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.
On the morning of her 16th birthday, Enola Holmes (Millie Bobby Brown) wakes to find that her mother (Helena Bonham Carter) has disappeared, leaving behind an odd assortment of gifts but no apparent clue as to where she’s gone or why. After a free-spirited childhood, Enola suddenly finds herself under the care of her brothers Sherlock (Henry Cavill) and Mycroft (Sam Claflin), both set on sending her away to a finishing school for “proper” young ladies. Refusing to follow their wishes, Enola escapes to search for her mother in London. But when her journey finds her entangled in a mystery surrounding a young runaway Lord (Louis Partridge), Enola becomes a super-sleuth in her own right, outwitting her famous brother as she unravels a conspiracy that threatens to set back the course of history.
Mr Jones is the ‘based-on-real-events’ story of British journalist Gareth Jones, who in the early 1930s, made his way inside the Soviet Union to uncover one of the largest international conspiracies of the time, known as the Great Famine. This gripping slow-burn—and the stellar performances from leads James Norton and Vanessa Kirby—will have you enthralled for the entire two and half hours.
The Devil All The Time
The director of The Sinner’s most recent work, Antonio Campos, has pulled together a hefty cast for the much-hyped crime-thriller, The Devil All The Time. Much like The Sinner, you’ll find a similar anxious tension throughout this one, with the story revolving around Tom Holland’s Arvin, whose mission is to uncover the secrets of the Knockemstif community and the town’s residents—including a very unholy pastor played by Pattinson.
About as much fun as you’re going to have with American politics, Vice is a sharp, witty biopic on Dick Cheney’s rise from Washington insider to Vice President of United States of America. Cheney is played by an almost unrecognisable Christian Bale, while Sam Rockwell offers an expectedly incredible, and surprisingly loveable interpretation of George W Bush.
The Babysitter: Killer Queen
If you loved the trippy ride that was Netflix’s The Babysitter, then you’re going to dig the sequel, Killer Queen. The movie goes like this: Two years after defeating a satanic cult led by his babysitter Bee (Australia’s Samara Weaving), Cole continues to be haunted by the horrific events of that night. Everyone in his life thinks he has lost his mind since Bee and all of her friends disappeared, making Cole’s story hard to believe. He is still hopelessly smitten with his best friend and next door neighbor Melanie— the only one who believes his story—who convinces him to forget the past and come to a party thrown at a nearby lake. But when old enemies unexpectedly return, Cole will once again have to outsmart the forces of evil and survive the night.
Directed by Angelina Jolie and written by the Coen brothers, Unbroken tells the moving true story of Louis Zamperini, a rebel turned Olympian whose life was irrevocably changed when he was drafted into the US Army as a bombardier for WWII. While on a search and rescue mission in the Japanese-held island of Nauru, Zamperini's plane engine fails and crashes into the ocean. After spending a harrowing 47 days in a raft, he and a fellow crewman are captured by the Japanese navy and sent to a brutal prisoner of war camp. What follows is nothing short of heart-breaking and heroic as Zamperini’s captors try everything to break him. You’ll want to keep the tissues close for this one.
The Good Liar
When powerhouses Sir Ian McKellen and Dame Helen Mirren join forces for a movie you just know it’s going to be absolute banger, and The Good Liar is just that. Set in the UK, the flick follows career con artist Roy Courtnay (McKellen) who has made a living off stealing from everyone around him. And he can hardly believe his luck when he meets his latest target, a rich widow named Betty (Mirren), on an online dating site. Opening her heart and home to him at a rapid speed, her son begins to suspect something isn’t quite right about Roy. But as Roy and Betty grow closer, something crazy happens—Roy begins to develop real feelings for her and wonders whether or not he can go through with his cruelest swindle yet.
Mary Queen Of Scots
If you love a historical drama then look no further than Mary Queen Of Scots. This beaut of a film tells the story of feuding cousins Mary Queen Of Scots (played by Saoirse Ronan) and Queen Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie) who are pitted against each other by their countries as they both vow for complete power of their people and most importanty, their own lives. The movie follows Mary, who after becoming Queen of France at just 16 is widowed by 18 and returns to her native Scotland. While both queen’s counsels urge them to marry and have children, neither is ready to give in and what results is a twisted and sad tale of deception, war and murder.
The Theory Of Everything
This 2014 masterpiece details the life of theoretical physicist and all round genius Stephen Hawking. Adapted from the 2007 memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Jane Hawking, which deals with her relationship with her ex-husband, his illness, and his success in the field of physics, this flick is one seriously moving watch. Starring Eddie Redmayne as Hawking—which scored him the gong for best actor at the Oscars—and Felicity Jones as Jane, the movie cleaned up during awards season. One viewing and you’ll realise why.
I'm Thinking of Ending Things
Inspired by Iain Reid's bestselling namesake novel and from the Oscar winning Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind) comes this moving flick about regret, longing and the fragility of the human spirit. The story goes like this: Despite second thoughts about their relationship, a young woman (Jessie Buckley) takes a road trip with her new boyfriend (Jesse Plemons) to his family farm. Trapped at the farm during a snowstorm with Jake’s mother (Australia's Toni Collette) and father (David Thewlis), the young woman begins to question the nature of everything she knew or understood about her boyfriend, herself, and the world.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Directed by Guy Ritchie, this blockbuster is based on the 1964 television series of the same name. Set in the early 60s (yes, you should expect epic costumes), CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) is forced to team up with his nemesis, a KGB operative by the name of Illya Kuryaki (Armie Hammer). The duo must undertake their most death defying mission yet, taking down a global crime organisation that is working to proliferate nuclear weapons. But they can’t do it alone, so they enlist the help of Gaby Teller (Alicia Vikander), the daughter of Dr. Udo Teller, an alleged Nazi scientist-turned United States collaborator. Oh and there may or may not be some serious underlying sexual tension between Gaby and Illya. Yep, it’s juicy and actionpacked, making it the perfect weekend watch.
Charlize Theron has delivered a slew of epic performances over the years but we reckon North Country is one of her best. This under the radar gem tells the true story of a group of women who worked in a male dominated iron mine in Minnesota in the 80s and went on to create history in a landmark court case. Their leader, Josey Aimes (Theron), fed up with having to endure sexual and physical harassment every single day decides to take legal action against the mine and the men who run it. While it seems like everyone is against her—including her miner dad—Josey will stop at nothing to ensure she and her female coworkers get the respect (and basic common decency) they deserve. This one is packed with a stellar cast including Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Jeremy Renner and Sissy Spacek.
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 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.
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.
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