Like many of us, when we don’t know what to watch, we turn to the home page of Netflix. The streaming giant has an endless array of movies, shows, documentaries, comedy shorts, and more, which is fantastic and almost… too much? But, unfortunately, all the options can seem overwhelming.
So let us suggest an antidote to your decision fatigue. Since Netflix has a deep well of money available, the film chooses to finance often given free rein (and enough budget) to make whatever they want. Result? Some very creative and entertaining movies. Sure, not all of them are of Oscar-winning level. But how to keep your mind busy on Thursday nights? They are perfect.
In January, Netflix announced its commitment to bring a new movie to viewers every week of 2021. In several months, they are fulfilling that promise. There’s something for everyone: mystery, romance, comedy, horror, you name it. Plus all the other stars your heart desires, from Leonardo DiCaprio and Zendaya to Eric Andre, Octavia Spencer, and more. So, where should you start? The best Netflix for Here are our picks premieres available now or soon to be original.
Bo Burnham: Inside
Here’s an inside look at how the past year has been for Bo Burnham: A Comedy Special. Also understandable, as they filmed the special for last year. Full of commentary on quarantine, internet culture, and the everyday hustle and bustle of 2020, Inside is a bit of a comical masterpiece and will undoubtedly be one of the most historical of our times.
Pieces of a Woman
It’s arguably one of Netflix’s best debut outings of the year. Starring Vanessa Kirby, Shia LaBeouf, and Ellen Burstyn, Piece of a Woman is the heartwarming tale of a tragic pregnancy, After which the marriage takes place like a sharp knife. Bonus: It’s already out.
The Dig transports 20th century Britain us to early on the brink of World War II. A wealthy widow (Carey Mulligan) hires an archaeologist to excavate a burial mound on her land. What he discovers is a medieval ship, in which all the secrets of history are to be found.
If you’re looking for a kid-friendly movie that you might enjoy, searching “Ohana” sounds like a solid bet. Picture the Goonies but set in modern-day Hawaii, where two siblings from Brooklyn join their roots on an adventure to find long-lost treasure (and save their grandfather’s home).
To All the Boys: Always and Forever
The beloved high school rom-com is back for Lara Jean Covey. Based on acclaimed books by Jenny Han, the third film follows Lara Jean on trips to Korea and New York City while facing challenges of starting college and maintaining their relationship through young adulthood.
I Care A Lot
A sketchy parent (Rosamund Pike) who lets her elderly children out of their savings meets her match on Netflix’s I Care a Lot. All is well until she tries to pull a stunt on a woman (Diane Wiest) with powerful friends in a mafia-like crime organization. Pike won a Golden Globe for his performance in this twisted story.
In Amy Poehler’s coming-of-age comedy, a 16-year-old girl finds inspiration in her mother’s riotous past, anonymously publishing a zine that challenges the sexist status quo at her Texas high school.
Jennifer Garner In this family comedy about two parents, whatever they ask their children to do, Let’s decide to say ‘yes’ to him one day—no bold request is too big.
Based on a true story of Madame Claude and set in the 1960s, Madame Claude follows that woman’s life Who runs the most famous brothel in Paris. Madame Claude’s power and social influence are inexhaustible until a wealthy young woman threatens her empire.
Idris Elba, Caleb McLaughlin (Stranger things), and Jharrele Jerome (Moonlight) Star In this western drama about a teen boy who joe explores the world of urban cowboys sent to live with his father in Philadelphia.
when someone develops a formula to give regular people superpowers.
Octavia Spencer and Melissa McCarthy form an iconic superhero duo in Ben Falcone’s upcoming action-comedy. In a world where people live among people’s supervillains, Spencer and McCarthy play Childhood best friends who become an unpredictable force against evil when one develops a formula to give superpowers to regular people.
Army of the Dead (May 21)
Army of the Dead director Zack Snyder’s zombie-heist film about a band of adventurers plotting to rob a Las Vegas casino during a zombie outbreak. It stars Dave Bautista, stars Tig Notaro as a hardcore helicopter pilot, and sounds completely insane (but worth watching).
Army of Dead director jack Snyder’s zombie-heist movie about a band of brave marking to rob las Vegas casino During a zombie outbreak. It stars Dave Bautista, stars Tig Notaro as a hardcore helicopter pilot, and sounds completely insane (but worth watching).