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Top 5 Pleasant Surprises Lurking on Netflix Right Now

Netflix viewers can watch "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" later this month. And there's nothing wrong with that.

The first standalone "Star Wars" movie kept the franchise's DNA intact while adding texture to an already impressive saga.

Netflix subscribers have other, less obvious choices available right now. The following five titles didn't get a fraction of the media coverage "Rogue One" received. Each is still worth your time.

1. Suntan

Do we really need another variation on "Lolita"? Apparently so, says this fascinating Greek import. The story follows Kostis (Makis Papadimitriou), a portly, middle-aged doctor tasked with tending to the sick on a lovely island. He soon meets Anna (Elli Tringou), a beautiful young woman who flirts with him while he tends to her wounds. She and her friends invite Kostis into their hard-partying circle.

Suddenly, his boring existence is filled with drinking, dancing and ... other activities.

What happens next will surprise and scare you in different intervals. It's always intriguing, though, and the sense of surprise never lets up.

2. Mike Birbiglia: Thank God for Jokes

Love standup comedy? Here's a master class in session. Birbiglia occasionally embraces his liberal default positions in this special, but the religious ribbing is generally mild. The laughs, however, are strong, consistent and on point. And you'll marvel at how he sets up each scenario using a combination of creative license and true-life experiences.