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7 Netflix shows and films everyone is talking about right now

From brand new period dramas to Chadwick Boseman's powerful final role

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Francesca Shillcock
Senior Features Writer
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As many count down to Christmas and look forward to some time off, there's never been a better time to catch up on the best shows and films on Netflix this week.

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From the late Chadwick Boseman's final role in a film that is generating Oscar buzz, to the brand new period drama that is sure to be everyone's new obsession, here's our top pick of the shows and films that have got people talking right now...

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman front this powerful new film about the "Mother of Blues" Ma Rainey. Thanks to its 1920's Chicago backdrop and show-stopping performances, the movie has hailed by viewers and critics alike and has already generated Oscar buzz.

WATCH: Official trialer for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom


This week marks the week that, after much anticipation, Bridgerton finally arrives on Netflix. The raunchy new period drama, based on the best-selling books by Julia Quinn, is set in the 1800s and follows the Bridgerton family and all the ups and downs of their high society lives and romances. Scandal, romance, and incredible costumes – what's not to love?

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Excuse me, I love you

After the success of Beyonce's Homecoming and Shawn Mendes' Netflix film, it's no wonder that one of the planet's biggest superstars, Ariana Grande, has joined the club. Excuse me, I love you documents the singer's performance in London during her Sweetener World Tour, complete with exclusive behind-the-scenes clips of her life on the road.

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Ariana Grande has released a new film

The Midnight Sky

George Clooney fronts this new film that was released this week and has already reached the top of Netflix's trending list. The official synopsis for the new Netflix original reads: "This post-apocalyptic tale follows Augustine (Clooney), a lonely scientist in the Arctic, as he races to stop Sully (Felicity Jones) and her fellow astronauts from returning home to a mysterious global catastrophe."

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George Clooney in The Midnight Sky

Home For Christmas

It wouldn't be Christmas without a bit of festive TV and film. Series two of Home For Christmas was recently released on the streaming platform and put plenty of fans in the holiday spirit. The series tells the story of Johanne who's desperate to find a boyfriend for Christmas. Will she find love?

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Home for Christmas has just released season two

Ocean's 8

The cast of this film alone is enough to draw anyone in. Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway and Rihanna – sounds good, right? The hit crime film, originally released in 2018, is new to Netflix and already pretty popular.

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This all-star film is now on Netflix!

The Christmas Chronicles 2

Kurt Russell plays Santa Clause in this follow-up to the popular 2018 movie, and this time, his wife Goldie Hawn has joined him!

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Goldie Hawn appears in the sequel to Christmas Chronicles

The synopsis for this feel-good festive film reads: "Unhappy over her mum's new relationship, a now-teenage Kate runs away and lands at the North Pole, where a naught elf is plotting to cancel Christmas."

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