 2022 below.
don’t worry darling
You have heard people talk about “Don’t Worry Honey” (and its director Olivia Wilde and stars Florence Pugh and Harry Styles), but in all the talk, the actual film was overshadowed – and that’s pretty good! This “Stepford Wives” meets “The Twilight Zone” thriller stars Pugh as a housewife in an idyllic neighborhood who begins to suspect that all is not well with the community. Styles is her husband, Wilde is her neighbor, and Chris Pine plays the charismatic community leader that most men idolize. This one packs an interesting (and twisty) premise as well as an extremely lush cinema.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
If you’re in the mood to kick off the holiday season with a Christmas movie, you can’t go wrong with “Christmas Vacation.” The third film in the franchise finds the Griswold foster family from both sides at home for Christmas and endures all the headaches that come with it. Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo are terrific, and Randy Quaid nearly steals the show as Cousin Eddie. This one is a classic for a reason.
Lowkey, one of the funniest comedies of the past decade, 2014’s “Neighbors” is about young parents and college kids alike. Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne star as a couple with a newborn whose lives are thrown into further chaos when a fraternity – led by Zac Efron – moves in next door. A war ensues, but director Nicholas Stoller (who also directed ‘Bros’ and ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’) infuses the film with as much heart as it does humor, as Rogen and Byrne’s characters struggle with the loss of their youth while Efron’s character hides his own insecurities.
Ingrid goes west
A hidden gem if there ever was one, “Ingrid Goes West” is a hilarious and brilliant treatise on social media anxieties while featuring a pair of terrific performances from Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen. Plaza plays a mentally unstable young woman who becomes obsessed with a social media influencer played by Olsen, who then creates a personality for Olsen’s character to befriend her. As the ruse begins to unravel, so does Plaza’s character. This one is thrilling, funny, and surprising in equal measure.
David Fincher’s 1995 film “Seven” remains one of the best crime thrillers ever made – with an ending impossible to forget. Written by Andrew Kevin Walker, the film stars Brad Pitt as an idealistic young detective who is paired with a soon-to-retire detective played by Morgan Freeman. But when put on the case of a serial killer who murders based on the Seven Deadly Sins, they find themselves tested in more ways than one. “Seven” is rich in metaphors (the unnamed city in which it takes place is always wet and dirty), impeccable direction and memorable performances. But what sets it apart is a storyline that goes against convention in favor of playing against audience expectations. This is a crime thriller for fans of crime thrillers.
Here’s a Christmas movie for the whole family, and maybe one you’ve never seen before. The 2011 animated feature hails from Aardman, the studio behind the “Wallace and Gromit” films, and follows Santa’s clumsy but well-meaning son named Arthur (voiced by James McAvoy). On Christmas Eve, Arthur leaves with a ragtag crew (including his grandfather, voiced by Bill Nighy) to deliver one last gift that has been left behind.
The Harry Potter Franchise
All eight films in the “Harry Potter” franchise are now back on HBO Max, just in time for the holidays, making for fulfilling viewing if you so choose. The eight-part series is still one of the best and most comprehensive film franchises of all time, as it traces the adventures of a boy wizard from his very beginnings to his final confrontation with the evil Lord Voldemort. What makes “Harry Potter” so brilliant are the movies that evolve and mature with the characters. So while the early films are bright and cheerful – much like their young protagonists – the later films are dark and complex, reflecting the characters forced into adulthood.