November is entering it’s food coma from Thanksgiving and is ready to be put to bed as December finishes putting up the Christmas decorations and that means a new slew of movies, shows and originals are coming to Netflix. So, instead of watching Jessica Jones again (although I do recommend doing that because that season was incredible!), here are some new movies coming that you can curl up on the couch with…especially with Bill Murray’s Christmas special that’s coming. How about that? I’m actually excited for something Christmas related. I guess we’re losing this war on the holiday. You also get the joy of seeing the Adam Sandler film that was so offensive and racist that Native America extras walked off set! So, how about that? Anyway, let’s get to it.
The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury (December 1st) – This 2004 Direct-to-Video feature is an animated sequel to the cult hit Pitch Black and sees Vin Diesel voice his character Riddick on a new adventure. The animation is excellent and the story is a decent tale of the character. It’s not fantastic but, if you like Pitch Black or Riddick’s other films, I’d say Check It Out.
Darkman (December 1st) – Directed by Sam Raimi, Darkman is a tale of revenge as a scientist seeks to make those who harm him pay. This was an incredible superhero film released during a time when superhero films weren’t their best. It occasionally offers up some unintentional humor but there’s no denying the cult status of this feature. If you’ve never seen it, I’d say Check It Out.
Stir of Echoes (December 1st) – Kevin Bacon plays a man tortured by a girl’s ghost and the mystery of her death. He’s also tormented by the fact production didn’t shell out the cash to license The Rolling Stone’s “Paint It Black” and, instead, got a cheap cover of it that will play on an endless loop. The feature isn’t a terrible thriller/horror movie and it contains a great performance from Bacon (but when is he really bad?) and a decent concept. The problem is (other than not having the original “Paint It Black”) it came out during a time when some truly revolutionary thrillers came out and this one comes off weaker by comparison. The film also has a sequel that will be released for streaming but I’ve never seen that one. Overall, it’s still decent and entertaining film and I’d say it’s something to Check Out.
The Da Vinci Code (December 14) – Based on the best selling book by Dan Brown, expectations were high for this film but it just didn’t deliver the way the fans had anticipated. Tom Hanks’ performance as Robert Langdon is as good as you would predict from a man of his talent but the film just felt a bit bland. However, considering the source material’s writing wasn’t that compelling to begin with this shouldn’t have been too much of a surprise. Without a doubt, it’s not the best work from acclaimed director Ron Howard and I’d say Skip It.
Additional Films (That I Haven’t Seen) Released in December
A Christmas Star (2015)
A Genius Leaves the Hood: The Unauthorized Story of Jay Z (2014)
Christmas Wedding Baby (2014)
Cradle 2 the Grave (2003)
I’m Brent Morin (Comedy Special)
Jenny’s Wedding (2015)
See You In Valhalla (2015)
Stir of Echoes: The Homecoming (2007)
That Touch of Mink (1962)
Tyke: Elephant Outlaw (2015)
Stations of the Cross (2014)
Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine (2015)
A Very Murray Christmas (2015)
A Case of You (2013)
Dinosaur 13 (2014)
Vampire Academy (2014)
One & Two (2015)
Trailer Park Boys: Drunk, High and Unemployed Live in Austin (2015)
The Ridiculous 6 (2015)
Time Out of Mind (2014)
Fresh Dressed (2015)
Mike Epps: Don’t Take it Personal (Comedy Special)
Chloe and Theo (2015)
Leo the Lion (2013)
Magic Snowflake (2013)
Santa’s Apprentice (2010)
Queen of Earth (2015)
Invisible Sister (2015)
Manhattan Romance (2014)
And there ya have it! From where I stand, and with the exception of Bill Murray’s Christmas special, there’s not many note-worthy items coming out and there’s, surprisingly, not a lot of Christmas films arriving to help you get in the holiday spirit–but that’s why we have 24 hours of A Christmas Story on TNT every year. Anyway, there’s still plenty to keep you entertained. Now, my friends, go forth and stream! I’ll see ya next month!
Rev. Ron is a retired stand-up comedian who has really strong opinions about why peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are the greatest thing ever invented, thinks documentary style TV shows about conspiracies are the best comedies on TV, and he also likes to pretend he’s a movie critic. You can read more of his reviews on his blog; RevRonMovies.BlogSpot.com, and you can follow him on Twitter (@RevRonster).