Your guide to the best and brightest of each genre, streaming this month on a Netflix near you.
Interestingly enough, the things we hope will never happen to us in real life are the very same things that make for great drama. In the wacky world of cinema, anything is possible, and I promise these top-five drama picks will be sure to keep your eyes glued to the screen.
Short Term 12 (2013):
Grace (Brie Larson) and her boyfriend Mason (John Gallagher Jr.) work as supervisors at a home for troubled teens. Most days it’s all business, and between the two of them, there’s nothing they haven’t seen. Unfortunately, not everything is always so black and white. Throughout the film Grace bonds with one of the teens and discovers a shocking secret which forces her to take matters into her own hands. I promise there will be laughs and tears.
It's the summer of 1987 and James Brennan (Jesse Eisenberg) needs a job. Not just any old job, but a job that fits his scholarly background. Unfortunately, the only place hiring is the rundown theme park in his town. Starting his new career at Adventureland, James meets the quiet and mysterious Em (Kristen Stewart). Could she really fall for a guy like James, or is she too busy chasing after the married Mike (Ryan Reynolds) to notice? Drama ensues as fates intertwine in this melancholy film.
The Machinist (2004):
Let’s not forget that Christian Bale lost 63 pounds to star as Trevor Reznik, a reclusive insomniac with mental health issues. After accidently causing an injury to one of his coworkers, Trevor’s sanity takes a serious nosedive. Soon he blames all of his misgivings on the mysterious character Ivan (John Sharian). Between suspense and mounting paranoia, The Machinist will have you questioning reality until the very end.
Into the Wild (2007):
On the surface, Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch) has the perfect life. Born to wealthy parents and having just graduated from a top university where he was a successful student and athlete, he does not use his riches to start a career. Instead, he gives it all to charity and rids himself of unnecessary possessions. The film follows every twist and turn as Christopher makes him way through the Alaskan wilderness in the hopes of finding himself.
The Road Within (2014):
Take a deeper look into the world of mental illness and those it affects with The Road Within. Vincent (Robert Sheehan) suffers from Tourette’s syndrome and is sent to a mental health facility after the death of his mother. Along with anorexic Marie (Zoë Kravitz) and OCD roommate Alex (Dev Patel), Vincent formulates an escape plan to bring his mother’s ashes to the ocean. Together the three of them will have to overcome their inner demons and make the road trip of a lifetime.
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