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The best movies on Amazon Prime Video (January 2024)

One of the reasons we named Amazon Prime Video the most underrated streaming service of 2023 is because Amazon has a deal in place with rival studios like Paramount and Universal that sends some of their recent hits to Prime Video. That’s why Fast X is leaving Peacock and parking at Prime Video for the foreseeable future. Prime Video has also added The Passenger, an underrated horror thriller that hasn’t had much of an audience until now.

Prime Video only has a few more new movies coming in January, but they should keep film lovers happy for the rest of the month. To stay on top of the latest arrivals, check back here every Friday for the best movies on Amazon Prime Video right now.

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

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Editor’s Pick

Fast X (2023) new

Fast X
56 %
pg-13 142m
Genre Action, Crime, Thriller
Stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson
Directed by Louis Leterrier

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

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

The Passenger (2023) new

The Passenger
62 %
Genre Crime, Thriller, Horror
Stars Kyle Gallner, Johnny Berchtold, Liza Weil
Directed by Carter Smith

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

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

Role Play (2023) new

Role Play
r 101m
Genre Crime, Romance, Action
Stars David Oyelowo, Kaley Cuoco, Bill Nighy
Directed by Thomas Vincent

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

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

Foe (2023) new

44 %
pg 111m
Genre Science Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Drama
Stars Saoirse Ronan, Paul Mescal, Aaron Pierre
Directed by Garth Davis

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

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

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (2023) new

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts
42 %
pg-13 127m
Genre Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
Stars Anthony Ramos, Dominique Fishback, Peter Cullen
Directed by Steven Caple Jr.

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

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

About Fate (2022) new

About Fate
r 100m
Genre Romance, Comedy
Stars Emma Roberts, Thomas Mann, Lewis Tan
Directed by Marius Weisberg

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

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

Saltburn (2023)

61 %
r 131m
Genre Drama, Comedy, Thriller
Stars Barry Keoghan, Jacob Elordi, Rosamund Pike
Directed by Emerald Fennell

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

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

Stardust (2007)

66 %
pg-13 127m
Genre Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Family
Stars Claire Danes, Charlie Cox, Michelle Pfeiffer
Directed by Matthew Vaughn

Stardust is a charming fable from The Sandman creator Neil Gaiman and director Matthew Vaughn that features Claire Danes as a fallen star named Yvaine. After Yvaine is accidentally knocked from the heavens, she assumes human form before being captured by Tristan Thorn (Charlie Cox), a young man desperate to impress his would-be lover, Victoria Forester (Sienna Miller).

Instead of bringing Yvaine home, Tristan falls in love with her, and they both come under the protection of the flamboyant sky pirate, Captain Shakespeare (Robert De Niro). Tristan and Yvaine will need all the help they can get as a coven of witches led by Lamia (Michelle Pfeiffer) plan to kill Yvaine and feast on her heart in the name of eternal youth.

Asteroid City (2023)

Asteroid City
75 %
pg 105m
Genre Comedy, Drama
Stars Jason Schwartzman, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks
Directed by Wes Anderson

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

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

A Good Person (2023)

A Good Person
50 %
r 128m
Genre Drama
Stars Florence Pugh, Morgan Freeman, Molly Shannon
Directed by Zach Braff

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

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

Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022)

Everything Everywhere All at Once
81 %
r 140m
Genre Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
Stars Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan
Directed by Daniel Scheinert, Daniel Kwan

Move over, superheroes. There’s only been one multiversal adventure to win Best Picture at the Oscars, and it wasn’t Spider-Man: No Way Home. Instead, it was Everything Everywhere All At Once, which also collected three major acting Oscars and Best Director for the Daniels.

Michelle Yeoh stars as Evelyn Quan Wang, an aging laundromat owner who has a tense relationship with her husband, Waymond Wang (Ke Huy Quan), and their daughter, Joy Wang (Stephanie Hsu). However, Evelyn’s life is turned upside down when she learns that the multiverse is real, and only she can save it from a dire threat.

Bye Bye Barry (2023)

Bye Bye Barry
Genre Documentary
Stars Barry Sanders, Eminem, Jeff Daniels
Directed by Micaela Powers, Paul Monusky, Angela Torma

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

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

Maxine's Baby: The Tyler Perry Story (2023)

Maxine's Baby: The Tyler Perry Story
pg-13 115m
Genre Documentary
Stars Tyler Perry
Directed by Gelila Bekele, Armani Ortiz

In the entertainment industry, Tyler Perry is a polarizing figure. But few have found greater success than Perry has as a writer, director, and producer of films and TV shows. That’s in addition to Perry’s love for playing his signature character, an elderly Black woman named Madea.

Maxine’s Baby: The Tyler Perry Story is a chronicle of Perry’s rise from nothing to become an icon of Black cinema. Although it is a bit weird that the documentary is co-directed by Perry’s ex-girlfriend, Gelila Bekele. So the film doesn’t even pretend to be unbiased in its approach to Perry himself. Regardless, this is a movie largely for Perry’s sizable fan base, and he’s already proven that it would be a mistake to bet against him in any Hollywood endeavor.

Memento (2000)

83 %
r 113m
Genre Mystery, Thriller
Stars Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano
Directed by Christopher Nolan

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

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

Book Club: The Next Chapter (2023)

Book Club: The Next Chapter
46 %
pg-13 108m
Genre Comedy, Romance
Stars Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen
Directed by Bill Holderman

Book Club: The Next Chapter may have the most apt name for a sequel since House II: The Second Story. It’s also the rare sequel that has fully integrated the era of COVID into the narrative. After over a year of suffering through virtual meetings of their book club, Diane (Diane Keaton), Vivian (Jane Fonda), Sharon (Candice Bergen), and Carol (Mary Steenburgen).

As each of the four women reaches a turning point, they agree to take a trip to Italy that they had previously missed out on. It turns out to be a transformative experience that echoes their latest book choice: Paolo Coelho’s The Alchemist.

Licorice Pizza (2021)

Licorice Pizza
90 %
r 133m
Genre Drama, Comedy
Stars Alana Haim, Cooper Hoffman, Sean Penn
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

Paul Thomas Anderson is one of the rare directors in Hollywood whose films have become events unto himself. Anderson’s latest movie, Licorice Pizza, was also the big-screen debut of its two stars, musician Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman. Hoffman plays Gary Valentine, a 15-year-old actor who is hopelessly infatuated with Alana Kane (Haim), a woman who is at least 10 years older than he is.

Gary’s feelings for Alana are not entirely one-sided, but the age difference between them is one of the factors that keeps them apart romantically, even when they find new reasons to stay in each others’ lives.

Silver Dollar Road (2023)

Silver Dollar Road
77 %
pg 101m
Genre Documentary
Stars Mamie Reels Ellison, Kim Renee Duhon
Directed by Raoul Peck

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

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

The Burial (2023)

The Burial
74 %
r 126m
Genre Drama, Comedy
Stars Jamie Foxx, Tommy Lee Jones, Alan Ruck
Directed by Margaret Betts

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

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

Renfield (2023)

53 %
r 93m
Genre Comedy, Horror, Fantasy
Stars Nicholas Hoult, Nicolas Cage, Awkwafina
Directed by Chris McKay

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

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

Totally Killer (2023)

Totally Killer
60 %
r 106m
Genre Horror, Comedy
Stars Kiernan Shipka, Olivia Holt, Julie Bowen
Directed by Nahnatchka Khan

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

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

Guy Ritchie's The Covenant (2023)

Guy Ritchie's The Covenant
63 %
r 123m
Genre War, Action, Thriller
Stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Dar Salim, Sean Sagar
Directed by Guy Ritchie

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

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

A Million Miles Away (2023)

A Million Miles Away
62 %
pg 121m
Genre Drama, History
Stars Michael Peña, Rosa Salazar, Julio Cedillo
Directed by Alejandra Márquez Abella

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

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

A Thousand and One (2023)

A Thousand and One
81 %
r 116m
Genre Drama
Stars Teyana Taylor, William Catlett, Josiah Cross
Directed by A.V. Rockwell

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

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

Inside (2023)

53 %
r 105m
Genre Drama, Thriller
Stars Willem Dafoe, Gene Bervoets, Josia Krug
Directed by Vasilis Katsoupis

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

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

Sitting in Bars with Cake (2023)

Sitting in Bars with Cake
65 %
pg-13 120m
Genre Romance, Comedy, Drama
Stars Yara Shahidi, Odessa A'zion, Bette Midler
Directed by Trish Sie

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

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

Champions (2023)

50 %
pg-13 124m
Genre Comedy
Stars Woody Harrelson, Kaitlin Olson, Cheech Marin
Directed by Bobby Farrelly

Champions only had a short stay in theaters earlier this year, but it’s already raced to No. 1 on Prime Video’s most popular movies list. Similar to The Mighty Ducks, Champions features Woody Harrelson as a disgraced basketball coach named Marcus, who manages to avoid a stint in prison for drunk driving by coaching a basketball team for players with learning disabilities.

Marcus has a lot to offer his new team in terms of playing basketball, but he also has a lot to learn about being a decent human being. As Marcus becomes a part of the team’s lives, he becomes close to one of his players, Johnny (Kevin Iannucci), and he romantically pursues Johnny’s sister, Alex (Kaitlin Olson). However, changing his ways proves to be extremely difficult for Marcus, and he may lose his newfound personal connections.

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves (2023)

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves
72 %
pg-13 134m
Genre Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy
Stars Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Justice Smith
Directed by John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein

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

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

Bones and All (2022)

Bones and All
74 %
r 131m
Genre Drama, Horror, Romance
Stars Taylor Russell, Timothée Chalamet, Mark Rylance
Directed by Luca Guadagnino

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

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

Knock at the Cabin (2023)

Knock at the Cabin
63 %
r 100m
Genre Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Stars Dave Bautista, Jonathan Groff, Ben Aldridge
Directed by M. Night Shyamalan

Perhaps there’s a knock, knock joke somewhere in the premise for Knock at the Cabin, but M. Night Shyamalan’s movies aren’t really built for humor. This story is about a young girl named Wen (Kristen Cui), and her two dads, Eric (Jonathan Groff) and Andrew (Ben Aldridge). Their idyllic vacation is cut short when four intruders hold them captive and make an incredible claim.

Leonard Brocht (Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Dave Bautista), Sabrina (Nikki Amuka-Bird), Redmond (Rupert Grint), and Adriane (Abby Quinn) really believe that the world will end if someone in Wen’s family isn’t sacrificed. And they’re willing to give their lives to prove it.

Babylon (2022)

60 %
r 189m
Genre Drama, Comedy
Stars Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Diego Calva
Directed by Damien Chazelle

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

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

Till (2022)

79 %
pg-13 131m
Genre Drama, History
Stars Danielle Deadwyler, Jalyn Hall, Frankie Faison
Directed by Chinonye Chukwu

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

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

Interstellar (2014)

74 %
pg-13 169m
Genre Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction
Stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain
Directed by Christopher Nolan

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

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

Armageddon Time (2022)

Armageddon Time
74 %
r 114m
Genre Drama
Stars Banks Repeta, Anne Hathaway, Jeremy Strong
Directed by James Gray

Armageddon Time is a prestige drama that was released last year, and it takes place in 1980. The story focuses on Paul Graff (Banks Repeta), a young Jewish boy who befriends an African-American student named Johnny Davis (Jaylin Webb). When Paul and Johnny are caught breaking the rules at school, Paul’s parents, Esther (Anne Hathaway) and Irving Graff (Jeremy Strong), put him in a prep school.

While Paul and Johnny try to maintain their friendship, the former is stunned by the racism of his new classmates. Only Paul’s grandfather, Aaron Rabinowitz (Anthony Hopkins), argues that Paul should stand up for his friend. But as tragedy looms for this family, Paul will have to find his own way.

TÁR (2022)

92 %
r 158m
Genre Drama, Music
Stars Cate Blanchett, Nina Hoss, Noémie Merlant
Directed by Todd Field

In the movie that bears her name, Lydia Tár (Cate Blanchett) has all of the power and fame she could ever dream about. Tár reveals that Lydia has used her success as a composer and conductor to become a crossover celebrity with her own book and more trappings of fame.

Lydia even has a devoted wife, Sharon Goodnow (Nina Hoss), and they are raising a daughter named Petra (Mila Bogojevic). But that’s not enough for Lydia, and she uses and abuses her power to satisfy her own needs. As Lydia’s secrets begin to come back to haunt her, everything she has gained is on the verge of slipping away from her grasp.

Creed III (2023)

Creed III
73 %
pg-13 116m
Genre Drama, Action
Stars Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Jonathan Majors
Directed by Michael B. Jordan

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

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

Three Thousand Years of Longing (2022)

Three Thousand Years of Longing
60 %
r 108m
Genre Drama, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
Stars Tilda Swinton, Idris Elba, Erdil Yaşaroğlu
Directed by George Miller

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

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

She Said (2022)

She Said
74 %
r 129m
Genre Drama, History
Stars Carey Mulligan, Zoe Kazan, Patricia Clarkson
Directed by Maria Schrader

She Said was a flop in theaters, but it appears to be finding its audience online now that it’s on Prime Video. Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan star as New York Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, respectively. And together, they’ve stumbled upon the story of a lifetime that can take down Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein (Mike Houston).

Despite Weinstein’s numerous victims over the decades, Twohey and Kantor have an extremely difficult time getting anyone to go on the record about his sexual misconduct. Even A-list actresses are reluctant to share their names. And when Weinstein learns about the report, he throws numerous obstacles into its path and tries to derail it. But this is the birth of a movement that not even Weinstein could stop.

Air (2023)

73 %
r 112m
Genre Drama, History
Stars Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Jason Bateman
Directed by Ben Affleck

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

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

Judy Blume Forever (2023)

Judy Blume Forever
77 %
Genre Documentary
Stars Judy Blume, Molly Ringwald, Lena Dunham
Directed by Davina Pardo, Leah Wolchok

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

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

Ticket to Paradise (2022)

Ticket to Paradise
50 %
pg-13 104m
Genre Romance, Comedy
Stars Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Kaitlyn Dever
Directed by Ol Parker

There’s a simple reason why Ticket To Paradise is such an effective romantic comedy. George Clooney and Julia Roberts are so comfortable together onscreen that you can almost believe that they were married at one point. In the film, they play David and Georgia Cotton, a divorced couple whose marriage fell apart two decades earlier.

Despite their lingering resentment towards each other, David and Georgia make a pact to break up the impromptu wedding of their daughter, Lily (Kaitlyn Dever), and her fiancé, Gede (Maxime Bouttier). And while David and Georgia plot together, the tropical setting and their renewed partnership reawaken the old feelings that they used to have.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
51 %
pg-13 136m
Genre Adventure, Science Fiction, Action
Stars Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen
Directed by Luc Besson

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

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

Top Gun: Maverick (2022)

Top Gun: Maverick
78 %
pg-13 131m
Genre Action, Drama

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

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

The Electrical Life of Louis Wain (2021)

The Electrical Life of Louis Wain
63 %
Genre Drama, History, Comedy
Stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy, Andrea Riseborough
Directed by Will Sharpe
Benedict Cumberbatch portrays turn-of-the-century English artist Louis Wain in this colorful biopic about the eccentric artist who famously made a name for himself with depictions of cats using bright, psychedelic colors and imagery. Cumberbatch is joined in the cast by Claire Foy (The Crown), who plays Wain’s wife, Emily.

I Want You Back (2022)

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

Somebody I Used to Know (2023)

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

Manchester by the Sea (2016)

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

Good Night Oppy (2022)

Good Night Oppy
65 %
pg 105m
Genre Documentary
Stars Angela Bassett, Steve Squyres, Jennifer Trosper
Directed by Ryan White

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

American Animals (2018)

American Animals
68 %
r 117m
Genre Drama, Crime, Documentary
Stars Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner
Directed by Bart Layton
You know a movie’s gonna be good when it’s based on a true story and it’s as crazy as this. Barry Keoghan (DunkirkThe Killing of a Sacred Deer) and Evan Peters (American Horror Story, WandaVision) star as Spencer Reinhard and Warren Lipka, two students in Kentucky who get the idea of stealing a handful of rare, valuable books from the Transylvania University library, including a first edition of James Audubon’s Birds of America, which would sell for millions if they were to snag it. Together with their friends Eric Borsuk (Jared Abrahamson) and Chas Allen (Blake Jenner), they hatch an insane plan involving dressing up like elderly businessmen and restraining the librarian to make off with the books. The fact that a movie was made about it perhaps gives some insight into whether they were successful or not, but it happened, it’s bananas, and we’re all delightfully entertained by it.

Catherine Called Birdy (2022)

Catherine Called Birdy
71 %
pg-13 108m
Genre Adventure, Comedy
Stars Bella Ramsey, Billie Piper, Andrew Scott
Directed by Lena Dunham
If you like sassy, era-crossing period content such as Netflix’s Enola Holmes and Apple TV Plus’ Dickinson, then this adventure comedy from Girls‘ Lena Dunham might be perfect for you. Based on the 1994 novel of the same name by Karen Cushman, this passion project for Dunham stars Game of Thrones‘ Bella Ramsay (who’s also starring as Ellie in the upcoming The Last of Us series), who became a fan favorite for her depiction of feisty Lyanna Mormont, as the titular Lady Catherine, aka “Birdy,” a teenager in Medieval England. When her father, Lord Rollo (Andrew Scott), tries to marry her off to a long list of suitors to prevent the family’s financial ruin, Birdy uses her wit and cunning to stave them off in a battle for her independence.

Thirteen Lives (2022)

Thirteen Lives
63 %
pg-13 147m
Genre Drama, Thriller
Stars Viggo Mortensen, Colin Farrell, Joel Edgerton
Directed by Ron Howard
After practice on June 23, 2018, 12 boys aged 11 to 16, teammates of the Thai junior football team Wild Boars, and their assistant coach, went in to the scenic Tham Luang Nang Non cave in northern Thailand and were trapped after heavy rain flooded the caves. The massive rescue effort drew worldwide attention, as a team of international divers traversed several kilometers to bring the boys out. Thirteen Lives tells this intense, nail-biting story, with Viggo Mortensen, Colin Farrell, and Joel Edgerton playing three of the heroic divers who risked their lives to bring the team and their coach to safety.

The Vast of Night (2019)

The Vast of Night
84 %
pg-13 91m
Genre Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller
Stars Sierra McCormick, Jake Horowitz, Bruce Davis
Directed by Andrew Patterson
This nostalgic throwback to classic sci-fi thrillers follows a young switchboard operator and a radio DJ whose discovery of a mysterious audio frequency sets off a series of discoveries that lead them deep into the unknown. The Amazon Studios film is the directorial debut of Andrew Patterson and has earned high praise from critics and streaming audiences alike for its suspenseful, low-budget spin on the genre.

Sound of Metal (2020)

Sound of Metal
82 %
r 121m
Genre Drama, Music
Stars Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke, Paul Raci
Directed by Darius Marder
Sound of Metal doesn’t mess around, getting straight to the intense and terrifying moments that Ruben (Riz Ahmed), a drummer in a heavy metal duo with his girlfriend (the wonderful Olivia Cooke), starts to lose his hearing. It’s the little things we take for granted that director/screenwriter Darius Marder zeroes in on in the film’s opening minutes — the excruciating silence of a blender, the subtle drip of percolating coffee, or the shushing spray of a showerhead — all gone. But Sound of Metal isn’t about deafness, it’s a story about change and the journey we must take to embrace it, as Ruben enters a facility to help him learn to live with his deafness while also avoiding a relapse into his old life of drug abuse. It’s a beautiful film about life-changing loss and redemption and shouldn’t be missed.

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