Schelle Dsouza
December is the busiest time for online streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime. And while holiday movies are crowding everywhere, it’s not that time of the year just as yet. So if you’re looking for movies and series that stray away from the holiday theme, check out LuxeBook’s year-end watchlist below.
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Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
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One of the most anticipated films this year, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery brings back the beloved Detective Benoit Blanc’s (Daniel Craig) alongside a brand new cast including Kate Hudson, Edward Norton, Kathryn Hahn, and Madelyn Cline among others. The story focuses on Benoit Blanc’s journey after following an invitation to party on a tech billionaire’s private island in Greece. The invitation involves a unique “game”, a make-believe murder mystery party that slowly shifts into a full-on real murder mystery.
Release date: December 23
Watch online on Netflix
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio
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A beloved childhood fable, Pinocchio has been re-made into several heart touching movies. The lastest interpretation is by Oscar-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro whoreimagines the classic tale as a stop motion animated musical fantasy. Unlike the previous versions, this film takes a darker spin on the Italian novel. Like the classic, the character of Pinnochio is made entirely out of wood, carved from a tree that grows over the grave of Gepetto’s the toymaker’s son. Longing for a second chance at being a father, Gepetto’s wish magically comes true when the wooden boy turns to life. The film features star-studded names such as Gregory Mann, Ewan McGregor, Tilda Swinton and Finn Wolfhard.
Release date: December 9th
Watch online on Netflix
National Treasure: Edge of History
National Treasure: Edge of History
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A classic for mystery enthusiasts, The National Treasure franchise comes to life with Jess Valenzuela, a brilliant and resourceful dreamer. Valenzuela’s seemingly perfect life comes to a halt when a stranger gives her a clue to a centuries-old treasure possibly connected to her long-dead father. With a knack for solving puzzles, she embarks on an adventure to uncover the truth about the past and save a lost Pan-American treasure while trying to outsmart a black-market antiquities dealer for the same treasure.
Release date: December 9th
Watch online on Disney+Hotstar
Series
Emily in Paris: Season 3
Emily in Paris
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Emily in Paris fans have been eagerly awaiting the return of season 3. Initially announced to be released on October 14, the new season was then pushed to February, which has once again been preponed to December, and we couldn’t be more excited! The new season takes off after the events of season 2, leaving fans asking all kinds of questions, more importantly if Emily will continue to live in Paris, and which guy she finally ends up with — the dreamy Gabriel or the gorgeous Alfie. And of course there is the works drama, where Emily must decide if her loyalty is towards Sylvie or Madeline.
Release date: Dec 21
Watch online on Netflix
Gossip Girl: Season 2
gossip Girl
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Love it or hate it, but you can’t ignore it, is the motto for the popular gossip Girl. Back with a new season, the students of Constance Billard-St. Jude’s School return with a new set of drama, dazzling outfits and gushing love interests. The new season centers Julien as she recovers from backlash revolving around her dad’s #MeToo scandal, while her stepsister Zoya tries to make it on her own after living in her sister’s shadow. And the exciting line of Monet’s plan to claim the ‘Queen B’ title from Julien. This season will also confirm the polyamorous relationship between Aki, Audrey, and Max, who are trying to keep their truth away from GG’s missives. One thing we are most excited for, however, is the return of Georgina Sparks (Michelle Trachtenberg) returns to the scene, as she makes a big B&E-style entrance.
Release date: December 1
Watch online on HBO Max
The Witcher: Blood Origin
The Witcher: Blood Origin
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A prequel to the crowd favorite The Witcher starring Henry Cavill, The Witcher: Blood Origin answers questions that fans of the original series may have. The new series takes place more than a thousand years before the original and centers on seven outcasts in the elven world who unite in a blood quest against an all-powerful empire. Blood Origin charts the origins of the first prototype Witcher and shows the ferocious trio — Elven warrior and sword master Scian, warrior musician Éile, and the vengeful Fjall. Starring Sophia Brown, Laurence O’Fuarain and Michelle Yeoh.
Release date: Dec 25
Watch online on Netflix
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