No plans this weekend?
It’s a new month, and that means new releases on Netflix.
To make your decisions on what to watch a lot faster, we look through Netflix’s selection each week and pick several movies you should watch.
We select a few that have come on the service recently and mix in a couple available movies you might have missed. We also tell you why you should watch them and provide the Netflix synopsis and Rotten Tomatoes critic and audience scores.
From the hilarious women-led Netflix original “Ibiza” to the historical thriller “The Imitation Game,” these are wonderful movies on Netflix that you can watch over the weekend.
Here are the movies on Netflix you should check out this weekend:
“Ibiza” (2018) — a Netflix original
Netflix description: When Harper’s two best friends tag along on her work trip to Barcelona, they ditch work and fly to Ibiza for Harper, who against her better judgment, falls for a hot DJ.
Critic score: 78%
Audience score: n/a
“Ibiza” is a hilarious movie that takes advantage of gross-out comedy clichés rather than shying away from them, and that’s what makes it so great. The three leads – Gillian Jacobs, Phoebe Robinson, and Vanessa Bayer – are excellently cast as quirky but somehow relatable characters, and Richard Madden (aka Robb Stark, RIP) plays an EDM DJ.
“The Imitation Game” (2014)
Netflix description: During World War II, a gay mathematician leads a team of cryptanalysts as they work feverishly to break the Germans’ notorious Enigma code.
Critic score: 91%
Audience score: 91%
This important and not-often-told story is one everyone should know. It’s well-paced for a historical drama, and Benedict Cumberbatch – who earned his first Oscar nomination for his role as Alan Turing – is fantastic, as is Keira Knightley.
“Cargo” (2018) — a Netflix original
Netflix description: Amid a terrifying pandemic, a father searches the wilds of Australia for someone willing to protect and care for his infant daughter.
Critic score: 82%
Audience score: 71%
Critics are praising “Cargo” for inserting some solid and quite unexpected character-driven drama into a zombie movie, a genre that has been slightly overdone throughout the years. Martin Freeman is great in this film, which one of the best and most exciting original movies Netflix has released.
“Blood Diamond” (2006)
Netflix description: In war-ravaged Sierra Leone, a diamond smuggler offers to reunite a local fisherman with his family in exchange for a gigantic gem he discovered.
Critic score: 62%
Audience score: 90%
Most people remember “Blood Diamond” as the movie that robbed Leonardo DiCaprio of what should have been his first Oscar, for his work in “The Departed” – instead of getting a nomination for the latter, he was nominated for this action-packed drama where he does a distracting accent. Despite its flaws, it’s still a good movie that’s worth revisiting.
“Sleeping with Other People” (2015)
Netflix description: Many years after hooking up in college, two people cross paths and realise they are both serial philanderers who need each other’s help to reform.
Critic score: 63%
Audience score: 56%
This sweet but incredibly sad comedy captures love in the modern era and how relationships can change over time. It has funny and sometimes powerful performances from its leads, “Glow’s” Alison Brie and Jason Sudeikis.
“The Land Before Time” (1988)
Netflix description: When an earth-shattering quake kills both of his parents, a young brontosaurus named Littlefoot teams up with other orphaned dinosaurs to survive.
Critic score: 70%
Audience score: 78%
“The Land Before Time” is a classic that’s always worth rewatching, no matter how long it’s been. It will make you cry, laugh, and remember how scared you were of the evil T-Rex Sharp Tooth, who is actually still pretty scary as an adult. Littlefoot and friends are an absolute delight, and even if you didn’t grow up with this movie, you’ll enjoy it because of the cute orphaned dinosaurs.
“Kicking and Screaming” (1995)
Netflix description:After graduating, four college roomies — petrified by the prospect of facing “real life” — reluctantly step into adulthood in this ensemble comedy.
Critic score: 57%
Audience score: 76%
This is the first of writer-director Noah Baumbach’s films, and it captures his style well. It’s not his strongest, because he’s gotten much better over time – but it’s quite interesting to see just how much he’s improved over the past two decades as a writer and filmmaker.
“Kicking and Screaming” is a coming-of-age story that, though it’s 20 years old, is surprisingly relevant to the experiences and anxieties of young recent college grads everywhere.
“The Departed” (2006)
Netflix description:To take down Boston’s Irish Mafia, the police send in one of their own men to infiltrate it, not realising the syndicate has done the same thing.
Critic score: 90%
Audience score: 94%
“The Departed” earned the Academy Award for Best Picture and landed film legend Martin Scorcese his first Best Director Oscar in 2007.
“Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” (2008)
Netflix description:A newly dumped teen finds himself attracted to a live wire who shares his taste in music when they meet during a night on the town in New York City.
Critic score: 75%
Audience score: 65%
This quirky comedy featuring Michael Cera and Kat Dennings will take you back to the bittersweet days of adolescence, when you could swing from hot to cold, sad to elated – and most every mood in between – in no time at all.
For the two leads in “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist,” the stars align in the sweetest of ways.
BONUS! “Tig Notaro: Happy to be Here” (2018) — a Netflix original
Netflix description: Comedian Tig Notaro unleashes her inner prankster in a playful stand-up special packed with funny anecdotes, parenting confessions, and more.
Critic score: n/a
Audience score: n/a
Notaro has had an incredible journey in the past few years that she’s never been shy to open up about on stage. While she’s spent a lot of her stand-up discussing breast cancer and the loss of her mother, this special focuses more on the joy and her life as a mother of two kids, with some great jokes about how often she gets mistaken for a man.
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