Shawn Mendes is shown in the documentary "Shawn Mendes: In Wonder," in this undated handout photo. Netflix debuts the documentary "Shawn Mendes: In Wonder," a glimpse behind the curtain of the Canadian pop singer's life, on Nov. 23. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Netflix

Shawn Mendes shines and holiday movies stack up in November streaming highlights

Shawn Mendes shines and holiday movies stack up in November streaming highlights

TORONTO — Backstage drama abounds on streaming services in November as Shawn Mendes confronts his demons in a new documentary and the estranged buddies of Kenny vs. Spenny reunite for a pandemic reality show.

Netflix pulls back the curtain on Mendes as he embarks on a gruelling world tour of more than 100 shows in under a year. Shawn Mendes: In Wonder debuts Nov. 23 on the streaming platform, just before the launch of the Pickering, Ont.-raised pop star’s new album.

Over at CBC Gem, Kenny and Spenny: Paldemic puts the frayed relations between Canadian pranksters Kenny Hotz and Spencer Rice on full display as COVID-19 places even more distance between the duo. The half-hour special debuts Nov. 20.

Amazon Prime Video will debut two underseen films with distinct visual styles. The Current War, due Nov. 14, fuses wild energy into the race between Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) and George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) as they compete to deliver electricity to society. And the pulsating drama Waves, out Nov. 18, follows a Black family in South Florida as their son, a high school wrestling star, struggles with addiction.

Here’s a selection of other new films and TV series worth streaming in November:

TRUE CRIME DOCUSERIES

Failures of the criminal justice system are at the centre of two multi-part documentaries that explore murder mysteries from very different perspectives. Trial 4 pours through the case of Sean Ellis, a Boston man who served 22 years in prison after being found guilty of killing a police detective, despite many holes in the case against him. The eight-episode Netflix series arrives on Nov. 11. Meanwhile, Murder on Middle Beach is told from the vantage point of first-time filmmaker Madison Hamburg as he searches for answers about who murdered his mother at the family’s Connecticut home in 2010. The four-part series rolls out weekly starting Nov. 15 on Crave/HBO.

HOLIDAY MOVIES

With many yuletide celebrations sidelined this year, Netflix is getting into the festive spirit early. Among the highlights are the Air Force base-set romance Operation Christmas Drop (Nov. 5) and the return of Kurt Russell as Santa Claus and Goldie Hawn as Mrs. Claus in The Christmas Chronicles 2 (Nov. 25).

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