If you've just switched to Netflix and want to find the best movies you want to watch, or are tired of searching the app for 30 minutes before you find something to watch, you've come to the right place. With thousands of movies at your disposal, it's easy to get stuck in binge-watching mode, but finding the best movies of a fair to best nature can be a bit of a hassle.
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In an effort to determine the best of the best, we've compiled a list of the largest possible movies that you can watch – compiled by TechRadar editors and supported by reviews from IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes – so you don't have to sieve through the mud. We keep this best-of-list up-to-date with the latest movies that you can't miss, so you don't waste time searching for the screen.
Below you will also find a hand-selected list of the latest popular newly added movies on Netflix Australia. This is what we think you should see this month. Alternatively you can go directly to the genre of your choice via the drop-down menu above!
1. Very bad, shockingly bad and mean
Netflix ' long-awaited new movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is finally here, and although it does not fully reflect the hype it produced from its screening at Sundance, it contains an absolute magnetic performance from Zac Efron, the corrupt serial killer Ted Bundy plays. Told from the perspective of Bundy ' s former girlfriend Liz (Lily Collins), Extremely Wicked tries to explain how a rational person might have fallen for the allegations of the horrific killer failure. Leaning in Bundy ' s acclaimed eloquence and charm, the film occasionally makes the murderer of more than 30 young women look like an underdog, who may rub the wrong way. Of course, that approach serves the ultimate goal of the film, namely to give the viewer insight into how someone as malicious as Bundy can emotionally infiltrate a person's life to such a degree.
IMDB rating: 6.8 / 10, Rotten Tomatoes: 58%
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2. Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé
Netflix picked up a huge exclusive possession when it locked the rights to Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé – a profound documentary showing the awe-inspiring performance of the megaster at Coachella 2018, interrupted by extensive behind-the-scenes footage and rehearsal. More than an incredibly entertaining concert film, Homecoming also acts as a battle cry for women of color all over the world. A powerful and politically charged statement that happens to be filled with absolute blasts, Homecoming is sure to please Beyoncé fans.
IMDB assessment: 7.5, Rotten tomatoes: 98%
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3. The Highwaymen
Famous bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde are immortalized in popular culture, largely thanks to the classic 1967 film about their heroic deeds, but what about the lawyers responsible for ending their murder? Netflix ' s new original movie The Highwaymen wants to tell their story once and for all. Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson shine as Frank Hamer and Maney Gault, two real Texas Rangers who have retired with a purpose in mind – to find Bonnie and Clyde and destroy them forever. Despite discord among critics, The Highwaymen features great performances, assured direction and beautiful cinematography, and gives this story the prestigious film treatment it deserves.
IMDB rating: 7.0, Rotten Tomatoes: 53%
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4. Triple Frontier
After years of service to their country with little to see, a group of soldiers (Oscar Isaac, Ben Affleck, Charlie Hunnam, Pedro Pascal and Garrett Hedlund) plans to rob one of the richest and most dangerous cartels in South America. Of course things don't go exactly as planned, and now the team is on the run with over $ 250 million in drug money. Can they escape with the money and their lives? Directed by J. C. Chandor (A Most Violent Year), Triple Frontier is an exciting thriller with great performances and fantastic cinematography (believe us, the film looks spectacular in 4K HDR).
IMDB rating: 6.6, Rotten tomatoes: 72%
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A direct classic of the horror genre, Hereditary tells the terrifying story of a family that is haunted by the dark secrets of its own ancestors. Toni Collette gives a career the best performance as Annie, a mother who is driven to expose the cryptic past of her family after a huge tragic event has destroyed them. The way in which heredity unfolds is really unpredictable, with a number of shocking moments that the viewers are guaranteed to become speechless. Although it can sometimes be a difficult watch, heredity is a rewarding and perfectly crafted horror experience that is definitely worth it.
IMDB rating: 7.3, Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
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6. The Dirt
If Bohemian Rhapsody was a bit too hygienic for your taste, you might want to take a look at The Dirt, a relentless music biopic about glamor-metal outfit Mötley Crüe who in the debauchery of sex, drugs and rock & apos; n & apos; roll lifestyle in the eighties. Never frightening away for Mötley Crüe ' s more outrageous (and absolutely repulsive) antics, The Dirt explores the highs and lows of being a rock star without self-control over parties, women, and hard drugs (the Ozzy Osborne scene is particularly disgusting). Be warned, the film contradicts The Wolf or Wall Street when it comes to sex, nudity and drug use, which is often filthy and exploitative in the women's line-up (almost every female character in the film is a disposable groupie or a terrible person ). That said, if The Dirt is seen as a time capsule of a particularly crazy moment in music history, it is extremely attentive.
IMDB rating: 7.1, Rotten Tomatoes: 42%
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7. La La Land
Although it will always be remembered as the film accidentally read as Best Picture at the Academy Awards in 2017, La La Land would have been a deserved winner, anyway. Written and directed by Wunderkind filmmaker Damien Chazelle (Whiplash, First Man), the film is an all-singing, all-dancing love story about a jazz pianist (Ryan Gosling) and an aspiring actress (Emma Stone) who fight to stay together as they pull their dreams apart. Equally sharing joyful and heartbreaking, and with two mega gazing at their most charming, La La Land is one of the best romantic musicals in recent years.
IMDB rating: 8.0, Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
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8. Fyre: the largest party that never took place
It was promised that it was the most luxurious music festival experience on the island known to mankind, with super models, yachts, five star accommodations and restaurants that do everything to offer an experience that is different from everyone else. Unfortunately, festival-goers received an unashamed shock when they arrived in their supposed paradise, instead they found an environment that looked more like an internment camp than Club Med. Netflix ' original documentary Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened tells the story of how this event unraveled, ranging from the feast of the century to hell on earth.
IMDB rating: 7.3, Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
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As tech enthusiasts, it might not be surprising that we are obsessed here with science fiction at TechRadar. From glorious space scenes to mind-blowing films that make you think, there is something for everyone on our list of the best sci-fi films on Netflix Australia.
Children of Men
Long before the Brexit, the celebrated director Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Roma) offered a dystopian vision of a near-future Britain that was against immigration police state. The world has plunged into chaos while waiting for an imminent extinction after an inexplicable epidemic that has made everyone infertile. Although it has been decades since the last human was born, a pregnant refugee named Kee (Clare-Hope Ashitey) suddenly appears, leading a desperate rush to bring the expectant mother to the safety of The Human Project – a group of scientists working to cure the sterility of the world. Unwilling ex-activist turned the government into a flunky. Theo (Clive Owen) is initially asked to get much-needed transit papers, but it soon becomes clear that he is the only hope that Kee and her baby have to bring it alive to their destination. Making a film triumph, Children of Men is incredibly moving and incredibly intense at the same time. Note the heartbreaking single-take scene in which Theo and Kee venture into a war zone to reach the coast.
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IMDB rating: 7.9, Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
If you've seen the previous sci-fi masterpiece by writer-director Alex Garland, Ex Machina, you know you'll expect a wild ride with his successor Annihilation. Based on the highly regarded novel by the same name by Jeff VanderMeer, Annihilation follows a group of women who go on expeditions in an environmental disaster zone where the laws of nature do not apply. Natalie Portman leads the pack as a biologist looking for her missing husband, and she is accompanied by Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez and more. Although the film has only just been released in American theaters, Australia is lucky that one of the countries has the film on Netflix immediately. Afraid and frightening, Annihilation has everything to do with a modern science fiction classic.
IMDB rating: 7.8, Rotten Tomatoes: 87%
What if you could prevent murders before they occurred? More importantly, what would you do if you were convicted of a murder that you had not yet committed? That is the premise of Steven Spielberg ' s spectacular sci-fi film, Minority Report. Loosely based on the eponymous story by Philip K. Dick, the film Tom Cruise sees the head of a futuristic & apos; Precrime & apos; Division charged with stopping murderers from carrying out their violent actions. They can do this thanks to the paranormal ability of three brothers and sisters known as & apos; Precogs & apos;. But what happens when this trio of fortune tellers predicts a murder carried out by Cruise itself? Spoiler alert, it's running! A visually stunning film that is full of ingenious and progressive technological ideas that is likely to become a reality in the coming years, Minority Report is intense and full of action.
IMDB rating: 7.7, Rotten Tomatoes: 90%
As one of Christopher Nolan's most ambitious films, Interstellar imagines a future in which the Earth is on its way and humanity has to go outside of our galaxy to find a suitable new planet to call home. Among these astronauts is Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), who must leave his children behind despite the journey that may take several decades, and Brand (Anne Hathaway), who is on a mission to track down her partner in the far corners of the space. Simultaneously thought-provoking and mind-bending, Interstellar is a true science fiction spectacle – one that rewards multiple viewings.
IMDB rating: 8.6, Rotten Tomatoes: 71%
We all love a good fright (as long as we are safe and well at the end of it), so with that in mind we have taken the liberty of casting a spotlight on some of the best horror movies currently being streamed on Netflix Australia . These freaky films guarantee shivers down your back!
Before you can watch Jordan Peele's latest movie Us, it might be worthwhile to watch (or rework) the debut feature of writer-director Get Out, an absolutely brilliant horror film about racial relationships in America. By meeting the white parents of his girlfriend for the first time, the African-American man Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) starts to get an increasing feeling of discomfort, especially in the presence of the family's completely black staff. For too long, the seemingly progressive family-too-accommodative attitude has begun to unravel, eventually revealing a terrible truth that shows Chris how much danger he actually has. Insightful and exciting in equal measure, Get Out is one of the most socially relevant horror movies ever made. It is no wonder that Peele won an Oscar outside the gate for the best original scenario.
IMDB assessment: 7.7, Rotten tomatoes: 98%
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Dawn of the Dead
The original by George A. Romero may be king, but the fast Dawn of the Dead remake of Zack Snyder is still a great zombie film! Thanks to an excellent script by James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy), Snyder's directing debut is still one of the best in his entire filmography, with fleshy (and fleshy) characters to listen to, while hell bursts out. Hidden in a shopping mall in the suburbs, a group of people from different walks of life come together to fight for survival during a comprehensive zombie uprising. Scary and action-packed, the 2004 version of Dawn of the Dead is one of the best horror remakes out there. And with the recent announcement that Snyder will return to the zombie subgenre (for the Netflix & apos; s Army of the Dead), this is now the perfect time to watch this positively creepy movie again.
IMDB rating: 7.3, Rotten Tomatoes: 75%
Writer-director Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler) has delivered a film that is a lot crazier than we expected with Velvet Buzzsaw. The supernatural / satirical horror film is set in the art world, where a series of paintings by an unknown deceased artist begins to take revenge on those who worship money. The film stars Nightcrawler lists Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo, together with John Malkovich, Daveed Diggs, Natalia Dyer, Tom Sturridge, Billy Magnussen and Zawe Ashton. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but if you like your movies to the left of the middle, you might appreciate Velvet Buzzsaw.
IMDB assessment: 5.8, Rotten tomatoes: 66%
In the grim tradition of The Wicker Man and The Witch comes Apostle, a bloody new folk horror story by Gareth Evans, director of The Raid films. Set in 1905, Apostle sees Thomas Richardson (Dan Stevens) infiltrate into an island-based cult that his sister Jennifer (Elen Rhys) is holding for ransom. Led by Prophet Malcolm (Michael Sheen), the cult enters a particularly dark time – its crops and cattle rot from within, as if people are being punished by their deity. With the community in need, Malcolm and his followers have become murderous monsters, resorting to horrific medieval practices in a futile attempt to restore life to their home. In other words, a terrible time to be discovered as an intruder! With Apostel, Evans has not lost his talent for physical destruction, with various scenes of torture and violence that may be too much for some viewers. However, those with a strong stomach are rewarded with an exciting corrosive horror story with incredible production design and cinematography that are willing to go to some really dark places. The nerve-racking score is also worth paying attention to.
IMDB rating: 6.6, Rotten Tomatoes: 77%
Get ready, scare fans – the very best horror film of all time has found its way on Netflix and will definitely scare you back to clowns. Based on Stephen King ' s classic novel of the same name, it follows a group of close-knit adolescent misfits known as The Losers Club, while investigating an evil force that has been stealing and killing children in their small town for decades. With his late & apos; 80s setting and talented cast of young artists, it will certainly be fans of Netflix & apos; s brilliant series to appeal to Stranger Things (and not just because Finn Wolfhard plays in both). Regarding adaptations from Stephen King, it is one of the very best, succeeding in finding the right balance between horror and heart. Simply put, it is the kind of public-friendly scare film that we would like to see more of. We recommend looking at it for the upcoming sequel, which takes place 27 years later and sees the children all grown up and terrorized by Pennywise the dancing clown all over again.
IMDB rating: 7.4, Rotten Tomatoes: 85%
The movie that uses the term ' blockbuster & apos; ' Jaws by Steven Spielberg ' s classic fright, has made its way to the service and is hungry for more viewers to chip on. When an aggressive white shark starts to eat swimmers in the run-up to the weekend of July 4, the mayor of a popular tourist destination sets a reward for the shark's head. The sheriff of the city (Roy Scheider), an oceanographer (Richard Dreyfuss) and a shark hunter with a grudge (Robert Shaw) left the sea to bring it down forever. They will need a larger boat …
IMDB rating: 8.0, Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Considered by many to be a modern horror classic, It Follows sees a young girl (Maika Monroe) terrorized by a sexually transmitted demon. This frightening appearance looks different every time and follows you relentlessly until you pass it on or sleep with someone else, or until it catches up with you and finishes you off forever. To make matters worse, if the person you pass on to die, it will bring its attention back to you. Did we mention that it can only be seen by the people who are & apos; infected & apos; so your friends can't help as much as they want? Yes, it's rotten. Stylish, atmospheric and with a great John Carpenter-inspired synthesizer score. It follows an effective horror movie that may suffer a little from some strange decisions made by its characters, but that is worth watching.
IMDB assessment: 6.9, Rotten tomatoes: 97%
One for the horror comedy fans, the Netflix Original film The Babysitter, by director McG (Charlie & apos; s Angels), is an energetic and fun film with a few killer one-liners and an acting performance by Aussie actress Samara Weaving (yes, she has something to do with Hugo), those horror fanatics may still remember her role in the first season of Ash vs Evil Dead. The plot is simple: kid develops an eye on his incredibly cool babysitter, only to find out that she is the sadistic, devil-worshiping killer with a group of equally psychotic friends, all of whom are planning to kill him. Although he is a wimp in total, he must now fight back to survive. Bloody and funny in equal measure, The Babysitter is a great time.
IMDB rating: 6.4, Rotten Tomatoes: 71%
Documentaries offer unprecedented insight into the lives of real people and the extraordinary events that surround them. Fiction is great, but fact really has the power to move and inspire people like nothing else. With that said, here are some of the best documentaries currently available for streaming on Netflix Australia.
Get me Roger Stone
The Trump presidency made headlines for the wrong reasons and was a source of entertainment for late-night shows and comedians in the US. Many books have been published about the White House of Trump, but the world has yet to meet the president-maker, ' the deceiver &, behind the scenes. Get Me Roger Stone is about the man who puts a republican in the White House and uses every (underhanded) technique he might have to give his husband the best job. And he does that unashamedly. The documentary follows this self-acclaimed ' agent provocateur ' – which is reminiscent of a neat character from a James Bond novel or movie – while revealing everything he has done in his long career, from Nixon to Trump. The documentary not only places the subject and his Nixon tattoo at the center, but also reveals how American democracy works in its current form.
IMDB rating: 7.4, Rotten Tomatoes: 87%
After the enormous success of the original docu series Making a Murderer, Netflix has returned to the ever-popular & apos; real crime & apos; good with Amanda Knox. The Netflix Original documentary tells the moving story of an American exchange student who spent four years in an Italian prison after being convicted of murdering her roommate Meredith Kercher. Forced to endure the various prosecutors' tactics, including public slut shame, Knox maintains her innocence at all times, with her appeal eventually reaching the Supreme Court of Italy. Amanda Knox is an effective and truly dazzling documentary that you cannot miss.
IMDB rating: 7.0, Rotten Tomatoes: 85%
We love a good thriller, that's why we've filmed some of the best that are now available for viewing on Netflix Australia. These films ensure that you are at the edge of your seat in tension, so sit back, try to relax and enjoy yourself.
Director David Fincher revolutionized the contemporary serial killer thriller with his masterpiece, Se7en, so when it was time to review the genre with Zodiac, the visionary director chose to rip it back (in a good way, that is ). Ereeping the grim flashy of the aforementioned film, Zodiac follows the true (and still unresolved) Zodiac murder spree that took place in the US in the 1960s-70s. Fincher approaches the morbid material with the kind of journalistic attention to detail and intense research that would become incredibly popular a few years later (imagine how famous Zodiac would be if it was released now, in the time of total true crime obsession). Jake Gyllenhaal plays Robert Graysmith, the real cartoon draftsman in the newspaper who would eventually spend decades of his life pursuing the true identity of the Zodiac assassin. However, the rest of the cast is also poor: Robert Downey Jr. (without Iron Man), Mark Ruffalo (without playing Hulk), Anthony Edwards, Brian Cox and Chloë Sevigny play in supporting roles. A gripping true story, Zodiac is a must for dedicated real crime enthusiasts. It also makes a great companion for the serial Netflix Original series from Mindcher from Fincher, apos; s.
IMDB assessment: 7.7, Rotten tomatoes: 90%
Equal parts Oldboy and La Femme Nikita, The Villainess is a women-driven Korean revenge thriller with the most incredible and original action scenes on this side of The Raid – seriously, the first-person knife fights and shootouts in these Hollywood action movies are a shame. Sook-hee (Ok-bin Kim) is arrested after he has executed a murder that kills dozens of gangsters. She has made a choice: train to become a ruthless assassin and get freedom after ten years, or spend the rest of her life in prison. It is clear that she chooses the first, and it soon becomes clear to her that her tirades were rejected under false pretenses. Now it's time to make everyone pay for what they did to her.
IMDB rating: 6.7, Rotten Tomatoes: 83%
Gerald ' s game
2017 was a great year for Stephen King adaptations (ahem, The Dark Tower aside), and the new Netflix Original movie Gerald ' s Game joins It and 1922 in the upper regions. In an attempt to breathe new life into their marriage, Gerald (Bruce Greenwood) and Jessie (Carla Gugino) return to a remote house on the lake. When a sex game goes wrong, Jessie is left alone and enthralled by the bed and has to overcome her rising paranoia and deep, personal demons. Although the film usually takes place in one room, Gerald ' s play remains exciting from start to finish. It also contains one of the best performances of Gugino ' s career.
IMDB assessment: 6.8, Rotten tomatoes: 90%
Drive is the movie that made it cool to love Ryan Gosling. Based on the novel of the same name by James Sallis, this fleshy thriller is one of the most stylish films of the past decade, involving the synthesizer scene of neon and apos; 80 has been revived almost on its own. Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Only God Forgives), Drive Gosling sees an unnamed stunt rider who works like a dark wheelman at night. When a task goes terribly wrong, this & apos; driver & apos; must pass violent justice to straighten things out for those he cares about. The immense influence of the film can be felt in all media. The video game Hotline Miami in particular owes Drive to great gratitude. A loving ode to the early tough crime films of Michael Mann, Drive is essential to watch.
IMDB rating: 7.8, Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
We are serious cinephiles here at TechRadar. This is not just about Star Wars – we also enjoy a good tear-jerk. There are many sensitive drama films that are being streamed on Netflix Australia, and these are some of the best. So grab a handkerchief and get ready for a tough night.
A stunning ode to motherhood in all forms, Roma is the most personal film to date by visionary director Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, Gravity). Roma is not the easiest to sell on paper – a subtitled black-and-white film about a resident housekeeper who is almost completely spoken in Spanish and the native Mixtec language, but Cuarón ' s latest film is nevertheless cinematic. More a series of vignettes than a traditional story with three acts, Roma investigates the life of a family from Mexico City in the early 70s in a time of great social unrest. Described by Cuarón as 90% autobiographical, the film gives some insight into the early life of the famous director, although the story is mainly seen through the eyes of his caretaker, Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), who would become a beloved member of the family . One of the most beautifully photographed films of the year, Roma deserves to be seen on the largest screen possible. Fully recorded in 65 mm, Roma would provide an ideal theatrical experience. However, if that is not an option, you will not be disappointed by the breathtaking 4K Ultra HD presentation from Roma on Netflix – just make sure you have the tissues at hand, as it is very likely that you will leave a few shed tears during the movie.
IMDB rating: 8.5, Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
George Lucas conquered the world with his phenomenal blockbuster Star Wars in 1977, but it wasn't the first masterpiece the film maker had hindered – American Graffiti was released just four years earlier in 1973, marking the arrival of one of the most exciting voices in the cinema. A nostalgic coming-of-age story, the American Graffiti from 1962 follows a group of friends on their last night in the city before they go to college and spend the rest of their lives. Obviously, these kids spend the night exploring the comic in their amazing era-specific hot rods, saying goodbye to friends and getting up for some mischief before they have to grow up and face the real world see. Released just 11 years after the time it placed, the film shows how much American life would change in such a short time, prior to not just the assassination of Kennedy and the Flower Generation, but also the Vietnam War. While American Graffiti is undoubtedly a feel-good film with an incredible rock & apos; n & apos; roll en doo-wop soundtrack, het is ook een bitterzoete herinnering aan verloren onschuld, met het einde van de film met het gooien van koud water op een publiek gewiegd in het onthouden van & apos; de goede oude tijden & apos ;. Sterren Ron & apos; Ronny & apos; Howard, Richard Dreyfus en Harrison Ford.
IMDB-beoordeling: 7.5, Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
Een angstaanjagend verhaal over de overlevingskansen op grote schaal, de film Duinkerke van Christopher Nolan herhaalt een van de belangrijkste gebeurtenissen in de Tweede Wereldoorlog – namelijk de evacuatie van meer dan 300.000 geallieerde soldaten die vastzaten in de Franse havenstad Duinkerke zonder voorraden en nauwelijks munitie terwijl hij wordt omringd door zwaar bewapende Duitse troepen. Met de codenaam Operatie Dynamo en de beslissing van Winston Churchill om elk beschikbaar civiel vaartuig in staat te stellen Duinkerke te bereiken, is het overgrote deel van de gestrande troepen gered. Als het scenario anders was gegaan, hadden de geallieerde troepen misschien de oorlog verloren. Na de gebeurtenissen over land, door de lucht en over zee, biedt Nolan een verrassend intieme blik op de evacuatie, ondanks het feit dat ze zich tegen een epische achtergrond bevindt. Een van de beste films van Nolan tot nu toe, Duinkerken is een onmisbare oorlogsfilm en onderzoekt menselijke moed in het gezicht van een bijna zekere dood.
IMDB-beoordeling: 8.0, Rotten Tomatoes: 9.2
Een wereldwijd fenomeen, Your Name is de allerbeste anime-film aller tijden – dat klopt, groter dan elke andere Studio Ghibli-film of sciencefiction-kaskraker. Dat een eenvoudig verhaal over een jong meisje uit een plattelandsdorp dat van lichaam wisselt met een jonge man uit het bruisende Tokio zo'n touw met het publiek slaat, is een bewijs van de oprechte manier van schrijven die deze geanimeerde karakters tot leven brengt. Makoto Shinkai's film is van het soort dat je een moment laat lachen en dan het volgende moment huilt. Een vreugdevol en mooi liefdesverhaal dat op een unieke en cerebrale manier wordt verteld, Your Name is een van de echte anime-meesterwerken, die naast de wil staat van The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Grave of the Fireflies, Spirited Away en de legendarische Akira.
IMDB-beoordeling: 8.4, Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Good Time stars Robert Pattinson in the type of performance that will make you forget all about his involvement in the Twilight saga. We're talking young De Niro good, here. When his mentally-challenged brother is snatched by the police after a bank robbery, Connie (Pattinson) sets out to do anything he can to free his brother before getting sent to the brutal Rikers Island jail complex. This sets off a night that spirals out of control extremely fast. There's pretty much no way of predicting what will happen next. Gritty and grimy, Good Time is an intense film with an incredible soundtrack and fantastic cinematography. One of the best films of 2017.
IMDB Rating: 7.4, Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
Beasts of No Nation
As Netflix's first original movie, Beasts of No Nation had a lot to prove. The VOD scene had traditionally been associated with low budget indies and D-grade horror films, but with Beasts of No Nation, Netflix managed to convince people that high quality (dare I say, Oscar-calibre) films could be streamed at home and shown in theatres at the same time. Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga (True Detective season 1), Beasts follows the loss of a child soldier's innocence as he's forced to do unspeakable things. The film hits like a sledgehammer, never shying away from the brutality and horror experienced by this young boy (played masterfully by newcomer Abraham Attah). Equally powerful is Idris Elba's portrayal as the boy's remorseless and despicable commander. Though not what you'd call a crowd-pleaser, we hope that Netflix continues to bring us brilliant films like this.
IMDB Rating: 7.8, Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
Blue is the Warmest Color
As soulful as it is erotically-charged, it's not hard to see why Blue is the Warmest Color won the highest prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival – its portrayal of two women who fall in love and allow each other to discover their true selves is truly special. Though Emma (Léa Seydoux) is a blue-haired free spirit, Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) doesn't feel comfortable in her own skin. While Adèle's friends initially shun Emma due to her sexuality, she soon realises that Emma is the only person with whom she can express herself openly and bare her soul to. Together, the pair experience the ups and downs of a mature relationship, while also exploring social acceptance and their sexuality. A beautiful masterpiece that will take you on an emotional roller-coaster throughout its lengthy 3-hour running time, Blue is the Warmest Color is a film you won't soon forget.
IMDB Rating: 7.8, Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
Korean director Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Snowpiercer) is an eclectic filmmaker, and his latest work, Okja, is in a genre all of its own. Is it an adventure film? Is it science fiction? Is it a drama? Is it a fairy tale? Is it satire? The answer is… all of the above. With a style that's somewhere between Spielberg and Miyazaki, the film follows a young Korean girl's quest to rescue her best friend Okja, a super-pig that was created by the multi-national conglomerate Mirando Corporation for the purposes of consumption. Flipping between heartbreaking and joyful at the drop of a hat, Okja is an emotional roller coaster of a film that may well have you reconsidering your dietary choices.
IMDB Rating: 7.4, Rotten Tomatoes: 85%
Need a good laugh? Netflix Australia is home to some terrific comedies, with a number of hilarious movies ready to stream in an instant. Some are light-hearted, while others are pitch black. With that in mind, there's a comedy for everyone below.
Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rachel McAdams) are well known for hosting awesome weekly board game nights for their friends. On this particular evening however, Max's shady brother (Kyle Chandler) gets the group involved in his real life kidnapping, which leads them to think the whole thing is a game night mystery. Before long, the group finds itself in real danger with some murderous gangsters, and they'll need to use their board game problem solving skills to get themselves out of this hairy situation! Stylishly directed and cleverly written, Game Night is head and shoulders above most other American comedies released in recent years.
IMDB Rating: 7.0, Rotten Tomatoes: 84%
The 40-Year-Old Virgin
Unlucky in love, nice guy Andy (Steve Carrell) has yet to go all the way with a woman despite being 40 years old. While he has quietly resounded himself to the possibility that he may never lose his virginity, his rambunctious co-workers (Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen and Romany Malco) have made it their mission to get Andy laid, no matter what. And, just when you think you have the movie figured out, it reveals itself to be a surprisingly sweet story about friendship and moving into the next stage of life. Featuring more gut-busting one-liners and sexual misadventures than you can poke a… err… you get where we're going with this, Judd Apatow's The 40-Year-Old Virgin is one of the most hilarious comedies of the 21st century.
IMDB Rating: 7.1, Rotten Tomatoes: 85%
Coming to America
Perhaps the most charming and endlessly entertaining comedy of Eddie Murphy's career, Coming to America takes the standard 'fish out of water' concept and weaves pure magic with it. Unhappy with the arranged marriage set up by royal parents, Prince Akeem of the wealthy (and fictitious) African nation of Zamunda sets off for America in search of love with help from his squire, Semmi (Arsenio Hall). Before long, Akeem falls for the smart and independent Lisa (Shari Headley), heir to the McDowell's fast food restaurant empire. Insistent that he win her affections with his personality and not his wealth, Akeem and Semmi pretend to be poor and acquire jobs at McDowell's. Now, the pair must contend with Lisa's over-protective father (John Amos) and her jerk boyfriend (Eriq La Salle). Full of heart and bloody hilarious, Coming to America is a comedy classic.
IMDB Rating: 7.0, Rotten Tomatoes: 69%
Following the success of their classic rom-zom-com, Shaun of the Dead, director Edgar Wright, star and writer Simon Pegg and co-star Nick Frost teamed up once again to bring their hilarious sensibilities to the buddy-cop movie genre with Hot Fuzz. London super-cop Nicholas Angel (Pegg) is involuntarily transferred to a village in the English countryside for making his superiors look bad by comparison. There, he teams up with dim-witted (but well-meaning) cop Danny Butterman (Nick Frost) and together, the pair uncover a murder conspiracy. If films like Point Break and Bad Boys II are in constant rotation at your place, you absolutely owe it to yourself to grab a Cornetto and watch Hot Fuzz.
IMDB Rating: 7.9, Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
Though they live on the other side of the law, we as people tend to be fascinated by criminals. Whether it's the outlaw lifestyles they lead, or the fact that they live those lives on the edge and do things most of us wouldn't dream of, something about their stories makes them cinematic gold. Here are some of the best crime movies now streaming on Netflix Australia.
The Wolf of Wall Street
The characters in the fact-based film The Wolf of Wall Street may very be completely reprehensible with little-to-no redeeming qualities, but damn if they aren't freakin' hilarious. An adults-only tour through the real-life antics of white collar criminal Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio at his most unhinged), the film revels in the excess and debauchery of Wall Street in the 1980s, where thieving yuppies spent millions of dollars on drugs, hookers and extravagant lifestyles they did not earn. While the film's three hour runtime might scare off potential viewers, Martin Scorsese's energetic direction keeps the action moving at a lightning-fast pace. The film was also stars Margot Robbie's in her breakout role, playing Belfort's ever-suffering wife, Naomi. Jonah Hill is also incredibly funny as Belfort's partner in crime, Donnie. If you love Scorsese's classic film Goodfellas, chances are you'll enjoy this just as much.
IMDB Rating: 8.2, Rotten Tomatoes: 78%
A rollicking crime caper movie from Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels writer and director Guy Ritchie, Snatch takes everything great about that movie and dials it up to 11. Featuring a large cast of colourful cockney crooks, including Jason Statham, Stephen Graham, Dennis Farina, Benicio Del Toro, Vinnie Jones and Brad Pitt (particularly memorable as an unintelligible Gypsy boxer), Snatch flies thick and fast with hilarious quotable lines and energetic performances. Whether they're chasing after a diamond the size of a fist, or betting on illegal bare-knuckle brawls, you can expect these characters to end up getting into all kinds of mischief.
IMDB Rating: 8.3, Rotten Tomatoes: 73%
Re-teaming with their Goodfellas director Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci once again play violent gangsters in this 1970s-set crime movie based on real-life stories from the glory days of Las Vegas. The two play former best friends who not only compete over a gambling empire, but a woman (Sharon Stone). If you can stomach the eye-popping violence on show here (this really does make Goodfellas look tame by comparison), Casino is one of the best crime movies in Scorsese's amazing filmography.
IMDB Rating: 8.2, Rotten Tomatoes: 79%
Buckle up for some heart-pounding entertainment with some of the most kick-ass action movies now streaming on Netflix Australia. Adrenaline junkies will get a kick out of every one of the brawny movies listed below.
The Nice Guys
Shane Black, writer and director of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, returns to the world of gumshoe detectives with The Nice Guys, a smart and funny mystery that establishes Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling as a comedic match made in heaven. Set in the late '70s, Crowe's tough guy enforcer teams up with Gosling's bumbling private eye to solve the mystery of a dead porn star. Filled with hilarious one-liners and terrific action sequences, The Nice Guys is the kind of movie they really don't make anymore, which makes its very existence something of a miracle, wouldn't you say?
IMDB Rating: 7.4, Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
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The Night Comes For Us
One of the most incredibly violent action films ever made, The Night Comes For Us is a martial arts gangster epic (featuring several actors from The Raid series) where blood and body parts are offered up by the barrel. A fierce killer (Joe Taslim) betrays his Triad gang members to protect an orphaned little girl. Now, the entire Triad is out to claim his head, including his former best friend (Iko Uwais). What ensues is an unrelenting bloodbath of martial arts mayhem that never slows down for the rest of the film. We're not kidding when we say that this film might be too violent for many action junkies – heads are smashed in, throats are slashed, fingers are chopped off, bodies are blown apart and guts are ripped out with alarming frequency. If you thought The Raid was violent, you ain't seen nothin' yet!
IMDB Rating: 7.1, Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
John Wick: Chapter Two
In the first John Wick, they killed his dog, sending this boogeyman-like professional killer (played by a never-better Keanu Reeves) on a roaring rampage of revenge where no noggin remained bullet-free. In John Wick: Chapter Two, our favourite head-shooting hitman is on the defensive, as he is betrayed by an old associate and left to fight off every trigger happy assassin in New York and abroad. With even more insane stunt work and mythology building than the original film, John Wick 2 is an action-packed middle chapter which promises to end in an almighty bloodbath for the upcoming trilogy-closer, John Wick 3: Parabellum.
IMDB Rating: 7.5, Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to watch Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol on Netflix before the latest film in the saga, Mission: Impossible — Fallout, hits theatres. Why should you do that? Because the fourth entry in the M:I series, which is directed by animation legend Brad Bird (The Incredibles, The Iron Giant) is not only the best Mission to date — it's one of the best spy movies of all time, period. Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team (which includes Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner and Paula Patton) must stop a crazed madman (the late Michael Nyqvist) who believes the only way to save the world is to destroy it. Featuring brilliant spy antics, clever gadgets and the best stunts of Cruise's death-defying career (seriously, one particular sequence which takes place on the world's tallest building is positively vertigo-inducing), Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol is as close to perfection as these kinds of films get.
IMDB rating: 7.4, Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Set in a heightened version of New York in the dirty 1970s, where the streets are ruled by violent gangs in crazy costumes, The Warriors follows one particular gang (we'll give you one guess as to what they're called) that's framed for the murder of a visionary gang leader during a city-wide midnight summit. Originally meant as a peaceful event, The Warriors must now make it back to their home turf at the other side of the city with every other gang in town out for their blood. Will they survive long enough to prove their innocence? And will the real culprits get what's coming to them? A fantastic piece of '70s pulp, The Warriors is a guaranteed great time. And while its vision of colourful gangs lording over the slums of NYC seems outlandish, it's a lot closer to the reality of the time than most people realise. To learn more about this bygone era, check out the documentary Rubble Kings, which is also streaming on Netflix (read more about it on Page 3).
IMDB Rating: 7.7, Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
The DC Cinematic Universe has had a bit of a rough start in its attempts to catch up to competitor Marvel, with films like Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad unable to adequately please both fans and critics. That all changed with Wonder Woman, the first DCU movie to receive universal praise across the board. Perfectly cast as Wonder Woman a.k.a. Diana Prince, Gal Gadot breathes warmth and love into the world's most famous female superhero. Diana is swept into the wars of man when charming pilot Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crash lands near the hidden island of Themyscira, home of the Amazons. Sensing that WWI is the doing of Ares, the God of War, Diana sets off with Steve into the world of man to end the war (and Ares) once and for all. One of the greatest superhero movies of all time, Wonder Woman is a triumph. Now let's hope we get more DC movies like this…
IMDB Rating: 7.5, Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
The sequel to Marvel's 2014 phenomenon, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 finds the intergalactic heroes thrust into another adventure, one that could reveal the identity of Peter Quill's father. Even more spectacular than the first film, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continually aims to surprise the audience, with simultaneously keeping its action and comedy levels high.
IMDB Rating: 7.8, Rotten Tomatoes: 83%
Mad Max: Fury Road
The world has gone to hell following a cataclysmic event, plunging headfirst into madness and chaos. All that remains is a wasteland governed by tyrannical men, populated by downtrodden hordes, and hopefully, rescued by mythical heroes. Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) rules with an iron fist, doling out meagre amounts of water to the masses, while keeping a stable of wives for himself to breed future warlords. His most trusted Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) has betrayed him and freed these women from their lives of sexual slavery. Now, the chase is on, as Immortan Joe and his party of warboys set out to retrieve their "property". If Furiosa and co. are to succeed, they’ll need the help of Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), a wandering road warrior in search of a cause. Director George Miller has crafted the most dynamic, vibrant and sensational action blockbuster of the decade with Fury Road. it’s an inventive, high-octane kick in the guts to a film industry that has played it safe for far too long. The chases and stunts in this film are unparalleled. Best of all, the film's cut-to-the-chase plot manages to sneak in a powerful and extremely timely rebuttal to patriarchy.
IMDB Rating: 8.1, Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Need some kid-friendly entertainment that will make the whole family happy? We've selected some of the best family movies that Netflix Australia has to offer. Each one of these films is guaranteed to leave you feeling warm and fuzzy.
How to Train Your Dragon
One of the best animated films of the last decade, How to Train Your Dragon surprised everyone with its tale of a young Viking boy who defies his village's dragon hunting ways to become the very first dragon rider. When Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) stumbles upon an injured Night Fury, the rarest and most-feared dragon in existence, he manages to befriend the creature (which he adorably names 'Toothless'), eventually teaching his family a valuable lesson in the process. Packed with incredible action and adventure, How to Train Your Dragon is a classic that can be enjoyed by both young and old.
IMDB Rating: 81%, Rotten Tomatoes: 98%
Beauty and the Beast
An utterly enchanting and completely magnificent live-action adaptation of one of Disney's most celebrated animated classics, Beauty and the Beast absolutely nails the source material — maybe even betters it in some regards. Much of the praise can be bestowed upon Emma Watson, who plays Belle with grace and warmth. The same can be said about Dan Stevens, who spends the film injecting life into the computer-generated Beast. Luke Evans comes close to stealing the show, though as the vicious and vain Gaston. We're also pleased to report that all of the original film's songs are present and accounted for, so gather the whole family and settle in for a wonderful night singing, laughing and crying.
IMDB Rating: 7.3, Rotten Tomatoes: 71%
The Lego Batman Movie
If you loved Will Arnett's hilarious take on the Caped Crusader in The Lego Movie, you're going to be over the moon to see him take centre stage in his very own block-filled blockbuster! In The Lego Batman Movie, all of the Dark Knight's villains are teaming up to take over Gotham City, and it's up to Batman and his newly adopted sidekick Robin (Michael Cera) to stop them! With an incredible cast of comedic superstars in tow, including Zach Galifianakis as the Joker, Conan O'Brien as The Riddler and Riki Lindhome as Poison Ivy, The Lego Batman Movie keeps the laughs coming for its entire runtime. Quite frankly, it's the best Batman film since The Dark Knight.
IMDB Rating: 7.3, Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom) is a writer/director know for his whimsical and inimitable style, with characters who are fleshed out (regardless of whether they're actually people) and have warmth and heart to spare. With his first foray into family-fare, Fantastic Mr. Fox, the visionary filmmaker succeeded in creating his most accessible film to date. Based on the classic story by Roald Dahl, the film follows a wily fox (played with incredible charm and terrific comedic timing by George Clooney) who bandies together with his family (voiced by Meryl Streep and Jason Schwartzman) and friends (including voice work from regular Wes Anderson collaborator, Bill Murray) to fight off the mean farmers that plan to destroy their homes. Featuring wonderful stop-motion animation, Fantastic Mr. Fox is a heartfelt and hilarious film that's destined to become a family favourite.
IMDB Rating: 7.8, Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
The Iron Giant
Criminally overlooked by audiences upon initial release, The Iron Giant is an animated film that has steadily grown in appreciation over the years, to the point where many traditional animation purists now consider it an undisputed classic. The feature-length debut of director Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), and Set during the 1950s at the height of the 'Red Scare' period of America's history, The Iron Giant tells the story of a lonely boy named Hogarth (Eli Marienthal) who makes a new best friend in an enormous amnesiac robot (Vin Diesel). The robot eventually realises that he was actually built as a weapon, and before long, the authorities find out about him and set out on a quest to destroy the gentle giant. Now the boy and his metallic friend have to protect each other at all costs. A touching film in the tradition of E.T. the Extra-terrestrial, The Iron Giant deserves to be considered as not just a terrific animated film, but as one the greatest films of the '90s, period.
IMDB Rating: 8.0, Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
Back to the Future
A time-travelling classic from director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump) and producer Steven Spielberg (Raiders of the Lost Ark), Back to the Future sees 1980s teenager Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) race back to the 1950s to ensure that his parents meet during high school and fall in love – he better succeed, because if he fails, he'll be wiped from existence in his current timeline! To do this, he'll need help from Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) – an eccentric scientist who's built a working time machine in the form of a DeLorean sports car. A fantastic fish-out-of-water tale that leans heavily on 1950s nostalgia, great performances and terrific visual effects, Back to the Future can be considered a high-watermark from everyone involved.
IMDB Rating: 8.5, Rotten Tomatoes: 96%