Here Are The 4 Best Movies Netflix Adds This Week
In Search of Fellini Premise: An extremely sheltered and therefore naive woman travels across Italy, vaguely searching for the Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini.
Is it actually good? The story is fairly implausible and at times eyeroll-worthy. But there’s solid directing and the script is unique enough that it’s worth checking out. Fellini certainly wouldn’t have made this movie, though.
Game Over, Man! Premise: Three friends work at a Los Angeles hotel that’s host to an important party. After assailants take the party (and the singer Shaggy) hostage, the friends try to save the day.
Is it actually good? Well, it’s from the “Workaholics” crew and the humor is very similar to that show. If you were a fan, you should definitely check this out.
Is it actually good? It’s both an important and engaging watch. This side of the extremism story is rarely told so well.
Netflix just made nice improvements to its parental controls
Netflix’s newest updates give parents more granular control over the content their kids watch. They can now set custom PINs for specific movies and TV shows, regardless of age recommendations. So if you think Moana isn’t appropriate for your 10-year-old, you could have a PIN lock the movie. Parents can already set broad PIN protections that lock up content at specific maturity levels.
The company also says it’s going to display these maturity levels at the start of each program, so parents are fully aware of what their kids are consuming from the onset. These features will roll out over the coming months.
Netflix’s parental control expansion seems to be timed with the impending launch of Disney’s own streaming service, which clearly targets parents and their kids. Netflix inked a streaming deal with Disney in 2012, but it didn’t go into effect until 2016. Disney has said it will end the deal beginning with films released in 2019, and Netflix will keep older films through the end of that year. Clearly, Netflix knows it needs to beef up its features for parents and, eventually, create and provide compelling enough content to keep parents on the platform.
8 Oscar-nominated movies you can watch on Netflix
Will you finish them all before the Academy Awards on March 4th?
Metacritic score: 85
Netflix picked up distribution rights to this period drama directed by Dee Rees after it screened at the Sundance Film Festival. The film received four Oscar nominations, including Best Adapted Screenplay, and a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Mary J. Blige. Rachel Morrison also made history as the first female to ever receive a Best Cinematography nomination in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s 90-year history. If you only have time to watch one film from the list, I highly recommend “Mudbound.”
‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’
Metacritic score: 67
If you’re wondering what technical award this was nominated for, I’ll save you a search. It’s Visual Effects. That doesn’t mean this Marvel film isn’t worth your time. The Guardian films are humorous, visual candy that groove along in space to the tunes of classic oldies music. Plus if you haven’t seen it, it’s worth catching up on all the big Marvel films before “Avengers: Infinity War” releases in May.
‘Last Men in Aleppo’
This documentary on the Syrian Civil War will leave you on the edge of your seat. It follows the lives of three men who are White Helmets, an organization that does search and rescue after bombings. “Last Men in Aleppo” already took home the Grand Jury Documentary award at Sundance. It’s a heavy watch, but also a powerful one.
‘On Body and Soul’
Metacritic score: 77
Unfortunately, Netflix doesn’t have any Best Picture nominees available to stream. But it does have one Best Foreign Language Film nomination, “On Body and Soul” from Hungary. It’s a romantic, if not strange, story of two slaughterhouse workers having shared dreams that they are deer in the forest.
Metacritic score: 86
Another contender for Best Documentary, “Strong Island” is an incredibly moving film about a family’s history and their struggles with racism in America. The movie is centered around a horrific tragedy in 1992, when William Ford Jr., a 24-year-old black high school teacher on Long Island was murdered by a white 19-year-old. Yance Ford’s documentary on his brother’s death is a heart-wrenching film that tries to celebrate William’s potential.
Metacritic score: 68
Bryan Fogel’s documentary “Icarus” about sports doping may as well be called a thriller; while making this documentary he accidentally uncovers a massive Russian doping scandal after meeting with a Russian scientist. “Icarus” is an insightful yet scary look at the complex world of sports and the politics surrounding them.
‘The Boss Baby’
Metacritic score: 50
Yep, “The Boss Baby” was nominated for Best Animated Feature. Alec Baldwin voices a baby who is a secret agent in a war between puppies and babies. I’m not going to try and sell you on the premise; I don’t get it either. But hey, at least there’s a film here you can watch with your kids.*
‘Beauty and the Beast’
Metacritic score: 65
Actually, there are two films you can watch with your kids. This live-action remake of the animated classic received nominations for both Production and Costume Design. It’s not quite as magical as the 1991 version, but the film is still charming and well suited for a family movie night.
Netflix’s ‘Grace and Frankie’ has been renewed for a 5th season
Netflix announced on Wednesday that its original comedy “Grace and Frankie,” about two women — played by Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda — whose husbands leave them for each other, has been renewed for a fifth season to premiere in 2019.
The fifth season will guest star RuPaul, famous for “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” RuPaul (and the show’s Twitter) tweeted about the news on Wednesday..
Netflix snags ‘Glee’ creator’s comedy series ‘The Politician’
The name Ryan Murphy may not ring a bell, but you’ve undoubtedly heard of the big-name TV shows he created. From Glee to American Horror Story, Nip/Tuck and others, Murphy has a solid track record when it comes to television. Deadline reports Netflix has snapped up the rights to the director/producer/writer’s upcoming comedy series created alongside Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan. Titled The Politican, the show will be the second from Murphy on Netflix with Ratched (focusing on Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) already in the works.
According to Deadline, the series landed on Netflix after a bidding war with rival streaming services Hulu and Amazon. While details are still scarce at this early phase, the hour-long comedy will star Tony winner Ben Platt. Deadline says Barbra Streisand and Gwyneth Paltrow are in talks to join the cast, but those deals haven’t been finalized yet. The outlet also notes that Netflix has already ordered two seasons of the show, so it must’ve been impressed with the pitch from Murphy & Co.
This deal for Netflix is the latest that locks in proven TV talent to make shows for the service. Back in August, the company swiped Shonda Rhimes away from ABC for a multi-year deal. Netflix snagged a western anthology series from the Coen Brothers last year as well. Moves like these show that the company is willing to pay for top talent to create content as it continues to pad its ever-growing library.
2017’s Best Shark Movie Is Now on Netflix
47 Meters Down
For some bizarre reason, the cup has runneth over with fun, trashy, intense shark movies since the summer of 2016. Two of them to be exact: The Blake Lively survival vehicle The Shallows, which is a good film about the versatile life-saving properties of jewelry; and 47 Meters Down, a delightfully simple and deceptively wicked little movie about two sisters stuck in a shark cage, you guessed it, 47 meters below the ocean surface. Fun fact: they both had the same original title before their respective releases: In The Deep. I suppose you can only get so creative with big scary shark films. I have no idea why they’re making such a comeback, but, hey, sharks are scary and they rule. Let’s not overthink this.
47 Meters Down stars Mandy Moore and Claire Holt, and traps them in a tiny, enclosed space with their faces obscured for pretty much the entire film. That’s a brave gamble for a summer throwaway. It’s good acting and pacing work that helps the film stave off dullness, with many more dangers presenting themselves beyond just “shark.” 47 Meters Down explores almost every angle of what would make this such a terrifying experience, from the just about working radios to the boat above, to the fact, yeah, 47 meters doesn’t seem like all that much distance to swim. That’s what makes it so agonizing.
Moore and Holt, for their part, are game participants in what could have been an unremarkable and, frankly, bad movie. The two spent up to 90 minutes at a time legitimately shooting underwater, which is just crazy. But it makes for a solid long-weekend distraction that twists and turns a couple more times than you’d expect from a movie like this and ends with a sucker punch.