It’s finally December, and for many that means finding a way to entertain the kids while they’re off school, or themselves while they’re off work. As such, for the final time in 2017, BestVPN.com is on hand to give you the run-down on the best of Netflix this month. See if you can spot a theme.
Love Actually – 14 Dec
Call us sentimental, but Love Actually must be among the best films to curl up to on a dark December evening. It seems hard to believe that it’s 14 years old, but since 2003 it’s been nigh on impossible to make it through December without watching this Christmas staple.
The team behind Notting Hill and Bridget Jones’s Diary have assembled an incredible cast including Kiera Knightley, Emma Thompson, and Bill Nighy to make one of the most iconic Christmas films of the last two decades.
Krampus – 25 Dec
For those who get a bit fed up with the onslaught of saccharine Christmas films, Krampus is the perfect antidote.
This horror comedy is based on a sort of anti-Santa from Bavarian folklore. It’s a great way to scare the kids into behaving themselves this Christmas!
After tearing up his letter to Santa, Max Engel unwittingly summons the Krampus, who crashes the family’s holiday with a gang of nightmarish elves and gingerbread men. Anchor Man’s David Koechner and Parks and Rec’s Adam Scott provide a great comic slant to the seasonal savagery.
Spotlight – 30 Dec
If you haven’t been invited to a New Year’s Eve party yet, you could do worse than stay in with some Limoncello and the Oscar Award-winning crime bio, Spotlight.
Tom McCarthy (Up, 13 Reasons Why) directs this account of The Boston Globe’s exposé of child abuse in the Catholic church.
The film received rave reviews from audiences and critics, and earned over 100 awards. The cast gained particularly high praise, with Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Rachael McAdams all nominated for best actor awards.
Despite it being a little bit off topic for the season, ‘Spotlight’ is one of the best films to arrive on UK Netflix this month, so check it out if you haven’t already seen it.
The Santa Clause – 12 Dec
The mid 90s was a golden age for Christmas films. The Santa Clause is no exception. Starring Tim Allen just before he voiced Buzz Lightyear, the film has gone on to be one of the most successful Christmas movies ever.
After knocking the big man off the roof of his house, Tim Allen must take over not only Santa’s duties, but his beard and his belly as well. From the writers of Space Jam, The Santa Clause is a family Christmas film in its most unadulterated form.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – 5 Dec
One of 2017’s most successful films, Guardians 2 is making a pretty speedy entrance onto the Netflix roster. Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, and Kurt Russell star in the Marvel Comics adaptation sequel that has become almost as famous for its soundtrack as for its cast and big name cameos.
This time the Guardians find themselves battling not a planet of baddies, but a planet itself. This sequel brings back all those Stan Lee creations that made the first film so great, some of which will feature in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War.
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective – 1 Dec
The first of three films made in 1994 that made him one of the world’s biggest stars, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective features all of Jim Carrey’s signature energy and physicality, as he bounds across Miami in search of a missing dolphin.
Also arriving this month is the sequel, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, where we see Carrey in Africa, climbing out of the back end of a rhinoceros on the trail of a missing bat.
Carrey has recently become associated with more thoughtful films and red carpet spiritual ramblings. However, these movies are a great reminder of his early comedy gold.
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Dark Season 1 – 1 Dec
This German-language supernatural drama follows the success of numerous other foreign language series, such as Suburra: Blood on Rome and Marseilles.
Dark tells the story of a quiet German town in which two young teenagers mysteriously disappear. The resulting investigation unearths the secret lives of the town’s inhabitants, with the story linking back to a similar event 33 years earlier.
The show combines the bleak aesthetic of the Nordic noir genre with the melon-twisting philosophical edge of True Detective to eerily captivating effect.
There’s a lot to get through, with each of the show’s ten episodes coming in at an hour long, so this is perfect binge territory for the holidays.
The Crown Season 2 – 8 Dec
Claire Foy returns for a second series as Queen Elizabeth II in this critically acclaimed bio-drama. The series couldn’t have been timed more perfectly, as the profile of the British Royal Family is at a peak following the recent royal engagement.
The series picks up after Princess Margaret’s controversial marriage to Peter Townsend. It continues to follow the pressures on the Royal Family during the early years of the queen’s reign. Also starring, and swapping his bowtie for full Navy regalia, is Doctor Who’s Matt Smith, as Prince Phillip.
Bright – 22 Dec
After the false start that was last year’s Suicide Squad, director David Ayer is hoping that Will Smith, one of the film’s few saving graces, will be able to bring his characteristic presence to his new project.
Bright pairs two unlikely genres: the urban cop drama and magical fantasy. It’s a bold move, but the trailers look promising and the budget is rumored to be $90 million – the fourth highest sum Netflix has ever spent on an original series.
Smith will be joined by Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Joel Egerton, who made his name alongside Guy Pearce in the excellent 2010 Australian crime drama, Animal Kingdom.
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