Well, friends, spring is in the air (occasional lingering thundersnow aside), and Easter weekend is upon us, which could mean several things for you: participation in some sort of egg hunt, consumption of massive quantities of chocolate and sugar, a biannual visit to some sort of house of worship. Or it might just mean hanging out on the couch/in bed all weekend like it’s any other weekend. Your Flavorwire can’t help much with the first batch of items, but if you’re vegging out this holiday weekend, we’ve got a handful of noteworthy titles that have arrived (either for the first time, or for a return stint) over the past couple of weeks over at Netflix. Click through, fill your queue, and clear a day or two.
Flavorwire favorite Brie Larson is just plain marvelous, transforming from an unknowable puzzle to a character of astonishing openness and vulnerability, in this indie drama from director Destin Cretton. The setting is a foster care facility for teens, a wellspring of high drama and emotional intensity; it’s the kind of place where anyone can lose their grip at any time (including the staff). Cretton’s direction is personal and close (he worked at a similar facility himself), sometimes uncomfortably so, and he coaxes rich, nuanced performances out of his excellent cast.