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...
Director Quentin Tarantino
Cast John Travolta, Uma Thurman
You’ve seen it. Chances are you love it. So why not watch it again? Quentin Tarantino’s three-part portmanteau crime comedy hasn’t lost an ounce of its unique charm, 23 years on.
Watch it if you liked… ‘Django Unchained’
Director David Lynch
Cast Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini
Often called the best film of the 1980s, David Lynch’s warped mystery story invites viewers into a world of crazed gangsters, amateur detectives and doomed women. If you’ve not seen it, there really is no excuse.
Watch it if you liked… ‘Twin Peaks’
Director Edgar Wright
Cast Simon Pegg, Nick Frost
His new film ‘Baby Driver’ is out next month – the perfect excuse to reconnect with the back catalogue of England’s finest comedy director, Edgar Wright. This goofy cop-movie pastiche sees expert policeman Simon Pegg assigned to patrol a sleepy village, and uncovering a nest of crooks.
Watch it if you liked… ‘Shaun of the Dead’
Director James Wan
Cast Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker
If you’re confused by the sheer number of ‘Fast & Furious’ instalments on offer, this is the one where Jason Statham and Vin Diesel have a baldy-man dust-up in a car park, someone drives a car out of a skyscraper and into another skyscraper, and we bid farewell to Paul Walker.
Watch it if you liked… ‘Fast & Furious 8’
Director Guillermo del Toro
Cast Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson
‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ director Guillermo del Toro elevates this comic-book sequel to spectacular heights. Wesley Snipes is pure outlaw cool as the vampire who can walk in the day – but even he plays second fiddle to del Toro’s insanely inventive action sequences.
Watch it if you liked… ‘Pacific Rim’
Director Mark Herman
Cast Asa Butterfield, David Thewlis
The eight-year-old son of a German concentration camp commander forms a friendship with a doomed young Jewish prisoner in this haunting, powerful adaptation of the bestselling children’s novel.
Watch it if you liked… ‘Life is Beautiful’
Director Drew Goddard
Cast Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth
The best horror movie of the decade? It’s certainly the most entertaining, as five good-looking youngsters pitch up at a remote woodland hideaway and find themselves unwitting pawns in a centuries-old apocalyptic game. ‘Buffy’ creator Joss Whedon co-wrote the script.
Watch it if you liked… ‘The Evil Dead’
Director Joseph Ruben
Cast Julia Roberts, Patrick Bergin
Julia Roberts cemented her fame with this thoroughly trashy, hugely successful and very entertaining thriller. She plays a woman who fakes her own death to escape her psychotic husband – but he's soon back on her trail…
Watch it if you liked… ‘Basic Instinct’
Director Stanley Nelson
If you’re looking for hope in these dark times, remember that members of the Black Panther Party were harassed, abused and in extreme cases murdered by US government forces – but eventually, their cause came out on top. This stirring documentary tells the whole story.
Watch it if you liked… ‘Rubble Kings’
Director Robert Rodriguez
Cast Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino
The first and best in Robert Rodriguez’s scrappy series of upbeat, action-packed family flicks (the rest are also available to watch on Netflix). When their secret-agent parents are snatched by dark forces, young Carmen and Juni must use their own spy skills to get them back.
Watch it if you liked… ‘The Incredibles’
Directors Scott McGehee, David Siegel
Cast Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan
Seven-year-old Maisie becomes a pawn in her parents’ increasingly vicious divorce in this intelligent American indie melodrama. Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan give terrifically spiteful performances as the parents at war.
Watch it if you liked… ‘Kramer vs Kramer’
Director Werner Herzog
Cast Christian Bale, Steve Zahn
Adapting his own documentary into a gripping drama, German filmmaking maniac Werner Herzog tells the story of Dieter Dengler, an American pilot shot down over Laos during the Vietnam war and forced to survive in the jungle.
Watch it if you liked… ‘127 Hours’
Director Henry Selick
Cast Joanna Lumley, Paul Terry
A young boy is shrunk down to microscopic size and sets off on a transatlantic adventure in the company of a group of loveable insects in this terrific adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book.
Watch it if you liked… ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’