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Get Comfy, Here’s 15 Of The Best Movies You Need To Check Out On Netflix Right Now

By Morgan Reardon
13th Aug 2020

Jamie Foxx wearing a red jacket is tied to chair. He holds a small pill between his gritted teeth.

Buttering up the popcorn and firing up Netflix has got to be our favourite thing ever. If you’re anything like us we know you don’t relish in spending hours scrolling for something half decent to kick back to.

Here are all the best movies to watch on Netflix right now.

Project Power

On the streets of New Orleans, word begins to spread about a mysterious new pill that unlocks superpowers unique to each user. The catch: You don’t know what will happen until you take it. While some develop bulletproof skin, invisibility, and super strength, others exhibit a deadlier reaction. But when the pill escalates crime within the city to dangerous levels, a local cop (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) teams with a teenage dealer (Dominique Fishback) and a former soldier fueled by a secret vendetta (Jamie Foxx) to fight power with power and risk taking the pill in order to track down and stop the group responsible for creating it. Yep, it's a powerful cast and an equally epic storyline. Pop Project Power on your must watch list now. 

Nobody’s Fool

Nobody’s Fool is a Tyler Perry classic—witty with a side of realness. The flick follows Danica (Tika Sumpter), an uber successful marketing guru who has been in a loving relationship with "Charlie". The only problem? She’s never actually seen Charlie. Despite meeting him online over a year ago, they’ve never met IRL or even video chatted. When her sister Tanya (the hilarious Tiffany Haddish) returns home from prison, she’s convinced Danica’s being catfished by Charlie. What ensues is a hilarious game of cat and mouse as Tanya tries to rebuild her life and prove her worth to her sister, while Danica tries to climb the corporate ladder and keep up her “perfect” life. If you’re after an easy afternoon watch, this is it. 

Work It

Sometimes you just need a good highschool rom com to get you through the weekend and Netflix newbie, Work It is just the tea. The flick goes like this: When Quinn Ackerman’s (Sabrina Carpenter) admission to the college of her dreams (the one her late father also attended) depends on her performance at a dance competition, she forms a ragtag group of dancers to take on the best squad in school. The big problem? She's quite possibly be the worst dancer ever. For those who devoured To All The Boys I Loved Before and The Kissing Booth, this is for you. And did we mention the cast is seriously stacked featuring Jordan Fisher and Aussie Keiynan Lonsdale? It drops 7 August 5pm AEST.

Doctor Sleep

Warning: watching this flick will cause you to sleep with the lights on. Ok, now that’s out of the way, horror buffs listen up because Doctor Sleep has your name written all over it. In this sequel to Stephen King's The Shining, Danny (played by Ewan McGregor), now a tramatised adult, has hit rock bottom. Realising his own demons are now affecting others, he moves to a small town and starts using his "shining" to help people at the local hospice. But, soon enough he’s sought out by a young psychic Abra who needs his help, as evil beings that feed on their powers close in. Forming an unlikely alliance, Danny and Abra engage in a brutal life-or-death battle that will have you on the edge of your seat.

Now And Then

Bring on all the nostalgic vibes with this timeless, cult classic. If you are one of the few people on earth that haven’t watched Now And Then (or you just need a refresher) then the storyline goes like this: while gathering at a babyshower, four childhood friends—Sam, Roberta, Chrissy and Teeny—take a walk down memory lane as they recall a poignant and magical summer in the 1970s. Growing up in an idyllic, small town, the foursome were inseparable. Together they shared the highs of first loves and summer adventures to the lows of death and divorce. Taking place over two timelines, the flick is filled with Hollywood heavyweights like Demi Moore, Melanie Griffith, Rosie O’Donnell, Rita Wilson, Christina Ricci and Gabby Hoffmann.

The Zookeeper's Wife 

This moving wartime drama is based on Diane Ackerman's book of the same name—and yes it’s based on a true story so keep the tissues close. The flick follows the lives of husband and wife Jan (Johan Heldenbergh) and Antonina Żabiński (Jessica Chastain) who lived an idyllic life as caretakers at the popular Warsaw Zoo. But their life is turned upside down when the Nazis invade Poland, raining bombs down on them destroying much of the zoo and the animals that called it home. Rather than hide, the selfless and fearless couple make it their mission to rescue hundreds of Jews (300 according to reports) who had been imprisoned in the Warsaw Ghetto by hiding them in their zoo. See, we told you you’d need those tissues. 

Line Of Duty

Sometimes we just like to get down with a good old-fashioned action thriller, and this one hits all the right spots. Line Of Duty (not to be confused with the also awesome British crime show) centres around disgraced cop Frank Penny (Aaron Eckhart) who is about to have one seriously messed up day. On a crusade for redemption Penny finds himself caught up in a child abduction. The kicker? The victim is the police chief's 11-year-old daughter who has been taken by a seriously unhinged suspect played by none other than Ben McKenzie—yes, it’s a little weird at first seeing Ryan Atwood from The OC play a psycho but we digress. Making Penny’s race against time all the more theatrical is his unlikely sidekick—a citizen journalist who livestreams his entire pursuit providing the only key to solving the crime.

The Kissing Booth 2

Squeal! We have been waiting for this baby forever and it’s finally blessing our screens. To catch you up: Elle Evans (Joey King) just had the most romantic summer of her life with her reformed bad-boy boyfriend Noah Flynn (Australia’s Jacob Elordi). But now Noah is off to Harvard, and Elle heads back to high school for her senior year where she'll have to juggle a long-distance relationship, getting into her dream college with her best mate Lee, and the complications brought on by a close friendship with a handsome, charismatic new classmate named Marco. But when Noah grows close to a seemingly-perfect college girl, Elle will have to decide how much she trusts him and to whom her heart truly belongs. 

Call Me By Your Name

Prepare to feel all the feels with this moving, coming of age romance. Inspired by the book of the same name by André Aciman, Call Me By Your Name garnered rave reviews around the world and snagged four Oscar nominations—so it’s absolutely worthy of your time. Set in the early 80s in northern Italy, the flick chronicles the life-changing romantic relationship between a 17-year-old, Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet), and Oliver (Armie Hammer), a 24-year-old graduate-student assistant to Elio's archaeology professor father. This beauty of a film will make you yearn for an Italian sojourn (and lover) stat. 

The Old Guard

Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Greg Rucka, you’ll want to add this action-packed fantasy flick to your weekend viewing plans stat. It goes like this: Led by a warrior named Andy (Charlize Theron), a covert group of tight-knit mercenaries with a mysterious inability to die have fought to protect the mortal world for centuries. But when the team is recruited to take on an emergency mission and their extraordinary abilities are suddenly exposed, it’s up to Andy and Nile (KiKi Layne), the newest soldier to join their ranks, to help the group eliminate the threat of those who seek to replicate and monetize their power by any means necessary. Yep, it's wild!

Ocean’s 8

Boasting a truly epic all-star cast including Rihanna, Awkwafina and Anne Hathaway, this flick follows Debbie Ocean (the estranged sister of Ocean’s 11 Danny aka George Clooney) on her release from prison. Debbie (Sandra Bullock) has spent her entire prison sentence plotting the biggest heist of the century—stealing a necklace worth in excess of $150 million  from the celeb-packed MET Gala. Once she puts together a team of dynamic crooks (like Cate Blanchett and Mindy Kaling), the game is on and anything is possible. Special shout out for the lust-worthy wardrobe featured in this one. 

Top End Wedding

We devoured this Aussie flick at the cinemas last year, so we’re stoked to have it for our streaming pleasure on Netflix. The film follows diligent lawyer Lauren (Miranda Tapsell) who after her fiancée Ned proposes to her, decides to plan their wedding in just 10 days—to ensure she can make it back to Melbourne in time for a big case she’s working on. But when the duo arrives in Lauren’s hometown of Darwin to wed, they find her mum (Ursula Yovich) has ditched her dad and is nowhere to be found. What follows is a moving journey of self-discovery as Lauren retraces her mum’s footsteps from the top end to the Tiwi Islands. The scenery in this flick alone makes it a must-watch but it’s the storyline and heart-warming characters that make it a real winner. 

I Feel Pretty

Do you kind of wish Amy Schumer was your best mate? Us too. While we can’t make that happen, we can bless your weekend viewing plans with her hilarious flick I Feel Pretty, which just dropped on Netflix. The movie follows Renee Bennett (Schumer), who has always suffered from crippling self-doubt. But when she has an unfortunate accident during a spin class, something magical happens and she suddenly has all the confidence in the world. Embarking on a new, fearless journey, she chases after everything she’s always wanted—we’re talking scoring her dream job and a hot boyfriend. Not just about the LOLs (although there’s plenty of those too), this movie will make you think about what you’d really be capable of if you ditched the self-doubt. 

BlacKkKlansman

When this incredible flick, directed by Spike Lee, dropped in 2018 it was thought-provoking and moving. Now that it’s resurfaced on Netflix this week, it couldn’t be a more relevant or poignant movie to watch with your family and friends to ignite important conversations. The story goes like this: it’s 1972 and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first ever black cop at the Colorado Springs Police Department. Working in the records room he endures racial discrimination by his co-workers and longs to get in on the action. Everything changes when he’s finally tasked with his first undercover assignment and accidentally infiltrates the local division of the Ku Klux Klan with the help of his white Jewish colleague Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver).

Moonlight

Based on Tarell Alvin McCraney’s semi-autobiographical play, In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, this flick is absolutely one of the best on Netflix right now. The 2016 coming-of-age drama follows a young, gay African-American man, Chiron, growing up in a rough Miami neighbourhood. The film tracks him through three life stages—youth, adolescence and early adult life—as he struggles with his identity and finding his place in the world. Starring powerhouses Jharrel Jerome and Mahershala Ali, this incredible movie scooped several accolades including the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture and the Academy Award for Best Picture. Honestly, we could go on about how epic this movie is all day but seriously—just go and watch it. 

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Image Credit: Skip Bolen/Netflix

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