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The 50 best movies on Netflix right now (January 2024)

Although The Super Mario Bros. Movie has been on Netflix for well over a month, it has once again climbed up near the top of the most popular movies on Netflix. The only thing more surprising than that is The Nest, an indie drama that had only a limited audience, is now at No. 4 on Netflix’s list. We can attribute that result to The Nest‘s two leading performers: Jude Law and Carrie Coon.

The Legend of Tarzan is also making a big splash on Netflix this week, proving there’s still some life for the classic pulp heroes. Meanwhile, The Society of the Snow and The Equalizer 3 are also hanging around the top 10 and proving themselves to be very popular among Netflix subscribers. That’s still a very strong lineup to kick off the year.

Are you having trouble keeping up with everything new on Netflix? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered with our weekly update for the best movies on Netflix right now. And we keep this list updated every week on Friday, so you’ll always have the best choices at hand.

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Editor’s Pick

The Legend of Tarzan (2016) new

The Legend of Tarzan
44 %
pg-13 109m
Genre Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Stars Alexander Skarsgård, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson
Directed by David Yates

After the success of Barbie, it would probably take a lot to get Margot Robbie to come back for a secondary role like she had in The Legend of Tarzan. But this 2016 action-adventure film is impeccably well cast, with The Northman’s Alexander Skarsgård as the classic pulp hero, Tarzan, and Robbie as his wife, Jane. After retiring from a life in the jungle, Tarzan lives in London with his wife and now goes by his birth name, John Clayton III.

Regardless, Tarzan is compelled to return when an American named George Washington Williams (Samuel L. Jackson) implores him to expose Belgium’s slave trade in his own home. What Tarzan doesn’t know is that Belgian’s representative, Captain Léon Rom (Christoph Waltz), is already out to get him in order to give Tarzan to Chief Mbonga (Djimon Hounsou), who has his own vendetta against the King of the Jungle.

The Nest (2020) new

The Nest
80 %
r 107m
Genre Drama
Stars Jude Law, Carrie Coon, Oona Roche
Directed by Sean Durkin

The phrase “fake it until you make it” comes to mind when watching The Nest, which answers the often unasked question: “What happens if you never make it?” Rory O’Hara (Jude Law) has big dreams and aspirations that are seemingly just out of his grasp. After convincing his wife, Allison O’Hara (Carrie Coon), to go along with his plans, Rory moves their entire family back to his native England.

Although the O’Hara family gets to live in an estate, their financial situation is dire, and Rory is not living in reality. As Allison and Rory’s marriage starts to crumble, Rory makes a last grasp at a business deal that will either be his financial salvation or his utter ruin.

Trapped (2002) new

42 %
r 106m
Genre Action, Crime, Thriller, Drama
Stars Charlize Theron, Courtney Love, Kevin Bacon
Directed by Luis Mandoki

Trapped begins with a seemingly perfect crime, as Cheryl Hickey (Courtney Love) takes Dr. Will Jennings (Stuart Townsend) to her hotel room at gunpoint while her partner, Joe Hickey (Kevin Bacon), kidnaps Will’s daughter, Abigail (Dakota Fanning), and holds Will’s wife (and Abby’s mother), Karen Jennings (Charlize Theron), at bay.

The thieves want to ransom Abigail back to her parents, but they haven’t accounted for Abigail’s severe asthma, and she won’t survive long without her inhaler. Joe also underestimated Karen herself, as she constantly fights back to reclaim her daughter. Suddenly, this kidnapping has turned into a battle of wills, and Karen will do anything to save Abigail’s life.

The Florida Project (2017) new

The Florida Project
92 %
r 112m
Genre Drama
Stars Bria Vinaite, Brooklynn Prince, Willem Dafoe
Directed by Sean Baker

The Florida Project is about as far from a Disney movie as you can get, but it’s never far from the shadow of Walt Disney World. Poor Things star Willem Dafoe stars as Bobby Hicks, the manager of a small tourist trap hotel that is designed for budget travelers to Disney’s theme parks. One of Bobby’s long-term residents is Halley (Bria Vinaite), the financially struggling mother of a six-year-old girl named Moonee (Brooklynn Kimberly Prince).

Although Bobby truly cares for Moonee’s well-being, he is rapidly running out of patience for Halley as she endangers her child and dips into sex work to survive. Not everyone can be happy in the self-proclaimed “happiest place on Earth.” And this is a story you won’t be forgetting anytime soon.

Society of the Snow (2023) new

Society of the Snow
71 %
r 144m
Genre Drama, History
Stars Enzo Vogrincic, Agustín Pardella, Matías Recalt
Directed by J. A. Bayona

Netflix may have a real Oscar contender on its hands with Society of the Snow, a Spanish thriller by Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom director J. A. Bayona. This film is not the first to tell the story of the survivors of 1972 Uruguayan plane crash, which was most notably the subject of the American film Alive in 1993.

However, Bayona’s movie goes to far greater lengths to be authentic than the previous adaptations, including bringing production to the actual site of the crash and utilizing the real accounts of the survivors. Most of the cast members are also newcomers, which works in the film’s favor because it keeps the audience in suspense about who will live, and how far they will go to survive.

The Equalizer 3 (2023) new

The Equalizer 3
58 %
r 109m
Genre Action, Thriller, Crime
Stars Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, Eugenio Mastrandrea
Directed by Antoine Fuqua

Denzel Washington spends so much time sitting down and sipping lattes in The Equalizer 3 that you may start to wonder if the actor himself is injured, and not just his character, Robert McCall. After nearly getting himself killed while recovering stolen funds, McCall slowly recovers in a small town on the coast of Italy. McCall also becomes close to the doctor who saved him, Enzo Arisio (Remo Girone), as well as the police officer who brought him to safety, Gio Bonucci (Eugenio Mastrandrea).

As McCall grows to love the town and its people, he realizes that the Italian mafia is terrorizing his new friends. And if anyone’s going to be terrorizing bad guys in this franchise, it’s Robert McCall. If you’re evil, don’t make McCall stand up. His stuntman will kill you.

Gran Turismo (2023)

Gran Turismo
48 %
pg-13 135m
Genre Adventure, Action, Drama
Stars Archie Madekwe, David Harbour, Orlando Bloom
Directed by Neill Blomkamp

On the surface, the premise for Gran Turismo sounds like pure wish fulfillment. It’s about a video game player who uses his Gran Turismo skills to become a pro racer. And yet it’s the mostly true story of Jann Mardenborough (Archie Madekwe), a young man who successfully applied what he learned in the Gran Turismo video game to race tracks in reality.

Stranger Things’ David Harbour co-stars as Jack Slater, the head trainer for GT Academy. Jack’s got his hands full trying to take gamers and make them into racers. And despite some initial setbacks, Jack becomes convinced that Jann has what it takes to make it on the pro circuit. From there, the real test of Jann’s talent begins.

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

Catch Me If You Can
75 %
pg-13 141m
Genre Drama, Crime
Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken
Directed by Steven Spielberg

Frank Abagnale’s biography, Catch Me If You Can, probably played a little fast and loose with the truth about his life as a con artist. But the novel caught the attention of director Steven Spielberg, who turned the film adaptation into one of his lighter stories before casting Leonardo DiCaprio as Frank and Tom Hanks as FBI Agent Carl Hanratty.

Following his parents’ divorce, Frank runs away and follows in his father’s footsteps by becoming a con man whose gift for deception allows him to pass himself off as a pilot, a doctor, and even a Secret Service agent. Hanratty is one of the first law enforcement officials to realize the scope of Frank’s cons, but as the title hints, catching Frank won’t be easy.

Rebel Moon - Part One: A Child of Fire (2023)

Rebel Moon - Part One: A Child of Fire
32 %
pg-13 134m
Genre Action, Science Fiction, Adventure, Fantasy
Stars Sofia Boutella, Djimon Hounsou, Charlie Hunnam
Directed by Zack Snyder

Viewers may find that a lot of things in Rebel Moon – Part One: A Child of Fire are very familiar. It has laser swords like Star Wars, a galactic empire like Star Wars, rebel freedom fighters like Star Wars, and a plot straight out of Battle Beyond the Stars, The Magnificent Seven, and Seven Samurai.

None of those similarities will matter if you just want to watch a big-budget sci-fi movie from the comfort of your own home. On that front, director Zack Snyder has delivered exactly what he was supposed to. The story follows a group of warriors led by Kora (Sofia Boutella) as they make their stand against Motherworld and the Imperium on the remote world of Veldt. These rebels may be outgunned and outnumbered, but they’re eager to fight for their freedom.

Maestro (2023)

78 %
r 129m
Genre Drama, Romance, Music
Stars Carey Mulligan, Bradley Cooper, Matt Bomer
Directed by Bradley Cooper

Composer Leonard Bernstein has been dead for 33 years, but he may prove to be an important figure in next year’s Oscar race. Netflix’s Maestro was written and directed by Bradley Cooper, who cast himself as Bernstein opposite Carey Mulligan as his wife, Felicia Montealegre.

Before falling in love with Felicia, Bernstein was in an affair with David Oppenheim (Matt Bomer). However, Bernstein’s marriage with Felicia doesn’t mean that he plans to give up sleeping with other men. This places an incredible strain on their union, even though the love between Bernstein and Felicia is never in doubt.

Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget (2023)

Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget
62 %
pg 97m
Genre Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Stars Thandiwe Newton, Zachary Levi, Bella Ramsey
Directed by Sam Fell

Back in 2000, Chicken Run became a surprise hit with fans of all ages. So what if there was a mere twenty-three-year gap between films? It’s not like chickens can tell time! Although the extended period did leave some major roles to be recast, including Zachary Levi and Thandiwe Newton taking over as Rocky and Ginger from Mel Gibson and Julia Sawalha from the original.

Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget takes place not too long after the first film, but long enough for Rocky and Ginger to have a daughter named Molly (as voiced by The Last of Us’ Bella Ramsey). The chickens may have escaped from Mrs. Tweedy (Miranda Richardson), but she’s far from through with them. If Ginger wants to keep her family safe, she will have to lead a team to break into Tweedy’s compound and discover what she has in store for them.

Love and Monsters (2020)

Love and Monsters
63 %
pg-13 109m
Genre Comedy, Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
Stars Dylan O'Brien, Jessica Henwick, Michael Rooker
Directed by Michael Matthews

The Maze Runner’s Dylan O’Brien stars in Love and Monsters as Joel, one of the survivors of an apocalyptic event that left Earth overrun by giant monsters. Before the world went to Hell, Joel (O’Brien) was deeply in love with Aimee (Jessica Henwick), but they’ve been separated for seven years because it isn’t safe to travel on the surface.

When Joel becomes fed up with himself for feeling useless, he decides to risk everything by leaving the safety of his colony behind so he can reunite with Aimee. Joel has a lot to learn along the way, and he may not get the happy ending he hoped for.

May December (2023)

May December
85 %
r 117m
Genre Drama, Comedy
Stars Natalie Portman, Julianne Moore, Chris Tenzis
Directed by Todd Haynes

Decades ago, Gracie Atherton-Yoo (Julianne Moore) was sentenced to prison for seducing Joe Yoo (Charles Melton) when he was a child, before marrying him when she was released. In May December, Gracie and Joe believe they can repair the damage to their reputations because a movie is being made about their lives.

Elizabeth Berry (Natalie Portman), the actress hired to portray Gracie, has other ideas. She’s less interested in redeeming the Yoos than in completely immersing herself in their lives to get a better performance. And Elizabeth is way too close to the subjects of this story.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023)

The Super Mario Bros. Movie
46 %
pg 93m
Genre Animation, Family, Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy
Stars Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Day
Directed by Michael Jelenic, Aaron Horvath

The Super Mario Bros. Movie pulled off the Herculean feat of making audiences forget all about that live-action Super Mario Bros. film. Instead, Nintendo’s iconic characters, Mario (Chris Pratt) and Luigi (Charlie Day), are right at home in this lavishly animated flick that updates their origin story and sets them on a path of adventure.

In the realm of the Mushroom Kingdom, Princess Peach (Furiosa‘s Anya Taylor-Joy) is preparing to defend her kingdom against Bowser (Jack Black), the king of the Koopas, who is weirdly infatuated with her. Peach doesn’t need Mario to rescue her, at least not a first. But Luigi could definitely use some help as he tries to survive as Bowser’s prisoner. And along the way, Mario can prove to himself that he has the heart of a hero.

Leo (2023)

66 %
pg 102m
Genre Animation, Comedy, Family
Stars Adam Sandler, Bill Burr, Cecily Strong
Directed by Robert Smigel, Robert Marianetti, David Wachtenheim

For 74 years, the titular lizard of Leo has shared an enclosure with a turtle named Squirtle (Bill Burr) as the official pets of a fifth-grade classroom in Florida. However, Leo (Adam Sandler) comes to believe that he’s wasted his life in captivity, which is why he plots his escape.

When Leo makes his bid for freedom, he accidentally reveals his ability to speak to Summer (Sunny Sandler), one of the students in his classroom. Through Summer and the other students in the class, Leo discovers a new purpose in life while contending with mean substitute teacher Mrs. Malkin (Cecily Strong).

The Impossible (2012)

The Impossible
73 %
pg-13 113m
Genre Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Stars Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland
Directed by J. A. Bayona

The Impossible is rising to the top on the Netflix movie chart, and not just because it’s the film debut of MCU Spider-Man actor Tom Holland. It’s also a harrowing tale of survival that is based on a true story. During the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Henry (Ewan McGregor) and Maria Bennett (Naomi Watts) are on vacation alongside their family when Thailand is struck by a massive wave.

In the aftermath, Maria is severely injured and left with her oldest son, Lucas (Holland), while Henry finds his two other sons in a separate location. With so many injured and dead, the Bennett family will need a few small miracles to make it through as the Thai people come together in the face of tragedy.

Minions (2015)

56 %
pg 91m
Genre Family, Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Stars Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton
Directed by Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin

Before The Rise of Gru and Despicable Me, Minions chronicles the origins of the dim-witted yellow henchmen who live only to serve the most evil person alive. In 1968, that person was Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock), the world’s first female supervillain.

The three primary Minions, Kevin, Stuart, and Bob (all three of whom are voiced by Pierre Coffin), are genuinely eager to please Scarlet and help her seize the throne of England. However, their incompetence and honest mistakes accidentally make Scarlet their nemesis even when they really want her to succeed.

The Killer (2023)

The Killer
72 %
r 118m
Genre Crime, Thriller
Stars Michael Fassbender, Tilda Swinton, Charles Parnell
Directed by David Fincher

David Fincher’s latest thriller, The Killer, shows us that the life of a professional assassin, as played by Michael Fassbender, can be pretty mundane and boring … right up until he accidentally misses his target. From that point on, the assassin’s life is anything but boring. And suddenly, even his contact, Hodges (Charles Parnell), is ghosting him.

Not even fleeing the country is enough for the assassin to evade an international manhunt, as well as two rival assassins, The Expert (Tilda Swinton) and The Brute (Sala Baker), who have been hired to take him out.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (2023)

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
86 %
pg-13 140m
Genre Animation, Action, Adventure
Stars Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Jason Schwartzman
Directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, Justin K. Thompson, Kemp Powers

You could call Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse “amazing, spectacular,” or “sensational” and it would still undersell just how terrific this movie is. Somehow, the team behind the Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse topped themselves with an even more thrilling sequel that reunites Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) and Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld).

Unfortunately for the would-be couple, it’s not a happy reunion. Gwen is keeping secrets from Miles while running from a difficult family situation at home. As for Miles himself, he’s inadvertently created a new nemesis: The Spot (Jason Schwartzman). Miles has also been targeted by Miguel O’Hara (Oscar Isaac), the Spider-Man of the year 2099. And if Miles can’t get home to his own world, then his life will never be the same.

Pain Hustlers (2023)

Pain Hustlers
44 %
r 122m
Genre Drama, Crime
Stars Emily Blunt, Chris Evans, Catherine O'Hara
Directed by David Yates

Frequent Harry Potter director David Yates is about as far as you can possibly go from the Wizarding World in Netflix’s new crime drama, Pain Hustlers. Emily Blunt, Chris Evans, and Andy Garcia provide the star power for this adaptation of Evan Hughes’ novel, which casts Blunt as a high school dropout named Liza Drake.

With few legitimate prospects, Liza finds herself working for a pharmaceutical start-up out of a strip mall. But it doesn’t take long for Liza to find herself immersed in a criminal conspiracy that could ultimately send her to jail or worse.

No Hard Feelings (2023)

No Hard Feelings
59 %
r 104m
Genre Comedy, Romance
Stars Jennifer Lawrence, Andrew Barth Feldman, Laura Benanti
Directed by Gene Stupnitsky

No Hard Feelings was Jennifer Lawrence’s comeback movie after spending a few years away from the big screen. And she certainly makes a memorable impression as Maddie Barker, a woman who is on the verge of losing her home and her car over her money problems.

That’s why Maddie accepts a bizarre job from Laird (Matthew Broderick) and Allison Becker (Laura Benanti). If Maddie can seduce their son, Percy Becker (Andrew Barth Feldman), and bring him out of his shell before he goes off to college then she can save herself from her financial black hole. Unfortunately for Maddie, Percy may be undatable and he is nearly immune to her obvious charms.

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Silver Linings Playbook
81 %
r 122m
Genre Drama, Comedy, Romance
Stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro
Directed by David O. Russell

Bradley Cooper’s Pat Solitano Jr. is a man who wants to see the silver linings in life. That’s not so easy in Silver Linings Playbook, since Pat just got out of the mental hospital after an eight-month stint that was set off when he caught his wife, Nikki (Brea Bee), with another man. The only thing Pat wants is to rebuild his life and win Nikki back.

Tiffany Maxwell (Jennifer Lawrence) is the wildcard in Pat’s life. She is also battling mental problems following the death of her husband. But Tiffany’s plan to feel better about her life involves recruiting Pat as her partner in a dancing competition. In return, Tiffany offers to help Pat reconcile with Nikki, even though she is clearly feeling her own attraction to him. This is a wonderful movie, and you’ll see why Lawrence took home the Oscar for Best Actress after watching it.

Fair Play (2023)

Fair Play
74 %
r 113m
Genre Thriller, Drama
Stars Phoebe Dynevor, Alden Ehrenreich, Eddie Marsan
Directed by Chloe Domont

Luke (Alden Ehrenreich) and Emily (Phoebe Dynevor) are secret lovers who work for a hedge fund in Fair Play. Their relationship is against company policy, which is why they’ve hidden it. However, their storybook romance starts to shatter when Luke believes that he’s getting a promotion that ultimately goes to Emily.

While Luke is initially supportive of Emily’s success, he soon displays his resentment both at home and at work. As Luke’s jealousy rises, he becomes more and more unstable until Emily can no longer be sure that she’s safe with the man she loves.

Dune (2021)

7 %
pg-13 155m
Genre Science Fiction, Adventure
Stars Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac
Directed by Denis Villeneuve

If the timing had worked out better, Netflix would be adding Dune just in time for the sequel to hit theaters next month. But since the actors strike is still on, Dune: Part Two will have to wait until 2024. The good news is that Dune’s premiere on Netflix is attracting even more fans to see Frank Herbert’s epic sci-fi novel fully realized on screen.

On Arrakis, the most important world in the Galactic Empire, Duke Leto Atreides (Oscar Isaac) has been given the near-impossible task of making peace with the native Fremen while maintaining the spice flow that allows humanity to travel in space. But when House Atreides is betrayed by the emperor and delivered to their rivals House Harkonnen, Leto’s son, Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet), and his mother, Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson), are forced to flee for their lives into the unforgiving deserts of Dune.

Reptile (2023)

52 %
r 136m
Genre Crime, Drama, Thriller
Stars Benicio del Toro, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Silverstone
Directed by Grant Singer

Benicio del Toro headlines Reptile, an intense crime thriller that never lets the audience get too comfortable with its main character, Detective Tom Nichols (del Toro). In the film, a young woman named Summer (Matilda Lutz) has been brutally murdered, and her body was discovered by her boyfriend, Will Grady (Justin Timberlake). And it seems like there are several men in Summer’s life who could have meant her harm, including Grady himself.

As he is drawn further into the investigation, Nichols shares some of the case details with his wife, Judy (Alicia Silverstone). But even Nichols’ relationship with Judy may not be what it seems as he is forced to reexamine his own life while looking for the answers that could bring a killer to justice.

Dredd (2012)

60 %
r 95m
Genre Action, Science Fiction
Stars Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey
Directed by Pete Travis

In theory, Dredd is everything that comic book fans say they want from an adaptation. It takes the source material seriously, the action is R-rated, and it never descends into farce. Unfortunately, the second adaption of Judge Dredd wasn’t any more successful than the Sylvester Stallone film from 1995.

Having said that, Dredd is a fantastic action flick with great performances by the two leads, Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby. In the film, Dredd (Urban) is on a routine evaluation with rookie Judge Cassandra Anderson (Thirlby) when they cross the dangerous crime lord Madeline “Ma-Ma” Madrigal (Lena Headey). And before the Judges can call in for backup, Ma-Ma traps them in a 200-story apartment complex filled with criminals who are out to kill them.

Don't Worry Darling (2022)

Don't Worry Darling
48 %
r 123m
Genre Thriller, Mystery, Drama, Science Fiction
Stars Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Chris Pine
Directed by Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling was largely overshadowed by behind-the-scenes drama and intrigue. But the finished film is an intriguing thriller that drops viewers in Victory, California, a small town where it seems like the 1950s never came to an end. Jack (Harry Styles), Dean (Nick Kroll), Peter (Asif Ali), and the rest of the husbands spend their days working on a secretive project with Frank (Chris Pine). Meanwhile, their wives — Alice (Florence Pugh), Bunny (Wilde), and Margaret (KiKi Layne) – play happy homemakers.

But in Alice’s case, “happy” may no longer be the operative word. The longer she stays in Victory, the more Alice comes to question the things in her life that no longer make sense. And she may not like the answers that she finds.

Big George Foreman (2023)

Big George Foreman
45 %
pg-13 129m
Genre History, Drama
Stars Khris Davis, Forest Whitaker, Sullivan Jones
Directed by George Tillman, Jr.

During the 1990s, George Foreman shocked the boxing world by becoming the oldest world champion nearly two decades after he had lost the title. Big George Foreman finally gives the legendary boxer his due with a biopic that chronicles his life story, from living in poverty to Olympic gold and an unmatched career in the ring.

Khris Davis headlines the movie as George Foreman, and the story largely focuses on Foreman’s brush with death and his subsequent reinvention as a devout minister. But after 10 years out of the ring, Foreman begins an unlikely comeback that cemented his place in boxing history.

You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah (2023)

You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah
79 %
Genre Comedy
Stars Sunny Sandler, Samantha Lorraine, Idina Menzel
Directed by Sammi Cohen

Adam Sandler produced and co-stars in the new Netflix comedy You Are So Not Invited To My Bat Mitzvah. However, Sandler only has a supporting role as Danny Friedman, the father of Stacy Friedman (Sunny Sandler). Stacy and her BFF, Lydia Rodriguez Katz (Samantha Lorraine), are in the middle of planning their epic Bat Mitzvahs when someone comes between them.

The person in question is Andy Goldfarb (Dylan Hoffman), one of the most popular boys in school. Both Stacy and Lydia want to romantically pursue Andy, and it puts such a strain on their relationship that their friendship may not be able to survive. But is a high school crush really worth throwing away years of friendship?

Happiness for Beginners (2023)

Happiness for Beginners
48 %
Genre Romance, Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Stars Ellie Kemper, Luke Grimes, Nico Santos
Directed by Vicky Wight

Writer and director Vicky Wight adapted Katherine Center’s novel, Happiness for Beginners, which stars Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Ellie Kemper as Helen, a recent divorcée who doesn’t really know what happiness is at this point in her life. That’s why Helen embarks on a survivalist trip on the Appalachian Trail that caters to beginners. Helen’s looking for something that she can’t quite define.

What she finds is Jake (Luke Grimes), a younger man she has slightly known for years through her brother, Duncan (Alexander Koch). Although Helen is initially at odds with Jake, she can’t deny their growing connection even as other people in their lives may keep them apart.

They Cloned Tyrone (2023)

They Cloned Tyrone
74 %
r 122m
Genre Science Fiction, Comedy, Mystery
Stars John Boyega, Teyonah Parris, Jamie Foxx
Directed by Juel Taylor

Netflix has no shortage of star power in its new sci-fi comedy, They Cloned Tyrone. John Boyega, WandaVision‘s Teyonah Parris, and Jamie Foxx headline the ’70s-era Blaxploitation throwback, and they give this film its bite. Boyega plays Fontaine, a local crime enforcer who gets gunned down before the neighborhood pimp, Slick Charles (Foxx).

At least that’s what Slick Charles believes happened, but he’s clearly shaken when Tyrone (Boyega) reappears to take Fontaine’s place. With the help of Slick Charles and his top prostitute, Yo-Yo (Parris), this trio is going to unravel the truth about Tyrone or die trying. Although death is definitely not their preferred outcome.

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (2022)

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
73 %
pg 103m
Genre Animation, Family, Fantasy, Adventure, Comedy
Stars Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek Pinault, Harvey Guillén
Directed by Joel Crawford

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish is the second installment of this Shrek spinoff series, and it opens with the title hero facing the greatest crisis of his heroic career. Puss in Boots (Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny‘s Antonio Banderas) has been able to live fearlessly because of his nine lives. But once Puss is down to his last life, he suddenly finds himself gripped by insecurity and even fear.

The only recourse for Puss is to find a legendary wishing star to restore his lost lives, which reunites him with his ex-fiancée, Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek Pinault), who has her own wish to make. Unfortunately for them, they aren’t the only ones after the wishing star. And Puss will have to put his last life on the line before all is said and done.

The Mule (2018)

The Mule
58 %
r 116m
Genre Crime, Drama, Thriller
Stars Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Laurence Fishburne
Directed by Clint Eastwood

As a director, Clint Eastwood tends to come back multiple times to the best actor he knows: himself. Such is the case with The Mule, one of Eastwood’s most recent films. Within the movie, Eastwood plays Earl Stone, a law-abiding elderly man who is an extremely unlikely candidate to be a successful drug mule. If the cartel had an employee of the month award, then Earl would have had it locked up.

However, Earl learns the hard way that he is not a “friend” of the cartel, especially when Gustavo (Clifton Collins Jr.) seizes control of the organization. Earl also faces additional pressure when Colin Bates (Bradley Cooper) and the rest of the DEA agents begin to close in on him.

Extraction 2 (2023)

Extraction 2
55 %
r 123m
Genre Action, Thriller
Stars Chris Hemsworth, Rudhraksh Jaiswal, Golshifteh Farahani
Directed by Sam Hargrave

Surprise! Chris Hemsworth’s Tyler Rake survived the events of Extraction, and he’s back in the field in Extraction 2. No one could ever say that Netflix skimped on the action in this film, which has even more ambitious battle scenes than the original. Within the sequel, Tyler has a personal stake in rescuing his former sister-in-law, Ketevan (Tinatin Dalakishvili) and her children Sandro (Andro Japaridzo) and Nina (Mariami Kovziashvili), from Ketevan’s deadly husband, Davit (Torniko Bziava).

Unfortunately for Tyler and his team, their actions have earned them the enmity of Davit’s brother, Zurab (Torniko Gogrichiani). And Zurab will go to great lengths to get his revenge.

The Mother (2023)

The Mother
52 %
r 115m
Genre Action, Thriller
Stars Jennifer Lopez, Joseph Fiennes, Omari Hardwick
Directed by Niki Caro

It might be a bit late in her career for Jennifer Lopez to jump back into action films, but if it worked for Liam Neeson, then it can work for J-Lo. The Mother casts Lopez as an unnamed assassin with a particular set of skills, none of which are particularly useful when it comes to being a parent.

But when the Mother learns that the daughter she gave up, Zoe (Lucy Paez), is in danger from her enemies, she drops everything in an attempt to save her from an old foe, Adrian Lovell (Joseph Fiennes). And nothing Lovell puts in the Mother’s way can stop her for long.

Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody (2022)

Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody
51 %
pg-13 144m
Genre Music, History, Drama
Stars Naomi Ackie, Ashton Sanders, Stanley Tucci
Directed by Kasi Lemmons

The story of Whitney Houston is both a triumph and a tragedy. The late singer rose from obscurity to become one of the most famous women in the world, only to die suddenly at 48 years old. Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody doesn’t attempt to sugarcoat Houston’s history, as it follows her meteoric rise and equally epic fall.

In the film, Whitney (Naomi Ackie) is supported by her friend-turned-lover Robyn Crawford (Nafessa Williams) before hitting the music industry like a tidal wave. As Whitney’s fame grows, she marries Bobby Brown (Ashton Sanders) and descends into drug addiction that threatens her career and even her life. And yet it’s impossible not to root for Whitney to pull herself out of that spiral.

Chupa (2023)

48 %
pg 95m
Genre Adventure, Fantasy, Family
Stars Demián Bichir, Evan Whitten, Christian Slater
Directed by Jonás Cuarón

If you’ve ever heard of the legend of the chupacabra, then you know that these goat-sucking fiends aren’t exactly cuddly. At least that’s what we thought before Chupa. In this charming (and family-friendly) adventure, young Alex (Evan Whitten) goes to Mexico to visit his family in the wake of his father’s death.

Soon enough, Alex finds a lost chupacabra cub that he takes in and nurtures. Meanwhile, an American scientist, Richard Quinn (Christian Slater), will stop at nothing to find the cub and its mother, and somehow, Alex must find a way to protect his new friend.

The Magician's Elephant (2023)

The Magician's Elephant
pg 99m
Genre Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy
Stars Noah Jupe, Mandy Patinkin, Natasia Demetriou
Directed by Wendy Rogers

Netflix just took home the Oscar for Best Animated feature for Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, and it’s already got another strong animated flick out this week. The Magician’s Elephant adapts Kate DiCamillo’s novel of the same name, and it tells the story of a young orphan named Peter (Noah Jupe). Peter’s only wish in life is to find his missing sister, Adele (Pixie Davies), Through a fortune teller, Peter is told that he has to find a Magician (Benedict Wong) who will summon an elephant.

Incredibly, the prophecy comes true. But before the elephant can lead Peter to his sister, he is forced to perform three impossible tasks. And the attempt will change Peter’s life forever.

The Magician’s Elephant | Official Trailer | Netflix

Munich: The Edge of War (2022)

Munich: The Edge of War
53 %
Genre Drama, History
Stars George MacKay, Jannis Niewöhner, Jeremy Irons
Directed by Christian Schwochow
Two college friends find themselves on opposite sides of a brewing war in this film based on Robert Harris’ 2017 novel Munich, which is set against the backdrop of the tense, 1938 meeting in Munich of the European nations that would eventually find themselves embroiled in the second World War. Jeremy Irons portrays U.K. Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, while George MacKay and Jannis Niewöhner play the former Oxford University classmates who become reluctant spies.

The Sea Beast (2022)

The Sea Beast
Genre Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Stars Karl Urban, Zaris-Angel Hator, Jared Harris
Directed by Chris Williams
Chris Williams, the co-director of Disney’s Big Hero 6 and Moana, takes the helm on the animated high-seas adventure The Sea Beast about a young girl who stows away on a famous monster-hunting ship, only to discover that everything she thought she knew about monsters and hunters might be wrong. Zaris-Angel Hator portrays aspiring monster-hunter (and stowaway) Maisie, while Karl Urban voices legendary hunter Jacob Holland in this all-ages feature that’s exciting, funny, and much deeper than its premise suggests.

Enola Holmes (2020)

Enola Holmes
68 %
Genre Action, Adventure, Mystery, Comedy, Crime
Stars Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin
Directed by Harry Bradbeer
Millie Bobby Brown shines as the title character in this action-packed, fun-filled twist on the classic Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories. When her mother turns up mysteriously missing, teenage Enola Holmes hits the trail to find her — something her more famous brother, Sherlock Holmes, is simply too preoccupied to do. As she sniffs out clues, Enola discovers she might just have as much as, or even more of, a knack for this sleuthing thing than her brother, slowly uncovering a dangerous conspiracy that threatens to rattle the English aristocracy.

Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical (2022)

Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical
Genre Family, Comedy, Fantasy
Stars Alisha Weir, Emma Thompson, Lashana Lynch
Directed by Matthew Warchus
Roald Dahl’s beloved tale comes back to the screen in this live-action adaptation that casts Alisha Weir as the titular, precocious young girl whose intelligence and strange abilities are put to good use while trying to forge her own path and survive in a world of self-absorbed, naive, and downright evil adults. Lashana Lynch, Stephen Graham, and Emma Thompson play supporting roles in the film, helmed by director Matthew Warchus.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
79 %
Genre Western, Comedy, Drama
Stars Tim Blake Nelson, James Franco, Zoe Kazan
Directed by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
What’s better than one Western from the Coen brothers? How about six? The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a sextet of short films, all set in the Wild West. They follow different characters through wild plots that explore the themes of human depravity and cosmic justice (or injustice) that recur so often in the Coens’ works. The eponymous chapter in the collection follows Buster Scruggs (Tim Blake Nelson), a sharpshooting, guitar-slinging cowboy roaming the West and singing of his adventures. In another, a lonely prospector (Tom Waits) digs for his fortune.

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022)

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
Genre Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Stars Daniel Craig, Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe
Directed by Rian Johnson
Director Rian Johnson returns for another mystery with intrepid detective Benoit Blanc in this sequel to surprise hit Knives Out, Glass Onion. This time around, Blanc heads to Greece to solve a mystery involving an eccentric tech billionaire and the circle of friends — and potential enemies — he gathers for a dinner on a remote island. The recipient of a long list of award nominations, Glass Onion features an ensemble cast that includes Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Dave Bautista, Kate Hudson, and Kathryn Hahn, among others.

Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio (2022)

Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio
Genre Animation, Fantasy, Drama, Music
Stars Ewan McGregor, David Bradley, Gregory Mann
Directed by Guillermo del Toro, Mark Gustafson

One of Hollywood most visionary filmmakers turns his attention to one of the most beloved tales in children’s literature in Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, a stop-motion animated adaptation of Carlo Collodi’s 1883 novel The Adventures of Pinocchio. Featuring the voices of Ewan McGregor, David Bradley, and Gregory Mann, as Jiminy Cricket, Gepetto, and Pinocchio, respectively, the film chronicles the marionette Pinocchio’s quest to become a living boy — a journey that brings him through one adventure after another.

The star-filled voice cast also includes John Turturro, Ron Perlman, Finn Wolfhard, Cate Blanchett, Tim Blake Nelson, Christoph Waltz, and Tilda Swinton, among others. Some reviewers have named it one of the year’s best films, animated or otherwise.

Always Be My Maybe (2019)

Always Be My Maybe
64 %
pg-13 102m
Genre Comedy, Romance
Stars Ali Wong, Randall Park, Keanu Reeves
Directed by Nahnatchka Khan
Childhood friends Sasha (Ali Wong) and Marcus (Randall Park) cross paths as adults, years after a teenage fling, and soon find themselves navigating life and love while maintaining two very different career paths and social circles. She’s a celebrity chef who hangs out with Keanu Reeves and he installs air conditioners. Can they ever find common ground? You probably know the answer to that already, but watching how they get there is where the fun lies — particularly when it comes to Reeves’ memorable performance.
Always Be My Maybe | Trailer | Netflix

tick, tick...BOOM! (2021)

tick, tick...BOOM!
74 %
pg-13 121m
Genre Drama, Music
Stars Andrew Garfield, Alexandra Shipp, Robin de Jesús
Directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Andrew Garfield stars as Rent playwright Jonathon Larson in this semi-autobiographical film directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The musical drama chronicles Larson’s struggles to bring the rock musical he’s been working on for years to the stage while navigating love, friendships, and both personal and professional pressure in New York City.

tick, tick...BOOM! | Official Trailer | Netflix

Passing (2021)

85 %
Genre Drama
Stars Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga, André Holland
Directed by Rebecca Hall
The title of this black-and-white drama, based on Nella Larsen’s celebrated 1929 novel of the same name, is a reference to the ability of some light-skinned African Americans to be perceived as white. The critically acclaimed film follows a pair of former childhood friends — portrayed by Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga — whose unexpected reunion brings tension into both of their lives as they navigate the segregated environment of 1920s New York City. André Holland and Alexander Skarsgård play supporting roles in the film, which is beautifully shot and surprisingly subtle given its powerful themes.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)

The Trial of the Chicago 7
76 %
r 130m
Genre Drama, History
Stars Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baren Cohen, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
Directed by Aaron Sorkin
Hollywood stalwart Aaron Sorkin rises to the occasion once more with his blistering interpretation of the 1969 Democratic National Convention trials, where seven Vietnam protestors were charged with crimes well beyond their intent. As peaceful demonstrations turn caustic, prejudice bleeds into testimony and eyewitness accounts of what took place the day of the riots. Featuring performances from Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baren Cohen, Alex Sharp, and John Caroll Lynch, Sorkin’s big-budget historical drama takes liberties here and there, but the result is a spellbinding examination of American history.
The Trial of the Chicago 7 | Official Trailer | Netflix Film

RRR (2022)

83 %
Genre Action, Drama
Stars N.T. Rama Rao Jr., Ram Charan, Alia Bhatt
Directed by S. S. Rajamouli
The most expensive Indian film ever made at the time of its release, this three-hour, action-filled epic offers a fictional account of two real-life revolutionaries’ adventures in the time before they became famous freedom fighters. Packed with gorgeous set pieces, stunning action, excellent performances, and yes, even some fantastic music and dance sequences, RRR is one of the most successful films to come out of India in recent years and has quickly become one of the most talked-about films on Netflix.

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