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The 50 best movies on Netflix right now (July 2023)

The dog days of summer are here, and the excessive heat is making a compelling argument that everyone should stay indoors and chill as much as possible. Netflix is also offering fans an alternative to the cinema by bringing in flicks from other studios, like Ride Along, as well as premiering the new sci-fi film, Paradise. That’s in addition to recent Netflix originals like They Cloned Tyrone, and there’s still more to come later this summer.

Even in the middle of two Hollywood strikes, there’s still something new to watch on Netflix every week. At least for now. And to help you stay on top of things, we’ve updated our list 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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Paradise (2023) new

Genre Thriller, Science Fiction
Stars Kostja Ullmann, Corinna Kirchhoff, Marlene Tanczik
Directed by Boris Kunz

Time is the ultimate commodity in the new German sci-fi thriller, Paradise. In the near future, the biotech company AEON has perfected a way to transfer youth to older patients and effectively allow the rich to put off death and aging forever if they have a suitable donor. Unfortunately for AEON employee Max (Kostja Ullmann), and his wife, Elena (Marlene Tanzcik), the CEO of the company has her eye on Elena’s youth.

When a financial emergency derails Max and Elena’s lives, she is forced to give up forty years of her life. But Max isn’t willing to let his wife go so easily, and he’ll do anything to help Elena regain her lost youth even if it means crossing several moral lines.

Ride Along (2014) new

Ride Along
41 %
pg-13 99m
Genre Action, Comedy
Stars Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, John Leguizamo
Directed by Tim Story

In Ride Along, Detective James Payton (Ice Cube) has no time for his would-be brother-in-law, Ben Barber (Kevin Hart), a wannabe cop with dreams of making it on to the force. James is far more concerned with uncovering corruption within the department and capturing the elusive smuggler, Omar (Laurence Fishburne), who is pulling the strings.

Regardless, Ben is so eager to win James’ approval to marry his sister, Angela Payton (Tika Sumpter), that he accepts James’ offer of a ride-along to prove his worth. And while this exercise was originally meant to humiliate Ben, James may soon be glad to have his company during the most dangerous night of their lives.

They Cloned Tyrone (2023) new

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.

Uncle Buck (1989) new

Uncle Buck
51 %
pg 100m
Genre Comedy, Drama, Family
Stars John Candy, Jean Louisa Kelly, Gaby Hoffmann
Directed by John Hughes

The late John Candy was a comedic treasure, so it’s fitting to see Uncle Buck getting new life on Netflix. When Bob (Garrett M. Brown) and Cindy Russell (Elaine Bromka) are called out of town on an emergency, Bob’s slacker brother, Buck Russell (Candy), is the only one willing to watch their three kids.

While Buck quickly bonds with the younger kids, Miles (Macaulay Culkin) and Maizy (Gaby Hoffmann), the oldest daughter, Tia (Jean Louisa Kelly), openly distrusts Uncle Buck. And she’s willing to sabotage the one good relationship in Bob’s life just so she can make time with her boyfriend.

Bird Box Barcelona (2023) new

Bird Box Barcelona
46 %
Genre Thriller, Horror
Stars Mario Casas, Alejandra Howard, Georgina Campbell
Directed by Àlex Pastor, David Pastor

Bird Box Barcelona isn’t really a sequel to the Bird Box film starring Sandra Bullock. Instead, it’s a side story that takes place in Spain. But the basic premise is the same: Earth has been invaded by creatures who delight in driving men and women to suicide. And the only way to avoid that fate is to cover your eyes while out in the open and operate as a blind person.

The new film follows Sebastián (Mario Casas) and his daughter, Anna (Alejandra Howard). Unlike most people, Sebastián believes that the creatures are straight out of religious mythology and he doesn’t seem to fear them as much as he should. And Anna may not be who she appears to be.

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (2022) new

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 Out-Laws (2023)

The Out-Laws
r 95m
Genre Action, Comedy, Romance
Stars Pierce Brosnan, Adam DeVine, Nina Dobrev
Directed by Tyler Spindel

Marrying into any family comes with its fair share of baggage. The Out-Laws takes that idea to the extreme when a bank manager named Owen (Adam DeVine) is ready to meet the parents of his bride-to-be, Parker (Nina Dobrev). After Owen witnesses a bank robbery by the infamous Ghost Bandits, he becomes convinced that they are actually his new in-laws, Billy (former James Bond Pierce Brosnan) and Lilly McDermott (Ellen Barkin).

Of course, suspecting the truth and proving it are two different things. And if Owen is right, it means that both he and Nina may be thrust into a world of danger.

Titanic (1997)

75 %
pg-13 194m
Genre Drama, Romance
Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane
Directed by James Cameron

James Cameron’s epic romance film, Titanic, is back on Netflix, and it’s already rising to the top, unlike the real Titanic. This is not only one of the top-grossing movies of all-time, it’s also a multiple Oscar-winner, including for Best Picture. In the present, explorer Brock Lovett (Bill Paxton) leads an expedition to the Titanic’s wreck that draws the attention of Rose (Gloria Stuart), one of the ship’s few remaining survivors.

Through Rose’s memories, we witness her younger self (Kate Winslet) as she has a forbidden affair with a young man named Jack Dawson (Killers of the Flower Moon‘s Leonardo DiCaprio). Jack and Rose’s love connection is almost instant, but the looming tragedy of the Titanic threatens to send them both to the bottom of the sea.

The Perfect Find (2023)

The Perfect Find
57 %
Genre Romance, Comedy
Stars Gabrielle Union, Keith Powers, Gina Torres
Directed by Numa Perrier

The Perfect Find follows a 40-year-old woman named Jenna (Gabrielle Union) as she deals with personal and professional turmoil in the wake of her breakup with Brian (DB Woodside). Jenna is even forced to ask her rival, Darcy (Gina Torres), for a job as she tries to rebuild her career. However, Jenna wasn’t expecting to fall for a much younger man, Eric (Keith Powers), who just so happens to be Darcy’s son.

As Jenna and Eric’s relationship progresses, she risks her newfound career resurgence if Darcy finds out. And just when things couldn’t get more complicated, Brian decides he wants Jenna back.

Accepted (2006)

47 %
pg-13 93m
Genre Comedy
Stars Justin Long, Jonah Hill, Blake Lively
Directed by Steve Pink

Accepted is another in a long line of largely forgotten films that have been rediscovered by audiences while streaming on Netflix. Barbarian‘s Justin Long stars as Bartleby Gaines, a high school underachiever who fails to get into a college. So he starts a fake college of his own: The South Harmon Institute of Technology.

However, Bartleby underestimates the demand for a college with no admission standards, and he soon finds himself overwhelmed by actual students at his school. With the help of his friends, Sherman Schrader III (Jonah Hill), Rory Thayer (Maria Thayer), Darryl “Hands” Holloway (Columbus Short), and Glen (Adam Herschman), as well as Sherman’s uncle, Dr. Ben Lewis (Lewis Black), they manage to make the school seem more legitimate. But how long can they keep the deception going before the truth comes out?

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.

Dunkirk (2017)

94 %
pg-13 107m
Genre War, Action, Drama
Stars Fionn Whitehead, Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance
Directed by Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan’s films tend to have a touch of the fantastic or otherworldly elements. But there’s nothing made up about the miracle of Dunkirk. In the early days of World War II, Tommy Jensen (Fionn Whitehead), Alex (My Policeman‘s Harry Styles), and Gibson (Aneurin Barnard) are among the thousands of soldiers trapped on the beaches of Dunkirk following the Allied Forces’ defeat in the Battle of France.

Despite little hope for the rescue of the troops, the British answer the call for help by sea and by air in order to bring their soldiers back. But no miracles exist without sacrifice, and not everyone will get to go home.

The Son (2022)

The Son
45 %
pg-13 123m
Genre Drama
Stars Hugh Jackman, Zen McGrath, Vanessa Kirby
Directed by Florian Zeller

Hugh Jackman, the once and future Wolverine, headlines the drama The Son as Peter Miller, a middle-aged man who is attempting to move past his tortured relationship with his father, Anthony Miller (Anthony Hopkins), by raising a new child with his second wife, Beth (Vanessa Kirby).

However, Peter already has a son named Nicholas (Zen McGrath) from his first wife, Kate Miller (Laura Dern), who needs his help. And while Peter is willing to let Nicholas live with him and his new family, the vast emotional gap between this father and son threatens to permanently rupture their connection.

Missing (2023)

66 %
pg-13 111m
Genre Thriller, Mystery
Stars Storm Reid, Joaquim de Almeida, Ken Leung
Directed by Nicholas D. Johnson, Will Merrick

In the early 2000s, found footage flicks were all the rage for horror titles. Now, we’re seeing the emergence of screenlife thrillers like Missing, which take place largely with the main character behind a computer for most of the film. But at least this story knows when to leave the computer behind.

Storm Reid stars as June Allen, a teenage girl who remains at home in Los Angeles when her mother, Grace (Nia Long), goes off on a South American vacation with her new boyfriend, Kevin (Ken Leung). But when Grace goes missing, June is forced to use her computer skills to start her own search for her mother, with an assist from Javier (Joaquim de Almeida), a Colombian man who can act as her surrogate and go places that June can not.

Ted (2012)

62 %
r 107m
Genre Comedy, Fantasy
Stars Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane
Directed by Seth MacFarlane

Family Guy creator and star Seth MacFarlane made his live-action directorial debut with Ted, a film where he plays the titular teddy bear. When John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) was a child, he made a wish for Ted to come to life and be his best friend. Inexplicably, John’s wish came true. But as adults, John’s lifelong friendship with Ted is getting a little toxic.

With the encouragement of his girlfriend, Lori Collins (That ’90s Show‘s Mila Kunis), John encourages Ted to move out and start his own life. And that’s just what he does. But Ted’s bond with John isn’t easily broken, and he drags his friend into more chaotic events that threaten to destroy not only John’s relationship with Lori, but also his connection with Ted.

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.

A Man Called Otto (2022)

A Man Called Otto
51 %
pg-13 126m
Genre Comedy, Drama
Stars Tom Hanks, Mariana Treviño, Rachel Keller
Directed by Marc Forster

Tom Hanks really plays against type as the title character in A Man Called Otto. Otto Anderson has good reasons to be severely depressed and even suicidal. Rather than facing his twilight years without his recently deceased wife, Sonya (Rachel Keller), Otto prepares to end it all until he keeps running into his new neighbors, Marisol (Mariana Treviño) and Tommy (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo).

Much to Otto’s annoyance, he can’t kill himself because Marisol and her family always seem to arrive at inopportune times. But through their growing connection, Otto may yet find a new reason to live.

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.

Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022)

Minions: The Rise of Gru
56 %
pg 87m
Genre Animation, Comedy, Family
Stars Pierre Coffin, Steve Carell, Russell Brand
Directed by Kyle Balda

Minions: The Rise of Gru is a film that Peacock should probably have kept to itself, since it was one of the few animated hits of 2022. But Peacock’s loss is Netflix’s gain as the delightfully silly Despicable Me origin story of Gru (The Office‘s Steve Carell) unfolds with the child supervillain and his Minions (all voiced by Pierre Coffin) attempting to impress Gru’s idols, the Vicious 6, which includes Belle Bottom (Taraji P. Henson), Jean-Clawed (Jean-Claude Van Damme), Svengeance (Dolph Lundgren), Stronghold (Danny Trejo), and Nin-chuck (Lucy Lawless).

Unfortunately for Gru, his efforts only alienate the Vicious 6 and turn them into his enemies. But with the help of the Vicious 6’s former leader, Wild Knuckles (Alan Arkin), Gru and the Minions have a fighting chance.

After Riddick escapes, the survivors, including Carolyn Fry (Radha Mitchell), Jack (Rhiana Griffith), and Abu al-Walid (Keith David) realize that the planet is overrun by fearsome creatures whenever it gets dark. In order to survive this planet of monsters, they have to rely on their own monster: Riddick.[/dt_media]

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

Luther: The Fallen Sun (2023)

Luther: The Fallen Sun
53 %
r 129m
Genre Crime, Drama
Stars Idris Elba, Dermot Crowley, Cynthia Erivo
Directed by Jamie Payne

Idris Elba’s John Luther returns in the Netflix original film Luther: The Fallen Sun. And right off the bat, Luther is tossed in jail for everything illegal he did in the Luther TV series. Luther’s incarceration was engineered by his current adversary, David Robey (Andy Serkis), and it demonstrates just how much Robey fears the disgraced detective.

However, Luther eventually escapes from prison to go after Robey and bring him down for good. Unfortunately for Luther, his former colleagues on the police force are also hunting for him.

Luther: The Fallen Sun | Official Trailer | Netflix

Easy A (2010)

Easy A
Genre Comedy
Stars Emma Stone, Cam Gigandet, Amanda Bynes
Directed by Will Gluck
A seemingly harmless lie turns into something far more complicated in this 2010 high-school comedy that delivers a modern spin on The Scarlet Letter. After student Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) gets out of a camping trip with her best friend Rhiannon (Aly Michalka) by telling a lie involving a mysterious date, it kicks off a salacious, schoolwide rumor. Instead of fighting it, Olive decides to embrace the stigma of being the “school tramp” and even finds a way to profit off it by pretending to sleep with classmates being bullied about their sexuality in exchange for gift cards and other rewards.

We Have a Ghost (2023)

We Have a Ghost
Genre Adventure, Fantasy, Family, Comedy
Stars David Harbour, Jahi Di'Allo Winston, Anthony Mackie
Directed by Christopher Landon
David Harbour plays a lonely ghost in We Have a Ghost, a supernatural comedy  with an all-star cast. After Kevin (Jahi Di’Allo Winston) and his family move into a rundown house, they soon discover it’s not entirely empty. The house’s other occupant, Ernest the ghost (Harbour), quickly becomes an internet sensation and sends Kevin on a wild journey to investigate his new, ghostly pal’s death. Anthony Mackie, Jennifer Coolidge, and Tig Notaro fill out the cast, with Freaky filmmaker Christopher Landon behind the camera as writer and director.

The Summit of the Gods (2021)

The Summit of the Gods
78 %
Genre Animation, Adventure, Mystery
Stars Éric Herson-Macarel, Damien Boisseau, Elisabeth Ventura
Directed by Patrick Imbert
This gorgeously animated French-language film from director Patrick Imbert chronicles a Japanese photojournalist’s quest for the truth regarding a mysterious mountain climber and his connection to one of the first teams to attempt to climb Mount Everest. A Cannes Film Festival darling praised for its beautiful visual achievement and compelling story, The Summit of the Gods is the rare adaptation of a Japanese manga series that does right by its source material — which was itself based on a 1998 novel by Baku Yumemakura. Fascinating and emotional, the film makes it tough not to be pulled along on the characters’ epic journey.

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.

Your Place or Mine (2023)

Your Place or Mine
Genre Comedy, Romance
Stars Reese Witherspoon, Ashton Kutcher, Jesse Williams
Directed by Aline Brosh McKenna
Reese Witherspoon and Ashton Kutcher star in this sweetly simple romantic comedy about two friends whose decision to switch homes for a week has some unintended consequences. The film is written and directed by Crazy Ex-Girlfriend series writer (and occasional director) Aline Brosh McKenna, and delivers a well-timed dose of rom-com laughs to coincide with Valentine’s Day.

The Pez Outlaw (2022)

The Pez Outlaw
Genre Documentary
Stars Steve Glew, Kathy Glew, Ridoyanul Hoq
Directed by Bryan Storkel, Amy Bandlien Storkel
This documentary explores the strange saga of Steve Glew, a desperate factory worker in rural Michigan who found himself at the center of an international trade controversy, battling some of the candy industry’s most powerful figures, after he saw a moneymaking opportunity in Pez candy dispensers. His journey would take him to remote regions of Eastern Europe just after the fall of the Berlin Wall, making million-dollar deals involving the small, plastic candy dispensers, all while dodging corporate spies and shady characters both inside and outside the U.S. You wouldn’t expect the world of Pez to hold this much drama, but the story of Steve “Pez Outlaw” Glew is a fascinating one filled with real-world characters as colorful as the candy dispensers at the heart of it.

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.

The Pale Blue Eye (2022)

The Pale Blue Eye
Genre Mystery, Thriller
Stars Christian Bale, Harry Melling, Gillian Anderson
Directed by Scott Cooper
Christian Bale portrays a detective investigating a series of murders at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1830 in the thriller The Pale Blue Eye from Crazy Heart filmmaker Scott Cooper. While that premise is intriguing on its own, the story has him working with an eccentric young cadet at the school named Edgar Allen Poe. Expect the macabre and you won’t be disappointed.

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.

Bubble (2022)

56 %
Genre Animation, Adventure, Science Fiction
Stars Jun Shison, Riria, Alice Hirose
Directed by Tetsuro Araki

The animated feature Bubble, from Attack on Titan director Tetsuro Araki, is set in a post-apocalyptic Tokyo where a mysterious event has affected the laws of gravity, leaving strange bubbles and urban debris floating throughout the city. Skilled racers compete in parkour-like competitions for food and supplies, and when one gifted young man encounters a strange girl while exploring the epicenter of the gravity-twisting “bubble event,” their relationship changes the lives of everyone around them.

A gorgeous spectacle of sights and sounds, Bubble begs to be seen on a high-end entertainment system, as it delivers remarkably detailed scenes of the characters traversing the city and a powerful score that accentuates its most thrilling — and quietest — moments.

Untold: Crimes & Penalties (2021)

Untold: Crimes & Penalties
Genre Documentary, Crime
Directed by Chapman Way, Maclain Way
What happens when a waste-removal tycoon with mob ties decides to buy a minor league hockey team and make his teenage son the general manager and president? That question was answered when Jimmy Galante brought the Danbury Trashers to his Connecticut hometown in 2004 and had his 17-year-old son, A.J., run the UHL expansion team for two wild, brawl-filled seasons — a run that eventually led to a massive FBI bust that sent the elder Galante to prison and forced the team to disband. Part Slap Shot, part The Sopranos (Galante was rumored to be the real-world inspiration for Tony Soprano, after all), the outrageous story of the Trashers is almost too crazy to believe, but the documentary is packed with interviews and archival footage — including ESPN broadcasts from the Trashers’ brief run — that hammers home how real this crazy sports saga was. And when you’re done with this story, make sure to check out more of the documentaries in the Untold series.

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.

Bullet Train (2022)

Bullet Train
Genre Action, Comedy, Thriller
Stars Brad Pitt, Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Directed by David Leitch
Deadpool 2 and Atomic Blonde director David Leitch helms the fast-paced, action-comedy adventure Bullet Train that casts Brad Pitt as a tired assassin who would like nothing more than to retire from the murder game. Unfortunately, his latest mission has him taking on an entire train full of hired killers as it speeds through Japan. Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Andrew Koji, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michael Shannon, Bad Bunny, and Sandra Bullock round out the film’s ensemble cast.

Misha and the Wolves (2021)

Misha and the Wolves
63 %
pg-13 90m
Genre Documentary
Stars Misha Defonseca
Directed by Sam Hobkinson
Move over, Tiger King. Netflix has another wild documentary you need to see to believe. The film chronicles the far-reaching investigation that took place after the publication of Misha Defonseca’s widely circulated 1997 memoir, Misha: A Mémoire of the Holocaust Years, in which the author describes her experiences as a young Holocaust survivor who was raised by wolves while searching Europe for her parents. It’s best not knowing any of the twists and turns the story takes ahead of time, so just sit back and let this true, stranger-than-fiction story unfold. You won’t be disappointed.

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.

Da 5 Bloods (2020)

Da 5 Bloods
82 %
r 156m
Genre War, Drama
Stars Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors, Clarke Peters
Directed by Spike Lee
This 2020 war drama marked a celebrated return to form for director, producer, and co-writer Spike Lee, and earned a long list of honors and awards for both Lee and the magnificent performances of the film’s talented cast. The story follows a group of Vietnam War veterans who return to the jungle hoping to find the remains of their dead squad leader and a hidden treasure they left behind during the war. Delroy Lindo leads a cast that also includes Jonathan Majors, Clarke Peters, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Jean Reno, and the late, great Chadwick Boseman.

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.

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.

If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

If Beale Street Could Talk
87 %
Genre Romance, Drama
Stars KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King
Directed by Barry Jenkins
Filmmaker Barry Jenkins’ follow-up to his Oscar-winning feature MoonlightIf Beale Street Could Talk casts KiKi Layne as a young woman desperately attempting to clear the name of her wrongly imprisoned partner before their child is born. Stephan James co-stars with Layne in the film, which earned Regina King an Academy Award for her supporting performance, as well as a long list of other accolades for the feature.

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.

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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