100 good movies you can watch on Hulu while stuck at home
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Movie theaters, much like everything else during this pandemic, are mostly still closed – and you probably wouldn't want to go to the movies right now even if you could. Which means it falls heavily on streaming services to provide us with the escapism we used to get from the big screen.
Thankfully, in the case of Hulu, they're up to the task with hundreds upon hundreds of movies across all genres to watch – from action favorites to comedy classics to sci-fi mind-benders and even a film about Anne Hathaway secretly being a giant monster destroying South Korea.
Of course, navigating through all of those choices can be intimidating and paralyzing, so to help you find your new favorite movie – or at the very least find you a solid streaming option for your next night in – here are 100 good movies you should check out on Hulu while staying home, staying healthy and staying entertained. Because as with my 100 good movies on Netflix guide, if we do this right, I won't have to scrape together 100 MORE movies you can watch on Hulu while stuck at home.
"13 Assassins": Legendary director Takashi Miike's samurai epic starts as a slow burn and takes its time assembling its 13 lethal stars and setting the stage for its heroes and villains – and it all pays off in the final third, an incredibly massive action set piece featuring intricate and intense swordplay, grandiose yet grounded combat and a stampede of fiery cows.
"Bumblebee": Hated the Michael Bay "Transformers" movies? Wash out the taste of those actively brain-battering blockbusters with this really wonderful '80s family-friendly action throwback about everyone's favorite radio-voiced robot surviving earth and the Decepticons with the help of Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena.
"The Commuter": Perhaps the best of his old-man actioners (not including "The Grey," which is a masterpiece), "The Commuter" stars Liam Neeson as a train commuter who finds himself stuck in an Alfred Hitchcock-esque thriller – if Alfred Hitchcock made a movie in which his star smashed a henchman's head with a guitar.
"Constantine": Sure, you could watch the comic book movie right below this entry for the 457th time ... or you could watch this wildly underrated and under-appreciated comic book thriller about Keanu Reeves battling creepy incognito demons with holy relics. It's clever, creative, creepy, cool AND it has Tilda Swinton and Peter Stormare as the Angel Gabriel and Satan, respectively.
"The Dark Knight": Only one of the best blockbusters ever made, Christopher Nolan's second Batman film is an excellent comic book story, an excellent crime saga and just a plain awesome action movie, all featuring one of the most iconic performances ever put on the big screen with Heath Ledger's take on the Joker.
"Demolition Man": This '90s sci-fi shoot-em-up starring Sly Stallone and Sandra Bullock as future cops trying to stop an escaped criminal (Wesley Snipes) just seemed like mindless entertainment back in the day. The world doesn't allow handshakes anymore, and the only restaurant left is Taco Bell! What entertaining silliness! (*nervous laughter*) Anyways, you know this is a good dumb fun '90s action movie just from the characters' names: John Spartan and Simon Phoenix. (Available until June 30)
"Equilibrium": "The Matrix" is locked away on HBO Max now, so check out one of its better knock-offs. This amped-up action movie take on "Fahrenheit 451" is a little dated and dopey, but it's got some solid slick action courtesy of director Kurt Wimmer's "gun kata" approach and you could do worse than a movie starring Christian Bale and Taye Diggs.
"The Good, The Bad, The Weird": What genre of movie would you like to watch? All of them? Perfect – then check out the wild and unpredictable Korean action import "The Good, The Bad, The Weird," which leaps from Western pastiche to broad comedy to kooky action. Plus, you get a fun performance from great Korean actor and recent "Parasite" star Song Kang-ho.
"Kill Bill: Vol. 1": Quentin Tarantino's super-stylish (and even more super-violent) martial arts pastiche stars Uma Thurman as a revenge-seeking former assassin left for dead, Lucy Liu as her main lethal rival – no, not Bill; he's saved for part two, also available on Hulu – and geysers upon geysers of spraying, spurting and splattering blood. So it's a musical! (Available until June 30)
"Mission Impossible: Fallout": "Mission Impossible" is one of our best action movie franchises – and "Fallout" is probably the best chapter of the bunch, featuring all-time great action sequences stacked on all-time great action sequences. Somehow, each breathtaking action scene manages to escalate and top the last one – so much so that, by the end, you've almost forgotten that, at one point, Tom Cruise sky-dived into a thunderstorm.
"The Wave": America just doesn't make natural disaster movies like they used to anymore – but thankfully Norway does, at least in the case of this 2015 thriller about a family trying to survive a miles-high tsunami headed toward their small unassuming Nordic town. You know how this movie's good? The director's name is Roar.
"The Beach Bum": Harmony Korine's drunken, blazed, psychedelic comedy won't be for everyone – especially those who like coherent characters and plots – but if you can get on this oddball movie's wavelength, you'll be gifted with an incredible comedic performances from Martin Lawrence and Zac Efron, so beautifully sickly Florida imagery and star Matthew McConaughey playing the bongos while baked out of his mind.
"Blazing Saddles": Dr. Samuel Johnson is right about Olson Johnson being right about making sure you watch one of the funniest movies ever made. (Gabby Johnson exclaims some authentic frontier gibberish in agreement.) (Available until June 30)
"Booksmart": Using the phrase "'Superbad' for a new generation" makes me feel like that guy who drank from the wrong Holy Grail in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" – but that's a good way to describe this entertaining and outrageous teen comedy about two seniors who, after dedicating their high school days exclusively to books and studying, want to graduate with one final night of partying. Surprise: Things don't go as planned.
"Force Majeure": Nothing brings a family together like vacation ... until dad runs away and abandons his wife and children as an avalanche bears down on them. Thankfully, everyone survives – but their family might not survive the aftermath of the father's split-second decision. This great Swedish film is either the funniest drama or the most intense comedy you've ever seen.
"Heathers": One of the iconic high school movies, this vicious '80s dark comedy follows Winona Ryder and a psychotic Christian Slater as they plot to kill her worst enemies: her best friends, the most popular (and meanest) girls in school.
"Hunt for the Wilderpeople": A fan of Taika Waititi's "Thor Ragnarok" and "Jojo Rabbit"? Then don't miss this wildly charming wildlife tale about a young rebel who runs off into the New Zealand wilderness and befriends a gruff loner played by Dr. Grant himself, Sam Neill.
"Ingrid Goes West": The perfect movie for people who hate Instagram (hi!) and social media, "Ingrid Goes West" is an incisive dark comedy about a stalker (Aubrey Plaza) who heads out to Los Angeles, conniving to become her famous Insta influencer's new best friend.
"Sorry to Bother You": A wild coked-up satirical goof against our current society, writer-director Boots Riley's directorial debut follows a telemarketer (LaKeith Stanfield, "Atlanta") who rises the ranks of his company by busting out his "white voice" over the phone and winds up discovering ... well, I'll let you find that out for yourselves.
"Support the Girls": You probably wouldn't expect a tacky roadside breastaurant to be the setting for a witty, feminist and humanist comedy about women (led by a stupendous Regina Hall) just trying to get by and maybe even help each other out in this economy. But it's exactly what you should expect from "Support the Girls." If you liked last year's acclaimed hit "Hustlers," you'll probably dig this as well.
"Tangerine": A groundbreaking movie in terms of representation and just simply how it was made (filmed on three iPhones!), this energetic Independent Spirit Award winner follows a two trans sex workers having a crazy Christmas Eve hunting their deceitful pimp in Hollywood.
"Amazing Grace": The late great Sydney Pollack's concert film of Aretha Franklin's iconic live performance at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Los Angeles was once lost but now it's found – and on Hulu for you to witness. Definitely check it out – what, like you've got concerts today to go see?
"The Amazing Johnathan Documentary": Documentarian Ben Berman thinks he's found a great story: Famed comedian and magician The Amazing Johnathan trying to tour while fighting a life-threatening heart condition. But his eclectic subject has his own ideas about how his story should be told in this hilarious and unpredictable documentary featuring meth, a mental breakdown and a mercurial star who may or may not be trustworthy.
"The Apollo": The stage itself gets its moment in the spotlight in this terrific documentary from Oscar winner Roger Ross Williams about the past, present and future for the iconic and essential Apollo Theater in Harlem.
"Apollo 11": In a better world, "Apollo 11" – mesmerizingly excellent and breathtaking documentary charting Apollo 11's still-incredible journey to the moon – would've been nominated for Best Documentary, Best Editing and even Best Picture at this year's Oscars. We don't live in that world, unfortunately – but at least you can watch this tremendous doc on Hulu and witness this old story with a new sense of amazed wonder.
"Best of Enemies": You've probably had enough of watching the news these days – but what about a documentary about the news!? This well-crafted doc (co-directed by Morgan Neville of "20 Feet from Stardom" acclaim) tracks the fall and shouting entertainment-ification of the media to the infamous Gore Vidal/William Buckley debates during the 1968 presidential election.
"Cartel Land": Director Matthew Heineman's Oscar-nominated documentary takes an intense inside look at the state of the U.S./Mexico border tensions, spending time with American militia men roaming the land with guns as well as a Mexican political figure trying to push the cartels and corruption out of his country.
"Cold Case Hammarskjöld": In this compelling film, what starts as a prankster-like lark for gonzo documentarian Mads Brugger, investigating a dubious conspiracy involving the plane crash death of former UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld, turns into legitimate detective work and ominous discoveries involving a secret mercenary organization.
"Free Solo": Afraid of heights? Well, then do I have the movie that you should not watch! As for everyone else, the Oscar-winning "Free Solo" is truly breathtaking entertainment, following free climber Alex Honnold as he tries to climb an insurmountable cliff face without the help of any rope or harness. Get ready for all of the heebie-jeebies!
"Hail Satan?": Bet you didn't think you'd be rooting for the Satanic Temple ever in your life, but that's what happens while watching this kooky and entertaining documentary about the "religious" group's uncouth attempts to troll those in power and maintain the country's separation of church and state.
"Honeyland": Even in a post-murder hornets universe, you should make time for "Honeyland," a quietly powerful, naturalistic and gorgeous documentary about a female bee hunter whose modest life harvesting honey in harmony with nature gets shaken to its core when a chaotic and often careless nomadic family moves into her territory.
"Jiro Dreams of Sushi": Even if you've never craved sushi in your entire life, you'll come away a fan of "Jiro Dreams of Sushi," a delicious food doc about an aging sushi master who runs a tiny Michelin-star restaurant in an unassuming subway shop. And don't tell Hulu, but if you're hungry for more, director David Gelb would go on to tell more tasty stories over at Netflix with the "Chef's Table" series.
"Love Gilda": One of the most influential comedic performers on television, Gilda Radner, gets her due in this thoughtful and loving documentary tribute featuring appearances by modern "SNL" and comedy stars Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy and more.
"Minding the Gap": Three young skater friends bond, grow up together and face life's unpredictability and difficulties in this deeply-felt Oscar-nominated documentary.
"Pick of the Litter": The best way to make quarantining during a pandemic better? PUPPIES! And better yet, puppies that are as altruistic as they are adorable as this film festival favorite doc follows a batch of puppers as they go through remarkable seeing-eye dog training.
"The Queen of Versailles": A disgustingly, comically rich family gets a taste of the real world when the housing bubble collapses, leaving them living on (*gasp*) slightly less money. A sympathetic but mostly darkly funny look at the dream life facing reality.
"Somm": Pour yourself a delicious glass of documentary filmmaking with this charming, insightful and oddly intense look behind the scenes with several young wine-heads all vying to become master sommeliers – a title that only 269 vino fans have earned across the globe. You'll taste notes of excitement, education, fascinating characters and rope.
"Three Identical Strangers": There's stranger than fiction and then there's "Three Identical Strangers," a wild documentary about three boys living in different parts of the country who discover that they're identical triplets – and then try to discover why they were separated in the first place. What starts as a fun and bizarre curio of a story turns into a creepy, spine-chilling mystery.
"Tickled": You thought "Tiger King" was strange? How about this documentary about an investigative journalist who uncovers an underground international tickling competition, bringing in men from across the globe so they can tie them down and test their tickle-handling abilities. Unsurprisingly, things are not as they seem.
"United Skates": You can't go to the roller rink these days – not that there are many left anymore – but you can at least get close with this stellar documentary, trekking across the country to pay homage to these shrinking community centers, the devotees trying to keep its tradition alive and the slick moves they bust out on their skates.
"The Wolfpack": In case you haven't had enough of being stuck inside, check out this terrifically claustrophobic documentary about six young brothers who cope with never being able to leave their tiny New York City apartment by recreating their favorite movies in incredible lo-fi style.
"'71": War! HUH! Good god, ya'll. What is it good for? Thrilling dramas, at the very least, like this gritty and intense drama about a young British soldier who gets caught behind enemy lines during a riot in Northern Ireland.
"The Art of Self-Defense": Jesse Eisenberg ("The Social Network") stars as a nebbish office worker who signs up for a strangely intense karate dojo after getting attacked by mysterious bikers in this frostily entertaining dark comedy about masculinity.
"Blinded By the Light": You don't even have to think The Boss is the boss to be charmed by this aggressively winsome, unapologetically cheesy (in a good way!) and relentlessly optimistic '80s musical drama about a Pakistani teen who finds freedom and hope in the music of Bruce Springsteen.
"Casino": This mobster tale may not have the reputation and legacy of Martin Scorsese's other famed '90s gangster drama, but it's still a vivacious (and absurdly violent, fair warning) portrait of high-profile mafia men's rise to power in the shimmering city of Las Vegas and fall from grace as they battle each other for more.
"Confessions of a Dangerous Mind": George Clooney's most interesting movie might actually be his first one: a bananas adaptation of "Gong Show" host Chuck Barris's memoir in which he claims to have been a CIA assassin, complete with a screenplay from one-of-a-kind "Eternal Sunshine" and "Adaptation" scribe Charlie Kaufman.
"Das Boot": Think being stuck at home sucks? Imagine what it must like to be stuck inside a submarine in the middle of World War II. Well, thanks to "Das Boot," you don't have to; you can experience it practically firsthand with this grimy, immersive, tense and claustrophobic war drama – one that earned six Oscar nominations!
"Dirty Dancing": Nobody puts Baby in the corner – but somebody put this quintessential '80s dance favorite on their streaming service! (It's Hulu. The somebody is Hulu.)
"Gods and Monsters": Ian McKellen has never won an Oscar. In fact, he's only been nominated twice in his entire incredible career – and this award-winning drama about the fictionalized final days of famed film director James Whale ("Frankenstein," "Bride of Frankenstein," "The Invisible Man") was probably the closest he came. A must for film fans, McKellen crazies and those who just generally enjoy good movies. (Available until June 30)
"Goodfellas": One of the greatest gangster movies of all time – scratch that; one of the great movies of all time, period – from one of our greatest living filmmakers, "Goodfellas" is a classic by any measure. Plus, anytime I watch the prison cooking scene, I become enragingly hungry and good pasta and sausage. (Available until June 30)
"The Graduate": Hear plenty of promising things about the future of plastics and watch one of the great coming-of-age stories in Mike Nichols' iconic and influential dramedy about a young college graduate facing down the rest of his life.
"Grave of the Fireflies": An animated film? Surely this will be a sweet and fun lark of a film. (*sad trumpet sound effect*) Nope, this gorgeous but heartbreaking saga from the legendary Studio Ghibli will take you through the emotional ringer as you follow two siblings trying to stay alive in WWII-era Japan.
"The Guilty": Considering the current quarantine, you're probably not in utter need of a movie that's locked in a single room for its entire running time ... but even so, you should still check out this taut Danish thriller about a phone dispatch officer trying to save a kidnapped woman while stuck on the call at his desk.
"If Beale Street Could Talk": Barry Jenkins' follow-up to his Best Picture winner "Moonlight" earned significantly less Oscar love, but it's just as mesmerizing, tender, beautifully scored, gorgeously shot and breathtakingly human as it follows a young black couple in the '70s trying to hold together after the man goes to prison for a crime he didn't commit.
"Lady Macbeth": Florence Pugh took moviegoers by storm last year with the combo platter of "Midsommar" and her Oscar-nominated turn in "Little Women," but now you can see where the Florence fandom began with this indie drama about a 19th century woman who causes trouble when she cheats on her loveless and restrictive marriage with a farmhand.
"Little Men": A subdued but special film about two young schoolmates whose growing friendship is put to the test when their parents go to war over a business lease. Low on theatrics and dramatics, but high on emotional impact.
"Love & Mercy": One of the most underrated music biopics in recent memory, "Love & Mercy" tracks the mental breakdown of Beach Boys musical genius Brian Wilson, from stressing to put together "Pet Sounds" to being placed in a medicated stupor in the '80s. Low-key MVP: the sound design and unsettling score from Atticus Ross.
"Lucky": The late great Harry Dean Stanton went out on a high note with this charming and thoughtful character study about a friendly small-town loner who starts coming to terms with his mortality with the help of the locals – including David Lynch as a guy panicking about his lost tortoise.
"Mother": Bong Joon-ho has been one of the most creative, inventive, precise and unpredictable filmmakers for years – and in 2020, he finally got his due, winning multiple Academy Awards with "Parasite." You're probably craving more of his genre-defying, thrillingly sharp work after that Oscar winner – and luckily, Hulu has obliged with this tense and impeccably crafted 2009 thriller about a mother trying to free her son from prison by finding the criminal who actually committed the heinous crime.
"Melancholia": Get pumped for the unavoidable end of the world! WOO! Indeed, controversial director Lars von Trier's drama about two sisters trying to mend their relationship right as a mysterious new planet drunkenly drives itself right into Earth isn't quite light-hearted escapism, but it's gorgeously crafted and tells a fascinating story about people facing oblivion.
"No One Knows About Persian Cats": Shot in 17 days in secret due to strict government censorship, this riveting guerrilla-made music drama follows two Iranian songwriters who travel across Tehran trying to put together a band in order to make it big – and make it out of the country. It's a great tribute to those trying to prove the irrepressible power of art.
"Parasite": Oh hey, another Bong hit! The ultimate Bong hit at that, the one that made history, became the first international film to win Best Picture at the Oscars and became the fourth highest grossing foreign movie in U.S. box office history. If you haven't seen it yet, amend that. (And when you're done, be sure to check out out his excellent thriller "Mother" as well – and then pop over to Netflix for "Snowpiercer" and "Okja" too.)
"Rocketman": Remember when "Bohemian Rhapsody" got a Best Picture nomination and a Best Actor win, and then "Rocketman" came out and, despite being better in every single way – a better story, more creatively and vibrantly told with more music and a lead performance that not only actually sang but also actually acted instead of just wearing dentures – was completely ignored? Let's fix that by at least watching it a lot now.
"Shoplifters": A truly lovely yet heartbreaking drama, this 2019 Oscar nominee from Japan tells the story of a poor family scrapping and stealing to get by who takes in a small girl they find mistreated by her actual family. Acclaimed director Hirokazu Kore-eda's award-winning film, filled with beautiful performances and tender humanity, will hurt and heal you at the same time.
"The Sisters Brothers": Here's an oddball Western that was undeservedly buried by its studio. Part dark comedy, part frontier drama and all wonderful acting from John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Riz Ahmed and Jake Gyllenhaal. Plus, it has a strangely lovely ending that I can't stop thinking about well after I've seen it.
"Teen Spirit": A day-glo tale of a young poor singer (Elle Fanning) trying to make it big with the help of a local music TV competition and a worn-down Russian mentor. It's maybe style over substance – you know how this story ends – but it's a very catchy and addictive cinematic and sonic earworm.
"Thelma & Louise": One of the most essential movies of the '90s, this Oscar-winning adventure follows stars Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis as they head out on the run from the police after killing an attempted rapist on their weekend vacation. From there, they run into a handsome young Brad Pitt, run off the Grand Canyon and run away with your hearts.
"True Grit": Sure, there's no John Wayne, Dennis Hopper, Robert Duvall or even Glen Campbell – but this remake of the Western favorite comes with the Coen Brothers, Matt Damon, a breakthrough performance from Hailee Steinfeld, cinematographer genius Roger Deakins, a delightfully drunken turn from Jeff Bridges and, most importantly, the random bear man.
"Up in the Air": George Clooney takes to the sky (as as an airplane passenger, not a superhero; he tried that once, and it didn't go well) in this Oscar-nominated drama bout a corporate downsizer who starts to rediscover his soul.
"Wild Rose": A lot of music movies in this section for some reason. Well, anyways, here's yet another really good one, this time about a wild child from Glasgow who desperately wants to leave her daughter and family behind to follow her dream of becoming a Nashville country star. If you don't tear up during the final number, fittingly titled "Glasgow" (and co-written by Mary Steenburgen!), your soul needs a soundcheck.
"Chicken Run": At some point, a person went into a Hollywood studio and said, "I want to make 'The Great Escape' but with claymation talking chickens." Amazingly, that studio said yes – and the world was a better place for it because this is a wildly charming and witty children's film.
"Missing Link": Laika is behind some of the most creative, charming and visually inventive movies – for kids or adults – out there, from "Paranorman" to "The Boxtrolls" and "Kubo and the Two Strings." "Missing Link," a delightful claymation journey about an explorer trying to get a chatty yeti back home, may not be the best of Laika's portfolio, but it's still a great animated film for kids of all ages – certainly better than most children's movies.
"Monster House": Before he went off to make "Community" on TV, writer Dan Harmon helped create this animated haunted house adventure about a trio of kids trying to defeat a creepy house that's also a monster. (Available until June 30)
"October Sky": Hey, we're launching astronauts and rockets into space again – so why not watch a really good movie about it? Baby Jake Gyllenhaal plays Homer Hickam, a small-town coal miner's son from West Virginia who breaks from his father's traditions to pursue rocket science during the height of the Space Race.
"The Prince of Egypt": Is this maybe the most underrated animated movie in recent memory? Quite possibly! Don't let this crime against cinema continue and check out this gorgeously animated retelling of Moses freeing the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt.
"Rango": Arguably the last decent Johnny Depp movie, 2011's "Rango" is a delightful and deranged animated trip about a goofball chameleon who stumbles upon a small town menaced by a water shortage and deadly gangsters, and in desperate need of a new sheriff ... even if it's a cowardly lizard in a Hawaiian shirt.
"Storks": Sometimes I want a thoughtful, tear-jerking Pixar animated movie ... and then sometimes I just want a goofnuts, Pixy Stix-injected, hilarious, relentless bombardment of jokes that hit infinitely more often than they miss. "Storks," about a stork trying to deliver a human baby to its parents despite the fact that storks are now a package-delivery service, is the latter – and it is a delight.
"A Quiet Place": Shhhhhhh! The sequel may have been delayed for at least several months, but you can enjoy the original hit – about a family trying to survive monsters that are attracted to sound – on Hulu right now. Who knew Jim from "The Office" had such a dark streak?
"The Cabin in the Woods": A crew of handsome teens (one played by a pre-"Thor" Chris Hemsworth) heads out to an ominous cabin in the woods. And if you think you know what happens next, well, you do ... and you REALLY don't.
"Children of the Corn": One of the most famous evil children horror stories, Stephen King's "Children of the Corn" follows an unfortunate couple who winds up in a small town filled with creepy kids who murder anyone over the age of 18.
"The Conjuring": Impeccably crafted old school haunts become a new hit in this 2013 horror blockbuster about two exorcists and ghost hunters who try to help a family menaced by a whole house filled with annoying and angry demons. And if that's not enough, there's also an evil doll playing mean tricks on innocent people. Man, when it rains, it pours. (Available until June 30)
"The Nightingale": Very much not for the faint of heart, writer-director Jennifer Kent's follow-up to her indie horror hit "The Babadook" is a grim and brutal thriller about a young Irish woman in Tasmania seeking revenge against the British officer who committed horrific crimes against her and her family. Again: not a feel-good film. DEEEFINITELY not.
"Oculus": The sentence "a horror movie about an evil mirror, produced by WWE Studios" should not end well for audiences. And yet, "Oculus" is indeed pretty great, thanks to some solid lead performances (Karen Gillan, Katee Sackhoff) as well as excellently eerie, smartly scary, brain-bending writing and direction from future "Haunting of Hill House" and "Doctor Sleep" mastermind Mike Flanagan.
"Rosemary's Baby": Roman Polanski's haunting horror classic about a young mother pregnant with Satan's baby. So that's suboptimal.
"We Need to Talk About Kevin": A creepy kid movie like few you've ever seen, acclaimed auteur Lynne Ramsay ("You Were Never Really Here," aka the good version of "Joker" from a year earlier) helms this eerie and unsettling story of a mother (Tilda Swinton) coping with her increasingly disturbing son.
"Hitch": Will Smith is in full charismatic movie-star mode in this hit rom-com about a slick relationship "date doctor" whose advice becomes useless when he himself actually falls in love with a local newspaper columnist (Eva Mendes).
"Isn't It Romantic": Do you love to hate romantic comedies? Or hate to love them? Then "Isn't It Romantic" is the fun little comedy for you, starring Rebel Wilson as a love-jaded slacker who wakes up from a come to discover she's trapped in a romantic comedy – complete with a chipper spontaneous musical number!
"Portrait of a Lady on Fire": One of the best reviewed movies of the past year, director Celine Sciamma's acclaimed and breathtakingly gorgeous romantic drama follows a portrait artist charged with painting a young woman before her upcoming forced marriage.
"Akira": One of the most influential anime movies – and one of the most influential science fiction stories – check out this wild story about post-World War III "Neo-Tokyo," evil bikers with telekinetic powers and reckless military power before Hollywood finally gets around to remaking it (and almost assuredly wrecking it).
"Annihilation": If you've been bingeing "Devs" during this lockdown, you should definitely check out this outstanding 2018 sci-fi brain-melter about a crew of scientists (Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson and more) exploring a strange and dangerous yet hypnotically beautiful alien space called The Shimmer. My second favorite movie of 2018, if that counts for anything!
"Colossal": So here's a very normal movie plot: A hot mess of a person (Anne Hathaway) discovers that she may or may not be telekinetically controlling a giant monster that's been stomping across Seoul. It's both as silly as it sounds and much smarter.
"Fast Color": Here's a superhero movie for people who are tired of the usual superhero movies, a small-scale but still powerful story about a woman with superpowers hiding out at home with her family.
"Midnight Special": Hypnotic and subdued, mysterious and grounded, "Midnight Special" is indeed a special blend, a uniquely intense and exciting sci-fi road trip drama about a father (the always-great Michael Shannon) trying to save his supernatural son from parasitic military forces and a strangely obsessed cult.
"Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan": KHAAAAAAAAN! That should be all that needs to be said ... but in case you need more convincing, it is only one of the greatest science fiction blockbusters ever made. So I suppose that makes it pretty worth checking out!
"Super 8": If "Colossal" is too strange of a monster movie for you, here's something more familiar but equally entertaining in its own much-larger way: J.J. Abrams's '80s throwback about a bunch of young film-loving kids who stumble upon a mysterious creature causing havoc around their small town and turning it into a militarized war zone.
"Bend It Like Beckham": Soccer is cancelled for the time being – but you can get something similar to it with this 2002 indie hit, starring Parminder Nagra as a young Sikh rebelling against her strict family by joining a soccer team. There, she meets a breakthrough performance from a young Keira Knightley. (Available until June 30)
"Creed II": It's not quite as good as its near-perfect predecessor, but Steven Caple Jr.'s "Creed II" still packs an entertaining punch (because boxing!) as it brings back Michael B. Jordan's Adonis Creed and Sly Stallone's Rocky Balboa to fight – who else? – the son of Russian brutalizer Ivan Drago.
"Drumline": Does drumming count as a sport? I'd say so – especially in the case of "Drumline," which is basically a riveting, fun and energetic musical version of a sports movie about a hot-headed but talented drummer who tries to lead his squad to victory in the big college band battle.
"Kingpin": You can't bowl right now – not that anyone would be particularly in the mood to swap shoes and bowling balls right now anyways – but you can at least watch "Kingpin," the Farrelly Brothers' cult comedy hit about a former star bowler getting his spin back with the help of a new pin-pounding pal. (Available until June 30)
"Warrior": I'm not a fan of the UFC, but I am a fan of this inspirational sports drama about two distant brothers (Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton) who end up in the ring fighting each other for the down. From the director of "Miracle" and the recent "The Way Back," so you know it knows how to play the emotional beats you want.
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