While Netflix has become a prime source for worthwhile original content, there are still many great films available to stream as well. We dug deep into the Netflix menus to find the following (mostly) unknown movies for an introduction. All of them are worth seeing for different reasons. Check out the trailers included to see what tickles your fancy this weekend:
Band of Robbers (2015)
Starring: Kyle Gallner, Adam Nee, Matthew Gray Gubler, Melissa Benoist, Hannibal Buress, Stephen Lang
A stylized little gem, Band of Robbers takes its cues from Wes Anderson movies and the Coen brothers' films, but still manages to claim its own voice. A tribute to Mark Twain, the movie stars Gallner and Nee as modern versions of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer. Huck's an ex-con and Tom is a bumbling cop, but their childhood friendship has endured and the two buddies concoct a plan to rob a pawn shop and get rich. It's a funny tale with twists and turns Twain would be proud of. You won't be bored for a second.
Heaven Knows What (2014)
Starring: Arielle Holmes, Caleb Landry Jones, Buddy Duress, Ron Braunstein, Eleonore Hendricks
The first film from rising directorial stars the Safdie brothers (Good Time), Heaven Knows What is an authentic look at addiction on the street and the life that goes with it. It's not an easy watch, but the film is made with such emotional resonance it's hard to deny its power. The story follows Harley (Holmes), a heroin addict obsessed with another addict (Jones). She lands in the psychiatric hospital after trying to kill herself for him, gets out, and eventually makes her way back to him. Theirs is a tragic existence of self-destruction, but one more than relevant today. The story is based on Holmes' own life, and she plays a version of herself.
Bad Day For the Cut (2017)
Starring: Nigel O'Neill, Susan Lynch, Jozef Pawlowski, Stuart Graham, David Pearse
Perhaps the best revenge movie of 2017, Bad Day for the Cut doesn't feature any big stars, but it matters little. The savagery and the bloodshed are the reasons to see this one. Set in Northern Ireland, Donal lives at home with his mother in a meager existence. Drunk one night, he wakes up to find her murdered. When the killers return to finish Donal, things don't go their way and this regular dude enters a world of extreme violence and danger when he uncovers more about the deed.
13 Cameras (2015)
Starring: Neville Archambault, Sean Carrigan, PJ McCabe
Forged in the fires of movies like Psycho, 13 Cameras is a truly horrific film with implications we can all identify with. A newlywed couple moves into a new house despite the creepy presence of the landlord that goes with it. They settle in, but they're unaware of the many cameras installed around the house. He's been spying on them since they moved in, and he's got other plans as well.
Starring: Nicole de Boer, Nicky Guadagni, David Hewlett, Andrew Miller, Julian Richings, Wayne Robson
Imagine being trapped inside a giant Rubik's Cube where each square is its own room and you can start to see the nightmare that is Cube. Five strangers wake up in a room together. The room has hatches on each wall that lead to identical rooms of different colors. The thing is, each room is booby-trapped with different killing devices. The strangers must work together, using their own individual skill sets, to try to escape. The concept is thrilling, on a higher level than Saw, and horror fans will love seeing what comes next.