Premieres from the couch: these films and series will be released this week | NOW

With the closure of cinemas, there will of course not be any new films in the theaters this week. Various streaming services do come with titles that have not been seen before. View the overview of the latest films and series below.


El Father Plays Himself (Picl) – documentary

This documentary follows a son who wants to make a film about his alcohol-addicted father. The couple moves into the Venezuelan jungle, where the father has to play himself. The question is to what extent he can face that confrontation and how far his son can go to control the situation. El Father Plays Himself was selected earlier this year for the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA).

  • Genre: documentary
  • Director: Mo Scarpelli
  • Release date: December 17

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix) – drama

In 1927 Chicago, tensions run high between blues artist Ma Rainey and her new trumpeter Levee. The title role of this fact-based drama is played by Oscar winner Viola Davis. Her opponent is Black Pantheractor Chadwick Boseman, who passed away earlier this year and is now in his final role.

  • Genre: drama
  • Director: George C. Wolfe
  • Cast: Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman, Colman Domingo
  • Release date: December 18

The Grand Tour: A Massive Hunt (Amazon Prime) – documentary

The presenters of The Grand Tour travel to Madagascar for their latest special, which is notorious for its difficult roads. During the journey, which is made in highly modified cars, the three of them search for a lost pirate treasure.

  • Genre: documentary
  • Producer: Andy Wilman
  • Release date: December 18

Ariana Grande: Excuse Me, I Love You (Netflix) – documentary

During her Sweetener World Tour in London, Ariana Grande gives a glimpse into life behind the scenes. In addition, there is a lot of attention for her spectacle show.

  • Genre: documentary
  • Director: Paul Dugdale
  • Release date: December 18

A Christmas Gift from Bob (Pathé Thuis) – family film

Four years after A Street Cat Named Bob, about an ex-drug addict who bonds with a cat, there is now a sequel to the book adaptation. In this Christmas movie, James tries to do everything he can to get his cat Bob back, after the authorities take his cat from him. A Christmas Gift from Bob was originally supposed to appear in the cinema, but will now be premiered via Pathé Thuis.

  • Genre: family movie
  • Director: Charles Martin Smith
  • Cast: Luke Treadaway, Anna Wilson-Jones, Kristina Tonteri-Young

The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee (Pathé Home) – comedy

Crocodile Dundeeactor Paul Hogan plays himself in this comedy, in which he is offered to be knighted. In the run-up to that, the retired Australian falls from one uncomfortable situation to another. Supporting roles in this comedy include John Cleese, Olivia Newton-John and Chevy Chase. The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee was originally supposed to appear in the cinema, but will now be premiered via Pathé Thuis.

  • Genre: comedy
  • Director: Dean Murphy
  • Cast: Paul Hogan, Chevy Chase, John Cleese
  • Release date: December 22


Breeders (Ziggo) – comedy

This new comedy series follows two parents who struggle to care for their offspring. Leading actor Martin Freeman, known for among others Sherlock, Fargo and The Hobbit, based his new series partly on his own experiences as a father.

  • Genre: comedy
  • Director: Chris Addison, Ben Palmer
  • Cast: Martin Freeman, Daisy Haggard, George Wakeman
  • Release date: December 16

How to Ruin Christmas: Marriage (Netflix) – comedy

In the run-up to her sister’s wedding, Tumi causes major problems. She wakes up after a wild party and has no idea where the groom has gone. In this miniseries, which consists of three episodes, Tumi has to do everything he can to keep the chic ceremony going.

  • Genre: comedy
  • Director: Johnny Barbuzano
  • Cast: Busi Lurayi, Thando Thabethe, Nambitha Ben-Mazwi
  • Release date: December 16

The Ripper (Netflix) – documentary

Between 1975 and 1980, England was startled by the Yorkshire Ripper. Thirteen women were victims. While the country was in fear, the police felt in the dark about who the culprit was. This four-part documentary series delves into the hunt for the serial killer, while providing a sketch of the troubled England of the 1970s, dominated by misogyny and poverty.

  • Genre: documentary
  • Director: Jesse Vile, Ellena Wood
  • Release date: December 16

Trackers (Ziggo) – action thriller

This action series interweaves different storylines in the crime world of Cape Town. Thus outlines Trackers including a picture of illegal trade, terrorism and investigations of CIA agents.

  • Genre: action thriller
  • Director: Deon Meyer
  • Cast: Tamer Burjaq, Emmanuel Castis, James Gracie
  • Release date: December 18

The Vow (Ziggo) – documentaries

The infamous self-help organization NXIVM made world news when it emerged that female members were secretly forced into sex as slaves. Cult leader Keith Raniere was sentenced to 120 years in prison last October, including for child trafficking and involvement in forced labor. The documentary series The Vow lets various former members have their say and thus gives an insight into NXIVM.

  • Genre: documentary
  • Director: Karim Amer, Jehane Noujaim, Omar Mullick
  • Release date: December 21


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