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The best new movies on Netflix

Stream your socks off with our pick of the movies newly available in the UK right now

A bumper selection of the best new films on Netflix available to stream right now in the UK. This month’s lineup includes Tom Cruise on a motorbike, a fistful of Marvel blockbusters and a twisted food-based double bill


Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)

Director Christopher McQuarrie
Cast Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson

Super-spy Ethan Hunt returns for his fifth impossible mission, tracking down and destroying rogue organisation The Syndicate. But the plot’s an irrelevance: this is just one big excuse for The Cruiser to speed around on his motorbike looking cool while stuff blows up in the background.

Watch it if you liked… All the other ‘Mission Impossible’ movies

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The Breakfast Club (1985)

Director John Hughes
Cast Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald

It’s the ’80s-est ’80s movie of them all, the tale of five mismatched students – the athlete, the brain, the basketcase, the princess and the criminal – shoved together for Saturday detention, and learning more about love, life, each other and themselves than they would in a year of high school. Gloriously, unashamedly, cheesily emotional, it’s still an absolute joy.

Watch it if you liked…Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

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Okja (2017)

Director Bong Joon-Ho
Cast Tilda Swinton, Jake Gylenhaal

It received mixed reviews, but fans of Korean director Bong Joon-Ho’s earlier films like ‘The Host’ and ‘Snowpiercer’ will get a kick out of this darkly comic story about a girl and her genetically engineered ‘super pig’. Smart, satirical and unpredictable, it’s a unique experience.

Watch it if you liked… ‘Snowpiercer’

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The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

Director Marc Webb
Cast Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone

It’s back on Netflix to mark the release of Marvel’s latest take on the beloved webslinger, ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’. And while ‘Amazing’ may not match up to the new film, there’s lots of fun to be had here, with Garfield a fine, if serious, choice to play young crimefighter Peter Parker.

Watch it if you liked…Spider-Man: Homecoming

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Ant-Man (2015)

Director Peyton Reed
Cast Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas

Marvel’s other insect-based superhero made his big-screen debut in this upbeat, slightly slick action thriller. Paul Rudd is lots of fun in the lead, as a small-time crook who steals a suit that allows him to shrink down to the size of an insect and control ants with his mind.

Watch it if you liked…Captain America: Civil War

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Aquarius (2016)

Director Kleber Mendonça Filho
Cast Sonia Braga, Maeve Jinkings

In this powerful, unusual Brazilian drama, Sonia Braga plays a retired music critic who refuses to move out of her beloved apartment when developers come sniffing around. Writer-director Kleber Mendonça Filho (‘Neighbouring Sounds’) is one of the most interesting filmmakers currently working.

Watch it if you liked… The Salesman

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District 9 (2009)

Director Neill Blomkamp
Cast Sharlto Copley, David James

Writer-director Neill Blomkamp’s debut feature was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar – an incredible feat for such a strange, imaginative, brutally violent sci-fi film. In near-future Johannesburg, a race of alien immigrants, the Prawns, are held in their own poverty-stricken township known as District 9.

Watch it if you liked…Alien

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Thor: The Dark World

Director Alan Taylor
Cast Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston

The second outing for Marvel’s hammer-swinging Norse God superhero is a whole heap of multi-coloured fun, as Thor and his devious brother Loki must join forces against a race of intergalactic Dark Elves. Daft, sure, but hugely enjoyable.

Watch it if you liked…Thor

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Chef (2014)

Director Jon Favreau
Cast Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr

A lovely, good-natured drama about a high-flying chef who loses it all, then decides to start fresh by opening a food truck and driving it across the US. If it sounds like a cheesy recipe, it is. But it’s also witty, insightful and very entertaining.

Watch it if you liked…Swingers

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Hunger (2008)

Director Steve McQueen
Cast Michael Fassbender, Rory Mullen

Five years before he swept the Oscars with '12 Years a Slave’, artist-turned-filmmaker Steve McQueen offered this stark, almost wordless portrait of Irish revolutionary Bobby Sands, who died following an extended hunger strike in prison in 1981.

Watch it if you liked…12 Years a Slave

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Schindler's List

Director Steven Spielberg
Cast Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes

Steven Spielberg’s stark, monochrome document of one man’s fight to save lives during the Holocaust is still a brutal, unforgettable experience. Ralph Fiennes’s performances as concentration camp commandant Amon Goeth is one of cinema’s purest depictions of true evil.

Watch it if you liked…Son of Saul

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hiyoraj n

Thank you so much for the suggestions. I don't have Netflix subscription. But have this amazing app Terrarium tv to watch all these movies on my Android phone. If anyone wants this if you don't have Netflix, get it from https://terrariumtvpro.com

Paul D

Do Netflix pay for your coverage, or are you just lazy in publishing their press releases, Time Out?  A few years ago you used to have a devoted TV review section, but nowadays you seem completely unable to actually do review journalism of television.  I've lost count of the number of Netflix articles or articles about TV which only reference US shows. How about covering the output of BBC and Channel 4?

Jason James

I do want to watch The Look of Silence but god it sounds depressing... By the way Film team, these lists are brilliant. Such a good way of bypassing Netflix's dashboard (it makes me want to kill).

LucasGabriel L

Thanks for the article Tom. I am excited to watch The Muppets! For those who live outside USA and want to access Netflix, you can use UnoTelly. It changes your IP address so you can get US Netflix.


Um have you actually seen St Elmo's Fire? I really hope not, not only is it basically the worst film ever, it's also ridiculously misogynistic - bizarre stalking, attempted sexual assault, demeaning stereotyping, all HILARIOUS japes. pretty much the opposite of 'sweet and nostalgic'. avoid

Will S

Number 5 pic is actually "mean girls"

Sweety D

My kinda films - true to life story, great acting

Sweety D

Seen both films - my kinda films!! true to life!! great story, great acting