Netflix Quick Picks: ‘Side Effects’, ‘Intolerable Cruelty’, and more

For those of you looking for some good movies to check out from the comfort of your own home this weekend, I decided I’d put together a list of some worth looking into. Below are some recommendations, placed into specific sub-genre descriptions that should help you decide whether or not it’s your cup of tea. Enjoy!

The Twisty Psychological Drama
Side Effects (2013), starring Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law, and Catherine Zeta-Jones
Synopsis: “A young woman’s world unravels when a drug prescribed by her psychiatrist has unexpected side effects.”

The Based-on-Real-Events Thriller
Zodiac (2007), starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, and Robert Downey Jr.
Synopsis: “A San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac killer.”

The Best Found-Footage Movie… Period
End of Watch (2012), starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Mario Pena, and Anna Kendrick
Synopsis: “Shot documentary-style, this film follows the daily grind of two young police officers in LA who are partners and friends, and what happens when they meet criminal forces greater than themselves.”

The Underseen Tarantino Feature
Jackie Brown (1997), starring Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, and Bridget Fonda
Synopsis: “A flight attendant becomes a key figure in a plot between the police and an arms dealer.”

The Enduring Classic
Roman Holiday (1953), starring Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, and Eddie Albert
Synopsis: “A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome.”

The Romantic Screwball Comedy
Intolerable Cruelty (2004), starring George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones
Synopsis: “A revenge-seeking gold digger marries a womanizing Beverly Hills lawyer with the intention of making a killing in the divorce.”

The Dated-Yet-Fun Period Comedy
The Last Days of Disco (1998), starring Kate Beckinsale, Chloe Sevigny, and Chris Eigeman
Synopsis: “Story of two female Manhattan book editors fresh out of college, both finding love and themselves while frequenting the local disco.”

The Fun Comedy with Obvious Political Undertones
Butter (2011), starring Jennifer Garner and Ty Burrell
Synopsis: “In Iowa, an adopted girl discovers her talent for butter carving and finds herself pitted against an ambitious local woman in their town’s annual contest.”

The Quirky Comedy-Drama
Punch-Drunk Love (2002), starring Adam Sandler and Emily Watson
Synopsis: “A psychologically troubled novelty supplier is nudged towards a romance with an English woman, all the while being extorted by a phone-sex line run by a crooked mattress salesman, and purchasing stunning amounts of pudding.”

The Touching Foreign Catch-All
The Intouchables (2011), starring Omar Sy and Francoise Cluzet
Synopsis: “After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caretaker.”

The Gripping Documentary
Senna (2010), subject Ayrton Senna
Synopsis: “A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34.”

Other Good Picks
Being John Malkovich (1999) — just try wrapping your brain around this one
Bottle Rocket (1996) — a great heist comedy
Charade (1963) — a fun, twisty romantic comedy thriller with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) — a beautiful blend of sci-fi and romance
Lost in Translation (2003) — one of the best offbeat comedy dramas you’ll find
Manhattan (1979) — for the Woody Allen lovers
Memento (2000) — one of the best modern psychological thrillers
Safety Not Guaranteed (2011) — a fun indie sci-fi comedy
United 93 (2006) — a harrowing, true-events thriller
Warrior (2011) — the best sports drama available

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