8 Great Films On Netflix for Your Cinema Night With Friends

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Is there anything better than a movie night with your mates?

Get the popcorn in, pick out your favourites and snuggle up under some blankets. Luckily for you, there are some incredible films on Netflix at the moment.  

We’ve got a list of 8 of the best right now, including some Christmas films to get you in the spirit for the festive season! 

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Straits Village Cinema Room  

At our Straits Village student property in Nottingham we’ve taken things one step further with our love of cinema. 

We know how much our students love to relax with an evening film and having a film night with a group of friends in a big cinema room is even better!  

We’ve got an in-house cinema at Straits Village, on top of all the other great amenities and facilities. Save the money on a cinema ticket, get the snacks and drinks in, and choose your film for the night. 

Why not give everyone a turn in choosing their favourite film over the next few weeks or choose a film theme (Christmas films are perfect right now of course!).   

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8 Films On Netflix For You To Watch 

1. Scrooge: A Christmas Carol (2022) 

We’ve seen so many adaptations of the Charles Dickens classic over the years, from straight up, grim reality feature films, to Albert Finney in a musical, the best Christmas movie of all time (Muppet Christmas Carol) and Bill Murray in the Christmas comedy Scrooged.  

This year, we’re really looking forward to the loose remake of that Finney classic, starring Olivia Colman as the Ghost of Christmas Past and Luke Evans as Scrooge. 

The animated film is enjoyable, a great story and pulls on the heart strings.  

Watch on Netflix today.  

Scrooge: A Christmas Carol (2022) 

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2. The Christmas Chronicles (1 and 2) 

We’re sneaking two in for the price of one here sorry, but it feels like you must watch both back to back!  

The Christmas Chronicles films bring back that same festive feeling you had when you were a child. 

What more could you want? Kurt Russell as the perfect Santa Clause? Tick. 

A little bit of peril that Santa isn’t going to make all his deliveries on Christmas Eve? Tick. 

Fun, music, laughter, and in the end the perfect Christmas ending? Tick.  

In the first film, a brother and sister duo save Santa after his sleigh crashes, pulling an all-nighter to bring joy to the world. 

In the second film, the gang reunites to save Christmas from a bad guy in the North Pole.   

The Christmas Chronicles (1 and 2) 

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3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) 

A Dr Seuss children’s story, The Grinch is played by Jim Carrey in this 2000 Christmas classic. 

On the outskirts of Whoville, the green Grinch lives, and is always out for revenge.  

The Grinch is intent on ruining Christmas this year for everyone who lives there. 

When he comes into town to destroy anything Christmas related, a thawing of his heart ensues after meeting the cheerful Cindy-Lou Who. 

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) 

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4. Falling for Christmas (2022) 

You might have to bear with us on this one.  

A bit of a cheesy Christmas film makes for a fun time, even if you’re into it for the fact you’re watching a ‘bad’ film.  

Former teen star Lindsay Lohan stars in this incredibly cheesy rom-com.  

It is set in the days just before Christmas, where a young, newly engaged heiress finds herself suffering from amnesia after a skiing accident and is looked after by the handsome cabin owner and his daughter.  

Go with it, and you’ll have some fun with this kitschy, ‘true movie-style’ Christmas movie. 

Falling For Christmas is available to watch on Netflix now.  

Falling for Christmas (2022) 

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5. Troll (2022) 

One of the most highly anticipated films on Netflix this year, Troll is based on Nordic folklore and is the big-budget horror film that cuts through all the Christmas and festive cheer at this time of year (we all need some good balance in our lives, don’t we?).  

Director Roar Uthaug directed the 2018 Tomb Raider, so expect similar cinematography and big action scenes.  

The story is of a fearsome troll who has awoken from a slumber after 1000 years and just goes about destroying everything it comes across.  

A group of archaeologists must come together to stop the troll before humanity is threatened for good.   

Troll netflix

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6. Enola Holmes 2 (2022) 

The first Enola Holmes was a big success, introducing the world to the teenage sister of the famous Sherlock Holmes.  

It was a breakout (from Stranger Things) role for Millie Bobby Brown, and a couple of years later the sequel is one of the biggest films on Netflix right now.  

An exciting, fun-filled, romp through the streets of Victorian London, the film follows Enola as she embarks on solving a case that has even stumped Sherlock and brings into her vision Moriarty.  

It’s funny, clever, and a great watch.  

Enola Holmes 2

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7. The Swimmers (2022) 

If you’re after something a little more serious, one of the latest films on Netflix is The Swimmers, a life-affirming true-life tale about two Syrian sisters who escaped their war-torn home of Damascus in 2015.  

They swam for hours to reach Greece as asylum seekers, helping a dinghy of refugees reach the shore.  

Their plan to reach Berlin for a safe life is full of hazards and tough times, but the film follows the story as Yusra Mardini enters the Rio Olympics in 2016 as part of the Refugee Olympic Team.  

The Swimmers Netflix

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8. Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (2022) 

After the Cabinet of Curiosities Netflix series, del Toro continues to be busy with films and TV shows that always look spectacular and showcase the weird and wonderful.  

There is a live-action remake of the 1940s Disney classic directed by Robert Zemeckis, whereas this is a stop-motion animation that really hits the spot, brings the story to life and does so in a harrowing, emotional way that only del Toro films can.  

If you want an ‘easier’ watch, maybe go with the live-action remake instead.  

Ready to watch? Head over to Netflix now, and of course your very own cinema room! 

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio netflix

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What are your favourite films on Netflix at the moment? If you could watch any film on the big screen in our Straits Village in-house cinema, what would it be? Let us know @straitsvillage_psl

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