Netflix new arrivals | Our top picks this week

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

Marriage Story

Noah Baumbach’s incredibly powerful new drama, which stars Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver as a couple going through a painful divorce, won rave reviews on the film festival circuit earlier this year and is likely to be a serious contender at next year’s Academy-Awards.

The exploration of crumbling romantic relationship is a fairly common plotline in such films but its fantastically poetic script, which contains some truly devastating confrontation scenes, and amazing performances combine to make it something really special.

The Witcher season 1

Henry Cavill stars in Netflix’s new big-budget fantasy drama which is actually an adaptation of Polish author Andrej Sapkowski’s best-selling novels rather than CD Projekt Red’s critically-acclaimed video game series of the same name.

The former Superman actor plays Geralt of Rivia a solitary monster hunter who sets out on a perilous quest across The Continent with powerful sorceress Yennefer (Anya Chalotra) and Ciri (Freya Allen), a mysterious young girl hiding a dark secret.

You season 2

After acquiring it from US network Lifetime last December, the first season of You became a surprise hit for Netflix following seemingly normal bookstore manager Joe (Penn Badgley) as he becomes obsessed with NYU grad student Beck (Elizabeth Lail).

This second season, which hits Netflix on 26th December, is expected to provide more of the enjoyably campy, dark thrills as Joe moves to Los Angeles to start afresh but quickly becomes dangerously fixated on aspiring chef Love Quinn (Victoria Pedretti). 

Mid90s

Directed by Jonah Hill, the nostalgic Mid90s boasts the same kind of frenzied energy and dreamy atmosphere of films by Larry Clark and Harmony Korine. We follow lonely 13-year-old Stevie (Sunny Sulijic) who escapes his abusive home by befriending a group of older skaters.

First-time director Hill has managed to avoid replicating clichés to craft something that’s surprisingly sweet, smart and very funny. The performances, particularly Sulijic and the group’s thoughtful leader Ray (Na-Kel Smith), are also brilliantly natural. 

John Wick 3

Hyper stylish, gleefully violent and packed with hugely entertaining performances, John Wick 3 is another solid entry into an excellent franchise as the legendary assassin (Keanu Reeves) takes on the shadowy High Table organization. 

Reeves is fantastic as always and effortlessly cool fellow assassin Sofia (Halle Berry), with her ultra-deadly attack dogs in tow, is a welcome addition. The supporting cast too, which includes Angelica Houston, Ian McShane and Laurence Fishburne, are clearly having a great time enthusiastically chewing the scenery. 

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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