Whether they’re stylish, inspiring, or local, these movies will improve your night in.

Let’s not get over-excited and act like it’s really winter here in the UAE – Instagram feeds full of a snow-covered New York put paid to that – but with the rain we’re seeing this week, it’s pretty tempting to spend a night indoors.

We’re 100 per cent guilty of accidentally watching makeup tutorials for 90 minutes rather that committing to an actual movie, so in hopes of correcting that, we’ve rounded up five films guaranteed to hold your attention.

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For a mix of local heroes, style inspiration, and fascinating documentaries, read on.

What Happened, Miss Simone?


This 2015 documentary is deeply affecting, tracking musical icon Nina Simone’s career and troubled personal life. The interviews are compelling, but the clips of Simone playing will stay with you for days. Available on Netflix.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

If you’ve never seen this 1961 classic, now’s the time. While Mickey Rooney’s racist caricature hasn’t exactly aged well, the rest of the film is as charming and offbeat as the day it was released. Audrey Hepburn remains incredibly watchable, and of course, the clothes are incredible.

He Named Me Malala

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai doesn’t need a lot of introduction around here, but this look at her story and the family who shaped her is warmly told. For a look at Malala the girl, beyond the shocking events of her life, give this a watch.

Bill Cunningham New York 

“The best fashion show is on the street,” says the late New York Times style photographer Bill Cunningham in this 2012 documentary, and he’d know. Cunningham chronicled the city’s street style for 50 years. Arguably one of the best fashion films ever made. (Iris, about fellow New York icon Iris Apfel, and Dries, on Belgian designer Dries Van Noten, are both on Netflix, if you love a fashion doco.)

The White Helmets

This isn’t an easy watch, but it’s worth your attention. Released in 2016, The White Helmets follows volunteer first responders in Syria and Turkey. Owing to the nature of the subject, it’s a lot to take in, but the film’s message of peace is clear. On Netflix.

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