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Here’s what’s coming to Netflix UK in December

May December and Chicken Run: Dawn Of The Nugget are among some of the most anticipated additions to Netflix UK this month.Directed by Todd Haynes (Carol), May December is a drama film loosely inspired by the story of Mary Kay Letourneau. The film follows Elizabeth Berry (Natalie Portman), an actress who travels to Georgia to meet and study the life of Gracie Atherton-Yoo (Julianne Moore) who is in a controversial relationship with husband Joe Yoo (Charles Melton).Other highlights include the sequel to Chicken Run, which is set to arrive on December 15.

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‘May December’ Review: Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore Play Different Angles on a Tabloid Enigma
Peter Debruge Chief Film Critic In the experimental montage that opens “Persona,” a bare-chested teenage boy caresses a screen upon which the faces of two women slowly morph back and forth. It’s easy to imagine Todd Haynes being tempted to start his deep-as-you-want-to-go rabbit-hole drama “May December” the same way, seeing as how this endlessly fascinating movie focuses on the blurring of the lines between a Hollywood star (Natalie Portman) and her Heartland subject (Julianne Moore), who was caught in a sexual relationship with a 7th grader at the age of 36. The movie wants to know: Can playing this Mary Kay Letourneau-like tabloid sensation really answer what makes such a woman tick? A heady director whose entire oeuvre feels ripe for film-studies dissertations, Haynes makes movies not merely to be watched, but to be analyzed and deconstructed after the fact. From the rich Douglas Sirkian pastiche of “Far From Heaven” to the queer twist on classical “woman’s pictures” provided by “Carol,” his style can be chilly and distancing. Not so “May December.” As layered and infinitely open-to-interpretation as any of his films, it’s also the most generous and direct, beginning not with Ingmar Bergman references (those come later), but with footage of monarch butterflies. They’re symbols of transformation, too, but also something nice to look at (and listen to, underscored by a lush reworking of the piano theme from “The Go-Between”) before these two women meet.