Tom Power, senior entertainment reporter
The first November 2023 update sees Quiz Lady, which stars Awkwafina and Sandra Oh, and Spider-Man: Far From Home added to this guide. We’ve also updated our ‘coming soon’ section with any new information we have on titles that are set to join the streaming platform between now and the end of November.
New Disney Plus movies are regularly added to the entertainment behemoth’s streaming service’s back catalog. What does that mean for you? New movies to enjoy every single week.
Well, most weeks, really, as Disney Plus’ film library isn’t updated as often as Netflix‘s is. Even then, the flicks that join one of the world’s best streaming services aren’t always home runs for the studio. With our help, though, you’ll know which ones are worth watching and avoiding.
Below, we’ve rounded up the latest new films to launch on Disney Plus. That includes the latest live-action remake of a classic Disney movie, some creatively interesting horrors, and the return of a fan-favorite Marvel flick. If you’re after an even wider selection of what’s available, our best Disney Plus movies guide should be perused after you’ve read this one.
US visitors should be aware that some entries in this guide are only available on Hulu. We’ve added a note to the films where this applies (you can also read our new Hulu movies for a complete rundown of what’s coming to the sister streamer stateside). For now, though, these are all of the new Disney Plus movies to land on the platform since September.
New Disney Plus movies: November 2023
Spider-Man: Far From Home
Release date: November 3 (US only)
The second installment in Tom Holland’s Spider-Man film trilogy for the MCU, Spider-Man: Far From Home has rejoined Disney Plus’ library. Unfortunately for UK viewers, it’s only swung onto the platform the US (NB: British viewers can stream it on Netflix instead).
In the first MCU film post-Avengers: Endgame, Holland’s Peter Parker finds himself struggling to return to what he’d consider to be a relatively normal life. Parker continues to mourn the loss of his mentor Tony Stark/Iron Man following his heroic sacrifice in Endgame, wrestles with telling M.J. (Zendaya) how he really feels about her, and balancing his superhero adventures with his schoolwork. Things get more complicated when Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and an apparently multiversal superhero called Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) enlist his help to save the world from a new otherworldly threat, too.
Arguably the weakest of Holland’s three films to date – that’s very subjective, mind you, considering it holds 90% critical and 95% audience Rotten Tomatoes scores – Far From Home is still a terrific film filled of humor, great action, tantalizing drama, and emotional gut punches. See where it sits in our best Spider-Man movies piece or find out how to watch the Spider-Man movies in order.
Release date: November 3 (available on Hulu in the US)
Quiz Lady stars Awkwafina (The Boys Presents: Diabolical, Shang-Chi) and Sandra Oh (Invincible, Killing Eve) as Anne and Jenny, estranged sisters who reunite when their mom passes away. Unfortunately for the duo, their mother racked up a mountainous gambling debt before she died – and, to make matters worse, Anne’s dog is kidnapped by their deceased parent’s criminal debt collectors.
However, when Anne displays an uncanny ability to correctly answer questions on a quiz TV show, the pair set off on a cross-country adventure to turn Anne into a bona fide quiz champion whose winnings will pay off said debt and get her beloved hound back.
Its trailer didn’t make it seem all that, but Quiz Lady has become a surprise hit among critics. Indeed, its 83% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes proves as much, with journalists calling it “a blast”, “entertaining with the right amount of heart”, and “funny… thanks to its two leads”. One of November’s new Disney Plus movies whose heartfelt and comedic slant might make for a worthwhile watch.
New Disney Plus movies: October 2023
Release date: October 27 (available on Hulu in the US)
This Anna Zlokovic-directed movie – she also penned the screenplay – could’ve been another underrated Hulu horror film offering when it originally landed on Hulu. However, its critical and commercial reception hasn’t been as terrifyingly terrific as some might have hoped, so it might not seem like an unmissable flick to many.
That said, Appendage has some things going for it. It tells the tale of Hannah (Hadley Robinson), a fashion designer who’s constantly crippled by self-doubt. When her inner demons eventually erupt to the surface and turn into a grotesque growth on her body – the titular appendage – Hannah’s health rapidly deteriorates. But hope springs eternal as she soon learns that she’s not the only one with a debilitating, seemingly sentient tumor.
With its unusual body horror premise and at-times comical leanings, Appendage may have enough about it (for some viewers, anyway) to be worth its 93-minute runtime. For others looking for something more thematically substantial and frightening, though, it’ll do little to scratch that creepy movie-style itch.
Release date: October 11 (available on Hulu in the US)
Based on Stephen King’s short story of the same name, The Boogeyman cooked up a few scares when it debuted in theaters in mid-2023.
It follows Sadie and Sawyer Harper (Sophie Thatcher and Vivien Lyra Blair), sisters who struggle to move on from their mom’s recent death and whose grief-stricken therapist father Will (Chris Messina) has alienated them in the process. Things don’t get any easier, though, when one of Will’s patients unexpectedly turns up at their home one day, leaving behind an evil supernatural entity that begins to prey on their trauma.
The Boogeyman was met with mixed reviews upon release, with many praising its occasional jump scares and foreboding, creepy atmosphere, but hitting out at how generic it was. One to stream, sure, but it might leave you wanting more.
Release date: October 6
One of the late Robin Williams’ most-adored movies, Mrs Doubtfire has joined Disney Plus’ back catalog with the aim of bringing joy to a new generation.
Williams plays Daniel Hilliard, a freelance voice actor and recent divorcee who disguises himself as a old British woman (the titular character) to convince ex-wife Miranda (Sally Field) to hire him as their kids’ new nanny. Initially buoyed by the chance to reconnect with his children, Daniel soon realizes that keeping up appearances isn’t as easy as he anticipated.
Thanks to Williams’ expectedly endearing and towering display, Mrs Doubtfire is a stone-cold comedy-drama classic, albeit one that’s a tad outdated these days. Kids might not fully understand it, but those looking for some Williams-starring nostalgia won’t get tired of it.
Release date: October 4
Disney is slowly building out a corner of its stacked movie library with films based on some of its most popular theme park rides. We’ve already been treated to live-action adaptations of Pirates of the Caribbean, Tomorrowland, and Jungle Cruise, with each one being received well (or not, in some cases) by audiences worldwide.
Now, it’s Haunted Mansion‘s turn to get the ride-turned-film treatment. The supernatural horror-comedy stars Rosario Dawson (Star Wars: Ahsoka) as Gabbie, a widowed doctor who moves into Gracey Manor with her son Travis (Chase W Dillon), only to find it’s, well, haunted. Determined not to be kicked out of their new home by the scary spirits that inhabits its walls, Gabbie enlists the help of numerous ghost experts – astrophysicist Ben Matthias (LaKeith Stanfield), Father Kent (Owen Wilson), supernatural professor Bruce Davis (Danny DeVito), and psychic Harriet (Tiffany Hadish) – to exorcise her and Travis’ new abode.
A film that fared far better with general viewers than critics, Haunted Mansion seems like the perfect, somewhat-family-friendly spook-filled adventure to get you in the mood for Halloween.
New Disney Plus movies: September 2023
No One Will Save You
Release date: September 22 (available on Hulu in the US)
20th Century Studios delivered a pre-Halloween scare with a terrifying sci-fi horror-thriller that makes for a spook-filled and enthralling watch any weekend of the year.
No One Will Save You stars Kaitlyn Dever as Brynn, a social outcast in her small US hometown. When a race of mind-controlling extraterrestrials suddenly invade and take control of the local populace (sans Brynn), though, our protagonist is forced to fight for her survival and freedom – and confront her past in the process.
The movie’s official trailer already gave us unsettling and frighteningly atmospheric vibes thanks to its creepy alien creatures when it arrived in early September. And, given the hugely positive reception it’s received since (its ending will throw you for a loop, believe us), No One Will Save You is worth letting invade your TV screen.
Release date: September 13
Elemental looked like it would fall foul of the same issues that have plagued recent Pixar movies. Yes, it looks visually spectacular and would likely tug at the heartstrings, but it appeared to lack story substance and the smart, snappy humor we’d come to expect from the Disney subsidiary.
After some questionable critics-based reviews and a lackluster start to its theatrical run, though, Elemental proved it wasn’t a complete failure. Thanks to positive word of mouth, it earned $484 million worldwide and a 93% positive audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Even better, Elemental smashed The Little Mermaid‘s Disney Plus movie record in its first five days on the platform.
Set in a world inhabited by anthropomorphic elements of nature, Elemental stars the short tempered, fire-based Ember and free-flowing water-type Wade. After a chance encounter, they grow close, and begin to positively challenge each other’s worldview and the overarching theme that elements cannot mix. Find out where Elemental ranks on our best Pixar movies list while you’re here.
The Little Mermaid
Release date: September 6
Over three months after it debuted in theaters, The Little Mermaid‘s live-action retelling has surfaced from under the waves to join Disney Plus’ movie library. Just five days into its streaming run, it became the most-watched Disney Plus film of all-time (although that’s been broken by Elemental since).
Thankfully, Disney’s latest adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s iconic tale is now available to watch. The musical comedy-drama film, which – eventually – follows the human-obsessed Ariel’s quest to stop sea witch Ursula from becoming the oceans’ new overlord, did okay at the global box office with a near $570 million haul to its name. We expect it to be more popular on Disney’s primary streamer, though, especially with little in the way of new Disney Plus movies to watch right now.
Before you load it up, be sure to read our review of The Little Mermaid. Next, find out why the film took inspiration from David Attenborough, not Avatar 2, then which of its songs was its composer’s favorite track and, lastly, where it ranks in our best Disney live-action movies list.
New Disney Plus movies: coming soon
There are a few new Disney Plus movies coming out in November, including original and fan-favorite Christmas films to get you in the mood for the most festive time of the year. Check out what’s on the way below:
- Killer Vacation – November 8 (UK only)
- Jingle All the Way 2 – November 10
- Dashing Through the Snow – November 17
- The Naughty Nine – November 23
- Deck the Halls – November 24