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7.4
Stand and Deliver (1988)Shout out to all the teachers that are still in the business. You deserve so much better, with a government that prioritizes education, and an administration that supports your efforts.
7.4
Stand and Deliver (1988)An inspirational, if a bit embellished, depiction of a maverick math teacher
7.3
Presumed InnocentDid they need to make an eight-episode adaptation when the 1990 feature is just fine? No. Is it still enjoyable? Hell yeah.
7.3
Presumed InnocentThough it can be predictable, this hard-boiled legal drama reliably delivers thrills
6.8
Brats (2024)It’s not an educational, well-rounded film about the titular “brats” of the ‘80s but it is an admirably thoughtful rumination of fame.
6.8
Brats (2024) A member of the Brat Pack confronts his troubled past in this confessional, borderline indulgent documentary
7.2
Two of Us (2020)We’re still not sure why France chose this over Portrait of a Lady on Fire a year prior for their lesbian Oscar submission, though.
7.2
Two of Us (2020)A refreshingly gripping romantic drama where a retiree does everything to stay by her lover’s side
8.1
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Rain (2019)I just really, really love when filmmakers take risks.
8.1
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Rain (2019)A girl finds true love in this unusual, marvelous, rain-soaked coming-of-age drama
4.0
Bionic (2024)"Self-mutilation is the new doping.”
4.0
Bionic (2024)An exciting Paralympics drama wasted on utterly predictable, bloated sci-fi
7.0
Raising VoicesLet's go slut shaming!
7.0
Raising VoicesMature themes encased in empty high school tropes
5.5
Colors of Evil: Red (2024)If 30 minutes in, you still feel like you’re getting nothing, it’s not the "slow burn," it’s the movie.
5.5
Colors of Evil: Red (2024)A gory and fluffy crime drama hiding behind nonlinear storytelling
7.4
For the Love of Spock (2016)Rest in peace, Leonard Nimoy.
7.4
For the Love of Spock (2016)The long and prosperous life Leonard Nimoy lived along with the legendary sci-fi icon he portrayed
7.0
North Sea Texas (2011)It’s not actually set in Texas, though.
7.0
North Sea Texas (2011)Boys fall in love in this simple seaside coming-of-age drama
7.0
As Tears Go By (1988)Looking back at Wong’s earlier works makes it feel like looking back at old photos, remembering how things were. This isn’t the best work to introduce new viewers, but fans of the director would nevertheless appreciate watching his debut.
7.0
As Tears Go By (1988)Wong Kar Wai elevates the formulaic crime romance drama with the beginnings of his singular style
6.0
The Price of Nonna’s Inheritance (2024)Murder for the whole family, by the whole family.
6.0
The Price of Nonna’s Inheritance (2024)An oddly exciting, comforting murder plot
7.0
Sea of LoveIt's a familiar children's book style come to life.
7.0
Sea of LoveA breezy show about sea animals learning about friendship
7.5
A Part of You (2024)All the Bright Places meets Euphoria.
7.5
A Part of You (2024)Ugly grief and seductive envy in a simple story
7.4
Tipping the VelvetMy only complaint is that there are only three episodes. BBC, Britain, the United Kingdom, heck, maybe even Park Chan-wook… have you considered a new adaptation today?
7.4
Tipping the VelvetA lovely and faithful adaptation of the trailblazing Victorian lesbian novel
7.4
Mrs. FletcherIt’s great for parents and their teens to watch, just not together.
7.4
Mrs. FletcherSexual exploration and coming-of-age for a multi-generational audience
8.0
LandscapersNothing like a delusional cinephile to make you question what’s real and what’s not.
8.0
LandscapersA true crime drama that dares to break the fourth wall with imaginative and romantic flair
7.6
Law of Desire (1987)Happy Pride!
7.6
Law of Desire (1987)Pedro Almodóvar solidified his vision of desire in this campy and chaotic LGBT melodrama
7.0
The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002)The Legend of Bhagat Singh walked, so that RRR can run.
7.0
The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002)A rare and thoughtful depiction of one of India’s freedom fighters
8.5
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Julie and the PhantomsIt's like if Camp Rock and Lizzie McGuire made a baby that grew up.
8.5
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Julie and the PhantomsA refined teen musical series about pursuing your dreams amid grief
7.0
How to Ruin LoveIt’s all the benefits of trash reality TV, minus the self-loathing.
7.0
How to Ruin LoveChaotic and addictive like a really long trash reality show, but better
7.0
Chesapeake ShoresAbby forgets how to flirt and be a mom.
7.0
Chesapeake ShoresA story of generational neglect and routine Hallmark romance
7.5
Withnail & I (1987)This is one of the many reasons why George Harrison is my favorite Beatle.
7.5
Withnail & I (1987)A downtrodden duo take a countryside getaway in this semi-autobiographical dark comedy
7.0
Our Father, the Devil (2023)It stumbles in certain moments, and I’m not sure I’m super satisfied with the ending, but Babetida Sadjo… What a performer.
7.0
Our Father, the Devil (2023)A haunting directorial debut that unfolds in a unique psychological drama
7.0
FantasmasIt never fails to amaze me how Torres can capture the specific oddity of dreams in his work.
7.0
FantasmasJulio Torres’ signature surreal style shines in this weird, fantastic, and star-studded show
6.7
QueenieI love Queenie the character, but I’m not a big fan of Queenie the show.
6.7
QueenieApart from being realistically messy, this quarter-life crisis dramedy doesn’t bring anything new or enjoyable to the plate
7.1
Ong-Bak (2003)What do you mean the stunts are real?! They look so real!
7.1
Ong-Bak (2003)Tony Jaa introduces the world to Muay Thai in this action-packed, insanely choreographed crime thriller
8.5
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Old Enough!This is how to instill confidence in children and anxiety in adults.
8.5
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Old Enough!A bite-sized show about toddlers going on errands and growing up before your eyes
6.0
Jo Koy: Live from Brooklyn (2024)Jo Koy is a natural, but.
6.0
Jo Koy: Live from Brooklyn (2024)Jo Koy with a lot of lubing up, not a lot of tissuing off
7.5
Dancing for the Devil: The 7M TikTok CultA pastor takes advantage of vulnerable children.
7.5
Dancing for the Devil: The 7M TikTok CultA 7M/Shekinah cult exposé that runs twice as long as it needs to
7.7
In the Bedroom (2001)The title is genius.
7.7
In the Bedroom (2001)A strong tragic family drama where grief and regret drive retribution
7.4
Hit Man (2024)Retta says it best: okay, Daniel Day!
7.4
Hit Man (2024)Strong performances pull off this steamy, thrilling romcom
7.0
Boys (2014)So cute. So, so cute.
7.0
Boys (2014)A sweet and easy coming-of-age LGBT sports drama
7.0
The Outlaws (2017)ACAB, except maybe for Ma Seok-do.
7.0
The Outlaws (2017)Don Lee takes down gangsters in this gritty and humorous crime thriller
7.9
The Old Oak (2023)It’s not the British director’s best, but it’s a fittingly heartbreaking swan song.
7.9
The Old Oak (2023)Ken Loach’s farewell film is a heart-wrenching celebration of community
7.5
Outer BanksI can’t tell these supposed factions apart.
7.5
Outer BanksA promising enough mystery amid the drama clichés and banter
8.0
Godzilla Minus One (2023)Godzilla keeps growing like my anxiety.
8.0
Godzilla Minus One (2023)A more story-driven Godzilla movie with a lot heart
7.0
The Long Walk Home (1990)It’s not perfect, but it’s great to see an example of following a call to action, not just ineffective theatrics.
7.0
The Long Walk Home (1990)Two strong-willed women find support in each other through this powerful, though a bit unbalanced, drama
7.0
Hitler and the Nazis: Evil on TrialIt’s not an easy watch, especially since it doesn’t necessarily report anything new, but it is an urgent cautionary tale in our increasingly authoritarian times.
7.0
Hitler and the Nazis: Evil on TrialThe rise and fall of the Third Reich is chronicled in this comprehensive, if weighty, documentary
7.2
How to Rob a Bank (2024)Mark my words, someone’s gonna make a feature film out of this someday.
7.2
How to Rob a Bank (2024)A thrilling and surprisingly cinematic account of how one man pulled off a string of heists in Seattle
7.3
Beyond the Hills (2012)I can’t believe this was real.
7.3
Beyond the Hills (2012)Faith and friendship are tested in this bleak, unsettling Romanian drama
7.5
Trial by Media“This isn’t wrestling, it’s a talk show.” I hate to break it to you, lady…
7.5
Trial by MediaA provocative docuseries presenting a spectrum of perspectives
8.5
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Kaiju No. 8It’s giving Yu-Gi-Oh! Battle City arc.
8.5
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Kaiju No. 8A high-octane, satisfyingly graphic kaiju series
8.5
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Steven UniversePastel Dragon Ball Z.
8.5
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Steven UniverseWonderful story arcs about self discovery and aliens
7.8
Hanagatami (2017)It’s such an insane film to attempt to end one’s career with.
7.8
Hanagatami (2017)Nobuhiko Obayashi fulfills his childhood dream in this strange and surreal coming-of-age drama that capped his anti-war trilogy
7.3
The Proposition (2005)No wonder this is Guy Pearce's favorite film he's done.
7.3
The Proposition (2005)The line between good and evil blurs in this dusty, gritty Outback Western
7.2
EqualIt’s fittingly more educational than entertaining, though the latter could’ve been better utilized to improve the former.
7.2
EqualThough it could’ve been smoother, this docuseries turns the spotlight on urgent, overlooked lessons on queer history
6.8
ClippedAs long as you set your expectations right (i.e. come for the goss, not the game), then you should enjoy this series.
6.8
ClippedAn uneven but enjoyable mess about the scandal surrounding former LA Clippers owner Don Sterling
7.0
XXY (2007)It’s actually insane how this is Lucia Puenzo’s first directorial debut.
7.0
XXY (2007)The landmark Argentine feature that explores the intersex experience
7.8
Heart Attack (2015)The ending was too real.
7.8
Heart Attack (2015)Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit questions the exploitation of the gig economy in this sweet romantic comedy
7.5
Virgin RiverI’m genuinely surprised this isn’t made by Hallmark.
7.5
Virgin RiverA conservative small town drama with a romance passing through
7.5
Team Foxcatcher (2016)Psychotic old man befriends the police and is permitted to carry guns.
7.5
Team Foxcatcher (2016)A home video heavy documentary that allots too much runtime on perpetrator John du Pont
8.0
We Bare BearsI choose the bears.
8.0
We Bare BearsAn adorable show about brotherhood, featuring a trio of equally memorable bears
7.5
Lilies (1996)“We shall be free. We'll be loved. If you do truly love me, let your love be known unto me.” I need to cry right now.
7.5
Lilies (1996)A passionate, underseen queer gem where a confession transforms into a memory play
7.5
Jurassic World: Chaos TheoryThe dinosaur depiction is inexplicably calming and realistic.
7.5
Jurassic World: Chaos TheoryDrama, danger, and mystery around dinosaur attacks that will keep you on your toes
8.5
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Adventure TimeI feel like an entire generation watched this and realized being weird isn't for them.
8.5
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Adventure TimeAn assault of colors and existential thoughts
7.6
Here We GoWelcome back, Good Luck Charlie.
7.6
Here We GoThis dryly funny British family sitcom finds mirth in the mundane
6.0
My Oni Girl (2024)The best time to watch this is early in the morning when you’re 7 years old, not paying attention to the TV, just soaking it all in.
6.0
My Oni Girl (2024)An ethereal fantasy adventure that quickly unravels into a confusing mess
5.0
Out in the Dark (2012)It’s just really disappointing.
5.0
Out in the Dark (2012)A depressing LGBT political drama that oversimplifies the Israel-Palestine conflict
7.2
The Great Lillian Hall (2024)It’s almost like watching a modernized take on All About Eve, except more dramatic than funny.
7.2
The Great Lillian Hall (2024)A powerful showcase for Jessica Lange, this drama is both an ode to theater and a heartbreaking depiction of dementia
7.7
The Host (2006)Dispose. *clap* Your waste. *clap* PROPERLY.
7.7
The Host (2006)Family saves each other in this emotionally satisfying, epic monster movie
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STAFF LISTS10 Best Movies on Xumo Play (Available for Free)
7.5
Ren FaireYou can tell the Safdie brothers had their hands on this.
7.5
Ren FaireA fantastic, hyperreal succession drama about the country’s biggest Renaissance fair
7.5
Too Funny to Fail: The Life & Death of The Dana Carvey Show (2017)This is a comedy nerd’s (my) dream.
7.5
Too Funny to Fail: The Life & Death of The Dana Carvey Show (2017)Ironically but delightfully, the story of the short-lived Dana Carvey Show is one of inspiration, joy, and hope
5.5
The Seeding (2024)Lesson learned: Do not go to the desert for the solar eclipse. Stay away.
5.5
The Seeding (2024)An interesting, if a bit underdeveloped, desert debut that gets darker and darker
7.0
The First Omen (2024)The First Omen being good is, ironically, a pretty good omen for filmmaking today, even if it is part of a franchise.
7.0
The First Omen (2024)The Omen returns in this timely, terrifying throwback
5.5
I Am Not Big Bird (2024)Small penis.
5.5
I Am Not Big Bird (2024)A very very very long penis joke
7.5
Gaea Girls (2000)Young girls scratch and claw through trauma to have 5-year careers.
7.5
Gaea Girls (2000)A brutal eye-opening look at hazing culture in Joshi wrestling
7.8
Jim Henson Idea Man (2024)It’s an explosion of creativity and color, sure to jumpstart any artist idle or doubtful of where they stand.
7.8
Jim Henson Idea Man (2024)Bursting with color and heart, Jim Henson’s life story is sure to inspire hopeful creatives all around
7.2
The Beales of Grey Gardens (2006)Devotees of Grey Gardens, this is for you.
7.2
The Beales of Grey Gardens (2006)The titular witty old money outcasts are remembered in the unreleased footage of the classic American documentary
8.0
Open Your Eyes (1997)If you're new to this and Vanilla Sky, watch Open Your Eyes first.
8.0
Open Your Eyes (1997)The startlingly surreal Spanish psychothriller that inspired modern cult classic Vanilla Sky
6.5
Geek GirlHarriet Manners would not survive one day in America’s Next Top Model.
6.5
Geek GirlA highly unlikely premise fails this otherwise cute and wholesome teen romcom
7.5
Swing Kids (2018)The tap dancing here… Seb in La La Land could never.
7.5
Swing Kids (2018)An engaging and enjoyable musical that revels in dance, but struggles in depicting its history
7.0
The Final: Attack on Wembley (2024)The lengths people will go to sing Sweet Caroline.
7.0
The Final: Attack on Wembley (2024)Focused and descriptive accounts of the UEFA Euro 2020 anarchy at Wembley Stadium
7.3
The Unbelievable Truth (1990)“You can't have faith in people, only the deals you make with them. People are only as good as the deals they make and keep.” – WHAT a line.
7.3
The Unbelievable Truth (1990)An offbeat, unconventional romantic comedy that examines true love in a world that’s transactional
7.0
EricOne publication called it “Sesame Street by way of The Jinx” and I honestly cannot think of a better description.
7.0
EricSet in ‘80s New York, Eric soars as a lived-in period piece and satisfies as a mystery, even though the intensity of the performances weighs it down at times
7.2
MoviePass, MovieCrash (2024)If your gut tells you it’s too good to be true, it most likely is.
7.2
MoviePass, MovieCrash (2024)An enlightening study of how one of the fastest-growing subscription services came undone through racial bias and corporate greed
7.4
The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (2016)Olli Mäki is a lover, not a fighter.
7.4
The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (2016)An understated and unusually modest sports biopic that celebrates love rather than championships
8.0
Turtles Can Fly (2005)As of writing (May 2024), it’s been roughly 20 years since its release. I wish I could say that the world has learned more since then.
8.0
Turtles Can Fly (2005)A realistic and well-made Kurdish drama that’s absolutely devastating
8.5
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Green Day: Bullet in a Bible (2005)In some ways, it's a reminder of how good we had it in the mid-2000s.
8.5
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Green Day: Bullet in a Bible (2005)Unabashedly 2000s and peak Green Day energy
7.3
The Red Violin (1998)It’s really an interesting film about life’s mysteries, which now happens to include the possibility of blood as violin varnish and playing violin during sex.
7.3
The Red Violin (1998)A lost violin bears witness to the world’s search for the sublime in this ambitious anthology
7.3
La Femme Nikita (1990)It’s a little bit funny how Besson made a movie so iconic, that twenty years later, he ends up actually copying himself.
7.3
La Femme Nikita (1990)Luc Besson crafts one of film’s most iconic femme fatales in this stylish spy thriller
7.3
In LimboJust Like Heaven fans, this show is for you.
7.3
In LimboA careful balance of dark and light themes makes this Aussie comedy worth watching
7.1
For Love & Life: No Ordinary Campaign (2023)It doesn’t reinvent the wheel of documentary storytelling, but it manages to balance science with sentiment to evoke genuine inspiration
7.1
For Love & Life: No Ordinary Campaign (2023)An inspiring look at one couple’s quest to give ALS the attention and funding it deserves
7.7
Yuni (2021)Someday, somehow, Yuni’s story wouldn’t be a possibility for girls around the world. But until that day, I hope more filmmakers would dare to be as honest and thoughtful as Kamila Andini in depicting this issue.
7.7
Yuni (2021)A powerful drama depicting a coming-of-age journey strangled by societal oppression
6.0
The VeilIt's a sad thing to watch, but not quite as sad as the close contact fight scenes.
6.0
The VeilA very unstressful thriller involving secret agents and deception
6.9
Print It Black (2024)It’s a moving account of an important event, but don’t expect to learn anything new from it.
6.9
Print It Black (2024)It tells a worthy story, but this documentary about the Uvalde mass shooting buckles under the weight of its ambitions
7.6
The Taste of Things (2023)Ratatouille for refined adults.
7.6
The Taste of Things (2023)Consider this film, which is as comforting and delightful as the dishes served in it, chicken soup for the wearied soul
7.3
Miracle WorkersWhoever decided to cast Radcliffe and Buscemi together… Thank you.
7.3
Miracle WorkersDaniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi have fun in this eccentric comedy anthology that’s full of heart
8.0
Young RockSome valuable b-roll for Dwayne Johnson’s presidential campaign.
8.0
Young RockDwayne “The Rock” Johnson pays tribute to his pro wrestling upbringing in this light sitcom
7.5
Shadows in Paradise (1986)True love! Though maybe it's best to have your first date somewhere other than the bingo hall.
7.5
Shadows in Paradise (1986)Two broke introverts fall in love in this unconventionally deadpan romantic comedy
7.7
Terrorizers (1986)Pure cinema.
7.7
Terrorizers (1986)Three couples search for truth in this fascinating jigsaw puzzle of modern urban living
8.1
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The Sacrifice (1986)It's terrifying how the themes still resonate today.
8.1
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The Sacrifice (1986)In his final film, Andrei Tarkovsky contemplates the end of the world in this meditative modern twist to the Sacrifice of Isaac
7.4
Civil War (2024)You know a film’s good when Jesse Plemmons is on the cast list.
7.4
Civil War (2024)Set in a future splintered America, Civil War takes a chilling closer look at war journalism and fractured politics
7.5
Far from the Madding Crowd (2015)What happened to men giving you a lamb for a proposal?
7.5
Far from the Madding Crowd (2015)Thomas Vinterberg and David Nicholls team up for an enchanting, yet grounded modern interpretation of the classic countryside novel
9.0
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Fruits BasketOh, to be as kind and optimistic as Tohru Honda!
9.0
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Fruits BasketThe iconic shoujo manga, portrayed to perfection in its second anime adaptation
5.0
Atlas (2024)This is the most unserious film I’ve seen in a while.
5.0
Atlas (2024)A sci-fi film that’s so clunky and derivative, it’s almost hilariously good
7.5
You Cannot Kill David Arquette (2020)Who are we kidding, no one’s too Hollywood for pro wrestling.
7.5
You Cannot Kill David Arquette (2020)Actor David Arquette is too unhinged for Hollywood, too Hollywood for pro wrestling
7.1
The Beach Boys (2024)They might as well put color-coded lyrics in this documentary the way it doubles as a sing-along ( as a huge Beach Boys fan, I mean that as a compliment).
7.1
The Beach Boys (2024)Though it could benefit from a more complex treatment, the latest documentary about the iconic American band is just as enjoyable and endearing as their music
7.0
Enchanted April (1991)LF: Three more women to vacation with in Italy.
7.0
Enchanted April (1991)Four women take a relaxing break in this charming and delightful novel adaptation
7.2
After Lucia (2012)Teenagers are sadly sometimes the cruelest people to ever exist.
7.2
After Lucia (2012)A harrowing, difficult drama on the cruelty of teenage bullying
8.0
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert DurstIf Kendall Roy was ever tried for his crimes, I imagine it would go down something like this.
8.0
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert DurstThis deep dive into the baffling crimes of a wealthy heir doubles as a breakthrough in true crime and an excellent piece of investigative reportage
7.0
Zegen (1987)I’m actually surprised Japan submitted this for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 60th Academy Awards.
7.0
Zegen (1987)A bawdy and irreverent satire of delusional nationalism
8.5
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Billy & Molly: An Otter Love Story (2024)I’m convinced someone wanted to make “a love story like no otter” a literal tagline.
8.5
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Billy & Molly: An Otter Love Story (2024)A mesmerizing Pixar-like film about pure, utter friendship
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STAFF LISTS10 Best Documentary TV Shows of 2024
6.0
TiresThere’s a joke that got a laugh out of me but I can’t seem to recall what it was, so that should tell you something about its memorability factor (or lack thereof).
6.0
TiresIt has its moments, but this sitcom starring Shane Gillis is too flat to be funny or interesting
7.9
Gods and Monsters (1998)This is the kind of biopic filmmakers should be making about filmmakers.
7.9
Gods and Monsters (1998)A speculative but compassionate depiction of the later days of one of the first ever Hollywood directors
7.6
Amy (2015)It’s an unsettling but necessary watch, one that respects its once-in-a-generation singer enough to highlight her multifaceted self.
7.6
Amy (2015)Though it sometimes borders on voyeurism, this incredibly intimate documentary uncovers new depths of the legendary singer’s misunderstood persona
7.0
Black Book (2006)Melisandre can sing?!
7.0
Black Book (2006)Paul Verhoeven returns to his native Netherlands through this familiar espionage romance thriller
7.1
Dragon (2011)Okay, but maybe if you didn’t wade into your crime scene and slurp the river water and attack the town hero, people might take your detective work more seriously.
7.1
Dragon (2011)Sherlock Holmes meets martial arts master in this exciting, genre-mixing action mystery
7.5
Fighting with My Family (2019)There is no way young Saraya dreamed of one day holding that horrid butterfly belt.
7.5
Fighting with My Family (2019)A refreshing look at pro wrestling through teen comedy drama tropes
7.5
A Revolution on Canvas (2023)If there’s something I’ve learned from watching one too many docs about tortured male geniuses, it’s that there’s almost always a generous, supportive, and underappreciated woman behind his success.
7.5
A Revolution on Canvas (2023)An Iranian artist looks back on a life of revolutionary and familial struggle in this heartbreaking but illuminating documentary
7.8
Chasing Amy (1997)Is it really a pre-stardom Ben Affleck flick if Matt Damon and Casey Affleck don’t make a cameo?
7.8
Chasing Amy (1997)Sweet and smart with a bit of a sting, this romantic comedy is When Harry Met Sally for the cooler Generation X crowd
7.8
Smoke Sauna Sisterhood (2023)I wish every woman out there had a safe place like this.
7.8
Smoke Sauna Sisterhood (2023)The smoke sauna serves as sacred sanctuary in this refreshing documentary
7.6
Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life (1995)Do I know what the hell happened here? No. But is it a good movie to watch? Yes, if you’re open to the strange and creepy images the Brothers Quay has to offer.
7.6
Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life (1995)The Brothers Quay fascinates and befuddles in their unsettling first live-action feature
6.5
Vanderpump VillaHow down in the dumps would you have to be to agree to check in while the show is being filmed?
6.5
Vanderpump VillaNothing beats the transparent trashiness of this hospitality-themed reality show
7.2
The Quiet American (2002)AITA for getting in between my younger white friend and my Asian mistress, even though I can’t divorce my wife?
7.2
The Quiet American (2002)An effortless adaptation of the challenging romantic political drama
7.5
Stax: Soulsville USAFor the record, I’ll take any reason to listen to Soul Man and The Dock of the Bay.
7.5
Stax: Soulsville USAAn electrifying account of how one music label pioneered Southern soul music
7.0
The FlatshareIf you remove its romcom sheen, this is actually a chilling cautionary tale about the worsening housing crisis.
7.0
The FlatshareIt can be predictable, but this romantic comedy is grounded by relatable troubles and charming performances
8.2
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Casting Blossoms to the Sky (2012)Cleverness and courage to bring about peace– I wish the world remembers this today.
8.2
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Casting Blossoms to the Sky (2012)A moving, haunting tribute to the ordinary lives lost to war and disaster, and the love that remains in spite of it
8.5
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Hitman Hart: Wrestling With Shadows (1998)Bret Hart being a heel exclusively in the United States pretty much means he’s a good guy.
8.5
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Hitman Hart: Wrestling With Shadows (1998)A documentary capturing one of the most important transition periods in WWF, through the eyes of Canadian wrestling hero Bret Hart
7.0
Dogleg (2023)I’m not sure this film would work for all viewers, but it’s different and it would be interesting to see what Al Warren would do next.
7.0
Dogleg (2023)An offbeat, unusual debut feature that’s as uncontrollable as its medium
7.6
Colin from AccountsThese two match each other's freak, and we’re here for it.
7.6
Colin from AccountsIt doesn’t reinvent the romcom wheel, but there’s lots to love and laugh about in this delightful Aussie sitcom
7.8
Housekeeping for Beginners (2024)Modern Family 2.0 (Southeast Europe Edition).
7.8
Housekeeping for Beginners (2024)At once understated and powerful, this Macedonian drama shines a necessary light on the complexity of found families
7.6
Secret Sunshine (2007)What an interesting choice to make the setting a few years after that horrifying case.
7.6
Secret Sunshine (2007)A grieving woman deals with the worst of fates in this challenging, disquieting riverside drama
8.0
Beyond the Mat (1999)The carny business ain’t a shiny business. For many people, there is no beyond that mat.
8.0
Beyond the Mat (1999)The quintessential ‘90s pro wrestling documentary that shows that the top of the mountain carries more insanity than glory
6.9
Power (2024)I will happily watch this in a history class, but not necessarily in a movie theater.
6.9
Power (2024)A highly informative but ultimately flat account of the history of policing in America
6.0
The Big CigarIt tries so hard to steer clear from being another Hollywood-glorified white savior story, that it ends up being that exact same thing it avoids.
6.0
The Big CigarThis miniseries about Black Panther co-founder Huey P. Newton succeeds as a heist, but fails as a meaningful biopic
7.0
Infamous (2006)Daniel Craig was genuinely a surprise here. It’s a really different side compared to his later roles, but not in the way you’re thinking. (And I can’t really say due to spoilers, sorry.)
7.0
Infamous (2006)A slightly embellished, often compared, retelling that depicts the classic novelist’s larger-than-life spirit
7.5
Chinese Odyssey 2002 (2002)This was supposed to be fun and slapstick, but why did I tear up in the ring test… Tony Leung Chiu Wai is just too good!
7.5
Chinese Odyssey 2002 (2002)An absurd, ridiculous parody of classic Chinese dramas that comes with a sweet twist
8.0
Tales From the TerritoriesBar fights, hospital escapes, attempted murders, near-homicides — ah yes, the golden age of wrestling.
8.0
Tales From the TerritoriesA gritty pro wrestling series that almost makes you miss the wild west of the territory days
7.9
Uncropped (2024)Wes Anderson, who appears in the documentary and serves as its executive producer, describes James Hamilton best when he says “he’s basically James Stewart in Rear Window.”
7.9
Uncropped (2024)A delightful documentary that doubles as a biography of a singular artist and a celebration of a bygone era
6.5
Ashley Madison: Sex, Lies & ScandalIt can be addictive, but don’t expect to learn anything new from this documentary.
6.5
Ashley Madison: Sex, Lies & ScandalMore of a reiteration than an exposé, this documentary fails to shed new light on a well-known albeit still intriguing scandal
7.4
Trick (1999)Jim Fall, Jason Schafer… I know it’s been years since you’ve talked about the sequel but PLEASE we are begging for it.
7.4
Trick (1999)A witty and refreshing comedy-of-errors depicting the gay community in the big city
7.0
Italian for Beginners (2000)Movie overall = 7/10. Actual Italian language tutelage = 1/10.
7.0
Italian for Beginners (2000)An understated, lighthearted romantic comedy made much more naturalistic through the Dogme ethos
6.0
Secrets of the Neanderthals (2024)It’s a field trip that sounded better on paper and dares overstay its welcome.
6.0
Secrets of the Neanderthals (2024)This plodding, unenergetic documentary sees neanderthals and humans as two branches on the same tree
6.8
The Boxer (1997)To be honest, it’s actually disappointing to see a whole year of boxing training only given a few scenes.
6.8
The Boxer (1997)Star-crossed lovers stand their ground in this disappointing Northern Irish drama
7.0
Monarch: Legacy of MonstersCome for Godzilla, stay for the Russell father-and-son duo.
7.0
Monarch: Legacy of MonstersWhat this Godzilla series lacks in kaiju action, it more than makes up for in movie star charm
7.2
Blackbird Blackbird Blackberry (2023)Etero’s dinner monologue… Perfect.
7.2
Blackbird Blackbird Blackberry (2023)A meditative character study of an independent middle-aged woman
6.9
Spacey UnmaskedHow can anyone watch this and still think the guy’s innocent?
6.9
Spacey UnmaskedAn important exposé that is unfortunately buried under weak editing choices
3.5
Down the Rabbit Hole (2024)If a comedy is a 2-hour film with 1 absurd confrontation every hour, this is comedy.
3.5
Down the Rabbit Hole (2024)A painfully uneventful coming-of-age story about a boy and his drug-lord father
7.7
Mona Lisa (1986)Also, shout out to that Genesis drop– what a banger.
7.7
Mona Lisa (1986)A neo-noir love story that dives deep into London’s underworld
7.2
The Last Stop in Yuma County (2024)Tarantino and the Coen brothers, but make it indie.
7.2
The Last Stop in Yuma County (2024)A tight Western thriller that makes good use of its limited budget
9.2
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MonsterJohan Liebert is proof that you should never trust a guy whose name starts with J. (Just kidding. But dear lord, this boy is terrifying.)
9.2
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MonsterThe classic psychological thriller anime that’s simply one-of-a-kind
7.1
Wicked Little Letters (2024)Expect nothing less from Olivia Colman and Jessie Buckley, especially when they’re performing against each other.
7.1
Wicked Little Letters (2024)It’s not the most original mystery out there, nor the most rousing feminist piece, but Wicked Little Letters’ robust performances make it well worth watching
7.5
John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch (2019)John Mulaney putting the sketch in sketch comedy.
7.5
John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch (2019)John Mulaney successfully creates an offbeat children's comedy special tackling death
7.2
Belle (2013)Sam Reid was decent here– he does quite well with Davinier– But I cannot help but imagine what it would have been like if first choice Sam Claflin didn’t have scheduling conflicts with Catching Fire…
7.2
Belle (2013)A stirring, though fictionalized, period drama intertwining race and romance
7.9
Such Brave GirlsIt feels like the spiritual successor to Flebag, except somehow more gross and maybe, possibly, more dysfunctional.
7.9
Such Brave GirlsAn unforgiving and bleakly funny look at the sorry state of mental health in low-income Britain
8.1
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La Belle Noiseuse (1991)THIS is the way we should encourage art– not through artificial images generated from stolen work, but through depicting the actual process.
8.1
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La Belle Noiseuse (1991)A sensual, spellbinding masterpiece depicting the creative process and its muse
4.0
Mother of the Bride (2024)Someone please save Miranda Cosgrove before she gets permanently typecasted into “no personality beyond being a great influencer” roles.
4.0
Mother of the Bride (2024)A forgettable if frustrating Mother’s Day bait film
8.0
LoveLove is a cute sprint, but a painfully frustrating marathon.
8.0
LoveThe perfectly awkward romcom series for when you crave a little cringe
7.2
Lilting (2014)It’s acturally crazy how this is a debut feature…
7.2
Lilting (2014)A thoughtful, heartbreaking debut feature where shared grief bridges two different people
7.3
BodkinTed Lasso and now Bodkin…if I had a nickel every time an SNL regular played a sweet but naive American in Europe, I’d have two nickels, which isn’t a lot but it’s weird that it happened twice right?
7.3
BodkinGritty procedural meets giddy podcast in this Irish crime comedy
7.4
Santa Sangre (1989)Kinda weird to cast your own children into this kind of film, though for young Fenix, I can’t say it would be easy to cast any child at all.
7.4
Santa Sangre (1989)A terrifying circus act straight from Alejandro Jodorowsky’s nightmares
8.0
La Chimera (2023)It’s one of those films that leaves you with more questions than answers, but makes sure the experience is worthwhile, if not unforgettable.
8.0
La Chimera (2023)A dreamy, bewitching film that ponders on ideas of lostness and longing
5.0
Katt Williams: Woke Foke (2024)Support woke culture by slapping it in the back of the head.
5.0
Katt Williams: Woke Foke (2024)Comedian Katt Williams performs a messy, boisterous gospel wrapped in crass and gossip
7.9
Drowning by Numbers (1988)I spy with my little eye…
7.9
Drowning by Numbers (1988)Peter Greenaway plays with structure and numbers in this surreal, quirky crime comedy
7.6
An Autumn’s Tale (1987)Okay, but can someone tell me what degree of cousinship Jennifer and Sam share? Because “my aunt’s niece” isn’t really clear enough.
7.6
An Autumn’s Tale (1987)Two Hong Kong immigrants find a new life, and a new love, in this New York-shot romantic drama
8.4
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The Beatles: Get BackAs an objective reviewer I’m saying this doc is worthwhile, but as a years-long Beatlemaniac, I’m saying that watching this has been one of the most revelatory cinematic experience in my life.
8.4
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The Beatles: Get BackYou don’t have to like The Beatles, just music, to enjoy this sprawling documentary about the making of an iconic album
7.0
Hollywood Con QueenOur generation could’ve gotten our own Ben Kingsley if this guy had channeled his talents into acting instead of sociopathic scamming.
7.0
Hollywood Con QueenA compelling three-parter about a swindler who cruelly and successfully scammed hundreds of people by impersonating Hollywood’s executive elite
8.5
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Dark Side of the RingIt's either this or Nacho Libre with wrestling, huh?
8.5
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Dark Side of the RingA streamlined look into the tragic stories and fascinating urban legends in pro wrestling
7.6
Hilary and Jackie (1998)Whoever decided to cast Rachel Griffiths and Emily Watson as sisters? Thank you.
7.6
Hilary and Jackie (1998)Two sisters, bound by music, is torn by genius and fame in this tragic, heartwrenching biopic
7.0
The Breaking Ice (2023)LF: New friends to frolic in the snow and alleviate my depression with.
7.0
The Breaking Ice (2023)Three lost souls find a warm connection in this wintry, delicate drama
7.6
Dark MatterMarvel wishes its infinite universes had this much intrigue and sexual appeal.
7.6
Dark MatterForget superheroes, Apple TV+'s exciting new sci-fi series pits Joel Edgerton at the center of the multiverse
8.0
SwaggerAll I’m saying is there are plenty of mediocre shows Apple TV+ could’ve scrapped instead of the promising, energizing Swagger.
8.0
SwaggerCombining impressive athleticism, relevant social themes, and heartwarming performances, Swagger is a noteworthy entry in the sports drama genre
7.0
Hack Your Health: The Secrets of Your Gut (2024)For a digestive system documentary, this wasn't gross at all.
7.0
Hack Your Health: The Secrets of Your Gut (2024)An informative, artistic, and digestible tribute to the digestive system
6.9
Testament of Youth (2014)I just can’t stop seeing Eggsy, Merlin, and Jon Snow being BFFs with Ava from Ex Machina…
6.9
Testament of Youth (2014)A lovely, though fairly standard, memoir adaptation of the famous British pacifist
6.8
Unfrosted (2024)Comedy nerds will have too much fun pinpointing who’s who’s in this star-studded cast, maybe more than watching the film itself.
6.8
Unfrosted (2024)A fun but ultimately too-childish romp about the discovery of the Pop-Tart
7.9
Do Not Expect Too Much from the End of the World (2023)Bobiță…
7.9
Do Not Expect Too Much from the End of the World (2023)A cynical, but terribly honest portrait of the indignity of modern life
7.1
Turtles All the Way Down (2024)Sometimes I wonder if the recent surge of manic pixie dream boys in Hollywood is payback for all the times their female counterparts vexed us in movies past.
7.1
Turtles All the Way Down (2024)A sweet and relatable coming-of-age drama that brings mental health and economic realities to the fore
7.5
Dead Boy DetectivesIt's splashes of Umbrella Academy meeting the ashes of The Sandman.
7.5
Dead Boy DetectivesA colorful teen comedy, but a dragging supernatural mystery
7.3
Lust, Caution (2007)Now, why haven’t we seen Tang Wei and Tony Leung in a film together again?
7.3
Lust, Caution (2007)A wartime spy falls for a collaborator in this erotic espionage drama
6.7
Prom Dates (2024)Julia Lester is hilarious, but everything and everyone else just made me want to rewatch Booksmart.
6.7
Prom Dates (2024)A cute but ultimately cliched take at the “night before prom” teen film
7.0
The Contestant (2023)Before The Truman Show, there was “A Life in Prizes”—both cruel and manipulative, but one was a dystopian look at what the future could be, and the other was just real.
7.0
The Contestant (2023)A breakthrough in reality TV reveals the cruel lengths the media is willing to go to in exploiting a person’s misery for entertainment
7.0
Idiots and Angels (2008)Now, how do I give angel wings on certain individuals…
7.0
Idiots and Angels (2008)Miserable scoundrel transforms into unwilling good-doer in this strange and cynical animated comedy
3.5
The Tearsmith (2024)I feel like we should have been kinder to Twilight.
3.5
The Tearsmith (2024)A porn storyline with “adopted siblings” and “Wattpad” as its main tags
6.9
The Idea of You (2024)No one needs convincing that Anne Hathaway still has it, but here we are.
6.9
The Idea of You (2024)A smart albeit dry romantic comedy that unwittingly contradicts its empowering message
5.0
A Man in FullForget his knee, Jeff Daniels must be really sore carrying this entire series on his back.
5.0
A Man in FullA star-studded cast and a timely premise can’t save this stilted, badly directed business drama set in the South
8.1
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Breaking the Waves (1996)If only Bess was born in this day and age. She would have loved the internet.
8.1
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Breaking the Waves (1996)Lars von Trier breaks his rules in the tearjerking first film of the Golden Heart trilogy
7.2
Mambar Pierrette (2024)It’s just such a lovely portrait, not just of the title character, but also of her community.
7.2
Mambar Pierrette (2024)A moving portrait of a steadfast seamstress that subtly stitches everyday life in Douala
7.5
Criminal: UKIt's Black Mirror with dialogue as the technology.
7.5
Criminal: UKA dialogue-driven, single-setting interrogation drama that makes the most of its premise
8.4
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Cleaners (2019)God bless the copier machine that printed out every frame.
8.4
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Cleaners (2019)A weird and wonderful coming-of-age anthology featuring classic moments in 2000’s Philippine high schools
8.3
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Minbo: the Gentle Art of Japanese Extortion (1992)Gotta lower down the volume on this one, though, with all the yelling.
8.3
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Minbo: the Gentle Art of Japanese Extortion (1992)Alternatively, a hilarious, satiric guide to dealing with pesky organized crime
8.5
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Angle (2023)Kurt Angle is a wholesome superhuman.
8.5
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Angle (2023)Wrestling legend Kurt Angle is the embodiment of "never give up" in this candid sports documentary
7.0
Fern Brady: Autistic Bikini Queen (2024)Love is powerful, but not as powerful as Fern Brady.
7.0
Fern Brady: Autistic Bikini Queen (2024)Fern Brady's comedy is friendly and absurd in the best way
8.0
The Resurrection of Jake The Snake (2015)It's arguably the best ad for DDP Yoga.
8.0
The Resurrection of Jake The Snake (2015)The inspiring, gritty journey of how pro wrestler Jake "The Snake" Roberts turned his life around
6.7
City Hunter (2024)You can tell it’s based on an anime created in the ‘80s by how outdated and sexist its humor is.
6.7
City Hunter (2024)Cool graphics and choreography can’t save this live-action adaptation’s hackneyed story and misogynistic humor
8.2
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Comrades, Almost a Love Story (1996)Li Xiao Jun, what are you doing, being all confused over Maggie Cheung like that?
8.2
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Comrades, Almost a Love Story (1996)Almost Hong Kong natives become almost lovers in this heart stirring romance drama
8.6
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Problemista (2024)This is for anyone who’s woken up sweating from a nightmare about freakin' paperwork.
8.6
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Problemista (2024)Dark, weird, poignant, and funny, this debut feature by Los Espookys star Julio Torres is a modern parable of the American Dream
7.3
White God (2014)If you have one, please hug your dog for me, thanks.
7.3
White God (2014)An unpleasant, bizarre, yet brilliant drama about the dark side of man and his best friend
6.7
The Glass Castle (2017)It’s Jeannette’s choice to forgive Rex, and it’s admirable of her, but the way the film makes this conclusion is the reason the film isn’t rated any higher.
6.7
The Glass Castle (2017)A disjointed, but still touching, adaptation of the audacious family memoir
7.0
The Hijacking of Flight 601It's what a hijacking might feel like if you damn near tranquilize yourself to death.
7.0
The Hijacking of Flight 601A hijacking drama that creates anxiety by curing it
7.0
ElsbethElsbeth is a ray of sunshine in a genre packed with grim, self-serious shows.
7.0
ElsbethSet in New York with an irresistibly charming lead, this spin-off from The Good Wife makes for a simple but entertaining watch
7.3
Spermworld (2024)It’s a unique choice, one that not many people make, but whether you agree or disagree over the morality of the choice, it’s really so fascinating to watch.
7.3
Spermworld (2024)People take family planning into their own hands in this fascinating look into sperm donation online
7.7
How to Have Sex (2023)One day, the concept of consent would be so ubiquitous that these teen parties would just be fun memories to treasure.
7.7
How to Have Sex (2023)A drunken summer vacation turns melancholy in this sober observation of teenage rites of passage
7.5
Unlocked: A Jail ExperimentThis takes separate the art from the artist to another level.
7.5
Unlocked: A Jail ExperimentA fascinating prison experiment that believes most people change for the better
6.5
Betty Blue (1986)Betty… You deserve better.
6.5
Betty Blue (1986)Artistic frustration is only temporarily sated by love in this erotic, supposedly psychological, drama
7.3
Parting Glances (1986)It’s heartbreaking how this was the only film Bill Sherwood ever made.
7.3
Parting Glances (1986)An honest, domestic depiction of AIDS and the Manhattan gay community
6.0
Deliver MeWe’re not expecting child murder to be fun to watch, but the show’s done no favor to its excellent cast since it’s made with the same Netflix true crime flair.
6.0
Deliver MeA tragic novel contemplating teen delinquency is disappointingly adapted with the same Netflix approach
7.0
Pathfinder (1987)It’s actually funny how the stunt doubles, not the cast, complained about the cold to the point they refused to work.
7.0
Pathfinder (1987)The sole survivor of a family massacre saves his entire tribe in the first ever film depicting the Sámi people
6.5
The Beautiful Game (2024)Of course this is the movie that made the best use of Seven Nation Army.
6.5
The Beautiful Game (2024)A heartwarming lesson in belonging and humility following the sports movie formula
7.0
The Beauty Inside (2015)While plenty of things in this film are impossible, it’s totally believable to stay up for days, procrastinate on work, and change your entire life for someone as beautiful as Yi-soo.
7.0
The Beauty Inside (2015)A slightly impossible, but sweet, romance drama that believes in love despite changing faces
7.1
Grandpa and Grandma Turn Young AgainMino is kinda weird for making her grandpa pose like a boy band member, though.
7.1
Grandpa and Grandma Turn Young AgainA charming slice-of-life comedy where youth reveals the beauty of the simple life
6.3
The Greatest Hits (2024)I wouldn’t say it has THE greatest hits, though.
6.3
The Greatest Hits (2024)Music prolongs grief in this fairly standard indie romance
STAFF LISTSBest 2024 Movies on Hulu So Far
STAFF LISTSBest 2024 Movies on Hulu So Far
5.0
THE MAGIC PRANK SHOW with Justin WillmanMagicians don't do reveals. Pranksters do reveals. Let's make a TV show and force it to work, it'll be great.
5.0
THE MAGIC PRANK SHOW with Justin WillmanOutrageous prank premises that get old pretty quick
7.0
LaRoy, Texas (2024)When will John Magano be treated right?
7.0
LaRoy, Texas (2024)Blackmail and betrayal intersect in this small town Texan crime comedy
7.4
Amar Singh Chamkila (2024)Indian films are no stranger to music, but it's just much more fitting here with the subject matter, with the perfect cast, and the excellent selection for each moment.
7.4
Amar Singh Chamkila (2024)Imtiaz Ali remembers the Elvis of Punjab in this vibrant musical biopic
STAFF LISTS10 Best 2024 Thriller Movies So Far
STAFF LISTS10 Best 2024 Thriller Movies So Far
7.7
The Official Story (1985)Norma Aleandro is excellent here.
7.7
The Official Story (1985)A heartbreaking family drama that reveals the human cost of Argentina’s political unrest in the 20th century
5.5
What Jennifer Did (2024)Just watch a good Youtube channel or read about it.
5.5
What Jennifer Did (2024)A bare minimum coverage of the Jennifer Pan case
6.8
FranklinYou’re better off watching other period dramas about the era, like HBO’s John Adams, instead.
6.8
FranklinDespite impressive turns in the past, Michael Douglas is a letdown in this period drama about the great Benjamin Franklin
8.4
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Conan O’Brien Must GoIt truly is a blessing in disguise that Conan didn’t nab the late-night spot—while his contemporaries are wilting away behind desks, he’s having the time of his life meeting new people (and taking us with him) around the world.
8.4
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Conan O’Brien Must GoAs expected, talk show host Conan O’Brien is sidesplittingly funny in his latest travel show
7.5
Late Night with the Devil (2024)Maybe the real demon is AI generated images…
7.5
Late Night with the Devil (2024)Demons, and AI, are unleashed in this creepy pseudo-documentary of a strange late night incident
7.0
The Bloody Hundredth (2024)Tom Hanks does not have one unpatriotic bone in his body, and it’s genuinely amazing how he hasn’t been dragged for it yet.
7.0
The Bloody Hundredth (2024)A straightforward but still educational documentary about the brave Air Force unit that went head-to-head against Nazi Germany
7.3
STEVE! (martin) a documentary in 2 piecesSteve Martin is a Hollywood gem and it's great to see a documentary understand that and preserve his legacy.
7.3
STEVE! (martin) a documentary in 2 piecesA treat for fans and newcomers alike, this documentary is a lovely look at the creative mind of comedian Steve Martin
6.5
Crime Scene Berlin: Nightlife KillerThis felt like discussing true crime in a safe space.
6.5
Crime Scene Berlin: Nightlife KillerA true crime limited series with a straightforward, respectful approach
7.6
The Peasants (2023)It still kills me how similar in movement Jagna’s two dances are compared to what happens, yet how remarkably different it feels by color, music, and the cast’s performances. And in all of this, Jagna never leads.
7.6
The Peasants (2023)DK Welchman returns to her roots in this oil-painted adaptation of the haunting Young Poland folk saga
7.7
The BelieversMonk Dol, you deserved better.
7.7
The BelieversBelief is exploited for business in this audacious get-rich-quick scheme
7.0
Files of the UnexplainedIt's like a social deduction game in documentary format.
7.0
Files of the UnexplainedCampfire stories you binge when you get in one of those supernatural moods
7.4
Under the BridgeLily Gladstone and Riley Keough are excellent here!
7.4
Under the BridgeTeen bullying escalates into murder in this chilling true crime miniseries
8.4
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Falling in Love Like in Movies (2023)It truly is a cinematic experience.
8.4
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Falling in Love Like in Movies (2023)A contemplative Indonesian romance film that rewrites and re-examines the genre’s conventions
7.2
Pelle the Conqueror (1987)I wish they continued this film with the rest of the volumes, but the images still hold up to nearly forty years later.
7.2
Pelle the Conqueror (1987)A well-done, though lengthy, adaptation of the classic Danish immigrant novel
7.5
Blind Date Book Club (2024)It's like Flipped with an adult cast.
7.5
Blind Date Book Club (2024)A perfectly saccharine bookstore romance for light viewing
7.4
Wind BreakerThis is what the phrase “Boys will be boys” should mean.
7.4
Wind BreakerSchoolboy delinquents show their wholesome side in this funny and action-packed series
7.0
A Gentleman in MoscowActually, this would have been much more appreciated at the height of quarantine.
7.0
A Gentleman in MoscowA Russian aristocrat’s life sentence transforms into a slice of a genuinely charmed life in this Soviet Union-set period drama
8.0
The SympathizerPark Chan-wook, you’ve done it again.
8.0
The SympathizerPark Chan-wook and Robert Downey Jr. team up in this riveting satirical spy thriller set at the end of the Vietnam War
6.5
Renegade NellIt's a very concerningly lighthearted show about murders.
6.5
Renegade NellA mesmerizing live action fairytale for period film buffs and casuals alike
8.5
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Baby ReindeerIt’s not an easy watch. But it’s definitely the type of show that raises the questions we need to discuss, and it’s brave for Richard Gadd to lay it all out here. Jessica Gunning and Nava Mau are forces to be reckoned with, too.
8.5
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Baby ReindeerComedian Richard Gadd gets deeply personal in this deeply troubling, but incredibly honest miniseries
7.6
BARTENDER Glass of God*points at Sasakura* I like the ba-ar-tender… (ooh, if you’re lookin’ for me), *points at Miwa* I’m at the ba-ar with her… (oh-oh-oh, okay)
7.6
BARTENDER Glass of GodCocktails and life stories are mixed in this level headed, slice of life anime
7.0
Camille Claudel (1988)Isabelle Adjani is everything.
7.0
Camille Claudel (1988)Isabelle Adjani descends into madness in this stirring biopic of the titular genius sculptor that died in obscurity
6.0
ParishIf you're cursed to watch Kaleidoscope every day for the rest of your life, put this on every once in a while; the genie won't notice.
6.0
ParishA paint-by-numbers heist drama that you've seen before
7.8
FalloutIf you’re one of the five people who saw the Twisted Metal adaptation, this is like that but better—with hints of Westworld, Lost, The Walking Dead, and most modern sitcoms.
7.8
FalloutAction-packed and acerbic, Fallout is a worthy adaptation of the best-selling video game of the same name
7.2
SugarIf you’re an Old Hollywood fan, you’ll have fun with this homage—otherwise, Sugar’s core mystery might leave you unsatisfied.
7.2
SugarThough it lacks genuine thrills, this old-fashioned noir starring a debonair Colin Farrell delights through style and nostalgia
8.8
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River (2023)A perfect cinematic representation of "every second counts" (affectionate) versus "every second counts" (threatening).
8.8
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River (2023)A delightful and ultimately life-affirming Japanese time loop comedy clearly made with love
8.6
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Nathan for YouYou can trust him; he graduated from one of Canada's top business schools with really good grades.
8.6
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Nathan for YouA reality-comedy series that tests the limits of cringe and arrives somewhere profoundly human
7.0
HomicideIt's an unfortunate tour around Manhattan by way of gruesome murder.
7.0
HomicideA detective and (sadly) perpetrator-focused true crime docuseries
7.0
Fast & Feel Love (2022)Reminder to check in with the people that supported you. And maybe do your laundry if you haven’t yet.
7.0
Fast & Feel Love (2022)Speed stacking makes a comeback in this surprisingly funny film
7.4
Yannick (2023)Please do not try this at your local theater.
7.4
Yannick (2023)Quentin Dupieux interrogates his audience in this hour long hostage situation
7.3
Mary & GeorgeWhat have we done to deserve Julianne Moore and Nicholas Galitzine?
7.3
Mary & GeorgeJulianne Moore and Nicholas Galitzine scheme to win the king’s favor in this soapy and salacious depiction of the Jacobean court
7.0
American Nightmare: Becoming Cody Rhodes (2023)They covered AEW.
7.0
American Nightmare: Becoming Cody Rhodes (2023)A heartfelt documentary dissecting Cody Rhodes' impactful return to WWE
7.0
The Antisocial Network: Memes to Mayhem (2024)Inside jokes don't usually land when the whole world is listening.
7.0
The Antisocial Network: Memes to Mayhem (2024)A bleak but amusing look at how ironic memes became the headline news
9.0
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RIPLEYThis show makes awkward look sexy.
9.0
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RIPLEYA psychological thriller rich in tension and pristine camera work
7.3
Música (2024)Look. The way Camila Mendes is introduced, with the camera going closer, and the sunlight glowing behind her hair, amidst the busyness of the fish store where Isabella works… This is what cinema is about, y’all.
7.3
Música (2024)Rudy Mancuso recalls his origin story in this charming semi-autobiographical coming-of-age musical complete with Camila Mendes and puppets
7.2
Parasyte: The GreyStep aside, Sweet Home, there’s a new mysterious, transformative illness in town, and it comes with a side of aliens!
7.2
Parasyte: The GreyHumans become hosts for terrifying, tentacled aliens in this thrilling Korean spinoff
7.5
Spice and Wolf: MERCHANT MEETS THE WISE WOLF…does liking this show make me a furry…
7.5
Spice and Wolf: MERCHANT MEETS THE WISE WOLFFolkloric wolf deity meets medieval merchant in the new reboot of the “Economics anime”
4.5
How to Date Billy Walsh (2024)It's Sex Education, without the sex or the education.
4.5
How to Date Billy Walsh (2024)An over-the-top teen romance with severely dry characters and ideas
7.4
Scoop (2024)It’s no Spotlight, but it sure is a rousing reminder of the power and importance of The Fourth Estate.
7.4
Scoop (2024)A gripping and illuminating dramatization of a landmark interview from the creator of The Crown
7.3
ManhuntIt’s like a slightly more elevated version of the dramas released by networks like History and Nat Geo.
7.3
ManhuntA powerfully performed historical drama about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the ensuing hunt for his killer
7.0
Rewind (2023)Your marriage counselor’s favorite movie.
7.0
Rewind (2023)A Filipino marriage drama evoking catharsis in the safest way
7.0
Bray Wyatt: Becoming Immortal (2024)I wish more people in WWE were “difficult to work with.”
7.0
Bray Wyatt: Becoming Immortal (2024)WWE’s best effort to pay tribute to Windham “Bray Wyatt” Rotunda
7.3
Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TVHonestly, Nickelodeon should just slime itself.
7.3
Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TVA deeply unsettling exposé on the abusive and unsafe work environment Nickelodeon child stars had to endure
6.9
Palm RoyaleWhat a terrible waste of a star-studded cast!
6.9
Palm RoyaleThe costumes and camp almost make it worth it, but this 1960s period piece is too cheesy for its own good
8.1
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Mister Organ (2022)A film so paranoia-inducing that I was actually a little scared to review it.
8.1
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Mister Organ (2022)A filmmaker chases — and then struggles to escape — a shady figure in this fascinating and disturbing documentary
8.0
Kita Kita (2017)Whatever flaw you think this movie has, I don't see it.
8.0
Kita Kita (2017)A dialogue-driven romance that satisfies and subverts Filipino romcom tropes
7.5
Last Night in Soho (2021)This is more an Anya Taylor-Joy movie than an effective horror movie.
7.5
Last Night in Soho (2021)A Studio Ghibli plot dressed like a vintage horror film
7.8
Poison for the Fairies (1986)The duality of girlhood.
7.8
Poison for the Fairies (1986)Two Mexican schoolgirls forge a frightening friendship in this morbid coming-of-age horror
7.7
Brian Simpson: Live from the Mothership (2024)So there IS a way for male comics to talk about this stuff while still punching up, who would've thought?
7.7
Brian Simpson: Live from the Mothership (2024)A hilariously written stand-up special that takes a smart, generous approach to typically edgy topics
5.3
Wildcard KitchenReally useful in the extremely likely event that anyone ever forces you to make a sandwich on a stick.
5.3
Wildcard KitchenA fast-paced, if overly simple, competition program that still teaches fun cooking hacks
8.7
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X-Men ’97This is Disney's sign to just cut it out with the gradually worsening live-action stuff and go back to making great animation.
8.7
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X-Men ’97A wonderfully old school superhero series with dynamic storytelling and powerful, emotional writing
8.1
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The Monk and the Gun (2024)Brilliant.
8.1
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The Monk and the Gun (2024)Pawo Choyning Dorji depicts Bhutan through this fascinatingly gentle comedy during its shift to democracy
7.8
My Undead Yokai GirlfriendLet this be a reminder that when it comes to love, it’s better to relax than be desperate. And maybe not do any magical summoning rituals.
7.8
My Undead Yokai GirlfriendJapanese yokai meets shy, geeky college kid in this hilarious horror romcom series
8.1
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Blood of ZeusNetflix, please, please give us a season two.
8.1
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Blood of ZeusGreek mythology is reforged in Japanese-inspired animation in this spectacular and gruesome dark fantasy series
6.7
Murder Mubarak (2024)Pretty fun, but could've used a more ridiculous mustache.
6.7
Murder Mubarak (2024)An entertaining satirical comedy inside a whodunnit that falls just short of the mark
7.0
A Letter to Momo (2012)Please don’t endanger yourself in a typhoon, though.
7.0
A Letter to Momo (2012)A quirky coming-of-age animated journey of grief, accompanied by cute, ugly yokai creatures
6.8
Eye Love YouThe way the subtitles disappear for Yoon’s Korean internal monologue… Nice touch.
6.8
Eye Love YouK-drama male lead meets Japanese telepath in this cute, though cliché, office romance
5.8
Big Girls Don’t CryBGDC at least took the opportunity to introduce new names in more than half of its ensemble, and we’re glad to meet them.
5.8
Big Girls Don’t CryA fun, though flimsy, depiction of life at an Indian all-girls boarding school
7.0
Big Fish & Begonia (2016)This might be the only cute depiction of taking care of fish, and frankly, it’s only because the said fish looks like a dolphin. Sorry, fish.
7.0
Big Fish & Begonia (2016)Love drives sacrifice in this breathtaking animated drama set in an underwater spirit world
5.7
Road House (2024)Fights were great, though!
5.7
Road House (2024)A cult classic adaptation that replicates the action, but not the nightlife
7.1
3 Body ProblemFor those burned by the Game of Thrones ending, hopefully the fact that the source material is finished would encourage you to give this show a chance.
7.1
3 Body ProblemBenioff and Weiss team up with Alexander Woo and Netflix for an ambitious adaptation of the ambitious Chinese science fiction novel
4.8
Crimes of Fashion: Killer Clutch (2024)Fashion psychology is a real thing, but when it's mentioned in a Hallmark movie, why does it sound completely made up?
4.8
Crimes of Fashion: Killer Clutch (2024)As generic a mystery as you might expect, that doesn't embrace its inherent campiness
7.0
Doctor Elise: The Royal Lady with the LampThe fantasy isn’t the reincarnation, but the ridiculous success rate Elise has as a surgeon. But isn’t wanting to help people a fantasy we should encourage in teenagers?
7.0
Doctor Elise: The Royal Lady with the LampRoyal brat turns regal medical genius in this double isekai anime
7.3
Chico & Rita (2010)This was La La Land before La La Land, except it's with Cuban bolero instead of traditional jazz.
7.3
Chico & Rita (2010)A sublime animated love letter to the pre-Castro Cuban nightlife and music
7.5
Coppola, the AgentGuillermo’s got rizz.
7.5
Coppola, the AgentA comedic, fast-paced miniseries about the fast-talking, charismatic sports agent
7.5
Frida (2024)Frida Kahlo is an icon for a reason.
7.5
Frida (2024)The iconic Mexican artist, in her own words
7.0
24 Hours with Gaspar (2023)Disclaimer: I’m not familiar with the 2017 novel it’s inspired by, so book fans should take this review with a grain of salt.
7.0
24 Hours with Gaspar (2023)A private detective with his heart in the right place but on the wrong side of his body sets out to fulfill a promise in this sleek dystopian revenge thriller
6.0
Iron ReignStop. Moving. The. Camera.
6.0
Iron ReignA straightforward portside cocaine crime drama that takes too long to get to the thrills
4.9
Little Wing (2024)There's never been a wilder-sounding name for a European EDM group than the Russian Pigeon Mafia.
4.9
Little Wing (2024)An odd blend of genres stuffed into a young-adult story, nevertheless led by great performances
7.7
Ethel & Ernest (2016)The photos at the end were devastating, but that’s because of how well we got to know both of them.
7.7
Ethel & Ernest (2016)A touching memoir of a marriage in 20th century London
5.4
Irish Wish (2024)You know this is pure fantasy when the Cliffs of Moher are made to look like secluded and not swarming with thousands of tourists.
5.4
Irish Wish (2024)Corny but perfectly serviceable romcom comfort food shot in beautiful locations
5.7
Steve Treviño: Simple Man (2024)American married couples, are y'all okay?
5.7
Steve Treviño: Simple Man (2024)Overly predictable Gen X humor that at least knows how to stick to its guns
6.1
Red Ollero: Mabuhay is a Lie (2024)The title is 100% true, I don't know why we teach foreigners to say mabuhay.
6.1
Red Ollero: Mabuhay is a Lie (2024)A confident, if not necessarily unique, stand-up routine touching on an interesting range of topics
5.7
Art of Love (2024)Okay, but we need the exact outfits Esra Bilgiç is wearing, because the costume design is downright lovely.
5.7
Art of Love (2024)An underwhelming heist romance with all of the style but none of the thrills
7.2
Chicken NuggetThat being said, they didn’t need to bring Saudi Arabia into that one joke, though.
7.2
Chicken NuggetA daughter turns into a chicken nugget in this absurd, bite-sized Korean drama
7.4
The Novice (2021)If J.K. Simmons from Whiplash tried to coach Alex from The Novice, she would tear him limb from limb.
7.4
The Novice (2021)An occasionally overwhelming sensory experience about obsession, led by a ferocious lead actress
8.6
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Mare of EasttownThank god somebody finally let Evan Peters out of Ryan Murphy's basement.
8.6
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Mare of EasttownA murder mystery that leads to far more compelling small-town drama, driven by impeccable acting
5.2
BandidosIf you close your eyes and listen carefully, you can hear Vin Diesel grunt, "Family."
5.2
BandidosStandard-issue heist hijinks with fun set pieces and an awkward sense of humor
7.3
Last and First Men (2020)People wish for cinematic ASMR until it arrives in the form of the creepiest podcast you've ever heard.
7.3
Last and First Men (2020)An eerie and totally original sci-fi prophecy that makes for challenging but unforgettable viewing
7.1
Shin Ultraman (2022)Don't let anybody stop you from filming a normal conversation from 5,000 Dutch angles.
7.1
Shin Ultraman (2022)A somewhat repetitive but gloriously campy slice of Japanese superhero sci-fi
8.8
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The Novelist’s Film (2022)You know times are changing when Korea's main, soju-drinking export to international film festivals starts going all sweet on us.
8.8
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The Novelist’s Film (2022)A deeply meaningful and uncommonly tender high point in director Hong Sang-soo's prolific career
6.6
The Killing of Two Lovers (2021)Just like in Kramer vs. Kramer, I guess there's only one side to every story of divorce.
6.6
The Killing of Two Lovers (2021)A stylishly desolate portrait of divorce whose characters can't quite create compelling drama
3.5
The Thundermans Return (2024)A piece of your soul dies every time you hear canned laughter from a studio audience that isn't really there.
3.5
The Thundermans Return (2024)Just about what you'd expect from a cheap, corny superhero sitcom movie aimed at kids
7.2
20,000 Species of Bees (2023)That this child actor found more empathy for this performance than many adults can muster is pretty damning.
7.2
20,000 Species of Bees (2023)A decent, queer coming-of-age drama elevated by an incredible lead performance
7.5
DraculaThere's just no going back to CGI over-saturation after seeing the crazy stuff they pull off here practically.
7.5
DraculaA thrilling take on the classic vampire story that's at turns horrific, mysterious, and subversive
4.7
Hot Wheels Let’s RaceThey might as well throw up price tags on the screen.
4.7
Hot Wheels Let’s RaceA shiny and colorful toy commercial attempting to be a children's TV show
7.5
I Told Sunset About YouNow if we can just tone down that insistent score…
7.5
I Told Sunset About YouQueer best friends learn to grow, together and apart, in this nostalgic love letter to Phuket
7.0
Hannah Gadsby’s Gender Agenda (2024)Surely people are going to be chill about this in the comments section.
7.0
Hannah Gadsby’s Gender Agenda (2024)A solid and frequently funny curation of queer comics with their own styles
8.0
The Tragedy of Man (2011)How did Jankovics make this film without turning insane? These images are the stuff of nightmares.
8.0
The Tragedy of Man (2011)An ambitious, illustrated adaptation of the classic Hungarian play, chronologizing the folly of the Western world
7.9
The Apothecary DiariesCan I gush about how well-written the female characters are?
7.9
The Apothecary DiariesAn eccentric woman detects poison in this impeccable imperial court medical mystery
7.8
Lost Illusions (2021)As a publication ourselves, we at A Good Movie to Watch do not endorse these horrible people (in this great movie).
7.8
Lost Illusions (2021)A highly entertaining period drama where newspaper gossip becomes a weapon
7.5
The Illusionist (2010)I did not expect depression today.
7.5
The Illusionist (2010)Jacques Tati's lost film enchants again, this time through a hand-painted father-daughter drama
8.3
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To Kill a Tiger (2022)Let this serve as a harsh but necessary reminder that real, intersectional feminism still has a ways to go.
8.3
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To Kill a Tiger (2022)An unflinching and necessary look at one family’s quest for justice in rural India
7.0
Queen of TearsThings might not have worked out between the real-life Samsung princess and her bodyguard, but we're hoping things are different with this couple.
7.0
Queen of TearsLove might not be enough in this funny yet melancholy depiction of a rich girl, poor boy marriage
9.1
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Frieren: Beyond Journey’s EndTsukasa Abe, Madhouse… My eyes thank you.
9.1
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Frieren: Beyond Journey’s EndAn elf grapples with near immortality in this moving, wonderfully animated meditation about life
5.5
ARA San Juan: The Submarine that DisappearedYou’re better off reading articles about the case instead of sitting through hours of this scatter-focused series.
5.5
ARA San Juan: The Submarine that DisappearedAn overlong docuseries about a missing Argentine submarine that often gets lost in its own murky waters
7.0
Damsel (2024)It doesn’t slay as much as it could have, both literally and figuratively, but it’s still pretty fun.
7.0
Damsel (2024)Millie Bobby Brown turns from titular lady to survivor in this fairly entertaining, though safe, fantasy flick
7.6
The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)You can never go wrong with Studio Ghibli for a feel-good, family-friendly watch.
7.6
The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)Produced by Studio Ghibli, this adorably animated world follows a tiny family living under the floorboards of a curious boy’s home
8.8
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All of Us Strangers (2023)Make sure you carve out enough time on your schedule for long crying spells and sitting on the many feelings the film resurfaces.
8.8
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All of Us Strangers (2023)A devastating queer drama that explores the nature of grief and love through a uniquely supernatural lens
6.7
The One and Only Ivan (2020)Yes, this was somehow written by the man who made The White Lotus.
6.7
The One and Only Ivan (2020)A surprisingly mature talking-animal movie with strong character work
5.0
Megamind Rules!I know it’s silly to expect a lot from a show like this, but the original Megamind surprised me, and it’s sad that it was followed up with lackluster sequels.
5.0
Megamind Rules!The unique and lovable big-headed blue alien gets generic in this sequel series released too late
7.4
Sankofa (1993)It’s a tough watch. I wished we got to know Mona more as a character, and I wished we got to see her try to reconcile the modern freedoms (or lack thereof) with the past, but it doesn’t dilute the power of Gerima’s images.
7.4
Sankofa (1993)Haile Gerima returns to source in his groundbreaking historical drama
7.7
The GentlemenMild spoilers: Hitler’s testicle, really?
7.7
The GentlemenBritish aristocracy deal in organized crime in Guy Ritchie’s fun though familiar small screen debut
7.1
Catch Me A KillerIf the American procedurals are all starting to look the same to you, consider this a palate cleanser that resets your expectations.
7.1
Catch Me A KillerA sturdy police procedural based on the first profiler in South Africa
4.0
Ricky Stanicky (2024)I had more fun reading the Ricky Stanicky Wikipedia article than watching the actual film.
4.0
Ricky Stanicky (2024)A ridiculous boring romp that wastes its (potentially) hilarious cast
6.9
The SignalI hate when a promising premise and cast are wasted in indulgent storytelling.
6.9
The SignalAn extraterrestrial mystery that overstays its welcome
7.4
Ascension (2021)We should be programming AI for labor like this, not turning them into the worst artists of all-time.
7.4
Ascension (2021)A hypnotic compilation of footage that compels us to make our own conclusions about capitalist labor
8.2
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Leonor Will Never Die (2022)For the authentic Filipino experience, buy this film as a burned CD in a plastic bag.
8.2
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Leonor Will Never Die (2022)A thrillingly original meta-comedy-drama with genuine heart underneath
7.9
Broad CitySecretly an unscripted documentary about New York City.
7.9
Broad CityA freewheeling, female-led stoner comedy series with a wonderful central friendship
7.2
The Wrong Way to Use Healing MagicI mean, it’s not the wrong way to use it, but it’s certainly unconventional.
7.2
The Wrong Way to Use Healing MagicHealing magic takes centerstage in this hilarious fantasy anime
7.3
The Madness of King George (1994)Hopefully, no one is reminded of their own country’s ruler.
7.3
The Madness of King George (1994)Nigel Hawthorne shines through this adaptation depicting the British Crown at its maddest
7.3
Line of DutyThe coppiest cop show to ever cop.
7.3
Line of DutyA densely written police procedural that revels in the intricacy of its plot
6.9
QueensThey did, they’ve girlbossified nature and the animal kingdom.
6.9
QueensTreacly writing bogs down this otherwise compelling nature documentary about female animal rulers
8.3
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Perfect Days (2023)I dug my camera out of the dusty vault and ordered a fresh roll of film right after watching this—which is to say, this is one of those rare, powerful movies that inspires you to pick up that hobby you’ve abandoned out of fear, and just do it because life is too short to care what others think!
8.3
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Perfect Days (2023)This Japanese film is a quaint reminder that joy can be found in the smallest and simplest of things
7.0
SupersexWith the current way sex is widely discussed, it was a really hard tightwalk for Supersex to navigate, but it’s because of this that we have to figure out how to do so, and it’s great Supersex made a fairly decent attempt.
7.0
SupersexA surprising exploration about sex and masculinity inspired by the Italian Stallion
7.3
You Are Not Alone: Fighting the Wolf Pack (2024)There’s a horrifying realization that the title not only refers to the way all women have gone through some form of sexual harassment, but also the fact that the said wolf pack has done this again without repercussions.
7.3
You Are Not Alone: Fighting the Wolf Pack (2024)A necessary and uncomfortable depiction of the rape case that changed Spain
8.2
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Through the Olive Trees (1994)It’s absolutely ridiculous yet brilliant to make a film, and then to make another film make the previous one fictional, and then to make a film centered on a pair of characters in the film that makes the first film fictional.
8.2
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Through the Olive Trees (1994)Abbas Kiarostami plays with reality and fiction in the bemusing final installment of the Koker trilogy
7.3
The Program: Cons, Cults and KidnappingI didn’t know much about teen disciplinary facilities, nor did I feel like I should, until watching this essential account about the subject.
7.3
The Program: Cons, Cults and KidnappingVictims of abuse reclaim their stories in this horrifying but illuminating documentary about the troubled teen industry
7.5
7th Time Loop: The Villainess Enjoys a Carefree Life Married to Her Worst Enemy!This woman is aiming for a lazy life, but wow, she’s more productive than I am right now.
7.5
7th Time Loop: The Villainess Enjoys a Carefree Life Married to Her Worst Enemy!A surprising twist to the royal reincarnation romance
7.6
The Completely Made-Up Adventures of Dick TurpinIt’s one of those rare, winning, wholesome comedies in a sea of dark satires that’s pretty hard not to love.
7.6
The Completely Made-Up Adventures of Dick TurpinThis historical British farce is partly sweet, partly surreal, and a whole lot of fun
7.5
The Pig, the Snake and the Pigeon (2023)Well, I suppose this is one way to approach your impending mortality…
7.5
The Pig, the Snake and the Pigeon (2023)A dying criminal kills to be the most wanted in this Taiwanese Western-esque gangster drama
6.7
The RegimeIf you love transformative performances go for it; if you love smart satires about powerful people, put on HBO’s other black comedies instead.
6.7
The RegimeKate Winslet is entertaining in this otherwise shallow parody of an authoritarian regime
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7.0
FuriesDon’t overthink it: just watch and enjoy the sleek flurry of action sequences set in one of the most gorgeous cities in the world.
7.0
FuriesA stylish and action-packed French drama reminiscent of John Wick
7.2
Career Girls (1997)A depressing but sweet reminder to reach out to your friends, honestly.
7.2
Career Girls (1997)Two women rekindle their college friendship in this simple yet intimate slice of life comedy
5.4
Code 8 Part II (2024)Made possible in part, I'm sure, by the Screen Actors Guild, which hopefully certain cast members remember.
5.4
Code 8 Part II (2024)A generic action-thriller with good ideas stranded in a bland world
6.8
Kids Are Growing Up: A Story About a Kid Named Laroi (2024)As the artist himself suggests early in the documentary, you’re better off listening to his music than watching this.
6.8
Kids Are Growing Up: A Story About a Kid Named Laroi (2024)A standard musician biopic that might have been released too soon
5.4
ManSuang (2023)Apo Nattawin Wattanagitiphat is so handsome, though…
5.4
ManSuang (2023)A stunning, but disappointing historical espionage drama that has such a confusing story
7.8
Maamla Legal HaiEach episode, I keep telling myself this can’t be a thing, but then the headlines at the end keep proving me wrong. Whoever the research team is… Kudos to you, pal.
7.8
Maamla Legal HaiJustice comes with chaos in this breezy and hilarious courtside sitcom
7.8
The Twentieth Century (2019)You will die if you watch this while you're not sober.
7.8
The Twentieth Century (2019)An unhinged psychedelic fever dream filled with awe-inspiring visuals
7.5
TINA (2021)This is a predictable thing to say, but she really was simply the best.
7.5
TINA (2021)A stirring tribute to Tina Turner's music and inner strength in the face of trauma
7.0
My Name Is Loh Kiwan (2024)Song Joong-ki is great here, but Choi Sung-eun is just so ethereal here, it’s crazy.
7.0
My Name Is Loh Kiwan (2024)Love enables survival in this moving drama about the refugee experience
8.0
Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time (2021)Weide has to be one of the luckiest fanboys in the history of fandom ever.
8.0
Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time (2021)A loving tribute to an American great, as well as a chronicle of a beautiful friendship
7.8
InvincibleInvincible deserves all the hype and views The Boys is getting.
7.8
InvincibleA scarily good adult animation about the moral ramifications of superherodom
6.2
Spaceman (2024)If only the lone astronaut in Gravity also had a kindly spider to spend her time with, too, then maybe she wouldn’t be so anxious to get home!
6.2
Spaceman (2024)Adam Sandler stars in this beautiful but overlong therapy session set in space
5.6
Aníkúlápó: Rise of the SpectreSaro, you have a chance to be resurrected, and you spend nearly three years just chilling? Why did you want to live again?
5.6
Aníkúlápó: Rise of the SpectreAn underwhelming sequel series to the fantastical epic
7.5
Residue (2020)Always fun when a film about filmmaking acknowledges how full of themselves artists are sometimes.
7.5
Residue (2020)A profound and technically sharp experiment in depicting memory on screen
6.7
Lisa Frankenstein (2024)The female actors who give their all make it watchable, the bumpy direction does not.
6.7
Lisa Frankenstein (2024)A playful ode to ‘80s horror that never quite reaches its cult-classic potential
7.2
The Parades (2024)Michihito Fujii, thank you for this comforting image of the afterlife.
7.2
The Parades (2024)Michihito Fujii reimagines a peaceful, communal afterlife in this slice-of-life supernatural drama
6.8
Hold Your Fire (2021)Wonder how this police psychologist feels about the past half-century of officers failing to de-escalate situations.
6.8
Hold Your Fire (2021)A fascinating 360-degree view of a historic crisis, that doesn't have the best follow-through
7.2
The MagiciansIf this won't make you like musical episodes, nothing will.
7.2
The MagiciansA charmingly tongue-in-cheek fantasy drama that steadily builds endearing characters
6.9
Sweet TrapNow if we could just lower the volume on the sound effects…
6.9
Sweet TrapA charming, though cliché, comedy kitchen drama that celebrates traditional Chinese cuisine
7.4
A Round of ApplauseIt’s just so, so weird.
7.4
A Round of ApplauseA disgruntled fetus refuses to be born in this strange, existential comedy miniseries
6.8
Red QueenThe buddy-cop humor saves it, but other than that, Red Queen is a tossable Sherlock replica.
6.8
Red QueenA well-produced Spanish crime drama that is unfortunately too derivative of Sherlock-type mysteries
7.5
From the Earth to the MoonTom Hanks’ obsession with space is a net positive for humanity.
7.5
From the Earth to the MoonHBO’s miniseries about first moon landing is a seminal show about a seminal event
7.0
The Impossible HeirTo be honest… With the tension already existing between In-ha and Tae-oh, I’m wondering why they bothered with a love triangle at all.
7.0
The Impossible HeirAmbition forges partnerships and betrayal in this intriguing mystery drama
7.0
IwájúDisney, please continue to make these collaborations instead of acquiring nearly every other studio under the sun.
7.0
IwájúDisney explores a futuristic Lagos in this charming though predictable animated sci-fi flick
6.9
Wedding ImpossibleIt’s basically cotton candy: sweet and light but has zero weight and nourishment.
6.9
Wedding ImpossibleA confectionary K-drama that’s just as easy to like as it is to forget
7.3
American Conspiracy: The Octopus MurdersI’m just glad Netflix has broken through its spell of homogeneous true crime dramas with this one.
7.3
American Conspiracy: The Octopus MurdersAn in-depth dive into the conspiracies and scandals that rocked Americans during the latter half of the 20th century
7.5
God Save TexasNever thought Richard Linklater would do something like this, but this is a story that has to be told, and I hope more filmmakers would be encouraged to do the same with their hometowns.
7.5
God Save TexasThree directors take an unflinching look at the Lone Star State through the issues hitting their hometowns
9.4
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Monster (2023)Vantage Point for people who keep a Letterboxd account.
9.4
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Monster (2023)Remarkably sensitive and well-told, this twisty Japanese drama unveils layers upon layers of different truths
7.1
Attica (2021)Oh, America, land of the free(?).
7.1
Attica (2021)A detailed and hyper-focused oral history that knows exactly where it stands
4.5
The Abyss (2023)Tuva Novotny, you deserved a better script than this.
4.5
The Abyss (2023)A real life earthquake is fodder for boring family drama in this forgettable disaster flick
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STAFF LISTS20 Best 2024 Documentaries So Far
8.0
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)I didn’t realize I needed to see Antonio Banderas with fluffy, fluffy curls…
8.0
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)Pedro Almodóvar made his international breakthrough through this chaotic screwball melodrama
9.2
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ShōgunWe’ve been missing large-scale epic storytelling like this, and I’m so glad to see it come back.
9.2
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ShōgunFaith, sacrifice, and ambition battle in this epic reimagining of the classic samurai series
7.0
The Greatest Love Story Never Told (2024)Get you a girl who dedicates an entire album, musical, and documentary to your relationship.
7.0
The Greatest Love Story Never Told (2024)In love and inspired, Jennifer Lopez mounts her most personal and ambitious project yet in this revealing behind-the-scenes documentary
6.8
TrackerGoing to report myself as missing so Justin Hartley can find me.
6.8
TrackerA decently entertaining thriller series that boasts variety and a strong leading man
6.8
Sacred Soil: The Piney Woods School Story (2024)I see the vision, but this documentary needs to be more coherent and focused to capture the enormity of its subject.
6.8
Sacred Soil: The Piney Woods School Story (2024)Piney Woods’s rich and ongoing history proves too big for this documentary to capture
7.0
Palm Trees and Power Lines (2023)An infuriating addition to Men Don't Deserve Rights cinema.
7.0
Palm Trees and Power Lines (2023)A challenging, all-too-real portrait of a predatory relationship, led by a great young actress
9.0
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Tampopo (1985)This reminds me of that one weird, yet oddly relaxing dream where I was laying down on a mattress sized chashu pork slice, floating in a river of ramen broth, and my hair was made of soba noodles. Good times. Not for the squeamish.
9.0
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Tampopo (1985)A bemusing delicious food comedy dubbed as the first Ramen Western
6.5
Mean Girls (2024)Reneé Rapp, I know you said that you’re focusing on your music career, but if ever you do read this somehow. Please. Come back to film someday.
6.5
Mean Girls (2024)A surprising musical adaptation that pales against the original, but still is as fun
6.5
RedLife (2023)It’s a really interesting approach for a debut feature, but it takes too long for the two storylines to intersect.
6.5
RedLife (2023)Two lives collide in tragedy in this grim, though aimless, melodrama
5.0
They Called Him Mostly Harmless (2024)You learn more about the internet sleuths who fancy themselves detectives than the subject of the case.
5.0
They Called Him Mostly Harmless (2024)An unremarkable documentary following the amateur sleuths who tried to uncover the mysterious identity of a deceased hiker
2.5
Colonials (2024)What?
2.5
Colonials (2024)An unwatchable, unfinished first draft of a science fiction film
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STAFF LISTS20 Best 2024 Foreign-language Movies So Far
7.2
Lucky HankAll you need to know is a fictional version of the universally beloved author George Saunders makes an appearance at one point, but somehow even Hank finds many faults in him.
7.2
Lucky HankBob Odenkirk plays a smart fool in this bittersweet literary comedy
7.8
Story of Women (1988)This film is made in the 80s, depicting the 40s, yet still, sadly, important viewing in the 2020s.
7.8
Story of Women (1988)Isabelle Huppert and Claude Chabrol confronts World War II collaborationism in this riveting character study
4.0
Melodate (2024)There were some good ideas here, but it’s just thrown in together with all these random plotlines and tangents that it becomes pointless.
4.0
Melodate (2024)A convoluted, illogical coming-of-age drama that doesn’t know what to do with itself
6.0
Mea Culpa (2024)I refuse to believe this is the same Trevante Rhodes that brought the house down in Moonlight because where was *that* energy here?
6.0
Mea Culpa (2024)A snoozefest that lacks the sensuality and mystery to count as an erotic thriller
7.5
PoacherAnimal lovers, prepare to get your hearts crushed.
7.5
PoacherThe hunt for poachers is on in this well-made and important Malayalam crime thriller
7.5
The TouristIt’s like Bourne Identity if took itself less seriously—what’s not to like!
7.5
The TouristSet in the Australian outback, this multi-genre thriller is packed with equal parts action, mystery, and comedy
7.0
The Second Best Hospital in the GalaxyIt’s not quite out of this world, but it’s interesting to see Stephanie Hsu and Keke Palmer get right at it.
7.0
The Second Best Hospital in the GalaxyStephanie Hsu and Keke Palmer teams up in this kooky alien medical comedy
4.0
A Taste of Love (2024)So difficult to watch anything food-related now without expecting to hear someone screaming, "CORNER!"
4.0
A Taste of Love (2024)An uneventful Hallmark drama that doesn't make use of its culinary themes
3.2
Mike Epps: Ready to Sell Out (2024)When you can't even make the one Donald Trump joke in your stand-up set land, you have a problem.
3.2
Mike Epps: Ready to Sell Out (2024)A formless and toothless stand-up special comprised of lazy jokes
7.0
The Legend of Hei (2019)Possibly the cutest cat in 2D animation right now…
7.0
The Legend of Hei (2019)A cat spirit learns about harmony in this Chinese animated fantasy drama
6.0
Avatar: The Last AirbenderWell, it’s not the worst adaptation, but so far, it hasn't topped the best adaptation: namely, the Ember Island Players episode.
6.0
Avatar: The Last AirbenderNetflix pulls off a better live action attempt, but it’s still a pale imitation of the classic Nickelodeon animated series
6.8
Can I Tell You a Secret?Women’s stories matter, but this documentary unfortunately isn’t it.
6.8
Can I Tell You a Secret?A standard documentary that fails to match the severity of the crimes it covers
5.0
Anti ResetThere was a unique story to be told here, but no, let’s just use AI as a topping to make up for the generic and bland story.
5.0
Anti ResetAI is just an excuse to see two handsome guys kiss in this by-the-numbers BL
7.8
Youth (Spring) (2023)Before you mindlessly purchase another parka or sweater you don’t need, maybe put this on first and give it another think.
7.8
Youth (Spring) (2023)A terrific three-hour documentary that explores what young Chinese factory workers do in and out of work
8.0
Gentleman JackGentleman Jack walked so Dickinson could run (kidding, they’re both sorely underrated shows that you should watch now if you haven’t yet).
8.0
Gentleman JackAn invigorating sapphic drama about the first modern lesbian
7.6
Night of the Kings (2021)We should all really watch more African cinema, and more studios should really fund more African cinema.
7.6
Night of the Kings (2021)A theatrical and truly original fantasy drama from Ivory Coast
8.5
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End of the Century (2019)Even just looking out from a balcony is going to make me burst into tears now.
8.5
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End of the Century (2019)A quietly devastating queer romance that does everything with softness and sensitivity
7.2
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)The novel would take a shorter time to read, sure, but does it have Daniel Day-Lewis looking deeply into your soul?
7.2
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)Philip Kaufman made his breakthrough in this ambitious adaptation of the iconic philosophical novel
7.0
ConstellationGravity (2013) if it was rebooted today as an eight-part direct-to-video TV show.
7.0
ConstellationIt takes its time, but this heady survival space thriller has a lot of surprises in store
7.0
BookieThis would fit perfectly in early 2000s TV—do with that info what you will.
7.0
BookieA darkly funny sitcom about the volatile business of sports gambling in LA
3.5
Kill Me If You Dare (2024)Does Poland really have a lack of faith towards their banking system? Because honestly, this could all be avoided if they took the time to talk about how to spend their money, and deposited their winnings in the bank in the meantime.
3.5
Kill Me If You Dare (2024)Money pushes a marriage to the edge in this lazily assembled Netflix remake
6.8
The Silent ServiceThe tech is great and all, but I wish the show got us to care more about Kaieda’s motivations, so that he feels more like an intriguing strategist rather than a random generic villain with nuclear weapons.
6.8
The Silent ServiceA captain randomly goes rogue in this visually stunning, but depthless submarine thriller
7.7
Dear White PeopleIf you find the show's title annoying or offensive, just wait till you hear how the characters feel about it.
7.7
Dear White PeopleA smart, self-reflexive, and creatively adventurous college comedy unfairly pre-judged by its title
6.3
Comedy ChaosLearning that Indonesians and Filipinos share the same words for "pay" and "debt" has thrown me into a linguistics rabbit hole I wasn't expecting.
6.3
Comedy ChaosA modest comedy series that's light on laughs but built on sturdy foundations
4.5
Still Fabulous (2024)Whoever designed Valentina Nappi’s costumes in this… Thank you.
4.5
Still Fabulous (2024)A cliche romcom about self-acceptance that could’ve worked if it wasn’t self-defeating
6.9
GrimsburgI’m pretty sure I missed half the jokes here either because they’re too obscure or just too darn fast.
6.9
GrimsburgJon Hamm stars in this cooky adult cartoon that is too niche for its own good
7.2
19th FloorTo be honest, if I were in the game, I would probably choose to lose. Maybe then I would actually have a decent amount of sleep.
7.2
19th FloorSleep becomes a dangerous VR game in this thrilling novel adaptation
6.5
Becoming King (2024)I would be terrified to learn my partner has been recording me for years for a project, but to each their own I suppose!
6.5
Becoming King (2024)It’s an admirable passion project, but this documentary tracking David Oyelowo’s seven-year journey to playing MLK holds little interest for the general viewer
7.5
Fan Girl (2020)Performances so good that heartthrob Paulo Avelino has become typecast as a greasy creep forever.
7.5
Fan Girl (2020)A sensational lead performance leads a conflicted but gripping story of toxic relationships
6.4
As If It’s True (2023)Khalil Ramos as James is great here, but I’d argue that despite how cruel she can be, Ashley Ortega as Gemma Stone is right – it’s just that we don’t have enough moments to actually get to empathize with her.
6.4
As If It’s True (2023)A tragicomic character study of Gen Z’s aspirational goal
5.3
An American in Austen (2024)Is this movie aware that Pride and Prejudice is a work of fiction?
5.3
An American in Austen (2024)Another half-baked but surprisingly earnest Jane Austen-themed Hallmark movie
7.3
Giannis: The Marvelous Journey (2024)I didn’t know anything about Giannis before going in, but now I feel like I could probably die for him.
7.3
Giannis: The Marvelous Journey (2024)This awe-inspiring and triumphant documentary gives justice to an NBA star’s remarkable rise to the top
7.0
Ninja KamuiWith two episodes out of the gate, we’re hoping that the story picks up soon, but at least the action sequences are up to snuff… Hopefully the rest of the season will play out nicely.
7.0
Ninja KamuiSunghoo Park’s studio launches its first original work with his signature action sequences
7.4
Certified Copy (2010)This is Before Midnight’s more experimental cousin.
7.4
Certified Copy (2010)This mesmerizing romance from Abbas Kiarostami follows a couple whose relationship transforms over the course of a day
6.8
A Killer ParadoxAll cops are bastards, except maybe Son Suk-ku in this because something about him chewing gum is just so captivating…
6.8
A Killer ParadoxA unique vigilante thriller that loses steam with its pacing
7.6
City Hall (2020)See, working in government should be difficult if you actually care.
7.6
City Hall (2020)A massive four-hour-plus account of the ecosystem of local government in Boston
8.0
AlRawabi School for GirlsAlternative title, Meaner Girls (2021).
8.0
AlRawabi School for GirlsA wickedly good revenge series set in an all-girls school in Jordan
7.4
Onoda: 10,000 Nights in the Jungle (2021)When you're such a colonizer that even your own country thinks you're just a weirdo.
7.4
Onoda: 10,000 Nights in the Jungle (2021)An epic portrait of delusional patriotism that misses the chance to be about more
7.7
Little Girl (2020)It's really not that hard to adjust the pronouns you use, people!
7.7
Little Girl (2020)An artful, sensitive documentary that advocates for allowing trans kids to live how they want
6.0
Taylor Tomlinson: Have It All (2024)Thirtysomething humor is relatable until you remember that the thirtysomething comedian has a Netflix special.
6.0
Taylor Tomlinson: Have It All (2024)Somewhat predictable stand-up delivered with cohesion and confidence
7.6
The Space Race (2023)Ed Dwight pretty much sums up the history of Black-led space exploration and the goals of the documentary with this one line: I had the capability, but not the opportunity.
7.6
The Space Race (2023)The long-buried accomplishments of Black astronauts finally get their due in this richly detailed documentary
7.8
Ready, Set, LoveAnd if this ends up with an actual game show, I won’t be mad this time, Netflix. This was actually cute.
7.8
Ready, Set, LoveA humorous, romantic take on the dystopian reality show
5.0
Five Blind Dates (2024)Even a Disney romcom has more fun than this.
5.0
Five Blind Dates (2024)A bland and boring “romcom” with too many blind spots than should be allowed
6.7
This Is Me…Now (2024)If I had a dream blunt rotation, it would be Jennifer Lopez’s Zodiac Council.
6.7
This Is Me…Now (2024)JLo’s musical film is an ambitious labor of love, but it lacks the technical flair to realize its full vision
6.0
Einstein and the Bomb (2024)I wouldn’t say it’s a companion piece to Oppenheimer, because after watching both, you can’t help but compare the two– and Einstein and the Bomb would never match up.
6.0
Einstein and the Bomb (2024)A dramatized depiction of Einstein’s own words against Nazism
8.3
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WatchmenYeah, Marvel can be good sometimes, but does the MCU have Lube Man? Checkmate.
8.3
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WatchmenA gorgeously conceived milestone for superhero storytelling on screen with a real, subversive message
7.5
House of NinjasIf you want something close to the classic ninja depiction, this would not be that show. But, if you want a completely new take on the trope… By all means, watch it!
7.5
House of NinjasNinjas can have family drama too in this understated, modern day take on the historical Japanese warriors
7.8
Dr. DeathPlease just never watch this before surgery.
7.8
Dr. DeathBased on true events, this anthology series is a stomach-turning look at medical malpractice
8.0
The DeuceAs long as you can learn to ignore that there are not one but two James Francos here, this is an incredible series.
8.0
The DeuceA densely written period drama with excellent characters and a gritty, stylish atmosphere
6.5
The Heartbreak Agency (2024)I have news for filmmakers who diss romantic comedies while fully using the genre’s tricks and tropes: you don’t get to have your cake and eat it too!
6.5
The Heartbreak Agency (2024)This anti-romance romance fumbles its potential by being exactly like the genre movies it derides
6.3
The Last Wife (2023)The potential this movie had...
6.3
The Last Wife (2023)A muddled, soapy period drama with distracting comedy
6.7
The New LookTo quote Aretha Franklin when asked to comment on Taylor Swift: great gowns, beautiful gowns.
6.7
The New LookChristian Dior and Coco Channel go head to head in this fashionable but ultimately forgettable period drama
6.8
A Soweto Love Story (2024)Actually, the film was based on the Nigerian 2021 film A Naija Christmas and there's three love stories here, so it's not quite a Soweto romance. But it is fun, if you're into silly romcoms like these.
6.8
A Soweto Love Story (2024)A simple, lighthearted romcom that should have been released on Christmas
8.4
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Youth of MayGo Min-si, the woman that you are!
8.4
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Youth of MayA moving period romance about chasing life even during turbulent times
8.5
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The Iron Claw (2023)You know that feeling you get when you realize what you’re watching is going to be a classic, bound to be rewound in many a movie night? That’s The Iron Claw for you.
8.5
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The Iron Claw (2023)This exceptionally casted biopic is a painful and powerful blow to the heart
6.9
Players (2024)Even though Players will make you grin during most of its run, you’ll be hard-pressed to recall something memorable or unique about it after the credits roll.
6.9
Players (2024)A fun-enough romantic comedy that fails to step up to the plate
7.3
We Met in Virtual Reality (2022)Filed under: movies that would instantly kill a small Victorian child.
7.3
We Met in Virtual Reality (2022)An empathetic—if somewhat shortsighted—study of purely digital relationships
7.8
I Have Electric Dreams (2023)The perfect(ly depressing) addition to your daddy issues watchlist.
7.8
I Have Electric Dreams (2023)A searing, beautifully acted coming-of-age drama about the collapse of a family
6.2
Bhakshak (2024)Dear movies, you do not need to end with a three-minute direct-to-camera summary of what you were about.
6.2
Bhakshak (2024)A gritty crime drama that doesn't have enough forward momentum
3.0
Ashes (2024)I need to know where Gokce got her outfits, though…
3.0
Ashes (2024)An incoherent melodrama that prioritizes stunning shots over story
5.7
Which Brings Me to You (2023)The ideas are there, but it’s just not cohesive enough to make it work!
5.7
Which Brings Me to You (2023)A disappointing adaptation of an early aughts romcom novel
6.8
Lover, Stalker, Killer (2024)It should’ve taken 30 minutes tops to tell this entire story.
6.8
Lover, Stalker, Killer (2024)A true crime documentary that rides solely on the strangeness of its case
5.8
Love & Jane (2024)Eagerly awaiting the release of Hallmark's romcom about Franz Kafka and a giant beetle.
5.8
Love & Jane (2024)An unconvincing romance but with a surprisingly thoughtful message pinning it down
7.0
Luz: The Light of the HeartFirefly amulet with serendipitous glowing times aside, it’s more modern day mystery than full-blown fantasy, but it’s still as child-friendly and is a decent enough choice for kids.
7.0
Luz: The Light of the HeartA child’s search for their parent starts with fantastical amulet in this unique modern-day Brazilian adventure
6.7
Amidst a Snowstorm of Love“If I were a girl, I’d fall for him,” are you sure you haven’t fallen already, pal? You’re more interested in him than your sister is, and they’re the main pair!
6.7
Amidst a Snowstorm of LoveA simple, slow burn romance that starts in a snowstorm
7.2
Captain Miller (2024)Disclaimer: There’s a real life Tamil rebel named Captain Miller, but this film is not based on his story!
7.2
Captain Miller (2024)Violence is the only answer in this anti-colonial Tamil period drama
5.1
If You Were the Last (2024)In space, no one can hear you scream (if you know what I mean).
5.1
If You Were the Last (2024)An obvious and tonally flaccid romcom, despite the charm of its stars
7.0
Suncoast (2024)Life would be so much easier if all the cool kids were as nice as they are in this film.
7.0
Suncoast (2024)It can be trite, but this tearjerker features important thoughts on grief, solid performances, and an authentic understanding of the teen experience
7.4
Marmalade (2024)Joe Keery, it seems I’ve grown quite fond of you...
7.4
Marmalade (2024)An unexpected, delightful twist to the Bonnie and Clyde story
7.0
The Accidental InfluencerNo man is not worth all this trouble though!
7.0
The Accidental InfluencerHeartbreak turns to social media fame in this silly but fresh Taiwanese comedy
7.1
Upgraded (2024)Those calling for the return of 2000s-style romantic comedies will be very pleased with this one.
7.1
Upgraded (2024)Cinderella meets Devil Wears Prada in this standard but satisfactory intercontinental romcom
7.0
Raël: The Alien ProphetBasically, take the standard cult story, and just add aliens and human cloning to the mix.
7.0
Raël: The Alien ProphetExtraterrestrial intelligent design becomes ludicrous cult movement fodder in this French docuseries
4.2
The Unbreakable Tatiana Suarez (2024)Human beings deserve more than to be asked basic who-what-where-when-why-how questions.
4.2
The Unbreakable Tatiana Suarez (2024)An inspirational figure is made plain by this two-dimensional documentary
7.9
The ExpanseYou know the world-building is good when you involuntarily start speaking in an accent after a binge watch.
7.9
The ExpanseA gorgeous and sophisticated sci-fi drama that blends the political with the fantastical
7.8
One DayWhoever thought to cast Leo Woodall and Ambika Mod together… Thank you.
7.8
One DayAn intimate, bittersweet adaptation that gives justice to David Nicholl’s novel
7.0
A Fish Called Wanda (1988)This is possibly one of the few comedies a Boomer and a Gen Z will have no problem enjoying together.
7.0
A Fish Called Wanda (1988)This comedy caper by Monty Python star John Cleese brings absurd British humor to the fore
5.9
Dee & Friends in OzWhy am I still terrified of seeing flying monkeys in this?
5.9
Dee & Friends in OzA sweet use of Wizard of Oz characters that doesn't do enough with its concept
6.0
Branding in SeongsuIt’s just a bad, bad idea to even consider dating your boss. Don’t do it.
6.0
Branding in SeongsuBoss swaps bodies with her intern in this workplace comedy with unique ideas but baffling characterization
9.3
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Paris Is Burning (1991)Everything you need to know about drag and ball history is in this seminal documentary.
9.3
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Paris Is Burning (1991)A fabulous and heartbreaking account of the 1980s drag scene in New York
6.7
In the KnowFrankly, I’m not in the know enough to enjoy this, but with annoying characters like these, I don’t think that’s a bad thing.
6.7
In the KnowA unique, though slightly uneven, stop-motion satire about public radio today
6.5
Paging Mr. Darcy (2024)A significant number of movies were made by filming actors just flirting on camera, and we're all better off for it.
6.5
Paging Mr. Darcy (2024)A modest but endearing romcom whose characters actually act their own age
6.5
The Beekeeper (2024)Look, is The Beekeeper a great movie? No. But it is a fun action B(ee)-movie that deserved the buzz.
6.5
The Beekeeper (2024)Jason Statham wreaks vengeance and bee puns upon a conspiracy-laden, tech-fueled corrupt system
3.4
Gilded Newport Mysteries: Murder at the Breakers (2024)Because nothing says shock and horror like seeing a dead body and calmly saying, "How horrible."
3.4
Gilded Newport Mysteries: Murder at the Breakers (2024)A painfully bland murder mystery where everyone is asleep at the wheel
9.2
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Farewell My Concubine (1993)They just don’t make films like this anymore.
9.2
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Farewell My Concubine (1993)Queer film classic and landmark of Chinese cinema returns to screen 30 years later in 4K restoration
7.7
Drugstore Cowboy (1989)I’m just so relieved it’s nothing like the similarly premised Requiem for a Dream.
7.7
Drugstore Cowboy (1989)Imaginative and authentic, this film about drug addiction in the ‘70s is the real deal
7.7
Knight FlowerFINALLY, a sageuk male lead has eyes!
7.7
Knight FlowerA widow plays as Robin Hood in this comedic critique of neo-Confucian chastity
5.8
Bosco (2024)Absolutely the last place you'd expect to see Nikki Blonsky after wondering where she's been the last 17 years since Hairspray.
5.8
Bosco (2024)A claustrophobic prison drama of great ideas and lackluster execution
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STAFF LISTSBest 2024 Movies on Netflix Canada So Far
7.9
Dream Scenario (2023)It’s like a Black Mirror episode, but darker and so much better.
7.9
Dream Scenario (2023)Nicolas Cage is frighteningly good in this surreal nightmare of a film
8.0
The Disappearance of Shere Hite (2023)Never has a documentary made me this furious, Shere Hite deserved better.
8.0
The Disappearance of Shere Hite (2023)A phenomenal documentary about a phenomenal sexologist studying female pleasure
8.0
American Fiction (2023)The multiple Oscar nominations this film pulled? A hundred percent deserved.
8.0
American Fiction (2023)This sharp and hilarious social satire about African American art is as entertaining as it is enlightening
5.0
The Tiger’s Apprentice (2024)Lucy Liu really said, you can put me in a second-rate Kung Fu Panda, but I'm not giving a second-rate voice performance.
5.0
The Tiger’s Apprentice (2024)A rushed and derivative fantasy adventure that still boasts some cool action
6.5
The Beast in the Jungle (2023)More like… The beat in the jungle… Okay, I’ll see myself out, which is probably a good thing, considering these two characters.
6.5
The Beast in the Jungle (2023)A meditative, existential nightclub drama that’s drawn out a bit too long
5.4
Primbon (2023)To be honest, if I were missing for seven days, and I returned home to my family suddenly acting like I’m the weird one, I’d be pissed. Maybe that’s why Rana’s acting all emo.
5.4
Primbon (2023)An unscary, uneven supernatural horror film that should have been a drama
7.9
Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning (2021)A live-action adaptation of an anime that's actually excellent—maybe the weebs are on to something.
7.9
Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning (2021)A tragic samurai romance that works as a brilliant counterpoint to its own franchise
6.4
NASCAR: Full SpeedWhether it comes to F1 or NASCAR, the phrase "drive to survive" has never seemed more false; these people have death wishes.
6.4
NASCAR: Full SpeedAn entertaining but ultimately limited backstage pass into American auto racing
6.7
Our InterpreterIs it really romantic to delve into the industry that could potentially eliminate your lover’s whole career?
6.7
Our InterpreterTranslation leads to misunderstanding in this dragging drama
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STAFF LISTS20 Best 2024 Movies on Netflix So Far
7.6
Shortcomings (2023)Also known by me as Crazy Broke Asians, a film that has me finally feeling seen.
7.6
Shortcomings (2023)It’s not without its mistakes, but Shortcomings is overall a funny, sharp, and almost unbearably honest look at modern life and love
5.7
Saindhav (2024)Hey, I like violent fight sequences as much as the next guy, but maybe the answer to violent propaganda games isn’t more violence…
5.7
Saindhav (2024)Excellent over-the-top action is thinned out by weak writing in this John Wick copy
9.2
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No Dogs or Italians Allowed (2023)“We are not from a country, we are from our childhood,” oh my god, this LINE.
9.2
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No Dogs or Italians Allowed (2023)Alain Ughetto remembers his family history in this charming, yet poignant animated drama
7.0
Let’s Talk About CHUWei still deserves better, though.
7.0
Let’s Talk About CHUA sometimes awkward, though amusingly frank Taiwanese sex comedy
6.3
Six Nations: Full ContactRugby truly is a four-dimensional sport—just by watching it you can feel pain in your body and smell testosterone in the air.
6.3
Six Nations: Full ContactA conventionally made sports doc series bolstered by thrilling rugby footage
7.3
Orion and the Dark (2024)Quiet was a little mouse… Little mouse… Little mouse…
7.3
Orion and the Dark (2024)Charlie Kaufman returns to animation in this charmingly neurotic bedtime story
7.6
FEUDThe day Ryan Murphy stops working with Jessica Lange is the day I stop watching him, I fear.
7.6
FEUDA delicious docudrama featuring A-list performances, gorgeous sets, and the cattiest of fights
8.0
Mr. & Mrs. SmithBrangelina who?
8.0
Mr. & Mrs. SmithDonald Glover and Maya Erskine reinvent the spy romance into something startlingly intimate
6.0
Sengoku YoukoIt’s the standard model answer, but was world peace really an option in a feudal society?
6.0
Sengoku YoukoA fairly decent anime adaptation that might have been too late
7.0
Baby BanditoI know we shouldn’t try to glorify real life criminals, but was secret filming the best way to introduce the love interest?
7.0
Baby BanditoNetflix takes on Chile’s heist of the century in this passable coming-of-age drama
6.5
Sexy BeastSave yourself some time watch the original instead.
6.5
Sexy BeastAn unnecessary and uninteresting prequel to the crime comedy of the same name
5.2
Jack Whitehall: Settle Down (2024)May we all have the patience of the spouse of a stand-up comedian who uses you as material.
5.2
Jack Whitehall: Settle Down (2024)An earnest but overly exuberant style does no favors for this special's easy jokes
7.3
Flex x CopEat the rich!* *Except for Jin Yi-soo.
7.3
Flex x CopAhn Bo-hyun and Park Ji-hyun reunite in this chaotic, but breezy procedural
6.5
Alexander: The Making of a GodIn which Netflix tries to pull a History Channel and BBC but instead falls flat on its face.
6.5
Alexander: The Making of a GodA documentary drama that fails to be both
7.0
Anne at 13,000 Ft. (2021)Me, every time Anne begins an ordinary task: why do I hear boss music?
7.0
Anne at 13,000 Ft. (2021)A naturalistic and massively anxious character study of a person in freefall
8.3
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Fallen Leaves (2023)Even the most pessimistic of unbelievers will have a hard time suppressing a smile at this one.
8.3
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Fallen Leaves (2023)This delightfully deadpan romcom marks the comeback of beloved Finnish auteur Aki Kaurismäki
7.6
GriseldaGive Sofia all the awards!
7.6
GriseldaSofia Vergara transforms into the iconic Colombian Queenpin
7.2
The Unwanted Undead AdventurerWhat’s up with this anime season’s tendency for fantasy satire and resurrection?
7.2
The Unwanted Undead AdventurerA slow but surprisingly motivational fantasy anime with an adventurer starting from scratch
7.1
The Reason I Jump (2020)Who says documentaries shouldn't get nominated for technical craft awards?
7.1
The Reason I Jump (2020)A unique sensory experience and a sensitively primer on caring for people with autism
6.0
It Is Night in America (2024)It’s not quite scary, but it’s certainly interesting, if a bit structureless.
6.0
It Is Night in America (2024)A haunting experimental nature documentary tinted in midnight blue
7.7
The Greatest Night in Pop (2024)Now, how do we get today’s stars to do something like this?
7.7
The Greatest Night in Pop (2024)A nostalgic, behind-the-scenes look into the classic 80’s supergroup single
7.6
Stray (2021)Guess you could say life among street dogs in Turkey is... ruff.
7.6
Stray (2021)A tender dog's eye view of everyday life and social inequality in Istanbul
6.5
Bruiser (2022)Realizing you're growing up to be your dad can be weird, but it's way better than realizing you're reverting into your son.
6.5
Bruiser (2022)A flawed but still sensitively done study of the cycle of toxic masculinity
7.3
Monsieur SpadeIf you’re a fan of slow burns, this leisurely-paced mystery will be right up your alley.
7.3
Monsieur SpadeA slow but satisfying neo-noir that sees the return of an iconic P.I.
3.5
Prime (2023)I dislike rating a film this low, especially since films are hard to make and this is coming from a first time feature auteur, but I hope that the critical reception helps everyone involved improve in their next work.
3.5
Prime (2023)A frustratingly incomprehensible drama muddled by its horror and thriller elements
6.2
In the Morning of La Petite Mort (2023)I wish we got to know these characters through their own words, though.
6.2
In the Morning of La Petite Mort (2023)A confounding but striking drama about Taipei at the margins
7.5
Doctor SlumpIf only I had a cute high school nemesis to cure my burnout…
7.5
Doctor SlumpOld school rivals heal modern day burnout in this humorous K-drama
6.2
The Color Purple (2023)If I sounded this good, I would burst into song all the time too.
6.2
The Color Purple (2023)Incredible music and passionate performances shoulder this messily told Broadway adaptation
7.5
The Last RoundAmazon Prime, you gotta promote your international titles better, c'mon.
7.5
The Last RoundA striking Egyptian sports drama that hits all the right notes
6.5
Song of the South (2023)So. Much. CGI birds…
6.5
Song of the South (2023)A striking, but meandering journey of a boy in 1940s Vietnam
8.8
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The Teachers’ Lounge (2023)If you’re a teacher who bought into the Dead Poet’s Society myth, consider this your rude awakening.
8.8
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The Teachers’ Lounge (2023)A tense classroom thriller that doubles as an allegory about the frightening complexity of our modern world
7.3
ExpatsLulu Wang, you’ve done it again.
7.3
ExpatsLulu Wang returns to screen in this Hong Kong-set intersection of personal loss and American privilege
8.2
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Aswang (2019)Don't ever tell a Filipino you admire their "resilience" when they just want to live.
8.2
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Aswang (2019)A compassionate and painful record of the human cost of the Philippines' war on drugs
6.8
Badland Hunters (2024)Ma Dong-seok will survive the end of the world, I just know it.
6.8
Badland Hunters (2024)Don Lee punches through a dystopian world in this thrilling action spin-off
7.5
Stonewalling (2024)The film started with the writer-director duo’s daughter asking them why they gave birth to her. Frankly, I would understand but not be happy if this was my parents’ answer.
7.5
Stonewalling (2024)Life is transactional in this portrait of contemporary China
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STAFF LISTS15 Best 2024 TV Shows on Netflix So Far
8.5
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Masters of the AirEach episode costs about $27 million to make and it shows.
8.5
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Masters of the AirCharged with the same heartstopping action, ambitious production design, and commitment to brotherhood, this sequel to Band of Brothers is an airborne masterpiece
7.5
The Plains (2022)Small talk that turns into oversharing while stuck in traffic—the most relatable movie of all-time.
7.5
The Plains (2022)A fascinating three-hour experiment on modern loneliness, told entirely from the backseat of a car
6.6
All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (2023)The world would be a better place if all hugs were 10 minutes long and ended in tears.
6.6
All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (2023)A mystifying but gorgeously photographed portrait of life and intimacy
7.0
Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project (2023)Poets are rock stars too, and I'm tired of pretending like they aren't!
7.0
Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project (2023)An essayistic portrait of a remarkable woman and activist through her wisdom and poetry
7.9
Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin (2019)I for one think there's no sweeter show of affection than revisiting the creepy folk civilization we once talked about together.
7.9
Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin (2019)A travelogue through various uncanny mysteries, and a love letter to a dearly departed friend
7.0
Metallic RougeIt’s still setting up, but I’m looking forward to Rouge and Naomi’s dynamic!
7.0
Metallic RougeBones celebrates its 25th year with this Blade Runner-esque mecha mystery
7.2
Rose Plays Julie (2021)Proof that you can trust in the Irish to do a better remix of what the Brits tried doing before.
7.2
Rose Plays Julie (2021)An ice-cold quest for truth and justice, with a cool and calculated lead performance
6.0
The Windigo (2024)It’s certainly better than other stereotypical depictions, but one can’t help but wonder what it could have been with a bigger budget.
6.0
The Windigo (2024)Collective trauma wreaks havok in this Native American creature feature
7.5
Tell Me That You Love MeUSA, I’m so sorry that you received this dose of comfort nearly two months after the rest of the world.
7.5
Tell Me That You Love MeEyes are louder than voices in this steady, cathartic deaf romance
7.5
Jacqueline Novak: Get on Your Knees (2024)I’m not even going to try to be as funny as Jacqueline Novak, this is great!
7.5
Jacqueline Novak: Get on Your Knees (2024)Jacqueline Novak delivers her cheeky and intimate stand-up special to the small screen
4.1
The FloorIf The Floor doesn't get better than this, maybe my topic of specialty on the show could be crummy game shows.
4.1
The FloorA monotonous and imbalanced game show that refuses to evolve
7.1
Solo LevelingSo that’s where they got that Worship the Lord meme…
7.1
Solo LevelingAction fantasy meets MMORPG in this edgy, highly anticipated anime adaptation
6.1
Dusty Slay: Workin’ Man (2024)Warning: may be hard to concentrate on this stand-up special when Dusty's entire head of hair is this magnificent to behold.
6.1
Dusty Slay: Workin’ Man (2024)A light mix of fun, wholesome, but ultimately aimless stoner jokes
8.6
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The Holdovers (2023)At this point, there might be just as many, if not more, Christmas movies about found families than biological families.
8.6
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The Holdovers (2023)A cozy and tenderly acted dramedy about the loneliness of the holidays
5.7
The Trust: A Game of GreedAll these adults on an island getaway, and not a single board game? What do they do all day?
5.7
The Trust: A Game of GreedGood game mechanics bolster another generally trashy, but addictive, reality competition series
7.0
American NightmareIt’s scary to imagine any true crime happening to you, but not being believed after asking for help? Terrifying.
7.0
American NightmareReal life Gone Girl turns out to be institutional failure in this infuriating, suspenseful docuseries
7.0
Daughters of the CultIt’s probably a good thing to not make a murderous cult feel exciting.
7.0
Daughters of the CultDaughters step forward in this sobering tell-all about the shocking Mormon Manson
8.2
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Hazbin HotelIf this is hell, sign our souls up!
8.2
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Hazbin HotelA24 dips into animation in this delightfully wicked comedy musical series
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STAFF LISTS50 Best 2024 Movies Released So Far
6.0
Captivating the KingCan we skip ahead to when Grand Prince Jinhan is king, so that we can start with the captivating?
6.0
Captivating the KingA fusion historical drama that prioritizes its royal intrigues over its espionage romance
8.1
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Whether the Weather Is Fine (2021)Where Western critics see magic realism and dense symbolism, Filipinos see an ordinary day in Philippine disaster management.
8.1
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Whether the Weather Is Fine (2021)An absurdist odyssey through the aftermath of disaster and a singular sensory experience
7.0
Sixty Minutes (2024)Oh, to be a kitten held in the arms of Emilio Sakraya…
7.0
Sixty Minutes (2024)A brisk and stylish German action thriller that keeps things short and to the point
4.5
Role Play (2024)Good first draft! Can't wait to see it when it's finished.
4.5
Role Play (2024)An oddly paced action comedy with too little time to tell its story
6.9
The Kitchen (2024)The Kitchen’s idea of a “dystopian” community just hits too close to home for those of us already living in overpopulated third-world cities.
6.9
The Kitchen (2024)Daniel Kaluuya builds a stunning but unrealized sci-fi world in his directorial debut
7.4
ZorroNow if we can just add someone crooning I Want to Spend My Lifetime Loving You…
7.4
ZorroThe classic Californian crusader rides again in this sleek Spanish reinterpretation
8.4
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Anatomy of a Fall (2023)Forget Cillian Murphy or Paul Giamatti for the Oscar—how do we get the dog in this movie nominated for Best Actor?
8.4
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Anatomy of a Fall (2023)A haunting, magnificently performed courtroom drama that expertly builds an atmosphere of distrust
7.0
Destroy All Neighbors (2024)This is further proof that you should never, under any circumstances, get on a nonconfrontational introvert’s last nerve.
7.0
Destroy All Neighbors (2024)A musician literally faces his creative demons as he tries to finish his long-gestating prog-rock album
7.6
The BequeathedWell, guess who’s not gonna sleep tonight?
7.6
The BequeathedInheritance turns deadly in this countryside horror series haunted by the family’s history of shamanism
5.0
End of the LineAn in-studio audience just doesn’t make sense for a new streaming binge drop.
5.0
End of the LineA confusing, chaotic Brazilian sitcom that might pull some chuckles, but not riotous laughter
7.7
KübraTheoretically, if God messaged someone to be his prophet via social media, Çağatay Ulusoy is a great choice.
7.7
KübraGod sends texts to a new prophet in this thought-provoking Turkish drama
7.0
A Shop for KillersMaybe, just maybe, fictional parental figures should keep their dependents informed so that they’re not blindsided by random assassins.
7.0
A Shop for KillersMourning is put on hold in this thrilling action-mystery series
7.2
Self Reliance (2024)Andy Samberg being able to make you laugh with just a smile must be some kind of divine comic gift.
7.2
Self Reliance (2024)As long as you don’t take it too seriously, Jake Johnson’s debut feature comes as a delightfully absurd romp with an existential twist
3.0
From the Ashes (2024)Disclaimer: Netflix never named the exact real-life tragedy this film advertises that it’s based on, so this review might not be fair. Just covering all the bases here, the same way they did.
3.0
From the Ashes (2024)A disappointing fictionalized depiction of a real-life Saudi all-girl's school fire
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STAFF LISTS20 Best 2024 Shows So Far
7.6
A Sign of AffectionThank you for the serotonin.
7.6
A Sign of AffectionA lighthearted yet sincere deaf romance with a delicate touch
6.0
EchoIt was only a matter of time until Disney-Marvel circled back to making a Netflix-Marvel show, but not as good.
6.0
EchoAn earnest protagonist gets stranded in more of the same self-serious MCU hijinks
4.3
Sanctuary: A Witch’s TaleThere really should be more to a fantasy premise than just "what if magic school was magic suburbia?"
4.3
Sanctuary: A Witch’s TaleHalf-baked fantasy drama that has trouble setting a compelling world
7.6
The Wrath of Becky (2023)Think grown-up Home Alone meets Promising Young Woman, but actually good.
7.6
The Wrath of Becky (2023)A grisly and satisfying revenge fantasy that puts right-wing meninists in their place
5.9
The Brothers SunWe know Michelle Yeoh can be everything, everywhere, all at once, but from this moment on she's going to be typecast as a fierce mother bear with dangerous combat skills (we're not complaining though).
5.9
The Brothers SunSurprisingly fun action punctuates a generally flat crime-comedy story