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15 Of The Best Movies You Need To Check Out On Netflix Right Now

By Morgan Reardon
26th Mar 2020

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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.

Uncorked

Fuelled by his love for wine, Elijah enrolls in a course to become a master sommelier, an elite designation given only to a handful who are able to pass its notoriously difficult exam. It’s a dream that upends the expectations of his father, Louis (Courtney B. Vance), who insists Elijah take over the popular Memphis barbeque joint that’s been passed down from father to son since its inception. Elijah struggles with the demands of school and a new relationship, while Louis wrestles with the feelings of his son rejecting the family business until a tragedy forces both of them to slow things down. This one has hilarious and touching drama written all over it. 

The Platform

This Spanish horror flick, which nabbed the People’s Choice Award at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, is an absolute must-watch. Set in a future dystopia, prisoners are housed in vertically stacked cells where the only food available to inmates are the leftovers of those people above them. Although there is plenty of food to go around (we’re talking spreads that Marie Antionette would be proud of), prisoners get greedy, meaning there is next to nothing for those housed on the lower levels. Some starve to death, some fight one another for scraps and some—this is where the horror kicks in—revert to cannibalism. In its purest form, this flick is about mankind at its darkest and hungriest… yea we’re not going to point out the obvious here. 

The Dark Tower

This dark fantasy western is adapted from Stephen King’s novel of the same name—so you know you’re in for a wild ride. The flick follows Roland Deschain (Idris Elba) on his quest to protect the Dark Tower, a structure that supports all realities. But he can’t do alone, teaming up with 11-year-old Jake Chambers whose visions of the future predict a wild showdown between Roland the “Man In Black” (Matthew McConaughey) who will stop at nothing to destroy the universe. This one is absolutely worth a watch.

Lost Girls

True crime buffs, this one is for you—When 24-year-old Shannan Gilbert mysteriously disappears one night, her mother Mari (Amy Ryan) embarks on a dark journey that finds her face to face with hard truths about her daughter, herself, and police bias. Determined to find her daughter at all costs, Mari Gilbert retraces Shannan’s last known steps, driving her own investigation to an insular gated community near the desolate outer banks of Long Island. Her discoveries force law enforcement and the media to uncover more than a dozen unsolved murders of sex workers, young lives Mari will not let the world forget.

Spenser Confidential

Spenser (Mark Wahlberg)—an ex-cop better known for making trouble than solving it—just got out of prison and is leaving Boston for good. But first he gets roped into helping his old boxing coach and mentor, Henry (Alan Arkin), with a promising amateur. That's Hawk (Black Panther’s Winston Duke), a brash, no-nonsense MMA fighter convinced he'll be a tougher opponent than Spenser ever was. When two of Spenser’s former colleagues turn up murdered, he recruits Hawk and his sassy ex-girlfriend, Cissy (Iliza Shlesinger), to help him investigate and bring the culprits to justice. 

All The Bright Places

Is it just us or are all the best movies adapted from books? All The Bright Places is based on the internationally bestselling novel by Jennifer Niven, and tells the story of Violet Markey (Elle Fanning) and Theodore Finch (Justice Smith), who meet and change each other’s lives forever. As they struggle with the emotional and physical scars of their past, they come together, discovering that even the smallest places and moments can mean something. This moving drama is a refreshing and human take on the experience of mental illness and its impact on relationships. Keep the tissues close. 

The Last Thing He Wanted

Adapted from the Joan Didion novel of the same title, this epic flick is set around the Iran-Contra scandal and features a blockbuster cast. Veteran D.C. journalist Elena McMahon (played by Anne Hathaway) abandons the 1984 campaign trail out of a misguided sense of duty to her father, Dick McMahon (Willem Dafoe). Then, guilted into running a dangerous errand on his behalf, Elena leverages the moment to pursue her own investigation but instead gets drawn into the very intrigue she’s trying to expose. 


To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You

We’ve been counting down for the much-anticipated sequel of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before to drop and the day is finally here. It’s a new year and Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and Peter (Noah Centineo) are no longer pretending to be a couple. Your heart melt as Lara Jean navigates a trove of official firsts with Peter—her first real kiss and her first real date to her first Valentine’s Day. But this is high school so love is never going to run that smoothly. The couple hit a serious speed bump when John Ambrose (Jordan Fisher), another recipient of one of Lara Jean’s old love letters, enters her life again and he wants answers. Drawn into a love triangle she never wanted to be a part of, Lara Jean is confronted with her first real dilemma—can she love two boys at the same time?

Ben Is Back

This moving family drama will have you reaching for the tissues. The movie tells the story of Ben (Lucas Hedges) who returns home—earlier than expected—from rehab where he has been dealing with prescription drug addiction. His mother (played by Julia Roberts) although excited to see him is wary and quickly hides her pills, while his sister (Kathryn Newton) has lost all hope. As the movie unfolds, we deep dive into Ben’s story, from how he became addicted in the first place to the ripple effect his actions have had on everyone to his family, friends—even the dad of a kid he dealt drugs to that eventually died from it. Yes, it’s heavy but it’s a moving must-see. 

Room

If you haven’t yet seen the flick that scored Brie Larson an Oscar for best actress, now is your chance. Room tells the story of 24-year-old Joy Newsome and her five-year-old son Jack who are held captive in a squalid shelter they call Room. While Joy is submitted to daily abuse by their capture known as ‘Old Nick’, she works hard to keep Jack sheltered from it. One day, unable to stand it any longer, Joy and Jack hatch a plan to escape. But while that seems like their biggest challenge, they soon learn that the outside world comes with a whole new host of hardships. This flick is absolutely one of the best on Netflix right now. 

The Sapphires 

We can’t get enough of this Aussie gem (see what we did there?). Set in the late 60s, this movie tells the story of four indigenous Australian women (played by Jessica Mauboy, Deborah Mailman, Miranda Tapsell and Shari Sebbens). The talented friends form a musical group called The Sapphires and are soon discovered by talent scout Dave (Chris O’Dowd) who sends them to Vietnam to sing for the troops in the war. While over there the girls find love, heartbreak and face being caught up in the war itself. It goes without saying the singing in this flick alone make it worth a watch. 

Saving Zoë

Based on the novel of the same name, this flick is all about murder, mystery and high school drama. When Echo (Laura Marano) starts the school year, she’s dealing with all the regular teen hang ups… as well as grappling with the recent murder of her uber-popular sister Zoë (played by Laura's own sister, Vanessa Marano). But when Echo finds Zoë’s missing journal, she discovers her sister was caught up in a twisted modelling ring that was really a front for something much more sinister. As Echo takes it upon herself to investigate the true cause behind Zoë’s murder, she realises some of the people closest to her are responsible. Directed by Riverdale’s Jeffrey G. Hunt, this teen drama with a twist will give you chills. 

Uncut Gems

Adam Sandler is back to his absolute best in this game-changing flick. After garnering praise for his dramatic work and ample Oscar buzz, Netflix snapped up Uncut Gems and we’re so glad they did. The electrifying crime thriller follows Howard Ratner (Sandler), a charismatic New York City jeweller always on the lookout for the next big score. When he makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime, Howard must perform a precarious high-wire act, balancing business, family, and enemies on all sides, in his relentless pursuit of the ultimate win. 
 

A Fall From Grace

Disheartened since her ex-husband’s affair, Grace Waters (Crystal Fox) feels she start afresh with a new romance. But when secrets erode her short-lived joy, Grace’s vulnerable side turns violent. This thriller costars Phylicia Rashad, Bresha Webb, Cicely Tyson and it’s also written and directed by Tyler Perry.

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.

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