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Prepare for the annual holiday Netflix Binge

By AMANDA AUBLE | December 15, 2014

While the weather outside is frightful, Netflix’s December calendar is full of some must-watch movies and television shows. Classes and finals are ending at Hopkins, so grab your snuggie, make some hot chocolate and stake out your month-long residence on the couch. Here are some notable releases that should not be missed:

American Beauty

(Available now)

Starring Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening, this film depicts a sexually frustrated suburban father who experiences a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter’s best friend. The film swept the 1999 Academy Awards by winning the Oscar for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography.

Almost Famous

(Available now)

Another critically acclaimed film that Netflix has added to its lineup, Almost Famous tells the coming-of-age story about a teenage journalist writing for Rolling Stone magazine while on the road with a fictitious 1970s rock band, Stillwater.

A Knight’s Tale

(Available now)

For those of you who dream of Heath Ledger as the perfect knight in shining armor, look no further than 2001’s A Knight’s Tale. Ledger’s character, a peasant, takes on the disguise of a knight after his master dies and encounters some medieval adventures.

American Horror Story: Coven (Available Dec. 6)

While AHS: Freak Show may have stolen the spotlight this fall, Netflix will let fans relive the wickedly witchy moments that appeared in the show’s previous season. Eerie spells and haunting Voodoo are in full supply during this version of the versatile FX series.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Super-Sized Version

(Available Dec. 6)

The sequel to the cult classic Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Anchorman 2 follows Ron and his faithful news team as they journey from San Diego to New York’s first ever 24-hour news station.

The Wolf of Wall Street (Available Dec. 11)

Jordan Belfort’s excessive, insane adventures can now come right into your room as Martin Scorcese’s three-hour ride through Wall Street’s corruption makes its way to Netflix.

Nick Offerman:

American Ham

(Available Dec. 12)

Let’s review some wisdom from Parks and Recreation’s Ron Swanson:

“Crying: acceptable at funerals and the Grand Canyon” ... and also valid while laughing through Nick Offerman’s newest stand-up comedy special.

Marco Polo

(Available Dec. 12)

History buffs are encouraged to check out this newest original series produced by Netflix. Marco Polo chronicles the explorer’s early years in the court of Kublai Khan.

Bonus: The long awaited premiere of the third season of House of Cards goes down on Feb. 27, 2015.

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