The best movies on Amazon Prime Video (June 2024)

The cast of Mean Girls.
Paramount Pictures

Sometimes the best movies on Amazon Prime Video come from somewhere else. This week, Prime Video has become the new streaming home of Mean Girls, the remake of the popular film that Paramount Pictures released earlier this year. And in this case, Paramount+’s loss is Prime Video’s gain, especially since Amazon still has several of Paramount’s recent box office hits available to stream.

Additionally, one of our favorite James Bond movies, Skyfall, has made its return to Prime Video. This is a film that’s come and gone from Prime Video many times before, but it’s always worth watching 007 at his best.

Keep reading for our complete roundup of the best movies on Amazon Prime Video right now. We update the list every Friday so you’ll always have something fun to watch on the weekend.

We’ve also put together guides to the best shows on Prime Video, the best movies on Hulu, the best movies on Netflix, the best new movies to stream, and the best movies on Disney+.

Editor’s Pick

Mean Girls (2024) [New]

Mean Girls
Mean Girls
  • Metacritic: 58%

  • IMDb: 5.7/10

  • Rated: PG-13

  • Duration: 113m

  • Genre: Comedy

  • Stars: Angourie Rice, Reneé Rapp, Auli'i Cravalho

  • Directed by: Arturo Perez Jr., Samantha Jayne

Mean Girls isn’t just a remake of the 2002 film, it’s also an adaptation of the 2017 Mean Girls musical. Tina Fey and Tim Meadows reprise their roles from the original movie, but the leading part of Cady Heron features rising star Angourie Rice as she steps into Lindsay Lohan’s shoes. Lohan even has a cameo in the film, which you should be able to spot if you keep your eyes open near the end.

Cady has never gone to an actual school before, since she’s been homeschooled her entire life. Once she finally enrolls in North Shore High School, Cady is initially accepted by the Plastics, the titular mean girls. When the Plastics inevitably turn on Cady, she hatches a scheme to take them down from within. And she might just lose herself along the way.

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Skyfall (2012) [New]

Skyfall
Skyfall
  • Metacritic: 81%

  • IMDb: 7.8/10

  • Rated: PG-13

  • Duration: 143m

  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller

  • Stars: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem

  • Directed by: Sam Mendes

Skyfall is easily the most beloved James Bond movie of the modern era, and a high point of Daniel Craig’s time as 007. After nearly getting killed in the field, Bond attempts to retire from MI6 before a terrorist bombing draws him back into the fold. It quickly becomes clear that Bond is far from recovered from his injuries, but M (Judi Dench) still takes him back because of the threat that Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem) represents to the nation and the world.

Raoul is also closely linked to M’s past, and Bond is going to have to face his own inner demons before he can take on Silva directly. It all leads to a final showdown at Bond’s ancestral home, Skyfall.

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Die Hart 2: Die Harter (2024) [New]

Die Hart 2: Die Harter
Die Hart 2: Die Harter
  • IMDb: 4.2/10

  • Duration: 92m

  • Genre: Action, Comedy

  • Stars: Kevin Hart, Nathalie Emmanuel, Ben Schwartz

  • Directed by: Eric Appel

Kevin Hart is back in the role he was born to play: himself. The Roku Channel’s Die Hart action comedy series returned for a second season in 2023, and it has now been reedited into a film called Die Hart 2: Die Harter.

Following his attempt to become a true action star, Hart is obsessed with showing off his newfound skills in an improvised action movie of his own creation. And when Hollywood doesn’t bite, Hart takes a meeting with a shady character, Karl Stromberg (Greg Kriek), that sends him headfirst into a revenge plot. It’s a good thing that Hart has friends like Mr. 206 (John Cena) who can help him get out of this mess alive.

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Punch-Drunk Love (2002) [New]

Punch-Drunk Love
Punch-Drunk Love
  • Metacritic: 78%

  • IMDb: 7.3/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 96m

  • Genre: Romance, Drama, Comedy

  • Stars: Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman

  • Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson

Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch-Drunk Love came out in theaters over two decades ago, but there’s always something timeless about two lonely people who potentially find love with each other. Adam Sandler gives one of the best performances of his career as Barry Egan, a man who has some anger issues because even his own sisters verbally and emotionally abuse him.

That doesn’t deter Lena Leonard (Emily Watson) from striking up a relationship with Barry behind the back of her co-worker – who is also Barry’s sister – Elizabeth Egan (Mary Lynn Rajskub). Standing in the way of Barry’s potential happiness are some goons from a phone sex company who are attempting to shake him down for money. But it’s a mistake to get Barry angry, because his temper is explosive.

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The Blue Angels (2024) [New]

The Blue Angels
The Blue Angels
  • IMDb: 7.5/10

  • Rated: G

  • Duration: 93m

  • Genre: Documentary

  • Stars: Brian Allendorfer, Bobby Speed Baldock, Bryon Beck

  • Directed by: Paul Crowder

If you live near an actual IMAX theater, then you may want to see The Blue Angels there before watching it on Prime Video. This documentary has some jaw-dropping visuals from never-before-seen footage of the Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron.

The film covers the 2022 season for the Blue Angels as new pilots undergo intense training alongside veteran pilots to prepare for some very difficult flying formations and maneuvers. This isn’t a job that everyone can pull off, but for those who can, the Blue Angels are a calling.

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American Fiction (2023) [New]

American Fiction
American Fiction
  • Metacritic: 81%

  • IMDb: 7.5/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 117m

  • Genre: Comedy, Drama

  • Stars: Jeffrey Wright, John Ortiz, Erika Alexander

  • Directed by: Cord Jefferson

American Fiction casts The Batman Part Two’s Jeffrey Wright as Dr. Thelonious “Monk” Ellison, a college professor and a novelist whose books sell very poorly. Monk is also upset that another writer, Sinatra Golden (Issa Rae), has found massive success while seemingly pandering to Black stereotypes. So Monk writes his own novel as a satire of Golden’s books before submitting it for publication.

Much to Monk’s surprise and horror, his satire is embraced by the publisher and the general public. The satire of the piece goes unnoticed, as the book becomes so popular that it starts taking over Monk’s life, even though he made sure that his real name wasn’t listed as the author. But once the book is out and Hollywood comes knocking, it may be too late.

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Whiplash (2014)

Whiplash
Whiplash
  • Metacritic: 89%

  • IMDb: 8.5/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 107m

  • Genre: Drama, Music

  • Stars: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Paul Reiser

  • Directed by: Damien Chazelle

Before Damien Chazelle almost won Best Picture for La La Land, he wrote and directed Whiplash, a drama that was based on his own short film. Miles Teller stars as Andrew Neiman, a jazz drummer with big dreams and bigger ambitions. That was until Andrew met Terence Fletcher (Night Sky‘s J. K. Simmons), the worst kind of teacher you could ever have.

Fletcher emotionally manipulates and abuses his students, while pushing Andrew to focus on his music at the cost of everything else in his life. Andrew’s drive to please Fletcher destroys more than just his personal relationships, and it may also end his dreams as well.

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Run Lola Run (1998)

Run Lola Run
Run Lola Run
  • Metacritic: 79%

  • IMDb: 7.6/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 81m

  • Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller

  • Stars: Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup

  • Directed by: Tom Tykwer

There’s a deceptively simple premise behind Run Lola Run. Lola (Franka Potente) loves Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu), and the feeling is mutual. But because Manni lost a lot of money that belonged to a criminal, he’s going to die in 20 minutes unless Lola can come up with a solution.

So Lola runs to save Manni’s life and come up with a solution, no matter what the universe puts in front of her. And if that means robbing a supermarket, resetting time itself, or willing a miracle into being, then Lola’s going to do it. Whatever it takes. And it’s all set to a killer 1990s techno soundtrack.

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The Idea of You (2024)

The Idea of You
The Idea of You
  • Metacritic: 67%

  • IMDb: 6.7/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 116m

  • Genre: Romance, Comedy, Music

  • Stars: Anne Hathaway, Nicholas Galitzine, Ella Rubin

  • Directed by: Michael Showalter

The irony of the premise of The Idea of You is that the romantic entanglement of Solène Marchand (Eileen‘s Anne Hathaway) with boy band lead singer Hayes Campbell (Nicholas Galitzine) would probably be more of a fantasy for Solène’s daughter, Izzy (Ella Rubin), than for Solène herself. But one unplanned encounter between Solène and Hayes soon leads to several others.

There is an age gap between Solène and Hayes that does come up in the film, but the bigger issue between them is the celebrity gap. As long as Hayes is a world-famous musician, he and Solène may never be able to enjoy a normal romance without being hounded by the press.

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The Holdovers (2023)

The Holdovers
The Holdovers
  • Metacritic: 82%

  • IMDb: 7.9/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 133m

  • Genre: Comedy, Drama

  • Stars: Paul Giamatti, Dominic Sessa, Da'Vine Joy Randolph

  • Directed by: Alexander Payne

It’s a little early for Christmas movies, but The Holdovers may become a holiday tradition. Paul Giamatti stars as Paul Hunham, an unpopular and curmudgeonly teacher at Barton Academy boarding school in 1970. Hunham is forced to spend his Christmas vacation as a chaperone for the students who don’t have anywhere to go for the holidays.

Despite himself, Hunham starts empathizing and bonding with one of his students, Angus Tully (Dominic Sessa), as well as Barton cafeteria manager, Mary Lamb (Da’Vine Joy Randolph), who is grieving over the loss of her son. Through them, Hunham rediscovers his compassion, even though it may cost him what’s left of his teaching career.

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Polite Society (2023)

Polite Society
Polite Society
  • Metacritic: 75%

  • IMDb: 6.6/10

  • Rated: PG-13

  • Duration: 103m

  • Genre: Comedy, Action, Drama

  • Stars: Priya Kansara, Ritu Arya, Shobu Kapoor

  • Directed by: Nida Manzoor

Polite Society had a very under-the-radar release in 2023, but it has a chance to break out on Prime Video in 2024. The film stars Priya Kansara as Ria Khan, a British-Pakistani teenager who has grand dreams of becoming a martial artist and a stunt woman. No one is a bigger supporter of Ria’s dreams than her older sister, Lena Khan (Ritu Arya), at least until Lena falls for Salim Shah (Akshay Khanna) and agrees to move away to Singapore and marry him.

Salim instantly rubs Ria the wrong way, and so does Salim’s mother, Raheela Shah (Nimra Bucha). Against all evidence, Ria is convinced that the Shah family has sinister intentions toward her sister. Is Ria delusional? Or will she really have to go full action heroine and save her sister from the evil in-laws?

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The Notebook (2004)

The Notebook
The Notebook
  • Metacritic: 53%

  • IMDb: 7.8/10

  • Rated: PG-13

  • Duration: 123m

  • Genre: Romance, Drama

  • Stars: Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, Gena Rowlands

  • Directed by: Nick Cassavetes

The adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2024, and it remains a popular choice among romance lovers. It’s not as if we haven’t seen star-crossed lover stories before, but the tale of Noah Calhoun (The Fall Guy‘s Ryan Gosling) and Allison Hamilton (Rachel McAdams) resonates in part because the movie shows how their love began and how it endured before ending decades later.

In the early 1940s, Noah and Allison’s bond is challenged by both her family and the onset of World War II. Regardless, Noah and Allison choose love above everything else, even if it means Allison has to go against the wishes of her family. Screen legends James Garner and Gena Rowlands also have supporting roles in the film that may draw a few tears from your eyes before the credits roll.

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Wrath of Man (2021)

Wrath of Man
Wrath of Man
  • Metacritic: 57%

  • IMDb: 7.1/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 119m

  • Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller

  • Stars: Jason Statham, Holt McCallany, Josh Hartnett

  • Directed by: Guy Ritchie

Be honest: If you were a bad guy in an action movie and you saw Jason Statham (The Beekeeper) walking in your direction, wouldn’t you run the other way? Something like this actually happens in Wrath of Man, which reunites Statham with director Guy Ritchie. Statham plays Patrick Hill, a new hire for Fortico, an armored car security company.

Patrick’s new co-workers initially think that he’s a joke until he ruthlessly dispatches a gang of armored robbers. During another attempted robbery, the crooks literally run away when they see Patrick. While this draws suspicion about Patrick’s identity, his co-workers should be less concerned about who he is and more worried about what his real agenda is. Especially if Patrick finds what he’s looking for …

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The Exorcist: Believer (2023)

The Exorcist: Believer
The Exorcist: Believer
  • Metacritic: 39%

  • IMDb: 4.6/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 111m

  • Genre: Horror

  • Stars: Leslie Odom Jr., Lidya Jewett, Olivia O'Neill

  • Directed by: David Gordon Green

Fifty years after the events of the original Exorcist, demons strike again in The Exorcist: Believer. Two young girls, Angela Fielding (Lidya Jewett) and Katherine West (Olivia O’Neill), have fallen prey to evil, and their parents are at a loss as how to handle their possession.

Angela’s father, Victor Fielding (Leslie Odom Jr.), eventually finds help in the form of Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burstyn), a woman who has made herself an expert in the field of demonic possession since her daughter, Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair), suffered the same ordeal decades earlier. But no amount of preparation is sufficient in the face of the unrelenting evil that has the two children in its grasp.

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Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022)

Minions: The Rise of Gru
Minions: The Rise of Gru
  • Metacritic: 56%

  • Rated: PG

  • Duration: 87m

  • Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family

  • Stars: Pierre Coffin, Steve Carell, Russell Brand

  • Directed by: Kyle Balda

Minions: The Rise of Gru is the origin story of Despicable Me’s main character, Gru (Steve Carell), but probably not in the way that you expect. In the 1970s, Kevin, Stuart, Bob, and the rest of the Minions (Pierre Coffin) have all latched on to Gru as their new master. Gru himself has ambitions of being the biggest supervillain in the world so he can join the Vicious 6.

Unfortunately for Gru, his attempts to join the most notorious gang of bad guys spectacularly backfires, which turns his idols in the Vicious 6 into his deadliest enemies. To defeat them, Gru and the Minions will have to turn to the Vicious 6’s former leader, Wild Knuckles (Alan Arkin).

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Música (2024)

Música
Música
  • Metacritic: 76%

  • IMDb: 6.5/10

  • Rated: PG-13

  • Duration: 91m

  • Genre: Romance, Comedy, Music

  • Stars: Camila Mendes, Rudy Mancuso, J.B. Smoove

  • Directed by: Rudy Mancuso

Almost everyone can hear a song in their head, but the lead character of Música, Rudy (Rudy Mancuso), can’t stop hearing it. Rudy suffers from synesthesia, which means music is an ever-present part of his life, even when he would probably prefer silence.

Mancuso is a YouTube star who co-wrote and directed this coming-of-age romance, which finds Rudy torn between two women: Isabella (Camila Mendes) and Haley (Francesca Reale). Luckily — or perhaps unluckily — Rudy has a friend, Anwar (J.B. Smoove), who can give him some advice and guidance. But ultimately, Rudy has to make his own choices in life, including whom he really wants to be with.

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Please Don't Destroy: The Treasure of Foggy Mountain (2023)

Please Don't Destroy: The Treasure of Foggy Mountain
Please Don't Destroy: The Treasure of Foggy Mountain
  • Metacritic: 49%

  • IMDb: 6.1/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 92m

  • Genre: Comedy, Adventure

  • Stars: Martin Herlihy, John Higgins, Ben Marshall

  • Directed by: Paul Briganti

If you thought that Please Don’t Destroy: The Treasure of Foggy Mountain was a Peacock original movie, then you’re not wrong. But everything on Peacock tends to end up on Prime Video. The comedy group Please Don’t Destroy — Ben Marshall, John Higgins, and Martin Herlihy — stars in The Treasure of Foggy Mountain as fictionalized versions of themselves.

After the trio discovers they may have the lead on a priceless treasure hidden away in Foggy Mountain, they inadvertently create rivals for their quest when they tell Lisa (Megan Stalter) and Taylor (X Mayo) what they’re looking for. Additionally, other treasure seekers have already descended upon the mountain. Even if the trio can find the treasure, bringing it home will be a lot harder.

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Witness (1985)

Witness
Witness
  • Metacritic: 76%

  • IMDb: 7.4/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 112m

  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

  • Stars: Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis, Josef Sommer

  • Directed by: Peter Weir

At the peak of his stardom, Harrison Ford was more than just Indiana Jones or Han Solo. Witness is a thriller that cast Ford as John Book, a detective in the Philadelphia police department who is given an unusual case to investigate. A young Amish boy, Samuel Lapp (Lukas Haas), has accidentally witnessed the murder of an undercover cop.

Much to his alarm, Book realizes that the killer was another cop, and that the corruption in his department may threaten both Samuel and his widowed mother, Rachel Lapp (Kelly McGillis). Book’s suspicions are confirmed when he’s nearly taken out by one of his fellow officers, which forces him to hide with Rachel and Samuel among the Amish. And even though Book and Rachel are from very different worlds, they can’t hide their obvious attraction to each other.

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Rob Roy (1995)

Rob Roy
Rob Roy
  • Metacritic: 55%

  • IMDb: 7.1/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 139m

  • Genre: Adventure, History, Drama, Action, War

  • Stars: Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange, John Hurt

  • Directed by: Michael Caton-Jones

Long before every Liam Neeson movie was some variation of Taken, he took on the role of a legendary Scottish outlaw in Rob Roy. In the 18th century, Rob Roy MacGregor (Neeson) is the chief of Clan MacGregor and deeply devoted to his people. Rob Roy won’t even bear false witness against someone he doesn’t know when the Marquess of Montrose, James Graham (John Hurt), attempts to blackmail MacGregor over an unpaid debt.

The Marquess’ friend, Archibald Cunningham (Tim Roth), is responsible for the theft of the money that Rob Roy needed to pay his debt, and for terrorizing his family at Graham’s request. In response, Rob Roy and his followers wage a systematic campaign against the Marquess that turns MacGregor into a folk hero to his people.

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Road House (2024)

Road House
Road House
  • Metacritic: 59%

  • IMDb: 6.3/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 121m

  • Genre: Action, Thriller

  • Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Daniela Melchior, Conor McGregor

  • Directed by: Doug Liman

In this remake of the popular 1989 movie starring Patrick Swayze, Jake Gyllenhaal portrays Elwood Dalton as a former UFC fighter who has fallen on some hard times. Road House gives Elwood a chance for redemption when Frankie (Jessica Williams) recruits him to be the bouncer at her bar, which shares its name with the title of the film.

Elwood’s fighting skills go a long way towards keeping order at The Road House, much to the anger of a local mobster, Ben Brandt (Billy Magnussen). Elwood took care of Brandt’s regular goons with ease, but he’ll have a much harder time handling Knox, an enforcer for Brandt who is played by an actual UFC fighter, Conor McGregor.

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 (2023)

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3
  • Metacritic: 35%

  • IMDb: 5.2/10

  • Rated: PG-13

  • Duration: 92m

  • Genre: Comedy, Romance

  • Stars: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Elena Kampouris

  • Directed by: Nia Vardalos

It shouldn’t surprise you to hear that there is another wedding in My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 — it’s just not between the main characters, Fotoula “Toula” Portokalos (Nia Vardalos) and Ian Miller (Sex and the Citys John Corbett). Through two sequels and one non-canon sitcom spinoff, Toula and Ian are still together. But they don’t know that their daughter, Paris Miller (Elena Kampouris), is struggling with both her love life and her academic pursuits in college.

Michael Constantine, who played Toula’s father, Gus Portokalos, in the previous films, passed away in 2021. That’s why a lot of this film deals with the family struggling with their grief over the loss of Gus as the extended clan travels to Greece to fulfill his last wishes. This turns out to be more difficult than they imagined, as his childhood friends have scattered, and some unrelated relationship dramas are coming to the surface.

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Frida (2024)

Frida
Frida
  • Metacritic: 74%

  • IMDb: 7.5/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 87m

  • Genre: Documentary

  • Stars: Frida Kahlo

  • Directed by: Carla Gutierrez

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the death of Frida Kahlo, a Mexican painter who didn’t find fame or accolades until two decades after she died. The new documentary Frida takes an extensive look back at Kahlo’s well-documented life and adds some modern flourishes, including animation on a few of the artist’s self-portraits.

More importantly, the film shares the words of Kahlo herself to shape the narrative and give her a voice in her own story. Frida Kahlo was one of the most distinctive voices in art in the 20th century, and the life she lived was just as important and interesting as her creations. Through this film, a new generation may come to appreciate that.

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Ricky Stanicky (2024)

Ricky Stanicky
Ricky Stanicky
  • Metacritic: 44%

  • IMDb: 6.2/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 113m

  • Genre: Comedy

  • Stars: Zac Efron, Jermaine Fowler, Andrew Santino

  • Directed by: Peter Farrelly

The first thing that you need to know about the movie called Ricky Stanicky is that there is no Ricky. He’s just someone who was made up by three friends — Dean (The Iron Claw‘s Zac Efron), Wes (Jermaine Fowler), and JT (Andrew Santino) — as a convenient scapegoat for the last two decades. But when “Ricky” causes Dean to miss the birth of his child, the trio’s significant others demand to finally meet him.

That’s why Dean hires a washed-up actor, Rod (John Cena), to pretend to be Ricky just long enough to fool their friends and family. The problem is that Rod not only loves playing Ricky, but he does it too well and he even lands a job that may keep him permanently in their lives. If the truth about Ricky gets out, then Dean, Wes, and JT are going to pay the price for everything they’ve done.

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Five Nights at Freddy's (2023)

Five Nights at Freddy's
Five Nights at Freddy's
  • Metacritic: 33%

  • IMDb: 5.5/10

  • Rated: PG-13

  • Duration: 110m

  • Genre: Horror, Mystery

  • Stars: Josh Hutcherson, Piper Rubio, Elizabeth Lail

  • Directed by: Emma Tammi

The hit video game series Five Nights At Freddy’s was also a big success with moviegoers last fall. For this adaptation, Josh Hutcherson steps into the role of Mike Schmidt, a man who can barely hold down a job or provide a home for his younger sister, Vanessa (Elizabeth Lail). Out of desperation, Mike takes a job as the night shift guard at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, a restaurant that’s been abandoned for decades.

With no one else that he can trust to watch over Vanessa, Josh brings her to work with him. That turns out to be a terrible mistake, because at night, the animatronics come to life. And while Freddy and his mechanical friends like Vanessa, they’re somewhat murderous toward Mike and anyone else who stumbles upon their secret.

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Road to Perdition (2002)

Road to Perdition
Road to Perdition
  • Metacritic: 72%

  • IMDb: 7.7/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 117m

  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

  • Stars: Tom Hanks, Tyler Hoechlin, Paul Newman

  • Directed by: Sam Mendes

About two decades before he starred in The CW’s Superman & Lois series, Tyler Hoechlin appeared in a much darker comic book adaptation, Road To Perdition. Tom Hanks plays Michael Sullivan, a mob hitman during the Great Depression who is forced to go on the run shortly after his son, Michael Sullivan Jr. (Hoechlin), witnesses his father and Connor Rooney (future James Bond Daniel Craig) murder another local crime figure.

Connor is also the son of a mob boss, John Rooney (Paul Newman), who favors Michael Sr. over his own flesh and blood. That’s why Connor had Michael’s wife and other son murdered, before ordering an assassin, Harlen Maguire (Jude Law), to track down Michael and Michael Jr. before they can make new lives for themselves.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem (2023)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem
  • Metacritic: 74%

  • IMDb: 7.2/10

  • Rated: PG

  • Duration: 100m

  • Genre: Animation, Comedy, Action, Science Fiction

  • Stars: Micah Abbey, Shamon Brown Jr., Nicolas Cantu

  • Directed by: Jeff Rowe

The TMNT have been reinvented numerous times over the last four decades. But the unique thing about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem is that it focuses on them as believable teenagers. Donatello (Micah Abbey), Michelangelo (Shamon Brown Jr.), Leonardo (Nicolas Cantu), and Raphael (Brady Noon) may be ninja turtles, but what they really want are some human friends who are their own age.

Despite the disapproval of their adoptive father, Splinter (Jackie Chan), the turtles meet and befriend a human girl, April O’Neil (Ayo Edebiri). The turtles also believe that they can win over humanity if they become heroes. However, their first real test is Superfly (Ice Cube) and his army of mutants. And even the TMNT are outnumbered and outmatched against them.

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Giannis: The Marvelous Journey (2024)

Giannis: The Marvelous Journey
Giannis: The Marvelous Journey
  • IMDb: 8.5/10

  • Duration: 109m

  • Genre: Documentary

  • Stars: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Veronica Antetokounmpo, Thanasis Antetokounmpo

  • Directed by: Kristen Lappas

In 2022, the Disney+ original movie Rise was a dramatized version of Giannis Antetokounmpo’s journey to the NBA from his humble beginnings. However, it’s one thing to see that version and another to hear Antetokounmpo share his story in his own words in the sports documentary Giannis: The Marvelous Journey.

Long before Antetokounmpo led the Milwaukee Bucks to the NBA championship and became one of the best players in the game, he and his family were illegal Nigerian immigrants in Greece who faced vicious discrimination that Antetokounmpo clearly still feels wounded by. But despite the adversity, Antetokounmpo achieved his dreams. It’s hard not to be inspired by that story.

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Upgraded (2024)

Upgraded
Upgraded
  • IMDb: 6.6/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 105m

  • Genre: Romance, Comedy

  • Stars: Camila Mendes, Archie Renaux, Marisa Tomei

  • Directed by: Carlson Young

Former Riverdale star Camila Mendes is going full rom-com in Prime Video’s original film Upgraded. Mendes plays Ana, an intern who works for an absolute tyrant of a boss named Claire Dupont (Marisa Tomei). But Ana is willing to take Claire’s abuse because she knows that working for her is an opportunity to get a career in the art world.

When Ana is forced to accompany Claire on a business trip to London, she winds up in first class on a later flight. That’s where Ana meets and flirts with Will (Archie Renaux), who believes that she’s Claire. Ana keeps the deception going because she’s really attracted to Will and the feeling is mutual. Can their burgeoning romance survive if and when the truth is inevitably exposed?

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Surrounded (2023)

Surrounded
Surrounded
  • Metacritic: 57%

  • IMDb: 6.0/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 100m

  • Genre: Western, Action, Drama

  • Stars: Letitia Wright, Jamie Bell, Michael Kenneth Williams

  • Directed by: Anthony Mandler

In Surrounded, Mo Washington (Letitia Wright) has a secret that only the audience is in on: She’s a woman pretending to be a man following a stint as a Buffalo Soldier during the Civil War. Five years after the conflict, Mo just wants to go west and stake her claim to a gold mine. Mo’s plans are upended when the stagecoach she is traveling with comes under attack by Tommy Walsh (Jamie Bell) and his gang.

The survivors of the attack manage to capture Tommy and drive off his men. In order to salvage their trek west, most of the survivors head out to bring someone back so they can claim the bounty on Tommy’s head. That leaves Mo with the unenviable task of standing guard over Tommy and preventing his gang from rescuing him. When a stranger named Will Clay (Michael K. Williams) comes along, he presents himself as an ally to Mo. But can anyone really be trusted, especially when blood and money are on the line?

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The Other Zoey (2023)

The Other Zoey
The Other Zoey
  • IMDb: 5.9/10

  • Rated: PG-13

  • Duration: 91m

  • Genre: Romance, Drama, Comedy

  • Stars: Josephine Langford, Drew Starkey, Archie Renaux

  • Directed by: Sara Zandieh

The Other Zoey is not a remake of the Sandra Bullock rom-com While You Were Sleeping. But romantic comedy fans may notice some similarities between the two. Josephine Langford stars as Zoey Miller, a high school student who is definitely not the girlfriend of soccer star Zach MacLaren (Drew Starkey), whose girlfriend is also named Zoey (Maggie Thurmon).

When Zach suffers a head injury that gives him partial amnesia, he mistakes Zoey for his girlfriend, and his doctors warn her not to upset him with the truth. So Zoey carries on the deception and gets closer to Zach on a lavish vacation. At the same time, Zoey also feels attracted to Zach’s cousin, Miles Maclaren (Archie Renaux), who shares many of her views about love and life. So, which guy does Zoey really want? You’ll have to watch the film to find out.

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Fast X (2023)

Fast X
Fast X
  • Metacritic: 56%

  • IMDb: 5.8/10

  • Rated: PG-13

  • Duration: 142m

  • Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller

  • Stars: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson

  • Directed by: Louis Leterrier

Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) couldn’t be happier when Fast X begins, since he’s got his family together and his life in order. What Dom doesn’t have is a clue that Dante Reyes (Jason Momoa) — the son of one of Dom’s dead enemies — is out for revenge. When Dante strikes, no one is safe. Dom’s wife, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), their son, Brian Marcos (Leo Abelo Perry), their team, and even their old adversary, Cipher (Charlize Theron), are all open targets.

In short order, Dante destroys the team’s reputation and hurts the people Dom cares about most. And Dante is only getting started, as the real suffering hasn’t begun yet.

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The Passenger (2023)

The Passenger
The Passenger
  • Metacritic: 62%

  • IMDb: 6.4/10

  • Duration: 98m

  • Genre: Crime, Thriller, Horror

  • Stars: Kyle Gallner, Johnny Berchtold, Liza Weil

  • Directed by: Carter Smith

It’s been said that “a good friend will help you move, but a true friend will help you hide a body.” Benson (Kyle Gallner) may have taken that expression a little bit too literally in The Passenger. After witnessing his work buddy, Randolph “Randy” Bradley (Johnny Berchtold), get bullied by their co-workers, Benson snaps and murders everyone but Randy.

Suddenly Randy finds himself riding shotgun with an absolute lunatic, and he truly doesn’t know what Benson will do next. If Randy can’t find a way out, then it might be his body that gets ditched by Benson.

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Role Play (2023)

Role Play
Role Play
  • IMDb: 5.5/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 101m

  • Genre: Crime, Romance, Action

  • Stars: David Oyelowo, Kaley Cuoco, Bill Nighy

  • Directed by: Thomas Vincent

Emma (The Flight Attendant‘s Kaley Cuoco) and Dave Brackett (David Oyelowo) are just about as happy as a couple could be in Prime Video’s Role Play. The Bracketts have two children and a beautiful home in a New Jersey suburb. What they’re lacking is the passion in the bedroom that they used to have before starting a family.

For their anniversary, Dave and Emma take a trip to New York and indulge in some role play. That turns out to be a mistake when Bob Kellerman (Bill Nighy) blows Emma’s cover and exposes her as an international assassin. Now, Emma has to use her skills to protect her family and keep her marriage to Dave intact.

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Foe (2023)

Foe
Foe
  • Metacritic: 44%

  • IMDb: 5.3/10

  • Rated: PG

  • Duration: 111m

  • Genre: Science Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Drama

  • Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Paul Mescal, Aaron Pierre

  • Directed by: Garth Davis

Humanity’s future looks bleak in Prime Video’s Foe, but at least Hen (Saoirse Ronan) and Junior (Paul Mescal) have each other. Or do they? Their bonds of marriage are tested when Junior is selected to be among the lucky few to live and work on OuterMore, the orbiting habitat that may be humanity’s best hope of survival.

However, Hen is not selected for the program, even though a stranger named Terrance (Aaron Pierre) promises Junior that Hen will be well cared for in his absence by a special companion. Yet, as the vetting process drags on, Junior becomes convinced that Terrance will be the one living with his wife while he’s stuck in space.

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Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (2023)

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts
  • Metacritic: 42%

  • IMDb: 6.0/10

  • Rated: PG-13

  • Duration: 127m

  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction

  • Stars: Anthony Ramos, Dominique Fishback, Peter Cullen

  • Directed by: Steven Caple Jr.

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts rolls back the clock to 1994 and follows a young man, Noah Diaz (Anthony Ramos), who is so desperate to provide for his family that he agrees to steal a car. Unfortunately for Noah, the car turns out to be Mirage (Pete Davidson), one of the Autobots hiding on Earth. And while Mirage is eager to make friends with Noah, Autobot leader Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) is not as trusting.

Thanks to a discovery made by museum research intern Elena Wallace (Dominique Fishback), she and Noah are drawn into the Autobots’ war with the Terrorcons, who want to bring the planet-killing Transformer Unicron (Colman Domingo) to Earth. In order to save the world, Noah and Elena will have to help the Autobots find the Maximals and their leader, Optimus Primal (Ron Perlman).

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About Fate (2022)

About Fate
About Fate
  • IMDb: 6.4/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 100m

  • Genre: Romance, Comedy

  • Stars: Emma Roberts, Thomas Mann, Lewis Tan

  • Directed by: Marius Weisberg

Parallel lives intersect in director Maryus Vaysberg’s romantic comedy About Fate, which was inspired by Emil Braginsky and Eldar Ryazanov’s The Irony of Fate. Margot Hayes (Emma Roberts) and Griffin Reed (Thomas Mann) both want to marry their respective partners, Clementine Pratt (Madelaine Petsch) and Kip (Lewis Tan). But when those plans fall apart, Griffin drunkenly comes home to Margot’s place because it was so easy to mistake for his own.

Instead of being angry at a stranger sleeping in her bed, Margot uses their meeting as an opportunity to ask Griffin to pretend to be Kip when she attends the wedding of her sister, Carrie Hayes (Britt Robertson). However, neither Kip nor Clementine are completely out of the picture, and it may take an act of fate to bring Griffin and Margot together as a real couple.

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Saltburn (2023)

Saltburn
Saltburn
  • Metacritic: 61%

  • IMDb: 7.3/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 131m

  • Genre: Drama, Comedy, Thriller

  • Stars: Barry Keoghan, Jacob Elordi, Rosamund Pike

  • Directed by: Emerald Fennell

Saltburn is a movie that’s designed to catch you off guard, even if you’re paying attention. So keep your eyes on Oliver Quick (Barry Keoghan), the Oxford University college student who befriends his wealthy classmate, Felix Catton (Jacob Elordi). When Oliver receives word about his father’s death, Felix invites him to stay at his family’s estate at Saltburn for the summer.

Felix’s immediate family, including his parents, Lady Elspeth Catton (Rosamund Pike) and Sir James Catton (Richard E. Grant), as well as Felix’s sister, Venetia Catton (Alison Oliver), are very welcoming towards Oliver. However, Felix’s cousin, Farleigh Start (Gran Turismo‘s Archie Madekwe), is immediately suspicious about Oliver’s motives. It will be a long summer at Saltburn, and Oliver will have to go out of his way to earn his place there.

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Asteroid City (2023)

Asteroid City
Asteroid City
  • Metacritic: 75%

  • IMDb: 6.6/10

  • Rated: PG

  • Duration: 105m

  • Genre: Comedy, Drama

  • Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks

  • Directed by: Wes Anderson

When it comes to Wes Anderson movies, you can always bet that they will be emotionally moving and deeply weird. Asteroid City is no exception, and it seems to take place in a world all of its own. Jason Schwartzman stars as a newly widowed father, Augie Steenbeck, who has brought his children to the annual Junior Stargazer convention. Despite the fact that Augie is still mourning his late wife, he is immediately drawn to Midge Campbell (Scarlett Johansson), an actress who brought her daughter, Dinah (Grace Edwards) to the event.

Dinah also strikes up a relationship with Augie’s son, Woodrow (Jake Ryan), and it’s not the only romance brewing in town. But there’s something incredible happening at this year’s Junior Stargazer event, and it may change the world forever.

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A Good Person (2023)

A Good Person
A Good Person
  • Metacritic: 50%

  • IMDb: 7.1/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 128m

  • Genre: Drama

  • Stars: Florence Pugh, Morgan Freeman, Molly Shannon

  • Directed by: Zach Braff

Dune: Part Two star Florence Pugh sheds all aspects of her MCU Black Widow role as a broken young woman in A Good Person. Zach Braff wrote and directed the film, which casts Pugh as Allison, a woman who was once engaged to her high school boyfriend, Nathan (Chinaza Uche). But shortly after her engagement, Allison causes a car accident that claims the lives of Nathan’s sister, Molly (Nichelle Hines), and her husband, Jesse (Toby Onwumere).

One year later, Allison is attempting to kick her addiction to painkillers when she reunites with Nathan and Molly’s father, Daniel (Morgan Freeman). As Daniel attempts to forgive Allison, they reenter each other’s lives and she tries to make amends with Ryan (Celeste O’Connor), the daughter that Molly and Jesse left behind.

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Bye Bye Barry (2023)

Bye Bye Barry
Bye Bye Barry
  • IMDb: 8.2/10

  • Duration: 93m

  • Genre: Documentary

  • Stars: Barry Sanders, Eminem, Jeff Daniels

  • Directed by: Micaela Powers, Paul Monusky, Angela Torma

In the late 1990s, few NFL players were more exciting to watch than Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders. On the field, Sanders moved with uncommon speed and agility, and he was well on his way toward the all-time NFL rushing record when he abruptly retired from the game and never played another down.

Bye Bye Barry is based on Sanders’ book of the same name, and it offers his account of why he left behind an incredibly lucrative career. Several other NFL luminaries also weigh in on Sanders’ legacy, but the film is at its most enticing when Sanders himself speaks about what he was going through at that key moment in his life.

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Memento (2000)

Memento
Memento
  • Metacritic: 83%

  • IMDb: 8.4/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 113m

  • Genre: Mystery, Thriller

  • Stars: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

  • Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan made his name in Hollywood with Memento, a brilliantly twisted story that is told out of order. L.A. Confidential’s Guy Pearce stars as Leonard Shelby, a man who is out to avenge the murder of his wife. The problem is that Leonard can’t make any new long-term memories, which is why his body is covered with tattoos designed to lead him to his wife’s killer.

Every face Leonard sees is the face of a stranger, so each time he meets Natalie (Carrie-Anne Moss) and Teddy (Joe Pantoliano), he’s unsure of who he can trust. And everyone who knows about Leonard’s condition takes advantage of it, including Leonard himself.

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Silver Dollar Road (2023)

Silver Dollar Road
Silver Dollar Road
  • Metacritic: 77%

  • IMDb: 7.3/10

  • Rated: PG

  • Duration: 101m

  • Genre: Documentary

  • Stars: Mamie Reels Ellison, Kim Renee Duhon

  • Directed by: Raoul Peck

I Am Not Your Negro director Raoul Peck helms a new documentary, Silver Dollar Road, that may leave a sick feeling in your stomach. The name of the film comes from a stretch of waterfront property in North Carolina that has been owned by a Black family, the Reels, for over a century.

Mitchell Reels purchased the land decades ago, but the ownership was divided among his many heirs. This leads to a rude awakening for the family members still living on the land when one of the relatives sells their share out from under them. Melvin and Licurtis Reels refused to leave their homes on the land and they spent eight years in jail for that. Meanwhile, Mamie Reels Ellison and her niece Kim Renee Duhon fight to hold on to Silver Dollar Road. There may not be a happy ending to this story, but it has to be told.

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The Burial (2023)

The Burial
The Burial
  • Metacritic: 74%

  • IMDb: 6.9/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 126m

  • Genre: Drama, Comedy

  • Stars: Jamie Foxx, Tommy Lee Jones, Alan Ruck

  • Directed by: Margaret Betts

Amazon Studios’ The Burial is based on a real story that happened in 1995. Jeremiah O’Keefe (Tommy Lee Jones), the owner of his family’s funeral home business, made a handshake deal with Raymond Loewen (Bill Camp), the head of the Loewen Group. However, Loewen failed to hold up his end of the deal, which left O’Keefe no other choice but to take him to court.

O’Keefe turns to a successful lawyer, Willie E. Gary (The Amazing Spider-Man 2‘s Jamie Foxx), to represent him in the case. And despite their numerous differences, O’Keefe and Gary form a bond and an unusual friendship as they battle Loewen in court.

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Renfield (2023)

Renfield
Renfield
  • Metacritic: 53%

  • IMDb: 6.4/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 93m

  • Genre: Comedy, Horror, Fantasy

  • Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Nicolas Cage, Awkwafina

  • Directed by: Chris McKay

Everyone has stories about working for bad bosses, but Renfield (Nicholas Hoult) has a terrible boss story that can top all of them. In the horror comedy Renfield, the title character has been the manservant for Dracula (Nicolas Cage) for over a century, and he’s sick of it. When his master is injured by vampire hunters and in need of rest, Renfield takes the initiative to find ways to break his codependent link to Dracula.

Along the way, Renfield attends a self-help group and he even seems to be enamored with a traffic cop named Rebecca (Awkwafina). But when Dracula recovers, he’s less than pleased to learn what Renfield has been up to…and there’s going to be hell to pay.

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Totally Killer (2023)

Totally Killer
Totally Killer
  • Metacritic: 60%

  • IMDb: 7.1/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 106m

  • Genre: Horror, Comedy

  • Stars: Kiernan Shipka, Olivia Holt, Julie Bowen

  • Directed by: Nahnatchka Khan

Amazon Studios’ Totally Killer seems to welcome comparisons to Back to the Future, and it’s one of the more unique blends of sci-fi, comedy, and horror. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’s Kiernan Shipka stars as Jamie, a teenager who is very familiar with the story about how her mom, Pam (Julie Bowen), survived the Sweet Sixteen Killer 35 years ago. It’s something that Jamie has heard about many times in her life.

When the Sweet Sixteen Killer returns in the present, Jamie finds herself transported back in time to 1987, when her much younger mother (Olivia Holt) was apparently one of the mean girls in school. Yet if Jamie can’t protect Pam in the past then she may not have a future to go home to.

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Guy Ritchie's The Covenant (2023)

Guy Ritchie's The Covenant
Guy Ritchie's The Covenant
  • Metacritic: 63%

  • IMDb: 7.5/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 123m

  • Genre: War, Action, Thriller

  • Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Dar Salim, Sean Sagar

  • Directed by: Guy Ritchie

Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant takes place in the not-too-distant past of 2018, during the War in Afghanistan. Despite initially distrusting his new interpreter, Ahmed (Dar Salim), Master Sergeant John Kinley (Jake Gyllenhaal) comes to respect him because of the way that Ahmed looks out for his troops. And when Kinley is incapacitated and his fellow soldiers are killed, Ahmed rises to the occasion and personally fights the Taliban to get Kinley to safety.

Ahmed’s act of heroism doesn’t win him favor with the U.S. government, which fails to take Ahmed and his family to safety even as the Taliban hunt them down for revenge. Kinley is so outraged by the injustice that he returns to Afghanistan to personally save Ahmed… if he can.

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A Million Miles Away (2023)

A Million Miles Away
A Million Miles Away
  • Metacritic: 62%

  • IMDb: 7.5/10

  • Rated: PG

  • Duration: 121m

  • Genre: Drama, History

  • Stars: Michael Peña, Rosa Salazar, Julio Cedillo

  • Directed by: Alejandra Márquez Abella

Prime Video’s new movie, A Million Miles Away, was originally a Netflix film before landing at Amazon. And it reached No. 1 on Prime Video’s movie chart in the U.S. in its debut week. The film is based on the autobiography of José M. Hernández, who became the first-ever Mexican-American astronaut at NASA.

Michael Peña plays Hernández, while Rosa Salazar plays his wife, Adela Hernández. The biopic chronicles Hernández’s journey from being child in a struggling migrant family to his education, training, and family life on his way to achieving a dream that few have ever attained. This is an inspirational tale, and it really is emotionally moving at times.

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A Thousand and One (2023)

A Thousand and One
A Thousand and One
  • Metacritic: 81%

  • IMDb: 7.0/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 116m

  • Genre: Drama

  • Stars: Teyana Taylor, William Catlett, Josiah Cross

  • Directed by: A.V. Rockwell

Very few people saw A Thousand and One when it was in theaters in early 2023, but you might be hearing a lot more about it during Oscar season. Teyana Taylor headlines this drama as Inez de la Paz, a woman who is determined to provide for her 6-year-old son, Terry (Aaron Kingsley Adetola), despite abandoning him years earlier.

With Terry’s consent, Inez kidnaps him from foster custody and does her best to raise him alongside her husband, Lucky (Will Catlett). As Terry grows into a teen (Aven Courtney) and a young man (Josiah Cross), he discovers that he may truly have a future. But a secret from Inez’s past may destroy their family.

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Inside (2023)

Inside
Inside
  • Metacritic: 53%

  • IMDb: 5.5/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 105m

  • Genre: Drama, Thriller

  • Stars: Willem Dafoe, Gene Bervoets, Josia Krug

  • Directed by: Vasilis Katsoupis

Willem Dafoe is such a natural movie villain that it’s rare to see him hold down a film as the protagonist. Inside casts Dafoe as an elite art thief named Nemo, and he is truly passionate about his work. But during a heist to rob a very wealthy art collector, Nemo finds himself trapped by the high-tech security system of a Manhattan high-rise penthouse.

The most alarming thing about this is that no one comes inside the penthouse after the lockdown. That’s why Nemo spends weeks without food, and only some access to water. This luxury apartment has become his prison, and now Nemo has to find a way out in order to simply survive.

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Sitting in Bars with Cake (2023)

Sitting in Bars with Cake
Sitting in Bars with Cake
  • Metacritic: 65%

  • IMDb: 6.4/10

  • Rated: PG-13

  • Duration: 120m

  • Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama

  • Stars: Yara Shahidi, Odessa A'zion, Bette Midler

  • Directed by: Trish Sie

How’s this for a fun way to meet people? Jane (Yara Shahidi) bakes cakes and her best friend, Corinne (Odessa A’zion), convinces her to bring them to bars to attract single guys and increase Jane’s social skills and confidence. And it works so well that Jane and Corinne do it again and again.

Sitting in Bars With Cake is loosely based on a true story, and it takes a darker turn when Corinne is stricken with a life-threatening sickness. Although Jane attempts to stand by her friend, the burden of Corinne’s diagnosis may compromise their bond.

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Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves (2023)

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves
  • Metacritic: 72%

  • IMDb: 7.3/10

  • Rated: PG-13

  • Duration: 134m

  • Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy

  • Stars: Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Justice Smith

  • Directed by: John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein

The D&D franchise got a fresh start on the big screen with Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, which casts Chris Pine and Michelle Rodriguez as a pair of close friends, Edgin Darvis and Holga Kilgore, respectively. After being betrayed by their former friend, Forge Fitzwilliam (Hugh Grant), Edgin and Holga escape prison and plot to reunite with Edgin’s daughter, Kira (Chloe Coleman).

After reconnecting with a sorcerer of dubious talent, Simon Aumar (Justice Smith), Holga and Edgin recruit Doric (Sophia Lillis) to help them rob Fitzwilliam in the heist of a lifetime to force him from power. However, they soon find that Forge is involved with a plan that threatens everyone in Neverwinter, and only Edgin’s group can stop it from happening.

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Bones and All (2022)

Bones and All
Bones and All
  • Metacritic: 74%

  • IMDb: 6.8/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 131m

  • Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance

  • Stars: Taylor Russell, Timothée Chalamet, Mark Rylance

  • Directed by: Luca Guadagnino

Believe it or not, Bones and All is not an elaborate plot to lure a disgraced actor back from the Cayman Islands. It really is a cannibal romance story starring Timothée Chalamet and Taylor Russell as young lovers, Lee and Maren, who share certain urges to eat human flesh. The film treats cannibals as if they were vampires, and they know each other by scent.

If it wasn’t for the great chemistry between Chalamet and Russell, this wouldn’t work at all. But sometimes chemistry is all it takes to make a romance movie click, even if the cannibal angle is really reaching at times.

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Babylon (2022)

Babylon
Babylon
  • Metacritic: 60%

  • IMDb: 7.2/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 189m

  • Genre: Drama, Comedy

  • Stars: Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Diego Calva

  • Directed by: Damien Chazelle

Director Damien Chazelle (La La Land) took a big swing with Babylon, a high-budget period film set during Hollywood’s transition away from silent movies in the 1920s. Brad Pitt headlines the movie as Jack Conrad, an actor whose star power is on the wane as actress Nellie LaRoy (Barbie‘s Margot Robbie) lands her big break.

Manuel “Manny” Torres (Diego Calva) has Hollywood ambitions of his own, and he forges a connection with Nellie while riding his own wave of success in the studio system. But the path to fame is rocky, and Nellie may suffer a serious fall before ever fully achieving her dreams.

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Till (2022)

Till
Till
  • Metacritic: 79%

  • IMDb: 7.2/10

  • Rated: PG-13

  • Duration: 131m

  • Genre: Drama, History

  • Stars: Danielle Deadwyler, Jalyn Hall, Frankie Faison

  • Directed by: Chinonye Chukwu

Till was largely overlooked by moviegoers in 2022 despite being a powerful look back at a very ugly period in our nation’s history. In 1955, a Black boy named Emmett Till (Jalyn Hall) allegedly whistles at a white woman, Carolyn Bryant (Haley Bennett). This quickly escalates out of control as Till was kidnapped, beaten, and lynched over the perceived offense.

Mamie Till (Danielle Deadwyler) is devastated at the loss of her son. Devastated and angry. Rather than letting Emmett’s death be buried, Mamie pushes to get justice for her murdered son, even when the law seemingly can’t hold his murderers accountable.

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Interstellar (2014)

Interstellar
Interstellar
  • Metacritic: 74%

  • IMDb: 8.7/10

  • Rated: PG-13

  • Duration: 169m

  • Genre: Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction

  • Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain

  • Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Director Christopher Nolan delivers again in Interstellar, one of the best sci-fi movies of the last decade. In the near future, Earth is dying and humanity desperately needs a new home. Former NASA pilot Joseph Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) reluctantly leaves his children, Murphy “Murph” Cooper (Mackenzie Foy) and Tom Cooper (Dune: Part Twos Timothée Chalamet), behind to join Dr. Amelia Brand (Anne Hathaway) on a search for an inhabitable world.

Unfortunately for Cooper, time passes differently for him in space as his children grow older on Earth. And if Cooper ever wants to make it back home, he needs to solve a scientific mystery that has haunted Murph (Jessica Chastain) for years.

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Creed III (2023)

Creed III
Creed III
  • Metacritic: 73%

  • IMDb: 6.9/10

  • Rated: PG-13

  • Duration: 116m

  • Genre: Drama, Action

  • Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Jonathan Majors

  • Directed by: Michael B. Jordan

Michael B. Jordan makes his directorial debut with Creed III, which theoretically could work as the end of the Rocky movies. At this point in his life, Adonis “Donnie” Creed (Jordan) has pretty much done everything he wanted in boxing, so he retires to spend more time with his wife, Bianca Taylor-Creed (Tessa Thompson), and their daughter, Amara (Mila Davis-Kent).

Unfortunately for Donnie, the good times end when his former friend, Damian “Diamond Dame” Anderson (Jonathan Majors), renters his life. Years ago, Dame was sent to prison, and it was largely Donnie’s fault. Now that Dame is back, he’s going to push Donnie until he gets the chance for payback in the ring. And this may not be a fight that Donnie can win.

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Three Thousand Years of Longing (2022)

Three Thousand Years of Longing
Three Thousand Years of Longing
  • Metacritic: 60%

  • IMDb: 6.7/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 108m

  • Genre: Drama, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

  • Stars: Tilda Swinton, Idris Elba, Erdil Yaşaroğlu

  • Directed by: George Miller

Literature is filled with stories about genies tricking mortals into making wishes that ultimately harm them. This is something that Alithea Binnie (Tilda Swinton) is keenly aware of in Three Thousand Years of Longing. Alithea is an aging British scholar who hasn’t quite worked out what she wants from life. But Alithea isn’t sure she can believe what she sees and hears when she suddenly finds herself face-to-face with a real Djinn (Idris Elba) who wishes to be free from his enslavement.

To win Alithea’s trust and to entice her to make three wishes, the Djinn shares his centuries-long tale of heartbreak and desire. And much to Alithea’s surprise, this inspires her to make a major change in her life.

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Air (2023)

Air
Air
  • Metacritic: 73%

  • IMDb: 7.7/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 112m

  • Genre: Drama, History

  • Stars: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Jason Bateman

  • Directed by: Ben Affleck

Prepare for the origin story of Michael Jordan’s shoes. Don’t worry, Air is more compelling than it sounds. And while it is the story of how the Air Jordan sneakers came into being, it’s also the story of how executives at Nike realized that teaming up with Jordan was a once-in-a-generation opportunity. But first, they have to convince Jordan’s mother, Deloris Jordan (Viola Davis).

Ben Affleck directed the film and stars as Phil Knight, one of the co-founders of Nike. At Phil’s behest, talent scout Sonny Vaccaro (Matt Damon) is tasked with turning around the company’s basketball operation. And as soon as Nike gets behind the Jordan pitch, the future of the company is on the line.

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Judy Blume Forever (2023)

Judy Blume Forever
Judy Blume Forever
  • Metacritic: 77%

  • IMDb: 7.6/10

  • Duration: 97m

  • Genre: Documentary

  • Stars: Judy Blume, Molly Ringwald, Lena Dunham

  • Directed by: Davina Pardo, Leah Wolchok

Perhaps the most amazing thing about Amazon Studios’ new documentary Judy Blume Forever is that the author herself, Judy Blume, is not only still alive, but she was able to be an active participant in the movie. The film essentially tells her life story, often in her own words, as it chronicles her journey from a housewife to a beloved children’s author whose books are still widely read.

Several famous commentators also share their thoughts about Blume, including Molly Ringwald, Lena Dunham, Anna Konki, Samantha Bee, Mary H.K. Choi, and Jacqueline Woodson. But the ones who really stand out are the ordinary women whose lives were deeply touched by Blume and her stories.

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
  • Metacritic: 51%

  • IMDb: 6.4/10

  • Rated: PG-13

  • Duration: 136m

  • Genre: Adventure, Science Fiction, Action

  • Stars: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen

  • Directed by: Luc Besson

Did you know that Star Wars and dozens of other films were greatly influenced by the French sci-fi comic Valérian and Laureline by Pierre Christin? However, the comic didn’t make it to the big screen until director Luc Besson adapted it into Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. True to its title, the space station Alpha is indeed the product of aliens from thousands of worlds, and it is kept under the watchful eye of the United Human Federation.

Two of the station’s primary operatives, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne), try to keep the peace before they unknowingly stumble upon a conspiracy that could bring down Alpha itself. Laureline also has her hands full keeping Valerian’s amorous intentions toward her in check, even though his attraction to her isn’t one-sided.

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Top Gun: Maverick (2022)

Top Gun: Maverick
Top Gun: Maverick
  • Metacritic: 78%

  • IMDb: 8.3/10

  • Rated: PG-13

  • Duration: 131m

  • Genre: Action, Drama

It’s not an exaggeration to say that Top Gun: Maverick is the most popular movie of 2022 and one of biggest blockbusters in years. And after cleaning up at the box office, the Top Gun sequel is coming in for a landing on Prime Video. Tom Cruise reprises his role as Capt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, a test pilot-turned-instructor who doesn’t quite have the same fire that he had in the ’80s.

While teaching the next generation of Top Gun pilots, Maverick also finds himself in conflict with one of his students, Lt. Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw (Miles Teller), the son of his late friend, Nick “Goose” Bradshaw. However, Maverick and his pilots will need to find common ground as they are drawn into a new mission with high stakes and breathtaking flying sequences.

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The Electrical Life of Louis Wain (2021)

The Electrical Life of Louis Wain
The Electrical Life of Louis Wain
  • Metacritic: 63%

  • IMDb: 6.8/10

  • Duration: 111m

  • Genre: Drama, History, Comedy

  • Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy, Andrea Riseborough

  • Directed by: Will Sharpe

Benedict Cumberbatch portrays turn-of-the-century English artist Louis Wain in this colorful biopic about the eccentric artist who famously made a name for himself with depictions of cats using bright, psychedelic colors and imagery. Cumberbatch is joined in the cast by Claire Foy (The Crown), who plays Wain’s wife, Emily.

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I Want You Back (2022)

I Want You Back
I Want You Back
  • Duration: 117m

  • Genre: Comedy, Romance

  • Stars: Charlie Day, Jenny Slate, Scott Eastwood

  • Directed by: Jason Orley

This lighthearted romantic comedy casts Charlie Day and Jenny Slate as heartbroken strangers whose chance encounter after being dumped leads them to formulate a crazy plan: They’ll each attempt to infiltrate the life of the other’s ex-partner and break up their new relationship. Silly, edgy, and fueled by the stars’ wonderfully funny chemistry, the film also features some great supporting roles for Gina Rodriguez, Scott Eastwood, and Pete Davidson.

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Somebody I Used to Know (2023)

Somebody I Used to Know
Somebody I Used to Know
  • Duration: 106m

  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

  • Stars: Alison Brie, Jay Ellis, Kiersey Clemons

  • Directed by: Dave Franco

Dave Franco and Alison Brie team up for this romantic comedy that casts Brie as a workaholic television producer who decides to return to her hometown after suffering a professional setback. The film is directed by Franco and co-written by him and Brie, and has her character reconnecting with her currently engaged first love (Jay Ellis). Their reunion sets off a series of events that has everyone getting in touch with who they are and who they really want to be in life and love.

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Manchester by the Sea (2016)

Manchester by the Sea
Manchester by the Sea
  • Duration: 138m

  • Genre: Drama

  • Directed by: Kenneth Lonergan

Casey Affleck won an Academy Award for his performance in this powerful drama about a man forced to confront the sins — and tragedies — of his past when his older brother dies, leaving his teenage son orphaned. Praised for its thoughtful, emotional script and the performances of Affleck and supporting actress Michelle Williams, the film also earned director Kenneth Lonergan an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

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Good Night Oppy (2022)

Good Night Oppy
Good Night Oppy
  • Metacritic: 65%

  • IMDb: 7.8/10

  • Rated: PG

  • Duration: 105m

  • Genre: Documentary

  • Stars: Angela Bassett, Steve Squyres, Jennifer Trosper

  • Directed by: Ryan White

In the same way that audiences fell in love with Pixar’s cute Wall•E, watching Good Night Oppy elicits a similar response, drawing you into the gushy human emotion surrounding a robot roaming Mars 50 million miles away. But that’s because this documentary is as much about the people at NASA that made the Opportunity Mars Exploration Rover mission possible as it is about the rover itself. Narrated by Black Panther: Wakanda Forevers Angela Basset, Good Night Oppy tells the inspiring story of Opportunity, a six-wheeled, solar-powered vehicle that touched down on the Red Planet in January of 2004 and was supposed to roam and explore the landscape for a pre-determined 90 days. But beyond anyone’s expectations, Oppy’s mission endured for nearly 15 years before going dark. Told through interviews with many of the scientists and engineers on the project, as well as archival footage, this is a feel-good doc not to be missed.

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American Animals (2018)

American Animals
American Animals
  • Metacritic: 68%

  • IMDb: 7/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 117m

  • Genre: Drama, Crime, Documentary

  • Stars: Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner

  • Directed by: Bart Layton

You know a movie’s gonna be good when it’s based on a true story and it’s as crazy as this. Barry Keoghan (DunkirkThe Killing of a Sacred Deer) and Evan Peters (American Horror Story, WandaVision) star as Spencer Reinhard and Warren Lipka, two students in Kentucky who get the idea of stealing a handful of rare, valuable books from the Transylvania University library, including a first edition of James Audubon’s Birds of America, which would sell for millions if they were to snag it. Together with their friends Eric Borsuk (Jared Abrahamson) and Chas Allen (Blake Jenner), they hatch an insane plan involving dressing up like elderly businessmen and restraining the librarian to make off with the books. The fact that a movie was made about it perhaps gives some insight into whether they were successful or not, but it happened, it’s bananas, and we’re all delightfully entertained by it.

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Catherine Called Birdy (2022)

Catherine Called Birdy
Catherine Called Birdy
  • Metacritic: 71%

  • IMDb: 6.6/10

  • Rated: PG-13

  • Duration: 108m

  • Genre: Adventure, Comedy

  • Stars: Bella Ramsey, Billie Piper, Andrew Scott

  • Directed by: Lena Dunham

If you like sassy, era-crossing period content such as Netflix’s Enola Holmes and Apple TV Plus’ Dickinson, then this adventure comedy from Girls‘ Lena Dunham might be perfect for you. Based on the 1994 novel of the same name by Karen Cushman, this passion project for Dunham stars Game of Thrones‘ Bella Ramsay (who’s also starring as Ellie in the upcoming The Last of Us series), who became a fan favorite for her depiction of feisty Lyanna Mormont, as the titular Lady Catherine, aka “Birdy,” a teenager in Medieval England. When her father, Lord Rollo (Andrew Scott), tries to marry her off to a long list of suitors to prevent the family’s financial ruin, Birdy uses her wit and cunning to stave them off in a battle for her independence.

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Thirteen Lives (2022)

Thirteen Lives
Thirteen Lives
  • Metacritic: 63%

  • IMDb: 7.8/10

  • Rated: PG-13

  • Duration: 147m

  • Genre: Drama, Thriller

  • Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Colin Farrell, Joel Edgerton

  • Directed by: Ron Howard

After practice on June 23, 2018, 12 boys aged 11 to 16, teammates of the Thai junior football team Wild Boars, and their assistant coach, went in to the scenic Tham Luang Nang Non cave in northern Thailand and were trapped after heavy rain flooded the caves. The massive rescue effort drew worldwide attention, as a team of international divers traversed several kilometers to bring the boys out. Thirteen Lives tells this intense, nail-biting story, with Viggo Mortensen, Colin Farrell, and Joel Edgerton playing three of the heroic divers who risked their lives to bring the team and their coach to safety.

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The Vast of Night (2019)

The Vast of Night
The Vast of Night
  • Metacritic: 84%

  • IMDb: 6.7/10

  • Rated: PG-13

  • Duration: 91m

  • Genre: Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller

  • Stars: Sierra McCormick, Jake Horowitz, Bruce Davis

  • Directed by: Andrew Patterson

This nostalgic throwback to classic sci-fi thrillers follows a young switchboard operator and a radio DJ whose discovery of a mysterious audio frequency sets off a series of discoveries that lead them deep into the unknown. The Amazon Studios film is the directorial debut of Andrew Patterson and has earned high praise from critics and streaming audiences alike for its suspenseful, low-budget spin on the genre.

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Sound of Metal (2020)

Sound of Metal
Sound of Metal
  • Metacritic: 82%

  • IMDb: 7.8/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 121m

  • Genre: Drama, Music

  • Stars: Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke, Paul Raci

  • Directed by: Darius Marder

Sound of Metal doesn’t mess around, getting straight to the intense and terrifying moments that Ruben (Riz Ahmed), a drummer in a heavy metal duo with his girlfriend (the wonderful Olivia Cooke), starts to lose his hearing. It’s the little things we take for granted that director/screenwriter Darius Marder zeroes in on in the film’s opening minutes — the excruciating silence of a blender, the subtle drip of percolating coffee, or the shushing spray of a showerhead — all gone. But Sound of Metal isn’t about deafness, it’s a story about change and the journey we must take to embrace it, as Ruben enters a facility to help him learn to live with his deafness while also avoiding a relapse into his old life of drug abuse. It’s a beautiful film about life-changing loss and redemption and shouldn’t be missed.

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