We’ve all been there before: hours of scrolling through Netflix’s inventory to find a film to watch, only to give up after a while and resort to binge-watching a series you’ve seen countless times. It’s hard to pick a movie and stick to it, but we’re here for it. Here are some of the best movies on Netflix right now.
The Old Guard is Gina Prince-Bythewood’s adaptation of Greg Rucka’s comic book series of the same name. It centers on a group of mercenaries, who are all immortals with the ability to heal themselves. They discover that someone is onto their secret and must fight to protect their freedom. Many critics have dubbed it a fresh take on the superhero genre that we’re all used to. It is high on action, and truly leaves you wanting more.
Marsha P. Johnson is the unsung hero of queer liberation. This documentary chronicles the life and (mysterious) death of one of the most important figures and gay black activists behind the Stonewall Riots. It is full of testimonies and a look into the duo, Marsha P. and Sylvia Rivera, as they navigated the uncharted waters of being queer and vocal about it almost 60 years ago. Do yourself a favor and hop on it right away.
We can’t stress the importance of this movie enough. Filmmaker Ava Duvernay explores racial inequality and its history in the United States, focusing on the prison-industrial complex and how prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans. With an appearance by the legendary Angela Davis, you cannot miss this movie if you want to have an inkling as to what’s going on in this world.
Spotlight won an Oscar for “Best Picture” in 2015, and it truly deserved it. The film shows the true story of how the Boston Globe exposed a massive scandal of child abuse and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese. You may remember it shook the Catholic Church to its core and dominated news headlines around the world. It may not be the lightest movie to watch but it is definitely gripping and will leave you thinking about it for hours.
This one is a classic, and one of my all-time favorites. There are a few fictional characters in the history of television that have been part of pop culture consciousness as Dr. Hannibal Lecter. This psychological thriller is a must-see, not only because it features Oscar-winning Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal, but because it is a window into the psyche of one of the smartest and most bone-chilling criminals out there.
The Karate Kid is somewhat of a classic, so if you haven’t seen it yet, now’s a great time to cross it off your list. It is the story of a boy and his mother who move to California for a new life and a new job. As they struggle to fit in, a group of karate students gang up on him. His saving grace? His Japanese landlord who takes it upon himself to teach the boy self defense and Karate. We won’t ruin the rest of the story, you’ve gotta see it for yourself.