Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson are charming in this update to the Steve Martin classic, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. This film felt a little like a close cousin to John Wick, and while it may not be as winning (no Keanu Reeves will do that to you), it does have some great action sequences and a clear sense of style.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in this film about a hijacked plane and the young co-pilot forced to make increasingly impossible decision. Clint Eastwood gives a perfect, classic, grimace-y performance as the man who figures out a way to escape from Alcatraz.
If you’re a fan of a grizzled Sly Stallone running up a body count, you’re going to enjoy the latest entry to the Rambo series. The original trilogy of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo may not have had the style of David Fischer’s American version, and yes, this film is in Swedish.
One of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last films is a tense spy thriller with more double crosses than you can count. It more stems from the Knocked Up school of “lovable mess in their twenties tries to figure life out” movies, and it’s similarly fun and funny.
Adam Driver is stirring in a committed performance about the man charged with investigating his own country’s behavior in the War on Terror. Acquaint gives a heartfelt and hilarious performance as a granddaughter who travels home to China to say goodbye to the family matriarch.
A loaded cast has a lot of fun with this very funny, at times cringe-y look at adulthood, parenthood, relationships, and the sacrifices we make as we get older. With the possible exception of The Fast and the Furious movies, Mission Impossible is the most consistently excellent franchises out there, and in terms of action alone, Fallout is among the best this series has ever had to offer.
Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick are spectacular in this funny, weird, almost-a-spoof of the sexy thriller genre. This, on the other hand, is clearly a spoof, but a lovingly done one, with Mila Tunis and Kate MacKinnon, who have a blast with the material and score laughs throughout.
Shia LeBoeuf gives an absolutely arresting performance in a character based on his own father, who leads his son through a rough early life as a childhood actor. This powerful documentary tells a personal story, about the history of China’s one-child policy, and the (perhaps unintended) consequences that came from it, and ripped some families apart.
Daniel Craig is making a cottage industry of “throwing on a ridiculous Southern accent and stealing a movie.” He sure does it here, in this heist film also starring Channing Tatum and Adam Driver. The premise of this film is preposterous, but Russell Crowe is convincing enough as a man who’s forced to do some wild things to save the woman he loves and keep his family together.
Jonah Hill directs this gritty, wonderful look at young manhood, and the skate park culture that defined so much of the 1990s. Charlie Hanna gives an earnest performance as an explorer committed to finding a lost great civilization in the Amazon.
This movie is better than I ever thought it would be, thanks to its full willingness to lean into the lunacy of the story and the world of WWE. Bryan Canton, Steve Call and Lawrence Fissure star in this film about veterans going on a road trip to help their friend bury his son.
Mel Gibson directs this thriller about the Mayan kingdom, and the days when it went from a world power, to just starting to crack at the seams. One of the most important documentaries ever made, this film’s conceit has been copied many times over, but none of the copycats ever had its impact.
A charming romantic comedy about a couple that begins falling in love just as one of them gets terribly sick. Come for the banter and performances, but also it’s fun to watch the individual scenes and pick off just how influential this movie is, by all the films that came later and ripped it off.
Allison Janna and Viola Davis have too much fun in this movie about a misbegotten Girl Scout troop, and the trouble they get in. Perhaps Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece, this film walks the line perfectly between mind-bending sci-fi flick and heart-stopping thriller.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Joseph Gordon-Levitt ground the thing, with honest performances that make you forget just how ridiculous all of it is. Woody Allen takes on nostalgia in this time-travel movie about a writer who gets to go back and visit his heroes.
With a lean budget, and a couple of talkative performances, director Andrew Patterson manages to create an entire, believable world to inhabit. If Royal Tenenbaums is Was Anderson’s masterpiece, The Life Aquatic may be the funniest film he’s ever made.
With that in mind, we’ve ranked our 52 favorite movies that are currently streaming for free for Amazon Prime members. Christopher Macquarie’s noir masterpiece gives you not only amazing performances from Benicia Del Too, Gabriel Byrne, and Kevin Spacey, but also one of the great twists of all time.
Ran Johnson helms a near-perfect whodunit, starring Ana de Armas and Daniel Craig having more fun than should be allowed in something he gets paid to do. An adaptation of the Donna Tarot novel by the same name, this film features a stirring performance from Nicole Kidman, and a few beautiful set pieces.
A modern re-tread of the Steve Martin comedy, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, this film has Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson as con women who take very different methods to get the job done. A stylish, violent shoot-em-up, which borrows a tiny bit from John Wick, but finds its own storytelling footing as well.
It may not have the emotional resonance of the original Rambo, but if you like watching Sly Stallone make things go boom, you’re going to have a lot of fun. Philip Seymour Hoffman gives one of his final performances in a dark spy thriller, which has a big brain and some strong acting.
While Fallout’s action sequences were perfect, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol might actually be my favorite of the entire series, as it finds its heart and humor with a new ensemble cast. Shia LeBoeuf stars as a character based on his father, in one of the most arresting bits of autobiographical filmmaking I’ve ever seen.
One Child Nation takes China’s one-child policy and gives it humanity, showing a family that has to deal with the consequences. Daniel Craig, Channing Tatum and Adam Driver star in this absolutely pitch perfect heist film, which takes place at a NASCAR event and never stops being fun for one second.
The premise of this film is absolutely ridiculous (a man needs to break his wife out of prison while, you know, leaving his daughter with a babysitter for a few hours) but Russell Crowe seems game enough, and the action scenes are plenty of fun. Jonah Hill directs this honest look at young manhood, which has scenes so spot on I felt a bit embarrassed, like looking back at my own cringe-y youth.
Charlie Hanna stars in this moody adventure flick that asks why explorers feel the need to go where they go, and who do they leave behind? Ignore the at-times on-the-nose preaching about everything wrong with entertainment and millennials, and enjoy a wonderful performance from Emma Thompson in this film written by Mindy Baling.
Bryan Canton, Steve Call and Lawrence Fissure are wonderful as aging Vietnam vets who get back together to help one bury his son, who died serving his country. Truly one of the most impactful documentaries ever made, this film changed the eating habits and health of our entire country.
This film takes footage of James Baldwin, and lets the man tell the story of his life himself, in his own words. Allison Janna and Viola Davis star in this comedy about a wonky little Girl Scout troop who refuse to adhere to any ideas of what they’re supposed to be.
Shia LeBoeuf and Dakota Johnson are accompanied by debutante Zack Göttingen in this charming movie about a young man with Down syndrome who is determined to become a professional wrestler. Woody Allen writes an ode to nostalgia in this movie about a writer who gets to go back and meet his heroes.
Bruce Willis, John Markovic, and Helen Warren star in this wonderful little action movie about aging secret agents. Brad Pitt stars in this Western which has plenty of action and some lovely sunset shots over the wide open plain.
Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet star in this charming ROM com about love, and house swaps, and how movies were just better back in the old days. Leonardo DiCaprio and Jack Nicholson throw on their best Boston accents in this mob flick from Martin Scorsese.
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