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Coming to Netflix: December 2017

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(KUTV/SBG) - Netflix welcomes you to December with a month packed with Netflix Originals, a Marvel blockbuster, a period drama and an epic documentary. Here are five recommendations to entertain you while you wrap all those presents or unwind after a fisticuffs at the mall.

The Young Victoria

Emil Blunt stars in "The Young Victoria," pleasing period drama based on the life Queen Victoria who ascended to the throne when she was only 18 years old. Rupert Friend plays Prince Albert, a suitor with with political ambitions who unexpectedly falls in love with Her Majesty. Sandy Powell won an Academy Award for her costume design and Blunt earned a Golden Globe nomination for her performance. "The Young Victoria" is surprisingly light material for director Jean-Marc Vallee ("Dallas Buyers Club," "Wild"), but not every work of art needs to challenge its audience. Beautifully shot, well acted and heartwarming to boot. (Avail. 12/1/17)

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Once upon a time consumers had to wait numerous months before a VHS copy of last summer's blockbuster arrived at the local video store. So of course "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," which opened in May, will available to stream as part of your Netflix subscription. Marvel says, "You're welcome." While not nearly as good as the first film, "Vol. 2" is a fun ride. Sure, I still think it should have been about Michael Rooker's Yondu. Director/writer James Gunn played it safe and went with Chris Pratt's Peter Quill. Still, the opportunity to be freaked out by a de-aged Kurt Russell has its own rewards. Watch and enjoy it, just don't take the batteries. (Avail. 12/5/17)

The Crown: Season 2-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Initially I wondered if recommending "The Crown" and "The Young Victoria" in the same month was going to be a bit of biopic overkill, but the truth is that Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II not only exist in different eras, they are incredibly different individuals. "The Crown" feels less like a stuffy drama and more like quiet rise of a strong and independent woman who refused to be bound by the Royal traditions. Claire Foy is simply fantastic. (Avail. 12/8/17)

Trollhunters: Part 2-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL

What I love about director/writer Guillermo del Toro is that he builds fantasy worlds that aren't beholden to modern tropes. His monsters and children characters are every bit as interesting, if not more so, than the adults. "Trollhunters" is great entertainment not because it is completely original, but because it pulls influence from numerous sources and brings them together to create a show that is as entertaing for adults as it is for children. "Trollhunters" is built around the "choosen one" frame, but its characters, particularly the trolls, play against type. Will Jim rise up and become the champion that he could be? Or will he fail like many of the dismissive trolls believe? How could a human boy be a troll champion? I have a feeling we're going to find out. (Avail. 12/15/17)

Planet Earth II

Every frew years a documentary rises from its seemingly small target demographic and becomes something of a cultural phenomenon. In 2006 the BBC's "Planet Earth" did just that. You'd be hard pressed to name a more beautiful, thoughtful and moving series of films that simply explored the world, visited its creatures and showed off its many wonders. "Planet Earth II" comes a decade later and while the series didn't quite reach the cultural zeinith that the first did, it isn't because the film isn't equally as enthralling. "Planet Earth II" is must-see television. I could spend my life listening David Attenborough talk about toast or how to make a bowl of cearal. He's simply that good. Merry Christmas indeed. (Avail 12/25/17)

Complete list of titles coming to Netflix in December

Avail. 12/1/17

8 Mile Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls All Hail King Julien: Season 5-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL A StoryBots Christmas-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL August Rush Chef & My Fridge: 2017 Dark: Season 1-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Diana: In Her Own Words Dreamcatcher DreamWorks Home: For the Holidays-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Easy: Season 2-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Exporting Raymond Forbidden Games: The Justin Fashanu Story Full Metal Jacket Hitch My Happy Family-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Nacho Libre Sahara The Farthest - Voyager in Space The Little Rascals The Wackness The Young Victoria Tyson V for Vendetta TURN: Washington's Spies: Season 4 Voyeur-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL While You Were Sleeping

Avail. 12/4/17

When Calls the Heart: Season 4

Avail. 12/5/17

Craig Ferguson: Tickle Fight-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Avail. 12/6/17

Trolls Holiday Special

Avail. 12/8/17

El Camino Christmas-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL The Crown: Season 2-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Avail. 12/11/17

Catwoman The Magicians: Season 2

Avail. 12/12/17

Disney's The Santa Clause Disney's The Santa Clause 2 Disney's The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause Judd Apatow: The Return-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Avail. 12/14/17

41 Dogs in My Home A&E: When Patients Attack Ainsley Eats the Streets: Season 1 Halt and Catch Fire: Season 4

Avail. 12/15/17

A Five Star Life Christmas Inheritance-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Discovering Bigfoot Drillbit Taylor El Señor de los Cielos: Season 5 Erased: Season 1-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Freeway: Crack In The System Neverlake Pottersville Reggie Yates Outside Man: Volume 2 The Haunting of Helena The Mafia Kills Only in Summer The Ranch: Part 4-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Trollhunters: Part 2-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Ultimate Beastmaster-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Wormwood-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Avail. 12/18/17

Hello, My Twenties!: Season 2-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Avail. 12/19/17

Miss Me This Christmas Russell Howard: Recalibrate-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL The Indian Detective: Season 1-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL You Can't Fight Christmas

Avail. 12/20/17

La Casa de Papel: Season 1-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Avail. 12/21/17

Peaky Blinders: Season 4-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Avail. 12/22/17

72 Dangerous Animals: Latin America: Season 1-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Bright-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Dope: Season 1-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Fuller House: Season 3, New Episodes-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Rosario Tijeras: Season 1 The Toys That Made Us: Season 1-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Avail. 12/23/17

Creep 2 Myths & Monsters: Season 1

Avail. 12/25/17

Cable Girls: Season 2-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Planet Earth II

Avail. 12/26/17

Todd Barry: Spicy Honey-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Travelers: Season 2-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL All Hail King Julien: New Year's Eve Countdown 2018 Beat Bugs: New Year's Eve Countdown 2018 Larva: New Year's Eve Countdown 2018 Pororo: New Year's Eve Countdown 2018 Puffin Rock: New Year's Eve Countdown 2018 Skylanders Academy: New Year's Eve Countdown 2018 Trollhunters: New Year's Eve Countdown 2018 True and The Rainbow Kingdom: New Year's Eve Countdown 2018 Word Party: New Year's Eve Countdown 2018

Avail. 12/27/17

Pusher

Avail. 12/29/17

Bill Nye Saves the World: Season 2: Part 1-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Killer Legends La Mante: Season 1-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Shelter The Climb-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Avail. 12/31/17

Dave Chappelle: Equanimity-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Fun Mom Dinner

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