The 70 Best Movies on Hulu Right Now

Best Movies on Hulu

Devout movie-watchers would be hard-pressed to keep up with Hulu’s rotating lineup of films. Every week, new movies land on the platform, while others depart. With a curation of incredible flicks both old and new, we’re here to help you get the most out of your Hulu subscription. Trying to forgo a lost evening (or several) of mindless Hulu scrolling? Let us take the weight off. We’ve hand-picked the best movies on Hulu that deserve a watch this week — from mainstream Hollywood tentpoles to indie gems. Read on to discover cinema you’ve never heard of and classics you’re dying to return to.

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Deadpool (2016)

Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a dishonorably discharged Special Forces operative. After receiving a terminal cancer diagnosis, the mercenary is recruited by a man named Ajax (Ed Skrein) who claims to have a cure for Wade’s cancer. The only trouble is the cure comes in the form of horrific mutant-gene therapy that forces Wade to succumb to a physically disturbing transformation but also gives him superhuman abilities. Peeved by his fortune, the newly christened “Deadpool” makes it his sole mission to track down Ajax and give him a piece of his mind, with the help of a pair of mutant cohorts, Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) and Colossus (Stefan Kapicic). Witty, crude, and action-packed, Marvel’s stab at an R-rated superhero flick was a mighty success, netting more than $780 million in worldwide box office.

Rotten Tomatoes: 85%
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein
Director: Tim Miller
Rating: R
Runtime: 108 minutes

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Hunter Hunter (2020)

Fur trappers Joseph Mersault (Devon Sawa), his wife Anne (Camille Sullivan), and daughter Renée are facing dwindling returns on their livelihood. What’s worse is that the family begins to think their traps are being picked apart by a wolf. When Joseph leaves his wife and daughter to investigate, an injured man (Nick Stahl) arrives at the family’s outpost. Close to death, Anne and Renée grow increasingly wary of their visitor’s intentions, along with the well-being of their husband and father. Tense, tight, and minimalist in its slow-burn thrills, Hunter Hunter marks writer-director Shawn Linden as a raw talent to keep your sights on.

Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Horror
Stars: Camille Sullivan, Devon Sawa, Nick Stahl
Director: Shawn Linden
Rating: NR
Runtime: 93 minutes

Gone Girl (2014)

Spirits are low on the morning of Nick (Ben Affleck) and Amy Dunne’s (Rosamund Pike) fifth wedding anniversary. Added to the pit of gloom is the fact that Amy is missing, with a spotlight landing on Nick as a major suspect. As authorities and local media begin descending on the hapless husband, Amy’s whereabouts and true intentions begin to surface. As viewers, we’re forced to pick sides: Do we favor the borderline sociopathic Nick or the horrific sabotaging skills of Amy? A fitting entry in the canon of dark and stylized David Fincher films, Gone Girl is a more than fitting adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s 2012 novel, featuring great performances from the main ensemble and ancillary talents, moody cinematography, and a grim score by audio masterminds Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

Rotten Tomatoes: 87%
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Drama
Stars: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris
Director: David Fincher
Rating: R
Runtime: 149 minutes

Colossal (2016)

Unemployed and struggling with a booze addiction, Gloria (Anne Hathaway) can’t imagine her life getting any lower. After a breakup and eviction, Gloria is forced to relocate back to New England, where she takes a job as a bartender, a position offered to her by longtime friend Oscar (Jason Sudeikis). But there’s trouble afoot in Seoul, South Korea: A towering reptilian monster wreaks havoc on the city. Soon after the creature’s appearance, Gloria realizes that the monster is somehow connected to her, as evidenced by mirror-image physical behaviors. As her life continues to unravel, Gloria must learn how to grapple with her own vices and deep-seated issues before the monster devastates the entire world. Wholly original and powered by Hathaway’s mesmerizing lead performance, Colossal is worthy weekend watching for sure.

Rotten Tomatoes: 81%
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Stars: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Dan Stevens
Director: Nacho Vigalondo
Rating: R
Runtime: 110 minutes

Missing Link (2019)

Missing Link stars Zach Galifianakis as one Mr. Link, a towering mythic beast looking quite a bit like Bigfoot. Forlorn that he can’t connect with the other members of his species, the creature reaches out to famed explorer Sir Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman) to guide him to Shangri-La, where he hopes to reconnect with the lost members of his clan. A dizzying and heartfelt stop-motion production, Missing Link explores themes of friendship, connection, and identity through animated valor. It’s a loving and comical film with plenty of entertainment for both kids and parents.

Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Kids and Family
Stars: Zach Galifianakis, Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana
Director: Chris Butler
Rating: PG
Runtime: 94 minutes

Spider-Man (2002)

Before the endless MCU reincarnations and animated side tales, there was Sony’s 2002 Spider-Man, starring Tobey Maguire as the titular superhero. After being bitten by a genetically engineered spider on a field trip to Columbia University, bullied wunderkind Peter Parker begins exhibiting superhuman abilities, including increased agility, wall climbing, and web spinning. The teen’s newfound powers come at a critical moment, as science genius Norman Osborn (Willem Dafoe) begins experimenting on himself with a performance-enhancing elixir — an effort that goes haywire, turning Osborn into a deranged madman whom the press names the “Green Goblin.” It’s hero versus villain in this high-thrills superhero flick, one that would help pave the way for the subgenre’s tried-and-true formulas.

Rotten Tomatoes: 90%
Genre: Fantasy, Action, Superhero
Stars: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe
Director: Sam Raimi
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 121 minutes

Boss Level (2021)

Former special forces agent Roy Pulver (Frank Grillo) is trapped in a seamless loop of experiencing his own death over and over again. Call it a personal Groundhog Day from hell. As Roy moves through his various demises, the agent starts unearthing a secret government plot, spearheaded by Colonel Ventor (Mel Gibson), that could be the reason for his endless cycle of carnage. In order to break the chain, Roy will have to fight his way through an onslaught of vicious assassins who are all trying to keep him from escaping the death loop. Boss Level is an action flick that operates at breakneck speed. While loop films like Source Code and Looper approach their narratives with finesse and relative subtlety, Boss Level cares more about the thrill. In a nutshell: It’s great, loud fun.

Rotten Tomatoes: 75%
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Action, Sci-fi
Stars: Frank Grillo, Naomi Watts, Mel Gibson
Director: Joe Carnahan
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 100 minutes

Storks (2016)

When a rogue stork named Jasper (Danny Trejo) does the unthinkable and keeps a baby for himself instead of delivering it, the mythical industry of the stork gets out of the child-delivery business and goes all conglomerate, switching to shipping boring old packages. The baby, Tulip (Katie Crown), with the details of her parents unknown, is raised by the storks and grows up to work as a janitor with the package-delivery birds. When the boss stork, Hunter (Kelsey Grammer), tasks his top delivery stork, Junior (Andy Samberg), to fire Tulip, Junior takes a liking to her and instead relegates her to the mailroom. But when a boy named Nate Gardner (Anton Starkman) sends a letter to the storks asking for a sibling, Tulip fires up the old Baby Factory and creates an infant for the boy. Now it’s up to Junior and Tulip to sneak the newborn off of Stork Mountain before Hunter catches on. A cheeky animated feature from Warner Animation Group and Sony Pictures Imageworks, Storks is cute and comical in more ways than one, providing entertainment for both kids and parents.

Rotten Tomatoes: 65%
Genre: Adventure, Kids and Family, Animation, Comedy
Stars: Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer
Director: Nicolas Stoller, Doug Sweetland
Rating: PG
Runtime: 87 minutes

Young Frankenstein (1974)

When Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) inherits his infamous grandfather’s Transylvania estate, the physician travels to the remote castle and begins work once more on his ancestor’s mad-science exploits — specifically, bringing the dead to life. The result? A bumbling oaf of a monster (Peter Boyle) is (re)born just as Frederick’s fiancee, Elizabeth (Cloris Leachman), arrives at the estate. A Mel Brooks classic, Young Frankenstein is a delightful spoof that pays homage to 1930s horror classics and Brooks’ iconic sense of humor. If you’re looking for a good way to unwind through chuckles, fire up this flick. You won’t be disappointed.

Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Genre: Comedy
Stars: Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Cloris Leachman
Director: Mel Brooks
Rating: PG
Runtime: 105 minutes

The Social Network (2010)

Director David Fincher’s The Social Network, with a brilliant script by leading Hollywood scribe Aaron Sorkin, chronicles the prolific rise and fall of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) on the heels of the social media platform’s creation. Bitter from his breakup with college love Erica Albright (Rooney Mara), Zuckerberg takes to the internet, inventing Facemash — a website where visitors can rate the attractiveness of female students. When the Winklevoss twins (Armie Hammer as both brothers) learn of Mark’s site, they try and recruit him to help create Harvard Connection, a site aimed at college kids. But Mark goes to his friend Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield) instead, and the duo concocts Thefacebook. The social mecca takes off, the money starts coming in, and lawsuits start flying in this richly-worded biopic that took home awards for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, and Best Film Editing at the 83rd Academy Awards.

Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
Genre: Biography, Drama
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Armie Hammer
Director: David Fincher
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 105 minutes

Gretel and Hansel (2020)

This 2020 adaptation of the famous Grimm fairy tale stars Sophia Lillis and Sammy Leakey as the renowned brother-sister duo. On the run from their troubled home life, the siblings discover an enchanting home deep in the dark woods. The enchantress, Holda (Alice Krige), is an inviting presence, but as both children spend more time with her, the woman’s sinister intentions rise to the surface. Giving a fresh coat of paint to the morbid tale that has seen more than its share of adaptations, Gretel and Hansel is a visual feast, relying more on mood and atmosphere than jump-scare set pieces.

Rotten Tomatoes: 64%
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Stars: Sophia Lillis, Alice Krige, Sammy Leakey, Charles Babalola, Jessica De Gouw
Director: Osgood Perkins
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 87 minutes

Chaplin (1992)

A king of vaudevillian humor and cinematic schtick, the career of Charlie Chaplin spanned two different continents and multiple decades. In this 1992 biopic, director Richard Attenborough shines a light on the talents of Robert Downey Jr. Truly honing the role of the titular character, Downey Jr. creates a convincing portrait of Chaplin, imbuing the performer with a colorful sense of humanity through both his personal and professional hardships. While a bit formulaic when it comes to biopics, it’s one of those films that is well-hinged on the chops of its central performer, a laurel of distinction that Downey Jr. more than delivers on.

Rotten Tomatoes: 59%
Genre: Biography
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Dan Aykroyd, Geraldine Chaplin
Director: Richard Attenborough
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 145 minutes

Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)

After polarizing fans with some all-too-human eyes and maw, everyone’s favorite Sega hero received a massive redesign in preparation for his 2020 cinematic debut, Sonic the Hedgehog. Featuring the voice of Ben Schwartz as the iconic blue hero, our story sees Sonic fleeing a tribe of hell-bent echidnas that want to harness his super-speed powers. Sonic’s guardian, a sentient owl named Longclaw, uses a series of mystical rings to transport Sonic to Planet Earth. Living a life of solitude for nearly 10 years, Sonic inadvertently triggers a multi-state blackout while playing a game of solitary baseball, an event that forces the Department of Defense to call on the powers of Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey), an evil genius in search of a power source for his robotic army. It just so happens that Sonic may be the spark he’s been looking for. Sonic the Hedgehog is no cinematic marvel by any means, but for a video game adaptation of a canon as recognizable as Mario and Crash Bandicoot, director Jeff Fowler could have done much worse.

Rotten Tomatoes: 63%
Genre: Kids and Family, Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure
Stars: Ben Schwartz, Jim Carrey, James Marsden
Director: Jeff Fowler
Rating: PG
Runtime: 100 minutes

Nomadland (2020)

From the writer-director of 2015 Sundance favorite Songs My Brothers Taught Me, Chloé Zhao wrote, directed, edited, and produced Nomadland, her third feature that nabbed big laurels from both the Venice Film Festival (winning the Golden Lion) and the Toronto International Film Festival (winning the People’s Choice Award). An adaptation of Jessica Bruder’s 2017 non-fiction novel Nomadland: Surviving America in the 21st Century, the film stars Frances McDormand as Fern, an ex-U.S. Gypsum employee that takes to the road when the company’s Nevada plant shuts down. Selling off major possessions, Fern purchases a van as mobile living quarters and eventually joins the ranks of a nomadic group that teaches her how to survive in the harsh climate with minimal resources. Featuring a stirring but subtle lead performance from McDormand, Nomadland delivers a mighty story without the glitz of typical mainstream fare.

Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Genre: Drama
Stars: Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May
Director: Chloé Zhao
Rating: R
Runtime: 108 minutes

Dredd (2012)

Based on the popular 2000 AD comic strip franchise Judge Dredd, this 2012 film adaptation stars Karl Urban as the eponymous Dredd, a law enforcer granted the power of judge, jury, and executioner in a dystopic city called Mega-City One. When Dredd and his apprentice sentencer Judge Anderson (Olivia Thirlby) are assigned to a 200-story block of high-rise buildings to deal with the aftermath of an inhumane crime carried out by the block’s resident drug lord, Ma-Ma (Game of Thrones‘ Lena Headey), the duo must use every trick in the book to avoid sudden death in Ma-Ma’s hellscape. With a script penned by Ex Machina writer-director Alex Garland, Dredd is a mesmerizing sci-fi action splatter-fest, complete with awe-inspiring special effects and explosive set pieces you’ll be hard-pressed to forget.

Rotten Tomatoes: 79%
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Stars: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey
Director: Pete Travis
Rating: R
Runtime: 95 minutes

Antebellum (2020)

In Antebellum, Janelle Monáe is Dr. Veronica Henley, a renowned sociologist on a book tour that keeps her from her family. After a series of strange events and conversations with a close friend, the author is seemingly transported back in time to the Civil War era, where she’s forced into slavery on a Confederate-run plantation. Forcefully renamed Eden, Veronica’s portal to the past devolves into a horrid fight for survival. While co-directors Christopher Renz and Gerard Bush created a polarizing debut feature with Antebellum, it’s a film with major ideas, great performances, and amazing set pieces that we feel warrant a watch.

Rotten Tomatoes: 28%
Genre: Thriller
Stars: Janelle Monáe, Jena Malone, Jack Huston
Director: Christopher Renz, Gerard Bush
Rating: R
Runtime: 106 minutes

The Shape of Water (2017)

The year is 1962. At a top-secret government lab in Baltimore, Elisa Esposito (Sally Hawkins), a mute member of janitorial services, is privy to the facility’s latest anomaly — a humanoid amphibian creature (Doug Jones) that Elisa begins to form an intimate bond with. As the Cold War rages on, Col. Richard Strickland (Michael Shannon) and Russian spy Dimitri Mosenkov (Michael Stuhlbarg) each have major plans for exploiting the creature for wartime gains. When Elisa learns of their respective plotting, she forms a plan of her own to rescue her aquatic love, with the help of workmate Zelda (Octavia Spencer) and next-door neighbor, Giles (Richard Jenkins). Nabbing the Oscar for Best Picture, The Shape of Water is a monumental film from Guillermo del Toro, featuring stellar performances, an edge-of-your-seat narrative, and mesmerizing period-authentic cinematography.

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Sci-fi
Stars: Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Rating: R
Runtime: 123 minutes

You’re Next (2011)

In this off-the-walls slasher from director Adam Wingard, You’re Next stars Sharni Vinson and AJ Bowen as Erin and Crispian, a couple on their way to Crispian’s family estate. Invitees to his parents’ anniversary, along with his three other siblings, the festivities are awkward to begin with. As Erin and Crispian attempt to get through the celebration, a band of crossbow-wielding killers descend on the rural home and begin picking off the family members one-by-one. A weekend retreat turns into a deadly game of cat and mouse for Erin and Crispian. A film both big and bold, You’re Next has great fun with the home-invasion sub-genre, making for a memorable and more-than-entertaining horror flick.

Rotten Tomatoes: 79%
Genre: Horror, Comedy, Mystery and Thriller
Stars: Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, AJ Bowen, Ti West
Director: Adam Wingard
Rating: R
Runtime: 94 minutes

Sideways (2004)

Adapted from Rex Pickett’s 2004 novel of the same name, Sideways stars Paul Giamatti as the down-on-his-luck Miles, a brooding high school teacher, and unpublished author. To celebrate his best friend Jack’s (Thomas Haden Church) upcoming nuptials, Miles takes his pal on a road journey through Santa Barbara wine country. Hoping to use the experience for male bonding, Jack only wants to get laid before his wedding. The two friends cross paths with Maya (Virginia Madsen) and Stephanie (Sandra Oh), and as the foursome become acquainted, Miles lets slip that Jack is getting married, unleashing a torrent of emotions (and a physical beating for Jack) on the fraternal duo. Sharply written and brilliantly acted, Sideways stands as one of the best from director Alexander Payne (About SchmidtThe DescendentsDownsizing).

Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Stars: Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virgina Madsen, Sandra Oh
Director: Alexander Payne
Rating: R
Runtime: 127 minutes

You’ve Got Mail (1998)

Mom-and-pop bookstore owner Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) is finding it hard to keep her mother’s bookstore afloat. Making things tougher is mega-bookstore magnate, Joe Fox (Tom Hanks), Kathleen’s local competition. Displeased with her relationship, Kathleen lives in an AOL chatroom as “Shopgirl.” She talks to “NY152” and begins falling for the username. Turns out the NY152 alias belongs to someone all-to-familiar to Kathleen. Nora Ephron’s classic rom-com isn’t genre-defining, but it’s a lovingly made film, filled with clever lines and strong lead performances.

Rotten Tomatoes: 70%
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Stars: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Parker Posey
Director: Nora Ephron
Rating: PG
Runtime: 119 minutes

The Omen (1976)

One of the most beloved, remade, adapted from, and inspirational horror movies of all time, nothing quite matches Richard Donner’s 1976 original. After Katherine (Lee Remick) and Robert (Gregory Peck) have a stillborn child, Robert goes out and adopts Damien (Harvey Stephens). Almost immediately, strange things begin to happen around Damien. His first nanny hangs herself, prompting Father Brennan to warn Robert that Damien will kill their unborn child. When Brennan dies soon after the warning and Katherine miscarries, Robert begins to investigate Damien’s background, finding that his adopted son might just be the Antichrist.

Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
Genre: Horror
Stars: Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner
Director: Richard Donner
Rating: R
Runtime: 111 minutes

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

One of the most beloved Star Trek films of the Shatner and Nimoy era, The Wrath of Khan ultimately became something of an inspiration for JJ Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness. Admiral James T. Kirk (Shatner) and Captain Spock (Nimoy) monitor trainees at Starfleet Academy while another vessel from the United Federation of Planets experiments with the planet-creating Genesis Device in a remote portion of space. But shockingly, two of Kirk’s officers are captured by an enemy Kirk thought was long in his past: Khan (Ricardo Montalban). Once again, Kirk rises to meet the challenge, meeting Khan’s ship in an intergalactic showdown.

Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Genre: Sci-Fi
Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Ricardo Montalban
Director: Nicholas Meyer
Rating: PG

Possessor: Uncut (2020)

This sci-fi horror film follows Tasya Vos (Andrea Riseborough), an elite, corporate assassin for hire who uses a particularly sadistic and gruesome method to execute her high-profile targets: She takes control of their bodies using brain-implant technology.

Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Mystery and Thriller
Stars: Andrea Riseborough, Christopher Abbott, Tuppence Middleton
Director: Brandon Cronenberg
Rating: R
Runtime: 102 minutes

Loving Vincent (2017)

One of the more visually-astounding films of recent memory, every frame of Loving Vincent is depicted in oil-painted animation — in the style of Vincent Van Gogh himself. Van Gogh led a notoriously reclusive life and, famously, never sold a painting while he was alive. But his final days were also marked by controversy surrounding a murder that he may or may not have been involved in. This historical, lightly fictionalized account of the famed painter’s final days follows a young man arriving in Van Gogh’s final hometown to deliver the troubled artist’s final letter and investigating the events before his death.

Rotten Tomatoes: 85%
Genre: History, Animation, Biography, Drama
Stars: Douglas Booth, Robert Gulaczyk, Eleanor Tomlinson
Director: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 95 minutes

Hell or High Water (2016)

One of the best modern westerns of recent years, Hell or High Water earned Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and a Best Supporting Actor nom for Jeff Bridges. The story centers on two brothers, Toby (Chris Pine) and Tanner (Ben Foster). Toby is a divorced father trying to make a better life for his son, while Tanner is an ex-convict with a short temper. Together, they begin a series of heists against the bank that’s about to foreclose on their family ranch, but Sheriff Marcus Hamilton (Jeff Bridges) is on to them. Although he’s only a few weeks away from retirement, Hamilton is determined to foil the siblings’ final robbery and not end his career on a failure.

Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Genre: Mystery and Thriller, Drama, Action, Western, Crime
Stars: Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster
Director: David Mackenzie

Blood Diamond (2006)

In 1990s Sierra Leone, a civil war wages, largely centered around the diamond trade. Amidst the war, a South African mercenary (Leonardo DiCaprio) and a Black Mende fisherman (Djimon Hounsou) join forces to recover a rare gem that can transform both of their lives. Getting assistance from an American journalist (Jennifer Connelly), the two men embark on a hazardous journey through war-torn territory to find the gem and help mitigate the war.

Rotten Tomatoes: 63%
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly, Djimon Hounsou
Director: Edward Zwick
Rating: R
Runtime: 143 minutes

Boogie Nights (1997)

Leave it to Paul Thomas Anderson to weave an intricate cautionary tale centered on the 1970s porn industry. Mark Wahlberg stars as teenage busboy Eddie Adams who is discovered in the San Fernando Valley in 1977 by porn director Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds). Practically overnight, Horner turns Eddie into adult-film sensation Dirk Diggler. Nurtured by a positive, supportive circle of friends in the porn business, Dirk discovers an addictive, hedonistic world of sex, drugs, and money until he starts to fly a little too close to the sun.

Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Genre: Drama
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Heather Graham, John C. Reilly, Burt Reynolds
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Rating: R
Runtime: 152 minutes

The Princess Bride (1987)

William Goldman’s modern fairy tale, adapted from his novel of the same name, is an absolute classic. It’s a fairy tale, a fantasy, a romantic comedy, a drama — it’s simply a masterwork that is endlessly quotable and a delight for all ages. Cary Elwes plays Westley, a young man who sets off on a journey across the mythical kingdom of Florin to reunite with the woman he loves, Buttercup (Robin Wright). Along the way, he’ll encounter innumerable evils and make inseparable friends.

Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Kids, and Family
Stars: Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin
Director: Rob Reiner
Rating: PG
Runtime: 98 minutes

Blade Runner: The Final Cut (2007)

Don’t be confused by the release date– this is the 1982 version, just updated to meet director Ridley Scott’s standards. Blade Runner practically invented a new genre of filmmaking, or at least opened up a new subset of the sci-fi genre. In a dystopian future, Replicants are bio-engineered humans that have become designated for destruction by the ruling authority. Deckard (Harrison Ford) is a former Replicant Hunter forced back into duty to hunt four escaped Replicants who have returned to Earth. But along his mission, he unwittingly falls in love with a Replicant woman.

Rotten Tomatoes: 90%
Genre: Sci-Fi, Mystery, and Thriller
Stars: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young
Director: Ridley Scott
Rating: R
Runtime: 122 minutes

Dead Poets Society (1989)

Before Good Will Hunting, Robin Williams’ most memorable dramatic role came in Dead Poets Society. Williams plays John Keating, a new English teacher at a prestigious, all-boys prep school that holds its ancient traditions and high standards dear. But those high expectations tend to fray at the well-being of the students. Keating, to help the boys navigate the enormous pressures in their lives, adopts unorthodox methods to reach his students and help them pursue what they want, not what the world tells them to do. Keating’s methods and his influence over the boys come under fire after a tragedy at the school.

Rotten Tomatoes: 84%
Genre: Drama
Stars: Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard
Director: Peter Weir
Rating: PG
Runtime: 128 minutes

American Animals (2018)

A young all-star cast drives this thrill ride based on the true story of four friends from Kentucky who attempted to rip off a university library. After visiting Transylvania University, one of the boys decides to steal the rarest and most valuable books from the school’s library, worth millions of dollars. One of the most audacious attempted art heists in U.S. history, the “Transy Book Heist” was spearheaded by a bunch of young Americans lacking purpose or ambition taking a misguided hack at the American dream. The film is based on John Falk’s Vanity Fair article “Majoring in Crime.”

Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Drama
Stars: Barry Keoghan, Evan Peters, Jared Abrahamson
Director: Bart Layton
Rating: R
Runtime: 116 minutes

Our Idiot Brother (2011)

Like the titular character, Our Idiot Brother is kind of dumb. But it’s also sweet and irresistibly charming thanks to dumb charm factory Paul Rudd. Rudd plays slacker Ned Rochlin, who is happily going about his aimless life until he mistakenly sells pot to a cop. After being released from jail, Ned’s homeless and unemployed, forcing him to turn to his three significantly more mature sisters for help. Their carefully ordered lives suffer, however, whenever their guileless deadbeat brother is around.

Rotten Tomatoes: 70%
Genre: Comedy
Stars: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer
Director: Jesse Peretz
Rating: R
Runtime: 96 minutes

You Cannot Kill David Arquette (2020)

If you grew up in the late ’80s or ’90s, you knew David Arquette. A TV star launched to superstardom by the teen scream queen classic Scream, Arquette was a jack of many trades, including wrestling. In 2000, he won a highly controversial WCW World Heavyweight Championship and was quickly branded the most hated man in wrestling. And then, almost as soon as he arrived, Arquette faded into obscurity. This unusual, extremely watchable documentary explores a nearly 50-year-old Arquette’s attempts to return to the sport that derailed his Hollywood career. Arquette is dangerously determined to reclaim his reputation and self-respect, pushing increasingly insane limits to regain his place in professional wrestling.

Rotten Tomatoes: 85%
Genre: Documentary
Stars: David Arquette
Director: David Darg, Price James
Rating: R
Runtime: 90 minutes

I Am Greta (2020)

All one has to do is look at the audience score on Rotten Tomatoes to know how much teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg terrifies people. Thunberg, 15, has become the unlikely face of the fight against climate change, speaking before the United Nations and governments the world over. While I Am Greta doesn’t tell us a whole lot we don’t already know (the planet is in dire, dire condition), it’s an inspiring call to action by witnessing the steadfast commitment and extraordinary passion of Thunberg. We still have a chance to get climate change under control; will Greta’s message prevail?

Rotten Tomatoes: 81%
Genre: Documentary
Stars: Greta Thunberg
Director: Nathan Grossman
Rating: NR
Runtime: 98 minutes

God’s Own Country (2017)

A drama for drama buffs, God’s Own Country is a quiet, profound ponderance on loneliness. Josh O’Connor (The Crown) plays a young farmer who buries his feelings of loneliness and frustrations with his life through drinking and casual sex until he crosses paths with a Romanian migrant worker who forces him to reevaluate everything he knows about himself and the world.

Rotten Tomatoes: 98%
Genre: Drama, Romance
Stars: Josh O’Connor, Alec Secareanu, Gemma Jones
Director: Francis Lee
Rating: R
Runtime: 104 minutes

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Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie in Bombshell

Bombshell (2019)

Roger Ailes turned Fox News into the ratings champion of news media through ruthlessness, sensationalism, and absolute control over his staff. But as the corporate giant aligns itself with controversial presidential nominee Donald Trump, it assumes a “boys will be boys” attitude toward the candidate’s misogynistic tendencies and a litany of sexual assault allegations. That doesn’t sit well with three women at the network — each at different moments of their careers — as they step into the line of fire and do what no Fox News employee is ever supposed to: Become the headline. Bombshell is based on the true stories of Ailes, Megyn Kelly, and Gretchen Carlson.

Rotten Tomatoes: 69%
Genre: Drama
Stars: Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, Margot Robbie
Director: Jay Roach
Rating: R
Runtime: 108 minutes

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Sarah Paulson in Run

Run (2020)

Teenager Chloe (Kiera Allen) has spent her entire life under the thumb of her mother, Diane (Sarah Paulson). She doesn’t know that, however. Chloe is afflicted with a variety of maladies that restrict her to a wheelchair and make every day a painful routine of pills and treatments, much of which her mother facilities. But when she stumbles across a strange secret, her world begins to unravel and Chloe is forced to wonder if her mother is really helping or hurting.

Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Stars: Kiera Allen, Sarah Paulson
Director: Aneesh Chaganty
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 90 minutes

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The Nice Guys

The Nice Guys (2016)

Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe star in this off-beat buddy comedy about a couple of unlikely detectives in 1977 Los Angeles. Holland March (Gosling) is a down-on-his-luck private eye who stumbles into a potentially huge case. Jackson Healy (Crowe) is a hired enforcer who brings pain for a living. After a young woman disappears, the two are brought together by fate, only to discover there’s far more going on than meets the eye. As their investigation takes them to some extremely dark places, the bodies start piling up as their odd friendship blossoms.

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Genre: Comedy, Action, Mystery, Thriller
Stars: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Margaret Qualley
Director: Shane Black
Rating: R
Runtime: 116 minutes

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Crawl

Crawl (2019)

Who knew giant alligators swarming during a flood could be so much fun? Alexandre Aja did! This quick-hitting creature horror flick may look silly but it’s endlessly entertaining and pulse-pounding. Collegiate swimmer Haley (Kaya Scodelario) checks up on her estranged father (Barry Pepper) during a Category 5 hurricane in Florida, only to find him unconscious. In her attempt to rescue him, Haley becomes trapped in the house’s crawlspace. Unfortunately, some hungry prehistoric swimmers have found themselves trapped in there as well. If you love a good thriller, Crawl is a must-watch.

Rotten Tomatoes: 84%
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Stars: Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper
Director: Alexandre Aja
Rating: R
Runtime: 87 minutes

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Superbad

Superbad (2007)

Based on Seth Rogen’s and Evan Goldberg’s real high school co-dependency, Superbad is a coming-of-age high school movie that actually feels accurate to high school life. That’s why it became something of a must-see classic for the millennial generation. Seth (Jonah Hill) and Evan (Michael Cera) know they’re heading separate ways after graduation, so they’re finally looking to party with their classmates just once. When their friend Fogle (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) says he’s about to score a fake ID, Seth volunteers the trio as the beer providers in order to score admission to a party and gain the affection of a girl (Emma Stone). But when Fogle’s ID turns out to be the worst fake ID of all-time and two bored police officers make it their mission to mess with the boys, things get complicated in a hurry.

Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Genre: Comedy
Stars: Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Emma Stone, Bill Hader, Seth Rogen
Director: Greg Mottola
Rating: R
Runtime: 113 minutes

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Palm Springs

Palm Springs (2020)

Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti find themselves stuck in a time loop while attending a wedding in Palm Springs, only to have the novelty of their never-ending day together turn sour when they discover they can’t seem to escape the day or each other. The Hulu Original comedy earned praise for its clever spin on the well-worn plot device that keeps the characters living through the same day over and over again.

Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Genre: Comedy
Stars: Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti
Director: Max Barbakow
Rating: R
Runtime: 90 minutes

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Minding the Gap

Minding the Gap (2018)

Across 12 years, director Bing Liu searches for correlations between his skateboarder friends’ rocky upbringings and modern-day masculinity in his hometown of Rockford, Illinois. Bing follows 23-year-old Zack’s tumultuous relationship with his girlfriend as it deteriorates after the birth of their son, as well as with 17-year-old Keire struggling with his racial identity after the death of his father. Navigating an uncomfortable relationship between his camera, his friends, and his own past, Bing explores the gap between childhood and adulthood with alacrity.

Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
Genre: Documentary
Stars: N/A
Director: Bing Liu
Rating: NR
Runtime: 93 minutes

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Shirley

Shirley (2020)

Acclaimed horror author Shirley Jackson was famously reclusive and odd. In Shirley, we see just how much so. After moving to a small Vermont college town where her husband, Stanley, will be a professor, Stanley and Shirley offer room and board to Fred and Rose, so long as they help look after Shirley. Jackson soon finds her creative process disrupted by the new tenants and her husband’s philandering, although Rose may serve as some curious inspiration.

Rotten Tomatoes: 87%
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Michael Stuhlbarg, Logan Lerman, Odessa Young
Director: Josephine Decker
Rating: R
Runtime: 107 minutes

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RBG

RBG (2018)

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed an enormous legal legacy and has become a pop culture icon. In this documentary, the filmmakers explore the unique personal journey of the 84-year-old quiet warrior’s rise to the nation’s court. RBG takes a deep dive into Ginsburg’s exceptional life through personal interviews and extensive backstory.

Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Genre: Documentary
Stars: Ruth Bader Ginsberg
Director: Betsy West, Julie Cohen
Rating: PG
Runtime: 96 minutes

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Shoplifters

Shoplifters (2018)

A film about a Korean family in abject poverty and their overwhelming compassion and urge to do what’s right, Shoplifters is a gut-wrenching watch. Osamu’s family must shoplift to make ends meet. After one of their typical sprees, they come across a little girl abandoned in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter her, Osamu’s wife agrees to care for her after learning her hardships are even greater than their own. She becomes one of the family, living happily together until a surprise incident reveals secrets that will test their bonds.

Rotten Tomatoes: 99%
Genre: Drama
Stars: Lily Franky, Sakura Andô, Maya Matsuoka
Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Rating: R
Runtime: 121 minutes

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Bumblebee

Bumblebee (2018)

The Transformers franchise hasn’t exactly been known for the heart of its movies, but Bumblebee is the rare spinoff that vastly exceeds its primary source material. Autobot Bumblebee finds himself on the run from enemies in 1987, seeking refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian town. There, he’s discovered battle-scarred and broken by Charlie, a young woman looking for her place in the world. As Charlie fixes him up, believing him to be a junky old VW bug, she soon discovers that he’s no ordinary Volkswagen. Unfortunately, several competing interests also discover his existence, as well.

Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Stars: Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena
Director: Travis Knight
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 119 minutes

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Mary Kay Place in Diane

Diane (2018)

Diane (Mary Kay Place) puts everyone else first. She’s extremely generous, spending her days checking in on sick friends, volunteering at her local soup kitchen, and working effortlessly to save her drug-addicted adult son (Jake Lacy) from himself. But despite her relentless self-sacrifice, Diane is haunted by a past she can’t forget, which threatens to tear her world apart. Mary Kay Place is extraordinary as a woman rifling through the wreckage of her life in search of redemption.

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Genre: Drama
Stars: Mary Kay Place, Jake Lacy, Andrea Martin
Director: Kent Jones
Rating: NR
Runtime: 96 minutes

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Aretha Franklin in Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace (2018)

Experience Aretha Franklin in all her considerable glory in Amazing Grace. This concert film compiles footage from a 1972 performance at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles. Performing songs from the bestselling gospel album Amazing Grace, Franklin tears down the house in this rip-roaring film.

Rotten Tomatoes: 99%
Genre: Documentary, Musical
Stars: Aretha Franklin
Director: Sydney Pollack
Rating: G
Runtime: 87 minutes

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I Am Not Your Negro

I Am Not Your Negro (2016)

James Baldwin was one of the most influential writers of the late 20th century, penning numerous essays and acclaimed novels addressing issues of race at a time when racial friction seemed to be boiling over in America. Working from an unfinished Baldwin manuscript, director Raoul Peck has created I Am Not Your Negro, a documentary examining Baldwin’s views and how they apply not only to the tumults of the ’60s but to modern America as well. Samuel L. Jackson narrates, infusing the material with a husky weariness. I Am Not Your Negro leaves one with the impression that Baldwin’s work has never been finished, and never been more important.

Rotten Tomatoes: 99%
Genre: Documentary
Stars: Samuel L. Jackson
Director: Raoul Peck
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 93 minutes

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

Before he directed Thor: Ragnarok and Jojo Rabbit, filmmaker Taika Waititi wrote and directed this 2016 film about a teenage troublemaker and his reluctant father figure who become the subject of a massive manhunt when they disappear into the forests of New Zealand. Julian Dennison and Sam Neill co-star in the film, which received widespread praise for its clever story and lead actors’ chemistry.

Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
Genre: Comedy
Stars: Julian Dennison, Sam Neill
Director: Taika Waititi
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 101 minutes

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Parasite

Parasite (2019)

Filmmaker Bong Joon Ho’s Best Picture winner at the 92nd Academy Awards is a brutal, thought-provoking, masterfully shot thriller that explores the class divide through the experiences of a South Korean family who cons their way into working for a wealthy family whose lives couldn’t be more unlike their own. While the first act of the film is peppered with humor, the overall tone of the film is anything but — particularly after a shocking discovery turns the family’s grift into something far more sinister.

Rotten Tomatoes: 99%
Genre: Thriller
Stars: Song Kang-ho, Choi Woo-Shik, Park So-dam, Jang Hye-jin
Director: Bong Joon Ho
Rating: R
Runtime: 132 minutes

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Booksmart

Booksmart (2019)

So, you worked really hard in school, avoided drugs and alcohol, didn’t go to any parties, and were rewarded by getting into the Ivy League college of your choice. Nice! You’ve got a lot in common with Booksmart‘s protagonists, Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein). If you’re anything like them, however, you may be unhappy to learn that everyone else in your school also got into the Ivy League college of their choice but they partied constantly and had a great time in high school. That realization leads Amy and Molly to go out for one wild night of partying before graduation day. It may sound like a tired concept for a high-school comedy but Booksmart is anything but a run-of-the-mill teen movie. By investing in the friendship of its brilliant female leads and focusing more on questions of growing up and discovering yourself rather than sex and dating, Booksmart is a refreshing take on the teen comedy. Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut is funny, refreshingly creative, and heartwarming.

Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Genre: Comedy
Stars: Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams
Director: Olivia Wilde
Rating: R
Runtime: 102 minutes

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The Sisters Brothers

The Sisters Brothers (2018)

Since the failure of big-budget westerns like 2013’s The Lone Ranger and 2011’s Cowboys & Aliens, Hollywood’s seemed apprehensive about putting much money into westerns. As a result, the westerns we do get are usually outside the proverbial box. The Sisters Brothers is a great example, starring Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly as two unlikely guns-for-hire during the gold rush era. Everything you expect in a western happens in The Sisters Brothers, just not quite the way you expect them. Director Jacques Audiard, for example, sometimes chooses to stage gunfights in almost complete darkness, with only the sounds and flashes letting us know they’re happening. This unpredictable and sullen comedy plays with western tropes and delivers an experience unique to the genre.

Rotten Tomatoes: 87%
Genre: Drama, Western
Stars: John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal
Director: Jacques Audiard
Rating: R
Runtime: 122 minutes

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

Winner of the Palme d’Or, the Cannes Film Festival’s highest honor, Portrait of a Lady on Fire is considered a modern masterpiece of period cinema. In 1760 France, young Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent and become reluctantly betrothed. A methodical portraitist, Marianne arrives under the guise of companionship, observing Héloïse by day and secretly painting her by night. But as the two women spend more time together, an attraction grows as they revel in Héloïse’s first — and last — moments of freedom as she transfers from the convent to an unwilling marriage. As Marianne works, the portrait takes on greater meaning, symbolizing the two women’s collaboration and forbidden love for one another.

Rotten Tomatoes: 98%
Genre: Drama, Romance
Stars: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luana Bajrami
Director: Céline Sciamma
Rating: R
Runtime: 119 minutes

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The Beatles: Eight Days a Week

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years (2016)

Music documentaries, especially ones discussing The Beatles, are a dime a dozen. Yet few documentaries ever have the acclaimed Ron Howard at the helm, especially one that does away with the conventional through-the-years filmography. Instead, Howard decided to focus more on the early days of the infamous rock band, gazing more so at their rise into fame and the ingredients to their immediate success. The Beatles: Eight Days a Week is a music lover’s go-to, offering the best sound and live performance experiences while also delivering interesting tidbits on the nature of The Beatles’ rise to stardom.

Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
Genre: Documentary, Music
Stars: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Ed Sullivan
Director: Ron Howard
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 306 minutes

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If Beale Street Could Talk (2019)

If Beale Street Could Talk takes you to early-1970s Harlem and introduces you to 19-year-old Tish Rivers (KiKi Layne). Tish is a daughter and soon-to-be wife to her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by Fonny (Stephan James). Friends since childhood, their unbreakable bond has flourished together, and they dream of a bright, beautiful future. But when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit, their love is tested by an unforgiving and racially biased world.

Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Genre: Drama, Romance
Stars: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King
Director: Barry Jenkins
Rating: R
Runtime: 117 minutes

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Big Time Adolescence

Big Time Adolescence (2019)

This Hulu original follows a bright, mostly innocent 16-year old named Mo (Griffin Gluck) as he attempts to navigate high school. Fortunately, he has the guidance of his best friend, charismatic college dropout Zeke (Pete Davidson). Zeke genuinely cares about Mo, but as he shares the untraditional life lessons he’s learned in drug dealing, partying, and dating, things go a little off the rails in Mo’s life. Meanwhile, Mo’s dad (Jon Cryer) tries to take back the reins.

Rotten Tomatoes: 84%
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Stars: Pete Davidson, Griffin Gluck
Director: Jason Orley
Rating: R
Runtime: 90 minutes

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Fighting With My Family

Fighting With My Family (2018)

Based on the true story of WWE Superstar Paige, Fighting With My Family is one of the more unusual heartwarming comedies of recent years. Directed by comedy legend Stephen Merchant, this film centers on a tight-knit wrestling family. Paige and her brother Zak are over the moon when they get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try out for WWE. But when only Paige earns a spot in the competitive training program, she has to leave her family and face this cutthroat world on her own. Her journey pushes her to fight for her family and ultimately prove that devotion is precisely what can make her a star.

Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Stars: Florence Pugh, Lena Headey, Dwayne Johnson
Director: Stephen Merchant
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 107 minutes

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I, Tonya

I, Tonya (2017)

Tonya Harding is one of the most notorious figures in sports history. Once a shining star in the world of figure skating, she transformed into a villain after her ex-husband and bodyguard conspired to injure her rival, Nancy Kerrigan (Caitlin Carver), a conspiracy many believed Harding had a hand in. I, Tonya follows Harding (Margot Robbie) from her sad childhood to her rise as a figure skater, to her eventual fall.

What elevates the film above most biopics, however, is its willingness to play with reality; I, Tonya filters events through the perspectives of its characters, leaving the audience questioning whether Harding is simply a misunderstood person with some flaws or a devious villain. Robbie’s standout performance — and that of Allison Janney, who plays Harding’s mother — is the foundation that supports the entire endeavor.

Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Sport
Stars: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janey
Director: Craig Gillespie
Rating: R
Runtime: 119 minutes

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Sorry to Bother You

Sorry to Bother You (2018)

The directorial debut of Boots Riley (perhaps better known as the frontman of the hip-hop band The Coup), Sorry to Bother You is a madcap satire of 21st-century capitalism, a film that tosses realism out the window within the first 10 minutes or so. The movie follows Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield), a sad-sack guy who, desperate for money, gets a job as a telemarketer at a grimy office (he lies about his previous work experience, which his interviewer considers a positive). Cassius struggles to make sales, so an older coworker (Danny Glover) gives him some advice, telling him to use a “white voice.” After using a white voice (David Cross), Cassius suddenly starts racking up sales and soon gets a promotion to the esteemed position of Power Caller. As he climbs the corporate ladder, however, Cassius risks losing his soul to the relentless machine of marketing. Sorry to Bother You makes use of some bonkers visuals to accompany its eccentric premise, such as an early sequence in which Cassius, as he calls customers, literally drops into their houses, snapping back to the office when they hang up.

Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Stars: LaKeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler
Director: Boots Riley
Rating: R
Runtime: 112 minutes

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The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

Beloved more so for its humor than its fear, The Cabin in the Woods is unlike any horror film ever conceived. Drew Goddard does away with convention, instead lightening up the mood with an array of comic relief, delivered best by Curt Vaughn (Chris Hemsworth) and Marty Mikalski (Fran Kranz). It’s like the live-action version of Until Dawn, with an added layer of thrilling intrigue, as not everything is as it may seem. Join five college students in a night of unrelenting terror, as each one falls to the deathly secrets of this mysterious cabin in the woods.

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Stars: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Jesse Williams
Director: Drew Goddard
Rating: R
Runtime: 95 minutes

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Rocketman

Rocketman (2019)

Retelling the wild and music-filled life of Sir Elton John, Rocketman captures in great detail the journey of a British artist’s slow but sure claim to fame. Taron Egerton, known best for his role in Kingsman: The Secret Service, plays the titular musician on a road of discovery filled with its fair share of young love and substance abuse. It’s one of the best musician movies, examining the singer’s life with immense accuracy and heartbreaking detail. Joining Hulu in late May, Rocketman is the perfect companion piece for all fans of Elton John to experience his ascension not only into stardom but into his truest self.

Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Genre: Biopic, Drama
Stars: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Bryce Dallas Howard, Richard Madden
Director: Dexter Fletcher
Rating: R
Runtime: 121 minutes

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Apollo 11

Apollo 11 (2019)

Take one giant leap into the past, wherein humankind barreled through the nighttime sky and raced to walk on surfaces not our own. Apollo 11 tracks the star-bound adventure of Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin in a moment now frozen in time. Provided via never-before-seen footage and audio recordings, Apollo 11 is the next-best equivalent of time traveling back to that very life-altering event. Experience the groundbreaking NASA exploration like never before, all within the comfort of the living room.

Rotten Tomatoes: 99%
Genre: Documentary, History
Stars: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins
Director: Todd Douglas Miller
Rating: G
Runtime: 93 minutes

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Akira

Akira (1988)

The seminal anime film Akira has had a huge impact on sci-fi since its release, but despite how many films and video games have drawn on Akira for inspiration, the movie itself still feels fresh. The film begins in Neo-Tokyo circa 2019, decades after the start of World War III. Far below the towering skyscrapers, gangs of motorcycle-riding youths fight in the streets. A leather-clad hotshot named Kaneda leads a gang called the Capsules. While evading the police, Kaneda’s comrade Tetsuo runs across a mysterious being with psychic powers, and after crashing his bike, ends up in the government’s custody. After enduring strange experiments, Tetsuo develops psychic powers, and a mighty ego to match. As Tetsuo’s powers grow, Kaneda must try to stop him before he destroys Tokyo. Akira is a slick action film full of striking imagery and stylish violence.

Rotten Tomatoes: 90%
Genre: Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Stars: Mitsuo Itawa, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama
Director: Katsuhiro Ôtomo
Rating: R
Runtime: 124 minutes

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The Assistant

The Assistant (2019)

Jane (Julia Garner) is a recent college graduate and an aspiring film producer who, to her delight, lands her dream job as a junior assistant to a powerful entertainment mogul. But spending one day in her life is enough to understand the abuse that comes with the job. The Assistant follows one ordinary day as Jane makes coffee, makes copies, orders lunch, takes phone messages, and more, but the insidious accumulation of degradations and abuse she encounters become more and more prevalent as the film continues, illuminating the depth of mistreatment inherent in the system she’s just entered.

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Stars: Julia Garner, Matthew MacFayden, McKenzie Leigh
Director: Kitty Green
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 87 minutes

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Blackfish

Blackfish (2013)

Though it may be heartbreaking above all else, Blackfish is a tale as necessary as it is painful to bear witness to. It tells the real-life and grueling story of Tilikum, a SeaWorld-owned orca, whose experiences speak volumes of the true nature inherent in the aquarium. Proving its immense acclaim, Blackfish was even nominated for a BAFTA for best documentary. Upon its release in 2013, it gained immediate traction, provoking SeaWorld to issue multiple responses. Despite the rebuttals, the detestable experiences of these performance whales shown in the documentary will outrage many viewers.

Rotten Tomatoes: 98%
Genre: Documentary
Stars: Tilikum, Samantha Berg, Dawn Brancheau
Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 90 minutes

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Creed II

Creed II (2018)

Fans were not happy when they learned Ryan Coogler — director of 2015’s Creed — would not be returning for the sequel, but Steven Caple Jr. directs a worthy follow-up with Creed II. The sequel fuses elements of earlier Rocky films, pitting Adonis (Michael B. Jordan) as the new heavyweight champ against Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu), the son of the man who beat his father to death in 1985’s Rocky IV. Jordan is once again stellar as the boxer wrestling with his inner demons as hard as he trades blows in the ring. With all the ups and downs of any good Rockyflick, Creed II delivers an old story in fresh, new clothing.

Rotten Tomatoes: 84%
Genre: Drama, Sport
Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson
Director: Steven Caple Jr.
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 130 minutes

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Fast Color

Fast Color (2018)

Superhero movies aren’t particularly rare these days, but what you can’t find in every multiplex is a superhero story that is more about the person than the spectacle their powers make possible. Fast Color is a brilliant exception. The film’s hero is Ruth (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) — a young woman whose emerging powers have her on the run in a not-too-distant future of climate change and resource scarcity. Ruth is desperately trying to figure out how to control her new abilities as well as escape the government agents pursuing her, while at the same time trying to reconnect with her estranged family. Rather than fighting off alien invasions or saving the world from cackling terrorists, Fast Color gives us a superhero who is ultimately fighting the same difficult battle we’re all locked in — being a person in the world.

Rotten Tomatoes: 82%
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Stars: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Strathairn, Lorraine Toussaint
Director: Julia Hart
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 100 minutes

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Prisoners

Prisoners (2013)

Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners asks: How far would you go to protect your child? For Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman), it’s pretty darn far. When his six-year-old daughter, Anna, and her friend vanish without a trace, Keller is wracked with fear of the worst. The only lead the police have is an old RV that was parked on the street near where the girls were playing. The head of the investigation, Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal), arrests the driver (Paul Dano) but lacks the evidence needed to hold him at the station. Although Loki strongly suspects the driver, he has no choice but to let his only suspect go. With the clock ticking, Keller realizes that the system may not be able to save his daughter, so he takes matters into his own hands.

Rotten Tomatoes: 81%
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Viola Davis
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Rating: R
Runtime: 153 minutes Source