What are your plans for December? If you’re someone who’d rather skip the work Christmas party and indulge in a night of binge-watching new films and series, then this is the article for you. There are so many new films and series landing on all of your favourite streaming services this December, from new cheesy Netflix Christmas films to Will Smith’s leap into the documentary world.
So swap your party gown for comfies, order in a Dominoes and pencil these release dates in your diary.
Sandra Bullock stars in the highly emotive Netflix film, The Unforgivable. The film follows her character, Ruth Slater, upon her release from serving twenty years in prison for murdering a police officer, an act that she sees as justifiable.
As she’s released, her main motive is to find her younger sister, one who she raised growing up. But due to her convictions, she’s struggling to get visitation rights. Hard to watch, you find yourself rooting for Ruth as she tackles these limitations and challenges.
Release Date: 10th December
The show, which aired last October and received huge criticism, is set to return for a second season this winter and we can already tell that it’ll be filled with memorable fashion moments, love wars and French phrases that the lead protagonist, Emily, will try and fail to pronounce.
If you haven’t seen the series or know anything about it (honestly, where have you been?), let us explain… Emily in Paris follows a young American marketing executive, Emily (Lily Collins), who gets a job offer across the seas and in Paris. She of course jumps at the opportunity, uprooting her life to move to the city of love, lust and life. The trailer reveals that all Emily’s antics will continue into the next series and there’s even hints at a new romance arising…
Several snaps have been released too from a shot of Emily, Cindy and Camille gazing up at something in the distance, looking seriously cool in their designer looks, to an intimate evening for Emily and newbie on the block, Lucien Laviscount, overlooking the Eiffel Tower.
Release Date: 22nd December
Adapting from the ever-popular Christmas narrative that sees a singleton search for someone special to bring home for Christmas, Single All The Way is as cheesy (and watchable) as it sounds.
The new Netflix original film stars Michael Urie as Peter, a young singleton who asks his best friend Nick (Philemon Chambers) to pretend to be his boyfriend for the holiday season. But upon their return to Peter’s family home, his family has other ideas and set Peter up for a blind date.
Release Date: 2nd December
Here to keep you busy during the Christmas and New Year hazy period, Disney+ will be releasing The Book of Boba Fett, a new series that’s part of the Star Wars world.
Arriving onto the streaming service on 29th December, the series follows bounty hunter Boba Fett and Fennec Shand as they journey to return of Tattooine, the land ruled by Jabba the Hutt. Perfect for those who loved The Mandalorian.
Release Date: 29th December
Will Smith is on a roll this year. Right now you can catch him starring in King Richard, but wait a little longer until 8th December and you’ll see him tackling mother nature hands on.
Disney+’s Welcome To Earth sees the Prince of Bel Air star travel the world, uncovering some of nature’s greatest mysteries, from climbing live volcanoes to going deep in the seabed. It’ll be really interesting to see Will take on these challenges and see how he weathers.
Release Date: 8th December
Any film starring Olivia Colman and you can count us in, including her latest leading role in The Lost Daughter. Based on Elena Ferrante’s novel of the same name, the narrative follows a middle-aged woman, Leda (Colman), as she resides in a sunny seaside Greek town, but before long a loud, abrupt American family arrives, taking over her safe space.
Intoxicated by the young mum (Dakota Johnson), the film explores their brief encounter, human relationships and motherhood.
Release Date: 31st December
As star studded as it gets, Don’t Look Up is going to be the Christmas Eve film to watch for every family household. The film sees two astronomers discover that a comet is plummeting towards the planet – but disastrously, no one is taking them seriously. So they do what any scientist would do and head out on a media tour to warn the world…
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence as the two astronomers, but you can expect special arrivals from Timothée Chalamet, Ariana Granda, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill and Chris Evans.
Release Date: 24th December
Go deep into the world of Lucille Ball, the award winning American actress known for starring in the popular TV series, I Love Lucy, in the new biopic Being the Ricardos.
Making its way onto Amazon Prime Video, the film stars Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball and sees her execute the role with grace. See Ball’s persona come back to life, as we see this film shed a light on her marriage to Desi Arnaz and the challenges they faced.
Release DatE: 21st December
Another western arriving onto the scene in 2021 is Netflix’s The Power of the Dog, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Jesse Plemons.
The narrative follows a menacing rancher as he puts pressures on his brother’s new wife and her teenage son. A powerful lead role for Kodi Smit-McPhee as we see his character navigate the intimidation and gruff nature of Phil Burbank (Cumberbatch).
Release Date: 1st December
Amazon’s Harlem is a brand new comedy series from the creator of Girl’s Trip, Tracy Oliver, and produced by none other than Pharrell Williams. Set in Harlem, New York, the series follows a group of four best friends as they navigate their city life, from their love life through to their careers.
Follow their journey as we learn more about the young professor and her ambitious relationships, the singer, the fashion designer and the tech whizz.
Release Date: 3rd December