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Best New TV Shows & Movies This Weekend (December 18)

This weekend, Netflix is bringing a drama TV series, a true-crime docuseries, and a drama movie with lots of music, starring Chadwick Boseman. This weekend, Netflix is adding a drama TV series, a true-crime documentary series, and a drama movie with a lot of music. With the future of cinemas unknown thanks to the coronavirus…

This weekend, Netflix is bringing a drama TV series, a true-crime docuseries, and a drama movie with lots of music, starring Chadwick Boseman.

This weekend, Netflix is adding a drama TV series, a true-crime documentary series, and a drama movie with a lot of music. With the future of cinemas unknown thanks to the coronavirus pandemic and the decision of many studios to delay or send their movies to different streaming platforms, Netflix continues to be the main source of entertainment for many, while also offering a space to those movies that couldn’t get a theatrical release – and in addition to that, it keeps adding new original content every week.

Last weekend, the streaming giant welcomed the thrillers Ava and Triple 9 and the TV series Manhunt: Deadly Games, along with The Big Show Show: Christmas, the documentary The Surgeon’s Cut, the short-film Canvas, and the musical The Prom. This weekend will see the arrival of seasons 1 and 2 of Black Ink Crew: New York, seasons 10 and 13 of The Challenge, seasons 1 and 2 of Teen Mom 2, a lot more Jeopardy, and the movies Grizzlies, The Professor and the Madman, Nocturnal Animals, and Braven.

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As for original content, Netflix users will get to enjoy a new drama TV series, a documentary about the Yorkshire Ripper, and a drama movie starring Chadwick Boseman. Here are the best movies and TV shows coming to Netflix this weekend – December 18.

Tiny Pretty Things

Tiny Pretty Things is a Netflix drama TV series based on the novel of the same name by Sona Caraipotra and Dhonielle Clayton. Set in the world of an elite ballet academy, Tiny Pretty Things follows the world of lies and betrayal within the Archer School of Ballet in Chicago, where the star student suffers a terrible accident. When her replacement arrives, she finds herself entangled in a web of lies, mystery, and danger.

The Ripper

The Ripper Netflix

Netflix’s catalogue of documentaries keeps expanding, and this weekend it will welcome a true-crime docuseries titled The Ripper. Directed by Jesse Vile and Ellena Wood, this four-part miniseries recounts the murders of 13 women in West Yorkshire and Manchester between 1975 and 1980, carried out by a serial killer known as the Yorkshire Ripper. Through interviews with investigators, survivors, and the families of the victims, The Ripper chronicles the twists and turns of the largest manhunt in British police history.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Netflix

Netflix‘s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is a drama movie directed by George C. Wolfe and based on the play of the same name by August Wilson. It follows the tensions that arise when the trailblazing Mother of the Blues, Ma Rainey (Viola Davis), and her band gather at a Chicago recording studio in 1927. Late to the session, Ma engages in a battle of wills with her white manager and producer over control of her music; meanwhile, ambitious trumpeter Levee (Chadwick Boseman) plans on starting his own band and begins approaching managers and producers, prompting him to relive previous traumas.

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Adrienne Tyler is a features writer for Screen Rant. She is an Audiovisual Communication graduate that wanted to be a filmmaker, but life had other plans (and it turned out great). Prior to Screen Rant, she wrote for Pop Wrapped, 4 Your Excitement (4YE), and D20Crit, where she was also a regular guest at Netfreaks podcast. She was also a contributor for FanSided’s BamSmackPow and 1428 Elm. Adrienne is very into films and she enjoys a bit of everything: from superhero films, to heartbreaking dramas, to low-budget horror films. Every time she manages to commit to a TV show without getting bored, an angel gets its wings.

When she’s not writing, you can find her trying to learn a new language, watching hockey (go Avs!… But also Caps and Leafs), or wondering what life would have been like had Pushing Daisies, Firefly, and Limitless not been cancelled. Breakfast food is life and coffee is what makes the world go round.

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