10 Of The Best New Releases On Netflix

Over the past month or so, Netflix has released some gripping crime dramas and fascinating documentaries – not to mention a few binge-worthy reality series. Here are ten of its best new releases to add to your watch list...

Britney Vs Spears

If you’ve been following the #FreeBritney movement and have watched the recent documentaries about the singer and her controversial conservatorship, add this new documentary to your watch list. Detailing the story of Britney’s life and her public and private search for freedom, it features extensive investigative work, exclusive interviews and new documents collated over the last 13 years. Britney Vs Spears explains the star’s trajectory from girl next door to a woman trapped by fame and her own legal status. Expect to hear from her confidantes and friends, as well as those who claim to have been close to Britney at the height of the career.  

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Sounds Like Love

Thirty-year-old Maca (María Valverde) makes the most of life and strives to be happy, but her talent is wasted working as an assistant for a terrifying fashion influencer. Combined with spending her free time with the wrong kind of guys, it seems like she can never get things right. Together with Jimena (Elisabet Casanovas) and Adriana (Susana Abaitua), her two BFFs who are always ready to see the glass as half full, the trio manage to make Madrid a city where everything is possible. But when he-who-must-not-be-named (Álex González) comes back into her life, Maca’s world becomes even more complicated.

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Intrusion

This thriller quickly became the most popular new film on Netflix when it was released last week. When Meera (Freida Pinto) and her husband Henry (Logan Marshall-Green) move into a new home, the couple hope they can put Meera’s breast cancer behind them and start their new lives. When a home invasion leaves her traumatised and suspicious that those around her might not be who they seem, their hopes of domestic bliss are scattered in a much darker and scarier reality. 

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The Guilty

This thriller takes place over the course of a single morning in a 911 call centre. Call operator Joe Baylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) tries to save a caller in grave danger. But when the details don’t seem to add up and nothing is as it seems, facing the truth is the only way out of a dire situation – and one that has to be handled with extreme caution.

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Jailbirds New Orleans

You might think you’re familiar with the women’s prison system in America from Orange Is the New Black, but this docuseries shows what life is really like for those living in a justice facility centre. One of the first reality series ever to be filmed inside a women’s prison, you’ll hear from the inmates at Orleans Justice Centre in New Orleans, with gritty details on life behind bars – think feuds, flirtations and fighting for survival. 

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Clickbait

This crime drama has been trending on Netflix for the last couple of weeks. With a classic whodunit storyline at its core, the eight-part series tells the story of Nick Brewer (Adrian Grenier), a loving father, husband and brother who suddenly and mysteriously disappears. When his sister spots a video on the internet of the badly beaten Nick holding a card that says ‘I abuse women. At five million views, I die’, his family must work out if it’s a threat or a confession. As his sister (Zoe Kazan) and wife (Betty Gabriel) rush to find and save him, they uncover a side of Nick they didn't know existed. 

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Diana The Musical

Based on last year’s Broadway production, Diana The Musical comes out on Friday. Telling the story of the Princess of Wales, this musical (done with sensitivity and just the right amount of pizzazz) follows Diana from her early years as a nursery school assistant to becoming one of the world’s most famous women. Diana is played by Jeanna de Waal.

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MAID

Inspired by Stephanie Land’s best-selling memoir, MAID follows the story of Alex, a single mother who turns to housecleaning to make ends meet as she escapes an abusive relationship and overcomes homelessness to create a better life for her daughter, Maddy. Seen through the emotional yet humorous lens of a desperate but determined woman, this series is a raw and inspiring exploration of a mother’s resilience.

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Dear White People, Vol. 4

It’s senior year at Winchester School and Dear White People Vol. 4 finds a group of talented and charismatic Black students navigating their way through high school. With musical hits throughout, the series is a nod to Hairspray, with an Afro-futuristic spin and 90s-inspired twist. Ten episodes have just been released – we were sold after the first.

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The Chestnut Man

On a windy autumn morning in Copenhagen, police make a gruesome find. A young woman has been murdered in a playground and one of her hands is missing. Next to her lies a small man made of chestnuts. So begins The Chestnut Man, a new psychological thriller from the creator of The Killing. The detectives working the case soon connect the chestnut man to the earlier disappearance of a girl, who had been presumed dead until now.

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