The best new Netflix movies and shows to binge-watch right now
Some of the best new Netflix movies and shows to watch right now
Welcome to GamesRadar's selection of the best new Netflix movies and shows you can watch right now. Every week we go through the full catalog of what's new on Netflix and bring you the crème de la crème of what you should add to your watchlist. We mainly offer Netflix originals - as these are the most common - but also some films and shows that are only available in the United States and the United Kingdom.
From serial killer dramas to fantasy epics to epic stories about true crime and growing up stories that make your teenage boy cry, these are the best new Netflix movies and shows you can watch right now. Now let's stream!
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Da 5 Bloods (June 12th)
Spike Lee returns with a stunning new film that puts the spotlight on the Vietnam War to highlight the inequality that has continued to this day. There has never been a better time for a spike joint, and Total Film's glowing Da 5 Bloods review shows that there is nothing better worth seeing at the moment.
V for Vendetta (June 9)
The adaptation of Alan Moore and David Lloyd's graphic novel has sparked a real revolution with his infamous Guy Fawkes design. However, if you look beyond the mask, you will come across a surprisingly tense thriller that carries its policies up its sleeve and has something to say about today's climate. It also helps that it is supported by an outstanding cast, including Hugo Weaving as Title V, which will make your heart swell and squirm equally. Dystopia has never been so dangerously entertaining.
Queer Eye Season 5 (June 5)
The Fab Five are back! Everyone's favorite group of fairy godmothers is here to change the life of another group of "heroes". Expect tears! Emotion! Laughs! And everything in between. We all need a few feelings in our lives now, and Queer Eye is the perfect thing for that.
13 reasons why Season 4 (June 5)
13 reasons why has ended. What started as a series about a girl's death turned into a teen drama that dealt with the multitude of life in high school. Although the show has been the subject of much controversy, the streaming service has persisted and continued to release new episodes, the last 10 are now available. The finale is in feature length and apparently a "real farewell" for the series.
Lady Bird (June 3)
Greta Gerwig's coming-of-age story was rightly nominated for several Oscars. This is a nostalgic story of a young woman trying to find her place in the world. She is nicknamed "Lady Bird" and dyes her hair red. She has trouble leaving the house and falling in love. Expect to shed a few tears.
Space Force (May 29)
From the team that brought The Office US to you ... Wait, do you need more persuasion? Okay okay Space Force with Steve Carell, John Malkovich and Ben Schwartz is Netflix's newest comedy series, which focuses on a group of people tasked with building a new U.S. force - in space. Steve Carell's character General Mark Naird is in charge, so be ready for fun hijinks when trying to get boots on the moon!
The Notebook (May 29)
This adaptation of Nicholas Spark's bestselling novel, torn apart by the class in America in the 1940s, is a guaranteed flow of tears. With Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, The Notebook was finally added back to Netflix in the UK after some fans got confused at an edited end that changed the story's conclusion. Don't worry, the original film is now available in all its glory.
The Lovebirds (May 22nd)
The Lovebirds were originally intended for cinemas. But then the corona virus wiped out all of our cinema plans. Now the film, in which Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani are the focus of a couple involved in a crime thriller, comes to Netflix and is worth a watch for everyone after a light romantic comedy.
White Lines (May 15th)
White Lines comes from the makers of Money Heist - who show that everyone else seems to see, but no one you actually know. The show takes place on a paradise island full of drugs, sex and murder. Watch yourself.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend (May 13)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt returns - but this time with an interactive episode that lets you control what happens to Kimmy. The episode begins with the eponymous d0 gooder who is preparing to marry an English prince (Daniel Radcliffe) before discovering that The Reverend may have another bunker for women. Will she save the day or will she continue her wedding plans? You decide!
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The Vortex (May 8th)
Jazz hands while reading. Damien Chazelle's first series lands on Netflix and - as you would expect from the mastermind behind Whiplash and La La Land - there will be a lot of music. The show follows Elliot Udo (Andre Holland), who runs a jazz club called The Eddy in Paris today. However, he is struggling to keep the space open and engage in some questionable practices. Keyword drama.
Hollywood (May 1st)
American Murder Story's Ryan Murphy brings the Tinseltown Golden Age to life with this mini-series that portrays the sun, sex and scandals that permeated that era.
Extraction (April 24th)
Chris Hemsworth plays Tyler Rake, a man tasked with getting the child of a drug lord out of the claws of those who want to see him dead. What sounds simple will soon turn into a breathtaking action movie that features one of the most awesome one-take sequences you'll likely see on Netflix or elsewhere.
The last dance (April 20)
Week-to-week clocks are now very important. So why not buy a piece of G.O.A.T every Monday? This 10-part documentary examines the career of basketball star Michael Jordan at the Chicago Bulls and is a blast in every way.
The acts of innocence (April 15)
Netflix delivers another real crime series that is sure to conquer the world. With this case, however, you not only get one wrong belief, but eight. Each of them was exposed by the Innocence Project, a nonprofit organization that worked tirelessly to resolve every case.
Code 8 (April 11)
Available: UK, US
Since The New Mutants on Disney Plus is inevitably delayed, you'll need to look elsewhere for your X-Men fix. Fortunately, Code 8 has arrived on Netflix. The film - based on a short film - is about a world in which 4% of the world's population have superpowers. You are not heroes; but slandered by the public. You can see where that leads ...
Brew Brothers (April 10)
Do you need a new solution for "It's always sunny in Philadelphia"? Well, Netflix covered you. Their new original series Brew Brothers is based on the long-standing sitcom, in which two estranged brothers run a startup brewery. Sounds like a recipe for some funny antics related to beer.
Killing a Sacred Deer (April 5)
Yorgos Lanthimos stages this exciting, hellishly creepy film that begins with a bloody heart pumping on the screen. Yes, that's the opening frame. So if you're a squeezer, you might not give it a whirl. Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman play Barry Keoghan and Alicia Silverstone's parents in this remarkable, annoying film.
Community (April 1)
Available: UK, US
Welcome to Greendale! The popular college comedy is finally back on Netflix and fans couldn't be happier. Clever social comments with a side of endearing characters and real belly laughter make it hard to resist Dan Harmon's creation. While it feels like we're trapped in the darkest timeline, there is plenty of light in the community's 6 seasons. Become a Greendale person and sign up today!
If you haven't seen this science fiction masterpiece, now is your time. The Matrix is featured in all of your favorite movies and TV shows, and withstands all these years later thanks to its bold battle choreography and exciting original story. In the film, computer programmer Thomas (Keanu Reeves) fights for his life - and the truth - in an alternate reality known as the matrix. Are you going to take the red or blue pill?
Ozark Season 3 (March 27)
Almost two years have passed since the second season of Ozark, but only six months have passed in the series. Martys Casino is operating, but the criminal and his wife Wendy are still fighting to control the fate of the family. It's Wendy planning to expand - and as always, things are inevitably going wrong.
Tiger King (March 21)
There's a reason why this series about true crime has been called "utterly insane" by viewers - it's just so ridiculous that it makes more sense to think that eccentric zookeeper Joe Exotic is a Danny Bride character than that Joe Exotic is a real person. There are only a few words that can do justice to this internet sensation - just watch the trailer and start the series already!
The Letter to the King (March 20)
Heroic Knights and an epic quest, Netflix's latest series promises a coming-of-age story in a mystical medieval kingdom. Based on Tonke Dragt's Dutch bestseller of the same name, the fantasy adaptation Tiuri (Amir Wilson) follows a dangerous journey to a prince who threatens to bring eternal darkness all over the country.
Silver Linings Playbook (March 16)
In this romantic drama, Pat Solitano Jr. (Bradley Cooper) moves home with his parents after seeking treatment for bipolar disorder. Newly determined to win back his estranged wife, Pat finds help in the form of Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) who promises to help him - but only if he takes part in a dance competition with her. Sounds fair. Director David O’Russell skilfully shows the line between cynicism and hope, and with an award-winning cast in top form, Silver Linings Playbook is as emotionally fascinating as it is joyful.
Elite Season 3 (March 13)
You may not have heard of Elite yet, but that's okay. You will soon try to reach season three. Trust me. It contains all the hallmarks of a great series that fills the weekend: twists and turns, parties, love, sex and even a murder or two.
Spenser confidential (March 6)
Mark Wahlberg plays Spencer of the same name, a Boston police officer who was framed by a group of criminals and - now out of prison - is back for revenge. Since Wahlberg's action comedies are usually reserved for cinemas, this film is a great release for Netflix and a lazy night out.
Castlevania Season 3 (March 5)
Netflix's excellent animated adaptation of the successful Castlevania video game series returns with a new season of 10 episodes. We're not going to spoil anything here, but rest assured, the new season is breathtaking - and if you haven't caught up, the first two seasons will total 14 episodes (each only 20 minutes long)! What are you waiting for? Get binging!
Altered Carbon Season 2 (February 27)
In the second season of Netflix's original series, MCU star Anthony Mackie is brought in as Takeshi Kovacs and Joel Kinnaman takes the lead. After resleeving, Kovacs is back in Harlan's world and ready to find his ex-lover Quell. Expect a capricious, spectacular piece of science fiction as more layers of the future are withdrawn for the ex-envoy.
Pokemon: Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution
Relive your childhood with this spectacular reinterpretation of Pokemon: The First Movie, complete with updated CGI graphics, incredible battles, and the still intact Ash scene that is ready to break your heart again two decades later.
Better call Saul Season 5 (starts on February 24)
Season 5 airs every Tuesday on Netflix - and offers those in the UK the chance to compare Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul side by side. Which is the best? One delivers vibrant action, while the other, Better Call Saul, continuously produces quieter character studies with a dash of explosive entertainment. At the end of this season, we could finally have a definitive answer.
Spaceship soldiers (February 15)
There are only a few cult films that are as popular as Starship Troopers - and for good reason. This science fiction film not only mocks the military perfectly, but also offers a wonderful look into the 90s to the future. Granted, a future in which humanity is waging war against a strange species of giant beetle.
Narcos: Mexico Season 2 (February 13th)
The Narcos saga continues with Narcos: Mexico, season 2. Diego Luna returns as the real founder of the Guadalajara cartel, Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, who is still on the run from the DEA and now in New York for power looking for. Pablo Escobar is now only a faint memory for Narcos fans.
To all boys: P.S. I still love you (February 12th)
It's only fitting that Netflix To All the Boys: P.S. I love you just a few days before Valentine's Day. This mushy love story is surely one for all the couples out there looking to watch Netflix and relax, instead of spending a fortune on a solid meal in a godly restaurant with a PDA.
Locke and Key Season 1 (February 7)
Netflix's next major comic book adaptation is Locke and Key. The source material written by Joe Hill and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez contains more visceral, bloody and violent content than the Netflix show - no doubt to appeal to a more family-friendly audience. But the new show still has heart and is undoubtedly greeted by anyone looking for an original Netflix series to run through.
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Horse girl (February 7th)
Here at GamesNeighdar - sorry, GamesRadar - we are always a fan of something that turns left before Normalsville and just does something we have never seen before. Horse Girl, a new Netflix film with Alison Brie, takes things to a whole new level. The trailer starts as a normal Rom-Com and quickly turns into a conspiracy with horses and extraterrestrial kidnappings - and only gets weirder from there.
Blade Runner: The Final Cut (February 1)
Blade Runner is an ice cold science fiction classic that anyone who is temporarily interested in films should watch. Harrison Ford's fascination with replicant hunter Rick Deckard, while Rutger Hauer's replicant on the run, Roy Batty, has one of the best monologues in film history.
My neighbor Totoro (February 1st)
Available: Anywhere except North America, Canada and Japan
For the majority of the world, Studio Ghibli films will be made available in batches on Netflix in the next few weeks! These wonderful films are a real pleasure. And although a few are now available, we have selected our favorite - My Neighbor Totoro - to highlight it. If you haven't seen this remarkable animation about a young girl discovering an adorable ghost, stream now.
Bojack Horseman Season 6 Part 2 (January 31st)
Are you ready for the end of Bojack Horseman? Well, ready or not, the show's finale is here. Will the world's most popular alcoholic horse get a happy ending? Or will his past misdeeds catch up with him? We can't wait to find out.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 3 (January 24)
Everyone greets the Queen. Sabrina is back and in the last few episodes the witch goes to hell to save her partner Nick Scratch. If you don't have to give Chilling Adventures of Sabrina a watch yet, now is the time because season three has received rave reviews - the best ever for the Greendale set show.
Season 2 Sex Education (January 17)
Being a teenager is difficult enough - let alone if your mother is a sex therapist. Sex education was a surprisingly refreshing success for Netflix, and season two is as thoughtful, honest, and cumbersome as the first. Asa Butterfields Otis and Emma Mackeys Maeve are both back, so expect more, they won't / won't play at Moordale Secondary School.
The Master (January 14th)
Joaquin Phoenix has received awards for Joker, but the actor's best performance remains Freddie Quell in The Master. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, the film centers on Phoenix 'traumatized World War II veterans who are indoctrinated into a cult by Phillip C. Hoffman's charismatic Lancaster Dodd. Master caused controversy because of his obvious parallels to Scientology - and if you're a Phoenix fan, look for it.
The Evil Dead (January 10)
The Evil Dead, one of the greatest cult films of all time, is an almost perfect B-movie horror. The first part of the series, written and directed by Sam Raimi, is a Bonafide classic that started a series that is still loved by cinephiles and brought fame to both Raimi and actor Bruce Campbell.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (January 1)
Available: UK, US
Amazon may have the Lord of the Rings TV series on its streaming service, but Netflix still has Peter Jackson's legendary films. While you should ideally watch the Extended Editions, sometimes you just don't have time (each movie runs for about four hours) and the movie versions on Netflix are still wonderful, well-rounded masterpieces that deserve to be seen again and again.
The talented Mr. Ripley (January 1)
Matt Damon plays the talented and baby-faced Tom Ripley in Anthony Minghella's excellent adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's 1955 novel. However, the real highlight of the film is Jude Law, who was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of the jealous, charming Dickie Greenleaf.
Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2 (January 1st)
Quentin Tarantino borrows generously from the martial arts films of the past in Kill Bill, a revenge thriller in which Uma Thurmans The Bride - aptly enough - wants to kill the terrible, murderous bill. Both volumes are new to Netflix, and both are worth a visit before you see Tarantino's Oscar nominee Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Inception (January 1)
Christopher Nolan returns with Tenet later this year. Almost exactly 10 years ago, the director published his masterpiece: Inception. The film, which has become synonymous with any discussion of dreams in dreams, took the box office by storm and convinced our team so much that we named it the best film of the 2010s.
Dracula (January 1)
Dracula was produced by the BBC and created by Sherlock showrunners Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat. It is an updated retelling of the legendary Dracula story. Claes Bang plays the horrible bloodsucker of the same name in this familiar yet fresh story of the most famous vampire in the world.
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