Nothing says ‘cosy evening in’ more than teeing up a new Netflix release on the telly. Here, we round up the best new offerings. So sit back, load one of the below, throw that big blanket over your feet and prepare not to move for the rest of the evening (except to pour yourself one more cup of tea).
A selection at the Toronto International Film Festival, short film We Love Moses is a brilliant coming of age story, written and directed by Dionne Edwards. Ella is 12 years old, living on an estate in south London and hopelessly crushing on her brother’s best friend, Moses – until she discovers a secret that changes everything. Tackling race, sexuality and perceived ideas of gender, this is a sensitively told take on growing up and public image.
Essential watching for any fans of The Boss, this is a feel-good comedy drama set in 1987 Luton about the music of Bruce Springsteen, as discovered by a Pakistani British teenager as he begins to navigate his identity, culture and the world around him. Directed by Gurinder Chadha (behind that most hallowed of hits, Bend It Like Beckham) this is a funny yet touching take on 1980s culture and race in Britain.
The filmmakers behind that Fyre documentary and the executive producer of Tiger King have come together for what’s set to be your next Netflix obsession: a devastatingly revealing look at the US college admissions scandal of 2019, recreated from actual FBI wiretaps. Focusing on mastermind Rick Singer – and the celebrity, elite clients who paid for his ‘side door’ admissions services – it’s a totally fascinating look at the lives of the privileged.
The rich filmic trope of the tense, employer-nanny relationship gets plumbed again in Deadly Illusions, a new thriller starring Kristin Davis as a bestselling novelist with writer’s block, who hires a young woman to look after her two children. Soon, lines between fiction and reality become blurred in an old-school, classic thriller that’ll have your Saturday night zipped up.
It’s cold, it’s dark, it’s wet and windy, which means we all need the TV equivalent of comfort food in the form of new series Firefly Lane. An adaptation of Kristin Hanna’s novel about two female friends who meet each other in girlhood and stick together through the good and bad times of growing up, this is a fairly fluffy watch that’ll remind you of your favourite vintage soaps. Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke are superb, and the late 1970s style costumes? Even more so.
Who wouldn’t like a few extra laughs right now? Happily, you’ll be getting them in spades once the second season of Tiffany Haddish’s wildly popular stand-up comedy show hits screens. Given that the first season was Emmy-nominated, you might think it would be hard to beat, but the seriously amusing line up manages it easily. Haddish has selected an all-Black cast, a move that has earned praise already; New York-based comedian Erin Jackson shines particularly bright. A must-see if you’re in need of a smile.
If you watch one thing this season, make it Malcom & Marie. From acclaimed director Sam Levinson, this black and white masterpiece stars John David Washington as a filmmaker and Zendaya as his actor girlfriend. When they return from his film premiere, awaiting the critical response, the evening takes a turn and the cracks in their relationship come to the surface. Shot during lockdown with just a 22-person crew, it’s an incredible feat of filmmaking that will touch on the cooped-up, tetchy feelings many in relationships will have experienced during the pandemic.