What’s New on Netflix: December 2015

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At the start of (and throughout) every month, Netflix adds new movies and TV shows to its streaming library. Here is a quick list of several you might be interested in. Feel free to note anything we've left out in the comments below — and for more comprehensive coverage of the best titles available on Netflix and elsewhere, check out Vulture’s What to Stream Now, which is updated throughout the month.

You get a Louie! And you get a Louie! Real Rob (Season 1)
Netflix’s campaign to give quirky, semiautobiographical single-camera sitcoms to every comedian who has ever used a personal anecdote in their stand-up set continues with Rob Schneider’s Real Rob. Everyone is a unique, beautiful snowflake, so expect Real Rob to be unlike everything else — you, you know, a lot like Curb Your Enthusiasm, Louie, One Mississippi, Master of None, Maron, or whatever quirky, semiautobiographical single-camera sitcom Netflix green-lights next. Available December 1.

A Sin-Dee Rella story: Tangerine (2015)
Tangerine
, a Sundance film about two transgender prostitutes on Christmas Eve in West L.A., is the exact opposite of the downer that logline implies. Led by two hilarious performances from trans actresses Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor, the film (shot entirely on a iPhone) takes its characters’ lives seriously while also managing to be, as Vulture’s David Edelstein put it, “everything an entertaining, old-fashioned, mainstream Hollywood comedy should be but no longer is.” Available December 2.

Jingle bell rock the kasbah: A Very Murray Christmas (2015)
If you go to enough Christmas parties around town, there’s a sizable chance you’ll run into Bill Murray at one of them. But why risk it? If you want to ensure that you'll get your Murray fix, settle in with Netflix’s old-fashioned, Sofia Coppola–directed variety special, which promises songs from Murray and Miley Cyrus and guest appearances from George Clooney, Amy Poehler, Michael Cera, and (inevitably) more. Available December 4.

Antiheroine reborn: Phoenix (2014)
In Phoenix, Nina Hoss plays a Nelly Lenz, a Jewish nightclub singer who survives a concentration camp after being shot in the face and left for dead, returning to the postwar world with a new face, and thus a new identity. Hoss gives a virtuoso performance as we watch Nelly reunite with her husband, who doesn’t recognize his wife but figures she looks similar enough to play the part in order to collect Nelly’s inheritance. What results is a moving, looking-glass take on Vertigo, as both members of the couple contend with chimerical visions of each other and themselves. Available December 8.

Fear the wrath of Peggy Olson: Queen of Earth (2015)
From Top of the Lake to The One I Love and Listen Up Philip, Elisabeth Moss has started to transition away from certified badass Peggy Olson into a career in harrowing indie drama. In Queen of Earth, she reunites with Philip’s Alex Ross Perry for a trip to a lake house with Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice, Steve Jobs). What results is a torturous mind warp of film, “a psychodrama,” per Vulture’s Bilge Ebiri, “shot like a horror movie.” Available December 22.

Hamm for the holidays: Black Mirror, “White Christmas”
Netflix announced plans to for a third season of Charlie Brooker’s grim sci-fi anthology series earlier this year, but until the next few parables about the horror of spending too much time staring at a computer screen come to your computer screen, you’ll have to be satisfied with Black Mirror’s Christmas special (already out in the U.K.), which features Jon Hamm, Oona Chaplin, and Rafe Spall in three interconnected vignettes. Available December 25.

Get your ugly-cry on: Parenthood (Season 6)
The final 13-episode installment of NBC’s chronicle of the big Berkeley family has all the pathos you'd expect from a Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights) show. If you need to escape your own holiday family drama, curl up with the Bravermans, true masters of letting emotions out. Available December 30.

TELEVISION

Available December 1
50 Shades of THEY (Season 1)
Broadchurch
(Season 2)
Detectorists
(Season 1)
Las Mágicas Historias de Plim Plim
(Season 1)
Real Rob
(Season 1)
Sensitive Skin
(Season 1)
Starting Over
(Season 1)
Winning Life’s Battles (Season 1)

December 4
A Very Murray Christmas
(2015)
Comedy Bang! Bang!
(Season 4, more episodes)

December 5
Inside Man (Season 3)

December 9
Phineas and Ferb
(Season 4)

December 11
The Adventures of Puss in Boots
(Season 2)

December 15
Hart of Dixie (Season 4)
High Profits
(Season 1)

December 16
Helix
(Season 2)

December 18
F Is for Family
(Season 1)
Glitter Force
(Season 1)
Making a Murderer
(Season 1)

December 21
El Señor de los Cielos
(Season 3)

December 24
Dawn of the Croods
(Season 1)

December 25
Black Mirror
— “White Christmas”

December 28
Maron
(Season 3)
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
(Season 5)

December 30
Parenthood
(Season 6)

December 31
Battle Creek
(Season 1)
Manhattan Romance
(2014)
Violetta
(Season 3)
Nurse Jackie
(Seasons 1–7)

MOVIES

Available December 1
#DeathToSelfie
(2014)
30 for 30: Chasing Tyson
(2015)
A Christmas Star
(2015)
A Genius Leaves the Hood: The Unauthorized Story of Jay Z
(2014)
Amnesiac
(2015)
CBGB
(2013)
Christmas Wedding Baby
(2014)
The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury
(2004)
Cradle 2 the Grave
(2003)
Darkman
(1990)
I'm Brent Morin
(2015)
Jenny's Wedding (2015)
Ray
(2004)
See You in Valhalla 
(2015)
Stir of Echoes
(1999)
Stir of Echoes: The Homecoming
(2007)
That Touch of Mink
(1962)
Tyke: Elephant Outlaw
(2015)

December 2
Stations of the Cross
(2014)
Tangerine
(2015)

December 3
Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine
(2015)

December 5
A Case of You
(2013)
Dinosaur 13
(2014)

December 7
Vampire Academy
(2014)

December 8
One & Two
(2015)
Phoenix
(2014)
Xenia
(2014)

December 9
Trailer Park Boys: Drunk, High and Unemployed Live in Austin
(2015)

December 11
The Ridiculous 6
(2015)

December 14
The Da Vinci Code
(2006)

December 15
Drown
(2014)
Time Out of Mind
(2014)

December 16
Fresh Dressed
(2015)

December 18
Mike Epps: Don't Take It Personal
(2015)

December 19
Chloe and Theo
(2015)

December 20
Leo the Lion
(2013)
Magic Snowflake
(2013)
Santa’s Apprentice
(2010)

December 22
Queen of Earth
(2015)

December 23
Invisible Sister
(2015)

December 31
Manhattan Romance
(2014)

For more details on the best film and television available online, consult Vulture’s What to Stream Now.

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