If you are celebrating Galentine’s Day today, perhaps you’re getting together with your laydiezzzzz to watch some movies. Might I suggest a few Netflix selections?
Now some of these are movies I’ve never seen, but I do live in the world and understand they need to be included. Inclusion on this list doesn’t mean I like it.
“Bridget Jones has become a contemporary comedy classic, a go-to for girls nights, and an inspiration for generations of women who feel like a “wanton sex goddess” one moment, and a utter disaster the next. We—like Mark Darcy—like Bridget very much, just as she is. (And her mother is pretty interesting.)” - Kristy Puchko
“And that, my friends, is why While You Were Sleeping is a perfect film.” - Courtney Enlow
“Courtney, this is not a democracy, it’s a cheerocracy. I’m sorry, but I’m overruling you.”
This engaging documentary from Joshua Zemen seeks to unearth the real-life roots of the urban legends we all grew up hearing.
“Centered around a young woman sentenced to house arrest in her childhood home after the worst ATM robbery attempt imaginable, it may remind you of a New Zealand-set, female-centric Attack the Block. It’s equal parts angry, unsettled ghosts and strained mother-daughter relationships. It perfectly balances the scary and the hilarious (scarlarious!), in a way that will upset all your senses.” - Pajiba Staff
“Vol. 2 brings the whole damn band back together — Yondu (Michael Rooker) and his Ravagers, and Gamora’s psychotic sister Nebula (Karen Gillian). There’s a host of other recognizable faces, some of them surprises, some not, but all of them contributing in some fashion to making another hilarious, fantastical, breathless adventure tale of intergalactic derring-do. Gunn is in prime form, easily guiding the audience through a story that’s equal parts action and comedy, and both parts are absolutely sublime. Baby Groot will be the highlight of the comedic aspect, with a couple of scenes literally making me laugh until I was having trouble breathing. Vol. 2 is funny as hell, playing off the idea of a group of madcap renegades perfectly. If the Fast and Furious franchise has you at times rolling your eyes at their slavering devotion to the concept of family, Guardians of the Galaxy is the salve for your cynical soul.” - TK
“Directed by Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, Jennifer’s Body), starring Logan Marshall-Green, Michiel Huisman, Tammy Blanchard, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Lindsay Burdge, Jay Larson, Michelle Krusiec, Karl Yune, Jordi Vilasuso, Mike Doyle, Toby Huss and John Carroll Lynch. A slow-burn psychological thriller..aka my favorite kind of movie. Invited to a dinner party at his former home, a man (Marshall-Green) thinks his ex-wife and her new husband might have something very bad planned (hint: he’s not wrong).” - Cindy Davis
Beauty and the Beast (2017)
“We all have movies that we know aren’t all that great, but we watch them anyway, because they make us feel good. Beauty and the Beast made me feel good. That’s more because I love the story and the songs and the characters—you know, the things from the first Disney movie—than anything Condon did. But I’ll take it. Condon may not be up to the task of reimagining one of the best-loved children’s movies of all time, but he can’t quash the magic entirely.” - Rebecca Pahle
“What’s remarkable about Definitely, Maybe, however, is that it goes about it so honestly. Ryan Reynolds, naturally, is as charming as ever, but for once, he’s actually given a role he can do something with — he’s not forced to resort to sarcastic wisecracks or camera mugging to make a film tolerable. And the three love interests — Weisz, Banks, and Fisher — are all so goddamn likable that you’d almost be happy to see him end up with any of the three, though it does become apparent that just one is right for him. Ultimately, I fell for Definitely, Maybe because, as best a movie of this ilk can, it dealt fairly with the complexities of relationships and love, and did so without cheap jokes, pratfalls, or a multitude of forced contrivances. It is, in a word, relentlessly sweet. And sure: There are a few mawkishly sentimental lines that may make some of you cringe, but that’s the nature of romance, isn’t it? When you’re in love, somehow it’s the cheesy lines that are always the most heartfelt.” - Dustin Rowles