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The best new movies on Netflix in December 2014

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

December is a great time to go out and see something in theaters, mainly because this is when all the good movies come out—like Paul Thomas Anderson’s stoner odyssey Inherent Vice (Dec 12) and Mike Leigh’s extraordinary Mr. Turner (Dec 19). But sometimes, you just want to plant it at home on the couch. Fortunately, Netflix comes to the rescue with an especially strong slate of new titles fresh to the platform. And with holiday spending on the horizon (check out our gift guide), we don’t blame you for opting for a flat rental fee rather than shelling out precious dollars that could be better spent on presents (for us!). Our top five new movies on Netflix:

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) It’s all true, apparently: the dwarf-tossing competitions, the sex sprees on transatlantic flights, even the reckless sinking of a multimillion-dollar yacht, all re-created with no-holds-barred exorbitance by Martin Scorsese.

The Trip to Italy (2013) Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon’s dueling Michael Caine impressions are back in this riotous follow-up to 2010’s The Trip. This time, the chatty duo is headed to Italy’s glorious Amalfi Coast and several droolworthy plates of pasta.

I Am Ali (2013) Made with the participation of several members of the iconic heavyweight boxer’s family, Clare Lewins’s documentary gives some behind-the-scenes insight into the champ’s persona, while still burnishing the righteous myth.

Almost Famous (2000) Youth expert Cameron Crowe (Fast Times at Ridgemont High) turns his insightful eye to his own meteoric rise as a teenage journalist for Rolling Stone. The resulting movie, a charmer, speaks to something bedrock about dreaming big.

Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (1997) The oh-so-’90s pairing of Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino—as the eponymous high school reunionating duo—is the main reason to see this cult-hit comedy, on that earns its vibe of friends-forever solidarity.

And here’s the full list of what’s coming to Netflix streaming in December, by date:

Available December 1
A Knight’s Tale
Almost Famous
American Beauty
Knights of Badassdom
Out of the Clear Blue Sky
Out of Time
The Out-of-Towners
Troop Beverly Hills

Available December 3
Son of God

Available December 5
Bill Burr: I’m Sorry You Feel That Way

Available December 6
American Horror Story: Coven
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Super-Sized Version)
Ava & Lala
Sharknado 2: The Second One

Available December 8
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown: Season 3

Available December 9
I Am Ali
Drive Hard

Available December 10
A Haunted House 2

Available December 11
The Village
The Wolf of Wall Street

Available December 12
Broadchurch: Season 1
Marco Polo
Nick Offerman: American Ham

Available December 13
Don’t Blink

Available December 15
Jake Squared

Available December 18
The Honourable Woman: Season 1

Available December 19
All Hail King Julien

Available December 20
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

Available December 22
Dark Skies
Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion

Available December 23
The Trip to Italy

Available December 24
Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return

Available December 25
Good People

Available December 27
Child of God
Labor Day

Available December 28
Behaving Badly
Comedy Bang! Bang!: Season 3
I, Frankenstein
Maron: Season 2
Jessie: Season 3

Available December 30
Last Weekend