Spectrum editor’s list of films to watch for Sept. 1

“At Eternity’s Gate” (2018)

This biographical drama looks at the last years of Vincent Van Gogh’s life in southern France between 1888 and 1890. This film examines the art he experimented with during this time along with the mental illnesses he struggled with.

Available on Netflix | 78% Rotten Tomatoes

“Lady Bird” (2017)

This classic coming-of-age movie, starring Saoirse Ronan, is filled with humor and drama as it follows high school senior, Christine McPherson, as she figures out what she wants her future to look like while simultaneously living out her last months in her hometown in Sacramento, California. This film was nominated for five Academy Awards in 2018, including Best Picture.

Available on Netflix | 99% Rotten Tomatoes

“Marriage Story” (2019)

A stage director, played by Adam Driver, and his wife, played by Scarlett Johansson decide to split, following ongoing marital problems. However, the split turns the two against one another as they both hire legal representation and fight for custody of their son. This film shows the messy and often hostile process of modern divorces.

Available on Netflix | 94% Rotten Tomatoes

“The Social Network” (2010)

This biographical film about Harvard student and later CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg shows how he created and expanded the social media site, as well as the problems he faced while doing so. The film tells the story of the early stages of the website through a series of flashbacks while lawsuit hearings over ownership of the idea are happening in present time.

Available on Netflix | 96% Rotten Tomatoes

“The Kindergarten Teacher” (2018)

A kindergarten teacher, played by Maggie Gyllenhaal, becomes obsessed with helping one of her students reach his full potential after she hears him recite a poem he wrote. As she and the student form a relationship, the teacher goes to shocking lengths to cultivate his prodigal talent.

Available on Netflix | 90% Rotten Tomatoes

“The Woman in the Window” (2021)

This psychological thriller starring Amy Adams follows the life of an agoraphobic woman, previously a child psychologist, who stays isolated in her house after a tragedy that makes her afraid to leave the safety of her home. After she witnesses a shocking act of violence in the neighbor’s house across the street, she struggles with aligning her memories with the facts. 

Available on Netflix | 26% Rotten Tomatoes

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