Netflix new arrivals | Our top picks this week

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

Netflix is always adding to its huge library of content with exciting new originals, old favourites and some hidden gems you may have missed. Take a look at the best films and TV series which are arriving on the platform this month.

News of the World

Thankfully not the story of the now defunct newspaper, News of the World is an enjoyably old-fashioned, gripping Western which sees Tom Hanks reunite with director Paul Greengrass eight years after acclaimed thriller Captain Phillips

The multiple Academy-Award winner is predictably fantastic as Captain Kyle Kidd who finds orphaned Johanna (Helena Zengel), a ten-year-old raised by a now dead tribe of Native Americans, alone on the road and resolves to return her to her family

Mean Girls

Tina Fey’s endlessly quotable film, which stars a fresh-faced Lindsay Lohan new to town after a childhood spent in Africa, is arguably a modern classic of the teen comedy genre. It still manages to feel new, sharp and very funny 15 years after it was first released. 

Lohan’s nice girl Cady is thrown into the jungle of high school, befriending sarcastic Janice (Lizzie Caplan) and flamboyant Damien (Daniel Franzese), before becoming swept up in bitchy queen bee Regina George’s (Rachel McAdams) clique The Plastics. 

Us

Jordan Peele’s follow up to his groundbreaking horror Get Out is a brilliantly eerie, unique horror film. While it might not pack quite the same punch as its predecessor, it’s still very clever with strong social commentary at its heart and a surprisingly wicked sense of humour. 

Adelaide (an excellent Lupita Nyong’o) and her family head off on holiday to the beach resort where she had a strange experience as a child. As she attempts to shake off a growing sense of dread, their terrifying doppelgangers suddenly appear in the driveway. 

Parks and Recreation seasons 1 to 7 

This wonderfully sunny US sitcom, filmed in the fake documentary style of The Office, is the perfect show to stream right now. Parks and Recreation is upbeat and hilarious with brilliant characters, like Nick Offerman’s government-hating Ron Swanson, who share great chemistry. 

It often feels like a live-action version of The Simpsons with its exploration into the weird world of Pawnee and its colourful inhabitants. Some of the best include sociopathic twins Jean-Ralphio (Ben Schwartz) and Mona-Lisa (Jenny Slate), deadpan news anchor Perd Hapley (Jay Jackson) and unhinged librarian Tammy Two (Megan Mullally).

Malcolm and Marie

Sam Levinson, the creator of HBO’s acclaimed teen drama Euphoria, both wrote and directed this moody, powerful relationship drama featuring only two actors John David Washington and Zendaya. The whole film was shot in just a two period week during the COVID-19 pandemic last summer. 

Malcolm and Marie begins as the titular film director and his model girlfriend return home after the premiere of his latest film. With shades of the 60s classic Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?, the couple quickly end up viciously arguing about everything from their unhappy relationship to a white female critic who issued a scathing review of his work.

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 £9.99 a month, you're able to watch on two screens at a time in SD and HD.

For £13.99 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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