The Best Movies on Hulu Right Now (October 2021)

In the mood for a comedy, drama, or thriller? We've got you covered

Hulu is primarily known for its massive library of TV shows, including a large slate of fantastic originals and exclusives. The service also plays host to a library of movies that is more than large enough to be daunting. We dug through the entire list to find the best movies Hulu has to offer, across a bunch of genres and categories, so all you have to do is sit back and click play.

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Riders of Justice (2020): Action, Comedy, and Drama All in One Movie

Mads Mikkelsen in Riders of Justice


IMDb Rating: 7.6/10

Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama

Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Andrea Heick Gadeberg

Directed By: Jeff Mednikow

TV Rating: R

Running Time: 1 hour, 56 minutes

After being deployed to Afghanistan, Markus (Mads Mikkelsen) gets called back to Denmark when tragedy strikes at home. Suddenly a single father, Markus becomes obsessed with avenging his wife's murder.

Although it has a rather generic setup, Riders of Justice doesn't take itself too seriously, and it often subverts action movie tropes. Darkly humorous, the film doesn't hold back in the violence and gore departments.

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Christine Ko and Vincent Van Horn in Stalker


IMDb Rating: 7.7/10

Genre: Thriller

Starring: Christine Ko, Vincent Van Horn, Michael Lee Joplin

Directed By: Tyler Savage

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Seeking a fresh start, recently single Andy (Vincent Van Horn) moves to Los Angeles where he quickly hits it off with new friends Roger (Michael Lee Joplin) and Sam (Christine Ko). As Andy and Sam grow closer, Roger is left on the sidelines seething with jealously.

Stalker starts out as a predictable thriller, but the story takes several unexpected turns as it unfolds. With its pessimistic outlook on life in the digital age, this film will make you think twice about what you post on social media.

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Felix in Felix and the Hidden Treasure


IMDb Rating: 5.7/10

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family

Starring:  Elias Harger, Guy Nadon, Karine Vanasse

Directed By: Nicola Lemay

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Running Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

After his father goes missing at sea, Young Felix (Elias Harger) sets out to find him. Along the way, he is joined by a friendly fisherman named Tom (Guy Nadon), a one-legged parrot, and a cat who thinks he's a dog. Together, they discover a secret underground world controlled by a mad ruler named Morgäa (Karine Vanasse).

Original ideas in movies are rare these days, but Felix and the Hidden Treasure delivers enough creative twists to keep children and adults entertained. Exceptional animation and voice acting make this light-hearted kid's flick a delightful watch.

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Vacation Friends (2021): Funniest Summer Comedy You Can Only Watch on Hulu

The cast of Vacation Friends


IMDb Rating: 6.1/10

Genre: Adventure, Comedy

Starring: John Cena, Meredith Hagner, Lil Rel Howery

Directed By: Clay Tarver

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 1 hour, 47 minutes

Making new friends is one of the best parts of going on vacation. Unfortunately, Marcus (Lil Rel Howery) and Emily (Yvonne Orji) get more than they bargained for when they meet fun-loving couple Ron (John Cena) and Kyla (Meredith Hagner) during their trip to Mexico.

John Cena shines like he usually does as the comedic lead, and the rest of the cast is equally charming. Vacation Friends is exclusive to Hulu, so you can't stream it anywhere else.

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Four Good Days (2021): Best Story About Healing From Addiction

Glenn Close and Mila Kunis in Four Good Days


IMDb Rating: 6.5/10

Genre: Drama

Starring: Glenn Close, Mila Kunis, Stephen Root

Directed By: Rodrigo García

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Margaret (Mila Kunis) says she's ready to give up drugs and go back to rehab, but her mother Deb (Glenn Close) isn't ready to let her daughter back into her life. Having nowhere else to go as she awaits treatment, Margaret begins camping outside her Mom's house.

Four Good Days belongs to the same genre as movies like Ben is Back and Beautiful Boy, which both focus on relationships between parents and their addicted children. It's not original, but it's still a moving story about a real-life problem that affects too many Americans.

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Love and Monsters (2020): Most Action Packed Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi Comedy

Dylan O'Brien in Love and Monsters


IMDb Rating: 7.0/10

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy

Starring: Dylan O'Brien, Jessica Henwick, Michael Rooker

Directed By: Michael Matthews

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 1 hour, 49 minutes

In this post-apocalyptic comedy, humanity has been forced underground as giant monsters reign over the Earth. Having survived the so-called Monsterpocalypse, Joel (Dylan O'Brien) sets out to reunite with his high school sweetheart Aimee (Jessica Henwick) in spite of the immense danger.

Love and Monsters is a fun ride for teens and adults. Dylan O'Brien is believable as an action hero, and the monster designs earned the movie an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects.

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Bill and Ted Face the Music (2020): Longest-Awaited Totally Bodacious Sequel

Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter Bill and Ted Face the Music


IMDb Rating: 6.0/10

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Music

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Kristen Schaal

Directed By: Dean Parisot

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 1 hour, 31 minutes

In 1989, Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) were told they would write a song that would one day save the world. Thirty years later, they've yet to write a single note. Confronted with a bleak future, the duo must embark on another time-traveling adventure to set things right.

Reeves and Winter slip back into their roles as loveable losers without missing a beat. Samara Weaving and Brigette Lundy-Paine stand out as Bill and Ted's respective daughters, who both clearly watched the original films and mastered the mannerisms of their fictional dads.

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Summer of Soul (2021): Best Musical Documentary About Black Artists

Summer of Soul on Hulu


IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

Genre: Documentary, Music

Starring: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Chris Rock, Redd Foxx

Directed By: Questlove

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 1 hour, 57 minutes

Through digitally restored footage, DJ Questlove presents the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival in astonishing detail. Taking place in Marcus Garvey Park over a six-week period, the performances by Nina Simone, Mahalia Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and other contemporary black artists were thought to be lost until now.

After sitting in a basement for decades, video and audio recordings of the event were painstakingly reconstructed and edited together for this historical documentary. Before dropping on Hulu, Summer of Soul won both the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.

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False Positive (2021): Scariest Pregnancy Story

Justin Theroux, Sophia Bush, and Pierce Brosnan in False Positive


IMDb Rating: 5.9/10

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Starring: Ilana Glazer, Justin Theroux, Pierce Brosnan

Directed By: John Lee

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 1 hour, 32 minutes

Lucy (Ilana Glazer) and Adrian (Justin Theroux) are finally going to be parents thanks to the fertility clinic of Dr. Hindle (Pierce Brosnan). Dr. Hindle seems like a savior at first, but the further along she gets, the more suspicious Lucy becomes of his intentions.

This Hulu exclusive is clearly inspired by films like Rosemary's Baby, another horror classic about a terrifying pregnancy. Under the scary surface, there's some interesting commentary about the social pressures that come with being an expectant parent.

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Two of Us (2019): Best Modern LGBT Love Story

Barbara Sukowa and Martine Chevallie in Two of Us


IMDb Rating: 7.1/10

Genre: Drama, Romance

Starring: Barbara Sukowa, Martine Chevallie, Léa Drucker

Directed By: Filippo Meneghetti

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 1 hour, 39 minutes

Nina (Barbara Sukowa) and Madeleine (Martine Chevallie) have kept their deep love for one another a secret for many years, but as they grow older, it becomes harder and harder to carry on a clandestine romance. Eventually, they and everyone else are going to have to accept the truth.

Two of Us (released as Deux in France) was the French nominee for the Best International Feature Film at the Academy Awards. Good romance stories about older couples are rare, especially LGBT ones, so Two of Us feels refreshingly original.

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MLK/FBI (2021): Best Historical Exposé About the American Civil Rights Movement

Dr. Martin Luther King in MLK/FBI


IMDb Rating: 6.9/10

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Starring: Martin Luther King Jr., J. Edgar Hoover, David Garrow

Directed By: Sam Pollard

Motion Picture Rating: TV-PG

Running Time: 1 hour, 44 minutes

Before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was celebrated as an American hero, he was the target of an elaborate government surveillance plot to undermine the civil rights movement for racial equality. This film elucidates newly declassified documents about the FBI's intimidation campaign against the legendary activist.

Through archival footage, MLK/FBI chronicles King's involvement with the civil rights movement leading up to his assassination in 1968. Like Judas and the Black Messiah, an Academy Award-winning film about Black Panther leader Fred Hampton released a year earlier, MLK/FBI tells the uncomfortable truth about the US government's role in sabotaging civil rights leaders.

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Bound (1996): Best LGBT Romantic Crime Thriller

Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon in Bound


IMDb Rating: 5.4/10

Genre: Documentary

Starring: Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Joe Pantoliano

Directed By: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski

TV Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 1 hour, 36 minutes

Corky (Gina Gershon) and Violet (Jennifer Tilly) are an odd couple. One is a hardened street criminal who struggles to survive, while the other lives a life of luxury with her gangster boyfriend. However, they prove to be a deadly duo when they decide to pull a heist on the mob and run off together.

Bound is a tense and sensuous thriller that's not for the faint of heart. Although it was considered taboo for its time, the film is fairly tame by today's standards. What makes Bound really stand out is the outstanding chemistry between Tilly and Gershon.

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Little Fish (2020): Best Pandemic Love Story

Olivia Cooke and Jack O'Connell in Little Fish


IMDb Rating: 6.9/10

Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

Starring: Olivia Cooke, Jack O'Connell, Soko

Directed By: Chad Hartigan

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 1 hour, 41 minutes

Jude (Jack O'Connell) and Emma (Olivia Cooke) have built a life together, but it suddenly starts to fall apart when they both get infected by a virus that slowly erases their memories. To survive, the couple must reassemble the pieces of their relationship and remember why they fell in love.

There seem to be a lot of sci-fi romance movies coming out these days, and this one hits particularly close to home since it takes place during a pandemic. If you're into that genre, you definitely don't want to skip Little Fish.

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Spontaneous (2020): Most Explosive Romantic Teen Comedy

Katherine Langford and Charlie Plummer in Spontaneous

IMDb Rating: 6.5/10

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Starring: Katherine Langford, Charlie Plummer, Yvonne Orji

Directed By: Brian Duffield

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 1 hour, 41 minutes

Have you ever liked someone so much that you could just explode? For teenagers Mara (Katherine Langford) and Dylan (Charlie Plummer), it's a legitimate concern as classmates start incinerating before their eyes. It's a situation so horrifying that all you can do is laugh.

A solid new entry in the ever-growing genre of quirky romantic sci-fi, Spontaneous doesn't get too bogged down in explaining the rules of its world. The characters, like the audience, are kept in the dark, leaving them to make their own meaning out of the chaos.

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Chappaquiddick (2017): Best Dramatic History Lesson

Jason Clarke in Chappaquiddick


IMDb Rating: 6.4

Genre: Biography, Drama, History

Starring: Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms

Directed By: John Curran

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 1 hour, 46 minutes

The name Chappaquiddick might not ring a bell for younger audiences, but in 1969, every American had heard of the tiny island off the coast of Massachusetts. It's where Senator Ted Kennedy (Jason Clarke) drove a car off a bridge in July of that year, resulting in the death of campaign strategist Mary Jo Kopechne (Kate Mara).

Chappaquiddick speculates on the events before, during, and after the tragic accident. The film walks a fine line, painting Kennedy in a sympathetic light while also exposing how money and connections help the wealthy avoid the consequences of their actions.

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Farewell Amor (2020): Most Touching Film About Immigration in America

Farewell Amor


IMDb Rating: 6.9/10

Genre: Drama, Music, Romance

Starring: Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Zainab Jah, Jayme Lawson

Directed By: Ekwa Msangi

Motion Picture Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes

Seventeen years after coming to America from Angola, Walter (Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine) has finally saved enough money for his wife Esther (Zainab Jah) and their daughter Sylvia (Jayme Lawson) to join him. Although they are at first elated by their reunion, all three eventually struggle with adjusting to their new life.

Farewell Armor is neither a celebration nor a critique of the American Dream; rather, it's a candid story about one family's immigration experience from three different perspectives. Things aren't perfect, but the enduring bonds of love and family make life worth living.

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Kid 90 (2021): Best Nostalgic Documentary About Child Actors

Kid 90 documentary on Hulu


IMDb Rating: 7.9/10

Genre: Documentary, Biography, Family

Starring: Soleil Moon Frye, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Jonathan Brandis

Directed By: Soleil Moon Frye

Motion Picture Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 1 hour, 11 minutes

Soleil Moon Frye grew up in the spotlight, landing her first starring role as Punky Brewster at just eight-years-old. In Kid 90, Frye reflects on hundreds of hours of camcorder footage documenting her wild career as a child actor, from giving anti-PSAs to tripping on shrooms backstage with her peers.

If you grew up with sitcoms in the 80s or 90s, you'll have fun trying to pick out all the child stars who make cameos. The majority of the movie is upbeat and nostalgic; however, the darker side of young fame is also addressed, such as when Frye discusses the death of fellow child star Jonathan Brandis.

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Hunter Hunter (2020): Darkest Cabin-in-the-Woods Horror Story

Camille Sullivan in Hunter Hunter


IMDb Rating: 6.4/10

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Starring: Camille Sullivan, Summer H. Howell, Devon Sawa

Directed By: Shawn Linden

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 1 hour, 33 minutes

After her husband Joseph (Devon Sawa) goes missing, Anne (Camille Sullivan) and her daughter Renee (Summer H. Howell) welcome a wounded stranger into their remote cottage. It's clear that something is out to get them, but is the threat coming from outside the home, or from within?

Hunter Hunter puts a unique spin on the cabin-the-the-woods horror setup with clear inspiration from Last House on the Left. The movie earns its R rating with gratuitous violence and visceral imagery, but that doesn't detract from the emotional connection director Shawn Linden builds between the audience and his characters.

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Antebellum (2020): Scariest American Civil War Themed Horror Movie

Janelle Monáe in Antebellum


IMDb Rating: 5.6/10

Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery

Starring: Janelle Monáe, Eric Lange, Jena Malone

Directed By: Gerard Bush, Christopher Renz

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Renowned scholar Veronica Henley (Janelle Monáe) is kidnapped and enslaved at a plantation ruled by Confederate holdouts. At first, Veronica resolves to keep her head down until someone comes to her rescue, but she ultimately devises an escape plan after the death of her only confidante.

The premise is similar to 12 Years a Slave, but it eventually takes a twist that makes it feel more like an M. Knight Shyamalan film. The structure of the plot is a little hard to follow at first, but it all comes together in a triumphant climax.

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Nomadland (2020): Best Road Trip Movie Based on a Nonfiction Book

Nomadland on Hulu


IMDb Rating: 7.6/10

Genre: Drama

Starring: Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May

Directed By: Chloé Zhao

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 1 hour, 48 minutes

After her employer of many years shuts down, Fern moves into a van and leaves her hometown to find work. She eventually ends up at the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous, a gathering of fellow nomads where she learns how to survive life on the road.

Nomadland is inspired by Jessica Bruder's nonfiction book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century, which documents the real struggles of Americans traveling in search of stability in the wake of the Great Recession. Many of the characters from the book play themselves in the film.

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The Ultimate Playlist of Noise (2021): Saddest Coming-of-Age Teen Romance

Keean Johnson in The Ultimate Playlist of Noise


IMDb Rating: 6.4/10

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music

Starring: Keean Johnson, Madeline Brewer, Rya Kihlstedt

Directed By: Bennett Lasseter

Motion Picture Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 1 hour, 39 minutes

Like the films The Fault in Our Stars and Clouds, The Ultimate Playlist of Noise fits into the tragic teenage romance genre. Devastated with facing the possibility of losing his hearing, music-loving Marcus (Keean Johnson) goes on a journey with aspiring musician Wendy (Madeline Brewer) to record the ultimate bucket playlist.

The Ultimate Playlist of Noise falters in its handling of deafness, and it's not particularly original. Still, the story is sweet enough to satisfy hopeless romantics and the young at heart. If you've watched other Hulu originals, you know what to expect in terms of the acting and production quality.

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Save Yourselves (2020): Best Intentional B-Movie About Furry Flesheaters

Sunita Mani and John Paul Reynolds in Save Yourselves

Bleeker Street

IMDb Rating: 5.5/10

Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi

Starring: Sunita Mani, John Reynolds, Ben Sinclair

Directed By: Alex Huston Fischer, Eleanor Wilson

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 1 hour, 33 minutes

In an attempt to reconnect, Su (Sunita Mani) and Jack (John Reynolds) agree to ditch their smartphones and stay at a cabin in the woods for a week. Unfortunately, they pick the worse time to take a break from the outside world, as Earth is suddenly being invaded by malicious furry aliens.

Save Yourselves seems like an intentional B-movie that's not meant to be taken too seriously. Nonetheless, the performances of Mani and Reynolds are entertaining enough to keep casual viewers watching.

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Star Trek Beyond (2016): Best Star Trek Reboot

Star Trek Beyond

Paramount Pictures

IMDb Rating: 7.1/10

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban

Directed By: Justin Lin

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 2 hours, 2 minutes

Star Trek Beyond is the final film in the Star Trek reboot trilogy. After going their separate ways, Captain Kirk and Commander Spock are reunited once again and must rely on each other for survival. The plot gets a little wacky at points, which means it perfectly fits the tone of the original show.

Beyond wasn't the box-office hit that the studio wanted, but it was well-received by critics and fans. Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto return as Kirk and Spock respectively, and the late Leonard Nimoy makes a brief appearance.

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I Am Greta (2020): Most Empowering Movie About Youth Activism

Greta Thunberg in I Am Greta


IMDb Rating: 5.7/10

Genre: Documentary, Biography

Starring: Greta Thunberg, Malena Ernman, Pope Francis

Directed By: Nathan Grossman

TV Rating: TV-14

Running Time: 1 hour, 37 minutes

I Am Greta documents the activism of Greta Thunberg, a teenager from Sweden who captured the world's attention in 2018 with her scathing address to world leaders at the U.N. for their inaction on climate change. A year after protesting alone in front of the Swedish parliament, Thunberg started the world's largest organized labor strike in 2019.

I Am Greta was screened at film festivals across the world, including the 77th Venice International Film Festival, before coming to Hulu. The film doesn't go too in-depth about the issue of climate change, but it perfectly explains how effective political movements are formed.

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Run (2020): Most Tense Psychological Thriller About an Overbearing Mother

Sarah Paulson in Run


IMDb Rating: 6.7/10

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Starring: Sarah Paulson, Kiera Allen, Onalee Ames

Directed By: Aneesh Chaganty

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Diane (Sarah Paulson) is an overprotective mother. She homeschools her daughter Chloe (Kiera Allen) and adamantly shields her from the supposed horrors of the world. As it turns out, she's hiding a secret that is more horrifying than anything outside their home.

The claustrophobic mood and Paulson's imposing acting make Run a tense little thriller. While not particularly original, it's both scary and fun. Run was originally planned to debut in theaters on Mother's Day 2020 before being released digitally in November.

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Judy (2019): Best Biopic About a Film Icon

Renée Zellweger in Judy

20th Century Fox

IMDb Rating: 6.8/10

Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance

Starring: Renée Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock

Directed By: Rupert Goold

TV Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 1 hour, 58 minutes

Renée Zellweger portrays Judy Garland in this grisly biopic about one of Hollywood's most legendary stars. It's based on the play End of the Rainbow by Peter Quilter, which details the final year of the beloved actress's life as she dealt with a dwindling career and declining health.

For her performance, Zellweger won the Best Actress category at the Golden Globe Awards, SAG Awards, BAFTA Awards, and the Academy Awards. Judy also features some cool flashback scenes where Darci Shaw portrays the younger Garland during her time on the set of The Wizard of Oz.

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The Binge (2020): Best Drug-Fueled Parody of the Purge

Vince Vaughn in The Binge


IMDb Rating: 6.7/10

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Vince Vaughn, Skyler Gisondo, Dexter Darden

Directed By: Jeremy Garelick

TV Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 1 hour, 38 minutes

Instead of violent crime being legal for a day, the premise behind The Binge is that all drugs are legal, and excessive use is considered your patriotic duty.

While The Binge didn't receive favorable reviews when it was released in August 2020, it provides enough laughs to justify watching, if you're into irreverent comedies. Needless to say, the humor is for adults only.

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Parasite (2019): Best Comedy Turned Thriller Drama


CJ Entertainment

IMDb Rating: 8.6/10

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller

Starring: Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo

Directed By: Bong Joon Ho  

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 2 hours, 12 minutes

Parasite opens as a fairly standard paint-by-numbers comedy/drama, as the destitute Kim family starts to insinuate itself into the lives of the well-off Park family. Ki-woo (Woo-sik Choi) first gains employment as a tutor, paving the way for sister Ki-Jung (So-dam Park) to move in as well. Father Ki-taek (Kang-ho Song) and mother Chung-sook (Hye-jin Jang) both enter the employment of the Parks under dubious circumstances.

Once fully insinuated into the lives of the wealthy park Family, the Kims begin to assume the wealth as their own. That's where things go off the rails, and the movie shifts from comedy to thriller. Bong Joon-ho navigates these waters flawlessly, taking home Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director, among numerous other accolades.

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Were the World Mine (2008): Best LGBT Shakespearean Comedy

Tanner Cohen in Were the World Mine


IMDb Rating: 6.9/10

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, LGBT, Musical

Starring: Tanner Cohen, Wendy Robie, Judy McLane

Directed By: Tom Gustafson

Motion Picture Rating: NR

Running Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes

Were the World Mine is a quirky reimagining of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream in which a gay student (Tanner Cohen) creates a love potion to woo the captain of the rugby team. Unfortunately, the potion ends up affecting everyone in school, throwing the entire community into chaos.

Were the World Mine won more than half-a-dozen awards at various LGBT film festivals, mostly thanks to the film's music and choreography. While it features some provocative dance sequences and themes, the movie is appropriate for young adults.

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Akira (1988): Best Classic Anime Sci-Fi



IMDb Rating: 8.0/10

Genre: Anime, Sci-Fi, Drama

Starring: Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama

Directed By: Katsuhiro Ôtomo

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 2 hours, 4 minutes

Akira is a classic of science fiction and anime, having informed subsequent works in both genres over the decades. Don't let its age put you off if you aren't a fan of older anime, as this slick and stylish action drama is one that absolutely stands the test of time.

Set in towering Neo-Toyko in something quite close to present-day (2019, to be specific), Akira is the story of Kaneda (Mitsuo Iwata) and Tetsuo (Nozomu Sasaki), two friends who find themselves at odds with each other. As Tetsuo develops strange powers and a towering ego brought on by a brush with a secret military program, Kaneda is forced to take his old friend down before it's too late.

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