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The 100 Best Movies on Netflix Right Now

Your search for what to watch just got much easier.

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Anyone can tell you everything that’s streaming on Netflix, take an inventory of a given month’s new additions and subtractions, or cast the net of recommendations so wide that reeling in where to start is overwhelming. The whole goal of Netflix as a company is to give you as much content as possible.

Our goal in this space is to provide a different service: a list of the 100 best films currently streaming on Netflix, so you can find a satisfying movie without wasting time with endless scrolling.

American Hustle (2013)

This steamy, sexy and sultry recreation of a 70’s FBI investigation, stars  Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and a never better Christian Bale. Directed by David O. Russell, this drama is completely indulgent when it comes to money, power and ego – and we love it.

Apollo 11 (2019)

This documentary is a standout for it’s minimalist approach, allowing the archival footage of the mission to the moon speak for itself. It’s stunning to think that at one point or another we had collectively seen a bulk of the footage in this film, and yet somehow let it lay dormant until the moon landing had been reduced to black and white stills in our collective imaginations. Not only does this film reinvigorate the moon landing with the power that it once held, but it does so in a way that is more thrilling than anything the Marvel CGI wizards could muster.

Apostle (2018)

For his follow-up to his two action epics, The Raid and The Raid 2, director Gareth Evans dials back the hand-to-hand combat but still keeps a few buckets of blood handy in this grisly supernatural horror tale. Dan Stevens stars as Thomas Richardson, an early 20th century opium addict traveling to a cloudy island controlled by a secretive cult that’s fallen on hard times. The religious group is led by a bearded scold named Father Malcolm (Michael Sheen) who may or may not be leading his people astray. Beyond a few bursts of kinetic violence and some crank-filled torture sequences, Evans plays this story relatively down-the-middle, allowing the performances, the lofty themes, and the windswept vistas to do the talking. It’s a cult movie that earns your devotion slowly, then all at once.

Atlantics (2019)

An otherworldly love story, suitable for today’s radically technology-driven world. Mati Diop’s remarkable debut feature is an unsettling combination of very real and oddly surreal. A young Senegalese couple, Ada (Mama Bineta Sane) and Souleiman (Ibrahima Traore), are torn apart when Souleiman tries to leave for Europe—only to return in a different form.

Avengement (2019)

DTV action star Scott Adkins knows how to land a punch, but this chronologically fractured fight film, which combines a bloody prison drama with a Guy Ritchie-esque underworld plot, also lets the burly actor show off his acting chops. With a metal grill on his teeth and gnarly scars on his face, Adkins plays Cain, a former boxer turned convict who starts the movie by escaping his security detail on a trip to the hospital to visit his dying mother. On the run, Cain ends up at a pub in the middle of the day, where he entertains the assembled goons with his convoluted life story, which involves a betrayal by his older brother and many gruelling jailhouse brawls. Director Jesse V. Johnson co-wrote the refreshingly sharp script, which has more on its mind than your average fight-driven revenge film, and he stages the ferocious, bare-knuckle melees with appropriate vigour.

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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

The Coen brothers gave some big-name-director cred to Netflix by releasing their six-part Western anthology on the streaming service, and while it’s not necessarily their best work, Buster Scruggs is clearly a cut above most Netflix originals. Featuring star turns from Liam Neeson, Tom Waits, Zoe Kazan, and more, the film takes advantage of Netflix’s willingness to experiment by composing a sort of death fugue that unfolds across the harsh realities of life in Manifest Destiny America. Not only does it revel in the massive, sweeping landscapes of the American West, but it’s a thoughtful meditation on death that will reveal layer after layer long after you finish.

Barry (2016)

In 1981, Barack Obama touched down in New York City to begin work at Columbia University. As Barry imagines, just days after settling into his civics class, a white classmate confronts the Barry with an argument one will find in the future president’s Twitter @-mentions: “Why does everything always got to be about slavery?” Exaltation is cinematic danger, especially when bringing the life of a then-sitting president to screen. Barry avoids hagiography by staying in the moment, weighing race issues of a modern age and quieting down for the audience to draw its own conclusions. Devon Terrell is key, steadying his character as smooth-operating, socially active, contemplative fellow stuck in an interracial divide. Barry could be any half-black, half-white kid from the ’80s. But in this case, he’s haunted by past, present, and future.

Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019)

A mockumentary about Zach Galifinakis’s public access TV show trying to get picked up for prime time slot by a cashed up Will Ferrell. Based on Galifinakis’s show called Between Two Ferns, you can expect the trademark cringe worthy interviews, plus a surprisingly sweet story about following your dreams.

Big Daddy (1999)

While even early Adam Sandler hits had sentimental parts, there was usually a healthy dose of irony to go with the romantic-comedy beats and faux-inspirational moments. But with Big Daddy things got downright mawkish. While the movie has hilarious lines-“We wasted the good surprise on you” still kills-this oaf-meets-cute-kid tale is also notable for a lengthy Sheryl Crowe-scored montage, a big Mrs. Doubtfire-style courtroom finale, and the whelps of “Scuba Steve!” This was the first time Adam Sandler figured out he could make bros cry.

The Big Short (2015)

A dark comedy about the greed and systemic failure that took place on Wall Street during the 2008 Global Financial Crisis. This story follows the only outsiders, the only that could see it coming, in the form of Ryan Gosling, Steve Carrell and Christian Bale.

BlacKkKlansman (2018)

A truly iconic film, directed Spike Lee, loosely based on actual events. The film follows Ron Stallworth’s infiltration of the local Klu Klux Klan chapter as he attempts to expose the individuals beneath the white hoods. As the first African-American coloured detective in the Colorado Springs police department, Stallworth sends his Jewish co-worker to the gatherings in his place.

Booksmart (2019)

Directed by our fave Olivia Wilde, Booksmart is one of our favourite coming of age films on Netflix right now. High school best friends realise on the eve of their graduation that they’ve spent their entire high school lives studying for college, instead of partying and having fun. Determined to change everyone’s opinion  of them and finish school on a high, they endeavour to let loose and make up for lost time—cramming four years’ worth of parties, drinking, adventure and romance into one night.

Call Me By Your Name (2017)

This is maybe one of the most beautiful films about a love between two men that we have ever seen. It involves a passionate teenage-d Timothee Chalamet and an ever-charming and slightly jaded Armie Hammer, in some of the most sexually invigorating sex scenes, all with a beautiful Italian backdrop. You’ll need to prepare yourselves for some tears with this one.

Cam (2018)

Unlike the Unfriended films or 2018’s indie hit Searching, this web thriller from director Daniel Goldhaber and screenwriter Isa Mazzei isn’t locked into the visual confines of a computer screen. Though there’s plenty of online screen time, allowing for subtle bits of commentary and satire, the looser style allows the filmmakers to really explore the life and work conditions of their protagonist, rising cam girl Alice (Madeline Brewer). We meet her friends, her family, and her customers. That type of immersion in the granular details makes the scarier bits-like an unnerving confrontation in the finale between Alice and her evil doppelgänger-pop even more.

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The Orchard

Creep (2014)

Patrick Brice’s found-footage movie is a no-budget answer to a certain brand of horror, but saying more would give away its sinister turns. Just know that the man behind the camera answered a Craigslist ad to create a “day in the life” video diary for Josef (Mark Duplass), who really loves life. Creep proves that found footage, the indie world’s no-budget genre solution, still has life, as long as you have a performer like Duplass willing to go all the way.

Concrete Cowboy (2021)

This drama is fantastic. Based on the novel Ghetto Cowboy by Greg Neri, the flick follows Cole (Stranger Things’ Caleb McLaughlin), a troubled 15-year-old who is sent to live with estranged father Harp (Idris Elba) in Philadelphia for the summer. While he finds kinship in a tight-knit group Black cowboys—yep right in the middle of a city—he struggles with the lure of gang life. It’s moving, emotional and deep. Get those tissues ready.

Contratiempo (2016)

This movie is like thriller-candy. It is full of twists, it is very atmospheric, and in nicely predictable fashion it will deliver that excitement rush we (most of us) love. Accused of murder, a wealthy entrepreneur hires the best witness preparation expert he can find. They have three hours before the trial to come up with the most solid, plausible defence. But ?, a new witness surfaces. Don’t expect anything overly original, but expect to be entertained.

Coven of Sisters (2020)

A Spanish history lesson with a dose of twisted family bonds.  Set in the 1600s, at a time where the idea of witches was beginning to take flight, Coven of Sisters is set in Spain, and follows a judge who travels the countryside to persecute those charged with witchcraft. The film won five Goyas – Spain’s film awards – and has an ending that will leave you spellbound.

The Daughter (2015)

A classic nostalgic, intimate and slightly art house film that revolves around family betrayal and heartbreak. Protagonist Christian (Paul Schneider), returns to his dying hometown for his cagey father’s wedding. While he’s there, Christian reconnects a childhood friend and through getting to know his family, he uncovers an ugly secret, while his life simultaneously breaks down around him. This film isn’t especially thought-provoking, but it’s emotional and twisted and a great watch if you’re feeling angsty or alone.

Den of Thieves (2018)

If there’s one thing you’ve probably heard about this often ridiculous bank robbery epic, it’s that it steals shamelessly from Michael Mann’s crime saga Heat. The broad plot elements are similar: There’s a team of highly-efficient criminals led by a former Marine (Pablo Schreiber) and they must contend with a obsessive, possibly unhinged cop (Gerard Butler) over the movie’s lengthy 140 minute runtime.  A screenwriter helming a feature for the first time, director Christian Gudegast is not in the same league as Mann as a filmmaker and Butler, sporting unflattering tattoos and a barrel-like gut, is hardly Al Pacino. But everyone is really going for it here, attempting to squeeze every ounce of Muscle Milk from the bottle.

The Departed (2006)

Don’t let your most annoying friend’s affection for The Departed ruin the movie for you-it’s an enormously entertaining crime film. Leonardo DiCaprio’s expert slow-boil performance as undercover cop Billy Costigan is a big reason for that and marked a major career step forward. He stood tall against the Martin Scorsese film’s many big-name scenery chewers and kept his Boston accent under control.

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Netflix

Divines (2016)

Thrillers don’t come much more propulsive or elegant than Houda Benyamina’s Divines, a heartwarming French drama about female friendship that spirals into a pulse-pounding crime saga. Rambunctious teenager Dounia (Oulaya Amamra) and her best friend Maimouna (DĂ©borah Lukumuena) begin the film as low-level shoplifters and thieves, but once they fall into the orbit of a slightly older, seasoned drug dealer named Rebecca (Jisca Kalvanda), they’re on a Goodfellas-like trajectory. Benyamina offsets the violent, gritty genre elements with lyrical passages where Dounia watches her ballet-dancer crush rehearse his routines from afar, and kinetic scenes of the young girls goofing off on social media. It’s a cautionary tale told with joy, empathy, and an eye for beauty.

Death to 2020 (2020)

This mockumentary, based on the-year-that-won’t-be-named, is brought to Netlfix by the creators of Black Mirror is a great flick if you need to laugh out the pain. Including real footage from 2020 and fictitious characters, the film stars the likes of Samuel L. Jackson as a reporter for the New Yorkerly News, Hugh Grant as a historian, Lisa Kudrow as a “non-official conservative spokesperson” and Kumail Nanjiani as CEO tech billionaire Bark Multiverse.

Dolemite Is My Name (2019)

Eddie Murphy waited years to get this movie about comedian and blaxploitation star Rudy Ray Moore made, and you can feel his joy in finally getting to play this role every second he’s on screen. The film, directed by Hustle & Flow‘s Craig Brewer, charts how Moore rose from record store employee, to successful underground comedian, to making his now-cult classic feature Dolemite by sheer force of passion. It’s thrilling (and hilarious) to watch Murphy adopt Moore’s Dolemite persona, a swaggering pimp, but it’s just as satisfying to see the former SNL star capture his character at his lowest points. He’s surrounded by an ensemble that matches his infectious energy.

Easy A (2010)

Inspired by The Scarlet Letter, Easy A is witty teen comedy that actually provides amazing commentary around the double standards associated with gender and sex. Staring Emma Stone, Stanley Tucci and Penn Badgley, it’s the coming of age story that is both progressive and funny and therefore; never gets old.

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020)

Starring Rachel McAdams and Will Ferrell as so-bad-they’re-good Icelandic musical duo Fire Saga. As a comedy about Eurovision and written by Will Ferrell, it’s as ridiculous as you imagine. We recommend doing a little bit of research on Eurovision before settling into watching this film, as the stereotyping, outrageous concepts and general chaotic madness will probably just

Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened (2019)

Everyone’s favourite disaster of a festival received not one, but two streaming documentaries in the same week. Netflix’s version has rightly faced some criticism over its willingness to let marketing company Fuck Jerry off the hook (Jerry Media produced the doc), but that doesn’t take away from the overall picture it portrays of the festival’s haphazard planning and the addiction to grift from which Fyre’s founder, Billy McFarland, apparently suffers. It’s schadenfreude at its best.

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Netflix

Gerald’s Game (2017)

Like his previous low-budget Netflix-released horror release, Hush, a captivity thriller about a deaf woman fighting off a masked intruder, Mike Flanagan’s Stephen King adaptation of Gerald’s Game wrings big scares from a small location. Sticking close to the grisly plot details of King’s seemingly “unfilmable” novel, the movie chronicles the painstaking struggles of Jessie Burlingame (Carla Gugino) after she finds herself handcuffed to a bed in an isolated vacation home when her husband, the titular Gerald, dies from a heart attack while enacting his kinky sexual fantasies. She’s trapped-and that’s it. The premise is clearly challenging to sustain for a whole movie, but Flanagan and Gugino turn the potentially one-note set-up into a forceful, thoughtful meditation on trauma, memory, and resilience in the face of near-certain doom.

The Gift (2015)

In less daring hands, this psychological thriller may have telegraphed its legitimately disturbing ending and devolved into another direct-to-VOD movie you will never watch. But Australian writer-star-director Joel Edgerton goes all in with this tale about an alpha yuppie (Jason Bateman, exuding impish charm in a non-comedic role) struggling to deal with his forlorn wife (Rebecca Hall) and the relentless friendliness of a long-lost schoolmate (Edgerton).

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God’s Own Country (2017)

The landscape and the heart are inextricably entwined in this harsh but optimistic drama set on a Yorkshire sheep farm, where the owner’s closeted son finds unexpected love with a Romanian guest worker. It’s more realism than romance in this deeply involved story.

Good Time (2017)

In this greasy, cruel thriller from Uncut Gems directors the Safdie brothers, Robert Pattinson stars as Connie, a bank robber who races through Queens to find enough money to bail out his mentally disabled brother, who’s locked up for their last botched job. Each suffocating second of Good Time, blistered by the neon backgrounds of Queens, New York and propelled by warped heartbeat of Oneothrix Point Never’s synth score, finds Connie evading authorities by tripping into an even stickier situation.

The Guest (2014)

After writer-director Adam Wingard notched a semi-sleeper horror hit with 2011’s You’re Next, he’d earned a certain degree of goodwill among genre faithful and, apparently, with studio brass. How else to explain distribution for his atypical thriller The Guest through Time Warner subsidiary Picturehouse? Headlined by soon-to-be megastar Dan Stevens and kindred flick It Follows’ lead scream queen Maika Monroe, The Guest introduces itself as a subtextual impostor drama, abruptly spins through a blender of ’80s teen tropes, and ultimately reveals its true identity as an expertly self-conscious straight-to-video shoot ’em up, before finally circling back on itself with a well-earned wink. To say anymore about the hell that Stevens’ “David” unleashes on a small New Mexico town would not only spoil the fun, but possibly get you killed.

Hail, Caesar! (2016)

Possibly the Coen brothers’ zaniest work-and these are the guys who brought us Raising ArizonaBurn After Reading, and O Brother, Where Art Thou?Hail, Caesar! throws back to the golden age of Hollywood for a droll, screwball mystery. A Communist kidnapping plot plays in the background as the Coens swing between a down-on-his-luck singing cowboy, a pair of gossip reporters, a starlet keeping her pregnancy hush-hush, a frustrated auteur, and a studio fixer who can’t help but wonder if Hollywood’s all it’s cracked up to be. Musical numbers elevate it to greatness. Tap-dancing Channing Tatum rules the world.

The Half of It (2020)

The Half of It â€” a modern twist on a coming-of-age rom-com. It follows the story of Ellie Chu, a shy and lonely Chinese-American student, living in  the small town of Squahamish. In need of extra cash, she agrees to help to high school jock win over his crush, by writing love notes to her for him. The only trouble? Ellie has crush on the same girl.

Haywire (2011)

Who knew Steven Soderbergh had a classic action movie in him? The Sex, Lies, and Videotape director teamed up with MMA fighter Gina Carano for this kinetic spy thriller. While the script has plenty of surprises, it’s the tightly choreographed, music-free fight scenes-a brawl with Channing Tatum at a diner, a hotel-room rendezvous with Michael Fassbender, and an epic throwdown against Ewan McGregor on a beach-that make this essential, ass-kicking viewing.

High Flying Bird (2019)

High Flying Bird is a basketball film that has little to do with the sport itself, instead focusing on the behind-the-scenes power dynamics that play out during an NBA lockout. At the centre of the Steven Soderbergh movie-shot on an iPhone, because that’s what he does now-is AndrĂ© Holland’s Ray Burke, a sports agent trying to protect his client’s interests while also disrupting a corrupt system. It’s not an easy tightrope to walk, and, as you might expect, the conditions of the labour stoppage constantly change the playing field. With his iPhone mirroring the NBA’s social media-heavy culture, and appearances from actual NBA stars lending the narrative heft, Soderbergh experiments with Netflix’s carte blanche and produces a unique film that adds to the streaming service’s growing list of original critical hits.

Holding The Man (2015)

This Australian film is set int he 70’s, and was adapted from Timothy Conigrave’s 1995 memoir of the same name. It tells Conigrave’s own story of two teenage boys who fall in love, during a time when being gay wasn’t widely accepted and their experience with AIDS, that explores themes guilt, trauma and love in a painfully beautiful way. This film stars some great Aussie actors, including Sarah Snook, Guy Pearce, Anthony LaPaglia, Kerry Fox and Ryan Corr. We cried in the trailer alone, so be prepared for some emotional moments.

I’m Not An Easy Man (2018)

A satire comedy that totally leans into the ridiculousness of gender-inequality. It follows egotistical marketing man Damian, who bashes his head into a street sign and wakes up to a matriarchal society where men are treated much less than equal. A perfect film if you’re looking for important commentary without feeling totally hopeless.

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I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016)

A meditative horror flick that’s more unsettling than outright frightening, I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House follows the demise of Lily, a live-in nurse (Ruth Wilson) who’s caring for an ailing horror author. As Lily discovers the truth about the writer’s fiction and home, the lines between the physical realm and the afterlife blur. The movie’s slow pacing and muted escalation might frustrate viewers craving showy jump-scares, but writer-director Oz Perkins is worth keeping tabs on. He brings a beautiful eeriness to every scene, and his story will captivate patient streamers. Fans should be sure to also check out his directorial debut, The Blackcoat’s Daughter.

I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (2017)

In this maniacal mystery, Ruth (Melanie Lynskey), a nurse, and her rattail-sporting, weapon-obsessed neighbour Tony (Elijah Wood) hunt down a local burglar. Part Cormac McCarthy thriller, part wacky, Will Ferrell-esque comedy, I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore is a cathartic neo-noir about everyday troubles. Director Macon Blair’s not the first person to find existential enlightenment at the end of an amateur detective tale, but he might be the first to piece one together from cussing octogenarians, ninja stars, Google montages, gallons of Big Red soda, upper-deckers, friendly raccoons, exploding body parts, and the idiocy of humanity.

I Met A Girl (2020)

An independent Aussie film. We love to see it. This one will pull at your heart strings, followed an aspiring musician who lives with schizophrenia. His life completely changes when he meets Lucy, a mysterious dream girl who just “gets” him like nobody else. But when she doesn’t show up to meet his family, the lines between fact and fiction get blurred and he sets on a mission to find her.

If Beale Street Could Talk (2019)

This is Barry Jenkins’ follow up to his award-winning film Moonlight. It’s a a highly compelling tale that explores the extent of the emotional consequences of racial injustices through the lens of a young couple torn apart by the judicial system. Based on Staying James Baldwin’s original novel, and adopts Jenkins’ signature melancholy.

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The Invitation (2015)

This slow-burn horror-thriller preys on your social anxiety. The film’s first half-hour, which finds Logan Marshall-Green arriving at his ex-wife’s house to meet her new husband, plays like a Sundance dramedy about 30-something yuppies and their relationship woes. As the minutes go by, director Karyn Kusama (Jennifer’s Body) burrows deeper into the awkward dinner party, finding tension in unwelcome glances, miscommunication, and the possibility that Marshall-Green’s character might be misreading a bizarre situation as a dangerous one. We won’t spoil what happens, but let’s just say this is a party you’ll be telling your friends about.

Into the Inferno (2016)

Werner Herzog’s illuminating semi-sequel to Encounters at the End of the World reunites him with volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer for encounters with volcanoes all over the world. This time, Herzog stays offscreen and lets Oppenheimer have most of the spotlight, though there is plenty of the filmmaker’s signature narration: some of it to revisit the making of another of his films, the 1977 short La Soufrière; or to present other interesting stories of volcanoes and the people who worship them.

Ip Man (2008)

There aren’t many biopics that also pass for decent action movies. Somehow, Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen and director Wilson Yip made Ip Man (and three sequels!) based on the life of Chinese martial arts master Yip Kai-man, who famously trained Bruce Lee. What’s their trick to keeping this series fresh? Play fast and loose with the facts, up the melodrama with each film, and, when in doubt, cast Mike Tyson as an evil property developer. The fights are incredible, and Yen’s portrayal of the ageing master still has the power to draw a few tears from even the most grizzled tough guy.

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The Irishman (2019)

All the pageantry a $150 million check from Netflix can buy-the digital de-ageing effects, the massive crowd scenes, the shiny rings passed between men-is on full display in The Irishman. Everything looks tremendous. But, like with 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street, the characters can’t escape the fundamental spiritual emptiness of their pursuits. In telling the story of Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro), a World War II veteran and truck driver turned mob enforcer and friend to labour leader Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino), director Martin Scorsese and screenwriter Steven Zaillian construct an underworld-set counter-narrative of late 20th century American life. Even with a 209 minute runtime, every second counts.

Just Mercy (2019)

This film is based on the true story of Bryan Stevenson, a young Harvard graduate who moved to Alabama in the 80’s to defend wrongly accused prisoners on death row. Played by the delightful Michael B. Jordan, who brings unstoppable determination and ambition, this movie is seriously aspiring and makes us reflect on how much the world has changed in such a short time.

It Comes at Night (2017)

In this post-apocalyptic nightmare-and-a-half, the horrors of humanity, the strain of chaotic emotions pent up in the name of survival, bleed out through wary eyes and weathered hands. Barricaded in a haunted-house-worthy cabin in the woods, Paul (Joel Edgerton) takes in Will (Christopher Abbott) and his family, knowing full well they could threaten his family’s existence. All the while, Paul’s son, Trevor, battles bloody visions of (or induced by?) the contagion. Filmmaker Trey Edward Shults directs the hell out of every slow-push frame of this psychological thriller, and the less we know, the more confusion feels like a noose around our necks, the scarier his observations become.

The Laundromat (2019)

Steven Soderbergh’s fictional take on the Panama Papers follows a retired woman named Ellen (Meryl Streep) who gets caught up in trouble when she begins to look into why she wasn’t able to sue those responsible for the terrible accident that led to her husband’s death. What she finds out along the way, is truly gripping.

Ma (2019)

We love a psychological thriller so strap yourselves in for Ma and get ready for Octavia Spencer to haunt your screen in this weird wild turn of events. Taking her role as a lonely woman called Sue Ann, Octavia’s eerie character of the neighbourhood matriarch has some seriously dark undertones. She basically lures a bunch of teenagers into her party clubhouse basement, to which things start to turn ugly.

Marriage Story (2019)

Returning to the topic of 2005’s caustic comedy The Squid and the Whale, which tracked the fallout of a divorce from the perspective of children, writer and director Noah Baumbach again finds laughter and pain in the often excruciating personal details of ending a relationship. This time, the bickering couple-a Brooklyn-dwelling actress and a theatre director played by Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver-takes centre stage. Instead of watching the two fall in and out of love, the story opens with the separation already in motion, allowing Baumbach to focus on the soul-sucking, money-draining legal shitstorm that follows.

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The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017)

When Danny (Adam Sandler), Matthew (Ben Stiller) and Jean (Elizabeth Marvel), three half-siblings from three different mothers, gather at their family brownstone in New York to tend to their ailing father (Dustin Hoffman), a lifetime of familial politics explode out of every minute of conversation. Their narcissistic sculptor dad didn’t have time for Danny. Matthew was the golden child. Jean was weird… or maybe disturbed by memories no one ever knew. Expertly sketched by writer-director Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale) this memoir-like portrait of lives half-lived is the kind of bittersweet, dimensional character comedy we’re now used to seeing told in three seasons of prestige television. Baumbach gives us the whole package in two hours.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

The legendary British comedy troupe took the legend of King Arthur and offered a characteristically irreverent take on it in their second feature film. It’s rare for comedy to hold up this well, but the timelessness of lines like, “I fart in your general direction!” “It’s just a flesh wound,” and “Run away!” makes this a movie worth watching again and again.

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A24

Moonlight (2016)

Chronicling the boyhood years, teenage stretch, and muted adult life of Chiron, a black gay man making it in Miami, this triptych altarpiece is at once hyper-specific and cosmically universal. Director Barry Jenkins roots each moment in the last; Chiron’s desire for a lost lover can’t burn in a diner booth over a bottle of wine without his beachside identity crisis years prior, blurred and violent, or encounters from deeper in his past, when glimpses of his mother’s drug addiction, or the mentoring acts of her crack supplier, felt like secrets delivered in code. Panging colors, sounds, and the delicate movements of its perfect cast like the notes of a symphony, Moonlight is the real deal, a movie that will only grow and complicate as you wrestle with it.

Mudbound (2017)

The South’s post-slavery existence is, for Hollywood, mostly uncharted territory. Director Dee Rees rectifies the overlooked stretch of history with this novelistic drama about two Mississippi families working a rain-drenched farm in 1941. The white McAllans settle on a muddy patch of land to realise their dreams. The Jacksons, a family of black sharecroppers working the land, have their own hopes, which their neighbours manage to nurture and curtail. Confronting race, class, war, and the possibility of unity, Mudbound spellbinding drama reckons with the past to understand the present.

My Happy Family (2017)

At 52, Manana (Ia Shughliashvili) packs a bag and walks out on her husband, son, daughter, daughter’s live-in boyfriend, and elderly mother and father, all of whom live together in a single apartment. The family is cantankerous and blustery, asking everything of Manana, who spends her days teaching better-behaved teenagers about literature. But as Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon GroĂź’s striking character study unfolds, the motivation behind Manana’s departure is a deeper strain of frustration, despite what her brother, aunts, uncles, and anyone else who can cram themselves into the situation would like us to think. My Happy Family is both delicate and brutal in its portrayal of independence, and should get under the skin of anyone with their own family drama.

Night In Paradise (2021)

Night In Paradise is an action-packed thriller that triggers emotions you wouldn’t usually expect. It’s a love story, between a wronged mobset and a mysterious woman with demons of her own. Prepare yourself for some truly epic fight scenes.

The Naked Gun (1988)

The short-lived Dragnet TV spoof Police Squad! found a second life as The Naked Gun action-comedy movie franchise, and the first instalment goes all in on Airplane! co-star Leslie Nielsen’s brand of straight-laced dementia. Trying to explain The Naked Gun only makes the stupid sound stupider, but keen viewers will find jokes on top of jokes on top of jokes. It’s the kind of movie that can crack “nice beaver,” then pass a stuffed beaver through the frame and actually get away with it. Nielsen has everything to do with it; his Frank Drebin continues the grand Inspector Clouseau tradition in oh-so-’80s style.

Okja (2017)

This wild ride, part action heist, part Miyazaki-like travelogue, and part scathing satire, is fuelled by fairy tale whimsy — but the Grimm kind, where there are smiles and spilled blood. Ahn Seo-hyun plays Mija, the young keeper of a “super-pig,” bred by a food manufacturer to be the next step in human-consumption evolution. When the corporate overlords come for her roly-poly pal, Mija hightails it from the farm to the big city to break him out, crossing environmental terrorists, a zany Steve Irwin-type (Gyllenhaal), and the icy psychos at the top of the food chain (including Swinton’s childlike CEO) along the way. Okja won’t pluck your heartstrings like E.T., but there’s grandeur in its frenzy.

On Body and Soul (2017)

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Netflix

The Other Side of the Wind (2018)

Don’t go into Orson Welles’ final film expecting it to be an easy watch. The Other Side of the Wind, which follows fictional veteran Hollywood director Jake Hannaford (tooootally not modelled after Welles himself) and his protegĂ© (also tooootally not a surrogate for Welles’ own friend and mentee Peter Bogdanovich, who also plays the character) as they attend a party in celebration of Hannaford’s latest film and are beset on all sides by Hannaford’s friends, enemies, and everyone in between. The film, which Welles hoped would be his big comeback to Hollywood, was left famously unfinished for decades after his death in 1985. Thanks to Bogdanovich and producer Frank Marshall, it was finally completed in 2018, and the result is a vibrant and bizarre throwback.

Paddleton (2019)

There are three big reasons to watch Paddleton. The first two are Ray Romano and Mark Duplass, who play the two neighbours at the center of the story. And the third is Alexandre Lehmann, the director, who also is responsible for Blue Jay (on Netflix as well). These two misfit neighbours find themselves together when one of them is diagnosed with cancer. They embark on a trip to the nearest pharmacy (a six-hour drive) which turns into an adventure.

The Perfect Date (2019)

Brooks Rattigan (Noah Centineo) works as a stand-in date for high-school girls to impress their friends and parents – and it pays well. He creates an app where people can hire him for any event as their fake boyfriend, and as you can imagine, things get messy. This is a very cute, feel-good, nostalgic, teen romance film.

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Summit Entertainment

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

Stephen Chbosky’s adaptation of his beloved novel will take you back to adolescence in a way many coming-of-age films aim to capture but not all can. The film, about an introverted high school freshman named Charlie (Logan Lerman) discovering where he fits in for the first time when he befriends a group of outsider seniors (Ezra Miller, Emma Watson), while he feels forced to cope with his best friend’s suicide and mental illness in private, will take you back to all of the feelings you felt at 16. Lerman’s endearing portrayal, as well as each character’s own delicate experience, the heartwarming dialogue ripped from the text, and that tender soundtrack, are more than enough to have you nostalgic for drives around your hometown and desperate to put on an 8-track and have a good cry. If you let it, it’ll make you “feel infinite.”

Pieces of a Woman (2020)

This film tells the true and heartbreaking story of filmmakers Kata WĂ©ber and KornĂ©l Mundruczó’s experience of losing a child and the fallout that comes with trauma. You’ll be crying within minutes. Starring Vanessa Kirby and Shia LeBeouf, Pieces of a Woman follows a young couple that were headed towards parenthood, not expecting the devastation, grief and unravelling that ensued.

The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

This is the movie that brought the now married Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling together. Need we say more? It follows a stunt driver who learns he has a newborn child. In order to properly provide for him, he begins to rob banks, which as you can probably imagine, causes conflict. The Place Beyond the Pines is gritty and emotional, and at the heart of it, a good take on father-son relationships and long-term consequences.

Pride (2014)

It’s 1984 and miners in England are on strike against Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s plans to close pits. Their cause has unlikely appeal for Mark Ashton, a human rights activists who decides to take a group of people who had joined an early Gay Pride parade in London to rural England to show support for the (often socially-conservative) miners.

You can see how things might go wrong, but in this case they didn’t. This heartwarming tale is based on a true story. An easy, funny, and relevant movie about the bond that oppression brings to the oppressed. Super earnest, too.

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Netflix

Private Life (2018)

Over a decade since the release of her last dark comedy, The Savages, writer and director Tamara Jenkins returned with a sprawling movie in the same vein: more hyper-verbal jerks you can’t help but love. Richard (Paul Giamatti) and Rachel (Kathryn Hahn) are a Manhattan-dwelling couple who have spent the last few years attempting to have a baby with little success. When we meet them, they’re already in the grips of fertility mania, willing to try almost anything to secure the offspring they think they desire. With all the details about injections, side effects, and pricey medical procedures, the movie functions as a taxonomy of modern pregnancy anxieties, and Hahn brings each part of the process to glorious life.

Queen and Slim (2020)

On their drive back from an average Tinder date, a couple are pulled over by a racist police officer. Things escalate unexpectedly and the couple, one of whom is a lawyer aware of the corrupted system, start a life on the run together. This thrilling set-up mixing social commentary and romance is a movie that’s actually many movies in one. In between moments, there are so many quiet and beautiful shots of the couple: silent, still or dancing, which are true cinematic magic.

Rebecca (2020)

Absolute babes Armie Hammer and Lily James star across from each other in this unnerving psychological thriller. As a Netflix Original remake of the iconic 1938 gothic novel, Rebecca, James stars as a young, naĂŻve and unnamed woman who, after a whirlwind romance in Monte Carlo, agrees to marry wealthy widower Maxim de Winter. She moves into his famous estate in England, where she finds herself trapped in the shadow of the former Mrs de Winter, Rebecca, whose mysterious death haunts the manor. It’s romantic, it’s chilling and it’s somehow kind of sexy.

The Ritual (2018)

The Ritual, a horror film where a group of middle-aged men embark on a hiking trip in honour of a dead friend, understands the tension between natural beauty of the outdoors and the unsettling panic of the unknown. The group’s de facto leader Luke (an understated Rafe Spall) attempts to keep the adventure from spiralling out of control, but the forest has other plans. (Maybe brush up on your Scandinavian mythology before viewing.) Like a backpacking variation on Neil Marshall’s 2005 cave spelunking classic The DescentThe Ritual deftly explores inter-personal dynamics while delivering jolts of other-worldly terror. It’ll have you rethinking that weekend getaway on your calendar.

Netflix
Netflix

Rocketman (2019)

Rocketman tells the story of Elton John,  from his early days performing rock music at empty pubs to the moment his world changed—when he met music manager John Reid and was catapulted to a world of fame. The biographical musical film stars Taron Egerton, who won an Golden Globe for the role and the dreamy Richard Madden as John Reid. It doesn’t matter if you’re an Elton John fan or not, this film will bring some joy into your day.

Roma (2018)

Whether experienced in the hushed reverence of a theatre, watched on the glowing screen of a laptop, or, as Netflix executive Ted Sarandos has suggested, binged on the perilous surface of a phone, Alfonso CuarĂłn’s black-and-white passion project seeks to stun. A technical craftsman of the highest order, the Children of Men and Gravity director has an aesthetic that aims to overwhelm-with the amount of extras, the sense of despair, and the constant whirr of exhilaration and this autobiographical portrait of kind-hearted maid Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio) caring for a family in the early 1970s has been staged on a staggering, mind-boggling scale.

Well Go USA
Well Go USA

Run (2020)

After Ratched, we know that Sarah Paulson can DELIVER a psychological thriller. Run,  her new venture, is an absolute must watch this weekend. It’s about a mother and daughter living in total isolation, with lots of unanswered questions lingering, creating this tension that is almost uncomfortable to watch. When Diane’s (Paulson) daughter Chloe (Kiera Allen) starts to suspect her mum of harbouring secrets, things start to become twisted.

Shadow (2019)

In Shadow, the visually stunning action epic from Hero and House of Flying Daggers wuxia master Zhang Yimou, parasols are more than helpful sun-blockers: They can be turned into deadly weapons, shooting boomerang-like blades of steel at oncoming attackers and transforming into protective sleds for traveling through the slick streets. These devices are one of many imaginative leaps made in telling this Shakespearean saga of palace intrigue, vengeance, and secret doppelgangers set in China’s Three Kingdoms period. This is a martial arts epic where the dense plotting is as tricky as the often balletic fight scenes.

She’s Gotta Have It (1986)

Before checking out Spike Lee’s Netflix original series of the same name, be sure to catch up with where it all began. Nola (Tracy Camilla Johns) juggles three men during her sexual pinnacle, and it’s all working out until they discover one another. She’s Gotta Have It takes some dark turns, but each revelation speaks volumes about what real romantic independence is all about.

Shirkers (2018)

Although Sandi Tan grew up to have a fulfilling career as a novelist and filmmaker, she never quite forgot about one project from her youth: Shirkers, a homemade movie she and her best friends made in Singapore as teenagers. The footage quite literally disappeared, along with one of their collaborators, Georges Cardona-and that was the last they saw of both him and the film. This documentary, named after the original film, follows Tan’s quest to discover what exactly happened to their beloved movie and the strange man who altered their lives. Written, directed, and co-edited by Tan herself, Shirkers takes you directly on the filmmaker’s mysterious journey, telling a lively, revealing, and heartwarming narrative about a woman on a mission and her lifelong dreams.

The Weinstein Company
The Weinstein Company

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, and David O. Russell’s first collaboration-and the film that turned J-Law into a bona fide golden girl-is a romantic comedy/dramedy/dance-flick that bounces across its tonal shifts. A love story between Pat (Cooper), a man struggling with bipolar disease and a history of violent outbursts, and Tiffany (Lawrence), a widow grappling with depression, who come together while rehearsing for an amateur dance competition, Silver Linings balances an emotionally realistic depiction of mental illness with some of the best twirls and dips this side of Step Up. Even if you’re allergic to rom-coms, Lawrence and Cooper’s winning chemistry will win you over, as will this sweet little gem of a film: a feel-good, affecting love story that doesn’t feel contrived or treacly.

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Netflix

Small Crimes (2017)

It’s always a little discombobulating to see your favourite Game of Thrones actors in movies that don’t call on them to fight dragons, swing swords, or at least wear some armour. But that shouldn’t stop you from checking out Small Crimes, a carefully paced thriller starring the Kingslayer Jaime Lannister himself, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. As Joe Denton, a crooked cop turned ex-con, Coster-Waldau plays yet another character with a twisted moral compass, but here he’s not part of some mythical narrative. He’s just another conniving, scheming dirtbag in director E.L. Katz’s Coen brothers-like moral universe.

Snowpiercer (2013)

Did people go overboard in praising Snowpiercer when it came out? Maybe. But it’s important to remember that the movie arrived in the sweaty dog days of summer, hitting critics and sci-fi lovers like a welcome blast of icy water from a hose. The film’s simple, almost video game-like plot-get to the front of the train, or die trying-allowed visionary South Korean director Bong Joon-ho to fill the screen with excitement, absurdity, and radical politics. Chris Evans never looked more alive, Tilda Swinton never stole more scenes, and mainstream blockbuster filmmaking never felt so tepid in comparison. Come on, ride the train!

The Social Dilemma (2020)

This documentary focuses a lens on the crazy scale that social media in impacting us negatively, as testified to by people from the industry: ex-executives at Google, Instagram, Facebook, and even the ex-President of Pinterest. All have left their companies for ethical concerns that they share here, among grave concerns for the future of social media, marketed advertising and lack of privacy.

Sorry to Bother You (2018)

Sorry to Bother You is a movie set in an alternate reality, where capitalism and greed are accentuated. It’s basically a Black Mirror episode stretch out into a film. Lakeith Stanfield is a guy called Cassius who struggles to pay his bills. However, when at a tele-marketing job an old-timer tells him to use a “white voice”, he starts moving up the ranks of his bizarre society.

Superbad (2007)

The comedy that kicked off Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s writing partnership crams more crude sex jokes than anyone ever thought possible into a heartwarming story of inseparable best friends (Michael Cera and Jonah Hill) on the verge of shipping off to different colleges. Factor in some wild party scenes, a then-unknown Emma Stone, high-school horndogs riffing to their hearts’ content, and McLovin, and you’ve got yourself a classic high school movie that rivals the likes of Dazed and Confused.

Netflix
Netflix

Tallulah (2016)

From Orange Is the New Black writer Sian Heder, Tallulah follows the title character (played by Elliot Page) after she inadvertently “kidnaps” a toddler from an alcoholic rich woman and passes the child off as her own to appeal to her run-out boyfriend’s mother (Allison Janney). A messy knot of familial woes and wayward instincts, Heder’s directorial debut achieves the same kind of balancing act as her hit Netflix series-frank social drama with just the right amount of humorous hijinks. As Tallulah grows into a mother figure, her on-the-lam parenting course only makes her more and more of a criminal in the eyes of… just about everyone. You want to root for her, but that would be too easy.

Netflix
Netflix

13th (2016)

Selma director Ava DuVernay snuck away from the Hollywood spotlight to direct this sweeping documentary on the state of race in America. DuVernay’s focus is the country’s growing incarceration rates and an imbalance in the way black men and women are sentenced based on their crimes. Throughout the exploration, 13th dives into post-Emancipation migration, systemic racism that built in the early 20th century, and moments of modern political history that continue to spin a broken gear in our well-oiled national machine. You’ll be blown away by what DuVernay uncovers in her interview-heavy research.

Thunder Force (2021)

An action movie, set in the future, when science is at a stage that it can turn ordinary humans into superheroes. Sounds good already? Yeah, well it is. Starring Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer as a superhero duo, what’s not to love? Although it’s very hollywood-y with it’s special effects and CGI, this film is good value for a perfect combination of action and comedy.

Time to Hunt (2020)

Unrelenting in its pursuit of scenarios where guys point big guns at each other in sparsely lit empty hallways, the South Korean thriller Time to Hunt knows exactly what stylistic register it’s playing in. A group of four friends, including Parasite and Train to Busan break-out Choi Woo-shik, knock over a gambling house, stealing a hefty bag of money and a set of even more valuable hard-drives, and then find themselves targeted by a ruthless contract killer (Park Hae-soo) who moves like the T-1000 and shoots like a henchmen in a Michael Mann movie. Even with its long runtime, this movie moves.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)

Of all the entries in the rom-com revival, this one is heavier on the rom than the com. But even though it won’t make your sides hurt, it will make your heart flutter. The plot is ripe with high school movie hijinks that arise when the love letters of Lara Jean Covey (the wonderful Lana Condor) accidentally get mailed to her crushes, namely the contractual faux relationship she starts with heartthrob Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo). Like its heroine, it’s big-hearted but skeptical in all the right places.

Top End Wedding (2019)

There’s nothing better than a film that encompassed the Australian outback, and Top End Wedding does it pretty damn well as a rom-com, from director Wayne Blair (The Sapphires). Set in the Northern Territory, the story follows Adelaide couple Lauren and Ned as they plan to wed in Lauren’s hometown in the Territory. When the couple return home however, they discover that Lauren’s mother has pulled a runner, sparking a search hunt to bring her home before the wedding.

Netflix
Netflix

Tramps (2017)

There are heists pulled off by slick gentlemen in suits, then there are heists pulled off by two wayward 20-somethings rambling along on a steamy, summer day in New York City. This dog-day crime-romance stages the latter, pairing a lanky Russian kid (Callum Tanner) who ditches his fast-food register job for a one-off thieving gig, with his driver, an aloof strip club waitress (Grace Van Patten) looking for the cash to restart her life. When a briefcase handoff goes awry, the pair head upstate to track down the missing package, where train rides and curbside walks force them to open up. With a laid-back, ’70s soul, Tramps is the rare doe-eyed relationship movie where playing third-wheel is a joy.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)

For the fourth film adaptation of one of the most publicised and well-known court trials, Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 is based on the true story, following a group of activists on trial in 1969 for various charges relating to the riots that followed demonstrations at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, Illinois. With an impressive cast including Eddie Redmayne, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mark Rylance, Jeremy Strong, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and best of all, Sacha Baron Cohen.

Train to Busan (2016)

A good old fashioned zombie film, mixed with some eerily accurate chaos of a pandemic. A zombie virus breaks out and infects a father as he is taking his daughter from Seoul to Busan. Watch them anxiously try to survive to reach their destination, in what is a refreshingly thrilling movie.

Uncut Gems (2019)

In Uncut Gems, the immersive crime film from sibling director duo Josh and Benny Safdie, gambling is a matter of faith. Whether he’s placing a bet on the Boston Celtics, attempting to rig an auction, or outrunning debt-collecting goons at his daughter’s high school play, the movie’s jeweller protagonist Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler) believes in his ability to beat the odds. Every financial setback, emotional humbling, and spiritual humiliation he suffers gets interpreted by Howard as a sign that his circumstances might be turning around. After all, a big score could be right around the corner.

6 Underground (2019)

Ryan Reynolds returns with a team of untraceable mercenaries on a “bold and bloody mission” to bring down a brutal dictator”. Directed by Michael Buy, 6 Underground follows an elite group of international operatives who fake their own deaths in an attempt to erase their past and begin work in the shadows to help save the world.

Unicorn Store (2017)

After flunking out of art school and taking an unfulfilling job as an office temp, a whimsical painter (Brie Larson) receives a mysterious invitation that would make her childhood dream of adopting a unicorn come true. A feel-good comedy about maintaining your inner-kid is never a bad idea.

Netflix
Netflix

Velvet Buzzsaw (2018)

Netflix’s ludicrously fun and gory art-world satire sees director and screenwriter Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler) team up with Jake Gyllenhaal in a thriller that rips apart the effete Los Angeles art world. While pricey auctions and pretentious collectors are relatively low-hanging fruit, Gilroy, Gyllenhaal, and Rene Russo bring a fast-paced humour that makes the plot-an outsider artist’s haunted work starts killing people-more tolerable than you might think. Oh, and names like Morf, Rhodora, and Ventril elevate the film’s self-aware kitschy-ness, which makes the satire even more cutting.

Why Did You Kill Me?

This documentary will give you full body chills. Following the true story of 24-year-old mum of two, Crystal Theobald a mum-of-two who was shot and killed while driving in California in 2006—at the time of the shooting, her mother, Belinda Lane was in the car behind her, watching the tragedy unfold. I mean, how much more heartbreaking can it get. But you know we love a good chilling murder story. While the police suspected Crystal was an innocent victim, perhaps caught up in a gang-related revenge attack, her mum-turned-detective, creating a fake MySpace account, to find the people responsible. What she finds in the process, is nothing short of hectic.

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Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.

Victoria

Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.

Queensland

BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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