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The best movies on Hulu right now (October 2023)

Hulu has transformed into Huluween for the spookiest season of the year, so it’s only appropriate that most of the new additions to the best movies on Hulu are horror films. For Stephen King fans, there’s It: Chapter Two, one-half of his most successful adaptation, and the really underrated sequel to The Shining: Doctor Sleep. Also on tap are the Hulu original film, No One Will Save You, and the modern remake of Nightmare Alley.

Do you want to keep up with everything new on Hulu? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading for our rundown of the best movies on Hulu right now.

Subscribe to a different platform? Not only do we have a guide to the best shows on Hulu, but we’ve rounded up the best movies on Amazon Prime Video, the best movies on Netflix, and the best movies on Disney+.

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No One Will Save You (2023) new

No One Will Save You
60 %
pg-13 93m
Genre Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller
Stars Kaitlyn Dever, Elizabeth Kaluev, Zack Duhame
Directed by Brian Duffield

Kaitlyn Dever stars in the Hulu original movie No One Will Save You as Brynn, a young woman who lives a solitary existence in large part because she is a pariah in her small town. That’s one of the reasons why Brynn has no one to turn to when an alien invades her home. In the aftermath, Brynn finds no support from her fellow humans, and she discovers just how alone she really is.

No One Will Save You barely has any dialogue at all, but Dever’s expressive and earnest performance carries the entire film. It also goes a long way towards making little gray men scary again, especially when Brynn meets the more horrific aliens.

Doctor Sleep (2019) new

Doctor Sleep
59 %
r 152m
Genre Horror, Thriller, Fantasy
Stars Ewan McGregor, Kyliegh Curran, Rebecca Ferguson
Directed by Mike Flanagan

Doctor Sleep is Stephen King’s sequel to The Shining, and Dan Torrance (Ewan McGregor) just can’t seem to check out of the experiences he had at the Overlook Hotel decades earlier. Dan even literally carries those ghosts in his head as he turns to alcohol to numb his pain. Fortunately, Dan finds redemption as a medical worker in a small town, which helps him get sober.

But Dan’s plan to live a quiet life is upended by Abra Stone (Kyliegh Curran), a young girl who reaches out to Dan with psychic powers that dwarf his own. Because of her abilities, Abra is targeted by a cult that feeds on psychics, and Danny has to find a way to protect her and save himself.

It Chapter Two (2019) new

It Chapter Two
58 %
r 169m
Genre Horror, Fantasy
Stars James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Isaiah Mustafa
Directed by Andy Muschietti

The Stephen King renaissance continues with It: Chapter Two, which once again features Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise the Dancing Clown. When the killer clown stalks innocents in Derry twenty-seven years after the first film, Mike Hanlon (Isaiah Mustafa) summons the remaining members of the Losers Club: Beverly Marsh (Jessica Chastain), Bill Denbrough (James McAvoy), Richie Tozier (Bill Hader), Ben Hanscom (Jay Ryan), and Eddie Kaspbrak (James Ransone).

At first, the Losers don’t have many memories about how they killed the clown. Yet their shared trauma comes back to haunt them when Pennywise turns his attention to the Loser Club. And this time, the Losers aren’t convinced that they can win.

Nightmare Alley (2021) new

Nightmare Alley
70 %
r 150m
Genre Crime, Thriller, Drama
Stars Bradley Cooper, Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett
Directed by Guillermo del Toro

Despite its name, Nightmare Alley is not a horror story, and also one of director Guillermo del Toro’s most grounded drama to date. Bradley Cooper stars as Stanton “Stan” Carlisle, a con man who has a gift in getting people to believe that he can physically speak to their loved ones who have died.

While this skill gets him out of the carnival, it also sets Stan up for a fall when Judge Kimball (Peter MacNeill), a former skeptic who wants to speak with his dead son. Stan also appears to have met his match with Dr. Lilith Ritter (Cate Blanchett), a con artist who is even more ruthless than he is.

The Banshees of Inisherin (2022)

The Banshees of Inisherin
87 %
r 114m
Genre Drama, Comedy
Stars Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Kerry Condon
Directed by Martin McDonagh

There are few things more heartbreaking than when your best friend suddenly decides they don’t like you anymore. Writer and director Martin McDonagh explores this idea in his dark comedy The Banshees of Inisherin. Colin Farrell stars as Pádraic Súilleabháin, an ordinary man living on Inisherin, who is absolutely bewildered and hurt when his best friend, Colm Doherty (Brendan Gleeson), abruptly ends their relationship.

Pádraic assumes that he’s somehow offended Colm and bends over backwards to apologize … to no avail. Even the efforts of Pádraic’s sister, Siobhán Súilleabháin (Kerry Condon), fail to reconcile Colm and Pádraic. And soon, Colm threatens to take drastic actions if Pádraic doesn’t stop trying to speak with him.

Evil Dead (2013)

Evil Dead
57 %
r 91m
Genre Horror
Stars Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci
Directed by Fede Álvarez

The 2009 remake of Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead is much more intense than the original film, and it established Fede Álvarez as one of the top modern horror directors. In this reimagining, Jane Levy stars Mia Allen, a heroin addict who is trying to get clean with the help of her brother, David Allen (Shiloh Fernandez); his girlfriend, Natalie (Elizabeth Blackmore); and their friends, Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci) and Olivia (Jessica Lucas).

This is all very admirable, but they picked the wrong cabin in the woods for this detox trip. Mia is the first to fall prey to the ancient evil that they accidentally awaken. But she won’t be the last.

Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

Bend It Like Beckham
66 %
pg-13 112m
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance
Stars Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Directed by Gurinder Chadha

Bend It Like Beckham was one of the most beloved sports comedies of the 2000s, thanks to strong performances by Parminder Nagra and Keira Knightley. Nagra plays Jesminder “Jess” Kaur Bhamra, a young woman of Indian descent living near London who develops a love for soccer despite the disapproval of her traditional Sikh parents.

Regardless, Jess befriends Juliette “Jules” Paxton (Keira Knightley) and joins her local soccer team, which is coached by Joe (Jonathan Rhys Meyers). While Jess hides her extracurricular activities from her family, she also develops romantic feelings for Joe, which may threaten her friendship with Jules.

The Lego Movie (2014)

The Lego Movie
83 %
pg 100m
Genre Animation, Family, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Stars Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell
Directed by Phil Lord, Christopher Miller

Before they brought Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse to the big screen, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller wrote and directed The Lego Movie, a surprisingly great take on the Lego franchise that features cameos by characters from various films, TV shows, and comic books. But the hero of this flick is an ordinary Lego guy, Emmet Brickowski (Chris Pratt).

Despite his humble origins, Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) and Lego Batman (Will Arnett) allow Emmet to accompany them on their quest to defeat Lord Business (Will Ferrell) because Wyldstyle believes that Emmet may be a Master Builder who can save their Lego universe. She’s not entirely wrong, but Emmet’s true destiny isn’t what either of them expected.

Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

Only Lovers Left Alive
79 %
r 123m
Genre Drama, Romance
Stars Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Mia Wasikowska
Directed by Jim Jarmusch

Living forever only sounds like a good idea until you have to go through with it. Such is the case in the dark dramady Only Lovers Left Alive. Adam (Loki’s Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton) are vampires who have been married for centuries and they must have really loved each other in the past. Yet even that love isn’t enough for Adam’s skid into suicidal depression.

Eve is so alarmed by Adam’s state of mind that she immediately goes to him in an attempt to get him to rediscover his love for life. However, the arrival of Eve’s younger sister, Ava (Mia Wasikowska), throws her efforts into chaos.

Phone Booth (2003)

Phone Booth
56 %
r 81m
Genre Thriller
Stars Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland, Forest Whitaker
Directed by Joel Schumacher

Colin Farrell literally spends most of Phone Booth’s running time trapped inside one, and yet it really works well as a thriller. Farrell plays Stuart “Stu” Shepard, a man who is cheating on his wife, Kelly (Radha Mitchell), with a woman named Pam (Katie Holmes). When Stu answers a call in a phone booth, an enigmatic caller (Kiefer Sutherland) warns Stu that he has to confess his infidelity or he’ll be shot dead.

The Caller quickly proves that his threats are not idle, and as the police blame Stu for the carnage, the Caller tells him that he has to choose between the two women in his life. And whoever he doesn’t choose will be murdered.

Labyrinth (1986)

50 %
pg 102m
Genre Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Stars David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud
Directed by Jim Henson

Labyrinth has the distinction of being Jim Henson’s final theatrical film as a director — and what a finale! While box office success eluded Labyrinth’s first run, it has gone on to become a cult classic among fantasy fans. A very young Jennifer Connelly headlines the film as Sarah, a teenage girl who resents her infant half-brother, Toby (Toby Froud).

After wishing that goblins would take Toby away, Sarah immediately regrets it when the king of the goblins, Jareth (David Bowie), not only takes her up on the offer, but challenges her to survive the journey through a deadly Labyrinth if she ever wants to see her brother again.

Notting Hill (1999)

Notting Hill
68 %
pg-13 124m
Genre Romance, Comedy
Stars Julia Roberts, Hugh Grant, Gina McKee
Directed by Roger Michell

For a rom-com that’s almost 25-years old, there’s something very modern about Notting Hill’s love story between an ordinary man and the biggest movie star in the world. William “Will” Thacker (Hugh Grant) is a divorced bookstore owner who meets Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) before he discovers that she is a famous actress.

Although their romance is fraught with potential problems, Will and Anna continue to see each other until misunderstandings and an overbearing press threaten to destroy their relationship for good.

Ford v Ferrari (2019)

Ford v Ferrari
81 %
pg-13 153m
Genre Drama, Action, History
Stars Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Jon Bernthal
Directed by James Mangold

Between Wolverine and Indiana Jones movies, director James Mangold tackled the larger than life rivalry between Henry Ford II (Tracy Letts) and Enzo Ferrari (Remo Girone). However, neither man is the central character in Ford v Ferrari. Instead, the focus falls on ex-racer turned car designer, Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon), and Ken Miles (Christian Bale), a fiery racer whom Shelby recruits to help him build a Ford that can outrace a Ferrari.

Miles quickly makes enemies inside Ford who threaten to derail the entire operation just to sideline him. But once Miles gets behind the wheel of the car he helped design, he delivers the race of a lifetime.

Die Hard (1988)

Die Hard
72 %
r 131m
Genre Action, Thriller
Stars Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Alexander Godunov
Directed by John McTiernan

Is it Christmas already? Die Hard is back on Hulu, and it’s still one of the greatest action flicks ever made. Bruce Willis made the leap from TV star to action icon for his turn as John McClane, an NYPD cop who is in Los Angeles for the holidays to win back his estranged wife, Holly Gennaro-McClane (Bonnie Bedelia).

John’s reunion with his wife is going about as well as expected at the holiday party for Holly’s company when Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) and his terrorists crash the event and take everyone hostage. Everyone except John. Now, John will have to outlast this gang of thieves and killers in order to reunite his family. Action films don’t get any better than that.

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

Bohemian Rhapsody
49 %
pg-13 135m
Genre Music, Drama, History
Stars Rami Malek, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy
Directed by Bryan Singer

Rami Malek won the Oscar for Best Actor for his performance as Farrokh Bulsara, the man who became Freddie Mercury, the legendary lead singer of Queen. Bohemian Rhapsody is named after Queen’s most famous song, but this is really Freddie’s story, as well as his rise and fall alongside his bandmates Brian May (Gwilym Lee), Roger Taylor (Ben Hardy), and John Deacon (Joe Mazzello).

On his way to the top, Freddie is engaged to Mary Austin (Lucy Boynton) before he falls in love with Paul Prenter (Allen Leech) and allows him to guide his career. But when Freddie’s bad decisions catch up to him, it’s going to take something tragic to bring Queen back together.

Whiplash (2014)

88 %
r 107m
Genre Drama, Music
Stars Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Paul Reiser
Directed by Damien Chazelle

Whiplash is built around the performances of Miles Teller (Top Gun: Maverick) and J.K. Simmons as it wrings every drop of drama out of a young man’s quest to be a great musician. Andrew Neiman (Teller), a student at the prestigious Shaffer Conservatory, studies under Terence Fletcher (Simmons), an emotionally and physically abusive instructor and band leader.

Andrew is so obsessed with winning Fletcher’s approval that he neglects his relationship with his girlfriend, Nicole (Melissa Benoist), and focuses on music above all else. This single-minded pursuit of musical perfection not only destroys Andrew’s life, it also threatens to claim his future as well.

Flamin' Hot (2023)

Flamin' Hot
65 %
pg-13 99m
Genre Comedy, Drama
Stars Jesse Garcia, Annie Gonzalez, Dennis Haysbert
Directed by Eva Longoria

What do you do when there’s a true story that may not be true? As was famously said in the 1962 Western classic The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, “when the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” The story of Flamin’ Hot is truly inspirational regardless of whether these events actually played out this way in reality. The film is based on the memoir of Richard Montañez (Jesse Garcia), the man who claims that he created Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. And he didn’t do it alone.

With the support of his wife, Judy Montañez (Annie Gonzalez), and his co-worker, Clarence C. Baker (Dennis Haysbert), Richard rises from the rank of janitor and works up the nerve to pitch his Flamin’ Hot ideas to Frito-Lay executive Roger Enrico (Tony Shalhoub). From there, a snack food legend is born.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

Rise of the Planet of the Apes
68 %
pg-13 105m
Genre Thriller, Action, Drama, Science Fiction
Stars James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto
Directed by Rupert Wyatt

The Planet of the Apes franchise has gone through a few different incarnations, but the modern reboot, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, is a cut above the rest.

Andy Serkis stars as Caesar, a remarkably intelligent chimpanzee who lives with his adoptive father, Dr. William Rodman (James Franco). Will’s attempt to cure Alzheimer’s disease has catastrophic results for the world, but it also greatly enhances the intelligence of apes. And when Caesar is locked away with this fellow apes, he takes the initiative to lead a revolution.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes - Official Trailer (HD)

Something in the Dirt (2022)

Something in the Dirt
r 116m
Genre Science Fiction, Mystery
Stars Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson, Sarah Adina Smith
Directed by Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson

An exciting example of the kind of narrative ingenuity that only a worldwide pandemic can foster, Something in the Dirt is the latest film from writer-director duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (The Endless, Synchronic), and is arguably the most primitively fascinating work of these two collaborators. Shot over the course of a year with a crew of just 12, our story follows Levi and John, apartment-dwelling neighbors who decide to make a documentary about a range of supernatural events occurring in their Los Angeles residence. But as the two men discover that these kinds of extraordinary happenings are taking place all over L.A., their findings lead them to a combative exchange of theories and calculations.

The Valet (2022)

The Valet
pg-13 124m
Genre Comedy, Romance
Stars Eugenio Derbez, Samara Weaving, Max Greenfield
Directed by Richard Wong
In The Valet, Eugenio Derbez and Samara Weaving star as Antonio and Olivia, a dedicated valet driver and a Hollywood starlet that “hires” Antonio to act as her new boyfriend when the actress is accidentally photographed with the man she’s actually seeing (New Girl‘s Max Greenfield), who just so happens to be married. As the mass media aims the spotlight more and more at the fake couple, it’s only a matter of time before the news breaks that the romance is fabricated. It’s a heartfelt comedy with attention paid to character development and earnest performances, something that is often lacking in many of today’s bigger-budget comedies.

War Dogs (2016)

War Dogs
r 114m
Genre Comedy, Crime, Drama
Stars Miles Teller, Jonah Hill, Ana de Armas
Directed by Todd Phillips
Co-written and directed by Todd Philips, and based on a 2011 Rolling Stone article and Efraim Diveroli’s 2016 memoir Once a Gun RunnerWar Dogs stars Jonah Hill and Miles Teller as a pair of longtime pals who have the opportunity to rake in gigantic piles of cash by becoming multinational arms dealers. Enjoying their lives of newfound riches, reality comes crashing down on the boys after they land a $300 million contract to supply Afghan troops with weaponry. A fun thrill ride concerned less with authenticity and more with narrative bravado, War Dogs is the kind of movie that excites at every turn, even if what we see on-screen is only a fragment of the true story the film is based upon.

Ultrasound (2022)

55 %
r 103m
Genre Science Fiction
Stars Vincent Kartheiser, Chelsea Lopez, Breeda Wool
Directed by Rob Schroeder

In director Rob Schroeder’s Ultrasound, Mad Men alum Vincent Kartheiser stars as Glen, an unassuming everyman who just so happens to encounter some car trouble on a dark and stormy night. Seeking some help, he knocks on the door of a perfectly kind stranger named Arthur (Bob Stephenson), leading the former down an uncanny rabbit hole of deceit and mind control. Presenting a nail-biter of a story without diving into carnage and other typical screen grabs, Ultrasound does its best work as a quietly curious foray into a world that’s hard to pin down.

The Worst Person in the World (2021)

The Worst Person in the World
90 %
r 128m
Genre Drama, Comedy, Romance
Stars Renate Reinsve, Anders Danielsen Lie, Herbert Nordrum
Directed by Joachim Trier
In The Worst Person in the World, Renate Reinsve stars as Julie, an Oslo-based medical student, and it follows the course of four years throughout her personal life and career. It’s the kind of meditative and hard-talking dark comedy that only comes around once in a while, but The Worst Person in the World is one of those rare cinematic home runs that doesn’t need to act big and tall to stand out from the crowd. And thanks to Reinsve’s down-to-earth performance, it’s a film that’s easy to get on board with.

The Last Tourist (2021)

The Last Tourist
Genre Documentary
Stars Elizabeth Becker, Sangduen Lek Chailert, Costas Christ
Directed by Tyson Sadler
When traveling somewhere tropical and off-grid, we typically view these vacations as nothing more than personal getaways for us and those we love. But there’s a whole other side of the tourism coin that doesn’t get talked about — until director Tyson Sadler came along, that is. Through his eye-opening documentary The Last Tourist, Sadler paints a much different picture of tourism’s impacts on the parts of the world that need extra care and protection from humanity’s grip, while also discussing the positive aspects of worldly excursions. In the end, the audience is left with an important message that may have you thinking twice about your next venture to somewhere distant and remote.

Hellraiser (2022)

r 121m
Genre Horror, Mystery
Stars Odessa A'zion, Jamie Clayton, Adam Faison
Directed by David Bruckner

It’s about time the world of Hellraiser received some much-needed reimagining. For years now, the franchise has seen sequel after sequel, and while Cenobite fans are always pleased to see Doug Bradley donning his Pinhead garb, the series has certainly run into its fair share of cinematic duds. But director David Bruckner has come along to get the saga on track once more. The 2022 remake stars Odessa A’zion as Riley, an on-the-mend drug addict who comes into the possession of a runic puzzle box — a mysterious device that summons an armada of hellish entities. Led by the Hell Priest (Jamie Clayton), Odessa is plunged into a fight for survival when the demonic visitors begin wreaking havoc in the real world. Bruckner’s Hellraiser reboot may not satisfy all of the saga’s diehards, but when you consider it as a gruesome yet polished homage to Clive Barker’s source novella and first batch of films, the 2022 version more than gets the job done.

I Think We're Alone Now (2018)

I Think We're Alone Now
51 %
r 100m
Genre Science Fiction, Drama, Mystery
Stars Peter Dinklage, Elle Fanning, Paul Giamatti
Directed by Reed Morano
Have you ever heard of the classic Twilight Zone episode “Time Enough at Last” about a book-loving bank teller who finds solace in a post-apocalypse rid of humanity, but filled with plenty of excellent reading material? While the “last man on Earth” narrative has received plenty of cinematic attention over the years, each stab at the formula may be traced back to Burgess Meredith’s Twilight Zone episode, with 2018’s I Think We’re Alone Now serving as yet another homage to it. Peter Dinklage stars as Del, a man who embraces a life of solitude in the wake of a global pandemic that has seemingly eradicated the rest of mankind. That is until one fateful day, when a woman named Grace (Elle Fanning) arrives, disrupting Del’s idyllically quiet day-to-day. In I Think We’re Alone Now, director Reed Morano creates a world where isolation is less a curse and more a blessing, where companionship begins as an adversarial force and slowly unravels into something potentially more meaningful.

Derek DelGaudio's In & Of Itself (2020)

Derek DelGaudio's In & Of Itself
82 %
pg-13 90m
Genre Documentary
Stars Derek DelGaudio, Hal Schulman, Marina Abramović
Directed by Frank Oz
We all ponder over the great existential questions of life from time to time. Who are we? Why are we here? Where are we going next? And while cinema is often used as a philosophical medium through which we can explore such inquiries through fiction and nonfiction lenses, such introspection has never been captured like it has in Derek Delgaudio’s mesmerizing documentary/stage spectacle In & Of Itself. Directed by Frank Oz, Delgaudio’s work combines elements of traditional stage performance and unconventional narrative structure to deliver a filmic spectacle that is hard to describe but impossible to forget.

This Mountain Life (2018)

This Mountain Life
Genre Documentary
Stars Simon Beck, Martina Halik, Tania Halik
Directed by Grant Baldwin
This Mountain Life is the kind of documentary film that exposes viewers to treacherous, isolated environments where geographically remote livelihoods are par for the course and tundra survival is as second-nature as putting milk in your cereal. Released in 2018, director Grant Baldwin’s thought-provoking film explores the lives of British Columbia residents living in and around the region’s mountainous landscapes. The subjects include a mother and daughter pairing who are looking to undertake a significant traversing of the local Coast Mountains area. A philosophical deep-dive into what it takes to be one with your land and hills, This Mountain Life is up there with the best deeply-pondered Herzog nature docs and National Geographic specials.

Dinner in America (2022)

Dinner in America
80 %
r 106m
Genre Comedy, Drama, Music
Stars Kyle Gallner, Emily Skeggs, Pat Healy
Directed by Adam Rehmeier
It’s not often that you see the punk rock music genre getting any kind of cinematic limelight (sans films like Her Smell and Green Room), but even less so when the film genre of choice is an indie rom-com. Such is the case, though, with writer-director Adam Carter Rehmeir’s 2020 film Dinner in America, and the results are pretty great. Starring Kyle Gallner and Emily Skeggs as a singer and his band’s devoted fan, our story follows the star-crossed lovers as they travel around the lesser-seen suburbs and pervading urban sprawl of the American Midwest. If you’ve seen Garden State or Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, picture these two films being tossed into a blender with a healthy bit of rated-R this and that for extra punch, and you’re probably at least halfway to the look, feel, and budgetary, off-the-cuff sensibilities of Dinner in America.

Pig (2021)

82 %
r 91m
Genre Drama, Thriller
Stars Nicolas Cage, Alex Wolff, Adam Arkin
Directed by Michael Sarnoski
In Pig, Nicolas Cage stars as Robin Feld, a truffle forager living off the grid in the backcountry of the Pacific Northwest. With a day to day composed of seeking out and selling rare fungi to a local restaurant supplier named Amir (Alex Wolff), Feld is content to go about a simple life of living off the land, that is until a posse of malcontents steal his truffle-foraging swine. Teaming up with Amir to track down the thieves, Robin must go to great lengths to infiltrate the locales and social circles he left behind to regain the animal he loves. A stirring blend of arresting performances and a unique narrative, Pig is the kind of independent film that makes a quiet but powerful impact before fading into the greater ephemera of bigger-budget pictures. That being said, catch it while you can — you won’t be disappointed.

The Bob's Burgers Movie (2022)

The Bob's Burgers Movie
75 %
Genre Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Stars H. Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal, John Roberts
Directed by Loren Bouchard, Bernard Derriman
The Bob’s Burgers Movie is like the distantly-related cousin of the similarly titled 2007 film The Simpsons Movie. Both flicks are the feature-length descendants of two widely popular and long-running TV series, each backed by a bountiful collection of awards, endless amounts of merchandise, and fueled-up fanbases always looking for more. And just as The Simpsons Movie was an excellent (but somewhat unnecessary) addition to The Simpsons canon, so too is The Bob’s Burgers Movie to its own namesake series. The story follows the Belcher family, idiosyncratic restauranteurs faced with an interesting challenge — how to get patrons into the burger shop with a massive sinkhole in front of the entrance. The narrative begins here, and like the show, branches out into all sorts of misadventures. The Bob’s Burgers Movie is a dish tailor-made for the show’s legion of supporters, but it’s an awesome watch for new viewers, too.

Prey (2022)

79 %
r 100m
Genre Science Fiction, Action, Thriller, Horror
Stars Amber Midthunder, Dakota Beavers, Dane DiLiegro
Directed by Dan Trachtenberg
Serving as a centuries-ago prequel to the 1987 film Predator, Prey gives us the story of a Comanche warrior named Naru (Amber Midthunder) who aspires to be the mighty protector of her Great Plains tribe. One day, a powerful new foe descends on her clan, forcing Naru and her fellow Comanche to summon up all their wits and strength to thwart the combatant extraterrestrial. Prey is a propulsive and blood-soaked nail-biter of an action film, and one that could effectively stand alone as a singular entity. But in this case, it’s a new entry in a much-loved franchise, and it’s one we’re betting will make plenty of fans happy.

John Dies at the End (2013)

John Dies at the End
53 %
r 99m
Genre Horror, Comedy
Stars Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Doug Jones
Directed by Don Coscarelli

Based on the David Wong novel of the same name, John Dies at the End is a kaleidoscopic horror-comedy of epic proportions. Chase Williamson stars as David, your typical everyman protagonist, and the story follows his mind-altering adventures alongside his gang of friends. At the center of these otherworldly jaunts is a mysterious new drug called “Soy Sauce,” a nightmarish substance accidentally injected by David that allows him to jump through time and space, into and out of alternate dimensions. The end result for us viewers? A wild trek of a film that will leave your brain hovering somewhere over a triple rainbow in a distant universe.

Flee (2021)

91 %
pg-13 89m
Genre Documentary, Animation
Stars Amin Nawabi, Daniel Karimyar, Fardin Mijdzadeh
Directed by Jonas Poher Rasmussen
Flee is one of those movies that fully commands the power of documentary filmmaking to tell an unbelievable true story. With jaw-dropping animation as our visual medium of choice, director Jonas Poher Rasmussen unpacks the emotionally arresting past of one Amir Nawabi, a refugee from Afghanistan (operating under an alias) who recounts his experience of fleeing his native country close to two decades ago. Heartfelt, beautifully constructed, and filled with frame after frame of immersive imagery, Flee is an important bit of storytelling you don’t want to miss.

Apollo 11 (2019)

Apollo 11
88 %
g 93m
Genre Documentary, History
Stars Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins
Directed by Todd Douglas Miller
The idea behind Apollo 11 is engaging archival footage and audio recordings in a way that weaves and threads an inspiring narrative. Chronicling the 1969 Apollo mission, the documentary negates the traditional talking-head format in favor of cinéma vérité-style 70mm behind-the-scenes footage of the historical space mission and its primary crew — specifically Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and a host of mission engineers providing Earth support to the trio of astronauts. “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” is a phrase that is deeply engrained in the fabric of humanity, and this powerful documentary is a monolithic reminder of the many grand triumphs that man is capable of discovering.

Sundown (2022)

70 %
r 82m
Genre Drama
Stars Tim Roth, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Iazua Larios
Directed by Michel Franco
In Sundown, Tim Roth is Neil Bennet, the emotionally and financially domineering patriarch of a high-class family. Vacationing in Mexico with his sister Alice (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and her two children (Samuel Bottomley and Albertine Kotting McMillan), Alice receives distressing news about a death in the family. Planning to travel home, Neil makes up an excuse at the last second to stay in Acapulco, where he indulges in a series of cheap thrills in an effort to distance himself from his sister, the death, and anything else that could pester the quiet and miserly gentleman. A bleak drama, Sundown is propelled by the chameleon-like performance of Tim Roth at its center, portraying a man who has it all but would seemingly give it all up if it meant disappearing was a possibility.

Three Identical Strangers (2018)

Three Identical Strangers
81 %
pg-13 97m
Genre Documentary
Stars David Kellman, Robert Shafran, Lawrence Wright
Directed by Tim Wardle
Joining the ranks of Hulu’s jaw-dropping documentaries, Three Identical Strangers traces the story of Edward Galland, David Kellman, and Robert Shafran, identical triplets who were separated at birth and reunited years later after a chance meeting in New York. After spending time together and learning about each other’s lives, the three brothers unravel a deep-seated mystery that changes everything they knew about each other, themselves, and the clinical details of their adoptive upbringings. This is a documentary that screeches into huge hairpin turns, forcing its viewers to question the nature of reality and what it means to have your life altered without your knowledge or consent. 

Death on the Nile (2022)

Death on the Nile
52 %
pg-13 127m
Genre Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Stars Kenneth Branagh, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer
Directed by Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh’s star-studded Death on the Nile is a sequel to 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express, and sees Branagh returning to the director’s chair and performing once again as one Hercule Poirot, a Belgian detective that stumbles upon another grand murder-mystery. After boarding a river steamer in celebration of a couple’s nuptials, the glamorous trek becomes a nightmare when foul play is unearthed. Once more, Poirot must go to work to discover who amongst the aristocratic movers and shakers is the suspect of this new, horrific crime. A dazzling, powerhouse ensemble piece, Death on the Nile is propelled by the unbeatable talents of its sprawling cast, with Branagh being particularly excellent as the hard-nosed Poirot.

Fresh (2022)

67 %
r 114m
Genre Horror, Thriller
Stars Daisy Edgar-Jones, Sebastian Stan, Jonica T. Gibbs
Directed by Mimi Cave
Noa (Daisy-Edgar Jones) is sick of swiping through dating apps to find a true companion. Lucky for her, she seems to have run into the man of her dreams, Steve (Sebastian Stan) at the local grocery store. After quickly warming up to each other, Noa’s new suitor invites her on a weekend retreat. But it’s not long before the idyllic, romantic outing devolves into a horrific fight for survival. A brilliantly brutal riff on the horror-comedy, Fresh is a bombastic amalgamation of familiar genre tropes that we can’t get enough of.

Spencer (2021)

76 %
r 117m
Genre Drama
Stars Kristen Stewart, Jack Farthing, Sally Hawkins
Directed by Pablo Larraín
Spencer offers a fresh take on the introspective turmoils of Princess Diana, portrayed by the grounded and  arresting Kristen Stewart. With her marriage to Prince Charles in a tumultuous place, the two nobles have agreed to keep the peace through the Christmas season. But as the holiday festivities ensue, Diana’s inner demons begin to boil over, as she considers what life could be as an ex-communicate of the royal family. A moving character study with powerful performances and thoughtful storytelling at its core, Spencer does its due diligence in paying homage to the tragic Princess through a lens of harmonious self-discovery.

No Exit (2022)

No Exit
54 %
r 96m
Genre Horror, Thriller
Stars Havana Rose Liu, Danny Ramirez, Dennis Haysbert
Directed by Damien Power
When Darby (Havana Rose Liu) discovers her mother is in critical condition, she escapes from her rehabilitation center, hoping to return home to tend to her ailing parent. But when a powerful blizzard puts a monkey-wrench into Darby’s homecoming, she’s forced to take shelter at a highway rest-stop. There she meets a group of fellow travelers, all stranded by the storm. After wandering outside, Darby discovers something in a parked van that initiates a deadly game of cat-and-mouse between her and the rest stop’s other inhabitants. A taut thriller that treads familiar waters, No Exit moves forward, full-steam ahead, dropping one thrill after the other.

Deep Water (2022)

Deep Water
53 %
r 116m
Genre Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Stars Ben Affleck, Ana de Armas, Grace Jenkins
Directed by Adrian Lyne
A Hulu original, Deep Water stars Ben Affleck and Mary Ana de Armas as Vic and Melinda Van Allen, a married couple that has entered an unsettling part of their relationship. As their love wanes, the troubled husband and wife engage in a tantalizing set of mind games with each other, a psychological battle that ropes in more casualties than just the wedded pair. Based on the 1957 Patricia Highsmith novel of the same name, Deep Water is a slow-burning thriller with blistering performances from both Affleck and de Armas. They’re cinematic waters that have certainly been trodden before, but director Adrian Lyne delivers a rich, if at times troubled, adaptation of Highsmith’s source material.

In the Earth (2021)

In the Earth
63 %
r 107m
Genre Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller
Stars Joel Fry, Ellora Torchia, Hayley Squires
Directed by Ben Wheatley
After a deadly virus has ravaged much of the world, Martin Lowery (Joel Fry), a scientist, and Alma (Ellora Torchia), a park ranger, are tasked with transporting equipment through the woodlands to a research center. En route, Martin sustains a serious injury after he and Alma are attacked at their campsite. Taken in by a man named Zach (Reece Shearsmith), Martin and Alma are thankful for the rescue — until they realize the mysterious man may have an ulterior motive for rescuing them. A hallucinatory indie sci-fi from the talented mind of writer-director Ben Wheatley, In the Earth landed in cinemas mid-pandemic, making for a perfect cinematic allegory on the state of the world and how we contend with disease and the madness of humanity.

The Obituary of Tunde Johnson (2019)

The Obituary of Tunde Johnson
58 %
r 104m
Genre Drama, Thriller
Stars Steven Silver, Spencer Neville, Nicola Peltz
Directed by Ali LeRoi
Blending cultural awareness with a sci-fi-laced narrative bedrock, The Obituary of Tunde Johnson follows the titular character (portrayed by Steven Silver), a gay Nigerian-American man. Out driving, Tunde is pulled over by a disgruntled police officer who pulls his weapon and ends Tunde’s life. Immediately after the trigger is pulled, Tunde awakens, finding himself trapped in a time loop with his inevitable death facing him repeatedly. Leaning on the big trope of such memorable hits as Groundhog DayThe Obituary of Tunde Johnson pushes the typical light footing of the time loop sub-genre aside in favor of a more character-driven approach, a feat more than accomplished by director Ali LeRoi and Steven Silver’s grounded approach to the lead role.

The Vigil (2020)

The Vigil
pg-13 88m
Genre Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Stars Dave Davis, Lynn Cohen, Menashe Lustig
Directed by Keith Thomas
In writer-director Keith Thomas’s The Vigil, Dave Davis stars as Yakov Ronen, a displaced Orthodox Jew residing in the Hasidic Borough Park area of New York. After accepting an offer from his former rabbi to be the overnight guardian of a deceased community member, a horrific entity begins haunting Yakov. Combining traditional Jewish folk influences and the glories of shoestring filmmaking, Thomas succeeds in building a dread-laden atmosphere with earnest performances, close-quarters cinematography, and clever storytelling.

Wander Darkly (2020)

Wander Darkly
66 %
r 97m
Genre Romance, Drama
Stars Sienna Miller, Diego Luna, Beth Grant
Directed by Tara Miele
After a traumatic incident, Adrienna and Matteo (Sienna Miller and Diego Luna), a struggling young couple, are sent to the hospital. Confined to rehabilitative quarters, the once-happy pair are transported to an otherworldly realm of surreal memories. While each of them is forced to confront the hazy beginnings of their fizzling romance, their out-of-body paths will cross in bizarre and unexpected ways. Visually, Wander Darkly lives in an elevated plane of awareness, but the emotionally laden performances of both Miller and Luna help to anchor the film in a grounded and often relatable reality.

Another Round (2020)

Another Round
79 %
Genre Comedy, Drama
Stars Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Lars Ranthe
Directed by Thomas Vinterberg
With an original Danish title of Druk (“binge drinking”), co-writer and director Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round follows a group of four high school teachers with a wild plan. Facing unenthused students, trouble at home, and other midlife hardships, the foursome agrees to test the theories of psychiatrist Finn Skårderud in the workplace. More specifically, the colleagues want to see if maintaining a constant blood-alcohol level of 0.5 will improve their creativity and overall mood. Truly more than another midlife boozer flick, Another Round sees Mads Mikkelsen in top form as Martin, the de facto onscreen leader who attempts to gain more out of his day-to-day through mild intoxication. It’s funny, at times dark, and tactfully hard-hitting.

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