Best New Movies Added to Netflix this Week: December 28th, 2019

The Secret Life of Pets 2 added to Netflix this week – Picture: Illumination

It’s time to take a look through all the brand new movies added to Netflix this week and pick out the good ones. Here are our picks at the best new movies added to Netflix over the past 7 days.

Note: this list only applies to Netflix in the United States

Next week will see some huge new movies added to Netflix, in fact it’s going to be a busy few days of new releases with December 31st and January 1st having plenty of new movies and TV series to watch.

Without further ado, here’s our favorite movie picks of the past week.

The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019)

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Director: Chris Renaud, Jonathan del Val(co-director)
Cast: Patton Oswalt, Kevin Hart, Harrison Ford, Eric Stonestreet
Runtime: 86 min

Illumination Studios (yes, the same ones behind Minions) second-biggest property is easily The Secret Life of Pets which brings together an all-star cast back for a second outing with our little fluffy pets.

The second entry sees Max and his pet friends continuing their adventures without their owners knowledge.

The animation is some of the best in the business especially when you consider the budgets that Illumination titles are made on.


Sweetheart (2019)

Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Director: J.D. Dillard
Cast: Kiersey Clemons, Emory Cohen, Hanna Mangan Lawrence, Andrew Crawford
Runtime: 82 min

Moving onto Netflix’s big horror release of the week we come to Sweetheart. This movie released at the turn of 2019 but probably won’t have seen this Blumhouse entry.

Sharing a similar to the premise to Netflix’s limited series The I-Land, it sees Jenn washed ashore onto an island alone that’s haunted by some strange presence that materializes at night.


The Two Popes (2019)

Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Director: Fernando Meirelles
Cast: Jonathan Pryce, Anthony Hopkins, Juan Minujín, Sidney Cole
Runtime: 125 min

Sadly, we missed The Two Popes in our weekly roundups last week so we thought we’d pick up on here as it’s really worth your time. Featured as one of Tim’s favorite additions of the year, it’s about the hand over process between the two most recent pope’s, Pope Francis and Pope Benedict.

It features excellent performances from the two main stars and ends Netflix’s year-end quality movie productions that has seen the likes of The Irishman, Marriage Story, and Dolemite release. All of which are all gunning for the awards at next years award shows.


Jarhead: Law of Return (2019)

Genre: War
Director: Don Michael Paul
Cast: Yael Eitan, Nicholas Aaron, Adi Alamo, Reymonde Amsallem
Runtime: 103 min

This gritty war movie is based on the movie property which saw the 2005 release of Jarhead starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Fast forward to 2019, Netflix got the well-received straight to video spiritual successor.

The movie is about a US senator’s son being rescued by an elite force after being captured by terrorists.

Reviews for this title have been pretty good with a 7.4/10 IMDb rating at the time of publishing.


Doom: Annihilation (2019)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Director: Tony Giglio
Cast: Amy Manson, Dominic Mafham, Luke Allen-Gale, James Weber Brown

We’re featuring Doom: Annihilation not because it’s a good movie but because it’s so bad it’s great. Based on the popular video game IP, the movie is about a group of elite space marines who battle demons.

It has ridiculous set pieces, subpar CGI effects, and dialogue that’ll make you cringe all night long but by god, is it brilliant.

Just as a cautionary note, Netflix is due to lose some huge movie franchises come January 1st as well as gain some. Go and check through the full list right here at What’s on Netflix.