A big week for Netflix Original movies in what many are calling “prestige season” for the streamer as it releases its biggest movies in the run-up to Christmas. Here are our top movie picks for October 29, 2022.
This week is one of Netflix’s best for generating critical and audience hits, at least when it comes to reviewing scores. Three of their major films carry the prestigious “Certified Fresh” label.
Did you miss any of our movie recommendations from last week? We gave some movie and TV recommendations in the same article, so check them out if you haven’t already.
Missed any new releases this week? Check out our new on Netflix hub for more.
What to watch on Netflix this week
good nurse (2022)
Genre: Biography, crime, drama
Director: Tobias Lindholm
Caste: Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne, Kim Dickens
Author: Charles Graber, Christy Wilson-Kearns
runtime: 121 minutes
Rewinding to Wednesday, Netflix added its first big new movie for the week in the form of a biopic drama with stellar performances from both Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne.
If you haven’t seen the latest movie based on a true story, here’s what you can expect:
“An overburdened ICU nurse leans on her selfless new colleague at work and at home—until the unexpected death of a patient casts her in a suspicious light.”
All quiet on the western front (2022)
Genre: Action, drama, war
Director: Edward Berger
Caste: Daniel Brühl, Albrecht Schuch, Sebastian Hulk
Author: Edward Berger, Lesley Patterson, Ian Stoeckel
runtime: 147 minutes
This WW1 movie based on the timeless novel that was previously adapted is one of the best ever and one of the best international movies that Netflix has ever produced.
The story follows 17-year-old Paul as he joins the Western Front in World War I; His initial enthusiasm is soon shattered by the grim reality of life in the trenches.
After watching the movie recently, I’m ranking it as one of the best war movies of all time. Sitting on that side Hacksaw Ridge, The Great Escape and Saving Private Ryan.
Wendell and Wilde (2022)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Director: Henry Selick
Caste: Lyric Ross, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele
Author: Henry Selick, Jordan Peele, Clay McLeod Chapman
runtime: 105 minutes
Hoping to bring back the lost (yet expensive) art of stop-motion animation is a pioneer in the space, Henry Selick. He returns to film for his first major project in over a decade, which Crooked Markie says is “something special” and is “a bit messy, but very weird and wonderful”.
Simply put, the movie follows a pair of brothers who make a deal to bring a human girl to the real world.
In our review, we said that you should “play” the movie and watch the movie if you like it Caroline, the nightmare before christmas, or Isle of Dogs.
For fans of stop-motion animation, you’re in for a treat Pinocchio In early December and new Chicken Run Movie in 2023.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime
Director: Pierre Morel
Caste: Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Jasmine Trinca
Author: Jean-Patrick Manchet, Don McPherson, Pete Travis
runtime: 115 minutes
Added to Netflix out of the blue on Friday (another reason to keep your browser locked to Netflix) was this Sean Penn action movie.
No, it’s not as good as the movies listed above but if you’re looking for an action thriller to turn your brain off, you could do a lot worse.
47 Ronin’s Blade (2022)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy
Director: Ron Yuan
Caste: Anna Akana, Teresa Ting, Mike Moh
Author: Amy Garcia, AJ Mendez, John Swetnam
Note: This title was added to Netflix in the United States only.
Coming exclusively to Netflix this week with a physical and VOD release is the direct-to-video sequel to the Keanu Reeves action movie.
It comes to Netflix through an output deal with Universal 1440, and while reviews for the title haven’t been particularly strong, fans of martial arts action movies will want to add it to their lists.
In the modern-day sequel, a new class of warriors emerges among the samurai clans to protect the sought-after sword from falling into the wrong hands.
Genre: Short, action, crime
Director: Tom Whitworth
Caste: Brian Ogola, Davina Leonard, Lenny Zuma
Author: Davina Leonard, Tom Whitworth
Finally, this week, we want to draw your attention to a returning short film that relatively recently returned to Netflix.
The short is less than 30-minutes in length and is about a brave farmer who steals ivory from a group of international terrorists.
This is an independent film that will no doubt be re-buried within the Netflix library, so give it a shot if you haven’t already.
What movies are you watching on Netflix this week? Let us know in the comments below.