Tom Holland as Arvin Russell in "The Devil All The Time." 

With online Zoom classes in full effect, students find themselves overwhelmed with the copious amounts of free time on their hands. To help, below is a list of movie recommendations that will not only fit different interests and help pass the time but are also relevant.

All movies listed below are available on Netflix.

1. 'I’m Thinking of Ending Things' (2020)

This dark film brilliantly combines horror and suspense in a way that makes it impossible to look away. A woman joins her boyfriend on a trip to visit his parents on their desolate farm that quickly takes a bizarre and eerie turn when time starts to dissolve. This cast includes Jessie BuckleyJesse Plemons and horror movie veteran Toni Collette and directed by Charlie Kaufman. This film is the perfect way to start off the Halloween season.

2. 'The Devil All the Time' (2020)

Netflix’s new movie premiering on Sept. 16 presents a star-studded cast in a southern gothic mystery. It has been highly anticipated within the film community due to the stacked cast including familiar actors Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, Bill Skarsgard and Sebastian Stan. Director Antonio Campos tells the story of a town filled with sinister characters and a young man (Holland) doing whatever it takes to protect his family from corruption in his small rural town.

3. 'Lady Bird' (2017)

Saoirse Ronan stars in this stunning coming of age movie that captures adolescence in a refreshing way. We follow Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson through her eventful senior year of high school while she deals with issues that almost seem too familiar and real. This award-winning film not only celebrates adolescence but is a great female-produced project with director Greta Gerwig. This movie leaves the audience feeling not alone.

4. 'Becoming Michelle Obama' (2020)

This Netflix-produced documentary focuses on the ins and outs of Michelle Obama’s current and past life and examines how she and President Barack Obama make their relationship work with their schedules and delves into the legacy she has and continues to create. This empowering documentary will leave you feeling inspired  and in awe of Michelle Obama and is well worth the watch.

5. '13th' (2016)

This is another thought-provoking Netflix documentary that will contribute a relative insight into the recent Black Lives Matter movement. This sharp documentary focuses on the injustices in the U.S. prison system as well as the extensive racial disproportion of prisoners. This award-winning documentary is directed by Ava DuVernay. Not only does this documentary cover racial issues in America but is also produced and directed by a Black  woman which groups this film in with the currently limited Black female representation in film.

FLORA SEIDLER is a Blogger for The Vidette. She can be contacted at fdseidl@ilstu.edu. Follow her on Twitter at @FloraSeidler

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