Netflix new arrivals | Our top picks this week

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

Ozark season 3

Netflix’s acclaimed original crime-drama, which has managed to shrug off the Breaking Bad comparisons to become really gripping and addictive in its own right, returns for a third season this month as the Byrde family sink ever deeper into a life of crime.

Marty (Jason Bateman) and his wife Wendy (Laura Linney) must continue to launder money for the cartel using their new riverboat casino, all while dealing with the fallout from Cade Langmore’s (Trevor Long) murder and the arrival of her troubled brother Ben (Tom Pelphrey).

Kingdom season 2

Kingdom is something of a hidden gem on Netflix combining the period setting of 15th century Korea with fantastic zombie horror, here it’s the 28 Days Later-type of undead who move in a terrifying swarm, to create an enjoyably suspenseful, gory series.

In this new lot of six episodes, Prince Lee Chang (Ju Ji-hoon) and nurse Seo-bi (Bae Doona) must continue to try and stop the spread of the deadly plague which was started by the ruthless Minister Cho (Ryu Seung-ryong) to ensure his daughter (Kim Hye-jun) stays in power.

A Quiet Place

Along with Mandy and Hereditary, John Krasinski's A Quiet Place was one of the best horror films released in 2018. It follows a family as they attempt to survive in a post-apocalyptic world where making even the slightest noise will get you killed by terrifying monsters.

A devastatingly brilliant opening sequence involving a toy aeroplane perfectly sets the bleak, uneasy mood for the film, which is mostly set in the family’s large and mostly soundproof farmhouse, as does the startling revelation that wife Evelyn (Emily Blunt) is heavily pregnant.

Spirited Away

Netflix recently announced they’d bought the rights to 21 films from Japan’s legendary Studio Ghibli, including classics like My Neighbour Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service and Howl’s Moving Castle, all of which were previously only available to watch on DVD.

There’s a lot to love about all of them but the Academy-Award winning Spirited Away is definitely one of the best. The charming story of 10-year-old Chihiro who’s on a quest to reverse the spell that turned her parents into pigs is a delight for children and adults alike. 

It (2017)

The adaptation of the first half of Stephen King’s epic 1,800-page novel which focuses on the teenage Losers Club and their attempts to defeat child-killing clown Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård) is both incredibly faithful to its source material and a brilliant, genuinely scary horror film.

Along with Skarsgård, whose amazingly sinister performance is enough to set him apart from Tim Curry’s excellent take in the 1990s miniseries, the young cast is also absolutely excellent, particularly Jaeden Martell as grief-stricken leader Bill and Sophia Lillis as Beverly.

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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