5 must-see movies on Netflix this weekend: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and more

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020): (L to R)Glynn Turman as Toldeo, Chadwick Boseman as Levee, Michael Potts as Slow Drag, and Colman Domingo as Cutler.Cr. David Lee / Netflix
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020): (L to R)Glynn Turman as Toldeo, Chadwick Boseman as Levee, Michael Potts as Slow Drag, and Colman Domingo as Cutler.Cr. David Lee / Netflix /

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is one of 5 must-see movies on Netflix this weekend

The weekend is finally here. Is anyone else feeling like they’re dragging as we get closer to Christmas? It’s time to get your list of must-see movies on Netflix from the weekend.

I try to find something for all interests and needs. I’ll admit there’s nothing for families on the list this week because nothing was released during the week for younger children. However, there are still some excellent additions.

Here are the five must-see movies on Netflix for the weekend.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Let’s start with one of the most highly-anticipated movies of the month, partly because it is the late Chadwick Boseman’s last movie. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is now available to stream on Netflix, and if you’re only going to watch one movie this weekend, this is the one.

Set in Chicago in 1927, Ma Rainey fights against her white manager for control over her music. Meanwhile, the band waits in the studio. Levee, an ambitious trumpeter, decides to spur his fellow musicians into what should be some fun but will change their lives forever.

Nocturnal Animals

For those who love psychological thrillers, Nocturnal Animals is one of those uncomfortable movies that will always leave you thinking about. While it stars Amy Adams, it’s not her character’s story. Instead, it’s the story of an ex’s, who sends the manuscript of his book to her to read.

As she delves into a heartbreaking story of a man who is willing to do anything to get justice for his wife and daughter’s brutal rapes and murders, she also becomes obsessed with the world. It’ll leave you with so many questions and a feeling of loss, but in a way that leaves you needing more of this type of story.

The Professor and the Madman

Who would have thought the creation of the Oxford Dictionary would have an exciting tale? Well, it does, and The Professor and the Madman is the movie that tells that story.

It’s a joyous journey as one professor looks over the potential word entries from a patient at a mental asylum. It’s well worth the watch for those who love crazy stories and brilliant acting.


Need an action movie? That’s where the next movie on the list of must-see movies on Netflix comes into play. Jason Momoa stars as Joe Braven in this 2018 movie. Joe and his dad head up to the cabin to get it ready for winter, but then end up in a fight for survival.

Just how far would you go to protect your family from drug traffickers? That’s something Joe has to figure out in Braven. And we go on the journey with him.

The Grizzlies

If you enjoy stories based on truth, then The Grizzlies is certainly something to check out. It focuses on Inuit students at a college learning how to play lacrosse. Sound boring? It’s anything but.

This is one of the most underrated movies of the last few years. It’s certainly one for those who don’t get a lot of interaction with Indigenous people to see their struggles, as that’s something this movie isn’t afraid to deeply touch on.

Which must-see movies on Netflix are you watching this weekend? Let us know in the comments below.

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