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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

A bumper selection of the best new movies on Netflix available to stream right now in the UK. This month’s line-up includes some of 2016’s best films, a handful of top-notch comedies and James Franco stuck in a hole...

The Nice Guys (2016)
1/10

The Nice Guys (2016)

Director Shane Black
Cast Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe

Last year’s best comedy, by a mile. ‘Lethal Weapon’ creator Shane Black offers us another mismatched pair of crimefighters in way out of their depth: cowardly private dick Ryan Gosling and none-too-bright ‘enforcer’ Russell Crowe. Oh and it’s set in the ’70s, so hot threads and cool tunes abound.

Watch it if you liked…Lethal Weapon

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Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
2/10

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Director Joss Whedon
Cast Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson

Is it as good as the first ‘Avengers’? No way. Is it worth a lazy night on the sofa? Absolutely. The cast is terrific – Jeremy Renner finally gets the chance to shine as perennial sidekick Hawkeye. It’s also crammed with all the explosions, dust-ups and wise-ass banter you need from a blockbuster.

Watch it if you liked…Captain America: Civil War

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Love & Friendship (2016)
3/10

Love & Friendship (2016)

Director Whit Stillman
Cast Kate Beckinsale, Chloe Sevigny

One of last year’s smartest, sharpest films, this adaptation of Jane Austen’s first novel ‘Lady Susan’ follows the exploits of a charming but manipulative aristocrat as she tries to secure a future for herself and her daughter.

Watch it if you liked… ‘Pride and Prejudice’

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Notes on Blindness (2016)
4/10

Notes on Blindness (2016)

Directors Peter Middleton and James Spinney
Documentary

In the 1980s, academic John Hull discovered that he was losing his sight and made a series of audiotapes documenting his experience. This remarkable film takes those tapes and transforms them into a fascinating story of how a small tragedy can have big ripples.

Watch it if you liked…Life, Animated

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The Wailing (2016)
5/10

The Wailing (2016)

Director Na Hong-jin
Cast Jun Kunimura, Hwang Jung-min

One of last year’s best films, this bonkers Korean horror starts out grim and chilling, as lazy smalltown cop Jong-Goo investigates a series of horrific murders. But it soon lurches into far weirder territory, taking in black comedy, savage violence, supernatural goings-on and the best exorcism scene since 1973.

Watch it if you liked…The Host

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Mamma Mia! (2008)
6/10

Mamma Mia! (2008)

Director Phyllida Lloyd
Cast Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried

Come on, you know what it’s about: girl invites group of men who might be her dad to a Mediterranean holiday cottage, everyone sings Abba, Meryl Streep gets overexcited, the end. It’s still the most successful homegrown British film ever made, if you don’t count James Bond.

Watch it if you liked… ‘Chicago’

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127 Hours (2010)
7/10

127 Hours (2010)

Director Danny Boyle
Cast James Franco

Danny Boyle (‘Trainspotting’) sticks James Franco down a hole for five days – and the results are unexpectedly gripping. Franco plays real-life mountaineer Aron Ralston, who amputated his arm after getting trapped in a desert crevice and almost starving to death. Fair warning: when the penknife comes out, cover your eyes.

Watch it if you liked…Touching the Void

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The 40 Year-Old Virgin (2005)
8/10

The 40 Year-Old Virgin (2005)

Director Judd Apatow
Cast Steve Carell, Catherine Keener

For most of us, this was our first exposure to ‘Knocked Up’ director Judd Apatow’s signature blend of salty sex comedy and sweetly truthful romance. Steve Carell plays the eponymous shagless nice-guy who sets out to bust his cherry before middle age sets in. It’s feelgood and very, very funny.

Watch it if you liked…Knocked Up

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The Big Lebowski (1998)
9/10

The Big Lebowski (1998)

Director Joel Coen
Cast Jeff Bridges, John Goodman

The Coen brothers’ goofy stoner comedy has become a cult classic, with Lebowski festivals springing up all across the US and Europe. It’s a breeze of a film, starring Jeff Bridges as Creedence-loving wastoid Jeff ‘The Dude’ Lebowski, who becomes embroiled in a kidnap plot.

Watch it if you liked…Hail, Caesar!

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Chappie (2015)
10/10

Chappie (2015)

Director Neal Blomkamp
Cast Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel

The critics loathed ‘District 9’ director Blomkamp’s tale of a robot who achieves self-awareness. But the critics were dead wrong: this is fast, funny and razor-sharp, with fascinating things to say about the growth of artificial intelligence. Hugh Jackman’s seedy, mulleted bad guy is a joy.

Watch it if you liked…District 9

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