Winter is hanging on by the icy tips of its fingers, and the evenings are getting lighter, which means we have to cram in as much box set bingeing as humanly possible before spring kicks in. We wanted to help you stop spending hours trawling through Netflix looking for something to watch, so we’ve created a round-up of some of the best new additions to Netflix, with something to suit everyone’s taste. We’ve even included trailers – we’re too good to you really!
1. Isn’t it Romantic
Rebel Wilson stars alongside Liam Hemsworth in this rom-com parody. Picking out the best and worst bits of traditional ‘chick-flicks’, Natalie (played by Rebel Wilson) hits her head and wakes up in her nightmare – an alternative reality consisting of everything you would find in a cliché rom-com, including the perfect apartment, the gay best friend and of course – the dream man. Or so she thinks. This is the perfect film for a girls night, or if you’re looking for an easy comedy to relax with.
2. RuPaul’s Drag Race – New Episodes!
If you’ve never seen a Drag Race, this is the perfect time to start. Long story short, a host of Drag Queens compete for $100,000 and the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar. They take part in weekly challenges set by RuPaul herself and a panel of celebrity judges, with one lucky Queen eliminated per week. With names such as Bob the Drag Queen, Aquaria, Alaska Roxxxy Andrews and Sasha Valour, you can guarantee this is no ordinary talent show. The good news is that Netflix hosts almost all of the seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race – perfect if you get hooked (or dragged!) on the drama, tears and revelations of some of America’s most outrageous personalities.
3. Snow White & The Huntsman
You may think you know the traditional fairy tale of Snow White & the Seven Dwarves, but this Snow White has come a long way from the terrified princess who sings to cartoon birds. Having learnt new skills from the huntsman who was sent to kill her, this updated tale tells of Snow White’s fight back against the Evil Queen. Starring Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron, this is the perfect film for those who love an Action/Fantasy film – as well as those who love a fairy tale!
4. A Kid Like Jake
A New York couple struggle with their four-year-old son’s gender identity, when they realise that him wanting to play with fairy princesses than toy cars is more than just a phase. The parents, played by Claire Danes and Jim Parsons, must think of what’s best for their child and how to deal with pressure and judgement coming from all areas of their lives.
5. I Feel Pretty
After receiving a head injury from a spin class, a self-doubting woman with some serious body image issues wakes up with a newfound confidence and fearless attitude to life. She believes her appearance has completely changed – however she looks absolutely no different. She uses her new confidence to get her dream career, do things she never usually would (including wet t-shirt contests and lots of dating), and dress however she wants. Her over-confidence comes at a price, and she learns the true meaning of body confidence and being yourself. The perfect feel-good film for almost anyone who has ever doubted themselves, or thought they can’t do something because of the way they look or the circumstances they’re in.
Looking for a new crime drama to get stuck into? London detectives investigate a seemingly random murder of a pizza delivery man, and accidentally uncovers a much deeper case involving drug dealers, smugglers and spies, with a conspiracy that goes right to the top. Starring Carey Mulligan and John Simm, this four-part mini-series is absolutely binge-worthy and will keep you guessing from start to finish.
7. Watership Down
Ok we know – it doesn’t sound like the most exciting way to spend your evening, but hear us out. This remake of the 1978 animated film has a star-studded cast lending their voices to some of the most well-known rabbits in literature. James McAvoy, John Boyega, Gemma Arterton and Oscar-winning Olivia Colman offer their voices up to a group of rabbits who are looking to find a safe new home after having visions of death and destruction The rabbits go on an epic journey that covers a variety of themes open to interpretation. We don’t want to ruin the plot for you (and it’s pretty long to explain), but if you’re looking for an epic story told through stunning animation, Watership Down could open your mind to a more thought-provoking kind of series.
8. The Other Boleyn Girl
History buff? Love a period drama? This film, based on the book of the same name, loosely based on the lives of the ambitious Boleyn sisters as they compete for the attention and affection for the formidable King Henry 8th (played by Eric Bana). We all know Anne’s fate, but what happened to her sister, Mary? Get stuck in to this timeless period drama, Eddie Redmayne even makes an appearance!