Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but video-on-demand is so delightful – so we’ve collected together the big new Netflix releases for the weekend starting December 7. Last weekend we got into the holiday spirit with A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding, and the week before that Kurt Russell ho-ho-ho’d his way into our hearts as Santa Claus in The Christmas Chronicles. This weekend there are more seasonal offerings among the exciting new movies and TV shows coming to Netflix.
If you liked Disney’s live-action remake of The Jungle Book, but are looking for a slightly darker adaptation of the source material, look no further than Andy Serkis’ Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle. The other big Netflix Original movie of this week takes place in an even scarier jungle: the world of beauty pageantry. Dumplin’ is about a plus-size teen who decides her own form of rebellion will be following in her mother’s footsteps and competing for a pageant crown. Let’s dive into these releases, and the other fresh content coming to Netflix this weekend.
Directed by Anne Fletcher, Dumplin’ stars Jennifer Aniston as veteran beauty pageant queen Rosie Dixon and Danielle Macdonald as her daughter, Willowdean. Based on the novel of the same name by Julie Murphy, Dumplin’ follows Willowdean as she decides to stage a protest against the pageants’ beauty standards by signing up to compete – inadvertently inspiring a wave of other girls to do the same. She’s never competed before and she doesn’t even know how to walk in heels, so Willowdean turns to a group of local drag queens for help with her look, her style, and her confidence.
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle
War for the Planet of the Apes‘ Andy Serkis used his motion-capture expertise to create a living, breathing world of talking animals in Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle. Featuring a stellar voice cast – including Benedict Cumberbatch as Shere Khan, Christian Bale as Bagheera, and Cate Blanchett as Kaa – Mowgli also introduces newcomer Rohan Chand in the title role as Mowgli, an orphaned infant who is raised by a wolf pack. Serkis himself provides the voice of Mowgli’s bear pal, Baloo.
The Ranch Part 6
The Bennetts are back in The Ranch Part 6 (a.k.a. the second half of season 3), with all 10 episodes released this weekend. Starring Ashton Kutcher, Sam Elliot, Debra Winger, and Elisha Cuthbert, The Ranch follows the dysfunctional Bennett family. In Part 6, Colt Bennett (Kutcher) is facing his frighteningly imminent father status as his wife, Abby (Cuthbert) prepared to give birth. Danny Masterson, who played Rooster Bennett, was fired from the show following multiple allegations of rape, and was written out at the end of Part 5.
Other New Netflix Releases This Weekend
The American Meme – A documentary following Paris Hilton, Josh Ostrovsky, Brittany Furlan and Kirill Bichutsky as they try to build their personal stardom through social media.
Russell Brand: Re:Birth – The English comedian, actor and activist returns to his stand-up roots with an hour-long special, filmed during his 2017-2018 tour.
Dogs of Berlin – A German murder mystery series that follows an investigation into the murder of a German-Turkish football star.
Nailed It Holiday – The first big holiday-themed release of this weekend is a special edition of Nailed It, in which unskilled bakers try to recreate culinary masterpieces in competition for a $10,000 prize.
5 Star Christmas – Also bringing in the holiday cheer is this Italian comedy film about the Italian Premier finding a dead body in his hotel suite, and desperately trying to avoid a scandal.
Bad Blood Season 2 – Based on the real-life Montreal-based Rizzuto crime family, season 2 of this Canadian thriller series picks up five years after the end of the first season.
ReMastered: Who Killed Jam Master Jay? – Music documentary series ReMastered returns with a look into the murder of Run-D.M.C. DJ Jam Master Jay, who was shot and killed in 2002.
The Hook-Up Plan – This French comedy series sees a group of friends hire a male escort to cheer up their friend after a rough break-up.
Neo Yokio: Pink Christmas – This Netflix Original anime debuted in 2017 and now returns for a Christmas special. Set in an alternate version of New York filled with an elite class of wealthy magicians known as “Magistocrats.”
Free Rein: The 12 Neighs of Christmas – Another Christmas special drops this weekend, this time for the British equestrian drama series Free Rein.
Super Monsters and the Wish Star – Need another TV Christmas special? Oh, all right then. You can also check out this special episode of the animated children’s TV show Super Monsters.
Pine Gap – This Australian political thriller series is set in the top-secret intelligence world of a US/Australia joint defense facility.