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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.
"The Bank Job": Jason Statham's best movie is likely one you've never heard of: "The Bank Job," a jaunty old-school heist picture about some down-on-their-luck Londoners who decide to take a job robbing a bank – only to end up stuck inside a political conspiracy.
"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.
"Casino Royale": I don't know if this counts as a hot take, but Daniel Craig's first entry is the best of the Bond bunch. It's everything you want in a Bond movie plus everything you didn't know you wanted in a Bond movie. Character development! Actual romance! Parkour! Scrotal torture! (OK, actually, we didn't need that last one – but somehow it works!)
"Live Free or Die Hard": No one – literally not one person – will say that this fourth entry in the "Die Hard" franchise is the best of the bunch. But it's a solid summer actioner with Bruce Willis putting in an effort and some really entertaining action. (They kill a helicopter with a car!) Worse comes to worst, it's certainly better than "A Good Day to Die Hard."
"Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World": They don't make them like this anymore, so enjoy this 2003 Oscar-nominated action drama set on the high seas as a British boat and its stern captain (Russell Crowe) hunts down a French war ship on the ocean – all filmed with such insane authenticity that you'll be tasting the salt water in the air.
"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.
"Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol": Well, hey, I didn't say it was one of our best action franchises for nothing! "Ghost Protocol" isn't quite as good as "Fallout" (what is, really?) but it still has some utterly mesmerizing and brilliantly intense action sequences. It's a great action movie – but also maybe a terrible choice if you're afraid of heights.
"Top Gun": I feel the need, the need ... for watching an '80s airborne action movie about jets going WWWWWWHOOOOOSH! "Top Gun" isn't what you'd traditionally call a "good" movie, but it is a unique and occasionally breathtaking (whether due to the incredible aerial photography or the even more incredible homoeroticism) time capsule of a movie – one perfect for revisiting before its sequel comes out in theaters next year ... hopefully.
"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.
"A Mighty Wind": The late great Fred Willard is no longer with us, but his deliriously funny performances are – including his brief but memorably hilarious turn in this mockumentary about a bunch of old folk musicians getting together for a grand reunion show. And if you want more from this company of iconic comedians, Hulu's also added "Waiting for Guffman" and "Best in Show" – both containing some wonderful Willard wackiness.
"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.
"Best in Show": All that stuff I said before about "A Mighty Wind"? Qualifies here too – except instead of a folk reunion concert, writer-director Christopher Guest sets his mockumentary sights on the world of dog competitions. It's quite the opposite of "woof."
"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.
"City Slickers": This '90s comedy favorite follows a trio of New York yuppies – Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern and Bruno Kirby – in the midst of a mid-life crisis who decide the best way to solve their malaise is to take on a cattle drive out west. As one does. Laughs, life lessons and Jack Palance winning an Oscar ensue.
"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.
"Forgetting Sarah Marshall": A great movie about an awful vacation, this low-key comedic gem tracks poor schlub/vampire puppet musical enthusiast Peter (Jason Segel) going on vacation to Hawaii to forget about his recent breakup ... only to be at the same resort as his TV star ex (Kristen Bell) and her sexy new British pop star boyfriend. A perfectly timed cautionary tale about why you should never leave the house.
"Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle": One of the great stoner comedies, "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle" follows two guys named Harold and Kumar as they go to White Castle. Somehow, a coked-up Neil Patrick Harris, a rabies-stricken raccoon and an impromptu surgery led by Ryan Reynolds get involved. Forget the popcorn and snack on sliders for this one.
"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.
"The Mask": A part of the holy trinity of 1994 that turned Jim Carrey into one of the biggest comedy stars on the planet (next to "Dumb and Dumber" and "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective"), this manic action comedy stars the bendy bonkers performer as a timid bank clerk who puts on a strange mask and becomes a green-faced wild man who somehow finds himself on the wrong side of some gangsters. Ooh, somebody should've stopped him.
"The Overnight": A quirky comedy of manners breaks out in this indie about a duo (Adam Scott and Taylor Schilling) new to Los Angeles who has a playdate with a VERY L.A. couple that turns into something stranger, oddly sweeter and definitely smarter than expected. It's awkward cringe comedy done correctly.
"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.
"The Trip": You can't go anywhere cool on vacation right now, but you can at least watch British comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon tour about England while dueling Michael Caine impressions, bantering about their careers and thinking melancholy as they clumsily entire new phases in their lives.
"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.
"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.
"I Am Not Your Negro": James Baldwin's words echo loudly today as protests across America roar for Black lives and societal reform, which makes it a perfect time to revisit the Oscar-nominated "I Am Not Your Negro." Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, and assembled from potent archival footage as well as Baldwin's unfinished novel, Raoul Peck's essential documentary essay chronicles Black life in America – the anger, the hurt, the pain, the joy and the future of the country and the people living in it.
"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.
"Whose Streets": This vivid doc takes an important on-the-ground look at the 2014 uprising that took place around Ferguson, Missouri after the police killing of Michael Brown, putting America's police problem in the national magnifying glass and fomenting a movement that pushes forward an essential conversation that our nation is still having several years later.
"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": A grim and gritty behind-enemy-lines thriller about a young British soldier (Jack O'Connell, star of another easy-going movie, "Unbroken") who finds himself stuck in unknown, dangerous territory when his squad is attacked and he's abandoned on the streets of Belfast in the midst of violent riots. Who can he trust? And how high can one's blood pressure go up while watching a movie?
"The Assistant": One of the best movies of 2020, Kitty Green's chillingly cold drama follows a young assistant (Julia Garner, "Ozark") as she attempts to navigate the engrained sexism and harassment quietly pervading every level of a Hollywood office run by an unseen, manipulating, dominating, abusive, sexual assaulting boss whose name might as well be Warvey Heinstein.
"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.
"Clemency": One of the best movies of 2019 – as well as one of the hardest to watch – this death penalty drama stars an impeccable Alfre Woodard as a warden wrestling with the demons of her job while preparing for the execution of yet another prisoner. Difficult to watch, but also an essential story of how the death penalty wears away at every soul it touches.
"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.
"The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete": Hey, Milwaukee film fans! Watch this movie – a tough but well-performed drama about two kids who suddenly find themselves living on the street, trying to survive – from not one but two Brew City natives: director George Tillman Jr. and screenwriter Michael Starrbury.
"Killer Joe": A forgotten but worthwhile entry in the McConaissance, this grimy and country-fried dramatic thriller (the rare NC-17 rating!) follows a drug-dealing young man who gets over his head when he hires an assassin (Matthew McConaughey) to kill his mother. And somehow it's all written by the kindly dad from "Lady Bird"!
"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.
"Margin Call": This tensely crafted, star-studded surprise Oscar nominee (Best Original Screenplay in 2012) tracks 24 hours in the higher-ups at an investment bank right at the start of the 2008 financial crisis, where the roof is beginning to cave in, desperation is growing and a bubble is about to burst.
"Monos": Championed by Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro, this visually gorgeous and tense child soldier drama embeds with a crew of eight young troopers who begin to fall apart "Lord of the Flies"-style after they're pushed into the jungle with their hostage.
"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.
"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.)
"The Peanut Butter Falcon": Weird name, winning movie. This charmingly relaxed road trip dramedy follows a young man with Down syndrome as he escapes his restrictive home and teams up with a redneck crook (an actually very good Shia LaBeouf) on a Twain-like adventure across the South in pursuit of his dream: becoming a wrestler. Disclaimer: At no point are any birds covered in peanut butter.
"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.
"Shirley": This wholly unique take on the standard biopic from the director of the acclaimed indie drama "Madeline's Madeline" takes on a fictionalized chapter in the life of Shirley Jackson – the famed horror author behind such time-tested classics as "The Lottery" and "The Haunting of Hill House" – as she and her overbearing husband take in a young couple, all while a girl goes missing in their college town and Shirley battles brutal writer's block.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"Child's Play" (the reboot): You can't beat the original killer doll classic, but this reboot does a solid job bringing Chucky (or "Buddi" here thanks to some offscreen legal brouhaha) into the 21st century with some clever ideas and some surprisingly nasty scares.
"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.
"Crawl": Much like his previous shlock favorite "Piranha 3-D," horror director Alexandre Aja's "Crawl" knows exactly what it is – a fun and tense barely 90-minute monster movie ride about a young woman trying to save her father from a house full of hungry gators (oh, and also there's a hurricane) – and delivers exactly that.
"Hellraiser": It may have a ton of very bad, no good sequels, but horror icon Clive Barker's original "Hellraiser" is still a surreal, unsettling and bloody thrill about some people who accidentally resurrect a pin-covered demon monster and his equally nasty buddies from the underworld with the help of a Pandora's box.
"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.
"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.
"50 First Dates": Hopefully you haven't forgotten about this charming Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore rom-com about a guy trying to romance a woman with short-term memory loss. And in case you have forgotten, this is a charming Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore rom-com about a guy trying to romance a woman with short-term memory loss.
"Footloose": Been workin' so hard? You're punchin' your card? Eight hours: for what? Oh, let me tell you what you got: You've got this toe-tapping '80s classic about Kevin Bacon saving a small town from their joyless dance-forbidding ways now on Hulu! (And also this feeling that that time's just holding you down – but now you can cut loose! "FOOTLOOSE"!)
"My Best Friend's Wedding": This rom-com, about a woman (Julia Roberts) who realizes that she's in love with her best friend (Dermot Mulroney) just in time for him to get married and so she does what she can to undermine his wedding to a nice lady (Cameron Diaz), should be an insufferable movie about terrible people. But instead it's a cute, sweet and charming movie about terrible people! That's the power of Julia Roberts.
"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).
"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.
"The Host": If you loved "Parasite," then definitely check out Bong Joon-ho's twist on a monster movie, featuring a Korean father trying to save his monster-napped daughter from a tentacle monster. It's a crazy tonal experience that'll make you feel every possible feeling – including making you want a grilled squid.
"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.
"The Terminator": Come with Hulu if you want to live ... and watch this iconic James Cameron sci-fi/horror thriller about a killer Austrian-accented robot sent back in time to kill the mother of the future human resistance's leader.
"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.
"Hoosiers": While the NBA may be coming to an end, basketball doesn't have to thanks to the streaming service picking up this classic (and Oscar-nominated) '80s sports movie about an oddball small town high school team, led by Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper, that defies the odds to become local hardwood heroes.
"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.
As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.
When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.