‘Tis the season to cancel your plans, pull on your finest pair of pyjamas, and hunker down with a mug of something mulled. Winter is well and truly upon us, and quite frankly we are thrilled — not least thanks to all the excellent TV we can finally get around to catching up on.
Netflix has once again cast its net wide to reel in some of the world’s best films, TV shows and documentaries — as well as bringing us more of its award-winning original content. Here’s what should be on your must-watch list for December 2019…
A Private War — 1 December
In this critically-acclaimed biopic, Rosamund Pike portrays the celebrated war correspondent Marie Colvin, as she risks it all to bring back the truth from the frontlines. Driven by an enduring desire to bear witness and give voice to the voiceless, Colvin charges into danger motivated by her determination to paint a real portrait of life in a modern war zone.
A fitting tribute to a true force of nature, Rosamund Pike scored a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress, while the biopic received a Best Original Song nod.
Marriage Story – 6 December
Already hotly tipped to scoop up a serious catalogue of awards in the new year, Marriage Story stars Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson as a stage director and his actor wife struggling through a gruelling, long distance divorce that pushes them to their personal and creative extremes.
Direct by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Noah Baumbach, this is a raw, emotional and heartfelt depiction of the highs and lows of family life.
6 Underground — 13 December
After faking his own death, a tech billionaire recruits a team of international operatives in a bold attempt to take down a brutal dictator. Our cover star Ryan Reynolds leads an international vigilante squad in this adrenaline-propelled action thriller directed by Michael Bay.
Netflix is reportedly hoping that the film – which is said to have cost around $150 million to produce and was filmed across the US, Italy and the United Arab Emirates – will turn into a new action franchise. Could this be a fresh contender for the festive action crown long-held by Die Hard?
The Witcher – 20 December
Netflix’s answer to Game of Thrones – upcoming fantasy series The Witcher arrives later this month surrounded by some serious buzz across press reviews and fan forums alike.
Starring Man of Steel’s Henry Cavill as the medieval monster assassin Geralt of Rivia, the show is based on Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski’s six-strong book series, which also inspired the phenomenally successful gaming franchise of the same name.
The Two Popes — 20 December
From the award-winning screenwriter of The Theory of Everything and Darkest Hour, The Two Popes is a fascinating tale of two very different – and incredibly powerful – men forced to find common ground. Behind Vatican walls, the conservative Pope Benedict and the liberal future Pope Francis must put aside their differences to forge a new path for the Catholic Church.
The critical consensus so far seems to be that the starring roles of acting legends Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce hold this tragi-comedy together.
John Wick — 31 December
We’ve made no secret of the fact we are huge fans of John Wick (and his impeccable suiting) over here at Gentleman’s Journal — so you can imagine how excited we were to hear that he is making a rambunctious arrival to our small screens this New Year’s Eve.
For our five readers who are yet to enjoy this film, John Wick follows a retired hitman, as he is forced to return to his old ways after a group of Russian gangsters steal his car and kill a puppy gifted to him by his late wife.
La La Land — 31 December
If you prefer your New Year served with a little less violence and a lot more jazz music, we hear you. And this year, you don’t have to rely on Holland’s Hootenanny to get your fix. The
2017 Best Picture Winner (our mistake) is an unapologetically joyful tribute to the films they just don’t make any more.
Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) are drawn together by their common desire to do what they love. But as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fabric of their love, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.
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