6 Things You Should Know About Netflix “Super HD”

Lots of people have been asking about the new “Super HD” from Netflix, what it is, how to get it etc. So here’s some info to get you started:

Click to enlarge. Notice how Regular and Super HD are the same resolution, but Super HD is more crisp and less blurry. This takes a lot more bandwidth, so be careful if you have data caps! Call your internet provider if you can’t handle SuperHD and tell them you want it (both the technology, and higher data caps).

What is Netflix Super HD

  • Netflix “Super HD” is at the same 1080p maximum resolution, but delivers a clearer picture by using more bandwidth (think high quality jpeg vs low quality jpeg that are the same resolution, but the one with better quality is a larger file).
  • In your Netflix settings, “Low” takes up about .3 GB per hour, “Medium” take .7 GB per hour, “High” takes up to 3GB per hour, and “Auto” updates based on your connection. If SuperHD is available, High and Auto can both get it, assuming your connection to Netflix is fast enough.
  • Not all ISP’s are currently offering Super HD, as they have to agree to Netflix’ “Open Connect” – which lets people stream video from peer-to-peer instead of only directly from Netflix. It makes sense, if Netflix just sent me “Air Bud”, and my neighbor starts streaming the same thing, why not have me send him some of it while Netflix sends him the rest? Of course the “anti-net neutrality” lobby like Time Warner would have you believe otherwise. ISP’s need to directly set up “Open Connect” with Netflix, so if they haven’t, you can’t stream Super HD no matter how fast your internet connection is.
    • To see if your ISP is Super HD ready and to sign up, go to https://signup.netflix.com/superhd and submit your account. If you can, you’ll see a message that says, “Your internet provider is ready for Super HD!”
Click to enlarge. This is the Super HD message for Cox Communications.
  • If your provider is against Open Connect or just hasn’t set up with Netflix yet, you’ll receive a message that says, “Your Internet provider is not configured for Super HD yet.” While we understand that many people don’t have many options for ISPs, be sure to let yours know that you don’t appreciate them holding you back from superior technology. Similarly, if you have data caps you’re not going to want to stream Super HD – call your ISP and tell them you’re going to cancel*.
Super HD 1080p:
Regular 1080p: 

Open these in two separate tabs and switch back and forth. You’ll see the first one has more crisp stars and the back windows of the flying ship, while the second’s a slightly blurry, but both are 1080p.

  • Along with Super HD, Netflix is introducing some 3D technology for those of us with the proper equipment, but your Internet Service Provider will need to agree to similar “Open Connect” terms with Netflix.

How you can hold your ISP accountable

*One tip for talking to cable companies and ISPs: If you’re having and issue, call and tell them you want to cancel service on the first of the next month (you already paid for this month after all). That gets you off the line with a low level Customer Service rep whose job is to get you off the phone, and to the high level “Customer Retention Specialist” that can actually offer discounts and extras for free. Be polite, but firmly go through with the cancellation request for the first of the month if they don’t offer you anything adequate to make up for it. Then, if you haven’t found a better offer in the next few days, call back and cancel your cancellation – you can bet the executives notice any major increases in cancellations from a bunch of people wanting Netflix SuperHD.
Updated 3/10/2017 with better screenshots and more info.

Everything Coming to Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu in March 2017 by Review Scores

The first number is the score out of 100 on Metacritic (and scores over 80 are green and over 70 are light green). IMDB scores are used if Metacritic score isn’t available, or ‘NA’ for Not Available or not released yet. For series it’s the review score for whole thing unless there’s a separate score available for the specific season. Enjoy!

Top 16

87 (Netflix) Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (6.9 on IMDB) – March 21
86 (Netflix) Thithi – March 9
86 (Netflix) Million Dollar Baby – March 13
85 (Netflix) This Is Spinal Tap – March 1
85 (Netflix) Trailer Park Boys: Season 11 – March 31
85 (Hulu) Ordinary People (Showtime add-on) – March 1
85 (Hulu) Fargo: Complete Season 2 – March 17
84 (Hulu) Steven Universe: Complete Season 3 – March 10
84 (Amazon) Orphan Black – Season 4 – March 16
83 (Hulu) Up in the Air – March 1
83 (Amazon/Hulu) Everybody Wants Some!! – March 17
83 (Netflix) Who Framed Roger Rabbit – March 24
82 (Amazon/Netflix) Chicago – March 1
82 (Hulu) A Simple Plan (1998) – March 1
81 (Netflix) Midnight in Paris – March 1
81 (Hulu) Counterfeit Cat: Complete Season 1 – March 17

Full List:

March 1

11 (Amazon) Nine Lives
59 (Amazon) Anthropoid
76 (Amazon) What We Do In The Shadows
82 (Amazon) Chicago
57 (Amazon) Hannibal
45 (Amazon) Hoodwinked
64 (Amazon) The Cutting Edge: Going For The Gold
78 (Amazon) What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
55 (Amazon) The Gambler
54 (Amazon) Charlie Bartlett
27 (Amazon) Vampire In Brooklyn

63 (Netflix) Angry Birds: Season 2
NA (Netflix) Dirt Every Day: Season 1
NA (Netflix) Epic Drives: Season 2
NA (Netflix) Head 2 Head: Season 2
NA (Netflix) Hot Rod Unlimited: Season 1
NA (Netflix) Ignition: Season 1
59 (Netflix) Kate and Mim-Mim: Season 2
NA (Netflix) Roadkill: Season 2

78 (Netflix) Blazing Saddles
82 (Netflix) Chicago
59 (Netflix) Deep Run
35 (Netflix) Friday After Next
NA (Netflix) Impossible Dreamers
68 (Netflix) Jurassic Park
42 (Netflix) Jurassic Park III
57 (Netflix) Know Your Enemy — Japan
73 (Netflix) Kung Fu Panda
77 (Netflix) Let There Be Light (1946)
80 (Netflix) Memento
81 (Netflix) Midnight in Paris
52 (Netflix) Nacho Libre
79 (Netflix) Nazi Concentration Camps (1945)
77 (Netflix) Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane
NA (Netflix) San Pietro
61 (Netflix) Singing with Angels
70 (Netflix) Sustainable
69 (Netflix) Slums of Beverly Hills
68 (Netflix) The Craft
85 (Netflix) This Is Spinal Tap
55 (Netflix) Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny
59 (Netflix) The Lost World: Jurassic Park
74 (Netflix) The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress
60 (Netflix) The Negro Soldier (1944)
64 (Netflix) Thunderbolt
69 (Netflix) Tunisian Victory

39 (Hulu) National Treasure (6.9/10 on IMDB)
57 (Hulu) 13 Going on 30
64 (Hulu) 52 Pick Up
18 (Hulu) A Company Man
82 (Hulu) A Simple Plan (1998)
72 (Hulu) The Adventure of Buckaroo Banzai
68 (Hulu) The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
68 (Hulu) American Heart
24 (Hulu) American Sasquatch Hunters: Bigfoot in America
54 (Hulu) Ancient Aliens Origins
48 (Hulu) And While We Were Here
46 (Hulu) Badges of Fury
49 (Hulu) Battle Ground
56 (Hulu) The Big Kahuna
64 (Hulu) Born to be Blue (Showtime add-on)
53 (Hulu) Carrie (7.4 on IMDB)
42 (Hulu) The Rage: Carrie 2
19 (Hulu) Cavemen
54 (Hulu) Charlie Bartlett
68 (Hulu) Clueless
57 (Hulu) Code 46 (Showtime add-on) *CordCuttingWorld approved!
36 (Hulu) Commitment (2013) (6.8 on IMDB)
71 (Hulu) Confession of Murder
45 (Hulu) The Courier
13 (Hulu) Curse of the Zodiac
69 (Hulu) The Cutting Edge
64 (Hulu) The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold
NA (Hulu) Dead Man’s Bounty
59 (Hulu) Doomsday Book
48 (Hulu) Dummy
54 (Hulu) Eastern Bandits
53 (Hulu) Enemy at the Gates (Showtime add-on)
43 (Hulu) The Final Cut (Showtime add-on)
68 (Hulu) Flash Point
NA (Hulu) Floating City
27 (Hulu) The Fog (2005)
NA (Hulu) The Four
55 (Hulu) The Gambler
65 (Hulu) Gang Related
77 (Hulu) The Ghost Writer (Showtime add-on)
35 (Hulu) The Guillotines
57 (Hulu) Hannibal (2001)
65 (Hulu) I Love You Phillip Morris (Showtime add-on)
79 (Hulu) Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport
61 (Hulu) The Karate Kid (1984)
59 (Hulu) The Karate Kid: Part 2
50 (Hulu) The Karate Kid 3
54 (Hulu) Kid Cannabis
61 (Hulu) Killer Klowns from Outer Space
58 (Hulu) King of the Mountain
58 (Hulu) The Kings of the Streets
80 (Hulu) The Last Tycoon
32 (Hulu) Legend of Kung Fu Rabbit
70 (Hulu) Little Big Soldier
52 (Hulu) Lost Highway (Showtime add-on)
55 (Hulu) Lost in Thailand
78 (Hulu) The Man from Nowhere
65 (Hulu) Miami Vice (2006)
68 (Hulu) Mr. Majestyk
65 (Hulu) Mystery Road
58 (Hulu) New World
46 (Hulu) Ninja Masters
59 (Hulu) Not Suitable for Children
70 (Hulu) On the Job
85 (Hulu) Ordinary People (Showtime add-on)
40 (Hulu) The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
39 (Hulu) Pele: Birth of a Legend (Showtime add-on)
48 (Hulu) Penelope
57 (Hulu) Possums
76 (Hulu) Radio Days
68 (Hulu) Requiem for a Dream (Showtime add-on)
64 (Hulu) Saving General Yang
53 (Hulu) Shaolin
74 (Hulu) Shark Babes (Showtime add-on)
45 (Hulu) Slightly Single in LA
47 (Hulu) Special ID
17 (Hulu) Staying Alive
59 (Hulu) The Substitute
50 (Hulu) The Substitute 2: Schools Out
46 (Hulu) The Substitute 3: Winner Takes All
46 (Hulu) The Substitute 4: Failure is not an Option
67 (Hulu) Surf’s Up
55 (Hulu) The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3 (2009)
39 (Hulu) Tai Chi Hero
52 (Hulu) Tai Chi Zero
75 (Hulu) Terminator 2: Judgement Day *CordCuttingWorld approved!
75 (Hulu) The Thieves
66 (Hulu) Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her
69 (Hulu) Top Gun *CordCuttingWorld approved!
83 (Hulu) Up in the Air
27 (Hulu) Vampire in Brooklyn
50 (Hulu) A Viking Saga: The Darkest Days
72 (Hulu) War of the Arrows
78 (Hulu) What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?
57 (Hulu) The Wrath of Vajra
65 (Hulu) Young Detective Dee

March 2

47 (Amazon) The Dressmaker (Amazon Original)
66 (Amazon) Emma

48 (Hulu) Last Girl Standing (Showtime add-on)

March 3

68 (Amazon) Annedroids, season four (Amazon Original)

68 (Netflix) Greenleaf: Season 1

47 (Hulu) Young Ones

March 4

34 (Netflix) Safe Haven

63 (Hulu) Out of the Furnace (Showtime add-on)
70 (Hulu) House of D

March 5

75 (Netflix) Señora Acero: Season 3

62 (Hulu) Food Chains

March 6

38 (Hulu) The Real Housewives of New York City: Complete Season 8
44 (Hulu) ChickLit
NA (Hulu) A Gamer’s Life

March 7

NA (Netflix) Amy Schumer: The Leather Special

March 8

54 (Netflix) Hands of Stone
41 (Netflix) The Waterboy

NA (Hulu) Uncensored with Michael Ware: Complete Season 1

March 9

86 (Netflix) Thithi

29 (Hulu) Burning Blue
69 (Hulu) Tom Papa: Human Mule

March 10

44 (Amazon) Hand Of God, season two (Amazon Original)

NA (Netflix) Buddy Thunderstruck: Season 1
72 (Netflix) Love: Season 2
57 (Netflix) One More Time: Season 1

80 (Netflix) Burning Sands
46 (Netflix) The Boss’ Daughter

84 (Hulu) Steven Universe: Complete Season 3

March 11

64 (Amazon) W.
67 (Amazon) Churchill’s Secret

78 (Hulu) Angie Tribeca: Complete Season 2
NA (Hulu) American Jihad (Showtime add-on)

March 13

86 (Netflix) Million Dollar Baby
46 (Netflix) Must Love Dogs

NA (Hulu) Future Baby

March 14

63 (Netflix) Disney’s Pete’s Dragon
NA (Netflix) Jim Norton: Mouthful of Shame

March 15

66 (Netflix) Disney’s The BFG
75 (Netflix) Notes on Blindness

71 (Hulu) Sheriff Callie’s Wild West: Complete Season 2
61 (Hulu) Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion

March 16

84 (Amazon) Orphan Black, Season 4

76 (Netflix) Beau Sejour: Season 1

80 (Netflix) Coraline

March 17

83 (Amazon) Everybody Wants Some!!
NA (Amazon) You Are Wanted, season one (Amazon Original)

NA (Netflix) Julie’s Greenroom: Season 1
NA (Netflix) Marvel’s Iron Fist: Season 1
NA (Netflix) Samurai Gourmet: Season 1

73 (Netflix) Deidra & Laney Rob a Train
80 (Netflix) Naledi: A Baby Elephant’s Tale
66 (Netflix) Pandora

81 (Hulu) Counterfeit Cat: Complete Season 1
85 (Hulu) Fargo: Complete Season 2
74 (Hulu) Mr. Pickles: Complete Season 2
80 (Hulu) A Bronx Tale (*Showtime)
83 (Hulu) Everybody Wants Some!!
41 (Hulu) The Truth about Emanuel

March 18

50 (Netflix) The Vampire Diaries: Season 8

46 (Netflix) Come and Find Me

March 19

49 (Hulu) Happy Birthday
63 (Hulu) The Suspect

March 20

79 (Netflix) El Reemplazante: Season 1-2

56 (Hulu) Fear Inc.

March 21

50 (Netflix) Ali & Nino
NA (Netflix) Another Forever
77 (Netflix) Evolution (2015)
87 (Netflix) Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (6.9 on IMDB)

66 (Hulu) Fear the Walking Dead: Complete Season 2
45 (Hulu) American Romance

March 23

72 (Amazon) Gimme Danger (Amazon Original)

68 (Netflix) How to Get Away with Murder: Season 3 (8.3 on IMDB)

71 (Netflix) Welcome to New York

March 24

NA (Amazon) An American Girl Story—Ivy & Julie 1976 (Amazon Original)

62 (Netflix) Bottersnikes & Gumbles: Season 2
58 (Netflix) Grace and Frankie: Season 3 (8.2 on IMDB)
NA (Netflix) Ingobernable: Season 1

59 (Netflix) Déjà Vu (7.0 on IMDB)
NA (Netflix) Felipe Neto: My Life Makes No Sense
68 (Netflix) Spider
68 (Netflix) The Square (2008)
NA (Netflix) The Most Hated Woman in America
83 (Netflix) Who Framed Roger Rabbit *CordCuttingWorld approved!

72 (Hulu) The Powerpuff Girls: Complete Season 1 (2016)

March 25

59 (Netflix) The Student Body
30 (Netflix) USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage (5.1 on IMDB)

March 26

62 (Netflix) The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

NA (Hulu) Love & Vets: Complete Season 1

March 27

78 (Netflix) Better Call Saul: Season 2 (8.7 on IMDB)

33 (Hulu) Skinwalkers

March 28

78 (Netflix) Archer: Season 7 (8.8 on IMDB)

NA (Netflix) Jo Koy: Live from Seattle

78 (Hulu) Archer: Complete Season 7 (8.8 on IMDB)

March 29

70 (Amazon) A Man Called Ove

80 (Hulu) Star vs. The Forces of Evil: Complete Season 2

March 30

64 (Netflix) Life in Pieces: Season 1

March 31

NA (Netflix) 13 Reasons Why: Season 1
46 (Netflix) Bordertown: Season 1
72 (Netflix) The Carmichael Show: Seasons 1-2
61 (Netflix) Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life: Season 1
78 (Netflix) Dinotrux: Season 4
71 (Netflix) Five Came Back
37 (Netflix) Rosewood: Season 1 (6.4 on IMDB)
85 (Netflix) Trailer Park Boys: Season 11

50 (Netflix) FirstBorn
75 (Netflix) GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling
58 (Netflix) The Discovery (7.5 on IMDB)

37 (Hulu) Dangerous Curves
70 (Hulu) Disgraced (Showtime add-on)

Sources:
Amazon – http://www.avclub.com/article/heres-whats-coming-amazon-prime-march-250828
Netflix – http://www.vulture.com/2017/02/whats-new-on-netflix-march-2017.html
Hulu – http://www.vulture.com/2017/02/whats-new-on-hulu-march-2017.html

How to Download Netflix Shows/Movies to an SD Card

Usually I don’t watch Netflix on a phone or tablet’s small screen, so it’s been a little while since I even opened the app. So it was a nice surprise today when I finally updated my app and noticed something great:

WHAT’S NEW

  • SD Card support*. New “Download Location” app setting that lets you control where to save downloaded content: Internal Storage or SD Card (new permission requested)
  • Bug fixes
    *This feature is not available on all devices.

You probably already heard that Netflix has been allowing some downloads to your devices so you can watch them later, such as on a plane or over slow connections. This change makes it much better to actually use your phone/tablet to watch videos, because you don’t have to fill up the on-board memory which is usually smaller and already pretty full. Now instead you can use a relatively cheap SD card to hold it in addition to your device’s regular memory storage. (They’re currently 32 gigs for only $10-$12, and 64 gigs for $24.99, the 128 gig monster pictured above is $56.33 currently!).

How to Set it Up

It’s pretty easy to set up. Just download the latest version of the Netflix app, and after opening it, and set the SD Card as your download location (that’s what this update allows, so you no longer have to move them manually!). Click the download button on the show/movie that you want on your card (pictured above in “The Crown” screenshot).
Note: Not all shows are available, Netflix Originals are and many more are being added each week.

And if your phone or tablet doesn’t have a slot for an SD or SD Mini (both work), you might have made a mistake in purchasing something that you can’t cheaply expand the memory of! SD Cards are not only great for watching movies on a plane, but saving all your pictures there by default – allowing you to remove it and download your pictures any time even if your phone dies or breaks.

Where to Stream the Trump Inauguration Live

Obama officially hands over the presidency at noon Eastern tomorrow, January 20th. For #cordcutters, that usually means searching around for where to stream it without cable. Fortunately there are some pretty easy places to watch it:

The much-discussed lack of quality performers will be in full force: Jackie Evancho, the Missouri State University Chorale, the Radio City Rockettes, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. There’s also plenty political humor around the event, enjoy!

Political humor:

Trump reportedly has written his own inaugural address, how can we turn it into a drinking game?

Ready for Tomorrow? from PoliticalHumor

The 11+ Best Dramas Streaming on Netflix and Amazon

Earlier in December we posted the best Documentaries on Netflix, and got a lot of positive feedback from people who found stuff they didn’t know about. Checking back with Cinesift, there are more Dramas at the top of the list where it used to be more Documentaries (their list is sorted by the average scores of Rotten Tomatoes Critics, RT Audience Score, IMDB, and Letterboxd). Here are our picks for the best Dramas to stream now.

Free with Netflix/Amazon Prime:

  1. Spotlight (2015) – Netflix (US)
    Avg Score: 89

The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.
Spotlight gracefully handles the lurid details of its fact-based story while resisting the temptation to lionize its heroes, resulting in a drama that honors the audience as well as its real-life subjects.
Director: Tom McCarthy
Cast: Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Mark Ruffalo, Billy Crudup

  1. Boyhood (2014) – Netflix (Canada, US)
    Avg Score: 88

The life of Mason, from early childhood to his arrival at college.
Epic in technical scale but breathlessly intimate in narrative scope, Boyhood is a sprawling investigation of the human condition.
Director: Richard Linklater
Cast: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Elijah Smith, Lorelei Linklater

  1. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007) – Free with Prime
    Avg Score: 88

The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn’t paralyzed.
Breathtaking visuals and dynamic performances make The Diving Bell and the Butterfly a powerful biopic.
Director: Julian Schnabel
Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josée Croze, Anne Consigny

  1. Room (2015) – Free with prime
    Avg Score: 88

After five-year-old Jack and his mother escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery.
Led by incredible work from Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, Room makes for an unforgettably harrowing — and undeniably rewarding — experience.
Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Cast: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers, Wendy Crewson

  1. About Elly (2009) – Netflix (US, France)
    Avg Score: 87

The mysterious disappearance of a kindergarten teacher during a picnic in the north of Iran is followed by a series of misadventures for her fellow travelers.
About Elly offers viewers performances as powerful as its thought-provoking ideas, and adds another strong entry to Asghar Farhadi’s impressive filmography.
Director: Asghar Farhadi
Cast: Golshifteh Farahani, Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Merila Zare’i

  1. The Second Mother (2015) – Free with Prime
    Avg Score: 87

When the estranged daughter of a hard-working live-in housekeeper suddenly appears, the unspoken class barriers that exist within the home are thrown into disarray.
The Second Mother’s compelling characters serve an artfully drawn, thought-provoking story that’s beautifully brought to life by a talented cast.
Director: Anna Muylaert
Cast: Regina Casé, Michel Joelsas, Camila Márdila, Karine Teles

  1. The Hunt (2012) – Netflix (Brasil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Mexico, Norway, Sweden, US)
    Avg Score: 86

A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son’s custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.
Anchored by Mads Mikkelsen’s sympathetic performance, The Hunt asks difficult questions with the courage to pursue answers head on.
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp, Lasse Fogelstrøm

  1. Selma (2014) – Free with Prime
    Avg Score: 85

A chronicle of Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.
Fueled by a gripping performance from David Oyelowo, Selma draws inspiration and dramatic power from the life and death of Martin Luther King, Jr. — but doesn’t ignore how far we remain from the ideals his work embodied.
Director: Ava DuVernay
Cast: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Jim France, Trinity Simone

  1. Winter Sleep (2014) – Netflix (Canada, US)
    Avg Score: 84

Aydin, a former actor, runs a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife Nihal with whom he has a stormy relationship and his sister Necla who is suffering from her recent divorce….
Epic in length, thrilling to behold, and utterly absorbing, Winter Sleep demands — and rewards — viewers’ patient attention.
Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Cast: Haluk Bilginer, Melisa Sözen, Demet Akbag, Ayberk Pekcan

  1. Phoenix (2014) – Netflix (US)
    Avg Score: 84

A disfigured concentration-camp survivor (Nina Hoss), unrecognizable after facial reconstruction surgery, searches ravaged postwar Berlin for the husband (Ronald Zehrfeld) who might have betrayed her to the Nazis.
Tense, complex, and drenched in atmosphere, Phoenix is a well-acted, smartly crafted war drama that finds writer-director Christian Petzold working at peak power.
Director: Christian Petzold
Cast: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf, Trystan Pütter

  1. Beasts of No Nation (2015) – Netflix (Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brasil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, US)
    Avg Score: 84

A drama based on the experiences of Agu, a child soldier fighting in the civil war of an unnamed African country.
Beasts of No Nation finds writer-director Cary Fukunaga working with a talented cast to offer a sobering, uncompromising, yet still somehow hopeful picture of war’s human cost.
Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga
Cast: Abraham Attah, Emmanuel Affadzi, Ricky Adelayitor, Andrew Adote

Honorable Mentions:

Some of the top dramas aren’t available above, though these have better average scores than what’s available for free so they’re worth a mention.

Moonlight (2016) – In Theaters
Avg Score: 91

A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.
Moonlight uses one man’s story to offer a remarkable and brilliantly crafted look at lives too rarely seen in cinema.
Director: Barry Jenkins
Cast: Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, Duan Sanderson, Alex R. Hibbert

A Separation (2011) – Amazon Video ($3.99)
Avg Score: 91

A married couple are faced with a difficult decision – to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer’s disease.
Morally complex, suspenseful, and consistently involving, A Separation captures the messiness of a dissolving relationship with keen insight and searing intensity.
Director: Asghar Farhadi
Cast: Peyman Moaadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat, Shahab Hosseini

Manchester by the Sea (2016) – In Theaters | Pre-Order on Amazon
Avg Score: 91

An uncle is forced to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies.
Manchester by the Sea delivers affecting drama populated by full-bodied characters, marking another strong step forward for writer-director Kenneth Lonergan.
Director: Kenneth Lonergan
Cast: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges

Whiplash (2014) – Amazon ($3.99)
Avg Score: 90

A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential.
Intense, inspiring, and well-acted, Whiplash is a brilliant sophomore effort from director Damien Chazelle and a riveting vehicle for stars J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller.
Director: Damien Chazelle
Cast: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Paul Reiser, Melissa Benoist


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