Netflix has a huge library of films, and as each week brings new material, it becomes an exercise in sorting through the best of the bunch.
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What to watch this week (Oct. 18 to 24)
Surprisingly, there aren't a whole lot of movie choices this week. (There are a ton of new TV releases, though, especially on Friday.)
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- In for a Murder (2021) This comedy thriller from Poland has a chef's kiss. A stay-at-home mom who enjoys crime stories sets herself tasked with solving severing ties to recurrence of dissent.
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- Night Teeth (2021) You may have seen the trailer for this wild-looking vampire flick about a college student who picks up two mysterious women for supper in LA.
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The Dig (2021)
Carey Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes, Lily James, and Johnny Flynn are all in this fine British drama to uncover a lot of hidden treasure. It's based on the true events surrounding the 1939 excavation of Sutton Hoo, which resulted in a treasure trove of Anglo-Saxon artefacts hidden in an burial ship. The Dig is a fusion of style, intellectuality, and moving.
While Uncorked isn't the next Sideways, it offers a fresh look at people in the wine industry. Elijah, a aspiring master sommelier who is caught between his dream and his duty to his struggling family restaurant, is played by Mamoudou Athie. The tumultuous father-son relationship between Elijah and Courtney B. Vance's Louis is handled with a warm realism that elevates this sweet-tasting film. Worth cracking into.
Herman Mankiewicz, an unsung screenwriter who assisted Orson Welles in the creation of Citizen Kane, is a black-and-white David Fincher tale. Take in the details of how studio systems worked in a different time as you return to Old Hollywood, with stunning cinematography, and witness the behind-the-scenes of what was happening in Hollywood at the time. Gary Oldman and Amanda Seyfried are among the remarkable cast of this biographical drama full of the lightness and darkness of its hero's life.
Pieces of a Woman (2020)
Pieces of a Woman, which falls into the category of movies that make you cry, is an emotional well that'll engulf you in melancholy. Martha's home birth results in a rift in her marriage as her life unravels. This portrait of grief, which is best known for its first 24-minute childbirth one-shot, will take you to poignant places. Plus, Vanessa Kirby showcases her career's best performance.
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)
An Aaron Sorkin drama based on a true story? Following the real-life trial of a group of anti-Vietnam War protesters charged with conspiring to incite riots, The Trial of the Chicago 7 lives up to its pedigree. The Trial of the Chicago 7 is both contemporary and bursting with compelling theatrical energy thanks to a strong ensemble cast, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.
Marriage Story (2019)
Noah Baumbach's Marriage Story may not sound like the ideal viewing experience, but it'll be a journey you're going to want to take. Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver give two of the finest performances of their careers as Nicole and Charlie, a couple who must navigate the emotionally and logistically arduous legal processes involved in separating sex. This is happy-sad at its finest. Painted with an emotional complexity that includes poignantly funny moments along with the painful ones, this is joy-seeking at it's finest!
The Two Popes (2019)
Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio are both involved in this biographical drama set in Vatican City following the Vatican leaks scandal. It's as intriguing as it sounds. Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins star in a top-notch two-hander starring The Two Popes, creating arguably slick real-life drama.
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Alfonso Cuaron's semi-autobiographical portrait of the Colonia Roma neighborhood of Mexico City tells a small story with incredible stamina. Cuaron will guide you through the ups and downs of a live-in housekeeper of an upper-class family. His lens captures intricately intricate details in an album that quietly envelopes you with wonder and grace.
Happy as Lazzaro (2018)
This Italian film has received the acclaim of Bong Joon-ho, so let's listen to the Oscar-winning director of Parasite and add it to this list. Happy as Lazzaro, written and directed by Alice Rohrwacher, is set in the '70s on a tobacco farm, where amiable young peasant Lazzri diligently works. When a nobleman convinces him to assist him in fakeing his own kidnapping, he creates 'a story of friendship, innocence, and social commentary'. A stunningly shot, cinematic fairy tale.
Sunday's Illness (2018)
This elegant Spanish film will intrigue you with its captivating imagery and spectacular performances from its two leading actors. Anabel and Chiara, a mother and daughter who reunite for reasons that aren't quite as clear as they first appear, are played by Susi Snchez and Brbara Lennie, respectively. For those who enjoy deliberately timed meditations on pain, love, and loss, the precision of the filmmaking is worth taking in. Masterful.
The Kindergarten Teacher (2018)
Maggie Gyllenhaal delivers a career-best performance in The Kindergarten Teacher, based on... oh, the kindergarten teacher. Lisa is unhappy with her own life, which prompts her to make some questionable decisions about one of her young students. Lisa may or may not be credited for Jimmy's child prodigy levels of poetry writing ability. Gyllenhaal's stunning performance is unquestionably a highlight. The Kindergarten Teacher'' stifling character study may leave you feeling conflicted, but there'll be no denying it. Watch it.
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Mudbound offers a historical look at class struggle through the lens of .a Black veteran and,a white veteran who both have one foot stuck in World War II. With a cast that includes Garrett Hedlund and Jason Mitchell and dealing with PTSD and racism in the Mississippi Delta, Mudbound's tempest will have you hooked.
Two Lovers and a Bear (2016)
This acclaimed independent film from several years back highlights the talents of Tatiana Maslany, aka one of Marvel's newest heroes, who'll be starring in the Disney Plus She-Hulk series. Before that, see her in Two Lovers and a Bear, alongside the equally talented Dane DeHaan. Roman and Lucy, two small-town Canadians who share a dark love story, are followed in this gripping tale by Roman. Lucy believes she has a stalker, while Roman can speak to bears. Maslany and DeHaan's chemistry is evident in this surreal and thrilling adult fairy tale.
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I Care a lot (2020)
This witty, stylish comedy thriller based on real-life crimes is even more compelling. Rosamund Pike plays Marla Grayson, a con artist who discovered he could exploit old people and take their money by becoming their legal guardians. I Care e n o i . In this rip-roaring flick with a fascinating morally ambiguous lead character, crime lords, devoted criminal girlfriends and aviator sunglasses are all featured.
I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020)
A psychological thriller that goes deep into the surreal. I'm Thinking of Ending Things definitely won't be for everyone, but it connects you to the frustrations of the young woman (Jessie Buckley), who is struggling with breaking off her seven-week-relationship with her boyfriend Jake (Jesse Plemons). While I'm Thinking of Ending Things may be off the mark, I keep you on your toes, thanks to atmospheric cinematography and stellar performances from Toni Collette and David Thewlis as Jake's rather odd parents. Fans of Charlie Kaufman, the director-writer, will be delighted.
The Call (2020)
In 2020, two films titled The Call were released. Watch the South Korean one, a time travel thriller based on, well, an unanswered phone call. Seo-yeon, 28, finds a phone buried in he closet in her childhood home. It rings, and the caller, it turns out, is living in the same house 20 years earlier. This must-see film features a cat-and-mouse chase that alters the past and present, as well as Twists right up to the final moment.
I Don't Feel At Home in This World Anymore (2017).
If you've had a bad day, this is the movie for you. Ruth and her eccentric neighbor Tony take matters into their own hands when the police refuse to assist with a robbery. I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore examines the complexities of everyday life, before taking its story to new dark corners with even more dark humor. With a touch of Coen Brothers' flair, its well-paced 96 minutes will leave you feeling deeply moved.
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Mlanie Laurent (Inglorious Basterds) will be your companion in this contained sci-fi thriller. Laurent's Elizabeth Hansen wakes up to find she're trapped, running out of oxygen, and can't remember why she is there. Inside a coffin-like medical cryo unit, Laurentian' Elizabeth wakens to discover she may be trapped. Oxygen is a solid sci-fi entry, efficient and satisfying, but without breaking any ground.
Adjust your expectations for this astronaut sci-fi. With only a handful of main characters playing the most normal of people, this is grounded space fare centered on stowaway moral dilemma: When ship captain Marina (Toni Collette) discovers he has been stolen (Shamier Anderson), epoch or destiny must be decided. Oxygen's running out and won't be enough for their two-year mission to Mars. Anna Kendrick's medical researcher Zoe emerges as the captain'' s heart, though Collette' intense deliberation as captain makes it all believable. Watch out for a tumultuous ending.
I Am Mother (2019)
I Am Mother may not cover all of the familiar sci-fi territory, but if you're after some James Cameron and Ridley Scott-channeling thrills, youre in the right place. We follow a young girl named Daughter who lives in repopulation-friendly bunker with her robot mother, whose mission is to assist Earth in the era of post-apocalypse. This unique premise and setting is perfect for suspense and dark twists, which I Am Mother delivers in style.
The Platform (2019)
The Platform, a Spanish sci-fi thriller, comes from Netflix's vast international collection. Its high-concept story is set on a tower that provides food to people on each of its many levels via sand. Those at the top get the most plentiful spread, which is devoured as the platform lowers. Social commentary is present throughout this dystopian thriller, which takes unexpected, sometimes harrowing turns all the way to the bottom.
Horror Horror is a horror film made for adults and children.
(2020) Vampires vs. the Bronx (2019)
Vampires vs. the Bronx is a unique comedy-horror in more ways than one. Miguel Martinez, a big-hearted kid who helps raise money for his local bodega before it's forced to close in the Bronx, is the main character in this story. But it's not just new designer clothing stores that are threatening to open up, as pale neck-chompers are eating people and their properties. Vampires vs. the Bronx is a fresh, entertaining take on the genre. It's an analysis of gentrification, with goofy charm, twists, and thrills!
His House (2020)
His House is a terrifying flick that hits close to home. Bol and Rial, a refugee couple from Sudan, who find it difficult to adapt to their new life in an English town, are harrowing characters who discover their supernatural evils through spooky human stories. Don't expect a quick jump scare -- His House penetrates the psychological specters of the past, revealing even more corridors of misery. This is a moving, moving piece.
Gerald's Game (2017) is a new film by Gerald R. Moore.
Check out Mike Flanagan's adaptation of Stephen King'' s novel Gerald'S Game if you liked The Haunting of Hill House. Carla Gugino is an absolute star as Jessie, who is on a vacation with her husband in Alabama on an isolated lake house. We see the couple's troubles escalate from bad to worse, with Jessie ending up handcuffed to the bed with no one to assist her escape. Gerald's Game comes to narratively and emotionally satisfying conclusions, with Flanagan'' melancholy-suffused horror transforming into quiet triumph for its haunted characters.
Michael (Mark Duplass) and Andy (Ray Romano) (Michelle) receive devastating news: Michael has terminal stomach cancer. Andy joins Michael's road trip in search of medicine to stop things before they become too painful for him to let go of his deceased friend. Paddleton, folding comedy into melancholy, takes the touching friendship at its heart into revealing places.
Dolemite Is My Name (2019)
Eddie Murphy returned from his acting break with a superb performance as Rudy Ray Moore, '70s stand-up routines and blaxploitation films'. Dolemite Is My Name follows Moore from a job at otc to the big screen. Dolemite Is My Name, tracking Moore's rise to fame and its bizarre and enthralling turns, is a perfect tribute to both Moore and Murphy'.
The Meyerowitz Stories (2017)
The Meyerowitz Stories is a bittersweet comedy-drama told through Noah Baumbach's grounded lens. The titular stories are about dysfunctional adult siblings, played by Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller, who are trying to live in the shadow of their father. As they tell their moving tales, these intelligent, albeit miserable, characters are portrayed by an impressive cast, including Dustin Hoffman.
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The Half of It (2020)
Ellie Chu, a shy Asian American in the remote town of Squahamish who discovered her sexuality, is the protagonist in this original YA film. Ellie, a straight-A yet friendly student who works full time writing papers for her classmates, helps footballer Paul Munsky write stoic love letters to Aster Flores. However, it turns out that Aster isn't as good for Ellie as it seems. The Half of It, a story of self-acceptance told with sensitivity, is enchanting.
Always Be My Maybe (2019)
Always Be My Maybe is a rom-com with reeves in the credits and oh so much love for food. Long after their brief fling as teenagers, Chef Sasha and musician Marcus reconnected. Always Be My Maybe wraps you in warm comedy that doesn't always go to the right places.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)
Aside from its unconventional title, this historical romance film is cosy fare that'll cover all the bases. It's the 1940s and the island of Guernsey is under German occupation. Juliet Ashton (Lily James) and her friends avoid curfew by pretending they're returning from a hastily created book club. Later, Juliet decides to write about the book club, which goes ahead and becomes a reality. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a top period drama to watch with hints of mystery, fright, and romance sprinkled in.
To All The Boys I've Loved Before (2018)
Noah Centineo's debut as a heartthrob was the result of the YA novel adaptation. To All the Boys I've Loved Before, based on a charming story, follows Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor), hunk of oxblood, who grew up in Portland, Oregon, writing letters to all the boys she has crushes on. Then her cute little sister sends them off without her knowing. While it has all the comforting rom-com hooks, there's a layer of rare representation that gives this film ten percent more appeal than your average teen flick.
Jessica James: The Incredible Jessica (1997)
Jessica James is a charmingly self-possessed main character played by an equally charming Jessica Williams. Jessica James, a confident and independent woman, goes on secluded dates where she talks about nothing but her ex. This is a new take on the breakup film, with an empowering lead, and is an easy choice for an enjoyable evening out.
The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021)
One of the most exciting new family films has just been released on Netflix. Mom, Dad, the kids, and their slobbery, bug-eyed dog take on this epic adventure to save the world from the same people who created Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse. But, amid the robot apocalypse, headed by Olivia Colman's sinister Siri, really The Mitchells vs. the Machines is about strained relationships between Katie'' movie-loving daughter and her technophobe father. The tech-inept parent gags are rife, the shades vibrant, and the character growth is moving. A near-perfect package with the timeless message that embracing your weirdness is a superpower.
You read that right -- this one's about Christmas. Klaus, on the other hand, isn't a typical Santa tale. It's an alternative origin story for the big man, inspired by Saint Nicholas of Myra, which is a mythological figure. In a fictional 19th-century island town in the Far North, we follow octopus who falls in love with resigned toymaker Klaus. Klaus is a unique, complex take on holiday generosity, as well as its beautifully hand-drawn animation.
I Lost My Body (2019)
This award-winning French film opens with a severed hand escaping he refrigerator in 'a laboratory' and attempting scavenging for the rest of its body. What a great opportunity! With a few flashbacks and elegant animation, this strange, satisfying tale explores loss, both physical and emotional, in the most poetic of ways.
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News of the World (2020)
Tom Hanks in a Western starring Jason Bourne's Paul Greengrass Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, a Civil War veteran who discovers 'a young girl' years after she was taken by Native Americans as. Between helping to return her to her family and reading newspapers, he takes his usual job of travelling to towns and interacting with newspapers for a fee. This road film is more about character development and the stunning scenery than high-octane action: this road movie is driven by emotion. Still, you'll want to settle in for a pleasant ride with Hanks at the wheel.
Buster Scruggs' The Ballad of Busters ScuggS, (2018)
The Coen Brothers kick off the western dust with an anthology film that offers six vignettes set on the American frontier. One of them is about Buster Scruggs, a chipper singing cowboy who casually sets off scuffle in ibiza. But there's a darker twist that keeps you on your toes. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, which features a constant black humor, is presently rated AV by the Coen Brothers.
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Okja, which is produced by Parasite director Bong Joon-ho, should be a good incentive to watch it. Okja follows a South Korean farmer girl whose pet pal is 'a genetically enhanced super-pig'. Part dark comedy, part surreal environmental thriller, Okju follows an unnamed geneticly enhanced Superpig. Okja is a target of smoky big corporations that want her delicious flesh. Okja entices you with its sweetness before showing you a disturbing glimpse into the meat industry with an English supporting cast that includes the likes of Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Crime/War is a hot topic in Europe, as well as in the United States.
Da 5 Bloods (2020) is a new series of Da5 Blood.
Spike Lee's witty war drama follows a group of aging Vietnam War veterans who return to the country in search of the remains of their squad leader -- as well as buried treasure. Da 5 Bloods offers an all-too-opportune critique of racism and war with a frenzied energy running through it, bringing you recollection of the Vietnam War through Black experiences.
The Irishman (2019)
The Irishman is a three-and-a-half-hour crime saga that spans the lives of its mobsters over several decades. You may break this tour de force if you desire. The Irishman, always clever and entertaining, with Martin Scorsese favorites Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci dominating the screen, creeps up on you, offering a haunting look at aging mobsters and the destruction they cause.
Beasts of No Nation (2015), Beast of no Nation, is a new film from Beast.
Cary Joji Fukunaga gives you a chilling look at surviving as he embarks on solitary duty in repressed West African nations. Idris Elba stars as the ruthless Commandant, as well as Abraham Attah as Agu, who is adamant that the young Agui is not ill-prepared for the task. Beasts of No Nation is a compelling yet hopeful look at war from realism's human perspective, so it should be on your radar if it isn't already.