60 Best Movies on Netflix Right Now (January 2022)

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60 Best Movies on Netflix: The search for the perfect film to stream to stream on Netflix is an intimidating task. We’ve been there. You’ve made the decision to binge watch the latest movie. There’s a lot of Netflix to choose from with a reduced list of films that you’ve marked to watch at some future time. Then there’s the choice. You’ll need to choose something that matches your personality or that you and your companion, friend or significant other are able to agree on. You browse for hours, and by the time you come across something you think might be the perfect match, it’s late, you’re exhausted, and indecision has won out.

Don’t worry we at Collider have this guide to guide you to the ideal Netflix movies that are available throughout the U.S. We’ve scanned the collection and created the following list of the most popular films available to stream, from classics, to hidden gems to brand new movies and beyond. The list of top films available that are available on Netflix is updated regularly with new choices make sure to revisit it the next time you’re in search of something to watch.

“The Power of the Dog (2021)

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Director/Writer: Jane Campion

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee

The Power of the Dog is an ethereal, slow-movie which reveals itself by revealing subtle, measured glimpses at tenderness , which are covered in grit, cruelty and brutality. The film is set in 1920s Montana, Jane Campion‘s award-winning film stars Benedict Cumberbatch who gives one of his most memorable performance to date for his role as Phil Burbank; a gruff and bitter cowboy who immediately takes a dislike of the brother’s ( Jesse Plemmons) new wife, Rose ( Kirsten Dunst). Then, her child Peter ( Kodi Smit-McPhee) dislikes his father towards him, determined to defend his mother. The film sets the stage for intriguing subtle power play and dramatic shifts in the family’s conflicting new members attempt to make a home for themselves. Like the majority of Campion films it is possible to expect stunning images and amazing glimpses of small moments of human vulnerability however, The Power of the Dog is also a difficult sometimes savage and witty film about tracking the effects of toxicity. It’s certainly not your typical Neo-western therefore don’t expect fight scenes or shootouts however, even without fancy call cards the Power of the Dog has stunning impact and seems to be a devastating strike. – Haleigh Foutch

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Closer (2004)

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Director: Mike Nichols

Writer: Patrick Marber

Cast: Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Clive Owen

Directed by the legendary Mike Nicholswith a script written by the original scriptwriter Patrick Marber The romantic 2004 film The Closeris is both a sweet and humorous character film about four people who are utterly lonely, who fall between and in love with one another, and constantly searching for moments of truth within their endless list of lies. The lovers, ex-lovers, and enemies in question Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Clive Owenmake an impressive group of actors, all as stunning as their characters they are able to tackle the demands of Marber’s dialogue-forward script and changing its melodramatic moments into genuine and vulnerable moments. The presence of Nichols on the screen makes the human elements more believable in the bubbly treachery and the toxicity of the film, and the fact that Closerfeels as cinematic and emotional with a lot of its stageplay structure further demonstrates how a truly compassionate filmmaker he was and an expert at his craft. – Haleigh Foutch

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Minority Report (2002)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Authors: Scott Frank and Jon Cohen

Cast: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, and Max von Sydow

There’s no shortage of great sci-fi movies that are on Steven Spielberg‘s resume as well as great films overall in general However, in my opinion, Minority Reportis one of his best. and his most prophetic like the somewhat terrifying surveillance-centric film “All Light everywherereaffirms. Of course, this was done with a purpose. When he created his remarkable Philip K. Dickadaptation, Spielberg assembled a group of some of the most renowned future-oriented scientists and scientists to determine the future, and unfortunately for use they were pretty close to the right track. It also became one of the most acclaimed science fiction films of the present, and while there’s much to think about in the reliability in the Minority Report‘s predictions however, the weightlessness of it all is reflected in the film itself that is a blaze of sci-fi action from beginning to end. – Haleigh Foutch

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Tick, Tick… Boom! (2021)

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Director: Lin-Manuel Miranda

Writing: Jonathan Larson and Steven Levenson

Cast: Andrew Garfield, Alexandra Shipp, Robin de Jesus, Joshua Henry, Judith Light, Vanessa Hudgens

Hamilton and In the Heights creator Lin-Manuel Miranda directs the long-awaited film adaptation of the RENT creator Johnathan Larson’s Tick, Tick… Boom The result is an outstanding film musical that is an ode to the theater as it is a tribute to Larson and the tragic story about a short-lived genius. Which is perhaps what makes Miranda such an exceptional fit for the material in his filmmaking debut, and not just because his every-damned-award-winning musical Hamilton is all about capturing the beauty and tragedy of short-lived genius: the Broadway polymath has also been vocal about how Tick, Tick… Boom! has influenced and helped his work as a creator and was even in the production some time ago. The same can be said for Andrew Garfieldas Larson himself, sporting a dazzling display of a voice and an another amazing performances that will make you smile and sway you through the pressure of being a professional while breaking your heart. It’s a stunning film based upon a gorgeous piece of writing and regardless of whether you’re a big fan of Garfield’sor Miranda’s Larson’s, or simply the theatre daddy the film is a heart-warming testimony to those who take on the challenge, truly enjoy performing, and think that both give the ability to transform lives. – Haleigh Foutch

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21 Jump Street (2012)

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Director:Phil Lord and Christopher Miller

Writer: Michael Bacall

The cast includesChanning Tatum Jonah Hill, Brie Larson, Dave Franco, Rob Riggle, Ice Cube, Ellie Kemper, Jake Johnson

There is no one who takes an “terrible written” concept and transforms into a successful film more than Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. The team responsible for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and The LEGO Movie transformed the 1980s crime-comedy 21 Jump Street and turned it into one the most hilarious modern comedies in this 21st Century. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are starring as detectives who are charged to go undercover at the high school in order to hunt the ring of a new designer drug. The film is one genre-mixed films that does everything it wants to achieve, an action-comedy both thrilling and humorous, and a high school comedy that’s as touching as the classic John Hughes film. – Haleigh Foutch

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Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

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Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Author:James V. Hart

Starring:Gary Oldman Winona Ryder Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves Richard E. Grant, Cary Elwes, Sadie Frost, Billy Campbell, Tom Waits, Monica Bellucci

The most beautiful extravagant, lavish, and almost lavish horror romances that have ever been put on film. Francis Ford Coppola‘s adaptation of Dracula has been hailed as one of the most faithful adaptations of Bram Stoker’s novel and among the more original in the adaptation. Gary Oldman stars as the title blood-sucker as a terrifying soldier turned irresistible living dead who is drawn to Winona Ryder‘s Mina and believes her is the spirit of his lost love. This is a technological marvel of a film that is stunning from the amazing costumes to the extravagant sets and exquisitely designed miniatures Coppola utilized to convey an impression of size and extraordinaryness. The film is be based on one of the longest-running and most memorable horror tales ever. – Haleigh Foutch

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The Legend of King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

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Director: Guy Ritchie

Writers: Joby Harold, Guy Ritchie, Lionel Wigram

Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Djimon Hounsou, Aidan Gillen, Jude Law, Eric Bana

Arthurian legend is given a complete Guy Ritchie makeover in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, and it’s one of the most enjoyable nonsense in recent memory. Charlie Hunnam plays the reinvented Once and Future King; with a swagger and snarky grin fighting among the boys and the other Ritchie signatures. The legendary ruler is reinvented as an London and a Londinium street child who is enticed by an enchanting world and starts his quest to the throne. Legend of the Sword isn’t one to take it too seriously and delights in the lively street battles, the heightened the melodrama of royal life, and the world of wild animals in equal measures. It also Daniel Pemberton‘s score is ripping nearly five years after the fact and it’s still in my regular Spotify playlist. There are a lot of dark and intense Arthurian adaptations available however if you’re looking at one which let loose and is a fan of the most exaggerated fantasies of the story, Legend of the Sword is a great choice, and as a long-time supporter of the film of the film, I’m happy that it’s finally getting an appearance on streaming. – Haleigh Foutch

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Mars Attacks! (1996)

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Director: Tim Burton

Scribner:Jonathan Gems

Cast: Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Natalie Portman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Danny DeVito, Martin Short, Jack Black

An incredibly nihilistic and shockingly funny, and underneath it all extremely clever and extremely enjoyable sci-fi film, Tim Burton‘s Mars Attacks! could be the last time that the director did something truly, completely bizarre. And it’s fun! A self-righteous group of US leaders are thrown up with the most violent aliens and the ensuing chaos is pure chaos. Equal parts a mockery of old B-movie scifi and real-world political issues, Mars Attacks! is just as hilarious as it is cruel, and it’s a movie that people were not happy about when it first debuted. However, do not believe the reviews about this film, because it’s brutal, and while cultural sensibilities may not have been in sync with the film’s shocking and wacky comedy in the era of the film (see for example: Starship Troopers) Modern audiences may appreciate being able to be amused as dumb fools that are the masterminds of Burton’s swarms of intergalactic aliens that cause destruction. – Haleigh Foutch

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Hairspray (2007)

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Director: Adam Shankman

Writer: Leslie Dixon

Cast: Nikki Blonsky, Zac Efron, John Travolta, Michelle Pfieffer, Christopher Walken, James Marsden, Amanda Bynes, Queen Latifah, Brittan Snow, Elijah Kelley, Allison Janney

Based on John Waters’ 1988 film with the same title Adam Shankman’s film version of the Broadway musical Hairspray is a full-on , fun moment that knows how to make the most of its actors’ diverse talents. It is set in 1962 Baltimore at the time that was a time of integration. The movie is starring Nikki Blonsky (who made her debut in film acting in the film and was awarded the Golden Globe nomination) as Tracy Turnblad, who lands the role in the Corny Collins Show and is taught some hard but sweet life lessons throughout the course of her journey. Blonsky is a powerhouse full of energy and Christopher Walkenand John Travolta are flawlessly, if not perfectly, matched as her adoring parents. The cast is fantastic throughout, including an absolutely gorgeous Zac Efron as her lover Link Larkin, and Adam Shankman directs the most amazing music and makes Hairspray an all-wall thrilling experience which will surely make you thump your toes. — Haleigh Foutch

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The Holiday (2006)

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Director/Writer: Nancy Meyers

The cast includes Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Jack Black, Eli Wallach, Edward Burns, Rufus Sewell

Nancy Meyers“2006 romance The Holiday isn’t just a top-of-the-line holiday rom-com. It’s also one of those movies that hits the right chord regardless of what season it’s. Cameron Diazand Kate Winsletstar as two women who live on opposite ends of the world unhappy with their lives. They decide to conduct a home swap. Hollywood director Amanda (Diaz) is off to live a quiet, peaceful life in a cottage and British reporter Iris (Winslet) is preparing to take in the California sunshine, and once they settle in, they unexpectedly become lovers. Naturally. Jude Lawhas ever been so stunning or charming, Jack Blackhas never been more adorable, and those Nancy Myers”dream homes? They’re as gorgeous as they’ve ever been. It’s an absolute pleasure that will make you feel more relaxed after watching the show, and an excellent example of the reason why Myers is among the best. – Haleigh Foutch

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Nightbooks (2021)

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Director: David Yarovesky

Scribes Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis

Casting: Winslow Fegley, Krysten Ritter, Lidya Jewett

A fun “gateway to horror” film for the entire family (ok perhaps not just the extremely young ones), Nightbooks is inspired by the book of the same title and tells the story of two children trapped by a sly (but amazing) witch who is demanding a brand new terrifying tale every night. Don’t be fooled by the B in the movie Apartment 23 and Jessica Jones Star Krysten Ritter is gorgeous and truly terrifying as the evil witch that is in the film, and director David Yarovesky (Brightburn) does an amazing job in transforming horror classics into something that is family-friendly which results in truly spooky films but also a lot of fun. Another shout-out to Yarovesky. Nightbooks is one of the finest and most striking Netflix originals to date and it’s a meticulous effort to create a universe of fantasy and terror with a chic flair. If you’re looking for style I’m not even getting to talk about Ritter’s sparkling costumes, because you could easily write an entire whole novel of praise for. You may be looking for an exciting new spooky holiday favorite or are looking for a fun scary film regardless of time of year, Nightbooksis a scary, imaginative delight. – Haleigh Foutch

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Worth (2021)

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Director: Sara Colangelo

Writer: Max Borenstein

Starring:Michael Keaton Amy Ryan, Stanley Tucci, Tate Donovan, and Lauren Benati

I’m sure a film that is set in the aftermath of 9/11 can be a difficult sell however worth is definitely one of the most memorable films in 2021. The film is inspired by a real incident, it is about the work of an attorney from Washington D.C. who is assigned the task of determining how much each of families of the victims of 9/11 are entitled to as insurance payouts. He is literally deciding the value of each victim. He fights bureaucracy and the skepticism of every step, and is touched by his interactions with the families of victims. Michael Keaton and Amy Ryan provide excellent performances, and Stanley Tucci is a scene-stealing actor as always. -Adam Chitwood is a great actor. Adam Chitwood

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Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

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Editor/WriterDavid O. Russell

Starring:Bradley Cooper Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, and Julia Stiles

Although Silver Linings Playbook was advertised as an “Oscar film,” getting eight nominations, which included Best Picture, at heart it’s a decent romantic comedy. Bradley Cooper plays an individual suffering from bipolar disorder who is forced to move back to live with his parents after his release from a psychiatric institution. He is introduced to a recently divorced female ( Jennifer Lawerence) who promises to assist him in reuniting with his ex-wife. But as you might imagine when he is preparing for a dance competition Cooper and Lawrence are enticed to fall in an affair. It’s sweet and unusual, thanks to the filmmaker David O. Russell’s unique sensibilities and Cooper and Lawrence (in an award-winning scene) are a perfect match. Adam Chitwood. Adam Chitwood

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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)

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Director: George C. Wolfe

Writer: Ruben Santiago-Hudson

The cast includes Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman Glynn Turman Colman Domingo and Michael Potts

The film for 2020 Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is an epic showcase of the acting talent of all of the actors involved as well as Chadwick Boseman in his final live-action role. The film is based on the stage production named the same the film tells the story of an entire day in the life of legendary recording artist Ma Rainey as she assembles her band to record the new album on a scorching July day of 1927. The tensions increase and the dialogue swells between the characters as Boseman’s trumpeter dream of becoming a star alone, and the feisty Ma Rainey knows what lies ahead of her. This is a fantastic performance-driven drama. It is written by Adam Chitwood

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“The Sum of All Fears (2002)

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Director: Phil Alden Robinson

Authors Paul Attanasio and Daniel Pyne

The cast includes Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, James Cromwell, Liev Schreiber, Philip Baker Hall, and Colm Feore

There was a time when Ben Affleck produced an Jack Ryan movie – and it was pretty great! The 2002 film the Sum of All Fears was released in a period when the public was absconding with Affleck however it has aged well. It’s a classic Tom Clancy thriller in which Affleck is an CIA analyst who is racing against time to prevent nuclear conflict that is brewing between U.S. and Russia, which is triggered through the Austrian Neo-Nazi. It’s a suspenseful political thriller, and quite shocking once you reach the final act. Adam Chitwood – Adam Chitwood

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Django Unchained (2012)

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Writer/Director:Quentin Tarantino

The cast includes Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Johnson, Walton Goggins, and James Remar

The most commercially successful Quentin Tarantino film to date is the 2012 Western epic Django Unchained, which is set in the year 1858 and is a story about the freed slave’s (Jamie Foxx) search to save the wife of his Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) from the clutches of a brutal property owner (Leonardo DiCaprio) and with the aid of an unnamed German bounty-hunter (Christoph Waltz) Of course. Django Unchained is terrifyingly disturbing in offering a frank look at the life that slaves lived across America (and the brutality that they endured) however, it is a bit of a Tarantino style that makes it extremely entertaining which may be viewed as strange or unpalatable. Whatever your opinion into the category, DiCaprio’s terrifying performance is definitely one of his best. his arc in particular is remarkable, and it’s hard to contest Waltz’s Oscar nomination for his role in the supporting part. — Adam Chitwood

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The Fear Street Trilogy (2021)

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Director: Leigh Janiak

Writing:Leigh Janiak and Phil Graziadei (Part One), Zak Olkewicz (Part Two), Phil Graziadei and Leigh Janiak and Kate Trefry (Part Three)

Starring: Kiana Madeira Olivia Scott Welch, Benjamin Flores Jr., Sadie Sink, and more

Undoubtedly one of the top Netflix originals, the Fear Street trilogy is the ideal to watch on the go. The film adaptation of R.L. Stine books is a trilogy of horror films each one with its own unique tone and variation on the slasher style, tied with people and mythology. The action starts with Fear Street: 1994 that is the first film to introduce the city of Shadyside in which everything bad occurs. A group of teenagers find themselves being pursued by a multitude of serial murderers from the town’s past and are shocked to learn that the perpetrator could be a long-standing curse. The sequel, Fear Street 1978 is a slasher for summer camp that delve into the past of Shadyside to recount a terrifying incident while also revealing more about the legends before the fourth and final film, Fear Street 1666 is used as the origin tale of Shadyside’s curse and the Shadyside Witch. These films are absolutely a must-see, and are perfect for dates on Friday nights. Adam Chitwood – Adam Chitwood

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Philomena (2013)

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Director: Stephen Frears

Authors:Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope

The CastJudi Dench and Steve Coogan

If you’re in the market for a light drama with a bit of emotional weight take a look at 2013.’s Philomena. The film was sort of a surprise award contender and earned Oscar nominations in the categories of Best Picture, Actress, Screenplay Adapted, and an Original Score. Judi Dench is the lead character who, more than fifty years ago was forced to let go of her child while living in one of the Abbey located in Ireland. The reporter as played by Steve Coogan is initially reluctant to get involved in the human interest aspect of the story however, he soon discovers there’s more to the story of Philomena’s mother than he thought. Bring tissues to this one. — Adam Chitwood

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The Mitchells The Mitchells. The Machines Machines (2021)

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Director: Mike Rianda

Authors: Mike Rianda and Jeff Rowe

The cast includes Abbi Jacobson Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Mike Rianda, Olivia Colman Fred Armisen and Beck Bennett

There are a myriad of animated family comedies however, the one that stands out is Mitchells against. The Machines will be definitely one of the best. The film was produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller and initially made for Sony Pictures Animation – the studio behind Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse The Mitchells vs. the Machines the film is about the father and daughter struggling to make contact, and follows the family as their father decides to take them on the road to take her to college, where she’s enrolled to study to become a filmmaker.Alongthe journey the robot apocalypse takes place which forces them to collaborate to get through. Every turn The Mitchells against. The Machines is awe-inspiring. It does its best to ensure that the emotionally charged scenes are awe-inspiring and hit the viewer hard and yet it’s vibrant and visually stunning in the way that Michael Rianda challenges the limits in visual representation. Additionally it’s hilarious and brings to mind the vibrant comical moments that was Lord and Miller‘s previous films, including clouds with A Chance of Meatballs. This film will have you laughing and crying at the same time, and it’s one of the most enjoyable films of 2021. Adam Chitwood Adam Chitwood

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Crimson Peak (2015)

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Director: Guillermo del Toro

Writers: Guillermo del Toro and Matthew Robbins

The cast includes Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, and Charlie Hunnam

The first thing to be aware of regarding Guillermo del Toro‘s widely misunderstood film from 2015 Crimson Peak is the fact that it’s an Gothic romance and not a horror film. There ghosts, to be sure, and definitely spooky parts however the film was more influenced to Jane Eyre or Rebecca than it is The Conjuring. This is why it’s amazing. It’s set in 1901. The story follows a budding author ( Mia Wasikowska) who meets a handsome English male ( Tom Hiddleston) and falls in love. They quickly get married, and she moves to the remote parts of England to reside in an old estate with her husband and his cold sisters ( Jessica Chastain). The house is filled with ghosts, and surprises are everywhere when our young protagonist discovers herself in the middle of a storm. It’s a haunting romantic, romantic and terrifying ghost story which is lovingly created from one of the most talented filmmakers of the moment. Adam Chitwood. Adam Chitwood

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Related: Why Guillermo Del Toro’s “Crimon Peak” Is About the Horror And Ecstasy of Creating Art

Rush (2013)

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Director: Ron Howard

Scribner: Peter Morgan

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara, and Pierfrancesco Favino

The 2013 film Rush is an extremely underrated film however, if you’re a lover of racing dramas or tales of perseverance, this will appeal to you. Chris Hemsworth plays Formula One driver James Hunt, and the story follows Hunt’s battle in the late 1970s against Austrian driver Nikki Lauda ( Daniel Bruhl). This film is among Ron Howard‘s most thrilling directorial endeavors in recent times He reenergizes the frame by using distinctive camerawork and the focus is on the point of view. Adam Chitwood – Adam Chitwood

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Trip that was a disaster (2021). Trip (2021)

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Director: Kitao Sakurai

Writing staff: Dan Curry, Eric Andre, and Kitao Sakurai

Starring: Eric Andre, Lil Rel Howery, and Tiffany Haddish

If you’re looking to watch something make you laugh very hard, then go to the film Bad Trip. The film is a take upon the Jackass formula that tells an account of two people who travel across the country, however their adventures are almost entirely jokes and pranks recorded by hidden cameras. Eric Andre and Lil Rel Howery are the main actors, and their pranks and stunts range from hilarious and harmless to life-threatening — all to the benefit of the audience, and all extremely R-rated. Adam Chitwood Adam Chitwood

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Shutter Island (2010)

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Director: Martin Scorsese

Scribner: Laeta Kalogridis

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams, Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson, and Max von Sydow

Shutter Islandis not well-known. It’s true I did it. Martin Scorsese went out and adapting the story of a Dennis Lehane book, and turned the thriller novel into a psychological thriller full of twists and twists. The story centers around two U.S. Marshals as played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo who are sent to an island to look into a disappearance in a mental health facility. It is clear that something is going on the moment they arrive, however, Scorsese has a knack of throwing you numerous twists and twists, as well as an emotional punch that anchors the entire thing in emotions. It’s also one of those films which plays differently the second time you view it. Adam Chitwood is Adam Chitwood

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ParaNorman (2012)

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Director: Sam Fell and Chris Butler

Chris Butler is the writer. Chris Butler

The cast includes Kodi Smit-McPhee Casey Affleck, Anna Kendrick, John Goodman, Alex Borstein, Leslie Man, Jeff Garlin, Elaine Stritch, and Tucker Albrizzi

If you’re in the market for a great family film that is also truly scary and with a surprising message, I suggest you to go see ParaNorman. The stop-motion animated film comes from LAIKA which is the same studio that made Coraline and Kubo and The Two Strings, and it’s definitely one of their most memorable films. The story revolves around a boy named Norman who is able to see and communicate with dead people and is able to communicate with the dead when his tiny Massachusetts town is attacked by ghouls that are terrifying. The plot is heavily influenced by classic 80s films like The Goonies and E.T. but never appears to be a copycat, and actually carries with it an enthralling and poignant warning about bullies and angry, and emotional turmoil children can experience. It’s also a lot of entertainment. Adam Chitwood. Adam Chitwood

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Enola Holmes (2020)

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Director: Harry Bradbeer

Author: Jack Thorne

Starring: Millie Bobby Brown, Louis Partridge, Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin, and Helena Bonham Carter

Enola Holmes is one of the most enjoyable and most delightful Netflix original films that have been released so far. Based on the novel series with the same title created by Nancy Springer, the mystery of the past is a story of Millie Bobby Brown‘s protagonist, who is the youngest Holmes sister and was raised in a secluded home by her mother who is single. When she wakes up the next day to discover her mother has disappeared and she decides to take things in her own hands and is able to sneak into London to find out the truth. The film is a blast because Enola bravely follows the her leads and search for clues however, it’s also a remarkable mother-daughter tale that is incredibly touching and has authentically feminist themes. The script takes the time to think about the meaning of being an adult woman in the male world in a manner that is natural (and significant) to the plot. It’s among Brown’s most memorable performances, however Henry Cavill is an absolute delight in the role of Sherlock Holmes himself. When the movie is finished, you’ll be asking Netflix to create sequels. Adam Chitwood Adam Chitwood

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The Conjuring (2013)

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Director: James Wan

Writing staff: Chad Hayes, Carey W. Hayes

Cast: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor, Ron Livingston, Mackenzie Foy, Joey King, Hayley McFarland

James Wan had already made his name in the genre of horror with mega-franchise openers SAW from 2004, and”Insidious” in 2010 and he accomplished the impossible with his 2013 film, The Conjuring. The Conjuring was “so frightening and terrifying” in the moment it was so intense and scary that Warner Bros. slapped it with an R rating, despite the fact that there was not blood, gore, extreme violence or explicit language. I remember a crowd muttering to themselves and shifty when they watched the “clapping scene” scene played out to gasps and loud applause. It is possible to recreate that frightening experience from the comfort at living room. The Conjuring introduces Ed and Lorraine Warren (Wilson and Farmiga), inspired by actual paranormal detectives. They are attempting to help the afflicted Perron family whose house is home to an evil and terrifying presence. The Warrens themselves quickly realize that it’s not a fraud, but rather something more dangerous. The Conjuring is a great film that adds to the genre of horror and the beginning of a successful series. Dave Trumbore Dave Trumbore

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Rain Man (1988)

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Director:Barry Levinson

Scribbers Barry Levinson and Donald Bass

Casting: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, and Valeria Golino

If it’s a Best-Picture winner you’re looking forward to then take a look at Rain Man. The film from 1988 stars Tom Cruise at the zenith of his career. At the time, he was moving more into dramatic areas and made a splash with this story of a guy who finds out that his father, who was estranged from him, has passed away and handed everything over to his challenged brother. He tries to get his brother’s escape from the care facility and is determined to take advantage of to make cash. On their way to the airport, Cruise’s character forms bonds with his brother, one that wasn’t there before, and begins to remember the events of their past, which could explain the behavior of his father. This is the sort of film that was all the rage in the 1980s and the 90s and is something of a throwback in this way, however it is a great film as a charming tale of two brothers who have been separated, reconnecting. Adam Chitwood. Adam Chitwood

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The Hateful Eight (2015)

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Writer/Director:Quentin Tarantino

Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demian Bichir, Tim Roth, Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen, James Parks, and Channing Tatum

The Hateful Eightis an unsavory work from Quentin Tarantino – the most sexist film he has made to date. The film is true to its title, as the film unfolds in the year 1877 and is a story of eight strangers seeking to escape a storm in a cramped lodge. Nobody is sure what they think of one another, and they’re all lying about their stories. The result isn’t even close to a play Tarantino wrote, and it’s full of unexpected moments and an array of thrilling character interactions. There are two options to stream the film on Netflix The first is the theatrical version and the second is the extended version in which Tarantino divided the film into chapters. If you’ve watched the film The Hateful Eight before, I would suggest you go with The Extended Version. The Hateful Eight – Adam Chitwood

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Mank (2020)

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Director: David Fincher

The Writer is Jack Fincher

The cast includes Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Arliss Howard, Tom Pelphrey, Tuppence Middleton, Charles Dance, and Tom Burke

Fair caution, Mank might appeal to cinephiles or people who love old Hollywood however if you’re a fan of old Hollywood, then Mank is definitely the thing for you. This is the debut Netflix film by director David Fincher, and he clearly enjoys the freedom to create as he traces the story that inspired the creation and creation of the screenplay of Citizen Kane. Gary Oldman plays Hollywood screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, the alcoholic and writer who determines together with Citizen Kane he’s going to write his own masterpiece. The various ideas of the controversial script move into and through Mank’s existence, and the film has the utmost respect for a screenwriter who by and vastly, did not care about being credited… till Kane. The production value is excellent as Fincher creates a stunning black and white film that appears (and sound) as if it premiered in 1941. Adam Chitwood – Adam Chitwood

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

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Director/Writer: Taika Waititi

Film Cast Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rhys Darby, Rima Te Wiata, and Rachel House

If you’re a fan of Taika Waititi and desire more of his humor, you should definitely take a look at his movie Hunt for the Wilderpeople. This film was released right before he departed and created Thor: Ragnarok, and his distinctive sense of humor pervades every frame in this mismatched comedy that has a hint of an ethereal edge. The plot follows a cranky man who is played by Sam Neill who must team up with a child who is foul-mouthed ( Julian Dennison) in the event that they are subject to a hunt across The New Zealand bush. It’s hilarious, to be sure, but it’s also touching in the way these two outcasts get along. This film is essential for anyone who loves Waititi’s funny sense of humor and talent for heart. -Adam Chitwood – Adam Chitwood

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