In Movies & TV

You've got a lot of watching to do - and a lot of free time at home to do it!

100 good movies you can watch on Netflix while stuck at home

Get more stories about how we're #InThisTogetherMKE.

In seemingly less than a week's time, the coronavirus has changed American life – at least for the time being.

In the hopes of encouraging social distancing – therefore slowing the spread of the virus and lessening the impact and pressure on our nation's hospitals and health care centers – just about everything has closed, from sports arenas to music halls to bars and restaurants, and movie theaters.

In short: We're all going to spending a lot of time at home. And sure, we could try to convince ourselves that we're going to spend that time getting around to those cleaning projects we've been putting off, learning a new skill or talking to our fellow quarantined family members, but the reality is we're going to streaming a ridiculous amount of movies over the next ... a long time. So, to help your social distancing go as entertainingly as possible, here's a list of 100 good movies – from awesome action flicks to cool choices for children to stellar sports stories and even a movie about Daniel Radcliffe literally farting his way across the ocean – you can currently find on Netflix.

So stay home, stay healthy and watch away, everyone; we're in this together. And if we do this right, I won't have to write about 100 MORE movies you can watch on Netflix while stuck at home.

Action movies

"Ant-Man and the Wasp": Most of the Marvel movies have made their retreat to Disney+ by now, but this chipper and imaginative entry is still on the Big Red Streaming Monolith – and is a lot of fun. (Available until July 28)

"Drive": A slick driver (Ryan Gosling) gets in over his head after a robbery gone wrong in director Nicolas Winding Refn's ultra-violent, ultra-cool and ultra-hypnotic crime thriller. Just don't go in thinking it's a "Fast and the Furious" movie.

"Free Fire": What happens when you toss a bunch of guns and weapons into an empty warehouse with a bunch of ornery criminals in the middle of a deal gone wrong? You get this chaotic, crazy shootout of an action comedy, starring Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley, Cillian Murphy and Armie Hammer.

"GoldenEye": The new Bond movie may have been delayed until November, but at least Netflix has several of the Brosnan flicks on its service – the best of the bunch being "GoldenEye" – a solid and slick action movie with all of the Bond bravado while almost none of the shticky goofiness and gizmos.

"The Good, The Bad and the Ugly": The Big Red Streaming Monolith replaced one Clint Eastwood classic for another, ditching "Dirty Harry" but bringing in this iconic spaghetti Western about rival outlaws on a deadly hunt for gold. Forget bad or ugly: It's good!

"Haywire": While everyone's minds are on a different 2000s Steven Soderbergh movie, check out "Haywire" as well. You don't watch this actioner for the plot – and you definitely don't watch it for star Gina Carano's action skills. You watch it because she kicks and punches people in the face really hard – and you know what, sometimes, that's enough.

"Man of Tai Chi": Before the Keanu-sance and "John Wick," Keanu Reeves directed this solidly kickin' martial arts actioner about a tai chi master who suddenly finds himself embroiled in an underground fight club. Come for the sweet old-school action, stay for Keanu Reeves angrily yelling, "YOU OWE ME A LIFE!"

"Raiders of the Lost Ark": You don't need me to tell you what "Raiders of the Lost Ark" is about – and you certainly don't need me to convince you to watch it. You just need me to remind you that it, along with its two sequels (What fourth movie? Don't believe they ever made one, nope!), is waiting for you on Netflix. Mission accomplished.

"Shadow": Did you miss this borderline black-and-white martial arts epic at the 2019 Milwaukee Film Festival? Good news: It's now available on Netflix, where you can bathe in the beautiful monochrome visuals, cheer on the outstanding action sequences – BLADED UMBRELLAS! – and make a flow chart trying to understand the plot. But did I mention UMBRELLAS WITH BLADES!?

"V for Vendetta": In a tyrannical future, a young woman (Natalie Portman) falls in with an infamous masked radical named V who is plotting to overthrow the country's fascist leaders with sharp cunning strategy and even sharper cutting knives.

Comedies

"Ace Ventura: Pet Detective": Alllllllll righty then! Jim Carrey's animated animal expert takes a case involving the missing mascot for the Miami Dolphins in this '90s comedy favorite.

"Airplane!": Still one of the greatest comedies ever made. Few movies throw as many jokes around as this '80s Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker spoof – and even few movies land as many of those jokes as "Airplane!" does. Watch at your own risk, because surely you will be quoting this movie for the rest of the week if you do. (And don't call me, Shirley.)

"Back to the Future": One of the great blockbusters in the history of Hollywood, Robert Zemeckis's '80s favorite sends Michael J. Fox back in time to make sure his parents fall in love at the Enchantment Under the Sea dance. The other two entries are also on Netflix – but you have to start with the iconic original. (Available until July 31)

"Clueless": You think you're not going to watch this iconic '90s comedy, a cleverly modernized adaptation of Jane Austen's "Emma" now set in a preppy high school? As if!

"Dolemite Is My Name": You may not be able to see anything on the big screen right now, but you can at least watch this jubilant tribute to the movies – and this wild yet heartwarming tribute to an under-appreciated mad genius movie-making mind in Rudy Ray Moore (an awards-worthy Eddie Murphy), who brought the blaxploitation character Dolemite to overlooked audiences across the country.

"Edge of Seventeen": Judging by the box office, you probably missed this excellent 2016 coming-of-age dramedy about Nadine, a high schooler (Hailee Steinfeld of "True Grit") coping with being unpopular and losing her only friend when she catches her dating Nadine's jock brother. (Available until July 31)

"Frances Ha": Love the wit and wisdom of writer-director Noah Baumbach's movies ("Marriage Story," "Squid and the Whale") but struggling with the brutal honesty and barbed vinegar? Try out this delightful coming-of-age story starring Greta Gerwig as a young woman trying to figure out her life. It's delightful – also features the most accurate scene involving a tax refund ever.

"Groundhog Day": We're all going to be living some boringly uneventful and repetitive days while locked up, so let's watch somebody do it the right way with this classic Bill Murray comedy about a grumpy weatherman who gets trapped in a time loop and has to live the same day over and over and over and over ...

"Kung Fu Hustle": Throw a classic kung fu action movie into a blender with a Road Runner/Wile E. Coyote bit, and you might get something like this kooky, consistently unpredictable live-action cartoon about some cons who get in hot water when the gangsters they've been impersonating come after them. Axe fights and super-fast landlady chase scenes ensue ...

"Monty Python and the Holy Grail": You've almost certainly quoted this comedy classic in the last few days – but have you actually watched this medieval lark recently? Remedy that; you'll certainly have the time.

"The Other Guys": Aim for the bushes and jump for this very funny buddy cop comedy starring Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Samuel L. Jackson and The Rock. It'll happily remind of you of the days when writer-director Adam McKay made goofy comedies like this instead of condescending political Oscar bait like "Vice"!

"Scott Pilgrim vs. the World": Need a jolt of energy? Edgar Wright's electric rom-com will give you the cinematic power-up you need, a blissful blitz of music, action and laughs as Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) attempts to defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil execs – a quest that includes bass battles, Chris Evans, vegan police and much more.

"Swiss Army Man": You know, just another comedy about a man trapped on a desert island who befriends a talking corpse – played by Harry Potter himself Daniel Radcliffe – that farts him like a jetski back to society. Hollywood: NO CREATIVITY THESE DAYS! As crazy as that all sounds, and the movie IS crazy, "Swiss Army Man" is funny, one-of-a-kind and strangely moving.

"Walk Hard": The world of musical biopics gets deliciously and scathingly grilled in this modern cult comedy hit about a bumbling country star who rises the ranks of the music industry, becomes friends with The Beatles, gets addicted to drugs and makes a daring comeback. I don't look forward to this movie leaving Netflix at some point – but when it does, at least I'll have my "WRONG MOVIE DIED!" joke ready on standby.

Documentaries

"20 Feet From Stardom": This Oscar-winning rock doc shines its spotlight on those musicians left out of it: the background singers that helped turn your favorite songs into iconic earworm-y hits.

"Amy": This Oscar-winning documentary follows the rise and fall of acclaimed singer Amy Winehouse, going through her musical genius and incredible voice but also her demons and the cruel press coverage that helped push her to her premature death.

"Bathtubs Over Broadway": Lavish musical numbers about bathroom fixtures? Heartfelt ballads about the power of silicone products? They're somehow all real – and all in Steve Young's wildly unpredictable record collection of original corporate stage productions that were Broadway-ready but at the time only for businessmen's eyes and ears. Now, however, they take the spotlight.

"The Battered Bastards of Baseball": It may have been minor league baseball, but the Portland Mavericks of the '70s – owned and created by Kurt Russell's dad – were major league fun in this sports documentary about these oddball outlaws who were juuuuuust a bit outside the norm.

"The Force": A selection at the 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival, "The Force" is a gripping behind-the-scenes look inside the Oakland Police Department as it tries to build trust in the community while also battling its own controversies. A severe yet sympathetic look at an unsolved conflict in our country.

"Let it Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992": As you'd expect from a documentary going through a decade of tension and strife, "Let It Fall" is a dense and (at almost two and a half hours) extended watch. But it's essential and gripping viewing when it comes to understanding one of the country's largest and most notorious riots in recent memory.

"Searching for Sugar Man": In this Oscar-winning documentary, two music lovers go on a search for the bluesy singer-songwriter Rodriguez who released several moving and influential songs in the '70s, only to seemingly disappear off the map shortly after. However, decades later, his music – and his story – would find a surprising new audience in South Africa. (Available until July 31)

Dramas

"2oth Century Women": One of the best movies of the past decade, Mike Mills' coming-of-age drama follows a teenage boy being raised by a collection of women in the late '70s. Watch this movie and cry because it's great – and then cry because somehow Annette Bening wasn't nominated for Best Actress.

"A Serious Man": One of the Coen Brothers' most under-appreciated projects, "A Serious Man" is a fascinating and funny dark comedy about a professor whose seemingly normal existence and faith is rattled when his marriage, job and reputation begin to unravel.

"A Single Man": In a just world, Colin Firth would've won his Best Actor Oscar for this stellar drama (directed by fashion icon Tom Ford) about a gay man in the '60s shook by the recent death of his boyfriend.

"Atlantics": Part drama and part ghost story, this alluring should've-been-Oscar-nominated film from Senegal follows a young woman sent adrift when her lover leaves the country to find better work across the ocean. Meanwhile, back at home, young women keep getting possessed by angry spirits. So that's not good! (But the movie is.)

"Black Sea": Think having to practice social distancing is stressful and claustrophobic? Think about the poor stars of this tense and taut aquatic thriller about a bunch of thieves stuck in a submarine trying to hunt for gold at the bottom of the sea.

"Da 5 Bloods": Spike Lee takes on Vietnam in his pained and passionate follow-up to the Oscar-winning "BlacKkKlansman," following four veterans (headlined by an award-worthy Delroy Lindo) as they return to the country they fought across to recover their fallen comrade – and recover a trunk of gold bars that they vowed to return for back in the day.

"The End of the Tour": Thinking of FINALLY finishing "Infinite Jest" over this quarantine? Don't kid yourself; you won't finish. So watch this drama instead about a writer (Jesse Eisenberg) tasked to profile David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel), sparring and learning from each other over the course of the interviews.

"The Florida Project": A lovely indie project from acclaimed director Sean Baker, "The Florida Project" hangs out at a bright pink motel outside of Disney World with its even brighter characters – from an exploration-happy little girl to her unpolished young mother to the strained man (an Oscar-nominated Willem Dafoe) who tries to contain the chaos at the building.

"Good Time": Did you love "Uncut Gems"? Then you'll love this fellow gritty and delightfully stressful trip into the criminal underworld from the Safdie Brothers, starring Robert Pattinson (make a "Twilight" joke at your own risk!) as a crappy thief trying to get his brother out of prison after a job gone wrong.

"Her": I get it: A movie about a man falling in love with an app sounds REAL strange. But Spike Jonze's romantic drama is bittersweet, lovely, smart and painfully human for a movie about a guy loving an operating system. (Available until July 28)

"I Lost My Body": Animated movies don't come much stranger – but also much better – than this Oscar-nominated hand-drawn bittersweet and bizarre beauty about a sentient severed hand crawling its way back across the city to its rightful owner.

"Inglourious Basterds": Quentin Tarantino's Oscar-winning revisionist history take on World War II is bad at spelling but GREAT at killing Nazis – and great at delivering those iconic funny yet tense sequences that made him one of our finest screenwriters and directors. (Available until July 21)

"Inside Man": Spike Lee's most accessible movie is also one of his most purely entertaining with this unconventional heist movie starring a very fashionable Denzel Washington trying to hostage-negotiate a bizarre New York City bank robbery that keeps twisting and turning.

"The Irishman": Listen, you've finally got a lot of time on your hands. So now there's no excuse for not checking out Martin Scorsese's excellent gangster epic. It's a gripping gut punch of a movie, immaculately performed, but it's also not without its entertainment value. (Give me EVERY Al Pacino line-reading, please.) It's a powerful (seemingly) final statement from Scorsese.

"Jarhead": A star-studded cast (Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper and Peter Sarsgaard) and an acclaimed behind-the-scenes crew – from "American Beauty" and "1917" director Sam Mendes to cinematographer supreme Roger Deakins ("Blade Runner 2049") – bring a tense, darkly comic war story about young recruits battling the stressful boredom of the Gulf War. (Available until July 31)

"Jerry Maguire": SHOW ME THE FAMOUS '90s ROMANTIC DRAMA ABOUT A COCKY SPORTS AGENT CHANGING HIS LIFE AROUND! Wow, timely reference; excellent work, me. But anyways, watch "Jerry Maguire." It's still good!

"Kon-Tiki": Is there a better movie to watch when you can't leave your house than an adventure movie about men out on the incredible open sea? I argue no. This thrilling 2012 adventure about two explorers setting sail on a raft and the obvious dangers they meet along the way might be just what the doctor ordered, getting you out on the gorgeous ocean without leaving the couch.

"Lady Bird": Greta Gerwig's breakthrough directorial effort is one of the most effortlessly charming and wise coming-of-age stories you'll see, following a young snobbish high schooler (Saoirse Ronan) as she both bonds and battles with her weary hard-working mother (Laurie Metcalf). There's bound to be at least one moment you'll feel like was ripped out of your own high school or family's experience.

"Legend": What's better than one Tom Hardy? TWO Tom Hardys! That's the selling point of this gangster drama, a true-life caper about twin British mobsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray in the '60s.

"Locke": There have been worse things in the world than being locked in a car with Tom Hardy for 90 minutes or so. This sparse but stellar drama follows an eventful and stressful night for a construction manager – all without leaving his car. (Available until July 11)

"Marriage Story": One of the best movies of last year is at your fingertips thanks to Netflix with this biting drama about a husband and wife (Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, never better) trying to survive a cross-country divorce.

"The Master": Another Paul Thomas Anderson masterwork, Joaquin Phoenix stars as a military vet lost at home after the war but finds a new purpose with an intense new religious sect (led by Philip Seymour Hoffman's Lancaster Dodd) that definitely isn't scientology.

"Moonlight": The 2016 Oscar winner is a beautiful, bittersweet and all-too-deserving Best Picture choice, following the life of a young Miami black man through three essential periods in his life.

"Mud": An under-appreciated chapter of the Matthew McConaissance, the Texan shines in this gripping and grounded coming-of-age Mississippi River-soaked tale about two kids who get dragged into the troubles of a lonely drifter hiding out in the swampy woods. It's impeccably acted with some excellent slow-burn tension and an addictive lazy raft ride down the river atmosphere.

"Pan's Labyrinth": Before he won Best Picture for "The Shape of Water," writer-director Guillermo del Toro's gorgeously gothic imagination earned him three Oscars with this fairy tale about a young girl who escapes the scary war-scarred world around her via a magical fantasy that may end up being just as dangerous.

"The Perks of Being a Wallflower": Growing up is hard; just ask the high school outsiders in this Stephen Chbosky's winning adaptation of his own bestselling coming-of-age novel of the same name.

"Roma": Alfonso Cuaron's Oscar-winning character study is a gorgeous black-and-white slow burn, following a maid as her life changes along with the rich family she works for. It's mesmerizing work.

"Room": OK, so maybe a movie significantly about seclusion and claustrophobia isn't the FIRST choice for streaming right now – but this Best Picture nominee is still outstanding, following a woman (Best Actress winner Brie Larson) trying to raise her young son while kidnapped and trapped in a small shack for years. (Available until July 18)

"The Social Network": A movie about Facebook sounds terrible. (Movies about computers, in general, are terrible.) But the combined forces of David Fincher's shadowy and ominous direction, Aaron Sorkin's whip-snap script, and pitch-perfect performances from the likes of Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Armie Hammer, Rooney Mara and even Justin Timberlake turned a bad idea into the best movie of the last decade.

"The Squid and the Whale": If you enjoyed "Marriage Story" – OK, maybe "enjoyed" is a strange word to use – be sure to check out writer-director Noah Baumbach's breakout indie hit "The Squid and the Whale," which tells the story of a bitter divorce instead from the viewpoint of a teenager caught in the crossfire.

"Steve Jobs": Screenwriter extraordinaire Aaron Sorkin ("The Social Network") sets his pen on another tech superstar in this wildly watchable drama, showcasing three massive moments in the Apple savior's life. Sharply written, sharply directed and sharply performed, it deserved better than to be a flop in theaters – so check it out now.

"Taxi Driver": Another Martin Scorsese classic, this drama follows the infamous Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro, an iconic role) as he patrols a scuzzy '70s New York City in his cab and decides he will play savior for a young prostitute – played by Jodie Foster in a breakthrough performance – by any means necessary. It's like "Joker" – but good.

"There Will Be Blood": Paul Thomas Anderson's American masterpiece follows Oscar winner Daniel Day Lewis as the iconic Daniel Plainview, a viciously opportunistic oil man waging a war against a local pastor trying to found a new church on the land. Grand and gorgeous.

"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy": Quick: Name a British actor. Yep, they're probably in this tense, taut, impeccably crafted and impenetrably twisty spy thriller about a spy (Gary Oldman) trying to find a Soviet mole inside British intelligence.

"We Are Your Friends": This Zac Efron drama about a DJ trying to make it big in the electronic music world is ... about as dumb as it sounds. But it's got a sweet, electric, well-intended bro energy to it that just might just be the perfect brainless binge during heavy times.

"Zodiac": If you love true crime stories, you'll love David Fincher's incredible serial killer drama "Zodiac" about the various police officers and newspapermen trying to track down one of the nation's most notorious murderers. It's one of the young century's best movies – even though it will absolutely ruin the song "Hurdy Gurdy Man" for you forever.

For kids

"The Croods": I get it: An animated movie about uncouth cavemen, starring Nicolas Cage, isn't the most appealing prospect. But this Dreamworks cartoon adventure is quite funny and, at the end, maybe even tear-inducing.

"Despicable Me": Sure, the sequels are nowhere near as good – and boy, are we tired of the minions after three movies and one spin-off of all minions, all the time – but the original "Despicable Me" is actually very funny, visually quirky and quite sweet as well.

"Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation": Summer vacation may have come early for kids around the country – but I'm talking about this "Hotel Transylvania" sequel, which is a goofball cruise trip into the Bermuda Triangle. All hail Blobby.

"Hugo": Yes, the guy behind "Goodfellas" and "Casino" made a kids movie – and a very good one at that, a whimsical story about a young Parisian orphan living in a train station who gets embroiled in a mystery involving his dead father and his incredible machines.

"The Incredibles 2": The Parr's are back to save the day in this Pixar superhero sequel, which finds the whole super-powered family still trying to figure out how they can return to the world once bereft of caped crusaders. (Pardon me, non-caped crusaders – because NO CAPES!) (Available until July 29)

"Ralph Breaks the Internet": Everyone's favorite delightful video game villain (sorry, Wario) presses start on another adventure in this Disney sequel, this time trying to save the Sugar Rush arcade game by adventuring into dangerous territory: the internet. God help him ...

"Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse": I'm just saying that this is quite possibly the greatest superhero movie ever made. With gorgeous and inventive animation that constantly gives your eyes something new to see, a whip-smart script with equally exciting comic book-esque action and a surprisingly strong beating emotional heart, "Spider-Verse" is outstanding.

"Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory": A timeless kids movie classic with a whimsical sense of wonder, an iconic performance from the late great Gene Wilder, creative candy fun and, of course, the tunnel boat scene's ability to ruin childhoods and inspire nightmares. The remake, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," is also on Netflix now, but nobody needs that. (Available until July 31)

Horror/thrillers

"Candyman": With the new sequel from Jordan Peele and director Nia DaCosta ("Little Woods") coming out this summer (hopefully) and a whole lot of time on our collective hands, there's no better time to catch up with this cult horror hit about a murderous legend who kills you if you say his name five times in a mirror.

"The Evil Dead": A movie about the dangers of social distancing. (But not really.) Sam Raimi's gory cult classic follows a group of friends heading out to a cabin getaway only to accidentally awake the violently evil dead after reading a book they shouldn't have read. Whoops.

"The Gift": A couple's move to a new home gets an unwelcome housewarming gift: a visit from an old former school friend of the husband who seems to have some old gripes to bring into their new house. A creepy thriller of manners – with an A-grade casting pick in Jason Bateman as the husband.

"Green Room": When it comes to movies about punk rockers fighting neo-Nazis, led by an evil Captain Picard, "Green Room" is easily the finest. Jokes aside, this unnervingly tense thriller isn't for the faint of heart – spoiler alert: a lot of bad things happen to people – but it is one of the best movies of the past decade.

"Insidious": Before there was "The Conjuring," there was "Insidious," an equally freaky throwback-style horror flick with old-school style haunts given new (undead) life by director James Wan, telling a story about a family whose son falls into a menacing ghost-induced spectral coma.

"The Invitation": A group of friends gather for a wine night ... annnnd that's all I'm telling you. Truly the less you know, the better with this outstandingly intense slow-burn smart thriller.

"It Comes At Night": Why not liven a real-life pandemic situation with this moody horror thriller about a family living during a deserted apocalypse, whose solitude is broken by the arrival of a new family looking for shelter?! It's a tense thriller much more about paranoia and dread than blood and guts.

"Silence of the Lambs": Have yourself some fava beans and a nice chianti to go along with this outstanding Oscar-winning thriller about a young FBI agent (Jodie Foster) who makes a tenuous team with an imprisoned cannibal killer (Anthony Hopkins) in order capture another deadly murderer. The Jonathan Demme film may be almost 30 years old, but it's still terrific.

"Train to Busan": Getting into South Korean cinema after "Parasite"? Run out of Bong Joon-ho movies on Netflix? Thankfully, we've got your next favorite foreign hit right here with "Train to Busan," a horror-thriller about a bunch of train passengers trying to fend off zombies on their trip. And you thought YOUR commute sucks!

"The Witch": If bonus dread if what you're looking for during these strange times, try out this excellent horror-filled blast to the past – the 17th century, to be exact, as a family of religious settlers is menaced by a mysterious witch from the nearby woods.

Romance

"About Time": General Hux plays a young British man who falls in love with Rachel McAdams but messes it up. Luckily, the men in his family just happen to have the ability to travel in time in this charming tear-jerking romance from the creator of "Love Actually."

"Silver Linings Playbook": Looking for a silver lining right now? How about "Silver Linings Playbook," the Oscar-winning crowd-pleaser about two struggling Philadelphians (Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence) who help each other get by with dancing ... and maybe fall in love in the process.

"The Spectacular Now": A cocky high school hotshot (Miles Teller) faces his uncertain future, and his many demons, when he starts dating a quiet girl from school, played by Shailene Woodley, in this excellent coming-of-age drama for fans of "Good Will Hunting." (Available until July 11)

"To All the Boys I've Loved Before": The rom-com isn't dead yet thanks to Netflix – and thanks to this charming teenage romance about a high schooler whose secret letters to her crushes get sent to them. The sequel, while not as fun, is worthwhile too. Hopefully the final chapter, "To All the Boys: Always and Forever, Lara Jean," keeps things cute.

"West Side Story": Before Steven Spielberg's remake hits the screen this Christmas (allegedly; nothing is certain in 2020), revisit the Best Picture-winning original musical featuring all of your beloved time-honored songs, gorgeous visuals and swooningly tuneful romance.

Sci-fi

"District 9": Director Neill Blomkamp's career since this Best Picture-nominated debut has been ... suboptimal. (*flashes back to "Chappie," wishes he hadn't*) But his first film is still stupendous, an action-packed, darkly funny political allegory that feels like a lot a sci-fi movies you love yet still feels excitingly fresh and new. And also, during one action scene, a pig gets blasted at some bad guys, so it's worth a recommendation just on that alone.

"E.T. the Extra Terrestrial": Buy yourself some Reese's Pieces and enjoy one of the most iconic and timeless kid-approved sci-fi stories ever made, Steven Spielberg's beloved tale of a young boy who befriends a kindly alien creature and tries to help him phone back home.

"Ex Machina": This chilly techno-thriller from Alex Garland ("Annihilation," "28 Days Later") follows a tech company employee who gets a weekend working with his secluded boss on his incredible new project: a robot who may possess truly human-like artificial intelligence. If you dig this, check out Garland's new series "Devs" on Hulu as well. (Available until July 25)

"Okja": Need another Bong hit after "Parasite" knocked your socks off last year? Luckily, Netflix has your back with his 2017 adventure "Okja," another undefinable feature about a young girl trying to protect an adorable giant pig from a factory wanting to turn it into meat.

"Snowpiercer": Another Bong hit! This one might actually be my favorite from the "Parasite" director, as he follows a train containing the last surviving members of humanity after a global freeze. But things aren't peaceful amongst the remaining few, as the poor are stuck in the back in terrible conditions while the rich control their ecosystem comfortably at the front.

"Starship Troopers": Paul Verhoeven's action-packed war satire about a bunch of young future fascists (including Neil Patrick Harris) battling space bugs. Would you like to know more?

"Total Recall": This mind-bending '90s thrill ride is the best of both worlds: It's everything you want from a dumb Arnold Schwarzenegger action movie, and it's everything you want from a brainy, twisty, clever science fiction story. No matter what you like in a movie, "Total Recall" (not the remake – good god, not the remake) has you covered.

"Under the Skin": One of the finest movies of the last decade, "Under the Skin" is a fully eerie sci-fi drama about an alien creature in the form of Scarlett Johansson roaming Irish streets and hunting young men. Scary, haunting, elusive and gorgeous, it's unlike much else you've seen. (Available until July 11)

Sports movies

"Goon": Hockey may be postponed for the time being, but at least there's "Goon," a 2011 cult comedy hit (co-written by "Superbad" scribe Evan Goldberg) about a bouncer who becomes the heavy on a hockey team of underdogs. It'll do a great job of tiding you over until the teams are back on the ice.

"Miracle": Again, there may not be any new hockey on television these days, but at least you can watch the best rerun in sports history: the United States Olympic hockey team rising up to beat the heavily favored Russians in 1980.

Talkbacks


Post a comment / write a review.

Facebook Comments

Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.