Valentine’s Day usually means flowers, soppy Instagram tributes to your S.O and spending way too much money proving you love them (even though you should be showing it every day anyway) - but it’s not for everyone. If you’re choosing to spend this year’s Hallmark holiday with your true love – and by that we mean Netflix – then grab your laptop and your cat and settle in with our list of must-sees.
Don’t be fooled – this isn’t a Bring It On-style show about cheerleader rivalry. Cheer follows Texas’ Navarro Cheerleading squad on their emotional road to the National Championship and gives us an in-depth look into the lives of some of America’s best cheerleaders as they tackle a gruelling routine and personal challenges – including broken bones.
2. When They See Us
An utterly heart-breaking limited series, When They See Us is based on the true story of The Central Park 5 – five teenagers accused of assaulting a woman in New York in 1989. Told from the perspective of each man, the Oscar-worthy acting and unbelievable events have created a conversation-sparking series that has consistently been the most-watched programme on Netflix since its debut.
3. I, Tonya
Margot Robbie plays infamous Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding in this Oscar-nominated film which looks at her rapid rise to stardom and almost immediate fall back to earth. Narrated by the key players in Tonya’s life, you’ll have to remind yourself that these events actually happened – they’re that ridiculous.
4. Miss Americana
Taylor Swift’s long-awaited documentary gives us a look inside her usually private life and shows the challenges and victories that have transformed her into the woman she is today.
5. Uncut Gems
We all know Adam Sandler as a hilarious comedian who has had some great films like Big Daddy and Click, and has also had some, er, not so great ones. In the gritty crime drama Uncut Gems, he’s shedding his goofy persona for a rather unlikeable New York jeweller that’ll do anything he can to survive.
6. Marriage Story
With six nominations at this year’s Oscars – including Best Picture – the drama follows Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson’s characters as they navigate a messy divorce. It’s already scooped up fifteen major awards this season, and we’re shocked it hasn’t won more.
7. The Irishman
Movie buffs will appreciate Martin Scorsese’s crime drama and won’t be put off by the three-hour runtime. It’s an epic film with all the fast-talking goodness you’d expect from a gangster movie and it’s made even better by O.Gs Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci working together. Plus, the age-rewind technology is amazing (and we wouldn’t mind getting our hands on it).
8. The Goop Lab with Gwyneth Paltrow
It’s strange, it’s different… it’s Goop. Gwyneth Paltrow is known for her wellness obsession (including steaming her body parts), and in this six-episode series she dives further into the wacky world of wellness and investigates methods like ‘snowga’ (that is, yoga in the freezing cold) and vampire facials, all in the name of living your best life.