Netflix new arrivals | Our top picks this week

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

Dark season 3

Originally touted as a European version of Stranger Things, this fantastic German series quickly proved that it was much more than that with its very intricate, compelling tale of time travel rising to become one of the streamer’s most popular foreign-language shows.

Cycle 3 will be the final outing for Dark and co-creators Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar have promised that it’ll give fans the answers to the plot’s complex mysteries, which follows multiple families over three generations and spans different dimensions.

Da 5 Bloods

Spike Lee’s first Netflix feature is a bold, angry and insightful film which follows a group of black Vietnam War veterans, Paul (Delroy Lindo), Eddie (Norm Lewis), Melvin (Isiah Whitlock Jr.) and Otis (Clarke Peters), as they reunite to find the treasure they buried there fifty years ago.

Its electric script, which was co-written by Kevin Wilmott who worked on the screenplay for BlacKkKlansman with Lee, explores a side of the conflict rarely seen, the experiences of black soldiers and veterans who served a country that did and still does treat them appallingly.

The Politician season 2

After the release of his ultra-glossy miniseries Hollywood at the beginning of May, the always busy Ryan Murphy drops the second season of his satirical drama The Politician this month continuing the unwaveringly ambitious Peyton’s (Ben Platt) journey to become the President.

This second outing is populated with the same dark humour and fast-paced, witty dialogue seen in most Murphy shows, as the now college-aged Peyton sets his sights on the State Senate to unseat its current leader Dede Standish (Judith Light).

Hereditary

American filmmaker Ari Aster has quickly established himself as a real force in modern horror with a dizzying journey into a creepy Swedish cult in last year’s Midsommar and his directorial debut Hereditary, a brilliant, deeply unsettling slow burn about the devastating nature of grief.

To say too much about the plot would definitely lessen its impact, but it revolves around the Graham family, led by a powerful performance from Toni Collette as mum Annie, attempting to unravel sinister secrets about their ancestry after the death of her elderly mother.

The Sinner season 3

Bill Pullman’s quietly troubled detective Harry Ambrose has yet another layered, intriguing case to untangle in the third season of this gripping “whydunnit”  which starts with a shocking crime and slowly works back to find its cause.

This time around it focuses on Jamie (Matt Bomer), a popular teacher at a posh prep school, who is unnerved by the reappearance of his old friend Nick (Chris Messina). When Nick is killed in a late-night car crash it becomes clear he was hiding some dark secrets.

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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