Monday, March 18, 2019

Best New Movies on Netflix (Latest on Top) Sorted by Date Released

 Top 10 New Movies Streaming on Netflix 

1. Polar




IMDB Rating – 6.4/10

Director – Jonas Åkerlund

Writers – Víctor Santos

Cast – Mads Mikkelsen, Vanessa Hudgens, Katheryn Winnick, Matt Lucas

Story –

The world's top assassin, Duncan Vizla, aka The Black Kaiser, is settling into retirement when his former employer marks him as a liability to the firm. Against his will, he finds himself back in the game going head-to-head with an army of younger, faster, ruthless killers who will stop at nothing to have him silenced.

Review - (Source: Google Search)

1. This abhorrent actioner (an adaptation of Victor Santos' graphic novel "Polar: Came From the Cold") about a morally conflicted hitman with a price on his head is vulgar auteurism at its most depraved.

2. Polar' is bold with a terrific lot of violence, sex, and nudity.

3. Definitely worth watching. If you enjoy Tarantino or Frank Miller's work, this should be a solid entry for your entertainment.

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IMDB Rating – 5.6/10

Director – Vicky Jewson

Writers – Vicky Jewson

Release Date – February 8, 2019 (United States)

Cast – Noomi Rapace, Sophie Nélisse, Indira Varma, Eoin Macken

Story - 

Zoe, a wealthy heiress, is in need of protection when her life is put in danger. A bodyguard and counter-terrorism expert are assigned to safeguard Zoe when a kidnapping forces them both to go on the run.

Review - (Source: Google Search)

1. A really decent movie. I was pleasantly surprised - It was like the "Bourne Identity" meets "The Bodyguard" (Netflix version). The action was fantastic, and Noomi Rapace is wonderful. The only negative was that the emotional storyline was cheesy.

2. I liked this movie, however, I can understand the negative reviews.  The movie centers around 3 strong female characters with some twist and turns that are predictable and surprising.  The Moroccan landscape is beautiful while adding to the suspense.

3. The Last Laugh 


IMDB Rating – 5.7/10

Director – Greg Pritikin

Writers – Greg Pritikin

Cast – Richard Dreyfuss, Chevy Chase, Andie MacDowell, Lewis Black, Kate Micucci, Chris Parnell

Story – 

Retired talent manager Al reconnects with former client Buddy, a comedian who gave up performing decades ago, and urges him to go back out on the road.


Review - (Source: Google Search)

1. Chevy Chase mostly engages in his trademark mugging, while his earnest moments are smothered by the clumsiness of the filmmaking.

2. This movie, like the Netflix series The Kominsky Method, comically looks at the anguish of aging baby boomers as they lose loved ones and negotiate their increasing marginalization.

3. This is an absolute belly laugh movie. Love, love, loved it! There seems to be an uprise of older comics making movies - well since that Komensky series. This movie is refreshing as well and really appreciated the writing.

4. High Flying Bird 


IMDB Rating – 6.5/10

Director –   Steven Soderbergh

Produced by   Joseph Malloch

Writers – Tarell Alvin McCraney

Release Date – 27 January 2019

Language – English

Cast –André Holland, Zazie Beetz, Melvin Gregg, Sonja Sohn, Zachary Quinto, Kyle MacLachlan, Bill Duke

Story –

A sports agent pitches a controversial business opportunity to a rookie basketball player during a lockout.

5. Velvet Buzzsaw





IMDB Rating – 5.8/10



Director –  Dan Gilroy

Produced by –  Jennifer Fox

Writers – Dan Gilroy

Release Date – February 1, 2019

Language – English


Cast –Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Toni Collette, Zawe Ashton, Tom Sturridge, Natalia Dyer, Daveed Diggs, Billy Magnussen, John Malkovich

Story –

After paintings by an unknown artist are discovered, a supernatural force enacts revenge on those who have allowed their greed to get in the way of art.


6. Black Mirror: Bander Snatch


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IMDB Rating – 7.4/10



Director –  David Slade

Produced by – Russell McLean

Writers – Charlie Brooker

Release Date – 28 December 2018

Language – English

Cast – Fionn Whitehead, Will Poulter, Asim Chaudhry, Craig Parkinson, Alice Lowe

Story –

A young programmer starts to question reality when he adapts a mad writer's fantasy novel into a video game.

Review - (Source: Google Search)

 1. Black Mirror Bandersnatch is a very interesting concept. It gives you choices that start out simple like choosing a cereal box for breakfast and steadily moves towards darker decisions. You find yourself choosing who lives and dies and what to destroy and what to save. If we take a look at today's society, most people have become desensitized to so many different things. You are either numb to the world or sheltered from it. And this is the real point I think Bandersnatch is getting at. I found myself choosing bad decisions because I wanted to see how it would turn out. And I'm sure many other people did the same. 

 2. most of the Black Mirror episodes have a hidden meaning, a life lesson if you will. For example, in the episode titled "The Entire History of You" we see a futuristic world in which you can replay and fast forward any memory with a device called a grain. In this world a married man in what could be called a happy relationship having delusions that his wife is cheating on him and the episode proceeds to have the viewer believing he is delusional too. In the end it turns out everything he suspected was true and ends with the man alone and cutting out the grain after replaying his life. The point here is that some secrets are better off not being known.

 3. Black Mirror Bandersnatch takes a jab at the topic of desensitization by showing how the viewer can make snap decisions without thinking about the consequences. You dont want to think about what you are doing to this person, you only want to see the outcome. Some might call it sick, but that is the point. The creator is showing the dark side of entertainment by using entertainment itself.

7. Bird Box 

Bird Box  Movie on Netflix


IMDB Rating – 6.7/10

Director –  Susanne Bier

Produced by –  Chris Morgan, Clayton Townsend

Writers – Eric Heisserer

Release Date – December 14, 2018

Language – English

Cast – Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich, Danielle Macdonald

Story –

When a mysterious force decimates the population, only one thing is certain -- if you see it, you die. The survivors must now avoid coming face to face with an entity that takes the form of their worst fears. Searching for hope and a new beginning, a woman and her children embark on a dangerous journey through the woods and down a river to find the one place that may offer sanctuary. To make it, they'll have to cover their eyes from the evil that chases them -- and complete the trip blindfolded..

Review - (Source: Google Search)

 1.  The movie is gripping, crisp and concise. I watched this move in the comforts of my home on Netflix and I guess this made it more exciting and I sat completely engrossed in the movie. I think it is one of those movies that is best for the individual (or at home) viewing experience. It was an all-out Sandra Bullock movie and she doesn't miss a beat! Once you give in to the notion of this ominous unseen evilness along with assumptions of its powers and limitations the movie is pretty interesting. 

2.  It swings back and forth between the 1st time the attack (calamity/ mass suicides.. or whatever you wanna call) happened and 5 years later where Malorie (Sandra Bullock) is living a survivor's secluded life with 2 kids and her Bf/ husband (not clear) Tom, played convincingly by Trevante Rhodes. 

3. It's a good weekend watch and will not disappoint you if you enjoy psychological thrillers and Sandra Bullock performances!
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4. I really don’t appreciate terror movies, but decided to be brave this time, face my unreasonable fears (it’s just a movie!) and watched it alone, but not before having my eyes partially closed (not blindfolded, of course) and during daylight. Did you get the picture? LOL, It’s indeed a gut scaring psychological film, full of interpretations, meanings, and guessing, and watched it holding my breath the entire time. But it was worth it. Very well done! 

5. How I understood it? Aside from all the common sense explanation of our own current way of life, being aloof, distant, disconnected, losing compassion, solidarity, interaction, etc, and perhaps blaming the excess of technology addiction. One scene I thought was not really quite possible: a blindfolded woman and two kids are tossed out the boat in the convoluted river waters, and yet she got to find and save them? Hard to believe, but the film message seems to be hope. However, I perceived more than all that and, in a way, nothing about that. 

The fact that the “alien creatures” were not ever seen but “felt”, the lack of mobility, the troubled, undesirable pregnancy, the adoption of a newborn of a dead stranger trapped like her, and mostly, the darkness of a blindfolded sort of living took me to a scaring in-depth place: pre and post pregnancy depression!!! I’ve been there! Mildly, for my good fortune. But the level of our inner insecurities, the uncontrollable fears, the incapacities that impair us, the excruciating anguish for an unforeseen future we experience during and after a child is born, is a devastating package. Depression is NOT a sad state of the soul. It’s a chemical cerebral imbalance, a DISEASE! This extraordinary film just painfully reminded me of all that dark situation though I can’t explain why that feeling surfaced. I may have just got “lost in translation”, hopefully. LOL Regardless, I loved the film!

8. Dumplin




IMDB Rating – 6.8/10



Director – Anne Fletcher

Produced by Michael Costigan Kristin Hahn, Trish Hofmann, Mohamed AlRafi, Jennifer Aniston

Writers – Kristin Hahn

Release Date – December 7, 2018

Language – English

Cast –  Danielle Macdonald, Jennifer Aniston, Odeya Rush

Story –

The plus-size, teenage daughter of a former beauty queen signs up for her mum's pageant as a protest that escalates when other contestants follow in her footsteps, revolutionising the pageant and their small Texas town.

Review - (Source: Google Search)

1. This movie was well written and even better acted with a cornucopia of cast. I really liked the cast and appreciated the new faces that I had not seen before. The use of Dolly Parton and her brilliant songs was a pleasent suprise. Hopefully the millennials watching this will learn of Dolly's unmatchable talent the "old time" style of storytelling through song. Jennifer Aniston was the perfect fit for her role. I think she actually was involved in script writing.  I think she is as beautiful as her “Friends” days.
As a former pageant girl myself, I appreciate the realness within certain scenes and the “inside jokes” of pageant competition. The pageant world is so unique with quirkiness and the movie hit the mark to keep me interested the entire production.  The movie cast also had a few talented drag queens with stunning costumes. I even had a moment where I paused the movie to appreciate the beautiful Dolly Parton costumes. So much sparkle.
I recommend watching “Dumpling” if you need a funny “chick flick” moment in your day. Just sit back and enjoy singing along to some of Dolly Parton’s best songs.

2. This could have easily been a stereotypical "mean girls/society vs. weirdos" movie, but it wasn't. I loved the book as well (I really recommend reading it!) but the movie fleshed out the mother/daughter relationship, gave us the most inspiring troop of fairy (drag queen) godmothers in all of history and made a beautiful movie about love, loss, and acceptance without being too cheesy or overdone. I loved it! Special props to Jennifer Aniston (for being generally incredible and making Rose Dickson .

3. I have mixed emotions about how I feel about the movie because I saw an interview with Jennifer Aniston and Dolly Parton about the movie and Jennifer Aniston went on and on talking about how the movie teaches young girls to just be who they are and be themselves blah blah blah but yet both Dolly Parton and Jennifer Aniston are very much made up with make up, wigs, expensive clothes etc... Oh by the way for those of you reading this who don’t know,


4. I’m somewhat surprised by the reviews others found most helpful. Have we lost the ability to just watch a movie, a piece of art that some really talented folks put a lot of heart and soul into, without dissecting it to the point that it’s beyond recognition?
Seems we live in a world where folks tend to criticize anything and everything for the mere sake of criticism. But this viewer’s review is positive. Some reviewers thought it was a poor representation of teaching young women about self a


5. I honestly had a hard time with a majority of this movie. In my opinion, the main character, Willowdean, had a horrible personality which made it hard for me to root for her. She often used her physical appearance as an excuse to take it out on others, although it can be understandable and some might not see it as a problem, it really did affect my overall perspective of this movie. In a way, I almost found Willowdean’s perspective to be a bit harmful to certain viewers, so please just be aware.


6. I enjoyed this movie more than almost anything I've seen this year.
I'm really blown away by the negative reviews.  I can only imagine that they simply have no way of empathizing with anyone.  Perhaps they are perfectly confident and never challenged. 

9. A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding




IMDB Rating – 5.1/10

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Director –  John Schultz

Produced by – Russell McLean

Writers – Robin Bernheim

Release Date – 30 November 2018

Language – English

Cast – Fionn Whitehead, Will Poulter, Asim Chaudhry, Craig Parkinson, Alice Lowe

Story –

A year after Amber helped Richard secure the crown, the two are set to tie the knot in a royal Christmas wedding - but their plans are jeopardized when Amber finds herself second-guessing whether or not she's cut out to be queen.

Review - (Source: Google Search)

 1. Love it as much as the first one, it’s a good movie for the whole family, I know my girls and I will watch it over and over.

 2. I loved both movies The Christmas Prince and The Christmas Prince The Royal Wedding. Would like a follow up to their lives as Royals.

 3. It's really a nice Christmas movie, the worst character in the movie was Sahil and few scenes of the movie like when amber was feeling uncomfortable in the dress were making me laugh, and I am just waiting to watch what happens next.

10. Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (family)


IMDB Rating – 2.5/10



Director –   Andy Serkis

Produced by –  Jonathan Cavendish, Steve Kloves, David Barron
Writers – Charlie Brooker

Release Date – 25 November 2018

Language – Hindi, English

Cast –Andy Serkis, Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch

Story –

Human child Mowgli is raised by a wolf pack in the jungles of India. As he learns the often harsh rules of the jungle, under the tutelage of a bear named Baloo and a panther named Bagheera, Mowgli becomes accepted by the animals of the jungle as one of their own, but the fearsome tiger Shere Khan doesn't take a liking to him. But there may be greater dangers lurking in the jungle, as Mowgli comes face to face with his human origins.

Review - (Source: Google Search)

 1. All BS aside I thought it would be steeping towards being another all show and no tell feast for the eyes MoCap , but in truth , i found myself all be it unexpectedly , engaged and immersed in the storyline . I know im not a recognised critic and quite possibly this review will go mostly unnoticed but as a film lover I felt I shouldn't just go away from this without giving it a review which it most definitely deserves.     The tone  from the outset is much darker than other adaptations of kiplings work so this one is in my opinion not for younger children. But as far as adults are concerned this adaptation must be viewed first before you allow your children to watch it . That being said I thought the film had great depth, a very fluent and engaging plot and i actually thought this portrayal of the story was what kept my attention held. A must see for fans of the genre . Gripping and intense.

 2. Shouldn't be compared 1 to 1 with the Disney version. It's a good movie and the animation and CGI blended with live actors flowed well. Admittedly some of the anthropomorphized expressions like smiles or grins on the animal seemed strange, but it was handled well in making them expressive at least. One character added only to be killed off to make a certain scene more powerful made me feel iffy as it definitely counts as just added for shock value/emotional turmoil, which is a cheap form of emotional investment, but overall I enjoyed the film as its own standalone adaptation of Mowgli's story.

 3. I liked it until the part he saw the head of his brother on the wall. That brought me to tears. I like they told the story from the view of man respecting nature. Not saying take away hunting. Notice the animals hunt and respect their kill in the movie. I don't think animals in the wild have some sort of ritual waiting for the kill to finish dying, but they do hunt to survive. Humans don't need to hunt to survive. We hunt for the food yes, but the sport and the trophy and I understand conservation, but I often think we get out of control. The thrill overtakes us and we lose control like with that poor elephant and his tusk. Or the head of the brother wolf. I cannot stop thinking about that. It just killed me to see that sweet guy on the wall. Yes, it is a story but is it really? How many have hunted an elephant or wolf and then looked at that trophy head on the wall and thought to themselves I wonder what they were thinking when I walked up on them and they were taking their last breath as I, the hunter hovered over them? I believe animals have souls and they can feel. That is why wolves live in packs. Not just because their is power in numbers but they are family. Lions, same thing. Many animals live in family or extended family units and you have to say ok, they have a bond to one another. When you have a bond you have feelings. When you have feelings then you must have something beyond flesh and blood.


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