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5 films and series to watch on Netflix this weekend


by Jennifer McShane
21st Sep 2019

The evenings are getting cooler so now we have an excuse (a real one) to curl up with a cosy throw and binge Netflix to our heart’s content. Here are five picks to get you started


Top Boy

Drake is serving as executive producer for the third season of British gang drama Top Boy – a series which Netflix has revived with 10 new episodes following its first two seasons airing on Channel 4.

W. Ashley Walters will return as dealer Dushane, as will Kane “Kano” Robinson as ex-con Sully, with Little Simz, Dave, and rising star Michael Ward rounding out the cast. The new episodes pick up as Walters’ Dushane returns from exile to his home in London to reclaim his throne in the highly lucrative drug market. He teams up with Robinson’s Sully, his spiritual brother, partner and sometime rival who is also returning to the same streets after his own form of exile – prison – comes to an end.

Mother!

Mother! is the film that Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky didn’t want you to know anything about. The film was in secrecy upon its cinematic release, save for sparse details about the film which centres on a couple whose tranquil existence is disrupted when uninvited guest descends on their home. The cast is stellar from Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer and come the third act, you won’t quite believe what you’re watching. It’ll polarise viewers but I’d never a horror quite like it.

Blade Runner 2049

The long-awaited sequel to Blade Runner didn’t smash recordas was expected but Arrival director Dennis Villeneuve did make his mark on a visually stunning movie. The film remains set in a dystopian future where Ryan Gosling teams up with Harrison Ford as both go on the run. What this one does is make you fully appreciate the love story between Rachel and Deckard in the original. Watch it before this one to get the full emotional impact and as Rutger Hauer sadly passed away a few days ago, his ending monologue has never been more beautiful.

Criminal

This revolutionary procedural comprises 12 unique stories set in 4 different countries: France, Spain, Germany and the UK. This stripped-down, cat-and-mouse drama focuses on the intense mental conflict between detectives and suspects. There are significant differences in the countries, casts, and cases between the four settings, but one key part of the format remains the same: the drama takes place within the confines of a police interview suite. This offers a fresh twist on the usual crime dramas and is absolutely worth a watch.

American Horror Story: Apocalypse 

Can you believe we’re at season 8 already? We’re legit still terrified of the scary haunted house goings-on (and the credits) from season one. This time around, FX and Ryan Murphy give us an intriguing glimpse at what would occur at the end of the world as we know it. After the nuclear apocalypse, the world’s chosen elite survive in secure outposts created by the mysterious ‘Cooperative’ in American Horror Story: Apocalypse.  Is any of this freakier than the army of insane clowns in the previous seasons? That only you can decide.

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