8 Underrated 2017 Netflix & Amazon Prime Movies You Should Know About

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8 Underrated 2017 Netflix & Amazon Prime Movies You Should Know About
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You might be surprised, but there are an assortment of brand new 2017 movies streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime right now. December is usually the best time of the year for the streaming services, and it's not because of the availability of the Santa Clause trilogy. December is when new things start to get old and that applies to movies, too. Films of 2017 suddenly start showing up, and it's because they were in theaters back in Spring. Here are eight new movies we think you'll enjoy. They're all underrated and unheard of thanks to the Hollywood machine. They're also all currently steaming on either Netflix or Amazon Prime.

[The below films were chosen from the American Netflix and Amazon Prime menus. Apologies if any aren't available in your area.]

1. Mudbound (2017)

Starring: Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Mary J. Blige, Rob Morgan,
Jonathan Banks, Garrett Hedlund

An intense southern drama that might sneak into the Oscar picture this year, Mudbound tells the stories of two families living in Mississippi after World War II. The Jacksons, essentially still living slave existences so their children don't, cheer the return of their war hero son, Ronsel, but he finds he's no more welcome in his hometown than he was before the war. Henry McAllan and his father own the Jackson's land and keep a tentative relationship with them. But Henry's wife and brother, himself returned from the war, are done with the racist south and it makes for a combustible mix. This is a serious drama not lacking racial violence and heavy themes so don't go into it lightly.
Available on: Netflix
Tomatometer: 96%

8 Underrated 2017 Netflix & Amazon Prime Movies You Should Know About
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2. Landline (2017)

Starring: Jenny Slate, Abby Quinn, Edie Falco, John Turturro, Jay Duplass, Finn Wittrock

From heavy drama to girl dramaaaaaaaa, Landline is one of my favorite comedies of the year. Starring the irrepressible Jenny Slate, who returns the same team that brought us Obvious Child in 2014, Landline follows two sisters on a girls' weekend that brings them closer in strange ways. Slate's Dana is cheating on her husband with her ex-boyfriend and generally not giving a 'F' about her static 1995 Gen-X existence. Abby Quinn plays Dana's little sister, Ali, who's much more grown-up than anyone realizes. Ali discovers their father is having his own affair and all this stuff adds up to make both their heads explode. The girls have great chemistry and genuine laughs, and the '90s details are a lot of fun.
Available on: Amazon Prime
Tomatometer: 74%

8 Underrated 2017 Netflix & Amazon Prime Movies You Should Know About
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3. The Survivalist (2017)

Starring: Martin McCann, Mia Goth, Olwen Fouéré

Be warned, this movie is not for everyone thanks to some very violent and disturbing content. For you brave souls, however, The Survivalist is one of the greatest post-apocalyptic films ever made. Ever. It's primal in its depiction of a world gone to hell. Following an unnamed Survivalist as he lives a paranoid existence alone in the woods, the film expands his world slowly as a mother and daughter seek his help while secretly planning to murder him for his crops. But, there are dangers far worse, and the three are forced to work together if they want to survive.
Available on: Netflix
Tomatometer: 97%

8 Underrated 2017 Netflix & Amazon Prime Movies You Should Know About
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4. The Lovers (2017)

Starring: Debra Winger, Tracy Letts, Aidan Gillen, Melora Walters, Tyler Ross

For the adults out there, The Lovers is a middle-age sex comedy with plenty of relationship drama... almost too much. Winger and Letts turn in fantastic performances as a married couple who are each having a separate affair. However, they're surprised to discover all the cheating has only made their marriage more alluring, and they're soon ignoring their respective paramours. That, in turn, has disastrous implications.
Available on: Amazon Prime
Tomatometer: 83%

8 Underrated 2017 Netflix & Amazon Prime Movies You Should Know About
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5. Boys in the Trees (2017)

Starring Toby Wallace, Gulliver McGrath, Mitzi Ruhlmann, Justin Holborow

From Australia, Boys in the Trees is an intense teen horror ride unlike anything else this year. I say that because of the obvious comparisons to It and Stranger Things. Teen horror is a hot genre, but this film defies true cataloging. Directed by talented newcomer Nicholas Verso, the film centers on two best friends who lose each other amidst the pressures of high school life and find one another years later. They take a walk and remember the ghost stories they told each other as kids, which is when the film morphs into something surreal and terrifying.
Available on: Netflix
Tomatometer: 79%

8 Underrated 2017 Netflix & Amazon Prime Movies You Should Know About
Courtesy of Venice Film Festival

6. Free Fire (2017)

Starring: Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Jack Reynor, Sam Riley, Michael Smiley, Noah Taylor

A wild Boston gangster movie that's almost entirely set inside a warehouse where a Mexican standoff ensues. Things get personal between the IRA and some gun runners and Justine (Larson) is caught in the crossfire. Written and directed by Ben Wheatley (Kill List), Free Fire is a claustrophobic action comedy brought to a higher level by its talented cast. Larson is tough, Copley is insane, and Murphy is as cool as the other side of the pillow while the gunshots blaze all around them.
Available on: Amazon Prime
Tomatometer: 67%

8 Underrated 2017 Netflix & Amazon Prime Movies You Should Know About
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7. The Daughter (2017)

Starring: Paul Schneider, Geoffrey Rush, Ewen Leslie, Miranda Otto, Anna Torv, 
Odessa Young, Sam Neill

Based on Henrik Ibsen's famous Norwegian play The Wild Duck, The Daughter is a modern re-imagining of the tale about a family torn apart by a father's reckless affairs. Fans of Showtime's The Affair will appreciate the intense melodrama amidst a small town setting. Schneider plays Christian, a recovering alcoholic who returns home to Australia from the United States. His mother has committed suicide and his father is marrying their much younger housekeeper. The dynamic is tense, and the drama only rises as Christian discovers a detail about his dad's past that changes everything he thinks he knows.
Available on: Netflix
Tomatometer: 76%

8 Underrated 2017 Netflix & Amazon Prime Movies You Should Know About
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8. The Lost City of Z (2017)

Written and directed by James Gray, who simply doesn't know how to make bad films, The Lost City of Z feels like a classic. Boasting Gray's trademark visual grandeur, the movie takes us to the Amazon where it tells the true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett (Hunnam), a brave ex-soldier trying to rehabilitate his family name by venturing where no white man has ever gone. The year is 1925 and the story is true. Fawcett disappears, along with his son (Holland), and the film shows us what may have happened. The primal fear in this movie is hard to top as the jungle thrills the heroes before enveloping and overwhelming them.
Available on: Amazon Prime
Tomatometer: 87%

8 Underrated 2017 Netflix & Amazon Prime Movies You Should Know About
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[Editor's note: This article originally listed two movies that have since been removed from Amazon Prime. So I replaced them.]

Senior Editor at Zimbio. I'll take Johnny Clay, the Rev. Harry Powell, and Annie Savoy. You can have the rest.
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