Netflix new arrivals | Our top picks this week

By Charlotte Whyatt - Wed 4th Jul 2018 Features

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

Orange Is The New Black Season Six Cast

Orange Is the New Black season 6 

Anticipation for a new season of one of Netflix’s first-ever original TV shows might not be quite high as it once was, but long-time fans should definitely be excited for the return of Jenji Kohan’s funny, vibrant and well-acted character-driven drama.

Although an official synopsis hasn’t been released, judging from the 20-second teaser trailer and little tidbits posted to Twitter it’s likely that season 6 will deal with the explosive fallout from last season’s destructive prison riot and a move to a maximum security facility.

Most of the incredibly talented and wonderfully diverse ensemble cast have confirmed their return including Piper (Taylor Schilling), Alex (Laura Prepon), Taystee (Danielle Brooks), Suzanne (Uzo Aduba), Cindy (Adrienne C. Moore) and Nicky (Natasha Lyonne).  

Wind River

The directorial debut of Taylor Sheridan, who also wrote the brilliant Sicario, is a smart and wonderfully taut thriller which shines a welcome light on a troubling issue in America today, the complete lack of attention given to the disappearances of Native American women.

Grief-stricken tracker Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner) and rookie FBI agent Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen) team up to solve the brutal murder of local teenager Natalie (Kelsey Asbille) out on a remote Indian Reservation way up in the snowy Wyoming mountains.

Both Renner and Olsen are fantastic, the former giving what is easily one of the best performances of his career, and the stunning cinematography works to hammer home just how isolated US governmental procedure can make Native American communities feel.

Sacred Games

Netflix’s first-ever scripted Indian series is a stylish, energetic and immensely gripping tale of government corruption and ruthless gangsters spanning two timelines, one in the present day and the other throughout the 1980s.

The first details policeman Sartaj Singh’s (Saif Ali Khan) efforts to untangle crime lord Ganesh Gaitonde’s (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) cryptic warning that everyone he knows will die in 25 days and the second Gaitonde’s rise through Mumbai’s darkly glamorous criminal underworld.

Dynamic camerawork really helps bring to life a fast-paced, exciting side of Mumbai that’s rarely seen in Western media while the amazingly intense performances are absolutely first-rate across the board, thankfully managing to avoid any painful gangster clichés.

Jackie

Chilean director Pablo Larraín’s dazzling biopic is a powerful, tragic and very insightful look at the complex character which laid behind the immensely stylish and poised public facade of the former First Lady. 

A real-life interview Jackie Kennedy (Natalie Portman) did with a magazine journalist (Billy Crudup) just a week after the assassination of her husband works as a framing device to explore her efforts to arrange a lavish but loving state funeral and preserve his short legacy. 

The always excellent Portman is on top form here with a hugely impressive performance that perfectly nails Kennedy’s particular mannerisms and demonstrates why she’s still such an intriguing figure so many decades later.

Final Space

Along with the acclaimed Bojack Horseman, moody anime Castlevania and Nick Kroll’s brilliantly hilarious Big Mouth, Final Space is another great addition to Netflix’s ever-growing roster of fantastic adult-oriented animated content.

Slacker astronaut Gary Godspeed (Olan Rogers), bounty hunter Avocato (Coty Galloway) and Infinity Guard Member Quinn (Tika Sumpter) must work to save adorable alien Mooncake (also Rogers) from the evil Lord Commander (David Tennant). 

Series creator and YouTuber Rogers has managed to strike the difficult balance between being incredibly funny, with plenty of clever visual gags and wacky scattershot humour, while also having the ability to get surprisingly dark and emotional. 

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.