Netflix: What’s new in December

Avengers: Infinity War

It’s easy to have your eyes glaze over at the assembled mass of Marvel Studios films, but Infinity War kind of snaps things into focus: It’s really amazing that these movies happened in this way, and with enough success to lead to this ridiculously huge movie that sets the stage for a grand finale. Infinity War is large, unwieldy, and hugely entertaining, the kind of movie that rewards rewatching just so you can, uh, marvel at how it all comes together and works as well as it does. Arrives December 25.

You

You is one of the best debuts of the year. Adapted from Caroline Kepnes novel of the same name, the Lifetime series follows a bookseller who meets a beautiful woman and begins to secretly stalk her, learning everything about her life so he can slowly become the most important thing in it. But You isn’t interested merely in lurid thrills, it doubles as one of the most incisive and vital deconstructions of male entitlement and agency in years. You is a wickedly smart and funny pulp show that’s also spent a lot of time thinking about pulp shows, and the distorted way pop culture has centered itself around the desires of men, objectifying women in more ways than one. Arrives December 26.

Roma

A favorite for one of the best films of the year and a presumed Oscar contender, Roma is Alfonso Cuarón’s first feature-length film since Gravity, and a far more grounded, personal work. A semi-autobiographical film about a middle-class family and their live-in housekeeper in Mexico City’s Colonia Roma district, Roma isn’t just a tender domestic portrait, but something more. Quietly set against the unspoken backdrop of the country’s Guerra Sucia. Beautifully shot in black-and-white, Roma is a film that is best seen in theaters, but having it easily accessible on Netflix is a gift. Arrives December 14.

Full List of What’s New on Netflix — December 2018

Noteworthy selections in bold.

Available December 1

8 Mile
Astro Boy
Battle — Netflix Original Film
Bride of Chucky
Christine
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Crossroads: One Two Jaga — Netflix Original Film
Friday
Friday After Next
Hellboy
Man vs Wild With Sunny Leone: Season 1
Meet Joe Black
Memories of the Alhambra (Streaming Every Saturday) — Netflix Original
My Bloody Valentine
Next Friday
Reindeer Games
Seven Pounds
Shaun of the Dead
Terminator Salvation
The Big Lebowski
The Great British Baking Show: Masterclass: Season 5 Masterclasses
The Last Dragon
The Man Who Knew Too Little

Available December 2

The Lobster

Available December 3

Blue Planet II: Season 1
Hero Mask — Netflix Original
The Sound of Your Heart: Reboot Season 2 — Netflix Original

Available December 4

District 9

Available December 6

Happy!: Season 1

Available December 7

5 Star Christmas — Netflix Film
Bad Blood — Netflix Original
Dogs of Berlin — Netflix Original
Dumplin’ — Netflix Film
Free Rein: The Twelve Neighs of Christmas — Netflix Original
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle — Netflix Film
Nailed It! Holiday! — Netflix Original
Neo Yokio: Pink Christmas — Netflix Original
Pine Gap — Netflix Original
ReMastered: Who Killed Jam Master Jay? — Netflix Original
Super Monsters and the Wish Star — Netflix Original
The American Meme — Netflix Original
The Hook Up Plan (Plan Coeur) — Netflix Original
The Ranch: Part 6 — Netflix Original

Available December 10

Michael Jackson’s This Is It

Available December 11

Vir Das: Losing It — Netflix Original

Available December 12

Back Street Girls: Gokudols — Netflix Original
Out of Many, One — Netflix Original

Available December 13

Wanted: Season 3 — Netflix Original

Available December 14

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale — Netflix Original
Cuckoo: Season 4 — Netflix Original
Dance & Sing with True: Songs — Netflix Original
Fuller House: Season 4 — Netflix Original
Inside the Real Narcos — Netflix Original
Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons: Season 3 — Netflix Original
Prince of Peoria: A Christmas Moose Miracle — Netflix Original
Roma — Netflix Film
Sunderland Til I Die — Netflix Original
The Fix — Netflix Original
The Innocent Man — Netflix Original
The Protector — Netflix Original
Tidelands — Netflix Original
Travelers: Season 3 — Netflix Original
Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 8 — Netflix Original

Available December 16

Baby Mama
Kill the Messenger
One Day
Springsteen on Broadway  Netflix Original
The Theory of Everything

Available December 18

Baki — Netflix Original
Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable — Netflix Original
Terrace House: Opening New Doors: Part 5 — Netflix Original

Available December 21

3Below: Tales of Arcadia — Netflix Original
7 Days Out — Netflix Original
Back With the Ex — Netflix Original
Bad Seeds — Netflix Film
Bird Box — Netflix Film
Derry Girls — Netflix Original
Diablero — Netflix Original
Greenleaf: Season 3
Last Hope: Part 2 — Netflix Original
Perfume — Netflix Original
Sirius the Jaeger — Netflix Original
Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski — Netflix Film
Tales by Light: Season 3 — Netflix Original
The Casketeers — Netflix Original
Wolf (BÖRÜ) — Netflix Original

Available December 24

Hi Score Girl — Netflix Original
The Magicians: Season 3

Available December 25

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown: Season 11
Avengers: Infinity War

Available December 26

Alexa & Katie: Season 2 — Netflix Original
You

Available December 28

Instant Hotel — Netflix Original
La Noche de 12 Años — Netflix Film
Selection Day — Netflix Original
When Angels Sleep — Netflix Film
Yummy Mummies — Netflix Original

Available December 3o

The Autopsy of Jane Doe

Available December 31

The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned From a Mythical Man

10 Best TV Shows of 2018

10. Sharp Objects (HBO)

Amy Adams in Sharp Objects.
Amy Adams in Sharp Objects. Photo: Anne Marie Fox/HBO

Gillian Flynn, Marti Noxon, and Jean-Marc Vallée teamed up for this southern-Missouri potboiler based on Flynn’s novel about a troubled big-city reporter (Amy Adams) who returns to her hometown to investigate two murders. The entire ensemble (including Patricia Clarkson as the heroine’s controlling mom) was outstanding, the sweltering atmosphere alternately sensual and oppressive—and Vallée’s elliptical storytelling would’ve done the late, great Nicolas Roeg proud.

9. Succession (HBO)

Rory Culkin and Jeremy Strong in Succession.
Rory Culkin and Jeremy Strong in Succession. Photo: HBO

Jesse Armstrong’s look at the Roy family, a billionaire New York clan seemingly modeled on the Murdochs, nailed a pitiless, blackly comedic tone, puncturing the delusions of the filthy rich while still making us care for the emotional casualties among them—and the victims they leave in their wake.

8. Sorry for Your Loss (Facebook Watch)

Elizabeth Olsen and Mamoudou Athie in Sorry for Your Loss.
Elizabeth Olsen and Mamoudou Athie in Sorry for Your Loss. Photo: Facebook Watch

Kit Steinkellner’s series about an extended family dealing with a sudden death eventually moved beyond its specific storyline to become a meditation on different kinds of loss, large and small. Its attention to specifics of race, class, and mental illness was a surprising and welcome bonus.

7. GLOW (Netflix)

Ellen Wong, Betty Gilpin, and Sunita Mani in GLOW.
Ellen Wong, Betty Gilpin, and Sunita Mani in GLOWPhoto: Erica Parise/Netflix

In its sophomore outing, Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch’s series about the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling widened the show’s lens, giving the full ensemble more attention and going deeper into resentment, fear, and anguish than you might expect. A pile driver of a season, with an unexpected finishing move hereby dubbed “the Las Vegas.”

6. Jesus Christ Superstar (NBC)

John Legend in Jesus Christ Superstar.
John Legend in Jesus Christ Superstar. Photo: NBC/Peter Kramer/NBC

This live broadcast of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical about Christ’s last days was one of the most electrifying TV events of the year, featuring knockout lead performances by John Legend, Sara Bareilles, and Brandon Victor Dixon and weaving the audience into the drama.

5. The Americans (FX)

Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell in The Americans.
Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell in The Americans. Photo: FX

Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields’s spy thriller–family drama went out with an eerie quiet that suited its often counterintuitive brilliance. The finale was one of the most surprising yet satisfying conclusions in recent memory. Stars Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich, and Holly Taylor all topped themselves.

4. Homecoming (Amazon)

Julia Roberts in Homecoming.
Julia Roberts in Homecoming. Photo: Amazon Prime Video

A tight, sleek, formally dazzling thriller about a top-secret military research project anchored to brilliant performances by Julia Roberts, Shea Whigham, and Bobby Cannavale, adapted by Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg from their podcast of the same name, and directed within an inch of its 1970s-vintage, conspiracy-thriller-loving life by Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail.

3. Better Call Saul (AMC)

Rhea Seehorn and Bob Odenkirk on Better Call Saul.
Rhea Seehorn and Bob Odenkirk on Better Call Saul. Photo: Nicole Wilder/AMC/Sony Pictures Television

The fourth season of Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan’s Breaking Bad prequel was its bleakest, following the main characters on parallel tracks that all end in momentous decisions that redefine them, yet somehow it still managed to be laugh-out-loud funny, and every subplot and scene was exquisitely shaped and paced.

2. Pose (FX)

Dominique Jackson in Pose.
Dominique Jackson in Pose. Photo: JoJo Whilden/FX/FX Networks.

Created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Steven Canals, with deep contributions from such transgender storytellers as Janet Mock and Our Lady J, this 1980s period piece focuses on LGBTQ New Yorkers in a time of intolerance and promise. It succeeds as cultural anthropology about ballroom culture, a passionate quasi-musical about the devastation of AIDS, and a refreshingly old-fashioned melodrama about motherhood and family.

1. Atlanta (FX)

Donald Glover in Atlanta.
Donald Glover in Atlanta. Photo: Guy D’Alema/FX/FX Networks.

Donald Glover’s comedy-drama became even more defiantly unique in its second outing. This batch of episodes was advertised in promotional materials as “Robbin’ Season” because it’s set during the run-up to Christmas when desperate people resort to extreme measures to get money for presents.

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