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56 Of The Best Movies On Netflix NZ To Stream In May 2022

By Morgan Reardon
20th May 2022

Buttering up the popcorn and firing up a good Netflix movie has got to be our favourite thing ever.

But how often do you find yourself endlessly scrolling, looking for something half decent to kick back to?

Well, scroll no more friends, here are all the best movies to watch on Netflix NZ right now.

A Perfect Pairing

When Lola (Victoria Justice), a hard-driving LA wine company sales exec, quits her job in hopes of starting her own wine distribution company, she books herself a plane ticket to rural Australia to chase her first potential client, Vaughn Family Wines. Unfortunately for Lola, the Vaughn Family is not interested (literally, at all) in doing business with a fledgling company. Eager to prove herself, Lola volunteers to fill a vacant position on the Vaughn sheep farm as a farmhand. Naturally, Lola doesn’t seem cut out for the tough work of mending fences and wrangling sheep, but she and the dashing station manager Max (Adam Demos) strike up a little bit more than friendship as he trains her. Watch it from May 19.

Senior Year

Let’s be honest, a movie starring Rebel Wilson is always a good idea. After a cheerleader (Wilson) falls off a pyramid and into a 20-year coma, she wakes up as a 37-year-old woman, ready to return to high school, regain her status and claim the prom queen crown that eluded her. We’re also loving this one because it features another Aussie you’ll be familiar with—Angourie Rice. Watch it here.

Along For The Ride

Based on the novel by Sarah Dessen, Along For The Ride is directed and written by Sofia Alvarez and stars Emma Pasarow and Belmont Cameli as Auden and Eli. The film also stars Kate Bosworth, Dermot Mulroney and fresh off the back of her epic mother role in Maid, Andie MacDowell. Now for the plot—it’s Auden’s last summer before college and she’s spending it in picturesque Colby Beach. While other teens party in the sun, Auden spends her time roaming the streets after everyone else is asleep. Everything changes when she meets Eli, a charming and mysterious fellow insomniac. Watch it here.

365 Days: This Day

Alright if you missed the hype of 365 Days back in 2020, you could save your pop culture lag by getting behind its sequel—365 Days: This Day. The Polish-American erotic thriller (yes, expect lots of gyrating and grinding, 50 Shades Of Grey-style) tales Laura and Massimo and their new beginning. However, Massimo's family ties and a mysterious man who enter's Laura's life threatens their whole relationship. Watch it here.

Bubble

Get comfy for one of the most beautiful anime animations you’ll ever witness. This story is set in Tokyo after bubbles that broke the laws of gravity rained down on Earth. Cut off from the outside world, Tokyo has become a playground for a group of young people who have lost their families, acting as a battlefield for parkour team battles as they leap from building to building. Hibiki, a young ace, makes a pretty damn reckless move one day and plummets into the gravity-bending sea. His life is saved by Uta, a girl with mysterious powers. Watch it here.

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Silverton Siege

While on a high-profile mission to sabotage a petrol depot, a trio of freedom fighters realise they’ve been set up, with police ready and waiting to arrest them. A fierce and deadly chase ensues which sees them seeking shelter inside a bank. Yep, this one is based on a true story. Watch it here.

Choose Or Die

Let’s be real, Asa Butterfield never disappoints so kick up your feet and get ready to sink your teeth into Netflix’s new horror, Choose Or Die. After firing up a lost 80s survival horror game, a young coder unleashes a hidden curse that tears reality apart, forcing her to make terrifying decisions and face deadly consequences. Watch it here.

The In Between

In the mood for a supernatural love story? You're in luck. The In Between is your next 'cruise control' that centers on a teenage girl, Tessa (Joey King), who, after bouncing around in foster homes for most of her childhood, doesn’t believe she deserves her own love story. Everything changes after she has a chance encounter with Skylar (Kyle Allen), a senior from a neighboring town who’s a true romantic. However, tragedy strikes when a car accident takes Skylar’s life, while Tessa survives. Tessa soon believes Skylar is attempting to reconnect with her from the afterworld. With the help of her best friend Tessa attempts to contact Skylar one last time and we're not crying, you are. Watch it here.

The Bubble

If you’re keen for some laughs this weekend, The Bubble is a comedy about a group of actors and actresses stuck inside a pandemic bubble at a hotel attempting to complete a sequel to an action franchise film about flying dinosaurs. Starring Karen Gillan, Pedro Pascal, Leslie Mann and David Duchovny and Keegan-Michael Key. Watch it from April 1.

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Against The Ice

In 1909, Denmark’s Arctic Expedition led by Captain Ejnar Mikkelsen (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) was attempting to disprove the United States’ claim to Northeast Greenland. This claim was based on the assumption that Greenland was broken up into two different pieces of land. Leaving his crew behind with the ship, Mikkelsen embarks on a journey across the ice with his inexperienced crew member, Iver Iversen (Joe Cole). The two men succeed in finding the proof that Greenland is one island, but returning to the ship takes longer than expected. The two battle extreme hunger, fatigue and a polar bear attack and when they finally arrive back at their base—their ship has been crushed in the ice and the camp has been abandoned. Watch Against The Ice here.

Windfall

Brace yourself for this ​​Hitchcockian thriller following a wealthy couple who arrive at their vacation home only to find it's being robbed—we know, hardly the deepest of plots but hang with it, you won’t be disappointed. Windfall also stars a few familiar faces including Lily Collins, Jason Segel (as the bad guy, would you believe?) and Jesse Plemons. Watch Windfall here.

Adam By Eve

Without a doubt one of the coolest movies on Netflix, Adam By Eve is a mystery-drama wrapped in vibrant visuals that combine live-action 3DCD and 2D animation. High school student Aki searches for her friend Taki, who disappeared suddenly in front of her eyes. She wanders into a strange world created by the mysterious entity “Hitotsume-sama.” Led by Taki’s voice, she finds a fictional Shibuya that is neither dream nor reality. Watch Adam By Eve here.

​​​​Rescued By Ruby

We mean, how can you go wrong with yet another movie about his man and his dog? Based on a true story, state trooper Dan (Grant Gustin) dreams of joining the K-9 Search And Rescue team, but no one will give him the chance. Shelter dog Ruby dreams of having a home, but is running out of hope. When fate brings Dan and Ruby together, it's their unshakable bond that helps them face their toughest challenge yet. Watch Rescued By Ruby here.

Black Crab

Black Crab is a Swedish action thriller set in a post-apocalyptic world torn apart by war. During a long, harsh winter, six soldiers embark on a covert mission across a frozen archipelago, risking their lives to transport a mysterious package that could end the war. As they enter hostile enemy territory, they have no idea what dangers lie ahead or who—if anyone—they can trust. But for speed skater turned soldier Caroline Edh, the mission is about something else entirely. Watch Black Crab here.

The Adam Project

If you’re keen to hit cruise on your brain then you’re going to love The Adam Project. Deep in the sci-fi genre, after accidentally crash-landing in 2022, time-travelling fighter pilot Adam Reed teams up with his 12-year-old self on a big ol’ mission to save the future. No, it won’t be up for any big film awards but it will give you a nice dose of escapism and we mean, with its stars Ryan Reynolds, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Garner and Zoe Saldaña at the helm—you’re in good hands. The Adam Project is also directed by Shawn Levy who’s responsible for the likes of Stranger Things, Night At The Museum and Free Guy. Not to mention, the film is completely action-packed and speckled with good laughs too. Watch The Adam Project here.

The Weekend Away

Grab the popcorn, a warm blanket and get ready to settle in for this Netflix crime thriller. The Weekend Away, starring Leighton Meester, is based on Sarah Alderson's bestselling 2020 novel of the same name and let's just say the book has a pretty hectic twist at the end. A weekend getaway to Croatia goes awry when Beth (Leighton Meester) is accused of killing her best friend (Christina Wolfe). Some have likened this Netflix iteration as the female Bourne movie and we mean... there's only one way to find out. Watch The Weekend Away here.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Melody, her teenage sister Lila and their friends Dante and Ruth, head to the remote town of Harlow, Texas to start an idealistic new business venture. Of course, their big dream soon turns into an absolute nightmare when they accidentally walk into the home of the iconic Leatherface. If you’ve watched any of the Texas Chainsaw movies, you’ll know he’s the deranged serial killer who just so happens to be back on the prowl. To top things off, this film also features a cameo from Sally Hardesty (Olwen Fouéré), the sole survivor of his infamous 1973 massacre who’s hell-bent on seeking revenge. Watch Texas Chainsaw Massacre here.

Forgive Us Our Trespasses

Ok, the first thing that you need to know about Forgive Us Our Trespasses is that it only goes for 13 minutes. It's a short dramatic film based in 1939 Germany, where a farm boy with a limb difference is targeted by Nazi soldiers after Hitler enacts Aktion T4—a program to euthanise people with disabilities. If you know your history, you'll know that this mass murder very much happened. While it may only go for 13 minutes, this movie should definitely not be missed, especially since it stars Knox Gibson as the lead, an eight-year-old boy hailing in from Orange, NSW. There's no official trailer for this one so you're just going to have to dive right in here.

Tall Girl 2

Not all great movies on Netflix are going to win an Oscar and have you on the edge of your seat. In fact, some are damn great because they’re cliche and easy to watch, take Tall Girl 2 for example. This gem is the perfect Netflix movie to switch on after a hard week on the tools—no thinking just laughs required. After her inspiring speech at the homecoming dance, Jodi (Ava Michelle) is no longer just the "tall girl". Now,  she's popular, confident, has a boyfriend, and just booked the lead role in the school musical. But as the pressure of her newfound popularity intensifies, so do her insecurities, and new relationships are formed while old ones are tested. 

Through My Window

Through My Window is the heated Spanish drama everyone is talking about right now.
Raquel is madly and irrevocably in love with Ares, her attractive and mysterious neighbour. The thing is, she has watched him from afar because, much to her dismay, they haven’t exchanged a single word. But Raquel has a very clear mission: to make Ares fall in love with her. Cliche’? Yes. But, a must-watch? Also yes.

Munich—The Edge Of War

If you haven’t previously picked up the paperback of the same name by Robert Harris, you’re in for a treat. The year is 1938 and Europe is on the brink of war, Adolf Hitler is preparing to invade Czechoslovakia and the UK is desperately trying to find some kind of solution. Pressure builds and Hugh Legat, a British civil servant, and Paul von Hartmann, a German diplomat, travel to Munich for an emergency conference. As negotiations begin, the two, who also happen to be old friends, find themselves at the centre of a web of political subterfuge. Munich—The Edge of War lands on Netflix on January 21.

Brazen

It’s the crime-thriller on everyone’s lips at the moment and for good reason too. While not a true story, this film is based on the novel Brazen Virtue by Nora Roberts whereby a famous mystery writer and crime expert, Grace (played by Alyssa Milano), finds her sister dead in her family home. When her sister is killed and her double life as a webcam performer is revealed, Grace ignores the warnings of the cool, calm and collected detective Ed (Sam Page) and gets involved in the case. Catch it here.

The Lost Daughter

We love it when Netflix gets a jumpstart on streaming hotly anticipated movies early in the year so get ready to lap up all that is Olivia Coleman in Maggie Gyllenhaal's directorial debut—The Lost Daughter. In this one, Leda (Olivia Coleman) meets a mother and her young daughter while holidaying in Italy. Becoming obsessed with the mother-daughter relationship, Leda remembers her own experiences of early motherhood, memories filled with terror, intensity and a whole lot of confusion. You'll also find Dakota Johnson, Jessie Buckley, Ed Harris, Peter Sarsgaard, Paul Mescal and Dagmara Dominczyk starring in this psychological thriller.

Don't Look Up

Don't Look Up follows Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence), an astronomy grad student, and her professor Dr Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio) make an astounding discovery of a comet orbiting within the solar system. The problem—it’s on a direct collision course with Earth. The other problem? No one really seems to care. With the help of Dr Oglethorpe, Kate and Randall embark on a media tour that takes them from the office of an indifferent President (Meryl Streep) and her sycophantic son and Chief of Staff, Jason (Jonah Hill), to the airwaves of The Daily Rip, an upbeat morning show hosted by Brie (Cate Blanchett) and Jack (Tyler Perry). This one drops on 24 December. 

The Hand Of God

From Academy Award-winning writer and director Paolo Sorrentino (Il Divo, The Great Beauty, The Young Pope) comes the story of a boy, Fabietto Schisa, set in the tumultuous Naples of the 1980s. The Hand of God is a story full of unexpected joys, such as the arrival of football legend Diego Maradona, and an equally unexpected tragedy. Fate plays its part, joy and tragedy intertwine, and Fabietto’s future is set in motion. Sorrentino returns to his hometown to tell his most personal story, a tale of fate and family, sports and cinema, love and loss.

The Unforgivable

Released from prison after serving a sentence for a violent crime, Ruth Slater (Sandra Bullock) re-enters a society that refuses to forgive her past. Facing severe judgment from the place she once called home, her only hope for redemption is finding the estranged younger sister she was forced to leave behind. The Unforgivable packs an all-star cast including Viola Davis, Jon Bernthal and Vincent D'Onofrio.

The Photograph

The Photograph is a love story that covers two relationships across two different timelines. Mae (Issa Rae), is a New York art curator who is struggling with the death of her estranged mother who left her behind a series of photographs and letters. When she meets Michael, (LaKeith Stanfield) a journalist who is doing a piece on Mae’s mum, the two fall in love. Putting his investigative journalist skills to good use Michael begins to uncover some of Mae’s long-hidden family secrets and the results create a ripple effect no one could have imagined.
 

The Power Of The Dog

Directed by Oscar-winning Kiwi Jane Champion and filmed in New Zealand, this must-watch Western will rip your heart out. The Power Of The Dog follows charismatic rancher Phil Burbank (Benedict Cumberbatch), who inspires fear and awe in those around him. But everything changes for Phil when his brother George (Jesse Plemons) brings home a new wife Rose (Kirsten Dunst) and her timid son, Peter (played by Australia’s Kodi Smit-McPhee). Phil makes it his mission to torment George’s new family until the unthinkable happens and he finds himself exposed to the possibility of love.

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Single All The Way

Single All The Way is the Christmas movie guaranteed to give you all the feels. Desperate to avoid his family’s judgment about his perpetual single status, Peter (Michael Urie) convinces his best friend Nick (Philemon Chambers) to join him for the holidays and pretend that they're now in a relationship. But when Peter’s mother (Kathy Najimy) sets him up on a blind date with her handsome trainer James (Luke Macfarlane)—the plan goes awry.

Mixtape

Mixtape goes like this: on the eve of Y2k, orphaned, awkward 12-year-old Beverly Moody discovers a broken mixtape crafted by her teen parents. Raised by her grandmother Gail (Julie Bowen), a former teen mom herself who finds it painful to speak about her late daughter, Beverly sees this mixtape as a chance to finally learn more about her parents. So she sets out on a journey to find all the songs on the tape. Along the way, she makes friends with her quirky neighbour, Ellen; intimidatingly tough, Nicky; and Anti, an anti-everything record store owner who’s the key to finding these tracks, and a renewed bond between Gail and Beverly. 

Bruised 

Jackie Justice (Halle Berry) is a mixed martial arts fighter who leaves the sport in disgrace. Down on her luck and simmering with rage and regret years after the fight, she’s coaxed into a brutal underground fight by her manager and boyfriend Desi and grabs the attention of a fight league promoter who promises Jackie a life back in the octagon. But the road to redemption becomes unexpectedly personal when Manny—the son she gave up as an infant—shows up at her doorstep. Bruised is the directorial debut of Academy Award winner Halle Berry and is a triumphant story of a fighter who reclaims her power, in and out of the ring, when everyone has counted her out.

The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star

What’s better than The Princess Switch one and two? A third instalment of course. Bring on the festive feels as we return to the fictional country of Belgravia, where Queen Margaret and Princess Stacy (both played by Vanessa Hudgens) hold the very first international Christmas festival. But when a relic on loan from the Vatican is stolen, the royal duo enlists the help of Margaret’s audacious look-alike cousin Fiona who teams with a dashing, mysterious man from her past to retrieve it... rekindling the sparks of a tantalising Christmas romance and resulting in a very unexpected switch.

tick, tick...BOOM!

Lin-Manuel Miranda makes his feature directorial debut with tick, tick…BOOM!, an adaptation of the autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, who revolutionised theatre as the creator of Rent. The flick follows Jon (Andrew Garfield), a young theatre composer who’s waiting tables at a New York City diner in 1990 while writing what he hopes will be the next great American musical. Days before he’s due to showcase his work in a make-or-break performance, Jon is feeling the pressure from everywhere all amidst an artistic community being ravaged by the AIDS epidemic. With the clock ticking, Jon is at a crossroads and faces the question everyone must reckon with: What are we meant to do with the time we have? 

Red Notice

When an Interpol-issued Red Notice—the highest level warrant to hunt and capture the world’s most wanted—goes out, the FBI’s top profiler John Hartley (Dwayne Johnson) is on the case. His global pursuit finds him smack bang in the middle of a daring heist where he’s forced to partner with the world’s greatest art thief Nolan Booth (Ryan Reynolds) in order to catch the world’s most wanted art thief, “The Bishop” (Gal Gadot). The high-flying adventure that ensues takes the trio around the world, across the dance floor, trapped in a secluded prison, into the jungle and, worst of all for them, constantly into each other’s company. 

Passing

Passing tells the story of two Black women, Irene Redfield (Tessa Thompson) and Clare Kendry (Ruth Negga), who can “pass” as white but choose to live on opposite sides of the colour line during the height of the Harlem Renaissance in late 1920s New York. After a chance encounter reunites the former childhood friends one summer afternoon, Irene reluctantly allows Clare into her home, where she ingratiates herself to Irene’s husband (André Holland) and family, and soon her larger social circle as well. As their lives become more deeply intertwined, Irene finds her once-steady existence upended by Clare. 

The Harder They Fall

When outlaw Nat Love discovers that his enemy Rufus Buck (Idris Elba) is being released from prison he rounds up his gang to track Rufus down and seek revenge. Those riding with him in this righteously new school Western include his former love Stagecoach Mary (Zazie Beetz), his right and left hand men—hot-tempered Bill Pickett (Edi Gathegi) and fast drawing Jim Beckwourth (R.J. Cyler)—and a surprising adversary-turned-ally. Rufus Buck has his own fearsome crew, including “Treacherous” Trudy Smith (Regina King) and Cherokee Bill (LaKeith Stanfield), and they are not a group that knows how to lose.

Official Secrets 

Official Secrets chronicles the true story of British Intelligence whistleblower Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley), who leaked a top-secret NSA memo exposing exposing an illegal spying operation by American and British intelligence services to potentially blackmail United Nations diplomats tasked to vote on a resolution regarding the 2003 invasion of Iraq. This gripping flick features an all-star cast including Matt Smith, Matthew Goode and Ralph Fiennes.

Army Of Thieves

In this prequel to Zack Snyder's Army of the Dead, Army of Thieves tells the origin story of Dieter (played by Matthias Schweighöfer), who goes from small-town bank teller to being drawn into the adventure of a lifetime when a mysterious woman (Nathalie Emmanuel) recruits him to join a crew of Interpol’s most wanted criminals. Together the motley crew attempt to heist a sequence of legendary, impossible-to-crack safes across Europe.

Hypnotic

Hypnotic follows Jenn (Kate Siegel) who, still reeling from a series of traumatic events and feeling stuck both personally and professionally, decides to enlist a renowned hypnotherapist, Dr. Meade (Jason O'Mara) to help on her road to recovery. After a handful of intense sessions, terrifying events, and mysterious blackouts, Jenn soon finds herself caught in a dangerous mind game. With the help of Detective Wade Rollins (Dulé Hill), Jen looks to put the pieces together before it's too late and there are deadly consequences.

Night Teeth

Night Teeth follows quirky college student Benny, who moonlights as a chauffeur to make some extra cash. His task: drive two mysterious young women around Los Angeles for a night of party hopping. Taken captive by his clients' charm, he soon learns that his passengers have their own plans for him—and an insatiable thirst for blood. As his night spins out of control, Benny is thrust into the middle of a clandestine war that pits rival tribes of vampires against the protectors of the human world, led by his brother, who will stop at nothing to send them back into the shadows. 

The Invisible Man

After escaping from an abusive, controlling relationship with a wealthy tech genius called Adrian, Cecilia (Elisabeth Moss) attempts to begin a new life. But when strange events begin to occur, Cecilia is convinced that her ex has tracked her down and is stalking her. The only twist? When she tells the police they inform her that Adrian is dead. Feeling like no one is taking her seriously, Cecilia decides to hunt down the truth on her own. The Invisible Man boasts an all-star cast including Aussies Harriet Dyer and Michael Dorman, as well as Storm Reid and Aldis Hodge. 

FOUND

From the producer of The Farewell comes this moving documentary film from Amanda Lipitz. In FOUND, three adopted American teenage girls—Lily, Sadie and Chloe—discover that they are blood-related cousins. Their online meeting inspires the young women to confront complicated and emotional questions, and embark on a once in a lifetime journey to China together in search of answers, connections, and their lost history. Keep the tissues close for this one. 

Till Death

If horror flicks with a serious slice of action is your vibe, then Till Death is for you. It follows Emma (Megan Fox) who is stuck in an unhappy marriage to Mark. In an effort to save their marriage Mark whisks Emma away to a secluded lake house for a romantic winter evening to celebrate their 10th anniversary. But things take a dark and terrifying turn when Emma wakes the next morning and finds herself shackled to her dead spouse as part of a twisted revenge plot. As the rest of the plan unfolds (read: hitmen arrive to take Emma out), she begins a desperate battle for survival.

Venom

If you’re a Marvel Comics fan, then you’ll want to line up a viewing of Venom stat. It follows Eddie (Tom Hardy), a journalist who is investigating a company called the Life Foundation, whom he suspects is doing a series of illegal—and very deadly—human trials. When Eddie breaks into the Life Foundation’s research laboratory in an attempt to expose the company and its CEO Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed), he is accidentally exposed to the lab’s mutation virus, causing his entire body to transform into a monstrous creature dubbed Venom. As you can imagine, epic fight scenes and serious chaos ensues. If you’re after an action-packed watch—this is it. 

There's Someone Inside Your House

Based on Stephanie Perkins’ New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, There's Someone Inside Your House will keep you up at night. It goes like this: Makani Young moves from Hawaii to quiet, small-town Nebraska to live with her grandmother and finish high school, but as the countdown to graduation begins, her classmates are stalked by a killer intent on exposing their darkest secrets to the entire town, terrorising victims while wearing a life-like mask of their own face. With a mysterious past of her own, Makani and her friends must discover the killer’s identity before they become victims themselves. 

The Guilty

From the writer of True Detective comes this heart-stopping thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat. The Guilty takes place over the course of a single morning in a 911 dispatch call centre. Joe Baylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a troubled police detective demoted to emergency operator duty. What initially seems like a routine morning, spirals when Joe takes a call from a woman who says she’s about to be murdered. Scrambling to save the caller, Joe soon discovers that nothing is as it seems, and facing the truth is the only way out.

Britney Vs Spears

The world knows Britney Spears: performer, artist, icon. But in the last few years, her name has been publicly tied to another, a more mysterious term: conservatorship. Britney vs Spears tells the explosive story of Spears’ life and her public and private search for freedom. Featuring years-long investigative work and exclusive interviews, this feature film paints a thorough portrait of the pop star’s trajectory from girl next door to a woman trapped by fame and family and her own legal status. Director Erin Lee Carr (How To Fix a Drug Scandal, Dirty Money) and journalist Jenny Eliscu work to delve deep into the tangled history of the conservatorship that has been in place for over 13 years. 

No One Gets Out Alive

No One Gets Out Alive will straight up terrify you. It follows Ambar who arrives in Cleveland illegally from Mexico, with very little money and unsuitable clothing for what’s expected to be the coldest winter on record. After finding cash-in-hand work at a factory, she rents the cheapest room available in a derelict boarding house. Kept awake by the other tenants’ sobbing, disturbing nightmares and strange unearthly noises echoing from the basement, Ambar begins to wonder exactly who—or what—lives inside the house with them. 

Intrusion

Intrusion is the perfect thriller flick for your weekend viewing. It goes like this: when married couple Henry (Logan Marshall-Green) and Meera (Freida Pinto) move into their dream home on the edge of a small town, they feel like they’re in their own private oasis. But when they get caught up in a violent home invasion that leaves the intruder dead—Meera starts her own investigation into why they were targeted. Traumatised and suspicious, she begins to realise that those around her might not be who they seem—from the local police to her own husband. 

The Starling

After Lilly (Melissa McCarthy) and Jack (Chris O'Dowd) lose their baby, their entire world falls apart. Jack checks into a mental health facility while Lily is left at home to pick up the pieces where she begins a battle with a territorial bird (The Starling) over the dominion of her garden. Surprisingly the bird provides an unlikely avenue for her grief and the courage to heal her relationships and rediscover her capacity for love. This incredible flick will absolutely pull at your heartstrings.  

You Vs. Wild: Out Cold

Bear Grylls is back for another exciting interactive movie that will have you on the edge of your seat. Following a plane crash in the ice ravaged mountains, Bear finds himself with amnesia trying to save himself and the pilot from the harsh winter elements. Bear will face huge rock walls, freezing dark tunnels and creepy wildlife creatures. He’s in big trouble, and he needs your help to find his friend and get out of danger.

SAS: Rise Of The Black Swan

If you like your movies action-packed and filled to the brim with epic fight scenes, then SAS: Rise Of The Black Swan is for you. Based on the popular novel by Andy McNab it follows a special forces operative travelling from London to Paris with his girlfriend, who is forced to take action when armed, ruthless mercenaries seize control of their train. It stars Outlander’s Sam Heughan, Aussie Ruby Rose and Lord Of The Rings’ Andy Serkis. 

Kate

Meticulous and preternaturally skilled, Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is the perfect specimen of a finely tuned assassin at the height of her game. But when she uncharacteristically blows an assignment targeting a member of the yakuza in Tokyo, she quickly discovers she’s been poisoned, a brutally slow execution that gives her less than 24 hours to exact revenge on her killers. As her body swiftly deteriorates, Kate forms an unlikely bond with the teenage daughter of one of her past victims.  

The Owners 

Based on an acclaimed graphic novel, The Owners will straight up give you nightmares. The horror flick follows mates Gaz, Nathan and Terry who decide to break into the countryside estate of Dr Richard Huggins and his wife Ellen, who is said to have a very large safe full of cash. Things get complicated when Nathan's girlfriend Mary turns up and unwittingly joins the break-in. But the whole plan gets really messy when the novice crims realise the doctor and his wife are actually sadistic monsters themselves and soon the hunters become the hunted. 

Afterlife Of The Party

A social butterfly (Victoria Justice) experiences the biggest party foul of all… dying during her birthday week. To her surprise, she’s given a second chance to right her wrongs on Earth by reconnecting with loved ones—like helping her dad (played by Australia’s Adam Garcia) overcome his grief and guiding her wallflower bestie Lisa (Midori Francis) to new love. But most importantly, she has just five days to prove the powers that be that she’s worthy enough to get into the big VIP room in the sky. Full of LOLs and sweet moments, Afterlife Of The Party is the feel-good flick you need. 

The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf

The world of The Witcher expands in this anime origin story: Before Geralt, there was his mentor Vesemir—a swashbuckling young witcher who escaped a life of poverty to slay monsters for coin. But when a strange new monster begins terrorising a politically fraught kingdom, Vesemir finds himself on a frightening adventure that forces him to confront the demons of his past. This flick will fill The Witcher-sized hole in your heart perfectly. 

Don’t Let Go

From the producers of Get Out comes this epic thriller. When Detective Jack Radcliff (David Oyelowo) finds his beloved niece Ashley (Storm Reid) has been murdered, his life spirals out of control. But things get even weirder when he receives a call from Ashley—who is very much alive and communicating from the past. With Jack living two weeks into the future, he must race against the clock to prevent her murder from happening again.  

Joker

This psychological thriller based on the DC Comics character of the same name was one of the biggest movies of 2019—scoring 11 Oscar nominations, winning Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix. The plot goes like this: In 1981 Gotham City, a struggling, mentally ill comic Arthur Fleck (Phoenix) battles to be seen, walking the streets seeking human connection. Isolated, bullied and disregarded by society, Fleck’s life takes a dark, gut-wrenching turn after he lashes back at attackers, transforming himself into the criminal mastermind known as The Joker.

Luce

Luce, one of the best movies on Netflix right now, will have your mind racing long after the credits roll. It goes like this: Parents Amy (Naomi Watts) and Peter Edgar’s (Tim Roth) seemingly idyllic home life is thrown into disarray when their adopted son Luce (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), writes an extremely disturbing essay for his class at school. An all-star student-athlete, Luce feels he’s being unfairly targeted by his new teacher Ms Wilson (Octavia Spencer) and soon psychological warfare breaks out between the two with Luce desperate to clear his name, and Wilson equally desperate to expose Luce for who she thinks he really is—a disturbed and dangerous child. 

Sweet Girl

Everyone’s favourite action man Jason Momoa is back with this action thriller that will get your heart racing. Sweet Girl follows devoted family man Ray Cooper, who vows justice against the pharmaceutical company responsible for pulling a potentially life-saving drug from the market just before his wife dies from cancer. But when his search for the truth leads to a deadly encounter that puts Ray and his daughter Rachel (Isabela Merced) in harm’s way, Ray’s mission turns into a quest for vengeance in order to protect the only family he has left. 

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