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#157 My Salinger Year 71% #157 Adjusted Score: 75649% Critics Consensus: No consensus yet. Synopsis: While working for literary agent Phyllis Westberg, aspiring writer Joanna Rakoff receives personal advice from reclusive author J.D. Salinger.... Starring: Margaret Qualley , Sigourney Weaver , Douglas Booth , Seána Kerslake Directed By: Philippe Falardeau #156 Palmer 72% #156 Adjusted Score: 78430% Critics Consensus: Although it traffics in familiar territory, Palmer is elevated by worthy themes and a strong ensemble led by an impressive Justin Timberlake. Synopsis: After 12 years in prison, former high school football star Eddie Palmer returns home to put his life back together... Starring: Justin Timberlake , Juno Temple , Alisha Wainwright , June Squibb Directed By: Fisher Stevens #155 Cruella 74% #155 Adjusted Score: 99368% Critics Consensus: Cruella can't quite answer the question of why its title character needed an origin story, but this dazzling visual feast is awfully fun to watch whenever its leading ladies lock horns. Synopsis: Estella is a young and clever grifter who's determined to make a name for herself in the fashion world. However,... Starring: Emma Stone , Emma Thompson , Joel Fry , Paul Walter Hauser Directed By: Craig Gillespie #154 The World to Come 75% #154 Adjusted Score: 81822% Critics Consensus: The World to Come is made from ingredients that will be familiar to fans of period forbidden romance movies, but they're given fresh life thanks to an excellent cast. Synopsis: Two farmers' wives find themselves irrevocably drawn to each other.... Starring: Katherine Waterston , Vanessa Kirby , Casey Affleck , Christopher Abbott Directed By: Mona Fastvold #153 The Mauritanian 75% #153 Adjusted Score: 87447% Critics Consensus: The Mauritanian takes a frustratingly generic approach to a real-life story that might have been inspirational in other hands, but Tahar Rahim's performance elevates the uneven material. Synopsis: A defense attorney, her associate and a military prosecutor uncover a far-reaching conspiracy while investigating the case of a suspected... Starring: Jodie Foster , Tahar Rahim , Shailene Woodley , Benedict Cumberbatch Directed By: Kevin Macdonald #152 Godzilla vs. Kong 75% #152 Adjusted Score: 99351% Critics Consensus: Delivering squarely on its title, Godzilla vs. Kong swats away character development and human drama to deliver all the spectacle you'd expect from giant monsters slugging it out. Synopsis: Fearsome monsters Godzilla and Kong square off in an epic battle for the ages. The initial confrontation between the two... Starring: Alexander Skarsgård , Millie Bobby Brown , Rebecca Hall , Brian Tyree Henry Directed By: Adam Wingard #151 Spoor 76% #151 Adjusted Score: 76156% Critics Consensus: Spoor stylishly taps into a deep well of anger to deliver an unusual yet largely effective revenge thriller with environmental and feminist overtones. Synopsis: A retired woman gets mixed up in a mystery when avid hunters in her mountain village begin turning up dead,... Starring: Agnieszka Mandat-Grabka , Wiktor Zborowski , Jakub Gierszał , Patrycja Volny Directed By: Agnieszka Holland , Kasia Adamik #150 Son 76% #150 Adjusted Score: 77885% Critics Consensus: A horror story with unexpected emotional resonance, Son uses its familial focus to counter a certain queasy familiarity. Synopsis: When a young boy falls ill to a mysterious illness, his mother must decide how far she will go to... Starring: Andi Matichak , Emile Hirsch , Luke David Blumm , Rocco Sisto Directed By: Ivan Kavanagh #149 Percy Vs Goliath 76% #149 Adjusted Score: 76497% Critics Consensus: Percy vs Goliath teeters toward heavy-handed messaging, but Christopher Walken's work in the central role helps keep this fact-based story upright. Synopsis: Third-generation farmer Percy Schmeiser joins forces with up-and-coming attorney Jackson Weaver and environmental activist Rebecca Salcau to fight a monumental... Starring: Peter Stebbings Directed By: Clark Johnson #148 Pixie 75% #148 Adjusted Score: 77497% Critics Consensus: Pixie borrows shamelessly from multiple like-minded heist thrillers; fortunately, Olivia Cooke's outstanding lead performance makes for a great getaway vehicle. Synopsis: Pixie sets out to avenge her mother's death and attempts a heist that will give her the means to leave... Starring: Dylan Moran , Chris Walley Directed By: Barnaby Thompson #147 The Map of Tiny Perfect Things 76% #147 Adjusted Score: 79953% Critics Consensus: Its characters' time-loop journey is a little bumpy and fairly familiar, but heartfelt charm and likeable leads make A Map of Tiny Perfect Things worth following. Synopsis: Two teens develop a budding romance while stuck in an endless time loop.... Starring: Kathryn Newton , Kyle Allen , Jermaine Harris , Anna Mikami Directed By: Ian Samuels #146 WeWork: Or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn 77% #146 Adjusted Score: 79024% Critics Consensus: It's hard to ignore the parts that are left unexamined, but WeWork: Or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn does well enough by its real-life stranger-than-fiction story. Synopsis: The rise and fall of one of the biggest corporate flameouts and venture capitalist bubbles in recent years -- the... Starring: Adam Neumann Directed By: Jed Rothstein #145 Bad Trip 78% #145 Adjusted Score: 80139% Critics Consensus: With ingeniously gross hidden-camera bits that often find their unsuspecting marks at their best, Bad Trip turns out to be a surprisingly uplifting ride. Synopsis: Hidden cameras capture two best friends pulling hilarious and inventive pranks on an unsuspecting public.... Starring: Eric André , Lil Rel Howery , Tiffany Haddish , Michaela Conlin Directed By: Kitao Sakurai #144 Stowaway 77% #144 Adjusted Score: 83330% Critics Consensus: Pacing problems prevent Stowaway from fully engaging, but it's distinguished by its thoughtful, well-acted approach to a story built on an excruciating moral dilemma. Synopsis: A three-person crew on a mission to Mars faces an impossible choice when an unplanned passenger jeopardizes the lives of... Starring: Anna Kendrick , Daniel Dae Kim , Toni Collette , Shamier Anderson Directed By: Joe Penna #143 Shadow in the Cloud 77% #143 Adjusted Score: 82757% Critics Consensus: Part creature feature, part war movie, and part social commentary, Shadow in the Cloud doesn't always blend its ingredients evenly -- but it's frequently pulpy fun. Synopsis: While traveling with top-secret documents on a B-17 Flying Fortress, a female WWII pilot encounters an evil presence on board.... Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz , Nick Robinson , Beulah Koale , Taylor John Smith Directed By: Roseanne Liang #142 The Water Man 78% #142 Adjusted Score: 81045% Critics Consensus: No consensus yet. Synopsis: Hoping to save his sick mother, a boy ventures into the remote Wild Horse forest to search for a mythical... Starring: David Oyelowo , Rosario Dawson Directed By: David Oyelowo #141 I Care a Lot 78% #141 Adjusted Score: 88963% Critics Consensus: A searing swipe at late-stage capitalism, I Care A Lot is an exhilarating pitch black comedy with a wicked performance from Rosamund Pike. Synopsis: A shady legal guardian lands in hot water when she tries to bilk a woman who has ties to a... Starring: Rosamund Pike , Peter Dinklage , Eiza González , Dianne Wiest Directed By: J Blakeson #140 Fried Barry 80% #140 Adjusted Score: 81313% Critics Consensus: A bizarrely memorable sci-fi/comedy hybrid, Fried Barry may be an acquired taste, but it certainly isn't chicken. Synopsis: Aliens take over the body of a drug addict and take it for a joyride through Cape Town.... Starring: Gary Green , Chanelle De Jager , Brett Williams , Joey Cramer Directed By: Ryan Kruger #139 The Night 79% #139 Adjusted Score: 80414% Critics Consensus: The dramatic heft and dread of The Night delivers haunting psychological frights -- and an impressive feature directorial debut for Kourosh Ahari. Synopsis: A couple become trapped inside a hotel with their demons -- real and imagined -- until they can confront the... Starring: Shahab Hosseini , Niousha Noor , Leah Oganyan , Kathreen Khavari Directed By: Kourosh Ahari #138 To All the Boys: Always and Forever 79% #138 Adjusted Score: 82030% Critics Consensus: Diminishing returns have set in for this trilogy, but To All the Boys: Always and Forever has just enough of the original's effervescent charm to serve as a worthy conclusion. Synopsis: Senior year of high school takes center stage as Lara Jean returns from a family trip to Korea and considers... Starring: Lana Condor , Noah Centineo , Janel Parrish , Madeleine Arthur Directed By: Michael Fimognari #137 The Columnist 79% #137 Adjusted Score: 82381% Critics Consensus: Savagely funny and viscerally unsettling, The Columnist takes the unbridled vitriol of social media to its bloodily over-the-top conclusion. Synopsis: A columnist and author decides to take revenge after being flooded with anonymous nasty messages and death threats on social... Starring: Katja Herbers , Genio de Groot , Rein Hofman , Bram van der Kelen Directed By: Ivo van Aart #136 In The Earth 79% #136 Adjusted Score: 88713% Critics Consensus: In the Earth 's bleak kaleidoscope of horror is a hallucinogenic meditation on the residual pandemic fears that haunt humanity. Synopsis: As the world searches for a cure to a devastating virus, a scientist and a park scout venture deep into... Starring: Ellora Torchia , Hayley Squires , Reece Shearsmith Directed By: #135 Black Widow 79% #135 Adjusted Score: 106579% Critics Consensus: Black Widow 's deeper themes are drowned out in all the action, but it remains a solidly entertaining standalone adventure that's rounded out by a stellar supporting cast. Synopsis: Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her... Starring: Scarlett Johansson , Florence Pugh , David Harbour , Rachel Weisz Directed By: Cate Shortland #134 Safety 80% #134 Adjusted Score: 81294% Critics Consensus: Fans of uplifting sports dramas will find Safety in this skillfully told fact-based story about an athlete overcoming adversity. Synopsis: Aided by his teammates and the community, Clemson University football player Ray McElrathbey succeeds on the field while simultaneously raising... Starring: Jay Reeves , Thaddeus J. Mixson , Corinne Foxx , Matthew Glave Directed By: Reginald Hudlin #133 Cliff Walkers 80% #133 Adjusted Score: 82306% Critics Consensus: Stylish and exciting, Cliff Walkers sees director Zhang Yimou trying his hand at the spy thriller genre with generally impressive results. Synopsis: Trained in the Soviet Union, four special agents find themselves in constant danger after a traitor sells them out.... Starring: Zhang Yi , Yu Hewei , Qin Hailu Directed By: Zhang Yimou #132 Summer of 85 80% #132 Adjusted Score: 83201% Critics Consensus: While not François Ozon's best work, Summer of 85 serves as a beguiling, bittersweet ode to teen love and its lingering after-effects. Synopsis: When Alexis capsizes off the coast of France, David comes to the rescue and opens his eyes to a new... Starring: Melvil Poupaud , Valeria Bruni Tedeschi Directed By: François Ozon #131 Concrete Cowboy 80% #131 Adjusted Score: 85767% Critics Consensus: Well-acted and solidly directed, Concrete Cowboy lassos old-fashioned uplift with its story of a father and son in a little-seen corner of American culture. Synopsis: Sent to live with his estranged father for the summer, a rebellious teen finds kinship in a tight-knit Philadelphia community... Starring: Idris Elba , Caleb McLaughlin , Jharrel Jerome , Lorraine Toussaint Directed By: Ricky Staub #130 Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar 80% #130 Adjusted Score: 88547% Critics Consensus: Bright, colorful, and unabashedly silly, Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar reaffirms that Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig are still as fun -- and funny -- as ever. Synopsis: Lifelong friends Barb and Star embark on the adventure of a lifetime when they decide to leave their small Midwestern... Starring: Kristen Wiig , Annie Mumolo , Jamie Dornan , Damon Wayans Jr. Directed By: Josh Greenbaum #129 Free Guy 80% #129 Adjusted Score: 97467% Critics Consensus: Combining a clever concept, sweet, self-aware humor, and a charming cast, Free Guy is frivolous fun. Synopsis: When a bank teller discovers he's a background player in a video game, he decides to become the hero of... Starring: Ryan Reynolds , Jodie Comer , Joe Keery , Lil Rel Howery Directed By: Shawn Levy #128 Dementer 82% #128 Adjusted Score: 81270% Critics Consensus: No consensus yet. Synopsis: A young woman flees a backwoods cult and becomes a caregiver for a woman with Down syndrome. However, she can't... Starring: Katie Groshong , Stephanie Kinkle , Brandy Edmiston , Larry Fessenden Directed By: Chad Crawford Kinkle #127 Caveat 83% #127 Adjusted Score: 83604% Critics Consensus: An effective spine-tingler despite clear budget constraints, Caveat suggests a deliciously dark filmmaking future for writer-director Damian Mc Carthy. Synopsis: A desperate drifter suffering from partial memory loss agrees to look after his landlord's psychologically troubled niece in an isolated... Starring: Ben Caplan , Conor Dwane , Jonathan French , Leila Sykes Directed By: Damian Mc Carthy #126 Bloodthirsty 82% #126 Adjusted Score: 82715% Critics Consensus: Offering a hauntingly lush style and plenty of gore, Bloodthirsty successfully captures the nightmarish darkness behind being hungry like the wolf in the quest for fame. Synopsis: After teaming up with a mysterious producer at his remote cabin, Grey's music transforms. She's disturbed to find that so... Starring: Katharine King Directed By: Amelia Moses #125 Gaia 82% #125 Adjusted Score: 85096% Critics Consensus: If its narrative ambitions aren't always equaled by its chilling visuals, Gaia remains an effective slice of ecological horror. Synopsis: A park ranger takes shelter with two survivalists after an attack by mysterious creatures in a primordial forest.... Starring: Monique Rockman , Carel Nel , Anthony Oseyemi , Alex van Dyk Directed By: #124 Misha and the Wolves 83% #124 Adjusted Score: 83874% Critics Consensus: A stranger-than-fiction account of a too-incredible-to-be-true story, Misha and the Wolves is an engaging documentary wrapped in a thrilling mystery. Synopsis: A woman's dramatic memoir of surviving the Holocaust takes the world by storm, until a falling-out causes her publisher to... Starring: Directed By: Sam Hobkinson #123 Boys from County Hell 83% #123 Adjusted Score: 84247% Critics Consensus: Boys from County Hell stands out as an uncommonly good time in the crowded vampire genre -- and proves the Irish countryside is a fine setting for slaying the undead. Synopsis: Some hardy road workers, led by a bickering father and son, must survive the night when they accidentally awaken an... Starring: Jack Rowan , Nigel O'Neill , Louisa Harland , Michael Hough Directed By: Chris Baugh #122 Fear Street Part One: 1994 83% #122 Adjusted Score: 89474% Critics Consensus: Fear Street Part One: 1994 kicks off the trilogy in promising fashion, honoring the source material with plenty of retro slasher appeal. Synopsis: After a series of brutal slayings, a teen and her friends take on an evil force that's plagued their notorious... Starring: Kiana Madeira , Olivia Welch , Benjamin Flores Jr. , Julia Rehwald Directed By: Leigh Janiak #121 Akilla's Escape 84% #121 Adjusted Score: 84382% Critics Consensus: Akilla's Escape occasionally loses sight of its strongest assets, but solid acting and a smart story make this a neo-noir worth watching. Synopsis: A drug dealer finds his moral code challenged when he interrupts an armed robbery and captures one of the gang... Starring: Saul Williams , Thamela Mpumlwana , Donisha Rita Claire Prendergast , Vic Mensa Directed By: Charles Officer #120 Port Authority 84% #120 Adjusted Score: 84483% Critics Consensus: Although Port Authority frustrates with its inaccurate portrayal of the culture it attempts to represent, it remains an absorbing and well-acted drama. Synopsis: Kicked out of his home in Pennsylvania, Paul travels to New York City and finds romance with a woman who,... Starring: Louisa Krause Directed By: #119 The Power 84% #119 Adjusted Score: 85952% Critics Consensus: A supernatural horror story grounded in real-world trauma, The Power marks writer-director Corinna Faith as an emerging talent to watch. Synopsis: A trainee nurse arrives for her first day at the empty East London Royal Infirmary, where she's forced to face... Starring: Theo Barklem-Biggs Directed By: Corinna Faith #118 Nobody 84% #118 Adjusted Score: 102049% Critics Consensus: Nobody doesn't break any new ground for the genre, but this viscerally violent thriller smashes, shatters, and destroys plenty of other things -- all while proving Bob Odenkirk has what it takes to be an action star. Synopsis: In a barrage of fists, gunfire and squealing tires, an enraged man must save his wife and son from a... Starring: Bob Odenkirk , Connie Nielsen , Alexey Serebryakov , Christopher Lloyd Directed By: Ilya Naishuller #117 The Card Counter 87% #117 Adjusted Score: 94512% Critics Consensus: Led by Oscar Isaac's gripping performance, The Card Counter adds another weighty chapter to Paul Schrader's long inquiry into man's moral responsibility. Synopsis: An ex-military interrogator turned gambler remains haunted by the ghosts of his past decisions.... Starring: Oscar Isaac , Tiffany Haddish , Tye Sheridan , Willem Dafoe Directed By: Paul Schrader #116 Homeroom 86% #116 Adjusted Score: 88162% Critics Consensus: Homeroom offers an encouraging -- and engaging -- look at young people preparing to leave high school behind and shape the future. Synopsis: Oakland High School's class of 2020 confronts an unprecedented year as anxiety over test scores and college applications gives way... Starring: Denilson Garibo , Libby Schaaf Directed By: Peter Nicks #115 The Djinn 87% #115 Adjusted Score: 90016% Critics Consensus: Led by Ezra Dewey's standout performance, The Djinn serves up a scary, sleekly effective cautionary tale about being careful what you wish for. Synopsis: A mute boy becomes trapped in his apartment with a sinister monster after making a wish to fulfill his heart's... Starring: Ezra Dewey , Rob Brownstein , Tevy Poe , Donald Pitts Directed By: David Charbonier , Justin Powell #114 Come True 86% #114 Adjusted Score: 88708% Critics Consensus: Well-acted and visually striking, Come True offers an eerily effective reminder of how the sleeping subconscious can be fertile ground for horror. Synopsis: Strange events plague a troubled teen when she participates in a scientific experiment to stop her nightmares.... Starring: Julia Sarah Stone , Landon Liboiron , Carlee Ryski , Christopher Heatherington Directed By: Anthony Scott Burns #113 Jakob's Wife 86% #113 Adjusted Score: 90119% Critics Consensus: Jakob's Wife gives genre legend Barbara Crampton an opportunity to carry an old-school horror story -- and she bloody well delivers. Synopsis: Bodies start to pile up when a woman discovers a new sense of power and an appetite to live bigger... Starring: Barbara Crampton , Larry Fessenden , Bonnie Aarons , Nyisha Bell Directed By: Travis Stevens #112 Werewolves Within 86% #112 Adjusted Score: 94590% Critics Consensus: Werewolves Within is the rare horror comedy that offers equal helpings of either genre -- and adds up to a whole lot of fun in the bargain. Synopsis: A snowstorm traps town residents together inside the local inn, where newly arrived forest ranger Finn and postal worker Cecily... Starring: Sam Richardson , Milana Vayntrub , George Basil , Sarah Burns Directed By: #111 The Night House 86% #111 Adjusted Score: 97043% Critics Consensus: Led by Rebecca Hall's gripping central performance, The Night House offers atmospheric horror that engages intellectually as well as emotionally. Synopsis: Reeling from the unexpected death of her husband, Beth is left alone at the lakeside home he built for her.... Starring: Rebecca Hall , Sarah Goldberg , Vondie Curtis-Hall , Evan Jonigkeit Directed By: David Bruckner #110 The Courier 86% #110 Adjusted Score: 95136% Critics Consensus: The Courier delivers a rousingly effective old-school spy adventure elevated by a thrilling fact-based story and Benedict Cumberbatch's nervy central performance. Synopsis: Recruited by MI6, British businessman Greville Wynne works with Soviet spy Oleg Penkovsky to obtain intelligence on the Cuban Missile... Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch , Merab Ninidze , Vladimir Chuprikov , James Schofield Directed By: Dominic Cooke #109 Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time 87% #109 Adjusted Score: 90040% Critics Consensus: Its title may be unwieldy, but Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time looks at the nature of love with commendable clarity. Synopsis: A neurosurgeon returns to Budapest to reunite with the love of her life: a man who says they have never... Starring: Natasa Stork , Viktor Bodó , Benett Vilmányi , Zsolt Nagy Directed By: Lili Horvath #108 Vivo 87% #108 Adjusted Score: 91450% Critics Consensus: Vivo offers few surprises, but this attractively animated adventure is enlivened by the catchy songs contributed by star Lin-Manuel Miranda. Synopsis: A music-loving kinkajou embarks on the journey of a lifetime to fulfill his destiny and deliver a love song for... Starring: Lin-Manuel Miranda , Zoe Saldana , Juan de Marcos , Brian Tyree Henry Directed By: Kirk DeMicco #107 Keep an Eye Out 88% #107 Adjusted Score: 89375% Critics Consensus: For viewers tuned into Quentin Dupieux's frequently absurd wavelength, Keep an Eye Out offers another delightfully off-kilter triumph. Synopsis: An absurd all-night interrogation takes place in a 1970s police station.... Starring: Benoît Poelvoorde , Grégoire Ludig , Marc Fraize , Anaïs Demoustier Directed By: Quentin Dupieux #106 Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal 88% #106 Adjusted Score: 90665% Critics Consensus: Operation Varsity Blues uses a unique stylistic blend of documentary and re-enactments to compellingly piece together the details of a torn-from-the-tabloids scandal. Synopsis: Reenactments tell the story of the mastermind behind a scam to get children from wealthy families into the top American... Starring: Matthew Modine Directed By: Chris Smith #105 Oxygen 88% #105 Adjusted Score: 93827% Critics Consensus: Oxygen gets the white-knuckle maximum out of its claustrophobic setting, with director Alexandre Aja and star Mélanie Laurent making this a must-watch thriller for sci-fi fans. Synopsis: A woman wakes up in a cryogenic chamber with no recollection of how she got there, and she must find... Starring: Mélanie Laurent , Mathieu Amalric , Malik Zidi , Marc Saez Directed By: Alexandre Aja #104 Violation 88% #104 Adjusted Score: 93406% Critics Consensus: Violation presents a powerful depiction of one woman's trauma -- and its uncomfortably gripping aftermath. Synopsis: A troubled woman who feels betrayed by those around her seeks revenge.... Starring: Madeleine Sims-Fewer , Anna Maguire , Jesse LaVercombe , Obi Abili Directed By: Dusty Mancinelli , Madeleine Sims-Fewer #103 Fear Street Part Two: 1978 88% #103 Adjusted Score: 94389% Critics Consensus: A smart and subversive twist on slasher horror, Fear Street Part II: 1978 shows that summer camp has never been scarier thanks to stellar performances from Sadie Sink, Emily Rudd, and Ryan Simpkins. Synopsis: A summer of fun turns into a gruesome fight for survival as a killer terrorizes Camp Nightwing in the cursed... Starring: Sadie Sink , Emily Rudd , Ryan Simpkins , McCabe Slye Directed By: Leigh Janiak #102 Dream Horse 88% #102 Adjusted Score: 94051% Critics Consensus: Spurred on by an excellent Toni Collette, Dream Horse has a comfortably crowd-pleasing gait that makes the most of the story's familiar formula. Synopsis: The true story of Dream Alliance, an unlikely racehorse bred by bartender Jan Vokes. With very little money and no... Starring: Toni Collette , Damian Lewis , Owen Teale , Joanna Page Directed By: Euros Lyn #101 Undine 88% #101 Adjusted Score: 94275% Critics Consensus: Undine draws on folklore for a dark fantasy whose murky storytelling is often offset by the enchanting romance at its core. Synopsis: A woman works as a historian who specializes in the urban development of modern-day Berlin. When the man she loves... Starring: Paula Beer , Franz Rogowski , Maryam Zaree , Jacob Matschenz Directed By: Christian Petzold #100 Nine Days 88% #100 Adjusted Score: 96686% Critics Consensus: A knockout feature directorial debut from Edson Oda, Nine Days is an ethereal and evocative film about the meaning of life - elevated by a phenomenal performance from Winston Duke. Synopsis: A man interviews five unborn souls to determine which one can be given life on Earth.... Starring: Winston Duke , Zazie Beetz , Bill Skarsgård , Benedict Wong Directed By: Edson Oda #99 Zola 88% #99 Adjusted Score: 102491% Critics Consensus: Zola captures the stranger-than-fiction appeal of the viral Twitter thread that inspired it -- and announces director/co-writer Janicza Bravo as a filmmaker to watch. Synopsis: Zola, a Detroit waitress, is seduced into a weekend of stripping in Florida for some quick cash -- but the... Starring: Taylour Paige , Riley Keough , Nicholas Braun , Colman Domingo Directed By: Janicza Bravo #98 The Green Knight 88% #98 Adjusted Score: 102502% Critics Consensus: The Green Knight honors and deconstructs its source material in equal measure, producing an absorbing adventure that casts a fantastical spell. Synopsis: King Arthur's headstrong nephew embarks on a daring quest to confront the Green Knight, a mysterious giant who appears at... Starring: Dev Patel , Alicia Vikander , Joel Edgerton , Sarita Choudhury Directed By: David Lowery #97 Wild Indian 89% #97 Adjusted Score: 91846% Critics Consensus: While Wild Indian might have benefited from a more probing approach to its themes, it's held together by Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr.'s skilled direction and a strong performance from lead Michael Greyeyes. Synopsis: Makwa, a young Anishinaabe boy, likes to escape his troubled life by playing with his friend Ted-O. One day, Makwa... Starring: Michael Greyeyes , Chaske Spencer , Jesse Eisenberg , Kate Bosworth Directed By: Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr. #96 Ailey 89% #96 Adjusted Score: 91455% Critics Consensus: Ailey pays invigorating tribute to its subject's brilliant legacy -- and offers a tantalizing introduction to the rest of a fascinating story. Synopsis: Filmmaker Jamila Wignot examines the life of visionary dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey.... Starring: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Directed By: Jamila Wignot #95 The Dry 89% #95 Adjusted Score: 94036% Critics Consensus: A slow-burning crime drama anchored by a solid central performance from Eric Bana, The Dry offers gripping thrills for genre fans. Synopsis: A federal agent investigates the decades-old death of a teenage girl in his drought-stricken hometown.... Starring: Julia Blake Directed By: Robert Connolly #94 Censor 89% #94 Adjusted Score: 97707% Critics Consensus: Occasionally uneven but bold and viscerally effective, Censor marks a bloody good step forward for British horror. Synopsis: A British film censor links a disturbing horror movie to her sister's mysterious disappearance.... Starring: Niamh Algar , Michael Smiley , Nicholas Burns , Vincent Franklin Directed By: #93 The Stylist 90% #93 Adjusted Score: 91219% Critics Consensus: A slasher with flair and crafty patience for the kill, The Stylist marks writer-director Jill Gevargizian as an uncommonly sharp genre filmmaker. Synopsis: ... Starring: Brea Grant , Najarra Townsend , Millie Milan , Sarah McGuire Directed By: Jill Gevargizian #92 Les Nôtres 90% #92 Adjusted Score: 91293% Critics Consensus: Les Nôtres deftly hits expected beats to tell a story of betrayal whose finely calibrated direction and performances make it all the more harrowing. Synopsis: When faced with life's challenges, Sainte-Adeline's community has always stuck together. But this time, a scandal sends shock waves through... Starring: Emilie Bierre , Marianne Farley , Judith Baribeau , Paul Doucet Directed By: Jeanne Leblanc #91 The Oak Room 90% #91 Adjusted Score: 91349% Critics Consensus: The Oak Room contains a taut, spooky tale that proves southern gothic can flourish in the snowy north. Synopsis: While a drifter tries to settle an old debt with a grizzled bartender by telling him a story, the night's... Starring: RJ Mitte , Peter Outerbridge , Ari Millen , Martin Roach Directed By: Cody Calahan #90 True Mothers 90% #90 Adjusted Score: 91349% Critics Consensus: True Mothers uses an intractable conflict to explore the bonds of parenthood with director/co-writer Naomi Kawase's usual sensitivity and grace. Synopsis: An adopted son's mother receives an unexpected visit from the boy's biological mother. recommended movies to watch ... Starring: Arata Iura , Hiromi Nagasaku , Aju Makita , Reo Sato Directed By: Naomi Kawase #89 The Queen of Black Magic 90% #89 Adjusted Score: 90782% Critics Consensus: The Queen of Black Magic mixes buried trauma with supernatural horror to produce a dark blend that genre fans will savor. Synopsis: A middle-class family travels into rural Indonesia to visit the terminally ill director of the orphanage where the father was... Starring: Miller Khan , Salvita Decorte , Muzakki Ramdhan , Imelda Therinne Directed By: Gope T. Samtani , Kimo Stamboel , Joko Anwar #88 Beginning 90% #88 Adjusted Score: 90740% Critics Consensus: A striking debut from director/co-writer Dea Kulumbegashvili, Beginning grapples convincingly with complex ideas while offering a brilliant showcase for star Ia Sukhitashvili. Synopsis: A missionary's life spirals out of control after extremists burn down a Jehovah's Witnesses church in a remote Georgian village.... Starring: Ia Sukhitashvili , Rati Oneli , Kakha Kintsurashvili Directed By: Dea Kulumbegashvili #87 I Blame Society 90% #87 Adjusted Score: 90742% Critics Consensus: Spurts of dark humor gush out of I Blame Society 's satirical approach to filmmaking and celebrity culture, prodded by sharp societal observations from writer-director-star Gillian Wallace Horvat. Synopsis: The lines between art and real life begin to blur when an ambitious filmmaker realizes she's good at getting away... Starring: Gillian Wallace Horvat , Chase Williamson , Keith Poulson , Lucas Kavner Directed By: Gillian Wallace Horvat #86 The Outside Story 90% #86 Adjusted Score: 91770% Critics Consensus: A refreshingly optimistic look at urban community life, The Outside Story is further distinguished by a layered leading performance from Brian Tyree Henry. Synopsis: An introverted video editor locks himself out of his building and is forced to confront the world he has been... Starring: Brian Tyree Henry , Sonequa Martin-Green , Sunita Mani , Olivia Edward Directed By: Casimir Nozkowski #85 Moffie 90% #85 Adjusted Score: 94427% Critics Consensus: Moffie uses one South African soldier's story to grapple against a series of thorny questions -- with rough yet rewarding results. Synopsis: ... Starring: Kai Luke Brummer , Stefan Vermaak , Ryan De Villiers , Matthew Vey Directed By: Oliver Hermanus #84 The Vigil 90% #84 Adjusted Score: 95467% Critics Consensus: Consistently clever and creepy, The Vigil mines richly atmospheric supernatural horror from a deep well of religious traditions. Synopsis: Terror strikes when an Orthodox Jewish man agrees to watch over the dead body of a community member in a... Starring: Dave Davis , Fred Melamed , Menashe Lustig , Malky Goldman Directed By: Keith Thomas #83 Together Together 90% #83 Adjusted Score: 98759% Critics Consensus: Together Together explores love and parenthood from unexpected angles, capturing a broad spectrum of emotions through Patti Harrison and Ed Helms' starring performances. Synopsis: A young loner becomes a surrogate mother for a single, middle-aged man who wants a child. Their unexpected relationship soon... Starring: Patti Harrison , Nora Dunn , Tig Notaro , Sufe Bradshaw Directed By: Nikole Beckwith #82 The Suicide Squad 91% #82 Adjusted Score: 112401% Critics Consensus: Enlivened by writer-director James Gunn's singularly skewed vision, The Suicide Squad marks a funny, fast-paced rebound that plays to the source material's violent, anarchic strengths. Synopsis: The government sends the most dangerous supervillains in the world to the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese. Armed with... Starring: Margot Robbie , Idris Elba , John Cena , Viola Davis Directed By: James Gunn #81 Promising Young Woman 90% #81 Adjusted Score: 111715% Critics Consensus: A boldly provocative, timely thriller, Promising Young Woman is an auspicious feature debut for writer-director Emerald Fennell -- and a career highlight for Carey Mulligan. Synopsis: Nothing in Cassie's life is what it appears to be -- she's wickedly smart, tantalizingly cunning, and she's living a... Starring: Carey Mulligan , Laverne Cox , Bo Burnham , Clancy Brown Directed By: Emerald Fennell #80 Holler 91% #80 Adjusted Score: 93655% Critics Consensus: It's hard not to hear echoes of similarly desperate stories, but Holler drowns them out with strong performances and palpable empathy. Synopsis: Hoping to pay for college, a determined young woman lands a dangerous job working in a scrap metal yard during... Starring: Jessica Barden , Pamela Adlon , Gus Halper , Austin Amelio Directed By: #79 Little Fish 91% #79 Adjusted Score: 94407% Critics Consensus: Tough but stirring, Little Fish uses one couple's pandemic love story to illustrate the strength of human connection in trying times. Synopsis: A couple fight to hold their relationship together as a memory loss virus spreads and threatens to erase the history... Starring: Olivia Cooke , Jack O'Connell , Soko , Raúl Castillo Directed By: Chad Hartigan #78 No Sudden Move 91% #78 Adjusted Score: 96372% Critics Consensus: While it may not be on par with his best crime capers, No Sudden Move finds Soderbergh on entertainingly familiar ground -- and making the most of an excellent cast. Synopsis: In 1954 Detroit, small-time criminals are hired to steal a document. When their heist goes horribly wrong, their search for... Starring: Don Cheadle , Benicio Del Toro , David Harbour , Jon Hamm Directed By: Steven Soderbergh #77 Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain 91% #77 Adjusted Score: 100198% Critics Consensus: An emotionally raw and respectful portrait of Anthony Bourdain, Roadrunner marks another unflinchingly honest documentary from director Morgan Neville. Synopsis: An intimate, behind-the-scenes look at how an anonymous chef who lived his life unabashedly became a world-renowned cultural icon.... Starring: Anthony Bourdain Directed By: Morgan Neville #76 Luca 91% #76 Adjusted Score: 108889% Critics Consensus: Slight but suffused with infectious joy, the beguiling Luca proves Pixar can play it safe while still charming audiences of all ages. Synopsis: A boy tries to help his best friend hide a fantastical secret -- he turns into a sea monster whenever... Starring: Jacob Tremblay , Jack Dylan Grazer , Emma Berman , Maya Rudolph Directed By: Enrico Casarosa #75 A Quiet Place Part II 91% #75 Adjusted Score: 113122% Critics Consensus: A nerve-wracking continuation of its predecessor, A Quiet Place Part II expands the terrifying world of the franchise without losing track of its heart. Synopsis: The Abbott family must now face the terrors of the outside world as they fight for survival in silence. Forced... Starring: Emily Blunt , Cillian Murphy , Millicent Simmonds , Noah Jupe Directed By: John Krasinski #74 Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation 92% #74 Adjusted Score: 93514% Critics Consensus: Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation lives up to its title with an absorbing and revealing look at a pair of American literary giants. Synopsis: The work, lives and personal journeys of two creative Americans -- novelist Truman Capote and playwright Tennessee Williams -- coalesce... Starring: Zachary Quinto , Jim Parsons Directed By: #73 Days of the Bagnold Summer 92% #73 Adjusted Score: 93945% Critics Consensus: Days of the Bagnold Summer draws on well-rounded performances from its leads to fill in the familiar outlines of its coming-of-age story with gentle humor and tender insight. Synopsis: A teenager spends his summer listening to heavy metal music and trying to get along with his librarian mom.... Starring: Monica Dolan , Earl Cave , Rob Brydon , Elliot Speller-Gillott Directed By: Simon Bird #72 Final Account 92% #72 Adjusted Score: 93379% Critics Consensus: Final Account falls shy of the definitive statement suggested by its title, but the belated reckoning on display remains chillingly valuable viewing. Synopsis: Men and women -- ranging from former SS members to civilians -- discuss their memories and perceptions of the Holocaust.... Starring: Directed By: Luke Holland #71 Mass 92% #71 Adjusted Score: 94384% Critics Consensus: Mass requires a lot of its audience, but rewards that emotional labor with a raw look at grief that establishes writer-director Fran Kranz as a filmmaker of tremendous promise. Synopsis: Two couples meet for a painful and raw conversation in the aftermath of a violent tragedy.... Starring: Jason Isaacs , Martha Plimpton , Reed Birney , Ann Dowd Directed By: Fran Kranz #70 Swan Song 93% #70 Adjusted Score: 95722% Critics Consensus: Udo Kier's layered performance lends Swan Song a nuance and poignancy that offset its potentially outlandish story. Synopsis: A retired hairdresser escapes his nursing home and embarks on an odyssey across his small town to style a dead... Starring: Udo Kier , Jennifer Coolidge , Linda Evans , Michael Urie Directed By: Todd Stephens #69 PG: Psycho Goreman 92% #69 Adjusted Score: 95710% Critics Consensus: Over the top and enthusiastically strange, PG: Psycho Goreman delivers all the cheesy midnight-movie goodness promised by its title. Synopsis: Intergalactic assassins converge on a small town after two siblings unwittingly resurrect an ancient alien overlord.... Starring: Nita-Josee Hanna , Owen Myre , Adam Brooks , Alexis Hancey Directed By: Steven Kostanski #68 Limbo 92% #68 Adjusted Score: 97546% Critics Consensus: A profoundly uplifting portrait of the refugee experience, Limbo is distinguished by its offbeat tone -- and overall impressive work from debuting director Ben Sharrock. Synopsis: A young Syrian musician and other refugees seek asylum on a remote Scottish island.... Starring: Amir El-Masry , Vikash Bhai , Ola Orebiyi , Kwabena Ansah Directed By: #67 Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings 92% #67 Adjusted Score: 112174% Critics Consensus: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings isn't entirely free of Marvel's familiar formula, but this exciting origin story expands the MCU in more ways than one. Synopsis: Martial-arts master Shang-Chi confronts the past he thought he left behind when he's drawn into the web of the mysterious... Starring: Simu Liu , Awkwafina , Meng'er Zhang , Fala Chen Directed By: Destin Daniel Cretton #66 Wildland 93% #66 Adjusted Score: 93238% Critics Consensus: Wildland reaches past the familiar tropes of its gangster drama setup to tell an evocative and refreshingly original coming-of-age story. Synopsis: Following a car accident, which kills her mother, 17-year-old Ida moves in with her estranged aunt and her aunt's grown... Starring: Sandra Guldberg Kampp , Sidse Babett Knudsen , Joachim Fjelstrup , Elliott Crosset Hove Directed By: Jeanette Nordahl #65 Pray Away 93% #65 Adjusted Score: 93891% Critics Consensus: Pray Away presents a compassionate picture of the damage wrought by so-called conversion therapy -- on its subjects as well as its proponents. Synopsis: Five evangelicals in the 1970s break away and form Exodus International, a group that claims that gay people can become... Starring: Directed By: Kristine Stolakis #64 The Man Who Sold His Skin 93% #64 Adjusted Score: 93326% Critics Consensus: The Man Who Sold His Skin uses the tension between art and commerce as powerful fuel for a sobering story about freedom and human dignity. Synopsis: A Syrian refugee in Lebanon allows his back to become a canvas for a famous tattoo artist. Soon, collectors become... Starring: Yahya Mahayni , Monica Bellucci , Koen De Bouw , Marc De Panda Directed By: Kaouther Ben Hania #63 Spring Blossom 93% #63 Adjusted Score: 94405% Critics Consensus: An enchanting debut for writer-director-star Suzanne Lindon, Spring Blossom captures first love with fittingly delicate beauty. Synopsis: A 16-year-old girl who is bored with her peers becomes involved with an older man at a theater she passes.... Starring: Suzanne Lindon , Arnaud Valois , Frédéric Pierrot , Florence Viala Directed By: Suzanne Lindon #62 Lily Topples The World 93% #62 Adjusted Score: 95234% Critics Consensus: A layered look at fame in the digital era, Lily Topples the World benefits immensely from a subject with an uplifting story and immense charm. Synopsis: Filmmaker Jeremy Workman follows the career of 20-year-old Lily Hevesh - the world's greatest domino toppler and the only woman... Starring: Lily Hevesh Directed By: Jeremy Workman #61 Never Gonna Snow Again 93% #61 Adjusted Score: 94496% Critics Consensus: Led by Alec Utgoff's impressive starring performance, Never Gonna Snow Again blends elements of sci-fi, satire, and surreal drama with an assured hand. Synopsis: A Ukrainian masseur uses his magic touch to change the lives of his wealthy but sad Polish clients.... Starring: Alec Utgoff , Maja Ostaszewska , Agata Kulesza , Weronika Rosati Directed By: Małgorzata Szumowska #60 All Light, Everywhere 93% #60 Adjusted Score: 94952% Critics Consensus: All Light, Everywhere poses thought-provoking questions about our view of objective reality -- and the implications for our growing reliance on surveillance technology. Synopsis: Filmmaker Theo Anthony offers a far-ranging look at the biases in how people see things, focusing on the recorded image.... Starring: Keaver Brenai Directed By: Theo Anthony #59 Mandibles 93% #59 Adjusted Score: 95363% Critics Consensus: Mandibles finds writer-director Quentin Dupieux off on another thoroughly original flight of fancy that will captivate like-minded audiences while baffling others. Synopsis: Two hapless losers discover a giant fly in the trunk of a stolen car and decide to domesticate it in... Starring: Grégoire Ludig , David Marsais , Adèle Exarchopoulos , India Hair Directed By: Quentin Dupieux #58 Lucky 93% #58 Adjusted Score: 94849% Critics Consensus: A rich blend of thrilling horror and sharp social commentary, Lucky acts as a bloody good calling card for director Natasha Kermani and writer-star Brea Grant. Synopsis: A self-help book author finds herself stalked by a threatening figure who returns to her house night after night. She... Starring: Hunter Smith Directed By: Natasha Kermani #57 Some Kind of Heaven 93% #57 Adjusted Score: 95645% Critics Consensus: Some Kind of Heaven could have gone deeper into its subject, but it remains a breezily entertaining look at some interesting people. Synopsis: Filmmaker Lance Oppenheim cracks the manicured facade of The Villages -- a massive, self-contained retirement community located in Central Florida.... Starring: Directed By: Lance Oppenheim #56 The Killing of Two Lovers 93% #56 Adjusted Score: 97922% Critics Consensus: The Killing of Two Lovers unites deft direction and an artfully assembled cast in service of a powerful story. Synopsis: A man desperately tries to keep his family of six together during a separation from his wife. They both agree... Starring: Clayne Crawford , Sepideh Moafi , Chris Coy , Avery Pizzuto Directed By: Robert Machoian #55 Val 93% #55 Adjusted Score: 99179% Critics Consensus: An absorbingly reflective documentary that benefits from its subject's self-chronicling, Val offers an intimate look at a unique life and career. Synopsis: Forty years of never-before-seen footage chronicling the life of Val Kilmer.... Starring: Val Kilmer , Jack Kilmer Directed By: Ting Poo , Leo Scott #54 Saint Maud 93% #54 Adjusted Score: 101358% Critics Consensus: A brilliantly unsettling blend of body horror and psychological thriller, Saint Maud marks an impressive debut for writer-director Rose Glass. Synopsis: Maud, an unstable, newly devout hospice nurse, becomes obsessed with saving her dying patient's soul -- but sinister forces and... Starring: Morfydd Clark , Jennifer Ehle , Lily Frazer , Lily Knight Directed By: Rose Glass #53 About Endlessness 94% #53 Adjusted Score: 98806% Critics Consensus: About Endlessness sees writer-director Roy Andersson surveying the human condition with equal parts striking clarity, tenderness, and deadpan existential wit. Synopsis: A kaleidoscope of the human condition includes scenes of a couple floating over war-torn Germany, a father and his daughter... Starring: Martin Serner , Jessica Louthander , Tatiana Delaunay , Anders Hellström Directed By: Roy Andersson #52 Raya and the Last Dragon 94% #52 Adjusted Score: 110963% Critics Consensus: Another gorgeously animated, skillfully voiced entry in the Disney canon, Raya and the Last Dragon continues the studio's increased representation while reaffirming that its classic formula is just as reliable as ever. Synopsis: Long ago, dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity from sinister monsters known as the Druun. Now, 500 years later, those... Starring: Kelly Marie Tran , Awkwafina , Izaac Wang , Gemma Chan Directed By: Don Hall , Carlos López Estrada #51 In the Heights 94% #51 Adjusted Score: 117333% Critics Consensus: Lights up for In the Heights , a joyous celebration of heritage and community fueled by dazzling direction and singalong songs. Synopsis: In Washington Heights, N.Y., a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies a vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all... Starring: Anthony Ramos , Melissa Barrera , Leslie Grace , Corey Hawkins Directed By: Jon M. Chu #50 Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President 95% #50 Adjusted Score: 96237% Critics Consensus: Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President warmly -- and tunefully -- highlights a rarely explored facet of the 39th U.S. President's tenure. Synopsis: Jimmy Carter becomes the first U.S. president to openly embrace rock 'n' roll.... Starring: Jimmy Carter , Bob Dylan , Willie Nelson Directed By: Mary Wharton #49 Test Pattern 95% #49 Adjusted Score: 97162% Critics Consensus: Test Pattern surveys the aftermath of a woman's assault -- and uncovers the many ways in which personal trauma can be compounded by systemic injustice. Synopsis: An interracial couple's relationship gets put to the test when a man drives from hospital to hospital to find a... Starring: Brittany S. Hall , Will Brill , Gail Bean , Drew Fuller Directed By: #48 Lapsis 95% #48 Adjusted Score: 96190% Critics Consensus: Lapsis binds economic anxiety to an unsettling sci-fi story set in the not-too-distant future, with smartly inventive results. Synopsis: In a parallel present, delivery man Ray Tincelli takes a job in the gig economy. He begins pulling cable to... Starring: Madeline Wise , Dean Imperial , Ivory Aquino , Babe Howard Directed By: Noah Hutton #47 Stray 95% #47 Adjusted Score: 98688% Critics Consensus: Stray takes a patient, meditative look at the lives of Istanbul's stray dog population -- and uncovers truths of the human condition in the process. Synopsis: Filmmaker Elizabeth Lo follows the plight of three stray dogs as they find human companionship on the streets of Turkey.... Starring: Directed By: Elizabeth Lo #46 Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street 95% #46 Adjusted Score: 100324% Critics Consensus: Like the show whose groundbreaking creation it commemorates, Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street is as enlightening as it is purely entertaining. Synopsis: Take a stroll down "Sesame Street" and witness the birth of the most impactful children's series in TV history. From... Starring: Jim Henson , Jon Stone , Joan Ganz Cooney , Frank Oz Directed By: Marilyn Agrelo #45 The Sparks Brothers 95% #45 Adjusted Score: 104718% Critics Consensus: Their albums may be cult favorites, but this Edgar Wright-directed documentary offers an introduction to Sparks that has something for everyone. Synopsis: Edgar Wright explores how one rock band can be successful, underrated, influential and criminally overlooked. A musical odyssey exploring five... Starring: Ron Mael , Russell Mael , Edgar Wright , Flea Directed By: Edgar Wright #44 The Disciple 96% #44 Adjusted Score: 96548% Critics Consensus: The rare film that captures the passion that drives the mastery of creative pursuits, The Disciple reaffirms writer-director Chaitanya Tamhane as an emerging master of his craft. Synopsis: A vocalist who has devoted his life to the study of classical Indian music begins to question whether he will... Starring: Aditya Modak , Arun Dravid , Sumitra Bhave , Deepika Bhide Bhagwat Directed By: Chaitanya Tamhane #43 The Human Factor 96% #43 Adjusted Score: 96714% Critics Consensus: A rare opportunity to look back at history being made, The Human Factor offers an engrossing behind-the-scenes look at efforts to end generations of bloodshed. Synopsis: U.S. presidents, politicians and statesmen spend 30 years trying to achieve peace in the Middle East.... Starring: Directed By: Dror Moreh #42 In the Same Breath 96% #42 Adjusted Score: 98596% Critics Consensus: Gripping and clear-eyed, In the Same Breath captures history as it's being written -- and governmental failures as they amplify worldwide tragedy. Synopsis: A look at how the Chinese government turned pandemic cover-ups in Wuhan into a triumph for the Communist Party.... Starring: Directed By: Nanfu Wang #41 Plan B 96% #41 Adjusted Score: 98598% Critics Consensus: Plan B doesn't overplay its timely message -- and it doesn't have to, thanks to a sharp, funny script and the sparkling chemistry between its charming stars. Synopsis: After a regrettable sexual encounter, a straight-laced student and her best friend have 24 hours to hunt down a Plan... Starring: Kuhoo Verma , Victoria Moroles , Josh Ruben , Mason Cook Directed By: Natalie Morales #40 The Amusement Park 96% #40 Adjusted Score: 98130% Critics Consensus: A blunt yet visceral depiction of society's treatment of the elderly, The Amusement Park sees George A. Romero exploring a different -- yet still chilling -- type of terror. Synopsis: A seemingly ordinary day at an amusement park turns into a living nightmare for an elderly man.... Starring: Lincoln Maazel , Harry Albacker , Phyllis Casterwiler , Pete Chovan Directed By: George A. Romero #39 Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry 96% #39 Adjusted Score: 101351% Critics Consensus: Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry offers an enlightening -- and sometimes uncomfortable -- look behind the scenes of a young star's ascension. Synopsis: Teenage singer-songwriter Billie Eilish rises to stardom as she navigates life on the road, on stage, and at home with... Starring: Billie Eilish Directed By: R.J. Cutler #38 Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It 96% #38 Adjusted Score: 102401% Critics Consensus: An affecting profile of screen legend Rita Moreno, Just a Girl is at once a sharp critique of the industry's crushing inequities and a beautiful homage to an artist who never backed down despite the odds. Synopsis: The remarkable life and 70-year career of singer, actress and dancer Rita Moreno.... Starring: Gloria Estefan , Morgan Freeman , Whoopi Goldberg , Eva Longoria Directed By: #37 Riders of Justice 96% #37 Adjusted Score: 102336% Critics Consensus: A darkly humorous revenge thriller with satisfying depth and a dash of savory quirk, Riders of Justice makes another compelling case for Mads Mikkelsen as an all-purpose leading man. Synopsis: Markus returns home to care for his daughter when his wife dies in a tragic train accident. However, when a... Starring: Mads Mikkelsen , Nikolaj Lie Kaas , Andrea Heick Gadeberg , Lars Brygmann Directed By: Anders Thomas Jensen #36 CODA 96% #36 Adjusted Score: 111516% Critics Consensus: CODA 's story offers few surprises, but strong representation and a terrific cast -- led by Emilia Jones' brilliant performance -- bring this coming-of-age story vividly to life. Synopsis: Ruby, 17, is the only hearing member in her deaf family. When the family's fishing business is threatened, Ruby finds... Starring: Emilia Jones , Troy Kotsur , Marlee Matlin , Daniel Durant Directed By: Sian Heder #35 Judas and the Black Messiah 96% #35 Adjusted Score: 113861% Critics Consensus: An electrifying dramatization of historical events, Judas and the Black Messiah is a forceful condemnation of racial injustice -- and a major triumph for its director and stars. Synopsis: Offered a plea deal by the FBI, William O'Neal infiltrates the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party to gather... Starring: Daniel Kaluuya , LaKeith Stanfield , Jesse Plemons , Dominique Fishback Directed By: Shaka King #34 The Reason I Jump 97% #34 Adjusted Score: 98246% Critics Consensus: The Reason I Jump 's moving personal perspective succeeds in providing an authentic understanding of its subjects' journeys. Synopsis: Filmmaker Jerry Rothwell examines the lives of five young people who live with autism spectrum disorder.... Starring: Directed By: Jerry Rothwell #33 The Boy Behind the Door 97% #33 Adjusted Score: 98436% Critics Consensus: A tense, terrifying, and all-around outstanding feature debut for its co-directing duo, The Boy Behind the Door should thrill discerning horror fans. Synopsis: Bobby tries to save himself and his best friend when they are kidnapped on their way home from school.... Starring: Micah A. Hauptman , Kristin Bauer , Lonnie Chavis , Ezra Dewey Directed By: David Charbonier , Justin Powell #32 The Human Voice 97% #32 Adjusted Score: 98491% Critics Consensus: The Human Voice unites Pedro Almodóvar and Tilda Swinton for a short film whose rich rewards are belied by its abbreviated length. Synopsis: A woman watches time passing next to the suitcases of her ex-lover -- who is supposed to come pick her... Starring: Tilda Swinton Directed By: Pedro Almodóvar #31 The Lost Leonardo 97% #31 Adjusted Score: 100953% Critics Consensus: A documentary that feels like a heist thriller, The Lost Leonardo paints an arresting portrait of some of the art world's most colorful characters. Synopsis: Sold for $450 million, investigators question the authenticity of Leonardo da Vinci's painting Salvator Mundi.... Starring: Maria Teresa Fiorio , Frank Zöllner , Martin Kemp , Luke Syson Directed By: Andreas Koefoed #30 Slaxx 97% #30 Adjusted Score: 99822% Critics Consensus: A slim-cut slice of bizarre horror, Slaxx effectively balances quirk with gore -- and has the good sense to get out before its oddball premise starts showing its seams. Synopsis: A possessed pair of jeans is brought to life to punish the unscrupulous practices of a trendy clothing company. Shipped... Starring: Romane Denis , Brett Donahue , Sehar Bhojani , Stephen Bogaert Directed By: Elza Kephart #29 I Carry You With Me 97% #29 Adjusted Score: 101278% Critics Consensus: A remarkable feature debut for director Heidi Ewing, I Carry You with Me finds universally resonant themes in a specific, richly detailed time and place. Synopsis: Two Mexican men maintain a romantic relationship that spans decades.... Starring: Armando Espitia , Christian Vázquez , Michelle Rodríguez , Ángeles Cruz Directed By: Heidi Ewing #28 Gunda 97% #28 Adjusted Score: 100054% Critics Consensus: Gunda takes an absorbingly meditative look at farm life from the animals' perspective, tacitly posing questions about our relationship to food along the way. Synopsis: Filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky captures natural images of cows, chickens, and a pig and its litter.... Starring: Directed By: #27 The Truffle Hunters 97% #27 Adjusted Score: 101880% Critics Consensus: The Truffle Hunters explores a world most viewers will know nothing about -- with delightfully savory results. Synopsis: A handful of men search for rare, expensive and delicious white Alba truffles deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy.... Starring: Directed By: Michael Dweck , Gregory Kershaw #26 Shiva Baby 97% #26 Adjusted Score: 105366% Critics Consensus: A ruefully funny calling card for debuting director Emma Seligman, Shiva Baby transcends its sitcom setup with strong performances and satisfying insights. Synopsis: While at a Jewish funeral service with her parents, a college student has an awkward encounter with her sugar daddy... Starring: Rachel Sennott , Molly Gordon , Polly Draper , Danny Deferrari Directed By: Emma Seligman #25 Pig 97% #25 Adjusted Score: 110425% Critics Consensus: Like the animal itself, Pig defies the hogwash of expectations with a beautiful odyssey of loss and love anchored by Nicolas Cage's affectingly raw performance. Synopsis: Living alone in the Oregon wilderness, a truffle hunter returns to Portland to find the person who stole his beloved... Starring: Nicolas Cage , Alex Wolff , Adam Arkin , Nina Belforte Directed By: Michael Sarnoski #24 Days 98% #24 Adjusted Score: 99118% Critics Consensus: Days poetically explores the experience of loneliness, reaffirming that few filmmakers understand the human condition as deeply as Ming-liang Tsai. Synopsis: Kang lives alone in a big house. Non lives in a small apartment in Bangkok where he methodically prepares traditional.. recommended movies to watch on hulu .
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