Each week, Insider rounds up a list of great movies to watch on Netflix on the weekend. This weekend, we recommend watching the mind-boggling true-crime documentary "Abducted in Plain Sight," as well as the Spanish-language dramedy "Y tu mamá también." There's also plenty of action-packed films available to watch, like Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill" and "The Bling Ring." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.
Netflix has hundreds of movies available to stream, and it can get a little overwhelming figuring out what to watch. That's why Insider rounds up a list of great films (and TV shows) to watch on Netflix each weekend. There are plenty of true-crime inspired films available to stream, including "Abducted in Plain Sight," about a young girl repeatedly kidnapped by a close friend of her family, and "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile," which features Zac Efron playing serial killer Ted Bundy. And lighter films like "Y tu mamá también," a Spanish-language dramedy, and "The Bling Ring," which focuses on the real-life exploits of teenage burglars in Hollywood, are also available to stream. Here are seven great movies you can watch on Netflix this weekend."The Bling Ring" is inspired by a real-life string of Hollywood burglaries.
Netflix description: "Based on fact, this comic thriller tracks the saga of the Hollywood Hills Burglar Bunch, who used the Web to time their robberies of stars' homes." Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 59% Audience score: 33% Even though critics were lukewarm about this Sofia Coppola movie, it's still worth watching for Emma Watson's performance alone. The "Harry Potter" actress nails her Valley Girl drawl, and is eerily convincing as Nicki, a vapid and materialistic California teenager who's based on real-life petty thief Alexis Neiers (of the infamous "Nancy Jo, this is Alexis Neiers calling" meme). Plus, early 2000s celebrities like Paris Hilton and Kirsten Dunst also make appearances as themselves in the film, only adding to the fun-yet-slightly-unhinged vibe of this comedy. "Kill Bill" is an action-packed revenge film that's not for the faint of heart.
Netflix description: "An assassin is shot by her ruthless employer, Bill, and other members of their assassination circle. But she lives — and plots her vengeance." Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 85% (certified fresh) Audience score: 81% Starring Tarantino muse Uma Thurman, "Kill Bill" is a gory, violent, but ultimately rewarding roller coaster of a movie that focuses on the efforts of "The Bride" (Thurman) to exact revenge for the killings of her friends and family. "Kill Bill" has all the hallmarks of other Tarantino films — an eccentric soundtrack, slick stunts, and numerous references to past movies and TV shows — but features a mostly female cast that includes Lucy Liu and Vivica A. Fox. The violence isn't for the squeamish, but overall, "Kill Bill" is a surprisingly empowering film from a director who's famously obsessed with women's feet. Leonardo DiCaprio stars in "Inception," a trippy but memorable thriller about the unconscious mind.
Netflix description: "In this mind-bending sci-fi thriller, a man runs an espionage business built around entering the subconscious of his targets to mold their thoughts." Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 87% (certified fresh) Audience score: 91% If you're in the mood for a cerebral but still entertaining thriller, "Inception" is the movie for you. Featuring dazzling visual effects, a trippy plot, and memorable performances from Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Ellen Page, this Christopher Nolan film will leave you wanting more — but in the best way possible. "Abducted in Plain Sight" tells of the horrifying lengths one sociopath went to in order to kidnap a young girl.
Netflix description: "In this true-crime documentary, a family falls prey to the manipulative charms of a neighbor, who abducts their adolescent daughter. Twice." Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 76% Audience score: 63% True crime fans won't want to miss "Abducted in Plain Sight," which is as terrifying as it is mind-boggling, leaving viewers wrestling with the question: What family in their right mind would continue to live next to a sociopath? While the film doesn't quite get into the meat of the issue — or ask the family members any tough questions — it's still filled with enough twists and turns to keep even the most jaded true crime fan engaged. "Y tu mamá también" is a sexy, funny, and moving road movie set in Mexico.
Netflix description: "When rich teens Tenoch and Julio meet the alluring, older Luisa, they try to impress her with stories of a road trip, then convince her to join them." Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 92% (certified fresh) Audience score: 88% Equal parts road movie and coming-of-age film, "Y tu mamá también" offers surprisingly poignant observations on death, illness, and sexuality. While the movie primarily focuses on the burgeoning sexual relationship between Lucia, Tenoch, and Julio (and features numerous sex scenes), there are also plenty of moments of quiet heartache and unexpected tenderness between the characters. Plus, director Alfonso Cuarón deftly incorporates the economic and political turmoil Mexico was facing at the time into the film, creating a beautiful and memorable portrait of a country (and characters) at a crossroads. Notorious serial killer Ted Bundy is played by Zac Efron in "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile."
Netflix description: "Single mother Liz falls for Ted Bundy and refuses to believe the truth about his crimes for years. A drama based on a true story." Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 55% Audience score: 58% While this film leaves out a lot from the notorious serial killer's life, Efron gives a compelling performance as Bundy in a far cry from his "High School Musical" days. There's not much to the narrative other than Bundy's descent into homicidal mania, but Efron's performance alone makes "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile" a must-watch. "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?" stars Johnny Depp and a young Leonardo DiCaprio.
Netflix description: "In a backwater Iowa town, young Gilbert is torn between taking care of his troubled family and a girl who shows him new possibilities for his life." Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 90% (certified fresh) Audience score: 89% With an all-star cast and a compelling, if a bit overdone, plot, "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?" really lets its stars (Depp and DiCaprio) shine. Depp plays a young man balancing a burgeoning romance with the responsibility of taking care of his mentally disabled brother and morbidly obese mother. The conclusion is slightly cliché, but Depp and DiCaprio bring it all together.
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This week's most popular movies on Netflix include its original thriller "Dangerous Lies" and "Den of...This week's most popular movies on Netflix include its original thriller "Dangerous Lies" and "Den of Thieves." Netflix introduced daily top lists of the most popular titles on the service in February. Streaming search engine Reelgood keeps track of the lists and provides Business Insider with a rundown of the week's most popular movies on Netflix every Friday. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The Netflix action movie "Extraction" is pacing to be the streaming giant's biggest movie premiere ever, but it was dethroned this week as the service's most popular movie. Another Netflix original, "Dangerous Lies," stole the crown. Netflix introduced daily top 10 lists of its most viewed movies and TV shows in February (it counts a view if an account watches at least two minutes of a title). Every week, the streaming search engine Reelgood compiles for Business Insider a list of which movies have been most prominent on Netflix's daily lists that week. On Reelgood, users can browse Netflix's entire movie library and sort by IMDb or Rotten Tomatoes ratings. This week's list also includes "Den of Thieves," another movie starring Gerard Butler after his "Angel Has Fallen" enjoyed a few weeks on the list. But the real winner this week is Netflix itself, as five of the seven movies on the list are Netflix originals. Below are Netflix's 7 most popular movies of the week in the US: SEE ALSO: Insiders say major questions hang over DC Universe as its parent company prepares to launch Netflix rival HBO Max 7. "The Willoughbys" (2020 — Netflix original) Netflix description: "Four siblings with horribly selfish parents hatch a plan to get rid of them for good and form a perfectly imperfect family of their own." Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 89% What critics said: "Though the film-makers are indebted to Edward Gorey and Lemony Snicket — and pay musical homage to Mark Mothersbaugh's work on The Royal Tenenbaums — they find their own voice, when it counts." — London Evening Standard 6. "Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story" (2020 — Netflix original) Netflix description: "After 16-year-old Cyntoia Brown is sentenced to life in prison, questions about her past, physiology and the law itself call her guilt into question." Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 75% What critics said: "A moving reflection of what criminal justice reform means in personal terms." — New York Times 5. "Arctic Dogs" (2019) Netflix description: "When he stumbles upon evil Otto Von Walrus's scheme to melt the Arctic, ambitious delivery fox Swifty assembles a ragtag crew to protect the planet." Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 13% What critics said: "There's really not much to recommend about this film: the animation lacks texture, the score is overwrought, the plotting is scattershot, and the character design is uninspired." — AV Club 4. "Den of Thieves" (2018) Netflix description: "A highly skilled crew of bank robbers plotting a heist at the supposedly impenetrable Federal Reserve faces off against an elite unit of L.A. cops." Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 41% What critics said: "It often resembles a men's rights bonding weekend more than it does a movie." — Guardian 3. "Extraction" (2020 — Netflix original) Netflix description: "A hardened mercenary's mission becomes a soul-searching race to survive when he's sent into Bangladesh to rescue a drug lord's kidnapped son." Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 68% What critics said: "Illustrates an important principle in escapist entertainment: you don't have to one-up your predecessors. Sometimes, it's enough to replicate what made them successful." — Newsday 2. "All Day and a Night" (2020 — Netflix original) Netflix description: "While serving life in prison, a young man looks back at the people, the circumstances and the system that set him on the path toward his crime." Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 56% What critics said: "'All Day and a Night' lingers and sometimes meanders in that gray zone, where the story can accrue texture and feeling and emerge as more than the sum of its plot mechanics." — Los Angeles Times 1. "Dangerous Lies" (2020 — Netflix original) Netflix description: "A broke caregiver unexpectedly inherits her patient's estate, but dark secrets swirl around her newfound wealth, tangling her in deceit and danger." Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 39% What critics said: "Looks like it cost the amount of your monthly Netflix subscription and is as satisfying to watch as it is paying that particular bill." — Globe and Mail