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What to Watch: December 2023 Streaming Preview

If you’re looking for something new on streaming in December we’ve got you covered.

Check out some of our picks for what you should add to your December streaming watchlist! What are you most excited to see?

Newly Available on VOD this December

Not yet scheduled, but likely: Silent Night

*PVOD titles are fresh from theatrical release and generally rent or sell digitally for $19.99 (or higher). All dates subject to change.

Criterion Channel

  • Afire – Winner of the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the 2023 Berlin International Film Festival, the tenth film from German director Christian Petzold is a captivating character study about a writer on summer vacation. (available now)
  • Hitchcock for the Holidays – This wide-ranging series includes some of Alfred Hitchcock’s earliest works all the way through to his Universal hits. Start with 1927’s ‘Downhill’ and keep on flying through all 24 feature films. (available now)
  • Holiday Noir – If you already were rocking Noirvember, you might as well keep the party going. Lean in to classics like 1946’s ‘Lady in the Lake’ or 1948’s ‘They Live By Night.’ (available now)
  • Starring Parker Posey – She burst into the 90s indie film scene with hits like ‘Party Girl’ and ‘Clockwatchers.’ This programmed series contains her frequent collaborations with auteur Hal Hartley and even appearances in studio fare like ‘Josie and the Pussycats.’ (available now)

Disney+

  • Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny – Harrison Ford reprises his role as cinema’s most beloved archaeologist. The terrific ensemble cast includes Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Antonio Banderas, Toby Jones and Mads Mikkelsen. (available now)
  • The Mission – The directors of ‘Boys State’ teamed up with National Geographic Films to tell the story of a young American missionary who was killed while attempting to make contact with the most isolated Indigenous people on Earth. (December 8, also on Hulu)

Hulu

  • We Live Here: The Midwest – This new documentary shines a spotlight on LGBTQIA+ families living in Ohio, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, and Kansas. (December 6)
  • Blue Jean – Set in 1987, Georgia Oakley’s British import tells the story of a closeted lesbian teacher during a moment where Margaret Thatcher’s administration prohibited discussion of homosexuality in schools. (December 14)
  • It Lives Inside – Megan Suri stars in this artsy horror film about demonic possession. (December 29)

Netflix

  • May December – Inspired by the story of Mary Kay Letourneau, Todd Haynes directs Julianne Moore and Natalie Portman in this melodrama about an actress who turns up to research a couple whose relationship began when the woman was 36 and the boy was a teenager. The New York Film Critics Circle has already awarded this Best Screenplay and given Charles Melton the Best Supporting Actor award this year. Look for it to garner a lot of attention this awards season. (available now)
  • Chicken Run: Dawn Of The Nugget – Somehow it has been 23 years since the original stop-motion Aardman film was released. The voice cast includes Thandiwe Newton, Zachary Levi, Bella Ramsey, Jane Horrocks, and Miranda Richardson. (December 15)
  • Gran Turismo – Sure, it’s a full-length ad disguised as a movie, but it’s pretty damn fun. ‘Stranger Things’ star David Harbour is a former racing star who gets stuck training gamers to be drivers in a Nissan competition. Plus, Geri Halliwell is in it. (December 15)
  • Maestro – Bradley Cooper directs, co-writes, and stars in another title the streamer is hoping wins big for them this awards season. He plays legendary composer Leonard Bernstein and Carey Mulligan portrays his wife, Felicia Montealegre. (December 20)

Paramount+ (available with Premium/Showtime plan)

  • Scrapper – Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at Sundance this year, Harris Dickinson stars in this U.K. dramedy about a 12-year-old girl reunited with her absent father after the tragic death of her mom. (available now)
  • Showing Up – Michelle Williams and Hong Chau shine in Kelly Reichardt’s tale of art school ennui. (December 7)
  • Beau is Afraid – Ari Aster’s surreal horror comedy just may be the year’s most misunderstood film. Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Ryan, Nathan Lane and Patti LuPone star in the film one critic called “a three-hour panic attack.” (December 21)

Peacock

  • The Exorcist: Believer – This far from being the outright disaster that many claimed after initial screenings, but I am not sure that there was any reason for David Gordon Green and company to try and connect the storyline to the original film’s possession. The inclusion of Ellen Burstyn here feels like elder abuse. (available now)

Prime Video

  • Saltburn – The second feature film from Oscar winner Emerald Fennell is a wonderfully wicked look at the life of a wealthy British family and a young man who changes their lives forever. Barry Keoghan is likely to earn another Oscar nomination this year (if Academy voters can get past some of the more shocking moments in the film), but the whole cast is outstanding. Bonus points for copious amounts of full-frontal male nudity and a 2006-era soundtrack with Arcade Fire, Ladytron, Bloc Party, and Sophie Ellis-Bextor. (December 22)

Can’t get enough of our December streaming suggestions? Check out last month’s recommendations here!

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