What’s new to Netflix this week

Published on December 21, 2020

There are 43 new additions to Netflix’s library this week. We’re now in the full swing of the holidays with Christmas only days away. With most of us stuck at home due to COVID-19, although 50 million people are expected to travel this week, we all have plenty of time to lounge about and stream some new films, familiar favorites, and even binge a show or two.

To start, there’s a new film by George Clooney. The movie star is one of the latest big-names to produce a movie for the streaming service. Clooney, who’s a very good director who’s been a little hit and miss these days, is behind The Midnight Sky. It’s a sci-fi drama, and it looks very different from Clooney’s past directorial efforts. The reviews are mixed for the movie, but then again, they were also mixed for the director’s delightful screwball comedy, Leatherheads. Midnight Sky, at the very least, is front-loaded with talent and anything with Clooney is at least worth watching for his movie-star charisma, even when it’s muted or more understated.

Speaking of movie stars, the late Chadwick Boseman’s final film is now available to stream on Netflix. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, on the other hand, has gotten stellar reviews. George C. Wolf’s drama has a 99% on RottenTomatoes. It is a movie to watch this week, the kind of prestige drama we sadly can’t all watch in a theater together. 

Netflix is also debuting what could be the first entry in a new superhero franchise, We Can Be Heroes. Director Robert Rodriguez is back with a Spy Kids-esque superhero movie, in which the kids with powers are the focus. The movie looks like a bouncy, colorful Saturday morning cartoon that’ll entertain children on Christmas day.

Speaking of franchises for kids, there’s a new season of the animated Fast & Furious franchise hitting Netflix this week. For any kids obsessed with cars or that ridiculous franchise, it’ll pass the time for a few hours. Perhaps most exciting for most streamers, however, is a new concert film and doc following Ariana Grande. Ariana Grande: Excuse Me, I Love You is already a hit with fans and critics, as well as Netflix’s subscribers.

Guest House (2020)

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020) Netflix Original

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom: A Legacy Brought to Screen (2020) Netflix Original

Mukhsin (2006)

My Failing Eyesight (2003)

Talentime (2009)

CoComelon (Collection 2)

Diamond City (Season 1)

Home for Christmas (Season 2) Netflix Original

Paava Kadhaigal (Season 1)

Sweet Home (Season 1) Netflix Original

ariana grande: excuse me, i love you (2020) N

The Con Is On (2018)

After We Collided (2020)

London Hughes: To Catch a D*ck (2020) N

Qlimax – The Source (2020)

Rhyme Time Town Singalongs (Season 1) N

Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer’s Llamas (2020)

Timmy Time (Season 2)

The Midnight Sky (2020) N

Your Name Engraved Herein (2020)

Bridgerton (Season 1) N

Isa Pa with Feelings (2019)

We Can Be Heroes (2020) N

Asphalt Burning (Børning 3) (2020) N

DNA (2020) N

Fast & Furious Spy Racers (Season 3: Sahara) N

Go! Go! Cory Carson (Season 3) N

The Magic School Bus Rides Again In the Zone (2020) N

Sakho & Mangane (Season 1)

Jack Giroux is a Staff Writer at Grit Daily. Based in Los Angeles, he is an entertainment journalist who's previously written for Thrillist, Slash Film, Film School Rejects, and The Film Stage.

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