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

By Morgan Reardon
7th Aug 2020

A couple look happy in a scene from the film work it

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.

Work It

Sometimes you just need a good highschool rom com to get you through the weekend and Netflix newbie, Work It is just the tea. The flick goes like this: When Quinn Ackerman’s (Sabrina Carpenter) admission to the college of her dreams (the one her late father also attended) depends on her performance at a dance competition, she forms a ragtag group of dancers to take on the best squad in school. The big problem? She's quite possibly be the worst dancer ever. For those who devoured To All The Boys I Loved Before and The Kissing Booth, this is for you. And did we mention the cast is seriously stacked featuring Jordan Fisher and Aussie Keiynan Lonsdale? It drops 7 August 5pm AEST.

The Zookeeper's Wife 

This moving wartime drama is based on Diane Ackerman's book of the same name—and yes it’s based on a true story so keep the tissues close. The flick follows the lives of husband and wife Jan (Johan Heldenbergh) and Antonina Żabiński (Jessica Chastain) who lived an idyllic life as caretakers at the popular Warsaw Zoo. But their life is turned upside down when the Nazis invade Poland, raining bombs down on them destroying much of the zoo and the animals that called it home. Rather than hide, the selfless and fearless couple make it their mission to rescue hundreds of Jews (300 according to reports) who had been imprisoned in the Warsaw Ghetto by hiding them in their zoo. See, we told you you’d need those tissues. 

Line Of Duty

Sometimes we just like to get down with a good old-fashioned action thriller, and this one hits all the right spots. Line Of Duty (not to be confused with the also awesome British crime show) centres around disgraced cop Frank Penny (Aaron Eckhart) who is about to have one seriously messed up day. On a crusade for redemption Penny finds himself caught up in a child abduction. The kicker? The victim is the police chief's 11-year-old daughter who has been taken by a seriously unhinged suspect played by none other than Ben McKenzie—yes, it’s a little weird at first seeing Ryan Atwood from The OC play a psycho but we digress. Making Penny’s race against time all the more theatrical is his unlikely sidekick—a citizen journalist who livestreams his entire pursuit providing the only key to solving the crime.

The Kissing Booth 2

Squeal! We have been waiting for this baby forever and it’s finally blessing our screens. To catch you up: Elle Evans (Joey King) just had the most romantic summer of her life with her reformed bad-boy boyfriend Noah Flynn (Australia’s Jacob Elordi). But now Noah is off to Harvard, and Elle heads back to high school for her senior year where she'll have to juggle a long-distance relationship, getting into her dream college with her best mate Lee, and the complications brought on by a close friendship with a handsome, charismatic new classmate named Marco. But when Noah grows close to a seemingly-perfect college girl, Elle will have to decide how much she trusts him and to whom her heart truly belongs. Catch The Kissing Booth 2 at 7pm 24 July. 

Fatal Affair

Netflix just dropped this thriller and it will have you on the edge of your seat. The flick follows Ellie (Nia Long) who has hit a rough patch in her marriage to childhood love husband Marcus. After a chance encounter at work, Ellie is reunited with an old friend, David (Omar Epps) who makes her feel alive again. As the movie title suggests, the duo embark on a saucy affair but when Ellie tries to cut ties and reunite with her husband, let's just say David doesn’t take it very well. Soon it becomes clear that David is more dangerous and unstable than she'd realized.

The Old Guard

Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Greg Rucka, you’ll want to add this action-packed fantasy flick to your weekend viewing plans stat. It goes like this: Led by a warrior named Andy (Charlize Theron), a covert group of tight-knit mercenaries with a mysterious inability to die have fought to protect the mortal world for centuries. But when the team is recruited to take on an emergency mission and their extraordinary abilities are suddenly exposed, it’s up to Andy and Nile (KiKi Layne), the newest soldier to join their ranks, to help the group eliminate the threat of those who seek to replicate and monetize their power by any means necessary. Yep, it's wild!

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. 

Desperados

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.

Freedom Writers

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. 

BlacKkKlansman

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).

Boy Erased 

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. 

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. Da 5 Bloods drops 12 June at 5pm—just in time for the weekend.

Moonlight

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. 

The Lovebirds

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. This flick drops 22 May. 

 
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