A new month means new movies on Amazon Prime Video. This also leads to some unexpected surges on Prime Video’s ten most popular movies. The romantic comedy Book Club: The Next Chapter is the new no. 1, and Halloween Ends is apparently not out of season, because it placed highly on the list as well. Prime Video has been really aggressive about adding prestigious titles in the last month. For example, Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza is also enjoying a surge on Prime Video.
Amazon sometimes makes it hard to find something new on Prime Video. Case in point, the Prime Video home page is still promoting The Burial, an Amazon original that came out weeks ago. Fortunately, we’re able to go through Prime Video’s selections ourselves as we narrow down our weekly picks for the best movies on Amazon Prime Video.
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.
Apparently it’s not too late for Halloween Ends to race up the list of Prime Video’s most popular movies even a few days after October 31st. Following the events of Halloween Kills, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) is living with her granddaughter, Allyson Nelson (Andi Matichak), and is eager to leave Michael Myers (James Jude Courtney) in her rearview mirror.
But just because Laurie is ready to move on doesn’t mean that Michael is done with her. In the climax of this revival trilogy, Michael returns, and he isn’t the only serial killer that the Strode women will have to deal with.
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.
The Breach is a low-budget horror film that would have probably completely flown under the radar if it hadn’t shown up in Prime Video’s list of its most popular movies. Allan Hawco stars as John Hawkins, the chief of police in a small town called Lone Crow who can’t wait to put his life there in his rearview mirror and move on to something better.
Before Hawkins can finish his stint as chief, he’s drawn into a mystery when a body washes up from the river with wounds unlike anything he’s ever seen. These wounds weren’t caused by any animal or man. Instead, there’s something Lovecraftian happening that defies any rational explanation.
Any similarities between Awareness and The Matrix are probably not a coincidence. Although it definitely seems to be borrowing a lot from the 2008 film Jumper as well. Carlos Scholz stars as Ian, a young man who has the power to create illusions in the minds of others. That’s a skill that has allowed Ian and his father, Vicente (Pedro Alonso), to remain on the run for years.
Unfortunately, Ian has been getting a little sloppy. That allows an enigmatic organization to capture them both. Ian’s only way out is by trusting a woman named Esther (María Pedraza) who can help him unlock powers that he never knew he had.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Technically, there are now two Dwayne Johnson superhero flicks on Prime Video’s top ten movies, but DC League of Super-Pets has better reviews than Black Adam. In this family-friendly film, Johnson lends his voice to Krypto, the loyal dog of Superman (John Krasinski) who feels threatened when his master makes plans to marry Lois Lane (Olivia Wilde, who also directed Don’t Worry Darling).
Although Krypto helps Superman and the Justice League defeat Lex Luthor (Marc Maron), an evil guinea pig named Lulu (Kate McKinnon) uses her newfound abilities to capture the entire League and depower Krypto. Now, Krypto’s only hope is to work alongside a group of shelter pets, including Ace the Bat-Hound (Kevin Hart), who have gained powers of their own.
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.
Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan directed and co-wrote Those Who Wish Me Dead, which features Angelina Jolie in the leading role as Hannah Faber, a smokejumper who is traumatized by her recent failure to save one of her colleagues and some innocent victims during a forest fire.
Hannah gets her opportunity for redemption when she chances upon Connor (Finn Little), a young boy who witnessed two assassins, Jack (Aidan Gillen) and Patrick (Nicholas Hoult), fatally injure his father, Owen (Jake Weber). Connor possesses the evidence that could send a crime boss to jail, and the assassins will do anything to prevent that…including lighting a forest fire to smoke Hannah and Connor out of hiding. Somehow, Hannah must overcome both killers and get Connor to safety.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Director Baz Luhrmann’s love for musical extravaganzas is once again on full display in Elvis, one of the big hits of 2022. Austin Butler won rave reviews for his performance as Elvis Presley, but the movie also belongs to Tom Hanks who portrays Elvis’ mentor and manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
The film chronicles Elvis’ life from a young child to a rock and roll icon, as well as his romance with his eventual life, Priscilla Presley (Olivia DeJonge). Regardless of the ups and downs in Elvis’ life, his legend is secure even after his death. And this may be the best biopic that the King has ever received.
Every generation seems to get their own Batman, and Matt Reeves’ The Batman has one of the youngest Dark Knights to date as Robert Pattinson steps into the title role. In this complete reboot of the franchise, Batman is still early in his career as a serial killer calling himself Riddler (Paul Dano) terrorizes Gotham City while mobsters like Carmine Falcone (John Turturro) have a stranglehold on the city.
Batman finds an ally in James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright), and perhaps a kindred spirit in Selina Kyle (Zoë Kravitz). But for Batman to become the hero he needs to be, he will have to rise above his limitations.
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.
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.
Chinatown did not win the Best Picture Oscar for 1974, but as the film closes in on its 50th anniversary, it remains one of the greatest movies ever made. Jack Nicholson further cemented his Hollywood legend status as down-on-his-luck private investigator J. J. “Jake” Gittes. When Jake is hired by Evelyn Mulwray to investigate her cheating husband, the real Evelyn (Faye Dunaway) reveals that Jake has been set up and now her husband has been discredited and murdered.
As Jake closes in on answers, suspicion falls on Evelyn’s estranged father, Noah Cross (John Huston), and a land deal that someone is willing to kill in order to protect. But the surprises are far from over for Jake, as he’s forced to wonder if he can trust Evelyn.
The premise of Amazon Prime Video‘s movie Red, White & Royal Blue is a bit far-fetched: the son of the U.S. President, Alex Claremont-Diaz, must befriend his hated rival, Prince Henry, to smooth over relations between America and England. Their forced partnership quickly becomes something more, and they embark on a secret romance that, if exposed, could ruin Alex’s mother’s chances of re-election and threaten the British Monarchy.
Red, White & Royal Blue is the rare rom-com that’s actually kind of romantic and funny. As played by relative newcomers Taylor Zakhar Perez and Nicholas Galitzine, Alex and Henry have a classic love/hate relationship that carries on the rom-com tradition of the two leads grudgingly falling in love with each other as the movie progresses. Red, White & Royal Blue won’t rock your world like Oppenheimer or even Barbie, but it’s a charming diversion from a real world that has far too few buttercream cake fights and romantic walks in the moonlight.
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.
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.
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 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.
After the stunning success of A Quiet Place, director and star John Krasinski continued the story of the Abbot family in A Quiet Place Part II. Following the events of the first movie, Lee (Krasinski) is dead and his widow, Evelyn (Emily Blunt), is the only adult left who can protect their children, Regan (Millicent Simmonds) and Marcus (Noah Jupe).
When Evelyn and her kids encounter a family friend, Emmett (Cillian Murphy), they receive a clue that there may be a sanctuary where they can hide from the aliens that have invaded Earth. But even if the Abbots can reach safe haven, they may face threats from both the aliens and their fellow humans.
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 Two‘s 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 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.
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.
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.
Director Tommy Wirkola’s Violent Night is essentially Succession meets Die Hard on Christmas Eve with Santa Claus (David Harbour) as the unlikely action hero. This is the real Santa, and he’s just over Christmas at this point in his life. During a stop at the mansion of the insanely wealthy Gertrude (Beverly D’Angelo), Santa doesn’t even pay any attention to the rivalry between her adult children, Jason (Alex Hassell) and Alva (Edi Patterson).
However, Jason’s daughter, Trudy (Leah Brady), is a true believer in Christmas. And it’s for Trudy’s sake that Santa is spurred into action when this wealthy family is held hostage by a man calling himself Mr. Scrooge (John Leguizamo) and his Christmas-themed goons. Now it’s time for Santa to give these naughty criminals more than just a piece of coal.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jordan Peele’s latest film, Nope, is an impressive blend of sci-fi and horror. Siblings OJ (Daniel Kaluuya) and Em Haywood (Keke Palmer) are on the verge of selling their father’s horse ranch when they realize that a UFO appears to be hanging around their property and devouring horses. With the assistance of a Fry’s Electronics tech, Angel Torres (Brandon Perea), they attempt to record footage of the UFO as a way to get rich.
Unfortunately for the unlikely trio, the aforementioned UFO is far more dangerous than they initially realized. And it’s not what they expected at all. Nope made DT’s list of the best movies of 2022, and there’s a good reason why: it’s entertaining and smart, which is a rare combination in blockbuster movies these days.
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 Forever‘s 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.
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