The holiday season is upon us, and Netflix Canada is bestowing many gifts upon us before the year closes out.
Really, there’s no better time to cozy up on the couch and binge-watch a few shows. It’s no coincidence that the streaming service has upped the cheese for December, considering the warm, fuzzy feelings associated with the holidays. In that category is the return of beloved TV series Fuller House, featuring the antics of the extended Tanner family, and the classic kids’ (and adults’) movie Jumanji.
If you want more of a comedic or silly feel, then you can always check out Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas or Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.
If you’re immune to the holidays (there are a lot of you out there), Netflix Canada understands. There are still plenty of options in December that don’t fall into the “comfort” category, like suspenseful movie The Hurt Locker and shoot-em-up action film John Wick.
Every month, Netflix Canada and Global News are teaming up to bring you the best movies and TV shows the streaming service has to offer. Feel free to check back throughout the month, as listings may change and new titles may be added. Of course, Netflix Canada offers far more new content than what is offered here — check out their full listings for complete details.
12 Years a Slave
Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch
A free-born black man is abducted from New York and sold into slavery in this historical drama based on the autobiography of Solomon Northup.
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis, Michelle Monaghan
Days before his pregnant wife’s due date, Peter lands on the “no-fly” list, forcing him to drive across the country with an irritating slacker.
Hobo with a Shotgun
Cast: Rutger Hauer, Molly Dunsworth, Gregory Smith
A bum rolls into town hoping to start over, only to find his adopted city saturated in violence and ruled by a vicious crime lord known as the Drake.
Cast: Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba
In these intertwined tales, an ex-con avenges a hooker’s death, a gumshoe gets mixed up with dangerous vixens, and a cop saves a dancer from a rapist.
The Fabulous Baker Boys
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Michelle Pfeiffer, Beau Bridges
To rejuvenate their lounge act, two sibling jazz musicians hire a sexy songbird — who becomes a catalyst for bringing old regrets to the surface.
The Hurt Locker
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty
Kathryn Bigelow directs this gripping drama following one of the U.S Army’s elite explosive ordnance disposal teams operating in Iraq.
Cast: Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul
A gang of criminals and corrupt cops plans the murder of a police officer in order to pull off their biggest heist yet across town.
Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas
Cast: Tyler Perry, Kathy Najimy, Chad Michael Murray
A couple tries to impress their daughter’s rich beau, but the plan hits a snag when the maid’s family — including the indomitable Madea — shows up.
Jumanji (Available Dec. 2)
Cast: Robin Williams, Jonathan Hyde, Kirsten Dunst
When two siblings discover an enchanted board game that’s a portal to a magical world, they meet a man who’s been trapped inside the game for years.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1 (Available Dec. 3)
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner
Not long after immortal soul mates Bella Swan and Edward Cullen say “I do,” a strange sensation begins to build inside Bella’s burgeoning belly.
John Wick (Available Dec. 4)
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen
When a gangster’s son steals his car and kills his dog, fearless ex-hitman John Wick takes on the entire mob to get this revenge
Barry (Available Dec. 16)
Cast: Devon Terrell, Anya Taylor Joy, Jason Mitchell, Ellar Coltrane
A young Barack Obama forges his identity while dealing with race, divergent cultures and ordinary life as a New York City college student.
Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War (Available Dec. 16)
Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson
It’s Avengers vs. Avengers when Captain America fights to keep his superhero friends independent, while his pal Iron Man supports government control.
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (Available Dec. 16)
Cast: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Sacha Baron Cohen
NASCAR idol Ricky Bobby is at the top of his game until Formula One driver Jean Girard beats him on the track sending him into a downward spiral.
Fuller House — Season 2 (Available Dec. 9)
Cast: Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin, Andrea Barber
The Tanner family’s adventures continue as DJ Tanner-Fuller shares a home with her sister Stephanie and friend Kimmy who help raise her three boys.
The Fall – Season 3 (Available Dec. 18)
Cast: Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, Valene Kane
When the Belfast police are stalled in their investigation of a spate of murders, Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson is drafted to investigate.
Captive — Season 1 (Available Dec. 9)
The riveting series features hostage situations around the world, offering an inside looks at the tense negotiations and life-or-death stakes.
When Calls the Heart — Season 2
Cast: Erin Krakow, Daniel Lissing, Lori Loughlin
Leaving behind her upper-crust city roots, a woman journeys west in the early 1900s to become a teacher in a small Canadian mining community.
Trollhunters – Season 1 (Available Dec. 23)
Cast: Kelsey Grammer, Ron Perlman, Anton Yelchin
From master storyteller Guillermo del Toro, a fantastical new world wrapped around two best friends who make a startling discovery beneath their town.
For the Love of Spock (Available Dec. 2)
Cast: Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, George Takei
An examination of the enduring appeal of Leonard Nimoy and his portrayal of Spock in Star Trek.
The Cuba Libre Story — Season 1 (Available Dec. 8)
This documentary series recounts the tumultuous history of Cuba, a nation of foreign conquest, freedom fighters and Cold War political machinations.
Asperger’s Are Us (Available Dec. 11)
Cast: Noah Britton, Ethan Finlan, Jack Hanke
In this coming of age documentary, four friends on the autism spectrum who have bonded through humour and performed as the comedy troupe “Asperger’s Are Us” will prepare for one final, ambitious show before going their separate ways.
Citizenfour (Available Dec. 25)
Cast: Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, William Binney
A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden.
For the kids
Cast: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer
When the ship they’re on capsizes, a lion, zebra, giraffe and hippo from a zoo become stranded on Madagascar, an island populated by oddballs.
Scooby Doo! And The Beach Beastie
Cast: Mindy Cohn, Grey DeLisle, David Kaye
Mystery Inc. heads to a beach in Florida only to find that it is being haunted by a shape-shifting sea monster.
PAW Patrol — Season 3 (Available Dec. 15)
Cast: Devan Cohen, Owen Mason, Kallan Holley
Six heroic puppies led by a tech-savvy 10-year-old pull off high-stakes rescue missions using humour, problem-solving skills and cool vehicles.
The Adventures of Puss in Boots — Season 4 (Available Dec. 16)
Season 4 has our fuzzy, fearless feline swaggering and swashbuckling through more fun-filled adventures as he seeks to defeat the dreaded Bloodwolf.
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic — Season 6, Part 2 (Available Dec. 20)
Cast: Ashleigh Ball, Tabitha St. Germain, Tara Strong
Journey to the enchanted land of Equestria, where unicorn Twilight Sparkle and her pals have adventures and learn valuable lessons about friendship.
Get ’em before they’re gone
These titles will be rotating off of Netflix Canada as of the dates below.
Ice Age: Continental Drift
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
Kevin Hart: Seriously Funny