What to watch on Netflix Canada in December 2017

NOW critics pick the best movies and TV shows joining the streaming service’s library this month


What we can’t wait to watch

Bright

Will Smith made headlines in May when he defended Netflix’s growing presence at film festivals during a tense exchange with director Pedro Almodóvar during the Cannes Film Festival jury press conference. Now you can find out why he loves the platform so much when Netflix’s biggest movie – budgeted at a reported $90 million – hits the platform just before Christmas. Directed by David Ayer, Bright is a fantasy film starring Smith as a Los Angeles cop partnered up with a mythical orc creature (Joel Edgerton). December 22

The Crown (season 2)

The biographical drama about Queen Elizabeth II’s reign returns for a second season, tracking the Windsors through the 1950s and 60s. Created by Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon), the show hits all the right notes: opulent sets, breathtaking period costumes and scandals unfolding in every palace corner. Clair Foy’s Elizabeth is worthy of every acting award she picked up last season, but the show is as much about world politics as it is about royal drama, and that’s what keeps audiences hooked. December 8

Judd Apatow: The Return

The director of This Is 40 and producer of Girls steps out from behind the camera in this Montreal-shot comedy special. Apatow was on the stand-up circuit before he created The Ben Stiller Show and Freaks And Geeks – but that was decades ago. He spent three years working on the material for this set, which he has described as an extension of This Is 40 but “as a monologue.” December 12

Easy (season 2)

Prolific indie filmmaker Joe Swanberg’s anthology series about art, sex, and Chicago is back for a second season. Full of sharply observed characters and situations revolving around the theme of modern love, the show brings back Jane Adams, Marc Maron, Dave Franco and Zazie Beetz’s characters from season one, while adding new ones played by Aubrey Plaza and Judy Greer into the mix. December 1

Wormwood

Errol Morris’s wonderful doc The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography landed on Netflix recently as a taster for the master documentarian’s first original project for the streamer. Wormwood is a six-part docudrama that sets out to prove the 1953 death of biochemist/CIA employee Frank Olson thought to be a suicide was, in fact, a government-ordered murder. Peter Sarsgaard, Molly Parker and Tim Blake Nelson star. December 15

Little Hours.jpg

The Little Hours

Solid bets

Slap Shot

George Roy Hill’s satire about a working-class minor league hockey team that resorts to violent tactics to win over fans arrives on Netflix for its 40th anniversary. Given the NHL’s current concussion crisis, Slap Shot is suddenly timely again. A flop upon its release in 1977, the film – which re-teamed The Sting director with star Paul Newman – developed a cult following in the 80s and has since undergone a critical reappraisal. December 1

Wild

Before working with Reese Witherspoon on the hit HBO series Big Little Lies, Quebecois director Jean-Marc Vallée helmed this film starring Witherspoon as writer Cheryl Strayed, a divorcée walking 1,100 miles solo across the Pacific Crest Trail. What could have been a mawkish and sentimental true-life story plays as intelligent drama thanks to the filmmaker’s sure hand. Full review. December 1

The Little Hours

The description “Alison Brie, Kate Micucci and Aubrey Plaza play oversexed nuns in a medieval Italian farce based on a story from The Decameron” should be enough to get you to add this flick to your Netflix queue. There’s not a single off-key moment from the cast, who infuse this cheerfully vulgar spin on Boccaccio’s classic story with a disarmingly contemporary attitude. Full review. December 10

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

Director James Gunn’s sequel to the hit space opera has the same irreverent magic and goofy delights that distinguished its predecessor. The film once again follows a cast of jerks – including Earth doofus Peter “Star-Lord” Quill (Chris Pratt), green assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and red warrior Drax (Dave Bautista) – into ridiculous situations with the fate of the universe at stake. It’s a blast, pure and simple. Full review. December 5

Sicario

Denis Villeneuve’s film about the war on drugs is a superior work in the genre, comparable to Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic in its scope and sensitivity. It’s an ambitious and smart film expertly cast and mercilessly executed. Emily Blunt plays an Arizona FBI agent neck deep in a questionable incursion into Mexico. A raw, muscular movie with terrific work by Blunt and co-star Benicio Del Toro. Full review. December 29

Before I Fall

Zoey Deutch plays Sam, a small-town mean girl who finds herself inexplicably reliving the same day over again after she and her clique experience a terrible car accident. Struggling to understand what’s happening, Sam starts examining her relationships to her family, a friend-zoned classmate and a bullied girl and gradually becomes a better version of herself. Full review. December 1

Full list of new titles available in December, by date:

TV SHOWS

December 1

All Hail King Julien (season 5)

Chelsea (season 2)

Dark (season 1)

Easy (season 2)

TURN: Washington’s Spies (season 4)

December 3

Lost & Found Music Studios (season 2)

December 7

Dynasty (season 1)

Riverdale (season 1)

December 8

The Crown (season 2)

December 14

Go Back To Where You Came From (seasons 1-3)

Halt And Catch Fire (season 4)

Murderous Affairs (season 2)

December 15

Erased (season 1)

The Ranch – Part 4

Trollhunters – Part 2

Wormwood

December 18

Hello, My Twenties! (season 2)

December 20

La Casa de Papel (season 1)

December 21

Peaky Blinders (season 4)

December 22

72 Dangerous Animals: Latin America (season 1)

Dope (season 1)

Fuller House (season 3 – new episodes)

The Toys That Made Us (season 1)

December 23

Myths & Monsters (season 1)

December 25

Cable Girls (season 2)

December 26

El Vato (season 2)

December 29

Bill Nye Saves The World (season 2: part 1)

La Mante (season 1)

MOVIES

December 1

A StoryBots Christmas

Before I Fall

Diana: In Her Own Words

DreamWorks Home: For The Holidays

Enemy Mine

Exodus: Gods And Kings

Gods Or Men (aka Born Strong)

Forbidden Games: The Justin Fashanu Story

Hired Gun

Monster Island

My Happy Family

Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb

Our Man Flint

Sinister 2

Slap Shot

Sleeping With The Enemy

Table 19

Under The Same Moon

Voyeur

Wild

Wilson

December 2

Temple

The Survivalist

December 3

Paris Can Wait

The Best Of Me

December 5

7 Sisters

Craig Ferguson: Tickle Fight

Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

December 6

Born In China

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

Power Rangers

Trolls Holiday Special

December 7

The Red Tent

December 8

El Camino Christmas

The Oath

December 10

The Little Hours

December 12

It Comes At Night

Judd Apatow: The Return

LEGO: Justice League: Gotham City Breakout

Manhunt: Unabomber

December 14

Concussion

December 15

Christmas Inheritance

Discovering Bigfoot

Freeway: Crack In The System

PAW Patrol

Reggie Yates: Outside Man: Volume 2

Ultimate Beastmaster

December 16

Remember

December 17

Shot Caller

December 19

Miss Me This Christmas

Russell Howard: Recalibrate

You Can’t Fight Christmas

December 22

Bright

Inconceivable

December 23

Bright: The Music Videos

Creep 2

December 25

Fallen

December 26

NYE Countdowns

Todd Barry: Spicy Honey

December 27

Chronically Metropolitan

Correspondence

McLaren

My Life As A Zucchini

The Ottoman Lieutenant

December 29

Sicario

The Climb

December 30

All Roads Lead To Rome

December 31

Aliens: Zone Of Silence

Blurred Lines: Inside The Art World

Dave Chappelle: Equanimity

Dead Draw

Fun Mom Dinner

Haze

Standing Tall

LAST CALL

TV series and movies leaving Netflix this month

December 1

Dragon’s Den (seasons 9-10)

Glee (seasons 1-2)

Runner Runner

Sherlock Holmes

The Revenant

The Wolverine

December 7

The Good Dinosaur

December 14

No Reservations

Pitch Perfect

Leave your opinion for the editor...We read everything!

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *