100 best movies to watch on Netflix right now

Miramax‘Good Will Hunting’ was a big success.

Netflix has a slew of movies to watch, but it isn’t always easy making a decision.

Knowing what movies are critical hits can help viewers make a choice, so we found the highest-rated movies currently streaming on Netflix based on their Rotten Tomatoes scores.

While some are Netflix originals like “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” and “Private Life,” others are classic films, like “The Terminator” and “Good Will Hunting.” A number of documentaries, like “Virunga,” are also in the top 100, as are some Marvel movies, including “Black Panther.”

Here are the top 100 movies currently streaming on Netflix.


Paul Newman plays a man sentenced to two years in prison and made to work as part of a chain gang but refuses to play by the rules in “Cool Hand Luke.”

Warner Bros.-Seven ArtsPaul Newman in ‘Cool Hand Luke.’

Critics rating: 100%

Audience rating: 95%

Critics consensus:“Though hampered by Stuart Rosenberg’s direction, ‘Cool Hand Luke’ is held aloft by a stellar script and one of Paul Newman’s most indelible performances.”

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The Academy Award-nominated documentary “Virunga” explores the conservation efforts of rangers and others trying to protect the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park, home of the last mountain gorillas.

NetflixA scene from ‘Virunga.’

Critics rating: 100%

Audience rating: 92%

Critics consensus:“‘Virunga’ offers a heart-rending glimpse of natural wonders vulnerable to the atrocities of greed – and the people devoting their lives to defending them.”

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“The Square (Al Midan)” won three Emmy awards for its depiction of the Egyptian Crisis from the 2011 Egyptian Revolution at Tahrir Square to 2013.

Participant Media‘The Square (Al Midan)’ was also nominated for an Oscar.

Critics rating: 100%

Audience rating: 89%

Critics consensus: “‘The Square’ offers an electrifying – and edifying – ground-level glimpse of life inside a real-life political revolution.”

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Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in “The Terminator” as a cyborg assassin sent from the future to kill Sarah Conners, a woman whose son would one day grow up to lead a resistance against the machines.

Orion PicturesArnold Schwarzenegger in ‘The Terminator.’

Critics rating: 100%

Audience rating: 89%

Critics consensus:“With its impressive action sequences, taut economic direction, and relentlessly fast pace, it’s clear why ‘The Terminator’ continues to be an influence on sci-fi and action flicks.”

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“Chasing Coral” is a documentary about the disappearing coral reefs and the global team of divers, scientists, and photographers documenting the loss.

NetflixA scene from ‘Chasing Coral.’

Critics rating: 100%

Audience rating: 88%

Critics consensus:“‘Chasing Coral’ offers a breathtakingly beautiful look at some of the Earth’s most incredible natural wonders while delivering a sobering warning about their uncertain future.”

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“Mercury 13” is a documentary about 13 women who underwent and passed the same tests that male pilots took to become astronauts in the ’50s but the women were ultimately never sent to space.

NetflixSome women featured in the ‘Mercury 13’ documentary.

Critics rating: 100%

Audience rating: 81%

Critics consensus:“‘Mercury 13’ offers yet another sobering example of how institutionalized sexism has thwarted countless dreams – and held nations back from their full potential.”

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Sandi Tan and two friends shot an independent film as teens, but the footage was lost after their film teacher stole it and disappeared. They were contacted a few years after his death and Tan reworked the footage into “Shirkers,” a documentary about the filmmaking.

NetflixA scene from ‘Shirkers.’

Critics rating: 100%

Audience rating: 80%

Critics consensus:“‘Shirkers’ uses one woman’s interrogation of a pivotal personal disappointment to offer affecting observations on creativity, lost opportunity, and coming to terms with the past.”

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“Strong Island” is a documentary from Yance Ford about his brother’s murder by a white man who claimed self-defence and wasn’t indicted by the all-white jury.

Netflix‘Strong Island’ was nominated for an Oscar.

Critics rating: 100%

Audience rating: 58%

Critics consensus:“‘Strong Island’ uses one family’s heartbreaking tragedy to offer a sobering picture of racial injustice in modern America.”

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“The Third Man” is a noir film about a novelist (played by Joseph Cotten) who travels to Vienna to work for his friend (Orson Welles). But when the writer arrives, he’s met with the news that his friend is dead.

Selznick Releasing OrganisationOrson Welles in ‘The Third Man.’

Critics rating: 99%

Audience rating: 93%

Critics consensus:“This atmospheric thriller is one of the undisputed masterpieces of cinema, and boasts iconic performances from Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles.”

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The Oscar-winning film “A Separation” is about a couple who separates and their daughter who suffers due to her parents’ fights.

Sony Pictures Classics‘A Separation’ was the first Iranian film to win an Oscar.

Critics rating: 99%

Audience rating: 92%

Critics consensus:“Morally complex, suspenseful, and consistently involving, ‘A Separation’ captures the messiness of a dissolving relationship with keen insight and searing intensity.”

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“Jiro Dreams of Sushi” is a documentary about Jiro Ono, a then 85-year-old sushi master who owns the three-star Michelin restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat restaurant in a subway station in Tokyo.

Magnolia PicturesA scene from ‘Jiro Dreams of Sushi.’

Critics rating: 99%

Audience rating: 92%

Critics consensus:“Beautiful, thoughtful, and engrossing, ‘Jiro Dreams of Sushi’ should prove satisfying even for film-goers who don’t care for the cuisine.”

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“Faces Places (Visages Villages)” is a documentary in which Agnès Varda and an artist known as JR travel around France meeting people that they then create portraits of.

Le PacteJR and Agnès Varda together.

Critics rating: 99%

Audience rating: 89%

Critics consensus: “Equal parts breezily charming and poignantly powerful, ‘Faces Places’ is a unique cross-generational portrait of life in rural France from the great Agnès Varda.”

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South Korean horror film “The Wailing (Goksung)” is about a cop who investigates a disease that causes people to murder.

20th Century Fox KoreaA scene from ‘The Wailing.’

Critics rating: 99%

Audience rating: 81%

Critics consensus: “‘The Wailing’ delivers an atmospheric, cleverly constructed mystery whose supernatural thrills more than justify its imposing length.”

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The Persian horror film “Under The Shadow” centres on a mother and daughter who are haunted by an evil spirit while living in Tehran during the War of the Cities.

XYZ FilmsA scene from ‘Under the Shadow.’

Critics rating: 99%

Audience rating: 74%

Critics consensus: “‘Under the Shadow’ deftly blends seemingly disparate genres to deliver an effective chiller with timely themes and thought-provoking social subtext.”

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“Things to Come (L’avenir)” is about a woman who works as a philosophy teacher but whose life changes when her husband of 25 years leaves her.

Les Films du LosangeIsabelle Huppert stars in ‘Things To Come.’

Critics rating: 99%

Audience rating: 71%

Critics consensus: “A union to cherish between a writer-director and star working at peak power, ‘Things to Come’ offers quietly profound observations on life, love, and the irrevocable passage of time.”

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Alfred Hitchcock’s “Strangers on a Train” is about two men who meet on a train when one suggests that they murder someone for each other.

Warner Bros.The movie is based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel of the same name.

Critics rating: 98%

Audience rating: 92%

Critics consensus: “A provocative premise and inventive set design light the way for Hitchcock’s diabolically entertaining masterpiece.”

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“Blackfish” is a documentary that analyses orcas in captivity by centering on Tilikum, a SeaWorld orca responsible for three deaths.

Magnolia PicturesA scene from ‘Blackfish.’

Critics rating: 98%

Audience rating: 90%

Critics consensus:“‘Blackfish’ is an aggressive, impassioned documentary that will change the way you look at performance killer whales.”

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“Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” is a documentary about a Chinese artist and activist whose criticisms and investigations against the Chinese government resulted in him being jailed for nearly three months.

Sundance SelectsA scene from ‘Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry.’

Critics rating: 98%

Audience rating: 87%

Critics consensus:None

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“Don’t Think Twice” centres on an improv group whose members realise they all won’t have the same comedic careers when one of them is cast on a sketch TV show.

The Film ArcadeKeegan-Michael Key and Gillian Jacobs in ‘Don’t Think Twice.’

Critics rating: 98%

Audience rating: 69%

Critics consensus: “‘Don’t Think Twice’ offers a bittersweet look at the comedian’s life that’s as genuinely moving as it is laugh-out-loud funny – and a brilliant calling card for writer-director Mike Birbiglia.”

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Set in 1902, “Daughters of the Dust” follows three generations of woman in one Gullah family who live on an island off the coast of South Carolina. As the women examine their heritage and traditions, they’re faced with the decision to stay on the island or move to the mainland.

Kino InternationalSeveral shots from ‘Daughters of the Dust’ recurred in ‘Lemonade.’

Critics rating: 98%

Audience rating: 65%

Critics consensus: “‘Daughters of the Dust’ addresses its weighty themes with lovely visuals and a light, poetic touch, offering an original, absorbing look at a largely unexplored corner of American culture.”

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“Schindler’s List” is based on the true story of businessman Oskar Schindler, who saved more than 1,000 Polish Jews during the Holocaust by bribing Nazi leaders into letting him employ them in his factories.

Universal PicturesMost of ‘Schindler’s List’ is in black-and-white except for a little girl in a red coat.

Critics rating: 97%

Audience rating: 97%

Critics consensus:“‘Schindler’s List’ blends the abject horror of the Holocaust with Steven Spielberg’s signature tender humanism to create the director’s dramatic masterpiece.”

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The Monty Python comedy group creatively take on the tale of King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table, and the quest for the Holy Grail in “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

EMI FilmsKing Arthur fights the Black Knight in ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail.’

Critics rating: 97%

Audience rating: 95%

Critics consensus:“A cult classic as gut-bustingly hilarious as it is blithely ridiculous, ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ has lost none of its exceedingly silly charm.”

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Miguel learns the importance of family when he accidentally ends up in the Land of the Dead after trying to reverse his family’s ban on music in “Coco.”

Disney/PixarMiguel and Hector compete in a talent show in ‘Coco’

Critics rating: 97%

Audience rating: 94%

Critics consensus:“‘Coco’s’ rich visual pleasures are matched by a thoughtful narrative that takes a family-friendly – and deeply affecting – approach to questions of culture, family, life, and death.”

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The Oscar-winning film “Good Will Hunting” centres on a 20-year-old genius who works as a janitor until an arrest sets him up with a therapist and a mathematics professor.

MiramaxRobin Williams and Matt Damon star in ‘Good Will Hunting.’

Critics rating: 97%

Audience rating: 94%

Critics consensus: “It follows a predictable narrative arc, but ‘Good Will Hunting’ adds enough quirks to the journey – and is loaded with enough powerful performances – that it remains an entertaining, emotionally rich drama.”

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Woody Allen’s “Annie Hall” centres on a comedian and writer trying to understand why his relationship with the titular woman failed.

YouTubeDiane Keaton and Woody Allen star in ‘Annie Hall.’

Critics rating: 97%

Audience rating: 92%

Critics consensus: “Filled with poignant performances and devastating humour, ‘Annie Hall’ represents a quantum leap for Woody Allen and remains an American classic.”

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Ava DuVernay’s documentary “13th” is named after the 13th Amendment to the Constitution and examines race, mass incarceration, and the justice system in America.

NetflixA scene from ’13th.’

Critics rating: 97%

Audience rating: 91%

Critics consensus: “’13th’ strikes at the heart of America’s tangled racial history, offering observations as incendiary as they are calmly controlled.”

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Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws” thrilled and terrified viewers with its portrayal of a giant shark attacking and killing humans in a fictional beach town.

Universal‘Jaws’ starred Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, and Robert Shaw.

Critics rating: 97%

Audience rating: 90%

Critics consensus:“Compelling, well-crafted storytelling and a judicious sense of terror ensure Steven Spielberg’s ‘Jaws’ has remained a benchmark in the art of delivering modern blockbuster thrills.”

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The Oscar-nominated “Hell or High Water” follows two brothers as they rob banks in an effort to save their family’s ranch which sets them on the run from Texas Rangers.

CBS FilmsBen Foster and Chris Pine star in ‘Hell or High Water.’

Critics rating: 97%

Audience rating: 88%

Critics consensus: “‘Hell or High Water’ offers a solidly crafted, well-acted Western heist thriller that eschews mindless gun play in favour of confident pacing and full-bodied characters.”

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“Mustang” follows five sisters being raised in an extremely conservative family who are prohibited from being in public after they are caught playing with male classmates.

Ad Vitam‘Mustang’ takes place in Turkey.

Critics rating: 97%

Audience rating: 88%

Critics consensus: “‘Mustang’ delivers a bracing – and thoroughly timely – message whose power is further bolstered by the efforts of a stellar ensemble cast.”

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“God’s Own Country” follows a young man frustrated with being forced to work on his family farm but whose life changes when he forms a relationship with a Romanian migrant worker.

Samuel Goldwyn FilmsAlec Secareanu and Josh O’Connor in ‘God’s Own Country.’

Critics rating: 97%

Audience rating: 87%

Critics consensus: “A quiet, moving rumination on loneliness and newfound intimacy, ‘God’s Own Country’ marks an outstanding directorial debut for Francis Lee.”

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Based on Jenny Han’s novel of the same name, “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” is about a girl whose handwritten letters get sent to all her crushes and throw her love life for a loop.

NetflixNoah Centineo and Lana Condor star in ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.’

Critics rating: 97%

Audience rating: 87%

Critics consensus:“‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ plays by the teen rom-com rules, but relatable characters and a thoroughly charming cast more than make up for a lack of surprises.”

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After a warrior’s sword is stolen, it’s a dangerous mission to get it back in Ang Lee’s martial arts epic “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”

Sony Picture ClassicsMichelle Yeoh in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.’

Critics rating: 97%

Audience rating: 86%

Critics consensus:“The movie that catapulted Ang Lee into the ranks of upper echelon Hollywood filmmakers, ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ features a deft mix of amazing martial arts battles, beautiful scenery, and tasteful drama.”

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“Mudbound” centres on two World War II vets — one black and one white — and their families as they confront racism and post-war life in Mississippi.

NetflixGarrett Hedlund and Jason Mitchell star in ‘Mudbound.’

Critics rating: 97%

Audience rating: 85%

Critics consensus: “‘Mudbound’ offers a well-acted, finely detailed snapshot of American history whose scenes of rural class struggle resonate far beyond their period setting.”

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Katheryn Bigelow was the first women to win an Oscar for directing with “The Hurt Locker,” which follows an explosive ordinance disposal team during the Iraq War.

Summit EntertainmentJeremy Renner stars in ‘The Hurt Locker.’

Critics rating: 97%

Audience rating: 84%

Critics consensus:“A well-acted, intensely shot, action filled war epic, Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘The Hurt Locker’ is thus far the best of the recent dramatizations of the Iraq War.”

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Kevin Costner plays a veteran minor league baseball player sent to train a rookie pitcher, while both men fall for the same girl in “Bull Durham.”

Orion PicturesKevin Costner and Susan Sarandon star in ‘Bull Durham.’

Critics rating: 97%

Audience rating: 82%

Critics consensus:“Kevin Costner at his funniest and most charismatic in ‘Bull Durham,’ a film that’s as wise about relationships as it is about minor league baseball.”

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Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” was filmed over 12 years with the same cast and exams a family through the eyes of a young boy growing up with divorced parents.

‘Boyhood’/UniversalEthan Hawke in ‘Boyhood.’

Critics rating: 97%

Audience rating: 80%

Critics consensus: “Epic in technical scale but breathlessly intimate in narrative scope, ‘Boyhood’ is a sprawling investigation of the human condition.”

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“Black Panther” became the first superhero movie to be nominated for best picture at the Oscars and centres on T’Challa as he learns what it means to be the king of Wakanda.

DisneyChadwick Boseman in ‘Black Panther.’

Critics rating: 97%

Audience rating: 79%

Critics consensus: “‘Black Panther’ elevates superhero cinema to thrilling new heights while telling one of the MCU’s most absorbing stories – and introducing some of its most fully realised characters.”

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“The Silence of the Lambs” centres on an FBI trainee who is tasked with seeking assistance from Hannibal Lecter, a captured serial killer and cannibal, to capture another serial killer on the loose.

Orion PicturesAnthony Hopkins in ‘The Silence of the Lambs.’

Critics rating: 96%

Audience rating: 95%

Critics consensus:“Director Jonathan Demme’s smart, taut thriller teeters on the edge between psychological study and all-out horror, and benefits greatly from stellar performances by Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster.”

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“The Look of Silence” is a documentary about the Indonesian mass killings that took place between 1965 and 1966 and serves as a companion to the documentary “The Act of Killing.”

Drafthouse FilmsA scene from ‘The Look of Silence.’

Critics rating: 96%

Audience rating: 89%

Critics consensus: “‘The Look of Silence’ delivers a less shocking – yet just as terribly compelling – companion piece to Joshua Oppenheimer’s ‘The Act of Killing.”

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“Undefeated” centres on a struggling Memphis high school football team that works towards a winning season.

The Weinstein CompanyA shot from ‘Undefeated.

Critics rating: 96%

Audience rating: 89%

Critics consensus: “It covers familiar sports documentary territory, but ‘Undefeated’ proves there are still powerful stories to be told on the high school gridiron.”

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“One of Us” is a documentary that centres on three people who left their Hasidic Jewish community and the ostracizing they faced from their families after making that choice.

NetflixA scene from ‘One of Us.’

Critics rating: 96%

Audience rating: 84%

Critics consensus:“Harrowing and heartbreaking, ‘One of Us’ offers an intimate, revealing glimpse inside a notoriously private community and those who would dare defy it.”

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“Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond” is a documentary about the making of the movie “Man on the Moon,” in which Jim Carrey played comedian Andy Kaufman.

NetflixJim Carrey in ‘Jim and Andy.’

Critics rating: 96%

Audience rating: 88%

Critics consensus:“‘Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond’ offers a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse of method acting in action – and one star’s journey toward something like personal acceptance.”

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“Mother (Madeo)” is about a single mother whose only son is accused and found guilty of murder, but she believes he’s innocent and goes to extremes to prove it.

CJ EntertainmentKim Hye-ja stars in ‘Mother.’

Critics rating: 96%

Audience rating: 88%

Critics consensus: “As fleshy as it is funny, Bong Joon-Ho’s ‘Mother’ straddles family drama, horror, and comedy with a deft grasp of tone and plenty of eerie visuals”

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“Quiz Show” tells the true story of scandals surrounding popular game show “Twenty-One” in the 1950s that revealed the game to be rigged.

Buena Vista PicturesRalph Fiennes stars in ‘Quiz Show.’

Critics rating: 96%

Audience rating: 87%

Critics consensus:“Robert Redford refracts the sociopolitical and moral issues posed by the subject material through a purely entertaining, well-acted lens.”

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Criminal organisation SPECTRE is after James Bond once again in “From Russia With Love,” the sequel to “Dr. No.”

United ArtistsSean Connery is James Bond in ‘From Russia With Love.’

Critics rating: 96%

Audience rating: 83%

Critics consensus:“The second James Bond film, ‘From Russia with Love’ is a razor-sharp, briskly-paced Cold War thriller that features several electrifying action scenes.”

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“Dr. No” introduced James Bond to the big screen and took the spy to Jamaica to investigate a missing British agent.

United ArtistsSean Connery is James Bond in ‘Dr. No.’

Critics rating: 96%

Audience rating: 82%

Critics consensus:“Featuring plenty of the humour, action, and escapist thrills the series would become known for, ‘Dr. No’ kicks off the Bond franchise in style.”

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“Blue Ruin” is a revenge story about a man who takes matters into his own hands when the man who killed his parents is released from prison.

RADiUS-TWCMacon Blair in ‘Blue Ruin.’

Critics rating: 96%

Audience rating: 79%

Critics consensus:“Smart, stripped-down, and thrillingly grim, ‘Blue Ruin’ proves that a well-told revenge story can still leave its audience on the edge of their seat.”

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“The Women’s Balcon” centres on a group of Orthodox Jewish women who seek to get funds to fix the broken women’s balcony in the synagogue but have to contend with a Rabbi trying to enforce strict gender roles on them.

Menemsha FilmsA scene from ‘The Women’s Balcony.’

Critics rating: 96%

Audience rating: 78%

Critics consensus:“With rich characters and a thoughtful approach to timely themes, ‘The Women’s Balcony’ tackles complicated subjects with intelligence, compassion, and wit.”

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“April and the Extraordinary World (Avril et le monde truqué)” is an animated film set in a steampunk world in which scientists go missing, including the family of a young girl named April.

StudioCanalA scene from ‘April and the Extraordinary World.’

Critics rating: 96%

Audience rating: 76%

Critics consensus:“Bursting with a colourful imagination befitting its promise-packed title, ‘April and the Extraordinary World’ offers spectacular delights for animation fans willing to venture off the beaten path.”

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“Cave of Forgotten Dreams” is a documentary exploring the Chauvet Cave in France, which is home to the most ancient paintings done by humans.

IFC FilmsA scene from ‘Cave of Forgotten Dreams.’

Critics rating: 96%

Audience rating: 73%

Critics consensus:“Hauntingly filmed and brimming with Herzog’s infectious enthusiasm, ‘Cave of Forgotten Dreams’ is a fascinating triumph.”

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“The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson” is a documentary that explores the mysterious death of drag queen and activist Marsha P. Johnson that was originally suspected to be suicide while others suspected murder.

NetflixA photo of Marsha P. Johnson from the documentary.

Critics rating: 96%

Audience rating: 73%

Critics consensus: “‘The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson’ uses its belated investigation into an activist’s murder as the framework for a sobering look at the ongoing battle for equal rights.”

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“Roma,” from Alfonso Cuarón, is a stunning portrayal of life in 1970s Mexico as told from the perspective of a young woman who works as a maid for a middle-class family.

NetflixYalitza Aparicio stars in ‘Roma.’

Critics rating: 96%

Audience rating: 71%

Critics consensus:“‘Roma’ finds writer-director Alfonso Cuarón in complete, enthralling command of his visual craft – and telling the most powerfully personal story of his career.”

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Two teen boys become fast friends when a family inherits a new apartment, but a feud between the new apartment owners and the tenant comes between the boys in “Little Men.”

Magnolia PicturesGreg Kinnear stars in ‘Little Men.’

Critics rating: 96%

Audience rating: 64%

Critics consensus: “‘Little Men’ takes a compassionate look at the ways in which adult problems impact childhood friendships – and offers another affecting New York drama from director Ira Sachs.”

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Archaeologist and professor Indiana Jones is introduced in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” as he works to find the Ark of the Covenant before Nazis do.

Paramount PicturesHarrison Ford stars in ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark.’

Critics rating: 95%

Audience rating: 96%

Critics consensus:“Featuring bravura set pieces, sly humour, and white-knuckle action, ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ is one of the most consummately entertaining adventure pictures of all time.”

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“The Pianist” is based the memoir from Władysław Szpilman, a Polish-Jewish pianist and composer and Holocaust survivor.

Focus FeaturesAdrien Brody stars in ‘The Pianist.’

Critics rating: 95%

Audience rating: 95%

Critics consensus:“Well-acted and dramatically moving, ‘The Pianist’ is Polanski’s best work in years.”

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“Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India” is set in a Victorian-era Indian village where a British officer offers to forget the village’s high taxes if they can win at a game of cricket, a game the villagers have to learn to play.

Sony Pictures NetworksAamir Khan and Gracy Singh star in ‘Lagaan.’

Critics rating: 95%

Audience rating: 93%

Critics consensus:“‘Lagaan’ is lavish, rousing entertainment in the old-fashioned tradition of Hollywood musicals.”

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“Life of Brian,” from comedy group Monty Python, is a religious satire about a guy named Brian who’s mistaken for Jesus after being born next door to the saviour.

Orion Pictures/Warner Bros.A scene from ‘Monty Python’s Life of Brian.’

Critics rating: 95%

Audience rating: 93%

Critics consensus:“One of the more cutting-edge films of the 1970s, this religious farce from the classic comedy troupe is as poignant as it is funny and satirical.”

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Guillermo del Toro’s “Pan’s Labyrinth” is a twisted fantasy that centres on a young girl that meets mystical creatures and finds a hidden labyrinth after moving to a new home with her mother and sadistic stepfather.

Estudios PicassoIvana Baquero stars in ‘Pan’s Labyrinth.’

Critics rating: 95%

Audience rating: 91%

Critics consensus:“‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ is ‘Alice In Wonderland’ for grown-ups, with the horrors of both reality and fantasy blended together into an extraordinary, spellbinding fable.”

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“Train to Busan” is an apocalypse film set on a bullet train where a zombie virus quickly spreads among passengers.

Next Entertainment WorldThe cast features Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-mi, and Ma Dong-seok.

Critics rating: 95%

Audience rating: 98%

Critics consensus:“‘Train to Busan’ delivers a thrillingly unique – and purely entertaining – take on the zombie genre, with fully realised characters and plenty of social commentary to underscore the bursts of skillfully staged action.”

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“Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” is a documentary about the life and career of Hedy Lamar, an actress and inventor.

Zeitgeist FilmsA shot of Hedy Lamarr.

Critics rating: 95%

Audience rating: 87%

Critics consensus:“Inspiring and tragic, ‘Bombshell’ is a bittersweet celebration and reclamation of Hedy Lemarr’s journey from Hollywood legend to technology genius.”

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“Amy” is a documentary about the life and death of Amy Winehouse, a British singer who died at 27.

A24A shot of Amy Winehouse.

Critics rating: 95%

Audience rating: 87%

Critics consensus:“As riveting as it is sad, ‘Amy’ is a powerfully honest look at the twisted relationship between art and celebrity – and the lethal spiral of addiction.”

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“Apollo 13” is a dramatization of the Apollo 13 space mission that intended to land on the moon, but instead was aborted due to the explosion of an oxygen tank.

Universal PicturesBill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, and Tom Hanks star in ‘Apollo 13.’

Critics rating: 95%

Audience rating: 87%

Critics consensus:“In recreating the troubled space mission, ‘Apollo 13’ pulls no punches: it’s a masterfully told drama from director Ron Howard, bolstered by an ensemble of solid performances.”

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“The Breadwinner” is an Oscar-nominated animated film about an 11-year-old girl living with her family in Afghanistan under Taliban rule.

GKIDSA scene from ‘The Breadwinner.’

Critics rating: 95%

Audience rating: 86%

Critics consensus: “‘The Breadwinner’s’ stunning visuals are matched by a story that dares to confront sobering real-life issues with uncommon – and richly rewarding – honesty.”

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“An Education” tells the story of a young girl who dreams of going to Oxford but her studies get thrown to the wayside when she meets a man who cons his way into her heart.

Sony Picture ClassicsCarey Mulligan and Peter Skarsgård star in ‘An Education.’

Critics rating: 95%

Audience rating: 80%

Critics consensus:“Though the latter part of the film may not appeal to all, ‘An Education’ is a charming coming-of-age tale powered by the strength of relative newcomer Carey Mulligan’s standout performance.”

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“Cutie and the Boxer” is about two Japanese artists and their 40-year marriage.

RADiUS-TWCThe film is about Ushio Shinohara and his wife Noriko.

Critics rating: 95%

Audience rating: 75%

Critics consensus: “A beautifully-made documentary that explores the challenges and richness of both marriage and art through the lens of a fascinating and complex couple.”

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Bryan Fogel won an Oscar for “Icarus,” his documentary exploring doping options in sports who learned of a Russian-sponsored Olympic doping program overseen by Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, who is now under witness protection.

NetflixA scene from ‘Icarus.’

Critics rating: 94%

Audience rating: 94%

Critics consensus:“‘Icarus’ is eye-opening viewing for professional sports enthusiasts, yet it should also prove thoroughly gripping even for film goers who might not necessarily be drawn to the subject.”

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“The King’s Speech” tells the story of King George VI, who worked with a speech therapist to work out his stammer.

The Weinstein CompanyColin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter star in ‘The King’s Speech.’

Critics rating: 94%

Audience rating: 92%

Critics consensus:“Colin Firth gives a masterful performance in ‘The King’s Speech,’ a predictable but stylishly produced and rousing period drama.”

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“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” is based on the life of Jean-Dominique Bauby, who, at the age of 43, suffered a stroke that left him completely paralysed except for his left eyelid. He dictated his memoir via blinking before dying a year later.

Miramax FilmsMathieu Amalric plays Jean-Dominique Bauby.

Critics rating: 94%

Audience rating: 92%

Critics consensus:“Breathtaking visuals and dynamic performances make ‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’ a powerful biopic.”

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“The Wild Bunch” is a Western that centres on a group of outlaws on the border of Mexico and the United States in 1913.

Warner Bros.-Seven Arts‘The Wild Bunch’ earned some Oscar nominations.

Critics rating: 94%

Audience rating: 91%

Critics consensus: “‘The Wild Bunch’ is Sam Peckinpah’s shocking, violent ballad to an old world and a dying genre.”

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Based on Dennis Lehane’s novel of the same name, “Gone Baby Gone” focuses on private investigators tasked with finding a kidnapped girl.

MiramaxCasey Affleck and Michelle Monaghan star in ‘Gone Baby Gone.’

Critics rating: 94%

Audience rating: 86%

Critics consensus:“Ben Affleck proves his directing credentials in this gripping dramatic thriller, drawing strong performances from the excellent cast and bringing working-class Boston to the screen.”

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“Incredibles 2” is the sequel to the “Incredibles” and follows the Parr family as Helen works to improve the popularity of superheroes and Bob stays at home with the kids.

Disney/PixarA shot from ‘Incredibles 2.’

Critics rating: 94%

Audience rating: 85%

Critics consensus:“‘Incredibles 2’ reunites Pixar’s family crime-fighting team for a long-awaited follow-up that may not quite live up to the original, but comes close enough to earn its name.”

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“Best of Enemies” is a documentary about the 10 explosive televised debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley Jr. that took place during the 1968 United States presidential election.

Magnolia PicturesA shot from ‘Best of Enemies.’

Critics rating: 94%

Audience rating: 85%

Critics consensus:“Smart, fascinating, and funny, ‘Best of Enemies’ takes a penetrating – and wildly entertaining – look back at the dawn of pundit politics.”

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The film adaptation of Broadway musical “West Side Story” tells the story of a war between rival gangs — American Jets and Puerto Rican Sharks —and the romance that builds between two rivals.

United ArtistsNatalie Wood, Richard Beymer, and Rita Moreno starred in ‘West Side Story.’

Critics rating: 94%

Audience rating: 85%

Critics consensus:“Buoyed by Robert Wise’s dazzling direction, Leonard Bernstein’s score, and Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics, ‘West Side Story remains perhaps the most iconic of all the Shakespeare adaptations to visit the big screen.”

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Taking place during the 1922 Los Angeles Riots, “Gook” centres on two Korean-American brothers who run their father’s shoe store and the friendship they have with a local young black girl. Their lives are upended by the start of the riots.

Samuel Goldwyn FilmsJustin Chon, Simone Baker, and David So star in ‘Gook.’

Critics rating: 94%

Audience rating: 83%

Critics consensus:“From its confrontational title to its striking cinematography, this raw cinematic gem uncompromisingly proves writer/director/actor Justin Chon is a filmmaker to watch.”

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Werner Herzog’s “Encounters at the End of the World” is a documentary about nature and humans through the experiences of the people who live and work at Antarctica’s McMurdo Station.

ThinkFilmA shot from ‘Encounters at the End of the World.’

Critics rating: 94%

Audience rating: 83%

Critics consensus:“‘Encounters at the End of the World’ offers a poignant study of the human psyche amid haunting landscapes.”

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The dark comedy “Heathers” centres in a small Ohio high school where the most popular group — a collective known as the Heathers — are awful to other students, until Veronica meets the sadistic JD who has a plan to avenge the victims.

‘Heathers’/New World PicturesShannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk, Kim Walker, and Winona Ryder are the Heathers and Veronica, respectively, in ‘Heathers.’

Critics rating: 94%

Audience rating: 83%

Critics consensus:“Dark, cynical, and subversive, ‘Heathers’ gently applies a chainsaw to the conventions of the high school movie – changing the game for teen comedies to follow.”

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“Her” is science-fiction romance in which a man falls in love with an artificially intelligent virtual assistant.

Warner Bros. PicturesJoaquin Phoenix stars in ‘Her.’

Critics rating: 94%

Audience rating: 82%

Critics consensus:“Sweet, soulful, and smart, Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’ uses its just-barely-sci-fi scenario to impart wryly funny wisdom about the state of modern human relationships.”

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Based on the 1910 novel of the same name, “Howard’s End” the drama explores the intersection of social classes in early Britain and centres on the estate of one particular couple.

Sony Pictures Home EntertainmentAnthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson star in ‘Howard’s End.’

Critics rating: 94%

Audience rating: 82%

Critics consensus:“A superbly-mounted adaptation of E.M. Forster’s tale of British class tension, with exceptional performances all round, ‘Howard’s End’ ranks among the best of Merchant-Ivory’s work.”

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“Winter’s Bone” is the story of survival, as a young girl in the Ozarks of Missouri must find her missing father before she and her siblings are evicted from their home.

Roadside AttractionsJennifer Lawrence stars in ‘Winter’s Bone.’

Critics rating: 94%

Audience rating: 76%

Critics consensus:“Bleak, haunting, and yet still somehow hopeful, ‘Winter’s Bone’ is writer-director Debra Granik’s best work yet – and it boasts an incredible, star-making performance from Jennifer Lawrence.”

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Based on Patricia Highsmith’s “The Price of Salt,” “Carol” is a love story between a department store worker and a wealthy woman she meets who’s also going through a difficult divorce.

The Weinstein CompanyCate Blanchett and Rooney Mara star in ‘Carol.’

Critics rating: 94%

Audience rating: 74%

Critics consensus:“Shaped by Todd Haynes’ deft direction and powered by a strong cast led by Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, ‘Carol’ lives up to its groundbreaking source material.”

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“Fire at Sea” is a documentary is set on the island of Lampedusa and examines the European migrant crisis as migrants took the difficult and dangerous journey across the Mediterranean and often landed on the island.

21UNO FILMA shot from ‘Fire At Sea.’

Critics rating: 94%

Audience rating: 66%

Critics consensus: “‘Fire at Sea’ offers a clear-eyed yet empathetic look at a corner of the world whose terrain may be unfamiliar to many, but whose people’s story remains universal.”

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Netflix’s horror movie “Cam” is a technological thriller about a camgirl who discovers a replica of herself is also somehow streaming videos online.

NetflixMadeline Brewer stars in ‘Cam.’

Critics rating: 94%

Audience rating: 56%

Critics consensus: “Smart and suspenseful, ‘CAM’ is a techno-thriller that’s far more than the sum of its salacious parts – and an outstanding showcase for Madeline Brewer in the leading role.”

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“Room” is the emotional story about a girl kidnapped and held captive whose son is born and raised in captivity, so he has never experienced the outside world.

Universal PicturesJacob Tremblay and Brie Larson star in ‘Room.’

Critics rating: 93%

Audience rating: 93%

Critics consensus:“Led by incredible work from Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, ‘Room’ makes for an unforgettably harrowing – and undeniably rewarding – experience.”

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Adapted from a play, “Incendies” follows Canadian twins who, after the death of their mother, discover that their father is alive and they have a brother in the Middle East.

Sony Pictures ClassicsA shot from ‘Incendies.’

Critics rating: 93%

Audience rating: 92%

Critics consensus:“It’s messy, overlong, and a touch melodramatic, but those flaws pale before ‘Incendies” impressive acting and devastating emotional impact.”

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“Milk” is based on the life and death of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to a public office in the United States who was assassinated by a former co-worker.

Focus FeaturesSean Penn and James Franco in ‘Milk.’

Critics rating: 93%

Audience rating: 89%

Critics consensus: “Anchored by Sean Penn’s powerhouse performance, ‘Milk’ is a triumphant account of America’s first openly gay man elected to public office.”

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The Cohen brothers “No Country for Old Men” is a crime thriller involving a Vietnam vet and a hitman that set off a series of deadly events.

IMDb/MiramaxJavier Bardem in ‘No Country for Old Men.’

Critics rating: 93%

Audience rating: 86%

Critics consensus:“Bolstered by powerful lead performances from Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, and Tommy Lee Jones, ‘No Country for Old Men’ finds the Coen brothers spinning cinematic gold out of Cormac McCarthy’s grim, darkly funny novel.”

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Based on the 1943 novella of the same name, Netflix’s adaptation of “The Little Prince” centres on a pilot who tells a story about meeting a little boy claiming to be a prince from another planet after he crash-landed in the desert.

NetflixA shot from ‘The Little Prince.’

Critics rating: 93%

Audience rating: 84%

Critics consensus:“Beautifully animated and faithful to the spirit of its classic source material, ‘The Little Prince’ is a family-friendly treat that anchors thrilling visuals with a satisfying story.”

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Based on the novel of the same name, “Deliverance” follows four men as their canoeing trip in the Georgia woods turns into a terrifying fight for survival.

Warner Bros.A shot from ‘Deliverance.’

Critics rating: 93%

Audience rating: 82%

Critics consensus:None

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“Private Life” centres on a couple who are struggling to have a child so they turn to different methods, including in vitro fertilization and adoption.

NetflixPaul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn star in ‘Private Life.’

Critics rating: 93%

Audience rating: 78%

Critics consensus: “‘Private Life’ uses one couple’s bumpy journey to take an affecting look at an easily – and too rarely dramatized – rite of adult passage.”

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“The Last Man on the Moon” is a documentary about astronaut Eugene Cernan as he talks about his life leading up to and after his time on the moon in 1972.

Gravitas VenturesA shot from ‘The Last Man on the Moon.’

Critics rating: 93%

Audience rating: 78%

Critics consensus:“‘The Last Man on the Moon’ takes a justifiably reverent look at a largely unexplored chapter in the history of American space exploration — and a side of astronauts’ lives that’s rarely considered.”

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“The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” is a family story as adult siblings manage their own lives and that of their ageing father.

NetflixAdam Sandler and Ben Stiller star in the movie.

Critics rating: 93%

Audience rating: 72%

Critics consensus: “‘The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)’ observes the family dynamic through writer-director Noah Baumbach’s bittersweet lens and the impressive efforts of a remarkable cast.”

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Two brothers find themselves mixed back in with a UFO cult they escaped once before as they seek answers about the cult and their own lives in “The Endless.”

Well Go USA EntertainmentJustin Benson and Aaron Moorhead star.

Critics rating: 93%

Audience rating: 67%

Critics consensus:“‘The Endless’ benefits from its grounded approach to an increasingly bizarre story, elevated by believable performances by filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead.”

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Director Werner Herzog examines the relationship between humans, the internet, and AI in his documentary “Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World.”

Magnolia PicturesA shot from ‘Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World.’

Critics rating: 93%

Audience rating: 67%

Critics consensus:“‘Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World’ finds Werner Herzog bringing his distinctive documentarian gifts to bear on a timely topic with typically thought-provoking results.”

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An irresponsible man seeks out relationships with single mothers by faking a kid. But to his surprise, he ends up befriending the son of one woman in “About a Boy.”

Universal Pictures‘About a Boy’ stars Hugh Grant, Toni Collette, Rachel Weisz, and Nicholas Hoult.

Critics rating: 93%

Audience rating: 55%

Critics consensus:“‘About a Boy’ benefits tremendously from Hugh Grant’s layered performance, as well as a funny, moving story that tugs at the heartstrings without tilting into treacle.”

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“High Flying Bird” centres on a sports agent who comes up with a shocking plan for basketball players during a lockout.

NetflixAndré Holland stars in ‘High Flying Bird.’

Critics rating: 93%

Audience rating: 53%

Critics consensus: “‘High Flying Bird’ takes a thoughtful and engrossing look at professional sports that sees Steven Soderbergh continuing to test the limits of new filmmaking technology.”

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“The Lives of Others” is an Oscar-winning German film drama about the Stasi police monitoring of East Berlin residents before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Sony Pictures ClassicsA shot from ‘The Lives of Others.’

Critics rating: 92%

Audience rating: 96%

Critics consensus:“Unlike more traditional spy films, ‘The Lives of Others’ doesn’t sacrifice character for cloak and dagger chases, and the performances (notably that by the late Ulrich Muhe) stay with you.”

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“Senna” is a documentary about the 10-year career of Formula One champion Ayrton Senna before his tragic death during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.

Universal PicturesA shot of Ayrton Senna.

Critics rating: 92%

Audience rating: 95%

Critics consensus:“Even for filmgoers who aren’t racing fans, ‘Senna’ offers heart-pounding thrills – and heartbreaking emotion.”

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“Y Tu Mamá Tambien” follows two bored teen boys as they embark on a sexual and liberating road trip with a woman.

IFC FilmsMaribel Verdu, Gael García Bernal, and Diego Luna star in ‘Y Tu Mamá Tambien.’

Critics rating: 92%

Audience rating: 88%

Critics consensus: “A road movie that’s not only sexy but intelligent as well.”

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“Thor: Ragnarok” is the third “Thor” movie and centres on the god of thunder as he prevents Hela from destroying Asgard.

Disney/MarvelChris Hemsworth in ‘Thor: Ragnarok.’

Critics rating: 92%

Audience rating: 87%

Critics consensus:“Exciting, funny, and above all fun, ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ is a colourful cosmic adventure that sets a new standard for its franchise – and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”

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Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” is a series of interconnected, violent, and twisted stories of criminals in Los Angeles told out of narrative order.

MiramaxJohn Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in ‘Pulp Fiction.’

Critics rating: 91%

Audience rating: 96%

Critics consensus:“One of the most influential films of the 1990s, ‘Pulp Fiction’ is a delirious post-modern mix of neo-noir thrills, pitch-black humour, and pop-culture touchstones.”

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