Disney's Moana snuck onto Netflix this week so the kids will have something to do this weekend. As for you, we've collected a handful of great dramatic films to relax and enjoy. July is coming soon and Netflix will turn over another batch of films soon so this may be your last chance to see some of these. As always, we've tried to highlight some lesser-known movies in hopes you haven't seen them yet.
[Editor's note: The following films are taken from Netflix's American menu. Apologies if any aren't available in your area. Netflix menus vary by country.]
1. Suite Française (2015)
Starring: Michelle Williams, Kristin Scott Thomas, Matthias Schoenaerts, Sam Riley
Ruth Wilson, Margot Robbie
Irène Némirovsky planned five novels under the title Suite Française as a young Jewish author living in France in the late 1930s. But she was captured and murdered by the Nazis at Auschwitz during World War II, and only finished two of the books. Suite Française is the adaptation of her work, the story of a French woman (Williams) waiting for her husband to return from the war. But, when a German regiment invades her town and commandeers her house, she finds herself inexplicably falling for their charming leader.
2. The Verdict (1982)
Starring: Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling, Jack Warden, James Mason
Back before every other movie was made in Boston, the city only had a few signature films to call its own. Director Sidney Lumet's The Verdict is one of them. Starring Paul Newman as a washed-up attorney who takes on the case of his life, The Verdict is a courtroom noir full of great performances. Newman, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his work, displays a raw vulnerability. James Mason was also nominated, and Charlotte Rampling stands out as the film's mysterious femme fatale.
3. Sunset Song (2016)
Starring: Agyness Deyn, Peter Mullan, Kevin Guthrie
Director Terence Davies is simply the master adapter. Based on the classic Lewis Grassic Gibbon novel, Sunset Song is one of the great tragic tales of Scotland. Set before World War I, the story follows the heroine Chris Guthrie as she endures the unthinkable while struggling to find her own place in the world. Left at home with her tortured father who soon falls ill himself, Chris is forced to work the farm she grew up on and survive. The convergence of the idyllic Scottish countryside and the brutality of actual life there creates something true and affecting.
4. Cold in July (2014)
Starring: Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson, Wyatt Russell, Vinessa Shaw
If you turned over the biggest rock in Texas, you'd probably find some of the characters of Cold in July scurrying for cover. The movie is a journey to the weird little corners of sleepy Americana to find the evil that dwells in the shadows. Cold in July is a mature film with a B movie streak, a quiet thriller about a man who kills an intruder then must reap the fallout as the criminal's father comes after him.
5. Christine (2016)
Starring: Rebecca Hall, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts, Maria Dizzia, J. Smith-Cameron
Based on the true story of Christine Chubbuck, a 1970s news reporter who committed suicide live on the air, Christine recounts the days leading up to the title character's death. Ambitious and abrasive, Chubbuck is sick of the sensational coverage at her TV station and isn't shy about letting the bosses know. She's also hopelessly lonely, in love with the handsome anchorman, and prone to depression. The real victory here is the acting of Hall, who gives a live wire performance.