As CGI found its footing in the '90s, the masses flocked to big-budget spectacles like Titanic and Jurassic Park. But another revolution was unfolding on a smaller scale. We also saw the first films from some of the best indie directors, from Wes Anderson to Quentin Tarantino. Below are 10 of the best '90s movies on Netflix right now, ranked. They range from the '90s-est '90s movies that every millennial grew up watching to the influential award winners that are worth discovering or revisiting.
The Wachowskis created one of the greatest sci-fi films in cinematic history with their mind-bending Matrix trilogy, but the original is hard to top. Keanu Reeves plays Neo, a young man unplugged from the matrix — a kind of ernate reality that keeps humans docile, so machines can harvest their life energy. He teams up with a band of rebels fighting the machines Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus and Carrie-Ann Moss as Trinity and faces off against a henchman named Agent Smith Hugo Weaving. The real draw of this trilogy, besides its inventive storyline, is the CGI display. The movie also sports some of the most imaginative fight sequences you'll ever see on the big screen.
2. Schindler's List 1993
Run Time: 195 min | IMDb: 8.9/10
It took decades in the industry for Steven Spielberg to finally earn an Oscar for one of his movies, but his win for Schindler's List is well deserved. The film focuses on wehy businessman Oskar Schindler, who spends his fortune and risks his life to save the lives of 1,100 Jewish men and women after taking in the horrors of WWII and the concentration camps. Between the three hour running time, the cold, unrelenting cruelty of Ralph Fiennes' portrayal of Amon Goeth, and its realistic style, it's a bleak film. But there's hope to be found in the grim black and white images. It's an important story told movingly by a filmmaker at the of his powers.
Possibly the most famous of Quentin Tarantino's masterpieces, Pulp Fiction stars John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, and Uma Thurman spitting out punchy dialogue, pop culture references, and committing some pretty violent crimes along the way. Tarantino's love of non-linear storytelling is on full display here with three separate plots, all entwined in some way, take shape over the course of the film. Travolta plays Vincent, a hitman for a mob boss who, along with his partner Jules Jackson, survives a couple of shootouts in the film as the two contemplate their life of crime, escort mob wives across town, help fix boxing matches, and dispose of dead bodies.
4. Trainspotting 1996
Run Time: 93 min | IMDb: 8.1/10
Danny Boyle's black comedy crime film has become a cult classic and made it on plenty “best movies” lists over the years. Ewan McGregor plays Mark Renton, an unemployed heroin addict who shares a flat with his equally unimpressive friends, Spud, Sick Boy, Franco, and Tommy. The group parties together constantly, doing drugs, getting into fights, and committing petty crimes before Renton attempts to get clean only to return home to make a drug deal that could set him up with a clean slate. It's darkly comedic, with some ridiculous twists thrown in, but the core of the story is surprisingly emotional.
Edward Norton stars in this politically-charged drama about a reformed neo-nazi skinhead hoping to prevent his brother from following in his footsteps. Norton plays Derek, a man who's anger over his father's death fuels him to start up a violent racist gang and recruit his brother, Danny, to film their exploits. When Derek goes to prison for killing a man, he changes his ways, enduring violence at the hands of his Aryan brothers while befriending a Black inmate who he works with. Once Derek is free, he goes against his former friends and mentor to get his brother out of the life, a decision that puts his life and his family at risk. It's a tough watch, one that feels even more relevant now than it did in the '90s, but Norton is fantastic in it.
We should all hail the casting genius who threw Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones together in this sci-fi action flick about a police officer who joins a secret government organization in charge of monitoring extraterrestrial activity on Earth. That's because the two bros — Smith, the wise-cracking rookie, and Jones, the seasoned veteran — have an almost otherworldly kind of chemistry on screen. Watching them bicker like an old married couple is almost more fun than witnessing them take down alien monsters intent on subjugating our planet.
A Hugh Grant-starring rom-com, this one sees the witty British playboy wrestle with the unwelcome realization that he may have finally found love over the course of five social occasions. The epiphany upends his comfortable bachelorhood and amuses his family and friends, but Grant's character fights the inevitable at every turn, giving us plenty of humor and sexual tension to keep things interesting.
Christina Ricci, Gaby Hoffman, Thora Birch, and Ashleigh Aston Moore play younger versions of stars Rosie O'Donnell, Demi Moore, Melanie Griffith, and Rita Wilson in this quintessentially 90s tale of a group of young girls who form a friendship that carries them into their adult lives. The girls spend a life-changing summer together, investigating a mysterious death and learning more about themselves in the process before reuniting years later where they confront past mistakes. It's a heartwarming ode to friendship supported by a truly talented group of young actresses.
Remember when we used to like Adam Sandler? Sure, his comedies were never high art, but you still find yourself quoting them to this very day. The Waterboy is the classic example of this comfortable familiarity. Sandler mugs his way through his performance as a football team's waterboy who gets a shot at playing due to his ability to channel his rage into unexpected prowess on the field, and you'll find yourself cocooned in the welcoming embrace of '90s nostalgia.
There's nothing better than bingeing some good scary movies on Netflix on a dark, stormy night in October. From ghosts to vampires and zombies just about every morbid fantasy that your demented mind can conjure has representation. We've watched the best horror movies on Netflix streaming right now, and here they are, in their beastly, blood-curdling glory. It's perfect for that late night movie binge to keep you wide awake all the way through 2019.
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Run Time: 98 min | IMDb: 7.4/10
Sissy Spacek's blood-drenched teen horror flick made high school seem even more terrifying when it landed in theaters in the late '70s. The film follows a young girl suffering under the abuse of her religiously-devout mother and being bullied by the more popular kids at school. She has some embarrassing moments — getting her period during swim class — and some tension-filled fights with her mother that begin to unleash her supernatural abilities. Good ol' mom thinks they're powers given by the Devil himself, but Carrie decides to use them to exact her vengeance, and it's as gruesome as you'd hope.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 1974
Run Time: 83 min | IMDb: 7.5/10
Probably the most influential horror film in the slasher genre, this '70s era nightmare has spawned a franchise that continues to thrill movie audiences, but the original film from Tobe Hooper is a cult classic. The film follows a group of friends who attract the attention of cannibals on their way to visit an old homestead and must try to survive the torture of Leatherface, a terrifying villain with an even scarier get-up. There's plenty of gore if that's your thing and some sly political commentary if you can look past it.
Scream 2 1997
Run Time: 120 min | IMDb: 6.1/10
Surprisingly, despite internet leaks and constantly rewritten scripts, this sequel to Wes Craven's cult slasher flick performed even better than its predecessor, especially with critics. The story treads along the same lines as the first: we're still following Sydney Prescott Neve Campbell around, this time as she navigates college life. But when a copycat killer begins donning Ghostface's disguise and stalking her, she's forced to turn to some old friends for help. The whole world feels more lived in, and Craven's not afraid to take shots and exploit sequel clichés, which makes this a terrifying, at-times hilarious, follow-up.
As Above So Below 2014
Run Time: 93 min | IMDb: 6.2/10
Before Ben Feldman played a lovable know-it-all on Superstore, the guy was surviving a terror-filled jaunt through the catacombs of Paris in this horror movie. Feldman plays George, a reluctant sidekick to Scarlett Perdita Weeks, a young alchemy scholar and his former girlfriend. Scarlett convinces George a few others to venture into the famous Paris underground in order to find the fabled philosopher's stone Harry Potter kids should know all about this thing, we're not explaining it here. What they find instead is basically Dante's Inferno come to life as they face down cults, demons, ghosts, and all manner of horrific beings. Let this be a warning, children: Nothing good happens this far below street level. Nothing.
The Perfection 2018
Run Time: 90 min | IMDb: 6.1/10
Allison Williams, who's become something of a scream queen after her work in Get Out, continues her horror track record with this thriller about a gifted musician who befriends the talented student who replaced her. Strange happenings begin to occur, events that sabotage the young girl, but as terrifying as this story is, there's absolutely no way you'll be able to predict its ending.
Next Entertainment World
Run Time: 121 min | IMDb: 6.3/10
This South Korean period zombie flick is just weird and gory enough to stick with you long past its end credits. The basic premise follows a clash between an exiled prince and a minister of war set to the backdrop of a zombie plague, but the horror elements spring up while zombie hordes attack villages and during creepier, nerve-wracking moments between its main characters.
Murder Party 2007
Run Time: 120 min | IMDb: 5.9/10
Jeremy Saulnier is someone who knows how to make a story of thrilling and brutal violence. Director of Blue Ruin and Green Room, he manages to make his stories gripping and tense with slight touches of offbeat humor. Well, for his first feature, that offbeat humor is just as extreme as the violence. An awkward guy finds an invite to a random Halloween party and decides to attend, unbeknownst to him that he'll be the murdered main attraction for a group of eccentric artists. It's a slow build toward its inevitably over-the-top and bloody conclusion, but it's a fun ride for a low-budget gory comedy.
Rosemary's Baby 1968
Run Time: 137 min | IMDb: 8/10
Mia Farrow stars in this iconic horror classic that's probably influenced every other film on this list. The movie follows Rosemary Woodhouse Farrow and her husband, Guy. They're a pair of newlyweds who move to a new apartment where they're quickly surrounded by strange neighbors and even more worrisome happenings. When Rosemary mysteriously becomes pregnant, she becomes paranoid that the people around her, including her husband, are out to get her.
The Conjuring 2014
Run Time: 112 min | IMDb: 7.5/10
The Conjuring marks the first installment in a horror series that sees Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga playing a married pair of paranormal investigators who seek to understand the phenomenon of hauntings. When the duo is called to assist a family living in a ghostly farmhouse in Rhode Island, they encounter more than they can handle when it comes to the undead. Again, these stories were based on true events, so watch at your own risk.
Life After Beth 2014
Run Time: 89 min | IMDb: 5.6/10
Aubrey Plaza and Dane DeHaan star in this horror comedy about a guy named Zach, who's mourning the loss of his girlfriend, only to discover she's come back to life. Plaza stars as Beth, the dead girl revived, who begins exhibiting strange behavior, eventually going into full-blown zombie mode while her devoted boyfriend Zach DeHaan tries to manage her mood swings and her pesky craving for human flesh. John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon play Beth's parents, who hilariously try to cover-up their daughter's current undead state, and though things go off the rails in the final act, watching Plaza play a moody, angst-ridden walking corpse is one hell of a good time, even if it does give you nightmares.
Green Room 2015
Run Time: 95 min | IMDb: 7/10
When a punk rock group accidentally witnesses the aftermath of a murder, they are forced to fight for their lives by the owner of a Nazi bar Patrick Stewart and his team. It's an extremely brutal and violent story, much like the first two features from director Jeremy Saulnier Blue Ruin and Murder Party, but this one is made even tenser by its claustrophobic cat-and-cornered-mouse nature. Once the impending danger kicks in, it doesn't let up until the very end, driven heavily by Stewart playing against type as a harsh, unforgiving, violent character.
The Witch 2016
Run Time: 92 min | IMDb: 6.8/10
Robert Eggers' Sundance hit attracted some of the oddest complaints directed at any film in recent years when some disgruntled audience members suggested it wasn't scary enough. Maybe they were watching a different movie? Set in colonial New England, the austere film follows a family outcast from their strict religious community and trying to make it on their own at the edge of some deep, dark woods. It essentially takes the witch-fearing folklore of the era at face value, watching the family disintegrate under the insidious influence of a nearby witch. It's a slow-burn horror movie, light on shocks, heavy on unease, and thematically rich in ways that only become apparent later.
Run Time: 103 min | IMDb: 6.9/10
Patrick Wilson stars in another horror flick on this list, this time as the father of a little boy trapped in a coma who's been possessed by evil spirits. Rose Byrne plays his wife, and while the story itself is a bit muddled, the premise is solid nightmare fuel. Really, is there anything more terrifying than a demon child?
Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil 2010
Run Time: 88 min | IMDb: 7.6/10
This indie comedy has quickly become a cult classic, turning familiar scary movie tropes on their heads in bloody and hilarious ways. Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine star as two bumbling-yet-well-meaning hillbillies who get pulled into a nightmare scenario when a group of horny coeds think they're trying to kill them. In a series of events that escalates in violence, Tucker and Dale try to do the right thing while managing to stay alive in the process. As one of the best horror comedies, it's a hidden gem waiting to be discovered by those looking for off-the-beaten-path hilarity.
GMM Grammy/Phenomena Motion Pictures
Run Time: 97 min | IMDb: 7.1/10
This Thai horror film follows a young man named Tun and his girlfriend, Jane, who accidentally run over a young woman after a party and are haunted by her spirit. Hauntings and horror go hand-in-hand, but this film digs deeper into the supernatural trope by revealing a surprising, gruesome connection between the woman's ghost and the film's protagonist. We won't spoil anything here, but let's just say there's a reason this death follows this guy wherever he goes.
Run Time: 99 min | IMDb: 6.6/10
When a graduate student in Chicago who's completing her thesis on urban legends accidentally summons the ghost of an artist murdered in the late 19th century, things become a bit hellish. The Candyman was the son of a slave who grew up in polite society, became a painter, and fell in love with a white woman before a lynch mob cut off his painting hand, replaced it with a hook, and doomed him to his current existence. It's a terrifying commentary on race relations and what we inherit, but even if that flies over your head, you'll still be sufficiently spooked.
Run Time: 81 min | IMDb: 6.6/10
Mike Flanagan, who directed Oculus and Ouija: Origin of Evil, expertly directs this simple tale of a deaf woman being menaced by a masked and later unmasked killer in her remote home. This is nothing you haven't seen before, but Flanagan brings real panache and visual energy to a film that could have easily felt redundant in the hands of a lesser filmmaker.
The Autopsy Of Jane Doe 2016
Run Time: 86 min | IMDb: 6.8/10
Succession's Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch star in this horror mystery about a father-son coroner team attempting to identify a Jane Doe who was harboring all kinds of dark secrets. When a corpse is brought into a small-town coroner's lab, he and his son begin to experience supernatural phenomena. Tommy Cox and Austin Hirsch try to escape the lab but quickly realize that they're dealing with something far more dangerous than a dead body while demonic spirits, old curses, and witches come to life.
The Ritual 2017
Run Time: 94 min | IMDb: 6.3/10
This Netflix nightmare follows a group of friends who venture into the Scandinavian wilderness in order to honor their recently-murdered brother. The guys, Luke Rafe Spall, Phil Arsher Ali, Hutch Robert James-Collier, and Dom Sam Troughton are forced to take a different path from the one planned, a mistake that leads them to cults and sacrificial offerings and an ancient being who prefers to stake its prey. The scenery is gorgeous, the chemistry of the cast is spot on, and the premise — how these men confront their fears and failures thanks to a supernatural being — starts out promising, though it could've delivered a better ending.
Gerald's Game 2017
Run Time: 103 min | IMDb: 6.7/10
Stephen King's 1992 novel transpires mostly in one isolated lake house's bedroom where its protagonist, Jessie, lies bound to a bed after her husband dies in the midst of a sex game. That makes it a tough story to film, which may explain why it took 25 years to get turned into a movie. But the wait was worth it: director Mike Flanagan delivers a resourceful, disturbing adaptation anchored by a great Carla Gugino performance with some fine supporting work from Bruce Greenwood. Forced to find a way out of her situation, while confronting her own past, Gugino's Jessie is made to go to extremes, which leads to, among other things, one of the squirmiest scenes in recent memory.
Under the Shadow 2016
Run Time: 84 min | IMDb: 6.9/10
This Iranian horror flick manages to tie in relevant world events with a darker story of demonic possession. The film follows Shideh, a former medical student and mother trapped in her home during the bombings of Tehran with her daughter, Dorsa. The pair are soon haunted by a djinn, a malevolent spirit who can possess a human by taking what's most important to them. For Dorsa, it's her doll, for Shideh, it's a medical textbook her dead mother gave her. The two fight to survive the bombs and this evil spirit, and you'll be fighting to get to sleep after the nightmares from this one begin
Run Time: 105 min | IMDb: 6.2/10
After losing her father, young Veronica Sandra Escacena and two classmates attempt to contact the other side with a Ouija board during a solar eclipse. Something more sinister breaks through, though, as Veronica is haunted by a dark presence everywhere she goes. Even though it has just been released in 2018, it's already been called one of the scariest movies ever made. While that is certainly open for debate, what Veronica does do is excel phenomenally in the cliche horror bits every viewer has seen a thousand times over, such as mishandled Ouija use, frightening entities that only the protagonist is privy to, and twisted dreams. Based on a true story, the film relies on the strong performance of newcomer Escacena, highlighted by her haunting expressions of terror and anguish.
Run Time: 98 min | IMDb: 5.9/10
Netflix is running the market on creepy AF movies lately. This one comes in the form of a young kid suffering from a rare autoimmune disease that forces him to live life inside a bubble. When a new treatment option presents itself, his family sends him to a kind of safe house where specialist can test out the cure, but the boy quickly discovers things aren't what they seem. The mansion may in fact be haunted by past patients, and his doctors are probably trying to kill the young kid. Yikes.
Run Time: 82 min | IMDb: 6.3/10
One of the better found-footage movies to come down the pike in Paranormal Activity's wake is this creepy gem about a videographer director Patrick Brice who answers a strange Craigslist ad from a man Mark Duplass who requests to be followed around with a camera for 24 hours. There are a few points late in the narrative where suspension of disbelief becomes an issue a not-atypical problem for the genre, but if you can look past that, you'll be treated to a very scary turn by Duplass and a supremely-unnerving epilogue.
Creep 2 2017
Run Time: 80 min | IMDb: 6.4/10
Spoilers for Creep: What could have very well been a stand-alone character exploration in 2014's Creep is ened in Creep 2, which sees Mark Duplass' chameleon-like killer seeking a different kind of self-portrait. Burned out on his string of murders, Aaron reaches out to a woman who's looking for her own kind of story by meeting and filming the lonely people she meets online. Instead of a wolf-in-sheep's-clothing path the killer normally follows, he tells the woman what he is off-the-bat and what he wants: An ending to his journey. With all his cards seemingly on the table — and her hiding some of her own — it's an even more fascinating tale than the original.
Train To Busan 2016
Cannes Film Festival
Run Time: 118 min | IMDb: 7.5/10
Zombie movies have been done to death, brought back to life, and repeated a few more times. But that doesn't mean there still aren't entertaining stories to be found in the genre. Train To Busan doesn't bring anything exceptionally original to the walking undead, but it's no less of a thrilling ride. An overworked dad is riding the rails with his neglected daughter when a Z-word outbreak strikes, causing savagery from corpse and living alike. Its fast-moving, contorted foes are genuinely freaky in the movie's cramped setting, making the story feel like a zombified Snowpiercer. It's a fun action flick with a slightly heavy-handed but solid emotional core that's unsurprisingly getting an English remake.
The Invitation 2016
Run Time: 100 min | IMDb: 6.7/10
After back-to-back big studio bombs, Karyn Kusama returned to her scrappy indie roots with this contained, brilliantly suspenseful study of the darkness that can arise when people don't allow themselves to feel. The Invitation isn't a perfect film, but Kusama does a lot with the scant resources she had to play with here, and you have to appreciate her willingness to tackle grief so directly in a genre that tends to have little time for genuine human emotion.
The Bar 2017
A Pokeepsie Films/Nadie es Perfecto/Atresmedia Cine
Run Time: 102 min | IMDb: 6.4/10
A varied group of people is stuck in a bar after a man is gunned down outside. As the paranoia spreads and they turn on one another, they discover a mysterious sickness could be the culprit. It's a bottle-type plot that has been done before — locking a bunch of frenzied folks in a cage and let instincts take their course — but this Spanish horror comedy injects its own dark humor and keeps the answers to a minimum, making an entertaining story that unfortunately favors the “dark” over the “comedy” in its final act.
In The Tall Grass 2019
Run Time: 101 min | IMDb: 5.5/10
The latest Stephen King adaptation is this disturbing nightmare maze from Netflix about a brother and sister who venture into a tall grass field in Kansas after hearing a young boy's cries for help and quickly discover something evil lurking within. The film stars Patrick Wilson as the kid's dad, who's also been looking for him for an undetermined amount of time. The most terrifying thing about this film is how it uses something so common-place and unextraordinary to mine fear and suspicion at every turn. You'll never look at a cornfield the same way again.
Run Time: 130 min | IMDb: 6.3/10
A man Legion's Dan Stevens travels to an island to infiltrate a brutal cult in the hopes of saving his kidnapped sister. As the group's leaders close in on discovering his identity, the dark secrets of the island start to present themselves. Written and directed by The Raid: Redemption director Gareth Evans, Apostle is a tense, beautifully shot thriller that doesn't even seem like a horror film from the get-go. Stevens provides another icy, powerful performance alongside Michael Sheen's turn as the leader of the harsh cult. It's certainly a highlight among the Netflix original films.
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Amazon Prime is way more than just a way to get your electronics and books in two days or less. There's a wide breadth of good movies and TV shows out there to choose from if you know what you're looking for.
To help you out, we've rounded the 30 best movies on Amazon Prime right now. From new Oscar winners to classic titles, you might be surprised as to what the service has available.
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Run Time: 130 min | IMDb: 8.2/10
Faye Dunaway and Jack Nicholson star in this neo-noir about a private investigator who becomes entangled in a government scheme. Nicholson plays Jake Gittes, a P.I. hired by Evelyn Malwray Dunaway to follow her husband and report on his dealings. It turns out, Mr. Malwray was at the center of a government cover-up as the local water authority was trying to run people off their land by drying up their water source. There's a lot going on here — corruption, a twisted family secret, romance, and plenty of violence — but watching Nicholson confusedly sort through it all is most of the fun.
12 Monkeys 1998
Run Time: 129 min | IMDb: 8/10
Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt star in this quintessential '90s flick, a mind-bending sci-fi story about a convict sent back in time to save humanity. Willis plays Cole, a criminal given a chance to prevent a virus from wiping out most of Earth's population by traveling back in time to prevent the disease from spreading. He teams up with a psychiatric patient named Goines an off-his-meds Pitt, who has a read on the mysterious agency responsible for the virus. The two fight their way through conspiracy theories and involuntary psych procedures to get to the truth of why the group wants to destroy the world.
The Virgin Suicides 1999
Run Time: 97 min | IMDb: 7.2/10
An early work of director Sofia Coppola, this film based on a 1993 novel of the same name, follows the story of the Lisbon sisters, five girls aged 13-17 who make a suicide pact after their youngest sibling kills herself. A sense of mystery and aloofness adds to the girls' appeal when it comes to the neighborhood boys, through whom much of the story is told. Confined to their house after the death of their sister, the girls find ways of communicating with the outside world through secret phone calls and late-night trysts. Eventually, the sisters make good on their pact, but Coppola chooses to find a sense of freedom and validation in their decision to commit suicide, one that paints the end of the film in a strangely victorious light.
Sunshine Cleaning 2008
Run Time: 91 min | IMDb: 6.9/10
A comedy about a pair of sisters who run a maid service that cleans up crime scenes is the definition of dark, but there are some bright spots in Amy Adams and Emily Blunt's Sunshine Cleaning. The two play siblings struggling to find themselves and stay afloat in a small town before they happen upon a macabre idea for a new business. Mopping up blood and hazardous waste isn't the most reputable of jobs, and the two aren't particularly good at it, especially Blunt, who plays a woman floundering in her personal and professional life, but if you've got a strong stomach, there's plenty of payoff here.
Run Time: 96 min | IMDb: 7.1/10
Mel Brooks' hilarious space odyssey has become something of a cult classic over the decades. It's a parody of George Lucas' Star Wars trilogy, so it follows the same plot: a rogue pilot and his sidekick must rescue a princess and save the galaxy, but instead of Startroopers, the bad guys are known as Space Balls, and everyone is hopelessly out of their depth playing hero and villain.
Requiem For A Dream 2000
Run Time: 102 min | IMDb: 8.3/10
Darren Aronofsky gives us a true mindf*ck with this early aughts drama that follows the drug-induced hallucinations of four Coney Island residents who descend further into their respective addictions as the film goes on. Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn, and Jennifer Connelly star in the film, which serves as a cautionary tale about the way people find happiness and how it can be easily snatched away. It's pretty dark and depressing, but plenty of people like it anyway.
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior 1981
Run Time: 96 min | IMDb: 7.6/10
George Miller's follow-up reunites fans with Max Rockatansky Mel Gibson, who's still roaming the desert with his dog, looking for fuel. He finds it in a small village that's been plagued by raiders, led by an unhinged biker and a goliath named Lord Humungus. Max ends up helping the village, rediscovering a bit of his humanity in the process. It's a worthy installment in the franchise and the action is top-notch.
Run Time: 152 min | IMDb: 6.8/10
Luca Guadagnino's buzzed-about horror remake is a mind-bending exercise in the cinematic. Dakota Johnson plays Susie, a young dancer who arrives at a prestigious academy where disturbing happenings begin to take place. After one dancer goes missing, another dies, and a third is severely injured, the students begin investigating their instructors to discover they belong to a coven of witches with troubling rituals that rest upon the dancers playing their parts.
It's A Wonderful Life 1946
Run Time: 130 min | IMDb: 8.6/10
James Stewart stars in this holiday flick about a down-on-his-luck businessman who laments his suburban life. George Bailey wishes for a different, more successful life, one unencumbered by a wife and kids but when his wish is granted and an angel shows him what life would be like without him, Bailey must figure out how to make the most of the present. Stewart is magnetic in the role and though it's thought of as a Christmas classic, this film can and should be enjoyed year-round.
Short Term 12 2013
Run Time: 96 min | IMDb: 8/10
This film by Destin Daniel Cretton the guy Marvel's tapped to direct Shang-Chi marks the first leading role for Brie Larson. Long before her Captain Marvel days, Larson was playing Grace Howard, a young woman navigating life as a supervisor of a group home for troubled teens. Other soon-to-be stars like Lakeith Stanfield and Rami Malek also have a role in this thing but it's Larson's vehicle and she's in full command of it.
Run Time: 85 min | IMDb: 7.4/10
Jonah Hill's directorial debut is a nostalgic ode to growing up in the 90s. The film follows a 13-year-old kid named Stevie who spends one summer in L.A. navigating between his troubled home life and a new group of friends that push to him to test his own boundaries. The movie is heavy in skater culture, a scene L.A. was known for at the time, but it's also an introspective look on making the transition from boyhood to adulthood, and how perilous that time can be.
Lady Bird 2017
Run Time: 94 min | IMDb: 7.5/10
Greta Gerwig's love letter to her hometown of Sacramento, California follows Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf as they navigate the often-frustrating relationship between mother and daughter. Ronan plays “Ladybird,” a young woman attending Catholic school who longs for the culture and change of scenery that New York City promises. Her mother, Metcalf, is overbearing and overprotective, and the family's lack of money and social standing contributes to a rift between the two. Some hard truths are explored in this film, but watching Ronan manage teenage angst, first love, and everything in between will give you all kinds of nostalgia.
Run Time: 127 min | IMDb: 7.3/10
Toni Collette stars in this terrifying nightmare by first-time director Ari Aster. The film charts the grief and shared trauma of the Graham family. Annie Collette is mourning the loss of her secretive mother, worrying over her inherited mental health issues and her children. When her son Peter accidentally kills his sister, hauntings begin happenings. Malevolent spirits, possessions, a seance gone wrong — this is pure nightmare fuel people.
First Reformed 2017
Run Time: 113 min | IMDb: 7.1/10
A dark, morose examination on everything from faith and fidelity to climate change, grief, and mental health issues, Paul Schrader's drama about a Protestant minister struggling to reconcile his beliefs with the changing world around him is a poignant, if heavy-handed, commentary on some pretty complicated universal themes. Ethan Hawke gives a stand-out performance as Reverend Toller, a man mourning the loss of his son, facing a terminal cancer diagnosis, and grappling with the reality of his dwindling church membership. He counsels a young woman named Mary Amanda Seyfried about her husband, who's entered a dangerous state of depression over the very real issue of climate change; and through his relationship with her, Toller confronts his own demons and his community's narrow-minded views. It's by no means a fun watch, but Hawke is such an underrated actor that being surprised by his stroke of genius in this role is reason enough to stream.
Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father 2008
Run Time: 95 min | IMDb: 8.6/10
When filmmaker Kurt Kuenne's childhood friend Andrew Bagby is killed and his suspected killer/ex-girlfriend reveals she's pregnant, Kurt decides to make a documentary chronicling Andrew's life. While largely a love letter to a man who touched the lives of many for Zachary, the son he never met, Dear Zachary also tells the starkly bitter side of a broken Canadian legal system that directly endangered a baby. We follow the drawn-out custody battle between Andrew's parents and Zachary's mother, interspersed with loving snapshots into the Bagby family. The story sucks you in, but it's also the at times comedic, fast-paced, and downright enraging documentary style of the film that breaks up the emotional tale.
Run Time: 115 min | IMDb: 6.9/10
Natalie Portman leads this cast of badass women investigating a natural phenomenon that is slowly invading Earth. Portman plays Lena, a biologist who leads a team of women consisting of a psychologist Jennifer Jason Leigh, a scientist Tessa Thompson, and a paramedic Gina Rodriguez into “The Shimmer,” a quarantined zone mutated by alien DNA that seems to be transforming matter at will and spreading further each day. Past teams, including one led by Lena's husband Oscar Isaac, have disappeared in The Shimmer and Lena goes searching for a clue as to what happened to them and how she can save her husband — who returned changed from his mission. The entire journey is filled with bizarre happenings tied to meta-commentary about evolution and the human condition but honestly, the coolest thing about this movie is its cast and the kick-ass characters they play
Late Night 2019
Run Time: 102 min | IMDb: 6.6/10
Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson team up for this comedy that imagines the grit and humor it takes to lead a late-night talk show as a woman. Thompson plays Katherine Newbury, an accomplished TV personality who fears she may lose her talk show because of declining ratings and competition from a younger, male comedian. She hires Molly Kaling a comedy writer with little experience to diversify her team, and the two women weather hilarious mishaps and a few scandals to bring the show back on track.
Eighth Grade 2017
Run Time: 93 min | IMDb: 7.5/10
Comedian Bo Burnham's directorial debut looks at the social anxieties of a young girl on the cusp of her high school career. Elsie Fisher plays Kayla, a pre-teen in her final week of eighth grade. She's virtually friendless, choosing to spend her time creating inspiring Youtube videos that no one sees. When she decides to venture from her computer screen, attending pool parties and hanging out with older kids, she's thrust into situations she's not entirely ready for. The film is a painfully honest look at the pressure of growing up, the loss of innocence, and how social media can contribute to feelings of anxiety and isolation in teens, especially young girls who are forced to grow up much more quickly than their male counterparts.
Run Time: 121 min | IMDb: 6.6/10
Darren Aronofsky's mystery thriller might best be described as “polarizing.” You'll either tap into the various themes churning just under the surface of this thing, or you'll walk away after the two hours are up thinking, “What in the hell did I just see?” Either way, the film does A LOT and it gives its A-list cast including Javier Bardem, Jennifer Lawrence, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Ed Harris, even more to chew on. Whether you love it or hate it, mother! is a film you need to see at least once.
The Handmaiden 2016
Run Time: 144 min | IMDb: 8.1/10
Based on a historical crime novel set in Victoria-Era England, Park Chan-wook's lavish, mesmerizing thriller focuses on two young women fighting to escape oppression by the men in their lives. Chan-woo has traded the stuffy British countryside for Japanese-occupied Korea, telling the stories of Lady Hideko and her handmaiden Sook-hee in three parts, weaving a tale of passion, betrayal, dark secrets, and revenge with grander themes of imperialism, colonial rule, and patriarchal corruption. The two women are the draw of the film with both resorting to illicit, illegal, morally compromising schemes in order to gain their freedom, but love is an unintended consequence that leaves the third act — one you might think you have figured out halfway through the film — completely unpredictable.
The Big Sick 2017
Run Time: 120 min | IMDb: 7.6/10
Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon drew from their own unusual love story for their script about a Chicago comic named Kumail Nanjiani who falls in love with Emily, a woman Zoe Kazan who falls into a coma while in the midst of a rift in their relationship created by the expectations of Kumail's traditional parents. The funny, moving romantic comedy also features strong supporting work from Ray Romano and Holly Hunter as Emily's parents, who form an awkward bond with Kumail as they wait for Emily's recovery.
You Were Never Really Here 2017
Run Time: 89 min | IMDb: 6.8/10
Joaquin Phoenix stars as a troubled hitman with a dark past in this thrilling crime flick from Lynne Ramsay. Phoenix plays Joe, a gun for hire, former military man and FBI agent, who spends most of his time rescuing victims of sex trafficking. He's recruited to save a Senator's daughter from a brothel that caters to high-end clientele, but the job thrusts him into the center of a conspiracy that costs him everything and ends in blood and tragedy. It's a relentless slog to be sure, but it works because Ramsay is more interested in profiling the man, not the hits he makes.
Run Time: 113 min | IMDb: 8/10
This family drama based on an NY Times bestseller stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson as parents to a truly remarkable little boy named Auggie. Auggie has a facial deformity that affects his social life as he begins going to school for the first time. Since we're nearing the holidays, and this is a time that's all about families, it makes sense Amazon added this to their library. The kids will love it and, hopefully, learn from it.
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Beautiful Boy 2018
Run Time: 120 min | IMDb: 7.3/10
Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet star in this heartbreaking drama about a father trying to save his son from a drug addiction that's slowly eating away at his family. Carell plays David, a New York Times writer who struggles to help his son Nic Chalamet after he falls victim to a worrying drug habit. He has moments of sobriety, attending college, living with his mother in L.A., and working at a drug clinic to help others battling the disease. Yet eventually, his addiction returns, and Nic is powerless to fight it. David is forced to choose between sacrificing his family and his own sanity or continuing to help his son. Both Carell and Chalamet give powerful performances that elevate what essentially is an emotionally restrained look at father-son relationships and the landmines they navigate.
Inside Llewyn Davis 2013
Run Time: 104 min | IMDb: 7.5/10
A portrait of a particular moment in music history, when the folk revival found young musicians discovering their voices in old styles and old songs, Inside Llewyn Davis stars Oscar Isaac as a singer/songwriter who can never quite translate his talent into professional success. Joel and Ethan Coen both exactingly recreate early '60s New York and use it as the site of one of an affecting tale of the clash between artistic impulses and the needs of the material world, a theme they'd previously explored with Barton Fink and would pick up again with Hail, Caesar!.
The Disaster Artist 2017
Run Time: 104 min | IMDb: 7.5/10
Only an actor as confusing and committed to swimming against the Hollywood tide as James Franco could direct this pseudo-biography of Tommy Wiseau, an aspiring filmmaker who made the wrong kind of noise in the industry with his theatrics while trying to get a feature film made. Wiseau in real life is an enigmatic kind of train wreck, and Franco plays him brilliantly here, injecting heart and a dreamy sense of possibility to his story.
We Need To Talk About Kevin 2011
Run Time: 110 min | IMDb: 7.2/10
Eva Khatchadourian Tilda Swinton, who's unwilling and unable to properly care for her troubled son Kevin, watches her life unravel as her husband John C. Reilly ignores their problems and Kevin grows more and more sociopathic and violent. The story jumps around in time, showing Swinton's character as both a new mother who blames her son for ruining her life and as a woman who eventually blames herself for what becomes of her son. Swinton proves once again that she's the actress that indie movies need for complex characters that live their lives in grey areas. At its core, We Need To Talk is about the importance of proper parenting, communication, and probably therapy. And it's not for the faint of heart.
Logan Lucky 2017
Run Time: 118 min | IMDb: 7.1/10
Ten years after his last Ocean's entry, Steven Soderbergh revisits the heist genre, this time centering on a pair of unlucky brothers Channing Tatum and Adam Driver working a scheme to rip off a big NASCAR race. Memorable side characters, rapid-fire dialogue, and charismatic performances keep the story from becoming too predictable even for a twist-filled heist tale. Soderbergh was even able to cut out major studios and keep complete creative control over the movie, thanks to streaming services and international distribution. It's a largely light-hearted movie, and frankly, that's necessary sometimes.
The Man From Nowhere 2010
Run Time: 119 min | IMDb: 7.8/10
A mysterious pawnshop owner Won Bin, whose only friend is a child that lives next door, tears the local criminal presence apart after she's kidnapped. This South Korean thriller from Lee Jeong-beom follows a similar format to such films as Léon: The Professional and Man On Fire of “guy with a shady past protects little girl”, but The Man From Nowhere still crafts an original tale of a heartbroken man out to save the only thing he has left in this world. The action sequences are bloody and intense, and Bin's stoic performance brings a painful depth to the brutal savior.
Run Time: 89 min | IMDb: 7.2/10
Coherence is one of those low-budget sci-fi stories that is extremely tough to explain without either giving too much away or requiring an extended entry. Essentially, a group of friends sifts through their own issues and insecurities during a mind-bending paradoxical experience. Taking place almost entirely in the same room on a single night, the characters struggle to find answers just as much as the viewer. It's a challenging yet enthralling film, perfect for those who love to overthink things.
Recent Changes Through November 2019:Removed: The Terminator, The Fifth Element, The Silence Of The LambsAdded: Chinatown, 12 Monkeys, The Virgin Suicides
There’s still more than a month until the first season of Netflix’s new Game of Thrones-style fantasy series The Witcher debuts, but the streaming service apparently likes what they’ve seen so far, because they’ve already given the show a second season.
Showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich confirmed the news on Twitter this morning, sharing that Geralt Henry Cavill, Yennefer Anya Chalotra, and Ciri Freya Allan will return for more adventures in a second season.
The Witcher Season 2 is Coming to Netflix
I’m so thrilled to announce: Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri will be back for more adventures… in Season Two.
I could not be more proud of what the amazing cast and crew of The Witcher have accomplished, and can’t wait for the world to dig in and enjoy these stories with us. ????? pic.twitter.com/evWoHvUl1e
— Lauren S. Hissrich @LHissrich November 13, 2019
According to Variety, the eight-episode second season will begin production in London early in 2020 for a planned debut sometime in 2021.
The Witcher started out as a series of short stories and books from Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, with the most recent book being published in 2013. But the story has expanded well beyond the literary realm, stretching into graphic novels, a Polish movie and TV series, and, perhaps most notably, a very popular series of video games from CD Projekt Red. The trailers for the Netflix adaptation have showcased its dark, brooding hero and its impressive and expensive-looking production design and visual effects, which promise to immerse audiences into a dangerous world full of monsters, elves, humans, gnomes, and more struggle to stay alive.
With this official second season renewal, it sounds like Hissrich is well on her way toward her seven-season plan for the show. But considering Netflix’s penchant for cancelling shows after three seasons, it seems like she may be fighting a losing battle.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.
The first season of The Witcher arrives on Netflix on December 20, 2019.
Welcome to Now Scream This, a column where horror experts Chris Evangelista and Matt Donato tell you what scary, spooky, and spine-tingling movies are streaming and where you can watch them.
Matt: As an uncivilized swine who barely has enough time to keep up with weekly cinema releases, let other mediums of storytelling, Chris has informed me that some of my favorite horror films are actually based on written literature. I didn’t believe him at first, but some quick researching proves he’s actually right! Who knew books could be good for something besides kindling for campfires? In any case, in honor of some little movie called Drowsy Physician or something, here are a few rad horror movies based on authored horror you can stream right now!
Chris: Happy Doctor Sleep month! Yes, it’s time for yet another Stephen King adaptation – this time adapted from his sequel to The Shining. In honor of this particular literary horror adaptation, Matt and I are turning to the wild world of horror books for this week’s Now Scream This! Too lazy to read a book? Don’t worry! There are movies!
John Dies At The End Now Streaming on Vudu
Matt: David Wong’s John Dies At The End was adapted by Don Coscarelli of Phantasm fame, and quite well if you ask my opinion. Not everyone can wrangle alternate-reality invasions laced with stoner humor, doped-up by a fake street drug dubbed “Soy Sauce.” This title actually landed in my “100 Best Horror Movies Of The Decade” series posted right here on /Film, as lead actors Chase Williamson and Rob Mayes sell their psychotropic freakout as an evil-fighting buddy tandem. Meat monsters, doomsday cults, Paul Giamatti – John Dies At The End has it all!
Chris: I’ve never read the John Dies at the End book, but I have seen the film, and it sure is wacky!
Candyman Now Streaming on Netflix
Matt: Clive Barker’s works have long disturbed horror movie audiences, with Bernard Rose’s Candyman adaptation ranking high in terms of quality. In a time when representation wasn’t the greatest for slasher cinema, Tony Todd carved his face on the Mount Rushmore of horror icons as the Chicago hook-hand slayer. Personally, it took until this Halloween season to check Candyman off my blind spot list. Why, dear readers, did it take twenty-seven years to right such a wrong besides obvious reasons first about my age upon release and then being BUSY BUSY BUSY. Doesn’t matter – enlightenment prevails. A magnificent cultural horror swing that’s gory, mesmeric, and makes Bloody Mary look like a punk.
Chris: The Candyman short story is vastly different than the film, and I’d go so far as to say the film is better. Sorry, Clive Barker!
The Midnight Meat Train Now Streaming on Hulu/Amazon Prime
Matt: No, not *that* The Midnight Meat Train I mistakenly flipped to on Cinemax one night past 2AM. The other one. Adapted by Ryuhei Kitamura, based on a Clive Barker story, starring Bradley Cooper and Vinnie Jones. A grimy look at a city’s underbelly where a murderer slaughters subway train passengers, only to reveal an even more insidious motivation. It’s brutal, drenched in vile butcher’s remnants, and a slick piece of conspiracy horror from the perspective of a paranoid photographer. Definitely still for the after 2AM crowd, based on stomach-churning reasons and super mature content.
Chris: Wow, two Clive Barker adaptations in one list? Crazy! Once again, I’m going to say I think this movie adaptation is better than the story it’s based on. It’s just fun. Bradley Cooper! In a movie called Midnight Meat Train! How can you resist?
Gerald’s Game Now Streaming on Netflix
Matt: Mike Flanagan did what some thought would be impossible: adapt the Stephen King story Gerald’s Game. Kinky bedroom rape-fantasy “enjoyment” gone horribly awry. Carla Gugino’s work as a woman bound to her bedpost shines while the vision of her now-deceased lover, played by Bruce Greenwood, pays continual visits in addition to other unwanted guests. Shades of single-setting tension and unsightly torments plague Gugino’s performance, then Flanagan pays off with his “sliding of the glove” effect. It’s all fun and games until your lover dies of a heart attack and leaves you handcuffed, stranded with no key. Someone *has* to have said that, right?
Chris: Directors avoided adapting Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game for years, simply because the book is so un-cinematic. But Mike Flanagan actually found a way to make it work.
Audition Now Streaming on Shudder
Matt: Everyone’s lives can use a little more Takashi Miike, especially horror fans who’ve yet to behold his adaptation of Ryu Murakami’s Audition. Eihi Shiina stars as a romantic who desires to be loved by only one man, and Ryo Ishibashi plays the poor widowed bastard who becomes her latest fixation. A movie that zigs, zags, and pulls morbid tricks out of an unassuming sack. Cinematic historians have read the film as both feminist and misogynistic, the former stemming from a particularly gruesome torture scene. In any case, it’s an exquisite, divisive gaze into violent obsessions, as the apple of one’s eye rots from the inside outward.
Chris: The perfect date movie.
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Netflix and Nickelodeon announced today that they've formed a multi-year output deal to produce original animated feature films and television series. The kid and family-targeted films and series will be based on both Nickelodeon's existing library of original characters and new IP.
“Nickelodeon's next step forward is to keep expanding beyond linear platforms, and our broader content partnership with Netflix is a key path toward that goal,” said Brian Robbins, President of Nickelodeon, in a statement.
Robbins added, “The Nickelodeon Animation Studio is home to the world-class artists and storytellers behind some of the most iconic characters and shows ever made, and our head of Animation, Ramsey Naito, has been building on that legacy over the past year by ramping up development and production exponentially. The ideas and work at our Studio are flowing, and we can't wait to work with Melissa and the Netflix team on a premium slate of original animated content for kids and families around the world.”
Netflix and Nickelodeon have already had an existing relationship that's led to animated specials based on the latter's existing IP, in the form of “Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling” and “Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus” — both from this year — and the upcoming specials for “The Loud House” and “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”
“Nickelodeon has generated scores of characters that kids love, and we look forward to telling wholly original stories that re-imagine and expand on the worlds they inhabit,” said Netflix's Vice President of Original Animation, Melissa Cobb in a statement. “We're thrilled to continue collaborating with Brian Robbins, Ramsey Naito, and the creative team at Nickelodeon in new ways as we look to find fresh voices and bring bold stories to our global audience on Netflix.”
However, this new deal comes just months after the proposed CBS-Viacom merger into ViacomCBS, and this deal may provide a hint at that combined company’s digital future. In their coverage of the CBS-Viacom merger, IndieWire's Tyler Hersko and Chris Lindahl wrote:
“ViacomCBS now has control over several streaming services, such as CBS All Access, Pluto TV, and the Showtime streaming platform. Although it's not unusual for entertainment conglomerates to operate multiple streaming services, none of ViacomCBS's streaming offerings operate on the financial level of platforms such as Netflix or Hulu. CBS All Access has never figured out a way to adequately markets its incredible library offerings; Viacom has the same rich source of content and the same plight — if they ever figure out what to do with Comedy Central digitally, Netflix's burgeoning comedy slate should run scared.”
However, a deal like this suggests that VIacomCBS is less concerned with growing CBS All Access or making Netflix run scared in any form and calls into question CBS All Access' role in the bigger picture of ViacomCBS. A deal of this magnitude could have greatly helped CBS' streaming platform grow, but this choice suggests that the growth of CBS All Access is not a priority — at least not in terms of animation and family-friendly programming.