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Netflix has been on their A-Game in the last week


This week, the Great British Bake-Off happily returned to our screens and worldwide icons Zayn and Gigi welcomed their first child. Here is what I've been loving in the last seven days:


Enola Holmes


Netflix's own ingenue Millie Bobby Brown stars as Sherlock Holmes teenage sister in this new mystery flick. Based on the first book in the novel series of the same name, Enola is the youngest sibling in the Holmes family: she is a determined, spirited and intelligent young lady who is everything that women shouldn't be. Following in her big brother's footsteps, she takes it upon herself to solve the mystery of her missing mother, who leaves Enola on her sixteenth birthday. Gifting her with some very cryptic presents, the young detective flees her home and impending life of propriety to find her mum, meeting a sophisticated young gentleman along the way. Considering Netflix's volume of original films, it was going to take something special to meet the level of Birdbox or Marriage Story but Enola Holmes is the streaming giant's reigning champion. With a perfectly executed storyline, the addition of excellent camerawork and delicious editing (as well the delightful fourth-wall breaks) makes Bobby Brown's first go at producing a huge success. There is much hope for a sequel (or more!) but the news is yet to be confirmed. You can watch Enola Holmes on Netflix.



The Devil All the Time


Tom Holland, Sebastian Stan and Robert Pattinson all in the same movie? Yes please! Netflix has been very busy (as usual) and their new psychological thriller is one to definitely check out. Exploring themes of evil and religion, the film follows a rural town in America where an abuse of power is having a much larger effect than the townspeople realise. In one of his darker and more complex roles, Holland is truly terrific, while Pattinson is unrecognisable as the town's eerie Reverand. The film's ensemble cast is formidable, with performances across the board that match their level of notability. It's a bit of a heavy watch, with a running time of 138 minutes but it's one to enjoy with a massive bowl of popcorn and lots of concentration during this week's movie night. You can watch The Devil All the Time on Netflix.



Ratched


Ryan Murphy is back at it again, developing a new psychological thriller series for Netflix (can you see the theme for this week's Rebecca Recommends?). Many will know Nurse Mildred Ratched from the 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and, of course, Queen of spooky herself Sarah Paulson plays the role of Ratched with ease and flair. In 1947, the nurse arrives at a notable psychiatric hospital in Northern California to infiltrate and deconstruct the mental health system. It's here that viewers will see the prequel narrative which spins Ratched's ruthless disposition and growing darkness which creates the monster within One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. There's a couple of plot holes (classic Ryan Murphy) but Paulson is truly stunning and her usual, extraordinary self in one of her best roles yet. You can watch Ratched on Netflix.

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