When you're stuck in the endlessScroll down, hopefully this list will help you decide what to see.
Occasionally, Netflix brings in great directors to deliver originals that make it to the Oscars. But there are also plenty of smaller stories out there that are perfect for a modest-sized screen.
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Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver in the Marriage Story.
A movie about divorce might not sound like the best viewing experience, but Noah Baumbach's marriage story is a journey you'll want to take. Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver give two of the best accomplishments of their careers as Nicole and Charlie, a couple who delve into the emotionally and logistically complicated legal processes involved in a partnership breakup. Painted with an emotional complexity that includes not only the painful but also poignantly funny moments, this is happy-sad at its best.
Ahn Seo-Hyun in Okja.
Okja 2017 comes from Parasite director Bong Joon-ho – which should be incentive enough to see it. Partly cheeky dark comedy, part surreal environmental thriller, Okja follows a young South Korean farm girl whose pet buddy is a genetically enhanced super pig. But Okja is the target of a big company that wants their delicious meat. With an English supporting cast like Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal, Okja casts a spell over you with his sweetness before showing you an unsettling close-up of the meat industry.
I don't feel at home in this world anymore
Elijah Wood and Melanie Lynskey in I don't feel at home in this world anymore.
If you had a bad day this might be the movie for you. When the police refuse to help with a robbery, caregiver Ruth and her strange neighbor Tony take matters into their own hands. I don't feel at home in this world anymore. I recognize the peculiarities of everyday life more before I escalate its story to dark places with an even darker sense of humor. With a touch of Coen Brothers flair, you'll be surprisingly emotional in its perfectly wrapped 96 minutes.
Adam Sandler in uncut gemstones.
Adam Sandler's Oscar-worthy appearance didn't nominate him, but his appearance on Uncut Gems is noteworthy. Uncut Gems is a blistering odyssey based on a diamond jeweler who is addicted to gambling. The Safdie Brothers scratch Martin Scorsese's 1970s crime thriller and take you on a frenzied, frightened foray through New York while Sandler's Howard Ratner has to fetch a precious opal to pay off his debt.
2019 Spanish film The Platform.
The Spanish science fiction horror The Platform comes from Netflix's impressive portfolio of international films. The high-profile story revolves around a tower that supplies people on each of its many levels with food via a platform. Those at the top get the best and most common spread, which is engulfed as the platform lowers the levels. Social commentary sounds in this dystopian thriller that takes shocking, occasionally gruesome twists all the way down.
Beasts without a nation
2015 Beasts of No Nation.
Director Cary Joji Fukunaga gives you a sobering glimpse into the life of a boy who becomes a child soldier in a West African country caught up in civil war. Idris Elba plays the ruthless commander and the amazing Abraham Attah plays the young Agu. Beasts of No Nation is a confrontational yet calmly hopeful snapshot of war from a human perspective and needs to be on your radar if it has not already been.
Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro in The Irish.
The Irishman spans the lives of his gangsters for several decades and tells a three and a half hour crime saga. But don't worry – you can cancel this tour de force if necessary. Always smart and fun, with Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci favorites dominating the screen, The Irishman sneaks up on you and offers a haunting look at aging gangsters and the mayhem they wreak.
Natalie Portman in annihilation.
Alex Garland began making his particular brand of trippy existential science fiction with Ex Machina, and continues that move with Annihilation. Based on Jeff VanderMeer's novel, Annihilation follows Natalie Portman's biology professor Lena as she wades through the grief of losing her husband by accepting a job at a mysterious army facility on the edge of a meteorite landing pad. With a group of female scientists exploring the dangerous zone, multi-level annihilation is an intoxicating leap into darkness. It's a movie to think about long after the credits roll.
Always be my maybe
Ali Wong and Randall Park in Always Be My Maybe.
A rom-com with a Keanu Reeves cameo and a deep love for food. Always Be My Maybe she just has everything you could want. Chef Sasha and musician Marcus reconnect long after their brief teenage stay. Always Be My Maybe a warm comedy envelops you that doesn't always go to the expected places.
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Alfonso Cuaron's semi-autobiographical snapshot of the Colonia Roma neighborhood in Mexico City tells a little story with amazing skills. Let Cuaron guide you through the ups and downs of being a middle-class housekeeper. Its lens captures intricately beautiful scenes in an album that calmly envelops you with wonder and grace.
The Meyerowitz stories
Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler in the Meyerowitz stories.
The Meyerowtiz Stories are a bittersweet comedy drama told through Noah Baumbach's grounded lens. The cover stories are about dysfunctional adult siblings, played by Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller, who try to live in their father's shadow. A bubbly cast including Dustin Hoffman play these intelligent, if miserable characters, as they weave their poignant stories.
Mudbound gives you a historical glimpse into the class struggle through the lens of a black and white veteran who both still had a foot in WWII. Dealing with PTSD and racism in the Mississippi Delta with a cast that includes Garrett Hedlund and Jason Mitchell will get you to the point of Mudbound's storm.
To all of the boys I've loved before
2018 to all of the boys I've loved before.
The YA book adaptation that brought Noah Centineo to heartbreaker status. Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor), a half-Korean, half-white girl who grew up in Virginia, plays letters to any boy she has a crush on. Then her funny little sister sends her away without her knowing. While it hits all the calming rom-com beats, there is a layer of rare representation that gives this an edge over your average teen movie.
Dumplin & # 39;
Danielle Macdonald and Jennifer Aniston in Dumplin & # 39 ;.
Willowdean "Dumplin & # 39;" Dickson is the daughter of a former beauty queen, but you wouldn't know as they are not alike. When Dumplin & # 39; decides to join a pageant out of defiance, she learns a thing or two about self-confidence and confronts her rocky relationship with her mother, played by an ever-observable Jennifer Aniston. Dumplin & # 39; casts a warm, if familiar, glow and makes the most of its reliable formula.
The two popes
Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins in The Two Popes.
This biographical drama takes place primarily in Vatican City and follows Pope Benedict XVI. And Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio after the leak scandal in the Vatican. It's as fascinating as it sounds. The two popes carve a piece of real-life drama with a first-class two-hander with Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins.
The ballad of Buster Scruggs
Tim Blake Nelson in the ballad of Buster Scruggs.
The Coen Brothers throw up the western dust with an anthology film that gives you six vignettes on the American border. One of them is about the title Buster Scruggs, a chipper who sings cowboy and casually triggers a shoot-up in a cantina. But there is one dark twist that will keep you going. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, who sews the rest of his stories together with a constant black humor, is a Coen Brothers winner.
Dolemite is my name
The Dolemit from 2019 is my name.
Eddie Murphy returned from his acting break with a glorious performance as Rudy Ray Moore, a comedian who played a character named Dolemite in stand-up routines and blaxploitation films from the '70s. Dolemite Is My Name follows Moore from his job in a record store to the big screen. Tracing Moore's rise to fame and its bizarre and gripping twists and turns, Dolemite Is My Name does justice to both Moore and Murphy's talents.
Klaus from 2019.
You guessed it – this is about Christmas. But Klaus is not a conventional Christmas story. It is an alternate origin story for the great man, inspired by Saint Nicholas of Myra. In a fictional island town from the 19th century in the far north, we follow a postman who makes friends with a secluded toy manufacturer named Klaus. In addition to his beautiful hand-drawn animation, Klaus is a unique, complex interpretation of generosity on vacation.
I lost my body
In 2019 I lost my body.
This award-winning French film opens with a severed hand that escapes a refrigerator in a laboratory and embarks on a Parisian search for the rest of his body. What an opening! With a few flashbacks and elegant animation, this strange, satisfying story deals with physical and emotional loss in the most poetic way possible.
Since 5 Bloods
2020 Da 5 Bloods.
Spike Lee's violent war drama follows a group of aging Vietnam War veterans who return to the country in search of the remains of their squad leader – and buried treasure. Da 5 Bloods gives you a glimpse of the Vietnam War through black experiences and provides an all-too-timely critique of racism and warfare.
Mark Duplass and Ray Romano in Paddleton.
Tennis players Michael (Mark Duplass) and Andy (Ray Romano) receive devastating news: Michael has terminal stomach cancer. Andy struggles to let go of his dying friend and accompanies Michael's road trip in search of medication to end things before they get too painful. Paddleton folds the comedy into melancholy and at the core facilitates the touching friendship to seemingly clever places.
Knock down the house
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in Knock Down the House.
Even if you're not into politics, this behind-the-scenes look at what a young woman took to represent her community and make a difference is overwhelmingly inspiring. Knock Down the House follows Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and three other candidates who are running for Congress in 2018. Pump results.
2020 athlete A.
Athlete A delves into one of the greatest scandals in sports history. It follows the investigative journalists from The Indianapolis Star who wrote the story of Dr. Larry Nassar's abuse of young gymnasts in the US broke. The culture of attacks lasted for decades, but there is also light at the end of the tunnel after brave athletes spoke up.
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Ava DuVernay's documentary on the US justice system meticulously examines the racial history of America from the abolition of slavery to the current prison structure. If you are looking for educational materials, this comprehensive look at the horrors of mass black criminalization offers you a powerful synthesis of everything you need to know.
I am a mother
Hilary Swank in I am a mother.
I'm mom may cover familiar sci-fi territory, but if you're looking for some thrill from James Cameron and Ridley Scott, you've come to the right place. We follow a young girl named Daughter, who lives in a post-apocalyptic bunker with her robot named Mother and whose purpose is to support the repopulation of the earth. This intriguing premise and backdrop is ripe for the suspense and dark twists that I Am Mother delivers in style.
Half of it
Leah Lewis (left) and Alexxis Lemire in The Half of It.
This original YA film tells the story of Ellie Chu, a shy Asian-American woman in the remote town of Squahamish, who discovered her sexuality. Ellie is a straight student who has no problem writing papers for her classmates. She helps soccer player Paul Munsky write a love letter to Aster Flores. But it turns out that Aster is perfect for Ellie. A story of self-acceptance told with a gentle touch. Half of it is a joy.
Set it up
Glen Powell and Zoey Deutch at Set It Up.
Set It Up is a rom-com developed by the sparkling Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell and an ever-brilliant Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs. Harper Moore is a 20-year-old assistant to an editor for a sports media empire. Charlie is a venture capitalist's assistant. They work on their shared workplace mishaps and devise a plan to connect their two high-level bosses. They believe this will result in a reduced workload. This romance within a romance hits the expected beats, but that doesn't make it any less fun to watch.
Carla Gugino in Gerald's game.
If you enjoyed The Haunting of Hill House then check out Mike Flanagan's adaptation of Stephen King's novel Gerald & # 39; s Game. Carla Gugino is immense like Jessie, who vacationed with her husband in a remote lake house in Alabama. We stick to a bedroom for the most part and see the couple's problems getting worse and worse. Jessie finds herself in the impossible situation of being handcuffed to the bed without anyone helping her escape. Gerald's play leads to narrative and emotionally satisfying conclusions, with Flanagan's melancholy horror that turns into a silent triumph for his haunted characters.
Bryan Febel's influential documentary explores the downside of sports doping. Fogel plans to take part in a cycling race after ingesting banned substances in such a way that no detection is made, to highlight the inadequacies in sports drug testing. But things change when Russian scientist Grigory Rodchenkov unveils a government-sponsored Olympic doping program that he oversees. Ikarus is as engaging as it sounds, even if you're not a cycling fanatic.
The incredible Jessica James
Chris O & # 39; Dowd and Jessica Williams in The Incredible Jessica James.
The incredible Jessica James introduces an adorable main character played by an equally adorable Jessica Williams. Confident and independent Jessica James goes on a blind date where all she ends up talking about is her ex. A new version of the break-up film with a big head start. This is an easy hit for a fun night out in.
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