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Future Oscar nominees, mega-blockbusters and beloved cult classics. What else could you want for Christmas?

What's new on Netflix in December 2018

Merry Christmas and happy holidays from Netflix! And to celebrate the season, the Big Red Streaming Monolith will gift you one of the biggest movies of all time, one of the biggest cult classics of all time and almost assuredly one of the most Oscar-nominated films of the year. You're too kind, Netflix! (Now bring back "Paddington.")

The streaming service will add hits like "The Big Lebowski," "Hellboy," "Shaun of the Dead" and "District 9" to begin the month before placing "Avengers: Infinity War" under your digital stocking on Christmas Day. And then there's the Netflix Originals, a whole sleigh full of them – including 14 alone on Dec. 7 and 15 more just a week later. Which feels like maybe more than a reasonable human being can handle, but hey, 'tis the season for sitting on the couch killing leftovers and killing time lazily half-watching something, dreading your return to work.

One Netflix Original you should definitely watch, however, with your full attention is "Roma," Alfonso Cuaron's latest mesmerizingly immersive masterpiece and a sure bet for Oscar consideration. Just don't watch it on Netflix. As one who was lucky enough to see this in a theater, this seemingly small but massively life-sized drama following a year with a Mexican housemaid in the '70s will be utterly wasted on your TV screen or sound system – regardless of their quality. With it's massive deep-focus 70mm shots and life chirping and breathing (often literally) outside its frame, to watch "Roma" anywhere other than the big screen will be like only having two-thirds of the experience. It'll still be good, but its point is doomed to be dulled.

Luckily, Netflix – questing for big-time Oscar nominations and potentially a Best Picture win – is making the rare decision to roll the film out into select theaters. And according to The New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis, Milwaukee will be one of the stops.

Which theater? It's hard to say. The Marcus Majestic has all the equipment to show the film as Netflix wants (that's who hosted our press screening), but large theater chains aren't playing ball with the streaming service's non-existent theatrical-to-home release window – and I doubt the Majestic wants to dedicate weeks in one of its larger auditoriums to a black-and-white, foreign-language, star-devoid, meditative memory of a movie that people could watch at home. The Oriental Theatre would be the next bet as it has 70mm projection capabilities, but not the Dolby Atmos sound system that Netflix requires. The Downer then, with its parent company's cozy ties to Netflix? Uncertain. But wherever big screen it ends up on in Milwaukee, see it there – not at home.

As for movies and TV shows you're fine watching from your couch, here's the rest of what's coming in December.

Dec. 1

"8 Mile"

"Astro Boy"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Battle"

"The Big Lebowski"

"Bride of Chucky"

"Christine"

"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Crossroads: One Two Jaga"

"Friday After Next"

"The Great British Baking Show: Masterclass" season 5

"Hellboy"

"The Last Dragon"

"Man vs Wild with Sunny Leone" season 1

"The Man Who Knew Too Little"

"Meet Joe Black"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Memories of the Alhambra"

"My Bloody Valentine"

"Next Friday"

"Reindeer Games"

"Seven Pounds"

"Shaun of the Dead"

"Terminator: Salvation"

Dec. 2

"The Lobster"

Dec. 3

"Blue Planet II" season 1

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Hero Mask"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "The Sound of Your Heart" reboot season 2

Dec. 4

"District 9"

Dec. 6

"Happy!" season 1

Dec. 7

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "5 Star Christmas"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "The American Meme"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Bad Blood"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Dogs of Berlin"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Dumplin'"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Free Rein: The Twelve Neighs of Christmas"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "The Hook Up Plan (Plan Coeur)"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Nailed It! Holiday!"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Neo Yokio: Pink Christmas"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Pine Gap"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "The Ranch" part 6

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "ReMastered: Who Killed Jam Master Jay?"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Super Monsters and the Wish Star"

Dec. 9

"Sin senos si hay paraíso" season 3

Dec. 10

"Michael Jackson's This Is It"

Dec. 11

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Back Street Girls: Gokudols"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Out of Many, One"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Vir Das: Losing It"

Dec. 13

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Wanted" season 3

Dec. 14

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter's Tale"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Cuckoo" season 4

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Dance & Sing with True: Songs"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "The Fix"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Fuller House" season 4

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "The Innocent Man"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Inside the Real Narcos"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Inside the World's Toughest Prisons" season 3

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Prince of Peoria: A Christmas Moose Miracle"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "The Protector"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Roma"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Sunderland Til I Die"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Tidelands"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Travelers" season 3

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Voltron: Legendary Defender" season 8

Dec. 16

"Baby Mama"

"Kill the Messenger"

"One Day"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Springsteen on Broadway"

"The Theory of Everything"

Dec. 18

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Baki"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Terrace House: Opening New Doors" part 5

Dec. 21

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "3Below: Tales of Arcadia"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "7 Days Out"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Back with the Ex"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Bad Seeds"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Bird Box"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "The Casketeers"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Derry Girls"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Diablero"

"Greenleaf" season 3

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Perfume"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Sirius the Jaeger"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Tales by Night" season 3

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Wolf (BORU)"

Dec. 24

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Hi Score Girl"

"The Magicians" season 3

Dec. 25

"Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown" season 11

"Avengers: Infinity War"

Dec. 26

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Alexa and Katie" season 2

Dec. 28

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Instant Hotel"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "La noche de 12 años"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Selection Day"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "When Angels Sleep"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Yummy Mummies"

Dec. 30

"The Autopsy of Jane Doe"

Dec. 31

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned from a Mythical Man"

TBA

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Watership Down" limited series

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