The Best Movies and TV Shows New to Netflix, Amazon and Stan in Australia in December

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Our picks for December, Including ‘The Power of the Dog,’ ‘Don’t Look Up’ and ‘The Lost Daughter’

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Dec. 3, 2021, 12:13 a.m. ET

Every month, streaming services successful Australia adhd a caller batch of movies and TV shows to its library. Here are our picks for December.

DEC. 1

Adapted by “The Piano” writer-director Jane Campion from Thomas Savage’s 1967 novel, “The Power of the Dog” stars Benedict Cumberbatch arsenic a 1920s Montana rancher named Phil Burbank — a antheral with an aristocratic inheritance and a heavy sadistic streak. Jesse Plemons plays Phil’s overmuch gentler member George, who marries a section widow named Rose (Kirsten Dunst) and past disrupts the societal dynamic connected the Burbank dispersed erstwhile helium invites Rose’s studious teenage lad Peter (Kodi Smit-McPhee) for a visit. Intriguing and unpredictable, “The Power of the Dog” is simply a handsome-looking and hard to specify neo-western, exploring the sometimes suffocating expectations of accepted sex roles.

DEC. 6

Film buffs ought to find this originative bid of video essays entertaining and challenging. Produced by thoughtful cinephiles (including the accomplished manager David Fincher), “Voir” explores antithetic aspects of movies and movie culture, including specified subjects as: the sometimes limiting ocular plan of modern animation; the perverse entreaty of antiheroes; and the thirst for broader taste representation. The episodes harvester caller footage, aged clips and probing interviews, skillfully edited into crisp commentaries connected the transformative powerfulness of cinema.

DEC. 10

At erstwhile a parody of cruddy aged ’80s and ’90s cartoons and a serialized communicative exploring the profound emptiness of immoderate children’s entertainment, “Saturday Morning All Star Hits!” (a.k.a. “SMASH!”) stars the quirky comedian Kyle Mooney successful a dual relation arsenic the shaggy duplicate member hosts of an aged web TV animation bloc. Mooney besides cocreated the bid with the big animation seasoned Ben Jones. Working with their squad of writers and illustrators, Mooney and institution riff connected the vacuity of galore fondly remembered kiddie shows.

DEC. 17

The deed TV adaptation of the Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski’s “The Witcher” novels and abbreviated stories returns for a 2nd season, continuing the communicative of the monster-hunter Geralt (Henry Cavill) and the assorted mercenaries and courtly agents who person crossed paths with him done his decades of service. This show’s communicative operation tin get beauteous intricate — with intertwining communicative lines connecting antithetic timelines — but the main attractions stay the spectacular sword-and-sorcery enactment sequences and Cavill’s show arsenic a skilled warrior and magician burdened by his ain talents.

DEC. 24

Written and directed by “The Big Short” and “Vice” filmmaker Adam McKay, the achromatic drama “Don’t Look Up” stars Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio arsenic a brace of undistinguished scientists who observe that a comet is astir to onslaught the Earth, obliterating beingness arsenic we cognize it. The all-star formed includes Meryl Streep arsenic a vain and shortsighted U.S. president, Mark Rylance arsenic a softly cocky tech guru, and Tyler Perry and Cate Blanchett arsenic a brace of shallow, fashionable TV speech amusement hosts. These characters — on with the skeptical wide nationalist — artifact the heroes astatine each turn, successful a movie that satirizes society’s unwillingness to admit and tackle its toughest problems.

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DEC. 31

Olivia Colman and Jessie Buckley some radiance successful the writer-director Maggie Gyllenhaal’s adaptation of the Elena Ferrante caller “The Lost Daughter.” The actresses play the aforesaid quality astatine antithetic ages: Leda Caruso, a superb student and parent who has sometimes felt resentful of her parental responsibilities. The movie mostly takes spot astatine an land resort, wherever the vacationing older Leda keeps getting distracted by an overbearing household of tourists — including a bewitching young ma named Nina (Dakota Johnson). As the communicative flashes backmost to Leda’s past, Gyllenhaal and institution efficaciously dramatize the ambiguous feelings a batch of parents person toward the obligations that tin get successful the mode of surviving freely.

Also arriving: “Lost successful Space” Season 3 (Dec. 1), “Single All the Way” (Dec. 2), “The Great British Baking Show: Holidays” Season 3 (Dec. 3), “Mixtape” (Dec. 3), “Money Heist” Season 5, Volume 2 (Dec. 3), “Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas” (Dec. 3), “Asakusa Kid” (Dec. 9), “Back to the Outback” (Dec. 10), “How to Ruin Christmas” Season 2 (Dec. 10), “The Unforgivable” (Dec. 10), “The Future Diary” (Dec. 14), “Emily successful Paris” Season 2 (Dec. 22), “Kitz” (Dec. 30), “Cobra Kai” Season 4 (Dec. 31), “Stay Close” (Dec. 31).

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DEC. 1

A screwball drama twist connected the accepted vacation romance, “Christmas connected the Farm” stars Poppy Montgomery arsenic Emmy, a struggling New York writer who lands a immense publication woody by passing disconnected her precocious mother’s journals astir beingness successful agrarian Queensland arsenic her ain autobiography. When her steadfast asks to walk an old-fashioned Australian Christmas with her caller prima author, Emmy has to scramble to unreal she’s a traditionalist farmer’s woman — a ruse analyzable by the accomplishment of the publisher’s charismatic son.

DEC. 8

This semi-true transgression communicative stars Olivia Colman and David Thewlis arsenic the joined mates Susan and Christopher Edwards, who lived a agelong clip with a acheronian secret: that Susan killed her parents, and that she and Christopher lived disconnected the pension checks of the corpses buried successful the backyard. In “Landscapers,” the writer Ed Sinclair and the manager Will Sharpe usage their antiheroes’ emotion of movies to inject a small stylistic flair into what is yet a unusual benignant of mystery, delving into the reasons 2 lovers felt obliged to crook to unit and chicanery.

DEC. 17

The comedian Will Forte and his erstwhile “Saturday Night Live” collaborators Jorma Taccone and John Solomon revive Forte’s cult favourite quality MacGruber, a bumbling peculiar cause modeled aft the leader of the TV bid “MacGyver” (but much, overmuch sillier). MacGruber debuted successful a drawstring of “SNL” sketches that kept uncovering inventive caller ways to rework the aforesaid punchline: showing however a momentary distraction could pb to utter disaster. Like the 2010 movie version, expect this caller serialized “MacGruber” to mock — with emotion — over-the-top spy thrillers.

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Though it is classified arsenic science-fiction, this mini-series adaptation of Emily St. John Mandel’s 2014 caller whitethorn onslaught immoderate arsenic a ripped-from-the-headlines drama. Set successful the years before, during and aft a devastating pandemic, “Station Eleven” chiefly follows Kirsten (Mackenzie Davis), a subordinate of a traveling theatre troupe trying to support civilization live successful the makeshift settlements the plague’s survivors established. While tracking Kirsten’s travel done this sometimes-terrifying caller world, the amusement flashes backmost to the mode things utilized to be, telling ironic stories astir troubled characters who had nary thought however atrocious things were astir to get.

DEC. 19

The precocious hip-hop creator Christopher “Biggie Smalls” Wallace — A.K.A. “the Notorious B.I.G.” — was a pioneering rapper whose songs astir increasing up successful a crime-ridden vicinity influenced a procreation of musicians. As this documentary makes wide though, determination was much to Wallace than conscionable his pulpy transgression stories. With the assistance from interviews with Wallace’s mother, wife, friends and colleagues, the manager Mark Ford paints a representation of a antheral of galore interests, who was killed earlier helium had the accidental to afloat beryllium that his enactment could fuse antithetic genres and ideas into a caller sound.

Also arriving: “Positive” Season 1 (Dec. 2), “Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas” (Dec. 2), “Berlin Station” Seasons 1-3 (Dec. 3), “Pen15” Season 2, Part 2 (Dec. 4), “The Defence” Season 2 (Dec. 10), “High” Season 1 (Dec. 10), “Billionaire Scoundrel” Season 1 (Dec. 14), “Amsterdam Undercover” Season 1 (Dec. 17), “Claws” Season 4 (Dec. 20), “Dragons: The Nine Realms” Season 1 (Dec. 24), “Bump” Season 2 (Dec. 26), “Perfect Places” Season 3 (Dec. 28).

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DEC. 10

The phenomenal Riz Ahmed stars successful this tricky science-fiction thriller, playing a Marine who becomes convinced that the Earth has been invaded by evil alien insects that lone helium seems capable to detect. The manager Michael Pearce (who besides co-wrote the publication with Joe Barton) keeps the enactment successful “Encounter” debased to the ground. He besides keeps the substance of the hero’s fragile intelligence authorities mostly ambiguous, making this movie into the communicative of a loving begetter determined to prevention his young sons from a menace that whitethorn not exist.

Though it has ne'er been a immense hit, the science-fiction bid “The Expanse” — based connected James S.A. Corey’s novels — is specified a favourite among genre connoisseurs that it was saved from cancellation backmost successful 2018, conscionable aft Season 3. The upcoming Season 6 is being touted arsenic the show’s finale; but determination are inactive tons of stories to beryllium told wrong this aboriginal universe, wherever quality colonists scattered passim the star strategy (and beyond) are perpetually connected the brink of war. Still, until “The Expanse” gets rescued again, fans should savor what could beryllium the past days of 1 of TV’s astir breathtaking and well-plotted abstraction sagas.

DEC. 21

Nicole Kidman plays the groundbreaking comedian Lucille Ball, and Javier Bardem plays her hubby and concern spouse Desi Arnaz successful the backstage play “Being the Ricardos,” acceptable mostly during 1 week successful the accumulation of the 1950s sitcom “I Love Lucy.” The writer-director Aaron Sorkin — who has tread this benignant of crushed earlier with his TV bid “Sports Night” and “Studio 60 connected the Sunset Strip” — uses a fragment of Ball’s beingness communicative arsenic a mode into a larger information of old-fashioned American showbiz, locked into an epoch marked by Communist witch-hunts and a staunchly paternalistic societal order.

Also arriving: “Harlem” (Dec. 3), “The Ferragnez” (Dec. 9), “With Love” (Dec. 17), “Yearly Departed” (Dec. 23).

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