Netflix new arrivals | Our top picks this week
What are the top five new movies and TV shows streaming this week?
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
Rumours of its existence have been circulating pretty much ever since the series ended back in 2013, but Netflix finally confirmed the existence of a Breaking Bad film, written and directed by the show’s creator Vince Gilligan, this summer with an official announcement trailer.
The project has been kept shrouded in secrecy but what we do know is that it’s set to pick up with Jesse (Aaron Paul) just moments after he escaped from a Neo Nazi compound in the dramatic series finale. Confirmed to appear alongside him are Charles Baker, Matt Jones and Jonathan Banks as fixer Mike.
Steven Soderbergh’s new film The Laundromat is a clever, electric comedy-drama about the Panama Papers scandal. While Meryl Streep’s defrauded widow Ellen is the main focus of the advertising, it’s actually a series of vignettes about financial corruption and the use of shell companies around the world.
Some reviewers have criticized the fluctuating tone but multiple Academy-Award winner Streep and the rest of the star-studded cast are absolutely excellent. Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas in particular really shine as the two slimy, flamboyant Panamanian lawyers at the centre of it all.
Big Mouth season 3
Nick Kroll’s hilarious and surprisingly smart adult animated comedy series returns for a third season this October as our group of young teenagers, which includes Nick (Kroll), Andrew (John Mulaney) and Jessi (Jessi Glasser), struggle to navigate their way through puberty.
It once again perfectly balances its very surreal humour with a thoughtful exploration of issues like sexuality, depression and changing friendships. The continued presence of the morally bankrupt hormone monsters (Kroll and Maya Rudolph) is another definite highlight.
In The Tall Grass
Proving he’s capable of making anything scary, horror legend Stephen King and his son Joe Hill collaborated to write this dark, deeply disturbing novella about two siblings who quickly become lost in a field of grass after hearing a little boy crying for help within.
While Cube director Vincenzo Natali’s new film adaptation does drag a little in the middle, it’s definitely worth sticking around for a handful of incredibly surreal, gruesome scenes and he’s very successful at replicating the novella’s creeping atmosphere of intense dread.
A fantastic mix of sci-fi, drama and comedy, director Nacho Vigalondo’s completely unique film sees alcoholic Gloria (Anne Hathaway) returning to her small hometown after being dumped where realizes she can control the gigantic monster that’s destroying Seoul.
It’s a difficult film to describe (it’s really best to go in knowing as little as possible) but it makes for an incredibly compelling, touching, funny and totally original look at the difficult subject of abuse with a stunning performance from Hathaway.
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How can I watch Netflix?
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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.