5 New Netflix Films and Series Worth the Watch

Netflix consistently releases so many new TV shows and movies that it can feel overwhelming to try to keep up with all of their newest material. To narrow things down for you, the following list features five new movies and TV series streaming on Netflix that are worth checking out.

1. “I am Vanessa Guillen”

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This Netflix documentary, which began streaming on Nov. 17, covers Vanessa Guillen’s journey of serving her country until she vanishes from the Fort Hood base in Killeen, TX. In 2020, shortly after telling to her mother she had been being sexually harassed on the base, Guillen was killed by a fellow soldier. Her family, infuriated by the Army’s inaction, refused to stay silent about the lack of investigation and its implicit connection to sexual harassment at the base. Their plan began as a small movement to gain justice for Vanessa and other Army assault victims. However, the support ultimately grew much bigger, leading them to visit to the Oval Office to fight for the “I Am Vanessa Guillen Act” to protect victims of assault. 

“I AM VANESSA GUILLEN” is now streaming on Netflix. You can watch the trailer here.

2. “The Noel Diary”

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Based on the novel “The Noel Diary” by Richard Paul Evans, Netflix released a new Christmas love story. The movie follows novelist Jacob Turner (Justin Hartley) as he returns to his childhood home around Christmas time. While cleaning out the home, he meets Rachel Campbell (Barrett Doss), who was told to come to his house in search of her birth mother Noel Ellis (Essence Atkins) — who had previously worked for his family. Together, they find a diary that belonged to Noel. The diary exposes Noel’s past, as she writes about working for Jacob’s family and having to give away Rachel as a child. After discovering their past, the two begin to develop feelings for eachother, even though Rachel is engaged. This leaves them in an awkward situation, with Jacob left to fight for Rachel’s heart. 

 “The Noel Diary” is now streaming on Netflix. You can watch the trailer here.

3. “Wendell and Wild”

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It’s been over 10 years since Henry Selick’s last film “Coraline,” but this fall, he came back with “Wendell & Wild.” The spooky animated film follows demons Wendell and Wild (played by comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele), along with a young girl named Koniquua Elliot (Lyric Ross) who meets Wendell and Wild as they return from the underworld and promise to bring her parents back from the dead. After making a deal with the pair, Koniquua finds herself happy, that is until she realizes that not all deals are good deals. 

“Wendell & Wild” is now streaming on Netflix. You can watch the trailer here.

4. “Wednesday”

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You may know Wednesday Addams as the famous daughter of “The Addams family,” but now we get better insight into who Wednesday really is. This November, Netflix released a new TV series based on the mysterious Wednesday Addams. The series shows her going to Nevermore Academy after getting in trouble back home for releasing piranhas into the water on her brother’s bullies. After arriving, she finds herself working a murder investigation in town and quickly discovers a rumor involving her parents, Morticia ( Catherine Zeta-Jones) and Gomez Addams ( Luis Guzmán), that says they involved in a murder. While investigating and learning to master her emerging psychic ability, she fights to stop the monstrous killing spree that has terrorized the local town, and works to solve the supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago — all while navigating her new life as a student and forming new relationships at Nevermore.

“Wednesday” is now streaming on Netflix. You can watch the trailer here.

5. “Slumberland”

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Thanks to a dream, Jason Momoa stars in the Netflix film “Slumberland,” as a 9-foot monster-human hybrid named Flip. Flip helps a young girl, Nemo (Marlow Barkley), after she discovers a secret map to a world of dreams and nightmares. He then guides her through their journey in Slumberland to help search for her late father. Throughout this crazy adventure the two go through, Nemo finds herself in a world full of the unknown. 

“Slumberland” is now streaming on Netflix. You can watch the trailer here.

By Kendall Mayes

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