Being up-to-date on the new Netflix movies the streamer has to offer will ensure you get to see fresh content as soon as it lands. There's an impressive selection of movies that have been recently added, and more to come. In fact, Netflix recently announced it will be dropping a new movie almost every week between February and December this year – so we'll be keeping this list of the best new Netflix movies regularly updated.
If the quality of films released lately is anything to go by, those films won't be filler either. Last year saw new movies like like The Sea Beast, The Good Nurse and Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, which didn't just make our list of the best Netflix movies but have also been nominated for awards. So, stay with us for our pick of the new Netflix movies worth your attention.
New Netflix movies
The biggest new Netflix movies recently added
Feel like an uplifting (but sugary sweet) family adventure? True Spirit will fit the bill. The fact it's based on a true story helps the film out immensely, as it's an impressive story and critics have dubbed it "an empowering tribute to a magnificent achievement."
At just 16-years old, Jessica Watson began a quest to become the youngest person to complete a non-stop solo sail around the globe. And though this isn't going to be one of our favourites, it'll be great for family movie night. Teagan Croft, Anna Paquin and Cliff Curtis all star.
A new couple and their families find themselves examining modern love and family dynamics amidst clashing cultures, societal expectations and generational differences in this comedy from Kenya Barris. Jonah Hill (also a producer), Eddie Murphy and Julia Louis-Dreyfus all star.
Though critics have called You People "brilliantly hilarious, pertinent and wickedly smart", there has also been criticism of its portrayal of racial tensions.
The Pale Blue Eye
Christian Bale dons an older (and slightly less high-tech) detective get-up in new Netflix movie The Pale Blue Eye.
Based on the novel of the same name by Louis Bayard, this 1830s-set crime thriller stars Bale as Augustus Landor, a veteran clue-hunter who enlists the help of a young Edgar Allen Poe (Harry Melling) to solve a series of murders at the United States Military Academy. Gillian Anderson, Lucy Boynton, Toby Jones, and Charlotte Gainsbourg also feature.
With such a well-known cast, you'd imagine great things. In fact it's had a somewhat lukewarm response, with some critics criticising it for being slow. However, others enjoyed the carefully constructed plot so we'll leave it to you to decide how you feel.
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
The sequel to Knives Out is Glass Onion – a murder mystery about a murder mystery in which Daniel Craig reprises his role as famous detective Benoit Blanc. This time, Blanc is brought to the private island of tech billionaire, Miles Bron (Edward Norton), who is hosting said murder mystery at his mansion. Of course, the party doesn't go as planned when one of the guests is murdered for real – but who was responsible?
It's a sizzling movie, which as been warmly received by audience and critics alike (though many think it doesn't quite stand up to the first).
Frances Ha director Noah Baumbach returns to Netflix this weekend with White Noise, his first feature film since 2019’s Marriage Story.
An adaptation of Don DeLillo’s satirical novel of the same name, White Noise stars Adam Driver as Jack Gladney, a college professor whose suburban life is upended when a nearby chemical leak forces him and his family to evacuate. Greta Gerwig, Marvel actor Don Cheadle, André 3000, Alessandro Nivola and Jodie Turner-Smith also star.
White Noise has been near-universally praised by critics for being an "engrossing, cerebral black comedy,"
Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths
Directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu (The Revenant, Birdman), Bardo follows Silverio – a renowned Mexican journalist and documentary maker who journeys to his homeland to connect with his Mexican identity.
According to the official synopsis, Silverio grapples with universal yet intimate questions about identity, success, mortality, the history of Mexico and the deeply emotional familial bonds he shares with his wife and children. Indeed, what it means to be human in these very peculiar times.
It's an intriguing movie about cultural identity, which is both visually astonishing and wonderfully immersive.
Lady Chatterley's Lover
A word of warning: Lady Chatterley's Lover is steamy. It’s a story that always has been, that always will be – and Netflix’s adaptation of D. H. Lawrence’s novel of the same name is no exception to that rule.
This time around, young British stars Emma Corrin (The Crown) and Jack O'Connell (Unbroken) step into the well-worn shoes of Lady Constance Reid and gamekeeper Oliver Mellors, respectively – two characters from very different worlds who engage in a risky extramarital affair.
Before arriving on Netflix, Lady Chatterley's Lover enjoyed a brief theatrical run and was near-unanimously praised by critics for its authentic and moving portrait of forbidden love.
Upcoming Netflix movies 2023
Luther: The Fallen Sun
Release date: March 10
Idris Elba’s hard-nosed detective, Luther, is getting the feature-length treatment on Netflix in the form of Luther: The Fallen Sun. Details are few and far between as to what ground the streamer's movie adaptation of the acclaimed BBC series will cover, though we know its story will serve as a continuation of the Luther's small screen saga, with the character having “to contend with a double threat.”
Murder Mystery 2
Release date: March 31
Not much is known about Murder Mystery 2, other than the fact that it's a sequel to Netflix's 2019 comedy about a couple whose vacation is turned upside down when their framed for a billionaire's murder. Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler are both reprising their roles, so we're expect more wise-cracking whodunit action from this one.
Release date: May 12
Cue generic Netflix thriller plot: In The Mother, a deadly female assassin (Jennifer Lopez) comes out of hiding to protect the daughter she gave up years before, while on the run from dangerous men. A bit of a change of pace for Lopez after glitzy 2022 romcom Marry Me, then. This one was scheduled to release in 2022, but has since been delayed until May 2023.
Release date: June 16
As its name suggests, Extraction 2 is a direct sequel to Sam Hargrave’s 2020 Netflix original movie, and will see Chris Hemsworth’s seemingly indestructible hero, Tyler Rake, returning for another high-stakes (and invariably globe-trotting) special ops mission. Not much is known about the film’s premise beyond Netflix’s similar-sounding official synopsis, but the streamer has shared a behind-the-scenes teaser (above).
They Cloned Tyrone
Release date: July 21
Not too much is known about They Cloned Tyrone, but its synopsis reads as follows: "A series of eerie events thrusts an unlikely trio (Jamie Foxx, John Boyega and Teyonah Parris) onto the trail of a nefarious government conspiracy in this pulpy mystery caper." By the sounds of things, then, this new Netflix film – from first time director Juel Taylor – has more than a few tricks up its sleeve. Its cast looks pretty great, too.
Release date: October 13
Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown returns to Netflix this year in Damsel, a fantasy adventure about a young Princess, Elodie, who is tricked by a Prince into becoming dinner for a fearsome dragon. With a clear mission to subvert the age-old “damsel in distress” trope, this one looks like an action-packed movie for the whole family to enjoy.
Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget
Release date: November 10 (rumored)
Having pulled off a death-defying escape from Tweedy’s farm, Ginger has finally found her dream – a peaceful island sanctuary for the whole flock, far from the dangers of the human world. When she and Rocky hatch a little girl called Molly, Ginger’s happy ending seems complete. But back on the mainland, the whole of chicken-kind faces a new and terrible threat. This long-awaited sequel is being helmed by Flushed Away director Sam Fell.
Release date: December 22
Army of the Dead director Zack Snyder is returning to Netflix this year with Rebel Moon, an epic space opera reportedly inspired by both Star Wars and Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. The film's official synopsis reads as follows: "A peaceful colony on the edge of the galaxy is threatened by the armies of a tyrannical regent named Balisarius. The desperate civilians dispatch Kora, a young woman who has a mysterious past to seek out warriors from nearby planets to help them challenge the regent."
Sounds a little like Dune, to us. Sofia Boutella, Charlie Hunnam, Ray Fisher, Djimon Hounsou, Jena Malone, Corey Stoll, Ed Skrein and Anthony Hopkins are all confirmed to star in Rebel Moon, which we expect will enjoy a limited theatrical release given its scale.
Release date: TBA (2023 confirmed)
Produced by Todd Phillips, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and leading man Bradley Cooper (who also directs the film), Maestro centers on the life and legacy of West Side Story composer Leonard Bernstein. Judging by the prosthetics used to transform Cooper into the much older Bernstein, we expect Netflix to be a shoo-in for next year's Best Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar (release date depending).
We Have a Ghost
Release date: TBA (2023 confirmed)
Happy Death Day director Christopher Landon helms this spooky family adventure starring Anthony Mackie and Stranger Things actor David Harbour. After finding a ghost named Ernest haunting their new home, Kevin and his family turn into overnight social media sensations. But when Kevin and Ernest go rogue to investigate the mystery of the latter's past, the family instead becomes a target for the CIA.
Release date: TBA (2023 confirmed)
The Mothership is a sci-fi adventure that follows Sara Morse (Halle Berry) one year after her husband (Omari Hardwick) mysteriously vanishes from their rural farm. When she discovers a strange, extraterrestrial object underneath their home, Sara and her kids embark on a race to find their husband, father and most importantly – the truth. Sounds ominous.
Release date: TBA (confirmed for 2023)
As an astronaut sent to the edge of the galaxy to collect mysterious ancient dust finds his earthly life falling to pieces, he turns to the only voice who can help him try to put it back together. It just so happens to belong to a creature from the beginning of time lurking in the shadows of his ship. Adam Sandler, Carey Mulligan and Paul Dano star in this one, which has us more intrigued than the movie’s plot otherwise does. No trailer or promotional imagery has been released for Spaceman just yet.
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