Winter is rolling in, so it’s the perfect time to ditch that pesky social life and curl up with a good book or unhealthily addictive TV series. After all, Netflix isn’t a hobby—it’s a lifestyle choice.
Here’s everything you should be reading and watching this month.
It might be a case of third time lucky for DC’s Wonder Woman. After the super-sized failure of DC’s Batman vs. Superman and Suicide Squad, the production team have ploughed through their latest superhero instalment. Gal Gadot joins the cast as the Amazon princess and warrior Diana Prince (aka Wonder Women), who leaves for London to help end World War I. It’s quite the task.
Despicable Me 3
The franchise that is essentially dedicated to pedalling tiny yellow minions to the public is back. The third instalment of Despicable Me sees loveable actor Steve Carell return as Gru, a heavily-accented, slightly (very) neurotic villain-turned-hero. Gru faces the consequences of one last heist as a villain-turned-hero-turned-villain. Confused? So is Gru.
Rough Night is the kind of cinematic movie you go in praying and hoping is utter trash, because there’s nothing worse than a chic flick that takes itself too seriously. A star-studded cast of Scarlett Johansson (oh ScarJo, what have you sunk to?), Kate McKinnon and Jillian Bell. Ice-cream and popcorn is a necessity.
Get Out may have been released months ago, but it’s still making plenty of waves. An unfalteringly clever racial satire that is both entertaining and truly terrifying, Get Out has been hailed as the horror movie of the year. Black photographer Chris and his white girlfriend Rose go to visit her parents as part of a weekend getaway. As Chris spends more and more time with Rose’s family, he realises he’s part of a disturbing nightmare.
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
The misfits of the galaxy are back again for an inappropriately hilarious time. Expect plenty of tongue-in-cheek, lasers, excellent comedic timing and a little more character soul-searching than you’d expect.
Big Little Lies
When you pair a best-selling Australian novel with HBO, only good things can happen. Especially if those good things involve Nicole Kidman. A dark, yet comedic tale of motherhood, family and sex, BYO doona and takeaway for the binge of your life.
Better Call Saul
The spin-off of the much-loved Breaking Bad series, Better Call Saul is a prequel to whole the chemist-meth-drug-dealer fiasco. Follow the underdog, ambitious Jimmy McGill as he makes small steps towards becoming Saul Goodman.
Orange Is The New Black
Season five of Orange Is The New Black returns this June, and words cannot encompass our enormously violent excitement. Call in sick to work, there are far more important things in life to do (watch).
An Australia-NZ-American television series that shrewdly reimagines stories from Aboriginal Dreamtime, Cleverman touches on the current political unrest surrounding border protection and refugees. At the centre of the tale are two brothers, who are forced to work together when one is passed the weighty responsibility of being the “Cleverman”.
This Is Us
Watching This Is Us is much like the series itself—it’s a little messy and a very hysterically endearing. A brutally honest reflection of life, growing up and family, This Is Us is the side-splitting family drama you’re welcome to fall in love with. The story revolves around three triplets and their parents. Yes, that is literally it.
Into The Water by Paula Hawkins
The best-selling author of The Girl On The Train brings you Into The Water. The second novel by Paula Hawkins invites you back into a twisting, convoluted story of a single mother who drowned at the bottom of the local river. Her sister, who ran from town years ago, is forced to return to care for her abandoned 15-year-old niece (dun dun dun).
Work Strife Balance by Mia Freedman
Fiercely funny and profoundly sincere, Work Strife Balance is for every girl, woman, mother, sister and daughter who has ever struggled with the concept of “work, life, balance”.
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
If you’re looking for an easy read, you’d best look in another direction. When Breath Becomes Air will rattle your brain and force you to look into the heart of your existence. Written by Paul Kalanithi, who was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer after nearly a decade as a neurosurgeon, Kalanithi’s writing is raw, personal and vivid.
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
If your 2016 reading slipped away from you and you haven’t had a chance to pick up this brilliant, beautifully written, emotionally destructive novel—get to your local bookstore, stat.
Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
One to tuck in the purse, this light-hearted, warm ‘n fuzzy is hilariously relatable and perfect when paired with wholly socks and hot cocoa.
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