No matter what kind of movie you’re looking for, you can find it on Netflix. The streaming service offers subscribers a library filled with critical darlings, cult favorites, and original films you won’t find anywhere else. Of course, with so many movies to choose from, it can be tough to decide which one to watch next. That’s why we searched through the entire Netflix library and put together this list of the best movies available on Netflix right now.

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Stardust (2007)

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77%

66%

7.6/10

Genre Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Family

Stars Claire Danes, Charlie Cox, Michelle Pfeiffer

Directed by Matthew Vaughn

pg-13 128m

Claire Danes and Charlie Cox star in this fantasy film based on Neil Gaiman’s 1999 novel of the same name. The film follows Tristan (Cox), a young man on a quest to retrieve a fallen star for his beloved, only to discover that the star has taken the shape of a peculiar, beautiful woman named Yvaine (Danes). Their adventure together has them cross paths with a colorful collection of allies and enemies, including a sinister witch played by Michelle Pfeiffer, a ruthless prince played by Mark Strong, and a pirate captain played by Robert De Niro who is more than he appears.

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Yes, God, Yes (2020) new

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93%

71%

6.1/10

Genre Comedy

Stars Natalia Dyer, Alisha Boe, Francesca Reale

Directed by Karen Maine

r 78m

Stranger Things alum Natalia Dyer stars in writer-director Karen Maine’s Yes, God, Yes, a coming-of-age take on religious repression and burgeoning sexuality. Alice (Dyer) and her friend Laura (Francesca Reale) decide to attend their Catholic school’s annual Kirkos retreat. On their pilgrimage, Alice inadvertently enters into a promiscuous AOL chat when she tries to look up a particular sex act. This puts into place a daisy chain of rumors among Alice’s peers, with Alice’s genuine innocence and curiosity put uncomfortably in the middle. Based on her 2017 short film of the same name, Maine’s Yes, God, Yes is a nuanced and mature story of one teenager trying to wade her way through the stigma of sex, featuring a powerful lead performance from Dyer.

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The Social Dilemma (2020)

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86%

78%

7.6/10

Genre Documentary, Drama

Stars Tristan Harris

Directed by Jeff Orlowski

pg-13 94m

Director Jeff Orlowski’s The Social Dilemma is an eye-opening docudrama that puts big tech like Google, Facebook, and Instagram under the microscope. Various talking heads (many ex-employees of big tech) weigh in on social media’s harmful implications — from algorithmic data mining to mental health detriments. The more one watches Orlowski’s film, the more questions one begins asking about their own social media exposure. The Social Dilemma doesn’t stray from its intent, leaving us with all kinds of things to think about (particularly our own social media accounts) once the credits roll.

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Malcolm X (1992)

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89%

73%

7.7/10

Genre Biography, Drama, History

Stars Denzel Washington

Directed by Spike Lee

pg-13 201m

Denzel Washington portrays African American activist and community leader Malcolm X in this biographical film co-written and directed by Spike Lee, and offers up one of the actor’s most brilliant performances to date. Lee’s film covers a wide span of Malcolm X’s life, from his early years and troubled childhood, his experiences as a criminal and prisoner, and on through his conversion to Islam and his shifting perspectives on both the Nation of Islam and white nationalism in the years leading up to his 1965 assassination. The screenplay is inspired by Alex Haley’s groundbreaking 1965 book, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, which he collaborated on with Malcolm X before his murder. Angela Bassett, Albert Hall, Al Freeman Jr., and Delroy Lindo play supporting roles in the film, which offers a powerful peek at a pivotal time in American history and one of the period’s most influential figures.

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Zodiac (2007)

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89%

78%

7.7/10

Genre Crime, Drama, Mystery

Stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr.

Directed by David Fincher

r 157m

David Fincher directed this thriller that chronicles the manhunt surrounding the infamous Zodiac Killer, who terrorized San Francisco during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The film is based on the book of the same name by Robert Graysmith, whose own investigation of the murderer while working as a political cartoonist for the San Francisco Chronicle turned into an obsession and led him down some increasingly dark — and possibly deadly — paths. Jake Gyllenhaal portrays Graysmith, and is joined in the cast by Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr., as well as Chloë Sevigny, Brian Cox, and other acclaimed actors in supporting roles. Praised for its writing and innovative filmmaking techniques, Zodiac was named one of the best films of the 21st century in a BBC critics’ poll.

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The Hateful Eight (2015)

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74%

68%

7.8/10

Genre Western, Crime, Drama

Stars Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins

Directed by Quentin Tarantino

r 168m

The year is 1877. When a blizzard rips through the mountain passes of Wyoming, a band of weary stagecoach travelers decides to hole up at Minnie’s Haberdashery. The pilgrims include bounty hunters John Ruth and Major Marquis Warren (Kurt Russell and Samuel L. Jackson, respectively); Ruth’s bounty, Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh), on her way to the noose; a Confederate loudmouth (Walton Goggins); and their stagecoach driver (James Parks). No one trusts the others, an issue only exacerbated when Minnie’s turns out to be occupied by several other stormbound folks. When personalities begin to clash, the eight occupants start picking sides and losing their minds. Quentin Tarantino’s eighth film features a stellar cast, impressive visuals, and plenty of iconic Tarantino dialogue.

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Labyrinth (1986)

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73%

50%

7.4/10

Genre Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Stars David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly

Directed by Jim Henson

pg 101m

Jim Henson directed this dark, musical fantasy that famously cast David Bowie as the spandex-clad Goblin King, Jareth, whose efforts to steal away human children are challenged by a teenage girl who accidentally wished for her infant sibling to disappear. In one of her earliest roles, Jennifer Connelly portrays 16-year-old Sarah, who must navigate a massive maze in a dangerous, magical world filled with strange creatures in order to rescue her brother. Another great example of the brilliant work of Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, which brought many of the magical world’s inhabitants to life, Labyrinth remains a touchstone film for generations of fantasy fans.

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House Party (1990)

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93%

76%

6.5/10

Genre Comedy, Music, Romance

Stars Christopher Reid, Christopher Martin

Directed by Reginald Hudlin

r 100m

The spirit of the ’90s is alive and well in this musical, R-rated comedy starring Christopher “Kid” Reid and Christopher “Play” Martin — better known as iconic hip hop duo Kid ‘n Play — which was written and directed by Reginald Hudlin and featured a long list of Black actors and musicians both well-established and early in their careers. The film follows Kid (Reid) as he attempts to sneak out of the office and evade his father, school bullies, racist police officers, and all manner of other threats in order to attend the party of the year at his best friend Play’s house. Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell, and a long list of other future stars play key roles in the film (along with cameos from George Clinton and other musicians), which was based on a student film Hudlin created while attending Harvard University. The film was so popular that it inspired multiple sequels, but none of the follow-ups quite matched the joy of the original, which turned Kid ‘n Play into bona fide big-screen actors in addition to their musical achievements.

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Army of the Dead (2021)

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67%

57%

5.8/10

Genre Action, Horror

Stars Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana de la Reguera, Matthias Schweighöfer

Directed by Zack Snyder

r 148m

Nearly two decades after Zack Snyder first tackled the zombie genre with his Dawn of the Dead remake, the Justice League filmmaker returns with yet another adventure set amid legions of the undead. This time around, Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) portrays a former war hero recruited to lead a mission deep into Las Vegas — now a walled-off city infested with flesh-hungry zombies. The ensemble cast is filled out with a host of familiar faces, including Garret Dillahunt, Tig Notaro, Theo Rossi, Ella Purnell, and Omari Hardwick, among others.

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Jaws (1975)

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98%

87%

8.0/10

Genre Adventure, Thriller

Stars Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw

Directed by Steven Spielberg

pg 124m

Steven Spielberg’s groundbreaking 1975 thriller made generations of movie audiences afraid to go in the water with its tale of a man-eating great white shark that terrorizes tourists and residents around a New England resort town. The film casts Roy Scheider as the local police chief who recruits a marine biologist played by Richard Dreyfuss and a salty sea captain played by Robert Shaw to hunt down the killer shark. Not only does the film feature groundbreaking practical effects that still hold up more four decades later, John Williams’ brilliantly simple score for the film remains one of the most iconic — and simple — pieces of movie music to this day. There’s a reason Jaws was one of the first big summer blockbusters, and despite a series of lackluster sequels and spinoffs in the years that followed, it remains as captivating and terrifying today as it was years ago.

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Legally Blonde (2001)

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70%

59%

6.3/10

Genre Comedy, Romance

Stars Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair

Directed by Robert Luketic

pg-13 96m

Reese Witherspoon stars in this 2001 comedy about a sorority girl who attempts to win back her boyfriend by enrolling in Harvard Law School and ends up battling bias and misogyny en route to becoming a successful lawyer. The film is based on Amanda Brown’s 2001 novel of the same name, and much like its eternally self-confident protagonist, the film might seem easy to dismiss on the surface but actually delivers its message with a surprising amount of nuance and self-aware wit. Both Witherspoon and the film itself received Golden Globe Award nominations, and the movie went on to spawn not just a pair of sequels but also a hit Broadway musical.

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Stargate (1994)

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53%

42%

7.1/10

Genre Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Stars Kurt Russell, James Spader, Jaye Davidson

Directed by Roland Emmerich

pg-13 116m

Kurt Russell and James Spader star in this clever, entertaining sci-fi adventure as a pair of explorers tasked with venturing through a mysterious portal discovered in Egyptian ruins. Russell plays Colonel Jack O’Neil, while James Spader portrays the scientist whose theories regarding alien intervention in ancient Egypt just might prove true after all. Although the film failed to win over critics, it did earn a loyal fan following that supported not one but multiple spinoff series that spanned multiple seasons and expanded the Stargate universe exponentially.

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Misha and the Wolves (2021)

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81%

61%

6.8/10

Genre Documentary

Directed by Sam Hobkinson

pg-13 90m

Move over, Tiger King, Netflix has another wild documentary you need to see to believe. The film chronicles the far-reaching investigation that took place after the publication of Misha Defonseca’s widely circulated 1997 memoir Misha: A Mémoire of the Holocaust Years, in which the author describes her experiences as a young Holocaust survivor who was raised by wolves while searching Europe for her parents. It’s best not knowing any of the twists and turns the story takes ahead of time, so just sit back and let this true, stranger-than-fiction story unfold. You won’t be disappointed.

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I Care a Lot (2020)

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78%

66%

6.3/10

Genre Drama, Comedy, Thriller

Stars Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage

Directed by J Blakeson

r 118m

Rosamund Pike portrays a diabolical con artist who poses as the legal guardian for elderly people in order to seize their assets in this dark, satirical thriller. Her highly profitable scam takes a dangerous turn when her latest victim turns out to be the mother of a powerful mob boss, leading to a deadly battle of wills between Pike’s character and a ruthless criminal kingpin played by Peter Dinklage. Eiza González and Dianne Wiest play supporting roles in the film, which earned praise from critics and led to Pike taking home a Golden Globe Award for her performance.

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The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf (2021)

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100%

58%

7.6/10

Genre Action, Fantasy

Directed by Kwang-Il Han

Cast Theo James, Lara Pulver, Graham McTavish

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A prequel to the live-action The Witcher series, Nightmare of the Wolf follows a brash monster hunter whose investigation leads to a pivotal moment in the timeline of the show’s dark fantasy world. The film is animated by the same studio responsible for hit shows The Legend of Korra, Voltron: Legendary Defender, and Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts, so it’s no surprise how beautiful it looks, but unlike those kid-friendly series, Nightmare of the Wolf is a brutal, bloody adventure aimed at the same audience as The Witcher. Theo James, Lara Pulver, and Graham McTavish are among the notable actors lending their voices to the film’s cast.

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Untold: Crime and Penalties (2021)

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7.4/10

Genre Documentary, Sports

Directed by Chapman Way, Maclain Way

Cast Jimmy Galante, AJ Galante

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What happens when a waste-removal tycoon with mob ties decides to buy a minor league hockey team and make his teenage son the general manager and president? That question was answered when Jimmy Galante brought the Danbury Trashers to his Connecticut hometown in 2004 and had his 17-year-old son, A.J., run the UHL expansion team for two wild, brawl-filled seasons — a run that eventually led to a massive FBI bust that sent the elder Galante to prison and forced the team to disband. Part Slapshot, part The Sopranos (Galante was rumored to be the real-world inspiration for Tony Soprano, after all), the outrageous story of the Trashers is almost too crazy to believe, but the documentary is packed with interviews and archival footage — including ESPN broadcasts from the Trashers’ brief run — that hammers home how real this crazy sports saga was.

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Good Time (2017)

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92%

80%

7.4/10

Genre Adventure, Action, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Thriller

Stars Robert Pattinson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Benny Safdie

Directed by Josh & Benny Safdie

r 101m

Josh and Ben Safdie, the writer/director duo behind 2019’s Uncut Gems, have a penchant for producing electric crime thrillers — a calling first realized with their 2017 film, Good Time. Our story follows Connie (Robert Pattinson) and Nick (Ben Safdie), two brothers who attempt to rob a New York City bank together. When their plan goes awry and Nick is arrested, Connie will do whatever it takes to free his brother before the authorities come crashing down on him, too. Good Time is a ceaseless NYC thrill ride with a firm foot on the gas, never once letting up on the adrenaline and chaos.

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Mank (2020)

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83%

79%

6.9/10

Genre Drama, Biography, History

Stars Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins

Directed by David Fincher

r 131m

In this photographic gem of a Hollywood retrospective, director David Fincher delivers a finely layered drama about the writing of a Golden Age masterpiece. The writer in question is Herman J. Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman). The film he’s writing, commissioned by Orson Welles (Tom Burke), is Citizen Kane. Mank‘s narrative shifts back and forth from the 1930s to the 1940s, chronicling the turbulent life of its title character throughout his development of the screenplay. Mank was written by the late Jack Fincher, the director’s father, and features amazing performances from its rich ensemble cast. It’s a great watch for cinephiles and casual viewers alike and a dazzling and authentic take on La La Land’s heyday.

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Ravenous (2017)

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88%

5.8/10

Genre Horror

Directed by Robin Aubert

Cast Marc-Andre Grondin, Monia Chokri

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Ravenous (originally titled Les Affamés) begins after a mysterious plague has annihilated much of Quebec, turning its victims into shrieking, flesh-eating monsters. The story follows various survivors who eventually band together to fight back the horde, but despite the familiar plot, this isn’t a typical zombie movie; it is a deliberately paced, eerily beautiful horror movie. The protagonist is a man named Bonin (Marc-Andre Grondin), who wanders the countryside, finding other survivors and slaying zombies. As the group grows, the film gives each character proper development, so they feel fully fleshed out, unlike the stock survivors of many a zombie film. While the film has its gory moments, Ravenous frequently employs an atmosphere of dread built through uncanny imagery, such as when the zombies congregate before a shrine made of furniture.

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Django Unchained (2012)

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87%

81%

8.4/10

Genre Western, Drama, Action

Stars Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio

Directed by Quentin Tarantino

r 165m

In Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, the barrage of spaghetti-western bullets is never-ending. When Django (Jamie Foxx) is rescued from enslavement by the mysterious Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), the unlikely duo forms a partnership. Django agrees to help Schultz track down bounties. In return, Schultz will help Django locate his wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington). After some winter bounty hunts, Django and Schultz track Broomhilda to the plantation of a notorious slaver named Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). He’s a charismatic host, but cunning like no other, and it’s not long before Candie and his cohorts begin sniffing out Django’s true intentions. Big, bold, and bloody, Django Unchained is Tarantino’s second collaboration with actor Christoph Waltz and the first with the late composer, Ennio Morricone.

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The Beguiled (2017)

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79%

77%

6.3/10

Genre Drama, Thriller

Stars Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning

Directed by Sofia Coppola

r 94m

The tension just keeps getting higher in this Civil War-era drama from filmmaker Sofia Coppola, based on Thomas P. Cullinan’s novel of the same name. Colin Farrell portrays a Union soldier who’s forced to take refuge in a Southern boarding school for women, only to have his presence there upset the institution’s delicate balance of power. Sexual tension and dark secrets flame the fires of drama, pitting the women against each other while a terrible war rages outside the school’s doors.

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The Old Guard (2020)

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81%

70%

6.7/10

Genre Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Stars Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Chiwetel Ejiofor

Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood

r 125m

Netflix goes superhero in this action-packed flick about a secret organization of immortals that has protected the Earth from extinction for centuries. But when they are set up on an emergency mission, their powers are mistakenly exposed to the world. Now they must work together to ensure none of the various powerful competing interests can control them for personal or monetary gain.

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Do the Right Thing (1989)

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93%

93%

8.0/10

Genre Comedy, Drama

Stars Spike Lee, Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Giancarlo Esposito, Bill Nunn, John Turturro

Directed by Spike Lee

r 120m

Often found on lists of the greatest movies ever made, Spike Lee’s 1989 drama unfolds during one of the hottest days of the year in a Brooklyn neighborhood where racial tension has reached a boiling point. An Italian-American pizzeria owned by Sal (Danny Aiello) becomes the focal point for drama in the film, which has Lee’s character delivering pizzas throughout the neighborhood while navigating the complicated relationships around every corner. The film earned a pair of Academy Award nominations and remains a critically acclaimed work of cinema decades after it first hit theaters.

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There Will Be Blood (2007)

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91%

93%

8.2/10

Genre Drama

Stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Kevin J. O' Connor

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

r 158m

Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood is a grim character study of one Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis), a burgeoning oil tycoon in early 20th-century California. Daniel is the type of man who would sell his soul to make a buck, which makes the arrival of Paul Sunday (Paul Dano) all the more serendipitous. The boy claims there is oil on his family’s property, and he’ll tell Daniel where it is for cash. The pair transact, and Daniel journeys to the town of Little Boston with his son H.W. (Dillon Freasier) to try and purchase the Sunday Ranch for drilling. What’s waiting for Daniel is a dastardly foe and his family’s cursed land. Or is Plainview the curse himself? There Will Be Blood is a two-hour-plus descent into a hell of business meets faith, featuring an Oscar-winning lead performance from Daniel Day-Lewis.

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Nocturnal Animals (2016)

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73%

67%

7.5/10

Genre Mystery, Drama, Crime, Thriller

Stars Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhall, Michael Shannon

Directed by Tom Ford

r 116m

In Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals, Amy Adams is Susan Morrow, a successful Los Angeles art gallery owner. One morning, Susan receives a manuscript for her ex-husband Edward’s (Jake Gyllenhall) latest novel, entitled Nocturnal Animals, along with an invitation to meet for dinner. As Susan begins paging through the manuscript, a macabre tale of backcountry crime unfolds onscreen. Seamlessly combining three narrative threads (present-day, Edward’s novel, and Susan and Edward’s past), Nocturnal Animals lives in a bizarre and uncompromising world where fiction informs the real, and vice versa. Led by amazing performances from its key cast, this is one you don’t want to pass on.

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Enola Holmes (2020)

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91%

68%

6.6/10

Genre Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Stars Millie Bobby Brown, Helena Bonham Carter, Henry Cavill

Directed by Harry Bradbeer

pg-13 92m

So, you thought Sherlock Holmes was played out? Well, you thought wrong because you didn’t know he had a little sister. Millie Bobby Brown shines as the title character in this action-packed, fun-filled twist on the classic Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories. When her mother turns up mysteriously missing, teenage Enola Holmes hits the trail to find her — something her more famous brother is simply too preoccupied to do. As she sniffs out clues, Enola discovers she might just have as much as, or even more of, a knack for this sleuthing thing than her brother, slowly uncovering a dangerous conspiracy that threatens to rattle the English aristocracy.

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A Ghost Story (2017)

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91%

84%

6.9/10

Genre Drama, Romance, Fantasy

Stars Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Will Oldham

Directed by David Lowery

r 92m

In the wake of a fatal car crash, C (Casey Affleck) returns to the earth as a white-sheeted phantom. After a spiritual pilgrimage back to the suburban ranch he shared with M (Rooney Mara), C’s spirit begins to haunt the home. Time seeps away as minutes, months, and years pass. M grieves, new families come and go, but the house (and the ghost) remain. Director David Lowery shot the project in relative secrecy, using the same VFX crew that lent their talents to Lowery’s Disney-financed remake of Pete’s Dragon. A cinematic experience like no other, A Ghost Story explores love, life, and loss in ways seldom seen onscreen.

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Bad Trip (2021)

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77%

61%

6.6/10

Genre Comedy

Stars Eric André, Lil Rel Howery, Tiffany Haddish

Directed by Kitao Sakurai

r 84m

Eric André and Lil Rel Howery headline this hidden-camera prank film that has them playing two friends, Chris and Bud, who embark on an ill-fated road trip so Chris can tell his high school sweetheart he loves her. As they stumble from one ridiculous scenario to another, they’re pursued by Bud’s convict sister (Tiffany Haddish), whose car they stole for the trip. Raunchy, shocking, and relentlessly funny, the film blends scripted scenes with wild hidden-camera pranks and its duo’s signature comedy for a film that’s all about the journey, not the destination.

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The Devil All the Time (2020)

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64%

55%

7.1/10

Genre Crime, Drama, Thriller

Stars Robert Pattinson, Tom Holland, Sebastian Stan, Bill Skarsgård

Directed by Antonio Campos

r 138m

Written and directed by Antonio Campos, The Devil All the Time is American Gothic at its most perverse. Set in rural southern Ohio and West Virginia after World War II, the story follows Arvin Russell (Tom Holland), a young man who is determined to protect his loved ones against the corruption and violence that plagues his town. From complete strangers to the most powerful institutions in the area, brutality is pervasive as everyone seeks desperately to assert their own small bits of power in a broken — but recovering — world. Things aren’t getting better for everyone, however, and The Devil All the Time takes its time exploring the generational trauma and cold truths that inhabit this sinister town.

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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

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89%

79%

7.3/10

Genre Comedy, Drama, Musical

Stars Liam Neeson, James Franco, Tim Blake Nelson

Directed by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

r 133m

What’s better than a new Western from the Coen brothers? How about six? The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a sextet of short films, all set in the Wild West. They follow different characters through wild plots that explore the themes of human depravity and cosmic justice (or injustice) that recur so often in the Coens’ works. The stories and protagonists vary wildly. The eponymous sequence follows Buster Scruggs (Tim Blake Nelson), a sharpshooting, guitar-slinging cowboy roaming the West and singing of his adventures. In another, a lonely prospector (Tom Waits) digs for his fortune. The stories in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs fall on the surreal end of the Coen spectrum — they’re somewhat comical, occasionally brutal folk tales that don’t always leave the viewer feeling they’ve learned a lesson. Here’s our list of the best comedies on Netflix to browse if you’re looking for more in this genre.

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Vivo (2021)

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86%

65%

6.8/10

Genre Animation, Musical, Family

Stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ynairaly Simo, Zoe Saldana, Juan de Marcos González, Gloria Estefan

Directed by Kirk DeMicco

pg 98m

The first musical animated feature from Sony Pictures Animation, Vivo follows a musically gifted kinkajou — a long-tailed, raccoon-like mammal usually found in tropical regions — as he embarks on a journey from Havana, Cuba, to Miami, Florida, in order to bring a message of love to his guardian’s former partner. Hamilton and In the Heights mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda created the songs for the film and voices Vivo the kinkajou, with Ynairaly Simo voicing Gabi Hernández, the young girl who helps Vivo on his quest. A long list of popular Cuban musicians and performers — including Gloria Estefan — fill out the film’s cast and contribute to a musical score rooted in the region’s history and culture.

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Fear Street Part One: 1994 (2021)

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83%

67%

6.2/10

Genre Horror

Stars Kiana Madeira, Olivia Scott Welch, Benjamin Flores Jr., Julia Rehwald, Fred Hechinger

Directed by Leigh Janiak

r 105m

This retro slasher feature based on R.L. Stine’s book series of the same name follows a group of teenagers in fictional Shadyside, Ohio, who find themselves terrorized by a supernatural killer with a link to the town’s dark history. Dripping with ’90s nostalgia and plenty of blood, the movie is the first installment of a trilogy that explores Shadyside’s deadly reputation as the murder capital of the country, with each chapter unfolding in a different era. Kiana Madeira, Olivia Scott Welch, Benjamin Flores Jr., Julia Rehwald, and Fred Hechinger star in the terrifying tale.

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Midnight Run (1988)

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94%

78%

7.5/10

Genre Action, Comedy

Stars Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin

Directed by Martin Brest

r 122m

Robert De Niro plays a bounty hunter tasked with bringing in a shifty accountant portrayed by Charles Grodin in this classic comedy directed by Beverly Hills Cop filmmaker Martin Brest. Dubbed “the Casablanca of buddy comedies” by Rolling Stone, the film was a surprise hit based on the memorable chemistry between De Niro and Grodin, whose characters must deal with one setback after another on their cross-country journey, as well as corrupt cops, overzealous FBI agents, mafia hitmen, and a host of other threats. Nominated as one of the year’s best films at the 46th Golden Globe Awards, Midnight Run remains a truly underappreciated gem of ’80s cinema featuring two actors who bring the best out of each other’s performances.

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Over the Moon (2020)

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81%

60%

6.4/10

Genre Adventure, Musical, Fantasy, Comedy, Kids And Family, Animation

Stars John Cho, Sandra Oh, Ken Jeong

Directed by Glen Keane

pg 100m

Fei Fei (Cathy Ang), grieving the loss of her mother, clings to a legend about a moon goddess named Chang’e. Much to the dismay of her father and his new family, the girl aims to prove that the goddess does indeed exist. To do so, she begins work on a rocket that will take her to the moon to prove Chang’e’s existence. Filled with heart and mesmerizing animation, Over the Moon often looks and feels like your standard Disney epic, but the familiar structure and dazzling music are enough to keep everyone glued to the screen.

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Fruitvale Station (2013)

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94%

85%

7.5/10

Genre Drama

Stars Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Kevin Durand, Chad Michael Murray

Directed by Ryan Coogler

r 85m

Before he was one of Marvel Studios’ most celebrated filmmakers, Black Panther director Ryan Coogler wrote and directed this 2013 biographical film that cast Michael B. Jordan as Oscar Grant, who was murdered by police officer Johannes Mehserle in 2009 while traveling on the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system in Oakland, California. The film chronicles the events of Grant’s day leading up to his fatal encounter with BART officers that was caught on video and ignited months of protests that — after similar incidents were recorded in the years that followed — would eventually coalesce into the Black Lives Matter movement for racial justice. A powerful, personal film that puts a face on one of the many victims of deadly police misconduct in recent years, Fruitvale Station launched Coogler’s career and earned a long list of awards for both its director and star while bringing wider attention to Grant’s story.

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His House (2020)

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100%

72%

6.5/10

Genre Mystery, Thriller, Horror

Stars Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù, Wunmi Mosaku, Matt Smith

Directed by Remi Weekes

r 93m

After suffering a major tragedy on their pilgrimage from South Sudan to the U.K., Bol (Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù) and Rial (Wunmi Mosaku), married refugees fleeing their war-ravaged country, are placed in a decrepit tenement home. As Bol does his best to acclimate to a new life of racial discrepancy, a series of horrific ghouls make themselves known to the grieving man. Blending a socio-political immigration story with a haunted house story, His House bends both sub-genres in a way we’ve never seen pulled off before. An exciting and unsettling directorial debut from Remi Weekes, His House should definitely fill your screen this weekend.

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The White Tiger (2021)

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91%

76%

7.1/10

Genre Drama

Stars Adarsh Gourav, Rajkummar Rao, Priyanka Chopra Jonas

Directed by Ramin Bahrani

r 126m

Based on Aravind Adiga’s 2008 novel of the same name, The White Tiger follows the rags-to-riches story of Balram Halwai (Adarsh Gourav), an impoverished Indian villager that, through hard work (and a little manipulation), pushes himself into a much-lauded driver position for Ashok (Rajkummar Rao) and Pinky (Priyanka Chopra Jonas), two highly influential business magnates. Coming to love his position, a tragic misstep places Balram in the crosshairs of Ashok’s family. Unwilling to serve as a scapegoat, Balram chooses to fight back against the corrupt forces at play. A gripping class-drama akin to Parasite mates with Joker, The White Tiger is one of the greatest dramas you can stream today.

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Finding ‘Ohana (2021)

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85%

69%

6.1/10

Genre Action, Adventure, Comedy

Stars Kea Peahu, Alex Aiono, Lindsay Watson

Directed by Jude Weng

pg 123m

Uprooted from her Brooklyn life, Pilialoha “Pili” Kawena (Kea Peahu) and her family travel to Oahu to care for her ailing grandfather. Initially disappointed by the lack of big-city buzz and activity, they discover a pirate journal that alludes to an ancient treasure buried somewhere on the island. As Pili and her older brother begin their quest for the trove, their journey takes them on a Hawaiian odyssey that connects them with their ancient island heritage. A loving family drama, Finding ‘Ohana is The Goonies meets visually breathtaking Hawaii.

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Always Be My Maybe (2019)

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90%

64%

6.8/10

Genre Comedy, Romance

Stars Ali Wong, Randall Park, Keanu Reeves

Directed by Nahnatchka Khan

pg-13 102m

Childhood friends Sasha (Ali Wong) and Marcus (Randall Park) cross paths as adults, years after a teenage fling, and soon find themselves navigating life and love while maintaining two very different career paths and social circles. She’s a celebrity chef who hangs out with Keanu Reeves and he installs air conditioners. Can they ever find common ground? You probably know the answer to that already, but watching how they get there is where the fun lies — particularly when it comes to Reeves’ memorable performance.

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Moonlight (2016)

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98%

99%

7.4/10

Genre Drama, Romance

Stars Mahershala Ali, Ashton Sanders, Alex R. Little

Directed by Barry Jenkins

r 111m

2016’s Best Picture winner established Mahershala Ali as a tour de force actor and introduced the world to the brilliant Ashton Sanders. Moonlight attempts to convey the Black experience through three defining chapters of one man’s life. Chiron (Sanders) grows up in Miami, surrounded by a community that is full of love and support despite the crack epidemic that is ravaging it. As Chiron is pulled from his biological family by drug abuse and misunderstanding, he’s guided into manhood by Juan (Ali), a man who recognizes the struggles Chiron will face as a gay Black man. Juan tries to help Chiron find peace with his identity.

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The Mitchells vs. The Machines (2021)

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98%

80%

7.7/10

Genre Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

Stars Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Mike Rianda

Directed by Mike Rianda

pg 114m

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the duo that gave us The Lego Movie and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, return for this animated feature about a dysfunctional family that ends up becoming humanity’s last, best hope against a robot uprising. Mike Rianda (Gravity Falls) makes his directorial debut with the film, which also features an impressive voice cast that includes Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Eric Andre, Olivia Colman, Fred Armisen, John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Blake Griffin, and Conan O’Brien, among other familiar names (and voices). An early favorite for the year’s best animated feature — and one of the best movies of the year — The Mitchells vs. The Machines has quickly become a surprise hit for Netflix.

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The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)

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89%

76%

7.8/10

Genre Drama, History

Stars Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baren Cohen, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

Directed by Aaron Sorkin

r 130m

Hollywood stalwart Aaron Sorkin rises to the occasion once more with his blistering interpretation of the 1969 Democratic National Convention trials, where seven Vietnam protestors were charged with crimes well beyond their intent. As peaceful demonstrations turn caustic, prejudice bleeds into testimony and eyewitness accounts of what took place the day of the riots. Featuring performances from Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baren Cohen, Alex Sharp, and John Caroll Lynch, Sorkin’s big-budget historical drama takes liberties here and there, but the result is a spellbinding examination of American history.

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My Octopus Teacher (2020)

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95%

82%

8.1/10

Genre Documentary

Stars Craig Foster

Directed by Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed

g 85m

The Academy Award winner in the Best Documentary Feature category at the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony, My Octopus Teacher chronicles the year filmmaker Craig Foster spent free-diving off the South African coast and forging a relationship with a wild octopus he discovered there. In following the octopus’s life and experiences, Foster learns lessons about his own life and relationship to the world around him and his family.

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Shadow (2018)

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94%

7.0/10

Genre Drama

Directed by Zhang Yimou

Cast Deng Chao, Sun Li, Ryan Cheng

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Legendary Chinese director Zhang Yimou followed up his misbegotten The Great Wall with 2018’s Shadow, a beautiful return to form. The film begins when Commander Ziyu (Deng Chao) is defeated in a duel with enemy commander Yang Cang (Hu Jun), losing an important city in the process. This infuriates Ziyu’s king, who demotes Ziyu to commoner status and tries desperately to reclaim the city. Unbeknownst to the king, the actual Ziyu is on the verge of death after the duel, replaced by a body double who must now train to beat Yang Cang. Shadow is a historical epic of grand scope, heavy on intrigue and stylish combat sequences accented by a stark color palette.

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

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97%

91%

8.2/10

Genre Comedy

Stars Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin

Directed by Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones

pg 90m

Widely regarded as one of the funniest movies ever made, this parody of Arthurian legend was written and performed by the famous Monty Python comedy troupe and directed by troupe members Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones. The film chronicles various elements of King Arthur’s quest to find the Holy Grail and those of his fellow Knights of the Round Table as they encounter one ridiculous scenario after another in pursuit of the relic. If you’ve ever wondered about the airspeed of a swallow, the best ways to determine whether someone is a witch, or how a fuzzy bunny could be the most terrifying creature in the world, well … you might not get all the answers in this film, but you’ll definitely find plenty of laughs.

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Loving (2016)

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88%

79%

7.0/10

Genre Biography, Drama, History

Stars Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Nick Kroll

Directed by Jeff Nichols

pg-13 123m

Written and directed by Jeff Nichols, and inspired by the 2012 HBO documentary The Loving Story, Loving depicts the trials and tribulations of Richard (Joel Edgerton) and Mildred Loving (Ruth Negga), an interracial couple who wanted nothing more than to be wed. But after traveling from Virginia to Washington D.C., to get married, the couple is tracked down by their hometown authorities and charged with violating Virginia’s segregation laws. For their prison sentences to be thrown out, the couple must agree to vacate Virginia and not return for 25 years. But the couple doesn’t want to give up on their love. Ruth writes to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, which sets into motion one of the most vital Supreme Court cases in civil rights history.

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If Anything Happens I Love You (2020)

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100%

7.8/10

Genre Drama, Animation

Directed by Michael Govier, Will McCormack

pg 12m

From writer/director duo Michael Govier and Will McCormack, If Anything Happens explores a world of profound grief in a beautifully illustrated and meditative manner. Navigating the emotional aftermath of one family’s tragic loss, the short animation begins in a dark and near-unforgiving place, but through the power of love and the will to move forward, the film progresses into a place of love, forgiveness, and hope. Not the easiest watch in this roundup, but worthy of attention for its emotional bravery and stellar composition.

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Uncut Gems (2019)

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91%

91%

7.4/10

Genre Drama

Stars Adam Sandler, LaKeith Stanfield, Kevin Garnett

Directed by Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie

r 135m

Uncut Gems is not for the faint-hearted. The Safdie Brothers’ drama about a gambling-addicted jeweler is a relentlessly intense, high-stress ride through the world of high-stakes gambling. Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler) is a charismatic New York City jeweler who is always on the lookout for the next big score. When NBA All-Star Kevin Garnett takes an interest in Howard’s most recent high-value acquisition, believing it brings him luck, Sandler makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime. Unfortunately, not everyone in his life is willing to wait for that windfall. Howard has to perform a precarious balancing act between business, family, debt collectors, and more to get the payoff.

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Roma (2018)

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95%

96%

7.7/10

Genre Drama

Stars Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira

Directed by Alfonso Cuarón

r 148m

Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma opens quietly, the camera staring, motionless, at a tile floor as the credits play; eventually, water pours over the floor, as the sound of a mop spills in from just offscreen. It’s a boldly mundane opening, fitting for a film about an ordinary woman. Roma follows Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a maid working in the household of a wealthy doctor, Antonio (Fernando Grediaga) and his wife, Sofia (Marina de Tavira). Cleo cleans the house, tends to the children, and keeps the household running as Antonio and Sofia’s marriage strains. Cleo is the type of character typically relegated to the background of stories like this, but Cuaron makes her the focus, depicting her daily labor and struggles with a surprise pregnancy and unreliable lover. It’s a beautiful Netflix film, delicately composed and shot in stark black and white.

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The Disaster Artist (2017)

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91%

76%

7.4/10

Genre Comedy, Drama

Stars James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie

Directed by James Franco

r 103m

James Franco directs, produces, and stars in The Disaster Artist, an adaptation of Greg Sestero (portrayed in the film by Dave Franco) and Tom Bissell’s non-fiction book of the same name. Both the novel and film are a chronicle of Sestero’s rollercoaster friendship with infamous cult film legend Tommy Wiseau (Franco), an enigmatic actor with Hollywood dreams and plenty of money to pursue them — although no one can figure out why he’s so rich. After being turned down for role after role, Tommy decides to write, direct, and star in his own film called The Room, a bizarre and disjointed melodrama that he also casts Greg in. As the film runs into continued troubles and delays (mostly because of Tommy’s inabilities as a filmmaker), tensions rise between Greg and Tommy, along with the rest of the cast and crew. Whether you’ve seen The Room or not, The Disaster Artist is a mesmerizing examination of one of the strangest film productions of all time.

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2017)

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97%

81%

7.9/10

Genre Adventure, Comedy

Stars Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata

Directed by Taika Waititi

pg-13 101m

Based on Barry Crump’s novel Wild Pork and Watercress, Taika Waititi’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople stars Sam Neill and Julian Dennison as an unlikely foster-father/foster-child duo. After his adoption by the Faulkner family, Ricky (Dennison) attempts to settle into his new family, but tragic events scare the boy into the dense New Zealand wilderness. Hec (Neill), Ricky’s foster-parent, tracks the boy down but suffers a debilitating injury in the process. Bonding over their pasts and hope for a freer future, the pair decide to hide away in the brush together. But with a national manhunt underway to find the man and boy, how long can their odyssey truly last? Hunt for the Wilderpeople lives and breathes through Neill and Dennison’s onscreen chemistry, an acting partnership only deepened by Waititi’s rich and emotive script.

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