By Mike Murphy
As winter sets in, Netflix Inc. /zigman2/quotes/202353025/composite NFLX -1.80% will provide a perfect excuse to stay inside and curl up on the couch this December, releasing a pair of Oscar contenders, a host of comedy specials and what it hopes can be its own version of “Game of Thrones.”
There’s been plenty of Oscar buzz around “Marriage Story,” (Dec. 6), written and directed by Noah Baumbach and starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, about a couple struggling through a gruelling divorce. The film debuted at the Venice Film Festival in August and hit select theaters in November.
Another Oscar contender could be “The Two Popes” (Dec. 20), starring Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce, about the behind-the-scenes drama as Pope Benedict handed the Vatican’s reigns over to his successor, Pope Francis.
A third Netflix original movie will likely get little Oscar attention but more viewer eyeballs: Michael Bay’s “6 Underground” (Dec. 13). Ryan Reynolds stars in this action flick that looks to have plenty of fast cars, shootouts, pretty explosions and wise-crackerey. Because sometimes you just want to turn off the ol’ brain, and that’s OK.
“The Witcher” debuts Dec. 20, and Netflix is hoping the fantasy epic can become a flagship series that can cross over to win non-fantasy fans, much as “Game of Thrones” did for HBO. The series, starring Henry Cavill, is based on a popular book and videogame series about a supernatural monster-hunter.
December will also bring the second season of “You,” (Dec. 26), the charming(?) stalker drama that found new life on Netflix after flopping on cable, Season 2 of “Lost in Space” (Dec. 24), a Kevin Hart six-part documentary series — Kevin Hart: Don’t F**k This Up (Dec. 27) — and comedy specials from Tiffany Haddish, Ronny Chieng, Jack Whitehall, John Mulaney and Michelle Wolf.
And it’ll be your last chance to watch “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “Thor: Ragnarok” before they switch over to Disney+. “Frasier” Seasons 1-10, “Pulp Fiction” and the first five “Rocky” movies are also going away soon.
UPDATE: A late reminder, all 10 seasons of “Friends” are leaving on Dec. 31.
What’s coming in December
A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl
Austin Powers in Goldmember
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Eastsiders: Season 4
Searching for Sugar Man
The Tribes of Palos Verdes
Nightflyers: Season 1
Team Kaylie: Part 2
Especial de Natal Porta dos Fundos: A Primeira Tentação de Cristo
Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah
War on Everyone
The Last O.G.: Season 2
Magic for Humans: Season 2
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby
Apache: La Vida de Carlos Tevez
Greenleaf: Season 4
Home for Christmas
Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show
The Chosen One: Season 2
The Confession Killer
Fuller House: Season 5
Spirit Riding Free: The Spirit of Christmas
Teasing Master Takagi-san: Season 2
Three Days of Christmas
From Paris With Love
A Family Reunion Christmas
It Comes at Night
Michelle Wolf: Joke Show
Outlander: Season 3
The Sky Is Pink
Especial de Natal Porta dos Fundos
Jack Whitehall: Christmas with my Father
A Family Man
Dil Dhadakne Do
Karthik Calling Karthik
The Danish Girl
The Magicians: Season 4
Ronny Chieng: Asian Comedian Destroys America!
Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer
After The Raid
Ultraviolet: Season 2
Twice Upon a Time
The Two Popes
Private Practice: Season 1-6
Transformers Rescue Bots Academy: Season 1
Carole & Tuesday: Part 2