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What’s Coming and Going from Netflix in December

What’s Coming and Going from Netflix in December: The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street

In the immortal words of Andy Williams, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas — which, when you think about it, might be all the excuse needed to stay inside and see what’s on Netflix for the next few weeks. Luckily, this month’s additions to the streaming service have a lot more to offer than just holiday fare, with addition of horror like this year’s Oculus and American Horror Story: Coven, comedy like the second season of IFC’s Maron and Comedy Bang! Bang! and… well, whatever Sharknado 2 happens to be.

Sure, there are some seasonal treats to be found if you are looking for them — it’s never a bad idea to revisit White Christmas, after all — but there’s a lot more to be found on Netflix over the next month. Here’s a quick look at the best of the new stuff, as well as the movies that will have disappeared from your queue already.

ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES
Will Ferrell’s second outing as Ron Burgundy did the impossible when it was released last year: it was almost as funny as the first one. Ferrell, Steve Carell and the rest of the cast are all as sharp as they were last time, but what makes this movie particularly amusing is the rant at the end, which was likely intended as a nod to Network, but is far more amusing if you consider it the inspiration for Jeff Daniels’ character in The Newsroom and think of the whole movie as a prequel to Aaron Sorkin’s HBO show. Just pretend that GNN changed its name to Atlantic News Network sometime in the intervening 30 years.


BROADCHURCH: SEASON 1
Admittedly, Fox’s Gracepoint has stumbled a bit through its run, making the prospect of watching the original British show it was based on somewhat less than enticing. Ignoring the chance would be a mistake, however; Broadchurch is thrilling in ways that the U.S. version never quite reached, in ways that go beyond “David Tennant doesn’t have to put on an unconvincing American accent.” There’s a sense of discovery that makes it onscreen here that turns what could otherwise be a dour whodunnit about a murdered child into something that is compelling and, at times, thrilling to watch. For those who’ve been watching Gracepoint, don’t worry; the identity of the murderer isn’t the same between the two shows.


MARCO POLO: SEASON 1
Netflix adds another original series, and this time, it’s a historical epic. Produced by the Weinstein Company, Marco Polo is said to be one of the most expensive television shows in the world, and given the subject matter — Polo’s early life in the court of Kublai Khan — and international reach of the show, you can see where the money’s gone right there on screen (It looks amazing, no matter how you feel about newcomer Lorenzo Richelmy as the eponymous hero). Whether or not it’ll do for Netflix what Game of Thrones did for HBO remains to be seen; there aren’t any dragons in Marco Polo, after all. It’s certainly an exciting way for the company to widen its appeal beyond House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, however.


THE TRIP TO ITALY
Let’s not beat around the bush; this follow-up to 2010’s The Trip isn’t just one of the funniest movies of the year, it’s one of the most surprisingly touching. As with its predecessor, it’s ostensibly a road trip movie as Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, playing fictionalized versions of themselves, travel around Italy with a view of writing a travelogue for a national newspaper, but it’s really a meditation on men growing old coming from two of the most amusing traveling companions around. Genuinely essential viewing.


THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
In this season of giving, it’s probably a good idea to take a moment — or, more precisely, 179 minutes — and think about the argument in favor of the other side for a bit. What’s the problem with greed, when it comes down to it? Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of the memoir from former stockbroker Jordan Belfort stands as an interesting response to that question, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey and Margot Robbie all on top of their game showing us the world behind the corrupt world of Wall Street in the 1990s. Consider it unexpected holiday fare and start your own tradition of watching every year!


GONE DECEMBER 1
1941 (1979)
The Apostle (1997)
Audrey Rose (1977)
The Believers (1987)
Better than Chocolate (1999)
Blood & Chocolate (2007)
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
Chaplin (1992)
The Choirboys (1977)
The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County (1970)
Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)
The Cold Light of Day (1996)
The Constant Gardener (2005)
Count Yorga, Vampire (1970)
Cry-Baby (1990)
Dirty Dancing (1987)
Double Indemnity (1944)
En la Cama (2005)
Event Horizon (1997)
Eye for an Eye (1996)
Fairy Tale: A True Story (1997)
First Knight (1995)
Five Easy Pieces (1970)
Foreign Student (1994)
Free Men (2011)
Funny Lady (1975)
The Ghost and Mrs Muir (1947)
The Girl from Petrovka (1974)
Going Berserk (1983)
The Great Waldo Pepper (1975)
House of Voices (2004)
How to Frame a Figg (1971)
I’m Not Rappaport (1996)
Imagining Argentina (2003)
Invaders from Mars (1986)
Ishtar (1987)
Joe Gould’s Secret (2000)
Joe Kidd (1972)
Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
Killer at Large (2008)
King of the Hill (1993)
Lonely Hearts (2006)
Magic Trip (2011)
Magicians (2007)
Mission: Impossible III (2006)
Minnie and Moskowitz (1971)
Monkey Shines (1988)
Mr. Mom (1983)
‘night Mother (1986)
Night of the Creeps (1986)
An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
Opal Dream (2006)
The Other Side of the Mountain (1975)
The Other Side of the Mountain, Part 2 (1978)
Our City Dreams (2008)
The Paper Chase (1973)
Paradise Alley (1978)
The Parole Officer (2001)
The Pirates of Penzance (1983)
Prairie Love (2011)
The Presidio (1988)
The Promise (1979)
The Proposition (1998)
Reds (1981)
The Return of Count Yorga (1971)
RoboCop 2 (1990)
School Ties (1992)
The Sci-Fi Boys (2006)
The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)
Spice World (1998)
Star Trek: Generations (1994)
Swashbuckler (1976)
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
They Might Be Giants (1971)
The Untouchables (1987)
The Vampire Lovers (1970)
Walker (1987)
Year of the Horse: Neil Young & Crazy Horse Live (1997)
Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)

AVAILABLE DECEMBER 1
A Knight’s Tale (2001)
Almost Famous (2000)
American Beauty (1999)
Bewitched (2005)
Jewtopia (2012)
Knights of Badassdom (2014)
Madison (2005)
Out of the Clear Blue Sky (2012)
Out of Time (2003)
The Out-of-Towners (1999)
Troop Beverly Hills (1989)
Turbo FAST (New episodes)

AVAILABLE 12/3
Oculus (2014)
Son of God (2014)

AVAILABLE 12/5
Bill Burr: I’m Sorry You Feel That Way (2014)

AVAILABLE 12/6
American Horror Story: Coven Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Super-sized version (2013)
Ava & Lala (2014)
Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014)

AVAILABLE 12/8
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (Season 3)

AVAILABLE 12/9
I Am Ali (2014)
Drive Hard (2014)

AVAILABLE 12/10
A Haunted House 2 (2014)

AVAILABLE 12/11
The Village (2004)
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

AVAILABLE 12/12
Broadchurch (Season 1)
Marco Polo (Season 1)
Nick Offerman: American Ham

AVAILABLE 12/13
Don’t Blink (2014)

AVAILABLE 12/15
Jake Squared (2014)

AVAILABLE 12/18
Ragnarok (2014)
The Honourable Woman (Season 1)

AVAILABLE 12/19
All Hail King Julien

AVAILABLE 12/20
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones Extended Edition (2014)

AVAILABLE 12/22
Dark Skies (2013)
Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (1997)

AVAILABLE 12/23
The Trip to Italy (2014)

AVAILABLE 12/24
Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return (2014)

AVAILABLE 12/25
Good People (2014)

AVAILABLE 12/27
Child of God (2014)
Labor Day (2013)

AVAILABLE 12/28
Behaving Badly (2014)
Comedy Bang! Bang! (Season 3)
I, Frankenstein (2014)
Maron (Season 2)
Jessie (Season 3)

AVAILABLE 12/30
Last Weekend (2014)

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