22 Best Animation and Family Movies on Amazon Prime and Netflix

There are a surprising number of good Animation and Family movies available right now on Amazon Prime and Netflix. Since a lot of people have both (Prime for shipping, Netflix for watching), here are the best movies currently available ordered by their average review score from RT, Metacritic, IMDB, and Letterboxd. The Amazon/Netflix icon and the poster images link to stream each movie.

  1. AmazonSong of the Sea (2014) PG – 88
    Ben, a young Irish boy, and his little sister Saoirse, a girl who can turn into a seal, go on an adventure to free the faeries and save the spirit world.

    Song of the Sea boasts narrative depth commensurate with its visual beauty, adding up to an animated saga overflowing with family-friendly riches.

  2. The Iron Giant PosterThe Iron Giant (1999) PG – 86
    A boy makes friend with a robot from outer space, but the army are not happy with a robot in the city.

    The endearing Iron Giant tackles ambitious topics and complex human relationships with a steady hand and beautifully animated direction from Brad Bird.

  3. Kubo and the Two Strings posterKubo and the Two Strings (2016) PG – 86
    A young boy named Kubo must locate a magical suit of armor worn by his late father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past.

    Kubo and the Two Strings matches its incredible animation with an absorbing — and bravely melancholy — story that has something to offer audiences of all ages.

  4. Zootopia posterZootopia (2016) PG – 86
    In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a fugitive con artist fox and a rookie bunny cop must work together to uncover a conspiracy.

    The brilliantly well-rounded Zootopia offers a thoughtful, inclusive message that’s as rich and timely as its sumptuously state-of-the-art animation — all while remaining fast and funny enough to keep younger viewers entertained.

  5. AmazonShaun the Sheep Movie posterShaun the Sheep Movie (2015) PG – 82
    When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it’s up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.

    Warm, funny, and brilliantly animated, Shaun the Sheep is yet another stop-motion jewel in Aardman’s family-friendly crown.

  6. finding dory posterFinding Dory (2016) PG – 81
    The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish reunites with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.

    Funny, poignant, and thought-provoking, Finding Dory delivers a beautifully animated adventure that adds another entertaining chapter to its predecessor’s classic story.

  7. hugo posterHugo (2011) PG – 81
    Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

    Hugo is an extravagant, elegant fantasy with an innocence lacking in many modern kids’ movies, and one that emanates an unabashed love for the magic of cinema.

  8. paddington posterPaddington (2014) PG – 80
    A young Peruvian bear travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kindly Brown family, who offer him a temporary haven.

    Paddington brings a beloved children’s character into the 21st century without sacrificing his essential charm, delivering a family-friendly adventure as irresistibly cuddly as its star.

  9. coraline posterCoraline (2009) PG – 79
    An adventurous girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.

    With its vivid stop-motion animation combined with Neil Gaiman’s imaginative story, Coraline is a film that’s both visually stunning and wondrously entertaining.

  10. Amazontown called panic posterA Town Called Panic (2009) Not Rated – 78
    Animated plastic toys like Cowboy, Indian and Horse have problems, too. Cowboy and Indian’s plan to surprise Horse with a homemade birthday gift backfires when they destroy his house.

    Imagine a world not unlike Terry Gilliam’s Monty Python animations mixed with a dash of Robot Chicken, The Mighty Boosh and finish with the wonder of the mind of a child at its most innocent imaginative play and you are close to the beauty that is ‘A Town Called Panic’.

  11. chicken run posterChicken Run (2000) G – 77
    When a bird “flies” into a chicken farm, the fellow chickens see him as an opportunity to escape their evil owners.

    Chicken Run has all the charm of Nick Park’s Wallace & Gromit, and something for everybody. The voice acting is fabulous, the slapstick is brilliant, and the action sequences are spectacular.

  12. kung fu panda posterKung Fu Panda (2008) PG – 77
    In the Valley of Peace, Po the Panda finds himself chosen as the Dragon Warrior despite the fact that he is obese and a complete novice at martial arts.

    Kung Fu Panda has a familiar message, but the pleasing mix of humor, swift martial arts action, and colorful animation makes for winning Summer entertainment.

  13. corpse bride posterCorpse Bride (2005) PG – 77
    When a shy groom practices his wedding vows in the inadvertent presence of a deceased young woman, she rises from the grave assuming he has married her.

    As can be expected from a Tim Burton movie, Corpse Bride is whimsically macabre, visually imaginative, and emotionally bittersweet.

  14. babe posterBabe (1995) G – 76
    Babe, a pig raised by sheepdogs, learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett.

    The rare family-friendly feature with a heart as big as its special effects budget, Babe offers timeless entertainment for viewers of all ages.

  15. tarzan posterTarzan (1999) G – 76
    A man raised by gorillas must decide where he really belongs when he discovers he is a human.

    Disney’s Tarzan takes the well-known story to a new level with spirited animation, a brisk pace, and some thrilling action set-pieces.

  16. Amazonstardust posterStardust (2007) PG-13 – 75
    In a countryside town bordering on a magical land, a young man makes a promise to his beloved that he’ll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm.

    A faithful interpretation that captures the spirit of whimsy, action, and off-kilter humor of Neil Gaiman, Stardust juggles multiple genres and tones to create a fantastical experience.

  17. anastasia posterAnastasia (1997) G – 72
    The last surviving child of the Russian Royal Family joins two con men to reunite with her grandmother, the Dowager Empress, while the undead Rasputin seeks her death.

    Beautiful animation, an affable take on Russian history, and strong voice performances make Anastasia a winning first film from Fox animation studios.

  18. prince of egypt posterThe Prince of Egypt (1998) PG – 72
    An Egyptian prince learns of his identity as a Hebrew and, later his destiny to become the chosen deliverer of his people.

    The Prince of Egypt’s stunning visuals and first-rate voice cast more than compensate for the fact that it’s better crafted than it is emotionally involving.

  19. dolphin tale posterDolphin Tale (2011) PG – 71
    A story centered on the friendship between a boy and a dolphin whose tail was lost in a crab trap.

    Wisely dialing down the schmaltz, Dolphin Tale is earnest, sweet, and well-told, a rare family film that both kids and parents can enjoy.

  20. happy feet posterHappy Feet (2006) PG – 69
    Into the world of the Emperor Penguins, who find their soul mates through song, a penguin is born who cannot sing. But he can tap dance something fierce!

    Visually dazzling, with a thoughtful storyline and catchy musical numbers, Happy Feet marks a successful animated debut from the makers of Babe.

  21. antz posterAntz (1998) PG – 68
    A rather neurotic ant tries to break from his totalitarian society while trying to win the affection of the princess he loves.

    Featuring a stellar voice cast, technically dazzling animation, and loads of good humor, Antz should delight both children and adults.

  22. Amazonspiderwick chronicles posterThe Spiderwick Chronicles (2008) PG – 66
    Upon moving into the run-down Spiderwick Estate with their mother, twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, along with their sister Mallory, find themselves pulled into an alternate world full of faeries and other creatures.

    The Spiderwick Chronicles is an entertaining children’s adventure, with heart and imagination to spare.

White House Correspondents Dinner – Where to Watch

It’s going to be a Correspondents Dinner of a different sort this year, as Trump isn’t going, and everyone involved has vowed not to pull any punches.

Don’t let the statement that the president is busy at a rally fool you: he said he’s not going long before the rally was planned. The truth is, he’s not very good at being roasted – watch him sit stone-faced and incredibly cringey at Obama’s Correspondents Dinner in 2011:

Where to watch it?

The 2017 Correspondents Dinner will be live-streamed on CSPAN’s YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVRQ9Dlh6X8

It’s also on WaPo’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/washingtonpost/videos/10155050625992293

The Not White House Correspondents Dinner #NotTheWHCD will be live-streamed on Samantha Bee’s Twitterhttps://twitter.com/i/live/850430976572260352

They’re all starting right now! (Saturday, 4/29/2017)

25 Paranormal Y.A./Teen Romance Adaptations Available to Stream

You might note that some of these are varying levels of “Paranormal” or “Romance”, but if you’re looking to scratch that Twilight itch, here’s what’s streaming.

Note: The shows/movies are ordered by Metacritic review scores out of 100, shown on the left. Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix logos link to stream it – Amazon logos are free to stream with Amazon Prime unless it’s noted with “(Not Available Free)” – then it’s not free on any of the 3.Paranormal Teen Romance Available to Stream screen

New School:

79 – Being Human (UK) (2008-2013)  –  (image)
Amazon74 avg. (64/63/82/81/71/78/65/87) – Harry Potter (2001-2011) (Not Available Free)
Amazon66 – Stardust (2007)
62 – Sky High (2005)
Amazon61 – Teen Wolf TV Show (2011-)
60 – Being Human (US) (2011-2014)
60 – The Magicians (2015-) (Season 1 on Netflix, Season 2 for a limited time on SyFy)
Amazon59 – Warm Bodies (2013) (Not Available Free)
59 – Bitten (2014-)
Amazon52 – Beautiful Creatures (2013) (Not Available Free)
52 – The Originals (2013-)
52 – The Shannara Chronicles (2016-)
Amazon51 avg. (56/44/58/45/52) – Twilight (2008-2012) (Only Twilight is on Netflix, the rest cost money on Amazon)
50 – Vampire Diaries (2009-2017)
50 – Witches of East End (2013-2014)
45 – Hemlock Grove (2013-2015)
huluAmazon36 – I Am Number Four (2011) (Only on Hulu with Showtime addon, or with Amazon Channels addon)
Amazon33 – The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) (Not Available Free)
30 – Vampire Academy (2014)

Old school (90’s):

hulu80 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)
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75 – Angel (1999-2004)
71 – The Crow (1994)
Amazonhulu65 – Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996-2003)
63 (IMDB) – The Craft (1996)
Amazon63 – The Lost Boys (1987) (Not Available Free)

What’s Coming to Netflix, Amazon, Hulu & HBO – April 2017 by Review Scores

The first number is the score out of 10 on IMDB (scores over 80 are green and over 70 are light green). ‘NA’ is for Not Available or not released yet, and for TV shows it’s usually the score for whole series. We put a ‘*’ by a few choices we personally like. Enjoy!

Top 15 April 1st Releases (with links)

8.9 (Netflix) Schindler’s List
8.6 (Hulu) The Usual Suspects -1995
8.5 (Hulu) Pony Express -1953
8.3 (HBO) Unforgiven
8.2 (HBO) The Deer Hunter
8.1 (Amazon) There Will Be Blood
8.0 (Hulu) Dancer -2016 (65 on Metacritic)
8.0 (Hulu) JFK -1991
8.0 (HBO) Slumdog Millionaire
7.9 (Hulu) Almost Famous -2000
7.8 (Hulu) Ferris Bueller’s Day Off -1986
7.8 (Hulu) Serpico -1973 (87 on Metacritic)
7.7 (Hulu) The Warriors -1979
7.7 (HBO) Breaking Away
7.6 (Amazon) Chaplin

Full List

April 1

5.5 (Netflix) A Weekend with the Family
7.5 (Netflix) A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) *
7.4 (Netflix) Across the Universe
6.9 (Netflix) An American Tail
6.5 (Netflix) An American Tail: Fievel Goes West
6.2 (Netflix) An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster
7.1 (Netflix) Boy Bye
NA (Netflix) Born To Be Free
6.9 (Netflix) Cool Runnings
7.2 (Netflix) Good Witch, season 2
7.2 (Netflix) Gremlins *
6.3 (Netflix) Only for One Night
6.6 (Netflix) Richard Pryor: Live & Smokin’
4.9 (Netflix) Scooby-Doo
8.9 (Netflix) Schindler’s List
6.7 (Netflix) Something’s Gotta Give
6.3 (Netflix) Thunderstruck
7.2 (Netflix) Wynonna Earp, season 1
6.8 (Netflix) Trouble with the Curve
7.0 (Netflix) Tropic Thunder
5.7 (Netflix) The Tenth Man

7.9 (Amazon) Almost Famous
7.6 (Amazon) Chaplin
5.9 (Amazon) Days of Thunder
7.6 Amazon) Eddie Murphy Raw
7.3 (Amazon) Election
6.3 (Amazon) Ella Enchanted
6.6 (Amazon) Kiss the Girls
6.2 (Amazon) Mulholland Falls
7.5 (Amazon) Robocop *
5.7 (Amazon) Robocop 2
6.8 (Amazon) Saturday Night Fever
7.5 (Amazon) Searching for Bobby Fischer *
4.9 (Amazon) Sliver
6.8 (Amazon) The Ghost and the Darkness
8.1 (Amazon) There Will Be Blood
7.0 (Amazon) Tommy Boy
6.8 (Amazon) What If

5.2 (Hulu) A Horse Tale (2015)
7.0 (Hulu) Affliction (1998)
5.0 (Hulu) Agent Cody Banks (2003)
7.9 (Hulu) Almost Famous (2000)
4.6 (Hulu) Ben Collins: Stunt Driver (2015)
6.2 (Hulu) The Big Empty (2003)
2.9(Hulu) Bigfoot Country (2012)
5.8 (Hulu) The Burrowers (2009)
5.6 (Hulu) Cadillac Man (1990)
5.3 (Hulu) Call Me (1988)
4.2 (Hulu) Casual Encounters (2016)
7.6 (Hulu) Chaplin (1993)
7.5 (Hulu) Chosen (2016)
8.0 (Hulu) Dancer (2016)
5.9 (Hulu) Days of Thunder (1990)
7.6(Hulu) Eddie Murphy Raw (1987)
7.3 (Hulu) Election (1999)
6.3 (Hulu) Federal Hill (1994)
7.0 (Hulu) Felicia’s Journey (1999)
7.8 (Hulu) Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
5.8 (Hulu) Fifteen and Pregnant (1997)
4.0 (Hulu) Fight to the Finish (2016)
6.6 Hulu) Flyboys (2006)
6.3 (Hulu) Frankenstein (2004)
5.8 (Hulu) Gator (1976)
5.8 (Hulu) The Giant King (2012)
6.8 (Hulu) The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)
5.7 (Hulu) Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969)
6.5 (Hulu) Happy Endings (2005)
5.4 (Hulu) Hemingway’s Garden of Eden (2010)
7.6 (Hulu) The Hours (2002)
6.2 (Hulu) I.Q. (1994)
6.4 (Hulu) In Old California (1942)
8.0 (Hulu) JFK (1991)
6.3 (Hulu) Kill Me Again (1989)
NA (Hulu) Kingdom of Blood (2016)
6.6 (Hulu) Kiss the Girls (1997)
5.6 (Hulu) The Magnificent Seven Ride (1972)
7.6 (Hulu) March of the Penguins (2005)
6.2 (Hulu) Mulholland Falls (1996)
4.5 (Hulu) NYC Underground (2013)
6.0 (Hulu) Original Sin (2001)
5.7 (Hulu) Out of the Inferno (2016)
7.1 (Hulu) Payback (1999)
6.7 (Hulu) The People vs. George Lucas (2011) *
8.5 (Hulu) Pony Express (1953)
6.6 (Hulu) The Puffy Chair (2007)
5.9 (Hulu) Return of the Living Dead 3 (1993)
5.8 (Hulu) Return of the Living Dead 4 (2006)
5.7 (Hulu) Return of the Living Dead 5 (2007)
6.5 (Hulu) Road Trip (2000)
7.5 (Hulu) Robocop (1987)
5.7 (Hulu) Robocop 2 (1990)
3.9 (Hulu) Robocop 3 (1992)
6.8 (Hulu) Saturday Night Fever (1977)
7.5 (Hulu) Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)
7.8 (Hulu) Serpico (1973)
4.9 (Hulu) Sliver (1993)
6.1 (Hulu) The Switch (2010)
5.8 (Hulu) Tapeheads (1988)
7.4 (Hulu) Thelma & Louise (1991)
7.0 (Hulu) Tommy Boy (1995)
4.3 (Hulu) Trail of Blood (2013)
6.5 (Hulu) Twice Upon a Yesterday (1999)
NA (Hulu) Under the Sea (2009)
8.6 (Hulu) The Usual Suspects (1995)
7.7 (Hulu) The Warriors (1979)
7.0 (Hulu) Wicker Park (2004)

5.5 (HBO) Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
6.4 (HBO) Be Kind, Rewind
7.7 (HBO) Breaking Away
7.3 (HBO) Cape Fear
5.8 (HBO) Criminal Activities
7.3 (HBO) Crimson Tide
6.1 (HBO) Dragon Blade
7.2 (HBO) Fast Times at Ridgemont High
4.8 (HBO) Herbie: Fully Loaded
6.6 (HBO) Hollywood Ending
6.0 (HBO) Kicks
7.4 (HBO) Last Man Standing
6.4 (HBO) Mamma Mia!
4.9 (HBO) Operation Dumbo Drop
7.0 (HBO) Play Misty for Me
6.4 (HBO) Rat Race
8.0 (HBO) Slumdog Millionaire
6.1 (HBO) Speed Racer
7.5 (HBO) The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
6.9 (HBO) The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe
8.2 (HBO) The Deer Hunter
7.4 (HBO) The Simpsons Movie
5.3 (HBO) The Wild Life
8.3 (HBO) Unforgiven
6.2 (HBO) Urban Cowboy
NA (HBO) Y mañana Navidad (aka Merry Christmas)

April 2 – 14

5.0 (Netflix) The D Train
7.7 (Netflix) Chewing Gum, season 2
NA (Netflix) Louis C.K. 2017
6.4 (Netflix) Disney’s The BFG
7.8 (Netflix) El Faro De Las Orcas
6.1 (Netflix) Dawn of the Croods, season 3
8.5 (Netflix) The Get Down, part 2
7.2 (Netflix) Win It All
7.9 (Netflix) Kubo and the Two Strings *
8.1 (Netflix) Documentary Now!, season 2
5.7 (Netflix) Kevin Hart: What Now
7.0 (Netflix) DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, season 2
6.7 (Netflix) Chelsea, season 2
7.2 (Netflix) El Elegido
NA (Netflix) Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return
NA (Netflix) Sandy Wexler

6.7 (Amazon) Hello, My Name Is Doris
5.6 (Amazon) The Last Exorcism
4.6 (Amazon) Precious Cargo
8.3 (Amazon) Tumble Leaf
NA (Amazon) American Playboy, season 1
5.9 (Amazon) Barbershop: The Next Cut
6.7 (Amazon) In a World
4.8 (Amazon) The Perfect Match

5.9 (Hulu) Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016)
3.4 (Hulu) Beyond the Edge (2016)
5.1 (Hulu) Camp Lakebottom: Complete Season 1
6.7 (Hulu) Hello, My Name Is Doris (2016)
6.7 (Hulu) In A World (2013)
8.1 (Hulu) Preacher: Complete Season 1
4.6 (Hulu) Precious Cargo (2016)
8.0 (Hulu) Short Term 12 (2013)
4.5 (Hulu) Swelter (2014)
6.8 (Hulu) The Babadook (2014)
5.6 (Hulu) The Last Exorcism (2010)
4.8 (Hulu) The Perfect Match (2016)

NA (HBO) Abortion: Stories Women Tell
6.9 (HBO) Saving My Tomorrow Part 5
NA (HBO) La cosa humana (aka Human Thing)
7.1 (HBO) War Dogs
7.5 (HBO) Search Party
8.3 (HBO) Psi, season 3 premiere
7.3 (HBO) La gunguna

April 15 – 21

6.9 (Netflix) Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
7.2 (Netflix) Slam
NA (Netflix) Lucas Brothers: On Drugs
7.7 (Netflix) A Plastic Ocean
NA (Netflix) Bill Nye Saves the World, season 1
NA (Netflix) Girlboss, season 1
NA (Netflix) Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On, season 1
NA (Netflix) Sand Castle
8.4 (Netflix) Tales by Light, season 2
6.0 (Netflix) The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show, season 4
8.5 (Netflix) The Prestige *
7.5 (Netflix) Tramps

6.4 (Hulu) Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (2013)
5.6 (Hulu) Den Brother (2010)
NA (Hulu) DOT: Complete Season 1A
6.4 (Hulu) Johnny Tsunami (1999)
NA (Hulu) Election Day: Lens Across America (2016)
6.7 (Hulu) L.A. Story: Complete Season 2
8.4 (Hulu) My Hero Academia: Complete Season 1 (Dubbed)
5.9 (Hulu) Sid the Science Kid: Complete Seasons 1 and 2
6.6 (Hulu) Sid the Science Kid: The Movie
5.7 (Hulu) Stuck in the Suburbs (2004)
5.8 (Hulu) Teen Beach Movie (2013)
6.3 (Hulu) The Even Stevens Movie (2003)
6.4 (Hulu) Tiger Cruise (2004)
6.3 (Hulu) Warpath (1951)

April 22 – 30

8.6 (Netflix) The Great British Baking Show: Masterclass, seasons 1–3
6.6 (Netflix) The Secret Life of Pets
6.3 (Netflix) Liv and Maddie, season 4
5.9 (Netflix) Phantom
5.3 (Netflix) Long Nights Short Mornings
7.3 (Netflix) Queen of Katwe
7.1 (Netflix) The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared
NA (Netflix) Vir Das: Abroad Understanding
NA (Netflix) Real Rescues, seasons 6–7
7.0 (Netflix) Trust
NA (Netflix) Las Chicas del Cable, season 1
7.3 (Netflix) A Murder in the Park
7.8 (Netflix) Casting JonBenet
6.2 (Netflix) Dear White People, season 1
NA (Netflix) Rodney King
8.2 (Netflix) Small Crimes
7.1 (Netflix) Sofia the First, season 3

8.1 (Amazon) The Handmaiden
6.3 (Amazon) The Love Witch
7.4 (Amazon) Fortitude, season 2
6.1 (Amazon) American Pastoral
8.3 (Amazon) Bosch, season 3
6.8 (Amazon) Thirteen, season 1
6.9 (Amazon) Thunderbirds are Go!, season 3
7.0 (Amazon) American Honey
8.2 (Amazon) Catastrophe, season 3
8.1 (Amazon) Animal Kingdom, season 1

7.6 (Hulu) Top of the Lake: Complete Season 1
7.5 (Hulu) Wayward Pines: Complete Season 2
NA (Hulu) The Handmaid’s Tale (series premiere)
8.0 (Hulu) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Complete Season 4

6.3 (HBO) Suicide Squad (theatrical & extended versions)
8.0 (HBO) The Leftovers, season 3 premiere
8.2 (HBO) Veep, season 6 premiere
6.9 (HBO) Indignation
NA (HBO) The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
6.9 (HBO) Saving My Tomorrow: Kids Love the Earth
8.5 (HBO) Silicon Valley, season 4 premiere
8.7 (HBO) The Memory of Justice
NA (HBO) 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
6.0 (HBO) Victor Frankenstein

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


Note: If you see country restrictions on some of the movies on Netflix, we’re still using Strong VPN to connect from those countries. They’re still blocking all DNS codes from getting around country restrictions, so unfortunately paying for a VPN is currently the only way to do it. If you want to check out the VPN we’re using, we’d appreciate you using our link so they know we sent you: Link

Short Film: Find my Phone – English Subtitles

There was a great little documentary posted in /r/documentaries yesterday about someone in the Netherlands purposefully getting a bait phone stolen, and then tracking the person that stole it using Android-level tracking software. It turns out that unlike iPhones, Androids only reset the user-side of the phone when you do a reset, so the tracking software stays on it letting you record audio, take pictures, and track the GPS.

Note: They used this app – Cerberus – which is free on the Google Play store. I just installed it, and you probably should too.

Here’s the doc, 21:29, Dutch with English subtitles: