Netflix new arrivals | Our top picks this week

By Charlotte Whyatt - Tue 12th Feb 2019 Features

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

Russian Doll Season One Netflix

Russian Doll season 1 

This new comedy series about snarky video-game developer Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) being forced to relive the boozy night of her 36th birthday over and over again is one of Netflix’s best new additions for 2019, managing to expertly juggle several different tones to be very funny, dark, wonderfully surreal and very poignant all at the same time.

Lyonne (who also co-created the series alongside Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler) is magnetic in the lead role, full of a bouncing, manic energy and able to make her party-girl Nadia very multi-layered and complex.

Dirty John season 1 

Dirty John is the latest podcast to receive the small-screen treatment with the always excellent Connie Britton taking on the role of interior designer Debra Newell who fell under the spell of the titular dirty john, dangerously charming conman John Meehan (Eric Bana). 

It’s a glossy and utterly gripping true crime tale, that contains so many twists and turns as to almost seem unbelievable, with some fantastic performances. Alongside Britton, there’s also a brilliantly slimy Bana and enjoyably vapid Juno Temple as Newell’s oldest daughter Ronnie.  

Nightflyers season 1

Although it’s got a “From the mind of George R.R. Martin” tagline attached, Nightflyers is a very different series to the immensely popular Game of Thrones as a claustrophobic space-set sci-fi/horror which sees the titular ship’s crew being violently picked off as they attempt to make contact with an advanced alien race. 

It’s a lovely looking series, with a great mix of CGI and practical effects, that boasts a brilliantly unsettling atmosphere and some very effective moments of body horror that combined, are easily more than enough to overcome the show’s use of some tired genre tropes. 

Velvet Buzzsaw

From Nightcrawler director Dan Gilroy comes this intriguing mix of horror and satire that unfortunately doesn’t quite lean into either as far as it should, but is still kept immensely entertaining thanks to some truly haunting imagery, fantastically creative death scenes and two superb performances from Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo.

A series of increasingly bizarre and frightening hallucinations begin to plague his pretentious art critic Morf Vandewalt and her icy gallery owner Rhodora Haze as they continue to exhibit a stolen collection of gruesome paintings by the tortured, recently dead artist Vetril Dease.

Umbrella Academy season 1 

The Umbrella Academy delivers on the promise of its intriguing hook with a delightfully weird, thoughtful superhero series that successfully captures a moody, quirky aesthetic and features a fantastic chemistry between its likeable cast. 

Eccentric billionaire Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore) adopts seven babies all born on the same day, gives them names instead of numbers and trains them to be vigilantes. Many years later, the now estranged siblings must band together to save the world after missing Number Five (Aidan Gallagher) suddenly reappears with a warning about impending doom. 

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 £7.49 a month, you’re able to watch on two screens at a time in (providing your bandwidth is adequate) HD or 4K Ultra HD.

For £8.99 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.