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The Best Asian-American Movies of All Time

Between Crazy Rich Asians, The Farewell, and Always Be My Maybe in recent years, there’s been a surge in Asian-American representation on screens of all sizes. These films are milestones in what has been a long, continuous journey to be seen and heard in theaters and at home, and we celebrate those contemporary hits and everything else that has come before them with the 65 Best Asian-American Movies.

To be Asian-American means a personal identity spread across a coalition of different countries. Under this umbrella is a wide range of Pacific Ocean cultures and histories, countries whose people have also found a new life in the United States. The movies in our guide reflect their experiences, from Korean (Columbus, Minari), Chinese (Saving Face), Singaporean (Shirkers), Japanese (To Be Takei), Filipino (The Debut), Vietnamese (Green Dragon), and more. South Asian-American films included are The Big Sick, The Namesake, and Meet the Patels.

We selected movies where the Asian-American experience drives character and story, or had a significant impact on Asian-American audiences due to its casting, the filmmakers behind it, and for breaking representational ground (Searching, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before). The Asian-American experience is sometimes about traveling to a foreign “home” country, explored in movies like Always Tomorrow in Hong Kong, Go Back to China, and Cavite. And sometimes the experience is about coming to America and becoming citizens, as in Journey From the Fall or Tigertail. These stories start overseas, but are also set and shot in America, so we included those.

The historical landmark films are here, including Chan Is Missing, The Joy Luck Club, and Better Luck Tomorrow. All except for Flower Drum Song: This 1961 musical was the first major Hollywood production to have an Asian-American cast, but it’s also Rotten on the Tomatometer. We included only Fresh movies, with at least 10 reviews, before ranking them using our ranking formula, takes into factor the movie’s year of release and its number of reviews.

With all that said, we present the Best Asian-American Movies of all time!

#68

Bad Rap (2016)
70%

#68
Adjusted Score: 54961%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Four Asian-American rappers have to overcome obstacles as they try to make it big.... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Salima Koroma

#67
#67
Adjusted Score: 46353%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Two young children are left to fend for themselves when their mother disappears.... [More]
Directed By: Tze Chun

#66

Front Cover (2015)
83%

#66
Adjusted Score: 66240%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A growing friendship between a gay New York fashion stylist (Jake Choi) and a rising Beijing actor (James Chen) turns... [More]
Directed By: Ray Yeung

#65

Twinsters (2015)
92%

#65
Adjusted Score: 53613%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A French fashion design student stumbles upon a familiar face on YouTube: her own. Finding the resemblance uncanny, she sends... [More]

#64

Seoul Searching (2015)
75%

#64
Adjusted Score: 75064%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In 1986, teens attending a government camp for foreign born teenagers have wild experiences.... [More]
Directed By: Benson Lee

#63

Documented (2013)
75%

#63
Adjusted Score: 53792%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas becomes a crusader for immigration reform.... [More]
Starring:

#62
#62
Adjusted Score: 60251%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this drama from director Alan Parker, on-the-lam Jack McGurn (Dennis Quaid) flees to Los Angeles and takes a job... [More]
Directed By: Alan Parker

#61

Green Dragon (2001)
61%

#61
Adjusted Score: 60062%
Critics Consensus: Green Dragon struggles to control its sentimental tendencies, but its flaws are just outweighed by an affecting -- and often overlooked -- perspective on the Vietnam War.
Synopsis: "Green Dragon," set in California in 1975 in a Vietnamese refugee camp, tells the story of Tai Tran (Don Duong),... [More]
Directed By: Timothy Linh Bui

#60

Never Forever (2007)
80%

#60
Adjusted Score: 71737%
Critics Consensus: Smartly constructed by writer-director Gina Kim and brought to life by a strong cast led by Vera Farmiga, Never Forever is an unexpectedly engaging melodrama.
Synopsis: An affair with an immigrant worker allows a woman to find her true self.... [More]
Directed By: Kim Jina

#59

Linsanity (2013)
65%

#59
Adjusted Score: 65221%
Critics Consensus: Linsanity offers a compelling enough look at its basketball star subject for fans and curious viewers, even if it never really delves below the surface.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Evan Jackson Leong chronicles the rise of basketball star Jeremy Lin, the first man of Chinese/Taiwanese descent to play... [More]
Directed By: Evan Leong

#58

Ping Pong Playa (2007)
64%

#58
Adjusted Score: 63502%
Critics Consensus: A gentle, light, kid friendly comedy about a Chinese-American hoopster turned ping pong pro, Playa is a charming but considerable digression from director Jessica Yu's previous works.
Synopsis: A slacker (Jimmy Tsai) must preserve his family's honor by winning a table tennis tournament.... [More]
Directed By: Jessica Yu

#57

Picture Bride (1994)
82%

#57
Adjusted Score: 70537%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After the father of Riyo (Youki Kudoh) dies, she becomes the arranged wife of Matsuji (Akira Takayama), a migrant worker... [More]
Directed By: Kayo Hatta

#56

Miami Connection (1988)
65%

#56
Adjusted Score: 61161%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Drug dealers get a free tae-kwon-do lesson from a college band called Dragon Sound (Y.K. Kim, Vincent Hirsch, William Ergle).... [More]
Directed By: Y.K. Kim, Park Woo-sang

#55

The Debut (2001)
71%

#55
Adjusted Score: 70077%
Critics Consensus: Although The Debut offers few surprises, it remains an engaging and well-acted look at the multi-generational immigrant experience.
Synopsis: A Filipino-American teenager (Dante Basco) reluctantly attends the coming-out party his father (Tirso Cruz III) is giving for his sister.... [More]
Directed By: Gene Cajayon

#54

Hollywood Chinese (2007)
100%

#54
Adjusted Score: 76221%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Arthur Dong's documentary Hollywood Chinese pays homage to the first century of the American film industry, as specifically colored... [More]
Directed By: Arthur Dong

#53
Adjusted Score: 73806%
Critics Consensus: With Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong, writer-director Emily Ting adds a modest yet enjoyable entry to the expatriate rom-com subgenre.
Synopsis: A budding attraction develops between a U.S. expatriate (Bryan Greenberg) and a Chinese-American woman (Jamie Chung) who's visiting Hong Kong... [More]
Directed By: Emily Ting

#52

Cavite (2005)
73%

#52
Adjusted Score: 72905%
Critics Consensus: A gritty, low-budget thriller, Cavite takes us on a heart-pounding ride through the seedy Filipino underworld.
Synopsis: When Adam (Ian Gamazon), an American with roots in the Philippines, returns to his native land to bury his father,... [More]

#51

Robot Stories (2002)
74%

#51
Adjusted Score: 74778%
Critics Consensus: Although its four stories vary in quality, Robot Stories is still worth a look for Twilight Zone fans.
Synopsis: Four short tales revolve around a couple with a robotic baby, a mother (Wai Ching Ho) with a comatose son,... [More]
Directed By: Greg Pak

#50
Adjusted Score: 74229%
Critics Consensus: While its impact is blunted by an overly reverential approach to its subject, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story remains a reasonably entertaining biopic of the martial arts legend.
Synopsis: Bruce Lee's (Jason Scott Lee) rise begins in Hong Kong, as a young boy receiving traditional Chinese martial arts training.... [More]
Directed By: Rob Cohen

#49

Take Out (2004)
100%

#49
Adjusted Score: 100045%
Critics Consensus: Take Out presents an unvarnished view of one immigrant's experiences as a restaurant deliveryman -- and leaves the audience with plenty of food for thought.
Synopsis: A Chinese immigrant (Charles Jang) in New York works frantically to raise enough money through delivery tips to pay off... [More]

#48

Advantageous (2015)
86%

#48
Adjusted Score: 80016%
Critics Consensus: Advantageous transcends obvious budgetary limitations to pose thought-provoking questions about gender roles and family dynamics.
Synopsis: In a future where opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter Jules try to hold on to their joy.... [More]
Directed By: Jennifer Phang

#47
#47
Adjusted Score: 89160%
Critics Consensus: The Grace Lee Project is a clever, humorous, and personal exploration of identity, ethnic stereotypes, and the oppressive cultural expectations placed on Asian-American women.
Synopsis: When filmmaker Grace Lee discovered that her name is very common among Asian-Americans, she also found out that it carries... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Grace Lee

#46
Adjusted Score: 78160%
Critics Consensus: The likable leads and subversion of racial stereotypes elevate Harold and Kumar above the typical stoner comedy.
Synopsis: Nerdy accountant Harold (John Cho) and his irrepressible friend, Kumar (Kal Penn), get stoned watching television and find themselves utterly... [More]
Directed By: Danny Leiner

#45
Adjusted Score: 79775%
Critics Consensus: Though it may not be as profound as its pacing would suggest, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers delicately examines familial issues in an earnest fashion.
Synopsis: In the wake of his wife's death, Shi (Henry O) leaves his native China to find his estranged daughter, Yilan... [More]
Directed By: Wayne Wang

#44
Adjusted Score: 84723%
Critics Consensus: The Search for General Tso digs into the history of a beloved dish and uncovers a heaping helping of powerfully nourishing history along the way.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Ian Cheney explores the origin of a spicy-sweet chicken dish that is a popular item in many of America's... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Ian Cheney

#43
#43
Adjusted Score: 79395%
Critics Consensus: The plight of Asian refugees is sensitively rendered, and the movie builds, with the help of Nolte, to a wrenchingly poignant conclusion.
Synopsis: A Vietnamese youth (Damien Nguyen) of mixed race undertakes an arduous journey to the United States to find his American... [More]
Directed By: Hans Petter Moland

#42

Today's Special (2009)
81%

#42
Adjusted Score: 80460%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A young Manhattan chef rediscovers his passion for life by making Indian food.... [More]
Directed By: David Kaplan

#41
#41
Adjusted Score: 81688%
Critics Consensus: Featuring an attractive young cast, Charlotte mostly shines as a portrait of the sexual frolics and hangups of L.A. Asian twentysomethings.
Synopsis: Michael (Michael Idemoto) and Lori (Eugenia Yuan) have a close relationship that verges on romance. While Michael pines for Lori,... [More]
Directed By: Eric Byler

#40
#40
Adjusted Score: 90349%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Comic Hari Kondabolu examines the East Indian cartoon character Apu on the long-running TV series "The Simpsons."... [More]
Directed By: Michael Melamedoff

#39

Go Back to China (2019)
82%

#39
Adjusted Score: 83080%
Critics Consensus: Uneven but entertaining, Go Back to China puts a refreshing cross-cultural spin on the traditional coming-of-age story arc.
Synopsis: A spoiled rich girl is sent to work for her family's toy business in China after she is cut off... [More]
Directed By: Emily Ting

#38
#38
Adjusted Score: 85239%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After Mina's (Sarita Choudhury) Indian family is ousted from their home in Uganda by dictator Idi Amin, they relocate to... [More]
Directed By: Mira Nair

#37
#37
Adjusted Score: 84241%
Critics Consensus: A promising work by Lin, the energetic Better Luck Tomorrow is disturbing and thought-provoking.
Synopsis: An accomplished high school student, Ben (Parry Shen) seems to excel at almost everything except winning over his dream girl,... [More]
Directed By: Justin Lin

#36
#36
Adjusted Score: 80685%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A Los Angeles detective (Glenn Corbett) and his Japanese partner (James Shigeta) woo an artist (Victoria Shaw) while solving a... [More]
Directed By: Samuel Fuller

#35

Tigertail (2020)
81%

#35
Adjusted Score: 85939%
Critics Consensus: Uneven yet revealing, Tigertail offers a well-acted -- and ultimately valuable -- look at the immigrant experience in America.
Synopsis: Years of monotonous work and a loveless marriage turns a once vibrant man into a shell of his former self.... [More]
Starring: Hong-Chi Lee
Directed By: Alan Yang

#34
#34
Adjusted Score: 91148%
Critics Consensus: Ham Tran's ambitious film proves to be extremely powerful due to stunning photography and passionate performances.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Ham Tran

#33

In Between Days (2006)
86%

#33
Adjusted Score: 86388%
Critics Consensus: In Between Days is a moving, artistic slice-of-life indie film.
Synopsis: A lonely teen (Jiseon Kim) falls in love with her only friend (Taegu Andy Kang).... [More]
Directed By: So-yong Kim

#32
#32
Adjusted Score: 72621%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Set in the 1880s, this film chronicles the journey of Lalu (Rosalind Chao), a Chinese woman whose financially desperate family... [More]
Directed By: Nancy Kelly

#31

Ms. Purple (2019)
87%

#31
Adjusted Score: 87955%
Critics Consensus: A finely layered drama with rich visal allure, Ms. Purple sifts sensitively through the emotional wreckage of a broken family.
Synopsis: A karaoke hostess reconnects with her estranged brother, forcing them to enter a period of intense self-reflection as their single... [More]
Directed By: Justin Chon

#30

The Motel (2005)
88%

#30
Adjusted Score: 87430%
Critics Consensus: A coming-of-age dramedy whose familiar outline is filled in with rewarding empathy and character detail, The Motel marks an impressive feature debut for writer-director Michael Kang.
Synopsis: While shouldering the burden of cleaning his family's sleazy motor inn, 13-year-old Ernest (Jeffrey Chyau) dreams of being a writer.... [More]
Directed By: Michael Kang

#29

Meet the Patels (2014)
87%

#29
Adjusted Score: 88465%
Critics Consensus: Meet the Patels works on multiple levels, offering an affably entertaining documentary about one man looking for love while posing thoughtful questions about cultural assimilation and modern romance.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Geeta V. Patel follows her brother, Indian-American actor Ravi V. Patel, as he embarks on a quest to find... [More]
Starring: Ravi V. Patel

#28

Saving Face (2004)
86%

#28
Adjusted Score: 88933%
Critics Consensus: A charming tale of a love affair that overcomes cultural taboos.
Synopsis: Wil (Michelle Krusiec) is a lesbian, but she not dare tell her widowed mother, Hwei-lan (Joan Chen), or her very... [More]
Directed By: Alice Wu

#27

Yellow Rose (2019)
87%

#27
Adjusted Score: 90081%
Critics Consensus: A coming-of-age story with a timely twist, Yellow Rose offers a fresh -- and sweetly rewarding -- perspective on the immigrant experience.
Synopsis: A Filipina teen must decide whether to stay with her family or leave her small Texas town to become a... [More]
Directed By: Diane Paragas

#26

The Namesake (2006)
85%

#26
Adjusted Score: 89511%
Critics Consensus: An ambitious exploration of the immigrant experience with a talented cast that serves the material well.
Synopsis: After moving from Calcutta to New York, members of the Ganguli family maintain a delicate balancing act between honoring the... [More]
Directed By: Mira Nair

#25
#25
Adjusted Score: 90429%
Critics Consensus: Three teens contemplate life after high school while singing their hearts out in this fresh musical.
Synopsis: Three friends (Jake Moreno, H.P. Mendoza, L.A. Renigen), all recent high-school graduates, wonder what to do with the rest of... [More]
Directed By: Richard Wong

#24

To Be Takei (2014)
90%

#24
Adjusted Score: 90302%
Critics Consensus: To Be Takei rests almost entirely on its subject's inherent likability -- and, for the most part, that's more than enough.
Synopsis: Together with his husband Brad, actor-activist George Takei parlays his remarkable acting career and wicked sense of humor into a... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Jennifer Kroot, Bill Weber

#23

The Karate Kid (1984)
89%

#23
Adjusted Score: 91181%
Critics Consensus: Utterly predictable and wholly of its time, but warm, sincere, and difficult to resist, due in large part to Pat Morita and Ralph Macchio's relaxed chemistry.
Synopsis: Daniel (Ralph Macchio) moves to Southern California with his mother, Lucille (Randee Heller), but quickly finds himself the target of... [More]
Directed By: John G. Avildsen

#22
#22
Adjusted Score: 92142%
Critics Consensus: The Joy Luck Club traces the generational divide, unearthing universal truths while exploring lives through the lens of a specific cultural experience.
Synopsis: In San Francisco, a group of aging Chinese women (Kieu Chinh, Tsai Chin, France Nuyen, Lisa Lu) meet regularly to... [More]
Directed By: Wayne Wang

#21

Be Water (2020)
93%

#21
Adjusted Score: 94227%
Critics Consensus: If Be Water's surface level approach doesn't quite match its subject's depth, it still serves as an appropriate introduction to the almighty Bruce Lee.
Synopsis: Martial arts legend Bruce Lee contends with racism as he tries to land leading roles in Hollywood.... [More]
Directed By: Bao Nguyen

#20
#20
Adjusted Score: 94500%
Critics Consensus: Carried by the infectious charms of Ali Wong and Randall Park, Always Be My Maybe takes familiar rom-com beats and cleverly layers in smart social commentary to find its own sweet groove.
Synopsis: Childhood sweethearts have a falling out and don't speak for 15 years. They reconnect as adults when Sasha runs into... [More]
Directed By: Nahnatchka Khan

#19

Chan Is Missing (1982)
96%

#19
Adjusted Score: 98972%
Critics Consensus: An entertaining mystery that's also rich in setting and character detail, Chan Is Missing suggests thrilling potential from director/co-writer Wayne Wang.
Synopsis: In this understated comedy from director Wayne Wang, Jo (Wood Moy), a cab driver in San Francisco's Chinatown, and his... [More]
Directed By: Wayne Wang

#18
Adjusted Score: 97810%
Critics Consensus: Abacus: Small Enough to Jail transcends its less-than-dramatic trappings to present a gripping real-life legal thriller with far-reaching implications.
Synopsis: Abacus, a small family-run bank, becomes the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Steve James

#17

Gook (2017)
94%

#17
Adjusted Score: 97240%
Critics Consensus: From its confrontational title to its striking cinematography, this raw cinematic gem uncompromisingly proves writer/director/actor Justin Chon is a filmmaker to watch.
Synopsis: Eli and Daniel, two Korean American brothers who own a struggling women's shoe store, have an unlikely friendship with 11-year-old... [More]
Directed By: Justin Chon

#16

Spa Night (2016)
96%

#16
Adjusted Score: 96963%
Critics Consensus: In depicting one man's sexual awakening, Spa Night explores the tension between tradition and individuality with tenderness and compassion.
Synopsis: A closeted Korean-American teenager follows his desires and finds more than he bargains for at a Korean spa.... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Ahn

#15

Lucky Grandma (2019)
95%

#15
Adjusted Score: 98900%
Critics Consensus: Lucky Grandma gives Tsai Chin a long-overdue opportunity to shine in a leading role -- but it's audiences who are the truly fortunate ones.
Synopsis: In New York City's Chinatown, a Chinese grandma goes all in at the casino, landing herself on the wrong side... [More]
Directed By: Sasie Sealy

#14

In the Family (2011)
97%

#14
Adjusted Score: 97277%
Critics Consensus: In the Family uses one couple's tragedy to examine the legal meaning of parenthood - and make a persuasive argument for a more inclusive approach to family law.
Synopsis: After his partner dies in a car accident, a gay man (Patrick Wang) must fight for custody of the boy... [More]
Directed By: Patrick Wang

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 97811%
Critics Consensus: Ang Lee's funny and ultimately poignant comedy of manners reveals the filmmaker's skill across genres.
Synopsis: Wai-Tung (Winston Chao) and his boyfriend (Mitchell Lichtenstein) live happily as a gay couple in New York City. Wai-Tung has... [More]
Directed By: Ang Lee

#12
Adjusted Score: 98498%
Critics Consensus: To All the Boys I've Loved Before plays by the teen rom-com rules, but relatable characters and a thoroughly charming cast more than make up for a lack of surprises.
Synopsis: A teenage girl's love letters are exposed and wreak havoc on her life.... [More]
Directed By: Susan Johnson

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 100558%
Critics Consensus: A simple but engaging look at relationships, I Will Make You Mine brings the Surrogate Valentine trilogy to a fittingly poignant and perceptive close.
Synopsis: Three women wrestle with life's difficulties while confronting their past relationships with the same man.... [More]
Directed By: Lynn Chen

#10

The Paper Tigers (2020)
98%

#10
Adjusted Score: 100602%
Critics Consensus: The Paper Tigers blends action, comedy, and heart to produce a fresh martial arts movie with plenty of throwback charm.
Synopsis: Three martial artists--notorious in their prime as "the three tigers"--have grown into middle-aged men one kick from a pulled muscle.... [More]
Directed By: Quoc Bao Tran

#9

Columbus (2017)
97%

#9
Adjusted Score: 105217%
Critics Consensus: Wonderfully acted and artfully composed, Columbus balances the clean lines of architecture against the messiness of love, with tenderly moving results.
Synopsis: When a renowned architecture scholar falls suddenly ill during a speaking tour, his son Jin finds himself stranded in Columbus,... [More]
Directed By: Kogonada

#8

Shirkers (2018)
99%

#8
Adjusted Score: 101562%
Critics Consensus: Shirkers uses one woman's interrogation of a pivotal personal disappointment to offer affecting observations on creativity, lost opportunity, and coming to terms with the past.
Synopsis: In 1992 teenager Sandi Tan shoots Singapore's first road movie with her enigmatic American mentor, Georges, who then absconded with... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Sandi Tan

#7

Driveways (2019)
99%

#7
Adjusted Score: 102787%
Critics Consensus: Understated yet powerful, Driveways is a character study anchored in fundamental decency -- and a poignant farewell to Brian Dennehy.
Synopsis: A lonely boy goes with his mother to help clean out his late aunt's house.... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Ahn

#6

Searching (2018)
92%

#6
Adjusted Score: 106448%
Critics Consensus: Searching's timely premise and original execution are further bolstered by well-rounded characters brought to life by a talented cast.
Synopsis: David Kim becomes desperate when his 16-year-old daughter Margot disappears and an immediate police investigation leads nowhere. He soon decides... [More]
Directed By: Aneesh Chaganty

#5

Minding the Gap (2018)
100%

#5
Adjusted Score: 106903%
Critics Consensus: Minding the Gap draws on more than a decade of documentary footage to assemble a poignant picture of young American lives that resonates far beyond its onscreen subjects.
Synopsis: Three young men bond together to escape volatile families in their Rust Belt hometown. As they face adult responsibilities, unexpected... [More]
Starring: Bing Liu
Directed By: Bing Liu

#4
#4
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

#3

The Big Sick (2017)
98%

#3
Adjusted Score: 120945%
Critics Consensus: Funny, heartfelt, and intelligent, The Big Sick uses its appealing leads and cross-cultural themes to prove the standard romcom formula still has some fresh angles left to explore.
Synopsis: Kumail is a Pakistani comic, who meets an American graduate student named Emily at one of his stand-up shows. As... [More]
Directed By: Michael Showalter

#2

Minari (2020)
98%

#2
Adjusted Score: 114413%
Critics Consensus: Led by arresting performances from Steven Yeun and Yeri Han, Minari offers an intimate and heart-wrenching portrait of family and assimilation in 1980s America.
Synopsis: A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to a tiny Arkansas... [More]
Directed By: Lee Isaac Chung

#1

The Farewell (2019)
97%

#1
Adjusted Score: 118651%
Critics Consensus: The Farewell deftly captures complicated family dynamics with a poignant, well-acted drama that marries cultural specificity with universally relatable themes.
Synopsis: Billi's family returns to China under the guise of a fake wedding to stealthily say goodbye to their beloved matriarch... [More]
Directed By: Lulu Wang

August 2018 was a watershed month for Asian-American representation on screen. Crazy Rich Asians was the first Asian-American major studio release in 25 years, and broke box office records in theaters. (It also became one of the best-reviewed rom-coms ever.)Another Certified Fresh film that month, Searching. On streaming, Netflix’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and Hulu’s Minding the Gap got up close and personal with the next generations. Meanwhile, Fresh Off the Boat (already a record-breaker for being an As-Am sitcom that wasn’t cancelled after one season) was priming for its prime time return, and Netflix was in the midst of its stand-up comedy insurgency with specials like Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife. In the years since, we’ve seen the likes of Minari, Always Be My Maybe, and Driveways score with critics.

Rotten Tomatoes looks at 18 movie and TV milestones that paved the way, some by pebble and some by bulldozer, for Asian-American representation.


(Photo by New Yorker/courtesy Everett Collection)

 

Chan Is Missing (1982) 96%

The first Asian-American feature to get a national release and mainstream coverage, so we’ll start here. The title calls out the Charlie Chan detective caricature that was popular 100 years ago and inverts it: a guy named Chan is the one who’s nowhere to be found, and two friends poke around San Francisco looking for him. In a nod to Raymond Chandler, the mystery itself is unimportant; it’s about where the journey goes and what characters we meet along the way. A vibrant portrait of Chinatown life emerges through those characters and their varied, inconsistent descriptions of Chan. Writer-director Wayne Wang appears to be working two big ideas: the search for Chan is the search for Chinese identity in America, and that part of assimilation means disappearing into the diaspora.


The Karate Kid (1984) 89%

Cliches are like writers’ plutonium: blunt with potential power, and when handled improperly, liable to blow up in your face. But do it right, bring in something new, and there can be effective results. Asian-American Pat Morita takes on the cliche sensei role, but dollops of personal drama and backstory allow Morita to find and give his Mr. Miyagi a tempered gravitas, for which he was awarded a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination. Director John G. Avildsen, who did obvious wonders with Rocky, gives another improbable sports film that working class glow.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991) 35%

The story of Asian-Americans on-screen, and representation in general, is about the power of image. The less you see yourself on-screen, the more amplified the impact when you do. In this sequel to the surprisingly dark original, Leonardo and squad are joined by Pinoy Ernie Reyes Jr., a New York pizza delivery boy who uncovers their existence. Maybe it’s discordant to give this much importance to a movie that paid Vanilla Ice to talk, but if you were an Asian kid growing up in the ’90s, seeing big Ern’ cut it up alongside your favorite crime-fighting freaks of nature has a lasting effect. In fact, it’s still paying off with stuff like Reyes’ stunt role in the recent Uncharted fan film, starring Nathan Fillion and Stephen Lang.


The Wedding Banquet (1993) 97%

Family comes up a lot in immigrant stories. When you arrive in a new country unannounced, it’s typically the only thing you have. The conservatism and hierarchy that makes up much of the Asian family structure smashing against American expression and individualism is fertile storytelling ground, and becomes the basis for Ang Lee’s comedy of manners. Winston Chao stars as a gay Taiwanese man who picks a fake wife to show off to his parents, but is happily involved with another man (Mitchell Lichtenstein). In a way, the paucity of Hollywood-standard movies in Asian-American cinema has allowed even more under-served viewpoints to flourish, with LGBTQ films (the recent Spa Night for example, which has a 95% on the Tomatometer) and women-led projects, which we’ll see start ramping up moving forward.


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The Joy Luck Club (1993) 86%

This is the movie commentators are referring to when they say Crazy Rich Asians is the first major studio-produced Asian-American film in 25 years. Based on Amy Tan’s novel, this drama follows four Chinese women (Kieu Chinh, Tsai Chin, France Nuyen, Lisa Lu) who meet up to play mahjong and discuss and reflect on their relationships with their American daughters (Ming-Na Wen, Tamlyn Tomita, Lauren Tom, Rosalind Chao). It was an exploration of the gap between old-school values and new-world freedom, but on a budget and scale not seen up to that point. Joy Luck was a mild box office success, but it endures in conversation due to how vital and unique its remained until now, especially for movies starring women and told through the female perspective.


ALL-AMERICAN GIRL (1994)

Margaret Cho’s sitcom, the first to be led by an Asian-American woman, is set in history as a compromised project propped by networks giving every stand-up comic a show, and then subsequently padded with stereotypes. That Girl‘s failure was held up for decades as a reason to not bankroll under-served voices highlights the disproportional cultural weight these endeavors carry, something Crazy Rich Asians itself faces. Still, Cho breaking through to show up on ABC for 19 episodes weekly gave hope and possibility to thousands of young Asian girls, who had even less to look up to than the boys did. CRA‘s Awkafina has said that seeing Cho on television at a young age set her on the path towards performance.


American Pie (1999) 61%

Let us harken back to the days of 1999, when the American public was in the midst of a severe dumb catchphrase drought. “Yo quiero Taco Bell” had come and gone, and “Wazzzuup” was yet to divine itself into existence. The people demanded action. “MILF” answered the call, one of the many gifts sprung from the loins of American Pie, explained then yelled repeatedly by John Cho at a raucous high school party. There was something quietly, stupidly triumphant about this moment, which featured some normal Asian dude showing up to craft instant vulgar gold, especially when past Asian characters in the teen movie genre often came with heavy accents and mangled words and phrases. MILF: This aberration, this fine evolution of the English language, was on point.


Green Dragon (2001) 61%

President Gerald Ford’s compassionate Indochina Migration and Refugee Assistance Act, passed in 1975, allowed over 100,000 refugees from war-torn Southeast Asian countries to legally enter the United States. Green Dragon focuses on the South Vietnamese, fleeing total communist takeover after the fall of Saigon, arriving at Camp Pendelton near San Diego to await relocation in America. Patrick Swayze and Forest Whitaker play military personnel, with Duong Don as the assigned camp translator, and the three guide the new arrivals through days of fear and hope. It remains one of the very few movies set in the States told from a Vietnamese perspective.


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Better Luck Tomorrow (2002) 81%

Amoral high school honor students turn to crime in this sardonic dismantling of the model minority myth, from future Fast & Furious helmer Justin Lin. Roger Ebert famously gave the movie an outspoken defense at Sundance, after an audience member confronted Lin on how he could present “his” people in such a low manner outside of the accepted cultural image. This line of questioning is a compelling example of how outsiders are required to navigate the immediate, invisible prejudices of others.


Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004) 74%

Having survived the danger of being branded “the MILF guy,” Cho settles into the post-college role of Harold, an obsequious company drone. He gets down though with his roommate Kumar (Kal Penn), as they smoke weed, chase girls, and quest for hamburger sliders. The Harold & Kumar movies are high-water marks in the representation game, framing the Korean and Indian bros as outwardly “normal,” while engaged in their own personal battles: Harold wants to please others but really is just afraid of confrontation, as Kumar sabotages his father’s efforts to make him a doctor.


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The Walking Dead: Season 1 (2010) 87%

For seven seasons, Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun) navigated us through the zombie hellscape of The Walking Dead. He matured and surprised, he killed and he loved, and like all of us, spent a long night under a dumpster. Most stories have the character you root for, the one you follow further into the rabbit hole. This time it happened to be the Korean guy. In our Five Favorite Films interview with Yeun, he said, “Glenn kind of sneaks up on people. [He’s] the one that you could just parallel yourself to.” Representation isn’t just shallow theatrics — it’s about finding the anchor that you can hang the most of yourself onto, to invest more fully in the picture.


Fast Five (2011) 77%

After director Justin Lin took over and Sung Kang joined as Han in Tokyo Drift, the Fast & Furious series would emerge as the most inclusive, if not ridiculous, property rolling around the movie biz. Drift wasn’t a box office hit, and follow-up Fast & Furious posted the franchise-worst Tomatometer at 29%, so kudos to Universal (whose media umbrella Rotten Tomatoes falls under) for allowing Lin to drive on. Next came the groundbreaking Fast Five, which saw critics finally giving in to the series’ absurd pleasures and giving its first Certified Fresh entry, as Lin doubled down on making its cast as diverse (and attractive) as possible.


To Be Takei (2014) 90%

The original ’60s Star Trek series proclaimed to boldly go where no one had gone before, and this time that includes beyond Gorns and Tribbles. Trek‘s ongoing mission also had earthbound accomplishments, like casting the first African-American woman in a major TV role (Nichelle Nichols as Uhara), alongside an Asian-American: George Takei, who played Sulu. Doc To Be Takei explores Takei’s legacy and relationship with Trek, while illuminating his life’s journey from growing up in California during World War II, to his blooming into savvy social media icon. This also includes the pain of being placed in internment camp during the war, and the Broadway musical Allegiance that experience inspired.


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Fresh Off the Boat: Season 1 (2015) 91%

ABC’s second try at an As-Am sitcom, with considerably more lucrative results than All-American Girl. It was rough waters at first, especially when Eddie Huang, who wrote the original source memoir, left and disavowed the sitcom. The second season refocused on the parents — affably sweet Louis (Randall Park) and driven Jessica (Constance Wu, who is the lead in Crazy Rich Asians) — and the show has been a prime time fixture ever since, even now hitting enough episodes for syndication once its upcoming fifth season wraps.


Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife (2018) 100%

Wong approached celebrity status for being a Fresh Off The Boat staff writer during the first three seasons, but it’s her stand-up routine that now plants her in the spotlight. Wong’s raw and filthy material has massive crossover appeal, despite how specific her jokes are to a Chinese/Vietnamese-American experience combined with a marriage to a Filipino/Japanese man. Comedy, it turns out, gets funnier when you sweat the details. Between this and her previous Netflix special Baby Cobra, Wong laughs at dehumanizing stereotypes as a means to strip them of their power. She tears off labels like an old bandage and, in her own explicit way, finds the real woman beneath.


Newly available to stream this week are a couple of recent releases, one of which starred Scarlett Johansson as a superpowered femme fatale, while the other starred Chloe Grace Moretz and Keira Knightley in a dramedy about arrested development and female bonding. Then we’ve got a number of notable new choices on Netflix, including a couple of classic films, a few comedy favorites, and more. Read on for the full list:


Lucy
67%

Scarlett Johansson stars as a student who’s kidnapped and forced to act as a drug mule. When she unintentionally consumes the drug, she quickly morphs into a hyper intelligent, telekinetic killing machine.

Available now on: Amazon, iTunes, Google Play


Laggies
65%

Keira Knightley and Chloe Grace Moretz in this drama about an aimless woman in her late 20s who befriends a teenager as an escape from adult responsibility.

Available now on: Amazon, iTunes, Google Play


The French Connection
96%

Gene Hackman stars in William Friedkin’s Oscar-winning crime thriller, which centers on a pair of NYC detectives out to thwart a heroin smuggling ring.

Available now on: Netflix


To Be Takei
90%

This documentary tells the remarkable life story of the Star Trek star, and features interviews with William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols, Howard Stern, and many more.

Available now on: Netflix


The Quiet Man
91%

In one of their classic collaborations, John Wayne stars in John Ford’s Oscar-winning romance, in which an Irish-American boxer returns to his homeland and falls in love with the daughter of the man who covets his family property.

Available now on: Netflix


The War of the Worlds
88%

Byron Haskin’s 1953 adaptation of H.G. Wells’ classic is the one that critics feel most closely captured the spirit of the book, and in spite of its technical limitations, it made full use of Wells’ timeless themes while incorporating Cold War commentary.

Available now on: Netflix


Mean Girls
84%

With breakout performances from Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, and Lizzy Caplan, and a sharp script from Tina Fey, Mean Girls remains one of the definitive comedies of the 2000s.

Available now on: Netflix


Wayne’s World
79%

Wayne Campbell (Mike Myers)is visited by the ghost of Jim Morrison, who tells him to mount a massive rock festival, so he and his buddy Garth Algar (Dana Carvey) work together to do just that.

Available now on: Netflix


Bruce Almighty
48%

Jim Carrey stars in this comedy as a struggling newscaster who accepts a challenge from God himself (Morgan Freeman) to rule the world for a week and see if he can do a better job.

Available now on: Netflix


Batman & Robin
12%

Joel Schumacher’s entry in the Batman canon, which starred George Clooney as the Caped Crusader and Chris O’Donnell as his sidekick Robin, famously “killed” the late 1980s-to-mid-1990s iteration of the franchise in a flurry of batsuit nipples and bad Mr. Freeze puns. Still, it’s got some kitsch value and remains, for some, bizarrely watchable.

Available now on: Netflix


Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
54%

Inspired to serve his country after 9/11, Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) joins the Marines. After being injured in Afghanistan, Ryan is recruited in the CIA, and soon he’s on the trail of a Russian terrorist plot.

Available now on: Netflix

This week on home video, we’ve got a well-received sci-fi actioner starring Tom Cruise, a feelgood sports drama starring Jon Hamm, and a western spoof starring Seth MacFarlane. Then, we’ve got loads of TV and number of noteworthy indie films, as well as a Disney classic fresh from the vault. Read on for details:



Live. Die. Repeat./Edge of Tomorrow

91%

Based on the popular Japanese novella All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, Edge of Tomorrow (or, alternately, Live. Die. Repeat.) was one of the early surprise hits of this summer. Tom Cruise stars as William Cage, a military PR man who finds himself thrown into the heat of battle in a suicide mission. Through a chance encounter on the battlefield, Cage discovers he can relive the day over and over each time he?s killed, and uses the opportunity to team up with a veteran soldier (Emily Blunt), train, and change the outcome of the war. Though the premise could have quickly worn out its welcome, critics found the film quite clever and surprisingly funny, and thanks to solid performances from Cruise, Blunt, and a strong supporting cast, Edge of Tomorrow thrilled its way to a Certified Fresh 90 percent on the Tomatometer. The DVD/Blu-ray combo pack includes three featurettes on the armor worn in the movie, the aliens, and the pivotal battle sequence; a short doc on the making of the film; and a handful of deleted scenes. (If you’re wondering why the title is listed that way, that’s pretty much how it’s written on the packaging.)



Million Dollar Arm

64%

Jon Hamm is certainly a charming fellow, so it makes sense to tap his font of likability for a feelgood based-on-true-events sports drama like Million Dollar Arm. Part underdog tale, part fish-out-of-water comedy, Arm follows struggling sports agent J.B. Bernstein (Hamm) as he travels to India to recruit the country?s best cricket bowlers as prospective pitchers in the MLB. He finds two potential winners and brings them back to the US in hopes of prepping them for the big leagues. The themes at play are familiar, and Million Dollar Arm hits all the right story beats of its genre; for some critics, this made the film too predictable to enjoy, but others were willing to overlook that for Hamm’s good guy charisma and the film’s overall pleasantness. The Blu-ray includes a look at the actors’ training sequence, a profile of the real events of the story, outtakes, deleted scenes, and more.



A Million Ways to Die in the West

33%

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane made his big screen directorial debut with Ted, a live action comedy that nevertheless found MacFarlane voicing the titular stuffed bear, and the result was a sizable hit. Earlier this year, MacFarlane directed himself in the flesh for the first time in the western spoof A Million Ways to Die in the West, and the result was less impressive. When a timid sheep farmer loses his girlfriend after he backs out of a duel, he befriends a beautiful newcomer (Charlize Theron) to the town who helps him discover his courage. The only problem is, said beautiful newcomer is the main squeeze of the most dastardly outlaw (Liam Neeson) around, and he don’t like nobody touchin’ his lady. Critics acknowledged the talented cast MacFarlane was able to assemble, but lamented its overlong, meandering plot and hit-or-miss juvenile gags, resulting in a disappointing 33 percent Tomatometer. Bonus features include an alternate opening and ending, alternate scenes, a gag reel, a commentary track, and a look behind the scenes.

Also available this week:

  • Disney is releasing a new Diamond Edition DVD and Blu-ray of Sleeping Beauty (92 percent), for those who may have missed it the last time it made its way out of the vault.
  • To Be Takei (90 percent), a Certified Fresh documentary profiling the charismatic Star Trek actor, political activist, and social media icon.
  • Obvious Child (88 percent), starring Jenny Slate in a Certified Fresh comedy about a young stand-up comic dealing with the loss of her job, a breakup, and a new pregnancy all at once.
  • Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (76 percent), a Certified Fresh documentary chronicling the career of the influential talent manager.
  • Sharknado 2: The Second One (56 percent), starring Ian Ziering and Tara Reid in the follow-up to the wildly popular Syfy shlock movie about a tornado full of sharks.
  • Season two of The History Channel’s first foray into fiction storytelling, the historical adventure series Vikings (92 percent) is available on DVD and Blu-ray.
  • Season two of A&E’s Psycho spinoff/prequel Bates Motel (86 percent) is also available on DVD and Blu-ray.
  • Season three of Ryan Murphy’s horror anthology series American Horror Story (81 percent), subtitled “Coven” and focusing on witches, is also available on DVD and Blu-ray.
  • Season six of The Following (47 percent) is available on DVD and Blu-ray.
  • Psych: The Complete Series is available in a 31-disc DVD collection and comes with a ton of bonus features on every disc.

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Tim kicks off the show sharing critics’ reactions to Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, If I Stay, and When the Game Stands Tall. Then Ryan talks about new DVD/Blu-ray releases The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Only Lovers Left Alive, and Sarah talks about BBC America premieres of Doctor Who and Intruders. Team Tomato covers all of that pretty quickly to clear the way for Matt & Grae to have an in-depth interview with the great George Takei, in to talk about the new documentary To Be Takei.

This week at the movies, we’ve got a town without pity (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, starring Josh Brolin and Eva Green), a pigskin powerhouse (When The Game Stands Tall, starring Jim Caviezel and Laura Dern), and a teenage tragedy (If I Stay, starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Jamie Blackley,). What do the critics have to say?



Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

42%

When Sin City was released in 2005, it sent shockwaves through the fanboy universe: it was a comic book movie that really felt like a graphic novel come to life. Nine years later, we get a sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and while critics say its noirish visuals are as astonishing as before, the film’s slow pace and would-be hard-boiled dialogue make for a less satisfying journey. Like its predecessor, A Dame to Kill For is a series of vignettes set within the rainy, pitiless confines of Sin City, a metropolis rife with brutal violence, double-crosses, and vengeance. The pundits say Sin City: A Dame to Kill For benefits from a stellar cast and bleak ambiance, but this material just doesn’t feel as fresh as it used to. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we count down director Robert Rodriguez’s best-reviewed films.)



When The Game Stands Tall

20%

With the NFL season just around the corner, the inspirational drama When The Game Stands Tall hits theaters to sate the appetites of anyone in desperate need of a football fix. But while critics say the film’s on-field action is visceral and exciting, its script sticks a little too close to the sports movie playbook. It’s based on the true story of the De La Salle Spartans, a Concord, CA high school team that compiled a 151-game winning streak under the calm, thoughtful guidance of coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel) before tragedy struck. The pundits say When the Game Stands Tall is best in its smaller, more character-driven moments, but it could use a little more “rah-rah-sis-boom-bah.” (Flip through this week’s 24 Frames for a gallery of the best and worst movie coaches.)



If I Stay

35%

There’s nothing wrong with a good old-fashioned tear-jerker, as long as the tears are jerked honestly. Unfortunately, critics say that’s not the case with If I Stay, a well-meaning, well-acted melodrama that ultimately collapses under the weight of its forced, schmaltzy story. Things are going pretty well for Mia Hall (Chloe Grace Moretz) — she’s a Juilliard-bound cellist in a relationship with an aspiring rocker (Jamie Blackley) — until she’s left comatose by a terrible car accident. As Mia clings to life, her spectral presence roams free, checking up on her family and friends while contemplating the afterlife. The pundits say If I Stay offers further proof of Moretz’s talent, but she’s ill-served by clunky dialogue and soapy plotting. (Watch our video interview with Moretz, Blackley, and co-stars Mereille Enos and Joshua Leonard.)

Also opening this week in limited release:

  • K2: Siren of the Himalayas, a documentary about a trek to the summit of the foreboding mountain, is at 100 percent.
  • Love Is Strange, starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as an aging couple who must each find new lodging after losing their apartment, is Certified Fresh at 98 percent.
  • Metro Manila, a thriller about a rural couple who get into big trouble in the big city, is at 96 percent.
  • The Expedition to the End of the World, a documentary about a diverse group of adventurers who journey by boat to a remote area off the coast of Greenland, is at 83 percent.
  • Kink, a behind-the-scenes look at a poplular BDSM website, is at 83 percent.
  • To Be Takei, a documentary about the remarkable life and times of the Star Trek star, is at 81 percent.
  • The One I Love, starring Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss in a dramedy about a married couple trying to rekindle their relationship while on a romantic getaway, at 79 percent.
  • Salvo, a thriller about a hitman whose life is changed when he spares the life of the blind sister of the man he was ordered to kill, is at 79 percent.
  • 14 Blades, starring Donnie Yen in a martial arts film about an assassin who goes on the run after being betrayed by his men, is at 63 percent.
  • Winter In The Blood, a drama about a drunken man on the trail of his estranged wife and his late father’s rifle, is at 53 percent.
  • May In The Summer, a drama about a celebrated writer whose life is upended by a visit to her family in Jordan, is at 50 percent.
  • The Possession of Michael King, a found footage horror film about a documentarian looking for proof of the supernatural, is at 50 percent.
  • Jersey Shore Massacre, a horror/comedy in which vapid bar-hoppers are stalked by a crazed killer, is at 17 percent.
  • Are You Here, starring Zach Galifianakis and Owen Wilson in a comedy about a slacker who inherits his father’s estate over the objections of other family members, is at four percent (check out director Matthew Weiner’s Five Favorite Films here).

This week on streaming video, we’ve got a big Marvel blockbuster sequel, a biopic of a Star Trek star-turned-social media icon, Ti West’s latest horror flick, and a sports drama starring Kevin Costner. On top of that Netflix has some decent new choices, including a WWII survival story, a well-received home invasion thriller, and the complete series of a popular CBS cop show. Read on for details:


Captain America: The Winter Soldier
90%

This time out, Captain America (Chris Evans) is working undercover for S.H.I.EL.D., but quickly discovers that the organization is far more secretive than he suspected. Meanwhile, a mysterious assassin known as the Winter Soldier is on the loose — and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) seems to know more about his identity than she’s telling.

Available now on: Amazon, iTunes, Vudu


Toy Story of Terror!
94%

Tom Hanks and Tim Allen are joined by Michael Keaton and Kristen Schaal in this made-for TV animated special from Pixar.

Available now on: Amazon, iTunes


To Be Takei
90%

This documentary tells the remarkable life story of the Star Trek star, and features interviews with William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols, Howard Stern, and many more.

Available now on: iTunes, Vudu


The Sacrament
63%

A journalist’s search for his missing sister leads him to a mysterious religious community in this indie horror flick from Ti West.

Available now on: Amazon, iTunes, Vudu


Draft Day
60%

Kevin Costner stars as Cleveland Browns general manager Sonny Weaver, who’s tasked with rebuilding the team after another losing season. But Sonny’s not just worried about the Browns’ roster — he’s got a host of family issues to deal with as well.

Available now on: Amazon, iTunes, Vudu


Middle of Nowhere
88%

Emayatzy Corinealdi and David Oyelowo star in this Certified Fresh drama about a promising med student whose life is turned upside down when her husband lands in prison for eight years.

Available now on: Netflix


Teenage
77%

Composed of both reenactments and archival footage, Matt Wolf’s Certified Fresh documentary explores the emergence of the modern “teenager” over the course of the last century.

Available now on: Netflix


The Way Back
74%

Jim Sturgess, Colin Farrell, and Ed Harris star as three escapees of a Soviet gulag who undertake a treacherous journey for freedom in Peter Weir’s World War II adventure film.

Available now on: Netflix


You’re Next
79%

A family get-together at a remote country estate is interrupted by a band of masked, crossbow-wielding psychos, who proceed to pick off the house’s inhabitants — that is, until one of them fights back.

Available now on: Netflix


Criminal Minds: Seasons 1-9

Joe Mantegna, Shemar Moore, and Matthew Gray Gubler starred in CBS’ long-running FBI procedural, which is now available for streaming in its entirety.

Available now on: Netflix


Great Expectations
68%

Jeremy Irvine and Helena Bonham Carter star in a new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel from director Mike Newell.

Available now on: Netflix

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