1. Minari
The story of a Korean family struggling to stay afloat on a makeshift Arkansas farm is a beautiful and touching bit of subdued and nuanced filmmaking. Writer-director Lee Isaac Chung has crafted a character-driven masterpiece with Steven Yeun and Han Ye-ri leading the way as the superbly well-drawn parents of two young children. It’s quiet and quirky and gentle and warm (except for the few occasions when it’s not) and well worth two hours of your time.

2. The Father
What you think might be a simple story about a woman trying to convince her deteriorating father that he needs to move into a home is very much not. Full of twists and turns and surprises, it’s not only a showcase for the Oscar-worthy (and then some) Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman, it’s a brilliantly scripted and directed (by Florian Zeller) masterpiece of moviemaking. It’s a tough and heady watch, to be sure, but it’s well worth your time and appreciation.

3. Nomadland
Frances McDormand anchors a phenomenal film about nomad life in the American West, starring as an unemployed widower content to live out of her van and drive state-to-state to find work. Though fictional, it feels like a year-in-the-life documentary about this slice of Americana, thanks to the outstanding direction of Chloe Zhao. The film has been getting all the buzz this winter and is currently (and rightfully) the odds-on favorite for Best Picture.

4. A Quiet Place Part Two
Every bit as nerve-jangling and brilliantly executed as the first film, the only thing missing this go-’round is the element of surprise, which inherently drops away in every sequel. Emily Blunt is still at the top of her game, but Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe (as the youngsters in the Abbott clan) steal the show. If you’ve been waiting for a solid reason to return to movie theaters, this fits the bill in spades.

5. In the Heights
Before he made Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda penned an ode to his old New York neighborhood. Now the film version, directed by John M. Chu with his trademark vibrancy and passion, arrives as a wildly exuberant, feel-good musical sure to lift your summer spirits. Though it lacks some of the gravitas and intricacies of Hamilton, it’s a must-see—not only for Hamilfans but for anyone who appreciates rock-solid musical theater.


  1. Oslo
  2. The Dry
  3. The Year Earth Changed
  4. Two Distant Strangers
  5. Pieces of a Woman
  6. Zack Snyder’s Justice League
  7. Raya and the Last Dragon
  8. I Care a Lot
  9. The World to Come
  10. Judas and the Black Messiah
  11. The Dig
  12. Derek DelGaudio’s In & Of Itself
  13. Herself
  14. The Mitchells vs. the Machines
  15. About Endlessness
  16. Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street
  17. Together Together
  18. Shiva Baby
  19. Godzilla vs. Kong
  20. Nobody
  21. The Courier
  22. Luca
  23. Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet
  24. Dream Horse
  25. Oxygen
  26. Operation Varsity Blues
  27. The Last Cruise
  28. The Human Voice
  29. The Mauritanian
  30. Land
  31. French Exit
  32. Little Fish
  33. Palmer
  34. Our Friend
  35. One Night in Miami
  36. Wolfgang
  37. Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway
  38. Nail Bomber: Manhunt
  39. Pink: All I Know So Far
  40. Silo
  41. Wrath of Man
  42. We Broke Up
  43. The Last Right
  44. Thunder Force
  45. Long Weekend
  46. Coming 2 America
  47. Boss Level
  48. Blithe Spirit
  49. Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar
  50. Falling
  51. The Little Things
  52. Supernova
  53. Penguin Bloom
  54. Good on Paper
  55. Plan B
  56. Profile
  57. Those Who Wish Me Dead
  58. Monster
  59. Eat Wheaties
  60. Mortal Kombat
  61. Stowaway
  62. Yes Day
  63. Moxie
  64. The United States vs. Billie Holiday
  65. Flora & Ulysses
  66. The Map of Tiny Perfect Things
  67. White Tiger
  68. The Marksman
  69. Synchronic
  70. Audrey
  71. Shadow in the Cloud
  72. Cruella
  73. Say Your Prayers
  74. Bad Trip
  75. Kid 90
  76. Pixie
  77. Finding ‘Ohana
  78. F9: The Fast Saga
  79. The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard
  80. Finding You
  81. Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse
  82. The Vault
  83. Outside the Wire
  84. Awake
  85. The Woman in the Window
  86. Last Call
  87. Cherry
  88. The Right One
  89. Breaking News In Yuba County
  90. The Ice Road
  91. Army of the Dead
  92. Locked Down


98. Chaos Walking
From the What the Heck is Going On files (subset Why Should I Care) comes this head-scratcher of a sci-fi flick. In the future, a bunch of humans live on a faraway planet. All the women are dead, and all the men walk around with their thoughts floating audibly above their heads like comic strip balloons. Way, way too many unanswered questions doom this bizarre experiment-gone-wrong from the very start. Even the presence of (and genuinely top-shelf performances by) Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, and Mads Mikkelsen can’t save it.

99. Malcolm & Marie
A passion project produced (and written and directed) by Sam Levinson during the pandemic, the film stars John David Washington and Zendaya as a frosty couple coming to terms with their relationship over the course of a late night. The real-time drama comes off like a ham-fisted attempt of a pretentious arthouse play, largely due to Zendaya’s strained performance. If you’re curious, just watch the first ten minutes, and you’ll get a decent idea of the emotive melodrama that doesn’t let up for the next two hours.

100. Bliss
Owen Wilson stars in a horribly esoteric brain-burner about a man bouncing between a pseudo-dystopian “real world” and a utopian paradise with Salma Hayek as his guide (and pusher). The stars turn in fine performances, sure, but what starts as a decent sci-fi premise winds up being a messy, unresolved head trip. It’s about as far from “bliss” as you can possibly get.

101. America: The Motion Picture
If you’re in the incredibly rare subset of the population who smokes pot religiously, is an over-the-top U.S. history buff, and thinks Archer is the best show in all of television forever, you’re in luck. Otherwise, run far, far in the opposite direction. This rudderless, mindless, and below-juvenile attempt to make an animated, profane South Park-ian twisted history lesson fails (spectacularly) on every single level.

102. Tom & Jerry
Hanna and Barbera are no doubt rolling over in their graves after this ridiculously bad feature film starring our favorite cartoon cat and mouse. Too stupid (and boring, frankly) for adults and too all-over-the-place for kids, it’s a colossal misfire from the very start. Sure, Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Peña (and Colin Jost?) got their paychecks, but near as I can tell, that’s the only positive thing to come out of this trainwreck.