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.
Let It Snow
Kick off the silly season with the drama and romance of Let It Snow. When a snowstorm hits a small midwestern town on Christmas Eve, a group of high school seniors find their friendships and love lives colliding thanks to a stranded pop star, a stolen keg, a squad of competitive dancers, a mysterious woman covered in tin foil, and an epic party at the local Waffle Town. Come Christmas morning, nothing will be the same. Based on the best-selling book by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle, this one stars Isabela Merced, Shameik Moore, Odeya Rush, Liv Hewson, Mitchell Hope, Kiernan Shipka, Jacob Batalon, and Joan Cusack.
A psychologically unsettling and atmospheric thriller set in 1989 Tokyo from director Wash Westmoreland (Colette, Still Alice), Earthquake Bird follows Lucy Fly (Alicia Vikander), an enigmatic ex-pat haunted by a painful past, who enters into an intense relationship with Teiji (Naoki Kobayashi), a handsome yet similarly troubled local photographer. Lucy’s imperturbable exterior begins to crack when a naive newcomer, Lily Bridges (Riley Keough), becomes entangled in their lives and ends up missing – suspected dead. Watch it (or at least try to) right here.
Between Two Ferns: The Movie
Zack Galifianakis’ satirically harsh talk show Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis has been given a glorious Netflix spin-off and there’s not much you can’t love about it. The movie take on this one follows Zach and his crew who road trip to complete a series of high-profile celebrity interviews to “restore his reputation”. Directed by Scott Aukerman, and produced by Funny Or Die’s Mike Farah and Caitlin Daley, and Aukerman and Galifianakis, this gem is absolute on-screen gold.
Permission to come aboard? Permission granted, Jason Momoa. Yes, Aquaman is finally sailing onto our Netflix accounts, and frankly we couldn’t be more jazzed about our trip to Atlantis. Easily one of the best DC films, Momoa, and director James Wan, turn Aquaman from the dorkiest hero in the Justice League to the coolest guy this side of the seven seas. Full of breathtaking world-building, fabulous costumes, awesome action, and did we mention Jason Momoa? Aquaman is a rollicking adventure and pure trident-wielding fun.
Mother! was one of the biggest psychological horrors to come out of 2017 and good news, you can now watch this allegorical film on Netflix. We won’t spoil the actual plot of the movie for this (beware, it’s pretty hectic) but the overarching metaphor for this one is pretty symbolic. Directed by Darren Aronofsky, the movie alludes to the destruction of the world with Jennifer Lawrence resembling Mother Earth, Javier Bardem as God, Ed Harris as Adam and Michelle Pfeiffer as Eve. Head here to watch it.
The supervillain film of 2016 has finally hit Netflix and you know what to do. Based on the DC Comics team of the same name, Suicide Squad stars an all-star cast with Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jay Hernandez, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne, Jared Leto and a heap more. If you’re not across this one, supervillains are recruited by a secret government agency to pull off a bunch of black ops missions to save the world to lessen their jail sentences. Head here to watch it.
For a solid throwback to your childhood, switch off and tune into Matilda. Based off Roald Dahl’s book of the same name, this 1996 fantasy-film tales a young genius girl called Matilda Wormwood who harnesses telekinetic powers and uses them to do something about her school’s tyrannical principal Miss Trunchbull. An absolute feel-good movie, Matilda stars Mara Wilson, Danny DeVito and Pam Ferris.
A Star Is Born
It took out Best Original Song at this year’s Academy Awards for its original song Shallow and now, A Star Is Born has landed on Netflix so you can replay this love story as many times as you dare to weep. No one doubted for a second that Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper would create anything but on-screen magic, and their talent lives on pretty much every day as people of the world play Shallow and Always Remember Us This Way on repeat. Produced and directed by Cooper, this third remake of A Star Is Born is everything you need it to be and more. Head here to watch it.
This iconic coming-of-age movie has just dropped on Netflix so settle in. Starring the famous Molly Ringwald, Michael Schoeffling and Anthony Michael Hall, this 1980s gem tales one girl’s “sweet sixteenth” where her birthday ends up being anything but special. Head here to watch it.
I Am Mother
It’s been dubbed as one of the best films to come out of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, so good in fact that Netflix jumped on the sci-fi thriller and nabbed the distribution rights stat. I Am Mother is the creation of Australian director Grant Sputore, and follows a teenage girl (played by Clara Rugaard) who is one of the first of an entirely new generation of humans to be raised by Mother (Rose Byrne). The twist? Mother is a robot designed to repopulate the earth after the extinction of humanity. With the surface no longer inhabitable, Mother has raised the girl in total isolation underground. Starring Hilary Swank, this one is well and truly one of the biggest Netflix drops of the year and lands on June 7.
The Nun has finally landed on Netflix which means you’re in for all the gothic supernatural horror. This Conjuring spin-off is the fifth instalment in the Conjuring Universe and stars Bonnie Aarons as the incarnational Valak i.e said demon nun. Expect a lot of jump-scares and practically no sleep after you watch this one. Head here to watch The Nun now.
Crazy Rich Asians
The film adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s bestseller has officially landed on Netflix and bring back all the laughs. Re-introducing Nicolas Young (Henry Golding), the Prince Harry of rich Asians and Rachel (Constance Wu), maybe more the Kate than the Megan, a native New Yorker who finds herself in the classic rich boy falls for poor girl conundrum. The hilarity starts with Nick taking Rachel home to Singapore for his best friend’s wedding and to meet his family. The clincher? Rachel has no idea that Nick is essentially The Asian Bachelor and, even better, rich. We’re talking hectically rich, from one of the country’s wealthiest families. Head here to watch it.
If you need a break from the seemingly dark world of Netflix right now, Someone Great is your fix for laughs, the reality of relationships and amazing close friends. Extremely relatable, this hilarious film stars Gina Rodrigues as Jenny, an aspiring music journalist who has just landed her dream job across the country. Things fall through with her boyfriend of nine years which naturally means her two best friends rally together to give her a mammoth send off and hit one last adventure around the city for old times sake. Head here to watch it.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile
If you worked your way through the Ted Bundy tapes and loved it, then sit tight. Starring Zac Efron, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile is the official movie that chronicles the crimes of serial killer Ted Bundy. This time around, the story is from the perspective of Bundy's girlfriend Liz (Lily Collins) who refused to believe the truth about him for years. This one drops May 3.
Homecoming presents an intimate look at Beyonce's historic 2018 Coachella performance that paid homage to America's historically black colleges and universities. This film, created by Beyonce, traces the emotional road from creative to cultural concept and is well worth a watch this weekend.
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