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The best new movies on Netflix

Stream your socks off with our pick of the best new movies available to stream in the UK right now
By Niki Boyle |
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Spent too much time in restaurants recently? Need a break from the pub? You might be due a few evenings on the sofa, then. For those with Netflix, here are the best movies available to stream right now, including some of 2016’s best films, a handful of top-notch comedies and James Franco stuck in a hole...

Film, Fantasy

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Guillermo del Toro’s Fabergé egg of a fairytale is not so much a sequel as a fusion of the fabulist imagination of ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ with the witty, irreverent comic-book action of his own ‘Hellboy’. 

The Breaker Upperers Sydney Film Festival
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Film, Comedy

The Breaker Upperers

If you've ever got a kick out of the offbeat Kiwi comedies of Taika Waititi – and this is the man who made 'Boy', 'Hunt For the Wilderpeople' and 'What We Do in the Shadows', after all – 'The Breaker Upperers' is definitely for you. While Waititi doesn't direct (he's exec-producer), Madeleine Sami and Jackie van Beek's anti-rom-com is definitely cut from the same comic cloth. The pair play a pair of professional relationship-wreckers who's own friendship is in danger of going the same way. Things get awkward fast. 

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Film, Drama

Loving

Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga play Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple and unwitting heroes of the 1960s civil rights movement in this sensible and compassionate drama from American writer-director Jeff Nichols ('Mud', 'Midnight Special').

Film, Comedy

Pitch Perfect

There's a lot to love in this top-notch comedy, which follows the highs and lows of an all-female intercollegiate a cappella group and stars Rebel Wilson and Anna Kendrick. 

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Film, Drama

Roma

In his deeply personal black and white marvel ‘Roma’, director Alfonso Cuarón dives into his Mexican boyhood with this absorbingly rich tribute to the resilient women who raised him – before expanding to gradually reveal the social and political canvas of 1970s Mexico City.

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Film, Drama

Carol

This is the story of two women, Carol (Cate Blanchett, staggering) and Therese (Rooney Mara, equally so), who meet on either side of a Manhattan department store counter and must choose to face or ignore their feelings for each other. Adapting Patricia Highsmith’s novel, director Todd Haynes examines gay desire and repression through the prism of ‘Mad Men’-era New York.

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Film, Drama

A Monster Calls

Young actor Lewis MacDougall impresses in JA Bayona's adaptation of Patrick Ness's book about an imaginative boy who conjures a writhing, ent-like tree-monster to help him deal with his mother's worsening cancer.



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Dumplin
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Film, Comedy

Dumplin'

This entertaining and feelgood coming-of-age dramedy sees Jennifer Aniston excel as a former pageant queen whose plus-size, teenage daughter enters a pageant as a protest. Even better: it's all soundtracked by Dolly Parton.

Film, Drama

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Two very different American tourists visiting Spain get wrapped up in flings and three-way-relationships in this seductive drama starring Javier Bardem, Scarlett Johansson and Penelope Cruz.

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Film, Thrillers

Mystic River

Years after one of them was abducted and abused, three former friends from the predominantly working class Irish neighbourhood of South Boston find themselves caught up together in an arena of distrust, hatred and betrayal after the murder of one of their teenage daughters.

Film, Drama

Selma

This 1960s-set, US civil-rights drama works brilliantly as both expert historical re-creation and a powerful reflection of what’s happening in the world right now. Fittingly, ‘Selma’, unlike so many great-man biopics, lures us into a web of unsettled arguments and shifting strategies as Dr Martin Luther King Jr (David Oyelowo) makes his landmark 1965 Alabama march a reality – at a terrible cost.

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Film, Drama

Children of Men

Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón once again proves his dexterity at turning his hand to different genres and subjects with this thrilling adaptation of a PD James novel/ Set in Britain in 2027, it’s a sort of sci-fi movie, but it’s the film’s nervous and energetic verité style, and creepy familiarity – not any wild vision of the future – that make it so involving.

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