The Must-Stream Movies And Shows Coming To Netflix In December

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As the winds whip and the snow falls and the temperature drops (well, in LA it’s in the low 60s, but still, it’s chilly) we are reminded that December is the time for hearth, home, friends, and family. As we camp out on the couch with a steaming mug of hot chocolate/tea/rum laden eggnog we’ll need something to keep us entertained this December and Netflix is doing its part. Though like October, they’re aren’t a lot of holiday themed options coming to the table, the streaming giant is dropping a multitude of quality movies, TV shows, and original programming as 2016 approaches the home stretch. Also, Netflix just rolled out a download option on all iOS and Android supported devices, so it looks like those long flights home just got a bit more bearable.

Here’s a few of our must-stream movies and shows coming to Netflix in December, and don’t forget to check out the complete list of new additions below!


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Beverly Hills Cop (December 1)

Eddie Murphy’s hit 1984 comedy was only just added to the Netflix library in July but it was then dropped in the intervening months. But man we’re glad it’s back. Beverly Hills Cop features Murphy at the height of his comedic powers and the film’s success catapulted the twenty-three-year-old comedian to international stardom. The movie itself is a classic. The Odd Couple-esque chemistry between Murphy and Judge Reinhold drives the well-paced narrative and the tactful blend of humor and action makes the film an exciting, enjoyable ride. If you’re looking for a fun 105 minutes to provide some cheer, look no further.


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D2: The Mighty Ducks (December 1)

The kings and queens of pee wee hockey return to represent their country in the 1994 sequel to The Mighty Ducks. Released just a few months after their namesake hit the ice in the NHL, the film sees Coach Bombay and co. travel to the Junior Goodwill Games with a couple newcomers to take on the world. Curiously, traditional hockey powerhouses such as Canada and the USSR seem to have stumbled and don’t threaten the Ducks at any point. This leaves Iceland, which didn’t compete in international hockey until 1999, as the main antagonists. Despite seeming to be selected based on the fact that “ice” is in their country’s name, the Icelandic squad is actually a pretty strong foe and poses a serious threat to the Ducks’ international dominance. Athletic inaccuracies and shameless product placement aside (the team actually switches to the Anaheim Ducks jerseys for the third period of the finals) D2 remains the most enjoyable installment of the franchise due to its goofiness and heavy doses of entertaining gameplay. Whether you’re looking to get someone into hockey or want to revisit an old favorite this holiday season, add D2 to your queue.


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National Lampoon’s Animal House (December 1)

The Book of Genesis of college comedies, Animal House remains an indisputable classic and promises big laughs no matter how many times you’ve seen it. For the few of you who haven’t seen it, the film follows two dorky freshmen as they pledge the infamous Delta fraternity, a cadre of rollicking miscreants hell bent on enjoying the social education provided at college. Led by a Chaplin-esque performance by the late great John Belushi, the ensemble is flawless and fits together like a beautiful jigsaw puzzle. Now almost 40, John Landis’ groundbreaking comedy remains as funny as it was at the time of its release.


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The Crucible (December 1)

Arthur Miller’s own adaptation of his seminal play is a riveting testament to the dangers of mass hysteria and blind faith. Originally written as an allegory of McCarthyism, the story follows Abigail Williams, a young woman who attempts to frame her former lover, John Proctor, for witchcraft during the Salem witch trials in 1692. The film is a stirring adaptation of its source material and features standout performances from Winona Ryder as Williams, Daniel Day-Lewis as Proctor, and Joan Allen in an Oscar-nominated performance as Proctor’s wife Elizabeth. Given the current political climate, The Crucible’s themes remain disturbingly relevant in the modern day and both the play and the film are essential works on the importance of acceptance and rationality.


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Waking Life (December 1)

Richard Linklater explores reality, consciousness, and the meaning of life in the trippy, captivating, and ultimately beautiful Waking Life. Using the same rotoscope animation later utilized for A Scanner Darkly, Linklater explores life’s major questions through an unnamed protagonist (Wiley Wiggins) as he moves through a succession of dreamlike realities and engages in a multitude of philosophical discussions with the people he meets along the way. The film offers a sumptuous intellectual feast mixed with stunning visuals and is best experienced with the lights off.


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Barry (December 16)

As Barack Obama’s last full month as Commander in Chief comes to a close, Barry explores the president’s formative years as a student at Columbia University. Starring newcomer Devon Terrell as the young POTUS and featuring an impressive supporting cast including Ashley Judd, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jason Mitchell, and Ellar Coltrane, the film follows Obama struggling to determine his identity. It is a quintessentially American story that promises to provide a fascinating insight into the personal evolution of our 44th President.


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Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War (December 25)

Back in March, Netflix brokered a groundbreaking deal with Disney that granted them the exclusive U.S. streaming rights to all of the Mouse House’s new releases. One of the first films to fall under the auspices of the agreement is Marvel’s smash superhero battle royale Captain America: Civil War. The film features Team Cap and Team Iron Man battling over the issue of the Avengers’ accountability to the world’s government. The movie is particularly impressive given that the filmmakers decided to structure the story around a new character, Black Panther, and they totally pull it off. Packed with heart-pounding action and thought-provoking drama, the film shows why Marvel remains at least a few steps ahead of DC.


December 1

Always (1989)

Angels in the Snow (2015)

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

Beyond Bollywood (2014)

Black Snake Moan (2007)

Chill with Bob Ross: Collection (1990)

Compulsion (1959)

D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994)

David Blaine: Street Magic (1997)

Dreamland (2010)

For the Love of Spock (2016)

Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce: Season 2 (2015)

Glory Daze: The Life and Time of Michael Alig (2016)

Harry and the Hendersons (1987)

Hitler: A Career (1977)

Holiday Engagement (2011)

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)

House of Wax (2006)

Hannibal (2001)

Merli: Season 1 (Netflix Original)

Merry Kissmas (2015)

National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)

Picture Perfect (1997)

Rainbow Time (2016)

Rodeo & Juliet (2015)

Swept Under (2016)

Switchback (1997)

The Angry Birds Movie (2016)

The Crucible (1996)

The Little Rascals (1994)

The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)

The Rock (1996)

The Spirit of Christmas (2015)

The Way of the Dragon (1972)

Toys (1992)

Uncle Nick (2015)

Waking Life (2001)

We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story (1993)

White Girl (2016)

Wildflower (2016)

Zero Point (2014)

December 2

Fauda: Season 1 (Netflix Original)

Hip Hop Evolution: Season 1 (Netflix Original)

Pacific Heat: Season 1 (Netflix Original)

December 3

Lost & Found Music Studios: Season 2 (Netflix Original)

December 5

Mad (2016)

The Good Neighbor (2016)

December 6

Blue Jay

Homeland (Iraq Year Zero): Season 1

Reggie Watts: Spatial (Netflix Original)

The Devil Dolls (2016)

The Model (2016)

December 8

The Cuba Libre Story: Season 1 (Netflix Original)

December 9

Captive: Season 1 (Netflix Original)

Cirque du Soleil Junior – Luna Petunia: Season 1 (Netflix Original)

Club de Cuervos: Season 1 (Netflix Original)

Fuller House: Season 2 (Netflix Original)

Four Seasons in Havana: Season 1 (Netflix Original)

Medici: Masters of Florence: Season 1 (Netflix Original)

Spectral (Netflix Original)

White Rabbit Project: Season 1 (Netflix Original)

December 10

Lucky Number Slevin (2006)

Phantom of the Theater (2016)

December 11

Breaking a Monster (2016)

December 12

Ricardo O’Farrill: Christmas Special (Netflix Original)

December 13

Colony: Season 1

Killswitch (2016)

I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016)

Nobel: Season 1 (Netflix Original)

December 14

Versailles: Season 1 (2015)

December 16

Barry (Netflix Original)

Call Me Francis: Season 1 (Netflix Original)

Crazyhead: Season 1 (Netflix Original)

No Second Chance: Season 1 (Netflix Original)

Rats (2016)

The Adventures of Puss in Boots: Season 4 (Netflix Original)

December 19

Miss Stevens (2016)

December 20

Disorder (2015)

Gabriel Iglesias: Sorry For What I Said When I Was Hungry (Netflix Original)

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Season 6 (2016)

Ten Percent: Season 1 (Netflix Original)

The Break: Season 1 (Netflix Original)

December 23

Travelers: Season 1 (Netflix Original)

Trollhunters: Season 1 (Netflix Original)

December 25

Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War (2016)

When Hari Got Married (2013)

December 27

Ajin: Season 2 (Netflix Original)

Chasing Cameron: Season 1 (Netflix Original)

December 28

Comedy Bang! Bang!: Season 5 (2016)

December 29

The Hollywood Shorties (2016)

December 30

The Eighties: Season 1 (2016)

December 31

Big in Bollywood (2011)

 

John Drain | Staff Writer

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