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What New Netflix Original Movies Are We Most Excited for in 2022?
Netflix Original Movies are beginning to develop quite a reputation for their high-quality plot lines and star-studded casts. As more of Hollywood’s biggest stars flock to the streaming network, Netflix’s upcoming movie list has grown more impressive than ever before.
So, whether you’re into comedy, drama, action, or anything in between, you’re sure to find something to look forward to on this list of new Netflix Original movies coming out in 2022.
Netflix Original Movies For When You Want Some Action & Adventure
The gray man (july 15, 2022).
Ryan Gosling ( Drive ) and Chris Evans ( Knives Out ) star in an action-packed adventure about a skilled CIA assassin (Gosling) who accidentally uncovers some of the agency’s darkest secrets. Will Gosling’s character be able to outwit the throng of international assassins now attempting to collect the bounty on his head? Find out later this year.
Black Crab (March 18)
This Swedish post-apocalyptic thriller stars Noomi Rapace ( Prometheus, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo ) as one of a group of six speed-skating soldiers who set out on a death-defying mission. Their mission? Deliver a mysterious package, even though they have no idea what it contains — or just how much hinges on their success.
Against the Ice (March 2)
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ( Game of Thrones ) and Joe Cole star in this action-adventure adaptation of author Ejnar Mikkelsen’s Two Against the Ice . The book itself is based on the true story of two men who braved Greenland’s harsh landscape in 1909 in search of a lost map.
The Adam Project (March 11)
With Ryan Reynolds, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Garner and Zoe Saldaña, The Adam Project ‘s star-studded cast has made it one of the streaming service’s most-watched films of the year so far. The plot revolves around a time traveler (Reynolds), who crash lands back in 2022 and teams up with his younger self to save his — and the world’s — future.
Netflix Original Movies From Big-Name Comedy Stars
Tyler perry’s a madea homecoming (february 25).
Tyler Perry’s iconic Madea character is back — and this time she’s just attempting to celebrate her great-grandson’s graduation in peace. But when family secrets begin to surface, drama brews, forcing Madea to step in and put an end to the nonsense.
Senior Year (May 13)
Rebel Wilson ( Pitch Perfect ), Alicia Silverstone ( Clueless ), Mary Holland ( Happiest Season ), Justin Hartley ( This Is Us ) and Chris Parnell ( Archer ) round out the star-studded cast of this summer comedy. In it, Wilson plays a 37-year-old woman who has recently awoken from a 20-year coma. Determined not to let the setback impact the life she dreamed of living, she decides to return to the same high school and pick up where she left off.
Netflix Original Movies for Thriller & Mystery Lovers
Big bug (february 11).
Ever wonder what would happen if Alexa and her A.I. cohorts ever decided they’d had enough of humanity? Filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet ( Amélie) explores this very question in Big Bug . Elsa Zylberstein and Isabelle Nanty star in this mind-bending thriller about a group of suburbanites who get trapped in their homes during a robot uprising.
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (Winter 2022)
In this sequel to Rian Johnson’s Knives Out , Daniel Craig returns as Detective Benoit Blanc. This time he’s off to Greece to get to the heart of a whole new mystery. Janelle Monáe , Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline and Kate Hudson are also among the members of the absolutely stacked cast .
Choose or Die (April 15)
Iola Evans and Asa Butterfield star as two friends who unleash the horrors of an old ’80s survival game in this adrenaline-fueled thriller. Thrust into a world of deadly consequences, the “players” are forced to make a series of terrifying choices — or risk losing everything.
Enola Holmes 2 (TBA 2022)
Millie Bobby Brown ( Stranger Things ) returns to her role as young Enola, the highly underrated little sister of Sherlock Holmes . This time, Enola is ready to take on her first official case as she unravels a dark conspiracy searching for a missing girl. Henry Cavill ( Witcher ) and Helena Bonham-Carter ( The Crown ) also reprise their respective roles in this fun-filled adventure.
Netflix Original Movies With Drama, Drama, Drama
Operation mincemeat (may 11).
Based on an incredible true story, Operation Mincemeat stars Colin Firth ( Kingsman series) and Matthew Macfadyen ( Succession ) as two British intelligence officers during World War II. In an effort to thwart Hitler and save thousands of lives, the two come up with a plan that’s so outlandish it just might work.
A Jazzman’s Blues (TBA 2022)
Set in the deep South, A Jazzman’s Blues is based on the first screenplay Tyler Perry ever wrote — over two decades ago. The family drama follows the investigation of an unsolved murder, which, in turn, uncovers secrets, lies and forbidden love, all set against a blues backdrop.
Along for the Ride (April 22)
Based on Sarah Dessen’s young adult (YA) novel of the same name, Along for the Ride stars Emma Pasarow, Kate Bosworth and Andie MacDowell. The story follows a teenager named Auden (Pasarow), who meets a fellow insomniac the summer before leaving for college. As the two explore the small seaside town Auden’s father moved to with his new wife, our sheltered protagonist starts to loosen up and enjoy life.
Netflix Original Movies for Sci-Fi & Fantasy Fans
Bubble (april 28).
If you’re an anime fan, be sure to check out Tetsurō Araki’s new film — set in a version of Tokyo that’s overrun by gravity-defying bubbles. The city is something of a parkour battleground for teams who use the bubbles to pull off stunts that would impress even Spider-Man . When a young man named Hibiki meets a girl with otherworldly powers, the two embark on a journey to understand the mysterious sound that only they seem to hear.
The School for Good and Evil (September 2022)
Charlize Theron ( The Old Guard ), Kerry Washington ( Little Fires Everywhere ), Laurence Fishburne ( The Matrix ) Ben Kingsley ( Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings ) and Everything Everywhere All at Once star Michelle Yeoh are just some of the incredible actors bringing this adaptation of Soman Chainani’s best-selling YA fantasy series to life.
For those who don’t know, the story centers on two best friends, Sophie and Agatha, who find themselves enrolled in a magical school for young heroes and villains. Soon after, they end up on opposing sides of the war between good and evil.
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (TBA 2022)
When word got out that Guillermo del Toro was making a stop-motion animated version of Pinocchio, pretty much half of Hollywood signed on to the cast. The ensemble includes folks like Finn Wolfhard ( Stranger Things ), Ewan McGregor ( Obi-Wan Kenobi ), Tilda Swinton ( Suspira ), Cate Blanchett ( Carol ), Ron Perlman ( Hellboy ) and more.
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The 30 Best Movies on Netflix Right Now
This post is updated regularly as movies leave and enter Netflix. *New additions are indicated with an asterisk.
With hundreds of films from around the world on the streaming giant that changed the game, how does one even know where to start when they’re looking for something to watch? Start here! We have gone through the massive catalog of films available on Netflix and pared down the selection to an essential 30 titles, including action films , comedies , horror flicks , and even stuff for the whole family , with Netflix Originals peppered in throughout, alongside its licensed films. These are films that came from outside the Netflix pipeline to subscribers, and it will be regularly updated as flicks come and go from the Netflix catalog, starting with our pick of the week.
This Week’s Editor’s Pick
*world war z.
Year: 2013 Runtime: 1h 56m Director: Marc Forster
The people behind this massive blockbuster took the relatively simple book of the same name by Max Brooks and made it into a globe-hopping epic about the end of the world on a massive scale. Brad Pitt stars as Gerry Lane, a United Nations investigator who tries to stop a zombie pandemic while it’s actually happening. It’s an imperfect adaptation but some of its imagery is unforgettable. And every list like this needs a few zombie movies.
Year: 2004 Runtime: 2h 50m Director: Martin Scorsese
Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Howard Hughes in Martin Scorsese’s incredibly detailed and lavish period piece about one of the most infamous eccentric millionaires of all time. It feels like every other month produces a bit of social outrage about Scorsese’s place in movie history, or his comments on Marvel movies. Ignore that noise and just watch one of his works that doesn’t get nearly enough praise, anchored by one of DiCaprio’s best performances and some of the most impressive aerial cinematography of all time.
Year: 2005 Runtime: 2h 14m Director: Ang Lee
Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal star in this romantic drama, one of the best films of the ‘00s. Adapted from the short story by Annie Proulx, Ang Lee’s film is tender and heartbreaking, the story of unaccepted love between two men in the American West. It features some of the career-best work from Ledger, Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, and Michelle Williams.
Call Me by Your Name
Year: 2017 Runtime: 2h 6m Director: Luca Guadagnino
One of the best films of the 2010s, this drama stars Timothée Chalamet as a boy who discovers his own sexuality when he’s wooed by an older man, played by Armie Hammer. Delicate and moving, this is a remarkable drama because of how true it feels, anchored by great performances throughout, not just from the two leads but the amazing Michael Stuhlbarg too.
Emily the Criminal
Year: 2022 Runtime: 1h 36m Director: John Patton Ford
This excellent indie thriller has really built an audience since it was added to Netflix. Get on the bandwagon before somebody recommends it to you. Aubrey Plaza does career-best film work as Emily, an L.A. woman who is struggling to pay off student loans when she’s presented with a low-level criminal opportunity. It gets worse from there. A riveting commentary on the gig economy, it’s a must-see.
If Beale Street Could Talk
Year: 2018 Runtime: 1h 59m Director: Barry Jenkins
Following up on a Best Picture win can be tough for any filmmaker but Barry Jenkins delivered with this lyrical and moving adaptation of the 1974 novel of the same name by James Baldwin. It stars KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Brian Tyree Henry, Colman Domingo, and the Oscar-winning Regina King in the story of a young couple struck down when he’s wrongly charged with a crime. It’s a masterful drama from one of the best American filmmakers.
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
Year: 2022 Runtime: 1h 56m Director: Guillermo del Toro
The Oscar-winning director took his visionary skills to stop-motion animation with this instant classic, a retelling of the beloved fairy tale about the wooden boy who longed to be real. With spectacular voice work, this version reimagines Pinocchio during the period before World War II, allowing del Toro to explore his themes of innocence and violence again. It’s a deeply personal, beautiful film.
The Power of the Dog
Year: 2021 Runtime: 2h 6m Director: Jane Campion
The film that finally won an Oscar for Jane Campion for directing is one of the most acclaimed in the history of the streaming giant. Campion helmed this adaptation of the novel of the same name by Thomas Savage, the story of a vicious landowner (Benedict Cumberbatch) who torments the new wife (Kirsten Dunst) of his brother (Jesse Plemons). A drama that plays like a thriller, this gorgeously rendered period piece unpacks themes of toxic masculinity and manipulation in a way that makes it impossible to turn away. It’s not just one of the best Netflix Original films, it’s one of the best, period, of the 2020s so far.
Road to Perdition
Year: 2002 Runtime: 1h 57m Director: Sam Mendes
See, Tom Hanks doesn’t always play the nice guy. In Sam Mendes’ adaptation of the Max Allan Collins graphic novel, America’s dad plays a mob enforcer seeking revenge. What’s most memorable about this 2002 film is Mendes’ remarkable attention to period detail. It’s a gorgeous film just to live in for a couple hours. Don’t do this one on your phone.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy
Year: 2001-3 Runtime: 2h 58m Director: Peter Jackson
The Oscar-winning franchise by Peter Jackson bounces around the streaming services with alarming regularity, now finding its way to Netflix for an indeterminate amount of time. Watch the entire saga of Frodo Baggins, Samwise Gange, and the rest of the Fellowship while you can.
The Mask of Zorro
Year: 1998 Runtime: 2h 17m Director: Martin Campbell
Every now and then, an actor and a blockbuster role just make a perfect fit. That was certainly the case when Antonio Bandera’s was cast in Martin Campbell’s reboot of the legendary character of Zorro. Banderas is so charming here that the movie made enough money to produce a sequel in 2005, which is also on Netflix.
Year: 2002 Runtime: 2h 25m Director: Steven Spielberg
One of Steven Spielberg’s best modern movies is this adaptation of a Philip K. Dick story about a future in which crime can be predicted before it happens. Tom Cruise stars as a man who is convicted of a crime he has no intent of committing in a fantastic vision of a future in which the systems designed to stop crime have been corrupted. It’s timely and probably always will be.
The Quick and the Dead
Year: 1995 Runtime: 1h 45m Director: Sam Raimi
Before he made superhero movies but after he made horror ones, the amazing Sam Raimi was given his biggest budget to date for this 1995 Western with style to spare. Sharon Stone plays a gunfighter who ends up in a town called Redemption, ruled with iron fist by a tyrant played by Gene Hackman. Russell Crowe and a young Leonardo DiCaprio star in a film that’s become increasingly appreciated in the years since its release.
Year: 2014 Runtime: 2h 30m Director: Gareth Evans
Gareth Edwards wrote, edited, and directed the insane follow-up to his breakthrough hit that takes everything he did with The Raid and turns it up to 11! Like incredible action choreography? Unbroken takes? Stunts that defy the laws of physics? The Raid 2 is quite simply one of the best action movies of the last decade, a thrill ride from beginning to end.
Year: 1992 Runtime: 1h 39m Director: Quentin Tarantino
One of the only Quentin Tarantino flicks on Netflix right now is his first effort, a movie that announced a major new talent as much as any debut of the ‘90s. Remarkably, unlike a lot of ‘80s and ‘90s debuts, Reservoir Dogs works just as well today. It would arguably be an even bigger hit if it came out in 2023. That’s how much QT influenced the form for three decades and counting after its release.
Year: 1989 Runtime: 1h 54m Director: Rowdy Herrington
As production on a remake of this cult classic (with Jake Gyllenhaal!) gets underway, why not go back and check out the original again? Patrick Swayze plays the bouncer at a totally average Missouri bar who ends up getting sucked into a violent world when he crosses paths with the wrong bad guy. Sam Elliott and Kelly Lynch star in a movie that feels like a perfect distillation of the many charms of Mr. Swayze.
Year: 1976 Runtime: 1h 59m Director: John Avildsen
The one that started it all is on Netflix, waiting for you to do a catch-up before seeing Creed III in a few months. Go back almost five decades now to see the start of the Rocky Balboa saga in a film that truly took the world by storm, becoming the highest grossing film of 1976 on its way to winning Best Picture and making Sylvester Stallone a household name.
Year: 2022 Runtime: 3h 5m Director: S.S. Rajamouli
One of the biggest films in the world in 2022, this crazy action flick really took off in the United States when it dropped on Netflix. It’s hard to put into words just how much movie you get with RRR . It’s kind of all the movies — musical, romance, comedy, action, drama. Whatever you’re looking for, it’s in here. You’ll want to watch it twice.
Year: 1986 Runtime: 1h 49m Director: Tony Scott
Tom Cruise reminded everyone that he is really the last true movie star with the amazing success of this film’s sequel in 2022, a movie that’s likely to be a major player at the Oscars soon. Why not go back to the original and see how the story of Maverick and Iceman rocked the world over 35 years ago? A lot of this is pretty dated now, but in a way that makes the nostalgic ride even more fun (and will make you appreciate Maverick even more).
The Woman King
Year: 2022 Runtime: 2h 14m Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Living legend Viola Davis stars in this retelling of the all-female warriors of the kingdom of Dahomey in the 19th century. She plays General Nansica, who trains young women to follow in her footsteps, and leads a rock star ensemble of future stars that includes Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch, and Sheila Atim. You’ll know all their names soon enough.
National Lampoon’s Animal House
Year: 1978 Runtime: 1h 48m Director: John Landis
One of the most influential comedies of all time, Animal House is also a great example of a flick in which the fun everyone was clearly having on set translated to the big screen. People forget how cheaply made this movie was and how most of the major players weren’t stars at the time. They were just a bunch of friends getting together to do something funny. And they made movie history.
Year: 1985 Runtime: 1h 38m Director: Michael Ritchie
One of Chevy Chase’s best screen performances came in the 1985 comedy based on the hit novels by Gregory McDonald. The character of a reporter nicknamed Fletch who gets drawn into an investigation after being asked to kill a millionaire is perfect for Chase, blending his physical comedy ability with that oversized ego.
Year: 2022 Runtime: 2h 19m Director: Rian Johnson
The writer/director of Knives Out returned in late 2022 with a sequel to that smash hit, exclusively on Netflix. Daniel Craig returns as Benoit Blanc, the casual crime solver who finds himself on a billionaire’s island in Rian Johnson’s latest comedy/mystery. Once again, Johnson assembles a murderer’s row of talent, including Kate Hudson, Janelle Monae, Ed Norton, Dave Bautista, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., and more. It’s smart, funny, and thoroughly entertaining.
Year: 1978 Runtime: 1h 51m Director: Randal Kleiser
John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John changed the course of the movie musical with the wildly beloved flick about the kids at Rydell High. Based on the 1971 stage musical of the same name, Grease was a massive hit, and still draws audiences to theaters and on cable over four decades after its release.
Julie and Julia
Year: 2009 Runtime: 2h 3m Director: Nora Ephron
The writer of so many rom-com classics profiled two women in this critical and commercial hit, Nora Ephron’s last before her death. It tells the dual stories of the world-famous chef Julia Child (Meryl Streep) and a NYC writer (Amy Adams) who sets out to cook every recipe in Child’s cookbook in a year, chronicling her journey on a popular blog.
Magic Mike XXL
Year: 2015 Runtime: 1h 55m Director: Gregory Jacobs
A massive hit at the theaters back when people went to the theaters, this middle chapter of what is now a trilogy with 2023’s Magic Mike’s Last Dance is a raucous, joyous time at the movies, but it’s also a bit underrated given its subject matter. It’s a smart movie that understood things about the gig economy and making it in any business before other films. It also features another great turn from Channing Tatum, a true movie star.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Year: 1975 Runtime: 1h 29m Director: Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones
During a hiatus between the third and fourth seasons of Monty Python’s Family Circus , the gang of mega-talented comedians decided to make movie history. Inspired by the King Arthur legend, Holy Grail is a timeless comedy, the rare kind of film that will still be making people laugh hundreds of years from now. And while the Monty Python boys were already famous, this film took them to another level, cementing their place in movie history.
Year: 2017 Runtime: 1h 43m Director: Mike Flanagan
Before he helmed The Haunting of Hill House , Mike Flanagan co-wrote and directed one of the best Netflix Original horror films in this adaptation of Stephen King’s 1992 novel of the same name. Carla Gugino is phenomenal as a woman who gets handcuffed to her bed by her toxic husband…and then he has a heart attack. As she tries to figure out how she will survive, she accesses the trauma of her past.
Year: 2018 Runtime: 1h 38m Director: Mamoru Hosoda
One of the best Japanese filmmakers alive, Hosoda has earned fans with films like Wolf Children, The Boy and the Beast , and Belle . One of his best is this 2018 fantasy movie, which actually became the first non-Ghibli anime film to ever get nominated for the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. It can be a little hard to follow, but it’s one of the most visually striking films on Netflix, or any streaming service.
Wendell & Wild
Year: 2022 Runtime: 1h 46m Director: Henry Selick
The director of A Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline finally returned this year with this clever and twisted tale co-written by Oscar winner Jordan Peele. The comedian also co-stars as one of the title characters, the literal demons for a girl who blames herself for the death of her parents. Selick is a master of stop-motion animation and this project allows him to stretch his visual prowess in new, gross ways. It’s a new Halloween classic (that can be watched any time, of course!)
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The 50 Best Movies on Netflix Right Now
Our handy, extensive guide is updated weekly with all-new picks.
Trying to find the best movie to watch on Netflix can be a daunting challenge. We’ve all been there. You've decided you’re going to watch something . You have the entirety of Netflix at your disposal, including even a pared-down list of films you’ve already bookmarked to watch at a future date. But then there’s the choosing. You’ve gotta find something that fits your mood, or something you and your friend/significant other/couch companion can agree on. You spend hours browsing, and by the time you stumble on something you think maybe is the one, it’s too late, you’re too tired, and indecision has won out.
Never fear, though, because we here at Collider have a guide to help you find the perfect Netflix movies available in the U.S. We’ve thumbed through the library and assembled a list of some of the best films currently available for streaming, from classics to hidden gems to new releases and beyond. This list of the best movies on Netflix is updated weekly with all-new choices, so be sure to return the next time you're looking for something great to watch.
For more recommendations, check out our list of the best shows on Netflix , best comedies on Netflix , and best dramas on Netflix .
Editor's note: This post was last updated on March 17th to include The Magician's Elephant.
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The Strays (2023)
Run Time : 1 hr 40 min | Genre : Horror Thriller Mystery | Director : Nathaniel Martello-White
Cast : Ashley Madekwe, Jorden Myrie, Bukky Bakray, Michael Warburton, Caroline Martin
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The Magician’s Elephant (2023)
Run Time : 1 hr 39 min | Genre : Animation, Comedy, Family | Director : Wendy Rogers
Cast : Brian Tyree Henry, Natasia Demetriou, Mandy Patinkin, Benedict Wong
Based on the fantastic novel of the same name written by Kate DiCamillo, The Magician’s Elephant is a whimsical and inspirational story of bravery in the face of the impossible. When a fortune teller convinces Peter ( Noah Jupe ), a young orphan, that he must follow a magical elephant to be reunited with his sister, he agrees to perform Herculean tasks to win the prized pachyderm. In his attempts to perform these gargantuan feats, he is aided and supported by a wonderful cast of characters with equally amazing voice talents, including Brian Tyree Henry ( The Eternals ), Mandy Patinkin ( The Princess Bride ), and Benedict Wong ( Doctor Strange ). – Tauri Miller
Luther: The Fallen Sun (2023)
Run Time : 2 hr 9 min | Genre : Crime Drama, Mystery, Thriller | Director : Jamie Payne
Cast : Idris Elba, Cynthia Erivo, Andy Serkis
We Have a Ghost (2023)
Run Time : 2 hrs 6 min | Genre : Comedy Adventure | Director : Christopher Landon
Cast : Jennifer Coolidge, David Harbour, Tig Notaro, Anthony Mackie
We Have a Ghost is a silly horror comedy about a family who moves to a new town and meets the ghost haunting their home. Writer/director Christopher Landon captures David Harbour ’s innate playfulness, who thrives in humor with his inhibited nature, dazzling as the ghost Ernest. Melting genres, We Have a Ghost crosses from humor and horror to action and mystery as the story follows how Ernest’s exposure makes them an overnight sensation, ultimately inviting media, fanatics, and the government to hunt him. Supported by an all-star cast including Anthony Mackie and Jennifer Coolidge , We Have a Ghost is entertainment for the entire family. – Yael Tygiel
Your Place or Mine (2023)
Run Time : 1 hr 51 min | Genre : Romance Comedy | Director : Aline Brosh McKenna
Cast : Reese Witherspoon, Ashton Kutcher, Zoe Chao, Jesse Williams
Written and directed by Aline Brosh McKenna ( Crazy Ex-Girlfriend ), Your Place or Mine is a traditional rom-com in every sense of the word. Your Place or Mine has two undeniably stunning leads in Reese Witherspoon ( The Morning Show ) and Ashton Kutcher ( Two and a Half Men ), takes place in major cities on both coasts, and falls into a slew of expected narrative traps. Although there are quite a few outdated ideals in Your Place or Mine, it does enjoy a fantastic supporting cast and a cute romance at its core, leaving most of the flaws worth ignoring. – Yael Tygiel
Pamela: A Love Story (2023)
Run Time : 1 hr 52 min | Genre : Documentary | Director : Ryan White
Cast : Pamela Anderson, Gregory Butler, Rob Bowman
Run Time : 1 hr 39 min | Genre : Sci-Fi Action | Director : Yeon Sang-ho
Cast : Kang Soo-youn, Kim Hyun-joo, Ryu Kyung-soo
You People (2023)
Run Time : 1 hr 57 min | Genre : Comedy Romance | Director : Kenya Barris
Cast : Jonah Hill, Lauren London, Eddie Murphy, Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Dog Gone (2023)
Run Time : 1 hr 35 min | Genre : Biography Drama | Director : Stephen Herek
Cast : Rob Lowe, Johnny Berchtold, Kimberly Williams-Paisley
The Pale Blue Eye (2022)
Run Time : 2 hrs 8 min | Genre : Thriller Horror Mystery | Director : Scott Cooper
Cast : Christian Bale, Harry Melling, Lucy Boynton, Gillian Anderson
Directed by Scott Cooper ( Crazy Heart ), who adapted The Pale Blue Eye from Louis Bayard ’s novel, this gruesome thriller reunites the director with star Christian Bale ( Thor: Love and Thunder ). In The Pale Blue Eye , Bale plays a retired detective reluctantly investigating the odd murder of a cadet attending West Point Academy in 1830. Blending elements often associated with horror into a criminal investigation and murder mystery, The Pale Blue Eye is a unique feature about an even stranger crime. Cooper’s clever use of color and shadows presents an impressive allure as his characters put together the pieces of the puzzle. – Yael Tygiel
White Noise (2022)
Run Time : 2 hrs 16 min | Genre : Absurdist Comedy Drama | Director : Noah Baumbach
Cast : Adam Driver, Greta Gerwig, Don Cheadle
Written for the screen and directed by Noah Baumbach, White Noise is based on the book by Don DeLillo. An interesting balancing act by Baumbach, White Noise has been described as both a dark comedy and a horrific mystery, which could easily be a reflection on the philosophical questions broached by the absurdist film, such as the existence of joy in a precarious society. Starring skillfully adaptable actors including Adam Driver ( House of Gucci ) and Greta Gerwig ( Barbie ) as a fascinatingly mundane American couple attempting to grapple with existential dread blossoming from universal realities, White Noise provides these versatile performers a solid foundation from which to thrive. – Yael Tygiel
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022)
Run Time : 2 hrs 19 min | Genre : Mystery | Director : Rian Johnson
Cast : Daniel Craig, Edward Norton, Kate Hudson, Kathryn Hahn, Janelle Monáe
Rian Johnson ’s follow-up to his hit mystery movie Knives Out , Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery allows Daniel Craig ( No Time to Die ) to reprise his role as investigator Benoit Blanc. With an intriguing new puzzle, the famed southern detective heads to Greece, where he finds a new group of suspects. The deliberate casting of incomparable talent deserves an award of its own. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery features stars like Edward Norton , Kate Hudson , and Kathryn Hahn ( WandaVision ), to name a few. Star power aside, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery continues to captivate with twists, enigmas, and even some clever laughs. – Yael Tygiel
The Power of the Dog (2021)
Director : Jane Campion | Genre : Western Drama | Run Time : 2 hr 6 min
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee
The Power of the Dog is a slow, sly movie that reveals itself to you in subtle, measured glimpses at tenderness that are otherwise caked in grit, cruelty and crudity. Set in 1920s Montana, Jane Campion 's awards contender stars Benedict Cumberbatch , giving one of his best performances yet as Phil Burbank; a gruff and bitter cowboy who takes an immediate disliking to his brother's ( Jesse Plemmons ) new wife, Rose ( Kirsten Dunst ). In turn, her son Peter ( Kodi Smit-McPhee ) takes a disliking to him, determined to protect his mother, setting the stage for fascinating, subtle power plays and dynamic shifts as the contentious new family attempts to settle in together. As with all Campion films, you can expect exquisite shots and stunning glimpses into small moments of human vulnerability, but The Power of the Dog is also a challenging, often caustic film about tracing the ripples of toxicity. It certainly isn't your average Neo-western, so don't go in expecting standoffs our shootouts, but even without those flashy calling cards, The Power of the Dog makes a striking impact that seems to land all in one final blow . - Haleigh Foutch
Run Time : 2 hr 33 min | Genre : Thriller Crime | Director : Dennis Villeneuve
Cast : Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard
For his first English language picture, Dennis Villeneuve delivered an instant classic in the vein of Seven or Zodiac . Prisoners may be Dennis Villeneuve’s most underrated film. It’s heavy, like a waterlogged coat, and driven forward by the dramatic reactions of the characters lost in the haze of mystery in this missing child thriller. Superb performances, melancholic music, and a rainy atmosphere reinforce the weighted tone of the film. Jake Gyllenhaal plays the fastidious detective Loki, trying to connect the dots between old cold cases, missing children, and a dead body. Hugh Jackman and Terrence Howard metamorphose into two men on the edge of desperation as they abduct the man ( Paul Dano ) they believe to be responsible for their missing daughters. It’s a dark story about faith, resolve, and morality that sees a community pushed to its emotional limit. There's little respite from the darkness in the world of prisoners, as each scene compounds the mystery and pain in the wake of two missing children.
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (2022)
Run Time : 1 hr 57 min | Genre : Fantasy Musical | Director : Guillermo del Toro, Mark Gustafson
Cast : Ewan McGregor, David Bradley, Gregory Mann
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio is one of the most beautiful adaptations of the classic fairytale. Highlighted by the monster maestro’s love of creatures, Guillermo del Toro ( The Shape of Water ) crafts an enchanting version of the story, working in tandem with co-director Mark Gustafson ( The PJs ) to bring this stop-motion masterpiece to life. Like most del Toro projects, Pinocchio may not be suitable for younger audiences as the director enjoys his darker themes and images, even in his most whimsical projects. Expressed through claymation, this rendition of Pinocchio follows the grieving Italian woodcarver Geppetto, voiced by Game of Thrones alum David Bradley , as his wish magically brings to life his wooden marionette. – Yael Tygiel
Do Revenge (2022)
Director : Jennifer Kaytin Robinson | Genre : Teen Comedy | Run Time : 1 hr 58 min
Cast : Camila Mendes, Maya Hawke
This is what teen comedy dreams are made of. Starring Riverdale ’s Camila Mendes and Stranger Things scenestealer Maya Hawke , Do Revenge revolves around an unlikely friendship between fallen popular girl Drea (Mendes) and new student Eleanor (Hawke). After being wronged by friends and exes, the two of them hatch the perfect plan: to help each other get revenge. With plot twists you won’t see coming, sharp comedy, and a killer soundtrack (not to mention epic cameos by Sarah Michelle Gellar and Sophie Turner ), this is a truly generation-defining film among the ranks of Heathers and Mean Girls . – Taylor Gates
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)
Director : Barry Jenkins | Genre : Romance Drama | Run Time : 1 hr 59 min
Cast: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Teyonah Parris
If there was ever a film that deserves more love and admiration, it is Barry Jenkins ’ magnificent If Beale Street Could Talk . Adapted from the novel of the same name by one of history’s greatest writers, the great James Baldwin , and could not be a more graceful honoring of his legacy. In addition to being a gorgeous cinematic experience, every single frame is overflowing with compassion for characters trying to find a way to live a life together. Set in 1970s Harlem, it centers on Tish ( KiKi Layne ) who is about to have a child with her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt ( Stephan James ). As they dream of a future together, the couple's hopes are dashed when Alonzo is arrested for a crime he did not commit. A moving look at the tragedy found in the everyday, both Layne and James are outstanding in every single moment. When your film also has a supporting cast of Regina King, who won an Oscar for her role as Tish's mother, and Coleman Domingo as Tish’s father, it becomes a masterclass in acting from start to finish. – Chase Hutchinson
When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
Director : Rob Reiner I Genre : Romance Comedy I Run Time : 1 hr 35 mins
Cast: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby
Autumn is upon us, and you know what that means? Following two people who could not be more different from each other go from hate, to like, to hate again, and finally, to love. When Harry Met Sally.. stars Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan in one of the most famous romcoms of all time. Harry and Sally bump into each other unexpectedly throughout their 20s and into their 30s, hating each time until heartbreak brings them together as best friends. They bond over their failed romances, even get their respective best friends together, and spend most of the movie oblivious to or purposefully ignoring the fact that they are perfect for each other. Oh - and there’s an orgasm in Kats Deli, we couldn't forget that! Nora Ephron gave us a love story for the ages that still feels fresh and nuanced watching it thirty years later. Add in a sublime supporting cast of Carrie Fisher and Bruno Kirby - and you have yourself a timeless classic. Set against the red and yellow leaves of New York City, When Harry Met Sally.. Is essential Autumnal viewing. - Emma Kiely
The Nice Guys (2016)
Director : Shane Black | Genre : Action Comedy | Run Time : 1 hr 56 min
Cast: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer
Between Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang and The Nice Guys , writer/director Shane Black has proven himself to the be the king of crackling neo-noir. In The Nice Guys , you have private eye Holland March ( Ryan Gosling ) and fixer Jackson Healy ( Russell Crowe ) teaming up to investigate the disappearance of a young woman ( Margaret Qualley ), but it's all about how Black plays with genre conventions and film tropes to constantly upend expectations. Gosling has never been funnier, and in an alternate, better universe, The Nice Guys would have been a massive hit and we'd have an amazing comic franchise. As it stands, we only have this movie, so at least we can treasure this outing of March and Healy. – Matt Goldberg
Tick, Tick... Boom! (2012)
Director : Lin-Manuel Miranda | Genre : Drama Musical Biography | Run Time : 1 hr 55 min
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Alexandra Shipp, Robin de Jesús
Hamilton and In the Heights creator Lin-Manuel Miranda directs the long-awaited film adaptation of RENT creator Johnathan Larson 's Tick, Tick... Boom! The result is an excellent movie musical that's every bit a love letter to theater itself as much as it is to Larson and his tragic tale of short-lived genius. Which is perhaps what makes Miranda such an exceptional fit for the material in his filmmaking debut, and not just because his every-damned-award-winning musical Hamilton is all about capturing the beauty and tragedy of short-lived genius: the Broadway polymath has also been vocal about how Tick, Tick... Boom! influenced and inspired him as a creator, and he even starred in a production of the show several years ago. Equally at home is Andrew Garfield as Larson himself, showcasing a hell of a singing voice and yet another outstanding performance that will lift you up, rake you through the anxiety of excellence, before absolutely breaking your heart. It's a beautiful film based on a beautiful piece of writing, and whether you're a fan of Garfield's, Miranda's, Larson's, or just the theater dahling , it's a moving testament to those who openly embrace ambition, earnestly love performance, and believe that both give them the power to change lives. - Haleigh Foutch
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All three Riddick films are now back on Netflix, but Pitch Black remains the best of the trilogy. That’s because it plays out like a sci-fi thriller rather than a standard Vin Diesel action flick. This was Diesel’s first turn as Richard B. Riddick, a killer whose eyes can see in the dark. In a distant part of space, Riddick is captured by bounty hunter William J. Johns (Cole Hauser), and both men have the misfortune of being on a starship that crashes on a remote planet.
After Riddick escapes, the survivors, including Carolyn Fry (Radha Mitchell), Jack (Rhiana Griffith), and Abu al-Walid (Keith David) realize that the planet is overrun by fearsome creatures whenever it gets dark. In order to survive this planet of monsters, they have to rely on their own monster: Riddick.
Netflix just took home the Oscar for Best Animated feature for Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio , and it’s already got another strong animated flick out this week. The Magician’s Elephant adapts Kate DiCamillo’s novel of the same name, and it tells the story of a young orphan named Peter (Noah Jupe). Peter’s only wish in life is to find his missing sister, Adele (Pixie Davies), Through a fortune teller, Peter is told that he has to find a Magician (Benedict Wong) who will summon an elephant.
Incredibly, the prophecy comes true. But before the elephant can lead Peter to his sister, he is forced to perform three impossible tasks. And the attempt will change Peter’s life forever.
Idris Elba’s John Luther returns in the Netflix original film Luther: The Fallen Sun . And right off the bat, Luther is tossed in jail for everything illegal he did in the Luther TV series. Luther’s incarceration was engineered by his current adversary, David Robey (Andy Serkis), and it demonstrates just how much Robey fears the disgraced detective.
However, Luther eventually escapes from prison to go after Robey and bring him down for good. Unfortunately for Luther, his former colleagues on the police force are also hunting for him.
This sci-fi film from the writer and director of Train to Busan is part explosive action spectacle, part exploration of big business and technology run amok. The film follows a scientist working on the next generation of lethal, combat-oriented artificial intelligence, developed from the brain patterns of one of the world’s most celebrated mercenaries, who was left comatose after a failed mission. The catch here is that the mercenary is actually the mother of the scientist, who has spent decades grappling with both her mother’s legacy and the company’s ownership of what remains of her mother.
Andrew Garfield stars as Rent playwright Jonathon Larson in this semi-autobiographical film directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The musical drama chronicles Larson’s struggles to bring the rock musical he’s been working on for years to the stage while navigating love, friendships, and both personal and professional pressure in New York City.
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When 16-year-old Jess Watson decided to try to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world in her small boat, Pink Lady , back in 2009, she faced criticism from reporters and even an attempt by the Australian government to pass a bill to stop the seven-month journey—not to mention dyslexia, loneliness, storms, dead winds, 70-foot waves, wayward ships and even wavering doubts at home. Based on her inspiring true story, True Spirit tells the fairly straightforward tale story with enough charm to make it worthwhile. Titans ’ Teagan Croft stars as Jess, alongside Cliff Curtis as her mentor Ben, and Anna Paquin and Josh Lawson as her parents.
Ezra Cohen (Jonah Hill), the hopeless romantic co-host of a podcast about Black culture, spends his days wondering when it’s his turn to find love. He has nearly given up on this pursuit when, lo and behold, Amira (Lauren London), a beautiful Black fashion designer, falls seemingly straight from heaven and into his life. The young lovebirds proceed to fall head over heels for one another, and their budding relationship might as well have been snagged straight out of a fairytale—that is, until Ezra decides to pop the question, and seeks to secure the approval of Amira’s parents. Of course, this noble quest proves to be anything but smooth. Ezra quickly clashes with Amira’s parents: Stern, devout Muslims Akbar (Eddie Murphy) and Fatima (Nia Long). And from painfully awkward family dinners to one particularly difficult to watch bachelorette party, hilarity swiftly ensues. Director Kenya Barris, who co-wrote the script, injects an energetic, kinetic flavor into the film, shrewdly maintaining a buoyant energy through quick cuts and pump-up music that makes laughs come easily. But Hill steals the show. In his first leading comedic role since 2014’s 22 Jump Street , the actor wastes no time reminding the audience that he is the crème de la crème of his craft, rolling out laugh-out-loud joke after laugh-out-loud joke in the film’s opening scene like he could do it in his sleep. Similarly, London shines as the free-spirited, uncompromising Amira, but the chemistry between her and Hill leaves something to be desired. Despite being overly didactic, however, You People produces enough laughs to remain a compelling watch through the end, and, perhaps most exciting of all, suggests that a Jonah Hill comedic renaissance may be on the horizon. — Aurora Amidon
Gonkers is missing. The Marshall family must rely on each other to find their beloved pet. Based on Pauls Toutonghi’s book, The Dog Gone: A Lost Pet’s Extraordinary Journey and the Family Who Brought Him Home , which itself was based on a true story, the inspirational family film was directed by Stephen Herek, himself no stranger to extraordinary journeys—he directed Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure .
On paper, a movie in which a handsome young Edgar Allan Poe attempts to solve a grueling murder in the blistering cold of the Hudson Valley in the early 1800s sounds like a surefire recipe for success. Sadly, frequent collaborators Scott Cooper and Christian Bale’s newest project, The Pale Blue Eye , suggests that good-on-paper is all that this story will ever be. Based on Louis Bayard’s 2003 novel of the same name, The Pale Blue Eye follows Augustus Land (Bale), a rugged, retired detective whom the U.S. military enlists to help solve the brutal killing of a young West Point cadet. Realizing he can’t solve the head-scratching crime on his own, Augustus enlists the help of who, you might ask? Well, Edgar Allan Poe (Harry Melling), of course! From there, The Pale Blue Eye does its very best to adopt the sullen, wind-chilled, uneasy tone of a good winter detective story, while also striving to shake things up by adding a couple (debatably) clever twists and, of course, making one of the world’s most famous poets a protagonist. Despite these noble attempts, The Pale Blue Eye never really leaves the ground. Between over-long scenes of inconsequential dialogue that take an eternity to go anywhere if at all, and far too understated performances from the leads—Bale is wonderful and weathered as always, but having him near-whisper the majority of his lines doesn’t do his complex characters any favors— The Pale Blue Eye and its cast lack the energy and momentum required for a truly riveting, compelling mystery. It’s a sluggishly slow murder-mystery without much tension, one holding a candle to Poe’s work Nevermore. — Aurora Amidon
It’s 1984 in Don DeLillo’s White Noise , an iconic novel that opens on a highway crammed to a stop with evacuating families. But in writer-director Noah Baumbach’s screen adaptation, we begin somewhere else, a little further back, in a classroom submerged in lecture: “Look past the violence!” It’s a call to action from professor Murray Siskind (Don Cheadle) to his students, and an invitation to satirical logic for us, the viewers, students in the art of DeLillian critique and maximalism for the next two hours and sixteen minutes. This plot, like all plots, “moves deathward,” as founder and professor of Hitler Studies at College-on-the-Hill Jack Gladney (Adam Driver) explains. That’s the nature of all plots, but the phrase applies in excess to White Noise . After a brief spell of normality, an “airborne toxic event” creates a pandemic that hovers ominously in the form of a black cloud over life on Earth, leaving people quarantined and displaced, uprooting the Gladneys’ mild, routine suburban life. Babette (Greta Gerwig) and Jack have seven kids from past marriages, four of whom they’re still rearing: Wilder, Denise (Raffey Cassidy), Heinrich and Steffie (the latter two played by Sam and May Nivola, children of Alessandro Nivola and Emily Mortimer). Baumbach uses a bizarro cast of characters to freshly convey the warmth and comfort that can be found in a partnership or close-knit nuclear family. Guns—and the violence inherent in them—are a huge topic of discourse, often academically discussed as so many things are in White Noise . They kick the film off through a distinctly non-Baumbachian introduction in style—a lecture on the brief history of the weapon, our mass philosophies around it and the violence that stems from it—cut with the zip and punch of a full-fledged action sequence. Historical footage whirs by in a blur of brutality as Murray pounds his lecture into students and the montage unfolds at a breakneck pace, the coming of a new style of Baumbach. The film flexes its budget creatively and responsibly, every department offering sumptuous work, a testament to the collective experience of the creative heads and Baumbach’s keen ability to wed all elements of a film into a unified whole, no matter the style or budget. He doesn’t leave a department unconsidered. t’s tempting to say the story of White Noise —which feels massive for Baumbach—is about more than an individual, or couple, or family in New York, like all of his previous films, but it is just about a family. The setting and characters are so strange and surreal that it seems like a fantasy, or an epic, or something else expensive, but it’s a natural story for Baumbach to make a career transition through.— Luke Hicks
In Rian Johnson’s latest Knives Out mystery, the Glass Onion is as much a metaphor for the nature of the whodunit as it is for the grandeur of the film itself. Resting upon a gorgeous Greek villa (on a billionaire’s private island, no less), the titular emblem is created through a combination of VFX and a practical structure that stands a mighty 20 meters high. Made in the U.K. from all-glass paneling, the Onion’s design was so intricate that it had to be assembled in its birthplace first to ensure that all its pieces fit together, disassembled entirely for its journey to a Serbian studio and then reassembled for the film. This extravagance perfuses beyond budget and set design to inform key elements of the overall work—most notably, its characters, sense of humor and roller coaster narrative. In Glass Onion , everything is more . More jokes. More self-reflexivity. More twists and turns. And, undeniably, more fun. Peeling back the layers of this campy mystery is none other than Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig), “The Last of the Gentlemen Sleuths.” He opens a mixed bag of eccentric personalities, including unfiltered fashion designer Birdie Jay (Kate Hudson), Connecticut governor Claire Debella (Kathryn Hahn), mysterious scientist Lionel Toussaint (Leslie Odom Jr.), men’s rights influencer Duke Cody (Dave Bautista), wealthy entrepreneur Miles Bron (Edward Norton) and Andi Brand (Janelle Monáe), his estranged business partner. This absurdly delightful cast and gags are accompanied by a narrative that mirrors their chaos and lightheartedness. Where Knives Out is a straight whodunit, this second installment is more of an adoring parody of the subgenre. From recurring jokes about Clue to the utilization of famous novella tropes, the film dives headfirst into all things murder-mystery. It has multiple puzzles layered onto each other to create a viewing experience jam-packed with revelations and shocks—hence its overarching onion metaphor. Glass Onion is the kind of crowd-pleasing entertainment that is best experienced in a group setting, where the film’s topsy-turvy take on the whodunit is sure to keep you guessing (and laughing).— Kathy Michelle Chacón
Iñárritu’s most recent directorial effort, Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths , follows esteemed Mexican journalist and documentarian Silverio Gama (Daniel Giménez Cacho), who decides to return to his homeland after receiving a distinguished award. What follows is a thoughtful meditation on identity and fame imbued with both quiet austerity and biting humor. A film about a filmmaker, it is no surprise that Bardo contains undeniable notes of Iñárritu’s own life and filmmaking portfolio. At times a dizzying, absurdist visual feast, the film is reminiscent of Birdman , which often rejects formal filmmaking “rules” by presenting itself in a long, unbroken shot, and by permeating many of its frames with dozens of light sources. On a philosophical level, Bardo seems to be a callback to Iñárritu’s earlier work, touching on death with the same nuance as 21 Grams , and considering identity with the same force as Babel . While Bardo can admittedly be a bit self-indulgent at times, not quite knowing when to cut back on the long pontifications, it is an undeniably empathetic look at the human condition, and one of the director’s most thought-provoking films to date. — Aurora Amidon
Guillermo del Toro has never shied away from infusing the harsh realities of life and death into the journeys of his young protagonists. His fascination with the intersections of childhood innocence and macabre whimsy are what make him the ideal co-director of Netflix’s newest Pinocchio adaptation, a work that marvelously marries the filmmaker’s flair for dark fantasy with the equally strange fairy tale elements of Carlo Collodi’s 1883 The Adventures of Pinocchio . Like all successful marriages, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio brings out the very best of both parties. The stop-motion musical is an artistic triumph that colors Collodi’s cherished storybook characters with humanity and depth to craft a mature tale about rebellion, mortality and the love between a parent and child. This rendition marks the 22nd film adaptation of the Italian novel, and while it remains true to the grisly nature of Collodi’s original stories, it boldly departs from its dated moral lessons. In The Adventures of Pinocchio (and notable renditions thereafter), Pinnochio’s many escapades are structured as cause-and-effect narratives that serve to caution children against defiant behavior. In Disney’s 1940 animated feature, an evening of fun and relaxation on “Pleasure Island’’ nearly turns the wooden boy into a salt-mining donkey. In the original serial La Storia di un Burattino , delinquent behavior leads him to a gruesome death. These values of compliance and servility are reversed by del Toro’s fascist setting. In his Pinocchio , disobedience is a virtue—not a crime. These moral examinations are given a sense of urgency in death—a theme that informs so much of the film’s mind and soul. Where previous adaptations are preoccupied with life—with the puppet’s extraordinary consciousness and the hope that he may someday become a “real boy”— del Toro’s Pinocchio is interested in what our mortality can teach us about being human. In the film, death is never too far away from the protagonist or his loved ones. Death touches Carlo, then remains close to Pinocchio throughout his epic journey. The beauty of del Toro’s Pinocchio is that death isn’t treated with the usual dread and cynicism we typically see in the Western world. Here, death is mysterious, ethereal, soaked in gorgeous blue light. Death is not something to be feared, but respected and accepted when the time comes, because the notion that we will someday—maybe unexpectedly—leave this earth is what makes our time here so beautiful. I don’t typically advise listening to crickets, but believe Sebastian J., because the story of Pinocchio has never been told quite like this.— Kathy Michelle Chacón
Many of Roald Dahl’s fantastical stories include adults being exceptionally malicious to children, and that’s certainly the case in Matilda the Musical . Matilda Wormwood’s (Alisha Weir) parents never wanted her, are casually cruel and neglect her to the point they forget to send her to school. Once at school, called Crunchem Hall where a statue with the words “No Sniveling” greets students and headmistress Miss Trunchbull (Emma Thompson) delights in torturing children. The school motto is “Children are Maggots.” Nice, right? Orphaned children singing about their troubles while unifying their peers is a musical staple (see: Annie ). But Matilda is a decidedly stranger, darker show. Matilda has a vivid imagination and magical powers. When she’s not standing up to Miss Trunchbull or dealing with her garish parents, she tells extraordinary, disturbing stories about an Escapologist (Carl Spencer) and an Acrobat (Lauren Alexandra) to kind traveling librarian Mrs. Phelps (Sindhu Vee). But none of that really matters, because Matilda the Musical , an adaptation of the Tony and Olivier award-winning musical, is so good. Just give yourself over the utter weirdness. Weir is fantastic, bringing a plucky spunk and some fantastic vocals to the lead, while Thompson leaves all (and I do mean all ) vanity behind as the horrific Trunchbull. Lashana Lynch is goodness personified as Matilda’s loving teacher Miss Honey; Stephen Graham and Andrea Riseborough are tawdry comic relief as Matilda’s awful parents. And wow, those musical numbers. With original music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, the songs and the accompanying choreography, by Ellen Kane, are full of energy and deliciously executed dance moves. The cast of children, many of whom in their film debut, are terrific. And the message of Matilda the Musical is a good one. Children should be listened to. They know and understand more than you think, and today’s children are tomorrow’s adults. Even though they’re little, they can do a lot. Matilda the Musical is a movie for the entire family that will leave you singing and dancing. A movie musical this good is a miracle—you can tell Matilda’s parents I said so. — Amy Amatangelo
In 1960, Penguin Books was put on trial for its publication of D.H. Lawrence’s 1928 novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover . Penguin was found not guilty because, in large part, the courts deemed the novel’s sex scenes as entirely necessary. Chatterley’s is not a book about sex. Instead, it uses sex as a method to describe a deeply powerful love. Given this, there is naturally a great deal of pressure that comes with adapting Chatterley’s . After all, how can one do justice to sex scenes that literally got the law involved? But French director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre was willing to take on the challenge, adapting the controversial novel for Netflix with a screenplay from Finding Neverland writer David Magee. Lady Chatterley’s Lover follows Connie Reed (Emma Corrin), a young newlywed whose baronet husband, Sir Clifford Chatterley (Matthew Duckett), recently sustained wartime injuries that left him medically impotent. Still hoping for an heir, Clifford encourages Connie to have an extramarital affair without catching feelings. But it turns out that that last clause is a bit of a tough ask when your gamekeeper is the ruggedly handsome, coolly disaffected Oliver Mellors (Jack O’Connell). As in Lawrence’s novel, Connie and Oliver’s love affair is the beating heart of Clermont-Tonnerre’s film. At face value, Lady Chatterley’s Lover works well enough as a love story: It’s sweet, moderately sexy and sticks pretty religiously to Lawrence’s compelling story. But for a film based on a book that scandalized thousands, it will undoubtedly leave its viewer wanting more. — Aurora Amidon
After enthralling viewers with Bulbbul (2020) that was set in Bengal Presidency era, writer-director Anvita Dutt returns with another sumptuous film set in pre-Independence India. Where her previous film explored ideas of female desire and the male gaze, Qala delves into a complicated mother-daughter relationship—through song. Qala (Tripti Dimri) is a talented singer. However, she is haunted by her mother’s critiques. Turns out that her mother had hoped for Qala’s adopted brother Jagan to carry on the family’s musical legacy. However much Qala strives for her mother’s approval, all she gets are reproachful looks and casual put-downs. While Qala is gorgeous to look at, each frame captured like a painting, it suffers from a one-note performance by its characters. Although they navigate complicated relationships, not much happens to change their circumstances, which can drag an otherwise ethereal looking film. — Aparita Bhandari
Sisters Manal and Nathalie Issa star as real-life sisters and professional swimmers Yusra and Sara Mardini who escaped war-torn Syria on dinghy across the Aegean Sea, using their swimming skills to drag other refugees to safety. Yusra went on to compete in the Olympics after training in Germany. Matthias Schweighöfer ( Army of Thieves ) stars as their coach, Sven.
Declaring what our dreams look like, if such a sweeping declaration can be made, is asking for trouble, but I can certainly put forth what I hope our dreams don’t look like: I hope they don’t look a thing like Slumberland . Director Francis Lawrence deadens and dulls Winsor McCay’s classic comic Nemo in Slumberland , updating McCay’s bright and groundbreaking early 20th century absurdity to modern VFX’s best-practice aesthetic—namely, “dark, and in a big room.” Slumberland ’s loose adaptation is Disneyfied in plot and theme, and self-smothering of a feeble imagination that barely outpaces its images. Slumberland ’s Nemo (Marlow Barkley) lives an idyllic life running a lighthouse with her hot, bearded and cableknit widower dad Kyle Chandler. In the same kind of endearing yet inevitably tragic opening that comes pre-packaged into every children’s movie, Chandler’s perfect parental character is not long for this world. When he dies and Nemo is thrust into the care of her uptight urbanite uncle Philip (Chris O’Dowd), she finds herself escaping time and time again into the dream world, where she can briefly pursue her father alongside a dream-being who was the co-star of many of her father’s bedtime stories. This dream-being, Flip (Jason Momoa), is supposed to be the source of all the film’s energy. Momoa, who looks like Rob Zombie in a Willy Wonka costume, all but has this assignment written on his forehead. He’s growly and eccentric, with plenty of useless wibbly-wobbly Jack Sparrow tics, and has a little trouble talking through his Beauty and the Beast fangs. While Barkley is clearly out of her depth as our wide-eyed heroine, Momoa is equally ill-equipped to bring the Jack Black-like pop his karate moves, heel clicks and heroic poses try to generate. — Jacob Oller
14. The Wonder Release Date: November 16, 2022 Director: Sebastián Lelio Stars: Florence Pugh, Tom Burke, Kíla Lord Cassidy, Elaine Cassidy, Caolán Byrne, Niamh Algar, Toby Jones Genre: Psychological thriller Rating: R
The Wonder , the latest from Chilean filmmaker Sebastián Lelio, begins in a far more meta manner than one might expect from a broody period drama with lights, cameras and other requisite equipment lay neatly assembled on the soundstage. The camera then pans and moves toward a young English nurse (Florence Pugh), whose occupation and nationality is disclosed via voiceover, alongside the film’s time and place: 1862, England bound for Ireland, the Great Famine (known as the “Potato Famine” to most) only tapering off in the past decade or so. “The Irish hold the English responsible for that devastation,” states the narrator. This piece of information, contextless in the greater history of the brutal famine, instantly presents Pugh’s character as a maligned outsider. As The Wonder marches onward, the narrative championing English intervention among a seemingly savage Irish becomes harder to stomach—particularly if one has a tangible connection to the Celtic culture. Adapted from Emma Donoghue’s 2016 novel by the author with Lelio and Alice Birch, The Wonder unfolds from nurse Elizabeth “Lib” Wright’s (Pugh) point of view, beckoned to the dead center of Ireland to conduct a fortnight-long “watch” over young Anna O’Donnell (Kíla Lord Cassidy), who claims to have subsisted solely on “manna from heaven” since her 11th birthday four months ago. A staunch agnostic who’s seen first-hand the atrocities of battle while working under Florence Nightingale during the Crimean War, Lib is constantly butting heads with the devoutly Catholic Irish people who’ve summoned her. What the film and Donaghue’s novel unfortunately have in common is the narrative’s reliance on a shocking revelation concerning Anna’s so-called “fast.” — Natalia Keogan
15. My Father’s Dragon Release Date: November 11, 2022 Director: Nora Twomey Stars: Jacob Tremblay, Gaten Matarazzo, Golshifteh Farahani, Dianne Wiest, Rita Moreno Genre: Animation, Fantasy Rating: PG-13
My Father’s Dragon , the latest film from Ireland’s Cartoon Saloon, is directed by studio co-founder Nora Twomey and based on the beloved children’s book of the same name created by Ruth Stiles Gannett. This adaptation brings to life, in gorgeous 2D animation, a kaleidoscope of surreal visuals and strange creatures encountered by a little boy and his dragon friend. Theirs is an intimate story about processing fear, especially speaking to those children wrestling with the burdens of having to emotionally navigate real-world stresses that invade their lives too soon. Like Gannett’s book, My Father’s Dragon is also narrated (sparsely) by the unseen grown child (Mary Kay Place) of the story’s protagonist, Elmer Elevator (Jacob Tremblay). She sets up an adventure Elmer had in his childhood that not only utilized his talent for finding things, but was also life-changing, involving a talking cat (Whoopi Goldberg) and a dragon (Gaten Matarazzo). Twomey and her artists have done the magic of staying within the illustration aesthetic of their studio’s signature approach, while expanding that into a more surrealistic and fanciful approach that feels individual and unique. It will especially appeal to the sensitive kids (and adults) in your life, and it most definitely meets the high standards Cartoon Saloon continues to make in the medium. — Tara Bennett
16. Falling For Christmas Netflix Release Date: November 10, 2022 Director: Janeen Damian Starring: Lindsay Lohan, Chord Overstreet, George Young, Jack Wagner, Olivia Genre: Romantic Comedy Rating: TV-PG
From the moment this film begins, we’re in a distant-familiar territory with Lindsay Lohan acting the brat. Her character Sierra is a hotel heiress who huffs and stomps her way through life. And though Sierra would like to so bravely shun nepotism forever and strike out on her own, Daddy (Jack Wagner) doesn’t think it’s such a good idea. Undeterred, off Sierra goes on a winter retreat with her influencer fiancé Tad (George Young). On the other side of her holiday destination rests The North Star Lodge. Its owner Jake ( Glee graduate Chord Overstreet) is as busy as he is blonde. His folksy retreat is close to shuttering. His daughter (Olivia Perez) is growing up without a mother. And his mother-in-law (Alejandra Flores), is concerned that he hasn’t gotten laid in a while. But The North Star Lodge is a magical place. When wishes and bad weather bring Sierra crashing down the mountains, she awakes in the lodge, unable to remember who she is. But in the oaken cozyland of Jake’s care, and through the spirit of charitable fundraising, Sierra might discover not just who she is but who she is meant to be. Falling for Christmas feels less like a genuine chance to give Lohan a due shot at a re-return to acting as it does like some executive’s opportunity to capitalize on millennial nostalgia. This self-disinterest makes it incredibly hard to understand Lohan the actress, let alone Lindsay the person. And she is both! We have forgotten more about her than we remember. Hollywood needs to treat her as something other than a precious princess. Yet this film makes it quite plain that Hollywood sees Lohan as a decorative angel, one kept in a drawer until the time is right to place her imperfectly on top of the billing. — B.L. Panther
17. Wendell & Wild Netflix Release Date: October 28, 2022 Director: Henry Selick Starring: Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Angela Bassett, Lyric Ross, Ving Rhames Genre: Animation, Comedy Rating: PG-13
Early on, Wendell & Wild feels like it might not be for kids so much as inebriated adults. Over the course of its runtime, that is revealed to be a reductive appraisal—it’s a spooky coming-of-age comedy made of sad and dramatic moments which demonstrate the importance of community resistance to corporate control of the government. The plot has enough going on that it could have been a TV series or a two-parter, but for whatever its flaws or limitations, it flows coherently for 106 minutes to a satisfactory conclusion. All the while, it’s a marvel of artistry and artisanship, with a soundtrack full of Black-fronted rock bands to boot. Kat (Lyric Ross), a young green-haired Black girl, loses her parents—pillars of their community—in a car accident and is roughed up over the years by the juvenile justice system as the film visually summarizes through shadow-puppet illustrations of memories. It’s a nice added layer, artistically and didactically. A grant-funded reintegration program brings Kat back to her now largely-deserted hometown, Rust Bank, and its eponymous private Catholic school. There, Kat discovers her supernatural connection to the underworld through Wendell (Keegan-Michael Key) and Wild (Jordan Peele). Wendell & Wild reminded me of Beetlejuice and Nightmare Before Christmas , but it isn’t cribbing from what has come before. It’s building on it, and kids and parents everywhere are lucky to have this film. Selick hasn’t directed a lot of movies, but his films have a lasting impact, etching themselves in the memories of their audiences for decades. — Kevin Fox, Jr.
18. All Quiet on the Western Front Netflix Release Date: October 28, 2022 Director: Edward Berger Stars: Felix Kammerer, Albrecht Schuch, Aaron Hilmer, Moritz Klaus, Edin Hasanoviç, Daniel Brühl Genre: War Rating: R
There are now three major screen adaptations of Erich Maria Remarque’s novel All Quiet on the Western Front . The first two were grim reflections of the wars of their time , and remain fascinating not just for their treatment of Remarque’s work, but for viewing them in the context of the time in which they were made: Lewis Milestone’s 1930 film landed in the precise middle of the two World Wars that forever reshaped Europe; Delbert Mann’s 1979 television adaptation inescapably called back to the Vietnam War. Edward Berger’s new adaptation, distributed by Netflix, is unique among these in that it’s actually a German-language and German-led production. Despite their clear dedication to paint a universalist picture of the futility and inhumanity of modern war, the previous productions were, on some level, putting an American spin on this tale. Berger (born in then-West Germany in 1970) is not. It’s therefore somewhat perplexing that this adaptation ditches a lot of the particulars of the novel, widens its perspective characters to include top German brass, elides characters and even changes the particulars of major plot points to tell what amounts to an almost completely different story—one with a wider scope. By virtue of including two other characters, it makes an attempt to go beyond the trenches and indict the inhumanity of the people whose words cause wars. It’s wild, compared to the mostly faithful adaptations of the past. It also, inescapably, feels as if it’s more of a war film than the others, with more action scenes and necessarily less of an examination of the effect of war on the individual soldier. It’s a completely different perspective that is exceptionally well-shot and directed and raises its voice about Germany’s part of culpability for the war. It’s therefore profoundly frustrating that All Quiet on the Western Front , at times, bucks against Remarque’s thesis. It is, nonetheless, the first All Quiet on the Western Front adaptation in wide release that we’ve got from an actual German perspective. As we grow more and more distant from the war to end all wars, that kind of reappraisal becomes even more important. —i>Kenneth Lowe
19. Enola Holmes 2 Netflix Release Date: October 27, 2022 Director: Harry Bradbeer Stars: Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, David Thewlis, Louis Partridge, Helena Bonham Carter, Susie Wokoma, Adeel Akhtar, Sharon Duncan-Brewster Genre: Thriller, Adventure Rating: PG-13
Millie Bobby Brown returns as the kid sister of Sherlock Holmes in this sequel to 2020’s Netflix original. This time, she’s a full-fledged private detective trying to solve the mystery of a missing girl.
20. The Good Nurse Netflix Release Date: October 26, 2022 Director: Tobias Lindholm Stars: Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne, Nnamdi Asomugha, Noah Emmerich, Kim Dickens, Malik Yoba Genre: Thriller Rating: R
In an era where true crime content is churned out a mile a minute, it can be hard to differentiate adaptations that exist because their stories are actually worth telling, and those that are just another desperate vie for a spot on Netflix’s venerated Top 10 list. If you’re anything like me, you’ll frequently find yourself considering hard-hitting questions about the matter, such as: Does Jeffrey Dahmer’s backstory actually deserve to be three hours longer than Sátántangó ? And, perhaps more to the point: Is there a purpose to any of this output at all? But then, every so often, a movie like The Good Nurse comes out, and it feels like a breath of fresh air. Directed by The Hunt and Another Round writer Tobias Lindholm, The Good Nurse tells the true story of Charles Cullen, a nurse and the most prolific serial killer in New Jersey history. The film centers around Amy Loughren (Jessica Chastain), the titular Good Nurse: An overworked single mom who pulls all-nighters to care for sick patients in an effort to pay for her upcoming heart surgery. Enter Charles (Eddie Redmayne), a soft-spoken nurse who appears to have been sent straight from heaven to make sure Amy takes her meds and help her daughter rehearse for the school play. But just as things are looking up for Amy, patients who came into the hospital with relatively minor injuries start mysteriously dying. Once The Good Nurse establishes that something undeniably fishy is going on, it quickly cascades into a perfect amalgam of a tense detective thriller starring dubious officers Danny Baldwin (Nnamdi Asomugha) and Tim Braun (Noah Emmerich), a gut-wrenching psychological drama, and a staggering showcase for Chastain and Redmayne, who deliver two of the finest performances of the year. — Aurora Amidon
Warner Bros. has Harry Potter . Lionsgate has The Hunger Games . Now, Netflix (regrettably) has The School for Good and Evil . Though the streamer has seen enormous success in adapting Young Adult fiction in recent years, its latest venture into the teen fantasy market is an agonizing two-and-a-half-hour experience drawn out by lackluster VFX and familiar narrative elements. Based on the bestselling children’s book series by Soman Chainani, The School for Good and Evil tells the story of two unlikely companions: Sophie (Sophia Anne Caruso) and Agatha (Sofia Wylie). When the duo find themselves clutched between the claws of a giant bird-like creature, they are transported from their quiet town of Gavaldon to the enchanted School for Good and Evil, an institution that has educated legendary storybook characters for ages. Trouble ensues when Sophie is dropped off at the School for Evil and Agatha at the School for Good, a decision the girls are certain is a mistake. As the film progresses, and Sophie becomes influenced by an evil force, the best friends are placed on opposite sides of a magical battle. The School for Good and Evil is juvenile, over-the-top and campy in all the worst ways. It’s too busy trying to combine TikTok fashion with Top 40 music and popular children’s fantasy films to create any visual, musical or narrative distinction for itself. Its final scene teases a sequel, but it’s difficult to imagine The School for Good and Evil becoming even half as bewitching or influential as the YA series it’s trying so hard to be. — Kathy Michelle Chacón
22. The Stranger Year: 2022 Director: Thomas M. Wright Stars: Joel Edgerton, Sean Harris, Jada Alberts, Cormac Wright Genre: Thriller Rating: TV-MA
Based on a real Australian crime and Kate Kyriacou’s book on the subject, The Sting: The Undercover Operation That Caught Daniel Morcombe’s Killer , this Netflix original was written and directed by Top of the Lake actor Thomas M. Wright.
23. The Curse of Bridge Hollow Year: 2022 Director: Jeff Wadlow Stars: Marlon Wayans, Priah Ferguson, Kelly Rowland, John Michael Higgins, Lauren Lapkus, Rob Riggle Genre: Teen Horror Comedy Rating: TV-14
Marlon Wayans stars as science teacher Howard Gordon, a Halloween grinch forced to team up with his daughter to fight the evil spirit of Stingy Jack, who’s brought all of the New England town’s creepy holiday decorations to life.
24. Luckiest Girl Alive Netflix Release Date: October 7, 2022 Director: Mike Barker Stars: Mila Kunis, Finn Wittrock, Scoot McNairy, Chiara Aurelia, Justine Lupe, Thomas Barbusca, Alex Barone, Carson MacCormac, Isaac Kragten, Gage Munroe, Jennifer Beals, Connie Britton Genre: Thriller Rating: R
Is Luckiest Girl Alive a dark satire? Is it a glorified Lifetime movie? Is it camp? Is it a mystery? Is its central message one of female empowerment? Could it have been the pilot for a WB series 20 years ago? The answer, I’m afraid, is all of the above. Based on the 2015 novel of the same name by Jessica Knoll, Luckiest Girl Alive follows Ani Fanelli (Mila Kunis), a writer at a glossy magazine called The Women’s Bible . She has a glamorous boss LoLo Vincent (Jennifer Beals) and dreams of being an editor for The New York Times Magazine . She’s also got a giant rock on her finger thanks to her swanky fiancé Luke Harrison (Finn Wittrock) who “played D1 lacrosse at Colgate, kite surfs on Nantucket and skis in Vail.” But nothing in Ani’s life is as it seems. She once was TifAni FaNelli (Chiara Aurelia plays the young Ani), a shy high-school student just trying to fit in among her rich classmates. You probably don’t need me to tell you that Ani is harboring a dark past. In 1999, when she was a high schooler, she experienced multiple horrific traumas. (I won’t talk about them here since I don’t want to give the entire plot of the movie away.) Her way of coping was to rebuild her life and bury her well-deserved rage. But 16 years later, a documentary filmmaker is making a movie about what happened all those years ago. Knoll adapted her own novel here, and the majority of the movie features Kunis’ bitter narration. We are supposed to think Ani’s harsh comments belie her inner pain—a defense mechanism. But mostly they just make her seem like an archvillain, a caricature more than a character. It’s a tough performance choice that often undermines any kind of nuance the movie is trying to achieve. — Amy Amatangelo
25. Mr. Harrigan’s Phone Netflix Release Date: September 30, 2022 Director: John Lee Hancock Stars: Donald Sutherland, Jaeden Martell, Joe Tippett, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Cyrus Arnold, Colin O’Brien, Thomas Francis Murphy, Peggy J. Scott Genre: Drama Rating: PG-13
Written and directed by John Lee Hancock, a genre-agnostic filmmaker who helped get Sandra Bullock her embarrassing Oscar for The Blind Side before turning to other forgettable dramas, Mr. Harrigan’s Phone has several red flags on speed dial. There’s the near-constant voiceover, the first and perhaps most damning sign of a weak-willed adaptor. Craig (Jaeden Martell) just won’t shut up about his time reading novels to local billionaire Harrigan (Donald Sutherland), the deadly fallout that ensued and what that all meant to him, an impressionable youth with a new iPhone. Mr. Harrigan’s Phone doesn’t just dumb down story Stephen King’s story and hold our hand, as nearly every movie made from a book does, but excises King’s talents like a new manager jealously firing the old guard. It might’ve taken a little imagination to make it so Mr. Harrigan’s Phone didn’t involve us listening to an audiobook of Stephen King CliffNotes, or us watching Craig painstakingly recite the novella to a grave, but Hancock demonstrates an impressive lack throughout. His movie is artless and inert—the cinematic equivalent of a bricked iPhone. In King’s story, Craig laments that those at Harrigan’s funeral never knew his human side. His love of country music, his distaste for the blowhard Rush Limbaugh, his dedication to bowel-cleansing oatmeal cookies. Mr. Harrigan’s Phone sins in similar ways: It knows the surface of its source, but none of what matters. — Jacob Oller
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What’s the best movie I can watch on Netflix? We’ve all asked ourselves this question only to spend the next 15 minutes scrolling through the streaming service’s oddly specific genre menus and getting overwhelmed by the constantly shifting trend menus. Netflix’s huge catalog of movies continues to expand day by day, week by week, month by month; making the challenge of keeping up to date with best the service has to offer, let alone finding something the best of what to watch after a long day, a task that feels herculean at best and impossible at worst for someone not plugged into its inscrutable rhythms.
That’s where we’re here to help. For those suffering from choice paralysis in November, we’ve narrowed down your options to not only our favorite current movies on the platform, but the best movies Netflix has to offer.
If you’re looking for a specific genre, we’ve got the best action movies on Netflix , the best horror movies on Netflix , the best thrillers on Netflix , and the best comedy movies on Netflix ready for you.
We’ll be updating this list monthly as Netflix cycles movies in and out of its library, so be sure to check back next time you’re stuck in front of the Netflix home screen. Our latest update added Road to Perdition as our editor’s pick.
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Road to perdition.
Genre: Crime drama Run time: 1h 57m Director: Sam Mendes Cast: Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Jude Law
In the Bible, it is written that the sins of the father are laid upon their children; that what is sown in the past is inevitably reaped in the future. Road to Perdition , Sam Mendes’ 2002 crime drama starring Tom Hanks and Tyler Hoechlin, asks the question: Is it possible to spare one’s children from the legacy of their parents? To spare them the burden of the mistakes of others in the hopes that they can create something better for themselves and future generations? The answer is yes… but not without a price.
Set in 1931 amid the Great Depression and the height of Prohibition, Mendes’ film centers on the story of Michael Sullivan (Hanks), an enforcer working for the Irish mob, as told by his eldest son, Michael Sullivan Jr. (Hoechlin). When Michael Jr. inadvertently witnesses the murder of a close associate of crime boss John Rooney (Paul Newman) by his own son, Connor (Daniel Craig), Sullivan Sr. and his family are marked for death. Fleeing the carnage of his family home, Michael escapes with his surviving son in search of sanctuary from the forces now aligned to harm them, among them a sadistic hitman (Jude Law) with a fetish for photographing his own killings. With his back against the wall, Michael is forced to make a fraught decision: Either offer his son’s life to possibly save his own, or take the life of his former mentor and father figure in hopes of sparing his own son from a life haunted by perdition.
In his review for the film , Roger Ebert compared Road to Perdition to a Greek tragedy; one where, unlike the unpredictability of Shakespeare’s Hamlet , the drama of its characters’ actions and their resultant downfall is undercut by the grave preordained framing of said actions. With all due respect (and obviously, much respect is due to the late Mr. Ebert), I disagree with that assertion. It is not so much that fate has conspired against Michael Sullivan and his family, but rather that the course of one’s life is the result of the unrelenting pull between the sum of one’s choices and the circumstances entirely out of one’s control. It’s not a subtle film by any stretch of the imagination, but it is nonetheless an affecting and effective one.
Road to Perdition is a beautiful and riveting film that probes at the redemption and the murkiness of sin. Tom Hanks delivers a captivating against-type performance as the stolid yet compassionate father figure of Michael; Tyler Hoechlin is fantastic as the sensitive and observant Michael Jr.; Paul Newman’s subdued yet memorable turn as John Rooney is one hell of a final theatrical role to go out on; and Jude Law is genuinely spine-chilling as the leering paparazzi assassin Harlen. That’s not even mentioning Daniel Craig’s own against-type performance as Rooney’s sniveling, Commodus-like nepo-baby son or the inimitable Conrad Hall’s tremendous chiaroscuro-like cinematography ( Road to Perdition would be the final film Hall would work on prior to his death in 2003). 1917 , American Beauty , and Skyfall might get the lion’s share of attention, but Road to Perdition quietly yet confidently stands apart as Sam Mendes’ greatest work to date. —Toussaint Egan
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Genre: Sci-fi fantasy action Run time: 2h 12m Director: Han Yan Cast: Li Yifeng, Michael Douglas, Zhou Dongyu
There are a few ways one could go about describing Animal World. One way is to just say it’s an adaptation of Kaiji , Nobuyuki Fukumoto’s 1996 suspense manga about the misadventures of a masterful hustler and gambler. For those unfamiliar with Kaiji , the next-best explanation is through simple comparison: Animal World is Squid Game meets Yu-Gi-Oh meets Fight Club .
Zheng Kaisi (Li Yifeng) is a down-on-his-luck math prodigy working a menial job as a clown mascot at a children’s arcade in order to pay his mother’s medical bills. After being tricked by an old friend from school to mortgage his mother’s home as part of a failed property scheme, Kaisi is driven even further into debt. With no other options, Kaisi is given an ultimatum: Either work off the debt for the rest of his life, or compete in a high-stakes gambling competition aboard a retrofitted battleship known as “Destiny.” The game? Rock, paper, scissors. The stakes? Life or death.
Animal World has one of the most gonzo premises of any film I’ve watched on Netflix: a nail-biting gambling drama combined with a psychological horror thriller about a man who handles stress by imagining himself as a murderous katana-wielding clown battling bizarre insectoid eldritch monstrosities. If that weren’t enough to pique your interest, Michael Douglas stars as the film’s antagonist: a sleazy loan shark who relishes in his power to inflict pain and suffering through debt bondage. He’s like if Gordon Gekko from 1987’s Wall Street was a villain from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure . ’Nuff said. —TE
An Action Hero
Genre: Action thriller Run time: 2h 10m Director: Anirudh Iyer Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Jaideep Ahlawat, Jitender Hooda
A mega-famous Bollywood action star is shooting a new movie, while a brutal politician sends his lackeys to meet with the actor and coordinate a photoshoot. When things go terribly wrong, the actor finds himself in the middle of one of his own movies, being chased around the world in a manhunt after he is suspected of murder.
This is the setup for An Action Hero , a highly competent meta action thriller from India. Released in December 2022, it landed on Netflix in late January and is one of the best new movies you can watch on the platform. Led by strong performances (especially Jaideep Ahlawat, who plays the politician), a vibrant score, and funny commentary on the role of movie stars for the public and for the media, An Action Hero is an exciting and well-paced thriller that is the definition of a crowd-pleaser. — PV
Genre: Romance Run time: 1h 45m Director: Mati Diop Cast: Ibrahima Traoré, Mame Bineta Sane, Amadou Mbow
It’s hard to talk too much about Atlantics without giving away what makes the experience of watching it so special. It’s a beautiful, haunting love story with a tangibly beating heart, touching on romance as well as grief, class, labor, and the lingering effects of oppression. Shot gorgeously by director Mati Diop and cinematographer Claire Mathon, it was the first movie directed by a Black woman to be featured in competition in Cannes (it won the Grand Prix award, losing out on the Palme d’Or to Parasite ), and is one of the most remarkable feature film debuts for a director in recent memory. — PV
Genre: Biographical drama Run time: 2h 50m Director: Martin Scorsese Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale
Coming off of the massive creative undertaking of his 2002 dream project Gangs of New York , Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio teamed up once again for a 2004 biopic chronicling the meteoric rise and subsequent fall of Howard Hughes, the charismatic aviation tycoon behind Trans World Airlines (TWA) who pivoted to filmmaking with 1930’s Hell’s Angels and 1932’s Scarface .
Scorsese’s film is a monument to the excess and latent corruption of the Roaring ’20s, encapsulated through the story of a man whose glamorous playboy lifestyle and incorrigible ego were dwarfed only by the subsequent tragedies of his later life, irreparably scarred by a horrific plane crash and wracked by the mental strain of a lifelong private battle with undiagnosed obsessive-compulsive disorder.
The Aviator , much like its namesake’s own career, is a dazzling spectacle of dizzying heights and precipitous lows rendered beautifully by Robert Richardson’s extravagant cinematography and the deft editing of longtime Scorsese collaborator Thelma Schoonmaker. At nearly three hours, the film’s runtime may appear daunting at first, but The Aviator makes expert use of every minute, bobbing and weaving gracefully from one scene and set piece to the next before landing on a final note whose intimacy, desperation, and unwavering perseverance in the face of adversity is at once disquietingly tragic and profoundly moving. —TE
The Baahubali movies
Genre: Epic fantasy Run time: 2h 39m ( Baahubali: The Beginning ); 2h 47m ( Baahubali 2: The Conclusion ) Director: S.S. Rajamouli Cast: Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty
In Western terms, this Tollywood production from the future director of RRR , the most expensive Indian film at the time of its release, is like a biblical epic by way of Marvel Studios, with a little Hamlet and Step Up thrown in for good measure. The Beginning chronicles the life of Shivudu, an adventurer with superhuman strength who escapes his provincial life by scaling a skyscraper-sized waterfall, aids and romances a rebel warrior named Avanthika, then teams up with her to rescue a kidnapped queen from an evil emperor. Exploding with hyper-choreographed fight sequences and CG spectacle (not to mention a handful of musical numbers with equal bravura), The Beginning is 159 minutes of mythical excess, going big like only Indian film can and resting on the muscular shoulders of its hero, the single-name actor Prabhas. If you fall hard for it, get pumped — this is only part one. The twist leads into Baahubali 2: The Conclusion , another two-and-a-half-hour epic currently streaming on Netflix. — Matt Patches
Genre: Crime thriller Run time: 2h 13m Director: Michael Mann Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tang Wei, Viola Davis
A sleek and sexy thriller that makes hacking look extremely cool, Michael Mann’s unfairly maligned Blackhat stands tall as a high mark in digital filmmaking. It is peak Mann — if you’re not a fan of the Heat director’s work, your mileage may vary. In the film, Chen Dawai (Wang Leehom), a captain in the PLA’s cyber warfare unit, is tasked with getting to the bottom of a computer attack that melts down a nuclear power plant in Hong Kong. While liaising with the FBI investigation, Chen insists on the aid of his old friend Nicholas Hathaway (Chris Hemsworth, who has never been hotter or cooler), an imprisoned genius hacker. When Hathaway and Chen’s sister (Tang Wei), a networking engineer also helping with the case, fall for each other, it adds an extra wrinkle to an already high stakes situation. Viola Davis and Holt McCallany feature as FBI agents who aren’t super happy to have to rely on a notorious criminal.
With sharp digital cinematography and unforgettable set pieces, Blackhat explores our changing global relationship to technology. Mann makes tangible the microscopic computer systems that run the world: an extreme close-up of internal wires leading to a motherboard like a vast interconnected highway; a computer fan that sounds like a jet engine. Events that in other films would be shown as a boring stroke of keys are instead depicted as hypnotic processes happening under the surface of the visible world. — PV
Genre: Horror/comedy Run time: 1h 41m Director: Joe Dante Cast: Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher
Suburban paranoia is as time-honored of an American tradition as baseball, apple pie, and redlining. In this 1989 horror comedy, Gremlins director Joe Dante taps into a wellspring of simmering communal tension and urban superstition and strikes gold. Tom Hanks stars as Ray Peterson, an overstressed homeowner trying to enjoy his weeklong vacation, if only everyone in the cul-de-sac of Mayfield Place would just leave him the hell alone. Unfortunately for him, the mysterious goings-on of his reclusive new neighbors have drawn the overimaginative ire of fellow suburbanites Art (Rick Ducommun) and Mark (Bruce Dern), who enlist Ray in a harebrained scheme to uncover what they’re absolutely certain is a murderous home-grown conspiracy.
Dana Olsen, the screenwriter for The ’Burbs , aptly summed up the film as “Ozzie and Harriet meet Charles Manson.” It’s a gleefully dark movie about a bunch of adults running around like grown-ass children, whipping themselves up into a frenzy with ever more outlandish theories while transforming into the very mirror image of their own tall tales. The script is fantastic, with memorable one-liners like “I’m gonna go do something productive; I’m gonna go watch television” delivered with an acerbic sense of wit by a cast of terrific actors who are all in on the joke. If you’re a fan of Joe Dante’s other films, like Small Soldiers , Innerspace , or, of course, Gremlins , you owe it to yourself to make the time to watch this bona fide cult classic. —TE
The Debt Collector movies
Genre: Action comedy Run time: 1h 35m ( The Debt Collector ); 1h 37m ( Debt Collectors aka The Debt Collector 2 ) Director: Jesse V. Johnson Cast: Scott Adkins, Louis Mandylor, Vladimir Kulich
A buddy comedy by way of direct-to-video action specialist Jesse V. Johnson , The Debt Collector is the first of a series of two very good movies starring Scott Adkins ( Avengement ) and Louis Mandylor ( My Big Fat Greek Wedding) as a wise-cracking duo collecting debts for the mob. Adkins plays French, a down-on-his-luck martial arts instructor who turns to debt collecting to pay his own debts off. Mandylor plays a boy named Sue, the veteran debt collector French is paired up with for his first day of work.
As the two get deeper into their work, they discover a scheme that puts a young child at risk, and consider risking it all themselves to help. Adkins and Mandylor have terrific chemistry in the lead roles, bringing this out of the echelon of “solid DTV movies” and into the realm of “great hangout flicks.” Also, Tony Todd ( Candyman ) plays a mobster named Barbosa. And the sequel rules, too. — PV
Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
Genre: Romantic comedy Run time: 1h 55m Directors: Johnnie To, Wai Ka-fai Cast: Louis Koo, Daniel Wu, Gao Yuanyuan
Johnnie To is one of our great modern directors, equally adept in hard-boiled triad crime dramas and light-hearted romantic comedies alike. 2011’s Don’t Go Breaking My Heart falls in the latter category, and is one of the many high marks of the Hong Kong director’s legendary career. Fresh off the end of a long-term relationship, Chi-yan (Gao Yuanyuan) is an analyst for an investment bank who finds herself in the middle of a love triangle. On one side, there’s Sean (Louis Koo), a CEO who works across the street from Chi-yan and yearns for her through the tall corporate glass windows that separate them. On the other, there’s Kevin (the always-dreamy Daniel Wu), an alcoholic former architect who helps Chi-yan move on and is inspired by her to start creating again. What follows is a sincere, funny, and truly charming romantic time. —PV
Genre: Revenge thriller Run time: 2h 14m Director: S.S. Rajamouli Cast: Sudeepa, Nani, Samantha
Eega is a delightful slapstick romantic comedy from the director of RRR , about a fly and his human girlfriend conspiring to ruin a man’s life and then murder him for vengeance. If that doesn’t sound up your alley, I’m not sure what will.
S.S. Rajamouli has wowed audiences worldwide with his bombastic, exciting historical epic RRR , Polygon’s #1 movie of 2022 (and recent winner for a Golden Globe for best original song for the incredible “ Naatu Naatu ”).
In this very post, we’ve encouraged readers to watch his previous two historical epics, the Baahubali series (also available on Netflix). But one of his earlier entries, made a decade ago, was recently added to Netflix, and it is one of the most fun movies you could ever possibly watch.
Eega tells the story of a man who is murdered by a wealthy businessman. After being reincarnated as a fly, he makes it his mission to exact vengeance on the man who killed him. As a fly.
With groundbreaking visual effects that pushes digital filmmaking forward, Rajamouli injects a delightful energy and lighter tone into the genre of “dark revenge thriller,” with thrilling set pieces (stakes include “our hero gets stuck on a tennis ball being used in a cricket match” and “our hero causes a traffic jam by buzzing in the ears of a crossing guard”) and plenty of visual gags inspired by slapstick and screwball comedies alike. It’s all balanced by a compelling romance that sells you on the movie’s emotional stakes in the first half hour, culminating in an experience unlike any other. Rajamouli is just special. — PV
Ghosts of Sugar Land
Genre: Documentary short Run time: 21m Director: Bassam Tariq
Director Bassam Tariq recently got replaced on Marvel’s upcoming Blade movie , and it’s as good a reason as any to catch up with his masterful 2019 short. Best known for the hip-hop drama Mogul Mowgli starring Riz Ahmed, Tariq’s previous movie is an enthralling documentary well worth the 21-minute running time.
Ghosts of Sugar Land is about a young group of friends in the suburbs of Texas, and what happens when one of them becomes radicalized by ISIS. A compelling portrait of an America we don’t often get to see depicted on screen, Tariq offers no easy answers, instead leaning on the shock and despair of the friends left behind, and on the dangers of isolation and loneliness in a country that often seems on the brink of collapse. A winner of multiple festival awards, including the 2019 Sundance Short Film Jury Award, Ghosts of Sugar Land is not to be missed. —PV
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
Did you enjoy Knives Out , but could use a little less puke in your murder-mystery movie? Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is the solution. I have a vomit phobia, so maybe this is a niche idea (there are dozens of us!), but sometimes movies with less vomit are better. In their own way.
Where Knives Out took precise aim at the entitlement of the rich, Glass Onion is more of a shotgun blast at influencers, billionaires, and tech bros who fail upward. But the performances help keep Glass Onion ’s twists and turns tight and exciting. It’s easy to get swept up in the showmanship of it all, particularly Daniel Craig fully embracing the character of Benoit Blanc (and the air of Southern naivete that he adopts early on), as well as Janelle Monáe killing it in a particularly nuanced role. It might not be the knockout that Knives Out was, but it has its charms — and 99% fewer spew scenes, with only one! — Kallie Plagge
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
Genre: Fantasy/musical Run time: 1h 56m Director: Guillermo del Toro, Mark Gustafson Cast: Ewan McGregor, David Bradley, Gregory Mann
It only feels like serendipity that Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio would premiere a little over a year after the release of Mad God , Phil Tippett’s experimental animated horror fantasy film. Both are labors of love dedicated to the painstaking craft of stop-motion animation, dreamt of by their respective creators for a significant portion of their lives and careers. Both are uncompromising, beautiful works featuring fantastical characters entrenched in harrowing situations, each confronted with the sum total ugliness that either of their respective worlds has to offer. But where Mad God is a precipitous descent into an endless nightmare realm of horrors, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio is a testament to the enduring power of love in the face of barbarism and tyranny.
Reimagining Carlo Collodi’s iconic 1883 children’s book as story set in 1930s Italy amid the rise of fascism, Pinocchio is a film that walks a tightrope balancing act between lighthearted whimsy and affecting tragedy above a chasm of unremitting darkness. It’s bold, funny, shocking, and an unquestionably original take on a well-known story that treats the capacity of children to discern right from wrong with the same respect that one would treat an adult’s. As my colleague Oli Welsh put it in his review , “It’s an unruly, wild, and tender film that sometimes gets lost but, by the end, finds its way to a very moving state of grace.” —TE
Genre: Sports comedy Run time: 1h 58m Director: Jeremiah Zagar Cast: Adam Sandler, Queen Latifah, Ben Foster
One of Netflix’s better originals in recent memory is this passion project from the famously basketball-obsessed Adam Sandler, where he plays a down-on-his-luck scout who needs to find the perfect prospect. With an all-star ensemble cast filled with movie stars (Sandler is joined by Queen Latifah, Ben Foster, and Robert Duvall) and NBA players alike (Juancho Hernangómez co-leads with Sandler, while Anthony Edwards, Boban Marjanović, and others give memorable supporting turns), Hustle is an inspiring and thrilling basketball movie made by people who love the game. — PV
The Ip Man movies
Genre: Martial arts drama Run time: 1h 46m ( Ip Man ); 1h 48m ( Ip Man 2 ); 1h 45m ( Ip Man 3 ); 1h 45m ( Ip Man 4: The Finale ) Director: Wilson Yip Cast: Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Lynn Hung
All five movies in the Ip Man series — the four main entries (all on Netflix) and the spinoff Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (not on Netflix, but on Peacock and Tubi, among others) — are terrific martial arts dramas. They’re a great starting place for anyone looking to get into the genre, and also a terrific comfort watch for enthusiasts of martial arts movies.
Donnie Yen completely immerses himself as the stoic Ip Man, the Wing Chun grandmaster who taught Bruce Lee (played by Danny Chan Kwok-kwan in the series), among others. Yen brings a pensiveness to the role to go with his incredible martial arts prowess. All four movies are directed by frequent Yen collaborator Wilson Yip and go from one all-time great action choreographer to another: The first two movies had action by Sammo Hung, and the next two by Yuen Woo-ping. Those are quite possibly the two greatest to ever do it, and if that’s not enough to get you to tune in, I don’t know what is. — PV
Genre: Action/sci-fi Run time: 1h 38m Director: Yeon Sang-ho Cast: Kang Soo-yeon, Kim Hyun-joo, Ryu Kyung-soo
Hellbound and Train to Busan director Yeon Sang-ho’s latest sci-fi action film is set on a 22nd-century Earth, with human civilization now partially submerged beneath the ocean due to the effects of climate change. JUNG_E centers on Yun Jung-yi (Kim Hyun-joo), a legendary soldier who dies in battle only to be resurrected decades later as a synthetic life-form by her now adult daughter Yun Seo-hyun (Kang Soo-yeon), one of the head researchers for a laboratory specializing in military artificial intelligence. When the project is threatened to be terminated by her superiors, Seo-hyun must decide whether to rescue the facsimile of her dead mother from termination, or finally let go of the person she loved above anyone else.
It might be tempting on its face to dismiss JUNG_E as just a contemporary RoboCop derivative with trace notes of Elysium sprinkled about, but the actual world-building present in JUNG_E — let alone the set designs — is striking in the depth of thought and craft evident in its impressive execution. And that’s before getting to the incredible chemistry of Kim Hyun-joo and Kang Soo-yeon’s lead performances, which combine to form a genuinely moving portrayal of maternal love complicated not only by the strain of time, but by the callousness of a futuristic world where technologically facilitated immortality has given rise to a nightmarish caste system of perpetual indentured servitude. It’s high-concept sci-fi with a strong human core and dazzling close-quarters combat scenes throughout. JUNG_E isn’t just one of the best sci-fi films currently on Netflix — it’s one of the best films to come out this year so far, period. —TE
Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids
Genre: Concert movie Run time: 1h 30m Director: Jonathan Demme Cast: Justin Timberlake
In 1984, director Jonathan Demme made one of the finest concert films of all-time with the Talking Heads in the raucously triumphant Stop Making Sense . A little more than three decades later, Demme’s final feature film was another joyous concert movie.
Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids depicts the final show of a long tour for Timberlake and his excellent backing band at the gigantic MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. In typical Demme fashion, the staging and framing of the energetic pop numbers is electric, but he also takes time to show just how much work goes into setting up and breaking down such a large production.
Demme and Timberlake’s collaboration spurred from a mutual respect — Timberlake, like anyone else with good taste, is a massive fan of Stop Making Sense , and Demme reached out after watching The Social Network . The movie is dedicated to Prince, who died shortly before the movie’s release. — PV
Genre: Sports drama Run time: 3h 43m Director: Ashutosh Gowariker Cast: Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh, Rachel Shelley
Ashutosh Gowariker’s timeless sports movie classic stars Aamir Khan as Bhuvan, a confident young man from a village that is dealing with both British oppression and a long-standing drought. When the wicked Captain Russell (Paul Blackthorne, who is deliriously good in this) challenges the village to a game of cricket (which they do not know how to play) as a bet, with their owed taxes (which they cannot afford to pay) on the line, Bhuvan takes it upon himself to form a team and learn the game. What follows is a soaring sports drama with humor, heart, and a show-stopping match finale. Lagaan was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at the 74th Academy Awards. —PV
Leave No Trace
Genre: Drama Run time: 1h 49m Director: Debra Granik Cast: Ben Foster, Thomasin McKenzie, Jeff Kober
One of the best films of the 2010s, Debra Granik’s meditation on the modern world through two people isolated from it is an extraordinary follow-up for the Winter’s Bone director. From our write-up of the best movies new to streaming in July :
An Iraq War veteran (Ben Foster) lives with PTSD and his 13-year-old daughter (Thomasin McKenzie) in the lush green woods outside of Portland, Oregon. Isolated from the rest of society, they work together to live a life with nature. But when the young girl is seen by a jogger in the woods, she is detained by social services and her father is arrested. A touching story about finding your own place in the world and the comforts and limitations of family, Debra Granik’s 2018 drama is a modern masterpiece.
The Metamorphosis of Birds
Genre: Documentary/drama Run time: 1h 41m Director: Catarina Vasconcelos Cast: Manuel Rosa, Ana Vasconcelos, Henrique Vasconcelos
Catarina Vasconcelos’ 2020 feature debut is a difficult one to sum up in a trailer, let alone in words, and therein ultimately lies its appeal. Essentially an avant-garde documentary drama, The Metamorphosis of Birds chronicles the director’s own family history: the meeting and love affair between her grandparents, the childhood of their children growing up in the absence of their mariner father, and the fatal tragedy that rends their lives asunder and haunts them to this day like a lingering ghost.
Every shot and sequence of Vasconcelos’ experimental 16mm opus is beatific in its Magritte-like strangeness. It’s a series of images and sounds accompanied by the narration of letters and conversations between the members of the family that coalesce into a cinematic tableau of uncanny beauty and heart-wrenching tenderness. True to the spirit of its title, The Metamorphosis of Birds is a truly transformative work of emotional storytelling, one which beckons the audience to stare deeply into the intimate, unspoken corners of another family’s decades-long process of turning pain into wisdom and thereby gleaning a deeper insight into their own lives. Turn off your phone, find the largest screen possible, and give yourself over to this film. You’ll be thankful you did. —TE
The Nice Guys
Genre: Action/comedy Run time: 1h 56m Director: Shane Black Cast: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice
Shane Black’s other neo-noir, Los Angeles-set action comedy is a worthy spiritual successor to 2005’s Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and an uproariously hilarious movie in its own right. The story centers on Holland March (Gosling), an alcoholic single father and licensed PI, and Jackson Healy (Crowe), a muscle-for-hire freelancer. The two end up as an odd couple of idiot-genius sleuths whose respective investigations involving a missing girl converge to unveil a much larger and more sinister conspiracy involving Detroit automotive companies, government collusion, and organized crime.
Crowe and Gosling’s on-screen chemistry as two incorrigible, stubborn assholes with secret hearts of gold is terrific, as is Angourie Rice’s performance as March’s whip-smart daughter Holly. The Nice Guys may not surpass the pure comic genius of Black’s aforementioned classic starring Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer, but it confidently ranks as one of the director’s better films in recent memory. —TE
The Night Comes for Us
Genre: Martial arts thriller Run time: 2h 1m Director: Timo Tjahjanto Cast: Joe Taslim, Iko Uwais, Julie Estelle
The Night Comes for Us just fucking whips, OK? Why waste time on subtlety and preamble; the film certainly doesn’t! Indonesian action thrillers have been enjoying a renaissance period ever since Gareth Evans’ 2011 film The Raid kicked the door down and mollywhopped everything else in sight. Timo Tjahjanto’s 2018 film certainly follows in the footsteps of Evans’ own, with The Raid star Joe Taslim starring here as Ito, a gangland enforcer who betrays his Triad crime family by sparing the life of a child and attempting to flee the country.
Fellow The Raid star Iko Uwais shows up here as Arian, Ito’s childhood friend and fellow enforcer, who is tasked with hunting down Ito and recovering the girl. The action comes fast and frenzied here, with kinetic choreography and dazzling handheld cinematography that makes every punch, fall, and stab count. If you need to get your adrenaline pumping, throw this one on. —TE
Genre: Comedy Run time: 1h 35m Director: Paul King Cast: Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters
2014’s Paddington is as whimsical and earnest as it is inventive and surprising. Ben Whishaw stars as the Peruvian bear cub who stows aboard a lifeboat to London in search of a new home. Granted safe haven by the kindly Brown family, Paddington sets out in search for the explorer who long ago visited his homeland and befriended his family while eluding the many perils and pitfalls of the big city.
Nicole Kidman and Peter Calpadi deliver devilishly charming performances as the film’s antagonists, while Sally Hawkins and Hugh Bonneville are equally noteworthy as the vivacious Mrs. Brown and her stuffy risk-averse husband. Complete with sharp writing, intriguing set pieces, and loads of creative physical comedy, Paddington is an absolute delight. — TE
Genre: Historical drama Run time: 2h 10m Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville, Vicky Krieps
Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2017 historical drama Phantom Thread follows the story of Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis), an irascible haute couture dressmaker in 1950s London whose carefully cultivated lifestyle is upset by his ongoing love affair with his muse Alma (Vicky Krieps), a strong-willed woman with ambitions and desires of her own. His final film role to date, Day-Lewis is unsurprisingly masterful in his portrayal of Woodcock as an artist whose capricious infatuations and fastidious inflexibility prove unbearable to all except Alma, who discovers a ... let’s say unconventional way of leveling the power dynamic in their relationship. Top that with exquisite score by Jonny Greenwood and beautiful costume designs by Mark Bridges and you’ve got what is undoubtedly one of Anderson’s finest films to date. —TE
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie
Genre: Action comedy Run time: 1h 22m Directors: Andy Suriano, Ant Ward Cast: Ben Schwartz, Omar Benson Miller, Brandon Mychal Smith, Haley Joel Osment
It’s Oscar season, and with the nominations now out , conversations turn to a familiar topic: snubs. Nope is perhaps the biggest one (although the lack of recognition for Tár ’s sound design is borderline criminal), but there are plenty of movies that had an argument for a nomination.
I’m going to talk about one that’s a little outside the box — Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie should have absolutely been in the conversation for Animated Feature nominations. Just because it didn’t get that nod doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it at home now.
The movie version of a cartoon you don’t have to see, RotTMNT:TM is a wild ride of chaotic fight scenes, colorful set pieces, and some actually funny jokes. Ben Schwartz, Haley Joel Osment, and Rhys Darby are among the talented people lending their voices, but the real highlights are (1) it’s a visual feast with awesome fights and (2) it’s 82 minutes long. It’s also got a semi- Terminator thing going on, plot-wise. Enjoy! — PV
Genre: Historical epic Run time: 3h 7m Director: S.S. Rajamouli Cast: N.T. Rama Rao Jr., Ram Charan, Ajay Devgn
One of our favorite movies of the year , RRR is an epic bromance for the ages filled to the brim with jaw-dropping action sequences, unforgettable music numbers, and two guys just being dudes. If you can, you should consider watching it in the original Telugu language version on Zee5. If you can’t, the Hindi dub on Netflix is still well worth your time. — PV
Genre: Spy action thriller Run time: 2h 23m Director: Sam Mendes Cast: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench
Sam Mendes’ 2012 spy thriller is commonly cited by critics and 007 fans as the benchmark of Daniel Craig’s tenure as the iconic James Bond. And for good reason, too: Skyfall marks the defining moment not only for Craig’s incarnation of Bond, but for Dame Judi Dench, who up to that point had portrayed the character of “M,” Bond’s superior officer, across seven films between Pierce Brosnan’s and Craig’s tenure.
The film opens with Bond having been betrayed. Surviving a near-fatal wound from a gunshot ordered by M, 007 finds himself adrift in the world, unable to reconcile his newfound distrust for his longtime commander and his nascent discomfort with his role as a glorified wetworker for Britain. When a terrorist bombing on MI6’s headquarters and the loss of a classified NOC list of undercover MI6 agents threatens the safety of the organization — and M’s own life — Bond reemerges to track down the culprits responsible and bring them to justice. It’s only later that he learns that the man responsible is Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem), an embittered ex-MI6 operative who was also left for dead by M and now seeking revenge for her betrayal. With time running out and the situation becoming ever dire, Bond and M will have to learn to trust each other again as they retreat to the one place left for them to fight: Bond’s childhood home in the remote Scottish Highlands, though more commonly known as… Well, you can guess.
Skyfall might be the best Bond film of Craig’s run due in no small part to the film’s cast, which includes pitch-perfect performances from the likes of Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw as fan-favorite supporting characters Eve Moneypenny and MI6 quartermaster “Q.” Then there’s Bardem as the sadistic and eccentric agent saboteur with a penchant for Joker-like theatrics. Roger Deakins’ cinematography is exquisite, especially during the film’s nighttime sequences such as the duel between Bond and a sniper rifle-wielding assassin in a Shanghai skyscraper office and Silva’s scorched-earth assault on Bond’s family compound. Thomas Newman’s pulse-pounding score is terrific, as is Adele’s mournful title track, which easily ranks as one of the most memorable Bond themes in recent memory.
All of this is window dressing, though, compared to what really makes Skyfall stand apart not only from Daniel Craig’s other entries as Bond, but even compared to all the portrayals of Bond before him: the film’s willingness to probe the psychology of a man whose reputation as an effortlessly suave ladies’ man and steadfast weapon in the service of Queen and Country is contrasted by an internal restless search for meaning and moral clarity with regard to his role as a glorified killer. For those reasons and more, Skyfall is not only an exceptional Bond film, but just an exceptional film, period. —Toussaint Egan
Genre: Sci-fi Run time: 2h 16m Director: Jo Sung-hee Cast: Song Joong-ki, Kim Tae-ri, Jin Seon-kyu
Space Sweepers: Set in the year 2092, Jo Sung-hee’s Space Sweepers follows the crew of freelance garbagemen in space who discover a strange child-like robot named Dorothy containing a nuclear device. Hoping to ransom Dorothy in exchange for enough money to escape their poverty-stricken lives, their plan quickly escalates into a chase to stay one step ahead of the military force of a corrupt corporation. Though it’s far from the most original of sci-fi premises, Space Sweepers is still a visually impressive film with great action and a likable cast of dysfunctional characters with great chemistry. — TE
The Summit of the Gods
Genre: Adventure/drama Run time: 1h 35m Directors: Patrick Imbert Cast: Lazare Herson-Macarel, Eric Herson-Macarel, Damien Boisseau
This 2021 French-language animated drama centers on Makoto Fukamachi, a tenacious reporter who accidentally stumbles upon the biggest mountaineering story of the century: Proof that George Mallory and Andrew Irvine, not Sir Edmund Hillary, were the first climbers to reach the peak of Mount Everest in 1924. However, his only lead to break the story — an elusive mountain climber known as Habu Joji — has been missing for several years. Poring over the details of Joji’s life in the years preceding his disappearance, Makoto finds himself inadvertently drawn by the very same sense of accomplishment and meaning that has compelled countless climbers to crest Everest themselves.
Based on Jiro Taniguchi’s 2000 manga series, The Summit of the Gods is a gorgeously animated drama about the elusive quest for personal and professional validation and the perils of hubris and selfishness. The backgrounds are spectacular, the character animation is impressive, and the film’s final moments are as exhilarating as they are profoundly edifying. Brace yourself for a film that exemplifies “adult animation,” not as a juvenile display of hyper-violence and superficial titillation, but as a story about what it means to move through the world as an adult and find one’s place and purpose in it. —TE
Genre: Horror Run time: 1h 23m Director: Levan Gabriadze Cast: Shelley Hennig, Moses Storm, Renee Olstead
Unfriended is a horror movie with a gimmick. The whole thing takes place on a laptop screen, as the action unfolds over a Skype call between a group of friends. When an unknown (and unseen) participant mysteriously joins the call, friends start to die one by one in a terrifying and captivating series of events. The immersion of Unfriended through the device of the computer screen is masterful, and I highly recommend watching it on a laptop if you can for maximum effect. — PV
From our list of the best horror movies on Netflix :
Levan Gabriadze’s Unfriended pulls the audiences through the screen — almost literally. Viewed entirely from the perspective of a computer desktop, 2014 supernatural horror film centers around a Skype call between a group of high school students who are joined by an unknown presence known only as “billie227.” What at first appears to be a prank swiftly morphs into something much more horrific, as the mysterious stranger begins to reveal terrifying secrets about each of the friends before killing them off one by one. Unfriended is thoroughly gripping extrapolation of our always-online world; a world where vengeful poltergeists and doxxing exist side-by-side and no secret or offense goes undiscovered or unpunished. —TE
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Netflix is gifting us great content fresher than Spring air all March long, so get ready to check out the best movies and shows streaming now. You can count on Netflix to lead the way with incredible and innovative new content like Netflix Original movies Murder Mystery 2 and Luther: The Fallen Sun , in addition to Netflix Original series You : Season 4, Part 2 and Shadow and Bone : Season 2, and so much more.
If you’re trying to filter through all your options and decide what to watch on Netflix this month, you can also check out many other wonderful new Netflix Originals that you’ll love, like movies Chris Rock: Selective Outrage , We Lost Our Human , and Money Shot: The Pornhub Story , and shows Unstable , Love Is Blind : Season 4, and Sex/Life : Season 2.
March’s new releases are sure to become some of the most popular movies and shows on Netflix , so make you sure watch them before they’re gone.
Best New Movies on Netflix — March 2023 :
All month long, people have been eagerly waiting to see what new titles would be coming to Netflix. From old classics to brand new films having their premieres, Netflix is full of top-notch movies, documentaries, and comedy specials this March, but there were two that in particular stuck out above the rest. Here are the best new movies on Netflix this month.
Luther: The Fallen Sun (Released March 10) *Netflix Film
Luther: The Fallen Sun sees the electrifying Idris Elba return as brilliant detective chief inspector John Luther for an epic new adventure. We begin with Luther disgraced as he sits behind bars, haunted by an unsolved murder involving a sadistic serial killer that is still out there on the loose in London. Determined to right his wrongs, Luther breaks out of prison to capture the destructive cyber psychopath and prevent them from taking any more lives by any means necessary. Get in on all the action by watching this heart-pounding Netflix Original crime-thriller film when it premieres on the platform this month.
Murder Mystery 2 (Released March 31) *Netflix Film
This action crime-comedy film picks back up with Nick (Adam Sandler) and Audrey Spitz (Jennifer Aniston) who have come a long way since solving their first mystery four years earlier in Murder Mystery . But even with that success under their belt, the married couple still struggles to get their new private eye agency off the ground until a case falls right into their laps when their friend Maharaja (Adeel Akhtar) is kidnapped at his own lavish island wedding. With this incredible chance to finally make their dreams come true, the Spitzes lay it all on the line to get to the bottom of this high-stakes whodunnit.
Best New Shows on Netflix — March 2023 :
This March, the shows on Netflix are more exciting than ever before, but two of those titles stand out above the rest. Here are some of the best new shows that Netflix is bringing your way this month.
You : Season 4, Part 2 (Released March 9) *Netflix Series
If you’ve binged You : Season 4, Part 1 and are already desperate for more, then you’re in luck, because the second half of episodes hits Netflix early in March! We’ll continue to see new and even darker facets of Joe Goldberg’s (Penn Badgley) unique (and, quite frankly, horrifying) brand of “love” as he inhabits the new identity of Professor Jonathan Moore in London. With the true identity of the “Eat the Rich Killer” now known to Joe and a new paramour (Charlotte Ritchie) to chase (and potentially kill for), we can expect that You : Season 4, Part 2 is sure to end with a big, bloody, and brilliant bang, so make sure to catch it when it drops this month.
Shadow and Bone : Season 2 (Released March 16) *Netflix Series
After almost two full years of waiting, the highly-anticipated sophomore season of breakout 2021 fantasy series Shadow and Bone is finally upon us. Based on the books that make up Leigh Bardugo’s beloved Shadow and Bone trilogy and Six of Crows duology , Shadow and Bone is a Netflix Original series that tells the story of Ravkan orphan and cartographer, Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li), who finds that she is a Grisha gifted with an exceptional power with the potential to change the world. Season 1 ended on a major cliffhanger, as the villainous General Kirigan/Darkling (Ben Barnes) turns out to be alive after vicious beasts called volcra dragged him into the deadly Fold. Over the course of eight brand new action-packed episodes, Season 2 will cover everything from the Darkling’s quest for revenge, to Alina and her longtime friend Mal’s (Archie Renaux) journey outside of Ravka in search of strength and answers, to more excitement and mischief involving our lovable gang of Crows. Look forward to catching all of it when Shadow and Bone : Season 2 premieres in March, only on Netflix.
Netflix New Releases for March 2023 — Full List and Schedule on Netflix Now
Wondering what else you’ll be able to watch on Netflix this month? Here’s the full list of new movies and shows coming out on Netflix streaming March 2023:
Released March TBA
Agent Elvis *NETFLIX SERIES
Furies *NETFLIX FILM
I Am Georgina : Season 2 *NETFLIX SERIES
Released March 1
Cheat *NETFLIX SERIES
Forged in Fire: Knife or Death : Season 2
Little Angel: Volume 2
Magic Mike XXL
National Lampoon’s Animal House
Open Season 2
Out of Africa
Seven Years in Tibet
Sleepless in Seattle
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
The Hangover: Part II
The Hangover: Part III
The Other Boleyn Girl
Tonight You’re Sleeping with Me *NETFLIX FILM
Wrong Side of the Tracks : Season 2 *NETFLIX SERIES
Released March 2
Framed! A Sicilian Murder Mystery : Season 2 *NETFLIX SERIES
Karate Sheep *NETFLIX FAMILY
Masameer County : Season 2 *NETFLIX SERIES
Monique Olivier: Accessory to Evil *NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
Sex/Life : Season 2 *NETFLIX SERIES
This Is Where I Leave You
Released March 3
Love at First Kiss *NETFLIX FILM
Next in Fashion : Season 2 *NETFLIX SERIES
Split at the Root
Released March 4
Chris Rock: Selective Outrage *NETFLIX COMEDY
Divorce Attorney Shin *NETFLIX SERIES
Released March 6
Ridley Jones : Season 5 *NETFLIX FAMILY
Released March 7
World War Z
Released March 8
Faraway *NETFLIX FILM
MH370: The Plane That Disappeared *NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
Released March 9
You : Season 4 Part 2 *NETFLIX SERIES
Released March 10
10 Minute Workouts : Volume 2
20 Minute Workouts : Volume 2
30 Minute Workouts : Volume 2
Abs & Core : Volume 1
Bodyweight Burn : Volume 2
Fire & Flow with Tara & Xochilt : Volume 1
Fitness for Runners : Volume 1
Have a nice day! *NETFLIX FILM
High-Intensity Training : Volume 2
Ignite & Inspire : Volume 1
Kick Off with Betina Gozo : Volume 1
Lower-Body Workouts : Volume 1
Luther: The Fallen Sun *NETFLIX FILM
Outlast *NETFLIX SERIES
Rana Naidu *NETFLIX SERIES
The Glory : Part 2 *NETFLIX SERIES
Upper-Body Workouts : Volume 1
Yoga : Volume 1
Yoga with Xochil : Volume 1
Released March 14
Ariyoshi Assists *NETFLIX SERIES
Bert Kreischer: Razzle Dazzle *NETFLIX COMEDY
Released March 15
Money Shot: The Pornhub Story *NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
The Law of the Jungle *NETFLIX SERIES
Released March 16
Shadow and Bone : Season 2 *NETFLIX SERIES
Still Time *NETFLIX FILM
The Chronicles of Riddick
Released March 17
Dance 100 *NETFLIX SERIES
In His Shadow *NETFLIX FILM
Maestro in Blue *NETFLIX SERIES
Noise *NETFLIX FILM
Sky High: The Series *NETFLIX SERIES
The Magician’s Elephant *NETFLIX FILM
Released March 20
Gabby’s Dollhouse : Season 7 *NETFLIX FAMILY
Released March 21
We Lost Our Human *NETFLIX FAMILY
Released March 22
Invisible City : Season 2*NETFLIX SERIES
The Kingdom : Season 2 *NETFLIX SERIES
Waco: American Apocalypse *NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
Released March 23
Johnny *NETFLIX FILM
The Night Agent *NETFLIX SERIES
Released March 24
Chor Nikal Ke Bhaga *NETFLIX FILM
Love Is Blind : Season 4 *NETFLIX SERIES (new episodes weekly)
Released March 28
InuYasha : Seasons 4-5
Mae Martin: SAP *NETFLIX COMEDY
Released March 29
Emergency: NYC *NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
Unseen *NETFLIX SERIES
Wellmania *NETFLIX SERIES
Released March 30
Big Mäck: Gangsters and Gold *NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
From Me to You: Kimi ni Todoke *NETFLIX SERIES
Unstable *NETFLIX SERIES
Released March 31
Copycat Killer *NETFLIX SERIES
Diary of a Mad Black Woman
Henry Danger : Seasons 4-5
Kill Boksoon *NETFLIX FILM
Murder Mystery 2 *NETFLIX FILM
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles : Season 2
April Netflix Release Dates Worth Looking Forward To
Still wondering what Netflix content is on the horizon? Here are two buzz-worthy titles to look forward to watching on Netflix in April 2023:
Beef (Released April 6) *Netflix Series
One new streaming release that should be on your radar for April viewing is Beef , a Netflix Original comedy-drama about an incident of road rage that gradually completely consumes the two people involves. The 10 thirty-minute episode first season of the series is set to star Steven Yeun, Ali Wong, David Choe, Young Mazino, Joseph Lee, and Patti Yasutake, so make sure to tune into their wonderful work next month to get a whole new appreciation for what it means to have a major beef with someone.
Transatlantic (Released April 7) *Netflix Series
Based on Julie Orringer’s 2019 novel The Flight Portfolio , this upcoming Netflix Original history drama mini-series follows two Americans and their allies as they form a scrappy rescue operation in 1940 Marseilles to help artists, writers and other refugees fleeing Europe during WWII. With a cast led by Gillian Jacobs, Cory Michael Smith, Deleila Piasko, Corey Stoll, Grégory Montel, Ralph Amoussou, Luke Thompson, and Amit Rahav, the exciting new title is sure to provide a riveting, high-stakes adventure from beginning to end, so make sure to catch it when it hits Netflix early in April.
What Else Is Streaming New This March?
Netflix new releases are just a portion of the new movies and shows you can watch this month if you’ve got more than one streaming service subscription. We update our guides to the new releases on the most popular streaming platforms every month, so you can stay on top of the freshest titles to watch. Here are full lists, schedules, and reviews for everything streaming:
- New on Amazon Prime this month
- New on Hulu this month
- New on Disney+ this month
- New on HBO Max this month
- New on Showtime this month
- New on Starz this month
- New on BritBox this month
- New on Acorn TV this month
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- Money Shot: The Pornhub Story
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New Releases on Netflix for March 20th
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Agent Elvis ()
In this adult animated comedy, Elvis trades his jumpsuit for a jetpack when he joins a secret spy program to stop villains from destroying the world.
Caught Out: Crime. Corruption. Cricket. (2023)
This sports documentary examines India's biggest match-fixing scandal, the icons caught in its web and the journalists who uncovered the corruption.
A tense election campaign between rival tribes threatens the relationship and lives of a young couple from opposing sides of the political divide.
Dance 100 (Season 1)
To win $100,000, eight choreographers must create increasingly complex routines for an ever-growing number of elite dancers -- who are also the judges.
In His Shadow (2023)
After the death of their father, two half-brothers find themselves on opposite sides of an escalating conflict with tragic consequences.
Informa (Season 1)
A struggling tabloid reporter and a loud, well connected ex-yakuza informant team up to get the story on a series of shocking murders.
Maestro in Blue (Season 1)
A musician goes to lead a festival on a scenic island, where he begins an unexpected romance and finds himself entwined in other people's problems.
After moving his family into his childhood home, a man's investigation into a local factory accident connected to his father unveils dark family secrets.
Pui Pui Molcar (Season 2)
They're guinea pigs! And they're cars! The fuzzy and adorable molcars have lots of fun adventures in this delightful stop-motion animation.
Sir (Vaathi) (2023)
When a private school teacher is assigned to a neglected public school, he must overcome personal and political strife in his fight for education.
Sky High: The Series (Season 1)
When her husband dies, Sole decides that the best way to take care of her son is to become a crime boss -- even if that means being her father's enemy.
In a story based on real events, a boy deals with disease and despair in a remote Nigerian village -- until an unexpected source of help changes his life.
The Last Man on Earth (2022)
A sophisticated executive wakes up to discover all people have disappeared — and her only company is an arrogant co-worker determined to win her over.
The Magician's Elephant (2023)
A determined boy accepts a king's challenge to perform three impossible tasks in exchange for a magical elephant -- and the chance to chase his destiny.
Vaathi (Hindi) (Sir) (2023)
New releases on netflix for march 16th.
Barbie: Skipper and the Big Babysitting Adventure (2023)
When Skipper's babysitting business hits a snag, she takes a summer job at the water park -- where her childcare skills quickly come in handy.
Dragged Across Concrete (2018)
Suspended without pay for using excessive force, two cops in need of a new source of income turn to the criminal underworld.
Kick-Ass 2 (2013)
Four years after retiring, Kick-Ass makes a comeback to take down a new supervillain, while Hit Girl faces a truly daunting challenge: high school.
Crooked cops, an aging crime lord and cutthroat rebels collide when a plan to loot a high-security van transporting cash careens into chaos.
Pitch Black (2000)
After crash-landing on a desolate planet, a pilot and her passengers, one of whom is a convicted killer, must fend off a race of carnivorous aliens.
After street smart kid Raees rises to become Gujarat's bootlegging king in the 1980s, he tries to balance his life of crime with helping his people.
Left for dead on a lonely planet, fugitive Riddick activates an emergency beacon that could either save his life -- or attract deadly alien mercenaries.
Shadow and Bone (Season 2)
Dark forces conspire against orphan mapmaker Alina Starkov when she unleashes an extraordinary power that could change the fate of her war-torn world.
Still Time (2014)
In this time-jumping dramedy, a workaholic who's always in a rush now wants life to slow down when he finds himself leaping ahead a year every few hours.
The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)
While caught in the middle of a galactic war waged by the leader of an evil sect, escaped convict Riddick must rescue an old friend from prison.
New Releases on Netflix for March 15th
After witnessing the murder of his upstanding father, a village boy moves to Mumbai and falls into a life of crime with a singular motive: revenge.
Ikebukuro West Gate Park (Season 1)
Makoto navigates life on the rough and lively streets of Ikebukuro while trying to solve the brutal murder of a close friend.
Miracle in Cell No. 7 (2019)
Separated from his daughter, a father with an intellectual disability must prove his innocence when he is jailed for the death of a commander's child.
Money Shot: The Pornhub Story (2023)
Featuring interviews with performers, activists and past employees, this documentary offers a deep dive into the successes and scandals of Pornhub.
Student of the Year (2012)
Rivals turned friends find their bromance tested when they battle it out to win not only a grueling school competition, but also the same girl's heart.
The Giver (2014)
In a future society without hardship or free choice, young Jonas discovers a powerful truth and becomes determined to expose it.
The Law of the Jungle (Season 1)
Twelve people abandoned in the jungle must work as a team, or sabotage each other for a cut of a jackpot. Every player has their price -- what's yours?
Tiger and Dragon (Season 1)
A young yakuza thug apprentices with an indebted comic "rakugo" performer, whose not-so-fashionable son runs a clothes shop in the Harajuku backstreets.
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013)
On a trekking trip, an introvert falls for a charming ex-classmate, whose thirst for adventure drives them apart. Years later, their paths cross again.
New Releases on Netflix for March 14th
Ariyoshi Assists (Season 1)
He's usually the host; but this time, Ariyoshi lets a rotating cast of celebrities be the MC of the show while he claims the role of bemused assistant.
Bert Kreischer: Razzle Dazzle (2023)
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The sheer volume of films on Netflix — and the site’s less than ideal interface — can make finding a genuinely great movie there a difficult task. To help, we’ve plucked out the 50 best films currently streaming on the service in the United States, updated regularly as titles come and go. And as a bonus, we link to more great movies on Netflix within many of our write-ups below. (Note: Streaming services sometimes remove titles or change starting dates without giving notice.)
Here are our lists of the best TV shows on Netflix , the best movies on Amazon Prime Video and the best of everything on Hulu and Disney Plus .
‘Glass Onion’ (2022)
The writer and director Rian Johnson follows up his Agatha Christie-style whodunit hit “Knives Out” with this delightfully clever comedy-mystery, featuring the further adventures of the world’s greatest detective, Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig, still outfitted with neckerchiefs and a deliciously Southern-fried accent). Johnson constructs a “classic detective story with equal measures of breeziness and rigor ,” again focusing on the haves and have-nots, as a gang of rich pals (including Kate Hudson, Leslie Odom Jr., Dave Bautista and Kathryn Hahn) meet up on the isolated island of a Silicon Valley millionaire (Edward Norton). Janelle Monáe, not unlike Ana de Armas in the original, steals the show as the interloper who’s not what she seems. (If you like your mysteries a bit more serious, stream “ Side Effects .”) Watch on Netflix
‘White Noise’ (2022)
The writer and director Noah Baumbach expands his typical small scale into something resembling spectacle — without sacrificing his customary attentiveness to the details of character and dialogue. His protagonists are Jack (Adam Driver) and Babette (Greta Gerwig), two intellectuals doing their best in the middle of the Reagan era to cling to their progressive principles — and later, their very lives, after their surrounding area is driven into panic and paranoia by an “airborne toxic event.” Don DeLillo’s acclaimed novel of the same name was published in 1985, but you don’t have to read too closely between the lines to see its parallels with current events, particularly as DeLillo’s and Baumbach’s characters stumble into something resembling normal life. Our critic called it “ a frequently funny movie that is also utterly in earnest.” (Baumbach’s “ Marriage Story ” and “ The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) ” are also on Netflix.) Watch on Netflix
‘Jerry Maguire’ (1996)
The writer and director Cameron Crowe nabbed five Oscar nominations for this charming romantic comedy, notable for its “disarming acting, colorful writing and true generosity of spirit .” One of those nominations was for Tom Cruise, at his very best as Jerry, a slick sports agent whose crisis of conscience changes the way he conducts his work — and by extension, his life. Cuba Gooding Jr. picked up the trophy for best supporting actor for his top-notch turn as Rod, Jerry’s star client, and Regina King is magnificent as Marcee, Rod’s no-nonsense wife. Renée Zellweger’s heart-on-her-sleeve performance as Dorothy, Jerry’s unlikely romantic interest, turned her into a major star. (The similarly funny and truthful “ This Is 40 ” and “ Parenthood ” are also streaming.) Watch on Netflix
Laura Hillenbrand’s “Seabiscuit: An American Legend” was a publishing sensation in 1999, telling the true story of how an undersize racehorse became an unexpected rallying point for Americans during the Great Depression. The film version, adapted and directed by Gary Ross (“Pleasantville”), touches on many of the same emotional pressure points: It’s an underdog story through and through, from its title thoroughbred to its hotheaded jockey (Tobey Maguire) to the challenges faced by America more broadly. Ross convincingly recreates the period with a sterling cast that includes Jeff Bridges, Chris Cooper, Elizabeth Banks and William H. Macy. (For more drama, queue up “ The Swimmers ” and “ Phantom Thread .”)
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‘Emily the Criminal’ (2022)
The thumbnail summary — “Aubrey Plaza becomes a thief” — conjures up a bone-dry comedy in which her deadpan persona creates ironic friction with the criminal underworld. But “Emily the Criminal” isn’t that movie at all; it’s a “ chilly, assured thriller ,” a Michael Mann-ish procedural with nary a wink in sight, and it absolutely (albeit surprisingly) works. The writer and director John Patton Ford creates moments of real tension while also giving what feels like an insider’s view of this world of thieves and hustlers. And if Plaza’s turn as a deep-in-debt temp worker trying her hand at life on the margins sounds like novelty casting, think again — she’s spectacular. (For more indie drama, try “ Leave No Trace ” or “ We the Animals .”) Watch on Netflix
‘National Lampoon’s Animal House’ (1978)
This wild 1978 blockbuster launched the film career of John Belushi, the “slobs vs. snobs” comedy subgenre and the mainstream aspirations of the subversive humor magazine National Lampoon. With a randy screenplay by Harold Ramis, Douglas Kenney and Chris Miller, the movie follows a pair of misfit fraternity pledges (Tom Hulce and Stephen Furst) through their first semester at Faber College in 1962, complete with a deliriously funny rampage of food fights, toga parties, horse abductions and wrecked parades. The director John Landis engagingly orchestrates the chaos, with Belushi stealing every possible scene as the frat’s resident party animal. Watch on Netflix
Plenty of filmmakers have livened up family movies by sliding in winking gags and pop culture references for the grown-ups. But few have done it as unapologetically (and successfully) as the “Pirates of the Caribbean” director Gore Verbinski, who livens up this story of a desert lizard’s adventure in several surprising ways. First, he constructs it as a kiddie “Chinatown,” with our hero stumbling into a Western town where the battle over water rights is getting ugly. And he apparently instructed his leading man, Johnny Depp, to voice the role as a riff on his turn as Hunter S. Thompson in “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” even throwing in visual and verbal nods to that very R-rated adaptation. But Verbinski also doesn’t alienate the target audience: Children will likewise delight in this visually inventive and frequently funny treat. “This rambling, anarchic tale is gratifyingly fresh and eccentric ,” our critic raved. (Bigger-kid viewers, and their parents, will also enjoy “ A Little Princess .”) Watch on Netflix
‘Sleepless in Seattle’ (1993)
Tom Hanks is a sensitive widower who pours out his heart in a searching monologue on a radio call-in show; Meg Ryan, listening in, is so smitten that she travels across the country to track him down. That’s the premise of this “ feather-light romantic comedy ” from the writer and director Nora Ephron, who infuses her tale of love lost and found with plentiful homages to the classic tear-jerker “An Affair to Remember,” including a climactic meet-up atop the Empire State Building. This was Hanks and Ryan’s second onscreen collaboration (after “Joe Versus the Volcano”), though they spend most of it apart — amusingly so, as their near-misses prove both funny and poignant. Watch on Netflix
‘Julie & Julia’ (2009)
This “ breezy, busy ” comedy-drama from Nora Ephron is an adaptation of two books: one by Julie Powell , a blogger who attempted to work her way through all the recipes in Julia Child’s influential “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”; the other by Child, a memoir she wrote with Alex Prud’homme that details the development of those recipes. The juxtaposition is ingenious, giving the viewer two funny — and mouthwatering — movies for the price of one, and the performances (particularly by Meryl Streep as Child, Amy Adams as Powell and Stanley Tucci as Child’s devoted husband, Paul) are first-rate. Watch on Netflix
The 1986 novel by Stephen King (and, to a lesser extent, its 1990 TV mini-series version) became so entrenched in popular culture that this film adaptation could have just coasted on callbacks and fan service. But the director Andy Muschietti (“Mama”) cranks up the visceral you-are-there intensity of the tale, with a considerable assist from a charismatic, mostly unknown cast. The thrills are real, but “It” is wisely anchored in character, relationships and camaraderie, particularly among the children — it’s more “Stand by Me” than “Children of the Corn” — lending the suspense scenes genuine weight. And Bill Skarsgard manages to spin Pennywise, killer-clown clichés or no, into a freshly chilling screen villain. (For more horror, queue up “ It Follows .”) Watch on Netflix
‘Begin Again’ (2014)
Seven years after his microbudget smash “Once,” the director John Carney took a big step up in size and scope for “Begin Again,” which features slick production value and marquee stars (specifically, Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo). Still, Carney maintains the indie spirit and storytelling style of his earlier film, spinning a tale of a romance that cannot be — instead manifesting itself in its protagonists’ shared love of music and the charge they get from creating it. It’s a feel-good, pick-me-up kind of a movie, one that lifts the spirit while avoiding conventional (and simplistic) happy endings. Watch on Netflix
‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’ (2010)
Edgar Wright (“Baby Driver”) helms this unique action/comedy with a zippy graphic-novel aesthetic. Though it’s based on a comic book series and filled with video game-inspired sequences, viewers need not be familiar with either; Wright merely borrows the high-energy visual language of those genres to tell his sweet story more exuberantly and playfully. “Pilgrim” snaps and crackles. A.O. Scott praised its “speedy, funny, happy-sad spirit .” And it’s a “before they were stars” extravaganza, presciently filled with talented young actors (Brie Larson, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Alison Pill, and many more) who were just about to pop. (For more action and comedy, queue up “ The Mask of Zorro ” and “ The Quick and the Dead .”) Watch on Netflix
Early in his career, the director Mike Nichols scored one of his greatest critical and commercial successes with “Carnal Knowledge,” a savagely funny and brutally candid account of the war between the sexes, as seen through the broken relationships of two men and two women. Near the end of his career, Nichols revisited the subject matter with a similar cast makeup, adapting the play “Closer” by Patrick Marber into a tough four-hander of sexual desire and emotional betrayal. Jude Law, Clive Owen, Natalie Portman and Julia Roberts play a full range of ruthlessness, cruelty, sensitivity and brokenness. It’s a challenging movie, but a great one. Watch on Netflix
‘Minority Report’ (2002)
Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise joined forces for the first time for this adaptation of the Philip K. Dick short story, envisioning a future in which elite police officers use psychic predictions to stop crimes before they happen — which is all well and good until the chief of the unit (Cruise) is accused of a “pre-crime” himself. The premise is clever, mixing action-infused, post-“Matrix” sci-fi with a classic Hitchcockian “wrong man” conflict. It is, per our critic, “ a muscular and dense exercise of skill and verve ,” but Spielberg also poses thoughtful questions about surveillance and profiling that have grown only more relevant since. Watch on Netflix
A struggling young actor named Sylvester Stallone became a worldwide superstar when he wrote himself the plum role of a C-list boxer who gets a shot at the championship. And it’s a star-making performance, with a vulnerability that the actor shed far too quickly. (This work is closer to Brando than Rambo.) John G. Avildsen directs in a modest, unaffected style that underlines the palooka’s solitude. The supporting cast is stunning, particularly Burgess Meredith’s turn as Rocky’s tough trainer, Mickey, and Talia Shire’s heartbreaking work as Adrian, the painfully shy object of Rocky’s affection. (The first and best of its sequels, “ Rocky II ,” is also on Netflix.) Watch on Netflix
‘Reservoir Dogs’ (1992)
Assembling an enviable ensemble cast of hard-boiled character actor types, a movie-savvy young writer and director named Quentin Tarantino shook up the clichés of the heist movie with this blood-soaked cult hit . Telling the story of a jewelry store robbery gone sideways, Tarantino’s clever script skipped over the robbery itself entirely, focusing instead on the assembly of the crew and their frayed nerves at a meet-up afterward. He further kept viewers off-balance with a scrambled chronology that reveals new complexities of plot and character with each scene, resulting in one of the most electrifying debut features of the ’90s indie scene. Our critic praised its “dazzling cinematic pyrotechnics and over-the-top dramatic energy .” Watch on Netflix
The ’70s Broadway smash harked back to the poodle skirts and leather jackets of the 1950s, and this big screen treatment doesn’t fix what isn’t broken. John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John create sparks aplenty as a would-be couple whose summer fling grows a bit more complicated once the school year starts anew. But the plot is not the selling point here. It’s the songs — catchy and energetic numbers like “Greased Lightnin’,” “You’re the One That I Want,” and “We Go Together” — and the charismatic cast, which also includes Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway, Lorenzo Lamas and Frankie Avalon. Watch on Netflix
‘The Sting’ (1973)
Few onscreen pairings have conveyed affection and camaraderie as effortlessly as that of Paul Newman and Robert Redford, and they easily recaptured the magic of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” in their second onscreen collaboration (again under the guidance of “Cassidy” director George Roy Hill). Set in the 1930s, this sparkling, comedic con caper finds our handsome heroes mounting a giant operation to swindle a corrupt banker (Robert Shaw), all to the ragtime sounds of Scott Joplin’s piano. There are turns and reversals aplenty, along with endless charm. (For more buddy comedy, stream “ The Nice Guys ” and “ 21 Jump Street .”) Watch on Netflix
‘Road to Perdition’ (2002)
Tom Hanks found a rare opportunity to explore his darker side in this moody adaptation of the graphic novel by Max Allan Collins (itself inspired by the classic manga “Lone Wolf and Cub”). Hanks stars as Michael Sullivan Sr., a Depression-era enforcer for the Irish Mob who must flee his Illinois home with his 12-year-old son when he crosses the erratic son (Daniel Craig) of his longtime boss and father figure (an Oscar-nominated Paul Newman, in one of his final roles). The director Sam Mendes joins his “American Beauty” cinematographer Conrad L. Hall to create a picture that’s both gorgeous and melancholy, pushing past the surface pleasures of its period genre setting with timeless themes of family, morality and mortality. (Hanks’s “ Forrest Gump ” and “ The ‘Burbs ” are also on Netflix.) Watch on Netflix
‘Easy A’ (2010)
This winking update to “The Scarlet Letter” has much to recommend it, including the witty and quotable screenplay, the sly indictments of bullying and rumor-mongering and the deep bench of supporting players. But “Easy A” is mostly memorable as the breakthrough of Emma Stone, an “ irresistible presence ” whose turn as a high-school cause célèbre quickly transformed her from a memorable supporting player to a soaring leading lady — and with good reason. She’s wise and wisecracking, quick with a quip but never less than convincing as a tortured teen. Watch on Netflix
Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams star as members of a strict Orthodox Jewish community whose shared past forcefully returns in this powerful drama from the director Sebastián Lelio (adapting Naomi Alderman’s novel). Ronit (Weisz), estranged from the community, returns following the death of her father and resumes her romance with Esti (McAdams), who has repressed her desires and entered a loveless marriage. Lelio approaches the material matter-of-factly, refusing to either sensationalize or desexualize the relationship; it’s a rare mainstream portrayal of same-sex attraction that considers both emotional and physical attraction on equal footing. (“ Call Me By Your Name ” is a similarly intense romantic drama.) Watch on Netflix
‘My Girl’ (1991)
Those who know Anna Chlumsky only from her wickedly funny (and deliciously foul-mouthed) work on “Veep” may be surprised by this, her debut film, a sweet coming-of-age drama set in the summer of 1972 and released when she was only 11 years old. She stars as Vada, a hypochondriac whose father (Dan Aykroyd) runs the local funeral parlor. Jamie Lee Curtis co-stars as a potential romantic interest for Vada’s dad, while Macaulay Culkin is heartbreaking as Vada’s summer pal, and first kiss. Watch on Netflix
“Turn the music down,” the neighbor barks. “Don’t make me have to call the cops.” Jay (Obinna Nwachukwu) hasn’t even made it to the door of his home in Washington, D.C., but the warning from his new (white) neighbor makes it clear that the old block has changed. But urban gentrification isn’t the only subject of Merawi Gerima’s “ challenging, engrossing ” debut feature; as Jay reconnects with his neighborhood and its people, stories, sins and childhood traumas bubble back up to the surface, making “Residue” less a conventional narrative than a stream-of-consciousness exploration of the ongoing conversations between past and present. Watch on Netflix
When the remains of the Clotilda, the last known ship to bring enslaved Africans to the United States, were discovered off the shore of Mobile, Ala., in 2019, it was physical evidence of a long-told piece of local lore — an illegal operation, long after such ships were outlawed, five years before emancipation. So this amounted to the excavation of a crime scene, prompting a giant question for the descendants of those victims: What does justice look like? Margaret Brown’s spellbinding documentary asks that question, which opens up many more thornier conversations about history, complicity and legacy. Our critic called it “ deeply attentive ” and “moving.” (Documentary lovers will also enjoy “ What Happened, Miss Simone? ” and “ Sr. ” ) Watch on Netflix
It’s understandable to look upon a period literary biopic starring Keira Knightley and presume an object of arid stuffiness. But the director Wash Westmoreland gives us anything but — this is a rowdy, ribald picture, about a woman who wrote rowdy, ribald stories. She went from a shy innocent to a proud hedonist, and Westmoreland eagerly takes that journey alongside her. But he also dramatizes her intellectual awakening, and her insistence on being regarded as both a real writer and a full person. Manohla Dargis praised its “ light, enjoyably fizzy approach to its subject .” Watch on Netflix
The phrase “ahead of their time” is bandied about with abandon, but it certainly applies to the 1980s output of Jim Henson, who expanded his reach with non-Muppet, dark fantasy entertainments that were met with critical and commercial indifference but have gained considerable cult followings with the passing years. “The Dark Crystal” was one example; “Labyrinth” is another, a 1986 musical fantasy, made in collaboration with George Lucas, which Henson directed from a screenplay by the Monty Python member Terry Jones. Jennifer Connelly stars as a slightly spoiled teenager who takes a journey into a dark world to rescue her baby brother; David Bowie is unforgettable, scary and seductive as the Goblin King who stands in her way. Our critic deemed it “a remarkable achievement.” Watch on Netflix
This forceful biopic from the director Antonio Campos dramatizes the life and death of Christine Chubbuck, the Florida news personality who killed herself on live television in 1974. What was, for years, a grisly footnote in television history is here rendered as a wrenching snapshot of mental illness, thanks to Craig Shilowich’s sensitive screenplay and Rebecca Hall’s stunning work as Chubbuck, a deeply felt turn in which every harsh word and casual slight lands like a body blow. Watch on Netflix
‘Richard Pryor: Live in Concert’ (1979)
In December of 1978, Richard Pryor took the stage of the Terrace Theater in Long Beach, Calif., and delivered what may still be the greatest recorded stand-up comedy performance in history. It captures the comic at his zenith; his insights are razor-sharp, his physical gifts are peerless, and his powers of personification are remarkable as he gives thought and voice to household pets, woodland creatures, deflating tires and uncooperative parts of his own body. But as with the best of Pryor’s stage work, what’s most striking is his vulnerability. In sharing his own struggles with health, relationships, sex and masculinity, Pryor was forging a path to the kind of unapologetic candor that defines so much of contemporary comedy. (For more classic comedy, stream “ The Nutty Professor ” and “ Fletch .”) Watch on Netflix
‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ (2018)
Joel and Ethan Coen’s Old West anthology film is a series of tales of varying length and style, some as brief and simple as jokes, others with the richness and depth of a great short story. Our critic wrote, “It swerves from goofy to ghastly so deftly and so often that you can’t always tell which is which,” and what seems at first like a filmed notebook of ideas and orphans instead becomes something of a workshop; it’s a place for the Coens to try things, experimenting with new styles and moods, while also delivering the kind of dark humor and deliciously ornate dialogue that we’ve come to expect. (The Coens’ “ Hail, Caesar! ” is also streaming.) Watch on Netflix
‘Zathura: A Space Adventure’ (2005)
The director Jon Favreau started his career making chatty indies like “Swingers” and is now the go-to guy for Marvel (“Iron Man”) and Disney (“The Lion King”). This family adventure was the bridge he built between those worlds. Based on a 2002 novel by the “Jumanji” author Chris Van Allsburg, it tells a similar story in which children are drawn into the world of a board game that is perhaps too immersive. The special effects are jaw-dropping, and the adventure elements are enthralling (particularly for young audiences), but Favreau’s background in small-scale, character-driven narratives shines through in the sweet and surprisingly moving conclusion. (For more family viewing, try “ Paddington ” or “ Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio .”) Watch on Netflix
‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ (2018)
Barry Jenkins followed up the triumph of his Oscar-winning “Moonlight” with this “ anguished and mournful ” adaptation of James Baldwin’s 1974 novel. It is, first and foremost, a love story, and the warmth and electricity Jenkins captures and conveys between stars KiKi Layne and Stephan James is overwhelming. But it’s also a love story between two African Americans in 1960s Harlem, and the delicacy with which the filmmaker threads in the troubles of that time, and the injustice that ultimately tears his main characters apart, is heart-wrenching. Masterly performances abound — particularly from Regina King, who won an Oscar for her complex, layered portrayal of a mother on a mission. (Other Oscar winners on Netflix include “ Darkest Hour .”) Watch on Netflix
‘Men in Black’ (1997)
This “ dryly clever ” sci-fi/comedy hybrid plays, in many ways, like a sly satire of its star Will Smith’s “Independence Day” from the previous summer, treating an alien invasion not as a doomsday event, but an everyday fact of life — burdened mostly by the inconveniences of bureaucracy. Tommy Lee Jones stars as “Kay,” a longtime member of the agency in charge of tracking and regulating extraterrestrial visitors, while Smith stars as “Jay,” the new recruit who must learn the ropes. The screenplay (by Ed Solomon, a co-writer for “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure”) knows that the old-pro-meets-young-hotshot setup is a chestnut and treats it with the proper irreverence. And Barry Sonnenfeld’s inventive direction gracefully amplifies the absurdity in every scenario. The result is a rarity: a big-budget tent pole that displays both jaw-dropping effects and a sense of humor. (For more buddy comedy, stream “ The Nice Guys ” and “ 21 Jump Street . ”) Watch on Netflix
The British comic actor Steve Coogan — best known for his long-running turns as Alan Partridge and as a fictionalized version of himself in the “Trip” movies and BBC series — made a surprising shift to the serious when he co-wrote and co-starred in Stephen Frears’s adaptation of the nonfiction book “The Lost Child of Philomena Lee.” Judi Dench received a best actress Oscar nomination for her performance (“so quietly moving that it feels lit from within ,” per our critic) as the title character, an Irishwoman who is seeking out the son she was forced to give up for adoption a half-century earlier. Coogan (nominated for best screenplay) is the journalist who assists her and uncovers a horrifying story of religious hypocrisy. (For more fact-based drama, queue up “ Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom .”) Watch on Netflix
‘Straight Up’ (2020)
When Todd (James Sweeney) and Rory (Katie Findlay) first meet, they bond over a shared love of “Gilmore Girls.” That show’s rat-tat-tat dialogue, pop culture savvy and unabashed sentimentality are all over this unconventional romantic comedy. Sweeney also wrote and directed, augmenting the normally drab rom-com template with a cornucopia of quirky and unexpected visual flourishes, and his screenplay is painfully astute, displaying an enviable ear for how, with the right partner, the affectations and witticisms of dating give way to confession and vulnerability. ((For more romantic comedy, stream “ Notting Hill .”) Watch on Netflix
‘The Lost Daughter’ (2021)
The actor-turned-filmmaker Maggie Gyllenhaal writes and directs this adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s novel, starring Olivia Colman as a professor on vacation whose strained interactions with a large, unruly American family — particularly a young, stressed mother (Dakota Johnson) — send her down a rabbit hole of her memories, a switch-flip intermingling of past and present. There is a bit of back story to untangle, which turns the film into something like a mystery. But “The Lost Daughter” is mostly noteworthy for its willingness to explore the darkest moments of parenthood, the horrible feeling of giving up and longing for escape. Colman brings humanity and even warmth to a difficult character, while Jessie Buckley beautifully connects the dots as her younger iteration. Our critic calls it “a sophisticated, elusively plotted psychological thriller.” (The Gyllenhaal vehicle “ The Kindergarten Teacher ” is similarly unnerving.) Watch on Netflix
‘The Power of the Dog’ (2021)
“I wonder what little lady made these?” Phil (Benedict Cumberbatch) asks about the paper flowers created by Peter (Kodi Smit-McPhee) — the first indication of the initial theme of Jane Campion’s new film, an adaptation of the novel by Thomas Savage. Phil is a real piece of work, and when his brother and ranching partner George (Jesse Plemons) marries Peter’s mother, Rose (Kirsten Dunst), it brings all of Phil’s resentment and nastiness to the surface as he tries, in multiple, hostile ways, to exert his dominance and display his dissatisfaction. That tension and conflict would be enough for a lesser filmmaker, but Campion burrows deeper, taking a carefully executed turn to explore his complicated motives — and desires in this film of welcome complexity and unexpected tenderness; Manohla Dargis called it “ a great American story and a dazzling evisceration of one of the country’s foundational myths.” Watch on Netflix
The films of the director Robert Greene (including “Bisbee ’17” and “Kate Plays Christine”) live at the intersection of documentary, drama and process, intermingling fact, fictionalization and the difficulties of pursuing that most elusive of goals, truth. That mixture is particularly effective here, as the filmmaker spent three years collaborating with a professional drama therapist and six survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests in the Midwest to create a series of scenes inspired by their experiences — and the considerable emotional fallout that ensued. It’s a deeply moving and blisteringly powerful account of survival and support. (Documentary aficionados may also enjoy “ Misha and the Wolves .”) Watch on Netflix
“She’s a girl from Chicago I used to know,” Irene (Tessa Thompson) says of Clare (Ruth Negga) — a statement that is accurate on the surface but that contains volumes of history, tension and secrets. Irene and Clare are both light-skinned Black women who have made different choices about how to live their lives, but when they reconnect, they are both prompted to reckon with who, exactly, they are. The screenplay and direction by Rebecca Hall (adapting Nella Larsen’s 1929 novel) delicately yet precisely plumbs their psychological depths and wounds, and the sumptuous costumes and immaculate black and white cinematography serve as dazzling counterpoints to what Manohla Dargis called “ an anguished story of identity and belonging .” Watch on Netflix
In this powerful adaptation by the director Dee Rees of the novel by Hillary Jordan, two families — one white and one Black — are connected by a plot of land in the Jim Crow South. Rees gracefully tells both stories (and the larger tale of postwar America) without veering into didacticism, and her ensemble cast brings every moment of text and subtext into sharp focus. Our critic called it a work of “ disquieting, illuminating force .” (For more period drama, queue up “ The Beguiled ” and “ Crimson Peak .”) Watch on Netflix
‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ (2020)
The acclaimed stage director George C. Wolfe brings August Wilson ’s Pulitzer Prize winner to the screen, quite faithfully — which is just fine, as a play this good requires little in the way of “opening up,” so rich are the characters and so loaded is the dialogue. The setting is a Chicago music studio in 1927, where the “Mother of the Blues” Ma Rainey (Viola Davis) and her band are meeting to record several of her hits, though that business is frequently disrupted by the tensions within the group over matters both personal and artistic. Davis is superb as Rainey, chewing up her lines and spitting them out with contempt at anyone who crosses her, and Chadwick Boseman, who died in 2020 and won a posthumous Golden Globe best actor award for his performance, is electrifying as the showy sideman, Levee, a boiling pot of charisma, flash and barely concealed rage. A.O. Scott calls the film “ a powerful and pungent reminder of the necessity of art .” (For more character-driven drama, check out “ The Two Popes ” and “ High Flying Bird .”) Watch on Netflix
‘His House’ (2020)
Genre filmmakers have spent the past three years trying (and mostly failing) to recreate the magic elixir of horror thrills and social commentary that made “Get Out” so special, but few have come as close as the British director Remi Weekes’s terrifying and thought-provoking Netflix thriller. He tells the story of two South Sudanese refugees seeking asylum in London, who are placed in public housing — a residence they are forbidden from leaving, which becomes a problem when things start going bump in the night. In a masterly fashion Weekes expands this simple haunted-house premise into a devastating examination of grief and desperation, but sacrifices no scares along the way, making “His House” a rare movie that prompts both tears and goose bumps. (Thriller fans will also want to check out Clint Eastwood’s “ Play Misty for Me .”) Watch on Netflix
‘Dick Johnson Is Dead’ (2020)
“I’ve always wanted to be in the movies,” Dick Johnson tells his daughter Kirsten, and he’s in luck — she makes them, documentaries mostly, dealing with the biggest questions of life and death. So they turn his struggle with Alzheimer’s and looming mortality into a movie, a “ resonant and, in moments, profound ” one (per Manohla Dargis), combining staged fake deaths and heavenly reunions with difficult familial interactions. He’s an affable fellow, warm and constantly chuckling, and a good sport, cheerfully playing along with these intricate, macabre (and darkly funny) scenarios. But it’s really a film about a father and daughter, and their lifelong closeness gives the picture an intimacy and openness uncommon even in the best documentaries. It’s joyful, and melancholy and moving, all at once. Watch on Netflix
‘The Old Guard’ (2020)
Gina Prince-Blythewood ’s adaptation of Greg Rucka’s comic book series delivers the expected goods: The action beats are crisply executed, the mythology is clearly defined and the pieces are carefully placed for future installments. But that’s not what makes it special. Prince-Blythewood’s background is in character-driven drama (her credits include “Love and Basketball” and “Beyond the Lights”), and the film is driven by its relationships rather than its effects — and by a thoughtful attentiveness to the morality of its conflicts. A.O. Scott deemed it a “ fresh take on the superhero genre ,” and he’s right; though based on a comic book, it’s far from cartoonish. (Prince-Blythwood’s “ Beyond the Lights ” is also on Netflix.) Watch on Netflix
‘Da 5 Bloods’ (2020)
Spike Lee’s latest is a genre-hopping combination of war movie, protest film, political thriller, character drama and graduate-level history course in which four African American Vietnam vets go back to the jungle to dig up the remains of a fallen compatriot — and, while they’re at it, a forgotten cache of stolen war gold. In other hands, it could’ve been a conventional back-to-Nam picture or “Rambo”-style action/adventure (and those elements, to be clear, are thrilling). But Lee goes deeper, packing the film with historical references and subtext, explicitly drawing lines from the civil rights struggle of the period to the protests of our moment. A.O. Scott called it a “ long, anguished, funny, violent excursion into a hidden chamber of the nation’s heart of darkness.” (For more genre-infused drama, check out “ Sleight .”) Watch on Netflix
Ava DuVernay (“Selma”) directs this wide-ranging deep dive into mass incarceration, tracing the advent of America’s modern prison system — overcrowded and disproportionately populated by Black inmates — back to the 13th Amendment. It’s a giant topic to take on in 100 minutes, and DuVernay understandably has to do some skimming and slicing. But that necessity engenders its style: “13TH” tears through history with a palpable urgency that pairs nicely with its righteous fury. Our critic called it “ powerful, infuriating and at times overwhelming .” Watch on Netflix
‘Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution’ (2020)
“This camp changed the world,” we’re told, in the early moments of James LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham’s documentary, “and nobody knew about it.” The most refreshing and surprising element of this moving chronicle is that, title notwithstanding, the subject is not Camp Jened, the Catskills getaway that offered disabled kids and teens a “normal” summer camp experience. It’s about how that camp was the epicenter of a movement — a place where they could be themselves and live their lives didn’t have to be a utopian ideal, but a notion that they could carry out into the world , and use as a baseline for change. (Documentary fans should also seek out “ F.T.A .”) Watch on Netflix
‘American Factory’ (2019)
Documentary filmmakers have long been fascinated by the logistics and complexities of manual labor, but Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert’s recent Oscar winner for best documentary feature views these issues through a decidedly 21st-century lens. Focusing on a closed GM plant in Dayton, Ohio, that’s taken over by a Chinese auto glass company, Bognar and Reichert thoughtfully, sensitively (and often humorously) explore how cultures — both corporate and general — clash. Manohla Dargis calls it “ complex, stirring, timely and beautifully shaped, spanning continents as it surveys the past, present and possible future of American labor.” (Netflix’s documentaries “ Icarus ” and “ The Life and Death of Marsha P. Johnson ” are also well worth your time.) Watch on Netflix
‘The Irishman’ (2019)
Martin Scorsese reteams with Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci for the first time since “ Casino ” (1995), itself a return to the organized crime territory of their earlier 1990 collaboration “Goodfellas” — and then adds Al Pacino as Jimmy Hoffa. A lazier filmmaker might merely have put them back together to play their greatest hits. Scorsese does something far trickier, and more poignant: He takes all the elements we expect in a Scorsese gangster movie with this cast, and then he strips it all down, turning this story of turf wars, union battles and power struggles into a chamber piece of quiet conversations and moral contemplation. A.O. Scott called it “ long and dark : long like a novel by Dostoyevsky or Dreiser, dark like a painting by Rembrandt.” (Scorsese’s “ The Aviator ” is also on Netflix.) Watch on Netflix
This vivid, evocative memory play from Alfonso Cuarón is a story of two Mexican women in the early 1970s: Sofía (Marina de Tavira), a mother of four whose husband (and provider) is on his way out the door, and Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), the family’s nanny, maid and support system. The scenes are occasionally stressful, often heart-wrenching, and they unfailingly burst with life and emotion. Our critic called it “ an expansive, emotional portrait of life buffeted by violent forces, and a masterpiece .” (For more critically acclaimed international drama, try “ Happy as Lazzaro ,” “ Everybody Knows ” or “ On Body and Soul .”) Watch on Netflix
‘Private Life’ (2018)
Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti shine as two New York creative types whose attempts to start a family — by adoption, by fertilization, by whatever it takes — test the mettle of their relationships and sanity. The wise script by the director Tamara Jenkins is not only funny and truthful but also sharply tuned to their specific world: Few films have better captured the very public nature of marital trouble in New York, when every meltdown is interrupted by passers-by and lookie-loos. “Private Life,” which our critic called “ piquant and perfect ,” is a marvelous balancing act of sympathy and cynicism, both caring for its subjects and knowing them and their flaws well enough to wink and chuckle. (For more character-driven comedy/drama, add “ Friends With Money ” and “ The Four Seasons ” to your list.) Watch on Netflix
Mati Diop’s Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix winner is set in Senegal, where a young woman named Ava (Mama Sané) loses the boy she loves to the sea, just days before her arranged marriage to another man. What begins as a story of love lost moves, with the ease and imagination of a particularly satisfying dream, into something far stranger, as Diop savvily works elements of genre cinema into the fabric of a story that wouldn’t seem to accommodate them. A.O. Scott called it “a suspenseful, sensual, exciting movie , and therefore a deeply haunting one as well.” (For similarly out-of-this-world vibes, try Bong Joon Ho’s “ Okja .”) Watch on Netflix
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