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5 New Releases You’ve Got to Check Out On Netflix This December


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With the effects of the pandemic still disrupting the world – even as we edge towards a more hopeful future – new Netflix titles have never been more welcome. Luckily, the streaming giant’s roster for the rest of 2021 is jam-packed with awards hopefuls, comforting comedies and compelling dramas that will fuel water cooler conversations as we cautiously return to offices.

Here are just some of the most exciting new releases on Netflix in winter 2021.

The Power of the Dog (December 1)


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Featuring extraordinary performances from Kirsten Dunst, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee, Jane Campion’s atmospheric western is sure to break your heart. Set in 1920s Montana, it follows two wealthy ranchers, a fragile widow and her sensitive teenage son.

The Hand of God (December 15)


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Billed as his most personal film to date, Paolo Sorrentino’s coming-of-age saga centres on rising star Filippo Scotti, who plays a teenager grappling with a family tragedy in 1980s Naples. Expect a sweeping score, ravishing visuals and characteristically surreal touches.

Emily in Paris: Season 2 (December 22)


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The irrepressible Emily Cooper (Lily Collins) continues her adventures in France with Gabriel (Lucas Bravo), Mindy (Ashley Park), Camille (Camille Razat) and a wardrobe full of heavily patterned mini dresses and outlandish accessories. Look out for British actor Lucien Laviscount, too, who joins the cast as a new love interest.

Don’t Look Up (December 24)

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How many Oscar winners can you stuff into a raucous comedy about two astronomers who discover that a comet is heading towards earth? Quite a few is the answer for Adam McKay, who helms this delicious satire starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Timothée Chalamet and Ariana Grande.

The Lost Daughter (December 31)

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Maggie Gyllenhaal’s assured feature directorial debut adapts Elena Ferrante’s evocative novel of the same name, telling the story of an academic (Olivia Colman) who meets a mysterious young mother (Dakota Johnson) while holidaying in Greece. When the latter’s child suddenly disappears, the former is reminded of her own troubled past.

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