For The Netflix Addicts: 10 Movies To Stream Right Now

April 11, 2016  |  
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If you’re like me, and you’re honest with yourself, you’re not afraid to admit that you have a Netflix addiction.  It’s not exactly unhealthy but it hasn’t helped you get the sleep you desperately need, either.  And maybe your not-fully-unhealthy addiction has prevented you from interacting with fellow human beings.   But we’re not judging. We know it’s not your fault!  Netflix is a never-ending bastion of cinematic goodness.  But there’s little variety to the films Netflix promotes on their home page and their search parameters aren’t the best.  That means you really have to comb through their archives and dig for the cinematic jewels that will please your movie palette.   You being the uber Netflix fan that you are, you try to have the time and the patience to find those treasures, but your patience is wearing a little thin.

Lucky for you, we went ahead and compiled a list of the 10 best movies you need to stream on Netflix right now. You’re welcome.  Now, proceed to Netflix and chill or Netflix and whatever it is you do before these titles vanish from their catalog altogether.

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Trash

Trash follows three young, street smart Brazilian boys who try to beat a corrupt political system after making a garbage dump discovery.  Kind of a mix between City of God (though way less violent) and Slumdog Millionaire, Trash stars young actors Rickson Tevez, Eduardo Luis, and Gabriel Weinstein.

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The Road Within

Zoe Kravitz plays a young woman recovering from an eating disorder in this road trip film about an unlikely trio of wannabe misfits who escape a recovery center and set out for the ocean.  Kravitz dropped to a staggering 90 pounds for the role and made public her own past struggles with anorexia.

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Ayanda

This coming-of-age South African film about a young Jo’burg woman who does everything in her power to save the car repair shop she inherited from her late father is warm, engaging and presents a strong-willed woman in an arena typically dominated by men.  And newcomer Fulu Mugovhani truly captivates as the lead character, Ayanda.

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Tangerine

Just like director Matthew A. Cherry’s film 9 Rides, Tangerine was shot entirely on an iPhone.  Released in 2015, Tangerine shows a day in the life of two trans sex workers in Los Angeles.  But the film doesn’t go where you’d expect.  It’s surprisingly funny and heartwarming.

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Ashes and Embers

A rarely seen film from 1982 directed by renowned L.A. Rebellion filmmaker Haile Gerima, Ashes and Embers was recently restored and rereleased by Ava DuVernay under her ARRAY Classics division.  The drama tells the story of a Black Vietnam vet who’s trying to cope with his past while dealing with a politically turbulent present.

The Art of Organized Noise

The Art of Organized Noize

This electric documentary film chronicles the Atlanta-based hip-hop production trio known as Organized Noize.  They are the influential hitmakers behind groups and solo artists like Outkast, TLC, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Ludacris, to name a few.

Image Source: Sweet Blackberry

Image Source: Sweet Blackberry

Garrett’s Gift

Narrated by Queen Latifah, this 20-minute short film is perfect to watch with your kids.  Made by Sweet Blackberry, actress Karyn Parsons’ organization that seeks to “bring little known stories of African American achievement to children everywhere,” Garrett’s Gift tells the story of traffic signal inventor, Garrett Morgan, as a child.

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French Dirty

Vincent is stumbling through life after a bad breakup in the L.A.-set indie drama known as French Dirty.  Written and directed by brothers Wade and Jesse Allain-Marcus, it’s a romantic film that strays from the conventions of the rom-com, vacillates back and forth through time and presents a view of love and relationships that’s less than picture perfect.

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B For Boy

This 2013 Nigerian film about a woman who is expected to birth a son examines the pressures and expectations of cultural traditions, customs and patriarchy.

Mandela My Dad And Me

Mandela, My Dad And Me

Idris Elba played the late Nelson Mandela in the 2013 film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.  Elba’s documentary, Mandela, My Dad and Me, is a combination tribute to his late father, Mandela and chronicles his journey of creating the tribute album Idris Elba Presents mi Mandela.

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