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5 Things To Watch On Netflix (December 2016)

December 1, 2016

Netflix has become an unbelievable source of entertainment for millions of Canadians. For the relatively cheap monthly subscription, users have access to countless films and television shows from various years, various genres and various cinematic tastes.

The only real problem with Netflix is deciding what to watch.

Luckily we’ve got a new feature to let you know what new programs will be debuting this month and which ones are worth checking out.

Let’s take a look at what’s new on Netflix December 2016!

12 Years a Slave (2013)

Genre: Drama

Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong

Directed by Steve McQueen

Written by John Ridley

Occasionally a film will come along telling a true story that is so incredible, you’ll wonder how you never heard of it before. Such is the case the this harrowing Oscar-winning tale of a freed man, Solomon Northup, who is taken away from his family and life in New York, and illegally sold into slavery. This is not an easy movie to watch, nor is it one you’ll be eager to revisit, but the stunning performances and important story make it worthy of your time.

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Genre: Action, Adventure

Starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson

Directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Written by Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely

The amount of superhero movies out there has turned some fans off the genre, but if there’s a project that can win you over, it’s this one. The third film in the Captain America franchise is actually a gathering of a number of comic book favourites in the story that finds heroes battling each other. After a devastating accident, the government calls for oversight of all superheroes which puts Captain America on the run from his former ally, Iron Man. It’s an incredibly fun movie with tons of humour, amazing action and a surprising emotional punch. Great for the whole family.

The Hurt Locker (2008)

Genre: War, Drama

Starring Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty

Directed by Kathryn Bigelow

Written by Mark Boal

We’ve seen plenty of anti-war films in recent years, particularly focusing on the Iraq War, but this highly praised effort explores the notion of soldiers unable to leave the war behind. In a unique exploration of this unpredictable war, the film centers around a bomb squad, tasked with diffusing explosive devices. A tense and exhilarating war film with a fresh view.

Medici: Masters of Florence – Season 1 (2016)

Genre: History

Starring  Richard Madden, Brian Cox, Dustin Hoffman

Created by Frank Spotnitz, Nicholas Meyer

Historical dramas are becoming more common place in the current TV realm as budgets and scope continue to grow. That scope lends itself well to the new series which follows the 15th century supremely wealthy, banking dynasty family, and the son who finds himself suddenly the head of the entire thing.

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)

Genre: Comedy, Sports

Starring Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Sacha Baron Cohen

Directed by Adam McKay

Written by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay

There’s not a lot of films set in the world of NASCAR, but it turns out the way to successfully do it was to make it a comedy. With the bizarre mind of Will Ferrell behind the wheel, this is the tale of Ricky Bobby, a simple, good ol’ boy with a natural talent for driving fast. However, this cocky buffoon’s world is turned upside down when a flamboyant Formula One driver comes after his championship legacy. It’s absurd, dumb and you will not be able to stop laughing.

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