If Youre Not Wearing Your Mask, I Will Call You OutCall Me The Masked Avenger – Yahoo Lifestyle

A friend of mine recently posted a mock Dr. Seuss book cover. The pretend book was entitled, Things I Will Put Up Your A**, If You Dont Put On That Mask. The image did not make me ponder the decline of civility in our social network streams. Nor did it make me fret about how social media is making us ruder and less thoughtful in general. Usually, I worry about both. But this time, I thought, I need that printed on a shirt, immediately!

I am a New York City bus passenger. In the best of times, this is a fraught identity, involving the occasional stand-off, or a delicate negotiation regarding Walkman volume, or demonstrating for some thoughtless soul where one seat ends and another begins. It can also be fabulous funIve met more charming and fascinating people on city buses than I ever met in college, or even in theater school, back in the day.

New Yorkers are, for the most part, fantastic. They are eager to share, eager to chat, eager to give advice and directions and recipes. They like to admire each others hats and scarves and purses; they like to pat the heads of tiny dogs when they are sticking out of someones tote bagmore on that in a minute. They love to gossip, they love to roll their eyes about the latest nonsense from Mayor DiBlasio, the latest horror from the White House. New Yorkers arent cold, despite their reputation. They are tough, its true, but it takes little to disarm thema few gentle words or a well-timed joke, and a busful of passengers melts in your hands. Usually.

Now, we live in COVID times. I have never been into zombie apocalypse movies or dystopian fiction. I have always felt that life is brutal enough without immersing oneself in worlds that are even more frightening. But maybe if I had, I would have been more prepared for the scattershot breakdown of society I experience in one ten-minute bus ride on the Upper West Side in COVID times. Yes, this is about masks. What else?

A few days ago, my daughter and I got on a bus at the rearbuses are currently free, while they redesign them for the safety of the drivers and immediately came face-to-face with a woman chatting glibly on her phone, her mask draped nonsensically around her neck. I am not generally one to take matters of life and death casually. Um, excuse me, I began, in a loud-ish voice. Could you please pull up your mask? The woman looked at me as if Id spoken in tongues. I made the universal gesturemiming the pulling up of ones mask, for gods sakeand she went back to chatting glibly. Um, its the LAW, I continued, pulling myself up to my full five feet, and barking.

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Take a cab if it bothers you, she said. Take a cab if it bothers you.

Recently, I have taken to calling myself The Masked Avenger. I got the name from the movie Radio Days, in which a little boy listens to a show of the same name. I get on buses and ask people, nicelyat firstto don their goddamned masks. I cannot, for the life of me, figure out why a masked avenger is needed-is there something unclear about ventilators and high fevers and sudden fatal plunges in oxygen saturation? What is confusing you? Seriously, what?

I also wonder, by the way, what non-compliers misunderstand about the workings of the human nose. It inhales and exhales, same as the mouth. If you wear your mask underneath your nose, you do not get partial credit. You get just as sick if you inhale a virus through your nose as you would if you inhaled it through your mouth. I know this, without having attended a single day of medical school! I digressthis is easy to do when discussing non-compliance because oh-my-god there are so many levels of frustrating and ridiculous to explore.

Back to my title. I am the Masked Avenger, seeking to keep city buses safe for the general population. Every comic book heroine has her kryptonite, right? I dont know, actually, but The Masked Avenger definitely does. And its this: indifference.

Take a cab, she said. The passenger betrayed not one iota of shame for being announced as a potential deadly vector to a bus full of people. Further, she applied the same idiotic logic I have heard in response to shushing in movie theaters. If you dont want audience participation, watch the movie at home. (True story: I have heard people say this to other people in movie theaters many, many times.) But its absolutely maddeningly, achingly backward.

We get together in common spaces for a common needto see the movie on a big screen in a cold, air-conditioned wonderland called a theater. We take buses because we all want or need to be moved from one location to another without the use of our feet. We just happen to be in the same space for efficiency. In my recent travels, I have witnessed many people who believe that shared space is space in which you can behave exactly as you would at home, and if the other person doesnt like it, she should remove herself. Because living in New York City is based on the concept of sharing space for most of your day, we have a major problem when this behavior becomes potentially deadly.

But it is not the deadly decision to abstain from mask-wearing that bugs me the most. It is the casual, reality-is-not-my-problem, Im-fine-gambling-with-your-health-and-mine indifference that makes me want to jump out of my weary, befuddled skin. And in the context of New York City, I find it baffling. New Yorkers arent indifferent about anything, normally. Everyone here has strong views on everything and feels deeply emotionally committed to their viewpoints.

But now I am encountering for the first time ever in my intense, exhausting, break-neck paced city something entirely out of place here: the Gallic shrug. (I should leave France out of this, they are driving their numbers down and happily opening schools this fallVive la compliance!) Meanwhile, we have a fair percentage of shruggers on our side of the pond. Shrugging in response to Death itself. What would Freud say? He would say people have a Death drive. He would, evidently, be right.

On buses, I have been told to mind my own business (Guess what? My mortality is my own business! The better question is, why are you not concerned with yours?!) I have been called a bitch and a lying bitch, (this, because the man was wearing a mask when I asked him to wear one, he just wasnt wearing it over his mouth or nose.) I have been told, in front of my child, to shut the f*** up. This, from a maskless man who threw himself right in front of me, in orderI kid you notto kiss my dog, who sat nearly hidden, in my bag. When I strongly objected, andyou guessed itasked the man to put on a mask, he replied. Shut the f*** up, dont you know dogs cant get COVID? This is not strictly accuratedogs are very unlikely to get it, thats true, and the CDC does not consider them to be vectors at this time, but dogs have contracted it. More to the point, when you come within an inch of my face to pet my dog, and I am a human very much capable of contracting COVID, of what relevance is a dogs susceptibility?

Most people on city busesand sidewalks, for that matterwear masks, and wear them correctly. In my neighborhood, I have seen a high rate of compliance. But it takes only one person to mess it up for everyone else on the bus. Re-circulated air is only too happy to transport viral particles from one maskless persons nose and mouth to the vicinity of nearby humans. And as much as we wish masks protected the wearer as much as they protect the people nearby, they dont.

My mask mostly protects you, and yours, when worn correctly, protects me. So I ask, again, cant you please care about little old me? Or my little old grandmother? Or yours? Or the mother of that toddler next to you, who has asthma or diabetes or another underlying health problem? Or that 20-year-old in the seat next to mine, with no underlying health problems, who for reasons we dont understand, will die suddenly if he contracts COVID? How about the bus driver, without whom you couldnt get across the city in air-conditioned comfort? How about the little dog you wanted to kiss, who in fact, does stand a slight risk of getting COVID, and dying from it? Or his owner, without whom, that little dog will not get his cuddles and afternoon walks?

The COVID pandemic has doubtless brought out the best and the worst in people. On Saturdays, a violinist who plays in Broadway orchestras now plays free concerts in a Westside park. People gather, six or more feet apart, on blankets, their dogs playing happily on the grass, while they listen to Bernstein and Bizet for one transporting hour a week. People on my block get groceries for older or infirm neighbors, they chat with your kid about how hard the whole business is, how lonely they are, too, and I know many people who sewed hundreds of masks for distribution among the citys hardest hit. Ive seen so much good. Ive seen so much effort poured into making these times more pleasant for other people.

Wearing a mask requires almost no effort at all. Get one with flowers, or bulldogs, or rows of classic books. Get one in neon pink and one in royal blue, the better to express your mood that day. Get one with a funny or sarcastic message on it. Wear a surgical mask and pretend you are a doctor. But for gods sake, wear one. Would you have unprotected sex with someone who might have a sexually transmitted disease? Okay, maybe you would, but then youd be endangering only yourself. Dont be indifferent to the health of others. Its a bad look. Especially for a New Yorker. True New Yorkers are never indifferent. Not ever.

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The 50 best movies on Amazon Prime right now – Digital Trends

Last update: August 8, 2020

An Amazon Prime membership comes with more than just cheap shipping prices. The service also offers a rapidly expanding library of streaming movies and TV series through its Amazon Prime Video feature.

To help subscribers sift through Amazons vault of films, weve identified some of the best movies currently available on the service. Just keep in mind that some titles might not become available until later in the month.

Prefer something else? Weve also put together guides to the best shows on Amazon, the best movies on Hulu, the best movies on Netflix, and the best movies on Disney+.

FromBeasts of the Southern Wild co-writer Lucy Alibar and directors Bert & Bertie, this Amazon Original follows a prodigiously bright girl (McKenna Grace) in 1977 rural Georgia who dreams of life in space. When she gets a chance to live her dream from a national competition, she recruits a ragtag troupe of Birdie Scouts to help her get there. Viola Davis, Allison Janney, and Jim Gaffigan also star in this heartwarming, often funny film.

Rotten Tomatoes: 66%Genre:Comedy, DramaStars:Viola Davis, Jim Gaffigan, Mike EppsDirector:Bert & BertieRating:PGRuntime:98 minutes

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James Baldwin was one of the most influential writers of the late 20th century, penning numerous essays and acclaimed novels addressing issues of race at a time when racial friction seemed to be boiling over in America. Working from an unfinished Baldwin manuscript, director Raoul Peck has created I Am Not Your Negro, a documentary examining Baldwins views and how they apply not only to the tumults of the 60s, but to modern America as well. Samuel L. Jackson narrates, infusing the material with a husky weariness. I Am Not Your Negro leaves one with the impression that Baldwins work has never been finished, and never been more important.

Rotten Tomatoes:99%Genre:DocumentaryStars:Samuel L. JacksonDirector:Raoul PeckRating:PG-13Runtime:93 minutes

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This South Korean horror film follows a group of passengers aboard a high-speed train from Seoul to Busan as the outbreak of a deadly virus begins turning people into ferocious, flesh-hungry creatures, and those aboard the train must find a way to survive. One of the most tense, frantic zombie films ever made, director Yeon Sang-hos adventure focuses on a small group of people aboard the train as theyre forced to overcome their differences in order to keep themselves and their loved ones alive. The movie broke several box-office records both within South Korea and internationally, and it also spawned a 2020 sequel.

Rotten Tomatoes: 94%Genre: Horror, ActionStars: Gong Yoo, Ma Dong-Seok, Jung Yu-miDirector: Yeon Sang-hoRating: RRuntime: 118 minutes

What happens when anti-authoritarian punk rock musicians become fathers? This documentary from filmmaker Andrea Blaugrund Nevins explores how entertainers who spent their lives and careers bucking the status quo and promoting an anti-establishment worldview juggle the responsibilities of fatherhood and being the supportive parents their children need them to be. A long list of musicians weigh in on the struggle to find balance in the contradicting lives they often lead on the stage and in their homes, including Art Alexakis of Everclear, Fat Mike of NOFX, Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lars Frederiksen and Matt Freeman of Rancid, and Brett Gurewitz of Bad Religion, among others.

Rotten Tomatoes: 77%Genre: DocumentaryStars: Art Alexakis, Fat Mike, Flea, Lars FrederiksenDirector: Andrea Blaugrund NevinsRating: NRRuntime: 98 minutes

Both Arnold Schwarzenegger and filmmaker James Cameron effectively launched their Hollywood careers with this 80s action film about a seemingly indestructible android assassin sent back in time to kill the mother of a man who will lead a revolt against humanitys robotic overlords in the future. Schwarzenegger portrays the movies titular killer robot, while Michael Biehn and Linda Hamilton play the pair of humans desperately trying to save themselves and humanitys future. A seminal film in the sci-fi genre that has inspired countless other projects in various media, the film is widely praised for its groundbreaking visual effects and was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 2008.

Rotten Tomatoes: 100%Genre: Sci-Fi, ActionStars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael BiehnDirector: James CameronRating: RRuntime: 108 minutes

Mindy Kaling wrote and costarred in this dramatic comedy about a popular late-night TV host whose latest hire to the shows writing team kicks off a chain of events that has a profound effect on her career. Emma Thompson was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her performance as the veteran host looking to resuscitate her career by adding some much-needed diversity to the writers room, while Kaling portrays the Indian-American woman whos forced to navigate the very white, very male world of late-night comedy.

Rotten Tomatoes: 80%Genre: Comedy, DramaStars: Emma Thompson, Mindy KalingDirector: Nisha GanatraRating: RRuntime: 102 minutes

This ensemble comedy puts a fresh spin on the mystery genre as it follows a colorful cast of characters who are brought together on a dark and stormy night by a mysterious host, only to realize that one or more of their fellow guests is a killer. Although the film is ostensibly based on the board game of the same name,Clue goes off in a variety of directions all its own and even features multiple endings that explore who could have committed the crime in the end. Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Martin Mull, and Lesley Ann Warren play the partys eccentric guests, who each harbor a dangerous secret.

Rotten Tomatoes: 62%Genre: Comedy, MysteryStars: Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Martin Mull, Lesley Ann WarrenDirector: Jonathan LynnRating: PGRuntime: 96 minutes

Widely regarded as one of the greatest thriller movies of all time, director Jonathan Demmes adaptation of Thomas Harris 1988 novel of the same name follows a young FBI agent who enlists the aid of a brilliant, imprisoned serial killer in order to create a psychological profile for another vicious killer shes tasked with apprehending. Jodie Foster portrays FBI agent Clarice Starling, while Anthony Hopkins infamously portrays the brilliant cannibal and psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter. One of the only films to win the Academy Award in each of the five top categories Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay The Silence of the Lambs also remains one of the only films in the horror genre to ever win the Best Picture category.

Rotten Tomatoes: 96%Genre: Horror, ThrillerStars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Ted LevineDirector: Jonathan DemmeRating: RRuntime: 118 minutes

Writer and director Rian Johnson (Brick,Looper) gives the classic Agatha Christie-style murder mystery a modern spin in this tale about a famous crime novelist whose unexpected death one night after a family gathering makes everyone a suspect. Daniel Craig portrays the brilliant, debonair detective Benoit Blanc, whose investigation brings the depths of the familys dysfunction to light and leaves you guessing who will ultimately emerge as the culprit of the films heinous crime. The films ensemble cast makes a great mystery even better, with memorable performances from each and every actor involved, resulting in a modern mystery masterpiece.

Rotten Tomatoes: 97%Genre: MysteryStars: Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, LaKeith Stanfield, Daniel CraigDirector: Rian JohnsonRating: PG-13Runtime: 130 minutes

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This nostalgic throwback to classic sci-fi thrillers follows a young switchboard operator and a radio DJ whose discovery of a mysterious audio frequency sets off a series of discoveries that lead them deep into the unknown. The Amazon Studios film is the directorial debut of Andrew Patterson and has earned high praise from critics and streaming audiences alike for its suspenseful, low-budget spin on the genre.

Rotten Tomatoes: 91%Genre: Sci-Fi, MysteryStars: Sierra McCormick, Jake HorowitzDirector: Andrew PattersonRating: PG-13Runtime: 89 minutes

Part musical fantasy, part biopic of legendary musician Elton John,Rocketman casts Taron Egerton as the inimitable performer and chronicles Johns evolution from a small-town prodigy to an international superstar. Filled with fantastic musical interludes based on some of Johns most popular songs and performed by Egerton, the film also features Jamie Bell as Johns longtime lyricist and writing partner Bernie Taupin, and Richard Madden as Johns first manager, John Reid.

Rotten Tomatoes: 89%Genre: Musical, DramaStars: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard MaddenDirector: Dexter FletcherRating: RRuntime: 121 minutesWatch on Amazon Prime

Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin plays a small-town cook who can see the spirits of the deceased in this quirky supernatural thriller based on Dean Koontzs novel of the same name. Odds desire to live a quiet life with his girlfriend is thrown into turmoil when a stranger arrives in town accompanied by a host of sinister entities only Odd can see, and soon he finds himself caught up in a mystery that puts the entire town and possibly the world in danger.

Rotten Tomatoes: 38%Genre: Horror, MysteryStars: Anton Yelchin, Addison TimlinDirector: Stephen SommersRating: PG-13Runtime: 96 minutes

One of the most unexpectedly unique horror films of the last decade, Drew GoddardsThe Cabin the Woods took the typical story of a group of teenagers tormented by sinister forces while staying in a remote cabin in an entirely new direction. Goddard and co-writer Joss Whedon toyed with and twisted the conventions of the genre in ways that no one saw coming, and the end result was a film thats as funny as it is terrifying, and packed with hidden elements that demand multiple viewings. If you havent seen The Cabin in the Woodsyet, its best that you know as little as possible going into this film but if you have seen it, theres a good chance youll end up watching it many times over.

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%Genre: HorrorStars: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard JenkinsDirector: Drew GoddardRating: RRuntime: 95 minutes

Three generations of women with powerful abilities come together in this sci-fi thriller that explores racism and generational divides against the backdrop of a thrilling story about a woman pursued by sinister forces due to the power she wields. Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Lorraine Toussaint, and Saniyya Sidney star in the film.

Rotten Tomatoes: 81%Genre: Sci-Fi, DramaStars: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Lorraine Toussaint, Saniyya SidneyDirector: Julia HartRating: PG-13Runtime: 100 minutes

Two brothers from Boston find themselves on a divine mission to take down the Russian mob in this stylized 1999 action film that became a cult hit in the home entertainment world despite a series of behind-the-scenes issues that doomed its theatrical run. Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus play the MacManus brothers, whose bloody quest and more than a little luck turn them into local heroes and put them on a collision path with an eccentric FBI agent played by Willem Dafoe.

Rotten Tomatoes: 25%Genre: Action, ComedyStars: Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, Willem DafoeDirector: Troy DuffyRating: RRuntime: 110 minutes

This dystopian adventure from director John Carpenter (who also co-wrote, co-produced, and co-scored the film) is set in the far-flung future of 1997, after rampant crime prompts the U.S. government to transform the entire island of Manhattan into a maximum-security prison. Kurt Russell plays ex-soldier Snake Plissken, whos given 24 hours to infiltrate Manhattan and rescue the U.S. president from criminals holding him for ransom after Air Force One is hijacked and brought down on the island. A seminal film in the 80s action genre, Escape from New York inspired countless gritty adventures that hit Hollywood in the years following its release.

Rotten Tomatoes: 86%Genre: Sci-Fi, ActionStars: Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Isaac Hayes, Donald PleasenceDirector: John CarpenterRating: RRuntime: 99 minutes

This Academy Award-nominated documentary follows the players in a quad rugby league a sport in quadriplegics in armored wheelchairs compete in a version of full-contact rugby that tests their fortitude and smashes stereotypes. The film follows several teams as they attempt to compete in the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece, while exploring the players lives, what brought them to the sport, and what it means to them.

Rotten Tomatoes: 98%Genre: Documentary, SportsStars: Joe Soares, Mark Zupan, Robert SoaresDirector: Henry-Alex Rubin, Dana Adam ShapiroRating: RRuntime: 85 minutes

It might seem strange given the current state of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but there was a time when no one thought a movie like The Avengers was possible. In 2012, Marvel Studios brought together the stars and supporting cast of multiple solo superhero films for a massive team-up that broke just about every box-office record possible and redefined cinematic universe for Hollywood. After Asgardian trickster Loki primes Earth for an invasion by an alien armada, its up to Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye to save the day. More than just an early installment of the MCU, The Avengers was a game-changer for the entire superhero genre.

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%Genre: Fantasy, Action & AdventureStars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett JohansonDirector:Joss WhedonRating:PG-13Runtime:142 minutes

Shia LaBeoufs debut script is directed by Alma Harel and follows the life of child actor Otis Lort as he rises through young success to self-destructive Hollywood star. Navigating fame and his abusive, alcoholic father proves to be next to impossible as their contentious relationship crumbles across the course of a decade. LaBeouf also stars in this semiautobiographical tale that draws from his experience with his father.

Rotten Tomatoes: 94%Genre: DramaStars:Shia LaBeouf, Lucas HedgesDirector:Alma HarelRating: RRuntime:93 minutes

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This Coen Brothers remake of the Western classic introduced the world to Hailee Steinfeld, who plays 14-year-old farm girl Mattie Ross. After her father is murdered by hired hand Tom Chaney, Ross sets out to catch the killer and bring him to justice. However, to catch Chaney, its going to take somebody with true grit, so Ross hires the toughest lawman she can find, U.S. Marshal Reuben J. Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges). As the two pursue justice together, a bond forms that melts Cogburns icy heart and helps Ross find some closure and peace after her fathers death.

Rotten Tomatoes:96%Genre:Western, DramaStars:Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh BrolinDirector:Joel & Ethan CohenRating:PG-13Runtime:110 minutes

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The sixth installment in the long-running Mission: Impossible franchise, Fallout shows that the old series can still outpace younger ones when it comes to frenetic action and jaw-dropping spectacle. The film opens with secret agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), part of the Impossible Missions Force, attempting to secure some stolen plutonium cores. When the mission goes sideways, the cores fall into the hands of a terrorist group, forcing the IMF to hunt its members down. Their failure draws the ire of CIA Director Erica Sloane (Angela Bassett), who deploys the assassin August Walker (Henry Cavill) to follow Hunts trail. With a gripping plot and some awe-inspiring stunts, Fallout is top-notch espionage action.

Rotten Tomatoes: 97%Genre:Action & AdventureStars:Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhymes, Simon PeggDirector:Christopher McQuarrieRating:PG-13Runtime:147 minutes

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From award-winning French filmmaker Claire Denis,High Life is described as an erotic sci-fi horror film, but it really defies classification. Its difficult to explain High Life in just a few words but well try. Juliette Binoche stars as Dr. Dibs, overseer of a damned space mission that is sending criminals to attempt to extract energy from a black hole. Along the way, Dibs performs sexual experiments on the criminals that lead to their deaths. Ultimately, murderer Monte (Robert Pattison) is left alone with his daughter, trying to survive and thrive as they hurtle toward certain death.

Rotten Tomatoes:82%Genre:Science FictionStars:Robert Patinson, Andr Benjamin, Mia GothDirector: Claire DenisRating:RRuntime:110

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This tense and nail-biting mystery by Ant Timpson is expertly woven together via a narrative of fresh intrigue and the impeccable zaniness delivered by Elijah Wood. In Come to Daddy, Wood plays an overzealous middle-aged man, named Noval Greenwood, who arrives upon his long-lost fathers doorstep in the heated throes of a psychological dilemma. As he attempts to relive the past he never got with his father, a life of shadiness races to catch up with the elder Greenwood at the same time, clashing with each other in the most brilliant and thrilling way possible.

Rotten Tomatoes: 86%Genre:Mystery, ComedyStars:Elijah Wood, Stephen McHattie, Martin DonovanDirector:Ant TimpsonRating:RRuntime:93 minutes

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As delightfully awkward as it is heartfelt and earnest,Eighth Grade is one of the more honest and true-to-life coming-of-age stories youll see. The directorial debut of comedian and actor Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade treats the terrors of growing up with a subtler touch, centering on 13-year-old Kayla (the revelatory Elsie Fisher) as she makes her way through the last week of middle school. Eighth Grade is a movie about middle school that stars real middle schoolers, which makes it funnier, more interesting, and vastly more cringe-inducing. If you ever went to a middle school pool party,Eighth Grade is for you.

Rotten Tomatoes: 99%Genre: ComedyStars: Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily RobinsonDirector: Bo BurnhamRating:RRuntime:94 minutes

Based on the 2009 book of the same name,The Lost City of Z tells the true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), who enters the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century. In his travels, he unexpectedly discovers evidence of a previously unknown and advanced civilization that once existed in the region. Unsurprisingly, he is ridiculed and belittled by the British scientific and historical establishment, who consider the entire Amazon region a savage one. Undaunted, Fawcett returns to the jungle, determined to prove his case and discover the Lost City of Z.

Rotten Tomatoes:86%Genre:Action & Adventure, DramaStars:Tom Holland, Charlie Hunnam, Robert PattinsonDirector:James GrayRating:PG-13Runtime:140 minutes

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Born from the screenwriters 1970 play of the same name, Lakeboat is in a class of its own in showcasing the human condition. Akin to titans in film drama, such as Good Will Hunting and Legends of the Fall, David Mamets vivid tale explores the deep and dark wonders of the persona and how our experiences shape who we are in full. The narrative tracks a young Ivy Leaguer, Dale (Tony Mamet), in the throes of a life-altering event when taking up a summer job on the Great Lakes as a cook on a lake boat bulk carrier, the Seaway Queen. He is joined by eccentric boat hands, from the philosophical Fred (Jack Wallace) to the sea-loving Joe Pitko (Robert Forster), who all convene in an effort to speculate more broadly on the death of Dales predecessor, Guigliani (Andy Garcia).

Rotten Tomatoes: 83%Genre:Comedy, DramaStars:Robert Forster, Charles Durning, Denis LearyDirector:Joe MantegnaRating:RRuntime:98 minutes

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Facing displacement from the home his grandfather built as a result of gentrification in his San Francisco neighborhood, Jimmie and his best friend, Mort, set out on a mission to reclaim the house before it is irreversibly changed. Their odyssey tests their friendship and forces them to question where they belong in the place theyve always called home. A poignant, often intense journey, this film was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards.

Rotten Tomatoes:93%Genre:DramaStars:Jimmie Falls, Tichina Arnold, Mike EppsDirector:Joe TalbotRating:RRuntime:120 minutes

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A comedy based on the true story of WWE wrestler Paige,Fighting with my Familydelivers on the story of a real-life wrestling family. Written and directed by Stephen Merchant, the film stars Florence Pugh alongside a strong cast that includes Dwayne The Rock Johnson, Lena Headey, Vince Vaughn, and others. Pugh and her brother (played by Jack Lowden) try out for the WWE and, when only one of them makes the cut, Pugh is forced to face the world of professional wrestling alone. It may have a bit of an underdog storyline thats often used in sports, but theres a sincerity and truth behind this story that makes it special.

Rotten Tomatoes:93%Genre:ComedyStars:Dwayne Johnson, Florence Pugh, Lena HeadeyDirector:Stephen MerchantRating:PG-13Runtime:107 minutes

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A political thriller that eschews car chases and assassination attempts for the unexpected tension of trawling through documents, The Report follows senate staffer Daniel Jones (Adam Driver), who is chosen by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Annette Bening) to investigate the destruction of CIA interrogation recordings in 2005. For years, Jones and his team pore over millions of pages of documents slathered in redactions, all while dodging the efforts of government officials to squash their effort. With an all-star cast and a particularly great performance from Driver, The Report is a tense thriller.

Rotten Tomatoes:82%Genre:DramaStars:Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Jon HammDirector:Scott BurnsRating: RRuntime:118 minutes

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A classic Christmas movie with an iconic James Stewart performance, Its a Wonderful Life follows George Bailey (Stewart), a banker in the town of Bedford Falls who is preparing to throw himself off a bridge. An angel named Clarence (Henry Travers) appears to save George, and takes him on a journey through the most important moments in Georges life, showing him all the good things hes done for other people despite the costs to himself. Its a Wonderful Life is a charming story about perseverance in the face of an often cruel universe, and the value of relationships.

Rotten Tomatoes:94%Genre:Drama, Science FictionStars:James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel BarrymoreDirector:Frank CapraRating:PGRuntime:135 minutes

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Arguably one of the most iconic Clint Eastwood movies of all time, Escape from Alcatraz is the true tale of Frank Morriss unprecedented flight from one of the most secure maximum security institutions in the U.S. at the time. Don Siegels dramatic recreation of the 1962 prisoner escape is remarkable in how it evokes the consistently ascending stresses of those involved, going to great lengths even to personify the Alcatraz prison as a monster of time in its own right.

Rotten Tomatoes:96%Genre:Action & AdventureStars:Clint Eastwood, Patrick McGoohan, Roberts BlossomDirector:Don SiegelRating:PGRuntime:112 minutes

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This bleak drama, directed by playwright Kenneth Lonergan, is set in the titular town of Manchester, a town Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) would prefer never to return to. Chandler lives out his days working as a janitor in Quincy, away from any connections to his past. Tragedy brings him home; his brother, Joe (Kyle Chandler), dies, leaving behind a teenage son, Patrick (Lucas Hedges), and a will asking Lee to take care of him. Manchester by the Sea is a deeply personal drama, examining the ways tragedy can wear away at a persons soul, and whether it is possible to come back from the brink. Despite the premise, the movie is not gloomy from start to end; the script allows for plenty of humor and warmth throughout, making for a film that captures the complexity of life.

Rotten Tomatoes: 96%Genre:DramaStars:Casey Affleck, Kyle Chandler, Lucas HedgesDirector:Kenneth LonerganRating:RRuntime:135 minutes

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In the soft shadows of The Gaslight Cafe, folk singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) croons that he wouldnt mind the hanging. Leave it to the Coen Brothers to oblige him. Two of Americas most mercurial filmmakers, the Coens have approached both grim tragedy and madcap comedy in their films, sometimes at the same time. Inside Llewyn Davis falls on the bleaker end of the spectrum, following Davis as he attempts to get his music career on track in the wake of his musical partners suicide. His finances are not the only part of his life falling apart; his former lover, Jean (Carey Mulligan), pregnant with a child that is likely his, wants nothing to do with him. Davis struggle, set against the frost-glazed backdrop of New York, is a tragic one, but the film is not without humor, black though it may be. The characters surrounding Llewyn are as vibrant as he is cold, particularly Justin Timberlake as Janes new boyfriend (although Isaacs future Star Wars nemesis also has a memorable musical cameo).

Rotten Tomatoes:92%Genre:DramaStars:Oscar Isaac, John Goodman, Carey MulliganDirector:Ethan & Joel CoenRating:RRuntime:105 minutes

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From Korean director Park Chan-wook, award-winning director ofOldboy,The Handmaidenis an intense, pulse-pounding crime drama set in the early 1900s during the Japanese occupation of Korea. The film follows two women a young Japanese lady on a secluded estate, and the Korean woman who is hired as her new handmaiden. Little does the former know, though, that the latter is conspiring with a con man to defraud the woman out of her inheritance.

Rotten Tomatoes:95%Genre:Drama, RomanceStars: Kim Min-hee, Ha Jung-woo, Cho Jin-woongDirector:Park Chan-wookRating:NRRuntime:145 minutes

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This Amazon Original was nominated for four 2019 Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Feature and Best Actor (Joaquin Phoenix). Phoenix stars as a traumatized veteran who harnesses his trauma into hunting down missing girls for a living. However, as his nightmares begin to overtake him and he continues to get in over his head, he begins to uncover a conspiracy that threatens to destroy or save him, depending on the paths he takes.

Rotten Tomatoes:89%Genre:Mystery & SuspenseStars:Joaquin Phoenix, Judith Roberts, John DomanDirector:Lynne RamsayRating:RRuntime:89 minutes

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Gloria tells the spellbinding story of a 58-year-old woman who wants nothing more than to feel young again. Her journey to find happiness is pockmarked by random men, until meeting and falling head over heels for Rodolfo. Through moments of reverie and immense strife, Gloria finds the willpower to accept her age and grow into a woman of full potential. Not only was Gloria nominated for countless awards, but it was even chosen to be Chiles Best Foreign Language Film for the 86th Academy Awards.

Rotten Tomatoes: 99%Genre:Drama, RomanceStars:Paulina Garcia, Sergio Hernndez, Diego FontecillaDirector:Sebastin LelioRating:RRuntime:108 minutes

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Take any old World War II movie, cross it with a blend ofCaptain America and28 Days Later, add a dash of JJ Abrams, and youll get something that looks a little likeOverlord. And even that might not do it. A truly mind-boggling movie,Overlord is a horror and gore overdose that takes an extremely twisted view of World War II. Following a team of American troops who are sent on a secret mission to derail a Nazi super-soldier program, they soon discover the super-soldiers are more like the undead, and this mission is far more dangerous than they expected.

Rotten Tomatoes:81%Genre:Action & Adventure, HorrorStars:Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Pilo AsbkDirector:Julius AveryRating:RRuntime:109 minutes

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After her mother dies, Annie Graham (Toni Collette) struggles to process her feelings while maintaining some semblance of order in her household. After another tragedy strikes her family, however, Annie can barely keep herself together, and her condition worsens as strange occurrences plague her and her family. Hereditary is an exquisitely crafted horror movie, with a tightly coiled plot and skillful camerawork that sells some truly gruesome moments.

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25 Best Movies On HBO Right Now, Ranked – UPROXX

Last Updated: August 5th

In addition to being Americas most trusted source of Succession episodes, HBO has a lovely collection of movies available ranging from trashy action thrills to elegant period pieces to star-studded comedies. With all the recent changes to HBOs streaming services, though, it can be confusing to know what the heck is on which app. Here is a ranking of the 25 best movies on HBO (previously known as HBO Now) that you could and should be watching right now. We also rounded up the best movies on HBO Max in another guide.

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Run Time: 124 min | IMDb: 8.0/10

With just a few bars on the piano and an oversized mechanical shark, Steven Spielberg terrorized generations of moviegoers with Jaws. The film follows a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer who team up to hunt a great white shark who has a worrisome bloodlust and seems to be targeting a small beach town during the busiest time of the year. Spielbergs camera work the lingering, underwater shots, the quick cuts of flesh being torn from bone and rows of teeth flashing to the surface make this exercise in inciting aquaphobia even more chilling. Youll never look at a carefree day at the beach the same way again.

Run Time: 147 min | IMDb: 8.5/10

Francis Ford Coppolas war epic starring Marlon Brando and Martin Sheen is a feat of filmmaking and a wild, gory ride. Its basically a reinventing of Joseph Conrads Heart of Darkness a truly bonkers novel with the bloody conflict in the Congo being swapped out for the then-timely Vietnam War. Sheen plays Captain Benjamin Willard, an Army officer tasked with assassinating Brandos Colonel Kurtz, a renegade Army officer accused of murder. Most of the films action centers on Sheens secret mission, his journey from Vietnam to Cambodia, and his showdown with Brandos Kurtz, whos been driven mad with power.

Run Time: 100 min | IMDb: 7.2/10

A film noir set in the Ozarks of Missouri, Winters Bone was the breakthrough role for Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Ree Dolly, a 17-year-old who looks after her family since her father disappeared. With the looming threat of losing her home, Ree goes in search of her missing father, ending up in a world of distrust and violence. It was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and though it didnt take any Oscars home, it did win the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.

Run Time: 110 min | IMDb: 7.5/10

HBO managed to pull off the seemingly impossible with this follow-up movie based on a series that left us too soon. Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, and the rest of the residents of the camp are back to celebrate the South Dakotas statehood in the only way this dusty drama knows how with reignited rivalries, betrayals, bloodshed, and lots of swearin. The show became a fan favorite thanks to its gritty performances and nuanced storytelling, and the movie continues the tradition, investigating the lives of these pioneers whove endured plenty of hardship for their piece of the American dream.

Run Time: 122 min | IMDb: 8.5/10

In case you didnt catch it in theaters, or you just want to revisit the chaos and mayhem of Joaquin Phoenixs troubled clown, Todd Phillips Joker is now on HBO Max. This gritty origin story imagines the DC supervillain as a mentally-ill clown-for-hire named Arthur, who spirals when his stand-up career turns sour, and he discovers some details about his lineage. Really, it doesnt take much to put this guy over the edge.

Run Time: 117 min | IMDb: 8.4/10

Ridley Scott basically invented sci-fi horror with this alien thriller about a crew on a commercial space tug who must battle a violent extraterrestrial being thats infiltrated their ship. Sigourney Weaver plays Ripley, an officer aboard the Nostromo, whos forced to face down the titular Alien, an aggressive lifeform intent on killing the ships human crew. Most of the action revolves around Weavers attempts to destroy the creature and save her shipmates but its Scotts direction behind the camera that creates the suspense and terror this film has become known for.

Run Time: 108 min | IMDb: 7.9/10

Visionary director Taika Waititi gives us this World War II-set satirical masterpiece (and Oscar screenplay winner) that follows a young German boy, whose imaginary friend is Adolf Hitler. The kicker is that Waititi plays the genocidal maniac, making him a weak, comedic caricature of the infamous mass murderer, and as Jo Jo (a terrific Roman Griffin Davis) begins to bond with a Jewish girl hiding in his house, his worship of the dictator wanes in hilarious ways. Scarlett Johansson does some of her best work here as Jo Jos mother, a woman fighting to help the Jews, and Sam Rockwell steals every scene hes in, playing a queer Nazi commander. Yet the joy and humor in this belongs to Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, and Archie Yates the kids who give the film some much needed heart.

Run Time: 139 min | IMDb: 8.8/10

There are timeless classics and then theres David Finchers exercise in understanding modern masculinity (a.k.a. Fight Club). The film has managed to remain relevant over the decades, with fans finding new themes and messages to dig into when it comes to Edward Nortons depressed, unfulfilled office worker and his machismo friend, Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt). The two start an underground fight club with a now-famous set of rules and wreak havoc on the city as they let loose their aggression and search for the meaning in life. But its the films surprise, introspective ending that really elevates this bloody drama.

Run Time: 132 min | IMDb: 8.2/10

Bruce Willis stars in this action classic that gave birth to a genre-defining franchise. Willis plays John McClane, an NYPD officer tasked with rescuing his wife and children from a group of German terrorists who hold a Christmas gathering hostage at an LA hotel. Alan Rickman plays the groups leader, and its his bad guy that makes this thing so enjoyable to watch. That, and Willis iconic one-liners.

Run Time: 114 min | IMDb: 7.3/10

Laura Dern gives a hauntingly beautiful performance in Jennifer Foxs autobiographical drama, The Tale. The film recounts Foxs own history of sexual abuse at the hands of a riding instructor who was three times her age. Dern plays a grown-up version of Fox, a woman struggling to recall illicit memories of her past, to reconcile the relationship she thought she had as a teenager with a man old enough to be her father with what actually happened years of grooming, mental, and physical abuse at the hands of adults she had put her trust in. Its a brutal but necessary watch.

Run Time: 120 min | IMDb: 8.3/10

Inspirational without being self-congratulatory or condescending, Mick Jacksons Temple Grandin places Claire Danes in the role of the real-life title character as she develops into a voice in animal science that cannot be ignored. A world thats unaccommodating to autism and women in the ranching industry does not make things easy for Grandin and Danes portrays her with detail, intelligence and heart. Bonus points awarded for having the courage to include comedy and taking the effort to make something with warmth. You dont get that too often in movies featuring the inner workings of slaughterhouses.

Run Time: 167 min | IMDb: 7.5/10

Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonard DiCaprio, and Cameron Diaz star in Martin Scorseses historical epic that re-imagines the birth of New York City. DiCaprio plays Amsterdam, an Irish immigrant who returns to the Five Points years following his fathers murder, looking for revenge. To get it, he infiltrates Bill the Butchers (Lewis) gang, a group of proud natives tired of the influx of foreigners in their city. Diaz plays a prostitute who forms a relationship with Amsterdam as he befriends Bill, then struggles to follow-through with his plan to kill the man who murdered his father and lead the Five Points in a rebellion against the citys elite.

Run Time: 115 min | IMDb: 7/10

Nicole Kidman, Lucas Hedges, and Joel Edgerton star in this queer drama directed by Edgerton based off the memoir of author Garrad Conley. The film follows the son of a Baptist preacher (Hedges) who is outed to his strictly religious family and forced to undergo his churchs gay conversion therapy camp. There, hes abused mentally and physically because of his queerness and his bonds with his family are tested.

Run Time: 82 min IMDb: 7.4/10

Erin Lee Carrs spellbinding crime doc Mommy Dead and Dearest plunges into the bizarre and absorbing true story surrounding the murder of Dee Dee Blanchard. Its an absorbing, strange and disturbing watch that doles out enough jaw-dropping moments in 83 minutes to put full seasons of TV to shame. Sundance hopefuls would have a field day with the visuals in this documentary if they were to try and adapt this stranger-than-fiction tale of manipulation, murder, and motherhood.

Run Time: 131 min | IMDb: 7.5/10

Keanu Reeves is back as everyones favorite dog-loving assassin but this time, hes the bad guy on the run after he kills a member of the guild. While every killer worth their salt is gunning for him, Wick must reach out to some old friends for help. He dispatches handfuls of his comrades, rides the streets of New York City on horseback, and wanders through the desert, searching for a way to clear his name. Its full of the high-concept action the franchise is known for and Reeves is having a blast playing the badass character hes made iconic.

Run Time: 106 min | IMDb: 7/10

Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, and a handful of other embarrassingly talented actors carry this heartwarming family drama about two kids in search of their father. Josh Hutcherson and Mia Wasikowska play Laser and Joni, siblings conceived by artificial insemination. Their moms Jules (Moore) and Nic (Bening) each used the same sperm donor to have them and now, as the kids have grown up, theyve become curious about this mystery paternal figure. Enter Ruffalo who plays a hippie restaurant owner named Paul that seems more interested in hooking up with Jules than getting to know his kids. Its messy and difficult, but its a relatable story about unconventional family dynamics that feels refreshingly original.

Run Time: 127 min | IMDb: 7.6/10

Baz Luhrmanns bohemian rhapsody set in 1900s France follows the tale of a struggling writer who falls for a beautiful courtesan. Ewan McGregor plays Christian, a poet with grand ideas on love who move to the Montmarte district to write a novel and truly experience life. A trip to a pleasure theater called the Moulin Rouge introduces him to Satine (Nicole Kidman), a gorgeous performer whos also caught the eye of a rich duke. Torn between her love for Christian and the trappings of her luxurious life, the pair embark on a forbidden romance that has disastrous consequences for everyone.

Run Time: 93 min IMDb: 7/10

Living up to the immense hype it earned at Sundance that year, Real Women Have Curves is a coming-of-age tale that balances drama and comedy while shining a spotlight on the acting skills of future Superstore star America Ferrera. (The film marked the actresss cinematic debut.) Ferrera plays Ana Garca, a young Mexican-American woman navigating cultural, societal and familial expectations in Los Angeles as she works toward her goal of heading to college. Smart, dignified and occasionally bittersweet, Real Women Have Curves is a movie unafraid of its warmth and humanity.

Run Time: 133 min | IMDb: 7.6/10

Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Kiera Knightley, and a host of other famous faces star in this beloved holiday rom-com. The film follows a few different storylines, all connected by six degrees of separation that converge around Christmas. Knightley plays a recently-married woman who discovers her husbands best friend is in love with her. Neeson plays a widower trying to care for his young son. Firth plays a writer scorned by love and given a second chance when he retreats abroad to finish his book. And Grant plays the newly-elected Prime Minister who falls for a member of his staff. There are more love stories in here, but really, just watch it if youre that curious.

Run Time: 107 min | IMDb: 7.9/10

In Bruges was the movie that revealed Colin Farrell could be funny. A character actor stuck in a leading mans body, Farrell gives arguably the best performance of his career as Ray, a rookie Irish hitman on the run with his partner and mentor, Ken (Brendan Gleeson), after accidentally killing a kid while executing a priest. While that may not sound much like the premise of a comedy, director Martin McDonagh crafted a truly hilarious movie. Farrell and Gleeson play off each other wonderfully all the way to the films dark finale. But as great as they are, theyre overshadowed at times by an incredible performance from Ralph Fiennes as their boss, Harry. Fiennes is at once funny and terrifying as a man steadfast in his principles, even when that involves committing murder.

Run Time: 136 min | IMDb: 7.7/10

Bradley Coopers directorial debut racked up plenty of awards earlier this year, and now you can finally find out why (if you havent seen it in theaters like pretty much everyone else already has). Cooper plays a washed-up musician who finds inspiration in a talented singer played by Lady Gaga. The two have a whirlwind romance sprinkled with fame, mentions of addiction and mental illness, but ultimately, it ends in tragedy. Still, the soundtrack is a banger.

Run Time: 118 min | IMDb: 7/10

Itd be rude for a Liberace-focused film not to be showered in sparkly awards upon release, dont you think? Steven Soderberghs HBO Films take on Scott Thorsons memoir Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace earned Emmys galore for its blend of effective drama and dark comedy. Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, and Scott Bakula all scored well-deserved praise and trophies for their work in this gripping (and appropriately stylish) drama that will have you scrambling down many a Wikipedia rabbit hole after.

Run Time: 104 min | IMDb: 7.5/10

Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore star in this HBO remake of the 1975 documentary of the same name. Lange plays Big Eddie, aunt to former First Lady Jackie Kennedy, while Barrymore plays Little Edie, Kennedys first cousin. The two women became famous when it was revealed that their estate, Grey Gardens, was in ruin and theyd been living there in squalor for years. The film chronicles their journey to destitution, following Little Edie as she tries and fails to make a name for herself away from her mother while Big Eddie tries to prevent the end of her marriage. Its a gripping, tragic tale, one made more visceral thanks to some stellar performances by Lange and Barrymore.

Run Time: 106 min | IMDb: 6.7/10

Its always surreal when life imitates art but watching Steven Soderberghs star-studded thriller during the age of Corona feels more like a warning than anything. Thats because Soderbergh approaches the films plot a deadly virus originating in China ravages the planet forcing regular civilians and CDC workers to do the unthinkable in order to survive with a methodical, scientific formula. There are real stakes, especially when we watch Matt Damons character scramble to save whats left of his family or Laurence Fishburne fail to manage the crisis as a CDC head, but theres also so much scientific jargon that this could be taught in schools. It probably should.

Run Time: 125 min | IMDb: 6.8/10

Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph star in this raunchy comedy about a woman on the brink of marriage and her best friend whos struggling through a series of failures in her life. Wiig plays Annie, a woman who lost her bakery and relationship in one fell swoop right before her friend Lillian (Rudolph) gets engaged. To make matters worse, theres competition for the maid of honor spot when Lillian finds a new friend in the wife of her fiancs boss (played by the excellent Rose Byrne). Ruined bachelorette parties, Parisian wedding showers, and quite possibly the funniest, most disgusting poop explosion to ever happen on screen, quickly follow.

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The 50 best shows on Hulu right now – Digital Trends

Last update: August 8, 2020.

Streaming TV is not a new concept, but its popularity is at an all-time high. Thanks to the wonder of on-demand viewing, fans of most TV series need not worry about catching their favorite show when it airs or even setting up their DVR. To help you sort through the massive vault thatis Hulus library, weve put together a list of the best shows on the streaming service for August. From comedies to animated classics,we cover it all.

The effort to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was one of the central battlegrounds of the womens movement in the 1970s.Mrs. America chronicles that fight and the unexpected backlash brought by Phyllis Schlafly (Cate Blanchett), dubbed the sweetheart of the silent majority. Told through the eyes of Schlafly and second-wave feminists Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm, Bella Abzug, and Jill Ruckelshaus, Mrs. America is a political drama that adroitly plays both sides of the aisle, depicting one of the toughest political battles of the 20th century. The series explores how this fight helped give rise to the Moral Majority and completely shifted the American political landscape.

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Life is tough for small business owners, but if your business is struggling, theres one man you can turn to for help: Nathan Fielder (playing a fictional version of himself), a consultant with a metaphorical briefcase full of bizarre marketing ideas and social anxiety. When an ordinary business owner finds themselves in a tricky situation, Fielder strolls into their lives like an awkward Rumpelstiltskin, ready to solve their problem in some bizarre way. Nathan for You is a brilliant mockumentary, with Fielders outlandish marketing stunts confusing the ordinary folk entangled in them his parody coffee shop Dumb Starbucks even made international news!

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Set in the remote, rural town of Letterkenny (populated, the show tells us, entirely by hicks, skids, hockey players, and Christians), Jared Keesos comedy Letterkenny follows a group of hicks: Wayne (Keeso), his friend Daryl (Nathan Dales), Katy (Michelle Mylett), and Squirrelly Dan (K. Trevor Wilson), as well as a pair of hockey players, Reilly (Dylan Playfair) and Jonesy (Andrew Herr), with whom Katy has a three-way relationship. The show revolves around their lives and encounters with the other eccentrics in the town. Its a show deeply rooted in Canadian culture, with heavy use of slang, but even those unfamiliar with the vernacular will quickly come to appreciate the shows deadpan wit.

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Adapting a great work of literature, particularly one as stylish as Joseph Hellers Catch-22, is a daunting task, but George Clooney and company managed to do it, more or less successfully, in this six-part miniseries. Set during World War II, Catch-22 follows Capt. Yossarian (Christopher Abbott), an American bombardier desperate to get out of the war. He wants to take advantage of the militarys policy of discharging any soldier on the basis of insanity. Unfortunately, Yossarians desire to get discharged for insanity is stifled by the militarys Catch-22 clause: Anyone who is crazy can ask to be discharged, but anyone asking to be discharged is clearly thinking rationally. So Yossarian keeps flying missions, and his superiors keep raising the number of missions required to end the war, and the war seems no closer to ending. Catch-22 is a darkly hilarious examination of the horrors of bureaucracy (and war), with a brilliant cast including along with Abbott George Clooney, Kyle Chandler, Hugh Laurie, and Julie Ann Emery.

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The streaming world is awash in introspective, character-driven comedies, and while Ramys format will feel familiar, it adds a new wrinkle. The eponymous character (played by comedian Ramy Youssef) isnt just a millennial dealing with the awkward ups and downs of work and dating in the 21st century. Hes also Muslim trying to lead a moral life in amoral times. Ramy wades in ambiguities and its protagonists hypocrisies and hang-ups; for instance, hes uncomfortable kissing a Muslim woman on their first date, but fine hooking up with non-Muslims, for which the former chews him out. Its a show with a unique perspective and a willingness to present its characters in an unflattering light.

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Adult Swims long-running (the series has been running off and on since 2003) dark comedy The Venture Bros. is a hilarious, occasionally depressing exploration of failure and legacies, set in a world full of colorful characters. Originally built as a parody of 60s adventure shows like Jonny Quest, The Venture Bros. focuses on Dr. Rusty Venture (James Urbaniak), a once-famous boy adventurer who grew up to be a failed scientist and owner of his fathers company, as well as his two sons, Hank (Christopher McCulloch) and Dean (Michael Sinterniklaas), and their bodyguard, secret agent/bulky murder machine Brock Samson (Patrick Warburton). The show follows the family through various adventures and schemes, flitting through various genres and story structures. The humor is weird but often brilliant one particularly strange episode reimagines the Scooby gang as a bunch of drug-addled fiends but what truly stands out about the show is how it has built a vast world full of recurring, oddball characters whose relationships evolve over time.

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Donald Glover is a modern Renaissance man: Since launching a comedy career via skits circulated on YouTube, he has since branched into rapping, acting, and even showrunning, with the remarkable, surreal comedy-drama Atlanta. The show follows a dogged college dropout named Earn (Glover), who sleeps at his on/off-again girlfriends place and struggles to provide for their child. When he learns that his cousin Alfred is starting to achieve success as a rapper stage name: Paper Boi Earn becomes his manager. There is not much of an overarching plot to Atlanta. Most episodes play out like short films, and the show experiments with a variety of stories and formats one standout episode is presented entirely as an episode of a local interview show, complete with fake commercials. Daring and frequently poignant, Atlanta is one of the most exciting shows on TV today.

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Desiree Akhavans The Bisexual is a character study of a bisexual woman, Leila (Akhavan), who breaks up with her older girlfriend after the latter proposes marriage. Leila moves in with a writer, Gabe (Brian Gleeson), and sets about trying to explore relationships with men, with sometimes awkward results. Leila must navigate not just relationships with men, but her friendships with the lesbian women shes spent years associating with, who arent sure what to make of her now. Its a complicated, emotionally honest examination of sexuality, with a complex cast of characters and a deft balance of humor of drama.

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These days, coming-of-age stories are a dime a dozen, but few of them are as novel or cringeworthy asPEN15. Co-creators Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle star as 13-year-old versions of themselves,allowing the series to address topics and situations many would consider taboo if performed by younger lead actors. The two find their footing in hormone-fueled incidents involving masturbation and AOL Instant Messenger, not to mention everyday encounters with parents, principals, and the kind of insult-spewing preteens you can expect to find at any middle school. Its all served with a heavy dose of 90s-inspired nostalgia, meaning if the showsno-holds-barred look at adolescence isnt enough, perhaps the constant references to the Spice Girls will be.

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The age of the subversive sitcom continues with Better Things, a dark, caustic comedy about growing older and raising kids. The show follows Sam Fox (Pamela Adlon), a struggling actress raising three kids by herself in Los Angeles. Sam juggles her attempts to advance her career and have fun with her responsibility to her daughters, each of whom presents their own unique difficulties. Adlon and co-creator Louis C.K. (who is no longer involved) previously worked on the surreal comedy-drama Louie, and Better Things shows a similar mean streak, narrowing in on the grimy, depressing aspects of parenthood that other sitcoms gloss over.

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Most people probably dont consider the end of the world to be a hilarious scenario; thankfully, the creators of The Last Man on Earth were not deterred. The show finds humor in the apocalypse, following a man named Phil Miller (Will Forte), who wanders the ghost town of Tucson after a viral outbreak destroys civilization. He eventually finds a companion, Carol Pilbasian (Kristen Schaal), but their personality quirks make life together problematic, to say the least. The Last Man on Earth is a strange show, and also a sharply written one, rendering it the kind of ambitious sitcom that only rarely comes along.

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Comedian Aidy Bryant is arguably one of the best things about the current crop of Saturday Night Liveperformers. As such, it was only a matter of time before she found herself a proper show, one that riffs on her particular skill set and brand of humor.Shrillis that show. Its based on author Lindy Wests 2016 memoir of the same name and is a biting take on what it means to be overweight, awkward, and a woman in a society that doesnt always take kindly to any of the aforementioned traits. Needless to say, Bryants on-screen career as a struggling journalist is just the springboard for the shows larger commentary.

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Great sketch shows have been in short supply for a while now, which makes it all the easier to appreciate the short but brilliant life of Key & Peele. Starring former MADtvmembers Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, the show is an adventurous collection of sketches that blend absurdist humor and social commentary. See, for example, a skit in which white news anchors complain about the dangers of black ice on the streets at night, to the indignation of their black colleagues. Not every sketch is political, however; sometimes they just freak out about the latest Liam Neeson film. Both hosts bring manic energy and throw themselves fully into a variety of roles.

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A Hulu Original from Rick and Morty creator Justin Roiland,Solar Opposites follows a team of four aliens after they escape their home world only to crash into a move-in ready home in suburban America. They genuinely cant decide if Earth is awesome or terrible. Korvo (Roiland) and Yumyulack (Sean Giambrone) bemoan pollution, consumerism, and human frailty, while Terry (Thomas Middleditch) and Jesse (Mary Mack) love TV, junk food, and fun stuff. Theyll have some time to come to a consensus as they protect the Pupa, a living supercomputer that will one day evolve into its true form, consume them, and terraform the Earth.

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What South Park is to late-night animation, Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia is to sitcoms. Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton, and Charlie Day who also created and write the show star as three best friends who kind of hate each other, while Kaitlin Olson and Danny DeVito round out the cast as the infamous Dee and Frank. The group often finds itself in some of the most absurd situations as the members push into the uncharted and irreverent comedic territory for which the show is well known, usually as a result of their own botched schemes.

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Community saw its fair share of ups and downs while on NBC but this Dan Harmon comedy is one of the funniest shows on TV its first three seasons were, at least. The show centers around a group of newly acquainted friends who attend a blunder of a community college. Joel McHale, Chevy Chase, and Donald Glover headline this hilarious show while Jim Rashs turn as the dean is as funny as any character on TV. Its no longer on the airwaves, but rumors of a forthcoming movie persist.

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Cartoon Networks Adventure Time amassed a huge audience over its ten-season run, one that crosses over into numerous demographics, making it a contemporary classic for adults and kids alike. The stories of best friends Jake and Finn in the magical Land of Ooo are a joy to watch. Whether the duo is protecting the land from the evil (and misunderstood) Ice King or helping a young vampire navigate her family life, Adventure Time captures a sense of adventure and fun, while providing a subtle maturity that speaks to older audiences.

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Fans of NBCs other workplace comedy, The Office, will no doubt see some similarities in Parks and Recreation. Amy Poehler heads a hilarious cast comprised of comedian Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, and Chris Pratt. The show follows this cast of characters as they run the Parks and Recreation Department in the small town of Pawnee, Indiana. The writing and comedic timing are superb as Parks is a bonafide hit and features some of modern televisions most memorable characters, such as the meat-loving Ron Swanson.

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Parks and Recreation creator Michael Schur and director Dan Goor struck comedy gold yet again with their action-comedy, Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Andy Samberg stars in the show, which focuses on a fictional police department precinct in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Andre Braugher plays the yin to Andy Sambergs yang, providing dry, yet hilariously timed humor during each episode. In just its first season, Brooklyn Nine-Nine took home two Golden Globe trophies.

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Ilana and her best friend Abbi are two 20-something women, living in New York. Abbi is a struggling artist, working at a fitness center while she attempts to get her career off the ground. Ilana, on the other hand, does everything in her power to avoid working, and instead pursues all manner of pleasurable distractions, including sexual escapades and consuming large amounts of marijuana. The two are often pulled into crazy situations, frequently as a consequence of one of Ilanas ill-conceived plots. Broad City has received high praise from critics due to its clever writing and subtle-yet-effective message of female empowerment.

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Another Michael Schur comedy, The Good Place met its end early, by design. Over the course of four seasons, Michael (Ted Danson) ushered Eleanor (Kristen Bell) through the process of becoming a better person, so she could earn her spot in the Good Place after her death. While that might not sound like the funniest premise, Bell and Danson lead an outstanding cast of now-household names, many of whom provide some of the most heartwarming performances in recent TV history. The shows constant twists and turns also make it easier for new viewers to dive in at any point in the series.

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Seinfeld is a show that needs no introduction. Starring comedian Jerry Seinfeld as himself, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes, Jason Alexander as the neurotic George Costanza, and Michael Richards as the hilarious Kramer, each episode follows the group of friends as they endure the absurdities of life in the big city (along with their own foibles). Thankfully, the Emmy-winning sitcom has endured since its original run in the 90s, further solidifying it as one of the most popular and important comedies to ever air on television.

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Despite getting canceled by Fox in 2006, Ron Howard and Mitchell Hurwitzs Arrested Development saw critical success across the board. Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, and Michael Cera star as family members of the very dysfunctional Bluth family living in Newport Beach, California. The show centers around Michael Bluth (Bateman) as hes forced to assist his off-the-wall relatives after the family business comes under fire.

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Creators Dan Harmon (Community) and Justin Roiland (House of Cosbys) teamed up to create one of the best animated comedies in years. The basic premise centers on Rick (Roiland), a scientist who employs the help of his grandson, Morty, to assist him with dangerous quests and various schemes across space and time. The Adult Swim series is chock full of biting satire and clever humor, and moreover, has garnered a cult following in the wake of its successful and highly-acclaimed first season.

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ABCs Black-ish is one of many shows to have sprung up during the latest sitcom renaissance, which seems to emphasize distinct points of view not often seen on TV. This particular sitcom follows the Johnsons, an upper middle class family in America. Parents Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) try to raise their children, whom they worry may be growing up in a vastly different milieu than they did. The show takes a critical look at issues of race and identity in contemporary America, balancing heavy social commentary with character-driven comedy.

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Although it didnt attain immortality like its unending older brother The Simpsons (which now has the most scripted episodes of any prime-time series), Matt Groenings other cartoon, Futurama, established an identity of its own as a funny, often poignant vision of the future. The show follows Philip J. Fry (Billy West), a delivery boy who stumbles into a cryogenic pod and wakes up a thousand years in the future. He ends up working for an interplanetary delivery company, working with a variety of colorful characters, including steely cyclops Leela (Katey Sagal) and hard-drinking, sociopathic robot Bender (John DiMaggio). Futurama is an inventive comedy, with every episode going in some wild directions, and it has an incredible cast of oddballs to bounce off each other.

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Although it lives in the shadow of Cowboy Bebop, director Shinichiro Watanabes follow-up, Samurai Champloo, is a terrific anime series, one that deserves to be considered on its own terms. Set in Edo-era Japan, the series follows an unlikely trio of travelers: A young waitress named Fuu, quiet ronin Jin, and wild swordsman Mugen. Fuu wants to find a samurai who smells like sunflowers, and after saving Jin and Mugen from execution, enlists them as bodyguards. The three wander Japan, encountering a variety of bizarre characters and scenarios (including a baseball game for the fate of Japan and a possible zombie apocalypse). Dynamic animation, vibrant art, and a chill hip-hop soundtrack are just a few of the reasons to watch this masterpiece.

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Superheroes can be a little boring, cant they? Does anybody really doubt when a bank robber comes face-to-face with Superman that the ensuing fight can go any way but one? One-Punch Man takes the one-sided nature of superheroes to its extreme conclusion, following Saitama (Makoto Furukawa), a hero so powerful he can defeat any foe with a single punch. Being unstoppable leads Saitama to a profound sense of ennui, however, and he must seek out stronger and stronger opponents to feel alive. One-Punch Man is a hilarious parody for fans of superheroes or anime, and it doesnt hurt that the action is rendered in smooth, colorful animation.

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At first,Bobs Burgers struggled to find traction in Foxs animation block, failing to pull in the dedicated audiences ofFamily Guy andThe Simpsons. Over the last decade, however, the Belchers have emerged as an entity all their own, a family struggling to make ends meet, but never struggling to cheer each other up and have as good of a time as they can. The characters never age, but the sitcom only seems to get better with time, fixating on the fictional family and their burger joint. With 10 seasons in the books and an 11th on the way not to mention a feature film theres no better time to start binging the Belcher familys escapades.

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History (the network) melds historic accuracy with epic action in Vikings, a dramatized recounting of a prolific figure in Scandinavian lore, Ragnar Lothbrok. Vikings follows the exploits of the cunning Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) as he becomes the most powerful ruler of Europes Viking Age, or at least, the one the history books and Nordic sagas remember him as. The show has received much acclaim during its run thus far and without the gratuitous nudity common to most cable epics earning it numerous Emmy nominations for both effects and design.

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Joss Whedons horror/fantasy/comedy/coming-of-age series was one of the defining shows of the 90s, a teen drama with a healthy dose of humor and also monsters. The show begins with teenager Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) starting school in her new hometown: Sunnydale, California. Its a quaint town, a perfect place to raise a family if you can look past all the vampires, demons, and other creatures haunting the town. Luckily for the people of Sunnydale, Buffy is no ordinary teen; shes a Slayer, a demon-fighting warrior blessed with superhuman powers. Along with her friends Xander (Nicholas Brendon) and Willow (Alyson Hannigan), as well as her mentor, Giles (Anthony Stewart Head), Buffy hunts monsters and tries to pass her classes. Although the early episodes are rough, Buffy the Vampire Slayer grew into one of the smartest shows on television in its day, a series that used its fantasy elements as metaphors for the travails of growing up and finding ones place in the world. It doesnt hurt that it had a sharp, self-aware sense of humor.

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Before he was the mastermind behind Marvels cinematic universe, Joss Whedon was known for creating memorable television series such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly. While the latter only lasted for one season before it was ultimately canceled and later revived with the film Serenity, it has garnered a rabid cult following. The sci-fi series is set just after an interplanetary civil war between the populated inner system planets and the outer planets, where life resembles the American West. The series is well known for its cast of likable characters, including Nathan Fillions Mal Reynolds, who captains the titular ship and is arguably the coolest space criminal since Han Solo.

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Anime is often labeled as a niche genre, but like with all forms of media, there are breakout examples that transcend the genre, crossing over in appeal. Cowboy Bebop is a prime example. Set in the early era of humanitys colonization of the solar system, a ragtag group of bounty hunters led by Spike Spiegel (Steven Blum) makes ends meet by taking in wanted criminals, while simultaneously trying to avoid the law and powerful criminal organizations. This space-western has been lauded as one of the best anime series ever made, with a memorable cast and compelling story, featuring one of the most iconic final scenes ever.

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Few franchises have grown as massive a fanbase as the Star Trek franchise. The Original Series features William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy as the iconic Captain Kirk and Commander Spock, respectively. Though dated the show aired from 1966 to 1969 its an appreciated blast from the past and one which created the foundation for so many TV spinoffs and movies. Few would argue that Captain Kirk and Commander Spock are among televisions all-time best duos.

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Perhaps the most popular of the Star Trek TV shows, The Next Generation ran for an impressive seven seasons from 1987 to 1994. Patrick Stewart takes the lead as Captain Jean-Luc Picard, who guides the Enterprise across the galaxy in search of new life and civilizations. It built off the cult success of The Original Series and solidified the Star Trek franchise as one of the best science fiction universes across TV or film. Despite taking place within the boundaries of space where no man had gone before TNG drew allegories to our earthbound cultural issues that took place during its televised run.

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Rod Serlings science fiction/fantasy series The Twilight Zone remains one of the best-written shows ever to air on American television. The original series aired for five seasons from 1959 to 1964 with Serling serving as not just head writer but also host and narrator. Each episodes new story sees the main character encounter paranormal or unusual events that lead to an eventual moral. Though it has spawned two spinoff series, the original Twilight Zone is the best of the bunch.

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For MI5 agent Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), the life of a spy is more mundane than the movies make it out to be. Shes stuck working at a desk, and the most excitement she sees is late-night karaoke, rather than infiltrating high-tech facilities or something similar. Eve gets a shot at a much livelier case when someone murders a Russian politician and Eve correctly deduces the assassin was a woman. Soon, she is on the trail of the assassin, Villanelle (Jodie Comer), a highly skilled killer with no conscience, who takes an interest in the woman hunting her. Blending drama, humor, and international spy antics, Killing Eve is an exceptional psychological thriller, built around a complicated cat-and-mouse relationship.

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Noah Hawley, the creator of FXs Fargo, tries his hand at telling a superhero story with Legion, a visually dynamic series that isnt your typical, man-in-a-cape origin story. The show follows David Haller (Dan Stevens), a man who, having heard voices in his head since a young age, starts the series in a psychiatric hospital. His official diagnosis is schizophrenia, but after meeting another patient, Syd Barrett (Rachel Keller), who can switch bodies with anyone she touches, he discovers that the voices in his head are a sign of his own latent powers. Fitting for a show about a man who may or may not be insane, Legion is a hallucinogenic show, with psychedelic visuals and format-breaking sequences that keep David and the viewer confused as to what is real.

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Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult star in this satirical, genre-bending drama about the rise of Catherine the Great from boring outsider to Russian Empress. The anti-historical romp through 18th-century Russia would make Chekhov blush and throw his vodka. Its a fictionalized series that leans into some of its historical characters basest, silliest, and most stereotyped characteristics, which makes for some great fun. Fannings Catherine is delightfully intense and idealistic with just a touch of sadism toward her depraved, dopey husband Peter III.

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Based on the Coen brothers beloved film of the same name, Fargo returns to the icy plains of Minnesota, a space where nefarious plots are conceived and enacted by otherwise seemingly normal folks. The TV adaptation features an rotating all-star cast that has included Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman, not to mention Colin Hanks and Allison Tolman, and stays true to the same black comedy and deadly mishaps that made the original film so popular.

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A biker gang, the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Redwood Original (aka SAMCRO), makes ends meet by trafficking guns and subverting the law at every turn. However, when the gangs young vice president Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam) discovers the diary of his deceased father, he begins to question SAMCROs business decisions. This puts Jax at odds with his stepfather Clay Morrow (Ron Perlman), who presides as the clubs president. The series tells the story of Jaxs efforts to keep the club together while balancing his complicated family life.

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In a not-too-distant future, after an environmental disaster causes widespread infertility, an extremist cult in the United States stages a coup, establishing the totalitarian state of Gilead. In this new society, women are relegated to subservient roles, and due to the low birth rate, a class of women called handmaids is conscripted to bear children for the leaders of Gilead. The protagonist of The Handmaids Tale, Offred (Elisabeth Moss), is one such woman, forced to have ritualized sex with Commander Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) to provide him and his wife a child. Living without any rights or power, Offred tries to survive each day, hoping to one day be free. The Handmaids Tale is a masterful adaptation of Margaret Atwoods grim novel of the same name, with excellent performances and gorgeous, oft-disturbing scene composition.

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This historical drama follows Margaret Wells (Samantha Morton), a madam running a brothel in 18th century London. Eager to climb the social ladder and dodge the authorities Margaret moves into the territory of her former boss, high-class madam Lydia Quigley (Lesley Manville), sparking a war between the two. Caught up in Margarets schemes are her two daughters, Charlotte (Jessica Brown Findlay) and Lucy (Eloise Smyth), whom she has pushed into prostitution. Despite the lurid subject matter, Harlots is never merely titillating; this is a show with a keen eye for the power dynamics at work in its setting, and how hierarchy turns even sex into a cold transaction. A complicated drama with intriguing characters, Harlots is a great show for people who like their historical dramas on the seedier side.

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Stephen King is one of modern Americas most prolific authors, with over 60 novels and 200 short stories, and that allows the creators of Castle Rock, a show that draws inspiration from a variety of Kings works, to create an eerie melange of the authors stories. Castle Rock follows Henry Deaver (Andr Holland), a defense attorney and a pariah in his hometown of Castle Rock, who nevertheless returns after guards at Shawshank Penitentiary find a nameless man (Bill Skarsgrd) locked in an abandoned cellblock. As Henry delves into the mystery behind this stranger known only as The Kid, he wades into a mystery that stretches back years. Castle Rock is loaded with Easter eggs for ardent King fans to grin at, but even those who havent read the authors complete bibliography can enjoy the show, as it tells a creepy story that can stand on its own merits.

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Chris Carters science fiction drama, The X-Files, operated under one simple premise: The truth is out there. FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) investigate unsolved mysteries called X-Files. These X-Files deal with paranormal activity, aliens, UFO sightings, and various phenomena. Mulder believes in the existence of alien life while Scully offers scientific explanations for the mysterious happenings, with their relationship serving as the shows bedrock.

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In the quiet titular town of Twin Peaks, the sudden and tragic murder of high school student Laura Palmer set off a chain of events that turns the town on its head. FBI agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) teams up with local sheriff Harry Truman (Michael Ontkean) to solve the murder, only to uncover a complicated mess of grisly truths that border on the supernatural. Twin Peaks is among director David Lynchs most iconic works, yet the show initially only lasted two brief seasons. Despite this, it produced some timeless episodes. Those who have finished the original two seasons will be delighted to know that the show returned for its first new episodes after 25 years in 2017, though those arent available on Hulu.

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American Horror Story is an anthology series where each season centers on its own unique story, with a core cast whose roles change from season to season. Each season provides scares and frightening psychological storylines, whether they take place within a troubled family home, amid a coven of witches, or inside a hotel of circus freaks. American Horror Story is a unique drama, one that capitalizes on the work of series creator Ryan Murphy.

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Outwit. Outplay. Outlast. Survivors three main tenets have helped the show survive for an admirable 40 seasons, showing no signs of slowing down. Whether youre a fan of the rugged early seasons, or you prefer Fans vs. Favorites, you can get your fill on Hulu. And if you werent already aware, the show follows two teams of contestants, both of which must survive for 40 days in a remote location while their teammates and opponents scheme to vote them off the island. Tiki torches also come standard.

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Catfish follows current host Nev Schulman and former host Max Joseph as they work to unravel the mysteries behind online-only relationships. Each episode details their investigation into a particular relationship and their ongoing effort to figure out if its actually real, or if one of the participants is merely being catfished. Its an interesting and questionably ethical exploration into internet politics and peoples personal lives.

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Legacies Season 3 release date and cast latest: When is it coming out? – Monsters and Critics

Danielle Rose Russell as Hope Mikaelson on Legacies Season 2. Pic credit: The CW

The series Legacies follows the supernatural students at Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted, including vampires, witches, and werewolves.

Viewers have enjoyed the American fantasy drama series on The CW for two seasons now, and after the way Season 2 ended, many fans are hoping a third season will be on the way soon.

Even though many television production plans have been shifted or postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, it appears that Season 3 will officially happen.

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This article provides everything that is known about Legacies Season 3 and all related news. As such, this article will be updated over time with news, rumors, and analysis. Meanwhile, lets dig down into what is known so far.

Back in January of this year, The CW gave plenty of viewers good news because the network basically renewed their entire lineup, according to TVLines report.

That includes popular shows like The CWs Batwoman, Supergirl, DCs Legends of Tomorrow, Charmed, and Nancy Drew.

Legacies was also renewed as part of the lineup, so that means fans can expect to see a third season coming out on The CW.

Typically, The CW has its big premiere week in October. Season 1 of Legacies debuted on Oct. 25, 2018, while Season 2 arrived on Oct. 10, 2019.

However, TV plans were shifted due to the coronavirus pandemic, so the network had to change up their release schedule for 2020.

This past May, The CW announced they were planning a January launch for their new and returning shows.

That includes Legacies, which according to Hollywood Reporter, will air on Thursdays at 9/8c starting in January of 2021.

Legacies is part of the series of shows which began with The Vampire Diaries and continued with The Originals. It takes place two years after Originals. Therefore, quite a few of the cast members also appeared on those shows.

The main star is Danielle Rose Russell reprising her role from The Originals as 17-year-old orphan Hope Andre Mikaelson, a student at Salvatore.

Her parents are werewolf-vampire hybrid Klaus Mikaelson and werewolf Hayley Marshall who appeared back on TVD and The Originals. Her lineage makes her a descendant of some powerful vampire, werewolf, and witch bloodlines.

Aria Shahghasemi has also been part of Legacies after first appearing on The Originals. He plays Landon Kirby, who is discovered to be a phoenix.

Additionally, twin witch/students Josie (Kaylee Bryant) and Lizzie Saltzman (Jenny Boyd), along with their headmaster father Alaric Saltzman (Matt Davis), are series regulars after originally debuting on Vampire Diaries.

Other essential cast members include Quincy Fouse as vampire/student aide Milton MG Greasley, Peyton Alex Smith as werewolf/student Rafael Waithe, and Chris Lee as vampire/student Kaleb.

Season 2 added some critical recurring characters. One of them was The Necromancer (Ben Guerens), a creature from Malivore who figured prominently into the final episodes.

Also showing up for Season 2 was Alexis Denisof as Professor Vardemus. He was temporarily headmaster at Salvatore and clashed with Alaric over wanting to reveal the supernaturals.

Thomas Doherty (Sebastian), Bianca Kajilch (Sherrif Mac), and Olivia Lang (Alyssa Chang) were also introduced in the second season.

There were initially supposed to be 20 episodes in the second season of Legacies, but due to postponement of filming, they used Episode 16 as the finale. The final episode featured Hope racing against the threat of the prophecy and trying to save the Saltzmans.

During the season, a possessed Josie Saltzman was terrorizing students at Salvatore. She eventually held a merging ceremony with her twin Lizzie, but Hope traveled into Josies subconscious to try to stop her.

She woke up in Josies subconscious, along with a talking pig. Hope learned that Josie put a sleeping spell on herself to protect the kingdom. Later on, fans saw that the pig was Josie in disguise.

Hope gave Josie a pep talk about gaining her strength and not being corrupted. Josie ultimately was triumphant in a battle with the Dark Josie. She regained control of her body and obtained a coin that holds powers she can use when she chooses the right time.

During the season, viewers also saw the Necromancer holding control over students and causing plenty of damage. Rafael held guilt due to being a puppet for the Necromancer and killing his brother Landon.

By the finale, the Necromancer had devised a scheme to gain Dark Josies powers. He promised Alaric and Lizzie that hed resurrect all those who died in exchange for the transfer of powers. That would also release Rafael from his control and bring Landon back to life.

Lizzie and Alaric agreed to the deal. Lizzie performed a spell to transfer all Dark Josies powers to the Necromancer. Most of those who had died or become puppets under Necromancers watch was brought back as part of the deal.

The big cliffhanger came when Landon was not among those brought back to life, and Hope was still unconscious.

That seems to indicate that maybe the Necromancer chose not to resurrect Landon, and that Hope may be stuck in Josies subconscious or inside the coin Josie owns.

Legacies returns to The CW on Thursdays at 9/8c in January 2021.

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The Walking Dead Season 3 PC Latest Version Free Download – The Gamer HQ

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An Overlooked Horror Movie Is Dominating Netflix Today – We Got This Covered

Netflix provides an opportunity for many overlooked films to get a new lease on life, from comedies to action movies. The latest picture to get the Netflix bump is We Summon the Darkness, which since being added to the platform a few days ago is already number 6 on the Top 10 most-watched films list. Why, then, is this title doing so well with subscribers?

Marc Meyers is behind the camera on We Summon the Darkness and his film is set at the tail-end of the 1980s heavy metal craze, focusing on Alexis, Beverley and Val, who meet up with some guys on the way to a concert. Shortly after, the female trio invite them back to a remote country house where things rapidly get out of control.

The cast includes the likes of Alexandra Daddario and Johnny Knoxville and the movie takes on the Satanic Panic of the era in ways that might surprise anyone expecting a more conventional survival horror story. Judging by reviews of the film, which only made its digital and on-demand debut in April 2020, it seems Meyers and screenwriter Alan Trezza do a good job of balancing scares and humor without skimping on the gore.

Were pleased, then, to see We Summon the Darkness pick up a larger audience on Netflix, which has a strong track record for horror-themed titles in recent months. Indeed, the streaming service has both a solid collection of classics from the genre to fall back on and a canny sense of which possibly-underserved releases could click with audiences. Following on from the recent success ofWhat Keeps You Alive, it now appears thatWe Summon the Darkness is reinforcing a happy trend for well-made, genre-literate productions getting a shot at a global audience on the platform.

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How to watch Host, the Zoom horror movie that’s terrifying audiences – RadioTimes

A Zoom call goes terrifyingly wrong in the fresh new horror film Host, focussing on a group of friends in lockdown who decide to conduct a socially-distanced seance over group video chat unleashing a vengeful poltergeist.

British director Robert Savage, who helms the project, was reportedly inspired by a real-life medium telling him that their business was thriving during the coronavirus pandemic.

Read on for everything you need to know about Shudders horror film, Host, and how to watch it.

Host is now available worldwide on horror film streaming platform Shudder.

You can subscribe to Shudder direct, or via Amazon Prime Video you can try out the service with a 7-day free trial, after which itll cost you 4.99 a month.

The film centres around a lockdown Zoom call, where a group of friends are joined remotely by a medium for a seance.

All the characters are given the real-life names of the actors playing them, similar to The Blair Witch Project and it likely goes some way to enhancing the films authentic feel.

Haley (Haley Bishop) is the group instigator she convinces her five friends, including the sceptical Jemma (Jemma Moore), to take part in the seance, urging them to be respectful of the dead. However, they unexpectedly waken a terrifying ghost

The film which clocks in at under an hour running time was conceived of only 12 weeks prior to arriving on streaming platform Shudder, and was filmed remotely.

You can watch the unsettling trailer for Host below but be warned, youll never be able to log onto a Zoom call again without a chill running down your spine

Watch Host by subscribing to Shudder direct, or via Amazon Prime Video try out the service with a 7-day free trial, after which itll cost you 4.99 a month.

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The Creature Horror of This Weekend’s ‘Sputnik’ Begins With a Bloody Crash Landing [Clip] – Bloody Disgusting

Russian creature feature Sputnik is headed to VOD here in North America courtesy of IFC Midnight this weekend, and a new clip has been shared by the company today.

The film centers on the lone survivor of an enigmatic spaceship incident returning home with a creature hiding in his body. His only hope? A doctor whos ready to do whatever it takes to save her patient. The clip shared by IFC Midnight today gives us a glimpse of that spaceship incident, with a bloody crash landing marking the beginning of this terror tale

Due to her controversial methods, young doctor Tatiana Yurievna (Oksana Akinshina) is on the precipice of losing her medical license. Her career may not be over, though. After shes recruited by the military, Tatiana is brought to a secure science research facility to assess a very special case, that of Konstantin Sergeyevich (Pyotr Fyodorov), a cosmonaut who survived a mysterious space accident and has returned to Earth with a unique condition: theres something living inside of him that only shows itself late at night. The military has nefarious plans for it. Tatiana wants to stop it from killing Konstantin. And the creature itself thrives on destruction.

Egor Abramenko directed the sci-fi/monster movie. Find the trailer here.

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Sam Johnson and Chris Marcil (What We Do in the Shadows): This show is different from other sit-coms [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] – Gold Derby

Its so funny, inventive and season two came at the perfect time, just as people were locking down, says Chris Marcil about What We Do in the Shadows. His writing partner Sam Johnson adds, There are a lot of ways that this show is different from other sit-coms. Theres a lot more collaborating on stage. Improvisation is encouraged which is different than most shows.

The FX vampire mockumentary broke through at the Emmys this year with eight nominations, including Best Comedy Series. The series tells the story of three traditional vampires, an energy-sucking vampire and a familiar. It is created by Jemaine Clement from Flight of the Conchords and produced by the Oscar-winning Taika Waititi.

Johnson and Marcil have scored one of Shadows three writing nominations for penning the episode Collaborations. In the episode Lazlo (Matt Berry) and wife Nadja (Natasia Demetriou) write music for an open mic night. Johnson reveals, Matt is extremely musical. We were very excited to have a musical episode. Jemaine is very musical and Paul Simms, the showrunner, is as well. They had given Matt a keyboard to have around so he could noodle. It was really a great joy to get to set and he had worked out all these songs and great tunes. There were a couple of great moments of just Matt and Jemaine with guitars playing together. Its great to be back stage with these great musicians and watch them jamming. Marcil adds, Our job with the script as far as the songs went was to put the ball in play. They can take it to the next level.

The episode also delves into the familiar relationship between Guillermo (Harvey Guilln), and Nandor (Kayvan Novak). Johnson says, Theres this almost rom-com situation where they are so close but theres this thing that separates them. Part of its the status difference between the vampire and the familiar and now its also this thing that makes Guillermo very powerful as a vampire killer. Its a great tension to play. I really liked the arc of season two and in our episode I really liked the evolution for Nandor where they have a moment.

The writing duo have been working together on comedy since their days on NewsRadio. Marcil says, Sam and I have written together for thirty some odd years. It doesnt feel like a challenge because its fun to do. Sam and I worked for Paul Simms on NewsRadio. Paul likes to give a lot of discretion. So that was fun. Its nice with a partner because Sam and I had written together for so long. We are like a room of two. It doesnt really feel like a challenge, this is like a fun project.

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