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Check Out 18 Of The Best Movies On Netflix NZ

By Morgan Reardon
23rd Oct 2020

Lily James as Mrs. de Winter in Rebecca looks over her shoulder in a busy room

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 NZ right now.

Rebecca

This mesmerising psychological thriller, based on Daphne du Maurier’s beloved 1938 gothic novel, is absolutely one of the best movies on Netflix right now. It goes like this: After a whirlwind romance in Monte Carlo with handsome widower Maxim de Winter (Armie Hammer), a newly married young woman (Lily James) arrives at Manderley, her new husband’s imposing family estate on a windswept English coast. Naive and inexperienced, she begins to settle into the trappings of her new life, but finds herself battling the shadow of Maxim’s first wife, the elegant and urbane Rebecca, whose haunting legacy is kept alive by Manderley’s sinister housekeeper Mrs. Danvers (Kristin Scott Thomas).

One Day

Based on David Nicholls best-selling novel of the same name, One Day gets our vote as one of the best movies on Netflix. An absolute cryfest, this moving tale of “Will they? Won’t they?” will keep you hanging on (and tearing up) until the final credits role. It follows best friends and occasional lovers Dexter (Jim Sturgess) and Emma (Anne Hathaway) who after meeting one night at university in Scotland, form a bond that lasts a lifetime. When it comes time to graduate, the duo make a pack to meet every year on 15 July and see where they stand in life. As the tradition continues for 18 years, Emma and Dexter must eventually choose a life together or a part. Honestly, you’ll need a box of tissues for this one. 

On The Basis Of Sex

While the world might have just lost one of the greatest feminists of all time, thankfully this flick ensures her story and message lives on. For those who aren’t familiar with the incredible Ruth Bader Ginburgs (often referred to as RBG) the plot of this movie (which follows her early years) goes like this: RBG is a struggling lawyer and new mum who is constantly facing sexism and adversity in her grueling fight for equal rights. But everything changes when she takes on what will be a life-changing case with her husband, fellow lawyer Martin Ginsburg. Over the course of the flick you’ll see how RBG became a trailblazer for women all over the world, paving the way for thousands of females that came after her. The movie is packing an epic cast featuring Felicity Jones as RBG and Armie Hammer as Martin Ginsburg.

The Trial Of The Chicago 7

Cancel your Friday night plans because this move is absolutely of the best to hit Netflix in 2020. The latest Aaron Sorkin feature is already scoring serious Oscar but for the true story of the Chicago 7. If you’re not familiar with this moving story, it goes like this: What was intended to be a peaceful protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention turned into a violent clash with police and the National Guard. The organizers of the protest—including Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden and Bobby Seale—were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot and the trial that followed was one of the most notorious in history. The star-studded cast includes Sacha Baron Cohen, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Eddie Redmayne, Jeremy Strong and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Hubie Halloween

Adam Sandler is back, this time with a spooky, Halloween-themed special. It goes like this: Hubie Dubois (Sandler) thanklessly spends every Halloween making sure the residents of his hometown, Salem, celebrate safely and play by the rules. But this year, an escaped criminal and a mysterious new neighbour have Hubie on high alert. When people start disappearing, it’s up to Hubie to convince the police (Kevin James and Kenan Thompson) and townsfolk that the monsters are real, and only he can stop them. The cast is seriously stacked, including Julie Bowen, Ray Liotta, Steve Buscemi and Maya Rudolph too. 

The Forty-Year-Old-Version

Radha, a down-on-her-luck New York playwright, is desperate for a breakthrough before 40. But when she foils what seems like her last shot at success, she’s left with no choice but to reinvent herself as rapper RadhaMUSPrime. The Forty-Year-Old Version follows Radha as she vacillates between the worlds of Hip Hop and theatre on a quest to find her true voice. Shot in lush black and white 35mm, Blank’s film is an ode to the unfulfilled, and those whose adversity gives them a one-of-a-kind story to tell making it one the best movies on Netflix right now. It drops 9 October. 

The Boys In The Band

Boasting an all-star cast including  Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto and Matt Bomer, this flick is absolutely on the best movies on Netflix right now. Based on the Tony award-winning 1968 play of the same name, The Boys In The Band tells the story of a group of gay mates who catch up for a birthday party in the late 60s of New York. The good times are flowing until the party host’s potentially closeted college roomate turns up unvited and drunken game brings unspoken feelings and bureid truths to the surface.

Instant Family

Inspired by a true story, keep the tissues close for this feel-good drama. Instant Family goes like this: Married couple Pete (Mark Walhlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) live a great life together but feel like something is missing. Rather than have their own kids they decide to adopt sassy teenager Lizzy, without realising she comes with siblings 10-year-old Juan and 6-year-old Lita too. Unsurprisingly the duo realise they weren't quite ready for three kids and soon enough drama, fights and tears ensue. But when the kid’s biological mum resurfaces, Pete and Ellie soon learn that life is nowhere near as fun without Lizzy, Lita and Juan in it.

American Murder: The Family Next Door

Sure it’s not exactly a movie, but this new documentary absolutely needs to be added to your weekend viewing plans. It goes like this: In 2018, 34-year-old Shanann Watts and her two young daughters went missing in Frederick, Colorado. As heartbreaking details emerged, their story made headlines worldwide. Told entirely through archival footage that includes social media posts, law enforcement recordings, text messages and never-before-seen home videos, director Jenny Popplewell pieces together an immersive and truthful examination of a police investigation and a disintegrating marriage.

Enola Holmes

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. 

Aquaman

Warner Bros. box-office smash is finally available to stream on Netflix NZ. Starring Jason Momoa (Kahl Drogo from Game of Thrones) Aquaman follows Arthur Curry, heir to Atlantis, in a nail-biting battle against his half-brother, Orm. Surrounded by an all star cast including our very own Temuera Morrison and Nicole Kidman, Willem Dafoe and Amber Heard you're in for a blockbuster of epic proportions. Catch it here.

Mr Jones 

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 Robert Pattinson.

Vice

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 neighbour 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. 

Unbroken

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 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. 

 

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