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The 7 Best Movies New to Netflix in December 2021

From awards contenders out of Italy to lurid trash in Miami, these seven movies will get you through the next month in the winter of your life.

THE POWER OF THE DOG: BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH as PHIL BURBANK in THE POWER OF THE DOG. Cr. KIRSTY GRIFFIN/NETFLIX © 2021

“The Power of the Dog”

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Whether you’re embracing the holidays or ignoring them this December, Netflix has options to keep you engrossed and entertained.

As the entertainment giant gets deep into its awards season strategy, a handful of top-tier contenders arrives this month, starting with Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog,” which is already streaming as of December 1 but still available to catch in select theaters if you prefer that experience. (And trust me, the wide-open, sinister sprawl of the Montana panoramas on display in this film are more than worth catching on a big screen.)

Perhaps on a quieter path to awards season contention, but still no less deserving of their plaudits, Maggie Gyllenhaal’s “The Lost Daughter” and Paolo Sorrentino’s autobiographical “The Hand of God” (featuring Italy’s answer to Timothee Chalamet, Filippo Scotti, as a Sorrentino stand-in) make their way to the platform. Then there’s Adam McKay’s cosmically budgeted, star-packed end-times comedy “Don’t Look Up,” sure to be popular for families staying home who like a little apocalyptic doom au jus with their Christmas goose.

But looking for a throwback favorite? IndieWire has rounded up the seven best movies new to Netflix in December, and they include a few retro (in Netflix’s limited scope of the term, anyway) options if you’re looking for familiarity this season.

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