New Movies to Watch


No matter what your favorite genre is, there are certain movies that just become classics over time. Here is a list of movies to watch, regardless of when they were released:

1. The Hunger Games (2012)

The Hunger Games is a 2012 American science fiction action film directed by Gary Ross and based on Suzanne Collins’ novel of the same name. It stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland and Wes Bentley. The film was released on March 12, 2012 in some European countries and on March 23, 2012 in the United States.

The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where North America has been replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and twelve outlying districts. As punishment for a previous rebellion against the Capitol, each district must offer two tributes, one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18, to participate in the Hunger Games, a televised annual event in which the “tributes” must fight to the death until only one remains.

The film was a commercial success, grossing over $691 million at the box office worldwide. It was also well-received by critics, with praise going to its themes, cast and visuals. The film went on to win several awards including four Academy Awards (Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Production Design and Best Visual Effects), five Critics’ Choice Movie Awards (Best Action Movie, Best Actress in an Action Movie, Best Young Actor/Actress, Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie and Best Visual Effects) and three Golden Globe Awards (Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture and Best Original Song).

2. Django Unchained (2012)

Django Unchained is a 2012 American revisionist Western film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson. The film was released on December 25, 2012 in the United States.

The story is set in the Old West and Antebellum South where slavery was still legal. Django (Foxx), a slave who is freed by Dr. King Schultz (Waltz), a German bounty hunter, helps Schultz track down the Brittle brothers. In exchange, Schultz will help Django rescue his wife Broomhilda (Washington) from Calvin Candie (DiCaprio), the owner of a plantation where she is a slave.

The film was nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture and won two, Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for Waltz. It also won several other awards including three Golden Globe Awards, the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast and the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble Cast.

3. Her (2013)

Her is a 2013 American romantic science fiction drama film directed by Spike Jonze and starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde and Scarlett Johansson. The film was released on December 18, 2013 in the United States.

The story takes place in Los Angeles where Theodore Twombly (Phoenix), a writer who develops personal relationships with his computer operating system named Samantha (Johansson), falls in love with her. As their relationship progresses, Theodore begins to question the nature of their connection and whether or not it is real.

The film received critical acclaim, with many praising Johansson’s performance as Samantha. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and was nominated for five other Academy Awards including Best Picture. It also won several other awards including the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama and the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay.

4. Birdman (2014)

Birdman is a 2014 American black comedy drama film directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu and starring Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough and Emma Stone. The film was released on October 17, 2014 in the United States.

The story follows Riggan Thomson (Keaton), a former actor who is best known for playing the superhero “Birdman” in an adaptation of the same name, as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. He is also dealing with his estranged daughter Sam (Stone) and trying to reconcile with her.

The film was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $103 million at the box office worldwide and receiving praise for its direction, acting, cinematography, editing and originality. It went on to win several awards including four Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography), three BAFTA Awards (Best Film, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay) and two Golden Globe Awards (Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Best Screenplay).

5. The Revenant (2015)

The Revenant is a 2015 American epic historical drama film directed and co-produced by Alejandro G. Iñárritu and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson and Will Poulter. The film was released on December 25, 2015 in the United States.

The story is set in 1823 in the Western frontier of the United States and follows Hugh Glass (DiCaprio), a frontiersman who is mauled by a bear and left for dead by his hunting team. He sets out on a journey of survival to take revenge on John Fitzgerald (Hardy), the man who betrayed him.

The Revenant received critical acclaim, with many praising DiCaprio’s performance and Iñárritu’s direction. It went on to win several awards including three Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Director and Best Cinematography), two Golden Globe Awards (Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Director) and three BAFTA Awards (Best Film, Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Cinematography).

6. La La Land (2016)

La La Land is a 2016 American musical romantic drama film written and directed by Damien Chazelle and starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend and Rosemarie DeWitt. The film was released on December 16, 2016 in the United States.

The story follows Mia Dolan (Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian Wilder (Gosling), a jazz pianist, as they fall in love and pursue their dreams in Los Angeles.

The film was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $446 million at the box office worldwide and receiving praise for its direction, acting, cinematography, editing, music and originality. It went on to win several awards including six Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Original Score and Best Original Song), seven Golden Globe Awards (Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Best Director, Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Best Original Score, Best Original Song and Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay) and five BAFTA Awards (Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Original Music).

7. Get Out (2017)

Get Out is a 2017 American horror film written and directed by Jordan Peele and starring Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener. The film was released on February 24, 2017 in the United States.

The story follows Chris Washington (Kaluuya), a black man who is visiting his white girlfriend Rose Armitage’s (Williams) family estate for the first time. He soon realizes that something sinister is going on and that he may not be able to get out alive.

 The film was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $255 million at the box office worldwide and receiving praise for its direction, acting, writing, social commentary and originality. It went on to win several awards including the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay and the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.

8. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a 2017 black comedy crime drama film written, directed and produced by Martin McDonagh and starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, John Hawkes and Lucas Hedges. The film was released on November 22, 2017 in the United States.

The story follows Mildred Hayes (McDormand), a grieving mother who rents out three billboards to call attention to the unsolved rape and murder of her daughter seven months earlier. The film explores themes of grief, rage and justice.

The film was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $159 million at the box office worldwide and receiving praise for its direction, acting, writing, dark humor and originality. It went on to win several awards including two Academy Awards (Best Actress in a Leading Role and Best Supporting Actor), four Golden Globe Awards (Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, Best Supporting Actor and Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay) and three BAFTA Awards (Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Supporting Actor and Outstanding British Film).

9. The Shape of Water (2017)

The Shape of Water is a 2017 American romantic dark fantasy film directed by Guillermo del Toro and starring Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones and Octavia Spencer. The film was released on December 22, 2017 in the United States.

The story follows Elisa Esposito (Hawkins), a mute janitor who works at a top secret government laboratory in Baltimore during the Cold War. She falls in love with an amphibious creature (Jones) that is being held captive there and decides to help him escape.

The film was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $194 million at the box office worldwide and receiving praise for its direction, acting, writing, visuals and originality. It went on to win several awards including four Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Score and Best Production Design), three Golden Globe Awards (Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director and Best Original Score) and two BAFTA Awards (Best Film Music and Best Production Design).

10. Lady Bird (2017)

Lady Bird is a 2017 American coming-of-age comedy drama film written and directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalfe, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet and Beanie Feldstein. The film was released on November 24, 2017 in the United States.

The story follows Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Ronan), a high school senior who is trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life. She applies to colleges and gets into her dream school, but finds that it’s not quite what she expected.

The film was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $49 million at the box office worldwide and receiving praise for its direction, acting, writing, humor and realism. It went on to win several awards including the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay.

11. Call Me by Your Name (2017)

Call Me by Your Name is a 2017 Italian-American romantic drama film directed by Luca Guadagnino and written by James Ivory, based on the novel of the same name by André Aciman. The film stars Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg and Amira Casar. The film was released in the United States on November 24, 2017.

The story is set in Northern Italy in 1983 and follows Elio Perlman (Chalamet), a 17-year-old boy who falls in love with his father’s 24-year-old research assistant, Oliver (Hammer).

The film was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $41 million at the box office worldwide and receiving praise for its direction, acting, writing, cinematography and setting. It went on to win several awards including the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, the BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama.

12. Dunkirk (2017)

Dunkirk is a 2017 British war film written, directed and produced by Christopher Nolan that features an ensemble cast including Fionn Whitehead, Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance and Kenneth Branagh. The film was released on July 21 in the United Kingdom and on July 26 in the United States.

The story follows the evacuation of British, Belgian and French soldiers from Dunkirk, France during World War II. The film is told from three perspectives: land, sea and air.

The film was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $526 million at the box office worldwide and receiving praise for its direction, acting, writing, cinematography, editing and sound design. It went on to win several awards including three Academy Awards (Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Sound Editing), three BAFTA Awards (Best Film Music, Best Production Design and Best Sound) and the Golden Globe Award for Best Director.


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