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Film + TV : What’s new to Netflix This week

There’s so many films to choose from when you flick through the selections on Netflix. So much so that it can be easy to miss new additions to the catalogue. With that in mind, here is a round-up of what’s new to the streaming service.

(Other streaming services are available)

 

Outlaw King – one of Netflix’s biggest original films yet, this Scottish war film comes from David Mackenzie, who last brought us the superb Hell or High Water. Starring Chris Pine, it follows Robert Bruce and his unlikely push back against the occupying English empire. It’s a simple, relentlessly brutal portrayal of historic events with some gorgeous cinematography. Pine and an unrecognisable Aaron Taylor-Johnson are both excellent in a film bound to inspire.

Arrival – Denis Villeneuve’s 2016 effort is one of the best films to come out in the last few years. A great example of how intelligent sci-fi can grip and audience without action. Mysterious, atmospheric and incredibly powerful, it has a great score from Johan Johannsson and a stunning lead performance from Amy Adams.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – the Star Wars franchise is beginning to suffer a little fatigue, and a lot of people see anthology stories such as Rogue One and Solo as a pointless, money-grabbing waste of time. However, Rogue One is a genuinely terrific piece of work. Part war epic, part heist caper, it’s a great palette cleanser from the Skywalker saga which successfully fills a gap in the Star Wars  story, telling the tale of how the death star plans were acquired before A New Hope.

King Kong (2005) – having been on ITV2 so many times over the years, it’s easy to forget just how good Peter Jackson’s take on this iconic cinematic story is. While very long, the world-building is fantastic, and despite a really strong ensemble cast, the star is easily the titular ape, played by the motion capture king Andy Serkis, who brings a remarkable amount of personality to Kong.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – with A Fistfull of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More both on Netflix, this latest additions completes the set of Sergio Leone’s legendary trilogy. Starring Clint Eastwood at his most iconic, and with some of the best music ever created for cinema courtesy of Ennio Morricone, this is perfect for anyone wanting a hit of nostalgia in the form of classic Westerns.

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