From mask-headed rockers to knife-wielding chop-sockers, some of 2014’s finest films were added to Netflix in February – along with one of the most hilariously awful revenge flicks ever made. So put your feet up and be entertained by our list of the ten best films new to stream – plus one that simply has to be seen to be believed.
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’