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.
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.
This one is a feel good rom-com that’s an easy weekend watch. The story goes like this: when the man of her dreams suddenly goes MIA after a month of dating, Wesley (Nasim Pedrad) fires off a scathing email, only to find out he was in an accident and is stuck in a hospital in Mexico. Determined to fix the mess that is her life, she rushes to Cabo with her two best friends (Anna Camp and Sarah Burns) to delete the email before he reads it. Along the way, they run into her former beau Sean (Lamorne Morris), who gets caught up in their frantic scheme. As things finally begin to fall into place, Wesley has to decide what matters more, being in a relationship or being true to herself. Desperados drops Friday 3 July at 5pm AEST.
This 2007 drama is an oldie but a goodie and particularly inspiring given the current state of the world. The flick is based on the book, The Freedom Writers Diary by teacher Erin Gruwell and the students from her English class at Woodrow Wilson Classical High School in Long Beach, California. In the movie adaption, we follow Erin Gruwell (played by Hilary Swank) who is starting a new job as a teacher for at-risk students. Once a highly-acclaimed school, it’s now rife with racial tension and violence. Desperate to help her students and show them there is life beyond the streets and gangs that surround them, she encourages them to keep a journal, expressing their deepest thoughts, hopes and dreams. Yep, you’ll need the tissues for this one.
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
If you, like us, were just a little bit devastated when the glitter bomb of fabulousness that is Eurovision was cancelled due to COVID-19, then this movie is your solace. Written by Will Ferrell—so you know it’s going to be wild—the comedy follows aspiring Icelandic musicians Lars (Will Ferrell) and Sigrit (Rachel McAdams) who are given the opportunity of a lifetime to represent their country at Eurovision. The flick is side-splittingly funny and is packed full of Eurovision cameos and references that literally spiral out of control. We really don’t want to give anything away, so we’re not going to say any more other than go and watch it now.
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).
Based on Garrard Conley’s 2016 memoir of the same name, Boy Erased is absolutely one you’ll want to keep the tissues close for. Adapted and directed by Aussie Joel Edgerton, the flick follows Jared Eamons, whose uber religious parents (played by Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman) decide to send him to a conversion therapy camp in Tennessee to reconcile his sexual identity. Whilst there Jared witnesses first-hand the brutal and torture-like techniques the camp’s “counsellors” inflict on the boys in an effort to “teach them to be straight”. With no end at the camp in site, Jared tries to hatch a plan to escape and expose the camp for all the harm and darkness hidden within the walls there.
It Chapter Two
This flick isn’t for the faint-hearted. In It Chapter Two, Pennywise the nightmarish clown returns 27 years after he first terrorised the town of Derry, Maine luring children to their death. Basically, he’s pissed he was defeated by the Loser’s Club all those years ago and he’s back to win the final game—at all costs. But they won’t be captured that easily, The Loser’s Club are kids no more and they’re ready to finish things with Pennywise once and for all. FYI the cast is seriously stacked, think Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy and Bill Hader and its one of the longest horror flicks of all times clocking in at three hours.
Da 5 Bloods
From Academy Award winner Spike Lee comes this epic flick. It tells the story of four African-American Vets—Paul (Delroy Lindo), Otis (Clarke Peters), Eddie (Norm Lewis), and Melvin (Isiah Whitlock, Jr.), who return to Vietnam after fighting in the war decade earlier. Searching for the remains of their fallen Squad Leader (Chadwick Boseman) and the promise of buried treasure, our heroes, joined by Paul's concerned son (Jonathan Majors), battle forces of man and nature—while confronted by the lasting ravages of The Vietnam War. Head here to watch Da 5 Bloods.
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, the Academy Award for Best Picture, along with Best Supporting Actor for Ali and Best Adapted Screenplay. Honestly, we could go on about how epic this movie is all day but seriously—just go and watch it.
Prepare for an all-out gangster flick lead by a truly stellar female cast, including Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss. Set in, you guessed it, Hell’s Kitchen, New York in the late 70s, it follows a trio of Irish mob wives (McCarthy, Haddish and Moss) who are forced to take over the family business after their husbands are arrested by the FBI. Picking up where their volient lovers left off is no easy feat, as the trio soon discover by running rackets and taking out the competition. Side note, we're pretty stoked to see McCarthy and Haddish show off their dramatic acting chops in this too!
Two of our absolute faves in one flick make this Netflix movie an absolute must see. It goes like this: Jibran (Kumail Nanjiani) and Leilani (Issa Rae) experience a defining moment in their relationship when they are unintentionally embroiled in a murder mystery. As their journey to clear their names takes them from one extreme and hilarious circumstance to the next, they must figure out how they, and their relationship, can survive the night.
Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart team up for this serious LOL-fest. Night School follows Teddy Walker (Hart) a high school dropout studying to pass his GED exam (high school diploma) so he can finally make something of himself after failed jobs and relationships have left him with no other choice. At night school he finds the same old demons preventing him from passing and it’s not helped by the fact his unorthodox teacher Carrie (Haddish) is constantly on his case.
All Day And A Night
As soft-spoken Jahkor (played by Ashton Sanders of Moonlight) struggles to keep his dream of rapping alive amidst a gang war in Oakland. And when his real-world responsibilities drive him down the wrong path it ends with tragic consequences. Landing in prison beside his father, J.D. (Jeffrey Wright of Westworld) whom he never wanted to be like, Jahkor embarks on an unlikely journey of self-discovery, exploring the events that unite them, in hopes of helping his newborn son break a cycle that feels unavoidable. Yep, keep the tissues close for this one.
Based on a true story, this flick follows former Olympian skier Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain) who ran a high-stakes poker game for the stars—we’re talking Hollywood A-Listers, sports legends, business tycoons, even the Russian mob. And while it’s all glitz and glamour for a while, Molly gets in too deep and her lofty lifestyle nearly sends her to prison when she’s arrested by the FBI. The all-star cast of Idris Elba, Michael Cera and Chris O’Dowd is a good enough reason to watch this absolute cracker of a movie—but also, it's really good.
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