Movies on Netflix - 2019

I still have the DVD in the mail plan for $12 a month as do 4 million other people. I do this because when I see a commercial for a movie on TV, I can immediately put it in my netflix queue and get it in the mail just a few months later. When I tell my friends what movies I'm watching at home, they tell me it's not in the streaming plan. I do switch to the streaming plan for one month every summer to watch Orange is the New Black and Wentworth and see this for myself. I also have Hulu so I feel I have enough to watch and don't need netflix streaming or cable.

Must See Movies
I've separated this into 4 categories, I highly recommend and enjoyed the movies in the first four categories.

Section 1 - period pieces

BlacKkKlansman In the early 1970s, Ron Stallworth becomes the first African-American detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a difference, he bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. He recruits a seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman, into the undercover investigation. Together, they team up to take down the extremist organization aiming to garner mainstream appeal. Starring  John David Washington and Adam Driver. It won Oscars for  Best Adapted Screenplay and  Best Achievement in Music Written and a nominee for Best Picture.

Green Book The true story of Tony Lip, a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx,  hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley, a world-class Black pianist, on a 1960s concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on "The Green Book" to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans.  Starring Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali,  Sebastian Maniscalco. It won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Original Screenplay.

On the Basis of Sex The life story of Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and how she tried to challenge the system for women in her era. This is a movie every woman should watch. Ginsburg edited the third draft of the script to make sure everything was accurate.  Starring  Felicity Jones and  Justin Theroux.

Mary Queen of Scots
I really enjoyed this movie that explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16, widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry and instead returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. By birth, she also has a rival claim to the throne of Elizabeth I, who rules as the Queen of England. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth's sovereignty. Rivals in power and in love, the two Queens make very different choices about marriage and children. Betrayal, rebellion and conspiracies within each court imperil both Queens--driving them apart, as each woman experiences the bitter cost of power. Starring  Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie. Nominated for Oscars in the categories of Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling and Best Achievement in Costume Design.

The Dirt
Based on the autobiographical book written in 2002 about the most notorious rock band Mötley Crüe. The band didn't want to do a movie until they knew it would be right, and it was worth the wait. While I was never fan of their music, Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx and Vince Neil lived larger than life lives and this movie is insane! I loved watching all the scenes from the 80s and the grit and griminess of the rock n' roll underworld. The film does not disappoint,  it's full of debauchery, partying and drug addiction. It shows Tommy's marriage to Heather Locklear, who strangely posted on instagram a couple years ago a photo of them saying "happy 30th anniversary". This movie is only on streaming and you'll need a bottle of Jack Daniels for this NC-17 film.

Section 2 -  war films

A Private War
In world where journalism is under attack, Marie Colvin is one of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time. Her mission is to show the true cost of war, driving her, along with renowned war photographer Paul Conroy, to embark on the most dangerous assignments of their lives as they journey to the front line of conflicts across the globe

The Yellow Birds
Friends since training, soldiers Bartle and Murph ship off to Iraq under the command of a ready-to-rumble sergeant. When only Bartle returns, a military investigator and Murph's grieving mother are determined to make Bartle reveal what happened.  Toni Collette and Jennifer Aniston play moms in the film.

Section 3 - crime related

Cocaine Godmother
Catherine Zeta-Jones stars in a film based on the life of drug lord Griselda Blanco, a pioneer in the Miami-based cocaine trade. It's a very gritty, dark film.

Sicario: Day of the Soldado
In Sicario: Day of the Soldado, the series begins a new chapter. In the drug war, there are no rules -- and as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the US border, federal agent Matt Graver calls on the mysterious Alejandro, whose family was murdered by a cartel kingpin, to escalate the war in nefarious ways. Alejandro kidnaps the kingpin's daughter to inflame the conflict -- but when the girl is seen as collateral damage, her fate will come between the two men as they question everything they are fighting for.
Starring Benicio Del Toro in the second installment of this film.

White Boy Rick
Set in 1980s Detroit at the height of the crack epidemic and the War on Drugs, White Boy Rick is based on the moving true story of a blue-collar father and his teenage son, Rick Wershe Jr., who became an undercover police informant and later a drug dealer before he was abandoned by his handlers and sentenced to life in prison. Starring Matthew McConaughey.

Widows When four thieves are killed during a robbery attempt, their widows suddenly find themselves facing shaky futures. After due consideration, the ladies decide to join forces to finish the botched heist. Screenwriter is Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn. Cast includes  Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez,  Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall and Liam Neeson. This was a really suspenseful movie with unexpected twists. When you invert the number 8961968, what does it read?

The Mule Earl, a broke man in his 80s, is offered a job that simply requires him to drive. But unbeknownst to Earl, he's just signed on as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel. He does well—so well, in fact, that his cargo increases exponentially, and Earl is assigned a handler. But he isn't the only one keeping tabs on Earl; the mysterious new drug mule has also hit the radar of hard-charging DEA agent Colin Bates. And even as his money problems become a thing of the past, Earl's past mistakes start to weigh heavily on him, and it's uncertain if he'll have time to right those wrongs before law enforcement, or the cartel's enforcers, catch up to him. Starring  Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Peña, Andy Garcia.

Miss Bala
Gloria drives to Tijuana, Mexico, to visit her best friend who is competing in the local "Miss Baja" beauty pageant. During a night out, her friend is abducted and Gloria finds herself a pawn in a dangerous game being played by the CIA, the DEA, and a charismatic yet ruthless cartel kingpin. Finding a power she never knew she had, Gloria plays one organization against the other as she seeks to rescue her friend. Surviving will require all of her cunning, inventiveness and strength. Starring Gina Rodriguez

Section 4 - light humorous

Book Club
Friends and members of the 60-plus set, Diane, Jane, Sharon and Carol have seen it all when it comes to relationships. But after reading "Fifty Shades of Grey," they're inspired to make bold choices in the romance department, with hilarious results. Starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen,  Richard Dreyfuss, Alicia Silverstone, Andy Garcia, Don Johnson.

Crazy Rich Asians
"Crazy Rich Asians" follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young, to his best friend's wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick's family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. It turns out that he is not only the scion of one of the country's wealthiest families but also one of its most sought-after bachelors. Being on Nick's arm puts a target on Rachel's back, with jealous socialites and, worse, Nick's own disapproving mother taking aim. And it soon becomes clear that while money can't buy love, it can definitely complicate things.

The Upside
A recently paroled ex-convict, Dell, strikes up an unusual and unlikely friendship with a quadriplegic billionaire, Philip Lacasse. From worlds apart, Dell and Philip form an unlikely bond, bridging their differences and gaining invaluable wisdom in the process, giving each man a renewed sense of passion for all of life's possibilities. Starring Kevin Hart,  Bryan Cranston, Nicole Kidman.

This underwater action movie reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean "Aquaman" who we saw briefly in the movies Suicide Squad, Justice League and Batman vs Superman. The movie stars Nicole Kidman playing both a 20 year old and 40+ year old seamlessly with no makeup change. And  Jason Momoa, Willem Dafoe,  and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. I am not an action movie fan and was surprised how much I liked this movie.

Family tells the story of 11-year-old Maddie, a social misfit who practices karate moves with trees. Her self-absorbed, childless aunt, Kate, offers to take care of her for a week while Maddie's parents are busy, and it proves to be the most transformative week of young Maddie's life. Starring  Taylor Schilling. I found this movie kind of cute.

Other available movies
Second Act
Maya is a 40-year-old woman struggling with frustrations of not having achieved more in life. As an experienced, quick-witted, perceptive employee, she is passed over for a promotion solely because she doesn't have a college degree. Until, that is, she gets the chance to prove that street smarts are as valuable as book smarts, and that it is never too late for a Second Act. Starring Jennifer Lopez, Leah Remini, Vanessa Hudgens

Little Italy
A light chick flick/ romantic comedy about two lifelong pals (Hayden Christensen, Emma Roberts) whose romance is threatened by their parents' rival pizzerias. Also starring Alyssa Milano and Jane Seymour.

Young mother Riley North awakens from a coma after her husband and daughter are killed in a brutal attack on the family. When the system frustratingly shields the murderers from justice, Riley sets out to transform herself from citizen to urban guerrilla. Channeling her frustration into personal motivation, she spends years in hiding honing her mind, body and spirit to become an unstoppable force -- eluding the underworld, the LAPD and the FBI -- as she methodically delivers her personal brand of justice. Starring Jennifer Garner and Method Man.

Tully tells the dark story of Marlo, a mother of three who is gifted a night nanny by her brother. Hesitant to the extravagance at first, she forms a unique bond with the thoughtful, unpredictable, young nanny. Starring Charlize Theron and Mackenzie Davis.

Mary Poppins Returns
The remake of Mary Poppins shows the story of what happens to the kids when they grow up and Mary Poppins returns to help with their kids.  Starring Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep.

Focusing on his  two-term tenure as second in command to U.S. President George W. Bush, this biographical drama chronicles the long and controversial political career of Dick Cheney. Starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell.

Night School
When accidentally destroying his workplace gets successful salesman Teddy fired, he can't find another decent job unless he finally gets his GED. But two major things stand in his way: Carrie, a teacher with no time for grown-up class clowns, and Stewart, Teddy's high school nemesis-turned-principal who will do anything to see him fail. Now every school rule is about to be broken when they all go head-to-head in a wild battle of wits, pranks and lessons you can't learn in books. Starring  Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Fat Joe

Mission Impossible - Fallout
Überspy Ethan Hunt and his fearless cohorts on the Impossible Missions Force are tested as never before -- physically and mentally -- in this stunt-heavy installment of the action-thriller series. Starring Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin, Angela Bassett. I have to say I was disappointed in this film.

A Star is Born
The most talked about movie of last year that wasn't one of my favorites. Seasoned musician Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) discovers—and falls in love with—struggling artist Ally (Lady Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer… until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally's career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jack fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons

In this historical drama, the car accident that doomed Ted Kennedy's presidential ambitions and resulted in the drowning death of 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne gets a fresh look, focusing on the cover-up that followed the crash.

The Commuter
Insurance salesman Michael MacCauley quiet train ride home turns into a terrifying situation when a mysterious woman forces him to find a specific passenger before the last stop, entangling Woolrich in a deadly conspiracy. I really liked the suspense in this film. Starring  Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
In this sun-soaked sequel, a pregnant Sophie (Donna's daughter) is now running the family villa on Kalokairi and worried about facing motherhood minus her mom's guidance. But Donna's best friends reassure Sophie with tales about Donna's experiences. Starring Lily James, Christine Baranski, Pierce Brosnan,  Colin Firth, Andy Garcia, Amanda Seyfried, Cher, Meryl Streep

A Simple Favor
Single mom Stephanie finds her small-town life upended when best friend Emily asks Stephanie to pick up her son from school -- and promptly vanishes. Bent on solving the mystery, Stephanie joins forces with Emily's husband. Starring Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding.

The Spy Who Dumped Me 
Getting dumped always hurts, but Audrey is well rid of her ex when he shows up at her door on the run from a band of assassins. Unaware that he's really a spy, Audrey and her best friend soon find themselves plunged into a global conspiracy. Starring Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon, Justin Theroux, Gillian Anderson

Long Shot
When Fred Flarsky reunites with his first crush, one of the most influential women in the world, Charlotte Field, he charms her with his self-deprecating humor and his memories of her youthful idealism. Starring  Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron, O'Shea Jackson Jr., and Lisa Kudrow.

Escape at Dannemora series Proving that even the highest-security prison is vulnerable to the manipulations of inmates, two convicted murderers seduce a married woman working in the facility's garment shop so she'll assist them in their escape. Benicio Del Toro, Patricia Arquette

Coming out in August 

The Hustle
In this comedy, two expert con women using markedly different styles make a bet on which one of them can snare the affections of the same unsuspecting mark: a young technology billionaire ripe for the plucking. Starring  Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson.

If you have 4 hours of time, I just discovered an old excellent movie starting  Benicio Del Toro who gives a performance as Ernesto "Che" Guevara, an asthmatic Argentine doctor who became one of Latin America's most legendary revolutionary leaders in the 1950s.

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