UPDATE: July 18 - We've added in the new series of Stranger Things, which fortunately for viewers remains just as weird and 80s-cinema-inspired as ever, and also the true story of the 'Miracle on the Hudson', as told by the biopic of its pilot, Sully. Read more about them and our other favourites below.
In 2009, a US Airways plane landed in New York’s Hudson River, but miraculously nobody was seriously injured. This film tells the story through the lens of the pilot who performed the landing, Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger, and how his amazing feat was soured. Not only did he find the incident traumatic, but a follow-up inquiry by the authorities leads to them accusing him of being responsible for the incident. With his job on the line, Sully works to prove that he made the right call.
Stranger Things 3
The third series of the nostalgic sci-fi series has arrived, showing how a pleasant summer in the town of Hawkins can still turn peculiar. We meet up once again with a group of young friends who’ve all experienced the strange world of the Upside Down, and see how their friendships have changed as a result of the nightmares they’ve experienced together.
Despite having a chaotic personal life, Annie is Lillian’s maid-of-honor for her upcoming wedding. As disasters continue occurring in her wedding preparation duties, Rose, the infinitely more organised rival for Lillian’s right-hand-woman, threatens to take control completely, leaving Annie with the choice of either giving up on her friend or turning her life around and pulling off a perfect wedding.
District 9 (2009)
In a slum in Johannesburg, South Africa, dwell a race of aliens who came to Earth in the 1980s but have been an irritation to the local people ever since. The government recruits a private military force to move the ‘prawns’ from their current location to a new one, but in the process, one soldier is infected with an alien virus, and becomes a target himself.
Years after leaving Neverland, Peter Pan (now Peter Banning) has become just another member of society. But after a trip back to London to meet his mother in law Wendy Darling, he finds his children have been kidnapped by Captain Hook, who he left back in Neverland years ago. He reluctantly returns, reuniting with Tinkerbell and the Lost Boys to take on the evil pirates one more time.
The Hunger Games series (2012 - 15)
To keep the districts of Panem under control, the government organises an annual contest in which youths from each area fight to the death in a specially designed battlefield. The first film sees Katniss Everdeen step up as ‘tribute’ in her sister’s place, with the next three films exploring how this selfless choice was the first step in a process that would shake the whole country.
Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995) and End of Evangelion (1997)
Shinji is a teenage boy living in a post-global disaster Japan. He is called up by a secretive organisation known to pilot an enormous mech that’s the only way of stopping the attacks of the ‘angels’ that emerged after the disaster. It sounds like an exciting action series, but the series doesn’t shy away from the emotional strain of acting as humanity’s last defence, and indulges in some terrifying but captivating imagery. It’s hard to follow, but worth the effort you put into it. Make sure you check out the End of Evangelion movie too (also on Netflix), as it’s regarded as the ‘true’ ending of the series, due to production troubles at the end of the series. If you’re getting lost, then check our guide to the show here.
The Raid (2011)
Dozens of Indonesian criminals are holed up in a large apartment block, all under the protection of a gang leader. It’s therefore up to a squad of armed police officers to mount an operation to clear them out. On the way up the tower there’s plenty of gunfights and explosions, but thanks to a realistic presentation and plenty of twists and turns, it’s compelling from the first second to the last.
An android assassin from the future comes to take the life of Sarah Connor, the mother to be of the man who will lead humankind to victory against the AI Skynet and its machine army. The human resistance sends an agent back in time to protect her, but this unrelenting robot won’t be stopped easily.
Aggretsuko (Series 2)
With the pressure of work and relationships always around, Retsuko copes by singing death metal at a karaoke bar. In this new series, we encounter her mother for the first time, as well as a high-strung new co-worker, plus learn more about the cast of anthropomorphic animals we already know.
Marvel’s Jessica Jones (Final Series)
In both her last series, and the last series of a Marvel show to appear on Netflix, we bid farewell to the tough and brilliant private detective. There’s a new dangerous enemy for Jones to face, as well as an old friend who she will have to team up with, despite the events of previous seasons.
Black Mirror (Season 5)
Another three episodes of the pessimistic sci-fi series have dropped, and the future still looks shiny and bleak as ever. This time we see a virtual reality fighting game, social media, ride sharing apps and AI dolls as our pieces of cutting edge tech, but as always there’s the human element which turns these tools into something less pleasant.
When They See Us (2019 series)
Based on the real life story of the Central Park Five, a group of teenagers who were falsely accused of rape and spent several years in prison before they were acquitted. The four episode series tracks their lives from their arrest, through the public reaction to their supposed crime, to their eventual legal action against New York City for its handling of their cases.
Happy! (Season 2)
The comic adaptation of a trigger happy ex-cop and the imaginary flying unicorn friend of a young girl continues in another ten episodes of violence and darkly funny jokes. After the events of the previous series, Nick Sax is now trying to adapt to civilian life, albeit with Happy over his shoulder all the time. But there’s still evil at work in the city, and it isn’t long before Nick finds it and decides he can’t ignore it any longer.
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
The film which brought the web-slinger into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, to the joy of Spider-Fans around the world. A teenage Peter Parker wants to join the Avengers, but his unofficial mentor Tony Stark believes he isn’t ready. But whether he has Iron Man’s seal of approval or not, Peter finds himself caught up in an arms dealing operation, as well as his own school work and social life.
A story that spans multiple generations and revolves around an enchanted board game, one that makes the premise of a trek through the jungle all too real for its players. After initially trapping a child who digs up the game in the 1960s, another pair of kids find it in the present day, and begin to play without knowing what they’re letting themselves in for.
Baby Driver (2017)
Baby is a music obsessive, but also a getaway driver for the criminal gang to which he is indebted. He’s almost paid his dues to the gang’s boss, but his efforts to work his way out of the syndicate prove to be difficult when his driving skills prove to be invaluable. It’s another action comedy from the director who created films like Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, so you can be sure you’re in good hands watching this one.
The Lonely Island Presents: The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience
The Bash Brothers, formed of Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco, were acclaimed baseball players for the Oakland A’s during the 1980s. But in secret, they recorded a visual rap album, which comedy musicians The Lonely Island have ‘rediscovered’. Behold these two athletes perform something like Beyoncé’s Lemonade, but 30 years earlier and a lot weirder.
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Shaun is doing OK in life, but his relationships and job aren’t going well. However, when a zombie apocalypse comes, he has to take charge and coordinate his friends’ escape to safety.
The Fate of the Furious (Fast and Furious 8) (2017)
After seven films of high-speed driving and danger, Dom Toretto is finally kicking back on his honeymoon with his wife Letty. But sure enough, he ends up caught in a cyberterrorist plot involving nuclear weapons and the return of old friends.