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- Each week, Insider rounds up a list of great movies to watch on Netflix for the weekend.
- This week, we recommend watching horror movie “The Wicker Man,” as well as Spanish-language dystopian thriller “The Platform.”
- If you’re in the mood for something lighter, there’s also “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” a classic screwball comedy, or “National Treasure,” which features Nicolas Cage at his most intense.
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Netflix has hundreds of movies available to stream, and it can get a little overwhelming figuring out what to watch. That’s why Insider rounds up a list of great films (and TV shows) to watch on Netflix each weekend.
There are plenty of comedies available on the streaming platform, like the classic “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” Fans of more action-driven films can also stream movies like “National Treasure” or even “There Will Be Blood,” a masterful period drama by Paul Thomas Anderson.
For something a little darker, horror movies like “The Wicker Man” and dystopian thriller “The Platform” are also available to stream.
Here are seven great movies you can watch on Netflix this weekend.
“Lost Girls” is a chilling and suspenseful crime thriller.
Netflix description: “Desperate to find her missing daughter, a mother fights to uncover the truth – and helps expose a string of murders. Based on a true story.”
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Based on a best-selling nonfiction book by Robert Kolker, “Lost Girls” is a devastating look at the lengths one woman goes through to find her missing daughter, and the obstacles she encounters along the way. The plot is reminiscent of the 2017 film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” but given that this story is rooted in real life, it’s far more poignant than the Oscar-winner could ever be.
Daniel Day-Lewis shines in “There Will Be Blood.”
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Netflix description: “An ambitious prospector strikes it rich and turns a simple village into a boomtown, stoking the ire of a charismatic young preacher.”
Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 91% (certified fresh)
Audience score: 86%
Widely considered to be director Paul Thomas Anderson’s masterpiece, “There Will Be Blood” is a sparse and sprawling epic about oil-mining and capitalism – and features a career-defining performance by Day-Lewis. It can drag on at times (especially if you’re not into historical fiction), but overall, it’s a powerful and intriguing look at one of history’s most volatile times.
“Monty Python and the Holy Grail” is a classic screwball comedy that still holds up decades after its release.
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Netflix description: “The Monty Python comedy clan skewers King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they quest far and wide for the Holy Grail.”
Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 97% (certified fresh)
Audience score: 95%
“Monty Python and the Holy Grail” is absurdly silly, laugh-out-loud funny, and instantly quotable all at the same time, making it a true comedic masterpiece. Whether it’s King Arthur getting schooled on autocratic power structures by a feisty peasant duo, or Sir Lancelot narrowly escaping seduction at a dwelling full of beautiful women called “Castle Anthrax,” “Holy Grail” is a goofy but hilarious comedy that stands the test of time.
“Love” is a steamy and intense drama about sexual desire in relationships.
Netflix description: “A man in an unsatisfying marriage recalls the details of an intense past relationship with an ex-girlfriend when he gets word she may be missing.”
Audience score: 38%
“Love” is definitely not for the faint of heart: there’s numerous graphic sex scenes, and, unsurprisingly, quite a lot of nudity, too. But director Gaspar Noe manages to use the near-pornographic nature of the film to send a powerful message about love and desire, especially as they relate to romantic relationships.
“National Treasure” is a fun and thrilling ride, if you can get past the goofy concept.
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Netflix description: “Modern treasure hunters search for a chest of riches rumored to have been stashed away by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin.”
Audience score: 76%
It’s not necessarily the peak of cinema, but “National Treasure” is still an inordinately fun movie to watch if you’re able to get past the improbable premise (which involves Nicolas Cage earnestly hunting down a mythical treasure). Sure, there’s plots and characters to follow, but it’s worth watching “National Treasure” alone for Cage’s manic and highly entertaining performance.
“The Wicker Man” is a perfect watch for fans of “Midsommar.”
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Netflix description: “Pious detective Neil Howie gets more than he bargained for when he probes a young girl’s disappearance in this harrowing psychological thriller.”
Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 89% (certified fresh)
Audience score: 82%
May Queens, human sacrifices, and a shockingly fiery ending are all par for the course in “The Wicker Man,” which was remade with Nicolas Cage in 2006.
However, the 1973 original is just as terrifying, and likely provided the inspiration for other horror movies like “The Ritual” and “Midsommar.”
“The Platform” is a gory Spanish thriller with similar themes to “Parasite.”
Netflix description: “Two prisoners per floor, wondering how much they’ll get to eat that day. One inmate has had enough of not getting enough. It’s time to send a message.”
Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 84% (certified fresh)
Audience score: 74%
“The Platform” focuses on a group of inmates incarcerated in a vertical prison, with levels ranging from one into the hundreds. Each prisoner gets their daily allotment of food via a platform that’s loaded with delicious food at the top, and then slowly descends to the bottom – which means that those on the lower levels frequently go without, causing some of them to try and change the system for the better.
The film does an excellent job of giving viewers just enough information to horrify them, eventually building to a jaw-dropping revelation – all while making the world of the prison seem scarily realistic.