Use our guide to help you pick the one thing on each major streaming service that you should watch this month.
Netflix: Pieces of a Woman
Shia LaBeouf might be on the verge of cancellation, but don't let his presence stop you from watching Netflix's heart-wrenching and powerful drama. Vanessa Kirby (who Netflix subscribers will recall from the first two seasons of "The Crown") is the one to watch here, and her performance has been generating a great amount of Oscar chatter since the film's debut at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Amazon: One Night in Miami
We've written a lot about Amazon's likely awards contender and Regina King's directorial debut. Since its premiere at Venice this year, King's historical drama -- based on a stage play of the same name -- has already been heating up the Oscar conversation. As discussions of racial injustice continue to take center stage, if there's one thing to watch from Amazon this month, this is it.
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Hulu: Save Yourselves!
In the locked-down fall of 2020, Bleecker Street debuted this low key sci-fi comedy about a Brooklyn couple who leave town and disconnect for a woodland retreat. When the couple check their phones again, they discover the world has been under attack by alien forces. This was the perfect pre-Halloween escape from our own shut-in lives, and still remains so while we are all still trapped in our homes.
HBO: Locked Down
Speaking of lockdowns, also during the fall, director Doug Liman ("Mr. & Mrs. Smith") shot this comedy heist movie with Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor. The two play a bickering couple who look to liven up their stay-at-home by plotting a jewelry heist, as the non-essential luxury store Harrods closes its doors amid the pandemic.
Disney+: The Wolverine
The MCU has been on a long hiatus since 2019. Of course, this was not the plan. But, as you wait anxiously for Disney+'s mind-bending kick-off to Phase 4 with "WandaVision," you can still get your Marvel fix from X-Men hero Wolverine. Hugh Jackman's 2013 solo outing, directed by future "Logan" helmer James Mangold, delivered plenty of action, delved deeper into the Wolverine mythos, and gave hardcore fans what they really wanted - a movie that helped them forget that whole "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" debacle.
VOD/PVOD: Promising Young Woman
Carey Mulligan is heating up the awards race, with her lead in this killer revenge thriller from first-time director Emerald Fennell. Look for nice guy actors like Bo Burnham and Max Greenfield playing against type. "Promising Young Woman" hit cinemas last month and should be coming to Premium VOD later this month.
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Matt Lissauer is a writer & data manager for Noovie. When he is not busy writing listicles, Matt is enjoying life in New Jersey with his lovely wife and three kids.