Watercooler Picks

We tapped Oscar winners, bestselling novelists, Golden Globe jurors, political scientists, and contributors to outlets ranging from Rolling Stone to The Washington Post to IGN and asked them to recommend films and shows that you’ll want to talk about afterward. Here are their latest picks.

Make Me Smile
Cindy White


This light and addictive comedy gives flight to the fantasy of getting a do-over to re-live your 20s, albeit with the wisdom and gratitude of mid-life.

Jerry Barmash


For a history lesson and trip down memory lane, movie fans should not skip Mank, a tribute to the cinematic legend of Citizen Kane.

Emily Mallon

Hello, Me!

More laughter than tears, Hello, Me is a quirky crowd pleaser. Plot holes may arise from the time-travel storyline, but give yourself permission to enter the fantasy.

Find Me Action
Liz Coopersmith

Zack Snyder’s Justice League

With all the DC heroes together in their best light, a gorgeous, more layered production — the Snyder Cut is a great case study for how much of a difference directing and editing can make.

Grip Me
Liz Coopersmith

Ginny and Georgia

Deeper and more complex than it might seem, this is the kind of show that draws you in and keeps you wondering what’s going to happen next.