With so many movies released each year, it’s easy to overlook a few gems. Here’s a selection of great films that might have slipped under your radar initially.
A powerful tale about identity, “Moonlight” traces the life of a young black man in Miami. Broken into three acts, it’s both touching and deeply personal.
Directed by Tarsem Singh, “The Fall” boasts a rich visual palette. Set in the 1920s, it intertwines reality with an injured stuntman’s fantastical tales.
A Ghost Story
Minimalist yet profound, “A Ghost Story” delves into love, loss, and time. Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck deliver compelling performances in this unique narrative.
Leave No Trace
Debra Granik’s “Leave No Trace” centers around a father and daughter living off the grid. Their bond and challenges faced form the movie’s heart.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
In this New Zealand adventure, a young boy and his foster uncle become the subject of a manhunt. It’s heartwarming, filled with humor and stunning landscapes.
This South Korean thriller is captivating. Intrigue, love, and deceit play out in an intricate plot that keeps viewers on their toes.
Diving into AI’s complexities, “Ex Machina” questions humanity and consciousness. It’s gripping, with Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander giving stellar performances.
Under the Skin
Scarlett Johansson stars as an alien seductress in “Under the Skin.” This atmospheric film thrills with its otherworldly visuals and haunting narrative.
In a society where single people face transformation into animals, “The Lobster” stands out. Colin Farrell navigates a quirky world in this dark comedy.
Jake Gyllenhaal plays a videographer chasing crime scenes in Los Angeles. “Nightcrawler” offers a raw, disturbing glimpse into obsession and media.
Set in the 1630s, “The Witch” follows a Puritan family facing supernatural events. Tense and atmospheric, it’s a horror film like no other.
Set in 1980s Dublin, “Sing Street” showcases a teenager’s journey to impress a girl with music. It’s heartfelt, boasting a catchy soundtrack.
Shot entirely on iPhones, “Tangerine” explores the friendship of two transgender sex workers. Their Christmas Eve adventure in LA is vibrant and poignant.
In “Columbus,” architecture becomes the backdrop for a bonding between two strangers. Their shared moments in this Indiana town are quietly profound.
“Raw” delves into a veterinary student’s descent into cannibalism. This French-Belgian film is provocative, exploring family and societal pressures.
A unique stop-motion film, “Anomalisa” delves into a man’s loneliness. Its detailed animation and profound story make it a must-watch.
During a dinner party, a comet passing overhead results in unsettling events. “Coherence” is mind-bending, challenging our understanding of reality.
The Florida Project
Centering on a young girl’s summer adventures, “The Florida Project” offers an unfiltered view of childhood. Its portrayal of poverty and innocence intertwines perfectly.
Viggo Mortensen plays a father raising his children off the grid in “Captain Fantastic.” Their journey into society raises questions about modern life and values.
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