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Netflix's popularity rankings have a new leader, with Netflix's biggest original yet*: Squid Game.

For years, Netflix was notoriously tight-lipped about its viewership. Beau Willimon -- the creator of House of Cards, which put Netflix's original programming on the map -- once said the company wouldn't even share viewership metrics with him. 

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But within the last two years, Netflix has grown much chattier about the popularity of its shows and movies, to help recruit talent and stoke buzz. 

It added a top-trending ranking to its service, so people can see what the most popular titles streaming on Netflix in their country are on any given day. And it started releasing global viewership stats for specific titles regularly. These trickled-out disclosures have resulted in a growing list of its most "popular" shows and movies. 

Squid Game, Netflix's dark Korean survival-competition drama series, has become a global breakout phenomenon, reaching 111 million accounts by Netflix's count. Not only does that mean Squid Game is Netflix's most popular series yet, beating soapy period romance Bridgerton's 82 million accounts. It also beats a host of hit movies on Netflix too, which are usually where Netflix puts up its biggest sampling numbers. Extraction, an action movie starring Chris Hemsworth, was previously Netflix's top original title by reaching 99 million accounts.

Nothing on Netflix had ever crossed the 100 million account milestone, until Squid Game. 

*But there's a catch (actually, lots of catches)

Netflix's popularity figures always need disclaimers. Its audience stats have exasperated parts of the TV industry for being unverified, unsupported and disclosed without much accountability. 

The most frequent yardstick Netflix uses to measure audience is tallying how many accounts watched a show or movie for at least two minutes during the first 28 days of release. The two-minute threshold means some titles are counted as being "watched" before the viewer even arrives at the main title sequence. Some people in the industry refer to this metric as a tally of how many accounts have sampled a Netflix title, rather than watched it. (Only once, Netflix released a ranking of the shows and movies that have accumulated the most total viewing hours in their first 28 days of release -- essentially, what are really the most "watched." More on that below.)

But Netflix's stats also aren't independently verified, nor are they backed up by detailed data from the company, putting Netflix in the position to cherry-pick highlights without much transparency. Traditional media companies, by contrast, report box office performance that's independently monitored, and they're at the mercy of third parties like Nielsen as the barometer for TV shows.

Beyond that, Netflix's two-minute standard for tallying viewership is much more generous than how Nielsen gauges the audience of shows on legacy TV. Nielsen uses a complicated metric known as average minute audience -- suffice to say, it's a lot easier for a show to hit 1 million accounts by Netflix's standard than it is for a show's audience to hit 1 million as measured by Nielsen. Netflix has argued that it needn't conform to methods like Nielsen's, which were developed to measure the reach of advertising. Netflix, after all, has no ads. Still, Nielsen viewership numbers are what many TV watchers are most familiar with.

And sometimes, when Netflix projects viewership early, it gets it wrong. The company initially underestimated how many accounts would watch Bridgerton, its soapy period romance series. Roughly two weeks after the show premiered, Netflix predicted 63 million accounts would watch it in its first four weeks of release. But when the time actually elapsed, 82 million had. Netflix doesn't always update its projected audience stats with final numbers, and it's never provided an update when the final number is lower than the initial projection.

Finally, Netflix is the biggest subscription streaming service of its kind in the world, with 209 million global members as of the end of June. As it grows bigger, so do its shows and movies. That means recent programming has an advantage, since it reaches more viewers than older titles did. 

Netflix's most popular shows

The following are Netflix's most sampled TV series by number of accounts that have watched at least two minutes in the first 28 days of release. Any figures that were projections when Netflix announced them are noted below. This ranking includes only the shows that Netflix has chosen to disclose; other Netflix titles certainly have accrued enough sampling in the first month of release to make it on this list, but Netflix can cherry-pick which titles get viewership disclosures. 

  1. Squid Game (season 1), a dark Korean thriller -- 111 million accounts.
  2. Bridgerton (season 1), a period romance -- 82 million accounts. 
  3. Lupin (part 1), a French heist series -- 76 million accounts. 
  4. The Witcher (season 1), a fantasy series based on an existing franchise of books and video games -- 76 million accounts. 
  5. Sex/Life (season 1), a risque drama about a love triangle  -- 67 million accounts. 
  6. Stranger Things (season 3), a retro sci-fi series -- 67 million accounts. 
  7. La Casa de Papel (part 4), or Money Heist, a Spanish-language heist thriller series -- 65 million accounts.
  8. Tiger King, a viral docuseries -- 64 million households. 
  9. The Queen's Gambit, a limited series about a chess prodigy -- 62 million accounts. 
  10. Sweet Tooth (season 1), a series based on a DC comic -- 60 million accounts. 
  11. Emily in Paris (season 1), a comedy series -- 58 million accounts. 
  12. Fate: The Winx Saga (season 1), a teen drama about fairies -- 57 million accounts.
  13. Shadow and Bone (season 1), a fantasy series -- more than 55 million accounts.
  14. Who Killed Sara? (season 1), a Mexican series about a brother's hunt for revenge -- 55 million accounts projected.
  15. You (season 2), a psychological thriller series -- 54 million accounts projected.
  16. Lupin (part 2), a French heist series -- 54 million accounts. 
  17. Ginny & Georgia (season 1), a dramedy about a young mother and her kids seeking a fresh start  -- 52 million accounts.
  18. Cobra Kai (seasons 1 and 2, released on Netflix simultaneously), a reboot series of The Karate Kid -- 50 million accounts.
  19. Firefly Lane (season 1), a drama chronicling the friendship of two women over decades -- 49 million accounts.
  20. Ratched (season 1), a psychological thriller series -- 48 million accounts.
  21. Cobra Kai (season 3), a teen action series about a band of misfit martial artists -- 45 million accounts.
  22. Umbrella Academy (season 2), a superhero series -- 43 million accounts.
  23. Lucifer (season 5), a fantasy police-procedural series -- 38 million accounts.
  24. Barbarians (season 1), a German historical action series --  37 million accounts.
  25. Elite (season 4), a Spanish teen drama -- 37 million accounts. 
  26. Who Killed Sara? (season 2), a Mexican crime thriller -- 34 million accounts. 
  27. Love Is Blind (season 1), a dating competition series -- 30 million. 
  28. Too Hot to Handle (season 2), a dating show -- 29 million accounts estimated. 
  29. Selena: The Series (part 1), a Spanish-language show about the famed singer --  25 million accounts.
  30. Sweet Home (season 1), a Korean-language horror show --  22 million accounts.
  31. The Crown (season 3), a historical drama series -- 21 million accounts.
  32. The Sons of Sam (season 1), a true-crime docuseries -- 19 million accounts
  33. Alice in Borderland (season 1), a Japanese-language sci-fi thriller series --  18 million accounts.
  34. The Circle (season 2), a social experiment reality program -- 14 million accounts estimated. 

In September, Netflix gave a snapshot of its Top 10 movies by total viewing hours in the first 28 days: essentially, its most watched shows yet. So far it hasn't released any further hours-watched figures even as new shows have been released. For context, those most watched shows as of late September were:

  1. Bridgerton (season 1) -- 625 million hours.
  2. Money Heist (part 4) -- 619 million hours.
  3. Stranger Things (season 3) -- 582 million hours.
  4. The Witcher (season 1) -- 541 million hours.
  5. 13 Reasons Why (season 2) -- 496 million hours.
  6. 13 Reasons Why (season 1) -- 476 million hours.
  7. You (season 2) -- 457 million hours.
  8. Stranger Things (season 2) -- 427 million hours.
  9. Money Heist (part 3) -- 426 million hours.
  10. Ginny & Georgia (season 1) -- 381 million hours.

Netflix's most popular movies

The following are Netflix's most sampled filmsby the number of accounts that have watched at least two minutes in the first 28 days of release. Any figures that were projections when Netflix announced them are noted below. This ranking includes only the movies that Netflix has chosen to disclose; other Netflix titles certainly have accrued enough sampling in the first month to make it on this list, but Netflix is in the position to cherry-pick which titles get viewership disclosures. 

  1. Extraction, an action movie starring Chris Hemsworth -- 99 million accounts.
  2. Bird Box, a postapocalyptic movie starring Sandra Bullock -- more than 89 million accounts.
  3. Spenser Confidential, an action-comedy movie starring Mark Wahlberg -- 85 million accounts.
  4. 6 Underground, a Michael Bay explosion-fest starring Ryan Reynolds -- 83 million accounts.
  5. The Old Guard, an action-thriller movie -- 78 million accounts.
  6. Enola Holmes, a period detective caper film -- 77 million accounts projected.
  7. Project Power, a dark superhero movie -- 75 million accounts.
  8. Army of the Dead, a hybrid heist-zombie flick -- 75 million accounts.
  9. Fatherhood, a dramedy film starring Kevin Hart -- 74 million accounts projected. 
  10. Murder Mystery, a comedy movie starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston -- 73 million accounts.
  11. The Midnight Sky, a sci-fi movie directed and starring George Clooney -- 72 million accounts projected.
  12. Holidate, a Christmas-themed rom-com movie -- 68 million accounts.
  13. Sex/Life, a drama about a racy love triangle -- 67 million accounts. 
  14. Kissing Booth 2, a teen rom-com flick -- 66 million accounts.
  15. Outside the Wire, a sci-fi movie starring Anthony Mackie as an android supersoldier -- 66 million accounts. 
  16. The Irishman, a period epic about the Mafia, directed by Martin Scorsese -- 64 million accounts.
  17. Triple Frontier, an action/heist movie starring Ben Affleck -- 63 million accounts.
  18. Yes Day, a family film about kids being in charge -- 62 million accounts. 
  19. The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two, a sequel Santa Claus adventure movie --  61 million accounts.
  20. The Wrong Missy, a romantic-comedy movie starring David Spade and Lauren Lapkus -- 59 million accounts.
  21. The Platform, a Spanish sci-fi horror movie -- 56 million accounts.
  22. I Care a Lot, a thriller about a con artist who scammed a dangerous man  -- 56 million accounts. 
  23. He's All That, a teen rom-com film -- 55 million accounts. 
  24. We Can Be Heroes, the kids-of-superheroes action film -- 53 million accounts projected.
  25. American Murder: The Family Next Door, a true-crime documentary film -- 52 million accounts projected.
  26. To All the Boys: Always and Forever, the final film in a popular teen rom-com trilogy -- 51 million accounts. 
  27. The Perfect Date, a teen romantic-comedy movie -- 48 million accounts.
  28. Below Zero, a Spanish action film about an attack on a prisoner transport truck -- 47 million accounts.
  29. Over the Moon, an animated film about a girl traveling to a mythical land -- 43 million accounts.
  30. Klaus, an animated holiday film nominated for an Oscar -- 40 million accounts.
  31. The Social Dilemma, a documentary about social-media companies -- 38 million accounts
  32. Squared Love, a Polish rom-com film about a womanizer who falls for a model living a double life -- 31 million accounts.
  33. Just Another Christmas, Netflix's first Portuguese-language holiday film --  26 million accounts.
  34. Space Sweepers, a South Korean space Western about four outcasts who discover a lethal robot child -- 26 million accounts.

In September, Netflix gave a snapshot of its Top 10 movies by total viewing hours in the first 28 days at that time: essentially, its most watched movies yet. So far it hasn't released any further hours-watched figures even as new movie titles have been released. For context, those most watched movies as of late September were:

  1. Bird Box -- 282 million hours.
  2. Extraction -- 231 million hours.
  3. The Irishman -- 215 million hours.
  4. The Kissing Booth 2 -- 209 million hours.
  5. 6 Underground -- 205 million hours.
  6. Spenser Confidential -- 197 million hours.
  7. Enola Holmes -- 190 million hours.
  8. Army of the Dead -- 187 million hours.
  9. The Old Guard -- 186 million hours.
  10. Murder Mystery -- 170 million hours.

What's the difference between something that was most sampled and something that was most watched? 

Titles that are the most sampled, as mentioned before, are ranked by how many accounts watched at least two minutes of them in the first 28 days of release. Titles that are the most watched, which Netflix has disclosed only once, are shows and movies with the greatest total accumulated viewing hours in their first 28 days of release.  

The introduction of the hour-watched data in September provided new context around Netflix's earlier popularity figures, allowing comparisons between programming that racked up a lot of watch-time versus programming that was widely sampled (or, in some cases, both.)

Hours-watched can reveal programming that inspires the most loyalty. Three programs show up in the hours-watched Top 10 list twice, even though none make repeat appearances in the Top 10 most sampled. Retro sci-fi series Stranger Things; Money Heist, a Spanish-language series also known as La Casa de Papel; and 13 Reasons Why, a teen series that's been criticized for its depiction of suicide, each have two seasons that made it onto the Top 10 most watched list. Their repeat appearances in the rankings reflect how hours-watched can be a better gauge of the enduring appeal of particular titles. 

Hours-watched also can reveal the strength of some shows that were either released before Netflix began sharing viewership stats, or were released so long ago that Netflix simply had millions fewer accounts that could sample them. As of September, the third season of Stranger Things, for example, was Netflix's fifth most popular show by number of accounts sampling it. But by hours watched, the same season moves up to No. 3 -- and its second season, which came out when Netflix had 100 million fewer subscribers, is its No. 8 top show by hours watched. 

The hours-watched metric also comes with a caveat to keep it mind: It favors movies and TV seasons that have longer runtimes, so long as people stick with them. Three-and-a-half-hours long, The Irishman suddenly appears up high in Netflix's film Top 10 list of movies by hours watched, even though it falls far short of a Top 10 ranking if you count how many accounts sampled it. 

What other viewership stats has Netflix released?

Prior to 2020, Netflix counted views differently. Netflix would count something as "watched" when you got through 70% of it, either of the first episode for a series or of a film's total runtime, within the first 28 days of release. Netflix says the new two-minute threshold is more fair to all titles, regardless of their length. But it also means the newer stats inflated viewership numbers by about one-third compared with the old ones. 

These are previous viewership stats under the 70% rule, for reference.    

  • Stranger Things (season 3), a retro sci-fi series -- 64 million households. 
  • Umbrella Academy (season 1), a superhero series -- 45 million households.
  • Tall Girl, a teen rom-com movie -- 41 million households.
  • Sex Education (season 1), a British teen dramedy show -- more than 40 million households.
  • The Highwaymen, a period crime movie starring Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson -- more than 40 million households.
  • Secret Obsession, a movie mystery about a young wife with amnesia -- 40 million views.
  • Our Planet, a BBC-style nature docuseries -- 33 million households.
  • Always Be My Maybe, a comedy film with Ali Wong and Randall Park -- 32 million households.
  • Unbelievable, a true-crime miniseries about the victims of a serial rapist, and the detectives hunting him down -- 32 million accounts.
  • Dead to Me (season 1), a dramedy series with Christina Applegate -- 30 million households.
  • Otherhood, a movie about a band of moms visiting their adult sons by surprise -- 29 million households. 
  • When They See Us, a buzzy limited series from creator Ava DuVernay about the Central Park Five case -- 25 million households. 
  • Bodyguard (season 1), a BBC-World Productions series that previously aired in the UK -- 23 million member households.
  • Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, a documentary film about the Fyre Fest debacle -- more than 20 million homes.
  • Élite (season 1), a Spanish-language high-school soap series -- more than 20 million member households. 
  • Baby (season 1), an Italian teen drama series -- more than 10 million homes.
  • The Protector (season 1), Netflix's first Turkish original series -- more than 10 million households.
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'83 Days': The true story of America's youngest death row execution

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Jacksonville director's film depicting the true story of a 14-year-old boy executed for a crime he did not commit has been selected to screen at two major film festivals.

Andrew Paul Howell says his short film "83 Days" depicts "a moment in history where we hit rock bottom." 

The film follows the last days of George Stinney Jr., a black teenager executed by electric chair in 1944 after he was wrongfully convicted of murdering two young white girls in South Carolina.

It wouldn't be until 2014, 70 years after his death, that Stinney is finally exonerated for the crime.

"This mistake, this story was not initially based on race," Howell said, explaining authorities faced political pressure to quickly resolve the two murders. 

"[Police] didn't arrest George Stinney Jr. because he was black," he said. "When racism kicked in, it was convenience. They have this child ... they ended up with a scapegoat."

"83 Days" has been selected to screen at both the Toronto Black Film Festival in Canada and the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, Calif. But Howell says the purpose of the film is bigger than accolades. 

Instead, he hopes to educate audiences on issues he believes still plagues the U.S. criminal justice system.

"The roots of our law enforcement and our criminal justice system were motivated by action and not accuracy," Howell said. "I think we're reaping the fruits of their seeds planted today. Until we look at that and change that, we're going to continue to have a problem." 

The film was eight years in the making, Howell says, and was written by Ray Leonard Brown, an activist who helped exonerate Stinney by bringing attention to key evidence in the case.

The story was then pitched to Howell by actor Lucius Brown, who appears in the film. 

"As I began to study [the case] and learn more about it I had questions," Howell said. "'How could this happen?' If it's interesting to me. it's going to be interesting to everyone else."

Once the script was complete, filming began in Eatonton, Ga. and soon became a passion project not only for Howell and his team but for the community as well.

"The community came out," he said. "The judge is actually the sheriff of Putnam County in Georgia." 

Howell hopes viewers will become just as invested in the story so he can turn "83 Days" from a short film to a full-length production.

"I want them to walk away knowing there's a much larger film and to get behind and support that film so we can tell the whole story," he said.

Before heading to Toronto and Los Angeles, the film will be screened at the Love Your Shorts Film Festival in Sanford, FL on Feb. 10 at 3 p.m.

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For more information on "83 Days," click here.

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127 Hours

2010 British-American Film

127 Hours is a 2010 biographicalsurvivaldrama film co-written, produced and directed by Danny Boyle. The film stars James Franco, Kate Mara, Amber Tamblyn and Clémence Poésy. In the film, canyoneerAron Ralston must find a way to escape after he gets trapped by a boulder in an isolated slot canyon in Bluejohn Canyon, southeastern Utah, in April 2003. It is a British and American venture produced by Pathé, Everest Entertainment, Film4 Productions, HandMade Films and Cloud Eight Films.

The film, based on Ralston's memoir Between a Rock and a Hard Place (2004), was written by Boyle and Simon Beaufoy, co-produced by Christian Colson and John Smithson, and scored by A. R. Rahman. Beaufoy, Colson, and Rahman had all previously worked with Boyle on Slumdog Millionaire (2008). 127 Hours was well received by critics and audiences and grossed $60 million worldwide. It was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Actor for Franco and Best Picture.

The film's title refers to the period of non-stop activity from when Ralston was stranded in Blue John Canyon once his arm was trapped underneath a boulder, to when he was rescued and resuscitated.[3]


In April 2003, avid mountaineer Aron Ralston goes hiking at Utah's Canyonlands National Park without telling anyone, which is a very unwise decision. He befriends hikers Kristi and Megan, and shows them an underground pool before they head home. After that, Aron continues on through a slot canyon in Bluejohn Canyon. While climbing, he loses grip and falls, knocking a boulder which traps his right arm against the wall. Aron attempts to move the boulder but it won't budge; he also soon realizes he is alone. He shortly begins recording a video diary using his camcorder to maintain morale, as he chips away parts of the boulder with a pocket knife. Over the next five days, Aron rations his food and remaining 150ml of water, struggles to keep warm at night, and is forced to drink his urine when his water runs out. He also sets up a pulley using his climbing rope in a futile attempt to lift the boulder.

Throughout the days, Aron becomes desperate and depressed, and begins hallucinating about escape, relationships, and past experiences including his family and his former girlfriend, Rana. During one hallucination, Aron realizes that his mistake was that he did not tell anyone where he was going or for how long, and decides that destiny has trapped him with the boulder. On the sixth day, Aron has a vision of his future son, spurring his will to survive. He fashions a tourniquet from CamelBak tube insulation and uses a carabiner to tighten it. Then, using his knowledge of torque, he breaks the bones in his arm and, using the multi-tool, slowly amputates it. Aron then wraps the stump to prevent exsanguination, and takes a picture of the boulder before rappelling down a 65 ft (20 m) rockface. He then finds some rain water collected while descending down, and drinks the stagnant water due to dehydration and continues. Back in the desert, he spots a family on a hike and calls for help. They give him water and alert the authorities; a Utah Highway Patrol helicopter brings him to a hospital.

During the end credits, it is revealed that years later, Aron got married and had a son (as seen in his vision). He also continues climbing, and always leaves a note telling his family where he has gone.


Ralston himself, his wife, and his son make cameo appearances at the end of the film.[4]


The scenes early in the film of Ralston's encounter with the two hikers were altered to portray Ralston showing them a hidden pool, when in reality he just showed them some basic climbing moves. Despite these changes, with which he was initially uncomfortable, Ralston says the rest of the film is "so factually accurate it is as close to a documentary as you can get and still be a drama."[5]

Other changes from the book include omissions of descriptions of Ralston's efforts after freeing himself: his bike was chained to itself, not to the tree as depicted at the beginning of the movie; he had to decide where to seek the fastest medical attention; he took a photo of himself at the small brown pool from which he really did drink; he had his first bowel movement of the week; he abandoned many of the items he had kept throughout his confinement; he got lost in a side canyon; and he met a family from the Netherlands (not an American family), Eric, Monique, and Andy Meijer, who already knew that he was probably lost in the area, thanks to the searches of his parents and the authorities. (The actor who plays Eric Meijer, Pieter Jan Brugge, is Dutch.)

Franco is never shown uttering even an "Ow"; Ralston wrote that this is accurate.[6] Ralston did send Monique and Andy to run ahead to get help, and Ralston did walk seven miles before the helicopter came,[7] although this trek is shown in the film's alternative ending.[citation needed]


Danny Boyle had been wanting to make a film about Ralston's ordeal for four years;[8] he wrote a film treatment and Simon Beaufoy wrote the screenplay.[9] Boyle describes 127 Hours as "an action movie with a guy who can't move."[10] He also expressed an interest for a more intimate film than his previous film, Slumdog Millionaire (2008): "I remember thinking, I must do a film where I follow an actor the way Darren Aronofsky did with The Wrestler. So 127 Hours is my version of that."[11]

Boyle and Fox Searchlight announced plans to create 127 Hours in November 2009.[12]Cillian Murphy was reportedly approached by Boyle to play Ralston.[13] In January 2010, James Franco was cast as Ralston.[14] In March 2010, filming began in Utah;[15] Boyle intended to shoot the first part of the film with no dialogue.[8] By 17 June 2010, the film was in post-production.[16]

Boyle made the very unusual move of hiring two cinematographers to work first unit, Anthony Dod Mantle and Enrique Chediak, each of whom shot 50 percent of the film by trading off with each other. This allowed Boyle and Franco to work long days without wearing out the crew.[17]

Boyle enlisted makeup effects designer Tony Gardner and his effects company, Alterian, Inc., to re-create the character's amputation of his own arm. Boyle stressed that the realism of the arm as well as the process itself were key to the audience's investing in the character's experience, and that the makeup effects' success would impact the film's success. The false arm rigs were created in layers, from fiberglass and steel bone, through silicone and fibrous muscle and tendon, to functional veins and arteries, and finally skinned with a translucent silicone layer of skin with a thin layer of subcutaneous silicone fat. Gardner states that the effects work was extremely stressful, as he wanted to do justice to the story; he credits James Franco equally with the success of the effects work.[citation needed] Three prosthetics were used in all, with two designed to show the innards of the arm and another to emulate the outside of it.[18] Franco would later note that seeing blood on the arm was difficult for him and his reactions in those scenes were genuine.[18]

Franco admitted that shooting the film was physically hard on him: "There was a lot of physical pain, and Danny knew that it was going to cause a lot of pain. And I asked him after we did the movie, 'How did you know how far you could push it?' ... I had plenty of scars...Not only am I feeling physical pain, but I'm getting exhausted. It became less of a façade I put on and more of an experience that I went through."[19]


127 Hours was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival on 12 September 2010, following its premiere at the 2010 Telluride Film Festival.[20] The film was selected to close the 2010 London Film Festival on 28 October 2010.[21] It was given a limited release in the United States by Fox Searchlight Pictures on 5 November 2010.[22] It was released in the United Kingdom by Pathé's then-theaterical distributor Warner Bros. Entertainment UK on 7 January 2011, and in India on 26 January 2011.[23][24]

There were many published reports (not all confirmed) that the trailer and film made audience members ill. The Huffington Post, in November 2010, wrote that it "has gotten audiences fainting, vomiting and worse in numbers unseen since The Exorcist – and the movie has not even hit theaters yet."[25] During the screenings at Telluride Film Festival, two people required medical attention. At the first screening, an audience member became lightheaded and was taken out of the screening on a gurney. During a subsequent screening, another viewer suffered a panic attack.[26] Similar reactions were reported at the Toronto International Film Festival[27] and a special screening hosted by Pixar and Lee Unkrich, director of Toy Story 3 (2010) and Coco (2017).[28] The website Movieline published "Armed and Dangerous: A Comprehensive Timeline of Everyone Who's Fainted (Or Worse) at 127 Hours."[29]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film currently has an approval rating of 93% based on 238 critic reviews, with an average rating of 8.30/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "As gut-wrenching as it is inspirational, 127 Hours unites one of Danny Boyle's most beautifully exuberant directorial efforts with a terrific performance from James Franco."[30] On Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average rating to reviews, the film has an average score of 82 out of 100, based on 38 critic reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[31]

Writing for DVD Talk, Casey Burchby concluded that "127 Hours will stay with you not necessarily as a story of survival, but as a story of a harrowing interior experience".[32]Richard Roeper of The Chicago Sun-Times gave the film four stars, said he believed Franco deserved an Oscar nomination for his performance, and called the film "one of the best of the decade."[33]Roger Ebert also awarded the film four stars out of four and wrote that "127 Hours is like an exercise in conquering the unfilmable".[34][35] Gazelle Emami wrote for The Huffington Post, describing Franco's performance as "mesmerizing" and "incredible."[36]


Main article: List of accolades received by 127 Hours

127 Hours was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards, including Best Actor, Best Screenplay and Best Original Score.[37]

The film was nominated for nine British Academy Film Awards, including Outstanding British Film, Best Direction, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and Best Film Music.[38]

The film got six nominations at the 83rd Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Original Song, and Best Film Editing.[39]

It was also nominated for eight Broadcast Film Critics Association, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Song, and Best Sound.[40] Its main theme song "If I Rise" won the Critics Choice award for Best Song.[41][42]

James Franco was awarded Best Actor by the New York Film Critics Online and the Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association.[43][44]

See also[edit]


  1. ^"British Council Film: 127 Hours". British Council. Archived from the original on 26 October 2019. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  2. ^ ab"127 Hours (2010)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Archived from the original on 14 July 2019. Retrieved 31 January 2011.
  3. ^Ralston, Aron (2004). Between a Rock and a Hard Place. New York: Atria Books. p. 326. ISBN .
  4. ^Yuan, Jada (25 October 2010). "James Franco and Aron Ralston Explain How to Watch 127 Hours Without Fainting". Vulture.com. New York Media LLC. Archived from the original on 7 November 2020. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
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Hulu subscribers are never lacking in cinematic content. Home to a bounty of flicks from eras both past and present, encompassing a number of genres and cultural landscapes, Hulu always has something new to absorb — along with plenty of classic gems you’ve seen a million times. The only difficult task at hand is choosing something to sit down with for the evening. That’s where we come in. As streaming enthusiasts, we spend time with Hulu every week, handpicking the top films on the platform. Here’s our rotating roundup of the best movies on Hulu right now.

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Michael J. Fox in Teen Wolf.

Teen Wolf (1985)

Ah yes, the ’80s. Amid a nostalgic resurgence in both film and TV, from the It reimagining to Stranger Things, we can’t forget the monumental camp-diamonds that inspired these newly iconic franchises. Anyone remember Teen Wolf? Sure, it’s not Oscar bait by any means, but high school student Scott Howard’s (Michael J. Fox) lycanthropic misadventures are great, campy fun — offering a tongue-in-cheek commentary on coming-of-age and puberty by way of the full moon.

Rotten Tomatoes: 42%
Genre: Fantasy, Comedy
Stars: Michael J. Fox, James Hampton, Scott Paulin, Jerry Levine
Director: Rod Daniel
Rating: PG
Runtime: 88 minutes

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Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman in Rushmore.

Rushmore (1999)

Writer-director Wes Anderson is an iconic film-auteur who continues to proliferate the world of cinema, covering everything from stop-motion animation (Fantastic Mr. Fox and Isle of Dogs) to star-studded ensemble masterpieces (Moonlight KingdomThe Grand Budapest Hotel). Hot off the independent success of his first film, Bottle Rocket, Rushmore is Anderson’s sophomore effort, and it’s no slump. Jason Schwartzman stars as Max J. Fisher, an idiosyncratic youth who falls in love with elementary school teacher Rosemary Cross (Olivia Williams). Hoping to win her over, his romantic aspirations are put to the test when Max’s friendBlume (Bill Murray) starts pining for Rosemary, too.

Rotten Tomatoes: 90%
Genre: Comedy
Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams, Seymour Cassel, Brian Cox
Director: Wes Anderson
Rating: R
Runtime: 93 minutes

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Carey Lowell and Timothy Dalton in License to Kill.

License to Kill (1989)

In the rotating pantheon of Bond-helmers, Timothy Dalton’s reign on the 007 role lasted for only two films, The Living Daylights and our focus today — License to Kill. After being suspended from the MI6, Bond goes rogue in his pursuit of drug lord Franz Sanchez (Robert Davi), a powerful man responsible for the maiming of one of Bond’s close friends, CIA operative Felix Leiter (David Hedison), and the death of his wife. Bond will have to use all his wit and agility to overcome this all-new foe before the villain gains the upper hand. Hailed as one of the grittier Bond flicks, pre-Daniel Craig era, License to Kill finds Bond in several brutal set pieces, both high-budget and memorable.

Rotten Tomatoes: 78%
Genre: Action
Stars: Timothy Dalton, Carey Lowell, Robert Davi, Talisa Soto, Anthony Zerbe
Director: John Glen
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 143 minutes

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Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games.

The Hunger Games (2012)

In the dystopian ruins of what once was the United States, a nationally televised “battle royale” is held between the 12 districts of Panem, an event known as the Hunger Games. In the brutal fight to the death, each district must select one boy and one girl to send into the throes of bloodshed. When Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers for the fight to save her younger sister from having to participate, the young warrior must use all of her wit and agility to persevere. An adaptation of the award-winning book series by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games is an epic silver-screen tour de force that helped cement the career of Jennifer Lawrence.

Rotten Tomatoes: 84%
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Banks
Director: Gary Ross
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 142 minutes

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Kiefer Sutherland and Kevin Bacon in Flatliners.

Flatliners (1990)

When Nelson Wright (Kiefer Sutherland) convinces a group of fellow medical students to experience the afterlife with him, the matriculating posse conducts a bevy of experiments that presents each youth with a personalized near-death experience, where visions of what’s beyond intermingle with their pasts. As these “crossing-over” experiences become more entrenched in heartbreak, hardship, and danger, Nelson and his friends become mired in a psychological minefield they may not be able to withdraw from. A wild concept that gains grounding and life from its powerful main ensemble, Flatliners is a mesmerizing sci-fi adventure with horror undertones — an adventure worth rowing through.

Rotten Tomatoes: 48%
Genre: Sci-Fi
Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon
Director: Joel Schumacher
Rating: R
Runtime: 111 minutes

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Robert De Niro in The Untouchables.

The Untouchables (1987)

A feature film adaptation of the TV series of the same name, The Untouchables stars Robert De Niro as infamous crime boss Al Capone. Reigning over an empire of Prohibition-era alcohol, Capone is as powerful as ever — a position of non-regal royalty that Prohibition agent Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner) is tasked with de-throning. Featuring a mighty ensemble of performers, bringing their respective energies and chops to an already-riveting gangster script, The Untouchables has an air of timelessness about it, delivering the goods close to 35 years after it first hit theaters.

Rotten Tomatoes: 83%
Genre: Crime, Drama
Stars: Robert De Niro, Kevin Costner, Sean Connery
Director: Brian De Palma
Rating: R
Runtime: 119 minutes

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Undine on Hulu.

Undine (2020)

In Cristian Petzolds’ cinematic adaptation of the ancient myth of Undine, Paula Beer stars as the titular water dweller — a mermaid-type being given a chance at humanity. Working as a Berlin historian, Undine’s romantic partner unexpectedly leaves her, setting a chain of events into motion that may strip her of her womanly guise. In accordance with folklore, Undine must kill her betraying lover and return to the water to live out the rest of her days as a nymph once more. From the writer-director of Phoenix and TransitUndine is a lush blend of romance and drama, set against the architectural evolution (and decay) of a city rich with emotions of its own.

Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Genre: Drama, Romance
Stars: Paula Beer, Franz Rogowski, Maryam Zaree
Director: Cristian Petzold
Rating: NR
Runtime: 90 minutes

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The Killing of Two Lovers (2020)

When David (Clayne Crawford) and Nikki (Sepideh Moafi) decide to separate, David does everything in his power to keep his family of six treading water — until Nikki begins a new relationship. While they both agreed they would see other people, David begins to have a very difficult time with his ex-to-be’s new romance, leading him down a dark path of no return. Writer-director Robert Machoian is a significant talent to watch in the coming years, delivering a resonant film without an ounce of fat. The performances are top-notch, the story is heart-wrenching, and even though things can get unrelenting, there’s no way you’ll turn away once you start the film.

Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Genre: Drama
Stars: Clayne Crawford, Sepideh Moafi, Chris Coy
Director: Robert Machoian
Rating: R
Runtime: 85 minutes

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Emma Stone dances in a scene from La La Land.

La La Land (2016)

In La La Land, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone star as Sebastian and Mia, the former an aspiring jazz pianist, the latter an actress in the making. Set in the sun-soaked, Technicolor dreamscape of Los Angeles, two serendipitous encounters at a jazz club — and then months later at a pool party — propel both artists into a whirlwind romance. But when fate comes calling and their careers begin shaping up, Sebastian and Mia are forced to re-examine their romance as their true dreams start unfolding before their eyes. An absolutely dazzling musical in the tradition of Hollywood’s show-stopping spectacles, La La Land is an unforgettable foray into a once-classic genre that doesn’t get as much attention as it deserves these days.

Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
Genre: Comedy, Musical
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend
Director: Damian Chazelle
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 128 minutes

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Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart.

Crazy Heart (2009)

Bad Blake (Jeff Bridges) is a down-and-out country music artist that has bid ado to his glory days. Performing in bowling alleys and dive bars throughout the southwestern U.S., Blake finds new meaning in his life when he begins a relationship with reporter Jean Craddock (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a romance that challenges the songwriter’s reliance on alcohol for his livelihood. As the two grow closer, Blake must learn to dismiss his ego and boozing, but can the musician truly escape his vices? Based on the 1987 novel of the same name by Thomas Cobb, Jeff Bridges is the heart and soul of Crazy Heart, delivering a grounded but emotional performance that earned Bridges a Best Actor Oscar-win.

Rotten Tomatoes: 90%
Genre: Drama, Romance
Stars: Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Robert Duvall
Director: Scott Cooper
Rating: R
Runtime: 112 minutes

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Dev Patel among floating confetti in Slumdog Millionaire.

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Director Danny Boyle’s electrifying (and Oscar-winning) Slumdog Millionaire stars Dev Patel (Lion, The Green Knight) as Jamal Malik, a contestant on the Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Suspecting him of cheating, authorities descend on Jamal, torturing him backstage and demanding to know how he knows the answers to the questions. But there’s no rule-breaking whatsoever, as, through a series of cinematic flashbacks, we follow Jamal from his adolescent years in Mumbai into his young adulthood, where a backdrop of petty crime and towering misadventures provide answers to the game show’s questions. A masterful and kaleidoscopic film, Slumdog Millionaire is a timeless journey into a world like no other.

Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Stars: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Madhur Mittal
Director: Danny Boyle
Rating: R
Runtime: 116 minutes

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Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Tom Georgeson, and Michael Palin in A Fish Called Wanda.

A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

An ensemble heist-comedy for the ages, A Fish Called Wanda stars Tom Georgeson as British mobster George Thomason. Hoping to carry out a major diamond robbery, George and his associates recruit Wanda (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Otto (Kevin Kline) — the former an American con artist, the latter a weapons expert — to carry out their mischievous act. But when the heist goes haywire and the Americans hand their British employer over to the authorities, double-crossing Wanda and Otto carry out their own mission to recover Thomason’s diamond haul. An intelligent, trans-continental laugh-fest that blends the powers of multiple ensemble talents, A Fish Called Wanda brings plenty of sophistication to a normally down-and-dirty sub-genre — the heist thriller.

Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Genre: Comedy
Stars: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline
Director: Charles Crichton, John Cleese
Rating: R
Runtime: 107 minutes

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Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler.

The Wrestler (2008)

Randy “The Ram” Robinson (Mickey Rourke) is long past his glory days of pro-wrestling. Fighting in a series of independent matches throughout New Jersey while living in a ramshackle trailer, Randy gets the opportunity to take on a glory-days opponent for a 20th-anniversary rematch. But, when The Ram’s failing health and substance abuse issues catch up with him, the ’80s titan must choose between a better-balanced 9-to-5 lifestyle or a risky wrestling-ring comeback. An emotional character study that sees Mickey Rourke in uncharted dramatic territory, Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler is a powerful film about love, regret, and the pursuit of relevance.

Rotten Tomatoes: 98%
Genre: Drama
Stars: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Rating: R
Runtime: 110 minutes

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Jason James Richter in Free Willy.

Free Willy (1993)

Orphaned adolescent Jesse (Jason James Richter) and his teenage pals spend their days scavenging for food and shelter while getting into mischief. After deciding to vandalize a theme park, the authorities arrive to catch Jesse and his companions in the act — but not before Jesse has a pivotal encounter with an orca named Willy. As part of his sentencing, Jesse is handed over to a foster family and must report to the theme park to clean up his graffiti. There, he meets Willy once more, and the two begin to develop a special bond, an interspecies connection that the park owner (Michael Ironsides) aims to profit from. A classic heartfelt story about finding family in the most unlikely of places, Free Willy more than stands the test of time.

Rotten Tomatoes: 71%
Genre: Kids & Family, Drama
Stars: Jason James Richter, Lori Petty, Michael Madsen
Director: Simon Wincer
Rating: PG
Runtime: 111 minutes

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Nathan Fillion and Tom Lenk in Much Ado About Nothing.

Much Ado About Nothing (2013)

Joining the ranks of this much-adapted William Shakespeare masterpiece, Joss Whedon’s take on the play brings black-and-white cinematography to the fold, along with a mafia backbone. When Don Pedro (Reed Diamond) arrives at Messina to visit the governor with Benedick (Alexis Denisof) and Claudio (Fran Kranz), the Don’s tag-alongs quickly become embroiled in relationship troubles as Claudio begins to fall for the governor’s daughter and Benedick falls for his niece, Beatrice (Amy Acker). A highly stylized take on a proscenium classic, Much Ado About Nothing trades a few plot points and characters for a more consolidated approach to the source material.

Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
Genre: Romance
Stars: Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion
Director: Joss Whedon
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 109 minutes

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Stephen Root in Office Space.

Office Space (1999)

Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston) is disenchanted with his software job at Initech. After a hypnotherapy session goes wrong (or right), Peter becomes a new man, fresh with relaxation and a new outlook on life — even though the hypnotherapist dies of a heart attack during their session. Returning to work, Peter’s fresh attitude and direct approach earn him a promotion from a group of company higher-ups, but his co-workers Samir and Michael lose their jobs. Teaming up with the ex-employees, Peter and his companions come up with a plan to incrementally rob Initech by way of an accounting computer virus. A brilliant satire from the king of uncanny comedy, Mike Judge, Office Space has more than stood the test of time, often hailed as a must-see film.

Rotten Tomatoes: 80%
Genre: Comedy
Stars: Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, David Herman
Director: Mike Judge
Rating: R
Runtime: 89 minutes

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Johnny Depp and Dianne Wiest in Edward Scissorhands.

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

When Avon saleswoman Peg Boggs (Dianne Wiest) attempts to sell her lineup to the inhabitants of an old Gothic manor, the only denizen she discovers is the lonely Edward (Johnny Depp). An unfinished humanoid experiment, Edward accompanies peg back to her home, where he soon develops a crush on Peg’s teenage daughter, Kim (Winona Ryder). As Edward and his uncanny razor- sharp claw/hands begin to acclimate to the Boggs’ suburbia, a handful of community members start to see Edward as dangerous and decide to take matters into their own hands. Edward Scissorhands is built on a fairy-tale foundation and sprinkled with a touch of macabre that only Tim Burton can provide.

Rotten Tomatoes: 90%
Genre: Fantasy, Other, Romance, Comedy, Drama
Stars: Winona Ryder, Johnny Depp, Dianne Wiest
Director: Tim Burton
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 105 minutes

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Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon in Election.

Election (1999)

In Alexander Payne’s Election, Matthew Broderick stars as Jim McAllister, a beloved high school teacher who can’t help but notice that Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon) may not make such a great student body president. Fearing her less-than-moralistic tactics will make for a poor influence on the school, Jim convinces Paul Metzler (Chris Klein), a celebrated jock, to run against Tracy, a subterfuge move that the latter discovers and becomes infuriated over. A dark comedy led by a brilliant leading-man performance from Matthew Broderick, Election is one of Alexander Payne’s best.

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Genre: Comedy
Stars: Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein
Director: Alexander Payne
Rating: R
Runtime: 103 minutes

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Diane Lane and Vincent Riotta in Under the Tuscan Sun.

Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

When Frances (Diane Lane) learns that her husband has been cheating on her, the San Francisco writer falls into a heavy bout of depression. In an attempt to lift her spirits, Patti (Sandra Oh), a close friend, urges Frances to take a vacation to Tuscany using a ticket Patti purchased before she was pregnant. Agreeing to the offer, Frances journeys to Italy where she decides to buy a dilapidated villa and begin an entirely new life, forming relationships with the pleasantly eccentric townsfolk that live in and around her property. A feel-good movie for the ages, Lane leads the charge in Under the Tuscan Sun, delivering a heartfelt performance that plays nicely with the remarkable landscapes of her newfound Italian residence.

Rotten Tomatoes: 62%
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama
Stars: Diane Lane, Sandra Oh, Lindsay Duncan
Director: Audrey Wells
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 103 minutes

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Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, and Jacob Lofland in Mud.

Mud (2013)

Life in the deep river-country of Arkansas is business as usual for best friends Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland). Spending their summer days earning a buck with an odd job here or there, what the pair truly relish is adventure. Taking to the river, the teens row to an island where they discover a boat lodged in a tree, the home of a sage-like squatter called Mud (Matthew McConaughey). On the run, Mud shares words of wisdom and makes a pact with the young duo — repair and re-anchor the boat and the kids keep Mud’s handgun. A story captured from Ellis’ point of view, in Mud, writer-director Jeff Nichols expertly weaves shades of coming-of-age drama through a fine mesh of Southern Gothic-meets-romance. Oh, and throw in a shoot-out for good measure.

Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland
Director: Jeff Nichols
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 130 minutes

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Natalie Portman in Black Swan.

Black Swan (2010)

When up-and-coming ballerina Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman) is given the lead role in her company’s rendition of Swan Lake, her bubble of success is savagely burst by the arrival of a new dancer, Lily (Mila Kunis). When Thomas (Vincent Cassel), the ballet’s director, re-casts Lily as Nina’s Black Swan alternate, Nina’s neuroses and inner demons throw the star into a horrific downward spiral, one filled with hallucinations, disturbing visions, and other deeply psychological terrors. Writer-director Darren Aronofsky is at the top of his game with Black Swan, delivering a tormented but satiating thriller about the many inner horrors of the arts.

Rotten Tomatoes: 85%
Genre: Mystery & Thriller, Drama
Stars: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Rating: R
Runtime: 108 minutes

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Steve Martin and John Candy in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987)

When Neal Page (Steve Martin) wraps up a meeting in New York, he has every intention of making it home to Chicago for Thanksgiving — only it turns out Mother Nature has other plans. A freak snowstorm descends upon the Windy City, forcing Neal’s flight to reroute to Kansas. Along his jet-set path, the weary Neal meets Del Griffith, a traveling salesman who knows just how to get under Neal’s skin. The worlds of both businessmen collide when they agree to rent a motel room together and find an alternative form of transit to get back to Chicago in time for the festivities. Writer-director John Hughes’ iconic film has lived at the top of countless comedy roundups, featuring an unbeatable laugh-out-loud pairing of the great Steve Martin and the late-great John Candy.

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Genre: Comedy
Stars: John Candy, Steve Martin, Laila Robins
Director: John Hughes
Rating: R
Runtime: 92 minutes

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Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons in Hearts Beat Loud.

Hearts Beat Loud (2018)

In co-writer/director Brett Haley’s Hearts Beat Louder, Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons star as Frank and Sam, a musically inclined father-daughter pairing. With Sam heading off to college and the widowed Frank forced to shutter his record store, Frank begins to insist that he and his daughter take their routine jam sessions to the stage before they transition to bi-coastal living. One night, without Sam’s consent, Frank uploads one of their recordings to Spotify, launching the family into unexpected viral stardom. An emotionally rich film about the inner workings of father-daughter dynamics, musical aspirations, and what it takes to break free, Hearts Beat Loud is one you don’t want to miss.

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Genre: Comedy, Music, Drama
Stars: Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Ted Danson
Director: Brett Haley
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 97 minutes

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The titular clique of Heathers.

Heathers (1989)

A bleak high school comedy that was written on spec by scribe Daniel Waters, the film was intended for the auteurist touch of Stanley Kubrick. With directing duties eventually manned by Michael Lehmann, the resulting film still stands as an edgy cult flick more than 30 years later. Winona Ryder stars as Veronica Sawyer, one of four girls in a revered public school clique, and the other three members of her posse are teen girls with the first name “Heather.” After Veronica becomes obsessed with the new kid at school, J.D. (Christian Slater), the young couple begins a murderous spree that they cover up with forged suicide prose. While the subject matter may not land for some, Heathers is an exemplary piece of ’80s satire that turns the typical high school dramedy on its oft-duplicated head.

Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Genre: Comedy
Stars: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty
Director: Michael Lehmann
Rating: R
Runtime: 102 minutes

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Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn in True Grit.

True Grit (2010)

In the Coen Brothers remake of the John Wayne classic, True Grit sees Jeff Bridges handling the gruff and intoxicated role of Rooster Cogburn. When the marshall’s services are commandeered by the no-nonsense 14-year-old Mattie Ross (Hailee Stanford), seeking vengeance for her father’s murder, the unlikely duo takes to the harsh landscapes of the Old West to track down the man that shot down Mattie’s elder. Along the way, they’re joined by a Texas Ranger named LaBoeuf (Matt Damon) who has his own reasons for seeing Mattie’s father’s killer behind bars. Of note is the impressive acting duo that is Bridges and Stanford, combining wit, tough attitudes, and the perseverance of justice in a partnership like no other.

Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Genre: Western, Drama
Stars: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Stanford
Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 110 minutes

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The sprawling acreage featured in The Biggest Little Farm.

The Biggest Little Farm (2018)

John and Molly Chester took on a brand new life of toil, sweat, and the longest hours when, in 2010, the couple decided to abandoned their traditional jobs and purchased an arid 200-acre parcel of land on the fringes of Los Angeles. The Biggest Little Farm charts the seven years after their benchmark transaction as we watch the barren acreage transform into a diverse paradise of crops and fauna. A film that does wonders for the soul, spending a meditative hour-plus with the Chester clan will shed you of any wretched toxins you may be carrying with you from the day.

Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
Genre: Documentary
Stars: John Chester, Molly Chester
Director: John Chester
Rating: PG
Runtime: 91 minutes

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Eliza Scanlen in Babyteeth.

Babyteeth (2019)

Based on writer Rita Kalnejais’ play of the same name, Babyteeth stars Eliza Scanlon as Milla Finlay, a 16-year-old teen diagnosed with cancer. When the girl meets a man named Moses (Toby Wallace), the two quickly fall for each other, much to the dismay of Milla’s parents (played by Essie Davis and Ben Mendelsohn). While they fear that Moses may be taking advantage of the family, her parents realize that he brings Milla joy and happiness, so they do what they can to keep him around. A subversive cancer-dramedy that plays by its own set of rules, Babyteeth is a surprisingly fresh watch for those expecting your run-of-the-mill disease drama.

Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Stars: Eliza Scanlen, Toby Wallace, Essie Davis
Director: Shannon Murphy
Rating: N/A
Runtime: 117 minutes

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The cast of delinquents in Beach Rats.

Beach Rats (2018)

Frankie (Harris Dickinson) is struggling to stay adrift in life. With his father close to death and his mother on his back, practically begging him to enter a relationship with someone, Frankie retreats to the world of chatrooms and webcams, where he connects with older men. As these fleeting conversations begin taking on more gravity, the youth ditches his adolescent tendencies to start officially pursuing male companionship, all while entering into a romance with a girl named Simone (Madeline Weinstein). A coming-of-age film like no other, Beach Rats features earnest performances, gorgeous cinematography, and a compact narrative that plays much bigger than its premise.

Rotten Tomatoes: 85%
Genre: Drama, Gay & Lesbian
Stars: Harris Dickinson, Madeline Weinstein, Kate Hodge
Director: Eliza Hittman
Rating: R
Runtime: 97 minutes

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Renée Zellweger as Judy Garland.

Judy (2019)

An excellent biopic and homage to its titular late-great talent, Judy stars Renée Zellweger as the world-famous actress turned lounge performer, Judy Garland. Tracing her career back to her teenage years, we get a front-row vantage to the excess and excitement of celebrity life, but also a cautionary look at the many perils and pitfalls that a limelight existence can have in store. Zellweger is simply electrifying in the title role, delivering an emotionally captivating performance that stands as the centerpiece of the film. Without her chops and commitment, Judy would be a much lesser picture.

Rotten Tomatoes: 82%
Genre: Drama, History, Biography, Music
Stars: Renée Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock
Director: Rupert Goold
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 118 minutes

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Reece Shearsmith in A Field in England.

A Field in England (2013)

Ben Wheatley is no stranger to perverse English eco-terrors, particularly with the director’s latest release, In the Earth. However, the auteur’s botanical nightmares seemingly began with A Field in England, this 2013 period thriller. Set during the English Civil War, the film follows a batch of rogue soldiers and an alchemist’s assistant who attempt to desert the battlefront. After being captured by a rival alchemist and fed hallucinatory mushrooms, the deserters become subservient to the cause of their captor, a man intending to unearth something mystical and almighty in the field they’re settled on. An adventure of kaleidoscopic proportions, combining notes of drama, horror, and black comedy, A Field in England is an exceptional entry in the bizarre canon of Ben Wheatley.

Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
Genre: Drama, History, Horror, Mystery & Thriller
Stars: Michael Smiley, Reece Shearsmith, Peter Ferdinando
Director: Ben Wheatley
Rating: R
Runtime: 90 minutes

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Liam Neeson on the phone in Taken.

Taken (2008)

Liam Neeson’s mid-life cinematic presence is undeniable. While the actor’s proliferation of action epics may tread some overly formulaic waters, Taken was one of the first in the man’s lineup of grizzled hero flicks, and it’s a good one. Neeson plays Bryan Mills, a former Green Beret who must put all of his former tactical powers into action when his teenage daughter (Maggie Grace) and her friend are abducted in Paris by a group of sex traffickers. Taken doesn’t attempt to reinvent the wheel by any means, but it wears its action label proudly. Close-ups on Neeson as he delivers threatening dialogue, top-notch set pieces, and a constant propulsive pace are the reasons to watch and the reason you’ll stay through the runtime.

Rotten Tomatoes: 59%
Genre: Action, Mystery & Thriller
Stars: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen
Director: Pierre Morel
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 91 minutes

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Thomasin McKenzie and Ben Foster in Leave No Trace.

Leave No Trace (2018)

Writer-director Debra Granik is renowned for her grim, gut-punching dramas. Continuing her tradition of devastating familial hardships brought to light in her previous films Down to the Bone and Winter’s BoneLeave No Trace stars Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie as Will and Tom, a father-daughter duo living on the fringes of society in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. As the two are sleeping in tents and preparing whatever they can find in nature for meals, Portland park authorities discover their hideout and force the family to reintegrate with the civilized world. As Tom sees shades of a hopeful, less challenging future before her, Will personally finds the acclimation to be difficult, particularly in the wake of his military past that has riddled him with PTSD symptoms. A heartfelt examination of Will and Tom’s relationship is the centerpiece of this less-vicious entry in Granik’s portfolio, and it’s a dynamic perfectly buttressed by Foster and McKenzie’s rich performances.

Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
Genre: Drama
Stars: Thomasin McKenzie, Ben Foster, Jeff Kober
Director: Debra Granik
Rating: PG
Runtime: 108 minutes

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Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

In Bryan Singer’s Bohemian Rhapsody, Rami Malek breaks free of his indie roots to deliver a towering performance as one of rock music’s most celebrated figures — Freddie Mercury. Told through a series of past and present vignettes, the film explores Queen’s prolific rise into music stardom, culminating in the band’s world-famous Live Aid concert performance in 1985. Those seeking a detailed biopic of all things Freddie Mercury may be a hair disappointed at what’s left out of the epic film, but it’s hard to deny the extreme talents on show here. As Mercury, Malek doesn’t hold back in the slightest, delivering a nuanced and energized depiction of one of music’s most recognizable bandleaders. There’s also no denying that getting any kind of behind-the-scenes exposure to Queen’s woodshedding makes for viewing that’s hard to steer away from.

Rotten Tomatoes: 60%
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Gay & Lesbian, Music
Stars: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee
Director: Bryan Singer
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 135 minutes

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Christian Bale in Hostiles.

Hostiles (2017)

Writer-director Scott Cooper (Crazy HeartOut of the FurnaceBlack Mass) brings his iconic gritty realism to the period Western landscape. Hostiles finds Christian Bale returning to Cooper’s acting fold as Captain Joseph Blocker, an Army captain tasked with transporting a Cheyenne war chief (Wes Studi) and his family from New Mexico to their home in Montana. Along the way, the band of travelers comes across Rosalee Quaid (Rosamund Pike), a widow whose family was wiped out by Comanche warriors. Banding together, Blocker, Quaid, and Chief Yellow Hawk must contend with the grueling geography and the outlying Comanches that want them dead. Brutal and surprising, Hostiles doesn’t relent at any point in its two-hours-plus runtime.

Rotten Tomatoes: 70%
Genre: Drama, Western, History
Stars: Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi
Director: Scott Cooper
Rating: R
Runtime: 133 minutes

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The Croods clan in The Croods: A New Age.

The Croods: A New Age (2020)

In the long-awaited follow-up to The Croods (2013), A New Age finds the titular barbarian clan searching for a safer place to call home. After stumbling upon a great walled-in structure, the Croods are captured by Phil and Hope Betterman (Peter Dinklage and Leslie Mann), fellow Neanderthals with a bit more wit and technology. Initially peeved by each other’s clans, both the Croods and Bettermans must unite to contend with the evildoing Punch Monkeys before the creatures wipe out both prehistoric dynasties. A delightful and humorous animated adventure, The Croods: A New Age was delayed several times in its production, with the coronavirus hindering the final leg of animation.

Rotten Tomatoes: 76%
Genre: Comedy, Kids & Family
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Nicholas Cage
Director: Joel Crawford
Rating: PG
Runtime: 95 minutes

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Elizabeth Olsen and Aubrey Plaza in Ingrid Goes West.

Ingrid Goes West (2017)

Upon her release from a mental hospital, Ingrid Thorburn (Aubrey Plaza) discovers a social media influencer on Instagram named Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen). After receiving feedback from Sloane, Ingrid packs her belongings and uses her mother’s inheritance to secretly move to LA to get as close to her newfound idol as possible. A powerhouse pairing of Plaza and Olsen is the mighty fire that burns throughout Ingrid Goes West, along with a timely narrative that acts as a humorous warning label stamped on the face of influencer culture.

Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O’Shea Jackson Jr.
Director: Matt Spicer
Rating: R
Runtime: 98 minutes

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Not Fade Away

Not Fade Away (2012)

Written and directed by The Sopranos creator David Chase, Not Fade Away follows Douglas Damiano (John Magaro), a New Jersey college dropout who has mile-high aspirations of finding fame through a homegrown rock band. In keeping with British Invasion influences like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, Gene (Jack Huston), the founder of the band, asks Doug to join, with hopes that the act will grow melodically. But when a series of tumultuous events transpire, Doug finds himself as the new frontman, carrying the weight of his musical dreams, familial hardships, and blossoming love life. An homage to the heyday of rock music, Not Fade Away revisits a zeitgeist fueled by transitory sounds and dreamers hoping to land a radio hit.

Rotten Tomatoes: 69%
Genre: Drama
Stars: John Magaro, James Gandolfini, Jack Huston
Director: David Chase
Rating: R
Runtime: 112 minutes

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Ben Affleck in Gone Girl

Gone Girl (2014)

Gone Girl opens with Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) celebrating his fifth anniversary to his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) alone in a bar. When the downtrodden man returns home to find his spouse missing and signs of a bloody struggle, a full-scale investigation is launched, with Nick as a central suspect. Adding fuel to the fire is the amount of coverage Amy’s disappearance receives, a media blitz that Nick struggles to trudge his way through. Narratively driven by present-day occurrences and flashback moments, Gone Girl (based on the Gillian Flynn novel of the same name) paints a dark portrait of once-marital bliss unfolding and disintegrating in the most surprising and horrific ways possible. Led by a stellar ensemble of performers and director David Fincher’s spot-on execution, Gone Girl will leave you speechless in more ways than one.

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

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The Obituary of Tunde Johnson

The Obituary of Tunde Johnson (2019)

Blending cultural awareness with a sci-fi-laced narrative bedrock, The Obituary of Tunde Johnson follows the titular character (portrayed by Steven Silver), a gay Nigerian-American man. Out driving, Tunde is pulled over by a disgruntled police officer who pulls his weapon and ends Tunde’s life. Immediately after the trigger is pulled, Tunde awakens, finding himself trapped in a time loop with his inevitable death facing him repeatedly. Leaning on the big trope of such memorable hits as Groundhog DayThe Obituary of Tunde Johnson pushes the typical light footing of the time loop sub-genre aside in favor of a more character-driven approach, a feat more than accomplished by director Ali LeRoi and Steven Silver’s grounded approach to the lead role.

Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Genre: Drama, Gay & Lesbian, Mystery & Thriller
Stars: Steven Silver, Spencer Neville, Nicola Peltz
Director: Ali LeRoi
Rating: R
Runtime: 104 minutes

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The Donut King

The Donut King (2020)

When Cambodian refugee Ted Ngoy secured work as a janitor and gas station clerk in Tustin, California, the man would never know that he was on the cusp of an immense legacy. Taking note of a local doughnut shop and inquiring about the business, Ngoy ended up receiving training through an affirmative action initiative, eventually finding his way into doughnut shop management. An ambitious documentary from Alice Gu, The Donut King tells the story of Ngoy’s rise into the California doughnut empire, told through the inspiringly upbeat personas of Ted Ngoy and his family.

Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Genre: Documentary
Stars: Ted Ngoy
Director: Alice Gu
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 90 minutes

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The Vigil

The Vigil (2019)

In writer-director Keith Thomas’s The Vigil, Dave Davis stars as Yakov Ronen, a displaced Orthodox Jew residing in the Hasidic Borough Park area of New York. After accepting an offer from his former rabbi to be the overnight guardian of a deceased community member, a horrific entity begins haunting Yakov. Combining traditional Jewish folk influences and the glories of shoestring filmmaking, Thomas succeeds in building a dread-laden atmosphere with earnest performances, close-quarters cinematography, and clever storytelling.

Rotten Tomatoes: 90%
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Stars: Dave Davis, Fred Melamed, Lynn Cohen
Director: Keith Thomas
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 90 minutes

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Robot & Frank

Robot & Frank (2012)

In Robot & Frank, Frank Langella stars as Frank, an age-addled dementia patient. When Frank’s son Hunter employs the services of an android to help care for his father, an initially resistant Frank soon warms up to the robot’s presence — specifically because the cyborg can’t differentiate between what’s moral and what’s not. Thus, Frank, an ex-thief, begins using the robot to carry out local burglaries. A smart story about technological advancements, family ties, elderly care, and past lives, Robot & Frank is a whipsmart sci-fi/comedy amalgam and fitting addition to Hulu’s library.

Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Stars: Frank Langella, Peter Sarsgaard, Susan Sarandon
Director: Jake Schreier
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 90 minutes

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Saint Maud

Saint Maud (2019)

Set in a coastal community in England, Saint Maud stars Morfydd Clark as the titular Maud, a born-again Roman Catholic and on-call nurse. When Maud’s agency assigns her to care for an ailing dancer and cancer patient named Amanda (Jennifer Ehle), Maud uses the opportunity to bestow her newfound faith-healing practices on the sick woman. Initially receptive to Maud’s benevolence, Amanda’s attitude turns, leaving Maud embittered. With no one to share her religious dogma with, Maud gradually sinks into an inner world of disorienting madness while disturbing events from her past begin to resurface through visions and visits from an old friend. A magnificent debut from writer-director Rose Glass, Saint Maud is a mesmerizing slow-burn piece of body horror and a stellar vehicle for the talents of Morfydd Clark.

Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Genre: Horror
Stars: Morfydd Clark, Jennifer Ehle, Lily Frazer
Director: Rose Glass
Rating: R
Runtime: 84 minutes

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Wander Darkly

Wander Darkly (2020)

After a traumatic incident, Adrienna and Matteo (Sienna Miller and Diego Luna), a struggling young couple, are sent to the hospital. Confined to rehabilitative quarters, the once-happy pair are transported to an otherworldly realm of surreal memories. While each of them is forced to confront the hazy beginnings of their fizzling romance, their out-of-body paths will cross in bizarre and unexpected ways. Visually, Wander Darkly lives in an elevated plane of awareness, but the emotionally laden performances of both Miller and Luna help to anchor the film in a grounded and often relatable reality.

Rotten Tomatoes: 75%
Genre: Drama
Stars: Sienna Miller, Diego Luna, Vanessa Bayer
Director: Tara Miele
Rating: R
Runtime: 97 minutes

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Skyfall (2012)

In director Sam Mendes’ Skyfall, Daniel Craig returns for his third go with the James Bond character. A sequel to 2008’s Quantum of Solace, Skyfall begins with a tumultuous action set piece that kicks the film off with pure energy. When Patrice, a mercenary in possession of MI6 secrets, is cornered by Bond and Eve Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) in Istanbul … aboard a moving train. When the altercation goes haywire, the fate of every MI6 agent is jeopardized as a former operative-turned-terrorist named Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem) closes in. Skyfall sets the bar for high-octane action thrills, featuring mesmerizing cinematography, editing, sound design, along with commanding performances from the main ensemble. It’s one of the best Bond flicks ever made and a grand success of a major Hollywood blockbuster, earning over $1 billion in worldwide receipts against a $200 million budget.

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Genre: Action, Mystery and Thriller, Adventure
Stars: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench
Director: Sam Mendes
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 143 minutes

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Luce (2019)

Based on the J.C. Lee play of the same name, Luce stars Kelvin Harrison Jr. as the titular Luce, an American teen adopted from Eritrea by Peter and Amy Edgar (Tim Roth and Naomi Watts). When Luce’s history teacher, Harriet Carter (Octavia Spencer), calls a meeting with Luce’s parents after the youth turns in an essay with violent implications, the idyllic family of three are forced to question their parenting, family dynamic, and overall marriage. A riveting examination of racial bias, powered by intense performances from the main ensemble, Luce plays like a character-driven theater experience, paying fine homage to the story’s roots in live theater.

Rotten Tomatoes: 90%
Genre: Drama
Stars: Naomi Watts, Kelvin Harrison, Jr., Octavia Spencer,
Director: Julius Onah
Rating: R
Runtime: 109 minutes

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Flight (2012)

Airline pilot Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) can’t seem to shake his vices, booze-addled habits that are given surprise center-staging when his aircraft malfunctions midflight. Successfully pulling off a desperate emergency landing, Whip falls unconscious, awakening later in a hospital. Commended for his heroism, investigative authorities begin to unearth Whip’s drinking habits, forcing the addict to reckon with his professional and personal life choices. Featuring a mighty lead performance from Washington and a pulse-pounding first act, much of what works about Flight is its insistence on spending time with its subjects. Zemeckis’ camera tends to linger on difficult conversations; thus, so do we.

Rotten Tomatoes: 77%
Genre: Music, Drama, Comedy
Stars: Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Kelly Reilly
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Rating: R
Runtime: 138 minutes

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Another Round

Another Round (2020)

With an original Danish title of Druk (“binge drinking”), co-writer and director Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round follows a group of four high school teachers with a wild plan. Facing unenthused students, trouble at home, and other midlife hardships, the foursome agrees to test the theories of psychiatrist Finn Skårderud in the workplace. More specifically, the colleagues want to see if maintaining a constant blood-alcohol level of 0.5 will improve their creativity and overall mood. Truly more than another midlife boozer flick, Another Round sees Mads Mikkelsen in top form as Martin, the de facto onscreen leader who attempts to gain more out of his day-to-day through mild intoxication. It’s funny, at times dark, and tactfully hard-hitting.

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Lars Ranthe
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Rating: NR
Runtime: 115 minutes

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Super Dark Times

Super Dark Times (2017)

Zach (Owen Campbell) and Josh (Charlie Tahan) are lifelong pals who spend their days riding bikes, rating girls in their yearbook, and sneaking a little pot-smoking in now and then. Little do they know that their lives are about to change forever, all on one fateful afternoon. When a horrific tragedy shatters their innocence, Zach and Josh are forced to make profound adult decisions that will affect the trajectory of their lives and test the foundations of their friendship. An exciting indie debut from director Kevin Phillips, Super Dark Times leads with strong performances, captivating camera work, snappy editing, and a mood-setting score by Australian/Icelandic composer Ben Foster.

Rotten Tomatoes: 90%
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Thriller
Stars: Owen Campbell, Charlie Tahan, Elizabeth Cappuccino
Director: Kevin Phillips
Rating: NR
Runtime: 102 minutes

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Logan Lucky

Logan Lucky (2017)

Brothers Jimmy and Clyde Logan (Channing Tatum and Adam Driver) are down-on-their-luck siblings — one a laid-off construction worker, the other an amputee war vet tending bar. Hoping to break a supposed family curse and reap the reward of millions of dollars, the brothers recruit a hodge-podge ensemble of two-bit criminals to break into the underground tunnels of the Charlotte Motor Speedway. But when things don’t go as planned, the brothers and their team must contend with an FBI agent on their tail, while attempting to pull off a heist during a major race. Coming out of retirement to direct, Steven Soderbergh delivers big with Logan Lucky, a mighty amalgamation of comedy, drama, and high-stakes thrills.

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Genre: Drama, Crime, Comedy
Stars: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Riley Keough
Director: Kevin Phillips
Rating: NR
Runtime: 102 minutes

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Girl (2020)

In Girl, Bella Thorne stars as the unnamed titular character. Hellbent on revenge, Girl is taking a bus to her small hometown in Ontario, Canada. Her goal? To murder her abusive father. Her weapon? An ax that he gave her years ago. When Girl arrives, though, her simple revenge plot quickly unwinds into something far more sinister when she realizes that a group of like-minded locals may have beat her to the punch, stripping Girl of her much-desired vengeance. A gritty and contemporary noir meets B-movie suspense, Girl is a raw and ruthless film that gives Bella Thorne center stage.

Rotten Tomatoes: 61%
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Stars: Bella Thorne, Mickey Rourke, Chad Faust
Director: Chad Faust
Rating: N/A
Runtime: 92 minutes

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Ammonite (2020)

In Ammonite, writer-director Francis Lee brings us a searing romantic drama that gains new heights from the intimately human performances from its two leads — Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan. Set in 1840s England, Winslet plays Mary Anning, a struggling fossil hunter who sells off her local finds to traveling tourists to support herself and her ill mother. When a wealthy but amateur fossil scout (James McArdle) enters the picture, the man asks Mary to care for his recovering wife, Charlotte (Saoirse Ronan), while he’s away on an expedition. Agreeing to the offer, Mary and Charlotte begin spending time together, forming a passionate relationship that begins two social classes apart and quickly becomes more than just routine caretaking. An exquisite arthouse offering, Francis Lee delivers a brilliantly subdued period drama with Ammonite, a fitting follow-up to her last film, In God’s Country.

Rotten Tomatoes: 69%
Genre: Drama, Romance, Gay & Lesbian
Stars: Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan, Fiona Shaw
Director: Francis Lee
Rating: R
Runtime: 120 minutes

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The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019)

A modern Mark Twain adventure for the ages, The Peanut Butter Falcon stars Zack Gottsagen as Zak, a 22-year-old man with Down syndrome. After escaping from his assisted living facility, Zak plans to run away to the wrestling school of the Saltwater Redneck (Thomas Haden Church). Along the way, Zak runs into Tyler (Shia LaBeouf), a recently fired fisherman. Forming a friendship, the two men build a raft and hit the water, rowing their way to the Saltwater Redneck’s training facility. An endearing buddy film that delights and surprises at every turn, The Peanut Butter Falcon is the feature film debut of the writer-director duo, Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz, and a sleeper hit — grossing over $23 million against a modest $6 million budget.

Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Adventure
Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, Zack Gottsagen
Director: Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 96 minutes

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WeWork: or The Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn (2021)

Started in 2010 by Adam Neumann, Miguel McKelvey, and Adam’s spouse, Rebekah Neumann, WeWork was established as a commercial real estate company with a focus on shared workspaces. In director Jed Rothstein’s documentary, the creative team dissects the rise and fall of the Neumann empire, with an emphasis placed on Adam Neumann’s exploits as a corporate leader. Talking heads include industry experts, journalists, and former WeWork higher-ups. Offering an entrancing look at the hypnotic pull of Neumann’s startup, the doc succeeds the most at providing a humanistic vantage to Adam’s vision of a greater workplace, an ideology that many investors and WeWork staffers bought into and believed in.

Rotten Tomatoes: 80%
Genre: Documentary
Stars: Adam Neumann, Jed Rothstein
Director: Jed Rothstein
Rating: NA
Runtime: 104 minutes

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Hunter Hunter

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

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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

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Missing Link

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

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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. 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

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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

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The Social Network

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

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Gretel and Hansel

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

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Sonic the Hedgehog

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

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Frances McDormand in Nomadland

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

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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 ofThrones‘ 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

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Janelle Monáe in Antebellum

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

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You're Next

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

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Andrea Riseborough in Possessor

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

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Hell or High Water

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
Rating: R
Runtime: 102 minutes

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The Cast of American Animals

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

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David Arquette in You Cannot Kill David Arquette

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

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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

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God's Own Country

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 (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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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 (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 (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 (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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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)

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