If you’re stuck in the endlessscroll, hopefully this list will help you decide what to watch.
Occasionally Netflix brings in big directors to serve up originals that make it all the way to the Oscars. But it’s also got an abundance of smaller stories perfect for a modestly sized screen.
Fingers crossed you’ll find something here that hits the spot.
With Fleabag’s director, the star of Stranger Things and Superman (Henry Cavill) playing Sherlock Holmes, Enola Holmes is a guaranteed good night in. The titular hero is Holmes’ kid sister, played by an effortlessly engaging Millie Bobby Brown. She’s just as talented when it comes to mystery solving and doesn’t shy from getting stuck into scuffles with Victorian-era adults twice her size. If you’re in the mood for something light and fun, this is a big yes.
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 performances of their careers as Nicole and Charlie, a couple who embark on the emotionally and logistically complicated legal processes involved in prying a partnership apart. Painted with an emotional complexity that includes poignantly funny moments along with the painful ones, this is happy-sad at its best.
2017’s Okja comes from Parasite director Bong Joon-ho — which should be incentive enough to watch it. Part cheeky dark comedy, part surreal environmental thriller, Okja follows a young South Korean farmer girl whose pet pal is a genetically enhanced super-pig. But Okja is the target of a big corporation that wants her delicious flesh. With an English supporting cast including the likes of Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal, Okja sucks you in with its sweetness before showing you a distressing close-up of the meat industry.
I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore
If you’ve had a bad day, this might be the movie for you. When the police refuse to help with a robbery, nursing assistant Ruth and her weird neighbor Tony take matters into their own hands. I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore spots the idiosyncrasies of everyday life, before escalating its story into dark places with even darker humor. With a touch of Coen Brothers flair, its perfectly packed 96 minutes will leave you surprisingly emotional.
Adam Sandler’s Oscar buzz-worthy performance didn’t see him nominated, but his turn in Uncut Gems is remarkable. Uncut Gems is a blistering odyssey following a diamond jeweler who’s addicted to gambling. Scraping in Martin Scorsese-style ’70s crime grit, the Safdie Brothers take you on a frenetic, anxious dash through New York as Sandler’s Howard Ratner must retrieve a precious opal to pay off his debts…Read more>>