The Pope’s Exorcist and 3 best Netflix movies to watch (and 2 to skip) this weekend, August 18

Father Gabriele Amorth (Russell Crowe, right) in Screen Gems’ THE POPE’S EXORCIST.
Father Gabriele Amorth (Russell Crowe, right) in Screen Gems’ THE POPE’S EXORCIST. /

It’s a slightly slower weekend on Netflix as there are few big releases. Now is an excellent time to catch up on stuff released earlier this month, like Heart of Stone, The Chosen One, and Painkiller. But there are some notable Netflix movies worth checking out this weekend, too.

The Top 10 is currently dominated by the Russell Crowe horror film The Pope’s Exorcist. At the same time, Heart of Stone holds firm at No. 2. Beyond that, many family-friendly movies are in Netflix’s Top 10 right now, including the Despicable Me films, Bee Movie, and Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.

On the television side, many viewers are watching Ballers now that the HBO show has been added to Netflix. Additionally, Painkiller and The Lincoln Lawyer season 2 are still in the Top 10 Shows.

Check out our curated list of Netflix movies worth watching (or ones you can skip) this weekend!

Best Netflix movies to watch this weekend

The Pope’s Exorcist

Watch! As far as exorcist movies go, this one isn’t too bad. Released earlier this year, The Pope’s Exorcist stars Russell Crowe as Father Gabriele Amorth, an exorcist working for the Vatican. While investigating a recent possession, Amorth uncovers an age-old conspiracy the Vatican has been trying to keep hidden.

This sub-genre of horror is oversaturated with countless shoddy knockoffs of The Exorcist, but The Pope’s Exorcist is one of the better additions in recent years. It also has the rare achievement of teasing 199 possible sequels.

Watch The Pope’s Exorcist on Netflix

The Eye of the Storm

Skip! The Eye of the Storm is a Taiwanese drama about a deadly disease spreading rapidly through a hospital that forces those trapped amid the crisis to make devastating choices. Most of us are burnt out on disease outbreak stories, and this film is a bit too melodramatic for my tastes. You can skip this one unless you’re invested in these viral-outbreak-lockdown stories.

The  Monkey King

Watch! If you’re looking for a good family movie to watch this weekend, then the animated feature The Monkey King is a great choice. Animating the classic Chinese folktale “Journey to the West,” The Monkey King is an exuberant, goofy, action-packed delight following the titular Monkey (voiced by Jimmy O. Yang) and his magical Stick as they embark on a quest to triumph over 100 demons. Along the way, Monkey will face a Dragon King and an even more formidable enemy: his ego. The voice cast also features Bowen Yang, Jo Koy, BD Wong, Jolie Haong-Rappaport, and Stephanie Hsu.

Watch The Monkey King on Netflix

Untold: Hall of Fame

Skip! This documentary is an excellent follow-up to Netflix’s Painkiller as it delves into one of sport’s biggest doping scandals. Hall of Fame is about Victor Conte and his infamous supplement and nutrition company, BALCO Laboratories. Like most Untold docs, Hall of Fame is a good documentary, but it probably won’t hold your attention if you’re not into sports.

Boy Erased

Watch! Directed by Joel Edgerton, the heartbreaking biographical drama Boy Erased was recently added to Netflix and continues to trend on the streaming website. The film is based on Garrard Conley’s 2016 memoir of the same name.

Boy Erased centers on a teenager living in a conservative small town who is outed as gay to his parents, including his Baptist pastor dad. Unable to reconcile their beliefs with their son’s sexuality, his parents send him to a conversion therapy program. Lucas Hedges, Russell Crowe, and Nicole Kidman star.

Watch Boy Erased on Netflix

Which Netflix movies will you be watching this weekend?

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