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The Best Movies to Watch on Netflix During Break

By Diane Mwai

Yet again, you’ve found yourself stuck staring at a screen searching for a movie to sit back and relax to. It can be overwhelming with the hundreds of options Netflix gives you from horror movies to rom coms that you tell yourself you hate but secretly love. When times like these arise don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. I took it upon myself to dive into as many movies on Netflix to find the best ones out right now.

Note: These are not in any particular order.

1. “Snowpiercer”

Rating: R

Genre: Dystopian, Action, Science

If you are into apocalyptic films then this is for you. “Snowpiercer” is a 2013 film that was written and directed by Bong Joon-ho, known for the Academy Award winning black comedy thriller, “Parasite,” and stars Marvel actor, Chris Evans.

What makes “Snowpiercer” great is the brilliant plot: after the Earth freezes killing nearly all its inhabitants, the remnants of the human race take refugee on a single train. While you would think that humanity would have learned its lesson, the elites push the lower-class passengers to the tail-section forcing them to live in cramped, horrid conditions.

The tail-section passengers eventually become fed up with the tyranny and decide to plan to take control of the front the train.

I will warn you that this movie can get a bit graphic, but it will take you on a journey that will not disappoint.

2. “Drive”

Genre: Action, Crime, Drama

If you are a sucker for a bad boy, action-filled movie, “Drive” will definitely fulfill that fantasy.

“Drive” takes us through the life of a Hollywood stunt driver who doubles as a getaway driver whose life gets taken off course by his neighbor Irene and her young son, Benicio.

Little did he know that her husband, who soon will be released from prison, would drag him into a million-dollar heist that would eventually go terribly wrong, putting all their lives on the line.

Gosling’s character has a simplistic charm that makes him attractive to not only women but business partners as well. Although he lives a life that is anything but ordinary, he remains poised and put together and never doubts for a second where his loyalty remains.

3. “The Social Dilemma”

Rating: PG-13

Genre: Provocative, Science & Nature, Investigative

Over the past decade, rates of anxiety, depression and low self-esteem have skyrocketed–is this all coincidence? It is not experts say. We all know there is problem with social media but where do we even begin? This is the social dilemma.

This original Netflix documentary features the tech genius’ behind the biggest social media apps that rule the digital world from Facebook to Pinterest to Gmail. They unlock secrets from the tech industry and media apps that will make you look a little differently at your phone.

4. “A Secret Love”

Rating: TV-14

Genre: LGBTQ, Inspiring, Documentary

When I started watching “A Secret Love” I did not know that it would make me ball my eyes out.

Yet again another Netflix original documentary, but this one takes you through a journey of courage and strength as two women are forced to hide their true selves from the world.

“A Secret Love” will open your eyes to a time when loving the same sex was seen as a mental illness. This documentary illustrates the life of Pat and Terry who for decades, had to claim that they were “best friends” when behind closed doors they were lovers.

What I love about this film is that it reminds us of what a privilege it is to identify as a straight person. You will get to hear the many stories of Pat and Terry’s relationship over the years of almost getting caught or outing themselves and even be able to feel the fear that they had of anyone finding out.

Honorable Mentions:

1. “The Queen’s Gambit”

Yes, I know this is not a movie, but it is definitely worth a watch. Critics say that it is like the Forrest Gump of the chess world– I couldn’t agree more. The show is about an orphaned girl who becomes a chess prodigy but as she grows into adulthood she faces a tough relationship with addiction.

2. “The Silence of The Lambs”

One of my favorite movies of all time, which is based off of a Thomas Harris novel, “The Silence of the Lambs” follows an FBI agent as she enlists in the help of a psychiatrist turned psychopathic cannibal to catch a serial killer. If you have ever heard of the show “Hannibal,” it is based off of the sequel novel to this film. I will warn you, this movie is disturbingly graphic and realistic, but that’s what makes it worth while.

I hope that you can sit down and enjoy one of the films mentioned above but as always viewer discretion is advised. Happy Thanksgiving.

Edited By Alivia Moore

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