Netflix new arrivals | Our top picks this week

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

Mank

David Fincher’s first film since 2014’s Gone Girl is this fantastic biographical drama which follows iconic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman) as he works on the script for Orson Welles’s (Tom Burke) Citizen Kane, widely considered to be one of the best and most influential films of all time. 

Mank is a beautifully shot film, done entirely in monochrome, which is able to perfectly capture all of the glamour and sleaze of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Oldman is absolutely fantastic playing the self-destructive, alcoholic genius as is Amanda Seyfried as his mistress and actress Marion Davis. 

Big Mouth season 4

The fourth season of Nick Kroll’s animated series about a group of teenage friends struggling through the awkwardness of puberty hits Netflix this month. It manages to be absolutely hilarious, weird and very insightful, balancing its crude humour with exploring sensitive topics like mental illness. 

No season of Big Mouth would be complete without a colourful array of imaginary characters to both help and annoy its central cast. Joining the Hormone Monsters, voiced brilliantly by Kroll, Maya Rudolph and Thandie Newton, Depression Kitty (Jean Smart) and the Shame Wizard (David Thewlis) is Tito the Anxiety Mosquito (Maria Bamford).

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Academy-Award winner Viola Davis and Black Panther’s Chadwick Boseman, who tragically passed away from colon cancer earlier this year, give two stellar performances as the titular legendary blues singer and ambitious trumpet player Levee in this excellent adaptation of August Wilson’s play.

Set in 1920s Chicago, its thoughtful discussions and powerful monologues (a highlight being Boseman ranting directly to God which may sound cheesy, but is captivating to watch) about the struggles black artists face in the entertainment industry are still all too relevant.

 

Bridgerton season 1 

The first project to emerge from Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder creator Shonda Rhimes’s multi-million-dollar deal with Netflix is this adaptation of Julia Quinn’s bestselling historical romance series, which is set in Regency-era London.  

Its colourful trailer gives off the same enjoyably soapy vibes as the aforementioned shows, as well as iconic teen drama Gossip Girl with Julia Andrews’s omniscient narrator who has her own revealing newspaper column, suggesting it’s packed with plenty of addictive drama, sex and scandal. 

The Midnight Sky 

George Clooney directed and stars in this post-apocalyptic drama adapted from Lily Brooks-Dalton’s acclaimed 2016 sci-fi novel Good Morning, Midnight. He plays a lonely scientist named Augustine stationed in Antarctica who may be the only human left alive after a cataclysmic nuclear event.

As well as caring for a young girl who mysteriously turns up at the base, Augustine is frantically trying to contact the spaceship Ether, whose crew includes Sully (Felicity Jones), Adewole (David Oyelowo) and Mitchell (Kyle Chandler), to warn them of the impending danger on earth.

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 £8.99 a month, you're able to watch on two screens at a time in SD and HD.

For £11.99 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. 

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