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42 Fresh Christopher Lee Movies

Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, James Bond, Dracula, Frankenstein: Only one man made his towering presence felt in each storied franchise. Across an eight-decade career, Christopher Lee shepherded Star Wars into a new millennium as lasting villain Count Dooku, gave a human face to fantasy evil as Saruman, thwarted solar tech as 007 fiend Scaramanga, and defined British horror with his legendary run in Hammer films. Along with Vincent Price, with whom he shares a birthday, Lee was simply among cinema’s greatest lords of darkness. (Though he had his turns to the light side, like in The Devil Rides Out.) Discover all his most-beloved roles as we present this guide to the Fresh movies of Christopher Lee.

#42

The Crimson Pirate (1952)
100%

#42
Adjusted Score: 101085%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Capt. Vallo (Burt Lancaster), the leader of a roving band of pirates, hijacks a ship filled with expensive cargo. When... [More]
Directed By: Robert Siodmak

#41
Adjusted Score: 78240%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A traveler's (Peter Cushing) tarot cards tell how an architect, musician, doctor (Donald Sutherland), gardener and critic (Christopher Lee) will... [More]
Directed By: Freddie Francis

#40
Adjusted Score: 103669%
Critics Consensus: The Two Towers balances spectacular action with emotional storytelling, leaving audiences both wholly satisfied and eager for the final chapter.
Synopsis: The sequel to the Golden Globe-nominated and AFI Award-winning "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," "The... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson

#39
#39
Adjusted Score: 95511%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When the Duc de Richleau (Christopher Lee) and Rex Van Ryn (Leon Greene) arrive at a fashionable party thrown by... [More]
Directed By: Terence Fisher

#38
Adjusted Score: 64155%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Sherlock Holmes (Peter Cushing) and Doctor Watson (Andre Morell) meet with a certain Dr. Mortimer (Francis De Wolff), who tells... [More]
Directed By: Terence Fisher

#37
Adjusted Score: 102799%
Critics Consensus: Visually breathtaking and emotionally powerful, The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King is a moving and satisfying conclusion to a great trilogy.
Synopsis: The culmination of nearly 10 years' work and conclusion to Peter Jackson's epic trilogy based on the timeless J.R.R. Tolkien... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson

#36

Hugo (2011)
93%

#36
Adjusted Score: 100995%
Critics Consensus: Hugo is an extravagant, elegant fantasy with an innocence lacking in many modern kids' movies, and one that emanates an unabashed love for the magic of cinema.
Synopsis: Orphaned and alone except for an uncle, Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield) lives in the walls of a train station in... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#35
Adjusted Score: 90255%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A bored Sherlock Holmes (Robert Stephens) meets Madame Petrova (Tamara Toumanova), a famed ballerina, who tries to seduce him, hoping... [More]
Directed By: Billy Wilder

#34
Adjusted Score: 92539%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A Scotland Yard inspector (John Bennett) learns how four tenants of a country house met macabre fates.... [More]
Directed By: Peter Duffell

#33
Adjusted Score: 100587%
Critics Consensus: Full of eye-popping special effects, and featuring a pitch-perfect cast, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring brings J.R.R. Tolkien's classic to vivid life.
Synopsis: The future of civilization rests in the fate of the One Ring, which has been lost for centuries. Powerful forces... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson

#32

Death Line (1972)
91%

#32
Adjusted Score: 90366%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A police inspector (Donald Pleasence) discovers that descendants of survivors of a cave-in in the early 1900s are eating London... [More]
Directed By: Gary Sherman

#31
#31
Adjusted Score: 94608%
Critics Consensus: Trading gore for grandeur, Horror of Dracula marks an impressive turn for inveterate Christopher Lee as the titular vampire, and a typical Hammer mood that makes aristocracy quite sexy.
Synopsis: On a search for his missing friend Jonathan Harker (John Van Eyssen), vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) is... [More]
Directed By: Terence Fisher

#30

The Wicker Man (1973)
88%

#30
Adjusted Score: 88590%
Critics Consensus: This intelligent horror film is subtle in its thrills and chills, with an ending that is both shocking and truly memorable.
Synopsis: Sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward) arrives on the small Scottish island of Summerisle to investigate the report of a missing child.... [More]
Directed By: Robin Hardy

#29

The Mummy (1959)
89%

#29
Adjusted Score: 35754%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: British archaeologists defile the tomb of an Egyptian princess (Yvonne Furneaux) and her buried-alive lover (Christopher Lee).... [More]
Directed By: Terence Fisher

#28
#28
Adjusted Score: 50659%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An adaptation of the classic Dumas novel, this film tells the tale of aspiring swordsman D'Artagnan (Michael York), who arrives... [More]
Directed By: Richard Lester

#27
#27
Adjusted Score: 91846%
Critics Consensus: As can be expected from a Tim Burton movie, Corpse Bride is whimsically macabre, visually imaginative, and emotionally bittersweet.
Synopsis: Victor (Johnny Depp) and Victoria's (Emily Watson) families have arranged their marriage. Though they like each other, Victor is nervous... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton, Mike Johnson

#26
Adjusted Score: 22328%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An elderly researcher's experiments transform him into a youthful rogue with a penchant for violence.... [More]
Directed By: Terence Fisher

#25
#25
Adjusted Score: 55275%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A Victorian scientist (Peter Cushing) injects his daughter (Lorna Heilbron) with the just-add-water essence of evil.... [More]
Directed By: Freddie Francis

#24
Adjusted Score: 91320%
Critics Consensus: Closer to the source material than 1971's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is for people who like their Chocolate visually appealing and dark.
Synopsis: Based on the beloved Roald Dahl tale, this comedic and fantastical film follows young Charlie Bucket (Freddie Highmore) and his... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

#23
#23
Adjusted Score: 81271%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: British officers (John Gregson, Anthony Quayle) chase the German pocket battleship Graf Spee to Uruguay, where its captain (Peter Finch)... [More]

#22
#22
Adjusted Score: 62592%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Nayland Smith (Nigel Green) and helper Dr. Petrie (Howard Marion-Crawford) hunt diabolical Fu (Christopher Lee), out to rule the world... [More]
Directed By: Don Sharp

#21
#21
Adjusted Score: 76448%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Victor Frankenstein (Peter Cushing) is a brilliant scientist willing to stop at nothing in his quest to reanimate a deceased... [More]
Directed By: Terence Fisher

#20
Adjusted Score: 91492%
Critics Consensus: With Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, George Lucas brings his second Star Wars trilogy to a suitably thrilling and often poignant -- if still a bit uneven -- conclusion.
Synopsis: It has been three years since the Clone Wars began. Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Jedi Knight Anakin... [More]
Directed By: George Lucas

#19
Adjusted Score: 81971%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Four tourists dine and spend the night at Dracula's (Christopher Lee) castle; two escape and warn a monk (Andrew Keir).... [More]
Directed By: Terence Fisher

#18
Adjusted Score: 49608%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The vampire count (Christopher Lee) bites a tavern waitress and a monsignor's (Rupert Davies) niece (Veronica Carlson), then falls on... [More]
Directed By: Freddie Francis

#17

Horror Express (1972)
80%

#17
Adjusted Score: 80665%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Alexander Saxton (Christopher Lee), a brilliant British anthropologist researching in the Russian Far East, boards the Trans-Siberian Express with his... [More]
Directed By: Eugenio Martin

#16

Moulin Rouge (2001)
76%

#16
Adjusted Score: 84017%
Critics Consensus: A love-it-or-hate-it experience, Moulin Rouge is all style, all giddy, over-the-top spectacle. But it's also daring in its vision and wildly original.
Synopsis: A celebration of love and creative inspiration takes place in the infamous, gaudy and glamorous Parisian nightclub, at the cusp... [More]
Directed By: Baz Luhrmann

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 77278%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Lighthearted sequel to the 1973 hit "The Three Musketeers", with King Louis XIII's four swashbuckling heroes engaged in further chivalrous... [More]
Directed By: Richard Lester

#14

Bitter Victory (1958)
78%

#14
Adjusted Score: 78467%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: British Capt. Leith (Richard Burton) knows the Libyan Desert like the back of his hand, but Maj. Brand (Curt Jurgens),... [More]
Directed By: Nicholas Ray

#13
Adjusted Score: 83239%
Critics Consensus: While still slightly hamstrung by "middle chapter" narrative problems and its formidable length, The Desolation of Smaug represents a more confident, exciting second chapter for the Hobbit series.
Synopsis: Having survived the first part of their unsettling journey, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and his companions (Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage)... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson

#12

The Last Unicorn (1982)
73%

#12
Adjusted Score: 73232%
Critics Consensus: The Last Unicorn lacks the fluid animation to truly sparkle as an animated epic, but offbeat characters and an affecting story make it one of a kind for the true believers.
Synopsis: In this animated musical, the villainous King Haggard (Christopher Lee) plots to destroy all the world's unicorns. When a young... [More]

#11

Horror Hotel (1960)
71%

#11
Adjusted Score: 57023%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Young college student Nan Barlow (Venetia Stevenson) arrives in the sleepy Massachusetts town of Whitewood to research witchcraft. Nan's stay... [More]
Directed By: John Llewellyn Moxey

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 74657%
Critics Consensus: Gremlins 2 trades the spiky thrills of its predecessor for looney satire, yielding a succession of sporadically clever gags that add some flavor to a recycled plot.
Synopsis: The magical collectibles store that Gizmo calls home has just been destroyed, and the tiny monster finds his way into... [More]
Directed By: Joe Dante

#9

What! (1963)
71%

#9
Adjusted Score: 33053%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A sadistic nobleman terrorizes his family, but the relief that the family members feel upon his death is short-lived when... [More]
Directed By: John M. Old

#8

Sleepy Hollow (1999)
69%

#8
Adjusted Score: 74377%
Critics Consensus: It isn't Tim Burton's best work, but Sleepy Hollow entertains with its stunning visuals and creepy atmosphere.
Synopsis: Set in 1799, "Sleepy Hollow" is based on Washington Irving's classic tale "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." Faithful to the... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

#7
Adjusted Score: 58447%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Victorian thrill-seekers kill the vampire's (Christopher Lee) helper; he seduces their daughters to get even.... [More]
Directed By: Peter Sasdy

#6
Adjusted Score: 73555%
Critics Consensus: Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones benefits from an increased emphasis on thrilling action, although they're once again undercut by ponderous plot points and underdeveloped characters.
Synopsis: Set ten years after the events of "The Phantom Menace," the Republic continues to be mired in strife and chaos.... [More]
Directed By: George Lucas

#5
Adjusted Score: 77354%
Critics Consensus: Peter Jackson's return to Middle-earth is an earnest, visually resplendent trip, but the film's deliberate pace robs the material of some of its majesty.
Synopsis: Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) lives a simple life with his fellow hobbits in the shire, until the wizard Gandalf (Ian... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson

#4

The Gorgon (1964)
64%

#4
Adjusted Score: 31071%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A mysterious monster is turning people to stone in a German village in 1910. When his girlfriend is killed, Bruno... [More]
Directed By: Terence Fisher

#3
#3
Adjusted Score: 62929%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Heading British Intelligence, Fremont (Christopher Lee) carries a heavy workload, what with killers, mad scientists and all. While a serial... [More]
Directed By: Gordon Hessler

#2
Adjusted Score: 29105%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When ambitious Oliver Cromwell (Alan Howard) overthrows the king, Cardinal Mazarin (Philippe Noiret) enlists a down-and-out D'Artagnan (Michael York) to... [More]
Directed By: Richard Lester

#1
Adjusted Score: 28529%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A red-caped legend (Alan Arkin) in leotards emerges from drunken exile to save the world from evil Mr. Midnight (Christopher... [More]
Directed By: Philippe Mora

James-Bond-Countdown

30 Essential Zombie Movies

The zombie: Without remorse and pity, driven by a single hunger, and damn near impossible to put down permanently. There have been times since their introduction into movies in the 1930s where it felt like we’d never see a zombie movie again. Then there are eras of the opposite, where you couldn’t stick your arm out in a multiplex without a shambling ghoul nearby, ready to chomp. And since we’ve been in feast mode over the last decade-plus, we’re taking a big bite with our guide to the 30 Essential Zombie Movies that you need to watch!

While zombie movies have been for more than 80 years (in 1932 we got White Zombie, in 1943 I Walked With a Zombie), it’s commonly accepted the subgenre as we know it today didn’t rise until 1968, when George A. Romero unleashed Night of the Living Dead. An independent film with a budget barely above six figures, Night enthralled audiences with its mysterious plot, shocking gore, progressive casting and social commentary, and, natch, the unforgettable hordes of the gaunt, hungry undead. Crowned the godfather of zombies, Romero made five more Dead movies, the best of which are featured in this guide, including Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead.

Despite Romero’s efforts, it would still be a long shuffle into the early 2000s before zombies would break out of horror niche and crawl all over pop culture. Highlights from the pre-2000 era include splatter comedies like Return of the Living Dead and Dead Alive, Lucio Fulci’s eye-splitting and shark-wrestling Zombi 2, and H.P. Lovecraft adaptation Re-Animator.

The success of the Resident Evil video games revealed an audience appetite hitherto untapped, inspiring a gushing fount of zombie movies released between 2000 and 2005. Now we got to see the true versatility of the zombie movie. There was the loving spoofery of Shaun of the Dead. The blockbuster theatrics of the Resident Evil adaptation. Cutting-edge, gritty filmmaking with 28 Days Later. Japanese kinetic action in Versus, and most recently the creative, micro-budget One Cut of the Dead.

Ever since, zombies have shown no sign of slowing down. (Some have even figured out how to run.) TV show The Walking Dead is an obvious behemoth to point towards, but in the film world, zombies have made their way into found footage ([REC]), rom-com (Warm Bodies), and grindhouse throwbacks (Planet Terror).

And with this guide, we sought to capture those many moods, the various sensitivities that make up the zombie movie. Most featured here are Fresh and Certified Fresh, and of course we’re including a few Rotten movies. They may not have gotten the highest critical marks, but offer just as much color, life, and odor to this list. With that, it’s time to use your braaaaains and dig deep into the best zombie movies to watch!

#30
#30
Adjusted Score: 80138%
Critics Consensus: Valley Girl culture satire Night of the Comet gets lots of mileage out of its slapstick sci-fi zombie approach.
Synopsis: After a rare comet sighting, teen sisters Regina (Catherine Mary Stewart) and Samantha (Kelli Maroney) find that they're among the... [More]
Directed By: Thom Eberhardt

#29

Juan of the Dead (2011)
83%

#29
Adjusted Score: 82082%
Critics Consensus: Filled with wild splatter slapstick, Juan of the Dead also deftly uses its zombie premise as an undead Trojan horse for insightful political commentary.
Synopsis: When the dead rise and attack the living, Juan starts a zombie-killing business, until he has to save his small... [More]
Directed By: Alejandro Brugués

#28

Little Monsters (2019)
79%

#28
Adjusted Score: 86592%
Critics Consensus: Led by typically outstanding work from Lupita Nyong'o, Little Monsters is a horror/rom-com hybrid that proves the zombie genre still has fresh brains to savor.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Abe Forsythe

#27

Wild Zero (2000)
100%

#27
Adjusted Score: 26586%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Ace saves his heroes from alien invaders that turn people into zombies.... [More]
Directed By: Tetsuro Takeuchi

#26
Adjusted Score: 45017%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Scooby (Scott Innes) and the rest of the Mystery, Inc., crew encounter creepy characters at a haunted house on a... [More]
Directed By: Jim Stenstrum

#25

Resident Evil (2002)
36%

#25
Adjusted Score: 38967%
Critics Consensus: Like other video game adapations, Resident Evil is loud, violent, formulaic, and cheesy.
Synopsis: Based on the popular video game, Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez star as the leaders of a commando team who... [More]
Directed By: Paul W.S. Anderson

#24

Cemetery Man (1995)
60%

#24
Adjusted Score: 61148%
Critics Consensus: Cemetery Man will frustrate viewers seeking narrative cohesion or coherence, but this surreal blend of humor and horror should satisfy B-movie fans in the mood for quirk.
Synopsis: Something is causing the dead to rise from their graves as flesh-eating zombies, and cemetery custodian Francesco Dellamorte (Rupert Everett)... [More]
Directed By: Michele Soavi

#23

Deathdream (1974)
83%

#23
Adjusted Score: 41175%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When a Vietnam war casualty (Richard Backus) returns to his parents (John Marley, Lynn Carlin), he prowls in search of... [More]
Directed By: Bob Clark

#22

28 Weeks Later (2007)
71%

#22
Adjusted Score: 79379%
Critics Consensus: While 28 Weeks Later lacks the humanism that made 28 Days Later a classic, it's made up with fantastic atmosphere and punchy direction.
Synopsis: Six months after the original epidemic, the rage virus has all but annihilated the population of the British Isles. Nevertheless... [More]

#21

Versus (2000)
75%

#21
Adjusted Score: 47123%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An escaped prisoner (Tak Sakaguchi) and a mysterious young woman (Chieko Misaka) face an onslaught of indestructible undead fighters in... [More]
Directed By: Ryûhei Kitamura

#20
#20
Adjusted Score: 74060%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Fraternity pledges (Jason Lively, Steve Marshall) pull a prank with a frozen body and let sluglike creatures loose on campus.... [More]
Directed By: Fred Dekker

#19
#19
Adjusted Score: 89753%
Critics Consensus: Evocative direction by Jacques Tourneur collides with the low-rent production values of exploitateer Val Lewton in I Walked with a Zombie, a sultry sleeper that's simultaneously smarmy, eloquent and fascinating.
Synopsis: Canadian nurse Betsey Connell (Frances Dee) is hired to care for Jessica Holland (Christine Gordon), a woman on a Caribbean... [More]
Directed By: Jacques Tourneur

#18

Warm Bodies (2013)
81%

#18
Adjusted Score: 89358%
Critics Consensus: Warm Bodies offers a sweet, well-acted spin on a genre that all too often lives down to its brain-dead protagonists.
Synopsis: A terrible plague has left the planet's population divided between zombies and humans. An unusual zombie named R (Nicholas Hoult)... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Levine

#17

Planet Terror (2007)
76%

#17
Adjusted Score: 75388%
Critics Consensus: A cool and hip grindhouse throwback, Planet Terror is an unpredictable zombie thrillride.
Synopsis: An ordinary evening in a small Texas town becomes a grisly nightmare when a horde of flesh-eating zombies goes on... [More]
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez

#16
#16
Adjusted Score: 43647%
Critics Consensus: Zombi 2 is an absurdly graphic zombie movie legendary for some gory scenes and nothing in between.
Synopsis: A New York reporter (Ian McCulloch) follows a woman (Tisa Farrow) to an island where a doctor (Richard Johnson) faces... [More]
Directed By: Lucio Fulci

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 86449%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A cop does not realize that those responsible for several murders are the living dead.... [More]
Directed By: Jorge Grau

#14

World War Z (2013)
66%

#14
Adjusted Score: 77493%
Critics Consensus: It's uneven and diverges from the source book, but World War Z still brings smart, fast-moving thrills and a solid performance from Brad Pitt to the zombie genre.
Synopsis: When former U.N. investigator Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) and his family get stuck in urban gridlock, he senses that it's... [More]
Directed By: Marc Forster

#13

Dawn of the Dead (2004)
76%

#13
Adjusted Score: 82020%
Critics Consensus: A kinetic, violent and surprisingly worthy remake of George Romero's horror classic that pays homage to the original while working on its own terms.
Synopsis: When her husband is attacked by a zombified neighbor, Ana (Sarah Polley) manages to escape, only to realize her entire... [More]
Directed By: Zack Snyder

#12

Day of the Dead (1985)
83%

#12
Adjusted Score: 84997%
Critics Consensus: Day of the Dead may arguably be the least haunting entry in George A. Romero's undead trilogy, but it will give audiences' plenty to chew on with its shocking gore and scathing view of society.
Synopsis: The living dead regroup above while humans (Lori Cardille, Terry Alexander, Joseph Pilato) sweat it out below in a Florida... [More]
Directed By: George A. Romero

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 105172%
Critics Consensus: Brainy and bloody in equal measure, One Cut of the Dead reanimates the moribund zombie genre with a refreshing blend of formal daring and clever satire.
Synopsis: Real zombies attack a hack director and a film crew who are shooting a low budget zombie film in an... [More]
Directed By: Shinichiro Ueda

#10
Adjusted Score: 94388%
Critics Consensus: A punk take on the zombie genre, The Return of the Living Dead injects a healthy dose of '80s silliness to the flesh-consuming.
Synopsis: When foreman Frank (James Karen) shows new employee Freddy (Thom Mathews) a secret military experiment in a supply warehouse, the... [More]
Directed By: Dan O'Bannon

#9

Dead Alive (1992)
88%

#9
Adjusted Score: 91071%
Critics Consensus: The delightfully gonzo tale of a lovestruck teen and his zombified mother, Dead Alive is extremely gory and exceedingly good fun, thanks to Peter Jackson's affection for the tastelessly sublime.
Synopsis: Overprotective mother Vera Cosgrove (Elizabeth Moody), spying on her grown son, Lionel (Timothy Balme), as he visits the zoo with... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson

#8

Re-Animator (1985)
94%

#8
Adjusted Score: 98044%
Critics Consensus: Perfectly mixing humor and horror, the only thing more effective than Re-Animator's gory scares are its dry, deadpan jokes.
Synopsis: A medical student (Jeffrey Combs) brings his headless professor back from the dead with a special serum.... [More]
Directed By: Stuart Gordon

#7

Rec (2007)
89%

#7
Adjusted Score: 89819%
Critics Consensus: Plunging viewers into the nightmarish hellscape of an apartment complex under siege, [Rec] proves that found footage can still be used as an effective delivery mechanism for sparse, economic horror.
Synopsis: A reporter (Manuela Velasco) and her cameraman record the horrifying outbreak of a disease that turns humans into vicious cannibals.... [More]

#6

28 Days Later (2002)
87%

#6
Adjusted Score: 94189%
Critics Consensus: Kinetically directed by Danny Boyle, 28 Days Later is both a terrifying zombie movie and a sharp political allegory.
Synopsis: A group of misguided animal rights activists free a caged chimp infected with the "Rage" virus from a medical research... [More]
Directed By: Danny Boyle

#5

Zombieland (2009)
89%

#5
Adjusted Score: 99788%
Critics Consensus: Wickedly funny and featuring plenty of gore, Zombieland is proof that the zombie subgenre is far from dead.
Synopsis: After a virus turns most people into zombies, the world's surviving humans remain locked in an ongoing battle against the... [More]
Directed By: Ruben Fleischer

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 98365%
Critics Consensus: George A. Romero's debut set the template for the zombie film, and features tight editing, realistic gore, and a sly political undercurrent.
Synopsis: A disparate group of individuals takes refuge in an abandoned house when corpses begin to leave the graveyard in search... [More]
Directed By: George A. Romero

#3

Train to Busan (2016)
94%

#3
Adjusted Score: 100981%
Critics Consensus: Train to Busan delivers a thrillingly unique -- and purely entertaining -- take on the zombie genre, with fully realized characters and plenty of social commentary to underscore the bursts of skillfully staged action.
Synopsis: A man (Gong Yoo), his estranged daughter and other passengers become trapped on a speeding train during a zombie outbreak... [More]
Directed By: Yeon Sang-ho

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 98888%
Critics Consensus: Shaun of the Dead cleverly balances scares and witty satire, making for a bloody good zombie movie with loads of wit.
Synopsis: Shaun (Simon Pegg) is a 30-something loser with a dull, easy existence. When he's not working at the electronics store,... [More]
Directed By: Edgar Wright

#1

Dawn of the Dead (1978)
94%

#1
Adjusted Score: 96887%
Critics Consensus: One of the most compelling and entertaining zombie films ever, Dawn of the Dead perfectly blends pure horror and gore with social commentary on material society.
Synopsis: As hordes of zombies swarm over the U.S., the terrified populace tries everything in their power to escape the attack... [More]
Directed By: George Romero

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30 Best Stop-Motion Animated Movies of All Time

Tangible and physical, stop-motion animation is the art of manipulating objects and figures frame by frame, creating the illusion of fluid movement. It’s an almost atavistic art form of ours: Instinct tells us if you have a lump of clay in your hands, start making stuff out of it. Shape a chicken and a fox, mold some pirates, heck, make a movie. It’s what filmmakers have been doing for over a century, so we’re taking a look through time with the 30 best stop-motion animated movies ever made.

In this guide, we’ll come in contact with the different materials and styles used in stop motion. Clay has led to the creation of one of animation’s most enduring man-and-canine duos, Wallace and Gromit, created by Nick Park. His films and studio, Aardman, have an outsized presence in that scene, with the likes of Chicken Run and Shaun the Sheep. Paper cutout stop-motion animation is less frequently used. See it at its trippy best with Fantastic Planet, and in The Adventures of Prince Achmed, the oldest surviving animated film.

Puppet stop-motion animation has been the preferred method for venerable directors like Tim Burton (producer of The Nightmare Before Christmas), Charlie Kaufman (Anomalisa), and Wes Anderson (Fantastic Mr. Fox). Anderson collaborated with Nightmare-director Henry Selick to animate the marine fauna in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou; afterwards, Selick set up shop at studio Laika, where he gave them their first big hit, Coraline. Laika has been a stop-motion powerhouse since, using a cutting-edge mix of puppets, clay, and computer enhancements to fuel a string of Certified Fresh films, including The Boxtrolls and Kubo and the Two Strings.

We included only movies where stop motion is a majority of the presentation, which opened the way for James and the Giant Peach and Jan Švankmajer’s twisted Alice. So while we adore the individual creature effects by Ray Harryhausen in Jason and the Argonauts and the Sinbad movies, or ED-209 in RoboCop, and even the aforementioned Life Aquatic, you won’t be seeing them here. After we collected the 30 highest-rated movies, we sorted the list by Adjusted Tomatometer, which accounts for the movie’s number of reviews and release year.

Now, read on to discover the 30 best stop-motion animated movies!

#30
#30
Adjusted Score: 74481%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Three residents (Robert Levy, Nancy Andrews, Chris Sullivan) of a small Rust Belt town lead sad, interconnected lives.... [More]
Directed By: Chris Sullivan

#29

$9.99 (2008)
73%

#29
Adjusted Score: 73466%
Critics Consensus: Its storyline isn't as wondrous as its visuals, but $9.99 has a sophistication and handmade charm that sets it apart from the animated pack.
Synopsis: Residents of a Sydney, Australia, apartment complex look for meaning in their lives.... [More]
Directed By: Tatia Rosenthal

#28
#28
Adjusted Score: 83188%
Critics Consensus: A Town Called Panic is a raucous, endlessly creative animated romp with a quirky, adult sense of humor.
Synopsis: In this animated film, Cowboy (Stéphane Aubier) and Indian (Bruce Ellison) plan to construct a barbecue pit for the birthday... [More]

#27

The Boxtrolls (2014)
78%

#27
Adjusted Score: 84178%
Critics Consensus: While it's far from Laika's best offering, The Boxtrolls is still packed with enough offbeat wit and visual splendor to offer a healthy dose of all-ages entertainment.
Synopsis: Eggs (Isaac Hempstead-Wright), an orphan, lives with the Boxtrolls -- a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who inhabit a cavern... [More]

#26

Early Man (2018)
80%

#26
Adjusted Score: 90372%
Critics Consensus: Early Man isn't quite as evolved as Aardman's best work, but still retains the unique visuals and sweet humor that have made the studio a favorite among animation enthusiasts.
Synopsis: A plucky cave man named Dug, his sidekick Hognob and the rest of their tribe face a grave threat to... [More]
Directed By: Nick Park

#25
#25
Adjusted Score: 91846%
Critics Consensus: As can be expected from a Tim Burton movie, Corpse Bride is whimsically macabre, visually imaginative, and emotionally bittersweet.
Synopsis: Victor (Johnny Depp) and Victoria's (Emily Watson) families have arranged their marriage. Though they like each other, Victor is nervous... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton, Mike Johnson

#24
Adjusted Score: 92198%
Critics Consensus: It may not quite scale Aardman's customary delirious heights, but The Pirates! still represents some of the smartest, most skillfully animated fare that modern cinema has to offer.
Synopsis: Accompanied by his ragtag crew, an enthusiastic pirate captain (Hugh Grant) sails the high seas and dreams of besting his... [More]
Directed By: Peter Lord

#23
Adjusted Score: 91449%
Critics Consensus: Have no fear! Mrs Claus spreads holiday cheer in The Year Without Santa, a holiday classic full of unforgettable songs and characters that stays true to the Christmas spirit.
Synopsis: Two elves try to save Christmas after disgruntled Saint Nick (John Goodman) decides to take the year off.... [More]
Directed By: Ron Underwood

#22

Le Roman de Renard (1930)
100%

#22
Adjusted Score: 81269%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: King Lion orders Master Fox arrested for tricking animals.... [More]

#21

Fantastic Planet (1973)
91%

#21
Adjusted Score: 90532%
Critics Consensus: Fantastic Planet is an animated epic that is by turns surreal and lovely, fantastic and graceful.
Synopsis: This animated tale follows the relationship between the small human-like Oms and their much larger blue-skinned oppressors, the Draags, who... [More]
Directed By: René Laloux

#20
Adjusted Score: 92688%
Critics Consensus: Arriving with light-hearted cheeriness and the best musical numbers, Santa Claus Is Comin To Town is a magical story told by charming wood-figure animation.
Synopsis: ... [More]

#19

ParaNorman (2012)
89%

#19
Adjusted Score: 95751%
Critics Consensus: Beautifully animated and solidly scripted, ParaNorman will entertain (and frighten) older children while providing surprisingly thoughtful fare for their parents.
Synopsis: Young Norman Babcock (Kodi Smit-McPhee) has the ability to speak with the dead -- and he often prefers their company... [More]
Directed By: Chris Butler, Sam Fell

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 94369%
Critics Consensus: The arresting and dynamic visuals, offbeat details and light-as-air storytelling make James and the Giant Peach solid family entertainment.
Synopsis: Featuring stop-motion animation and live action, this inventive adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved children's tale follows the adventures of James... [More]
Directed By: Henry Selick

#17

Frankenweenie (2012)
87%

#17
Adjusted Score: 96448%
Critics Consensus: Frankenweenie is an energetic stop-motion horror movie spoof with lovingly crafted visuals and a heartfelt, oddball story.
Synopsis: Young Victor Frankenstein (Charlie Tahan) is a science nerd and outsider at school, but he does have one good friend:... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

#16

Missing Link (2019)
88%

#16
Adjusted Score: 97228%
Critics Consensus: Another beautifully animated triumph for Laika, Missing Link is a visual treat with lots of humor, plenty of heart, and even a little food for thought.
Synopsis: Tired of living a solitary life in the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Link -- 8 feet tall and covered in fur... [More]
Directed By: Chris Butler

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 97518%
Critics Consensus: Beautifully animated and faithful to the spirit of its classic source material, The Little Prince is a family-friendly treat that anchors thrilling visuals with a satisfying story.
Synopsis: The Aviator introduces a girl to a world where she rediscovers her childhood and learns that it's human connections that... [More]
Directed By: Mark Osborne

#14

Mary and Max (2009)
95%

#14
Adjusted Score: 96954%
Critics Consensus: Mary and Max is a lovingly crafted, startlingly inventive piece of animation whose technical craft is equaled by its emotional resonance.
Synopsis: A lonely Australian girl (Toni Collette) and an elderly Jewish man (Philip Seymour Hoffman) in New York develop an unlikely... [More]
Directed By: Adam Elliot

#13

Coraline (2009)
90%

#13
Adjusted Score: 101330%
Critics Consensus: With its vivid stop-motion animation combined with Neil Gaiman's imaginative story, Coraline is a film that's both visually stunning and wondrously entertaining.
Synopsis: While exploring her new home, a girl named Coraline (Dakota Fanning) discovers a secret door, behind which lies an alternate... [More]
Directed By: Henry Selick

#12
Adjusted Score: 100862%
Critics Consensus: A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon retains the charm of its small-screen source material while engagingly expanding the title character's world.
Synopsis: When a UFO crash-lands near Mossy Bottom Farm, it's up to Shaun the sheep and his animal friends to help... [More]

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 102151%
Critics Consensus: Fantastic Mr. Fox is a delightfully funny feast for the eyes with multi-generational appeal -- and it shows Wes Anderson has a knack for animation.
Synopsis: After 12 years of bucolic bliss, Mr. Fox (George Clooney) breaks a promise to his wife (Meryl Streep) and raids... [More]
Directed By: Wes Anderson

#10

Alice (1989)
95%

#10
Adjusted Score: 95882%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In Czech director Jan Svankmajer's surreal adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic children's book, Alice (Kristyna Kohoutova) follows her stuffed rabbit... [More]
Directed By: Jan Svankmajer

#9
Adjusted Score: 102220%
Critics Consensus: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is a subtly touching and wonderfully eccentric adventure featuring Wallace and Gromit.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Steve Box

#8

Anomalisa (2015)
92%

#8
Adjusted Score: 108420%
Critics Consensus: Anomalisa marks another brilliant and utterly distinctive highlight in Charlie Kaufman's filmography, and a thought-provoking treat for fans of introspective cinema.
Synopsis: An inspirational speaker (David Thewlis) becomes reinvigorated after meeting a lively woman (Jennifer Jason Leigh) who shakes up his mundane... [More]

#7
Adjusted Score: 103700%
Critics Consensus: The Nightmare Before Christmas is a stunningly original and visually delightful work of stop-motion animation.
Synopsis: The film follows the misadventures of Jack Skellington, Halloweentown's beloved pumpkin king, who has become bored with the same annual... [More]
Directed By: Henry Selick

#6

Chicken Run (2000)
97%

#6
Adjusted Score: 103668%
Critics Consensus: Chicken Run has all the charm of Nick Park's Wallace & Gromit, and something for everybody. The voice acting is fabulous, the slapstick is brilliant, and the action sequences are spectacular.
Synopsis: This engaging stop-motion, claymation adventure tells the story of an American rooster who falls in love with a gorgeous hen... [More]
Directed By: Peter Lord, Nick Park

#5
Adjusted Score: 103465%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A handsome prince with a flying horse befriends a witch, meets Aladdin, and battles demons to win a princess' heart.... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Lotte Reiniger, Karl Koch

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 107767%
Critics Consensus: My Life as a Zucchini's silly title and adorable characters belie a sober story whose colorful visuals delight the senses even as it braves dark emotional depths.
Synopsis: A police officer (Nick Offerman) and some new friends help an orphan adjust to life at a foster home.... [More]
Directed By: Claude Barras

#3
#3
Adjusted Score: 105619%
Critics Consensus: Warm, funny, and brilliantly animated, Shaun the Sheep is yet another stop-motion jewel in Aardman's family-friendly crown.
Synopsis: All is well at Mossy Bottom Farm, except for the fact that the animals will do anything to get out... [More]

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 110022%
Critics Consensus: Kubo and the Two Strings matches its incredible animation with an absorbing -- and bravely melancholy -- story that has something to offer audiences of all ages.
Synopsis: Young Kubo's (Art Parkinson) peaceful existence comes crashing down when he accidentally summons a vengeful spirit from the past. Now... [More]
Directed By: Travis Knight

#1

Isle of Dogs (2018)
90%

#1
Adjusted Score: 111580%
Critics Consensus: The beautifully stop-motion animated Isle of Dogs finds Wes Anderson at his detail-oriented best while telling one of the director's most winsomely charming stories.
Synopsis: When, by executive decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island,... [More]
Directed By: Wes Anderson

Drama series Love stars Paul Rust, Gillian Jacobs (Netflix)

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Netflix Romantic Comedies Ranked by Tomatometer

Romantic comedies have a unique Catch-22: They are both beloved by their fans and often despised by jaded critics who review them.

Thankfully for those who love a good meet-cute, Netflix understands the marketability of the former and has fallen head-over-heels with the genre. The streaming giant has bankrolled Netflix Originals series and films with a variety of takes on romantic comedies, giving us 2018’s Set It Up and the teen dream that is To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and its 2020 sequel, To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, as well as dramedies like Sex Education and Love. Netflix also helped with 2019’s Keanaissance, thanks to John Wick star Keanu Reeves’ stellar cameo in Ali Wong and Randall Park’s Always Be My Maybe.

Love doesn’t always conquer all in this genre, however. Netflix’s 2018 film The Kissing Booth fell flat with critics, scoring 17% on the Tomatometer, despite starring former teen rom-com goddess Molly Ringwald, but the Netflix original film was a hit with viewers, scoring a 60% Audience Score, and Netflix reporting that one in three viewers have rewatched the film. No wonder the streaming channel ordered a sequel, The Kissing Booth 2, which is scheduled to premiere in 2020.

But which of Netflix’s rom-coms is the best for a night of cozying up on your couch? We’ll definitely kiss and tell! Below, we rank all of Netflix’s romantic comedies based on their Tomatometer scores.

Is your favorite Netflix rom-com missing? Tell us in the comments.

Added 05/29The Lovebirds, The Wrong Missy, I Love You, Stupid (Te quiero, Imbécil).

#59

To Each, Her Own (2018)
17%

#59
Adjusted Score: 6168%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Simone believes she's a lesbian, but she suddenly finds herself attracted to a man.... [More]
Directed By: Myriam Aziza

#58
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Individually, Sanjay and Karina don't earn enough to be able to buy a home, so they enter into a marriage... [More]
Directed By: Anand Tiwari

#57

Blockbuster (2017)

#57
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Dumped over a video he made to amuse his ailing dad, a heartsick man hatches an elaborate scheme to win... [More]
Directed By: July Hygreck

#56
#56
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A woman is stuck being everyone's bridesmaid. Deciding to no longer be a lady-in-waiting, she bravely reenters the dating scene.... [More]
Directed By: Trey Haley

#55
#55
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Maddy and Cole were inseparable friends until high school started and Maddy became the most popular girl on campus. When... [More]
Directed By: Benny Fine

#54

Naked (2017)
0%

#54
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Rob Anderson is all set to marry the girl of his dreams, but can't quite get to the altar. He... [More]
Directed By: Michael Tiddes

#53

The Last Summer (2019)
29%

#53
Adjusted Score: 12869%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: High school graduates wrestle with love and friendship during their final summer together before heading off to college.... [More]
Directed By: William Bindley

#52
#52
Adjusted Score: 12529%
Critics Consensus: The Kissing Booth deploys every rom-com cliché in the book with little care given to achieving any real sentiment.
Synopsis: A high school student finds herself face-to-face with her long-term crush when she signs up to run a kissing booth... [More]
Directed By: Vince Marcello

#51

Valentine's Day (2010)
18%

#51
Adjusted Score: 24076%
Critics Consensus: Eager to please and stuffed with stars, Valentine's Day squanders its promise with a frantic, episodic plot and an abundance of rom-com cliches.
Synopsis: In a series of interconnected stories, various Los Angeles residents (Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper) wend their way through... [More]
Directed By: Garry Marshall

#50
Adjusted Score: 32554%
Critics Consensus: A retread of A Christmas Carol, featuring Matthew McConaughey in a retread of his Dazed and Confused role, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past lacks originality, humor, and any semblance of charm.
Synopsis: Celebrity photographer Connor Mead (Matthew McConaughey) lives life in the fast lane, committed to bachelorhood and simultaneous relationships with multiple... [More]
Directed By: Mark Waters

#49
#49
Adjusted Score: 34503%
Critics Consensus: Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel make a charming couple with plenty of chemistry, but that isn't enough to make up for Life as We Know It's formulaic plot and poorly written script.
Synopsis: After a disastrous first date, the only things Holly Berenson (Katherine Heigl) and Eric Messer (Josh Duhamel) have in common... [More]
Directed By: Greg Berlanti

#48
#48
Adjusted Score: 31221%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When Abbie is diagnosed with cancer, she embarks on a humorous mission to find a new love for Sam, her... [More]
Directed By: Stephanie Laing

#47
#47
Adjusted Score: 12722%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A photographer inherits an antique Advent calendar that seems to predict her future -- including a budding romance.... [More]
Directed By: Bradley Walsh

#46
Adjusted Score: 26003%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Amber and Richard host royals from a faraway kingdom to renew a sacred truce, but when the priceless treaty disappears,... [More]
Directed By: John Schultz

#45

The Wrong Missy (2020)
33%

#45
Adjusted Score: 35306%
Critics Consensus: Lauren Lapkus lifts The Wrong Missy above abject failure, but this lazy comedy will be the wrong option for all but the most Happy Madison-starved viewers.
Synopsis: Disaster strikes when a man invites his dream girl to an island resort -- but a previous blind date shows... [More]
Directed By: Tyler Spindel

#44
#44
Adjusted Score: 19436%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: To keep her spirits high when their son leaves for college, Manhattanite Kate Conrad (Kristin Davis) has booked a 'second... [More]
Directed By: Ernie Barbarash

#43
Adjusted Score: 47689%
Critics Consensus: Despite the best efforts of a talented cast, He's Just Not That Into You devotes too little time to each of its protagonists, thus reducing them to stereotypes.
Synopsis: Baltimore-based friends and lovers, all in their 20s and 30s, try to navigate their way through the complexities of modern... [More]
Directed By: Ken Kwapis

#42
#42
Adjusted Score: 23104%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Before ambitious heiress Ellen Langford can inherit her father's business, she must deliver a special Christmas card to her dad's... [More]
Directed By: Ernie Barbarash

#41
#41
Adjusted Score: 43478%
Critics Consensus: Much like its protagonist, When We First Met struggles in the cinematic "friend zone" -- and will face a slew of viewer breakups before finding much in the way of true love.
Synopsis: After spending a night with the girl of his dreams only to become just friends, a man gets the opportunity... [More]
Directed By: Ari Sandel

#40

Tall Girl (2019)
38%

#40
Adjusted Score: 32435%
Critics Consensus: While charming at times, Tall Girl is mostly an uninspired teen comedy that fails to bring anything new to the genre.
Synopsis: Jodi (Ava Michelle) has always been the tallest girl in school -- and she's always been uncomfortable with it. After... [More]
Directed By: Nzingha Stewart

#39
#39
Adjusted Score: 25443%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Starring:
Directed By:

#38

Murder Mystery (2019)
45%

#38
Adjusted Score: 47531%
Critics Consensus: Murder Mystery reunites Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler for a lightweight comedy that's content to settle for merely mediocre.
Synopsis: A New York cop and his wife go on a European vacation to reinvigorate the spark in their marriage. A... [More]
Directed By: Kyle Newacheck

#37

Like Father (2018)
46%

#37
Adjusted Score: 47635%
Critics Consensus: Like Father unites an alarmingly talented cast for a predictable rom-com that does nothing to counter the negative stereotypes surrounding the genre.
Synopsis: Left at the altar, a young executive takes her Caribbean honeymoon cruise with the last person she ever expected --... [More]
Directed By: Lauren Miller Rogen

#36
Adjusted Score: 50157%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A year after Amber helped Richard secure the crown, the two are set to tie the knot in a royal... [More]
Directed By: John Schultz

#35
#35
Adjusted Score: 36796%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After losing his girlfriend and his job, Marcos' life is turned upside down, and then he meets Raquel.... [More]
Directed By: Laura Mañá

#34
#34
Adjusted Score: 61442%
Critics Consensus: Sierra Burgess Is a Loser, but her movie's okay - largely thanks to Shannon Purser's work in the title role, which is strong enough to counter an uneven narrative.
Synopsis: A case of mistaken identity leads to an unexpected romance when a teen joins forces with a popular student to... [More]
Directed By: Ian Samuels

#33
Adjusted Score: 31868%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Michael Steiner

#32

The Perfect Date (2019)
67%

#32
Adjusted Score: 66182%
Critics Consensus: Though it may not be the perfect romcom, The Perfect Date's endearing leads still manage to show viewers a fun -- if overly familiar -- time.
Synopsis: A high school student creates an app to offer his services as a fake date to make money for college.... [More]
Directed By: Chris Nelson

#31

Falling Inn Love (2019)
67%

#31
Adjusted Score: 66379%
Critics Consensus: Warm and welcoming, Falling Inn Love doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it will give those looking for a cozy new romantic comedy a nice place to lay their heads.
Synopsis: Romance and remodeling collide when a corporate executive wins a New Zealand inn that lacks curb appeal.... [More]
Directed By: Roger Kumble

#30

The Lovebirds (2020)
66%

#30
Adjusted Score: 76908%
Critics Consensus: If the breezily enjoyable The Lovebirds feels like a little less than the sum of its parts, it's still an enjoyable showcase for the talents of its well-matched stars.
Synopsis: Accused of murder, a desperate couple embark on a dangerous quest to solve the mystery and clear their names.... [More]
Directed By: Michael Showalter

#29

Ibiza (2018)
67%

#29
Adjusted Score: 66542%
Critics Consensus: Ibiza settles into an amiable comedic groove enlivened by its talented stars, even if the end result is fittingly somewhat narratively hazy.
Synopsis: Harper, a single 30-something New Yorker, lets loose on a business trip to Barcelona, leading to a flirty encounter with... [More]
Directed By: Alex Richanbach

#28
Adjusted Score: 66379%
Critics Consensus: While its plot borders on the absurd, The Knight Before Christmas is endearing and charming enough to make it a worthy addition to the holiday rom-com genre.
Synopsis: A medieval knight is transported to the present day, where he falls for a high school science teacher who's disillusioned... [More]
Directed By: Monika Mitchell

#27
#27
Adjusted Score: 63608%
Critics Consensus: Smart and socially conscious, Nappily Ever After depicts black female empowerment in a fresh way, but the film relies too heavily on romantic comedy tropes.
Synopsis: A soulful barber helps a woman piece her life back together after an accident at her hair salon makes her... [More]
Directed By: Haifaa Al-Mansour

#26
#26
Adjusted Score: 62239%
Critics Consensus: Predictable but sweet, A Christmas Prince is pleasant enough to pass the time during the holiday season.
Synopsis: Christmas comes early for an aspiring young journalist when she's sent abroad to get the scoop on a dashing prince... [More]
Directed By: Alex Zamm

#25
Adjusted Score: 80348%
Critics Consensus: To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You may feel like little more than an amiable postscript to its predecessor, but fans of the original should still find this a swoonworthy sequel.
Synopsis: As her relationship with Peter continues to grow, Lara Jean reunites with another recipient of one of her old love... [More]
Directed By: Michael Fimognari

#24
#24
Adjusted Score: 63865%
Critics Consensus: The Princess Switch offers a healthy dose of charming, light-hearted, twin-swap fun and is delightful viewing for any hopeless romantic.
Synopsis: One week before Christmas, a duchess switches places with an ordinary woman from Chicago, who looks exactly like her, and... [More]
Directed By: Mike Rohl

#23
Adjusted Score: 78748%
Critics Consensus: The Fundamentals of Caring gets maximum mileage out of the chemistry between its well-matched leads as it follows a fairly well-worn coming-of-age road trip route.
Synopsis: A writer (Paul Rudd) retires after a personal tragedy and becomes a disabled teen's caregiver. When the two embark on... [More]
Directed By: Rob Burnett

She's Gotta Have It (2017)
78%

#22
Synopsis: Iconic filmmaker Spike Lee revisits his first feature film with this Netflix original series of the same name. Brooklyn-based artist... [More]

#21
#21
Adjusted Score: 25700%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A chauvinist gets a taste of his own medicine when he wakes up in a world dominated by women.... [More]
Directed By: Eleonore Pourriat

#20

Alex Strangelove (2018)
81%

#20
Adjusted Score: 80671%
Critics Consensus: Alex Strangelove offers a refreshingly insightful -- and fittingly adult -- take on teen sexuality enlivened by smart humor and a fearlessly progressive approach.
Synopsis: A high school senior plans on losing his virginity to his girlfriend. Things get complicated when he meets a handsome... [More]
Directed By: Craig Johnson

#19

Let It Snow (2019)
81%

#19
Adjusted Score: 81773%
Critics Consensus: Comfortably cliché, Let It Snow wears its influences on its sleeve, but works anyway thanks an excellent ensemble and just the right amount of holiday cheer.
Synopsis: A snowstorm brings a group of young people together.... [More]
Directed By: Luke Snellin

#18

Someone Great (2019)
83%

#18
Adjusted Score: 85480%
Critics Consensus: What Someone Great lacks in originality it makes up for in relatability and charm, thanks in large part to the undeniable chemistry between its talented leads.
Synopsis: Dumped by her long-term boyfriend, a music journalist recruits her two best friends for one last outrageous adventure in New... [More]

#17
#17
Adjusted Score: 31997%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: On their three-year anniversary, Molly and Sam are at a crossroads and need to decide whether to move forward or... [More]
Directed By: Jared Stern

#16
#16
Adjusted Score: 91846%
Critics Consensus: As can be expected from a Tim Burton movie, Corpse Bride is whimsically macabre, visually imaginative, and emotionally bittersweet.
Synopsis: Victor (Johnny Depp) and Victoria's (Emily Watson) families have arranged their marriage. Though they like each other, Victor is nervous... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton, Mike Johnson

#15

Win It All (2017)
85%

#15
Adjusted Score: 87151%
Critics Consensus: Win It All finds writer-director Joe Swanberg working in a comparatively mainstream vein -- and striking another collaborative spark with leading man Jake Johnson.
Synopsis: A small-time gambler (Jake Johnson) agrees to stash a duffel bag for an acquaintance who is heading to prison. When... [More]
Directed By: Joe Swanberg

#14
Adjusted Score: 91789%
Critics Consensus: The Incredible Jessica James makes its standard storyline feel new, almost purely on the strength of a captivating, potentially star-making performance from Jessica Williams.
Synopsis: Jessica, an aspiring playwright in New York City, is trying to get over a recent break-up when she meets Boone,... [More]
Directed By: Jim Strouse

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 89086%
Critics Consensus: The Breaker Upperers brings the laughs early and often, thanks to the dry wit -- and effervescent chemistry -- of writer-director-star duo Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami.
Synopsis: Two cynical women create an agency that helps break up couples in an attempt to avoid moving on with their... [More]

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 94500%
Critics Consensus: Carried by the infectious charms of Ali Wong and Randall Park, Always Be My Maybe takes familiar rom-com beats and cleverly layers in smart social commentary to find its own sweet groove.
Synopsis: Childhood sweethearts have a falling out and don't speak for 15 years. They reconnect as adults when Sasha runs into... [More]
Directed By: Nahnatchka Khan

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 90458%
Critics Consensus: Our Souls at Night honors the quiet strength of its source material by offering a simple yet sturdy canvas for two talented veteran leads to bring its story to life.
Synopsis: Addie Moore and Louis Waters, a widow and widower, have lived next door to each other for years. When Addie... [More]
Directed By: Ritesh Batra

Easy (2016)
90%

#10
Synopsis: From director and creator Joe Swanberg, this Netflix-original comedy anthology series explores diverse Chicago characters, modern romance technology and culture.... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Joe Swanberg

#9

Ali's Wedding (2017)
92%

#9
Adjusted Score: 92606%
Critics Consensus: Ali's Wedding uses its very specific setting to explore universal ideas about relationships -- and in delightfully smart, funny fashion.
Synopsis: After a reckless lie, the son of a Muslim cleric finds himself caught between his sense of duty and following... [More]
Directed By: Jeffrey Walker

#8

Set It Up (2018)
92%

#8
Adjusted Score: 93855%
Critics Consensus: Set It Up follows the long-established outlines of the rom-com template -- and in the process, proves there's still substantial pleasure to be wrought from familiar formulas.
Synopsis: Two overworked and underpaid assistants come up with a plan to get their bosses off their backs by setting them... [More]
Directed By: Claire Scanlon

Love (2016)
94%

#7
Synopsis: When his cheating girlfriend leaves him, people-pleasing nice-guy Gus (Paul Rust, "I Love You, Beth Cooper" and "Inglorious Basterds") moves... [More]

Sex Education (2019)
95%

#6
Synopsis: Socially awkward high school student Otis may not have much experience in the lovemaking department, but he gets good guidance... [More]

#5

Tramps (2016)
95%

#5
Adjusted Score: 95727%
Critics Consensus: Sweet, breezy, and unexpected, Tramps traipses through its romcom premise with earnestness and ease.
Synopsis: A heist, a stolen briefcase and a case of mistaken identity in New York bring together two aspiring criminals and... [More]
Directed By: Adam Leon

#4
Adjusted Score: 98498%
Critics Consensus: To All the Boys I've Loved Before plays by the teen rom-com rules, but relatable characters and a thoroughly charming cast more than make up for a lack of surprises.
Synopsis: A teenage girl's love letters are exposed and wreak havoc on her life.... [More]
Directed By: Susan Johnson

Scrotal Recall (2014)
98%

#3
Synopsis: Dylan, a 20-something romantic, has been intimate with a long list of women during his quest for true love. When... [More]

#2

Catching Feelings (2017)
100%

#2
Adjusted Score: 44976%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The lives of a formerly-famous writer and his wife are disrupted when a famous and very self-indulgent author comes to... [More]
Directed By: Kagiso Lediga

#1

Lust Stories (2018)
100%

#1
Adjusted Score: 64250%
Critics Consensus: Directed by four talented Indian filmmakers, Lust Stories offers a refreshing and nuanced portrayal of women's complex desires.
Synopsis: An anthology of four stories that sheds light on modern relationships from the viewpoint of the Indian woman.... [More]


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The animated Hotel Transylvania franchise takes classic movie monsters and makes them kid-friendly, and while Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation is the best-reviewed of the bunch so far, it still falls a bit short of its peers in the genre. With that in mind, Christy Lemire offers a breakdown of what to expect if you take the kids to see it, and then suggests three other animated movies about monsters that will probably make for a far more pleasant viewing experience for everyone.


THE MOVIE

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) 62%

Rating: PG, for some action and rude humor.

Monsters and humans: They’re not so different after all! It’s the same fundamental point of the previous two Hotel Transylvania movies, only now they’re making it on a cruise ship. Still, an animated film that teaches kids to embrace others’ differences is always welcome, and especially now. And truthfully, these are some of the best movies we’ve ever seen starring Adam Sandler. Once again, the comedian lends his voice to the lead character of Dracula, who’s burned out from running his hotel for monsters. His daughter, Mavis (Selena Gomez), surprises him by taking him and all of his family and friends on a cruise getaway. Dracula isn’t thrilled about this idea until he sees the lovely and intriguing Captain Ericka (Kathryn Hahn). But she may have sinister plans in mind for Dracula and his pals as the great-granddaughter of the legendary vampire hunter Van Helsing (Jim Gaffigan), who’s now half man, half machine. As always, the humor is light and the antics are zippy. The characters are all monsters but they’re cute and colorful. (The green, gelatinous Blobby remains my personal favorite.) There’s a crooning sea creature (voiced by Joe Jonas) who may seem scary for very tiny kids, but his character eventually turns goofy like everyone else. Overall, I’d say this is a fine summer escape for kids ages 6 and older.


THE RECOMMENDATIONS

If the latest Hotel Transylvania movie has your kids psyched up to see more animated monsters, here are a few suggestions you can share with them:

Monsters, Inc. (2001) 96%

Rating: G

One of the earliest Pixar films and still one of my favorites, it’ll inspire ugly crying during its more poignant developments. (The 2013 prequel Monsters University is a lot of fun, too, but not quite as emotionally deep.) Like the Hotel Transylvania series, Monsters Inc. suggests that seemingly scary creatures are just like us: They drive cars, they go on dinner dates, they go to work. But their job is scaring kids to capture their screams, which provide energy for Monstropolis, a vividly detailed city that looks more than a little like New York. The twist is, the monsters are deathly afraid of the children they scare. Billy Crystal and John Goodman bounce off each other beautifully as Mike and Sully, best friends whose lives get upended when they run into a little girl who isn’t frightened of them. It’s wacky and weird, colorful and crazy, and an excellent choice for the whole family.

Watch now on: AmazonFandangoNOW, iTunes


Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005) 84%

Rating: PG, for some scary images and action, and brief mild language.

Tim Burton has explored the creative storytelling possibilities of stop-motion animation in a few films, including The Nightmare Before Christmas (as a writer and producer) and the excellent Frankenweenie. But the melancholy sweetness of Corpse Bride gets me every time. It’s also just flat-out gorgeous to look at, with its vividly detailed characters and delightfully macabre settings. Burton regulars Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter lead an all-star cast in this romantic tale of a shy young man who’s torn between the woman his parents have arranged for him to marry and the woman he accidentally marries when she rises from the Land of the Dead. It might seem a little scary for very young kids, but it’s mostly magical. Death and decay abound, but in a playful and often musical way. Great for viewers around 8 and older.

Watch now on: AmazonFandangoNOWiTunes


Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) 97%

Rating: PG, for thematic elements, scary images, action and peril.

This dazzlingly beautiful and deeply moving film was one of my favorites of 2016. It’s a traditional hero’s journey with inspired visuals and a starry voice cast. Another twisted offering from the Laika animation house (Coraline, The Boxtrolls), Kubo follows the adventures of a young boy (voiced by Art Parkinson) with the magical ability to bring his vibrant origami creatures to life through music.  But he also must deal with heavy issues at home, including serving as the parent to his depressed mother, a witch warrior. With the help of a monkey named Monkey (Charlize Theron) and a beetle named Beetle (Matthew McConaughey), he goes on a quest to find three crucial pieces of armor that belonged to his late father, a valiant samurai. Like Corpse BrideKubo was created through painstaking stop-motion animation. But it also explores some ideas that may be disturbing for some young viewers. Kubo is in constant peril and under attack by an array of monsters from his earliest days. Among the challenges he must face are a sea of giant eyeballs and a set of creepy twins. There’s also a great deal of wonder here, though, as well as worthwhile themes of bravery and perseverance. Fine for viewers around 8 or 9 and older.

Watch now on: AmazonFandangoNOWiTunes

Halloween is nigh upon us, and ’tis the season for ghoulish celebrations. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a handy list of well-reviewed movies and TV shows you can stream on Netflix right now, in case you want to get a head start on the spooky festivities. Whether you’re looking for a classic slasher flick, a pyschological thriller, a horror comedy, or even something you can watch with the kids, we’ve got you covered. See below for all of the selections.


1. ABCs of Death 2 (2014) 73%

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This follow-up to the 2013 omnibus film features 26 horror segments — one for each letter of the alphabet — helmed by 26 different directors.

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2. American Horror Story 77%

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Ryan Murphy’s horror anthology series boasts spooky environs, provocative themes, and top-notch acting from Jessica Lange, Dylan McDermott, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Zachary Quinto, and Frances Conroy. Seasons 1-6 are available to stream.

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3. The Babadook (2014) 98%

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Writer-director Jennifer Kent’s Golden Tomato Award-winning horror film tells the deeply unnerving story a widow and her six-year-old who are bedeviled by a storybook monster.

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4. Baskin (2015) 80%

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This Turkish horror film tells the terrifying tale of a group of cops who stumble into an otherworldly realm.

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5. Bates Motel 93%

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Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, and Olivia Cooke star in this reimagining of Norman Bates’ teenage years — those carefree days before he took over the family business and had to deal with constant nagging from Mother. Seasons 1-4 are available.

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6. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919) 99%

Arguably considered the first true horror film, this silent era classic tells the story of a traveling hypnotist with a murderous secret.

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7. The Canal (2014) 72%

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A film archivist discovers that the home he shares with his family was the site of a brutal murder and soon finds himself terrorized by evil visions and a dark presence in this Irish import.

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8. Castlevania 94%

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This Netflix animated series based on the classic video game franchise centers on the last in a long line of monster hunters, who attempts to keep his country safe from a vengeful vampire.

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9. Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005) 84%

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Tim Burton’s first foray into stop-motion animation follows a young groom-to-be named Victor (voiced by Johnny Depp) who unwittingly marries an undead woman (Helena Bonham-Carter) while practicing his wedding vows.

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10. Creep (2014) 90%

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Mark Duplass and director Patrick Brice star in Brice’s psychological thriller about an amateur videographer who agrees to film a man who lives in the woods for a day, only to discover the man may not be all that he seems.

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11. Cult of Chucky (2017) 80%

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The latest installment of the long-running horror franchise finds the demonic doll terrorizing a woman in an asylum, while his old nemesis attempts to save her.

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12. A Dark Song (2016) 90%

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This horror-tinged drama centers on two people who travel to a remote house to experiment with occult rituals.

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13. Deathgasm (2015) 88%

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While trying to escape their restrictive lives, two teens in a heavy metal band perform a piece of forbidden music that unlocks the gates of hell.

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14. The Den (2014) 78%

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After witnessing what she believes is a murder on an internet video chat site, a young grad student decides to investigate it herself and becomes the next victim.

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15. The Devil's Candy (2015) 92%

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Ethan Embry and Shiri Appleby star as a couple who move with their daughter into a new home, where the husband — and a deranged former resident who returns to terrorize them — is haunted by mysterious voices.

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16. Extraordinary Tales (2013) 58%

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Edgar Allan Poe’s dark words come to life in this animated anthology including stories such as “The Pit and the Pendulum” and “The Tell-Tale Heart,” narrated by the likes of Christopher Lee and Guillermo Del Toro.

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17. The Eyes of My Mother (2016) 78%

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This indie horror film centers on the immensely disturbing life led by a young woman after a shattering act of violence.

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18. Gerald's Game (2017) 91%

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Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood star in Mike Flanagan’s Netflix original adaptation of the Stephen King novel about a woman who is left chained to a bed when a sex game with her husband goes tragically wrong.

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19. Goosebumps (2015) 78%

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Jack Black stars in this fantasy adventure as author R.L. Stine, whose various Goosebumps creations come to life and terrorize his town. He must team up with his daughter and next door neighbor to stop the madness.

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20. The Hallow (2015) 70%

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In this thriller from the UK, a young family moves in to a secluded house, disturbing an ancient evil that resides in the woods nearby.

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21. He Never Died (2015) 88%

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Henry Rollins stars in this horror comedy about a grizzled depressive who literally cannot expire.

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22. Hellraiser (1987) 72%

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Clive Barker’s 1987 feature debut is a grisly affair that takes full advantage of his twisted imagination and births a memorable villain.

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23. The Host (2006) 93%

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South Korea’s highest grossing film ever at the time of its release, The Host is director Bong Joon-ho’s breakout film, a sci-fi monster flick that combines scares, laughs, and satire in service of a popcorn flick as entertaining as it is intellectually satisfying.

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24. Housebound (2014) 95%

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In this horror comedy from New Zealand, a woman sentenced to home confinement discovers her house is occupied by a malevolent spirit.

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25. Hush (2016) 93%

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Kate Siegel plays a young deaf author living alone who is terrorized by a masked killer (John Gallagher Jr.)… who then turns the tables on her attacker.

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26. The Invitation (2015) 89%

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A man accepts an invitation to a dinner party hosted by his ex-wife, an unsettling affair that reopens old wounds and creates new tensions.

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27. It Follows (2014) 96%

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Maika Monroe stars as a suburban Michigan teen who becomes infected with a malevolent spirit after a sexual encounter, and it won’t stop pursuing her until she gives it to someone else — or dies.

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28. iZombie 92%

(Photo by Diyah Pera/The CW)

In this CW series loosely based on the DC comic, Rose McIver stars as Liv, a zombie who helps police solve murders by eating dead victims’ brains and absorbing their memories. Seasons 1-3 are available.

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29. Monsters (2010) 73%

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Scoot McNairy stars in this a low-budget sci-fi thriller about an attempt by the millitary to contain quarantined alien life.

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30. Penny Dreadful 91%

(Photo by Jonathan Hession/Showtime)

Eva Green and Timothy Dalton lead an ensemble cast in Showtime’s gothic supernatural drama, which draws characters from classic literature like Victor Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and Dracula. All three seasons are available.

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31. Raw (2016) 92%

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This unusual horror/dark comedy/coming-of-age film centers on a lifelong vegetarian who discovers a taste for raw meat during her first year of veterinary school.

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32. The Returned 97%

(Photo by Haut Et Court/Canal +/Sundance Channel)

This French series, which aired in the US on SundanceTV and was subsequently remade in English, follows a small mountain community where the deceased begin reappearing, accompanied by unexplained supernatural phenomena. Both seasons are available.

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33. Santa Clarita Diet 89%

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Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant star in this Netflix original horror-comedy about a suburban couple dealing with the wife’s sudden appetite for human flesh.

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34. Sharknado (2013) 74%

Tara Reid, Ian Ziering, and John Heard star in this eerily plausible sci-fi adventure about a devastating storm that facilitates a shark attack on Los Angeles.

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35. Sleepy Hollow (1999) 69%

Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, and Christopher Walken star in Tim Burton’s take on the classic tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman.

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36. Stake Land (2010) 74%

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Directed by Jim Mickle, Stake Land is a post-apocalyptic indie horror road movie about vampire hunters that’s brimming with atmosphere.

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37. Starry Eyes (2014) 74%

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This sci-fi horror hybrid tells the tale of an ambitious actress who is unwittingly enlisted by a sinister organization for a strange performance.

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38. Stranger Things 93%

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This wildly popular Netflix original series follows a group of precocious teens in a small Indiana town in 1983 as they attempt to make sense of the supernatural phenomena happening around them. Season 1 is available now, and season 2 is set to drop on October 27.

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39. Supernatural 93%

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The demon-hunting Winchester brothers (played by Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) continue their quest to fight evil wherever they find it in this long-running CW horror series. Seasons 1-12 are available to stream.

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40. Teeth (2007) 80%

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Jess Weixler stars in this tongue-in-cheek horror comedy about a teenager who discovers she has teeth in her vagina. Yes, you read that correctly.

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41. They Look Like People (2015) 92%

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This psychological thriller centers on a man who is convinced the world is on the verge of being overtaken by demons and attempts to hide his fear from a friend. Is he going mad, or is it real?

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42. Train to Busan (2016) 94%

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This apocalyptic action-horror film from South Korea follows a group of passengers on a commuter train fighting to survive a zombie outbreak.

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43. The Transfiguration (2016) 85%

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This thriller follows a trouble teen fascinated by vampires who meets another outcast and forms a potentially fraught bond with her.

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44. Trollhunter (2010) 82%

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This Norwegian found footage horror comedy follows a group of college students in pursuit of a suspected bear poacher who instead stumble upon an unexpected discovery.

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45. Under the Shadow (2016) 99%

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This acclaimed horror hybrid from debuting writer-director Babak Anvari is set in war-torn Tehran and centers on a mother and daughter who may or may not be suffering from the presence of a Djinn.

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46. The Void (2016) 77%

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This horror film centers on the supernatural chaos that erupts after a policeman discovers a dying man and rushes him to treatment at a nearby hospital.

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47. The Wailing (2016) 99%

(Photo by Well Go USA)

This South Korean horror drama centers on a small town reeling from a series of brutal murders after the arrival of a mysterious stranger.

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48. The Walking Dead 80%

(Photo by Frank Ockenfels/AMC)

Thoughtful and gory in equal measure, AMC’s wildly popular action drama follows the lives of a handful of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by zombies. Seasons 1-7 are available.

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49. We Are Still Here (2015) 95%

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Writer/director Ted Geoghegan makes a strong, stylish feature debut with this horror story about a grieving couple who move to a secluded home after the tragic death of their son; little do they know that their new home has a bloody past.

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50. Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994) 80%

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Wes Craven’s New Nightmare is a self-conscious meta deconstruction of horror films that also happens to be one of the strongest entries in the Freddy Krueger saga.

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It’s the beginning of February, which means subscription services have rolled out a ton of new titles available to stream. As usual, we’ve narrowed the selections down to just the Certified Fresh choices, ranging from a recent Pixar hit to a celebrated noir thriller to a teen comedy to a selection of James Bond movies, plus a whole lot more and a handful of rental/purchase titles and the debut of some popular HBO shows on FandangoNOW. Read on for the full list.


New on Netflix

 

The Third Man (1949) 99%

Carol Reed’s classic noir stars Joseph Cotten as a writer who travels to post-war Vienna to visit an old friend (Orson Welles), only to discover he dabbled in the black market and has recently died in a street accident…  or has he?

Available now on: Netflix


The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson (2016) 97%

Cuba Gooding Jr., Sarah Paulson, and John Travolta headline an ensemble cast in this multiple Emmy-winning dramatization of the events surrounding the trial of O.J. Simpson.

Available now on: Netflix


Babe (1995) 97%

James Cromwell and a voice cast that includes Hugo Weaving and Christine Cavanaugh (as Babe) star in this family film about an orphaned farm pig who aspires to be a sheep dog (or sheep pig, rather).

Available now on: Netflix


Finding Dory (2016) 94%

Pixar’s sequel to 2003’s Finding Nemo turns the tables, as Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) sets off to find her family and Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence) attempt to track her down.

Available now on: Netflix


The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) 95%

Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara, and Danny Elfman lend their voices to Henry Selick’s stop-motion animated musical — based on characters created by Tim Burton — about a skeletal resident of fantastical Halloween Town who becomes obsessed with Christmas and tries to take over Santa Claus’s job.

Available now on: Netflix


Superbad (2007) 88%

Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse star in this comedy about three high schoolers who try to make an impression on the ladies by scoring some alcohol for a party.

Available now on: Netflix


The Blair Witch Project (1999) 86%

Full of creepy campfire scares, this groundbreaking mock-doc keeps audiences in the dark about its titular villain — thus proving that imagination can be as scary as anything onscreen.

Available now on: Netflix


Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005) 84%

Tim Burton finally took the reins on this stop-motion animated film about a young man named Victor (voiced by Johnny Depp) and the undead woman (Helena Bonham Carter) he unwittingly marries while practicing his wedding vows in the woods.

Available now on: Netflix


Mulholland Dr. (2001) 84%

Naomi Watts stars in a breakout role in David Lynch’s fever dream about a disturbed woman whose grip on reality slowly crumbles after she meets a stranger (Laura Harring) who’s lost her memory.

Available now on: Netflix


Magic Mike (2012) 79%

Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey star in Steven Soderbergh’s drama — partially based on Tatum’s life — about a male stripper who shepherds a younger dancer in the ways of partying and seduction.

Available now on: Netflix


The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) 76%

The first chapter in the adaptation of the popular children’s novels by C.S. Lewis follows the four Pevensie children as they discover their old wardrobe is a portal to a vast fantastical world.

Available now on: Netflix


Frequency: Season 1 (2016) 77%

Inspired by the 2000 film of the same name, this CW drama centers on an NYPD detective who discovers she can communicate with her deceased father, living int he past, via ham radio, and attempts to prevent his inevitable death.

Available now on: Netflix


New on Amazon Prime

 

Goldfinger (1964) 99%

– James Bond Films

Amazon Prime is unlocking a slew of classic 007 movies this week, including GoldfingerThe Spy Who Loved MeThe Living DaylightsOctopussyLive and Let Die, and even the unofficial Bond movie Never Say Never Again.

Available now on Amazon Prime: Goldfinger, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds are Forever, Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Octopussy, Never Say Never Again, The Living Daylights, The World is Not Enough, Die Another Day


Nuts! (2016) 94%

This cheeky documentary recounts the story of John Romulus Brinkley, an early 20th century Kansas doctor who believed he could cure impotence in men by transplanting goat testicles into them.

Available now on: Amazon Prime


Margin Call (2011) 87%

Kevin Spacey and Zachary Quinto lead an ensemble cast in J.C. Chandor’s drama about an investment bank on the verge of collapse.

Available now on: Amazon Prime


Hoosiers (1986) 91%

Gene Hackman stars in this classic sports drama about a disgraced basketball coach who relocates to a small town, takes charge of the local high school’s hoops team, and leads them to a state championship.

Available now on: Amazon Prime


Thelma & Louise (1991) 85%

Ridley Scott directed this 1991 hit about a pair of women (played by Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis) who leave behind their regular lives for a road trip that quickly goes awry.

Available now on: Amazon Prime


Into the Wild (2007) 83%

Emile Hirsch stars in Sean Penn’s Oscar-nominated account of Christopher McCandless, a college grad who abandoned a privileged life to embark on a cross-country adventure in search of personal enlightenment.

Available now on: Amazon Prime


Pretty in Pink (1986) 73%

This quintessential 1980s high school movie by John Hughes stars Molly Ringwald as a teen princess-in-waiting, Andrew McCarthy as the preppie doofus she falls for, and Jon Cryer as the loyal friend who’s secretly in love with her.

Available now on: Amazon Prime


The Firm (1993) 75%

Tom Cruise and Gene Hackman star in Sydney Pollack’s adaptation of the John Grisham novel about a law school grad who discovers the firm that hired him engages in rather unsavory practices.

Available now on: Amazon Prime


New on FandangoNOW

 

Insecure 97%

A variety of HBO series are now available on FandangoNOW, including this one, partly based on star Issa Rae’s web series Awkward Black Girl, that centers on two black women learning to navigate their personal and professional lives in Los Angeles.

Available now on: FandangoNOW


The Manchurian Candidate (1962) 97%

Frank Sinatra and Angela Lansbury star in John Frankenheimer’s classic thriller about a war veteran who returns home to his family and friends, one of whom begins to suspect he may have been brainwashed by Communists for nefarious purposes.

Available now on: FandangoNOW


The Sopranos 92%

One of the most critically acclaimed dramas of all time, this HBO crime series centers on a New Jersey mob boss (played by Emmy winner James Gandolfini) who seeks therapy as he attempts to balance his criminal life with his family obligations.

Available now on: FandangoNOW


Manchester by the Sea (2016) 96%

This multiple Oscar-nominated drama from Kenneth Lonergan stars Casey Affleck and Lucas Hedges in a drama about a man with a troubled past who returns to his hometown to help care for his nephew after his brother suddenly dies.

Available 1/11 on: FandangoNOW


Game of Thrones 89%

Based on the popular novels by George R.R. Martin, this HBO fantasy series revolves around the tricky politics and looming supernatural menace in a fictional medieval world as various noble families strive for dominion over all the kingdoms.

Available now on: FandangoNOW


The Night Of 94%

This HBO miniseries centers on a Pakistani-American college student (Riz Ahmed) who is accused of murder and the eccentric attorney (John Turturro) who agrees to defend him, despite a mountain of incriminating evidence.

Available now on: FandangoNOW


The Eagle Huntress (2016) 93%

Nominated for a number of awards this year, this documentary centers on a Kazakh teen training to become the first female in twelve generations to join her family tradition.

Available now on: FandangoNOW


Girls 89%

Lena Dunham’s HBO comedy follows the whirlwind drama of making ends meet, falling in love, and being a good friend while living in the Big Apple — as told by four privileged girls in their mid-20s.

Available now on: FandangoNOW


The Color of Money (1986) 89%

Paul Newman and Tom Cruise star in Martin Scorsese’s late follow-up to The Hustler, in which Fast Eddie Felson takes on a new protege in the form of an arrogant young pool shark.

Available now on: FandangoNOW


Hacksaw Ridge (2016) 84%

Andrew Garfield stars in Mel Gibson’s war drama about real life hero Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector and army medic who single-handedly saved the lives of 75 men during the Battle of Okinawa during WWII.

Available now on: FandangoNOW


London Road (2015) 77%

Based on true events that occurred in 2006, this musical chronicles the efforts of a Suffolk, England neighborhood to come to grips with a series of grisly murders that took place there.

Available now on: FandangoNOW


Nocturnal Animals (2016) 74%

Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Michael Shannon (nominated for Best Supporting Actor) star in this Oscar-nominated thriller from Tom Ford about a woman who suspects the worst when her writer ex-husband delivers his latest manuscript, a dark mystery with parallels to their relationship.

Available now on: FandangoNOW


Divorce 78%

Sarah Jessica Parker stars in this HBO comedy about a woman who suddenly begins to reassess her life and her marriage and finds that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she thought.

Available now on: FandangoNOW


Band of Brothers 97%

Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks executive produced this HBO miniseries, based on the Stephen Ambrose book of the same name and starring the likes of Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, Michael Fassbender, Colin Hanks, Simon Pegg, and more in a WWII drama chronicling the history of the US Army’s “Easy” Company throughout the war.

Available now on: FandangoNOW

Halloween is coming. Perhaps you were aware of that. What better way to celebrate the holiday than with some family-friendly horror movies? Take a break from stressing out over costumes and shopping for candy with any of these great choices. Or you could just watch all eight Harry Potter movies, in order, all over again. Enjoy!


 

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) 89%

My husband and I took our son, Nicolas, to see this at the New Beverly Cinema, the Los Angeles repertory theater Quentin Tarantino owns, when he was a little over 6 years old. He laughed the whole way through – and he especially enjoyed the Invisible Man, voiced by Vincent Price. Abbott and Costello’s classic brand of slapstick comedy is perfect for kids, and the clever integration of Universal’s iconic movie monsters into their zany world will amuse grown-ups, as well.

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Beetlejuice (1988) 85%

This entire list could consist of nothing but Tim Burton movies, in theory – at least, his earlier ones. But I’m limiting myself to just a handful, and this one’s a must. Beetlejuice finds Burton in his sweet spot with a mix that’s weird and whimsical, giddy and ghoulish. The macabre details, the off-kilter humor, the Danny Elfman score: They all blend brilliantly to create one of Burton’s absolute best works. And Michael Keaton is in peak form as the title character: a fast-talking, flatulent spirit who’s been hired to scare a family of yuppies out of their new house.

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The Blob (1958) 68%

This is just straight-up silly – a pure, unabashed B-movie with a ridiculous premise and cheesy special effects. If your kids are savvy moviegoers (like mine is), and they’ve grown up enjoying blockbusters with the highest of high-tech computer-generated visuals, they’ll be struck by how cheap and simplistic The Blob looks by comparison. But that’s what makes it such a blast to watch. A meteor crashes to Earth and emits a reddish, gooey ooze that starts sucking the life out of people, increasing in size with each new victim. Pandemonium ensues. It’s a hoot. And it gave Steve McQueen his first starring role.

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Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005) 84%

We’re back with Burton again, this time in stop-motion animation mode. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) is also a great — and popular — Halloween choice along these lines, but I’ve got a soft spot for the melancholy sweetness of this one. With an all-star voice cast led by Burton regulars Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, the film follows the romantic troubles of a shy young man torn between the woman his parents have arranged for him to marry and the woman who rises from the Land of the Dead and accidentally becomes his wife. It’s as gorgeous as it is poignant.

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) 99%

This may not seem like the most traditional pick. But if you’ll recall, a crucial scene in E.T. takes place on Halloween night: when the boys smuggle their alien friend out of the house by pretending he’s Gertie, dressed as a ghost for trick-or-treating. As always, Steven Spielberg works wonders with perspective here, as an awestruck E.T. surveys the landscape of ghouls and goblins and struggles to make sense of it all. And come on – this is one of Spielberg’s greatest films ever. Any excuse to watch it will do.

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Frankenweenie (2012) 87%

Tim Burton reminds us of why we love Tim Burton with this feature-length version of the 1984 short that revealed early glimmers of the veteran director’s darkly humorous style. The story of a little boy who brings his beloved, deceased dog back to life felt like the purest expression of Burton’s ethos that we’d seen in a while. His love of classic monster movies is infectious. And it’s just gorgeous in crisp black and white. I recently showed this to my son and I cried all over again, and he made fun of me for crying, so a good Friday night was had by all.

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Ghostbusters (1984) 97%

You could watch either version – the original or this summer’s remake with a cast of stellar comediennes. But I’d steer you and (more importantly) your kids toward this one first, for cultural perspective, if nothing else. You know what it’s about: It’s Ghostbusters. A group of scientists try to explain and eliminate a paranormal invasion that’s terrorized New York City. A comedy classic starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson, but one with some genuine scares and thrills, too.

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Goosebumps (2015) 78%

A really fun big-screen version of the R.L. Stine Goosebumps books, starring Jack Black as the real-life author. If your kids love the books, they’ll have a blast watching this – but even if they’re not familiar with the series (as my son wasn’t when he saw the movie), they’re still in for some thrills. A teenager moves to a new town and finds his next-door neighbor is the creepy and reclusive Stine. Soon afterward, the monsters trapped inside Stine’s bound books spring to life and wreak havoc. Some of the images here may be a bit too scary for very young kids, but the tone is mostly playful.

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It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966) 95%

THE Halloween classic, of course. You’ve probably seen it a million times and can recite Linus’ Great Pumpkin speech right along with him. But if it’s been a while, or if your kids have never seen it, this is a great one to watch together – regardless of their age. Charlie Brown’s trick-or-treating lament – “I got a rock” – never gets old. And Linus’ unshakable faith that the Great Pumpkin not only exists but also will rise up and bring presents to all the good boys and girls has a charming innocence.

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Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) 95%

Another dazzling example of stop-motion animation – in the same year, as Corpse Bride, no less – from the geniuses at Aardman. Mild-mannered Wallace and his trusty dog, Gromit, come to the rescue when a mutant rabbit attacks a village right before its annual vegetable competition. Winner of the Academy Award for best animated feature, Curse of the Were-Rabbit is irresistibly sweet and slyly subversive. A great choice for viewers of all ages and an excellent entry into the Wallace & Gromit world.

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For 30 years and counting, Tim Burton has been one of the most successful directors in Hollywood — and he’s done it his way, presenting filmgoers with an ever-growing list of films that celebrate the strange and macabre, from comedies (Beetlejuice) to dramas (Big Fish) to thrillers (Sleepy Hollow), with a few stops for big-budget blockbuster fare along the way (Batman, Planet of the Apes). Heck, Burton’s even proven his mettle as a director of animated fare (Corpse Bride) and served as a producer on at least one movie he didn’t direct, but you probably thought he did (The Nightmare Before Christmas). This week, Burton’s back with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and to celebrate, we decided to take a look back at his ten best-reviewed films. Let’s Total Recall, shall we?


10. Big Fish (2003) 76%

After facing the loudest critical catcalls of his career with 2001’s Planet of the Apes, Burton needed a rebound — and he got it with Big Fish. It certainly had its detractors — Jim Lane of the Sacramento News & Review, for one, was annoyed by what he called “Burton’s flourishes of self-satisfied frippery” — but most critics were satisfied with the way Burton brought his signature visual style to bear on this adaptation of Daniel Wallace’s novel about a father whose propensity for tall tales has driven a wedge between himself and his son. Burton, who had recently lost both of his parents, knew a thing or two about strained family relations, and that no doubt enabled him to bring an extra personal touch to this whimsically bittersweet drama. As Rob Nelson of the Minneapolis/St. Paul City Pages observed, “Burton, favoring form over content, flavor over fact, has been often criticized for not knowing how to bring his work to satisfactory resolution. But I’d call that a good thing. Blame it on his dad.”


9. Batman Returns (1992) 80%

Though he was initially reluctant to film a Batman sequel, Burton was eventually persuaded to return to Gotham after wresting complete creative control from Warner Bros. and hiring Daniel Waters (who worked with Burton on an attempted Beetlejuice sequel) to write the script. The result was 1992’s Batman Returns, a casting dream that found Batman (Michael Keaton, donning the cowl for the final time) facing off against Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer, resplendent in leather) and the Penguin (a scenery-chewing Danny DeVito). Though some critics (and parents) felt the film was too dark, most reviews were positive; in fact, before Christopher Nolan came along with Batman Begins, Batman Returns was the best-reviewed film in the franchise, something Desson Thompson of the Washington Post attributed to the fact that it “Comes closer than ever to Bob Kane’s dark, original strip, which began in 1939.”


8. Beetlejuice (1988) 85%

Burton and Warner Bros. toiled for years on a Batman script, leaving him free to entertain other projects — but it wasn’t until Michael McDowell’s original screenplay for Beetlejuice crossed Burton’s desk that he felt like he’d met his match. After hiring Warren Skaaren to give McDowell’s rather dark and violent script a more family-friendly polish, Burton set about filming what would end up becoming one of 1988’s most successful movies — an absurd ghost comedy starring Michael Keaton as the titular “bio-exorcist” that a pair of ghosts (Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin) hire to rid their home of its obnoxious living residents. Bustling with kooky special effects, off-the-wall humor, and Harry Belafonte songs, Beetlejuice racked up almost $75 million in domestic grosses, cementing Burton’s status as a bankable filmmaker (and speeding Batman‘s development in the process). More than just a fine early example of Burton’s skewed sensibilities, Beetlejuice remains a thoroughly enjoyable comedy; in the words of eFilmCritic’s Scott Weinberg, it “Coasts by like a rocket, thanks to Keaton’s inspired performance and Burton’s dark-carnival lunacy.”


7. Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005) 84%

Tim Burton was heavily involved with 1993’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, but it wasn’t until 2005’s Corpse Bride that he got around to directing his first full-length animated film, an update on a centuries-old legend about a man (Johnny Depp) who unwittingly hitches himself to an undead wife (Helena Bonham Carter). Perhaps unsurprisingly, Corpse Bride‘s spindly, pale characters looked a lot like Jack Skellington and his friends — and the movie sounded mighty familiar, too, featuring the voices of a number of Burton vets (including Depp, Carter, and Albert Finney) as well as the requisite Danny Elfman score. With Burton surrounded by familiar faces and firmly ensconsed in his thematic wheelhouse, it only makes sense that Corpse Bride was successful with filmgoers (grossing over $100 million worldwide) as well as critics; as Zertinet’s Steven Snyder opined, “Tim Burton so believably brings his worlds to life, with such a dark, dreamy and dazzling imagination, that we all but take for granted that he has taken us on some of the most delightfully absurd adventures of modern cinema.”


6. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) 83%

If a movie had never been made from Roald Dahl’s classic tale of a reclusive, legendarily eccentric candy maker and the children whose lives he alters forever, Tim Burton would have been the perfect director to make it happen. Of course, as we all know, Mel Stuart directed Gene Wilder in a 1971 adaptation — one that, despite Dahl’s negative reaction, was remembered fondly by many of the kids who grew up with it. Greeted with a fair amount of skepticism, Burton’s new take on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory threatened to be a misfire of epic proportions — Johnny Depp playing Wonka as a cross between Anna Wintour and Michael Jackson? Say what? — but Burton’s instincts ultimately proved both lucrative (Charlie grossed nearly $475 million worldwide) and critically successful. Writing for the Independent, Robert Hanks echoed the sentiments of many of his peers when he pointed out, “In its combination of fidelity to its source and wacky visual ideas, Burton’s take is a triumph of common sense and imagination — exactly the qualities for which we admire children.”


5. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) 86%

Love, vengeance, madness, and lots of blood — what could be more perfect than Tim Burton directing an adaptation of Sweeney Todd, the Victorian tale of an unjustly imprisoned barber who uses his razor to get even (and then some)? On the other hand, once word got out that Burton was using Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd musical as inspiration, skeptics immediately scoffed at the idea of asking Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Alan Rickman to sing the songs of a Broadway legend — particularly Depp, whose musical aspirations had always been limited to the guitar. While it’s true that Burton’s Sweeney may not have featured the most stageworthy singing, any vocal deficiencies were more than compensated with the sheer bloody spectacle of a talented director bringing his lens to bear on one of the grisliest tales ever to grace the Great White Way. Calling it “As unsettling as it is riveting,” Gail Pennington of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch promised, “even Sondheim aficionados will see the story with fresh eyes, unless those eyes are covered.”


4. Frankenweenie (2012) 87%

Nearly three decades after the original Frankenweenie short film got Burton fired at Disney, the project came full circle courtesy of a new deal between the director and the studio — and a new treatment reimagining the 30-minute live-action tale of a boy and his undead dog as a 3D stop-motion animated feature. The second time proved to be the charm for the full-length Frankenweenie, which used Burton’s weird little early career footnote as the basis for a critical and commercial hit that took the original concept — young scientist brings his deceased pooch back to life, with unpredictable results — and expanded it to to tell the story of what might happen if an entire town wanted to take advantage of his gifts. Boasting Burton’s quirky/creepy aesthetic and a talented voice cast that included Martin Short, Winona Ryder, and Martin Landau, it all added up to what TIME’s Richard Corliss lauded as “the year’s most inventive, endearing animated feature.”


3. Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985) 87%

Burton’s cult classic short films Vincent and Frankenweenie caught the eye of Paul Reubens, who drafted the as yet unproven director for his first big-screen foray, 1985’s Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. On paper, it seems rather unlikely that filmgoers would be interested in plunking down for the absurd adventures of a bow tie-wearing man-child who hitchhikes across the country in search of his stolen bike, but Big Adventure was a big hit, kickstarting Burton’s career and leading to five delightfully strange Saturday morning seasons of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse on CBS. A quarter century after it was released, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure remains a cult classic — and it will always be, as Cole Smithey described it, “Goofy, silly, and just plain funny.”


2. Edward Scissorhands (1990) 90%

After Batman went down as the biggest box office hit of 1989, Tim Burton had his pick of projects — and he chose the one closest to his heart. Edward Scissorhands was a story that had been gestating since Burton’s lonely days as a teenager in Southern California; granted creative control by Fox (which purchased the rights from a distinterested Warner Bros.), he ran through a list of actors that included William Hurt, Robert Downey, Jr., and Toms Hanks and Cruise before deciding Johnny Depp would be perfect to play the film’s central character, the lonely, blade-fingered creation of a mad scientist (Vincent Price). Of course, at the time, nobody knew Edward Scissorhands would mark the beginning of a partnership between Burton and Depp that currently stands at seven films and counting; they only knew, in the words of the Deseret News’ Chris Hicks, “quite a surprise” and “an utterly enchanting fairy tale.”


1. Ed Wood (1994) 92%

He’s enjoyed more critical acclaim and commercial success than most directors, but it seems fair to say Tim Burton has spent a good portion of his career feeling misunderstood — which is surely part of what drew Burton to Ed Wood, a biopic of the oft-derided director who gifted the cinema with films such as Glen or Glenda and Plan 9 from Outer Space. Its screenplay was penned by Problem Child writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski — both of whom knew a thing or two about battling the low expectations of others — and befitting its subject, Ed Wood was punted around the studio system before landing at Disney, where Burton received the full creative control he craved. The result, running more than two hours in deeply unfashionable black and white, was a predictable box office flop — but it resonated strongly with critics, who embraced it as, in Matt Brunson of Creative Loafing’s estimation, “A gentle valentine that celebrates the creative spirit, no matter how misguided that particular spirit happens to be.”

This week on streaming video, Netflix added a good number of iconic classics to its catalog, as well as a few recent films worth checking out, a couple of underseen gems, and some fan favorites. Read on for the full list:


New on Netflix

 

Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015) 96%

This Certified Fresh documentary is a collection of interviews by the renegade Iranian director, who filmed conversations with his passengers while posing as a cab driver in Tehran.

Available now on: Netflix


Unforgiven (1992) 96%

In this Best Picture-winning western, Clint Eastwood stars as an aging gunslinger whose soul has been irrevocably stained by the violence of his past; Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman lend sturdy support.

Available now on: Netflix


Finding Vivian Maier (2013) 95%

This Certified Fresh documentary examines the prolific — and secret — work of an unassuming nanny whose vast collection of striking photographs was discovered by accident long after her death.

Available now on: Netflix


Blade Runner (1982) 89%

Based on a Philip K. Dick short story, Ridley Scott’s seminal sci-fi noir masterpiece stars Harrison Ford as a detective tasked with tracking down a group of lifelike androids — led by Rutger Hauer’s iconic Roy Batty — who have gone rogue.

Available now on: Netflix


Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) 44%

The first three feature films of the Star Trek franchise are available this week, beginning with the Enterprise crew’s big screen maiden voyage. The acclaimed The Wrath of Khan and The Search for Spock make nice companion pieces to follow up with.

Available now on Netflix: Star Trek: The Motion Picture, The Wrath of Khan, The Search for Spock


Saturday Night Fever (1977) 82%

It’s got a killer soundtrack, a star-making performance from John Travolta…. and a narrative that’s far grittier and sadder than decades of parodies would suggest.

Available now on: Netflix


The Exorcist (1973) 83%

The devil’s taken plenty of forms during his various screen outings, but he’s arguably never been more terrifying than he was when he inhabited the body of 12-year-old Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair) in one of Hollywood’s scariest, most epic showdowns between good and evil.

Available now on: Netflix


Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005) 84%

In Tim Burton’s first stop motion animated feature, longtime collaborators Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter lend their voices to a groom-to-be named Victor and the undead woman he unwittingly marries while practicing his wedding vows in the woods.

Available now on: Netflix


Scarface (1983) 82%

Al Pacino offers an unforgettable performance in Brian DePalma’s iconic drama about drug kingpin Tony Montana’s rise to power and eventual downfall.

Available now on: Netflix


Panic in Needle Park (1971) 80%

Al Pacino also stars in this drug drama of a very different sort, about a pair of New York heroin junkies who fall in love and encounter a series of misfortunes.

Available now on: Netflix


The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005) 77%

Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrera, Blake Lively, and Alexis Bledel star in this adaptation of the popular coming-of-age novel about four teens who share the same pair of mystical jeans over the course of a summer.

Available now on: Netflix


Son of Batman (2014) 64%

This animated feature from Waner Bros. finds the Dark Knight discovering he fathered a child named Damian with Talia al Ghul. Trained as a lethal assassin, Damian seeks revenge for the death of his grandfather.

Available now on: Netflix


The Summer of Sangaile (2015) 73%

This coming-of-age drama centers on a risk-averse teenager who falls in love with a more brazen peer.

Available now on: Netflix


Love Actually (2003) 64%

Richard Curtis’ yuletide romantic comedy has become something of a cult favorite in recent years, thanks in no small part to its luminous cast, which includes Bill Nighy, Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Alan Rickman, Laura Linney, Keira Knightley, Billy Bob Thornton, Rowan Atkinson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Andrew Lincoln.

Available now on: Netflix


Available to Purchase

 

Legend (2015) 61%

Tom Hardy stars this period crime drama as both of the Kray brothers, the notorious twin gangsters who ruled the London underground during the 1950s and 1960s.

Available now on: AmazoniTunes, Vudu


Sisters (2015) 60%

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler reunite for their second co-starring effort (after 2008’s Baby Mama) as a pair of 30-something sisters who decide to throw one last house party before their parents sell their childhood home.

Available now on: Amazon, iTunes, Vudu

Those of you with streaming subscriptions will find plenty of options newly available to you this week, as both Netflix and Amazon Prime added a ton of new movies and TV shows — many of them classics and popular favorites — to their lineups. There’s a little something for everyone, whether you’re looking for heady sci-fi (2001: A Space Odyssey), explosive action (The Bourne Identity and Supremacy), classic horror (White Zombie), Oscar-winning drama (Million Dollar Baby), raunchy comedy (American Pie), or pretty much anything else you can think of. Check below for a select list of this week’s releases.


New on Netflix:

 

Reign: Season 2 (2014) 100%

Season three of this CW drama premieres on Friday, October 9, so if you missed any episodes from last season, now’s the time to catch up with the teenaged Mary, Queen of Scots (Adelaide Kane) and the intrigue that surrounds her marriage to Prince Francis (Toby Regbo).

Available now on: Netflix


The Wild Bunch (1969) 90%

William Holden and Ernest Borgnine headline this classic Sam Peckinpah western about a band of outlaws on the run from the Mexican government and an old rival after they successfully stage a train robbery.

Available now on: Netflix


2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 92%

Stanley Kubrick’s thought-provoking space opus is a beautifully shot meditation on morality, mortality, and mankind’s search for truth. It’ll probably blow your mind.

Available now on: Netflix


Risky Business (1983) 92%

Risky Business is Ground Zero for Tom Cruise’s superstardom, but it also benefits from Paul Brickman’s intensely stylish direction, Tangerine Dream’s classic score, and Rebecca De Mornay’s adolescent fantasy of a performance.

Available now on: Netflix


I Believe in Unicorns (2014) 84%

I Believe in Unicorns is a drama about a teenage girl with an active imagination who gets in over her head when she falls in love with an older boy.

Available now on: Netflix


Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) 95%

Ed Harris, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey, Alan Arkin, and Al Pacino star in this endlessly compelling, bile-drenched free-for-all about the office from hell, brilliantly scripted by David Mamet.

Available now on: Netflix


Boogie Nights (1997) 93%

Paul Thomas Anderson’s ensemble opus about life in the porn industry made a movie star out of Mark Wahlberg and benefited immeasurably from great performances by Burt Reynolds, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, Don Cheadle, Heather Graham, Luis Guzman, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and William H. Macy.

Available now on: Netflix


The Duke of Burgundy (2014) 94%

This Certified Fresh drama tells the tale of an erotic relationship between two entomologists in a lavish country estate.

Available now on: Netflix


Million Dollar Baby (2004) 90%

Clint Eastwood’s sports drama took home four Oscars — including Best Picture and Best Director — for its honest portrayal of a down-on-his-luck trainer (Eastwood) who reluctantly agrees to work with an aspiring female boxer (Hilary Swank, who won Best Actress) when her tenacity wins him over.

Available now on: Netflix


A Clockwork Orange (1971) 87%

Stanley Kubrick’s pitch-black satire, set in a brightly-colored but antiseptic futuristic England, features eye popping production design and a terrifically maniacal lead performance from Malcolm McDowell.

Available now on: Netflix


Hotel Rwanda (2004) 91%

Don Cheadle and Sophie Okonedo earned Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress nominations for their portrayals of hotelier Paul Rusesabagina and his wife Tatiana, who together helped save the lives of over a thousand refugees during the Rwandan conflicts of the mid 1990s.

Available now on: Netflix


The Graduate (1967) 87%

Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft star in Mike Nichols’ iconic, influential comedy, which features cinema’s most famous May-December romance and and bunch of classic Simon & Garfunkel tunes.

Available now on: Netflix


Batman Begins (2005) 84%

The first entry in Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed Batman trilogy explores Bruce Wayne’s (Christian Bale) origins and finds the caped crusader fighting back against organized crime in Gotaham City.

Available now on: Netflix


Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005) 84%

Tim Burton always had a thing for stop motion animation, and Corpse Bride is his first directorial effort in that genre. Longtime collaborators Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter lend their voices to a young man named Victor and the undead woman he unwittingly marries while practicing his wedding vows in the woods.

Available now on: Netflix


Runoff (2014) 79%

Warehouse 13‘s Joanne Kelly stars in a drama about a woman who engages in an illegal scheme as part of a last ditch effort to save her family’s farm.

Available now on: Netflix


The Bourne Identity (2002) 83%

Matt Damon established himself as a credible action hero in Doug Liman’s adaptation of the eponymous Robert Ludlum novel, about a super-efficient sleeper agent with amnesia who slowly regains his memory and begins to uncover the dark truth behind his training.

Available now on: Netflix


The Bourne Supremacy (2004) 82%

Paul Greengrass took over behind the camera for the second installment of the Matt Damon superspy franchise, which initially finds Bourne off the CIA grid before he’s compelled to come out of hiding and face the agency head-on in an attempt to find closure.

Available now on: Netflix


American Pie (1999) 61%

Probably the most notable example of the recent resurgence of R-rated sex comedies, this coming-of-age story follows a group of high school buddies who make a pact to lose their virginity before their senior year ends.

Available now on: Netflix


The Vampire Diaries: Season 6 (2015) 81%

Nina Dobrev (in her final season), Paul Wesley, and Ian Somerhalder lead an ensemble cast in the CW’s wildly popular supernatural drama, centering on a fictional Virginia town where a teenage girl falls in love with a vampire and sets into motion a series of dramatic events.

Available now on: Netflix


New on Amazon Prime

 

Back to the Future (1985) 96%

Great Scott! This year marks the 30th anniversary of director Robert Zemeckis and writer Bob Gale’s beloved time travel franchise starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, and Amazon Prime has all three films available to stream. I hope we don’t need to tell you the plot here.

Available now on: Amazon Prime


Back to the Future Part II (1989) 66%

Where we’re going, we don’t need roads. BTTF II is notable for the absence of Crispin Glover (contract disputes) and original “Jennifer” Claudia Wells (family issues), but it’s a wacky romp back and forth between multiple timelines in 1985, 2015 (say whaaat?), and of course, 1955.

Available now on: Amazon Prime


Back to the Future Part III (1990) 80%

Nobody calls me chicken! Why does BTTF III work, even as a third installment in a potentially complicated time travel franchise? Because it minimizes the time travel element and has a lot of fun just being a solid sendup of westerns. Marathon all three movies and have a blast. Or just be a butthead.

Available now on: Amazon Prime


Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) 92%

Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, and Mark Ruffalo star in Michel Gondry’s mind-bending, deeply yearning sci-fi dramedy.

Available now on: Amazon Prime


White Zombie (1932) 86%

Taking a breather from Count Dracula, Bela Lugosi stars as Murder Legendre, a malevolent vooodoo master, with an entourage of undead minions in this low-budget chiller from 1932.

Available now on: Amazon Prime


Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985) 87%

A goofy road comedy in which Pee-Wee searches desperately for his prized bicycle, the Certified Fresh Pee-wee’s Big Adventure marked the feature debut of fellow oddball Tim Burton.

Available now on: Amazon Prime


American Horror Story: Freak Show (2014) 77%

The fourth season of FX’s horror anthology series focuses on a troupe of traveling carnival performers in the 1950s who arrive in Jupiter, Florida, and face an unknown entity who begins terrorizing the community. Also, there’s a pretty scary clown in it.

Available now on: Amazon Prime


Gremlins (1984) 85%

Don’t feed these suckers after midnight, and don’t get them wet! Joe Dante’s beloved horror-comedy stars Zach Galligan as an unsuspecting office drone who adopts a strange creature in Chinatown, names him Gizmo, and promptly discovers that his new pet — as cute as he is — is plagued by some horrific allergic reactions.

Available now on: Amazon Prime


Baby Boom (1987) 68%

Nancy Meyers wrote the script for this comedy, which stars Diane Keaton as a high-powered executive who finds herself caring for the infant child of some distant relatives.

Available now on: Amazon Prime


New on Netflix and Amazon Prime

 

Laura (1944) 100%

Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, and Vincent Price star in Otto Preminger classic film noir mystery, the story of a talented advertising executive and the intrigue left in the wake of her murder.

Available now on: Netflix, Amazon Prime


Available for Purchase

 

Pixels (2015) 18%

Back in the 1980s, Sam (Adam Sandler) and his buds were masters of the arcade. But when a race of aliens mistake Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and the like for a threat — and reverse-engineer said icons for destructive purposes — its up to our slacker heroes to save the day.

Available now on: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu


Paper Towns (2015) 58%

Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne star in this adaptation of the John Green (The Fault in Our Stars) novel, about a teen who embarks on an adventure through his town when his quirky neighbor disappears and leaves him a trail of clues to follow.

Available now on: Amazon, Google Play, Vudu

Greetings, parents seeking guidance. Since Halloween is coming, I thought I’d devote this week’s column to some films and TV shows you could watch with your kids that are spooky/silly/suspenseful/all of the above. Cuddle up under a blanket in front of the TV and let’s go:




It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

95%

My almost-4-year-old son is totally into classic Peanuts cartoons lately, which makes me very happy. What’s so great about these old clips — and this one in particular — is the way it depicts the sweetly funny confusion and angst of childhood. This TV special finds Linus waiting for The Great Pumpkin (as usual) and having no one believe in its existence (as usual). Hopefully when you and your kids go trick-or-treating this year, no one gets a rock.



Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride

84%

Wondrous, strange, poignant and beautifully reflective of Tim Burton’s distinctive, darkly humorous style. With an all-star voice cast led by Burton regulars Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, the film follows the romantic troubles of a shy young man torn between the woman his parents have arranged for him to marry and the woman who rises from the Land of the Dead and accidentally becomes his wife. At a brisk 74 minutes, the whole family can enjoy it.



Frankenweenie

87%

I swear, I will do more than just pick Tim Burton movies, but so many of them are so very fitting in this category. Like Corpse Bride, this comedy features painstakingly detailed stop-motion animation. Based on his 1984 live-action short of the same name, Frankenweenie follows what happens when a science-obsessed 10-year-old brings his dead dog back to life. This is not really a movie for little kids. But it’s heartwarming, I promise.



Edward Scissorhands

90%

This one’s probably best for tweens and older – I saw it with my mother when I was 18 and home from college for Christmas break and we just cried and cried. This is probably still my favorite Burton film; absurdly funny and achingly melancholy, it’s the perfect crystallization of his signature themes and aesthetic. It’s also an excellent example of his longtime collaboration with Depp.



9

57%

Not to be confused with Nine, based on the Broadway musical, which isn’t scary in the slightest. The animation is breathtakingly original in this dark family tale of roughhewn rag dolls who represent the last vestige of humanity in a post-apocalyptic world. The story itself is rather thin but it’s always gorgeous to watch (although it’s probably not suitable for the littlest kids). Elijah Wood, Christopher Plummer and John C. Reilly are among the strong voice cast.



Sleeping Beauty

89%

Or if you really want to give your kids nightmares, show them Fantasia (1940) – it still scares me and I’m a grown woman. All classic Disney animated films contain some serious element of danger: a fire in the woods, an evil queen. Sleeping Beauty is my childhood favorite of the genre. The imagery is so vibrant and lush, it makes the film’s villain — the snubbed witch Maleficent, out for revenge against our fair heroine — that much more vivid and frightening.



Stand by Me

91%

Not exactly a horror movie per se, although it does originate from a Stephen King novella. What Rob Reiner’s film does so well is capture the sensation that there’s adventure and danger lurking in the prosaic activities of daily life when you’re growing up. Set in the summer of 1959, it’s also one of the best coming-of-age films you can show your kids as well as a wonderful (and poignant) time capsule of its stars, including the late River Phoenix.

Break out your candy stripes and scissors and get ready to glide on down Vampira-style to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image this Wednesday, for the one and only Tim Burton is in town — and he’ll be gracing the red carpet at Flinders Street to mark the opening of his exhibition in Melbourne.

Following an enormously successful run at New York’s Museum of Modern Art — it was their third most-attended show ever, behind Picasso and Matisse — Tim Burton: The Exhibition is making its international debut Thursday, June 24 at ACMI, where it will run through Sunday October 10.

A treat for both Burton fans and connoisseurs of the weird and wonderful in cinema, the exhibition brings the filmmaker’s distinct world out of the shadows to reveal a rich legacy of material, from his early sketches and teenage movies through his work at Disney, big-budget endeavours and scores of props and artworks from films including Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Alice in Wonderland. Oh, and there’s also a Batmobile.

Tim Burton will walk the red carpet from 5:30pm Wednesday, where he will be joined by MoMA director Glenn Lowry, curators Ron Magliozzi, Jenny He and Rajendra Roy and ACMI’s Head of Exhibitions Conrad Bodman.

Click here to get your tickets for the exhibition, watch the trailer and explore the forthconing retrospective of Burton’s films at ACMI.

If you haven’t seen it, here’s the magic little trailer created for the show:

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