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

By Morgan Reardon
20th Feb 2020

Still from The Last Thing He Wanted

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.

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. This awesome political thriller drops tomorrow, 21 February. 

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. 

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?

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.

Lady Bird

Lady Bird has gone on to win multiple best picture awards, making it one of the most talked-about films. It’s a coming of age movie featuring Saoirse Ronan in the lead role as hard-headed “Lady Bird” and Laurie Metcalf as her pleading mother. If Perks of Being a Wallflower or Juno were amongst your fave films then Lady Bird will be perfect for you.

Marriage Story

It’s one of the most talked-about films to drop this summer and for a good reason too– Marriage Story, is Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Noah Baumbach's compassionate portrait (read: you will definitely cry) of a marriage breaking up and a family staying together. The film stars Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver. Laura Dern, Alan Alda, and Ray Liotta co-star. Catch Marriage Story here.

The Irishman

No doubt you’ve seen this Scorsese film rack up all the Oscar buzz and we’d be lying if we said we haven’t been waiting for this one to drop with much anticipation. Starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, this is the epic saga of organised crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century. Spanning decades, the film chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa so yes, you should definitely be feasting your eyes on The Irishman.

Earthquake Bird

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.

Dolemite Is My Name

We really didn't realise how much we missed Eddie Murphy until we watched this one. Stung by a string of showbiz failures, floundering comedian Rudy Ray Moore (Eddie Murphy) has an epiphany that turns him into a word-of-mouth sensation: step onstage as someone else. Borrowing from the street mythology of 1970s Los Angeles, Moore assumes the persona of Dolemite, a pimp with a cane and an arsenal of obscene fables. However, his ambitions exceed selling bootleg records deemed too racy for mainstream radio stations to play. Moore convinces a social justice-minded dramatist (Keegan-Michael Key) to write his alter ego a film, incorporating kung fu, car chases, and Lady Reed (Da’Vine Joy Randolph), an ex-backup singer who becomes his unexpected comedic foil. Despite clashing with his pretentious director, D’Urville Martin (Wesley Snipes), and countless production hurdles at their studio in the dilapidated Dunbar Hotel, Moore’s Dolemite becomes a runaway box office smash and a defining movie of the Blaxploitation era. 

Eli

This movie follows the story of a young boy (Charlie Shotwell) plagued with an unknown, debilitating illness that requires him to live completely sealed off from the outside world. After exhausting every option, his parents (Kelly Reilly and Max Martini) put their trust – and his life – in the hands of an experimental doctor (Lili Taylor). As Eli undergoes the tremendously intense process that could potentially cure him, he begins to be haunted by experiences that make him question who he can trust and what is lurking around him.

In The Tall Grass

When siblings Becky and Cal hear the cries of a young boy lost within a field of tall grass, they venture in to rescue him, only to become ensnared themselves by a sinister force that quickly disorients and separates them. Cut off from the world and unable to escape the field’s tightening grip, they soon discover that the only thing worse than getting lost is being found. In The Tall Grass is based on the novella by Stephen King and Joe Hill so needless to say, if you're a horror fan, watch it in all its scary glory here.

In The Shadow Of The Moon

In 1988, Philadelphia police officer Thomas Lockhart (Boyd Holbrook), hungry to become a detective, begins tracking a serial killer who mysteriously resurfaces every nine years. But when the killer's crimes begin to defy all scientific explanation, Locke's obsession with finding the truth threatens to destroy his career, his family, and possibly his sanity. Watch In The Shadow Of The Moon 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 follows Zach and his crew who take a 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 Galifianakis, this gem is absolute on-screen gold.

 

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