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

The first weekend of November is truly a blockbuster occasion for Netflix. Even the No. 1  streamer in the world doesn’t often get to host the streaming premiere of one of this year’s best movies. In this case, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse lives up to the hype and then some. It’s already at the top of the list of the most popular movies on Netflix. We also fully expect it to win an Oscar or two as well. The other big addition of the week is Godzilla vs. Kong, which is the ultimate monster mash.

Do you want to stay on  top of everything new on Netflix? Every Friday, we go over the available films to update our list of the best movies on Netflix right now. Films may come and go, but we’ll always be here for you.

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Editor’s Pick

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (2023) new

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
86 %
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.

Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) new

Godzilla vs. Kong
59 %
pg-13 114m
Genre Action, Science Fiction, Thriller
Stars Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall
Directed by Adam Wingard

For the first time in six decades, the King of the Monsters and the Eighth Wonder of the World get their rematch in Godzilla vs. Kong. In this MonsterVerse sequel, Dr. Nathan Lind (Alexander Skarsgård) is convinced by Dr. Ilene Andrews (Rebecca Hall) to accompany her on an expedition to the Hollow Earth with King Kong himself as their guide. Because Kong has formed a bond with Andrews’ adopted daughter, Jia (Kaylee Hottle), he is relatively docile around the humans.

Meanwhile, Godzilla is attacking science facilities around the world for no apparent reason. And once Godzilla senses Kong’s presence, he gets even more aggressive. There’s only room for one king in this world, even if Godzilla and Kong have a mutual foe.

Pain Hustlers (2023) new

Pain Hustlers
44 %
r 122m
Genre Drama, Crime
Stars Emily Blunt, Chris Evans, Catherine O'Hara
Directed by David Yates

Frequent Harry Potter director David Yates is about as far as you can possibly go from the Wizarding World in Netflix’s new crime drama, Pain Hustlers. Emily Blunt, Chris Evans, and Andy Garcia provide the star power for this adaptation of Evan Hughes’ novel, which casts Blunt as a high school dropout named Liza Drake.

With few legitimate prospects, Liza finds herself working for a pharmaceutical start-up out of a strip mall. But it doesn’t take long for Liza to find herself immersed in a criminal conspiracy that could ultimately send her to jail or worse.

No Hard Feelings (2023) new

No Hard Feelings
59 %
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.

Silver Linings Playbook (2012) new

Silver Linings Playbook
81 %
r 122m
Genre Drama, Comedy, Romance
Stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro
Directed by David O. Russell

Bradley Cooper’s Pat Solitano Jr. is a man who wants to see the silver linings in life. That’s not so easy in Silver Linings Playbook, since Pat just got out of the mental hospital after an eight-month stint that was set off when he caught his wife, Nikki (Brea Bee), with another man. The only thing Pat wants is to rebuild his life and win Nikki back.

Tiffany Maxwell (Jennifer Lawrence) is the wildcard in Pat’s life. She is also battling mental problems following the death of her husband. But Tiffany’s plan to feel better about her life involves recruiting Pat as her partner in a dancing competition. In return, Tiffany offers to help Pat reconcile with Nikki, even though she is clearly feeling her own attraction to him. This is a wonderful movie, and you’ll see why Lawrence took home the Oscar for Best Actress after watching it.

Get Out (2017) new

Get Out
85 %
r 104m
Genre Mystery, Thriller, Horror
Stars Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford
Directed by Jordan Peele

Jordan Peele reinvented his career with Get Out, a film he wrote and directed. Daniel Kaluuya stars as Chris Washington, a Black man who is dating Rose Armitage (Allison Williams), a white woman with wealthy parents. While visiting Rose’s parents, Dean (Bradley Whitford) and Missy Armitage (Catherine Keener), in Upstate New York, Chris is unnerved by the strange way he is received and examined by the other guests.

The title of the film is uttered by the only other Black man there, Logan King (LaKeith Stanfield), when he briefly attacks Chris. And it’s only later that Chris realizes that “get out” wasn’t said out of anger. It was a warning, and it may already be too late for Chris.

Fair Play (2023)

Fair Play
74 %
r 113m
Genre Thriller, Drama
Stars Phoebe Dynevor, Alden Ehrenreich, Eddie Marsan
Directed by Chloe Domont

Luke (Alden Ehrenreich) and Emily (Phoebe Dynevor) are secret lovers who work for a hedge fund in Fair Play. Their relationship is against company policy, which is why they’ve hidden it. However, their storybook romance starts to shatter when Luke believes that he’s getting a promotion that ultimately goes to Emily.

While Luke is initially supportive of Emily’s success, he soon displays his resentment both at home and at work. As Luke’s jealousy rises, he becomes more and more unstable until Emily can no longer be sure that she’s safe with the man she loves.

Nowhere (2023)

r 109m
Genre Thriller, Drama
Stars Anna Castillo, Tamar Novas, Irina Bravo
Directed by Albert Pintó

Nowhere takes place in the near future, as a married couple, Mia (Anna Castillo) and Nico (Tamar Novas) attempt to escape from a fascist regime in their native Spain before their second child is born. However, a tragic turn of events leaves Mia on her own in a cargo container that is slowly sinking in the middle of the ocean with no hope of rescue in sight.

With no other options, Mia must improvise with the materials on hand in the container as she prepares to give birth. The most important thing for Mia is to ensure that her daughter survives, even if she has to sacrifice herself to make that happen.

Dune (2021)

7 %
pg-13 155m
Genre Science Fiction, Adventure
Stars Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac
Directed by Denis Villeneuve

If the timing had worked out better, Netflix would be adding Dune just in time for the sequel to hit theaters next month. But since the actors strike is still on, Dune: Part Two will have to wait until 2024. The good news is that Dune’s premiere on Netflix is attracting even more fans to see Frank Herbert’s epic sci-fi novel fully realized on screen.

On Arrakis, the most important world in the Galactic Empire, Duke Leto Atreides (Oscar Isaac) has been given the near-impossible task of making peace with the native Fremen while maintaining the spice flow that allows humanity to travel in space. But when House Atreides is betrayed by the emperor and delivered to their rivals House Harkonnen, Leto’s son, Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet), and his mother, Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson), are forced to flee for their lives into the unforgiving deserts of Dune.

The Machine (2023)

The Machine
37 %
r 112m
Genre Comedy, Action, Crime
Stars Bert Kreischer, Mark Hamill, Jimmy Tatro
Directed by Peter Atencio

If you don’t know who comedian Bert Kreischer is, then you’re about to get a crash course in The Machine. The film is inspired by Kreischer’s comedy routine, and he even appears as himself in the leading role. In a flashback, the movie reveals how a younger Kreischer (Jimmy Tatro) earned his nickname “The Machine” during a wild visit to Russia two decades ago.

In the present, Kreischer and his estranged father, Albert (Mark Hamill), are swept up in the consequences of that Russian escapade when a mobster named Irinna (Iva Babić) kidnaps them to get her revenge. But before taking their lives, Irinna forces both men to accompany her back to Russia. If Kreischer and his dad want to survive, they will have to overcome their frosty relationship and work together.

Reptile (2023)

52 %
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.

Spy Kids: Armageddon (2023)

Spy Kids: Armageddon
pg 90m
Genre Family, Adventure, Action, Fantasy
Stars Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, Connor Esterson
Directed by Robert Rodriguez

After 12 years away from the franchise, Robert Rodriguez is back behind the camera for the fifth Spy Kids movie, Spy Kids: Armageddon. In this film, Patty (Everly Carganilla) and Tony Tango-Torrez (Connor Esterson) are forced to step up when their secret agent parents, Nora (Gina Rodriguez) and Terrence (Zachary Levi), are captured by Rey “The King” Kingston (Billy Magnussen).

Kingston’s scheme has somehow brought video game characters into reality as his minions, and they’re the perfect tool for world domination. Now, Patty and Tony are taking a crash course in spycraft so they can follow in their parents’ footsteps and save the world.

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

The Wolf of Wall Street
75 %
r 180m
Genre Crime, Drama, Comedy
Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
Directed by Martin Scorsese

Like Martin Scorsese’s other crime epics, the popular The Wolf of Wall Street takes its inspiration from a real person: Jordan Belfort, as played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the film. After the stock market crash of 1987, Belfort uses his incredible salesmanship to make himself a fortune by selling people stock that he artificially inflated. He then leaves his clients holding worthless shares.

Belfort shares his ill-gotten gains with his friend and business partner, Donnie Azoff (Jonah Hill), as well as his wife, Teresa Petrillo (Cristin Milioti), and his mistress, Naomi Lapaglia (Margot Robbie). Belfort demonstrates so little self-control with his barely legal financial moves and his excessive drug use that he comes under the scrutiny of FBI Agent Patrick Denham (Kyle Chandler).

Dredd (2012)

60 %
r 95m
Genre Action, Science Fiction
Stars Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey
Directed by Pete Travis

In theory, Dredd is everything that comic book fans say they want from an adaptation. It takes the source material seriously, the action is R-rated, and it never descends into farce. Unfortunately, the second adaption of Judge Dredd wasn’t any more successful than the Sylvester Stallone film from 1995.

Having said that, Dredd is a fantastic action flick with great performances by the two leads, Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby. In the film, Dredd (Urban) is on a routine evaluation with rookie Judge Cassandra Anderson (Thirlby) when they cross the dangerous crime lord Madeline “Ma-Ma” Madrigal (Lena Headey). And before the Judges can call in for backup, Ma-Ma traps them in a 200-story apartment complex filled with criminals who are out to kill them.

Don't Worry Darling (2022)

Don't Worry Darling
48 %
r 123m
Genre Thriller, Mystery, Drama, Science Fiction
Stars Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Chris Pine
Directed by Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling was largely overshadowed by behind-the-scenes drama and intrigue. But the finished film is an intriguing thriller that drops viewers in Victory, California, a small town where it seems like the 1950s never came to an end. Jack (Harry Styles), Dean (Nick Kroll), Peter (Asif Ali), and the rest of the husbands spend their days working on a secretive project with Frank (Chris Pine). Meanwhile, their wives — Alice (Florence Pugh), Bunny (Wilde), and Margaret (KiKi Layne) – play happy homemakers.

But in Alice’s case, “happy” may no longer be the operative word. The longer she stays in Victory, the more Alice comes to question the things in her life that no longer make sense. And she may not like the answers that she finds.

Love Again (2023)

Love Again
32 %
pg-13 104m
Genre Romance, Drama, Comedy
Stars Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Sam Heughan, Céline Dion
Directed by Jim Strouse

Love Again had, shall we say, a very short stay in theaters after it was eviscerated by critics. And yet its high audience scores must not have been an illusion because Love Again has raced to the top of Netflix’s movie list in less than a week. Priyanka Chopra-Jonas stars as Mira Ray, a woman who is mourning the sudden death of her true love, John (Arinzé Kene). Even two years later, Mira is pouring her heart out in one-sided texts to John’s old phone number.

Rob Burns (Sam Heughan) is the man who currently has John’s number, and he falls hard for Mira sight unseen after reading her texts. With the aid of some light cyberstalking and Celine Dion (yes, the actual Celine Dion, who plays herself), Rob finds a way to meet Mira and court her. But he’s still keeping his big secret from Mira long after it may destroy anything between them.

Big George Foreman (2023)

Big George Foreman
45 %
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.

You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah (2023)

You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah
79 %
Genre Comedy
Stars Sunny Sandler, Samantha Lorraine, Idina Menzel
Directed by Sammi Cohen

Adam Sandler produced and co-stars in the new Netflix comedy You Are So Not Invited To My Bat Mitzvah. However, Sandler only has a supporting role as Danny Friedman, the father of Stacy Friedman (Sunny Sandler). Stacy and her BFF, Lydia Rodriguez Katz (Samantha Lorraine), are in the middle of planning their epic Bat Mitzvahs when someone comes between them.

The person in question is Andy Goldfarb (Dylan Hoffman), one of the most popular boys in school. Both Stacy and Lydia want to romantically pursue Andy, and it puts such a strain on their relationship that their friendship may not be able to survive. But is a high school crush really worth throwing away years of friendship?

Heart of Stone (2023)

Heart of Stone
pg-13 122m
Genre Thriller, Action
Stars Gal Gadot, Jamie Dornan, Alia Bhatt
Directed by Tom Harper
Wonder Woman herself Gal Gadot stars in this Netflix Original as Rachel Stone, an intelligence operative who is the last line of defense for her global peacekeeping organization, Charter, and the loss of its most valuable asset. After rogue operative, Keya Dhawan (Alia Bhatt), steals crucial technology, Stone must ensure Dhawan doesn’t utilize it to inflict devastating damage on the world.

Fatale (2020)

42 %
r 102m
Genre Drama, Thriller
Stars Michael Ealy, Hilary Swank, Mike Colter
Directed by Deon Taylor

Fatale starts out with some similarities to Fatal Attraction, but Hilary Swank’s Val Quinlan takes her obsession even further because her agenda only partially includes Derrick Tyler (Michael Ealy), the married man she seduces. Derrick has been having problems with his marriage to Tracie (Damaris Lewis) and his best friend, Rafe Grimes (Mike Colter).

When Val intrudes upon Derrick’s life after their one-night stand, it becomes clear that she could easily expose his infidelity. But there’s something that Val wants even more than a new lover, and she’s willing to kill to get it.

Happiness for Beginners (2023)

Happiness for Beginners
48 %
Genre Romance, Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Stars Ellie Kemper, Luke Grimes, Nico Santos
Directed by Vicky Wight

Writer and director Vicky Wight adapted Katherine Center’s novel, Happiness for Beginners, which stars Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Ellie Kemper as Helen, a recent divorcée who doesn’t really know what happiness is at this point in her life. That’s why Helen embarks on a survivalist trip on the Appalachian Trail that caters to beginners. Helen’s looking for something that she can’t quite define.

What she finds is Jake (Luke Grimes), a younger man she has slightly known for years through her brother, Duncan (Alexander Koch). Although Helen is initially at odds with Jake, she can’t deny their growing connection even as other people in their lives may keep them apart.

They Cloned Tyrone (2023)

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.

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (2022)

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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