By Matt Mueller Culture Editor Published Jul 24, 2021 at 8:31 AM

Staying at home? Sure, you could try to convince yourself that you're going to spend that time getting around to those cleaning projects you've been putting off or learning a new skill, but let's be honest: The reality is you're going to sit on the couch, snack away and stream something hopefully good. I'm not judging; I'm doing the same thing as we speak.

So, to help make your nights in go as outstanding as possible, here's a list of 100 good movies – from awesome action flicks to cool choices for children to stellar sports stories and Will Ferrell singing to honor the great country of Iceland – you can currently find on Netflix. Go and stream away – you can get around to that to-do list tomorrow. Or the day after that. Or maybe next week.

Action movies

"The Bank Job": Jason Statham's best movie is likely one you've never heard of: "The Bank Job," a jaunty, grit-and-grime, old-school heist picture about some down-on-their-luck Londoners who decide to take a job robbing a bank – only to end up stuck inside a political conspiracy.

"Casino Royale": Yeah, I'll say it: This is the best James Bond movie. It's got all of the class and cool of the originals with enough of the new to make the exhausted elements feel fresh and exciting again. The action is stellar (give me that parkour opening chase forever), it's funny without being goofy, Daniel Craig's take on 007 adds new depth to the old spy and his relationship with Eva Green goes beyond merely the best "Bond Girl" storyline. Plus, the villain is Hannibal Lector! Crying blood!

"Free Fire": What happens when you toss a bunch of guns and weapons into an empty warehouse with a bunch of ornery criminals in the middle of a deal gone wrong? You get this chaotic, crazy shootout of an action comedy, starring Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley, Cillian Murphy and Armie Hammer.

"Mad Max": Go see where Fury Road began with director George Miller's 1979 grimy post-apocalyptic action favorite about an Australian cop (Mel Gibson) at the start of a dystopia getting revenge on some lawless bikers. 

"The Night Comes For Us": Do you like violent action movies? No, I mean VIOLENT action movies – violent enough that even the guy from the "Saw" films would be like, "Please, have you no decency?" Well, if you're a fan of stuff like "The Raid" movies, you'll love this viciously brutal actioner starring martial arts superstars Iwo Uwais and Joe Taslim – directed by Timo Tjahjanto, who'll helm the upcoming "Train to Busan" remake, so get pumped for that!

"Shadow": Did you miss this borderline black-and-white martial arts epic at the 2019 Milwaukee Film Festival? Good news: It's now available on Netflix, where you can bathe in the beautiful monochrome visuals, cheer on the outstanding action sequences – BLADED UMBRELLAS! – and make a flow chart trying to understand the plot. But did I mention UMBRELLAS WITH BLADES!?


"Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery": The entire trilogy of Mike Myers' goofball comedy spoofs are now available on the Big Red Streaming Monolith – but if you're going to start somewhere, of course begin with the first Austin Powers movie, about a devilishly caddish and slightly dim-witted British spy from the '60s waking up in three decades later to stop his nemesis, Dr. Evil. 

"Accepted": Making it into college is hard – so why not make up your own? That's the premise of this fun and underrated snobs-versus-slobs comedy starring Justin Long, Lewis Black, Blake Lively and Jonah Hill, which milks its silly and ridiculous concept for some solid – and even fairly smart – laughs.

"The Big Lebowski": The ultimate cult classic, the Coen Brothers' beloved dark comedy about crime, mistaken identities and bowling is now on the Big Red Streaming Monolith – and it really ties the room together.

"The Bling Ring": Kids these days, with their phones and their social media profiles and their robbing celebrities' homes in the hopes of feeling rich and famous no matter the cost. Sofia Coppola's starry comedy – based on a true story! – is a slick indictment of our starry-eyed obsession with wealth and celebrity. 

"Dolemite Is My Name": You may not be able to see anything on the big screen right now, but you can at least watch this jubilant tribute to the movies – and this wild yet heartwarming tribute to an under-appreciated mad genius movie-making mind in Rudy Ray Moore (an awards-worthy Eddie Murphy), who brought the blaxploitation character Dolemite to overlooked audiences across the country.

"Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga": Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams star in this Netflix Original about a duo of goofy Swedes attempting to take the globe by storm with their charmingly kitschy pop music in this toe-tapping and charming comedy. And seriously, Hollywood, cast Rachel McAdams in every comedy from here on out.

"Hail, Caesar!": The Coen Brothers go goofy with this gleefully eclectic Hollywood romp about a studio fixer (Josh Brolin) trying to solve a bunch of problems – from a missing star (George Clooney) to a Western actor trying his hand at glamorous melodrama and keeping his celebs out of the tabloids. Seem easy? Would that it t'were so simple...

"Hunt for the Wilderpeople": A fan of Taika Waititi's "Thor Ragnarok" and "Jojo Rabbit"? Then don't miss this wildly charming wildlife tale about a young rebel who runs off into the New Zealand wilderness and befriends a gruff loner played by Dr. Grant himself, Sam Neill.

"Legally Blonde": Bend ... and snap your way over to this delightful comedy about a seemingly ditzy blonde (Reese Witherspoon, in the role that truly turned her into a star) who goes to Harvard to win her snooty ex-boyfriend back but instead earns herself a diploma and some significant legal cred.

"Monty Python and the Holy Grail": You've almost certainly quoted this comedy classic in the last few days – but have you actually watched this medieval lark recently? Remedy that; you'll certainly have the time.

"The Prom": This star-studded musical brings together Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, James Corden, Andrew Rannells and more as egotistical Broadway stars who invade a small Indiana town in the hopes of helping a gay teen go to prom (and giving themselves some much needed good publicity). It's relentlessly big, bright, colorful and sweet – aka much better than real prom.

"Scott Pilgrim vs. the World": Need a jolt of energy? Edgar Wright's electric rom-com will give you the cinematic power-up you need, a blissful blitz of music, action and laughs as Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) attempts to defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil execs – a quest that includes bass battles, Chris Evans, vegan police and much more.

"Stranger Than Fiction": Will Ferrell doesn't step out of the comedy world too often – and this is still a comedy after all, just a very different breed – but this existential dramedy was one of his few succcessful trips outside of the usual ridiculous laugh factory, playing a man who discovers (as we all do) that he's actually a character living inside of a grumpy author's book. And also he's on the chopping block. 

"Superbad": The coming-of-age comedy that gave us grown-up Hawaii resident McLovin, "Superbad" erupted as an instant classic when it first came out in 2007 – and it's still an excellent Hollywood comedy that's as funny as it is oddly sweet about its leading friendship and high school awkardness. 

"Sword of Trust": Check out this low-key, oddball indie charmer from the late great Lynn Shelton, following a grumpy pawn shop owner (Marc Maron) who gets embroiled in a bizarre quest involving a Civil War sword. Strangely warm and wacky, heartfelt and hilarious, "Sword of Trust" is a winsome winner.


"The Battered Bastards of Baseball": It may have been minor league baseball, but the Portland Mavericks of the '70s – owned and created by Kurt Russell's dad – were major league fun in this sports documentary about these oddball outlaws who were juuuuuust a bit outside the norm. 

"Capital in the 21st Century": Get ready for the most exciting and informative economics and history class of your life. OK, an admittedly low bar to get over, but "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" – a documentary based on the popular book by economist Thomas Piketty – does it and then some, combining slick and clever direction with a fascinating explanation of economics in modern history.

"Coded Bias": "Black Mirror" not freaky enough for you? Watch this riveting documentary about the future of facial recognition software, its hidden biases and the tech heroes fighting against them. It's so effective, you might just chuck your laptop in the bin right after watching it. 

"Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution": Learn about the history of the long hard fight for equal rights for Americans with disabilities – and the '70s New York State summer camp where several of its leaders met one another and grew in their strength and confidence in this powerful and educational Oscar-nominated 2020 documentary. 

"The Dawn Wall": It's not quite up to the heeby-jeeby-inducing excellence of "Free Solo," but while that's over on some other streaming platform, you can still get your dose of daredevil intensity with this compelling documentary about Tommy Caldwell's attempt to climb the infamous "Dawn Wall" cliff face in 2015. It's easily the best movie ever co-produced by Red Bull energy drink!

"I Am Not Your Negro": Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, Raoul Peck's powerful Oscar-nominated documentary essay brings Baldwin's life – as well as his hauntingly prescient, still incisive and essential perspective on the Black experience in America – into modern times, showing painfully how much work is left to be done in the quest for equality and inclusive access to the pursuit of happiness. 

"Icarus": This Oscar-winning Netflix Original documentary starts as a look into the Olympics doping scandal – but ends up taking its director deep into the dangerous world of Russian politics that definitely isn't just a game. 

"Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992": As you'd expect from a documentary going through a decade of tension and strife, "Let It Fall" is a dense and (at almost two and a half hours) extended watch. But it's essential and gripping viewing when it comes to understanding one of the country's largest and most notorious riots in recent memory.

"Pick of the Litter": The best way to make quarantining during a pandemic better? PUPPIES! And better yet, puppies that are as altruistic as they are adorable as this film festival favorite doc follows a batch of puppers as they go through remarkable seeing-eye dog training.

"Tread": The fascinating but frightening true story of an unassuming man in a small Rocky Mountain town who decides he's had enough of his neighbors and creates a bulletproof bulldozer to ran rampant through the city – no matter who or what he destroys in the process.


"A Single Man": In a just world, Colin Firth would've won his Best Actor Oscar for this stellar drama (directed by fashion icon Tom Ford) about a gay man in the '60s shook by the recent death of his boyfriend.

"The Artist": Should this black-and-white French silent movie pastiche have won Best Picture? Ehhh, maybe not. But is it still a delightful little prance back in time, with visuals and performances fully and charmingly committed to the bit? Absolutely. 

"Atlantics": Part drama and part ghost story, this alluring should've-been-Oscar-nominated film from Senegal follows a young woman sent adrift when her lover leaves the country to find better work across the ocean. Meanwhile, back at home, young women keep getting possessed by angry spirits. So that's not good! (But the movie is.)

"Black Sea": Think having to practice social distancing is stressful and claustrophobic? Think about the poor stars of this tense and taut aquatic thriller about a bunch of thieves stuck in a submarine trying to hunt for gold at the bottom of the sea.

"Boogie Nights": The launching pad for multiple major careers – writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson! Mark Wahlberg! – this sprawling '90s character drama about the early days of the L.A. porn industry and the all-too-human people trying to make it big and beyond the world of skin flicks is still tremendous.

"Chef": Hungry for something feel good ... and also food? Order up Jon Favreau's heartwarming and relaxed food drama about a chef, angry at his personal creative stunting, who takes to the world of food trucks to recapture his passion. It's charming, funny, sweet and, most importantly, has some really, really good-looking food in it. 

"Chinatown": One of the all-time great movies, this L.A.-set detective noir features incredibly iconic performances – perhaps Jack Nicholson's finest work and John Huston's chillingly cold turn – a tensely unraveling mystery on top of mystery, smart cinematography and one of the all-time gutpunch endings Hollywood ever dared to deliver. It's a film legend that deserves all of its terrific legacy.

"Croupier": Remember when Clive Owen was the frontrunner to play James Bond? That didn't quite work out – but Owen's still a great actor, and this late '90s British noir, about a writer who takes a job as a croupier and gets wrangled into some bad business, helped discover him and bring him into the spotlight. 

"Da 5 Bloods": Spike Lee takes on Vietnam in his pained and passionate follow-up to the Oscar-winning "BlacKkKlansman," following four veterans (headlined by an award-worthy Delroy Lindo) as they return to the country they fought across to recover their fallen comrade – and recover a trunk of gold bars that they vowed to return for back in the day.

"The Departed": Let's be honest: This wasn't the movie Martin Scorsese should've won his Oscars for. But it's still a damn fine, energetically crafted crime thriller about men (Matt Damon and Leo DiCaprio) on the opposite sides of the law in Bawston. Scorsese's so good that even his lesser efforts are a thrill. 

"The Florida Project": A lovely indie project from acclaimed director Sean Baker, "The Florida Project" hangs out at a bright pink motel outside of Disney World with its even brighter characters – from an exploration-happy little girl to her unpolished young mother to the strained man (an Oscar-nominated Willem Dafoe) who tries to contain the chaos at the building.

"Fruitvale Station": Before they teamed up on "Creed" and "Black Panther," director Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan first made their names with this potent and powerful based-on-a-true-story indie drama following 22-year-old Oscar Grant's final day alive before he's shot and killed by Bay Area police during an altercation. A heart-filled and heartwrenching portrait of life and death that also happens to preview the start of an excellent filmmaking friendship. 

"Good Time": Did you love "Uncut Gems"? Then you'll love this fellow gritty and delightfully stressful trip into the criminal underworld from the Safdie Brothers, starring Robert Pattinson (make a "Twilight" joke at your own risk!) as a crappy thief trying to get his brother out of prison after a job gone wrong.

"I Lost My Body": Animated movies don't come much stranger – but also much better – than this Oscar-nominated hand-drawn bittersweet and bizarre beauty about a sentient severed hand crawling its way back across the city to its rightful owner.

"The Irishman": Listen, you've finally got a lot of time on your hands. So now there's no excuse for not checking out Martin Scorsese's excellent gangster epic. It's a gripping gut punch of a movie, immaculately performed, but it's also not without its entertainment value. (Give me EVERY Al Pacino line-reading, please.) It's a powerful (seemingly) final statement from Scorsese. 

"Lady Bird": Greta Gerwig's breakthrough directorial effort is one of the most effortlessly charming and wise coming-of-age stories you'll see, following a young snobbish high schooler (Saoirse Ronan) as she both bonds and battles with her weary hard-working mother (Laurie Metcalf). There's bound to be at least one moment you'll feel like was ripped out of your own high school or family's experience.

"Legend": What's better than one Tom Hardy? TWO Tom Hardys! That's the selling point of this gangster drama, a true-life caper about twin British mobsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray in the '60s.

"Loving": Quietly one of the best movies of 2016, "Loving" follows the groundbreaking Supreme Court case surrounding Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple arrested in 1960s Virginia – all presented less as a typical prestige legal drama and more as the intimate story of two normal people suddenly finding themeslves in history's path.

"Ma Rainey's Black Bottom": The late great Chadwick Boseman left us far too soon, but at least he left behind this final monumental, vibrant and volatile performance as hot-shot trumpet player Levee in Netflix's August Wilson play adaptation about a Black blues band and their testy singing star (an also terrific Viola Davis) battling through a heated – literally and emotionally – day of recording. 

"Marriage Story": One of the best movies of last year is at your fingertips thanks to Netflix with this biting drama about a husband and wife (Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, never better) trying to survive a cross-country divorce.

"The Master": Just one of many mesmerizing Paul Thomas Anderson works, Joaquin Phoenix stars as a military vet lost at home after the war but finds a new purpose with an intense new religious sect (led by Philip Seymour Hoffman's Lancaster Dodd) that definitely isn't scientology.

"Nightcrawler": A Jake Gyllenhaal in desperate need of a sandwich stars in this darkly comedic, nocturnal news thriller as a creepy guy in desperate search of a job who finds his dream occupation: ambulance chasing to crime scenes and car accidents to film them for the evening news. And the higher he climbs up the ladder at the station, the lower his bar sinks for content. 

"Pan's Labyrinth": Before he won Best Picture for "The Shape of Water," writer-director Guillermo del Toro's gorgeously gothic imagination earned him three Oscars with this fairy tale about a young girl who escapes the scary war-scarred world around her via a magical fantasy that may end up being just as dangerous.

"Philomena": Feel the Philo-mania! This drama – about a journalist (Steve Coogan) who finds a story about a woman (Judi Dench) searching for the son stolen from her in her younger years – may look and seem like drab, typical Oscar bait, but thanks to the performances, the smart script and Stephen Frears' quietly effective direction, it actually earns its awards love.

"Rain Man": How weird is it that there was a time when a movie like "Rain Man" – an original drama about two brothers, one a selfish yuppie (Tom Cruise) and the other an OCD savant (Dustin Hoffman), aimlessly traveling across the country together – could be the highest grossing movie of the year? Enjoy that crazy fact while also enjoying this still-solid Best Picture-winning '80s classic.

"Roma": Alfonso Cuaron's Oscar-winning character study is a gorgeous black-and-white slow burn, following a maid as her life changes along with the rich family she works for. It's mesmerizing work.

"The Social Network": A movie about Facebook sounds terrible. (Movies about computers, in general, are terrible.) But the combined forces of David Fincher's shadowy and ominous direction, Aaron Sorkin's whip-snap script, and pitch-perfect performances from the likes of Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Armie Hammer, Rooney Mara and even Justin Timberlake turned a bad idea into the best movie of the last decade.

"Spotlight": Watching a crew of journalists in bland khakis do their jobs and do the often-tedious shoe-leather necessary to break a story shouldn't be exciting and engaging – but this Best Picture-winning procedural drama, about the uncovering of the Catholic Church's cover-up of sexual assault cases by some of its priests, makes it a slow-boiling thrill. A low-key excellent film.

"The Squid and the Whale": If you enjoyed "Marriage Story" – OK, maybe "enjoyed" is a strange word to use – be sure to check out writer-director Noah Baumbach's breakout indie hit "The Squid and the Whale," which tells the story of a bitter divorce instead from the viewpoint of a teenager caught in the crossfire.

"State of Play": This 2009 political conspiracy drama doesn't quite live up to its sterling reputation – based on a great British miniseries, written by Tony Gilroy and Billy Ray, and starring Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams and Helen Mirren – but it's still a solid, tense and entertaining thriller about a journalist investigating a political aide's death and falling down a rabbit hole. 

"Steve Jobs": Screenwriter extraordinaire Aaron Sorkin ("The Social Network") sets his pen on another tech superstar in this wildly watchable drama, showcasing three massive moments in the Apple savior's life. Sharply written, sharply directed and sharply performed, it deserved better than to be a flop in theaters – so check it out now.

"There Will Be Blood": Paul Thomas Anderson's American masterpiece follows Oscar winner Daniel Day Lewis as the iconic Daniel Plainview, a viciously opportunistic oil man waging a war against a local pastor trying to found a new church on the land. Grand and gorgeous.

"Uncut Gems": We live in stressful times – so not watch a movie that'll make you EVEN MORE STRESSED! This scintillatingly scuzzy New York gambling drama is a unstoppable 150-minute panic attack you can't turn away from as Adam Sandler's Howard Ratner ruins his life in pursuit of a crazy sports bet. Watch it, then take a nice soothing bath afterward. You'll have earned it.

"Wildlife": Paul Dano's debut drama is a low-key stunner about a family of three falling apart after the father (Jake Gyllenhaal) loses his job and decides to head into the woods to help fight forest fires while his wife (Carey Mulligan) tries to reassert herself back into her own life. 

For kids

"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2": This animated sequel about an island of food monsters and the scientists sent to save it is cleverly creative, packed with funny jokes and beautifully crafted ... but the most important thing to know is that there's an adorable sentient strawberry named Barry who giggles and wants hugs. Four stars. Also: THERE'S A LEEK IN THE BOAT! AHHH!

"The Croods": I get it: An animated movie about uncouth cavemen, starring Nicolas Cage, isn't the most appealing prospect. But this Dreamworks cartoon adventure is quite funny and, at the end, maybe even tear-inducing.

"Hugo": Yes, the guy behind "Goodfellas" and "Casino" made a kids movie – and a very good one at that, a whimsical story about a young Parisian orphan living in a train station who gets embroiled in a mystery involving his dead father and his incredible machines.

"Kung Fu Panda": A goofball kids romp that takes its kung fu action seriously, DreamWorks' animated hit is a gorgeous good time, following a plump panda (voiced by Jack Black) as he trains to become a martial arts master much to the eye-rolling displeasure of his unimpressed trainers. One of its year's best animated films AND one of its best action films – all in one!

"The Mitchells vs. the Machines": Yet another outstandingly funny, energetic and smart project courtesy of producers Lord and Miller (the guys behind "21 Jump Street" and "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs"), this gorgeously animated adventure follows a family road trip that goes slightly off the rails when they accidentally find themselves in the middle of the robot apocalypse. 

"Monster House": Before he went off to make "Community" on TV, writer Dan Harmon helped create this animated haunted house adventure about a trio of kids trying to defeat a creepy house that's also a monster.

"The Muppets": After some time out of the spotlight, everyone's favorite furry pals made a pretty swell return in this 2011 Disney flick, starring Jason Segel, Amy Adams, the regular director of "Flight of the Conchords," some peppy original songs and, most importantly, Kermit the Frog and friends. It's no "Muppets Christmas Carol" – but really, what is?

"ParaNorman": A zombie invasion doesn't seem like kids movie material generally – but the incredibly inventive folks at Laika pulled it off with this mesmerizingly crafted and playfully creepy stop-motion movie about a young boy battled the ghosts and ghouls infesting his small town. 

"Rango": Arguably the last decent Johnny Depp movie, 2011's "Rango" is a delightful and deranged animated trip about a goofball chameleon who stumbles upon a small town menaced by a water shortage and deadly gangsters, and in desperate need of a new sheriff ... even if it's a cowardly lizard in a Hawaiian shirt.

"Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon": I watched this animated kids charmer when it came out near the beginning of the pandemic, and for 80 lovely, witty and wonderful minutes, I forgot the world was imploding. So I guess what I'm saying is that I highly recommend "Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon," a movie about a nice but mischievous sheep trying to help a little lost alien get home. I want to hug this movie.

"The Willoughbys": The concept – four siblings concoct a scheme to kill their uncaring bougie parents – may not the most exciting one for parents, but this Netflix Original is both somehow charming and macabre, gorgeously animated with jokes delivered at blazing speed and a sour-yet-sweet story about sticking together as an unconventional family.


"The Conjuring": This horror movie universe may have exploded in popularity and size, now including an evil nun, a werewolf, multiple evil doll movies and more – but let's go back to the beginning when it was just the doll and a creepy house in this terrifyingly throwback horror blockbuster, which showed how creaky floors and spooky ghoulish jumps could be scary again.

"The Guest": Get ready to fall in love with Dan Stevens ... and then be equally ready to be terrified of Dan Stevens, who plays a mysterious guest who begins menacing a small-town family in this thrillingly unpredictable and impressively unique '80s pastiche.

"His House": Quietly one of the best movies of the past year, "His House" is both an incredibly powerful and twisty story about immigrant refugees trying to start a new life in England after the terrors of their journey as well as just a really, really impressively crafted and super scary horror movie about something that's living in their new apartment's walls. Get director Remi Weekes a new movie now please!

"Insidious": Before there was "The Conjuring," there was "Insidious," an equally freaky throwback-style horror flick with old-school style haunts given new (undead) life by director James Wan, telling a story about a family whose son falls into a menacing ghost-induced spectral coma.

"It Comes At Night": Why not liven a real-life pandemic situation with this moody horror thriller about a family living during a deserted apocalypse, whose solitude is broken by the arrival of a new family looking for shelter?! It's a tense thriller much more about paranoia and dread than blood and guts.

"The Ring": We may not use video tapes anymore, but Gore Verbinski's "The Ring" sure still is crawl-under-your-skin scary. It's definitely worth a revisit – and then be sure to pass along the recommendation within seven days. Just to be safe.

"The Strangers: Prey at Night": This long-awaited sequel doesn't quite live up to the cult horror predecessor, oddly blending the original's tone with glossy '80s throwback style, but it's still a solid creep-out – and well worth watching even if just for the swimming pool sequence alone.

"Under the Shadow": If you're a fan of the latest wave of eerie indie horror films, you owe it to yourself to check out this grounded but ghoulish Iranian horror hidden gem about a mother, already having a stressful night taking care of her daughter alone during war, starting to believe there's an angry spirit in their apartment as well. 

"Unfriended": I know you've had enough of looking at Zoom screens and virtual meet-ups, but make an exception for this viciously mean, darkly funny and cleverly executed horror flick about a group of teens menaced by an odd visitor to their group chat – all told via computer screens. 

"Zombieland": Hey, just because it's a zombie apocalypse doesn't mean you can't have a little fun! Do some cardio, pack the Twinkies and hop aboard this star-studded (Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin) road trip through the end of days as a dweeby survivor tries to bond with his new post-apocalypse compatriots. And not get eaten too.


"About Time": General Hux plays a young British man who falls in love with Rachel McAdams but messes it up. Luckily, the men in his family just happen to have the ability to travel in time in this charming tear-jerking romance from the creator of "Love Actually."

"My Best Friend's Wedding": A very likable romantic comedy about some very unlikable people, as Julia Roberts stars as a woman who falls in love with her best friend's fiancee ... and, like any good friend, decides to do her best to steal him away. Bad, bad Julia Roberts – good movie, though!

"Love Jones": A box office disappointment over 20 years ago has evolved into a cult classic and a groundbreaking romance highlighting Black lives, love and joy, starring Nia Long and Larenz Tate as two artistic singles who try to figure out their relationship. Funny, bittersweet and authentic, "Love Jones" is worth falling in love with – even decades after its arrival.

"Silver Linings Playbook": Looking for a silver lining right now? How about "Silver Linings Playbook," the Oscar-winning crowd-pleaser about two struggling Philadelphians (Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence) who help each other get by with dancing ... and maybe fall in love in the process. 

"To All the Boys I've Loved Before": The rom-com isn't dead yet thanks to Netflix – and thanks to this charming teenage romance about a high schooler whose secret letters to her crushes get sent to them. The sequel, while not as fun, is worthwhile too. Hopefully the final chapter, "To All the Boys: Always and Forever, Lara Jean," keeps things cute.


"Midnight Special": Hypnotic and subdued, mysterious and grounded, "Midnight Special" is indeed a special blend, a uniquely intense and exciting sci-fi road trip drama about a father (the always-great Michael Shannon) trying to save his supernatural son from parasitic military forces and a strangely obsessed cult.

"Okja": Need another Bong hit after "Parasite" knocked your socks off? Luckily, Netflix has your back with his 2017 adventure "Okja," another undefinable feature about a young girl trying to protect an adorable giant pig from a factory wanting to turn it into meat.

"Snowpiercer": Another Bong hit! This one might actually be my favorite from the "Parasite" director, as he follows a train containing the last surviving members of humanity after a global freeze. But things aren't peaceful amongst the remaining few, as the poor are stuck in the back in terrible conditions while the rich control their ecosystem comfortably at the front. 

"Star Trek": This quick-paced modern day sci-fi reboot set its phasers to stun back when it arrived in summer of 2009, delivering really fun performances, a clever spin on the franchise's elements, a constantly driving story and kinetic action. 

"Terminator 2: Judgement Day": One of the all-time great blockbuster sequels and one of the all-time great action movies, period, James Cameron's bombastic sci-fi sequel turns its bad guy good as he protects John Connor from a liquid future assassin trying to stop the humans' future rebellion. Filled with massive action, still-incredible effects and perfect performances – special cheers to Linda Hamilton – "Terminator 2" still merits its iconic status.

"Total Recall": This mind-bending '90s thrill ride is the best of both worlds: It's everything you want from a dumb Arnold Schwarzenegger action movie, and it's everything you want from a brainy, twisty, clever science fiction story. No matter what you like in a movie, "Total Recall" (not the remake – good god, not the remake) has you covered. 

"The Wandering Earth": As far as concepts go, this Chinese blockbuster (truly, it made more money overseas than "Toy Story 4" and "The Rise of Skywalker" in 2019) has one of the more delightfully strange ones: The sun is dying so the globe plugs rocket boosters across the planet and slowly shifts the Earth to a new solar system. With a plan that normal, who could expect that things might go wrong!?

Sports movies

"Million Dollar Baby": Clint Eastwood's Best Picture-winning boxing movie, about a woman fighting her way to become a boxer with the help of Dirty Harry himself, punches its way onto the streaming service. One of Eastwood's better late-era performances and directorial efforts.

"Rush": Speed your way over to this beautifully directed and impressively performed sports drama about two rival racecar drivers – pretty boy star James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and the uber-motivated Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl – battling to be the fastest. One of director Ron Howard's better and more visually adventurous projects, it's thrilling off the track and on. 

Matt Mueller Culture Editor

As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.

When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.