Warhol’s Factory did the same thing (Schwarz makes a number of allusions to Warhol), but where Warhol grew to resent his superstars, John Waters, Divine, Mink Stole and the rest of them all seemed to genuinely like one another. In a genre that can so often see its characters lean too far into caricature, Lara Jean’s world is instead populated with teens—and through them, love—you can believe in. 100 Best Movies on Netflix, Ranked by Tomatometer (January 2021) In our world of massive entertainment options, who’s got time to waste on the below-average? In goes the snubnose revolver, the ruthless tool of Frank’s trade. When they don’t, we look for other signs, and we wait, left only with patience—to watch, and to never stop watching, and to sit with the weight of that, to afford the cost of empathy. And PKD vibes are the best kind. The more Johnson loses herself in the project, spending more effort consulting stunt people and art directors and assorted crew members than her own dad (sitting peacefully on set, usually napping, never being much of a bother), the more she realizes she may be exploiting someone she loves—someone who is beginning to show the alarming signs of dementia and can no longer fully grasp the high concept to which he once agreed—to assuage her own anxiety. 1. You’ll forget you weren’t playing it, so intensely will you feel a part of its brutality and so tapped out you’ll feel once you beat the final boss, who happens to be The Raid-star Iko Uwais with a box-cutter. We’ve updated the list to remove great films that just left the streaming service (saying goodbye this month to films by the Coen Brothers, Robert Zemeckis and Spike Jonze), but there are plenty of top movies still streaming. Either way, it made Flanagan an obvious fit for Gerald’s Game, an unassuming, overachieving little thriller that is blessed by two performers capable of handling the lion’s share of the dramatic challenges it presents. Special: Season 1 | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix - YouTube. A warrior kitten must defeat all the monsters on Battle Island in order to be crowned a champion. —Andy Crump, Year: 2011 Director: Michel Hazanavicius Stars: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95% Rating: PG-13 Runtime: 100 minutes, In his black-and-white ode to the Golden Age of Hollywood, Gallic writer-director Michael Hazanavicius honors form as well as content, packaging his romantic melodrama about the rise of a new ingénue and the fall of a silent movie star in 1920s and ’30s Los Angeles in luxurious black, white, and shades of shimmering silver. You’ve also got to feel for that poor mook who sees Bruce Lee wielding nunchucks and says to himself, “No problem, I can take him.” —J.V. Describing the film merely as “creative” feels like an insult to its inspired madness. With her follow-up, Dick Johnson Is Dead, Johnson continues to interrogate that fragility, crafting a deeply personal ode to that over which she has no control: her father’s death. Now, wisdom can be a terrible gift—an amorphous yet heavy thing that’s difficult to grasp even as it hurts and burdens, all while offering little hope for practical change. When he comes across the lucrative world of nightcrawlers, freelance stringers who race after breaking news stories—the bloodier, the better is the prevailing wisdom—he has the ambition, opportunity and, most importantly, the moral flexibility to excel. There’s no shortage of iconic moments and fights, such as the final duel with a claw-handed Han, but perhaps the best is when Lee fights his way through a few dozen henchmen in the bowels of the fortress, including a young Jackie Chan, who gets his neck snapped. We wait for resolution, for a sign that things will get better. Lots of streaming deals shifted as the year changed from 2020 to 2021, so January has brought plenty of shake-ups—and Netflix was not spared. Tan narrates the documentary as a memory piece, recounting her childhood in Singapore with her best friend Jasmine, where they were the two cool kids in their pretty square school, dreaming of being filmmakers and leaving their mark. Like Connie, they thrive on their wits and endless inventiveness—the thrill comes in marveling at how far it can take them. Cut to snapshots of writer-director Jon Watts’ rural Colorado milieu, a place defined by barren storefronts, abandoned playgrounds, dilapidated trailer parks, and flat, dusty plains. That’s where we begin: with an examination of grief. Lee’s at the height of his powers when bluntly making the case that for as much time as has passed since the Vietnam War’s conclusion, America’s still stubbornly waging the same wars on its own people and, for that matter, the rest of the world. —Geoffrey Himes, Year: 2018 Director: Susan Johnson Stars: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish Genre: Romance, Comedy Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97% Rating: NR Runtime: 100 minutes, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, the teen scene’s newest runaway hit, is a flat-out excellent film. Vir Das is one of India’s most celebrated comedian and with the addition of this comedy special his tally rises to 4 exclusive comedy specials for Netflix. This may be exactly what we had in mind. And so I Am Not Your Negro is not just a portrait of an artist, but a portrait of mourning—what it looks, sounds and feels like to lose friends, and to do so with the whole world watching (and with so much of America refusing to understand how it happened, and why it will keep happening). Running nearly three hours, American Honey doesn’t let those concerns get in its way, and the result is the sort of electric audacity that paves over the movie’s occasional wobbles. —Kenneth Lowe, Year: 1979 Director: George Miller Stars: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90% Rating: R Runtime: 93 minutes, George Miller’s first foray into the dystopian world of Mad Max is distinctly less fantastical than the more colorful and grandiose films that would follow, ala Beyond Thunderdome—the original Mad Max by comparison is lean, mean, grounded and misanthropic in its aims. But sometimes she slows to a trickle, or is quiet, and suddenly she is someone else who is the same person but perhaps with different memories, different interests. Parvana (Saara Chaudry) understands the dire circumstances her father’s arrest forces upon her family, and recognizes the danger of hiding in plain sight to feed them. —Tim Grierson, Year: 2019 Director: Martin Scorsese Genre: Documentary, Musical Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92% Rating: NR Runtime: 142 minutes, Bob Dylan’s life and career are so encased in myth that it can be hard to untangle the romanticism from the reality. Although the film possesses subtle messages on social intolerance and the good and bad of marriage and family, Easy Anever comes close to preaching or talking down. The film’s protagonist embraces that haunting as a form of hope; she loses something important and fills the hole by expanding her own self with the self that was touched by others. Happy as Lazzaro similarly keeps the magic in check (though a scene with whispers in a field will start to invoke Fellini) until it no longer can—and then the magic explodes, blowing up the narrative and sending what’s left in an insanely bold direction. It’s in glances that pass between Little and his surrogate custodians, Juan (Mahershala Ali, damn near ubiquitous in 2016 and at his best here) and Teresa (Janelle Monáe), the stillness Chiron responds with when in conversation with his chum-then-crush, Kevin. The lockout’s not that fictionalized (recall events that impacted the NBA through 2011, for instance), it’s just that Soderbergh and McCraney aren’t referencing anyone or anything in particular here, beyond systemic biases, both casual and fully intentional, woven into basketball’s DNA. As her dad’s memory dissipates along with his ability to take care of himself, Dick Johnson Is Dead caters less to Dick’s need to preserve some sense of immortality than to his daughter’s need, all of our need, to let go. Finally, leave because of the violence. —Alexis Gunderson, Year: 2006 Director: Martin Campbell Stars: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright Genre: Action, Thriller Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95% Rating: PG-13 Runtime: 144 minutes, With a crag-like, angular face, a sculpted body and the venomous delivery of “Does it look like I give a damn?” when asked about whether he wants his martini shaken or stirred, the James Bond of Casino Royale (Daniel Craig) is as broken, and deliriously determined to keep going, as the (deliberately post-9/11) world around him. But there’s “whimsical” and there’s “weird,” and Lu Over the Wall ventures well past the former and into the latter before director Masaaki Yuasa gets through the opening credits. —Jim Vorel, Year: 2010 Director: Edgar Wright Stars: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Brie Larson, Chris Evans, Alison Pill, Aubrey Plaza, Jason Schwartzman, Kieran Culkin Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81% Rating: PG-13 Runtime: 113 minutes, In many ways, all of Edgar Wright’s films have been romantic comedies in some fashion. The streaming provider has so many to choose from and that’s a problem. Kim encourages a daunted Ryan to be more comfortable with his body at Olivia’s pool party, where they both make some surprising new friends. Lou is calm, frank, goal-oriented and even borders on charming at times, but this measured exterior belies the inherent violence you spend the entire movie waiting to see erupt. Ryan O'Connell, Jessica Hecht, Punam Patel. Jim Kelly is also valuable as a second talented performer, in the role that would make him a blaxploitation icon. At nearly two-and-a-half hours, Rolling Thunder Revue is overlong but also overpowering, inconclusive yet undeniably stirring. Something of a love triangle develops, some disturbing idiosyncrasies are revealed (not just about Ben) and some bad stuff happens. He leads us away from navel-gazing to see the stunningly constructed drama he and his troupe have laid before us on screen. Quite the contrary, her movie is refreshingly candid and self-critical: She may be the star of the show, but she has a story to tell and the right perspective to frame it properly. They have two children, teen Kim (Raffey Cassidy) and her younger brother Bob (Sunny Suljic). The long road to reconciliation, whether with one’s trauma, family or national identity, is never without bumps. The camera lives with the characters, watches them haul a bed-bug-infested mattress outside, or sit and eat pancakes by a small creek-ish ditch. In the case of The Invitation, that involves a tale of deep and intimate heartache, the kind that none of us hopes to ever have to endure in our own lives. One day when Shoya goes too far, forcing Shoko to transfer again for fear of her own safety, he is branded a pariah by his peers and retreats into a state of self-imposed isolation and self-hatred. Granted, the apolitical type probably wouldn’t give High Flying Bird a second thought browsing their Netflix queues anyway, and that’s just fine. The infected here at times seem like your standard Romero ghouls, but they’re also a bit more: lost souls who have hung onto some kind of strange, rudimentary culture all their own. A figure who could have been an offensive caricature in the wrong hands, Dolemite, in Craig Brewer’s film, is so much more; we go beyond the surface of the character, exploring one man’s quest for stardom and the entrepreneurial risks he took to be the talk of the town. Year: 1990 Director: Martin Scorsese Stars: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Paul Sorvino Genre: Drama, Crime Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96% Rating: R Runtime: 146 minutes, Far from a typical shoot-em-up gangster flick, GoodFellas is in the details: the carefully chosen close-ups; the nuances in each character’s personality, plying at and defying stereotypes. —Josh Jackson, Year: 1990 Director: Paul Verhoeven Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin, Sharon Stone Genre: Science-Fiction, Action, Thriller Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82% Rating: R Runtime: 113 minutes, Very loosely based on the Philip K. Dick short story “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale” (and aren’t all PKD adaptations “very loose”? But the scarier question is, What if it’s not? Is he making an act of supplication in his final moments? Through a series of interviews with former collaborators, friends and family, Schwarz helps paint a picture of an extraordinary boy who lived so far outside what was considered “normal,” he had no choice but to blaze his own trail. The film makes a surgically precise study of how governance over the game, wrested from the hands of its players and bequeathed to their owners, leads to grim power dynamics recalling the days of slave trades and auction blocks. Nonetheless, Lee couches this set-up in exquisite details and rich observation. They know that eventually the matters of her husband and children, plus their extended family, must be reconciled. Another social outcast, the rotund Neil latches onto Norman, becoming his new best friend (whether Norman wants one or not). In Seth (Jonah Hill) and Evan (Michael Cera), my friends and I had a mirror for our own insecurity and awkwardness—they were our modern-day Anthony Michael Halls. All of us, we’re putting it together too. The story deals in a situation that is all too familiar in the relationship world—that of dealing with your romantic partner’s past romantic baggage. A wonder of slapstick and deadpan silliness, The Naked Gun makes jokes about terrorists, gay panic, boobs, even “The Star-Spangled Banner.” There’s a character named Pahpshmir. It ends with a scene between a boy and a girl, something that normally would come right out of a dopey rom-com, but in a way that subverts the trope on every level, from the inversion of its meaning to the quiet, intimate naturalism with which it is filmed. Condor and Centineo are undeniably the stars of the show, but TATBILB doesn’t rest on their charismatic laurels: Mahoro as Lucas is a foxy ball of friendliness; Madeleine Arthur as Lara Jean’s best (girl) friend, Chris, is just the wide-eyed punk weirdo she needs to be; Janel Parrish plays against type as the sweet and steel-spined Margot; Anna Cathcart steals every scene as Lara Jean’s meddling little sis, Kitty; and John Corbett plays the healthily engaged version of Kat Stratford’s single OBGYN dad with a discernible glee. Or is his gesture meant to be interpreted as an acknowledgment of his helplessness, a pantomime outcry at his betrayal and abandonment? —Chad Betz, Year: 2019 Director: Martin Scorsese Stars: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Jesse Plemons, Anna Paquin Genre: Crime Drama Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96% Rating: R Runtime: 209 minutes, Peggy Sheeran (Lucy Gallina) watches her father, Frank (Robert De Niro), through a door left ajar as he packs his suitcase for a work trip. Most have faded into late night obscurity while a few like Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Cluelessand Mean Girls have offered witty accounts of this near ancient ritual of teen life. But the base aesthetic and narrative is Fellini, or long-lost Mexican neorealism, or Tati’s Playtime but with sight gags replaced by social concern and personal reverie. You’ve got a subscription, you’re ready for a marathon, and you want only the best movies no Netflix to watch. Tan is lively, self-effacing company throughout—her voice has just the right sardonic tinge—but her visits with Jasmine and Sophia are particularly lovely and illuminating, suggesting how lifelong pals can see us in ways that we cannot. With American Honey, she turns her attention to the United States, and what she finds is a vibrant, troubled, mesmerizing land. A Silent Voice, adapted from Yoshitoki Oima’s manga of the same name, is a prime example of all these sensibilities at play. The Irishman spans the 1950s to the early 2000s, the years Frank worked for the Bufalino crime family, led by Russell (Joe Pesci, out of retirement and intimidating). The performance starts off kind of goofy, the uninvited theater kid taking the reins to sing one of Broadway’s greatest showstoppers, but then, in another aside, he says, “Want something… want something…” He begins to get it. His movies are funny because they’re so shocking and disturbing because they’re so true. Featuring an all-star cast in the likes of Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jack Nicholson, the gangster drama, a remake of the Hong Kong thriller Infernal Affairs, upholds the optimum qualities of a classic Scorsese picture: style, morality and grit. That’s what he does, and he does it better than anyone else. While her roles in ’80s nostalgia bonanza Stranger Things (kid cursed with psychokinetic abilities fighting extradimensional monsters) and Godzilla: King of the Monsters (kid torn between divorced parents and surrounded rampaging colossi), neither role demands that she emote beyond forlorn gazes. The film would join the pantheon of mid-2000s comedies—most notably Anchorman and Step Brothers—that created a white-adolescent-boy language made up entirely of lewd, absurd references. With the downhome nihilism of No Country for Old Men and Fargo, the mythological whimsy of O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the back-breaking metaphysical weight of A Serious Man or the cutting capers of Raising Arizona, the whole of The Ballad of Buster Scruggs—shot as a series of awe-inspiring vistas by DP Bruno Delbonnel punctuated by the porous mugs of the pioneers who populate them—sings to an unparalleled canon of genres and tones. —Andy Crump, Year: 2016 Director: Barry Jenkins Stars: Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes, Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Janelle Monáe Genre: Drama Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98% Rating: R Runtime: 110 minutes, What’s remarkable about Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight is that it’s hardly remarkable at all. Martin ( Barry Keoghan ), our rogue and extremely capable hero simply the inability to have a child eats. The Dead just happens to look deeper and listen harder, as if their bodies were made of butter it. 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