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The best new movies on Netflix in December

The streaming service closes out the year with Hollywood’s heavy hitters, from Beverly Hills Cop to Captain America: Civil War

We’re not going to miss 2016 all that much, to be perfectly honest. Still, if Netflix is trying to get our minds off of it, consider that mission accomplished. In December, they give us some of the best ’80s movies, a few classic action films and a team of superheroes we can’t live without. And if you think we won’t be thumbing over to catch the pure Bayhem of The Rock, you’re fooling yourself. Follow Time Out USA on Facebook; sign up for the Time Out USA newsletter

Best new movies on Netflix

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

The Eddie Murphy blockbuster to beat sees Detroit detective Axel Foley heading westward to avenge the murder of his friend, spouting plenty of quips along the way. Harold Faltermeyer’s synth score is burned into our brains but chances are, you’ve forgotten how wonderfully twisty this script is.

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Compulsion (1959)

Thrill killers Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb have had their story told in several films, including Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope and Tom Kalin’s Swoon, but director Richard Fleischer’s gritty widescreen account, featuring Orson Welles as a defense attorney, remains the best.

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National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)

Considered by many to be the granddaddy of the gross-out comedy, this amiably shameless romp actually seems fairly tame by contemporary standards. But John Belushi’s wide-eyed force of nature remains terrifying, and many of these sight gags work like a charm almost 40 years later.

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The Rock (1996)

Cage. Connery. Lot of Michael Bay incoherence. Plus one great exchange: Connery: “Losers always whine about ‘their best.’ Winners go home and fuck the prom queen.” Cage: “Carla was the prom queen.” See, now you don’t even have to watch it, but you want to watch it, because this is still Bay’s most entertaining two hours.

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Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Marvel’s superhero epic is an enjoyable feast of action, humor and ideas. None of it is especially original, but in the wake of city-ruining carnage from The Avengers: Age of Ultron, there’s rich material for character conflict, especially between Chris Evans’s ethically torn Captain and Robert Downey Jr.’s guilt-ridden Iron Man.

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And here’s everything coming in December, by date:

Available December 1
Always (1989)
Angels in the Snow (2015)
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Beyond Bollywood (2014)
Black Snake Moan (2007)
Chill with Bob Ross: Collection (1990)
Compulsion (1959)
D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994)
David Blaine: Street Magic (1997)
Dreamland (2010)
For the Love of Spock (2016)
Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce: Season 2 (2015)
Glory Daze: The Life and Time of Michael Alig (2016)
Harry and the Hendersons (1987)
Hitler: A Career (1977)
Holiday Engagement (2011)
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
House of Wax (2006)
Hannibal (2001)
Merli: Season 1 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Merry Kissmas (2015)
National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)
Picture Perfect (1997)
Rainbow Time (2016)
Rodeo & Juliet (2015)
Swept Under (2016)
Switchback (1997)
The Angry Birds Movie (2016)
The Crucible (1996)
The Little Rascals (1994)
The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)
The Rock (1996)
The Spirit of Christmas (2015)
Toys (1992)
Uncle Nick (2015)
Waking Life (2001)
Way of the Dragon (1972)
We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (1993)
White Girl (2016)
Wildflower (2016)
Zero Point (2014)

Available December 2
Fauda: Season 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Hip Hop Evolution: Season 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Pacific Heat: Season 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available December 3
Lost & Found Music Studios: Season 2 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available December 5
Mad (2016)
The Good Neighbor (2016)

Available December 6
Blue Jay
(Iraq Year Zero): Season 1
Reggie Watts: Spatial - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Devil Dolls (2016)
The Model (2016)

Available December 8
The Cuba Libre Story: Season 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available December 9
Captive: Season 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Cirque du Soleil Junior - Luna Petunia: Season 1 NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Club de Cuervos: Season 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Fuller House: Season 2 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Four Seasons in Havana: Season 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Medici: Masters of Florence: Season 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
White Rabbit Project: Season 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available December 10
Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
Phantom of the Theater (2016)

Available December 11
Breaking a Monster (2016)

Available December 12
Ricardo O'Farrill: Christmas Special - NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available December 13
Colony: Season 1
Killswitch (2016)
I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016)
Nobel: Season 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available December 14
Versailles: Season 1 (2015)

Available December 16
Call Me Francis: Season 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Crazyhead: Season 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
No Second Chance: Season 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Rats (2016)
The Adventures of Puss in Boots: Season 4 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available December 19
Miss Stevens (2016)

Available December 20
Disorder (2015)
Gabriel Iglesias: Sorry For What I Said When I Was Hungry - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Season 6 (2016)
Ten Percent: Season 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Break: Season 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available December 23
Travelers: Season 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Trollhunters: Season 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available December 25
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
When Hari Got Married (2013)

Available December 27
Chasing Cameron: Season 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available December 28
Comedy Bang! Bang!: Season 5 (2016)

Available December 29
The Hollywood Shorties (2016)

Available December 30
The Eighties: Season 1 (2016)

Available December 31
Big in Bollywood (2011)