The Prince Of Egypt
First off, we thought we'd kick things old school. Not that The Prince Of Egypt is all that old (it came out in 1998 after all) but it does focus on the Book of Exodus in this animated re-telling, brought to the big screen by DreamWorks. The film tells the story of Prince Moses, who, on discovering his roots as a Jewish slave, embarks on a quest to free his people from their lives of servitude. When his plea is denied by his brother Rameses, the new pharaoh, a series of horrific plagues strike Egypt. Moses finally leads the Israelites to freedom by parting the Red Sea and drowning the Egyptian army. God then gives Moses the Ten Commandments, as a set of rules for his people to live by.
The star-studded voiceover cast is enough to make you want to watch too. Ralph Fiennes and Val Kilmer lend their voices to the lead characters while Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock, Jeff Goldblum, Helen Mirren, Patrick Stewart, Donald Glover and Steve Martin also feature. The soundtrack is pretty epic too, featuring vocals from legends such as Whitney Houston, Boys II Men and Mariah Carey.
Watch this if you enjoyed: The Road To El Dorado, Anastasia, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, The Emperor's New Groove, Sinbad: Legend Of The Seven Seas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Available on Netflix US.
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
Based on the classic children's novel by Roald Dahl, comes visionary director Tim Burton's modernised take on the tale. Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Bates Motel's Freddie Highmore stars.
The movie tells the story of sweet young boy Charlie Bucket, who doesn't have much in life. Only his family, who all shack up under the same small roof; his mother, father and four grandparents who never get out of their joint bed. However, his luck changes one fateful day when he wins a Golden Ticket that grants him access to the alluring but mysterious chocolate factory at the end of their street.
Along with his Grandpa Joe – with his renewed vigour at the prospect of visiting his magical old workplace – Charlie joins a small group of contest winners to tour the factory owned by eccentric candy maker Willy Wonka. Aided by his diminutive Oompa Loompas, with plenty of musical numbers, Wonka had a hidden motivation for the tour, one that he will reveal only after the children in the group show their true colors.
Watch this if you enjoyed: Alice In Wonderland, Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, Dark Shadows, James And The Giant Peach, Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory and The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe.
Available on Netflix US.
A traditional interpretation of Easter rather than the more consumerist notions, Emmy-nominated miniseries The Bible covers Genesis to Revelation in one grand narrative, set across five two-hour parts, focusing on the Old Testament and the New. Each section contains two or three biblical stories told through live action and computer-generated imagery.
According to creator Mark Burnett, they made sure to include more recognisable and "obvious" stories from the Bible such as Noah's Ark, the Exodus, and the life of Jesus Christ. The series is based on the New International Version and the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible.
Co-creator Roma Downey and Burnett said their "greatest hope" in making the series was that it would "affect a new generation of viewers and draw them back to the Bible. We wanted to show how the Old Testament connects seamlessly to the New Testament. How they are one sweeping story with one grand, overriding message: God loves each one of us as if we were the only person in all the world to love."
Watch this if you enjoyed: A.D. The Bible Continues, The Robe, Son Of God, The Ten Commandments, The Greatest Story Ever Told and Ben Hur.
Available on Netflix UK.
When mysterious Vianne (Juliette Binoche) and her child arrive in a tranquil French town in the winter of 1959, no one could have imagined the impact that she and her spirited daughter would have on the community stubbornly rooted in tradition. Within days, she opens an unusual chocolate shop, across the square from the church. Her ability to perceive her customers' desires and satisfy them with just the right confection, coaxes the villagers to abandon themselves to temptation –just as Lent begins
Directed by Lasse Hallström, the film boasts a wildly impressive cast including Judi Dench, Daredevil's Carrie-Anne Moss, Alfred Molina and of course, Johnny Depp.
Watch this if you enjoyed: Damage, The English Patient, A Room With A View, Jane Eyre, Shakespeare In Love, Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, Breaking And Entering and The Shipping News.
Available on Netflix UK.
Rise Of The Guardians
When a villainous spirit named Pitch vows to bring nothing but darkness and despair to the children on arth, all the magical figureheads from each holiday season, such as Father Christmas, the easter bunny and Jack Frost band together as the Immortal Guardians to try and thwart his plans.
Fun for all the family and based on William Joyce's original novel The Guardians Of Childhood, Rise Of The Guardians takes inspiration from all of the main celebrated holidays and delivers a simple story with dazzling visuals. The voice cast is more than impressive too, with the likes of Alec Baldwin, Isla Fisher, Chris Pine and Hugh Jackman lending their talents to bring the guardians to life. Jude Law also stars as big bad Pitch – because as tradition in the movies dictates, a British voice is far more menacing when it comes to animation.
Watch this if you enjoyed: The Croods, Megamind, Turbo, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, Turbo, Bolt, Wreck-It Ralph and Monsters vs. Aliens.
Available on Netflix Canada.
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