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The best new streaming movies this week: Good Burger 2, several new Christmas movies, and more

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There is a lot to watch on the various streaming services available in 2023 — sometimes, it almost feels like too much. To simplify things for you, we’ve compiled some of the best new streaming movies to watch that are new this week.

Check out our top picks from major streamers like Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, and more. In addition to the latest shows from this week, we also give you other recommendations for shows that have arrived on a new streaming platform in the last 30 days. 

The best new streaming movies this week

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Christmas Cabin  Fever

  • Release date: Dec 8 on Disney Plus
  • Starring: Erica Cerra, Wesley Kimmel, Hunter Dillon


Diary of a Wimpy Kid gets a Christmas special! After getting snowed in Greg finds himself struggling to keep off of Santa’s naughty list after he accidentally damages a snow plow and is afraid Santa won’t give him the video console he wants. To make matters worse, being stuck with his family means things soon turn tense as Greg attempts to survive the holidays. If your kids like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series you won’t want to miss this one. 

Merry Little Batman

  • Release date: Dec 8 on Prime Video
  • Starring: Luke Wilson, Yonas Kibreab, James Cromwell

Luke Wilson stars as the caped crusader in this Prime Video exclusive holiday special that features a virtually crime-free Gotham and an older, bearded Bruce Wayne with a youngster of his own. When the Justice League contacts him out of the blue, he suddenly leaves to answer the call with a promise he’ll be back in time for Christmas. Unfortunately, he crashes along the way and is further delayed. Meanwhile, Joker shows up and brings havoc to Gotham, taking a page from the Grinch’s playbook as he prepares to steal Christmas. That leaves Damian, Batman’s son, as Gotham’s only hope. 

Mr. Monk’s Last Case

  • Release date: Dec 8 on Peacock
  • Starring:  J

While I’m more Team: Pysch than Team: Monk, I enjoyed watching Adrain solve cases while handling his struggles with OCD back in the day and have rewatched the series once in the streaming era as well. Now Monk is back once more, following Pysch’s footsteps this time around by releasing a movie. After his stepdaughter’s fiancee dies tragically in a bungee jumping accident, Monk finds himself coming out of retirement. Along the way he’s reunited with many of the show’s best characters. From what I gather, Monk’s first assistant Sharona won’t be in this one outside of flashbacks, but at least Natalie is back.

Leave the World Behind

  • Release date: Dec 8 on Netflix
  • Starring: Julia Roberts, Mahershala Ali, Ethan Hawke

After a family rents a house on the beach for a little getaway, they find paradise. At first. Soon things take a turn when their Wi-Fi suddenly goes dark and two strangers show up at the rental, claiming to be the owners. They claim they need to stay at the house due to a sudden emergency. Shortly after, the rest of the grid goes out mysteriously, and soon the family believes the so-called homeowners know more than what they are telling them. If you like fast-paced thrillers that keep you guessing, you’ll want to watch this. I know what I’m doing this weekend!

Showing Up

  • Release date: Dec 7 on Paramount Plus
  • Starring: Michelle Williams, Hong Chau, André 3000

After a family rents a house on the beach for a little getaway, they find paradise. At first. Soon things take a turn when their Wi-Fi suddenly goes dark and two strangers show up at the rental, claiming to be the owners. They claim they need to stay at the house due to a sudden emergency. Shortly after, the rest of the grid goes out mysteriously, and soon the family believes the so-called homeowners know more than what they are telling them. If you like fast-paced thrillers that keep you guessing, you’ll want to watch this. I know what I’m doing this weekend!

Great Photo, Lovely Life

  • Release date: Dec 5 on Max
  • Starring: Amanda Mustard

Great Photo, Lovely Life is an HBO documentary from photojournalist Amanda Mustard as she investigates serial sexual abuse committed against her by her grandfather. The movie takes a close look at some of the atrocities that can go unreported behind closed doors through archival photos, interviews, and some of her real-life home movies. While the subject matter is very heavy, the purpose of the documentary is to break the cycle of trauma and empower other survivors out there who have been through a similar ordeal. 

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

  • Release date: Dec 1 on Disney Plus
  • Starring: Harrison Ford, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Antonio Banderas

Indiana Jones was once a really big deal but the last few movies have failed horribly at capturing that early magic. Unfortunately, the Dial of Destiny is no exception to this recent trend. Marking Ford’s last outing as Jones, the movie takes the action to the late 60s and shows an Indiana Jones that is at a much later stage in his life. The series also sees Indy pass his proverbial torch once again (Shia LaBeouf just didn’t cut it we guess!) to younger blood, this time to his god daughter Helena Shaw (Waller-Bridge). Overall this isn’t a bad film but it’s nowhere near classic Indy. On the plus side, I thought this film was a step above the Crystal Skull, though that doesn’t take a lot. 

What was new and worth watching over the last month 

Looking for more recommendations? Here are other great movies that debuted in the last 30 days or so:

May December

  • Release date: Dec 1 on Netflix
  • Starring: Julianne Moore, Natalie Portman, Charles Melton


In the fictional world of May-December, Gracie Atherton-Yoo was at the center of a scandal in 1992 when she was caught at the age of 36 having sex with a 13-year-old, a schoolmate of her son. Twenty-three years and a prison sentence later, Gracie and Joe are married and have three children together. All these years later a movie is going to be produced around the affair, with young actress Elizabeth Berry (Portman) taking on the role of Gracie. As she researches the role by meeting with Gracie and Joe, she soon learns there may be even more to the story just below the surface. 

Candy Cane Lane

  • Release date: Dec 1 on Prime Video
  • Starring: Eddie Murphy, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jullian Bell

Eddie Murphy stars in a new holiday comedy about a man who is obsessed with winning a home decoration contest in his neighborhood. This drives him to seek bigger and better decor, leading to an encounter with a mischievous elf named Pepper. What he doesn’t realize is that the receipt he signs allows her to cast a spell on him making the 12 Days of Christmas come to life. Yes, it’s an odd storyline that doesn’t make a lot of sense, but nor does some of Murphy’s other greatest comedy hits over the years! I’ve yet to watch, but this is one I’ll definitely be seeing with the family within the next few weeks. 

Family Switch

  • Release date: Nov 30 on Netflix
  • Starring:  Jennifer Garner, Ed Helms 

Jennifer Garner and Ed Helms star as a husband and wife who are following the same routine over and over again, all while struggling to connect as a family. This ultimately leads to an argument that has several family members saying they wish the other knew what it was like to be them. Just like Freaky Friday, this leads to some body swapping, but this time with the whole family. Although the plot is quite familiar, it has a few small twists to the formula and a solid cast. This should be a fun watch for families this holiday season, even if it’s far from film of the year material. 

A Good Person

  • Release date: Nov 28 on Amazon Prime
  • Starring: Florence Pugh, Morgan Freeman, Molly Shannon

After a tragedy changes her life and plunges her into depression, Allison spends her days lying around on her mother’s couch struggling with an opioid addiction and unresolved grief. This slowly changes when an unlikely friendship with her mother’s would-be husband starts to help her come to terms with her grief and put her life back together. This movie is hard-hitting and can really pull at the feels thanks to an emotional storyline and excellent A-list talent including Florence Pugh, Morgan Freeman, and Molly Shannon. 


  • Release date: Nov 22 on Peacock
  • Starring:Melissa McCarthy, Paapa Essiedu, Jordyn McIntosh

This close to Christmas you’ll see a ton of Christmas movies. Some are well-written high-budget affairs, others are simple B-movies that are fun to watch, but easily forgettable. This one falls into the latter group. It is a fun enough watch, but the pacing felt a bit rushed in some places and I had more than a few gripes about the plotline. For example, if roles were reversed and my significant other and I separated for a week and I came for a visit and they’d completely revamped our shared house with new furniture and a ton of other changes while I was gone… I would be mad they did this without me, not impressed. There are lots of little things that I felt could be stronger in the story, but we watch these movies to feel good around the holidays. That means the movies are cheesy, predictable, and often require a little suspension of belief. This is worht a look if you’re looking for a feel-good Christmas movie to watch with your partner or the whole family.

Good Burger 2

  • Release date: Nov 22 on Paramount Plus
  • Starring: Kel Mitchell, Kenan Thompson, Shar Jackson

Kenan and Kel are finally back together! This alone had me excited as a fan of All That, the Kenan and Kel Show, Good Burger, and many other collaborations between the two young actors back in the 90s during my childhood. Is this as good as the first movie? Not even close. Some of that is in the semi-chaotic plotline, and some of it is that I’ve partially outgrown their child-focused humor. There were moments when I chuckled, but mostly I watched it for nostalgia. Still, it’s a fun watch if you’re into these kinds of tributes to the past and one that my kids were pretty into, proving that this humor works well for younger ones. I was just hoping for something a bit more adult-focused for those who grew up with this brand of comedy but wanted a more mature take like the iCarly reboot. Overall though, a good family film even if it feels more than a little unnecessary. 


  • Release date: Nov 21 on Netflix
  • Starring: Adam Sandler, Bill Burr

Adam Sandler stars in his company’s second animated feature, Leo. In addition to Adam, there are several other members of the Sandler family involved in this movie as well. The story revolves around an aging classroom pet lizard named Leo who believes he has only a year or so left to live. This leads him to take new risks, including talking to the students and teaching them important lessons while the current substitute seems more concerned with discipline and tradition than actually impacting the lives of her students. While it’s a fairly predictable film it has quite a few funny lines and kept my entire family entertained which isn’t an easy task when you have kids as young as six and as old as fourteen. 

Biosphere (2022)

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IFC Films
  • Release date: Nov 17 on AMC Plus
  • Starring: Sterling K. Brown, Mark Duplass

Billy (Duplass) and Ray are not only best friends, but they just might be the last two men on Earth. Safely tucked behind a dome with all the systems necessary for their long-term survival, all thanks mostly to the scientific brilliance of Ray (Brown). Their custom biosphere isn’t just the perfect place to live in a world that is no longer livable, it’s the only place. That is until fish begin dying in their habit at an increasingly alarming rate. 

Blue Beetle (2023)

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DC Comics
  • Release date: Nov 17 on Max
  • Starring: Xolo Maridueña, Bruna Marquezine, Becky G

After graduating from college, Jaime Reyes struggles to start his career and find his place in the world. A place is found for him when he suddenly becomes in possession of a piece of ancient alien biotechnology called the Scarab. This technology chooses Reyes as his partner, turning him into the superhero Blue Beetle. But just because he has the powers doesn’t mean he knows what to do with them just yet. 

Dashing through the Snow (2023)

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Dinsey Plus
  • Release date: Nov 17 on Disney Plus
  • Starring:  Lil Rel Howery, Ludacris, Teyonah Parris, Oscar Nunez

Eddie Garrick (Ludacris) doesn’t believe much in the Christmas spirt, largely due to his own childhood trauma around the holiday. Nonetheless, he ends up taking out his 8-year-old daughter on Christmas Eve at the request of his soon-to-be ex-wife. That’s where he runs into Nick, a mysterious man who wears a Santa suit. As a social worker, Eddie thinks the man may be mentally ill. That is until the father and his daughter get wrapped up in an adventure to protect the naughty and nice list from a group of villains. 

Please Don’t Destroy: The Treasure of Foggy Mountain (2023)

  • Release date: Nov 17 on Peacock
  • Starring: Nichole Sakura, John Goodman, Gaten Matarazzo
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Ben, Martin, and John are three childhood friends who never made anything of their lives. Convinced the world will never see them as more than just losers, the three set out to change their destiny by finding the treasure of Foggy Mountain. They claim it’s worth $100 million and so they set out to find the treasure. The journey turns out to be more than they bargained for as others seek out the treasure for themselves. 

Rustin (2023)

  • Release date: Nov 17 on Netflix
  • Starring:  Colman Domingo, Chris Rock, Glynn Turman

Bayard Rustin was one of the greatest activists in history, best known for planning the 1963 March on Washington. Unfortunately, as an openly gay black man in the 60s, he never got the same level of recognition as some of the other activists from his era. Thankfully this new movie shines a deeper spotlight on his life, his activism, and the steps he took to set up the iconic march, as well as the struggles he endured along the way. 

Best Christmas Ever! (2023)

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  • Release date: Nov 16 on Netflix
  • Starring:  Heather Graham, Brandy Norwood, Jason Biggs

Charlotte is not-so-secretly jealous of her college friend Jackie’s life, which thinks is too perfect to be true. After ending up at her old college friend’s house by (sort of) accident, they end up staying with her friend. All the while Charlotte sets out to prove Jackie’s perfect life isn’t what it seems. 


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  • Release date: Nov 10 on Shudder
  • Starring: Marin Ireland, Judy Reyes, A.J. Lister

Birth/Rebirth is a unique twist on the classic Frankenstein formula, but instead of being a typical monster, it turns out a mad scientist of sorts has brought back a young girl from death. Initially, she is in a coma but starts to wake shortly after being reunited with her mother. But will she be the same girl her mother once knew, or will this experiment take a darker turn? 

The Killer

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  • Release date: Nov 10 on Netflix
  • Starring: Michael Fassbender, Sophie Charlotte, Tilda Swinton

Yet another film where an assassin goes to war with his employers, The Killer is a high-stakes action movie that seems to move at a million miles a minute. If you’re looking for a fun action flick, you’ve found it. 

Fool’s Paradise

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  • Release date: Nov 10 on Hulu
  • Starring: Charlie Day, John Malkovich, Kate Beckinsale 

A patient at the mental institute isn’t death or mute, but he’s lost his ability to speak and understand the world around him. Unfortunately, without insurance, he’s ejected from the hospital and forced onto the streets, where a chance encounter with a producer changes his life. It turns out he’s a dead ringer for a movie star who is refusing to cooperate. Soon he ends up taking that star’s place and becomes a huge star, even though he has zero idea what’s going on around him. 

The League

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  • Release date: Nov 9 on Hulu
  • Creator: Sam Pollard 

The League is a new documentary that takes a closer look at the Negro League, a baseball league specifically for African Americans. Not only are there interviews from legendary players, there’s also plenty of previously unearthed archival footage that gives us a deeper look into the realities and challenges these players faced. 

Butcher’s Crossing

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  • Release date: Nov 7 on VOD
  • Starring: Nicolas Cage, Rachel Keller, Fred Hechinger

Set in the Old West, Butcher’s Crossing is the story of Will Andrew. After dropping out of Harvard, Will decides to travel west to find adventure and purpose. Along the way, he meets up with a man named Miller (Cage) and asks him to take him on a buffalo hunt. Little does he know just how much danger he’s getting himself into.