Everything on Netflix this December, including The Witcher and Michael Bay’s latest


Having already released all the Christmas films and shows you could want in November, Netflix delivers a mighty variety this December. This includes Michael Bay’s latest, a potential Oscar-contending drama, and a hotly anticipated fantasy show.

See our six highlights of the month, followed by the complete Netflix December schedule.


The Witcher

Based on the top-selling videogame series, which were based on Angrzej Sapkowski’s novels, Henry Cavill (Mission: Impossible – Fallout) plays monster hunter Geralt of Rivia in a world where the people are often worse than the creatures he slays.

The eight-episode season is created by Lauren Schmidt, best known for her work on The West Wing and Netflix properties Daredevil and The Umbrella Academy.

The Witcher streams from 20 December


Marriage Story

An actor (Scarlett Johansson) and her stage director husband (Adam Driver) struggle through a gruelling long-distance divorce in this Venice film festival nominee from Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha). As with Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, the critical praise behind this one makes it a hot contender for next year’s Academy Awards.

Having gone through a divorce himself, Baumbach reportedly showed the film to his ex-wife Jennifer Jason Leigh. “I showed her the script and then I showed her the movie a little bit ago,” Baumbach told People. “She likes it a lot.”

Marriage Story also plays in select New Zealand cinemas ahead of its streaming release (find times and tickets).

Marriage Story streams from 6 December


6 Underground

Ryan Reynolds leads this Michael Bay action film from the writers of Deadpool, and according to this tweet from Reynolds, it’s “the most Michael Bay movie in the history of Michael Bay.” Co-starring Mélanie Laurent and Dave Franco, the film follows a group of billionaires who fake their deaths in order to covertly take down A-grade criminals. “The most Michael Bay movie” indeed.

6 Underground streams from 13 December


The Two Popes

Going behind the Vatican walls, this Netflix feature puts Anthony Hopkins in the role of Pope Benedict alongside Jonathan Pryce as reformist Pope Francis. Inspired by true events, Oscar-nominated Kiwi screenwriter Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything) pens the meeting of these two powerful figures as they attempt to forge a new path for the Catholic Church.

The Two Popes also plays in select New Zealand cinemas ahead of its streaming release (find times and tickets).

The Two Popes streams from 20 December


Lady Bird

One of the finest films of last year, Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf lead this Northern California coming-of-age drama written and directed by Greta Gerwig. Winner of Best Picture & Actress at the 2018 Golden Globes. Nominated for Best Picture, Director, Original Screenplay, Leading & Supporting Actress for Ronan & Metcalf.

This is what Flicks writer Amanda Jane Robinson had to say in her five-star review: “Exquisitely renders the complex, funny, turbulent love between mother and daughter, which is to say, the way desire can feel like betrayal.”

Lady Bird streams from 8 December


A Quiet Place

One of last year’s standout hits, this original horror written-directed-starring John Krasinski and co-starring Emily Blunt follows a family who must stay silent to hide from deadly creatures that hunt by sound.

In her four-star review, Flicks writer Katie Parker said: “Coupled with a patient, lingering camera, some nicely restrained CGI, and naturalistic performances, the result is almost unbearable suspense”

A Quiet Place streams from 18 December


All December new releases:

Available 1 December

Dead Kids
Fracture
Rush Hour
Rush Hour 2
Four Brothers
Four Christmases
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
After Earth
Anaconda
Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle!: Season 1

Available 2 December

A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish
Team Kaylie: Part 2 [Kids & Family]

Available 3 December

Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah
Especial de Natal Porta dos Fundos: A Primeira Tentação de Cristo

Available 4 December

Let’s Dance
Los Briceño [Original Series]
Magic for Humans: Season 2 [Original Series]
V Wars [Original Series]

Available 5 December

In the Heart of the Sea
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby
Apache: La vida de Carlos Tevez [Original Series]
Home for Christmas [Original Series]

Available 6 December

Marriage Story
Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show
The Confession Killer
The Chosen One: Season 2 [Original Series]
Glow Up [Original Series]
Triad Princess [Original Series]
Three Days of Christmas [Original Series]
Virgin River [Original Series]
Fuller House: Season 5 [Original Series]
Spirit Riding Free: The Spirit of Christmas [Kids & Family]
Teasing Master Takagi-san: Season 2 [Original Anime]

Available 8 December

Lady Bird

Available 9 December

Amit Tandon: Family Tandoncies
A Family Reunion Christmas [Kids & Family]

Available 10 December

Michelle Wolf: Joke Show

Available 12 December

Jack Whitehall: Christmas with my Father

Available 13 December

6 Underground

Available 15 December

Chef
Going for Gold
Sucker Punch
Adventure Time: Season 5
Adventure Time: Season 6

Available 16 December

The Blues Brothers
Knocked Up
Baby Mama
Public Enemies
Turbo
Spartacus
The Jackal
The Invention of Lying
Ray
The Thing
Accepted
American Pie Presents: Band Camp
Bring it On: All or Nothing
Honey
Honey 2

Available 17 December

Ronny Chieng: Asian Comedian Destroys America!

Available 18 December

A Quiet Place
Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer
Soundtrack [Original Series]

Available 19 December

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 4
After The Raid
Ultraviolet: Season 2 [Original Series]
Twice Upon a Time [Original Series]

Available 20 December

The Two Popes
The Witcher [Original Series]

Available 22 December

Underworld: Blood Wars

Available 24 December

Como caído del cielo
John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch
Lost in Space: Season 2 [Original Series]
TERRACE HOUSE: TOKYO 2019-2020: Part 2 [Original Series]
Crash Landing on You [Original Series]
CAROLE & TUESDAY: Part 2 [Original Anime]

Available 26 December

The App
Le Bazar de la Charité [Original Series]
You: Season 2 [Original Series]
Fast & Furious Spy Racers [Kids & Family]

Available 27 December

Oddball
Kevin Hart: Don’t F**k This Up
The Gift [Original Series]

Available 28 December

“Hot Gimmick: Girl Meets Boy”

Available 30 December

Alexa & Katie: Season 3 [Kids & Family]
The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: Reawakened [Original Anime]

Available 31 December

The Degenerates: Season 2
The Neighbor [Original Series]
Yanxi Palace: Princess Adventures [Original Series]

Coming Soon

Rick & Morty: Season 4