It’s Mother’s Day, so if you’re a good son/daughter, you’ve plans to visit your mammy.
And since you’re spending the day/night in with your mother, we thought we’d give you some recommendations for movies currently on Netflix the two of you (and especially she) can enjoy.
If you haven't yet seen the film that earned Natalie Portman her third Oscar nomination, you really have to check it out, as the performance she delivers in 'Jackie' is truly a high point of her career. In it, we see the First Lady fight through grief and horrific trauma in the immediate aftermath of her husband President John F. Kennedy's assassination, staying strong and dignified in the most impossible of circumstances. It's an impressive account of the extent of this historical figure's commitment to her husband, children and nation.
'Their Finest' slipped under the radar somewhat when it hit cinemas in 2016 but it really is a hidden gem. The war comedy-drama is set during the Blitz. A former secretary, newly appointed scriptwriter for propaganda films, joins the cast and crew of a major production about Dunkirk which is intended to boost the morale of the British public. Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy deliver charming and bittersweet performances.
'Isn't it Romantic' is the ultimate feel-good movie as well as being laugh-out-loud funny. In it, Natalie (Rebel Wilson), a cynic and loather of all things cheesy and romantic, finds herself trapped in the middle of a rom com. At an hour and a half long, it's a fun, snappy, entertaining viewing experience. And isn't it all you want from a Netflix film? Moreover, it does a great job at taking the piss out of romantic comedies as well as parodying movies generally.
Sometimes, it's nice to settle in with a classic on occasions like Mother's Day. 'Legally Blonde' is a great shout that both mums and their kids will love. Alternatively, 'The Princess Bride' always goes down a treat. 'Legally Blonde' follows Elle Woods, played by Reese Witherspoon, a sorority queen who applies to Harvard Law to win back her ex-boyfriend but discovers she is "so much better than that" along the way.
If you're looking for a romantic drama, an inspiring true story, and a weepy that will tug on your heart strings and tear ducts, look no further than 'Breathe.' The film follows Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield) who falls in love with and marries the beautiful and graceful Diana (Claire Foy). Their bliss comes to an abrupt halt when Robin contracts polio, paralysing him from the neck down. Eventually, the couple invent the wheelchair which not only revolutionises Robin's life but those of other disabled people too. 'Breathe' marks the directorial debut of Andy Serkis, and Garfield and Foy both give extraordinary performances.
'Howards End' boasts a stellar cast between Emma Thompson, Helena Bonham Carter, Anthony Hopkins and Vanessa Redgrave. It follows what happens when a businessman doesn't carry out his late wife's bequest of an estate to another woman. It's a top-notch costume drama with a compelling story as well as fantastic performances.
And if you absolutely must…
Look we're not big fans of 'Bad Moms', but mammies seem to love it so we guess you should watch it for her sake. Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn star as three mums who, sick of being underappreciated, decide they're going to get drunk, party and no longer care about being labelled as 'bad moms'. It's heavily slapstick and very hit-and-miss but when it hits, it hits.