Best New Movies to Watch on Streaming Right Now


We’re at a point now in the streaming world where just about every service has a multitude of quality titles available. But while we’d like to waste numerous days watching multiple shows at a time, sometimes we get in the mood to see a quality film. With upcoming exclusives and newly licensed films, it’s admittedly a little difficult to keep track of everything worth seeing on streaming nowadays.




Therefore, we’ve found it helpful to highlight 55 movies from a variety of genres across all the major players in the streaming world, guaranteeing that there will be something for everyone to watch this weekend, or next week, or any other time. There’s a plethora of fascinating stories from all corners of the globe, meaning you’re sure to find something to enjoy here. We’ll also update this list regularly to make sure we’re reflecting the best new movies to watch on streaming.


Best Movies Streaming on AMC+ & Shudder

It’s a Wonderful Knife


The slasher genre is always in need of innovation, and given its malleable nature, it’s no surprise that It’s a Wonderful Knife debuted in late 2023. A dark homage to the classic Christmas film It’s a Wonderful Life, It’s a Wonderful Knife sees a young woman, Winnie (Jane Widdop), left in a depressive rut around the holiday season. Having previously saved the town from a monstrous masked killer, she laments her past and wishes that she had never been born. Unfortunately, her wish comes true, and she’s left to discover just how many people she saved on that faithful night by reliving it once again.

It’s a Wonderful Knife Is a Bloody Homage

Director Tyler MacIntyre presents a film that both genre enthusiasts and holiday fanatics can enjoy in equal measure, blending elements of dark humor with an interesting subversion on a classic Christmas tale. Though it’s not necessarily fit for the whole family, its eclectic premise and compelling performances from the extended cast – including Joel McHale and Justin Long – make It’s a Wonderful Knife an equally bloody and entertaining slasher flick. Stream on Shudder


For an exclusive interview with Joel McHale, who plays a key role in It’s a Wonderful Knife, check out our video below:

V/H/S/85

The next exciting entry in the V/H/S anthology series hearkens back to the days of 1980s filmmaking. V/H/S/85, appropriately lit up with neon lights and doused in fog machines, collects several different horror-centric short films from a plethora of directors, with the whole shebang focusing on a specific theme. While all V/H/S films feature an overarching narrative connecting the shorts, we’re jumping back to the 1980s this time around, with several era-appropriate stories featured throughout.


Scott Derrickson Returns for V/H/S/85

The biggest strengths of V/H/S/85 lie solely within its anthology format. Well-known directors like Scott Derrickson, as well as new visionaries like Gigi Saul Guerrero and Natasha Kermani, all lend their talents to each of their respective shorts. David Bruckner, who previously directed 2022’s Hellraiser, is in charge of the wraparound segments as well, tying each of these exciting shorts into a linear narrative. If you’re the kind of horror fan who appreciates variety in their frightful films, V/H/S/85 is up there as one of Shudder’s best original offerings. Stream on Shudder

Sharksploitation

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If you’re a fan of the ocean’s apex predator, there’s a neat documentary on Shudder that chronicles our toothy friends in the film industry. Directed by Stephen Scarlata, Sharksploitation is a brilliant documentary that focuses on the titular subgenre, which came about shortly after the release of Jaws. Just about everyone you can think of lends their analysis to Sharksploitation. Filmmakers, film critics, and those outside the film industry showcase examples of the subgenre, analyze their impact on the public perception of sharks, and examine just how influential shark attack films were to contemporary filmmaking as a whole.

Sharksploitation Bites Into Shark Attack Movies

Sharksploitation is a documentary that takes the modern-day perception of sharks and casts a light on how it came to be. It cannot be understated just how influential cinema was when it came to how we view our toothy friends, even though shark attacks are statistically rarer than being struck by lightning. Sharksploitation even ends with a heartfelt plea to treat these creatures with respect instead of vilifying them further, giving it a heartfelt message that any animal lover can appreciate. Stream on Shudder


Best Movies Streaming on Apple TV+

Killers of the Flower Moon

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Martin Scorsese is back with Killers of the Flower Moon, and after making a big splash at the box office, it’s finally available on streaming. A period drama based on David Grann’s titular book, Killers of the Flower Moon takes place in 1920s Oklahoma, centered around the discovery of oil in the middle of the Osage Nation. Unfortunately, greed and malice collide as competing interests set their sights on the oil underneath the soil, with bodies piling up at a concerning rate. When the Bureau of Investigation gets involved, things will only intensify further.


Martin Scorsese Returns With a Triumph

A deviation from Scorsese’s typical crime stories, Killers of the Flower Moon paints an all-encompassing picture of one of the most gratuitous crimes in American history. Its extensive cast, comprised of frequent Scorsese collaborators like Leonardo DiCaprio and established names like Tantoo Cardinal, lend this epic Western drama some appropriate credence alongside its authentic Oklahoma setting. With a stunning soundscape provided by the late Robbie Robertson, the last collaboration between him and Scorsese, Killers of the Flower Moon successfully returned Scorsese to the spotlight. Now, you can catch his latest crime epic from the comfort of your couch cushions. Stream on Apple TV+


The Family Plan

Mark Wahlberg dons a pleasant smile and a calm demeanor in The Family Plan. However, this pleasant disposition may be hiding a shocking secret. After living a fruitful life as an automotive sales agent, complete with a loving family, Dan Morgan (Wahlberg) is forced to dredge up his past as a cold assassin when an old acquaintance comes knocking. The film was directed by Simon Cellan Jones, marking his first feature film credit in over 20 years, with additional performances provided by Michelle Monaghan, Zoe Colletti, and Maggie Q.


Overshadowing previous exclusive films like Ghosted, The Family Plan is officially the most-viewed film on Apple TV+, This action comedy film leans heavily on its intense choreography and explosive shootouts more than its comedic chops, but the charismatic performance found in Wahlberg’s Dan Morgan is enough to carry this film to its dramatic finish. It’s arguably one of the most likable performances Wahlberg has put on in years, with the surrounding family playing a key role in the film’s events, rather than just being typical set dressing. Stream on Apple TV+

Flora and Son


Are you in the mood for a musical? Are you tired of rewatching the classics over and over again? Some might say that the world of streaming currently has a gap in musical-related content. Fortunately, if you’re currently subscribed to AppleTV+, Flora and Son will likely fill that gap with some incredible compositions. This musical dramedy features Eve Hewson starring as Flora, a single mother living in Dublin, who’s trying to keep her son on the right path. When she’s searching for a hobby to keep him preoccupied, she finds a solution in the form of an abandoned guitar. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jack Reynor star alongside Hewson, who also happens to be the daughter of famed musician Bono.

Flora and Son Has a Stellar Composer

Flora and Son come to us from the composer and director duo Gary Clark and John Carney, the latter being an Irish director whose specialty lies within musical dramas. After writing and directing films like Begin Again and Sing Street, Flora and Son is yet another prime example of his songwriting talent, going on to win a nomination for Best Original Song in a Feature Film at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards. If you value the importance of music in your favorite films, Flora and Son embodies this to the nth degree. Stream on Apple TV+


For an exclusive interview with Gary Clark, check out our video below:

Best Movies Streaming on Paramount+

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning

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Even now, Tom Cruise is still defying all odds when it comes to performing his own stunts. This is especially evident in Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning, the latest in the long-running Mission: Impossible franchise. One of the most expensive movies ever made, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning takes place after the events of Mission: Impossible – Fallout, placing Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) at the center of his biggest mission yet. When a weapon that could end all life as we know it is sequestered into the wrong hands, Hunt and the IMF are tasked with preventing a global catastrophe. Of course, this also means Hunt will have to put his life at severe risk through a plethora of jaw-dropping stunts.


An Impressive Mission: Impossible Film

Tom Cruise’s physicality aside, Dead Reckoning is an impressive film from a purely technical standpoint. Despite numerous production setbacks following the COVID-19 pandemic, the effects provided by Industrial Light & Magic on top of oodles of ludicrously expensive stunts makes for a total visual spectacle. There’s even an incredible train sequence that’s sure to take your breath away. Combine that with nominations for Best Sound and Best Visual Effects at the Academy Awards, and you have what is likely one of the most viscerally entertaining action movies of 2023. Stream on Paramount+

Good Burger 2


Did we really need a follow-up to Good Burger? Given Good Burger 2‘s popularity, it looks like we did. Good Burger 2 picks up twenty-six years after the events of the first film. Dexter Reed has distanced himself from the titular restaurant in pursuit of independent entrepreneurship. Unfortunately, when his latest attempt at innovating fails, he’s forced to return to Good Burger once more to get back on his feet. Though Dexter is greeted with warm faces and a wonderful reunion with Ed, his attempts to break out from his greasy occupation may put the entire establishment at risk. Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell reprise their roles from the original film, in addition to producing the production as a whole.


A Welcomed Legacy Sequel

Good Burger 2 is a welcome nostalgia trip for fans of this wacky comedy franchise. Thompson and Mitchell haven’t missed a beat, maintaining the hilarious chemistry that defined their iconic relationship so many years ago. A plethora of celebrity cameos, including appearances from Mark Cuban, Andy Samburg, and Nicole Richie can also be found throughout. Of course, returning writers Kevin Kopelow and Heath Seifert penned the sequel’s hilarious screenplay, having originally worked on the beloved first film to begin with. We may even see Good Burger 3 enter development sooner than you’d think. Stream on Paramount+

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem is a fresh and exciting animated film that isn’t afraid to take creative risks. Directed by Jeff Rowe, who previously co-directed the similarly-stylish The Mitchells vs. the Machines, Mutant Mayhem acts as a franchise reboot for our favorite reptilian martial artists, albeit with some grungy redesigns. The turtles, having grown from Baxter Stockman’s mutagenic ooze, now find themselves taking on an organized crime syndicate while trying to blend into human society, all with the help of their teenage friend April O’Neil.

Mutant Mayhem Features Marvelous Animation

Featuring a unique “sketchbook” style that resembles hand-drawn animation, Mutant Mayhem looks to be one of the most colorful films of 2023. Its ensemble voice cast featuring Jackie Chan, John Cena, Rose Byrne, Ayo Edebiri, and more all have exemplary chemistry with each other. Not only that, the score provided by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross makes every memorable scene pop. It’s an excellent movie for all ages, complete with more than half a dozen separate Best Animated Film nominations across a variety of institutions. Stream on Paramount+


Transformers: Rise of the Beasts

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If you’ve written off Transformers due to the mixed quality of Michael Bay’s films, you may want to reconsider. Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is a film made for fans of the original series and newcomers alike, featuring a long-awaited team-up that made headlines during its initial reveal to the public. The evil Decepticons are at it again, but this time around, Optimus Prime and the heroic Autobots find an unlikely ally in the Maximals: prehistoric transformers that take the form of gargantuan animals. Together, along with the help of humanity, they’ll have to protect the powerful Transwarp Key from falling into the wrong hands.


Rise of the Beasts Is a Return to Form

Rise of the Beasts marks a notable creative shift for the Transformers franchise. The inclusion of celebrity voices like Ron Perlman, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Yeoh, and John DiMaggio brings these new fighting machines to life alongside the franchise’s mainstays, including the beloved Peter Cullen. Unafraid to embrace its toy-driven roots, the colorful action and unexpected cameos found in Rise of the Beasts amount to a Transformers movie worthy of older and younger fans alike. Stream on Paramount+

For an exclusive interview with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, check out our video below:


Best Movies Streaming on Peacock

Oppenheimer

Oppenheimer

Oppenheimer

5/5

Release Date
July 21, 2023

Cast
Cillian Murphy , Matt Damon , Robert Downey Jr. , Emily Blunt , Florence Pugh , Gary Oldman , Josh Hartnett , Jack Quaid , Kenneth Branagh , Rami Malek , Alex Wolff , Matthew Modine

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If you somehow missed one of the single biggest films of 2023, don’t worry: Oppenheimer is finally available on streaming. The latest and greatest by Christopher Nolan, Oppenheimer is a focused biopic about what is arguably one of the most intriguing faces of World War II: J. Robert Oppenheimer, who is portrayed by Cillian Murphy here. The film follows the career of Oppenheimer, ranging from his initial studies, to his involvement with the Manhattan Project, to his ultimate downfall. Emily Blunt and Matt Damon co-star as his wife, Kitty, and as the head of the Manhattan Project, Leslie Groves. Watch the trailer for Oppenheimer below:


What can be said about Oppenheimer that hasn’t been said already? It’s a film whose impressive cinematography, emphasis on practical effects, and terrific casting catapulted it to the top of 2023’s most popular films. This is doubly true based on its Academy Award nominations, bringing home several for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay among numerous other accolades. Suffice to say, its positive qualities made it an incredible watch. Stream on Peacock

The Exorcist: Believer (2023)


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If one could make a guess, David Gordon Green’s The Exorcist: Believer will see its reputation improve over time. Is it even half as compelling as Wiliam Friedkin’s original? Not at all. But, it takes a few risks, and even packs one heck of an ending. The narrative follows a father and a separate set of parents as they do everything in their power to save the souls of their daughters, who apparently had some sort of demonic run-in in the middle of the woods.

An Imperfect But Admirable Attempt to Recapture the Magic of a Classic

Director Green has left the planned two subsequent installments, but the studio plans to continue. But, just perhaps, maybe that shouldn’t be the case. If Believer is left alone to be its own thing, it will develop two powers as time progresses. For one, while underutilized, Believer still brought Ellen Burstyn back and gave her character some closure with her once-possessed daughter. And, two, the fact that the film ends with one of the two daughters trapped in Hell is a legitimately devastating way to just kind of leave things.


The Holdovers

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The Holdovers is more than just a holdover from last year. Directed by Alexander Payne of Sideways and The Descendants fame, The Holdovers is an apt title, as it focuses on a group of students at Barton Academy who are left on campus for the holidays. Now left in the care of Paul Hunham (Paul Giamatti), an ornery history teacher, the group find themselves warming up to their hostile chaperone as he does the same for them. David Henningson penned the film’s script, it being his feature-length debut, with Da’Vine Joy Randolph and Dominic Sessa co-starring alongside Giamatti.


The Holdovers Is an Authentic Period Piece

Seeing as how the film is set in the 1970s, there’s a genuine effort to recreate the era in every way you can imagine. Not only are the characters done up in period-appropriate costumes with similar dialects, the film itself employs similar pacing and story beats from films of the era, giving it an authentic feeling of being ripped straight out of the 1970s. Of course, Giamatti dazzles as Paul Hunham as well, with Dominic Sessa putting on a clinic of a performance in his feature-film debut. Stream on Peacock

If you want to see Paul Giamatti himself discuss his working relationship with director Alexander Payne, check out our video below:


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Best Movies Streaming on Netflix

Thanksgiving

Famed horror director Eli Roth has finally returned to the big screen with one of his most intriguing projects yet: Thanksgiving. A feature-length extension of a fake trailer made for Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodgiuez’s 2007 double-feature, Grindhouse, Thanksgiving marks Roth’s first foray into both holiday-themed horror and the slasher subgenre. Set during the eponymous holiday season, this straightforward slasher sees a masked killer tormenting the town of Plymouth, Massachusetts. The killer does so while donning a John Carver mask, adding the pulpy humor found throughout.


Eli Roth’s First Slasher

Any fan of Roth’s work needs to check out Thanksgiving. It’s the first time he’s foraying into one of the most seminal horror subgenres ever made, and knowing his penchant for hyperviolence, it’ll be a great opportunity to see some brutal slasher kills. Thankfully, you can also expect to see his patented brand of dark humor as well, made all the more effective via the performances of Patrick Dempsey, Addison Rae, and Milo Manheim. After quickly becoming a box office success, a sequel has already entered development. Stream on Netflix

The Equalizer 3


The Equalizer 3 finds Robert McCall in post-retirement…retirement. Because, of course, that first retirement attempt didn’t work out so well. Now, he’s living in Italy, mingling with the locals and developing connections. Connections that are threatened when the local crime bosses seek to increasingly control their lives, property, and bank accounts.

A Solid Trilogy-Capper

The first Equalizer film was, like the original John Wick, fairly small-scale. The sequel brought in a bit more of McCall’s past, not to mention those he thought were his friends. In other words, the stakes were higher in the sequel. But the third film takes things back to even more restrained territory than the first one. If any of the three Equalizers is more concerned with fleshing out the character of McCall more than anything else, it’s the third.

Shortcomings


Shortcomings, the feature-length directorial debut of Randall Park — aka “Fake Jim” from The Office — is a dramedy you can’t afford to miss. Bay Area natives Ben (Justin H. Min), Miko (Ally Maki), and Alice (Sherry Cola) find themselves on the other side of the country in beautiful New York City as they each search for their role in life. Ben, being a connoisseur of arthouse films, attempts to life the best he can as a newly-made bachelor, though each of these three will find that life is far from predictable.

Shortcomings Has Few Shortcomings

Debut films are always a fickle thing to get right, but luckily, Randall Park delivered a thoroughly compelling drama for audiences of all kinds. The character of Ben is given a layer of depth you don’t typically see in films like this, with his positive and negative qualities making him into a fully-rounded character. This is no doubt assisted by the terrific performances of Justin H. Min and the numerous talented cast members he shares the screen with. You’ll find a deeper meaning in Shortcomings, even if you’re not necessarily anticipating one. Stream on Netflix


Lift (2024)

Lift

Lift

Release Date
January 12, 2024

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Lift is an essential movie for Kevin Hart fans, as he takes the lead in what will likely be one of the best heist movies of the year. This Netflix exclusive sees Hart playing the role of Cyrus, a skilled thief, as he and a group of professional heisters attempt to hoist hundreds of millions of dollars worth of gold from a gargantuan passenger plane. There’s just one problem: the heist can only be completed as the plane is midair. F. Gary Gray directed this feature, having previously directed beloved films like Straight Outta Compton, Friday, and Set It Off.


Kevin Hart Helms a Hair-Raising Heist

Those who love heist films, especially those of the ludicrous variety, will find themselves right at home with Lift‘s delightfully absurd premise. That being said, there are other positive qualities to look forward to as well. The supporting cast, featuring big names like Sam Worthington and Vincent D’Onofrio, play well with Hart’s charm, and the over-the-top nature of the film’s presentation makes for a perfect, easy-viewing experience. Stream on Netflix

For an exclusive interview with Kevin Hart and producer Bryan Smiley, check out our video below:

Maestro

Maestro

Maestro

Release Date
December 20, 2023


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Bradley Cooper returns to the world of music once more with Maestro, painting a terrific portrait of one of the most beloved musical icons in American history. Maestro features Cooper both in the director’s chair and in front of the camera, playing the role of the famed Leonard Bernstein alongside Carey Mulligan as Felicia Montealegre. A biopic at its core, the film examines Bernstein’s successful career as one of America’s most revered composers, chronicling his tenacity as he takes on the world of orchestras and Broadway in equal measure. Bernstein’s marriage to Felicia Montealegre also gets plenty of focus here as well.

Maestro Is a Triumphant Black and White Film

Being one of the few films of 2023 to utilize black-and-white cinematography, there’s a clear and conscious effort to use this style to its advantage, with specific scene lighting making the grayscale coloring truly pop. It’s an incredible film to watch from a purely visual standpoint, though the on-screen chemistry between Cooper and Mulligan certainly helps as well. It’s an impressive showcase of Cooper’s talents as a director. Stream on Netflix


The Super Mario Bros. Movie

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The Super Mario Bros. Movie sees a celebrity cast bringing this beloved Nintendo franchise to life on the big screen, as a pair of plumber brothers named Mario (Chris Pratt) and Luigi (Charlie Day) are thrown into the world of the Mushroom Kingdom. The two brothers are quickly immersed in a world-spanning conflict, with one side fighting for the virtuous Princess Peach (Anya Taylor-Joy), and the other toiling under the wrath of King Koopa himself, Bowser (Jack Black).


The Best Video Game Adaptation to Date

You’d have to be living under a rock if you missed out on the discourse surrounding The Super Mario Bros. Movie. Aside from becoming the single most-profitable video game adaptation to date, The Super Mario Bros. Movie features a compelling reinvention of everyone’s favorite Italian plumber, not only incorporating lore from the games themselves, but also throwing in callbacks to Mario’s previous live-action outings as well. The song “Peaches,” sung by Jack Black of Tenacious D fame, was also a massive hit from the film’s soundtrack. Stellar animation provided by Illumination and terrific voice performances from actors like Charlie Day and Chris Pratt make The Super Mario Bros. Movie a must-see film. Stream on Netflix

Leo

Leo

Leo

Release Date
November 21, 2023


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Leo is a surprising success, to say the least. Leo was primarily developed by Happy Madison Productions, being their second animated film following 2002’s Eight Crazy Nights. The film sees Adam Sandler playing the role of a sentient reptile named Leo, who is living inside an everyday classroom. As he longs for a way to visit the outside world, he soon gets his wish when he’s taken to a student’s home as part of a school project. However, the student soon makes a stunning discovery: Leo can talk.

After this groundbreaking revelation, a world of excitement and curiosity is opened for both Leo and his surrounding classroom, promising a hilarious adventure for everyone involved. An ensemble cast featuring Bill Burr, Cecily Strong, Jason Alexander, Rob Schneider, Jo Koy, and more are featured throughout this animated musical comedy.


Leo Is a Surprising Adam Sandler Film

This surprising animated film drew positive reviews from critics, with praise pointed towards its impressive animation and memorably catchy songs. The score itself was composed by Geoff Zanelli, who previously worked on films like The Road to El Dorado and Rango. When combined with the songwriting of Robert Smigel, it creates a stellar soundscape for Leo‘s colorful presentation. Underneath its cutesy exterior, there’s a compelling story to be found that the entire family can appreciate. Stream on Netflix

For an exclusive interview with co-directors Robert Marianetti and David Wachtenheim, check out our video below:


Rustin

Rustin

Rustin

Release Date
November 17, 2023

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Though we’ve all been taught the importance of the civil rights movement, there’s a good chance you may have never heard of one of its most influential figures. Rustin, a biographical drama about the titular Bayard Rustin, tells the story of a behind-the-scenes activist whose efforts were paramount to a plethora of humanitarian causes. Unfortunately, most don’t know what exactly Rustin did to aid the likes of Martin Luther King Jr. – until now. Colman Domingo plays the titular Bayard Rustin, with additional performances provided by Chris Rock, Jeffrey Wright, Audra McDonald, and CCH Pounder.


Rustin Is a Thorough Biopic

Aside from being produced by Higher Ground, the same studio behind American Factory, Rustin is a thoroughly compelling drama whose subject and historical accuracy are notable points of praise. Colman Domingo especially shines as the eponymous lead, presenting a layered illustration of Bayard Rustin while bringing him to life. The director of Rustin, George C. Wolfe, previously directed notable films like Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Stream on Netflix

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The Killer


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David Fincher returns to the world of film – and Netflix, coincidentally – with his latest thriller. The Killer sees Michael Fassbender playing the role of our titular assassin, a cold and calculating man who puts his business above all else. In a story we’re all too familiar with, our killer makes a fatal misstep in what would’ve been an everyday job. Faced with death, he attempts to survive a globetrotting manhunt that may ultimately put him six feet under. Arliss Howard, Charles Parnell, Sala Baker, and Tilda Swinton perform alongside Fassbender. The film is based on the titular French graphic novel series originally written by Alexis Nolent.


The Killer Kills It

Fassbender kills it as our protagonist, crafting a compelling performance out of a character who’s as unfeeling as they come. It’s a deliberately simple thriller compared to Fincher’s previous films as of late, but in foregoing a complex plot, he’s able to make the creative elements of each scene shine brighter than ever before. This is especially evident in the film’s soundscape. The film’s score, primarily composed by the winning duo of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, also features a plethora of songs from The Smiths, crafting a unique atmosphere that pairs well with what’s on-screen. Stream on Netflix

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Insidious: The Red Door

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The latest entry in the Insidious franchise features one of its biggest stars in a leading role and in the director’s chair. Insidious: The Red Door sees Patrick Wilson reprising his role as Josh Lambert, who has since become traumatized after the events of Insidious: Chapter 2. But when the time comes to take on their pasts once and for all, Josh and an adult Dalton Lambert (Ty Simpkins) will have to hurl themselves into The Further one last time. Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Sinclair Daniel, Hiam Abbass, and Steve Coulter are attached to the film’s cast, with James Wan returning once more as a producer.


Insidious: The Red Door Ties Up Loose Ends

Should the Insidious franchise be laid to rest following The Red Door, it’ll act as a terrific finale for a series of terrifying horror films. Patrick Wilson does an exemplary job in his directorial debut, made all the more impressive by a staggering $189 million made at the international box office. Knowing that The Red Door comes more than a full decade after the film that precedes it narratively, it’s impressive to see how exactly it ties up the loose ends left behind so long ago. Stream on Netflix

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Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

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One of the most popular animated films of 2023 has made a home on Netflix. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, the middle entry in the Spider-Verse trilogy, sees a returning Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) taking on more than he can handle in a multiverse adventure beyond the scope of its predecessor. After a tense encounter with the Spot (Jason Schwartzman) lands Miles in the Spider-Society, a perturbing revelation will see Miles facing off against an army of Spider-People and the potential collapse of reality itself.


Across the Spider-Verse Is a Fantastic Follow-Up

Frankly, it’s easier to count the things Across the Spider-Verse hasn’t been praised for compared to the alternative. It boasts some of the most impressive animation the medium has seen yet, and it continues the story of Miles in a way that feels not only refreshing, but impeccably exciting. It’s an adventure that simply never lets up, making it perfect for Marvel fans and animation enthusiasts alike. The positive reception is even more impresive when you consider the film’s abrupt ending. Stream on Netflix

No Hard Feelings

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No Hard Feelings was a surprising 2023 release, not only for its bizarre premise, but for its unexpected cast as well. The film sees Jennifer Lawrence playing the role of Maddie Barker: a down-on-her-luck bartender just trying to get by. Unfortunately, she finally hits rock bottom when her car and home are under the threat of repossession. In desperation, Barker turns to an unusual online job listing for some quick cash. All she has to do is “date” Percy Becker (Andrew Barth Feldman), the son of the wealthy Becker family, before he heads off to college for the first time. Gene Stupnitsky (Jury Duty) is directing here, with Laura Benanti, Matthew Broderick, and Natalie Morales joining the supporting cast.

No Hard Feelings Is Hilariously Vulgar

If you’ve been aching for a return to raunchy comedy, No Hard Feelings is an excellent choice for such an occasion. Given Stupnitsky’s experience with the critically beloved Jury Duty and The Office, you can expect a similar level of effective cringe comedy to be found here. Of course, the comedy is balanced by an equal level of genuine heart, examining how flawed people can improve themselves in unconventional ways. ​​​​​​Stream on Netflix


Reptile

There’s nothing quite like a good crime thriller. If Netflix’s Reptile is anything to go by, we won’t be running out of them anytime soon. Directed by Grant Singer, this tense film takes place shortly after a promising real estate agent is brutally murdered. A gruff detective, played by Benicio del Toro, is tasked with uncovering the how and why of what happened. But, in doing so, he’ll end up revealing some uncomfortable truths about his own life. Justin Timberlake and Alicia Silverstone round out our cast, with additional performances provided by Eric Bogosian, Frances Fisher, and Michael Pitt.


Reptile Was a Netflix Phenomenon

Shortly after its debut, Reptile dominated Netflix’s viewership charts, debuting with nearly 20 million views over a single week. Knowing what’s on offer here, the overnight popularity is rightfully earned. The film garnered significant praise for its moody atmosphere and copious intrigue, complementing the somber tone established throughout. You’ll find yourself second-guessing who may or may not be behind this terrible crime, leaving you with an ending you won’t see coming. Stream on Netflix

If you’ve already seen Reptile and want a thorough breakdown of its ending, check out our video below:


El Conde

El Conde

El Conde

Release Date
September 15, 2023

Cast
Jaime Vadell , Gloria Münchmeyer , Alfredo Castro , Paula Luchsinger

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El Conde has to be one of the most original films streaming on Netflix right now. This morbid horror-comedy features a satirical interpretation of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, who is discovered to be a centuries-old vampire. However, after his tenure as the dictator of Chile, all he wants in life is the ability to die. Pablo Larraín, the film’s director, previously directed titles like 2016’s Neruda and Jackie.

El Conde Is Entertainingly Bizarre

El Conde is a film carried almost solely by its high-concept premise. It’s hard to place it into a single genre: some have described it as a dark comedy, whereas others are more intrigued by its numerous horror elements. Its cinematography, unconventional tone, and leading performance by Jaime Vadell amount to one of the most bizarrely captivating pictures currently streaming. It’s certainly something you won’t find in a traditional theater anytime soon. Stream on Netflix


They Cloned Tyrone

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They Cloned Tyrone is a fresh piece of eclectic science fiction. Starring a brilliant cast with the likes of Jamie Foxx, John Boyega, Teyonah Parris, Kiefer Sutherland, and more, They Cloned Tyrone is an alternate-future homage to the Blaxploitation genre. It follows a group of friends as they experience a bizarre series of events in their hometown, with their ensuing investigation uncovering a mysterious government conspiracy. If the title wasn’t a giveaway, it may or may not involve genetic cloning.


A Fun Mix of Comedy and Sci-Fi

They Cloned Tyrone marks director Juel Taylor’s feature-length directorial debut. It’s a fascinating science fiction story that combines elements from pulpy genre films and dashes of hilarious comedy in a complete package, with a clear and distinct vision combing these elements into a cohesive whole. Though it debuted only a short while before the Barbenheimer phenomenon, it remains a terrific cult outing among the likes of Sorry to Bother You and I’m a Virgo. Stream on Netflix

For an exclusive interview with John Boyega and Teyonah Parris, check out our video below:

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Best Movies Streaming on Hulu

Self Reliance

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We all need some Self Reliance now and then, but Jake Johnson’s latest comedic thriller puts a unique spin on this concept. Both directed by and starring Johnson, Self Reliance sees him playing the role of Tommy — a man who seeks financial freedom after joining a reality show hosted on the dark web. The game itself is simple: if Tommy can stay alive against a group of hunters for a month, he’ll get a hefty lump sum. However, Tommy quickly finds a loophole to use to his advantage. As long as he’s not alone, the hunters aren’t allowed to take him out, meaning he’ll have to convince his closest friends and family of the game’s existence.


Self Reliance Is Jake Johnson’s Feature-Length Debut

Carried by its comedically morbid premise, Self Reliance is a film full of equal parts tension and hilarity. Plenty of memorable gags are strewn throughout, made all the more hilarious by Self Reliance‘s impressive supporting cast. Comedic staples like Anna Kendrick, Natalie Morales, Andy Samberg, and even Christopher Lloyd all make appearances throughout, with Jake Johnson presenting himself as a capable and engaging protagonist. Stream on Hulu

For an exclusive interview with both Jake Johnson and fellow co-star Biff Wiff, check out our video below:


A Haunting in Venice

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The follow-up to 2022’s Death of the Nile is certainly a surprising one. A Haunting in Venice, directed by Kenneth Branagh, loosely adapts the Agatha Christie novel Hallowe’en Party while continuing the ongoing adventures of Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh). After retiring to Venice, Hercule attends a festive séance at the request of Ariadne Oliver (Tina Fey). Unfortunately, Hercule is pulled out of retirement when the séance is plagued by a grisly murder. Will this be another typical whodunit for Hercule, or will he have to face off against a malevolent spirit? Alongside Branagh and Fey, Kyle Allen, Camille Cottin, Jamie Dornan, Jude Hill, and Michelle Yeoh lend their talents to the film’s cast.


A Haunting in Venice Is Delightfully Thrilling

In addition to providing yet another compelling mystery, A Haunting in Venice shakes up the formula by introducing some genuine horror elements throughout the investigation. It was a bold creative risk, but it paid off, giving A Haunting in Venice a unique edge compared to its predecessors. In addition to this, returning cinematographer Haris Zambarloukos maintains the signature look of Branagh’s mystery films while making the stunning production design pop underneath dense shadows.

For an exclusive interview with producer James Prichard, check out our video below:


BlackBerry (2023)

Blackberry

BlackBerry

Release Date
May 12, 2023

Director
Matt Johnson

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Like The Social Network, BlackBerry is a detailed, incisive look at the tech industry. There’s no humor here, it’s no Silicon Valley. Instead, it’s pretty adherent to the true story, from the developers in over their heads to the investors who placed just a bit too much faith in them being able to revolutionize interpersonal communication.

A Showcase for Glenn Howerton

As Mike Lazaridis, the co-creator of the BlackBerry, Jay Baruchel is fully in his brainy element. He’s also fully in his put-upon element when he’s in the same room as the character played by It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia‘s Glenn Howerton. Howerton is a dynamo as co-CEO Jim Balsillie, and why his ranged, utterly intimidating, performance wasn’t given a shred of Oscars consideration is a mystery. Stream on Hulu


The Kill Room (2023)

The Kill Room

The Kill Room

Release Date
September 29, 2023

Director
Nicol Paone

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A stylish art-themed caper with a career-best lead performance from Uma Thurman (who teams up with her Pulp Fiction co-star Samuel L. Jackson once more), The Kill Room very much went under the radar. The narrative involves a con where a nobody is championed by a struggling but reputable art dealer (Thurman). And, because of her word, people pay out the nose for his splotches of paint on a canvas.


A Star-Studded Indie

The Kill Room functions both as a crime film and as an indictment of the arts industry. It’s all subjective, and people will pay what they think they should pay for something they don’t even like that much…provided there’s another rich buyer who “wants” it as much as they do. It’s an interesting experience, and one that should have received more clout given the presence of Thurman, Jackson, and Joe Manganiello. The Kill Room requries an additional Starz subscription to stream on Hulu

The League (2023)

A photograph of a Black baseball player featured in The League (2023)
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Baseball is still going strong as the national pastime. Sam Pollard knows this more than anyone, as his recent documentary, The League, is currently streaming on Hulu. Prior to the MLB as we know it today, the Negro Leagues would serve as a unifying fixture of black communities throughout the early 1900s, providing a place for players and families alike to share a mutual love of baseball. Sam Pollard documents the creation and maintenance of the Negro Leagues through archival footage and interviews with iconic players in this brilliant documentary, all while emphasizing their importance to the community as a whole.


The League Is an Insightful Documentary

Though The League is primarily about baseball, there’s a powerful emotional core to be found throughout. Interviews with famous players like Willie Mays and Satchel Paige paint a fascinating picture of what the Negro Leagues truly represented, making this film essential for fans of the sport. It’s an important film for analyzing the power of communal activities. Just be sure to bring your peanuts and cracker jacks. Stream on Hulu

The Mill


The Mill is one of Hulu’s latest thrillers, marking the sophomoric title by director Sean King O’Grady. The film, which was the last project produced by 20th Digital Studio, sees Lil Rel Howery both producing and starring as its main protagonist. Howery plays Joe, an everyday employee of the Mallard Corporation, who wakes up in a bizarre, prison-like facility. All he knows for sure is that he’s not alone, and to get enough sustenance to survive, he’ll have to operate an ancient grinding mill. Can Joe escape this predicament before he misses the birth of his first child? Watch the trailer for The Mill on YouTube

The Mill Holds a Mirror to Contemporary Issues

Some of the best thriller films tend to reflect contemporary issues in society. The Mill in particular takes a swing at cold corporate culture and the working conditions of those forced to partake in it, with a healthy dose of AI concerns thrown into the mix as well. The result is a film that draws several parallels to Netflix’s The Platform, with both providing some cathartic relief for a majority of its viewers. Lil Rel Howery shows a terrific range of emotions as our lead, and you can’t help but cheer him on as The Mill reaches a dramatic conclusion. Stream on Hulu


For an exclusive interview with director Sean King O’Grady, check out our video below:

The Boogeyman

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Stephen King adaptations usually rely on a coin flip for their overall quality. Luckily, The Boogeyman seems to have landed right-side up. Directed by Rob Savage, who previously directed the found footage horror films Host and Dashcam, The Boogeyman sees the Harper family devastated by the loss of their mother. As the Harper sisters finally come to terms with their loss, they’ll find that a horrifying presence has infested their home with their grieving father none the wiser.


The Boogeyman Is Bone-Chilling

The Boogeyman is a surprisingly unsettling Stephen King adaptation that miraculously survived Disney’s acquisition of Fox. Sophie Thatcher and Vivien Lyra Blair put on a pair of powerful performances as our leading siblings, and our monstrous Boogeyman is utterly terrifying the few times you get to see him. It’s a fantastic example of a straightforward horror fil, one that can be appreciated for its surface-level elements, but its impressive execution of said elements as well. Stream on Hulu

No One Will Save You

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No One Will Save You is the Halloween hit nobody could’ve seen coming. This terrifying science fiction film sees a young woman riddled with anxiety as she lives alone on the outskirts of her community. However, when the sudden arrival of extraterrestrials threatens her life, she’ll have to confront her problems from both the past and present. Brian Duffield directed this terrifying thriller, with Kaitlyn Dever playing our soft-spoken lead. Watch the trailer for No One Will Save You on YouTube

A Surprisingly Spooky Time

As one of the boldest examples of “show, don’t tell” currently streaming, No One Will Save You is a captivating horror film with barely half a dozen spoken words in its entire runtime. It’s a film you can’t simply put on in the background, demanding your attention as it captures you with intense cinematography and terrific staging. Combine that with a focus on fending off an alien invasion, and you have what will likely be the next Fire in the Sky for a new generation. ​​​​​​Stream on Hulu


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Theater Camp

Theater Camp

Theater Camp

Release Date
September 14, 2023

Director
Molly Gordon , Nick Lieberman

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Even if you’ve never participated in your local theater program, it doesn’t stop Theater Camp from being an effective comedy. Serving as the directorial debut of Molly Gordon and Nick Lieberman, this 2023 comedy is a feature-length adaptation of the titular 2020 short film. When the founder of a small theater camp is incapacitated, the camp’s staff must band together with the founder’s son to put together the performance of a brand-new musical. Ben Platt, Noah Galvin, Jimmy Tatro, Ayo Edebiri, and Amy Sedaris are featured in the film’s well-rounded cast.


Fun for Theater Fans and Casual Audiences Alike

Theater Camp is an absolute treat for both actors and non-actors alike. Those with experience in stage plays will appreciate the level of authenticity put into the film’s plot and setting. Of course, there are also ample amounts of laughter to be had by all, with its jokes perfectly complementing the drama behind the curtains. Stream on Hulu

How to Blow Up a Pipeline


With a title like How to Blow Up a Pipeline, you can’t expect subtlety. Based on the 2021 book by Andreas Malm, How to Blow Up a Pipeline crafts a thrilling narrative from the same director as 2018’s Cam, Daniel Goldhaber. Set in the middle of Texas, eight young miscreants attempt to solve the ecological plights of climate change by taking drastic measures. This includes the utilization of improvised explosions in proximity to a functioning oil pipeline. Ariela Barer (Runaways), Kristine Froseth (The Society), Lukas Gage (Euphoria, The White Lotus), and Forrest Goodluck (The Revenant) are just a handful of names attached to our cast.

A Thrilling Mix of Tension and Philosophy

Though searching for the film’s title may set off some alarm bells, How to Blow Up a Pipeline has seen positive reception for its tense pacing and complex morality. Like all thought-provoking films, it raises some uncomfortable questions that don’t necessarily have a correct answer. Thankfully, it also works well as a thrilling heist film on top of these moral conundrums. It made a big splash among audiences and critics alike when it originally debuted, making it into one of the best thrillers of 2023. Stream on Hulu


Best Movies Streaming on Prime Video

Role Play

Role Play

Role Play

Release Date
January 12, 2024

Director
Thomas Vincent

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Directed by Thomas Vincent and co-starring Kaley Cuoco and David Oyelowo, Role Play is an action comedy film with an atypical twist. Taking after its title, we follow a married couple comprised of Emma Brackett (Cuoco) and Dave Brackett (Oyelowo) as an intimate night together reveals a dramatic secret: Emma is secretly a gun for hire. When her shady past comes back to haunt her, the secret may do more than just throw a wrench into their long-running relationship.


An R-Rated Romance

David Oyelowo is as fantastic as always in this R-rated comedy film, with Kaley Cuoco putting on a similarly-compelling performance as its captivating assassin. Given the amount of times we’ve seen this premise in recent years, their dual performances combined with likable personalities give this film a lighter, more comedy-oriented edge over its contemporaries. Though critical reviews may have been a little mixed, that’s not to say that the film itself isn’t an enjoyable watch. Stream on Prime Video

For an exclusive interview with director Thomas Vincent, check out our video below:

Saltburn

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Three years after her feature-length directorial debut, Promising Young Woman, director Emerald Fennell returns with Saltburn. A melding of several different genres, namely psychological thriller and black comedy, Saltburn tells the story of Oliver Quick (Barry Keoghan), a student at the University of Oxford who struggles to fit in with his peers. However, after forming a friendship with the amicable Felix Catton (Jacob Elordi), Oliver feels he may finally fit in. He even gets an opportunity to stay at Catton’s impressive country house for the summer. But this very same opportunity may lead Oliver down a path he never could’ve expected.

Saltburn Is Captivating and Creative

Jacob Elordi steals the show here as the impressive Felix Catton, doubly so when you consider the talent they’re working with. Rosamund Pike, Richard E. Grant, Carey Mulligan, Paul Rhys, and more make up the film’s extensive cast, and together they create a tangible world of manipulative excess and intense obsession. It’s an unconventional story, but it’s one that’s more than effective when looking at the sum of its individual parts. Stream on Prime Video


The Burial

Need a compelling courtroom drama? You’re in luck, as Prime Video is now home to Maggie Betts’ latest film, The Burial. Loosely based on a true story, The Burial sees Jamie Foxx and Tommy Lee Jones playing the lawyer Willie E. Gary and his client Jeremiah Joseph O’Keefe respectively. The two find themselves suing the Raymond Loewen (Bill Camp) after a reneged business contract puts O’Keefe’s business at financial risk. Will the two be able to win their case against the Loewen funeral company? Or will their suit inadvertently dig up some long-forgotten dirt from Loewen’s operations?


Contemporary Courtroom Drama at Its Finest

If you enjoy true crime but aren’t as much of a fan of blood and guts, The Burial is an excellent compromise compounded by terrific performances. Foxx and Jones play off of each other well, with the former giving one of his best performances in years. Beyond the legal drama, there’s also some interesting insight into the culture of the mid-’90s American South, giving this exciting story some real weight behind it. Stream on Prime Video

Totally Killer

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Slasher throwbacks never seem to get old. The same can be said for Prime Video’s latest entry in this deadly subgenre. Totally Killer, directed by Nahnatchka Khan, tells an intriguing time travel story that jumps from 2023 to 1987. When Jamie, played by Kiernan Shipka, is affected by a horrible tragedy in the present, she figures out a way to jump back in time to the 1980s. In doing so, she’ll hopefully find a way to stop the terrifying Sweet 16 Killer before he can strike again. Olivia Holt, Charlie Gillespie, and Randall Park can also be seen performing a variety of roles. Watch the trailer for The Killer below:

Totally Killer Is Totally Entertaining

Totally Killer is a terrific horror comedy by the ever-popular Blumhouse Productions. In typical Blumhouse fashion, Totally Killer saw praise for its melding of genres and its humorous jokes, delivering spine-chilling scares and gut-busting laughs in equal measure. Kiernan Shipka gets a chance to shine as an up-and-coming scream queen as well, having previously starred in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Mad Men. It’s campy, it’s self-aware, and best of all, it’s plain old fun. Stream on Prime Video


Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant

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Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant, fittingly directed by Guy Ritchie, originally debuted in early 2023. Now that it’s come to streaming, you can catch it exclusively on Prime Video. The film sees Jake Gyllenhaal and Dar Salim starring as John Kinley and Ahmed respectively, depicting a terrifying story with roots in reality. Amid the war in Afghanistan, an Afghan interpreter cooperating with the US armed forces rescues an injured soldier from near-certain death, with said soldier returning the favor not long after.


Guy Ritchie Delivers Once Again

Though this film treads some familiar ground, The Covenant has seen universal praise for the compelling relationship forged between Gyllenhaal and Salim. It’s a departure from Ritchie’s established body of work, tackling how friendships can be formed in the most difficult of circumstances. Being a tense action-thriller, you’ll also see that friendship put to the ultimate test, made more powerful by its parallels to similar stories in real life. Stream on Prime Video

For an in-depth look at how Gyllenhaal and Salim brought this impressive duo to life in The Covenant, check out our interview with the two below.

A Million Miles Away


One of humanity’s greatest achievements has to be the invention of space travel. If you’re at all interested in the expansive history of humanity’s astronauts, Prime Video’s A Million Miles Away is practically essential viewing. This biographical film sees Michael Peña donning an astronaut suit as José Hernández, an ambitious farmer given the opportunity of a lifetime. With little more than sheer determination, Hernández will find himself reaching for the stars from humble roots on Earth. Alejandra Márquez Abella directed this humble picture, having previously directed films like 2018’s The Good Girls.


A Fantastic Feel-Good Story

Everyone loves a feel-good story, with A Million Miles Away delivering on this front and then some. The life story of José Hernández is beautifully illustrated through Peña’s charismatic performance, and Rosa Salazar, famous for her roles in Alita: Battle Angel and Prime Video’s Undone, delivers an equally compelling performance as well. It’s a touching biographical story that just so happens to incorporate some authentic science behind the sentimentality. Fans of space travel owe it to themselves to see A Million Miles Away when they can. Stream on Prime Video

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Best Movies Streaming on Disney+

Haunted Mansion

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Haunted Mansion continues to be one of Disney’s most popular franchises, and given the company’s penchant for remaking its existing properties, we should’ve expected a modern reimagining sooner rather than later. An ensemble cast comprised of LaKeith Stanfield, Danny DeVito, Rosario Dawson, Jared Leto, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more take on the titular possessed domicile in this family-friendly Halloween spectacle. Production for the film originally began in early 2010, with Justin Simien (Dear White People) in the director’s chair following the departure of Guillermo del Toro.

A Fulfilling Remake

Firmly set in New Orleans, Haunted Mansion differentiates itself from its previous 2003 incarnation with plenty of modern touches. Some pretty impressive digital effects bring a new band of ghoulish spirits to life, with some ghosts like the infamous Constance Hathaway getting a terrifying modern makeover. LaKeith Stanfield gives it his all as our lead, and Jared Leto makes a surprise appearance as the infamous Hatbox Ghost found in the original Disneyland attraction. Those who enjoy the original ride will also love the authentic details dotted throughout the film’s set design. Stream on Disney+


Elemental

 Elemental

Elemental

Release Date
June 16, 2023

Director
Peter Sohn

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Elemental had one of the most impressive box office returns of the year, doubly so when you consider how long it had been in theaters before hitting streaming. Set in a world comprised of four elements – air, water, fire, and earth – we follow the budding relationship between Ember (Leah Lewis) and Wade (Mamoudou Athie), a fire element and water element respectively, as they learn that opposites may attract. That being said, water and fire historically don’t go together.


Elemental Is a Modern Pixar Gem

Helmed by Peter Sohn of The Good Dinosaur, Elemental was faced with mixed initial reactions when it finally debuted in theaters. However, over time, positive word of mouth has allowed it to blossom into yet another beloved film in Pixar’s expansive filmography. It purposefully breaks the established Pixar formula by veering into the romantic comedy genre, crafting a believable relationship between two well-developed characters in a thought-out setting ripe for worldbuilding. Stream on Disney+

Elemental also features some of Pixar’s most beautiful animation to date, with each element’s physical and chemical properties being utilized in their respective character designs. Check out our interview with the cast and crew below:


The Little Mermaid

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Disney’s biggest live-action remake, The Little Mermaid, was initially met with pretty diverse reactions. However, now that it’s been given time to simmer, most would agree that it’s easily one of Disney’s better live-action remakes. Halle Bailey plays this film’s version of Ariel, a mermaid princess who finds her life in the vast ocean dull compared to the fantastic world above. After she makes a deal with a sea witch, Ursula (Melissa McCarthy), she trades her voice for the ability to walk on land, potentially finding love in a human prince named Eric (Jonah Hauer-King). However, this short-lived deal may have disastrous consequences.


A Worthy Live-Action Remake

As one of the most expensive live-action Disney remakes to date, you can easily see where most of the budget went. The Little Mermaid is downright gorgeous to look at, with most of the original film’s assets making a stellar transition to live-action. Combined with memorable songs both old and new, terrific performances, and a compelling Ariel, you can consider The Little Mermaid to be a valiant effort in recreating the original 1989 classic. Though it’s a remake of the original, the additional content added to this film’s narrative also allow it to stand on its own merits. Stream on Disney+

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Best Movies Streaming on Max

Dicks: The Musical

Dicks: The Musical is A24’s first feature-length musical for the big screen, and it’s certainly a unique debut to say the least. Directed by Larry Charles, who previously cut his teeth collaborating with Sacha Baron Cohen on Borat and Brüno, Dicks: The Musical adapts the crass off-Broadway musical F****** Identical Twins for the silver screen. Josh Sharp and Aaron Jackson reprise their roles from the musical as Craig and Trevor, a pair of identical twins who were separated at birth. Now fully-grown adults, the two men forge a strong connection as they attempt to reunite their eccentric parents.


A24’s Musical Debut

Right off the bat, it’s worth saying that if you don’t like gross-out humor and crass comedy, Dicks: The Musical may not be for you. Having said that, Sharp and Jackson manage to embody the same kind of charismatic presence they had onstage in front of a high-definition camera, with an incredible amount of work done in translating the musical’s numerous songs to film. Even popular hip-hop artist Megan Thee Stallion lends her talents to a dedicated song in the film, amounting to an adult-oriented musical that’s sure to please anyone looking for an outrageous time. Stream on Max

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (2023)


Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, the final installment of the DCEU, wasn’t always intended to serve that purpose. But, all told (and especially given the lack of quality found in Shazam!: Fury of the Gods, The Flash, and, to a lesser extent, Blue Beetle), there were worse ways to wrap up the overarching narrative. Lost Kingdom finds Arthur a few years after the events of the first film, with Mera as his wife, a little baby in his arms, and Black Manta desperate to avenge his father.

The Best of the Final DCEU Films

The DCEU’s ambition and subsequent failure will certainly become the stuff of film history, if it hasn’t already. And, if any calendar year has shown that the once-mighty superhero subgenre has fallen, it’s 2023. But Lost Kingdom was a bright spot in 2023, even if it’s not exactly high art. But the chemistry between Jason Momoa and Patrick Wilson is, once again, sterling. Stream on Max

The Color Purple (2023)


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One of the most surprising films of 2023 was the musical film The Color Purple. Inspired by the stage musical of the same name, which was based on an original work by Alice Walker, this musical film shares a few similarities to the 1985 movie adaptation by Stephen Spielberg. Director Blitz Bazawule’s third feature film focuses on Celie (Fantasia Barrino), a Black woman whose life in the early 1900s is continually troubled by numerous tragedies. However, despite it all, she persists via the unbreakable bonds of sisterhood.

An Impressive Adaptation

With a special cameo appearance from Whoopi Goldberg, The Color Purple is certainly one of the more impressive adaptations to release in 2023. In its efforts to blend elements from both the 1985 film and the stage musical, what you get is a production that takes the best from both adaptations and melds them into a cohesive whole. Danielle Brooks, who played the role of Sofia, even earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Stream on Max


The original 1985 adaptation of The Color Purple originally drew some controversy compared to the 2023 adaptation. For information as to why, check out our video below:

Barbie

Barbie

Barbie

Release Date
July 21, 2023

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Even if you’re not a Barbie girl, you’d be remiss if you didn’t catch one of the biggest films of 2023 now that it’s on streaming. A reinvention of Mattel’s famous toyline, Greta Gerwig’s Barbie sees Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling playing the iconic Barbie and Ken as they’re unfortunately ousted from the delightfully pink Barbieland. The two are then led on a journey of self-discovery as they enter the real world. The film is famous due to its involvement in the “Barbenheimer” phenomenon, where double feature viewings of it and Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer took the summer of 2023 by storm.


Barbie Is One of 2023’s Best Films

What can be said about Barbie? It’s hilarious, it’s entertaining, it’s informative, and above all, it’s not the least bit cynical. Barbie is a refreshing example of how you can make a captivating movie about anything, let alone inanimate doll toys, while having something genuinely engaging to say. The benefit of Barbie‘s exclusive home on Max is that it additionally comes with a full translation in American Sign Language, complete with an interpreter signing the film’s events. Stream on Max

Little Richard: I Am Everything

Little Richard, the proclaimed “Architect of Rock and Roll,” has received his own acclaimed documentary in the form of Little Richard: I Am Everything. Originally known as Richard Penniman, Little Richard would face severe adversity as he staked his claim on rock history. Between composing hits like “Tutti Frutti” and “Long Tall Sally,” Little Richard’s life saw a variety of twists and turns as he would cross the divides between musical genres and audiences alike. Little Richard himself appears via archival footage, with additional appearances by John Waters, Mick Jagger, Tom Jones, and Nona Hendryx.


A Compelling Musical Documentary

Lisa Cortés directed this fantastic musical documentary, with Dee Rees additionally being attached as an executive producer. The involvement of Rees gives this impressive documentary some additional credence, as she has had a particularly significant history in Hollywood, previously directing films like Saint X and Mudbound in addition to writing for shows like Empire and Phillip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. As for the documentary itself, it provides a terrific summation of Richard’s life and his contributions to the world of music as a whole, as well as the numerous artists he inspired. Stream on Max

The Nun II

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The Conjuring universe was blessed with some new life in 2023 via The Nun II. Michael Chaves directed this supernatural sequel, with returning favorites Taissa Farmiga and Bonnie Aarons reprising their roles from the first film. Set four years after the events of The Nun, Sister Irene (Taissa Farmiga) is now lending her talents to an Italian convent before being contacted by the Cardinal for a special mission. Valak (Bonnie Aarons) is back once again, and is leaving a trail of bodies throughout Europe. Will Irene have the ability to face off against the demonic nun once more? Jonas Bloquet, Storm Reid, Anna Popplewell, and Suzanne Bertish round out the film’s cast.


Bonnie Aarons Is the Nun Once More

Bonnie Aarons is as terrifying as ever, and Chaves shines after building up some experience with The Curse of La Llorona and The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It. Even Farmiga’s Sister Irene gets some impressive development as our central character, with a stellar finale lying in wait for fans of the first film. The Nun II does what a proper sequel should, expanding upon the ideas introduced in the first film while also incorporating new challenges for its protagonist to face. Stream on Max

Meg 2: The Trench

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The poster for Meg 2: The Trench features a ginormous shark about to eat a small dog as if it were a crumb on the pier. Frankly, the poster sells the entire experience. Jason Statham reprises his role from The Meg as Jonas Taylor, a rescue diver who has since become an environmental vigilante. After a routine investigation into the Mariana Trench unearths the Megs once more, Taylor and a group of scientists must face off against both humanity and gigantic sharks alike in a desperate fight for survival.


The Trench Doubles the Action

You won’t watch Meg 2: The Trench and find something deep — unless you’re referring to the depths of the ocean, that is. Rather, what you’ll find is Jason Statham personifying Poseidon himself, taking on leviathan sharks and other prehistoric marine animals in ludicrous fashion. This thrilling action film is loaded with incredible stunts, stellar effects, and more of what we’ve come to love from the first Meg film. If you want to see a megalodon eat a dinosaur whole, chances are Meg 2 is the action film for you. Stream on Max

BS High


We’ll cut right to the chase. BS High is one of the wildest sports documentaries out there. This Max-exclusive documentary focuses on the controversial high school American football team, the Bishop Sycamore Centurions, following an absolute blowout loss to IMG Academy in 2021. But underneath a final score of 56-0, there are layers upon layers of fraudulent transactions, corrupt bookkeeping, and shocking revelations to be discovered. For one thing, some of Bishop Sycamore’s players weren’t even high school students — they were fully grown adults.

A Wild Sports Story

BS High offers an in-depth look at what exactly transpired on that faithful game day, in addition to everything leading up to it. The team’s former head coach, Roy Johnson, as well as several former players, offer their unique perspectives on Bishop Sycamore’s day-to-day operations on top of how the team came into existence in the first place. It marks a rare instance of being able to see what truly went on behind the scenes from those who experienced it themselves. It’s an incredible story, and anyone with the slightest interest in American football ought to check it out. Stream on Max




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