January is freezing. With little to no interactions outside of your family, Winter Term and online classes start feeling long. Amidst the snow and ice, there is a beacon of warmth awaiting you: Netflix. With action, mystery, romance, and comedy, the streaming service is packed with movies just begging to be watched. For those of you who struggle with picking a movie from its vast selection, I’ve made life easy for you. Here are the top seven Netflix movies to get you through Winter Term.
1. Enola Holmes
Released in September 2020, “Enola Holmes” welcomes you to a world of mystery, action, and romance. The main character Enola, played by Millie Bobby Brown, sets out on a journey to find her missing mother and soon finds herself in a multitude of unpredictable situations. While by no means a cinematic masterpiece, “Enola Holmes” is sure to prompt laughter and smiles all around. Read The Phillipian review here.
2. The Trial of the Chicago 7
“The Trial of the Chicago 7” is based on the true story of seven men protesting against the Vietnam War. The film offers insight into American politics in the late 1960s and touches on subjects relevant to today’s world, such as police brutality, institutionalized racism, and protest movements. The film is educational and a must-watch for anyone interested in 1960s politics and current social issues. Read The Phillipian review here.
3. The Prom
Starring Meryl Streep, James Corden, and Nicole Kidman, “The Prom” is an upbeat musical sharing the story of a high school student who is cruelly un-invited to prom. With the help of a few Broadway stars, she finds a way to have her own prom. This film is sure to get you up on your feet, dancing along to the music. “The Prom” is also a great pick to watch with your family.
4. The Half of It
“The Half of It” is a story of teenage romance and friendship. Set in a small religious town called Squahamish, three highschool students find themselves entangled in a love triangle. With a splash of romance, comedy, and heartbreak, this film has a little something for everyone.
5. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Although the title might be a turnoff for some, this film is certainly a hidden gem. Set in 1946 on an island off the coast of France, the movie shares the story of a writer who stumbles across a unique book club started during WWII. This is not only a perfect film for anyone interested in daily life after WWII, but it also depicts a sweet romance that will tug on your heartstrings. A great pick for a cozy Saturday night in bed.
6. Murder Mystery
Starring Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler, “Murder Mystery” guarantees a laugh. On their spontaneous vacation, a husband and wife find themselves in the middle of a murder, and they make it their mission to find the killer. Filled with jokes and mishaps, “Murder Mystery” is a humorous film to watch with friends or family.
7. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” (TATBILB) is the cheesy teenage love story that everyone craves. This movie is great to watch on a night at home or when taking a break from homework. If you’re looking for more after TATBILB, fear not. The sequel, “P.S. I Still Love You,” is also on Netflix, and the third film, “Always and Forever,” will be released on February 12.