Best new movies on Netflix this week: December 18-19, 2021
As the final countdown begins for Christmas, you can either brave the stores for some last minute shopping or settle in for a new movie to watch. If your weekend plans are the last, here are our favorite new movies on Netflix from the past 7 days.
Note: This listing is specifically for new releases of Netflix US. Movie availability varies by region.
Do you prefer a new show to discover? Our best list of new shows is, of course, titled by The witcher but there are also other new versions of interest.
Old boy (2013)
Kind: Action, Drama, Mystery
Director: Spike lee
To throw: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson
Writer: Garon Tsuchiya, Nobuaki Minegishi, Mark Protosevich
Duration: 104 minutes
This week, Netflix signed a new global agreement with Spike Lee who will create new content for Netflix and also train a new generation of talent. So it’s fitting that one of the new releases this week is a Spike Lee movie and one that wouldn’t instantly come to mind when you think of his work.
Last seen on Netflix in 2015, Oldboy stars Josh Brolin as Joe Doucett who wins his freedom and wants revenge.
Puff: wonders of the reef (2021)
Director: Nick robinson
To throw: Rose Byrne
Writer: Peta Ayers, Nick Robinson
Duration: 62 minutes
Our documentary pick of the week is Puff, an all-new nature documentary that apparently came out of nowhere on Netflix but is well worth a watch. This is especially true for the younger generations.
The premise of the playful documentary is that we follow a baby pufferfish who must find a new home in the Great Barrier Reef.
The documentary, as you can imagine, is a joy to watch especially on vibrant 4K TVs and features excellent narration from Australian actress Rose Byrne.
God’s hand (2021)
Director: Paul Sorrentino
To throw: Filippo Scotti, Toni Servillo, Teresa Saponangelo
Writer: Paul Sorrentino
Duration: 130 minutes
The big Netflix movie for the week is the Italian film, God’s hand. Coming from the famous Italian director known for Youth (2015) and The great beauty (2013), God’s hand is eagerly awaited for awards in 2022.
Here’s what you can expect if you decide to go for it:
“In the Naples of the 1980s, young Fabietto continues his love for football as family tragedy strikes, shaping his uncertain but promising future as a filmmaker.”
The movie won’t be for everyone as it’s a slow burn, but if you decide to watch it let us know what you think of it in the comments.
Eye in the sky (2015)
Kind: Action, Drama, Thriller
Director: Gavin hood
To throw: Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman
Writer: Guy Hibbert
Duration: 102 minutes
This movie is sadly Alan Rickman’s last live-action movie and it’s all the bigger because of its involvement. The military action thriller sees a military officer on a mission to capture terrorists in Kenya, but the mission quickly spirals out of control.
It won numerous awards when it was released 6 years ago and most reviews are still rave. Don’t miss it.
The shack (2017)
Kind: Drama, Fantasy
Director: Stuart Hazeldine
To throw: Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, Tim McGraw
Writer: John Fusco, Andrew Lanham, Destin Daniel Cretton
Duration: 132 minutes
Our final pick this week is the one that was added to Netflix last week, but we haven’t yet managed to feature it in a list of the best movies. Despite poor critical reception at the time, we had rave reviews (especially on our Facebook page) for this film.
Starring Avatar’s Sam Worthington, the drama sees Mack Phillips searching for answers after receiving a letter directing him to head to an abandoned cabin in the middle of nowhere.
The movie topped the U.S. Top 10 this week and if you haven’t yet, watch it now.
What new movies have you watched on Netflix this week? Let us know in the comments below.