By Matt Mueller Culture Editor Published Nov 26, 2022 at 9:31 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

"21 Bridges": One of Chadwick Boseman's final big screen performances is also one of his most underrated, playing a detective who shuts down the city to find out who killed two police officers. What results is a taut, old-school cop thriller that's definitely worth crossing.

"A Knight's Tale": The late great Heath Ledger became a superstar with this odd blend of medieval action, swooning romance and modern flourishes. (Call it the Baz Luhrmann approach.) Somehow, it all comes together in awfully entertaining fashion – plus how many knight movies do we get anymore these days? It's a rarity, done in rowdy fashion. 

"Casino Royale": I don't know if this counts as a hot take, but Daniel Craig's first entry is the best of the Bond bunch. It's everything you want in a Bond movie plus everything you didn't know you wanted in a Bond movie. Character development! Actual romance! Parkour! Scrotal torture! (OK, actually, we didn't need that last one – but somehow it works!)

"Collateral": Hate Tom Cruise? Then enjoy this Michael Mann action thriller starring everyone's favorite Scientologist as the villain: a wolf-like assassin getting bussed around the city by hostage cab driver Jamie Foxx. Solid action, immersive nocturnal cinematography and unexpectedly great performances from its two leads make this the rare Cruise late-career gem that doesn't involve an insane stunt – just insanely quality acting.

"The Harder They Fall": Super stylish and slick, this all-Black Netflix Original Western is a good wild ride following outlaw leader Nat Love (Jonathan Majors) as he seeks out revenge against the sadistic gang leader Rufus Buck (Idris Elba) who murdered his family. It's lot of old classic genre fun mixed with new style and verve. 

"The Hunt for the Red October": A star-studded '90s favorite featuring Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, James Earl Jones, Sam Neill and more, telling a Tom Clancy Jack Ryan tale of stolen nuclear subs, anxious Cold War tensions and thrilling espionage action, excellently captured by retro action director champ John McTiernan ("Predator," "Die Hard"). 

"The Italian Job": Put this zippy early-2000s remake in the driver's seat some night soon, a very entertaining heist picture featuring an all-star cast – Mark Wahlberg, a pre-Oscar Charlize Theron, Jason Statham, Edward Norton, Mos Def and even Donald Sutherland – a snappy script and a fleet of flashy Mini Coopers. 

"The Mask of Zorro": The classic swash-bucklingly character receives new invigorating life with this 1998 adventure blockbuster thanks to some old-school thrills rendered with fresh tricks – from director Martin Campbell, who would pull a similar rehabilitation act a few years later with James Bond and "Casino Royale" – and some real star performances from Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Anthony Hopkins. 

"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!

"Point Break": '90s ridiculousness at its finest as the perfectly named Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves) infiltrates a group of surf-loving daredevil bank robbers led by Patrick Swayze's Bohdi. Like the 50-Year Storm, you won't want to miss this action classic. 

"Skyfall": Bond – again! After the middling "Quantum of Solace," "Skyfall" brought Bond back into critics' good graces with this thrilling saga – complete with a fun villain performance, a smart story, great action and most notably some absolutely gorgeous cinematography from D.P. dynamo Roger Deakins. Plus it's got the Adele theme song – that's worth four stars alone right there. 

"Spider-Man 2": There have been a lot of great comic book movies – and this is one of the best, with Sam Raimi's superhero sequel improving in almost every way while truly capturing the Spider-Man emotional struggle, bringing in a terrific villain in Dr. Ock and crafting some spellbinding action sequences. 

"Time to Hunt": Part heist movie, part futuristic dystopian sci-fi, part action thriller, part "Terminator" and all tensely entertaining, it's definitely time to check out this Korean Netflix original hidden gem, following a group of down-on-their-luck young adults who rob the wrong place. 


"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. 

"Bad Trip": Cheap hidden camera comedy makes a welcome return with this bite-sized blast tracing the misadventures of Eric Andre and Lil Rel Howery as they travel across the country and get into all sorts of inappropriate and awkward trouble. It's bawdy – but "Bad Trip" also packs a surprisingly big heart, showing people oddly at their best when confronted with the worst. It's easily the most strangely sweet film involving a prolonged sexual encounter with a gorilla. 

"Clueless": Scrolling past director Amy Heckerling's clever and iconic '90s favorite, smartly mashing up William Shakespeare's "Emma" with Beverly Hills youth culture to hilarious effect, so much so that it endures decades later? As if!

"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...

"Hubie Halloween": Listen, I'm just as shocked to see this Adam Sandler holiday comedy here as you are – but here's something horrifying: It's actually quite funny and charming! Sandler's character is on the right side of annoying, there are more comedic hits than misses, and there's an odd goofy innocent sweetness to the film. Maybe it was just low expectations and pandemic brain, but "Hubie Halloween" is worth scaring up for spooky season.

"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 woods and befriends a gruff loner played by Dr. Grant himself, Sam Neill.

"I Love You, Man": Slappa da bass – and slap this delightful bro-mantic comedy on your screen, starring Paul Rudd and Jason Segel as a guy desperate to find genuine friends for his upcoming wedding and the stranger who he becomes chums with, respectively. It's that classic Apatow production combo of sly humor and sweet heart that they truly just don't make anymore.

"Jackass 4.5": Their pain is your pleasure in this bonus compilation of comedic bits, behind-the-scenes interviews and even more body-pounding pranks from their latest batch of big-screen hijinks. There's something oddly endearing and comforting about this friendly crew's profoundly uncomfortable shenanigans – VERY odd but also very entertaining. Also: Don't watch while eating.

"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.

"National Lampoon's Vacation": Gather up the family, pack up your stuff and strap your dead grandma to the roof of the car: We're going on a classic comedy excursion! This family vacation favorite still holds up almost 40 years (!) later – and unlike Walley World, now that it's on Netflix, you know it's open and available. 

"The Nice Guys": The writer behind "Lethal Weapon" comes up with another hilariously high-powered big-screen duo with Russell Crowe and a brilliant Ryan Gosling as two schmucky '70s L.A. detectives trying to solve a sprawling crime saga in the worlds of politics and porn. There's plenty of laughs and scuzz and stuff. (Don't say "and stuff"; just say laughs and scuzz.)

"Ocean's 11": Hollywood entertainment doesn't get much cooler and slicker than this dazzling star-studded heist remake about robbing Terry Benedict's three Vegas casinos. But really it's about watching George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and company have a lot of smart, suave fun – and it is contagious.

"The Other Guys": Aim for the bushes and jump for this very funny buddy cop comedy starring Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Samuel L. Jackson and The Rock. It'll happily remind of you of the days when writer-director Adam McKay made goofy comedies like this instead of condescending political Oscar bait like "Vice" or "Don't Look Up"!

"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.

"Sex and the City": Samantha, Miranda, Charlote and Carrie got the perfect send-off with this epic romantic comedy ... and then the sequel ruined everything. (It's also available on Netflix, not that you will ever watch it no matter how desperate things get.) But let's ignore all of that and enjoy this first swoony, snappy and, of course, fashionable big-screen big city jaunt.

"Sorry to Bother You": Perhaps the wildest movie on this list, "Sorry to Bother You" is a hilarious political/social satire about a telemarketer (LaKeith Stanfield) who climbs the ranks of his company much to the chagrin of his friends and significant other. That is, until he discovers that ... you know what, you'll want to find that out for yourself. Just be sure to watch this creative, kooky comedy.

"This Is the End": Who would've expected the end of the world to be this hilarious? This star-studded ridiculous rapture comedy – about Seth Rogan, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill and more getting their sweet house party rudely interrupted by the end of days – is an apocalyptic amount of laughs and even a little smarter than you might expect. (But mostly it's an apocalyptic amount of laughs.)


"Bathtubs Over Broadway": Lavish musical numbers about bathroom fixtures? Heartfelt ballads about the power of silicone products? They're somehow all real – and all in Steve Young's wildly unpredictable record collection of original corporate stage productions that were Broadway-ready but at the time only for businessmen's eyes and ears. Now, however, they take the spotlight.

"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. 

"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. 

"Fantastic Fungi": How interesting can mushrooms be? Pretty darn interesting, as it turns out! At least that's the case with this documentary, which uses gorgeous and mesmerizing nature footage and Oscar winner Brie Larson's voiceover to tell the story of fungi's incredible abilities both in the wild and in the hands of science. 

"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. 

"Misha and the Wolves": A wild twisty ride of a documentary, "Misha and the Wolves" tells the story of a Holocaust survivor who, as a child on the run from Nazis, befriended a pack of wolves in a forest to stay alive. It's a story so incredible it must be true – but as the story becomes a global sensation decades later, many start to wonder if that's exactly the case. A fascinating and compelling story about stories and what people – the tellers and the listetners – use them for. 

"Procession": One of the best documentaries – and films, period – of 2021, this Netflix Original follows six men using art therapy to come to terms with the sexual abuse they survived from Catholic priests. Some of them are surreal, some are simple, but all are bracingly raw, incredibly cathartic and moving as the men find friends and potentially a way forward. 

"Trust No One: The Hunt for the Crypto King": Sure, I get it: There's been a lot of true-crime scammer docs and miniseries out there. But this one is one of the better options, telling the strange saga of an up-and-coming crypto star who mysterious disappears and dies ... with millions in purloined internet money. A fascinating saga that also dives into the dark corners of internet obsession. 

"Won't You Be My Neighbor": Looking for a nice movie to watch? How about a documentary about the world's nicest man! That's what you'll find with "Won't You Be My Neighbor," a gentle and thoughtful tour through the life of Fred Rogers, the mellow man who made childhood adventurous and taught essential life lessons for generations, as well as the legacy he left behind.


"A Walk Among the Tombstones": Liam Neeson's last decade or so of movies hasn't been great – but amongst all the B-level action movies and "Taken" rip-offs, there's this tense, grim detective story about a broken man (Neeson) trying to solve the murder of a drug dealer's wife. Written and directed by crime movie expert Scott Frank ("Logan," "Out of Sight"), it's a gritty and terse little gem among the Netflix maw. 

"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.)

"Beasts of No Nation": One of Netflix's first big original films is also still one of its best, as Cary Joji Fukunaga's intense and mesmerizing drama follows a young child soldier as he atttempts to survive both physically and mentally getting dragged first-hand through a brutal civil war in his country. Not a fun watch but it is a memorably vivid one. 

"Call Me By Your Name": 2017 was a pretty brilliant year for movies, with "Get Out," "Dunkirk," "The Shape of Water," "John Wick: Chapter 2" and this coming-of-age romantic drama about a young man (internet sensation Timothee Chalamet, in his breakout role) who forms a connection with an older man while vacationing in Italy. Sumptuously photographed and deeply felt until its literal final frame, call on "Call Me By Your Name" for a night of excellent cinema. (Unless you can't stand to see Armie Hammer's face anymore, which fair.)

"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.

"Gladiator": ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED!? Well, if you're not, pop on Ridley Scott's iconic rousing Best Picture-winning spectacle about a left-for-dead Roman general (Russell Crowe) hacking and slashing his way to vengeance against Joaquin Phoenix's wormy emperor. We give it a thumbs up!

"Hell or High Water": Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster are all terrific in this tense modern western about two brothers desperately robbing banks to save their home and the old-time sheriff trying to track them down before they strike again. Written by Taylor Sheridan of "Sicario" and "Yellowstone" fame, this Oscar nominee's a sharp, suspenseful and outstandingly lived-in outlaw drama. 

"The Hurt Locker": Winner of six Academy Awards, Kathryn Bigelow's nerve-shreddingly tense Iraq War bomb squad movie scored at the Oscars thanks to its immersive and thoughtful storytelling, its compelling lead performances from stars-in-making Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie, and – most of all – its remarkably intense bomb sequences. It's the rare Oscar success that's more of an action thriller than prestige drama – only for Bigelow to outdo her work just a few years later with "Zero Dark Thirty."

"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.

"If Beale Street Could Talk": How do you follow up a critically acclaimed Best Picture winner? How about something equally as good? That's basically what Barry Jenkins did with this beautiful, bittersweet James Baldwin adaptation about a young black couple in the '70s trying to hold together after the man goes to prison for a crime he didn't commit. It may have earned significantly less Oscar love than "Moonlight," but it's just as painfully tender, lusciously scored and shot, and mesmerizingly human.

"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. 

"Leave No Trace": A quiet gem from 2018, Debra Granik's thoughtful family drama follows a young girl (Thomasin McKenzie, "Jojo Rabbit") whose seemingly comfortable life living isolated in the forest with her PTSD-suffering father (Ben Foster, "3:10 to Yuma") gets uprooted.

"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. 

"Margin Call": This tensely crafted, star-studded surprise Oscar nominee (Best Original Screenplay in 2012) tracks 24 hours in the higher-ups at an investment bank right at the start of the 2008 financial crisis, where the roof is beginning to cave in, desperation is growing and a bubble is about to burst.

"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.

"Middle of Nowhere": Before she became one of Hollywood's most powerful producers, directors and groundbreakers, Ava DuVernay ("Selma," "13th") made this breakthrough drama about a woman attempting to navigate life after her husband is sent to prison. It's a thoughtful, complex and outstandingly crafted indie project – not only making DuVernay a name to watch, but also helping co-star David Oyelowo emerge as a leading man and putting cinematographer Bradford Young on the map.

"Passing": Much more personal and psychological, complex and complicated, than the Social Issue Film it may appear to be on the surface, Rebecca Hall's directorial debut is a gorgeous black-and-white film about the gray areas between two intertwined Black women in the 1920s: one (a stellar Ruth Negga) passing as a white woman, the other (an equally magnetic Tessa Thompson) finding her life rattled by this new arrival. 

"Phantom Thread": If this Oscar-winning romantic drama is Daniel Day-Lewis' final bow, what a note to end on: a sumptuously crafted (those clothes! that score!) picture about a tempestuous fashion designer and his muse (Vicky Krieps, who should've become a star immediately after this) trickily finding how they fit into their relationship and their lives. Don't pass this unique portrait up (but maybe pass up eating any mushroom dishes on the night). 

"The Power of the Dog": A front runner for the upcoming Academy Awards, Jane Campion's return to the big screen tells the story of a rough and tough rancher (an almost surely Oscar-nominated Benedict Cumberbatch) and the brutal impact he has on those around him, including his quiet brother (Jesse Plemons), his weighed-down wife (Kirsten Dunst) and her awkward son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) in this beautifully captured Western about masculinity and loneliness, blending equal parts tenderness and slow-burning tension. 

"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.

"Steve Jobs": Screenwriter extraordinaire Aaron Sorkin (see one movie above) 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.

"Tick, Tick ... Boom!": Lin-Manuel Miranda sure had a busy 2021 ("In the Heights," "Vivo," "Encanto") with this biopic musical about "Rent" creator Jonathan Larson perhaps serving as the best of the bunch thanks to a marvelous lead performance from Andrew Garfield, a bunch of catchy tunes courtesy of the late great Larson and some charmingly enthusiastic theater kid energy. 

"Tully": Charlize Theron stars in this thoughtful and sharply written (by Oscar-winner Diablo Cody!) dramedy about an exasperated mother who finds relief in the form of a new nanny, played by rising star Mackenzie Davis. Just do yourself a favor and turn the movie off with about 15 minutes left to go.  

"Uncorked": Barbecue and wine make a perfect comfort food pairing on a plate – and on your screen with this heart-and-soulwarming family drama about a young man trying to decide between taking over his parents' (scene-stealers Courtney B. Vance and Niecy Nash) beloved neighborhood barbecue shop and pursuing his own dream of becoming a sommelier. Watch it with plenty of food, drink and Kleenex on standby. 

"Up in the Air": George Clooney takes to the sky (as as an airplane passenger, not a superhero; he tried that once, and it didn't go well) in this Oscar-nominated drama bout a corporate downsizer who starts to rediscover his soul.

"Zero Dark Thirty": Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow's follow-up to the Best Picture winner "The Hurt Locker" is somehow even better, intricately tracking the U.S.'s attempts to hunt down Osama Bin Laden in the aftermath of 9/11. Insanely tense – especially the film's final raid sequence – compellingly procedural and brawny yet thoughtful, "Zero Dark Thirty" is an impressive look into our dark national journey for revenge. 

For kids

"The Bad Guys": They may be bad guys – a wolf, a snake, a shark, a spider and a piranha – but their movie is quite good, an entertaining and snappily animated heist caper with enough clever zip for all ages. 

"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!

"Labyrinth": You remind me of the movie. What movie? The movie with the power. What power? The power of a mesmerizing David Bowie performance, the magic of Jim Henson puppetry, a thrillingly creative and kooky fantasy world, a clever script ... and voodoo. Who do? You do!

"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 giddily 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. 

"Paddington": A movie as warm and cuddly as the famed teddy bear it's based upon, "Paddington" follows a polite little bear as it tries to navigate the world of British society with his adopted family's help. The sequel is somehow even better, but the original charmer is still as sweet and comforting as some marmalade. 

"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 2": This spooky sequel may not be quite as good as its smash-hit predecessor – but "The Conjuring 2" still brings the goosebumps and expertly crafted jumps, following Ed and Lorraine Warren as they venture to England to exorcise a family of some unwelcome demon guests. 

"Deliverance": Just when you thought it was safe to go on a camping trip. Indeed, in case the bugs, weather and dangers of nature weren't enough, this Best Picture-nominated thriller classic from the '70s also brings in a band of brutal rednecks who take vicious revenge on the city slickers (led by the late great Burt Reynolds) in their backwoods. Highly recommended, unless you're going on an RV excursion soon ... 

"The Gift": A couple's move to a new home gets an unwelcome housewarming gift: a visit from an old former school friend of the husband who seems to have some old gripes to bring into their new house. A creepy thriller of manners – with an A-grade casting pick in Jason Bateman as the husband.

"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!

"It Follows": Another modern horror gem, this terrifying thriller follows a teenager and her friends as they're haunted by a slowly walking, shape-shifting horror that isn't zombies. Moody and menacing, "It Follows" will get under your skin. 

"Ouija: Origin of Evil": There's no reason why the sequel to a very bad horror movie based on the silly party game should've been tolerable, much less good. But that's the power of director Mike Flanagan, the guy behind the "Midnight Mass" and "The Haunting of Hill House," who gives this premise a thoughtful story, some interesting characters and – of course – a bunch of nightmare-inducingly scares. 

"Piranha 3-D": Imagine "Jaws" but with no sense of decency. You'd have the 2010 horror comedy "Piranha 3-D" – and you'd have a really great time as a beach town battles a school of prehistoric toothy fish. It's sleezy, it's scuzzy, it's stupid, it's slathered in gruesome gore – and it's exactly what you want from a movie called "Piranha 3-D."

"The Platform": If you've been enjoying the cruel economic games of the Korean import "Squid Game," you'll want to dig into this bluntly brutal dark Spanish allegorical thriller about a man trapped in a strange vertical prison where a platform of food makes its way down level to level – with the lowest level stuck with the scraps. 

"Raw": In Julia Ducournau's outstanding attention-grabbing debut, a young vet student discovers amidst her studies that she's got a hankering for human flesh. Just in case vet school wasn't tough enough fighting off pangs of cannibalism. 

"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. 


"Love & Basketball": Need some extra help getting the heart pumping for the start of the new basketball season? Try out writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood's ("The Woman King") smart, sporty and sexy 2000 romance about two childhood friends (Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan) who go one-on-one on the court and in life. 

"Straight Up": An smartly snappy and unconventional modern rom-com, "Straight Up" follows Rory and Todd, two young Angelenos who start a relationship – despite the fact that she's straight and he's gay ... though, since he doesn't like any of the men he's met, he's wanting to try out being straight. A "Will & Grace" set-up combines with "Gilmore Girls"-esque whiplash-inducing dialogue and a thoughtful exploration of the fluid, undefinable nature of sexuality and relationships to make a lightly lovely indie gem.

"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.

"When Harry Met Sally": Rom-coms don't get much more iconic than this '80s classic, starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan as two friends trying to figure out if they're more than that. Featuring a sharp script from screenwriting icon Nora Ephron, warm direction from Rob Reiner and charm-rich performances from a deep cast, you'll want what this movie's having. 


"Fast Color": Tired of the usual bombastic superhero tropes? Here's a terrific alternative: a small-scale but still powerful story about a woman with superpowers hiding out at home with her family.

"Men in Black": All three installments (we don't talk about "International") are on Netflix right now, but just stick with the original, which is playfully clever, imaginatively crafted and performed by a bunch of true movie stars. It's proof that "blockbuster" doesn't have to be a bad word; sometimes the biggest movies are also amongst the best. 

"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.

"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

"Hustle": Adam Sandler keeps his late career renaissance going with this inspirational sports drama about a sports scout trying to make it to the Sixers coaching staff – and a stellar but raw Spanish center (real-life hooper Juancho Hernangomez) might get him there. Filled with an all-star game level of NBA cameos – including the Bucks' own Khris Middleton – and solid sports montages, "Hustle" is worth hustling to see. As long as you have a decent stomach for Philadelphia sports success. 

"Moneyball": Baseball may be over, but you can still watch one of the low-key best baseball movies ever made – one that's THAT good despite barely ever taking the field, instead following Brad Pitt's Billy Beane behind-the-scenes at the Oakland A's as his statistical revolution changes the game forever. It's a compelling underdog story with a snappy script (from screenwriting champs Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin), but what really makes "Moneyball" special is how well it captures the highs and lows, small victories and devastating heartbreaks, defeat and hope.

"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.