Best new movies on Netflix this week: Easter weekend 2022

Peter Rabbit 2 is our ‘new’ highlight film of the week – Image: Sony Pictures

It’s Easter weekend and Netflix has plenty of movies to check out. We’re giving you an outstanding recommendation guide this week with some family favorites you might have missed over the long weekend. Here are our favorite new movies added to Netflix this week and over the weeks and months before.

For a full list of what’s new on Netflix, check out our What’s New on the Netflix Hub. If you’re looking for even more movie recommendations, check out our latest roundup of the best movies on Netflix.

Ouija board: the origin of evil (2016)

Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Director: Mike Flanagan
Cast: Elizabeth Reaser, Lulu Wilson, Annalize Basso
Writer: Mike Flanagan, Jeff Howard, Juliette Snowden
Duration: 99 minutes

This weekend, Netflix released some great horror titles. One in the form of the final season of Van Helsing and the other being that of Mike Flanagan (who has an overall contract with Netflix and is currently working on The Fall of House Usher) 2016 Ouija entry from Universal Pictures.

Here’s what you can expect from the film:

“In 1960s California, the daughter of a fake psychic tries to communicate with her late father via a Ouija board, but unleashes a demon instead.”

Some familiar Flanagan regulars are in attendance, so if you haven’t checked that off your watch list yet, now is your chance.

Everyone knows (2018)

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director: Asgar Farhadi
Cast: Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Ricardo Darin
Writer: Asgar Farhadi
Duration: 133 minutes

Going back to the month one additions, we’d like to highlight again Focus Features’ Everybody Knows which hasn’t made it to Netflix’s US top 10 yet although it deserves a lot more eyes.

Released four years ago, we see superb performances from both leads as they play a couple who travel to Spain for a wedding but are instantly in trouble when their daughter is abducted.

Peter Rabbit 2

Director: Will Gluck
Cast: Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, David Oyelowo, James Corden, Colin Moody, Margot Robbie

OK OK. Peter Rabbit 2 has been streaming on Netflix US for a while. It was actually added just before Christmas, but it was the last major Easter-themed title to come to Netflix and therefore earns a spot on this list.

The sequel sees Peter leaving the safety of Thomas and Bea’s garden for the bright lights of the city.

The film claims 66% on RottenTomatoes and 6.2 on IMDb.

Somnambulist (2014)

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director: Dan Gilroy
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton
Writer: Dan Gilroy
Duration: 117 minutes

While The call topped Netflix’s top 10 all week, Nightcrawler hasn’t enjoyed similar success on Netflix since its addition last Sunday. Therefore, we give it an appropriate nod here.

Probably one of the best films of Gyllenhaal’s career to date, you see him play a con man who must quickly adapt to the hostile world of crime journalism.

Everyone performs exceptionally well in this one and if you haven’t checked it out yet, don’t miss this opportunity.

choose or die (2022)

Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Director: Toby Meakins
Cast: Iola Evans, Asa Butterfield, Eddie Marsan, Robert Englund, Ryan Gage, Kate Fleetwood
Writer: Simon Allen, Toby Meakins, Matthew James Wilkinson
Duration: 84 minutes

Finally, we highlight (without recommending) the new Asa Butterfield Netflix Original movie as it is Netflix’s big movie of the week.

So far, audiences and critics have found little to like in the film, which currently bears one of the worst grades of the year with 23% reviews and 31% audience. Ouch.

Here’s what you can expect from the horror thriller if you decide to give it a go:

“Tempted by a chance to win unclaimed cash prizes, two friends reboot a mysterious 1980s video game and enter a surreal world of next-level terror.”

Elsewhere on Netflix this week, if you’re in the UK we highly recommend watching 2019 Joker with Joaquin Phoenix. The King of Staten Island featuring Pete Davidson also dropped this week too.

Canadians now have access to one of the greatest films of all time in the form of bee-movie. They also received a selection of other DreamWorks films, including Madagascar entries and Megamind plus the British film, The rhythm section.

What movies are you watching on Netflix this week? Let us know in the comments.

Alfonso E. Cramer