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Five incredible titles to stream on Netflix right now

As the festive period draws to a close, there are still fantastic movies to be watching on Netflix right now. Below, we’ve picked out five of our favourites to watch on the streaming platform right now.

Whether you’re welcoming the arrival of Christmas music with the joyous festive spirit or rejecting its cheer with all the frustration of Scrooge, there’s no getting around the fact that the holiday season is here to stay (for a month at least). Our gift to you is this extremely handy list of the very best movies and TV shows heading to Netflix.

We not only have movie contributions from Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Craig in some of the best movies of the year, but we also have the first season of The Witcher: Blood Origin, which looks set to impress fans everywhere.

Take a look at our best picks below.

Five incredible titles to stream on Netflix:

BARDO, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths (2022)

Where has the Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu been? Having directed the Oscar-winning survival story The Revenant in 2015 with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, the director has barely been seen since, apart from now, of course. His latest mouthful of a movie title tells the story of an acclaimed journalist-turned-documentarian who goes on an introspective journey to reconcile with his past. 

Ditching Hollywood stars for his latest outing, BARDO features the likes of Daniel Giménez Cacho, Ximena Lamadrid, Luis Couturier and Andrés Almeida.

The Witcher: Blood Origin – Season one (2022)

The Witcher: Blood Origin, a prequel series for the hugely successful Henry Cavill-starring Netflix show The Witcher, will be released next month. The show lands on Christmas Day, the perfect watch if you’re not feeling the festive spirit. The show is set 1,200 years before The Witcher and will depict the creation of the first ‘Witcher’ and the events leading to the ‘Conjunction of the Spheres’ and explore the ancient Elven civilization before its demise. 

The fantasy show will feature actors such as Sophia Brown, Michelle Yeoh, Laurence O’Fuarain, Lenny Henry, and Dylan Moran. 

Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical (2022)

The highly anticipated Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical will appear on Netflix on December 25th following a short run in cinemas. The film, directed by Matthew Warchus, is based on the highly popular stage play written by Warchus, Dennis Kelly (who wrote the screenplay) and Tim Minchin, which in turn, is inspired by Roald Dahl’s book of the same name. 

Alisha Weir will play the title character alongside Lashana Lynch, Stephen Graham, Andrea Riseborough and Emma Thompson. Minchin, who wrote the music for the film, shared, “The messages about defiance are beautiful for young girls.”

Pinocchio (2022)

We can say with some certainty that Guillermo del Toro’s stop-motion triumph Pinocchio will be high up on our list of the greatest films of 2022, with the film having impressed at the BFI London Film Festival. Gorgeously crafted by the Mexican filmmaker, Pinocchio may be the finest adaptation of the classic Italian tale ever put to screen, shaming the awful live-action counterpart that Disney released this year. 

Whilst the visuals and the emotional story does most of the leg work, the excellent voice cast of Gregory Mann, Ewan McGregor, Tilda Swinton, Christoph Waltz, Cate Blanchett and Finn Wolfhard really bring the feature film to life.

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022)

Some fans will never forgive filmmaker Rian Johnson for the Star Wars sequel, The Last Jedi, but we’ve explained several times why the celebrated director should be given a second chance. After all, he is so much more than Disney’s sci-fi franchise. Thankfully he regained some trust with the release of the murder mystery thriller Knives Out in 2019, leading Netflix to sign a lucrative deal for several sequels. 

Releasing on December 23rd, right in time for the Christmas weekend, there’s no doubt that Glass Onion should be the film you watch with your family and friends, with the new release offering plenty of action, drama, comedy and more. Once again, starring Daniel Craig as the famed Southern detective Benoit Blanc, this time the know-it-all, is in Greece alongside such stars as Kate Hudson, Edward Norton, Dave Bautista, Kathryn Hahn and Janelle Monáe to solve a brand new mystery. 

With favourable reviews already pouring in, we can’t wait to watch this sparkly sequel.