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7 Films New To Netflix to Watch In December 2016, Including ‘Animal House’ and ‘Waking Life’

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"National Lampoon's Animal House"

“National Lampoon’s Animal House”

Universal Pictures

Next month, Netflix has a wide variety of films — modern to classic, animated to live action, Oscar winners to romantic comedies — and we’ve picked seven that you should watch once they’re made available on the streaming service. Enjoy.

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1. “National Lampoon’s Animal House” (available December 1)

"National Lampoon's Animal House"

“National Lampoon’s Animal House”

Universal Pictures

John Landis’ 1978 classic college comedy follows the rowdy Delta Tau Chi fraternity’s battle to remain on campus after they provoked the ire of the conniving Dean of the college. Features John Belushi in his most anarchic performance, toga parties, and sing-a-longs to “Louie Louie” and “Shout!”

2. “Waking Life” (available December 1)

"Waking Life"

“Waking Life”

Fox Searchlight Pictures

Richard Linklater’s 2001 film “Waking Life” examines a bevy of philosophical issues — the nature of dreams, the limitations of consciousness and the meaning of life — in a surreal, rotoscoped dreamscape that demands the viewer’s mind to take flight. Pay attention for cameos from Steven Soderbergh, Linklater himself, and Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy reprising their roles as Jesse and Celine from the “Before” trilogy.

3. “Compulsion” (available December 1)



20th Century Fox

Richard Fleischer’s 1959 crime drama fictionalizes the famous Leopold and Loeb murder trial starring Dean Stockwell (“Married to the Mob”) and Bradford Dillman (“Sudden Impact”) as the two men on trial. Orson Welles plays the Clarence Darrow-esque figure Jonathan Wilk.

4. “Way of the Dragon” (available December 1)

"Way of the Dragon"

“Way of the Dragon”

Golden Harvest

After “The Big Boss” catapulted Bruce Lee to stardom in 1971, he was given complete creative control over his next film. Lee wrote, produced, directed, and starred in “Way of the Dragon,” his only complete directorial effort, which follows a man who protects his relatives and their restaurant from gangsters. The film features a memorable fight scene between Lee and Chuck Norris, his first film role.

READ MORE: 7 Films New to Netflix to Watch In October 2016, Including ‘Unforgiven’ and ‘Dazed and Confused’

5. “Beverly Hills Cop” (available December 1)

Beverly Hills Cop

“Beverly Hills Cop”

Paramount Pictures

Following the one-two punch of “48 Hrs.” and “Trading Places,” Eddie Murphy advanced to leading man status with Martin Brest’s 1984 action comedy “Beverly Hills Cop,” about a renegade Detroit cop who travels to Los Angeles to solve a murder investigation. It spawned two sequels and launched Murphy to international stardom.

6. “The Crucible” (available December 1)

"The Crucible"

“The Crucible”

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Adapted from the 1953 play by playwright Arthur Miller himself, “The Crucible” follows a Salem woman who frames her ex-lover’s wife as a witch during the Salem witch trials. The film stars Daniel Day-Lewis (“There Will Be Blood”) and Winona Ryder (“Heathers”), both of whom previously starred in Martin Scorsese’s “The Age of Innocence,” and received two Oscar nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress.

7. “Captain America: Civil War” (available December 25)

"Captain America: Civil War"

“Captain America: Civil War”

Walt Disney Studios

The highest-grossing film of the year will come to Netflix on Christmas Day. The 13th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and a sequel to “Captain America: Winter Soldier,” the film follows a rift between Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) as they disagree on international oversight of The Avengers. Catch first looks of Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and the new Spider-Man (Tom Holland).

The Rest of Incoming Films:

“Always” (available December 1)

“Angels in the Snow”(available December 1)

“Beyond Bollywood” (available December 1)

“Black Snake Moan” (available December 1)

“D2: The Mighty Ducks” (available December 1)

“Dreamland” (available December 1)

“For the Love of Spock” (available December 1)

“Glory Daze: The Life and Time of Michael Alig” (available December 1)

“Harry and the Hendersons” (available December 1)

“Hitler: A Career” (available December 1)

“Holiday Engagement” (available December 1)

“Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” (available December 1)

“House of Wax” (available December 1)

“Hannibal” (available December 1)

“Merry Kissmas” (available December 1)

“Picture Perfect” (available December 1)

“Rainbow Time” (available December 1)

“Rodeo & Juliet” (available December 1)

“Swept Under” (available December 1)

“Switchback” (available December 1)

“The Angry Birds Movie” (available December 1)

“The Little Rascals” (available December 1)

“The Legend of Bagger Vance” (available December 1)

“The Rock” (available December 1)

“The Spirit of Christmas” (available December 1)

“Toys” (available December 1)

“Uncle Nick” (available December 1)

“We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story” (available December 1)

“White Girl” (available December 1)

“Wildflower” (available December 1)

“Zero Point” (available December 1)

“Mad” (available December 5)

“The Good Neighbor” (available December 5)

“Blue Jay” (available December 6)

“The Devil Dolls” (available December 6)

“The Model” (available December 6)

Spectral (available December 9)

“Lucky Number Slevin” (available December 10)

“Phantom of the Theater” (available December 10)

“Breaking a Monster” (available December 11)

“Killswitch” (available December 13)

“I Am Not a Serial Killer” (available December 13)

“Barry” (available December 16)

“Rats” (available December 16)

“Miss Stevens” (available December 19)

“Disorder” (available December 20)

“When Hari Got Married” (available December 25)

“The Hollywood Shorties” (available December 29)

“Big in Bollywood” (available December 31)

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