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

Staz Nair and Djimon Hounsou in Rebel Moon: – Part Two The Scargiver.
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It’s always a bit of an adventure to try and stay ahead of the most popular movies on Netflix, especially when films like the unheralded 2019 action thriller Anna leap to the very top of the list. Because after spending a lot of money on Zack Snyder’s Rebel Moon – Part Two: The Scargiver, Netflix would obviously like to see that original film land in the top spot. Time will tell if the second half of Rebel Moon outperforms the first part. but action fans are really going to enjoy their movie nights this weekend.

Fortunately, Netflix isn’t reliant on any single genre. The streamer has a vast library of original movies across all genres, including comedies, dramas, thrillers, romantic comedies, horror, and more. And we’ve put together the standout titles in our roundup of the best movies on Netflix right now.

Looking for something else? We’ve also rounded up the best shows on Netflix, the best movies on Hulu, the best movies on Amazon Prime, and the best movies on Disney+. For Netflix fans, check out the 10 most popular movies on Netflix right now.

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Editor’s Pick

Rebel Moon - Part Two: The Scargiver (2024) new

Rebel Moon - Part Two: The Scargiver
38 %
6.3/10
r 123m
Genre Action, Science Fiction, Drama
Stars Sofia Boutella, Michiel Huisman, Ed Skrein
Directed by Zack Snyder

If you love Zack Snyder movies, then you’ll be happy to hear that the director is playing all of the hits in Rebel Moon – Part Two: The Scargiver. Action, slow-motion, more action … it’s all there, wrapped up in a shockingly shameless Star Wars-adjacent story about a group of rebels who defy a galactic empire over the fate of a single rural planet called Veldt. But just because we’ve seen it all before, that doesn’t mean you won’t have fun watching it.

Kora (Sofia Boutella) was once an important member of the Imperium who reinvented herself as a farmer on Veldt. And Kora loves her adoptive world so much that she’s brought together a ragtag group of warriors who are willing to lay down their lives to fight Motherworld’s forces in defense of Veldt. This is going to be the battle that defines the rest of their lives, assuming they can actually survive.

Anna (2019) new

Anna
40 %
6.6/10
r 119m
Genre Thriller, Action
Stars Sasha Luss, Helen Mirren, Luke Evans
Directed by Luc Besson

Anna turns back the clock to the end of the Cold War as the title character, Anna Poliatova (Sasha Luss), is drawn into the KGB’s web and trained to become one of the agency’s top operatives. Anna completely gives herself over to the KGB because she’s been promised that this will only be temporary. If Anna completes five years of service, she’ll be free to do anything that she wants.

Unfortunately for Anna, the KGB has no intention of honoring its promise to her. If she wants an exit from this life, then she’ll have to make one herself. And if that means Anna has to broker a deal with CIA agent Leonard Miller (Oppenheimer‘s Cillian Murphy) and betray everyone around her, then so be it.

Other Netflix Movies

The Bricklayer (2023) new

The Bricklayer
5.3 %
5.1/10
r 110m
Genre Action, Thriller
Stars Aaron Eckhart, Nina Dobrev, Clifton Collins Jr.
Directed by Renny Harlin

You may be surprised to see Aaron Eckhart in the leading role in The Bricklayer, since the character is the kind of guy who is usually played by action movie star Jason Statham. Vail (Eckart) is just your standard jazz-loving bricklayer — who was formerly a top assassin and operative for the CIA. In the world of action thrillers, that’s a perfectly acceptable career path.

Vail’s retirement comes to an abrupt end when his former friend and asset, Victor Radek (Clifton Collins Jr.), resurfaces as the No. 1 suspect in a case where the CIA’s harshest detractors are being murdered. Because the CIA believes that Radek is attempting to frame the organization for his crimes, Vail and a junior agent named Kate (Nina Dobrev) are sent to find him. However, Vail does his best work alone and he’s got to uncover Radek’s secrets for himself.

Amadeus (1984) new

Amadeus
87 %
8.4/10
pg 161m
Genre History, Music, Drama
Stars F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge
Directed by Miloš Forman

Did the real Antonio Salieri plot to kill Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the 18th century? Probably not, but it makes for a great story in Amadeus, 1984’s Oscar winner for Best Picture. F. Murray Abraham and Tom Hulce were both nominated for Best Actor for their respective roles as Salieri and Mozart, but it was Abraham who took home the Academy Award for his portrayal.

Most of the movie takes place from Salieri’s perspective, as he idolizes Mozart right up until he meets Amadeus and discovers that he’s young and brash with an over-the-top personality that Salieri immediately despises. Salieri recognizes that Mozart’s talent far exceeds his own, so he embarks on a plot to kill his unsuspecting rival and steal Amadeus’ glory for himself.

The Little Things (2021) new

The Little Things
54 %
6.4/10
r 128m
Genre Drama, Crime, Thriller
Stars Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, Jared Leto
Directed by John Lee Hancock

Obsession is the name of the game in The Little Things, which casts Denzel Washington as Joe “Deke” Deacon, a former detective with the Los Angeles police department. Deacon lost everything he had, including his marriage and his career, to his relentless pursuit of a serial killer whom he was never able to catch. When the killer seemingly reemerges, Deacon reinserts himself into the case alongside Detective Jim Baxter (Rami Malek).

Albert Sparma (former Joker Jared Leto) quickly emerges as the top suspect in the case, but he proves to be extremely slippery while taunting Deacon and Baxter. This forces the duo to question how far they’re willing to go to bring Sparma down, and what it will cost them if they step over the line.

Baby Driver (2017) new

Baby Driver
86 %
7.5/10
r 113m
Genre Action, Crime
Stars Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James
Directed by Edgar Wright

Don’t let the name Baby Driver fool you into thinking that this is some kid’s flick. Edgar Wright’s action comedy can be downright brutal at times, but it never loses its sense of humor. Ansel Elgort plays the title character, whose real name is Miles. But he’s known professionally as Baby, and he’s an incredible getaway driver who is forced to work for Doc (Kevin Spacey).

After Baby seemingly escapes his servitude to Doc, he simply wants to start a new life with his girlfriend, Debora (Lily James). However, Doc won’t let Baby go that easily, and he forces him to take part in one last heist alongside Buddy (Jon Hamm), Darling (Eiza González), and Bats (Jamie Foxx). This crew is far more dangerous than Baby realizes, and he’ll have to think fast if he wants to get out alive.

The Wages of Fear (2024)

The Wages of Fear
r 104m
Genre Action, Thriller
Stars Franck Gastambide, Alban Lenoir, Ana Girardot
Directed by Julien Leclercq

In 1953, Georges Arnaud’s The Wages of Fear was brought to the big screen by director Henri-Georges Clouzot who turned it into arguably one of the greatest action thrillers ever made. Director Julien Leclercq has a lot to live up to with the modern remake, which is a Netflix exclusive.

The names and faces may be different, but the story remains largely unchanged from the original. An oil fire is out of control, and the only way to put it out and save lives is with controlled explosions using nitroglycerin. Franck Gastambide, Alban Lenoir, Ana Girardot, and Sofiane Zermani play a group of disparate and desperate individuals who agree to transport the nitroglycerin across hundreds of miles of dangerous terrain. At the end of their journey is a payday that could change their lives forever, assuming they live long enough to get paid.

The Accountant (2016)

The Accountant
52 %
7.3/10
r 128m
Genre Crime, Thriller, Drama
Stars Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons
Directed by Gavin O'Connor

Ben Affleck stars as Christian Wolff in The Accountant, but he’s not the kind of guy who can advertise his true services on the side of a bus. Christian may be autistic and a trained killer, but his true value to the criminal underworld is his ability to uncook the books and discover when someone is embezzling money from an employer who can’t call the cops.

After Dana Cummings (Anna Kendrick) uncovers some suspicious activities in the accounts of her employer, Living Robotics, she finds herself working alongside Christian to discover how much money is missing and who took it. Christian doesn’t take long to pinpoint the amount that’s gone missing, but someone is willing to kill both him and Dana to keep the truth from coming out. What they don’t realize is that Christian is more than capable of answering those threats with lethal force.

Irish Wish (2024)

Irish Wish
47 %
5.5/10
pg 94m
Genre Romance, Comedy, Fantasy
Stars Lindsay Lohan, Ed Speleers, Alexander Vlahos
Directed by Janeen Damian

Maddie Kelly (Lindsay Lohan) makes a wish out of loneliness and heartbreak, she just didn’t expect it to come true. Irish Wish begins just as Maddie hopes to start a relationship with her crush, Paul Kennedy (Alexander Vlahos). But much to Maddie’s disappointment, Paul only has eyes for her best friend, Emma Taylor (Elizabeth Tan).

As Paul and Emma prepare to get married in Ireland, Maddie’s wish suddenly places her in Emma’s shoes as the new bride-to-be. And Maddie’s in for a rude awakening when she realizes how little she actually knows about Paul. Maddie also discovers that she may have more in common with the wedding photographer, James Thomas (Ed Speleers), than she does with her new fiancé.

Bodies Bodies Bodies (2022)

Bodies Bodies Bodies
69 %
6.2/10
r 94m
Genre Comedy, Horror, Mystery
Stars Maria Bakalova, Amandla Stenberg, Myha’la Herrold
Directed by Halina Reijn

The Acolyte’s Amandla Stenberg co-headlines Bodies Bodies Bodies as Sophie, the girlfriend of Bee (Maria Bakalova). The couple attends a “hurricane party” at a mansion during a massive storm, where the group indulges in drugs and alcohol while playing games in the dark. The titular game is about finding a fake killer during a murder mystery.

Unfortunately for Bee, someone has actually killed David (Pete Davidson), and suspicion immediately falls on her since she isn’t part of this circle of rich friends. One dead body soon leads to a lot more, as even Bee and Sophie have reasons to doubt each other’s motives. By the time this storm is over, there may not be anybody left to go home.

Your Lucky Day (2023)

Your Lucky Day
64 %
5.8/10
89m
Genre Crime, Thriller
Stars Angus Cloud, Elliot Knight, Jessica Garza
Directed by Dan Brown

Winning the lottery should be one the best days in anyone’s life. But in Your Lucky Day, Sterling (Angus Cloud) didn’t actually win. He killed someone to get his hands on the winning ticket, and he left witnesses: Amir (Mousa Hussein Kraish), Abraham (Elliot Knight), and his girlfriend, Ana-Marlene (Jessica Garza).

Not even Sterling can kill that many people in cold blood, which is why he tries to bargain with them. He’ll share some of the money from the ticket if they help him hide his crime. This plan has multiple problems, but Sterling’s hostages and would-be accomplices simply can’t deter him from this course of action. He’s going to get this lottery money if it’s the last thing he does — and it might be.

Damsel (2024)

Damsel
46 %
7.8/10
pg-13 110m
Genre Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Stars Millie Bobby Brown, Nick Robinson, Robin Wright
Directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

In Damsel, life’s a fairytale for Princess Elodie (Millie Bobby Brown), a young woman who lives with her father, Lord Bayford (Ray Winstone), and her stepmother, Lady Bayford (Angela Bassett). Elodie doesn’t know much about the way of the world, but she’s smitten with Prince Henry (Nick Robinson), and quickly agrees to marry him.

Elodie doesn’t realize that Henry’s mother, Queen Isabelle (Robin Wright), only agreed to the union because her family can sacrifice Elodie’s life to an actual dragon to satisfy a debt. Now, Elodie can’t count on some handsome prince to save her. So she’ll just have to save herself.

Spaceman (2024)

Spaceman
56 %
5.8/10
r 108m
Genre Science Fiction, Drama
Stars Adam Sandler, Paul Dano, Carey Mulligan
Directed by Johan Renck

Adam Sandler has a rare dramatic turn in Spaceman, a sci-fi drama that casts him as a Czech astronaut named Jakub Procházka. Jakub is on a very long mission in the solar system and suffers from extreme loneliness. Back on Earth, Jakub’s wife, Lenka Procházka (Carey Mulligan), wants to leave him, but the mission controllers refuse to let her break up with him via transmission over fears that it could affect his mental state.

Perhaps it’s too late to save Jakub’s sanity, because he’s already conversing with an alien spider that he calls Hanuš (Paul Dano). It seems like Hanuš has a greater grasp on Jakub’s problem than he does, and Hanuš isn’t above emotionally torturing Jakub with some painful memories to get what he wants. And there may not be a happy ending on this mission for either Jakub or Hanuš.

Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022)

Everything Everywhere All at Once
81 %
7.8/10
r 140m
Genre Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
Stars Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan
Directed by Daniel Scheinert, Daniel Kwan

Until this year’s Oscar ceremony crowns a new winner, Everything Everywhere All At Once is the reigning Best Picture from the Academy Awards. Outside of some Marvel and DC movies, no other film has so effectively used the multiverse as a storytelling device as this one did.

Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan, and Jamie Lee Curtis all won Oscars for their performances in this movie, but it’s Yeoh’s Evelyn Quan Wang who serves as the film’s main character. Evelyn is about as far from heroic as it gets, and her relationship with her husband, Waymond Wang (Quan), and their daughter, Joy Wang (Stephanie Hsu), is incredibly strained. Regardless, poor and ordinary Evelyn is the only hope that the multiverse has to prevent a disaster. And she’ll have to step up or else the entire multiverse will collapse.

Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken (2023)

Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken
50 %
5.7/10
pg 91m
Genre Animation, Family, Fantasy, Comedy
Stars Lana Condor, Toni Collette, Annie Murphy
Directed by Kirk DeMicco

Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken was a huge bomb in theaters, but it has found more popularity on Netflix than anyone could have predicted. Lana Condor provides the voice of Ruby Gillman, a 16-year old girl who has no idea that she’s secretly heir to the kraken throne held by her grandmother, Grandmamah (Jane Fonda).

Ruby’s mother, Agatha Gillman (A24 horror movie queen Toni Collette), tried to keep the truth from her, but once Ruby went into the ocean to save her would-be love interest, Connor (Jaboukie Young-White), she began to physically change. The one upside of Ruby’s new normal is that she’s befriended a mermaid, Chelsea Van Der Zee (Annie Murphy), despite mermaids and krakens being mortal enemies. However, Chelsea has a secret of her own that may rock Ruby to her core.

Thanksgiving (2023)

Thanksgiving
63 %
6.4/10
r 106m
Genre Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Stars Patrick Dempsey, Nell Verlaque, Addison Rae
Directed by Eli Roth

Sixteen years after creating a fake Thanksgiving trailer for Grindhouse, Eli Roth turned it into a real movie with all the elements of the holiday. It might be the best Thanksgiving horror film ever made, largely by default, since the rest are pretty bad. The story begins with a Black Friday rampage that goes horribly wrong and leaves several people dead.

One year later, someone is going around town dressed as one of the original Pilgrims, John Carver, and carving up people who were there on that fateful Black Friday. Whoever is under that mask is apparently out to kill as many people as possible, and even the cops seem powerless to stop the murders.

Ready Player One (2018)

Ready Player One
64 %
7.4/10
pg-13 140m
Genre Adventure, Action, Science Fiction
Stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn
Directed by Steven Spielberg

We live in the age of nostalgia, but Ready Player One takes that to the next level. In Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ernest Cline’s hit novel, the middle of the 21st century is such a hellhole that nearly everyone has retreated to the virtual world known as OASIS, where they can enjoy every bit of pop culture from the last century or more.

Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) is one of the best OASIS players in the world, and so is his new ally and crush, Art3mis (Olivia Cooke). But they aren’t the only ones vying for the ultimate prize that OASIS creator James Halliday (Mark Rylance) left behind. Whoever solves Halliday’s puzzle wins the OASIS itself, and IOI executive Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn) is willing to kill to ensure that his company walks away with everything.

Orion and the Dark (2024)

Orion and the Dark
75 %
91m
Genre Family, Comedy, Animation, Fantasy
Stars Jacob Tremblay, Paul Walter Hauser, Angela Bassett
Directed by Sean Charmatz

Almost everyone is afraid of the dark when they’re a kid. The problem with Orion (Jacob Tremblay) is that he’s scared of everything, not just the dark. The animated adventure, Orion and the Dark, gives Orion a chance to conquer his fears alongside an unexpected companion: The living embodiment of Dark (Paul Walter Hauser).

Rather than let this kid lose years of his life to a laundry list of fears, Dark takes Orion out for a wild night to prove that he doesn’t have to be defined by the things that he’s afraid about. It’s a gesture of friendship from Dark, but can Orion finally let go of his phobias and embrace life?

X (2022)

X
80 %
6.5/10
r 106m
Genre Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Stars Mia Goth, Jenna Ortega, Brittany Snow
Directed by Ti West

X was one of 2022’s most acclaimed horror films, and it had a star-making turn by Mia Goth in the dual role of a young woman named Maxine and an elderly woman named Pearl. In the film, Maxine and boyfriend, Wayne Gilroy (Martin Henderson), attempt to make an adult film alongside their friends Lorraine Day (Jenna Ortega), Bobby-Lynne Parker (Brittany Snow), Jackson Hole (Scott Mescudi), and RJ Nichols (Owen Campbell).

However, the group didn’t clear their X-rated intentions with Howard (Stephen Ure) and his wife, Pearl. And they certainly didn’t expect Pearl to become amorous over their activities. But when the group rejects Pearl’s propositions, she makes sure that the young men and women suffer the consequences during her bloody rampage.

Dumb Money (2023)

Dumb Money
66 %
6.9/10
r 104m
Genre Comedy, Drama, History
Stars Paul Dano, Shailene Woodley, America Ferrera
Directed by Craig Gillespie

The infamous GameStop short squeeze was dramatized for the big screen in Dumb Money. Paul Dano headlines the cast as Keith Gill, an armchair investor who notices that hedge funds and other big market players are betting that the video game retailer GameStop will go under. Instead of letting that happen, Gill and others like him drive up GameStop’s stock to unsustainable highs and cause the professional investors to lose millions.

There’s no shortage of stars in this cast, which includes Pete Davidson, Vincent D’Onofrio, America Ferrera, Myha’la Herrold, Nick Offerman, Anthony Ramos, Seth Rogen, Talia Ryder, Sebastian Stan, and Shailene Woodley. There are also plenty of shattered dreams, as many of the amateur investors lose everything they put into the GameStop stocks.

Society of the Snow (2023)

Society of the Snow
71 %
8.0/10
r 144m
Genre Drama, History
Stars Enzo Vogrincic, Agustín Pardella, Matías Recalt
Directed by J. A. Bayona

Netflix’s Society of the Snow is 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)

The Equalizer 3
58 %
6.8/10
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 %
7.2/10
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.

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

Rebel Moon - Part One: A Child of Fire
32 %
6.3/10
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)

Maestro
78 %
7.3/10
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 %
7.4/10
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.

May December (2023)

May December
85 %
7.1/10
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 %
7.1/10
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)

Leo
66 %
7.0/10
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 %
7.5/10
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)

Minions
56 %
6.4/10
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 %
7.4/10
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 %
8.7/10
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.

No Hard Feelings (2023)

No Hard Feelings
59 %
6.4/10
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.

Reptile (2023)

Reptile
52 %
7.2/10
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.

Big George Foreman (2023)

Big George Foreman
45 %
6.6/10
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.

They Cloned Tyrone (2023)

They Cloned Tyrone
74 %
6.4/10
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.

The Mother (2023)

The Mother
52 %
7.4/10
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 %
6.6/10
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.

The Magician's Elephant (2023)

The Magician's Elephant
9.7/10
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 %
6.8/10
129m
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
115m
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 %
6.6/10
123m
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
117m
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 %
7.3/10
132m
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
139m
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
117m
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 %
6.8/10
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 %
7.5/10
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

RRR (2022)

RRR
83 %
8/10
187m
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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