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The Five Best Movies on Netflix April 2017

Does this sound familiar: you’re looking for something on Netflix, but keep coming across films with titles like The Do-Over? Isn’t there a better way to find good movies that are streaming? Perhaps you tried to Google “What are the best movies on Netflix right now?” Allow us to help! Every month, Cut Print Film will be there to guide you towards the best of the best streaming titles on Netflix, with The Five Best Movies on Netflix!

1. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return

One man. Three bots. And a vault of B movies just begging to be riffed. Welcome to an all-new era of MST3K. | The cult-classic Mystery Science Theater 3000 returns for a whole-new generation on Netflix. A new cast tackles the familiar premise: a man and his two robot buddies are trapped on a spaceship as part of a dastardly experiment. Mad scientists force our hapless captives to watch terrible movies, which they combat by endlessly riffing and mocking the films in question. Will the new MST3K be able to recreate the magic of the original? Time will tell.



2. Tower

A grisly template for mass school shootings in America was forged on Aug. 1, 1966, when lone gunman Charles Whitman killed 14 passers-by and wounded 32 more from a sniper’s perch in the clock tower of the University of Texas at Austin.Tower is a striking, powerful and partially-animated telling of the Charles Whitman’s mass-shooting at the University of Texas. What truly makes Tower so impactful is how terribly relevant it is today. The events that happened that day at University of Texas at Austin may not have been the very first mass shooting in American history, but it was clearly the beginning of something that would stretch on through history with no seeming end in sight.

3. The BFG (arrives 4/6)

Roald Dahl’s spooky children’s book is transformed into a family-friendly fantasy centering on young orphan Sophie, who meets a colossus called the Big Friendly Giant — who’s exiled from his peers for refusing to eat boys and girls. | Speaking of Spielberg, The BFG was unfairly ignored at theaters last year, but you should really give it a chance. It’s charming! And it has a killer fart joke. (Note: Netflix originally listed this as arriving in March. For some reason, that date has now been switched to April, so we’re re-purposing this entry for this month).

4. Pete’s Dragon (2016)

When a mysterious 10-year-old boy, Pete, turns up, claiming to live in the woods with a giant green dragon, it’s up to a forest ranger, Grace, and the young Natalie to learn where the boy came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this magical dragon. | David Lowery’s surprisingly lovely remake of Pete’s Dragon takes the basic concept of the very-dated original and turns it into magic. This is a beautiful, lonely story that may be too deep for the very young, but don’t worry, they’ll grow into that sadness in due time! Don’t be surprised if you end up a sobbing mess during the film’s conclusion.

5. The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

In this remake of the 1962 political thriller, two U.S. soldiers are taken captive during the first Gulf War and brainwashed so they’re programmed to rebel once they return home. Several years later, one of them lands on the vice presidential ticket. | From a more innocent time when we thought “A U.S. presidential campaign infiltrated and manipulated by a foreign power? That could never happen!”, Jonathan Demme’s The Manchurian Candidate is a solid, tense thriller. It doesn’t hold a candle to the 1962 original, but it does feature a rather terrifying performance from Meryl Streep.

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Chris Evangelista is the Executive Editor of Cut Print Film & co-host of the Cut Print Film Podcast. He also contributes to /Film, The Film Stage, Birth.Movies.Death, The Playlist, Paste Magazine, Little White Lies and O-Scope Musings. 'The House on Creep Street' and 'Beware the Monstrous Manther!', two horror books for young readers Chris co-authored with J. Tonzelli, are available wherever books are sold. You can follow him on Twitter @cevangelista413 and view his portfolio at chrisevangelista.net

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