20+ New Movies to Stream Now That Push the Binge Button

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Forget about aimlessly scrolling through endless streaming menus, friends, and say hello to the ultimate guide to binging bliss! This curated collection of 20+ new movies to stream boasts something for every popcorn-munching cinephile, seasoned vet or fresh-faced film fanatic. Whether you crave adrenaline-pumping thrills, mind-bending sci-fi, gut-busting laughs, or heart-wrenching dramas, buckle up and prepare to embark on a cinematic odyssey from the comfort of your couch.

1. Barbie

Hey Barbie! Greta Gerwig’s summer blockbuster, which raked in an impressive $1.4 billion at the box office, is embarking on a whimsical journey by boat, snowmobile, spaceship, and more to reach the realm of Max. In this fantastical adventure, Margot Robbie steps gracefully into the iconic high heels of Stereotypical Barbie. The plot unfolds as Barbie ventures into the Real World, determined to locate her owner and shield herself from absorbing any existential musings. Notably, Ken, portrayed by Ryan Gosling, tags along, undergoing an enlightening crash course on the intricacies of the patriarchy.

Immerse yourself in the excitement of Barbie Land, where the roles of Barbies and Kens, including Michael Cera’s Allan, are brought to life by a stellar cast featuring Issa Rae, Kate McKinnon, Simu Liu, Ncuti Gatwa, Dua Lipa, and more. Catch the adventure on Max.

2. DC Extended Universe

The DC Extended Universe takes a turn towards Netflix, showcasing a plethora of recent DC Comics-based movies for the ultimate holiday binge. Starting from December 1, viewers can delve into the superhero saga with titles like Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Justice League, Shazam!, Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman 1984, The Suicide Squad, DC League of Super-Pets, The Batman and Shazam! Fury of the Gods. These films, with varying quality, offer a tonal departure from Marvel Studios, and notably, Matt Reeves’ The Batman stands out as a gritty masterpiece. The future of DC movies remains uncertain, but one thing is sure — they won’t be like these classics. Available on Netflix.

3. The Color Purple

Adapted from Alice Walker’s enduring epistolary novel, Steven Spielberg’s 1985 drama unfolds over four decades in the life of Celie. Desreta Jackson portrays her in her youth, while Whoopi Goldberg delivers a Golden Globe-winning performance as the older Celie. Enduring profound abuse from her father, played by Leonard Jackson, and her husband, portrayed by Danny Glover, Celie navigates the challenges of 1900s Georgia. The third piece of art on our new movies to stream marks Oprah Winfrey’s debut on the big screen, and the cast also includes Margaret Avery, Rae Dawn Chong, Willard Pugh, and Adolph Caesar. Experience the emotional journey of The Color Purple on Max.

4. May December

Todd Haynes’ May December unfolds a compelling narrative centered around Elizabeth Berry (Natalie Portman), a film and television actress, shadowing Gracie (Julianne Moore). Gracie, having had an affair with a teenage boy and serving time in prison, continues the relationship with her now-husband Joe (Charles Melton). The story intensifies as Elizabeth’s visit coincides with the graduation of Gracie and Joe’s twins, unveiling old secrets. The movie is a beautifully told and emotionally satisfying exploration of complex relationships, making it one of the standout movies of the year. Available on Netflix.

5. The Ring

Gore Verbinski’s chilling 2002 horror remake, The Ring, arrives on Prime Video on December 1. Starring Naomi Watts, the film revolves around a cursed videotape that brings death within seven days to anyone who watches it. Verbinski’s masterful direction, coupled with the eerie Pacific Northwest setting, makes “The Ring” a timeless and genuinely frightening horror experience.

6. Candy Cane Lane

Eddie Murphy returns to the holiday movie scene in the family-friendly Candy Cane Lane, streaming on Prime Video. Murphy plays a man determined to win his neighborhood Christmas decorating contest. However, a deal with a devilish elf (Jillian Bell) turns the festive competition into a battle against being transformed into a tiny plastic doll. Directed by Reginald Hudlin and featuring a star-studded cast including Tracee Ellis-Ross, Ken Marino, and Nick Offerman, The movie promises a yuletide romp for all ages.

7. The Dead Zone

David Cronenberg’s overlooked gem, The Dead Zone, hits Prime Video this month. Starring Christopher Walken, the film tells the story of a schoolteacher who gains psychic powers after a near-fatal accident. As he grapples with his abilities, he discovers a presidential candidate (Martin Sheen) with a dark agenda. The Dead Zone is a compelling and scary adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, marked by Cronenberg’s trademark style.

8. Paddington 2

Considered one of the best films of the 21st century, Paddington 2 lands on Hulu this year. The heartwarming sequel follows the beloved Paddington Bear as he finds himself wrongly imprisoned, forming new friendships while attempting to clear his name. Hugh Grant’s delectable portrayal of the villain and a show-stopping dance number make Paddington 2 a cinematic delight for all ages.

9. Mad Max: Fury Road on Max

Gear up for the prequel Furiosa by catching Mad Max: Fury Road on Max this month. Tom Hardy plays Max, who joins forces with Charlize Theron’s Furiosa in a relentless pursuit across a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Directed by George Miller, the film is a non-stop, visually stunning car chase that doubles as a feminist diatribe, leaving audiences with much to ponder long after the credits roll.

10. The Exorcist: Believer

Despite mixed reviews and a decent box office, The Exorcist: Believer makes its way to Peacock on December 1. Directed by David Gordon Green, known for the Halloween trilogy, the film follows a young father (Leslie Odom, Jr.) dealing with his teenage daughter’s (Lidya Jewett) mysterious transformation after getting lost in the woods. Far from a typical possession film, The Exorcist: Believer delicately explores faith and the supernatural, standing out as one of the best in the franchise.

11. Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

On Disney+, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny marks the latest adventure for the iconic archaeologist. Directed by James Mangold, with Steven Spielberg contributing to the script, Harrison Ford returns as Indiana Jones in a 1960s setting. Facing an old foe (Mads Mikkelsen) and joined by Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s character, this installment promises thrills and nostalgia.

12. The Super Mario Bros. Movie

The Super Mario Bros. Movie leaps onto Netflix on December 3, becoming one of the biggest animated hits of the year. Directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, the film brings beloved Nintendo characters to life, with Chris Pratt as Mario and Charlie Day as Luigi. A delightful and charming adaptation, the movie promises a fun-filled journey through the Mushroom Kingdom.

13. Lucy

Scarlett Johansson’s Lucy arrives on Netflix in December, offering a unique twist on the action genre. Initially marketed as a straightforward action movie, the film takes unexpected turns as Lucy gains supernatural abilities following a drug overdose. Director Luc Besson’s edgy editing style and cosmic narrative elevate Lucy beyond typical action fare, making it a standout in Johansson’s filmography.

14. Leave the World Behind

Get ready for apocalyptic dread with Leave the World Behind on Netflix from December 8. Julia Roberts and Ethan Hawke star as a Manhattan couple seeking a relaxing getaway in a Long Island rental house. However, their plans take a dark turn, forcing them to confront the unknown. Directed by Sam Esmail, known for Mr. Robot, the film delivers edge-of-your-seat moments, exceptional performances, and inventive camerawork.

15. Dune: Part Two

Science fiction enthusiasts rejoice as our list of new movies to stream Dune: Part Two premieres on Apple TV in December. Continuing the epic saga directed by Denis Villeneuve, the film promises to delve deeper into the intricate world of Arrakis. With Timothée Chalamet reprising his role as Paul Atreides, and new additions to the cast including Zendaya and Oscar Isaac, Dune: Part Two expands upon the first installment’s stunning visuals and complex narrative.

16. Spider-Man: No Way Home

Swinging into theaters on December 17, Spider-Man: No Way Home is undoubtedly the most anticipated movie of the month. Tom Holland returns as the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, joined by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield in a multiverse-spanning adventure. Directed by Jon Watts, the film promises to unravel the mysteries introduced in Spider-Man: Far From Home, with appearances from iconic villains and unexpected allies. Available on Netflix.

17. Merry Little Batman

Unwrap a festive treat with Merry Little Batman on Prime Video in December. This heartwarming Batman movie, initially abandoned but revived by passionate fans, brings holiday cheer to Gotham City. Directed by Richard Curtis, Merry Little Batman showcases Bruce Wayne (Robert Pattinson) navigating the challenges of being both a vigilante and a surrogate father to a young Dick Grayson (Denzel Washington III). The film blends action with a dose of humor, making it a delightful addition to the Batman legacy.

18. The Archies

Netflix unveils The Archies on December 7, offering a Bollywood musical adaptation of the beloved Archie Comics characters. Set in the 1960s India, directed by Zoya Akhtar, the Hindi-language feature brings a fresh and vibrant take on the iconic characters. Starring Agastya Nanda, Khushi Kapoor, Suhana Khan, and more, The Archies promises to be a lively and entertaining experience.

19. Matrix Resurrections

Just in time for the holiday season, The Matrix Resurrections hits theaters and HBO Max on December 22. Directed by Lana Wachowski, the film sees the return of Keanu Reeves as Neo and Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity. Set in a world that has forgotten the events of the previous Matrix films, Resurrections explores new dimensions of reality, blending mind-bending action with philosophical depth.

20. No Hard Feelings

Hold onto your hats for a raunchy and hilarious ride with Jennifer Lawrence in No Hard Feelings, a 2023 American comedy. Lawrence brings her signature comedic flair to the role of Maddie, a down-on-her-luck woman who stumbles upon an unusual job opportunity: romancing the awkward and inexperienced son of a wealthy couple for a generous fee. Available on Netflix.

Bonus:

Our compilation of new movies to stream is still in progress. Explore these classified films categorized under Action & Adventure, Thrillers & Suspense, Comedies & Feel-Good Flicks, Animation & Family Fun.

Action & adventure

  • The Gray Man (Netflix): Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans clash in this action-packed thriller from the Russo brothers, directors of Avengers: Endgame. Expect globetrotting espionage, high-octane chases, and plenty of explosions.
  • Bullet Train (Netflix): Brad Pitt joins an ensemble cast in this bullet-speed action comedy aboard a Japanese high-speed train. Prepare for comedic mayhem, assassin vs. assassin showdowns, and a wild ride you won’t want to miss.
  • Thirteen Lives (Prime Video): Ron Howard directs this gripping true story of the Thai cave rescue in 2018. Brace yourself for suspenseful underwater sequences, heroic feats of endurance, and a testament to the power of human cooperation.

Thrillers & suspense

  • Men (Amazon): Jessie Buckley stars in this unsettling psychological thriller from Alex Garland, director of Ex Machina. Be prepared for an eerie atmosphere, ambiguous themes, and a cinematic experience that will linger long after the credits roll.
  • Blonde (Netflix): Ana de Armas portrays Marilyn Monroe in this biopic with a twist. Brace yourself for a dark and unflinching exploration of an iconic life, blurring the lines between reality and Hollywood fantasy.
  • Good Madam (Amazon): Kim Yunjin delivers a chilling performance in this Korean thriller about a domestic worker turned vigilante. Expect shocking twists, social commentary, and a suspenseful cat-and-mouse game between captor and captive.

Comedies & feel-good flicks

  • Father of the Bride (HBO Max): Andy Garcia takes on the iconic role in this charming remake of the classic wedding comedy. Get ready for culture clashes, family hijinks, and a heartwarming celebration of love and acceptance.
  • Ticket to Paradise (Prime Video): Julia Roberts and George Clooney reunite as divorced parents in this tropical-island rom-com. Expect hilarious banter, sun-kissed settings, and a second chance at love for this bickering pair.
  • She Said (Prime Video): Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan portray New York Times journalists who broke the Harvey Weinstein scandal in this powerful drama. Expect a story of investigative journalism, female empowerment, and the fight for justice against a powerful predator.

Animation & family fun

  • Pinocchio (Disney+): Guillermo del Toro puts his dark and whimsical spin on the classic wooden puppet tale. Prepare for stunning stop-motion animation, a unique take on the familiar story, and a Pinocchio unlike any you’ve seen before.
  • Hocus Pocus 2 (Disney+): The Sanderson sisters return in this long-awaited sequel to the Halloween cult classic. Expect witchy hijinks, nostalgic callbacks, and a spooky fun adventure for the whole family.
  • The Bad Guys (Netflix): A team of notorious animal criminals tries to go straight in this hilarious animated heist comedy. Get ready for witty dialogue, adorable characters, and a message about teamwork and redemption.

While the credits of these 20+ new movies to stream now, a new reel of intrigue is about to unfold. Join us in our next cinematic quest as we delve into 12 films with similar storylines that compel us to hunt for distinctive elements. Unravel the intricacies, spot the nuances, and get ready for a rollercoaster ride of comparisons that will challenge your perception of storytelling. The plot thickens, and the adventure is far from over.

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