Weekdays may be for working, but weekends are made for relaxing, so we’ve put together a collection of the best new and recent Netflix movies and TV shows for you to watch. The streaming service has been seriously amping up its original content, and by the end of 2018 Netflix Originals had overtaken acquired content for the first time. Netflix has also been attracting some star talent, including filmmakers like Steven Soderbergh and Martin Scorsese.
2019 has seen some major new additions to Netflix’s library of Originals, like comic book adaptation The Umbrella Academy, time-looping mystery series Russian Doll, and the darkly satirical horror movie Velvet Buzzsaw. This year also brings new seasons of existing Netflix shows that already have an eager fanbase, like The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Stranger Things. Even if you’re a hardcore binge-watcher, it can be hard to keep up with all the new weekly releases.
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That’s why we’re here to help, with a guide to all the new Netflix Original releases this weekend, and the best TV shows and movies from recent weeks that are worth checking out if you missed them.
The Highwaymen – Based on the true story of the men who tracked down and killed Bonnie and Clyde, Netflix Original film The Highwaymen stars Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson in the lead roles. Former Texas Rangers Frank Hamer (Costner) and Maney Gault (Harrelson) are brought out of retirement in a desperate bid to put an end to the Barrow gang’s crime spree.
The Legend of Cocaine Island – A documentary that combines interviews and reenactments, The Legend of Cocaine Island is the true “Southern fairy tale” of Rodney Hyden, a businessman from Central Florida who heard a story about a $2 million stash of cocaine hidden on a Caribbean island. Without any previous drug-running experience, Rodney went on a treasure hunt in search of this lost white gold, in the hope that it would save him from his overwhelming debt.
On My Block Season 2 – Netflix Original drama series On My Block is a coming-of-age tale about four kids who live in a rough inner-city neighborhood in Los Angeles. In season 2, Ruby, Cesar, Jamal, and Monse are left reeling after the events of Olivia’s quinceañera, and trying to deal with the fallout.
Santa Clarita Diet Season 3 – Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant return in the third season of Netflix Original comedy series Santa Clarita Diet, in which Barrymore plays a realtor, Sheila, who one day turns into a zombie and develops a voracious appetite for human flesh. Olyphant plays her husband, Joel, who is naturally unsettled by this turn of events, but does whatever he can do help his family deal with Sheila’s new lifestyle.
Osmosis – In this French-language Netflix Original sci-fi series, participants who are dissatisfied with their romantic lives search for true love by testing a new dating app called Osmosis, which claims to be able to find their soulmate with 100% accuracy. As the technology peers into the deepest parts of their minds, however, they begin to learn just how much love can hurt.
Triple Frontier – This Netflix Original action movie stars Ben Affleck, Charlie Hunnam, Pablo Pascal, Garrett Hedlund and Oscar Isaac as five former special forces soldiers who come up with a mission of their own: to raid the home of a Colombian drug lord, steal all his cash, and keep it for themselves. What could possibly go wrong?
The Umbrella Academy – They’re superheroes, but not as you know them. Based on the comics by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá, Netflix Original series The Umbrella Academy is about a group of people with incredible powers, who were adopted as babies by an obsessive scientist and trained to fight crime. As adults they are brought together again when their father dies and their long-lost brother returns from time-traveling, claiming that the world will end in eight days.
One Day at a Time – It may have recently been canceled, but there are still three seasons of the heart-warming family sitcom One Day at a Time to watch on Netflix, including the third season that arrived at the start of February. With a cast led by Rita Morena and Justina Machado, One Day at a Time follows a loving and occasionally dysfunctional Cuban-American family… and also their landlord, Schneider, who considers himself part of the family.
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