In the modern age of movies, most of the really interesting films go direct to streaming. It seems like modern moviegoers just show up for blockbusters. And the innovative and provocative stories sometimes fall by the wayside after extremely brief theatrical runs. Well, we don’t have to stand for that. These under-loved and underrated movies have a home on Netflix. This is the place where you can see the stories that deserve a second chance to find an audience on the largest streaming service. All you have to do is check out our updated list of the most underrated movies on Netflix to find the proverbial diamonds in the rough.
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Against her wishes, a woman named Katie (Abbi Jacobson) is forced to become her brother’s keeper in 6 Balloons. Seth (Dave Franco) is hopelessly addicted to heroin, and all Katie can do for her brother is find a rehab center that will admit him. This turns out to be much more difficult than she imagined, both because of Seth’s insurance as well as his inability to stop using. Katie knows that Seth’s struggles are dragging her down, but she can’t prevent it from damaging her relationship with her parents or with her boyfriend, Jack (Dawan Owens).
Former President Barack Obama’s college life is explored in Barry, the film that shares the name he once went by. Devon Terrell stars as Barry, a young man who is unsure of his place in the world due to his mixed race heritage. No matter where he goes, Barry just doesn’t seem to fit in with either half of his racial identity. Barry’s college girlfriend, Charlotte Baughman (Anya Taylor-Joy), tries to understand him, but he remains emotionally remote. Yet ultimately, this is a journey that Barry will have to complete on his own before he can truly accept who he is.
Hold the Dark is a thriller that goes to some unexpected places. Jeffrey Wright stars as Russell Core, an expert on wolves who is summoned to a remote Alaskan village where children have gone missing. Medora Slone (Riley Keough) insists that her son was taken by wolves with the others, but Russell remains unconvinced. Meanwhile, Medora’s husband, Vernon Slone (Alexander Skarsgård), returns home a changed man … and not for the better. Has Vernon’s wartime experience turned him into a crazed murderer? Or is he possessed by an evil spirit?
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