The 10 must-watch new (and old) arrivals on Disney+ this December 1 week ago

The 10 must-watch new (and old) arrivals on Disney+ this December

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'Tis the season of giving, and Disney is giving us PLENTY to choose from in December...

Disney+ recently revealed its very Christmassy line-up of new and classic movies and shows we can expect in the run-up to the big day, but there are other, non-seasonal arrivals being added to the streaming service's library throughout December.

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So, if you need a break from the festivities but still absolutely want to watch some good movies and/or shows, here is what you can expect to be catching on Disney+ throughout December...

The Last Duel - 1 December

Ridley Scott's powerful period drama was only released in cinemas last month, but if you missed it on the big screen, you should absolutely check it out on Disney+.

Jodie Comer, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Adam Driver star in this story of betrayal and honour, and yes, this was the movie that led to Damon carrying a SuperValu bag around Dalkey during lockdown.

We caught up with Damon earlier this year and chatted to him about his time here making The Last Duel – and also revealed to him that a local Dalkey bar had named a cocktail after him...

Devs - 1 December

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Written and directed by Alex Garland (Sunshine, Dredd, Ex Machina), this series tells the story of a young woman (Sonoya Mizuno) who begins to investigate the computing company she works for when her boyfriend dies on his very first day on the job there, under the watchful eye of the company founder (Nick Offerman).

The First Wave - 5 December

Maybe not the best time to watch this particular Alex Gibney-produced documentary, which tells the story of the first four months of the pandemic through the eyes of the staff and patients at a New York hospital.

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Ron's Gone Wrong - 15 December

This animated comedy sees a young boy gifted with the latest must-own gadget, which is kind of a mix between an iPhone, a Tamagotchi and a sentient e-scooter.

But when his new robo-buddy starts to malfunction, it sends his life into chaos.

We had a mini-Hangover reunion with some of the voice cast – Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms – in the run-up to Ron's Gone Wrong arriving in Irish cinemas, and you can check that chat out right here:

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Malcolm in the Middle - 15 December

All 151 episodes across all seven seasons of this much-loved sit-com will arrive on Disney+, making for some significant comfort viewing as we get more and more time off in the lead-up to the Christmas and New Year's break.

Jojo Rabbit - 17 December

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Taiki Waititi's six-time Oscar-nominated (and one-time Oscar-winning) dark comedy is filled to the brim with famous folk – Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson, Alfie Allen, Stephen Merchant – but the star of the show is Roman Griffin Davis, who plays Jojo, the young boy who happens to have Adolf Hitler as his imaginary best friend.

Encanto - 24 December

Barely a month after it is released in Irish cinemas, Disney's next big animated adventure will drop on Disney+, telling the story of an entire town imbued with magical powers... all except for one lady, who stands out merely by being "normal".

The movie is co-written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, so you know the songs will be absolute bangers.

Downhill - 24 December

Two of the funniest people on the planet, Will Ferrell and Julia-Louis Dreyfus, star as a couple on the brink of collapse, when they realise that when faced with imminent danger, he would cut and run, leaving his wife and child behind to fend for themselves.

Perhaps too dark and subtle for what folk expected from these two, but definitely worth seeking out if you missed it first time around.

The Book of Boba Fett - 29 December

Picking up right where season two of The Mandalorian left us off, we now follow Boba Fett as he tries to bring peace and civility to the planet formerly run by Jabba The Hutt. Expect action and tension aplenty.

Paddington and Paddington 2 - 31 December

Two of the very best family-friendly movies of all time. That is all we have to say about these absolute modern classics.

When we recently chatted to Ben Whishaw (aka the voice of Paddington), we asked him if he agreed whether or not Paddington 2 was the greatest movie of all time. Check out his answer right here:

Clips via FX, National Geographic & Walt Disney Studios

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