3 best Netflix movies to watch (and 2 to skip) this weekend, Feb. 17

Viola Davis, Shelia Atim and Lashana Lynch star in THE WOMAN KING
Viola Davis, Shelia Atim and Lashana Lynch star in THE WOMAN KING /
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The critically-acclaimed film The Woman King, starring award-winning actress (and icon) Viola Davis, finally made its streaming debut on Netflix this week! Additionally, this week, Netflix added an excellent Korean thriller and a new Japanese horror film to its catalog. Which Netflix movies are worth your time, and which Netflix movies can you skip?

The Woman King is obviously a must-watch, especially if you want to involve yourself in the Academy Awards discussion, where its snub has been a hotly debated topic as of late. Even though it didn’t get an Oscar nod, the movie is still acclaimed and has garnered many other accolades.

The South Korean movie Unlocked is another popular new release arriving on February 17. But what else should you check out this weekend?

Best Netflix movies to watch (and to skip) this weekend

Below we’re highlighting three Netflix movies that are absolute must-watches and two that you can definitely skip (at least for now).

The Woman King

Watch! The Woman King finally made its streaming debut this week on Netflix. EGOT winner Viola Davis stars in this historical action drama based on the true story of the Agojie, Amazon warriors known for defending the West African kingdom of Dahomey in the 17th and 18th centuries.

With a dangerous threat looming, General Nanisca (Davis) must train a new generation of recruits to protect the all-female warrior clan and their way of life. Emmy-nominated filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood directed this critically acclaimed film.

Re/Member

Skip! Based on a popular Japanese manga series called Karada Sagashi, Re/Member is a tepid teen horror movie with a time loop twist that can’t save the story from becoming predictable and a little boring. While Re/Member features some genuinely gruesome kills and at least one nightmare-inducing creature design, it’s not creative or compelling enough to warrant its runtime. There are way better horror films streaming on Netflix.

Unlocked. Cr: Netflix.
Unlocked. Cr: Netflix. /

Unlocked

Watch! South Korean thriller Unlocked is the perfect weekend movie night selection. This tense, fast-paced movie keeps you hooked from start to finish and will have you side-eying your phone for the rest of the evening.

Unlocked follows Lee Na-mi (Chun Woo-hee), a career-focused young woman who loses her phone one night, only to have it stolen and tampered with by a disturbed individual (Yim Si-wan). After installing spyware on the phone, he returns it to Na-mi and starts spying on her around the clock, slowly causing her life to unravel in a chilling cat-and-mouse game.

Ouija

Skip! House of the Dragon star Olivia Cooke leads this 2014 paranormal thriller, but trust me, you’re better off skipping this one. After her best friend (Shelley Hennig) dies, Laine (Cooke) finds an old Ouija board and uses it to try and contact her friend.

But the person she meets on the other side is a malevolent entity going by the name DZ.  As Laine digs deeper, she realizes that her friend’s death is linked to a dark power. Ouija is unoriginal, not scary, and worst of all, it’s just kind of boring? The prequel however…

Ouija: Origin of Evil

Watch! You wouldn’t expect a dud of a film like Ouija (2014) to spinoff into an excellent follow-up movie, but when you hire a horror veteran like Mike Flanagan (Doctor Sleep, Haunting of Hill House, Oculus) to direct, it suddenly makes a lot more sense how Ouija: Origin of Evil became a much better movie than its predecessor.

The best part is, Origin of Evil is a prequel, meaning you don’t need to see Ouija at all to watch and enjoy Origin of Evil. Set in 1960s Los Angeles, Origin of Evil follows a widowed mother (Elizabeth Reaser) who inadvertently invites real evil into her home after adding a stunt to promote her scam séance hustle.

Which Netflix movies will you be watching (or skipping) this weekend?

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