James King is back with his latest Netflix recommendations! From top original releases like Holidate to sweet Richard Curtis rom-com About Time,there is something for everyone! Of course, since it's October, don't miss the special Halloween suggestions! With no further ado, check out the best of the best films for October here...
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Category: True Story
An all-star cast including Eddie Redmayne, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Sacha Baron Cohen and Michael Keaton lead this brand new Netflix drama about anti-war protesters wrongfully arrested in 1968. Yes, the subject is serious but the story is told with real pizazz and sparkle, capturing an era of American turmoil with an energy that makes for a riveting history lesson.
This true story looks at anti-war protesters wrongfully arrested in 1968
The maestro Steven Spielberg returns to his sci-fi roots with this eye-popping tale of an orphaned teenager (Tye Sheridan) competing to win a mind-boggling virtual reality game. It might be set in 2045 but Ready Player One is also full of nods to retro movies, meaning this is as much fun for adults as it is kids. Plus there’s Ben Mendelsohn - Hollywood’s go-to evil genius - as (you’ve guessed it) an evil genius.
Steven Spielberg returns to his sci-fi roots with Ready Player One
With its sequel After We Collided currently doing big business at the cinema, now’s the time to check out the first film in this YA series. Originally premiering on Netflix last year, Josephine Langford and Hero Fiennes Tiffin (Ralph Fiennes’ nephew) star in this glossy, sexy and undeniably watchable tale of star-crossed college students. No wonder it’s a sensation.
Josephine Langford and Hero Fiennes Tiffin star
The classic novel by Daphne Du Maurier might have been adapted for the screen many times before but with Armie Hammer and Lily James as the leads, this Netflix original boasts the hottest stars of the moment. James plays the new Mrs Maxim de Winter, brought back to her husband’s mansion after a whirlwind romance, only to discover that the memory of his late wife lingers on. A lush and eerie period piece.
Lily James and Armie Hammer star
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If you’re in the mood for something gritty then this Irish crime drama is a must-see. Telling the story of ex-boxer Arm (Cosmo Jarvis), it’s a moody study of divided loyalties and personal struggles featuring yet another standout performance from Barry Keoghan, recently seen in Dunkirk and soon to star in The Batman.
Barry Keoghan stars in the crime drama
Category: Period drama
David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike shine in this gripping true story of the romance between African prince Seretse Khama - heir to what would become Botswana - and English woman Ruth Williams. Set in the aftermath of the Second World War its period details are second to none but it’s the harrowing story of social injustice that really hits home.
David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike star
Claire Foy stars in this latest incarnation of the bestselling Stieg Larsson series and proves a worthy successor to Noomi Rapace and Rooney Mara as heroic hacker Lisbeth Salander. This time around the plot concerns a dangerous security program that Lisbeth’s hired to destroy but really it’s Foy’s menacing glare and the bleak beauty of the snowy Swedish setting that keeps you gripped as much as the story.
Claire Foy plays the iconic heroine Lisbeth Salander
Fresh from its recent run on Broadway, super-producer Ryan Murphy - aka Mr Netflix - gives this classic play a movie makeover, featuring all the show’s original stars. Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer and a brilliant Zachary Quinto feature as gay friends preparing for a party one night in late 60s Manhattan, upset by the arrival of an old college roommate. Prepare for fireworks.
Zachary Quinto stars in the new film
Before Emily Blunt rebooted Mary Poppins, Emma Thompson was doing her own thing for quirky childcare in two Nanny McPhee movies. This one’s the sequel and arguably even better than the first, with Dame Emma helping exhausted mother Isabel (Maggie Gyllenhall) deal with bringing up a family while her husband fights in the 2nd World War. A delight.
Emma Thompson plays the delighted Nanny McPhee
An all-star voice cast of Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Fry and Zach Galifianakis feature in this exquisite animation about a Victorian explorer who discovers an eccentric yeti in the American wilderness. You’ll laugh, yes - but there’s a sweetness too that might just have you in tears.
Check out this charming family film
Beautiful animation from China that follows a young girl determined to build a rocket ship and meet an outer space goddess. Based on an ancient Chinese myth, this is perfect for those of all ages looking for something a little out of the ordinary.
Hamilton's Phillipa Soo voice stars in this new animation
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Tim Burton’s deliciously dark animation about a groom-to-be dragged into the underworld makes a welcome appearance on Netflix just in time for October’s spooky season. Burton regulars Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter provide the lead voices with Richard E Grant, Joanna Lumley and Paul Whitehouse offering typically eccentric support. Watch it while carving your pumpkin.
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The evergreen tale of Whoville’s local Christmas-hater gets another reboot, this time with Benedict Cumberbatch voicing the title character - and clearly loving every second. Made by the same team as Despicable Me, this is gloriously odd fun that also boasts a surprisingly cool contemporary soundtrack.
Benedict voices The Grinch
Category: Brand new
Netflix reboots the Sherlock Holmes legend with this teen spin on the iconic detective, now focusing on his headstrong younger sister Enola (played by Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown). Sam Claflin, Helena Bonham-Carter and Henry Cavill bump up the star quota but it’s an impressively fresh and fun lead turn from Brown that will surely lead to sequels.
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Category: Brand new
Fresh to Netflix and featuring an all-star cast, THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME is a brooding drama about family and faith set mainly on 1950s Ohio. In truth it might have worked better as a mini-series but stars such as Tom Holland, Riley Keough and Robert Pattinson keep things enjoyably moody - as well as a scene-stealing turn from former Hogwarts star Harry ‘Dudley Dursley’ Melling as a crazed preacher.
The much-anticipated film is now available to watch
Looking for something scary to watch? M Night Shyamalan - the man behind classics The Sixth Sense, Signs and Split - delivered the goods with this low-budget, found-footage chiller about two children visiting their grandparents on their remote farm. Don’t believe everything you see...
Excuse us while we hide behind the sofa
Mixing Second World War realism with a fantasy storyline about mutants, Overlord is a blast. Okay, American soldiers didn’t really discover secret Nazi experiments to create a race of zombies back in 1944 but put your cynicism to one side for a couple of hours and you’ll love the thrills and tension of this comic-book style romp.
Fancy a WWII film with zombies?
Yes, it’s that time of year again. Pitched as a direct sequel to the seventies original (although it’s actually the eleventh film in the franchise!), this latest tale of creepy bad guy Michael Myers hits Netflix with original star Jamie Lee Curtis back in the driving seat. Does it still work? Absolutely. There’s enough here to keep both old fans and newcomers happily hiding behind their cushions.
Michael Myers is back
Richard Curtis’s most personal film to date explores the relationship between father and son Bill Nighy and Domhnall Gleeson, who just so happen to both have the power to time travel. The plot wobbles more than a school kid on a scooter but, as always, it’s the copious amounts of charm that Richard Curtis sprinkles throughout that make this an easy watch.
About Time is a must-watch!
Netflix cements its position as the home of both new romantic comedy and Christmas films with this blend of the two starring Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey. As singletons Sloane and Jackson they both hate the pressure to find love during the festive season... so maybe then can help each other out?
Emma Roberts stars in new festive film
Maybe not the best in the Bridget trilogy but with pitch-perfect performances from Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth and especially Hugh Grant there’s still a lot to enjoy - not least Bridget’s rendition of ‘Like a Virgin’ whilst finding herself an unlikely prisoner in a Thai jail.
Enjoy a night in with Bridget Jones
One of the best Hollywood comedies of recent years comes to Netflix at the perfect time. Who doesn’t need a laugh right now? Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams star as a suburban couple whose weekly game night takes a surprising turn. Look out for the brilliant Sharon Horgan too.
Game night goes horribly wrong in hilarious comedy
Horror fanboys Simon Pegg and Nick Frost lead this creepy comedy about some decidedly messy downsides to fracking on the grounds of a posh boarding school. Its humour might be squarely teen-focused but quality co-stars Michael Sheen and Margot Robbie lift this Britflick - new to Netflix - above the average.
Slaughterhouse Rulez is most definitely worth the watch
Based on the bestseller by Nick Hornby, here’s a charm-filled romantic comedy that tells the story of Annie (Rose Byrne) and her romance with ageing rockstar Tucker (Ethan Hawke). The problem? Annie’s music-loving ex Duncan (Chris O’Dowd) is a Tucker superfan. Awkward... and very funny.
We can't wait to give this one a watch
The next movie in the dino-franchise, Jurassic Park: Dominion, might now be delayed until summer 2022 but if you’re hungry for some prehistoric chaos, fear not: Netflix has all the movies in the series, including the classic original from director Steven Spielberg plus the new animated series Camp Cretaceous.
Netflix has all the movies in the series, so what are you waiting for?
Angelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd and Christina Ricci give unforgettable performances in this landmark kids’ film from the nineties, new to Netflix. The Addams clan have been rebooted more recently as an animation but there’s a cheekier, more macabre humour here - as well as an MC Hammer theme tune! - that’s delicious. Perfect for Halloween.
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Captain Marvel star Brie Larson won an Oscar for her portrayal of a kidnap victim Joy in this unforgettable adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s book. It's no mean feat to make a film where so much of the story takes place in a confined space but Larson and co-star Jacob Tremblay (as her five year old son Jack) are electrifying to watch.
Brie Larson won an Oscar for her performance in Room
Like a real-life Raiders of the Lost Ark or The Mummy, this jaw-dropping Netflix Original follows the discovery of an Egyptian tomb, unopened for 4500 years - a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for archaeologists to learn more about an ancient culture and for film-makers to capture the magic as it happens.
This film follows the discovery of an Egyptian tomb
The beloved broadcaster and naturalist brings this new documentary to Netflix that reflects on humanity’s impact on the planet. It’s tough but ultimately optimistic and all told in his inimitable style. When Sir David talks, we listen.
Sir David is back with yet another incredible documentary
Celebrate the life and work of the recently passed Ruth Bader Ginsburg - a groundbreaking lawmaker in the US - with this gripping documentary that highlights her early struggles, subsequent success and current status as an iconic figure in the fight for women’s rights. She may have only stood a shade over five feet tall but when it comes to social reform, ‘The Notorious RBG’ was a giant.
This documentary celebrates the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Get ready to have goosebumps on your goosebumps as this new Netflix documentary charts the story of the Paralympic Games from its humble origins in the aftermath of the 2nd World War to the global even it became during London 2012. World athletic icons such as Johnnie Peacock and Bebe Vio tell their jaw-dropping stories of dedication and focus for a film that’s heartbreaking at times, but ultimately uplifting.
Rising Phoenix will leave you stunned and inspired
This eye-popping new documentary from Netflix about our social media use isn’t a comfortable watch but it is compelling. The biggest shock? Watching former employees of big tech companies reveal the secrets of how they keep us addicted to our screens. Scary stuff.
This will have you switching off your phone
Category: True story
Before he was T'Challa, aka Black Panther, the late Chadwick Boseman caught Hollywood's eye in this biopic of legendary soul man James Brown. It's not easy to portray one of the most energetic - and eccentric - entertainers in history but like Brown, Boseman also had charisma to spare.It's a performance that should have been an award winner.
The late, great Chadwick Boseman in Get On Up
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Dwayne Johnson and a giant gorilla? What’s not to like?! Okay the premise of Rampage, with Dwayne as a tough guy primatologist battling mutant beasts, is ridiculous. But if there’s one man who can turn something so silly into something incredibly watchable then it’s The Rock. Co-starring Naomie Harris.
Dwayne stars in thrilling action film
Keanu Reeves might be currently in comedy mode on the big screen (in the most excellent Bill & Ted Face the Music) but only last year he was at his most menacing in this latest John Wick sequel. The visuals are breathtaking and the addition of Halle Berry to the plot is a masterstroke, but it’s the jaw-dropping martial arts that still make the John Wick franchise a must-see. As Keanu himself would say, “Whoa!”
Keanu might be currently in comedy mode
Category: True story
Tom Hanks is as majestic as ever playing astronaut Jim Lovell in this recreation of a real-life space tragedy from back in 1970. Alongside an all-star cast including Kevin Bacon, Ed Harris and Bill Paxton, Tom shows the human side of a journey to the moon that took a dramatic turn, suddenly becoming a rescue mission. Nominated for nine Oscars.
Tom Hanks stars in top space drama
Category: True story
This critical favourite about astronaut Neil Armstrong lands on Netflix with plenty to recommend it. Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy give beautifully understated turns as Armstrong and his wife Janet while the moon landing sequence itself is a thing of eerie wonder. Don’t expect high-octane action though. This is way more intimate.
Ryan Gosling goes to space in this hit film
The renaissance of Shia LaBoeuf continues in this moving, often hilarious, tale of a young wrestling fan with Down’s Syndrome (Zack Gottsagen) who escapes from his care home and befriends a fisherman (LaBoeuf) who's also on the run. Think Huckleberry Finn with a modern twist. You won't see a more charming film this year.
Dakota Johnson and Shia LaBoeuf
There are Bourne films a-plenty of Netflix right now, including this fourth entry in the series where Jeremy Renner took over from franchise favourite Matt Damon. Renner’s reign was only brief but there’s still a lot to enjoy in this gripping tale of a top-secret government program, not least glittery support from Rachel Weisz, Ed Norton, Joan Allen and Oscar Isaac.
Jeremy Renner and Ed Norton star
Enjoying Nicole Kidman in her latest must-see TV show The Undoing? Then check her out in this underrated crime drama co-starring Sebastian Stan, in which an unrecognisable Nicole plays a frail cop still coming to terms with a tragedy from her past. Breathtaking.
Nicole shines in thriller
October birthday boy Hugh Jackman - 52 this month - plays against type in this brooding drama about a father looking to track down his daughter’s kidnapper. Prisoners was a critical favourite when it was released and it’s easy to see why. Hugh has never been as broken and raw as he is here whilst co-star Jake Gyllenhaal, as the police detective on the case, gives one of his most subtle turns.
Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal star in this thriller
The impossibly glamorous Blake Lively stretches her comedy muscles in this cheeky thriller about chalk-and-cheese mums caught up in a murder investigation. The plot might unravel a little as the film goes on but the movie’s chic styling and warped chemistry between Lively and co-star Anna Kendrick is a joy.
This charming and hilarious thriller is well worth checking out
Originally a gritty BBC mini-series starring James McAvoy and Kelly McDonald, this Hollywood remake brings in movie heavyweights Ben Affleck, Russell Crowe and Helen Mirren to its story of high-level corruption and investigative journalism - and loses none of its power. In today’s political climate it’s no wonder this is finding new fans on Netflix, where it’s currently a Top 10 hit.
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Category: Foreign language
This ravishing - and thrilling - romance is new to Netflix after winning a host of plaudits on its cinema release a few years back. You might recognise the story from Sarah Waters' bestselling novel Fingersmith, already adapted into a BBC mini-series back in 2002. But by switching the action from Victorian London to early 20th century Korea, there’s a whole new mood. Doomed love and dark twists have never looked so beautiful.
The Handmaiden is a visual masterpiece
Hollywood veterans Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, Jane Fonda and Mary Steenburgen breeze through this cheeky rom-com about four friends having their eyes opened by Fifty Shades of Grey. The jokes aren’t exactly subtle but with legends like this, it’s easy to be forgiving.
Check out this charming comedy
October birthday boy Zac Efron - not just a movie star but also a TV presenter thanks to his hit Netflix show ‘Down to Earth’ - shows off his comedic muscles (and his actual ones) in this hilariously NSFW teen comedy classic. Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne co-star.
Seth and Rose play new parents who end up living next door to a Frat house
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