Top Ten Movies to Watch

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Just a hunch, but I think you—yes, you—would be better off for having watched a beautiful, bursting-with-color animated musical with Gloria Estefan and Lin-Manuel Miranda as the leads. Again, only a hunch.

The Guilty

The Guilty stars Gyllenhaal as a 911 call operator, following him over the course of a single morning. If you had any doubt, things go wildly out of control—making for a thriller that will surely go down as one of Gyllenhaal’s most memorable performances.

The Swarm

The Swarm is one of the best dramas of the year, bar none. But it also (heavily) involves bees feeding on human flesh. So… you’ve been warned.

Beckett

Don’t you hate when you go on vacation and become the center of a political conspiracy and nearly get assassinated? Classic hijinks! John David Washington stars in this thriller where exactly that happens. The only question is, will he live to tell the tale afterward?

The Fear Street Series

The worlds of film and television are constantly blending, but this smart three-part film series is one of Netflix’s best outings in a while. Set across multiple centuries, a girl and her friends take on the menacing evil spirits that have been haunting Shadyside for far too long.

Pieces of a Woman

This is arguably one of Netflix’s best first outings of the year. Starring Vanessa Kirby, Shia LaBoeuf, and Ellen Burstyn, Pieces of a Woman is the heartbreaking story of a tragic pregnancy whose aftermath cuts through a marriage like a sharp knife. Bonus: it’s already out.

The Dig

The Dig transports us to early 20th century Britain on the verge of World War II, where a wealthy widow (Carey Mulligan) enlists an archeologist to excavate the burial mounds on her land. What he unearths is a medieval ship, discovering all the secrets of history held within it.

Finding ‘Ohana

If you’re looking for a kid-friendly movie that you might actually enjoy, Finding ‘Ohana seems like a solid bet. Picture The Goonies but in modern-day Hawaii, where two Brooklyn-raised siblings reconnect with their roots on an adventure to find a long-lost treasure (and save their grandfather’s home).

Malcolm and Marie

In March, as the world screeched to a halt, Zendaya teamed up with Euphoria writer-director Sam Levinson to begin work on this ‘secret,’ film—one of the first shot during the pandemic. John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman, Tenet) and Zendaya play filmmaker Malcolm and his girlfriend Marie, respectively, who must confront truths about their relationship after returning home from Malcolm’s movie premiere.

To All the Boys: Always and Forever

Lara Jean Covey is back for the final cinematic installment of the beloved high school rom-com. Based on the acclaimed books by Jenny Han, the third film takes Lara Jean on trips to Korea and New York City, as she faces the challenges of sustaining her relationship through the onset of college and young adulthood.

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