The 25 best things to watch on Netflix US right now
Streaming video has turned our living rooms into an endless video store, with a vast array of titles to choose from.
Netflix has around 10,000 titles, taking in everything from rom-coms to action movies, TV shows and documentaries; and that can be a problem. It's called the paradox of choice; faced with an endless array of options, people freeze up. Before you know it, you've spent an hour scrolling through the possible choices, and you've run out of time to watch a movie.
Fear not; we've done all the hard work for you, picking out the cream of the streaming crop. Read on…
To describe Oldboy as intense would be like saying Piers Morgan is unpalatable - ie an enormous understatement. To watch it is to be visually assaulted for 120 mins, your emotions squeezed and stamped on and flung around the room until you're left thinking that maybe you ought to go for a bit of a lie down.
A South Korean thriller about a man who's locked in a room for 15 years with no idea why – before being released to seek vengeance on his captors – it's never exactly fun viewing, but it is absolutely essential nonetheless. Story-wise it's sharp and packed with action, some of the acting is outstanding and at the end you'll be left battered and bruised but still wanting more. Brilliant.– Marc McLaren
Thankfully a darn sight better than the Sly Stallone-led Judge Dredd of 1995, this 2012 movie stars Karl Urban as the eponymous anti-hero with a permanent scowl, an ever-present helmet and a whole lot of bad guys and gals to deal with. Wisely, Alex Garland's screenplay majors on set pieces over talkie bits - and what set-pieces they are, as Dredd and his partner are trapped in a tower block full of criminals intent on shooting them to pieces.
Urban's performance is all snarls and scowls; in a nod to the comics, he doesn't take his helmet off once, a conceit that the Stallone film merrily ignored – while Game of Thrones' Lena Headey excels as the psychotic criminal mastermind Ma-Ma. Really, though, the stars here are the brilliantly realised dystopia of Mega-City One and the super-slo-mo action sequences. – Marc McLaren
On paper, The Trip shouldn't work. It stars Brit comics Steve 'Alan Partridge' Coogan and Rob 'him out of Gavin & Stacey' Brydon as themselves, taking a culinary tour around some of northern England's finest restaurants.
There's no real plot beyond that, but if you think that sounds dull you're reckoning without the pair's natural charm and repartee; whether goading each other into Michael Caine impersonations or riffing on one another's foibles, the laughs just keep coming. A word of warning though: don't watch it on an empty stomach.– Marc McLaren
One of the Coen Brothers' earliest films, Barton Fink is a dark comedy with the emphasis on dark. It stars John Turturro as the title character - a critically acclaimed playwright battling writer's block as he tries to turn his hand to Hollywood fluff. Holed up in a California motel, he encounters enthusiastic Everyman Charlie Meadows (the brilliant John Goodman) and things soon get very weird indeed.
Like all early Coen Brothers films it's superbly realised; 1940s period detail jells perfectly with an eerie soundtrack to create a world you can truly get lost in. No, you may not always know what's going on - but you won't care a jot about that while it lasts.– Marc McLaren
The Wolf of Wall Street
The latest team-up between Martin Scorsese and Leonardo Dicaprio is their most fruitful collaboration yet – a gaudy riot of a film that depicts the rise and fall of a corrupt Wall Street broker. Dicaprio stars as the titular Wolf, Jordan Belfort, who cheerfully abandons any pretense of professional ethics when he hits on a scheme to vastly overvalue worthless penny stocks.
Belfort’s first-person, unreliable-narrator account inevitably brings up comparisons to Scorsese’s Goodfellas, though it’s more comic in tone; Belfort gleefully plunges into bacchanalian debauchery and the trappings of success, and is utterly unrepentant when the Feds eventually cotton on to him. Foul-mouthed, laugh-out-loud funny and with some serious points to make about the excesses of unchecked high finance, this is unmissable.
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