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All Kristen Stewart Movies Ranked by Tomatometer

Before she became ambassador for vegetarian vampire-and-werewolf relations in the late 2000s, Kristen Stewart had already built a steady career transitioning from child actor roles and into young adulthood. First, she starred in David Fincher’s efficient potboiler Panic Room, then went into space with with Jumanji cinematic universe-adjacent Zathura (directed by pre-Iron Man Jon Faverau), and helped guide a wayward traveler in Into the Wild.

Of course, that all seems like pre-history in the wake of Twilight, the romantic fantasy phenomenon that would make unlikely tabloid stars out of Stewart and Robert Pattinson for years to come. Five Twilight movies released annually for a half-decade, and whatever the benefits of becoming household names through them, there was also the very real threat of a post-career forever in the shadow of the vampire.

Stewart responded, much like Pattinson, by going indie, as she racked up impressive performances in the likes of Still Alice, Personal Shopper, Clouds of Sils Maria, and Certain Women, working with big arthouse names like Olivier Assayas and Kelly Reichardt. She also completed her unofficial “Co-Starring Jesse Eisenberg” trilogy that started with Adventureland, following through with American Ultra and Cafe Society.

Even Stewart’s approach towards mainstream filmmaking come packaged with feminist or revisionist touches, like Charlie’s Angels or Snow White and the Huntsman. She took a dive in Underwater, and ended 2020 on a Happiest Season. And now we’re ranking all her movies by Tomatometer!

#40

Cold Creek Manor (2003)
12%

#40
Adjusted Score: 14358%
Critics Consensus: The plot of Cold Creek Manor is too predictable and contrived to generate suspense.
Synopsis: When filmmaker Cooper Tilson (Dennis Quaid) and his wife, Leah (Sharon Stone), tire of life in New York City, they... [More]
Directed By: Mike Figgis

#39
#39
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When the Solomons trade in the craziness of big-city life for the quiet of a North Dakota farm, little do... [More]

#38
#38
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Athletic 12-year-old Maddy (Kristen Stewart) shares an enthusiasm for mountain climbing with her father, Tom (Sam Robards). Unfortunately, Tom suffers... [More]
Directed By: Bart Freundlich

#37

Jumper (2008)
15%

#37
Adjusted Score: 20622%
Critics Consensus: Featuring uninvolving characters and loose narrative, Jumper is an erratic action pic with little coherence and lackluster special effects.
Synopsis: Aimless David Rice (Hayden Christensen) has the ability to instantly transport himself to any place he can imagine. He uses... [More]
Directed By: Doug Liman

#36
#36
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Finn (Anton Yelchin) is a teenager trying to escape his drug-addicted mother (Diane Lane) by going to study tribal people.... [More]
Directed By: Griffin Dunne

#35

Anesthesia (2015)
25%

#35
Adjusted Score: 26926%
Critics Consensus: Anesthesia's incredible cast is wasted on a sloppily-assembled drama whose grand ambitions are undermined by a flawed screenplay.
Synopsis: The lives of a self-destructive student (Kristen Stewart), a hard-drinking housewife (Gretchen Mol) and an impoverished junkie (K. Todd Freeman)... [More]
Directed By: Tim Blake Nelson

#34
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: At last, Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) are getting married. When Jacob (Taylor Lautner) finds out that Bella... [More]
Directed By: Bill Condon

#33
Adjusted Score: 37559%
Critics Consensus: The Twilight Saga's second installment may satisfy hardcore fans of the series, but outsiders are likely to be turned off by its slow pace, relentlessly downcast tone, and excessive length.
Synopsis: After the abrupt departure of Edward (Robert Pattinson), her vampire love, Bella (Kristen Stewart) finds comfort in her deepening friendship... [More]
Directed By: Chris Weitz

#32

Equals (2015)
36%

#32
Adjusted Score: 40651%
Critics Consensus: Equals is a treat for the eyes, but its futuristic aesthetic isn't enough to make up for its plodding pace and aimlessly derivative story.
Synopsis: Nia (Kristen Stewart) and Silas work together in a futuristic society known as the Collective. A seemingly utopian world, the... [More]
Directed By: Drake Doremus

#31

Seberg (2019)
36%

#31
Adjusted Score: 45020%
Critics Consensus: Seberg's frustratingly superficial treatment of a fascinating true story does a disservice to its subject -- and Kristen Stewart's performance in the central role.
Synopsis: In the late 1960s, French new wave actress and "Breathless" star Jean Seberg becomes the target of the FBI due... [More]
Directed By: Benedict Andrews

#30

American Ultra (2015)
44%

#30
Adjusted Score: 50024%
Critics Consensus: American Ultra has some interesting ideas, but like its stoned protagonist, it's too easily distracted to live up to its true potential.
Synopsis: Small-town stoner Mike Howell (Jesse Eisenberg) spends most of his time getting high and writing a graphic novel. What Mike... [More]
Directed By: Nima Nourizadeh

#29
#29
Adjusted Score: 47598%
Critics Consensus: While pleasantly acted, In the Land of Women is a dramatically stilted film with underdeveloped characters.
Synopsis: After a bad breakup with his girlfriend leaves him heartbroken, Carter Webb (Adam Brody) moves to Michigan to take care... [More]
Directed By: Jon Kasdan

#28
Adjusted Score: 52642%
Critics Consensus: Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk has noble goals, but lacks a strong enough screenplay to achieve them -- and its visual innovations are often merely distracting.
Synopsis: Nineteen-year-old private Billy Lynn (Joe Alwyn), along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing... [More]
Directed By: Ang Lee

#27

On the Road (2012)
45%

#27
Adjusted Score: 50939%
Critics Consensus: Beautiful to look at but a bit too respectfully crafted, On the Road doesn't capture the energy and inspiration of Jack Kerouac's novel.
Synopsis: An aspiring writer (Sam Riley), his new friend (Garrett Hedlund) and his friend's seductive wife (Kristen Stewart) heed the call... [More]
Directed By: Walter Salles

#26
Adjusted Score: 56824%
Critics Consensus: Stuffed with characters and overly reliant on uninspired dialogue, Eclipse won't win The Twilight Saga many new converts, despite an improved blend of romance and action fantasy.
Synopsis: Danger once again surrounds Bella (Kristen Stewart), as a string of mysterious killings terrorizes Seattle and a malicious vampire continues... [More]
Directed By: David Slade

#25

Twilight (2008)

#25
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: High-school student Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), always a bit of a misfit, doesn't expect life to change much when she... [More]
Directed By: Catherine Hardwicke

#24
Adjusted Score: 57370%
Critics Consensus: It's the most entertaining Twilight, but that's not enough to make Breaking Dawn Part 2 worth watching for filmgoers who don't already count themselves among the franchise converts.
Synopsis: Bella (Kristen Stewart) awakes -- as a vampire -- from her life-threatening labor, and her newborn daughter, Renesmee, proves to... [More]
Directed By: Bill Condon

#23
Adjusted Score: 59207%
Critics Consensus: While it offers an appropriately dark take on the fairy tale that inspired it, Snow White and the Huntsman is undone by uneven acting, problematic pacing, and a confused script.
Synopsis: Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron), who seized control of her kingdom by marrying and killing its rightful ruler, needs the life... [More]
Directed By: Rupert Sanders

#22
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In a suburban landscape, the lives of several families interlace with loss, despair and personal crisis. Esther Gold (Glenn Close)... [More]
Directed By: Rose Troche

#21
#21
Adjusted Score: 55367%
Critics Consensus: What Just Happened has some inspired comic moments, but this inside-baseball take on Hollywood lacks satirical bite.
Synopsis: During the course of an ordinary week in Hollywood, movie producer Ben (Robert De Niro) must navigate his way through... [More]
Directed By: Barry Levinson

#20

Underwater (2020)
47%

#20
Adjusted Score: 62175%
Critics Consensus: Underwater's strong cast and stylish direction aren't enough to distract from the strong sense of déjà vu provoked by this claustrophobic thriller's derivative story.
Synopsis: Disaster strikes more than six miles below the ocean surface when water crashes through the walls of a drilling station.... [More]
Directed By: William Eubank

#19

Charlie's Angels (2019)
52%

#19
Adjusted Score: 65099%
Critics Consensus: Earnest and energetic, if a bit uneven, Elizabeth Banks's pulpy Charlie's Angels adds new flair to the franchise with fun performances from its three leads.
Synopsis: Elena Houghlin is a scientist, engineer and inventor of Calisto -- a sustainable energy source that will revolutionize the way... [More]
Directed By: Elizabeth Banks

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 56576%
Critics Consensus: Despite earnest performances, Welcome to the Rileys cannot escape its belabored over-sentimentality and sluggish delivery.
Synopsis: Seeking refuge from his grief and crumbling marriage, a salesman (James Gandolfini) becomes a surrogate father to an underage stripper... [More]
Directed By: Jake Scott

#17

Undertow (2004)
55%

#17
Adjusted Score: 58002%
Critics Consensus: Undertow's gently fantastical elements are balanced by fully realized characters and a story with genuine, steadily accumulating emotional weight.
Synopsis: After his wife dies, John Munn (Dermot Mulroney) moves with his sons Chris (Jamie Bell) and Tim (Devon Alan) to... [More]
Directed By: David Gordon Green

#16

J.T. LeRoy (2018)
55%

#16
Adjusted Score: 59712%
Critics Consensus: While it may leave some viewers wishing for a more in-depth exploration of its story and themes, J.T. Leroy offers a diverting dramatization of incredible real-life events.
Synopsis: A young woman named Savannah Knoop spends six years pretending to be the celebrated author JT LeRoy, the made-up literary... [More]
Directed By: Justin Kelly

#15

The Cake Eaters (2007)
64%

#15
Adjusted Score: 64138%
Critics Consensus: Though light on theme and craftsmanship, The Cake Eaters relies on fine performances and brisk direction to provide an affecting tale of small-town life.
Synopsis: The death of the Kimbrough family matriarch affects the three male survivors of the clan. Widower Easy (Bruce Dern) tries... [More]
Directed By: Mary Stuart Masterson

#14
#14
Adjusted Score: 67154%
Critics Consensus: Small and intimate -- occasionally to a fault -- The Yellow Handkerchief rises above its overly familiar ingredients thanks to riveting performances from William Hurt and Kristen Stewart.
Synopsis: Former con man Brett Hanson (William Hurt) is imprisoned for six years before finally being released on parole. Now he... [More]
Directed By: Udayan Prasad

#13

Lizzie (2018)
66%

#13
Adjusted Score: 73762%
Critics Consensus: Lizzie forces audiences to take a new look at a widely known true-crime story -- even if the well-acted end result is never quite as gripping as it could be.
Synopsis: In 1892 Lizzie Borden lives a quiet life in Massachusetts under the strict rules established by her father. Lizzie finds... [More]

#12

The Runaways (2010)
69%

#12
Adjusted Score: 75192%
Critics Consensus: Viewers expecting an in-depth biopic will be disappointed, but The Runaways is as electric as the band's music, largely thanks to strong performances from Michael Shannon, Dakota Fanning, and Kristen Stewart.
Synopsis: Joan Jett (Kristen Stewart) and Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning), two rebellious teenagers from Southern California, become the frontwomen for the... [More]
Directed By: Floria Sigismondi

#11

Café Society (2016)
71%

#11
Adjusted Score: 85948%
Critics Consensus: Café Society's lovely visuals and charming performances round out a lightweight late-period Allen comedy whose genuine pleasures offset its amiable predictability.
Synopsis: Looking for an exciting career, young Bobby Dorfman leaves New York for the glitz and glamour of 1930s Hollywood. After... [More]
Directed By: Woody Allen

#10

Camp X-Ray (2014)
75%

#10
Adjusted Score: 75643%
Critics Consensus: Camp X-Ray's treatment of its subject verges on the shallow, but benefits greatly from a pair of impressive performances from Kristen Stewart and Peyman Moaadi.
Synopsis: A female guard (Kristen Stewart) at Guantanamo Bay forms an unlikely friendship with one of the facility's longtime detainees.... [More]
Directed By: Peter Sattler

#9

Panic Room (2002)
75%

#9
Adjusted Score: 81090%
Critics Consensus: Elevated by David Fincher's directorial talent and Jodie Foster's performance, Panic Room is a well-crafted, above-average thriller.
Synopsis: Trapped in their New York brownstone's panic room, a hidden chamber built as a sanctuary in the event of break-ins,... [More]
Directed By: David Fincher

#8

Zathura (2005)
76%

#8
Adjusted Score: 81240%
Critics Consensus: Dazzling special effects for the kids + well-crafted storytelling for the 'rents = cinematic satisfaction for the whole family.
Synopsis: After their father (Tim Robbins) is called into work, two young boys, Walter (Josh Hutcherson) and Danny (Jonah Bobo), are... [More]
Directed By: Jon Favreau

#7

Personal Shopper (2016)
81%

#7
Adjusted Score: 100433%
Critics Consensus: Personal Shopper attempts a tricky series of potentially jarring tonal shifts with varying results, bolstered by a performance from Kristen Stewart that's impossible to ignore.
Synopsis: A young American in Paris works as a personal shopper for a celebrity. She seems to have the ability to... [More]
Directed By: Olivier Assayas

#6

Into the Wild (2007)
83%

#6
Adjusted Score: 90569%
Critics Consensus: With his sturdy cast and confident direction, Sean Penn has turned a complex work of non-fiction like Into the Wild into an accessible and poignant character study.
Synopsis: Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch), son of wealthy parents (Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt), graduates from Emory University as a top... [More]
Directed By: Sean Penn

#5

Happiest Season (2020)
82%

#5
Adjusted Score: 95288%
Critics Consensus: A jolly good time with heartfelt performances and more than enough holiday cheer, all you'll want for Christmas is Happiest Season.
Synopsis: This romantic comedy is about longtime lesbian couple Abby (Kristen Stewart) and Harper (Mackenzie Davis), who made plans to go... [More]
Directed By: Clea DuVall

#4

Still Alice (2014)
85%

#4
Adjusted Score: 93222%
Critics Consensus: Elevated by a gripping performance from Julianne Moore, Still Alice is a heartfelt drama that honors its delicate themes with bravery and sensitivity.
Synopsis: Dr. Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) is a renowned linguistics professor at Columbia University. When words begin to escape her and... [More]

#3

Adventureland (2009)
89%

#3
Adjusted Score: 96967%
Critics Consensus: Full of humor and nostalgia, Adventureland is a sweet, insightful coming-of-age comedy that will resonate with teens and adults alike.
Synopsis: It's the summer of 1987, and recent college grad James Brennan (Jesse Eisenberg) can't wait to begin his long-anticipated dream... [More]
Directed By: Greg Mottola

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 97026%
Critics Consensus: Bolstered by a trio of powerful performances from its talented leads, Clouds of Sils Maria is an absorbing, richly detailed drama with impressive depth and intelligence.
Synopsis: A veteran actress (Juliette Binoche) comes face-to-face with an uncomfortable reflection of herself when she agrees to take part in... [More]
Directed By: Olivier Assayas

#1

Certain Women (2016)
92%

#1
Adjusted Score: 102968%
Critics Consensus: Certain Women further demonstrates writer-director Kelly Reichardt's gift for telling the stories of ordinary people with uncommon empathy and skill.
Synopsis: Three strong-willed women (Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern, Michelle Williams) strive to forge their own paths amidst the wide-open plains of... [More]
Directed By: Kelly Reichardt

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105 Great Movies to Watch Alone

For some, staying home right now can mean curling up with a loved one on the couch for a date-night flick or gathering the whole family together for movie night. For many others, it can mean flying solo – long days and nights of streaming by yourself. We’re here to help with some movie suggestions we think are tailor-made for that latter experience.

Just like going to the movie theater alone can be a singularly joyous “treat yo self” excursion, solo home-viewing can be a great experience too – if you choose the right film. There are movies out there that actually benefit from being watched alone: It might be that they require a level of concentration and focus that distracting friends and loved ones just won’t allow you, or that the maximum scare factor is best felt when you are completely isolated – just like the babysitter being stalked on screen. It might just be that the movie has the kind of awkward/titillating sexy bits that make watching it with a first date – or, let’s say, mom – not exactly ideal. Watch it alone – no judgment, no nervous giggles.

To help those solo-fliers get through the next little while, the RT team pulled together a list of movies perfect for watching alone for all of those reasons – and a bunch that are just guaranteed to put you in an awesome mood the moment they start. Which might be the best reason of all.

What’s your favorite movie to watch by yourself? Let us know in the comments.
Click on each movie’s title to find out more, including where to stream, rent, or buy.  


BECAUSE THE MOVIE REQUIRES YOUR ABSOLUTE CONCENTRATION…

#13

Memento (2000)
93%

#13
Adjusted Score: 100064%
Critics Consensus: Christopher Nolan skillfully guides the audience through Memento's fractured narrative, seeping his film in existential dread.
Synopsis: Leonard (Guy Pearce) is tracking down the man who raped and murdered his wife. The difficulty, however, of locating his... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Nolan

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 75875%
Critics Consensus: Charlie Kaufman's ambitious directorial debut occasionally strains to connect, but ultimately provides fascinating insight into a writer's mind.
Synopsis: Life is looking pretty bleak for theater director Caden Cotard (Philip Seymour Hoffman). His wife and daughter have left him,... [More]
Directed By: Charlie Kaufman

#11

The Irishman (2019)
95%

#11
Adjusted Score: 123934%
Critics Consensus: An epic gangster drama that earns its extended runtime, The Irishman finds Martin Scorsese revisiting familiar themes to poignant, funny, and profound effect.
Synopsis: In the 1950s, truck driver Frank Sheeran gets involved with Russell Bufalino and his Pennsylvania crime family. As Sheeran climbs... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#10
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After a painful breakup, Clementine (Kate Winslet) undergoes a procedure to erase memories of her former boyfriend Joel (Jim Carrey)... [More]
Directed By: Michel Gondry

#9

Annihilation (2018)
88%

#9
Adjusted Score: 108010%
Critics Consensus: Annihilation backs up its sci-fi visual wonders and visceral genre thrills with an impressively ambitious -- and surprisingly strange -- exploration of challenging themes that should leave audiences pondering long after the end credits roll.
Synopsis: Lena, a biologist and former soldier, joins a mission to uncover what happened to her husband inside Area X --... [More]
Directed By: Alex Garland

#8

Magnolia (1999)
83%

#8
Adjusted Score: 89661%
Critics Consensus: Magnolia is an ambitious, lengthy work that ultimately succeeds due to interesting stories and excellent ensemble performances.
Synopsis: On one random day in the San Fernando Valley, a dying father, a young wife, a male caretaker, a famous... [More]
Directed By: Paul Thomas Anderson

#7

12 Monkeys (1995)
89%

#7
Adjusted Score: 93669%
Critics Consensus: The plot's a bit of a jumble, but excellent performances and mind-blowing plot twists make 12 Monkeys a kooky, effective experience.
Synopsis: Traveling back in time isn't simple, as James Cole (Bruce Willis) learns the hard way. Imprisoned in the 2030s, James... [More]
Directed By: Terry Gilliam

#6

Zodiac (2007)
89%

#6
Adjusted Score: 100390%
Critics Consensus: A quiet, dialogue-driven thriller that delivers with scene after scene of gut-wrenching anxiety. David Fincher also spends more time illustrating nuances of his characters and recreating the mood of the '70s than he does on gory details of murder.
Synopsis: In the late 1960s and 1970s, fear grips the city of San Francisco as a serial killer called Zodiac stalks... [More]
Directed By: David Fincher

#5

Silence (2016)
83%

#5
Adjusted Score: 103529%
Critics Consensus: Silence ends Martin Scorsese's decades-long creative quest with a thoughtful, emotionally resonant look at spirituality and human nature that stands among the director's finest works.
Synopsis: Two 17th-century Portuguese missionaries, Father Sebastian Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Father Francisco Garupe (Adam Driver), embark on a perilous journey... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#4

The Deer Hunter (1978)
91%

#4
Adjusted Score: 99252%
Critics Consensus: Its greatness is blunted by its length and one-sided point of view, but the film's weaknesses are overpowered by Michael Cimino's sympathetic direction and a series of heartbreaking performances from Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, and Christopher Walken.
Synopsis: In 1968, Michael (Robert De Niro), Nick (Christopher Walken) and Steven (John Savage), lifelong friends from a working-class Pennsylvania steel... [More]
Directed By: Michael Cimino

#3

Parasite (2019)
98%

#3
Adjusted Score: 127460%
Critics Consensus: An urgent, brilliantly layered look at timely social themes, Parasite finds writer-director Bong Joon Ho in near-total command of his craft.
Synopsis: Greed and class discrimination threaten the newly formed symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan.... [More]
Directed By: Bong Joon-ho

#2

The Master (2012)
84%

#2
Adjusted Score: 95045%
Critics Consensus: Smart and solidly engrossing, The Master extends Paul Thomas Anderson's winning streak of challenging films for serious audiences.
Synopsis: Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) is a troubled, boozy drifter struggling with the trauma of World War II and whatever inner... [More]
Directed By: Paul Thomas Anderson

#8

The Game (1997)
76%

#8
Adjusted Score: 79710%
Critics Consensus: The ending could use a little work but this is otherwise another sterling example of David Fincher's iron grip on atmosphere and storytelling.
Synopsis: Nicholas Van Orton (Michael Douglas) is a successful banker who keeps mostly to himself. When his estranged brother Conrad (Sean... [More]
Directed By: David Fincher

#1

Inherent Vice (2014)
73%

#1
Adjusted Score: 83386%
Critics Consensus: Inherent Vice may prove frustrating for viewers who demand absolute coherence, but it does justice to its acclaimed source material -- and should satisfy fans of director P.T. Anderson.
Synopsis: In a California beach community, private detective Larry "Doc" Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) tends to work his cases through a smoky... [More]
Directed By: Paul Thomas Anderson

#1

Burning (2018)
95%

#1
Adjusted Score: 105592%
Critics Consensus: Burning patiently lures audiences into a slow-burning character study that ultimately rewards the viewer's patience -- and subverts many of their expectations.
Synopsis: Jong-soo runs into Hae-mi, a girl who once lived in his neighborhood, and she asks him to watch her cat... [More]
Directed By: Lee Chang-dong

#1

Vertigo (1958)

#1
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Hitchcock's romantic story of obsession, manipulation and fear. A detective is forced to retire after his fear of heights causes... [More]
Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock

#1

The Tree of Life (2011)
84%

#1
Adjusted Score: 94536%
Critics Consensus: Terrence Malick's singularly deliberate style may prove unrewarding for some, but for patient viewers, Tree of Life is an emotional as well as visual treat.
Synopsis: In this highly philosophical film by acclaimed director Terrence Malick, young Jack (Hunter McCracken) is one of three brothers growing... [More]
Directed By: Terrence Malick

#1

The Prestige (2006)
76%

#1
Adjusted Score: 83673%
Critics Consensus: Full of twists and turns, The Prestige is a dazzling period piece that never stops challenging the audience.
Synopsis: An illusion gone horribly wrong pits two 19th-century magicians, Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) and Rupert Angier (Hugh Jackman), against each... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Nolan

#1

Under the Skin (2013)
84%

#1
Adjusted Score: 95071%
Critics Consensus: Its message may prove elusive for some, but with absorbing imagery and a mesmerizing performance from Scarlett Johansson, Under the Skin is a haunting viewing experience.
Synopsis: Disguising herself as a human female, an extraterrestrial (Scarlett Johansson) drives around Scotland and tries to lure unsuspecting men into... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Glazer

#1

Gattaca (1997)
83%

#1
Adjusted Score: 85785%
Critics Consensus: Intelligent and scientifically provocative, Gattaca is an absorbing sci fi drama that poses important interesting ethical questions about the nature of science.
Synopsis: Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke) has always fantasized about traveling into outer space, but is grounded by his status as a... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Niccol


BECAUSE THE MOVIE IS GONNA MAKE YOU UGLY CRY…

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 84626%
Critics Consensus: Benigni's earnest charm, when not overstepping its bounds into the unnecessarily treacly, offers the possibility of hope in the face of unflinching horror.
Synopsis: A gentle Jewish-Italian waiter, Guido Orefice (Roberto Benigni), meets Dora (Nicoletta Braschi), a pretty schoolteacher, and wins her over with... [More]
Directed By: Roberto Benigni

#12

Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
95%

#12
Adjusted Score: 104435%
Critics Consensus: Pan's Labyrinth is Alice in Wonderland for grown-ups, with the horrors of both reality and fantasy blended together into an extraordinary, spellbinding fable.
Synopsis: In 1944 Spain young Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) and her ailing mother (Ariadna Gil) arrive at the post of her mother's... [More]
Directed By: Guillermo del Toro

#11

Beaches (1988)
40%

#11
Adjusted Score: 42764%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Hillary (Barbara Hershey) and CC (Bette Midler) meet as children vacationing in Atlantic City, N.J., and remain friends throughout the... [More]
Directed By: Garry Marshall

#10

Steel Magnolias (1989)
70%

#10
Adjusted Score: 71172%
Critics Consensus: Steel Magnolias has jokes and characters to spare, which makes it more dangerous (and effective) when it goes for the full melodrama by the end.
Synopsis: M'Lynn (Sally Field) is the mother of bride-to-be Shelby Eatenton (Julia Roberts), and as friend Truvy Jones (Dolly Parton) fixes... [More]
Directed By: Herbert Ross

#9

Stepmom (1998)

#9
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Three years after divorcing Jackie (Susan Sarandon), the mother of his children, Luke Harrison (Ed Harris) decides to take the... [More]
Directed By: Chris Columbus

#8

The Color Purple (1985)
81%

#8
Adjusted Score: 82021%
Critics Consensus: It might have been better served by a filmmaker with a deeper connection to the source material, but The Color Purple remains a worthy, well-acted adaptation of Alice Walker's classic novel.
Synopsis: An epic tale spanning forty years in the life of Celie (Whoopi Goldberg), an African-American woman living in the South... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#7
#7
Adjusted Score: 82228%
Critics Consensus: A classic tearjerker, Terms of Endearment isn't shy about reaching for the heartstrings -- but is so well-acted and smartly scripted that it's almost impossible to resist.
Synopsis: Widow Aurora Greenway (Shirley MacLaine) and her daughter, Emma (Debra Winger), have a strong bond, but Emma marries teacher Flap... [More]
Directed By: James L. Brooks

#6

Toy Story 3 (2010)
98%

#6
Adjusted Score: 110116%
Critics Consensus: Deftly blending comedy, adventure, and honest emotion, Toy Story 3 is a rare second sequel that really works.
Synopsis: With their beloved Andy preparing to leave for college, Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), Jessie (Joan Cusack), and... [More]
Directed By: Lee Unkrich

#5
#5
Adjusted Score: 89615%
Critics Consensus: Wise, funny, and heartbreaking without resorting to exploitation, The Fault In Our Stars does right by its bestselling source material.
Synopsis: Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley), a 16-year-old cancer patient, meets and falls in love with Gus Waters (Ansel Elgort), a... [More]
Directed By: Josh Boone

#1

Wendy and Lucy (2008)
85%

#1
Adjusted Score: 92420%
Critics Consensus: Michelle Williams gives a heartbreaking performance in Wendy and Lucy, a timely portrait of loneliness and struggle.
Synopsis: Wendy (Michelle Williams), a near-penniless drifter, is traveling to Alaska in search of work, and her only companion is her... [More]
Directed By: Kelly Reichardt

#4

My Girl (1991)
53%

#4
Adjusted Score: 52522%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Tomboy Vada Sultenfuss (Anna Chlumsky) has good reason to be morbid: her mother died giving birth to her, and her... [More]
Directed By: Howard Zieff

#3

Selena (1997)

#3
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this biographical drama, Selena Quintanilla (Jennifer Lopez) is born into a musical Mexican-American family in Texas. Her father, Abraham... [More]
Directed By: Gregory Nava

#2

Up (2009)
98%

#2
Adjusted Score: 109563%
Critics Consensus: An exciting, funny, and poignant adventure, Up offers an impeccably crafted story told with wit and arranged with depth, as well as yet another visual Pixar treat.
Synopsis: Carl Fredricksen (Ed Asner), a 78-year-old balloon salesman, is about to fulfill a lifelong dream. Tying thousands of balloons to... [More]
Directed By: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson

#1
Adjusted Score: 110789%
Critics Consensus: Playing as both an exciting sci-fi adventure and a remarkable portrait of childhood, Steven Spielberg's touching tale of a homesick alien remains a piece of movie magic for young and old.
Synopsis: After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#1
Adjusted Score: 89503%
Critics Consensus: Beautifully scripted and perfectly cast, Me & Earl & the Dying Girl is a coming-of-age movie with uncommon charm and insight.
Synopsis: An awkward high-school senior (Thomas Mann) and a gravely ill classmate (Olivia Cooke) surprise themselves by becoming inseparable friends.... [More]
Directed By: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

#1

Stories We Tell (2012)
94%

#1
Adjusted Score: 98582%
Critics Consensus: In Stories We Tell, Sarah Polley plays with the documentary format to explore the nature of memory and storytelling, crafting a thoughtful, compelling narrative that unfolds like a mystery.
Synopsis: Through a series of revealing interviews, filmmaker Sarah Polley investigates the truth about her family history.... [More]
Directed By: Sarah Polley

#1

Old Yeller (1957)
100%

#1
Adjusted Score: 101989%
Critics Consensus: Old Yeller is an exemplary coming of age tale, packing an emotional wallop through smart pacing and a keen understanding of the elemental bonding between humanity and their furry best friends.
Synopsis: While Jim Coates (Fess Parker) is off on a cattle drive, his wife, Katie (Dorothy McGuire), and sons, Travis (Tommy... [More]
Directed By: Robert Stevenson

#1

Marley & Me (2008)
63%

#1
Adjusted Score: 67367%
Critics Consensus: Pet owners should love it, but Marley and Me is only sporadically successful in wringing drama and laughs from its scenario.
Synopsis: Newlyweds John and Jenny Grogan (Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston) leave behind snowy Michigan and move to Florida, where they buy... [More]
Directed By: David Frankel

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: 28943%
Critics Consensus: Though wholesome, the Mandy Moore vehicle A Walk to Remember is also bland and oppressively syrupy.
Synopsis: Set in North Carolina, "A Walk To Remember" follows the rite of passage of a jaded, aimless high school senior... [More]
Directed By: Adam Shankman


BECAUSE THE MOVIE WILL INSTANTLY PUT YOU IN A BETTER MOOD…

#13

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
93%

#13
Adjusted Score: 104518%
Critics Consensus: Warm, whimsical, and poignant, the immaculately framed and beautifully acted Moonrise Kingdom presents writer/director Wes Anderson at his idiosyncratic best.
Synopsis: The year is 1965, and the residents of New Penzance, an island off the coast of New England, inhabit a... [More]
Directed By: Wes Anderson

#12

Groundhog Day (1993)
97%

#12
Adjusted Score: 103334%
Critics Consensus: Smart, sweet, and inventive, Groundhog Day highlights Murray's dramatic gifts while still leaving plenty of room for laughs.
Synopsis: Phil (Bill Murray), a weatherman, is out to cover the annual emergence of the groundhog from its hole. He gets... [More]
Directed By: Harold Ramis

#11

The Goonies (1985)
77%

#11
Adjusted Score: 80849%
Critics Consensus: The Goonies is an energetic, sometimes noisy mix of Spielbergian sentiment and funhouse tricks that will appeal to kids and nostalgic adults alike.
Synopsis: When two brothers find out they might lose their house they are desperate to find a way to keep their... [More]
Directed By: Richard Donner

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 109747%
Critics Consensus: Clever, incisive, and funny, Singin' in the Rain is a masterpiece of the classical Hollywood musical.
Synopsis: A spoof of the turmoil that afflicted the movie industry in the late 1920s when movies went from silent to... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly

#9

Amélie (2001)

#9
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: "Amélie" is a fanciful comedy about a young woman who discretely orchestrates the lives of the people around her, creating... [More]
Directed By: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A fairy tale adventure about a beautiful young woman and her one true love. He must find her after a... [More]
Directed By: Rob Reiner

#7

The Birdcage (1996)
81%

#7
Adjusted Score: 83778%
Critics Consensus: Mike Nichols wrangles agreeably amusing performances from Robin Williams and Nathan Lane in this fun, if not quite essential, remake of the French comedy La Cage aux Folles.
Synopsis: In this remake of the classic French farce "La Cage aux Folles," engaged couple Val Goldman (Dan Futterman) and Barbara... [More]
Directed By: Mike Nichols

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 86807%
Critics Consensus: Matthew Broderick charms in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, a light and irrepressibly fun movie about being young and having fun.
Synopsis: Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) has an uncanny skill at cutting classes and getting away with it. Intending to make one... [More]
Directed By: John Hughes

#5
#5
Adjusted Score: 85312%
Critics Consensus: Though there was controversy over the choice of casting, Zellweger's Bridget Jones is a sympathetic, likable, funny character, giving this romantic comedy a lot of charm.
Synopsis: At the start of the New Year, 32-year-old Bridget (Renée Zellweger) decides it's time to take control of her life... [More]
Directed By: Sharon Maguire

#4

Clueless (1995)

#4
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Shallow, rich and socially successful Cher (Alicia Silverstone) is at the top of her Beverly Hills high school's pecking scale.... [More]
Directed By: Amy Heckerling

#3

The Intouchables (2011)
75%

#3
Adjusted Score: 79772%
Critics Consensus: It handles its potentially prickly subject matter with kid gloves, but Intouchables gets by thanks to its strong cast and some remarkably sensitive direction.
Synopsis: An unlikely friendship develops between a wealthy quadriplegic (François Cluzet) and his caretaker (Omar Sy), just released from prison.... [More]

#2

Tommy Boy (1995)
42%

#2
Adjusted Score: 43339%
Critics Consensus: Though it benefits from the comic charms of its two leads, Tommy Boy too often feels like a familiar sketch stretched thin.
Synopsis: After his beloved father (Brian Dennehy) dies, dimwitted Tommy Callahan (Chris Farley) inherits a near-bankrupt automobile parts factory in Sandusky,... [More]
Directed By: Peter Segal

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: 99436%
Critics Consensus: Little Miss Sunshine succeeds thanks to a strong ensemble cast that includes Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Alan Arkin, and Abigail Breslin, as well as a delightfully funny script.
Synopsis: The Hoover family -- a man (Greg Kinnear), his wife (Toni Collette), an uncle (Steve Carell), a brother (Paul Dano)... [More]

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After losing his job at a steel factory, Gaz (Robert Carlyle) learns that his wife wants to sue him for... [More]
Directed By: Peter Cattaneo

#1

Mamma Mia! (2008)

#1
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Donna (Meryl Streep), an independent hotelier in the Greek islands, is preparing for her daughter's wedding with the help of... [More]
Directed By: Phyllida Lloyd

#1

Billy Elliot (2000)
85%

#1
Adjusted Score: 88273%
Critics Consensus: Billy Elliot is a charming movie that can evoke both laughter and tears.
Synopsis: The life of 11-year-old Billy Elliot, a coal miner's son in Northern England, is forever changed one day when he... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Daldry

#3
Adjusted Score: 55627%
Critics Consensus: Provides lots of laughs with Myers at the healm; as funny or funnier than the original.
Synopsis: In his second screen adventure, British super spy Austin Powers must return to 1969, as arch-nemesis Dr. Evil has ventured... [More]
Directed By: Jay Roach

#1

Step Brothers (2008)
55%

#1
Adjusted Score: 63191%
Critics Consensus: Step Brothers indulges in a cheerfully relentless immaturity that will quickly turn off viewers unamused by Ferrell and Reilly -- and delight those who find their antics hilarious.
Synopsis: Brennan Huff (Will Ferrell) and Dale Doback (John C. Reilly) have one thing in common: they are both lazy, unemployed... [More]
Directed By: Adam McKay

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) is the prince of a wealthy African country and wants for nothing, except a wife who... [More]
Directed By: John Landis

#1

Airplane! (1980)
97%

#1
Adjusted Score: 103487%
Critics Consensus: Though unabashedly juvenile and silly, Airplane! is nevertheless an uproarious spoof comedy full of quotable lines and slapstick gags that endure to this day.
Synopsis: This spoof comedy takes shots at the slew of disaster movies that were released in the 70s. When the passengers... [More]

#1

Game Night (2018)
85%

#1
Adjusted Score: 99577%
Critics Consensus: With a talented cast turned loose on a loaded premise -- and a sharp script loaded with dark comedy and unexpected twists -- Game Night might be more fun than the real thing.
Synopsis: Max and Annie's weekly game night gets kicked up a notch when Max's brother Brooks arranges a murder mystery party... [More]

#1

Pride (2014)
92%

#1
Adjusted Score: 98186%
Critics Consensus: Earnest without being didactic and uplifting without stooping to sentimentality, Pride is a joyous crowd-pleaser that genuinely works.
Synopsis: Realizing that they share common foes in Margaret Thatcher, the police and the conservative press, London-based gays and lesbians lend... [More]
Directed By: Matthew Warchus

#1

Pitch Perfect (2012)
81%

#1
Adjusted Score: 86241%
Critics Consensus: Pitch Perfect's plot is formulaic, but the performances are excellent and the musical numbers are toe-tapping as well.
Synopsis: College student Beca (Anna Kendrick) knows she does not want to be part of a clique, but that's exactly where... [More]
Directed By: Jason Moore

#1

Hot Fuzz (2007)
91%

#1
Adjusted Score: 99761%
Critics Consensus: The brilliant minds behind Shaun of the Dead successfully take a shot at the buddy cop genre with Hot Fuzz. The result is a bitingly satiric and hugely entertaining parody.
Synopsis: As a former London constable, Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) finds if difficult to adapt to his new assignment in the... [More]
Directed By: Edgar Wright

#1
Adjusted Score: 43264%
Critics Consensus: Undisciplined, scatological, profoundly silly, and often utterly groan-worthy, Robin Hood: Men in Tights still has an amiable, anything-goes goofiness that has made it a cult favorite.
Synopsis: Crusading nobleman Robin of Loxley (Cary Elwes) escapes from prison in Jerusalem and returns home to find that the evil... [More]
Directed By: Mel Brooks

#1

Sing Street (2016)
95%

#1
Adjusted Score: 107232%
Critics Consensus: Sing Street is a feel-good musical with huge heart and irresistible optimism, and its charmimg cast and hummable tunes help to elevate its familiar plotting.
Synopsis: In 1985, a Dublin teenager (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) forms a rock 'n' roll band to win the heart of an aspiring... [More]
Directed By: John Carney

#1

Big (1988)
97%

#1
Adjusted Score: 102799%
Critics Consensus: Refreshingly sweet and undeniably funny, Big is a showcase for Tom Hanks, who dives into his role and infuses it with charm and surprising poignancy.
Synopsis: After a wish turns 12-year-old Josh Baskin (David Moscow) into a 30-year-old man (Tom Hanks), he heads to New York... [More]
Directed By: Penny Marshall

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: 112580%
Critics Consensus: With a terrific cast and a surfeit of visual razzle dazzle, Crazy Rich Asians takes a satisfying step forward for screen representation while deftly drawing inspiration from the classic -- and still effective -- rom-com formula.
Synopsis: Rachel Chu is happy to accompany her longtime boyfriend, Nick, to his best friend's wedding in Singapore. She's also surprised... [More]
Directed By: Jon M. Chu


BECAUSE THE MOVIE’S VERY SEXY BITS WILL BE LESS AWKWARD SOLO…

#13

Magic Mike XXL (2015)
65%

#13
Adjusted Score: 74755%
Critics Consensus: Magic Mike XXL has enough narrative thrust and beefy charm to deliver another helping of well-oiled entertainment, even if this sequel isn't quite as pleasurable as its predecessor.
Synopsis: It's been three years since Mike Lane's (Channing Tatum) retirement from stripping, but the former dancer misses the excitement and... [More]
Directed By: Gregory Jacobs

#12

Basic Instinct (1992)
55%

#12
Adjusted Score: 60683%
Critics Consensus: Unevenly echoing the work of Alfred Hitchcock, Basic Instinct contains a star-making performance from Sharon Stone but is ultimately undone by its problematic, overly lurid plot.
Synopsis: The mysterious Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone), a beautiful crime novelist, becomes a suspect when she is linked to the brutal... [More]
Directed By: Paul Verhoeven

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 96270%
Critics Consensus: A road movie that's not only sexy, but intelligent as well.
Synopsis: The lives of Julio and Tenoch, like those of 17-year old boys everywhere, are ruled by raging hormones, intense friendships,... [More]
Directed By: Alfonso Cuarón

#10

The Dreamers (2003)
60%

#10
Adjusted Score: 65178%
Critics Consensus: Though lushly atmospheric, The Dreamers doesn't engage or provoke as much as it should.
Synopsis: In May 1968, the student riots in Paris only exacerbate the isolation felt by three youths: an American exchange student... [More]
Directed By: Bernardo Bertolucci

#9
#9
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: During World War II a secret agent (Tang Wei) must seduce, then assassinate an official (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) who... [More]
Directed By: Ang Lee

#8

Sirens (1994)
74%

#8
Adjusted Score: 75531%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In 1930s Australia, Anglican clergyman Anthony Campion (Hugh Grant) and his prim wife, Estella (Tara Fitzgerald), are asked to visit... [More]
Directed By: John Duigan

#7

Secretary (2002)
77%

#7
Adjusted Score: 81991%
Critics Consensus: Maggie Gyllenhaal impresses in this romantic comedy with a kinky twist.
Synopsis: Lee Holloway (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a young woman with a history of severe emotional problems, is released into the care of... [More]
Directed By: Steven Shainberg

#6

Boogie Nights (1997)
93%

#6
Adjusted Score: 97458%
Critics Consensus: Grounded in strong characters, bold themes, and subtle storytelling, Boogie Nights is a groundbreaking film both for director P.T. Anderson and star Mark Wahlberg.
Synopsis: In the San Fernando Valley in 1977, teenage busboy Eddie Adams (Mark Wahlberg) gets discovered by porn director Jack Horner... [More]
Directed By: Paul Thomas Anderson

#5

Wild Things (1998)
63%

#5
Adjusted Score: 65009%
Critics Consensus: Wild Things is a delightfully salacious, flesh-exposed romp that also requires a high degree of love for trash cinema.
Synopsis: When teen debutante Kelly (Denise Richards) fails to attract the attention of her hunky guidance counselor, Sam (Matt Dillon), she... [More]
Directed By: John McNaughton

#4

Unfaithful (2002)
50%

#4
Adjusted Score: 55294%
Critics Consensus: Diane Lane shines in the role, but the movie adds nothing new to the genre and the resolution is unsatisfying.
Synopsis: Described by director Adrian Lyne ("Fatal Attraction") as "an erotic thriller about the body language of guilt." When Edward (Richard... [More]
Directed By: Adrian Lyne

#3

Bound (1996)
90%

#3
Adjusted Score: 91422%
Critics Consensus: Bound's more titillating elements attracted attention, but it's the stylish direction, solid performances, and entertaining neo-noir caper plot that make it worth a watch.
Synopsis: Sparks fly when Violet (Jennifer Tilly) sets eyes on Corky (Gina Gershon) in an elevator. Violet is the girlfriend of... [More]

#2

Swimming Pool (2003)
83%

#2
Adjusted Score: 88049%
Critics Consensus: A sensual thriller with two engaging performers demanding our undivided attention.
Synopsis: When uptight British writer Sarah Morton (Charlotte Rampling) has difficulty with her new detective novel, her publisher, John Bosload (Charles... [More]
Directed By: François Ozon

#1

Mulholland Dr. (2001)
84%

#1
Adjusted Score: 90299%
Critics Consensus: David Lynch's dreamlike and mysterious Mulholland Drive is a twisty neo-noir with an unconventional structure that features a mesmirizing performance from Naomi Watts as a woman on the dark fringes of Hollywood.
Synopsis: A dark-haired woman (Laura Elena Harring) is left amnesiac after a car crash. She wanders the streets of Los Angeles... [More]
Directed By: David Lynch

#1

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
76%

#1
Adjusted Score: 82227%
Critics Consensus: Kubrick's intense study of the human psyche yields an impressive cinematic work.
Synopsis: After Dr. Bill Hartford's (Tom Cruise) wife, Alice (Nicole Kidman), admits to having sexual fantasies about a man she met,... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Kubrick

#1

Weekend (2011)
95%

#1
Adjusted Score: 97994%
Critics Consensus: It may be a chamber piece but Weekend's revelations on modern sexuality expand far beyond the modest setting.
Synopsis: A gay man's (Tom Cullen) weekend-long encounter with an artist (Chris New) changes his life in unexpected ways.... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Haigh

#1

Body Heat (1981)

#1
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Shyster lawyer Ned Racine (William Hurt) begins a passionate affair with Matty Walker (Kathleen Turner), wife of a wealthy Florida... [More]
Directed By: Lawrence Kasdan

#1

Shame (2011)
79%

#1
Adjusted Score: 87692%
Critics Consensus: Boasting stellar performances by Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan, Shame is a powerful plunge into the mania of addiction affliction.
Synopsis: Successful and handsome New Yorker Brandon (Michael Fassbender) seems to live an ordinary life, but he hides a terrible secret... [More]
Directed By: Steve McQueen

#1

Showgirls (1995)
22%

#1
Adjusted Score: 24970%
Critics Consensus: Vile, contemptible, garish, and misogynistic -- and that might just be exactly Showgirls' point.
Synopsis: Nomi (Elizabeth Berkley) arrives in Las Vegas with only a suitcase and a dream of becoming a top showgirl. She... [More]
Directed By: Paul Verhoeven

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: 35596%
Critics Consensus: While creatively better endowed than its print counterpart, Fifty Shades of Grey is a less than satisfying experience on the screen.
Synopsis: When college senior Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) steps in for her sick roommate to interview prominent businessman Christian Grey (Jamie... [More]
Directed By: Sam Taylor-Johnson

#1

Fear (1996)
46%

#1
Adjusted Score: 46648%
Critics Consensus: Fear has an appealing young cast, but their efforts aren't enough to consistently distract from an increasingly overblown - and illogical - teen stalker story.
Synopsis: When 16-year-old Nicole Walker (Reese Witherspoon) meets 23-year-old David McCall (Mark Wahlberg) at a Seattle nightclub, she falls in love.... [More]
Directed By: James Foley


BECAUSE THE MOVIE’S EVEN SCARIER IN PERFECT SILENCE…

#13

The Descent (2005)
86%

#13
Adjusted Score: 93863%
Critics Consensus: Deft direction and strong performances from its all-female cast guide The Descent, a riveting, claustrophobic horror film.
Synopsis: A year after a severe emotional trauma, Sarah (Shauna Macdonald) goes to North Carolina to spend some time exploring caves... [More]
Directed By: Neil Marshall

#12

A Quiet Place (2018)
96%

#12
Adjusted Score: 118868%
Critics Consensus: A Quiet Place artfully plays on elemental fears with a ruthlessly intelligent creature feature that's as original as it is scary -- and establishes director John Krasinski as a rising talent.
Synopsis: If they hear you, they hunt you. A family must live in silence to avoid mysterious creatures that hunt by... [More]
Directed By: John Krasinski

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A beautiful young Frenchwoman, Alex (Maïwenn Le Besco), travels out to the country to visit her family and brings along... [More]
Directed By: Alexandre Aja

#10

The Strangers (2008)
48%

#10
Adjusted Score: 54443%
Critics Consensus: The Strangers has a handful of genuinely scary moments, but they're not enough to elevate the end results above standard slasher fare.
Synopsis: Kristen (Liv Tyler) and James (Scott Speedman) are expecting a relaxing weekend at a family vacation home, but their stay... [More]
Directed By: Bryan Bertino

#9

Hush (2016)
93%

#9
Adjusted Score: 95382%
Critics Consensus: Hush navigates the bloody waters of home invasion thrillers and incisive slashers for a contemporary horror puree.
Synopsis: A deaf woman is stalked by a killer in her home.... [More]
Directed By: Mike Flanagan

#8

28 Days Later (2002)
87%

#8
Adjusted Score: 94188%
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

#7

Alien (1979)
98%

#7
Adjusted Score: 108924%
Critics Consensus: A modern classic, Alien blends science fiction, horror and bleak poetry into a seamless whole.
Synopsis: In deep space, the crew of the commercial starship Nostromo is awakened from their cryo-sleep capsules halfway through their journey... [More]
Directed By: Ridley Scott

#6

Dead Silence (2007)
21%

#6
Adjusted Score: 22876%
Critics Consensus: More tasteful than recent slasher flicks, but Dead Silence is undone by boring characters, bland dialogue, and an unnecessary and obvious twist ending.
Synopsis: After his wife meets a grisly end, Jamie Ashen (Ryan Kwanten) returns to their creepy hometown of Ravens Fair to... [More]
Directed By: James Wan

#5
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Desperate to make some money so she can move into a new apartment, college student Samantha Hughes (Jocelin Donahue) takes... [More]
Directed By: Ti West

#1

The Others (2001)
83%

#1
Adjusted Score: 89447%
Critics Consensus: The Others is a spooky thriller that reminds us that a movie doesn't need expensive special effects to be creepy.
Synopsis: Grace (Nicole Kidman), the devoutly religious mother of Anne (Alakina Mann) and Nicholas (James Bentley), moves her family to the... [More]
Directed By: Alejandro Amenábar

#4

Don't Breathe (2016)
88%

#4
Adjusted Score: 103105%
Critics Consensus: Don't Breathe smartly twists its sturdy premise to offer a satisfyingly tense, chilling addition to the home invasion genre that's all the more effective for its simplicity.
Synopsis: Rocky (Jane Levy), Alex and Money are three Detroit thieves who get their kicks by breaking into the houses of... [More]
Directed By: Fede Alvarez

#3

The Shining (1980)
85%

#3
Adjusted Score: 93374%
Critics Consensus: Though it deviates from Stephen King's novel, Stanley Kubrick's The Shining is a chilling, often baroque journey into madness -- exemplified by an unforgettable turn from Jack Nicholson.
Synopsis: Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) becomes winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado, hoping to cure his writer's block.... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Kubrick

#2

Wait Until Dark (1967)
96%

#2
Adjusted Score: 96529%
Critics Consensus: Nail-bitingly tense and brilliantly acted, Wait Until Dark is a compact thriller that makes the most of its fiendishly clever premise.
Synopsis: After a flight back home, Sam Hendrix (Efrem Zimbalist Jr.) returns with a doll he innocently acquired along the way.... [More]
Directed By: Terence Young

#1

The Conjuring (2013)
86%

#1
Adjusted Score: 93985%
Critics Consensus: Well-crafted and gleefully creepy, The Conjuring ratchets up dread through a series of effective old-school scares.
Synopsis: In 1970, paranormal investigators and demonologists Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) and Ed (Patrick Wilson) Warren are summoned to the home of... [More]
Directed By: James Wan

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: 41730%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A retired police detective (Charles Durning) hunts a deranged British seaman out to re-create a baby sitter's (Carol Kane) horror.... [More]
Directed By: Fred Walton

#1

Silent House (2011)
43%

#1
Adjusted Score: 46809%
Critics Consensus: Silent House is more technically proficient and ambitious than most fright-fests, but it also suffers from a disappointing payoff.
Synopsis: Sarah (Elizabeth Olsen) is working with her father (Adam Trese) and uncle (Eric Sheffer Stevens) to renovate an old family... [More]
Directed By: Chris Kentis, Laura Lau

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: 106177%
Critics Consensus: It Comes at Night makes lethally effective use of its bare-bones trappings while proving once again that what's left unseen can be just as horrifying as anything on the screen.
Synopsis: After a mysterious apocalypse leaves the world with few survivors, two families are forced to share a home in an... [More]
Directed By: Trey Edward Shults

#1

The Orphanage (2007)
87%

#1
Adjusted Score: 94026%
Critics Consensus: Deeply unnerving and surprisingly poignant, The Orphanage is an atmospheric, beautifully crafted haunted house horror film that earns scares with a minimum of blood.
Synopsis: Laura (Belén Rueda) has happy memories of her childhood in an orphanage. She convinces her husband to buy the place... [More]
Directed By: J.A. Bayona


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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)

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)

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)

– 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)

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)

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

Netflix usually adds a lot of new titles at the beginning of each month, and this May is no different, so here are all the Certified Fresh selections, just to narrow down your choices a bit. Whether you’re looking for a lighthearted comedy, a heavy drama, some dark intrigue, or a little romance, there’s a good chance something here will spark your interest. Read on for the full list.


New on Netflix

 

To Catch a Thief (1955)

Cary Grant and Grace Kelly star in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic romantic mystery about a retired thief who sets out to clear his name when a copycat begins preying on tourists in the French Riviera.

Available now on: Netflix


The Truman Show (1998) 95%

Jim Carrey and Ed Harris star in this dramedy about a man who understandably freaks out when he discovers his entire life has been the center of a television production.

Available now on: Netflix


There Will Be Blood (2007) 91%

Paul Thomas Anderson’s epic drama stars Daniel Day-Lewis as pioneering oil man Daniel Plainview, who strikes oil in southern California at the turn of the 20th century and promptly begins to build an empire.

Available now on: Netflix


Almost Famous (2000)

Cameron Crowe’s idealized self-portrait of his time as a young Rolling Stone correspondent is a funny, insightful look at the excitement and chaos surrounding a successful rock band.

Available now on: Netflix


Meek's Cutoff (2010) 86%

Michelle Williams stars in this Western about a group of wagon families who struggle to survive perilous terrain during the early days of the Oregon Trail.

Available now on: Netflix


Pleasantville (1998)

Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon star in this satirical comedy about a pair of siblings who are transported into a 1950s-era TV show, where they help the residents of a small town break free from their repressed lifestyles.

Available now on: Netflix


Begin Again (2013) 83%

John Carney’s second musical romance stars Keira Knightley as a newly single songwriter who begins an unlikely friendship with the record exec who volunteers to help record her album independently.

Available now on: Netflix


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: Netflix


While You Were Sleeping (1995) 81%

Sandra Bullock stars in this romantic comedy about a lonely toll booth operator who falls in love with one of her customers and is mistaken for his fiancee when she intervenes in a tragic accident that leaves him comatose.

Available now on: Netflix


Braveheart (1995) 79%

Mel Gibson directs and stars in this multiple Oscar-winner as William Wallace, a Scottish folk hero from the 13th century who led his people against the English in the First War of Scottish Independence.

Available now on: Netflix


The Machinist (2004)

Christian Bale stars in this psychological thriller about a factory worker with an acute case of insomnia who begins to suspect he might be losing his mind.

Available now on: Netflix

On August 5 2010, a mine collapsed in the town of San José, Chile, prompting a seemingly impossible rescue mission that unfolded over the course of three months. This week’s The 33 dramatizes the event as a testimony to the human struggle against the elements, and in that spirit, our Spanish-language partners over at Tomatazos have offered up a brief list of similar stories to get you into the “rescue mood” before you purchase a ticket.


Apollo 13 (1995) 96%

Apollo-13

Even though it drifts away stylistically from the following entries, this space epic heads our list because it also shares some of their fundamental characteristics. Even when everything seems perfectly planned out, including daily chores, one small failure (a technical one in the Apollo’s case) is all it takes to make things go sour in a hurry, prompting all those involved to face risky situations in order to regain control. Kind of makes you believe “13 is an unlucky number,” dosen’t it?

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127 Hours (2010) 93%

127-Hours

This tale feels like something lifted straight out of a Eugène Ionesco play (the whole “eating yourself to survive” business), and it’s doubly shocking because it was, of course, based on a real story. It’s claustrophobic, anguishing, and crude; no wonder it got James Franco an Academy Award nomination.

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Into the Wild (2007) 83%

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Almost every character in this list is a victim of circumstance; that is to say, they obviously did not choose to be burned in space or trapped between a literal rock and a hard place. But not Chris McCandless (Emile Hirsch,) the daunting protagonist of this film, who chose to leave his whole life behind and be “one” with nature. Nature, cranky as she’s wont to be, took care of the rest.

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The Impossible (2012) 81%

The-Impossible

This J.A. Bayona flick hits closer to home when you realize that the suburbanite family onscreen could be yours; not that suburbanites are inherently threatening, but because of the prospect that you could be chilling at your favorite overseas resort, and then bam! The sea’s now all over you. And your child. And Naomi Watts. Now that’s a spooky image.

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Alive (1993) 59%

Alive

We just could not leave this classic survival film off the list, especially since it’s become a definitive reference on the matter. It’s the movie that made audiences think twice the next time they took a flight. It’s a safe bet to say that whenever people think of this story, they feel a knot in their stomach; and it all began with a simple plane trip above the Andes…

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You can find the original article in Spanish at Tomatazos.com.

The premiere of the second installment of the anthology series True Detective is coming this weekend, and with it, a whole new crop of deeply intriguing, delectably sexy (even when they’re drunk, dirty, and down) characters. Here, instead of spoiling your journey into these characters’ psyches, we take you on a trip to the past, showcasing eight cinematic gems from this season’s True Detective cast.


Colin Farrell (Ray Velcoro)

Film: In Bruges (2008, 84%), was the first of screenwriter/director Martin McDonagh‘s one-two punch of clever crime tales with sympathetic and sociopathic characters. The Oscar-nominated story follows two hitmen who’ve been ordered to kill a priest, but kill a little boy in the process as well. They’re banished to Bruges, a gorgeous city in Belgium, where sad hilarity ensues with a cast of characters including Ralph Fiennes and Brendan Gleeson.

Role: Because of its slow-building cult success (despite the box office gross of less than half of the $15 million it was made for), In Bruges might seem like an obvious choice for Colin Farrell. It’s where many people finally decided that the Hollywood party boy from Ireland had some acting chops as hitman Ray. Indeed, he won a Golden Globe for it.

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Vince Vaughn (Frank Semyon)

Film: Into the Wild (2007, 83%), is the harrowing, exciting, crazy true story of Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch) who foregoes his college education, athletic promises of grandeur, and all his worldly possessions in order to find his true self, live a true life, and feel truth in all its many forms. Based on the book by Jon Krakauer, a writer and mountaineer, the film — adapted for the screen and directed by Sean Penn — was only a mild box office success.

Role: Wayne Westerberg is one of the many characters McCandless meets during his nation-wide journey — a grain elevator operator who befriends McCandless at a bar in the fall of 1990 in Montana. He first offers the wandering young ma a ride, then a place to stay, and eventually a job at his plant in Carthage, South Dakota. The two become close friends and Westerberg is actually the one to receive McCandless’s postcard in Denali National Park in Alaska.

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Rachel McAdams (Ani Bezzarides)

Film: State of Play (2009, )is a political thriller à la All the President’s Men, but sexier. Russell Crowe plays Cal McAffrey, a reporter who goes deeper than he bargained for into an investigation against a Congressman (Ben Affleck) whose former aid — and the woman he was having an affair with — turns up dead. There’s a huge supporting cast including Robin Wright, Helen Mirren, Jason Bateman, and Jeff Daniels, all directed by Kevin Macdonald, who had done mostly documentaries before the award-winning The Last King of Scotland.

Role: Della Frye is the gutsy, go-getter blogger for The Washington Globe, who plays like a sidekick to Cal. For the role, McAdams got to really immerse herself in life on the Hill, spending time with reporters at The Washington Post to prepare for turning the tables onscreen and getting her chance to probe for once.

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Taylor Kitsch (Paul Woodrugh)

Film: The Normal Heart (2014, 94%) was first written as a play by Larry Kramer, who saw the rise of HIV/AIDS in the early 1980s claim the lives of dozens of friends and even more peers. HBO had him adapt it into a screenplay for their Ryan Murphy-directed version, which follows Ned Weeks (a fictional version of Kramer and played by Mark Ruffalo) and his unintended rise into political activism for healthcare for gay men and awareness surrounding the AIDS epidemic sweeping the nation.

Role: In the same year, Kitsch showed us one type of strength in Lone Surivor as an Army Special Ops fighter, and another type of strength as Bruce Niles, the partner of a man whose death helped spur Ned Weeks’ movement for AIDS activism in San Francisco in the early 1980s. Although Niles, a Wall Street banker, is closeted, he shows great leadership and ideas about activism as the first president of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis and has to field the fiery Weeks’ attempts to out him on camera. The two — surrounded by supportive characters played by Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, and Jim Parsons — have the same goal, just different approaches.

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Kelly Reilly (Jordan Semyon)

Film: Last Orders (2002, 79%)has cast full of British heavyweights in their early Golden Years — Michael Caine, Tom Courteney, David Hemmings, Bob Hoskins, and Helen Mirren. Jack, played by Caine, was a simple London butcher who loved his friends and his wife. His last orders before passing away were to have his ashes scattered in the sea at Margate, and the tale follows his mates on their journey, woven with flashbacks to his early days with them and the love of his life, Amy.

Role: Young Amy was Reilly’s first major role outside of her many British television roles throughout the 1990s. She felt she was being typecast in comedy roles and actively sought a role to prove her dramatic chops. She and JJ Field, who played young Jack, portrayed the early days of the relationship, leading to love, trust, respect, and eventually the deathbed.

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Afemo Omilami (Police Chief Holloway)

Film: Tigerland (2000, 77%), is the nickname for Fort Polk, an infamous Army training camp in Louisiana. There, a group of recruits go through Advanced Infantry Training as a last stop before entering into the Vietnam War in 1971. The story’s hero is Private Roland Bozz (none other than our Mr. Farrell), an unruly soldier who’s got a problem with authority, disobeying orders and talking back to his superiors all in the hopes of maintaining his humanness, and not giving over to the machine.

Role: True Detective isn’t the first time Omilami has gotten to bark orders at Farrell. Fifteen years ago, as Seargent First Class Ezra Landers, he gave Private Roland Bozz tough love and sound advice during training for Vietnam.

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James Frain (Lt. Kevin Burris)

Film: Hilary and Jackie (1998, 88%)is a film about the famed du Pré sisters — both musical geniuses — based on the book written by Hilary du Pré (played by Rachel Griffiths who was nominated for an Oscar for the role). Cellist Jacqueline du Pré (played by Emily Watson, also nominated for her part) emerges from the shadows of older sister Hilary’s more triumphant childhood successes to become the world-renowned musician — only to develop Multiple Sclerosis. The film was shrouded in controversy because the famous musicians who knew Jackie in real life condemned her sister’s version of the story in the book and film.

Role: Daniel Barenboim is the famed pianist married to Jackie, who stays with her until her death in 1987 — despite Jackie’s affair with her sister’s husband, conductor Kiffi Finzi, and despite his own with Russian pianist Elena Bashkirova. Many instruments at play in this story, if you catch our drift.

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David Morse (Eliot Bezzerides)

Film: The Negotiator (1998, 74%)is the aptly named film about two top Chicago negotiators facing off. Directed by the then only 29-year-old F. Gary Gray (who was known for his high-profile music video direction), Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey star as Danny Roman and Chris Sabian. Roman is a celebrated police officer who finds out that he has been set up as a corrupt cop and a murderer. He takes control of a building in a panic, holding many hostages and will only negotiate with Sabian for his freedom.

Role: Although Commander Adam Beck is not the central figure here in a high-stakes situation, he’s the man who is always right there by Sabian’s side. Morse has played many roles that put him in a stern, authoritative position. Perhaps it’s his 6’4″ frame, or perhaps it’s because he’s from Boston and everyone knows you don’t mess with a 6’4″ guy from Boston.

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Jay Cassidy waited eight years to help tell the true story of Christopher McCandless, the young man who hitchhiked into the Alaskan wilderness and never returned. Cassidy is an editor and long-time collaborator of director, Sean Penn, whose drive and passion finally brought the 2007 film, Into the Wild, to the screen.

With over thirty years of experience in the industry, Cassidy received a nomination for the 2008 Achievement in Film Editing Academy Award for his work on this adaptation of John Krakauer’s startling and inspiring novel. This is a story that could have slipped unnoticed except for a short piece in a small tabloid newspaper but rather, now stands as a reminder to pause and reflect more deeply on the many senseless deaths in the media.

Jay Cassidy talks to RT about working with Sean Penn, the Alaskan wilderness and the importance of losing his social skills for his art.


What originally attracted you to a career in editing?

Jay Cassidy: I have been editing for a long time. I began in the early 70s, working on political advertising and documentaries. At that moment, editing was, for me, the most compelling part of the filmmaking process. The documentary could be filmed over many years, but you made the film in the editing room.

If a documentary is made in the editing suite, how much is the editing process considered during filming? For example, at what point did you step into Into the Wild?

JC: I have worked with Sean Penn on all of the theatrical films he has done, so I was aware of this project for many years. I knew the book and knew about Sean’s ups and downs in getting it made. He would not make this film without the permission of the family and they were reluctant to go ahead for many years. So in this case, I was involved for a long time. I read early drafts of the script and sat in on script readings with the actors. This is the exception but I have a very long relationship with Sean.

At what point did you start contributing to conversations about how it will appear in the edit?

JC: This film was shot over eight months with many breaks. There were times when I wasn’t with the company and there were times when I was with them for weeks at a time. On the occasions when I wasn’t on the shoot, I simply saw the film when it came from the laboratory and we had no discussion about it. We knew roughly what Sean wanted as he went into each shoot. Alaska being a difficult place to work, you may go in with one intention, but you can certainly come out with something else, so in those cases we didn’t really discuss anything until I had a cut of the material and he had seen that cut. This shoot was a little peculiar in that the schedule was so rigorous that he sometimes didn’t see dailies until weeks later.

That suggests a real professional trust between the two of you.

JC: We would talk about the flow of it as we went and he would ask about specific shots. The interesting thing about this shoot was that, because the production had to follow the weather in Alaska, we would work for a while and then we would have to wait. Also, Emile Hirsch had this tremendous weight loss that he went through that necessitated halting the production while he lost the last 15 pounds. Sean and I would spend time together during those pauses to look at cuts and the dailies he hadn’t seen, and I could catch up with the production so that when we went into the next phase, we already knew what we had.

Sean Penn’s public persona is one of incredible intensity. How have you found working with him throughout your collaboration?

JC: I don’t know the public perception of Sean Penn, I only have a personal one and I would say that he certainly has a great passion which is confused for intensity. That passion is a large part of his leadership quality. People are willing to march into the Grand Canyon with him because they know he believes in what he is doing. He is a generous person and a story teller – the process of telling a story being an act of generosity – and he is also very generous with the crew.

As the character of Chris McCandless goes through his journey, the look and feel of the film seems to change. How did you use the editing to reflect his journey?

JC: An operating principle of this film was that we had to go someplace to shoot, so we may as well go to the actual places that Chris McCandless visited. And for the most part we did, sometimes to the exact spot. For example, when Chris was in a flash flood in his car, we filmed down to GPS accuracy where that actually happened. We could stand on set with photographs Chris McCandless had taken and match them up to where we were standing. Given that approach to filming, the whole movie was going to have a varying palette of texture, colour and nature. Some of those places were pretty far flung so you end up with a movie that has a view of the American West from many points of view and geography. We maintained that through the editing. The photographic treatment of Chris McCandless changed quite radically when he went to Alaska and he got in trouble. It is all a process of earning the trust of the audience so that when you end up in a place where the photography is quite distressed as well as the situation for the character, the audience have been led there visually, allowing them to accept it.

Do you have a signature editing style?

JC: I think an editing style is something that is ascribed to the work after-the-fact. I don’t think you go in with a particular intention, but I think if there is an integrity to the work and the material you are working with, the work comes from the nature of that material; essentially the person who creates what is being called ‘after-the–fact’ style shouldn’t be aware of it.

For someone aspiring to enter your profession, could you outline what a typical working day is like for you?

JC: I always like to tell people who are interested in the business, and the acquired wisdom I give my children, is to stay out of show business. There are better ways to lead your life. You might end up being happier and spend more time with your family and make more money if you don’t work in the film business. That advice, however, usually goes to no avail for the people who aspire to it. In a certain regard, it is a horrible life because, if you are really working on something intensely, your social skills fall away and you are not fit to be brought out into public. That is, if you are truly involved in a film and if you are going to do any kind of good work, you have to have that full commitment to the work. If you aren’t willing to do that, or if that is not in your nature, I say steer clear of it.

Has your approach to watching a film been affected by your role as a film editor?

JC: I am so delighted when I get to see a really good movie. In that experience the artifice of movie making, the photography or the cutting style, falls away because you are inside the movie. Part of the discipline of being an editor is that you have to be a good audience member; your work is to be a surrogate audience member on the films you are working on. I certainly don’t have any trouble watching movies. I love the movies.

And finally, you talked earlier about the respect Penn had for the McCandless family and the importance of having their support in the making of this film. Do you think the family are happy with Into the Wild?

JC:I think Chris’ sister, Carine McCandless, certainly was. She was involved all along and saw cuts and worked on the voice over, because it was actually her voice. For his parents, it was a bit of an up and down experience. I think they have come to terms with it and I think they are very happy it was made, despite the fact that there are times in the film when they are not portrayed in the best light. For them, I believe, it is some manner of forgiveness for them to have participated in the making of this film about their son’s life.

Into the Wild is now available on DVD.

Into the Wild, Sean Penn’s lyrical adventure about a young idealist on a cross-country trek, leads new DVDs this week. A controversial child artist (My Kid Could Paint That) and Halle Berry’s latest drama (Things We Lost in the Fire) round out the fresh releases, but it just goes downhill from there (Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium).


Into the Wild

Tomatometer: 83%

For those of us who’ve ever thought about just picking up and leaving the world behind, there is the real-life story about 24-year-old Christopher McCandless, who in 1990 donated his life savings to charity and set off on a cross-country odyssey to find himself. If you’ve read Jon Krakauer’s best-selling non-fiction book of the same name, then you know how it all turned out for McCandless, but here director Sean Penn crafts an epic, time-jumping adventure set against some of the most stunning landscapes in America. Emile Hirsch captures the hero’s restless spirit well as he tumbles in and out of the lives of strangers (including Catherine Keener, Vince Vaughn, and Hal Holbrook in an Oscar-nominated performance); Eddie Vedder provides original songs, including the Golden Globe-winning “Guaranteed.”

My Kid Could Paint That

Tomatometer: 93%

Art is always subjective, but especially so when it’s abstract — so how difficult is it to evaluate the random splatterings of a 4-year-old Picasso? Such is the debate within this acclaimed (and controversial) documentary by Amir Bar Lev, who gains intimate access with child prodigy Marla Olmstead and her family as Marla’s first works are sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Were Marla’s celebrated paintings true pieces of art? Did she even paint them herself? A commentary track and featurette appear in the bonus menu, but the highlight may be a 35-minute documentary on the notorious falling out between the Olmsteads and filmmaker Lev following the release of the film itself.


Things We Lost In The Fire


Tomatometer: 65%

When her husband is killed, a woman (Halle Berry) invites his drug-addled best friend (Benicio del Toro) to stay with her family in this English-language debut from Danish director Suzanne Bier. The Oscar-nominated filmmaker, trained in the experimental school of the Dogme95 clan, injects a European sensibility into her story of loss; don’t let shaky camera and jump-cuts dissuade you from taking in a pair of brave performances by the two leads.

Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium


Tomatometer: 35%

Despite the star power of its two leads, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, about a 243-year-old toy shop owner (Dustin Hoffman) passing the reins over to his doubtful assistant (Natalie Portman), failed to charm most critics. While perhaps a visually whimsical treat suitable for children, adults unfortunate enough to sit through director Zach Helm‘s flight of fancy might find themselves longing for other, better toy story fare. A spattering of behind-the-scenes featurettes and a paper airplane tutorial DVD-ROM round out the release.

Until next week, happy renting!

In 1992, Christopher McCandless graduated from university, gave away his possessions and hitchhiked into the Alaskan wilderness. The story of his life was told in both harrowing and inspiring detail in John Krakauer’s novel, Into the Wild. Over the past eight years, director Sean Penn has worked to bring the film adaptation to the screen and it has been met with critical acclaim and received many nominations and awards. One such nomination belongs to editor, Jay Cassidy. The long time Penn collaborator talks to RT about his nomination for the 2008 Achievement in Film Editing Academy Award.


The only way to travel.

What does an Oscar nomination mean to you?

Jay Cassidy: The nomination is the honour; this year in particular. To be included with the other four films in this category is truly a great honour. They are all really interesting films and I like each one of them so much in their own right.

Is it something you have aspired to throughout your career or does it feel a little surreal now that it is here?

JC: If you approach life with the calculation that you can arrange your career so you will receive those kinds of honours, you will never get there. You simply have to put those thoughts aside and concentrate on the work because it is hard enough to make the movie without letting thoughts of personal grandiosity invade your mind. There have been so many awards and nominations for Into the Wild, and we are delighted that people have accepted the film and recognised the film to the degree that they have, but it is not the reason you make it.

There are three people I care about in regards to their judgment of this film. The first is John Krakauer because he brought this story to life. He took it from a small tabloid tale that appeared for one day in a newspaper. Most people dismissed Chris as some kid who went to Alaska, was stupid and died too young. Krakauer looked at this kid’s life and he found a life well lived. He found a degree of humanity that transcended all superficial judgment.

The second person I care about is Carine McCandless. She was Chris’ sister and knew him better than anyone.

And I care about Chris McCandless himself. We constantly asked ourselves one question. If Chris could see this film, would he dismiss it as some sort of fantasy about his life or would he feel there were certain truths being told. My feeling is that Sean took this story and injected a level of poetry. He made this kid’s life mean something in a way that makes people think a second time. The next time a kid is lost in the wild, or the next time there is a senseless death, they might reflect and think there is more going on here than might appear on the surface.

2008 Oscar nominations for Achievement in Film Editing
The Bourne Ultimatum: Christopher Rouse
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: Juliette Welfling
Into the Wild: Jay Cassidy
No Country for Old Men Roderick Jaynes
There Will Be Blood: Dylan Tichenor

Perhaps the ASC and DGA Awards aren’t the flashiest ceremonies of the season, but being honored by one’s peers is always a cause for celebration, so let’s take a moment to congratulate Robert Elswit and Joel and Ethan Coen, shall we?

Elswit’s work on Paul Thomas Anderson‘s There Will Be Blood netted him the feature trophy at the American Society of Cinematographers awards ceremony on Saturday, putting him at the top of a solid field that mirrored, for the first time in the ceremony’s history, the Academy Awards cinematography nominees. Elswit’s competitors included Seamus McGarvey for Atonement, Janusz Kaminski for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, and Roger Deakins, for both No Country for Old Men and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Accepting his award, Elswit was quoted as saying:

“I just think it’s impossible to pick these five films apart from one another. I’m really lucky that Janusz (Kaminki) did extraordinary work a year after he resigned from the ASC, and that Roger (Deakins) is competing with himself. To avoid this (from happening again) there should probably be a category called ‘best cinematography in a movie by Roger Deakins.”

Meanwhile, the Coen brothers took top honors at the DGA Awards, beating out Paul Thomas Anderson, Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton), Sean Penn (Into the Wild), and Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) with their work on No Country for Old Men. Celebrating the brothers’ first DGA win, Joel Coen told attendees:

“We have a bookshelf in our office where we keep all the things we’ve won — we call it our ego corner — and whenever Ethan has a really bad day, he takes out the Windex and silver polish and cleans them up. This is a big one — it’ll keep him busy.”

Source: Variety (ASC Awards)
Source: Variety (DGA Awards)

The clock hasn’t stopped ticking on the format, but HD DVD consumers can look forward to seeing new films on store shelves — for at least the next few months, anyway.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, one of Warner Bros.’ final HD DVD titles, a two-disc special edition of Twister, will be released May 27; meanwhile, Paramount “is expected to announce a full slate of HD DVD titles for the first quarter Thursday.”

Paramount was supposed to announce those releases at CES, but the news of Warner Bros. abandoning the format led the HD DVD Promotional Group to withdraw from the show and declare a “quiet period.” The Reporter article lists a number of expected titles, however, including Into the Wild, Things We Lost in the Fire, Bee Movie, The Kite Runner, American Gangster, and The Jack Ryan Collection, which bundles The Hunt for Red October, Clear and Present Danger, Patriot Games, and The Sum of All Fears.

Still, it seems like it’s only a matter of time before the last few drops of HD DVD’s market share go swirling down the drain — according to the Reporter, people have pretty much quit buying ’em:

Net HD DVD sales, according to Nielsen, constituted only 15% of hi-def disc sales last week. And the top HD DVD seller, “The Kingdom,” sold just 10% as many copies as the top Blu-ray Disc release, “3:10 to Yuma.”

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

It was missing the glitz and glitter of previous years, but the 65th annual Golden Globes were held via press conference yesterday, with Atonement, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, No Country for Old Men, and Sweeney Todd leading the crowd at two wins apiece.

Without cameras rolling, celebrities in attendance, or the winners on hand to collect their awards, the “ceremony” was over in 35 minutes (a length the producers might want to keep in mind for next year — we’re just saying). A list of the winners in the film categories follows below, with Tomatometers for each film in parentheses:

MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

Atonement (83 percent)


American Gangster
(79 percent)

Eastern Promises
(88 percent)
The Great Debaters

Michael Clayton
(90 percent)
No Country
for Old Men
(95 percent)
There Will Be
Blood
(100 percent)

MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (86 percent)


Across the Universe
(52 percent)
Charlie
Wilson’s War
(92 percent)
Hairspray (92
percent)
Juno (92 percent)

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

Julie Christie, Away From Her (95 percent)


Cate Blanchett
,
Elizabeth: The Golden Age

(34 percent)
Jodie Foster,
The Brave One (45 percent)
Angelina Jolie,
A Mighty Heart
(77 percent)
Keira
Knightley
, Atonement

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood (90 percent)


James McAvoy
, Atonement
Viggo
Mortensen
, Eastern Promises
Denzel
Washington
, American Gangster
George
Clooney
,
Michael Clayton

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

Marion Cotillard, La Vie en rose (74 percent)


Ellen Page
, Juno
Amy Adams,
Enchanted (94
percent)
Nikki
Blonsky
, Hairspray
Helena
Bonham Carter
,
Sweeney Todd

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

Johnny Depp,
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Ryan Gosling
,
Lars
and the Real Girl
(78 percent)
Tom Hanks,
Charlie Wilson’s War

Philip
Seymour Hoffman
, The
Savages
(89 percent)
John C. Reilly,

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Ratatouille (96 percent)

The
Simpsons Movie
(88 percent)
Bee Movie (52
percent)

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

The Diving Bell And The Butterfly (94 percent)

The
Kite Runner
,
U.S. (65
percent)
Lust, Caution,
Taiwan (64 percent)
Persepolis,
France (100 percent)
4
Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
,
Romania (96 percent)

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE


Cate Blanchett, I’m Not There (80 percent)


Julia Roberts
, Charlie Wilson’s War
Saoirse Ronan,
Atonement
Amy Ryan,
Gone Baby Gone

(93 percent)
Tilda Swinton,
Michael Clayton

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE


Javier Bardem, No Country For Old Men (95 percent)

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Charlie Wilson’s War
John Travolta,
Hairspray
Tom Wilkinson,
Michael Clayton
Casey
Affleck
,

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
(75 percent)

DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE

Julian Schnabel,
The Diving Bell And The Butterfly

Ridley Scott
, American Gangster
Joe Wright,
Atonement
Tim Burton,
Sweeney Todd
Ethan Coen and
Joel Coen,
No Country for Old Men

SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE

Ethan Coen & Joel Coen,
No Country For Old Men

Christopher Hampton
, Atonement
Ronald Harwood,
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Aaron Sorkin,
Charlie Wilson’s War
Diablo
Cody
,
Juno

ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE

Dario Marianelli,
Atonement

Howard Shore
, Eastern Promises
Michael
Brook
,
Kaki King
,
Eddie Vedder
,
Into the Wild
(82 percent)
Clint Eastwood,
Grace Is Gone
(70 percent)
Alberto
Iglesias
, The Kite Runner

ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE
“Guaranteed” from Into the Wild (82 percent), music & lyrics by Eddie Vedder
"That’s How You Know" from Enchanted
"Walk Hard" from Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
"Despedida"
from

Love in the Time of Cholera
(28 percent)
"Grace Is Gone" from
Grace Is Gone

Source: Variety

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