Netflix new arrivals | Our top picks this week

By Charlotte Whyatt - Tue 5th Dec 2017 Features

What are the top five new movies and TV shows streaming on Netflix this week?

Claire Foy The Crown Season 2

The Crown season 2

The award-winning royal drama returns for a second ten-episode season this December which early reviewers are saying is just as brilliantly captivating as the first with a whole host of incredible performances and lavish cinematography.
 
This season will explore Queen Elizabeth II’s (Claire Foy) life between 1957-1964, covering a number of major political events as well as the growing rift between her and husband Prince Philip (Matt Smith) and Princess Margaret’s (Vanessa Kirby) dysfunctional marriage to Lord Snowden (Matthew Goode).

Foy and Smith continue to dazzle in the lead roles, each giving a fantastically powerful and emotional performance. They’re backed up by an equally impressive supporting cast, the stand-outs of which are easily Kirby as her spoiled sister and Goode’s charming photographer.

Dark season 1

Unfairly labelled by some as a rip-off of Stranger Things, Netflix’s first German-language series is a clever, creepy mix of the soapy strangeness of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks and the haunting atmosphere of a David Fincher project.

To say too much about Dark’s nicely intricate plot would be to spoil the shock twists and turns to come, but just know it’s kicked off by the mysterious disappearance of two teenaged boys in the woods just outside a small German town.

Although it’s not quite as effective as balancing such a large cast as Lynch’s TV masterpiece, the majority of them are given the development they need in order to evolve into interesting, hugely likeable characters whose arcs you’re fully invested in.

Manhunt: Unabomber

Another worthy addition to Netflix’s line-up of true crime content, new docudrama Manhunt is an incredibly taut and gripping look at FBI agent Jim Fitzgerald’s (Sam Worthington) successful capture of domestic terrorist The Unabomber/Ted Kaczynski (Paul Bettany).

Manhunt works to jump between two timelines, this engrossing investigation which sees Fitzgerald pioneer the technique of forensic linguistics on Kaczynski’s manifesto and nicely suspenseful one-on-one interviews aimed at trying to get The Unabomber to plead guilty.

A quietly forceful Worthington does well with a role that occasionally veers into cliché but it’s Bettany who keeps everything watchable with a wonderfully unhinged performance.

Bright

Director David Ayer and Will Smith have teamed up for a second time after 2016’s lukewarmly received Suicide Squad for one of Netflix’s biggest original films to date, a buddy cop movie with an interesting fantastical twist.

Set in an alternate world where humans co-exist with all manner of fairy-tale creatures, Daryl Ward (Will Smith) and his new orc partner Nick Jakoby (Joel Edgerton) must prevent a powerful ancient artefact from falling into the hands of evil witch Leilah (Noomi Rapace).

Although neither’s recent output has been particularly impressive, Ayer’s previously shown a real talent for directing high-energy, character-driven cop films and Smith’s hugely likeable presence and natural charm make him a perfect fit for a role like this.

Mad Max: Fury Road

George Miller’s critically-acclaimed reboot of his 1980s post-apocalyptic franchise has been labelled by many reviewers as one of the best action films of the last decade with brilliantly over-the-top exhilarating set-pieces and surprisingly feminist undertones.

Tom Hardy is the almost mute central figure who joins Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) in fleeing from the tyrannical leader of a large wasteland town Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) with five of his wives to the Green Place she vaguely remembers from her childhood.

While Hardy does a great job in the titular role, Theron really is the standout here with an absolutely superb performance as the tough but haunted female action hero who’s completely different to anything we’ve seen before.

How much is Netflix?

There’s three tiered Netflix packages available, Basic, Standard and Premium, all of which come with their own advantages and disadvantages.

The Basic package is just £5.99 a month but only allows you to watch on one screen (whether that be a laptop, TV, phone or tablet) at a time and doesn’t give you access to HD or 4K Ultra HD. With the Standard package at £7.49 a month, you’re able to watch on two screens at a time in (providing your bandwidth is adequate) HD or 4K Ultra HD.

For £8.99 a month, the top Premium package, you’re able to enjoy content on up to 4 screens at the same time (a perfect option for families) in both HD or 4K Ultra HD.

How can I watch Netflix?

You can either access Netflix on a browser on a standard desktop or laptop computer or through the reliable Netflix app which is available across a whole range of devices including smartphones, tablets and smart TVs.

Netflix have recently introduced the offline viewing feature which allows you to download a TV show or film to watch when you’re offline. Unfortunately, not everything is available to watch in this way but it’s easy to check what is by selecting the “Available for Download” option from the dropdown menu.

What else is on Netflix?

Netflix is home to an absolutely staggering range of content across every genre from riotously funny comedy to to your children’s favourite cartoons and a fantastic mix of both American and British TV shows.

It’s own selection of original programming is constantly growing, buoyed by the success of shows like House Of Cards, Stranger Things and Orange is the New Black

How often is new content added?

There’s no real time schedule for when new content is added to Netflix, but it doesn't usually go longer than three days without adding anything new.