Ron Howard’s most entertaining movie, about the heroic 1970 rescue of the troubled lunar mission, succeeds despite its director’s usual indulgences, here of Tom Hanks and Bill Paxton. When the proceedings focus on ground-based techies spinning innovations out of nothing, though, it’s beyond inspiring.
These days, Netflix is killing it with original programming, from the well-received return of Stranger Things to Cannes-approved movies by Noah Baumbach and Snowpiercer’s Bong Joon-ho. They’re even producing the next Martin Scorsese movie, The Irishman, starring much of the cast from Goodfellas. That said, Netflix’s rotating monthly selection has some of the best movie options, mixed in among their huge catalog. Let us do the work for you. We’ve found five essentially American movies—Oscar winners and cornerstones of culture. So fire up that thumb. There’s viewing to do.
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