Get ready for a thrilling movie marathon! From Peacock to Netflix, Hulu to Prime Video, and Max to the big screen, there is a dazzling array of streaming movies that are set to captivate audiences in the coming years. Whether you're a fan of suspenseful thrillers, heartwarming dramas, or action-packed adventures, this article will guide you through the best upcoming releases that are destined to leave you on the edge of your seat. So grab your popcorn, settle in, and prepare to be entertained by an incredible lineup of cinematic masterpieces.

Renfield (Peacock)

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After the downfall of Universal's Dark Universe, a series of remarkable horror films have emerged. Following the incredibly intense reimagining of The Invisible Man, Dracula has returned to the silver screen in the form of Renfield, albeit with some minor adjustments. Nicolas Cage takes on the role of Dracula.

The story revolves around R.M. Renfield, Dracula's loyal servant, as he struggles to fulfill his obligations to the suave count while pursuing a romantic interest in modern-day New Orleans. It's a fresh take on the Dracula mythology by director Chris McKay (The Tomorrow War) and writer Robert Kirkman (Invincible), striking a balance between horror and humor in the hopes of launching a new and improved film universe.

Knock at the Cabin (Peacock)

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M. Night Shyamalan's Knock at the Cabin lives up to expectations as a typical Shyamalan film. Although his previous works have divided audiences and critics alike, Knock at the Cabin remains a captivating thriller that takes full advantage of its secluded setting.

With an exceptional and villainous performance by Dave Bautista, Knock at the Cabin follows him and three others as they forcefully take control of a remote cabin in the woods, holding a young girl and her parents hostage. What initially appears to be a routine home invasion thriller takes an intriguing turn when their unique motives are revealed: they believe the world is on the verge of ending, and they must make a sacrifice to prevent it.

Cocaine Bear (Peacock)

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What can we say about the film Cocaine Bear? It's a movie that wears its influences and storyline on its sleeve for all to see. Loosely based on a true story, Cocaine Bear follows the tale of a bear that stumbles upon a duffel bag full of cocaine. Being a bear, its instinct is to devour it, leading to a series of hilarious and outrageous events.

Thankfully, Cocaine Bear leans more toward the comedic side rather than horror. Directed and produced by Elizabeth Banks, Cocaine Bear portrays the drug-induced bear in a sympathetic light, while a group of detectives, dealers, and ordinary citizens find themselves at the creature's mercy. In addition to its eccentric premise and the fascinating real-life story it is based on, Cocaine Bear is also noteworthy for featuring one of the final performances by the late actor Ray Liotta.

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If you're in need of an actor who can portray absolute madness, Willem Dafoe is the man to call. Inside, which premiered in February, is now available for streaming on multiple platforms, allowing you to experience this single-location thriller from the comfort of your own home. However, it may not be so comfortable for the protagonist. Inside revolves around a New York penthouse that becomes the target of a cunning art thief. But when he becomes trapped inside the room without any means of escape, the question arises: how will he survive?

Dafoe delivers a captivating performance in this tense survival thriller, which delves into philosophical territory during his moments of respite from searching for food and warmth. While some have criticized the lofty aspirations of the film, the protagonist's portrayal alone justifies giving this thought-provoking movie a chance.

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Missing (Netflix)

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As a standalone sequel to the 2018 film Searching, Missing stars Storm Reid as June Allen, a teenager facing an awful dilemma. When Allen's mother goes missing during a vacation to Columbia with her new partner, Allen must use all her resources to locate them both. Directed by Will Merrick and Nick Johnson, Searching is also connected to the thriller Run, which is exclusive to Hulu.

As the beginning of a new anthology series, Searching surpasses expectations. Following the bold step of incorporating social media and "screenlife" as key elements in Unfriended, Searching takes it a step further by adding mystery to the mix. This adds authenticity to the intrigue, with stellar performances from Allen, Joaquim de Almeida, Ken Leung, and others carrying the rest of the film.

Chupa (Netflix)

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Netflix brings us Chupa, a captivating story about the mythical "chupacabra" — a blood-sucking creature that preys on livestock. However, instead of a graphic and violent depiction, we witness the unlikely friendship between a young boy and this creature as they embark on a journey they will never forget.

This movie explores an intriguing subject, considering the chupacabra's varied portrayals across different regions. While some regions depict it as a horrifying reptilian monster, others envision it as a large feline. Chupa is a family-friendly film suitable for all ages, with Demián Bichir (The Hateful Eight) and Christian Slater (Inside Job) adding depth to the cast in this lighthearted creature feature.

Murder Mystery 2 (Netflix)

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As a direct sequel to the surprisingly enjoyable Adam Sandler film, Murder Mystery 2 reunites Sandler and Jennifer Aniston as they continue their roles in a dedicated detective agency. When a wealthy associate gets kidnapped, they are tasked with unraveling yet another amusing mystery. Serving as a lighter counterpart to whodunits like Knives Out, the Murder Mystery series maintains its entertainment value while avoiding the negative stereotypes associated with Sandler's comedic performances. The undeniable chemistry between Sandler and Jennifer Aniston only enhances the experience.

Holy Spider (Netflix)

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Holy Spider stands out as an intriguing film for several reasons. Set in Iran, it follows a journalist's quest to track down a misogynistic murderer known as the "Spider Killer." However, due to the killer's stated motivations, not everyone believes he was entirely wrong.

Belonging to Netflix's expanding collection of true-crime-related content, Holy Spider offers a captivating dramatization of a real-life case that divided the nation, exposing differences in opinions and values among those who saw the killer as justified and those who were horrified by his acts.

Hunger (Netflix)

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Described as an amalgamation of The Menu and Whiplash, Netflix's cuisine-driven drama Hunger portrays the journey of an up-and-coming street-food chef guided by a culinary master. However, the mentor's notorious reputation and controversial methods force us to question how far one should go to achieve greatness.

Despite its focus on food, Hunger delves deeper into the lives of those who create and enjoy these exquisite dishes. Exploring themes of societal hierarchy and class disparities, the film offers a fascinating examination of what it truly means to be the best, all from the heart of Thailand.

Furies (Netflix)

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Everyone needs a good martial arts movie every now and then, and Netflix's Furies delivers just that. Through the perspective of Bi, a Vietnamese woman, the film follows her escape from a harsh life to Saigon, where she encounters the enigmatic Mrs. Lin. Lin takes Bi, along with her newfound friends Thanh and Hong, under her wing and trains them as assassins, with a mission to eliminate a local crime lord.

While having a simple premise, crafting an engaging and entertaining martial arts film requires skill and creativity. Furies showcases neon-tinted action sequences and over-the-top choreography, cementing its status as a brilliant prequel to 2019's Furie.

The Magician's Elephant (Netflix)

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Netflix's recent animated release, The Magician's Elephant, has created quite a buzz. The title itself implies a whimsical tale depicting the touching bond between a young boy who yearns to find his long-lost sister.

In his pursuit, the boy believes that the key lies with a magical elephant, compelling him to complete three seemingly impossible tasks that will forever change the destiny of his homeland. With its heartfelt story and stunning 3D animation, The Magician's Elephant is an ideal choice for family movie nights and animation enthusiasts alike.

The Magnificent Female Ruler (Netflix)

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Viola Davis delivers a dazzling performance, and prior to her appearance in Air, she led the captivating historical action drama film The Magnificent Female Ruler. Davis, alongside Lashana Lynch and John Boyega, recounts the epic tale of the Agojie — a fearless group of women warriors in the African Kingdom of Dahomey.

Faced with an unprecedented threat, General Nansica (Viola Davis) undertakes the challenge of training a new generation of recruits in a battle that will determine the destiny of their homeland.

While some have raised concerns about the film's historical accuracy, beneath its backdrop lies a truly captivating cinematic experience that garnered significant praise for its breathtaking on-location cinematography, stellar ensemble cast, and exquisite costume design. The Magnificent Female Ruler, unfortunately, did not receive recognition at the Oscars. Nevertheless, those eager to witness Viola Davis leading a mighty army to triumph can now enjoy it on Netflix.

A Man Named Otto (Netflix)

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When you think of actors cherished universally, chances are you think of Tom Hanks. Whether he's rescuing Private Ryan or enduring as a castaway, he undoubtedly delivers a captivating performance as the protagonist. Case in point, A Man Named Otto, now available for streaming on Netflix. The second film adaptation of the acclaimed novel showcases Tom Hanks at his utmost emotional brilliance.

Our titular character, Otto Anderson, can be described with a single word: grouchy. As a man who prefers to remain set in his ways, he finds himself confronting his own worldview when a lively family moves in next door, bringing with them an abundance of fun and happiness that Otto has long forgotten. Will he eventually let go of his cynicism? Or will he stubbornly cling to his bitter perspective?

The Maternal Figure (Netflix)

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Boasting the highest opening weekend on Netflix in 2023 so far, Netflix's latest exclusive, The Maternal Figure, promises to be yet another action-packed movie that appeals to all. Starring Jennifer Lopez, this beloved film follows the journey of a lethal assassin who reenters the world of clandestine violence to protect her long-lost daughter, all the while battling against a relentless group in pursuit of her. A delightful popcorn flick that comes to us from director Niki Caro, known for her work on the live-action Mulan remake, as well as The Zookeeper's Wife and Whale Rider.

Sometimes, a movie doesn't need to delve into introspection or profound themes to be thoroughly enjoyable. Sometimes, all it takes is Jay-Lo firing guns and taking charge in the snow-covered forests of Alaska. Compared to Lopez's previous films, The Maternal Figure offers no room for romantic-comedy escapades, so adjust your expectations accordingly.

Whitney Houston: Yearning to Dance With Somebody (Netflix)

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Show of hands: is there anyone who doesn't love Whitney Houston? Highly unlikely, given the adoration for Whitney Houston: Yearning to Dance With Somebody. Helmed by director Kasi Lemmons (Harriet) and penned by Anthony McCarten (Bohemian Rhapsody, The Two Popes), this biographical film brings to life the triumphs and tribulations of the iconic pop star's personal and professional journey.

Acclaimed for its remarkable performances and captivating musical numbers, Whitney Houston: Yearning to Dance With Somebody joins the ranks of music-centric biopics, presenting a compelling narrative surrounding a beloved cultural icon. If you can't make it to the cinema for your dose of music-infused entertainment, streaming it from the comfort of your couch is the perfect alternative.

The Final Kingdom: The Demise of Seven Kings (Netflix)

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Originally exclusive to BBC Two, The Final Kingdom ultimately found its home on Netflix after captivating audiences with its immense success on the streaming platform. Serving as the final chapter of one of Netflix's most gripping historical dramas, The Final Kingdom: The Demise of Seven Kings concludes the epic journey that originated from the adaptation of Bernard Cornwell's The Saxon Stories.

While it may not resonate as deeply for those who have yet to experience all 46 episodes of The Final Kingdom, The Final Kingdom: The Demise of Seven Kings sees the return of series regulars Alexander Dreymon, Mark Rowley, Arnas Fedaravicius, Harry Gilby, and others as they strive to unite England following a sudden death that throws the throne into chaos.

Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: For Always (Netflix)

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A cherished part of many adults' childhoods, Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: For Always takes us on a nostalgic trip back to the original Power Rangers series that most of us grew up watching. Featuring the return of multiple generations of Rangers, including the original Black and Blue Rangers (Walter Emanuel Jones and David Yost, respectively), it tells a timeless tale of passing the torch in a film that pays tribute to the enduring legacy of Power Rangers while also commemorating the franchise's 30th anniversary.

Admittedly, it can be a little peculiar to witness our beloved favorites perform elaborate backflips and deliver sometimes wooden acting. However, there's an unquestionably heartwarming quality in seeing the same actors, like Amy Jo Johnson, return with a comparable enthusiasm to their iconic television roles.

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Boston Strangler (Hulu)

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True crime's popularity has soared in recent years, and following the success of Netflix's Dahmer, it's only natural for Hulu to enter the arena as well. Introducing, Boston Strangler, a 20th Century Studios film based on the real-life investigation conducted by the reporting duo Loretta McLaughlin and Jean Cole.

The Boston Strangler is notorious for the murder of 13 women across metropolitan Boston in the 1960s. While a name and face were eventually connected to the crimes, subsequent evidence suggests that he did not act alone.

Starring Keira Knightley and Carrie Coon as McLaughlin and Cole respectively, this true crime thriller will undoubtedly keep you on the edge of your seat with its brisk runtime. It's a film that focuses less on the grit and gore of the case and more on the investigative aspect, handling the crimes of a prolific killer with tastefulness.

Vital Fluid (Hulu)

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With a title like Vital Fluid, it's not immediately apparent where this horror film will take you. However, beneath its title lies a thought-provoking movie that delves into the lengths a mother will go to support her family. A nurse relocates to a family farmhouse after a challenging separation, bringing along her teenage daughter and youngest son. When their family dog goes missing, only to attack the son upon its return, a dangerous disease infects the boy. Now faced with a life-threatening infection, the only apparent treatment lies in consuming blood.

It's an intriguing twist on the vampire genre, placing motherhood at the forefront with outstanding performances from both our troubled mother (Michelle Monaghan) and our bloodthirsty young boy (Finlay Wojtak-Hissong). Can this nurse uncover the source of the initial infection and find a cure? You'll have to watch and see for yourself.

Gastronomic Chaos (Hulu & Shudder)

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An intriguing offering from director Peter Strickland (In Fabric), the intentionally absurd and thought-provoking Gastronomic Chaos is among the more unconventional films currently available for streaming. However, that does not discount its worth.

Set within a culinary institute, a collective of students find themselves grappling with various challenges as they become entangled in power dynamics, theatrical rehearsals, and bizarre circumstances. It's easy to dismiss unconventional movies as weird for the sake of being weird, but there's a wealth of intrigue in Gastronomic Chaos that can captivate those with an appetite for unconventional storytelling.

Quasi (Hulu)

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The latest film from the comedy ensemble Broken Lizard, Quasi, transports our irreverent comedians to the past in an unforgettable medieval adventure. "Quasi," also known as Quasimoto, finds himself embroiled in a deadly feud between the king and the pope while desperately searching for love in a world that rejects him.

Taking direct inspiration from Monty Python, multiple members of Broken Lizard assume dual roles in the film, offering a fresh take on their comedic formula within an unfamiliar setting. Without giving away any punchlines, they deliver uproarious humor.

Door Mouse (Hulu)

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An aesthetically captivating film noir, Door Mouse tells the story of a professional dancer turned amateur sleuth as she grapples with unraveling the mystery behind her missing friend. Drawing heavy inspiration from graphic novels, particularly as our protagonist delves into comic artistry, it serves as a homage to the era of strong coffee and unyielding cynicism found in timeless noir classics. Although the film's budget is relatively modest, the incorporation of stylized visuals reminiscent of comics compensates for it, laying the foundation for future directorial marvels by Avan Jogia.

Clock (Hulu)

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Exploring a unique premise, the Hulu-exclusive horror flick Clock delves into the question of whether or not people truly desire to have children. When a woman undergoes a procedure to "fix" her biological clock, the outcomes are far from what was anticipated.

Starring Dianna Agron (Glee) alongside Melora Hardin (The Office), Clock is a thought-provoking psychological horror film that compels audiences to contemplate a pressing query in a world that persistently urges us to act differently.

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Creed III (Prime Video)

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Adonis Creed returns for the third installment of Creed III. Marking the directorial debut of basketball legend Michael Jordan, Creed III continues the journey of our titular boxer as he confronts his most formidable challenge yet. A childhood friend and boxing prodigy is released from prison, driven by desperation and a desire for triumph. Can Creed defeat his former protégé without the guidance of his long-time mentor?

It's worth mentioning that Creed III distinguishes itself by being the first film in the Rocky franchise to exclude Rocky Balboa himself, Sylvester Stallone, from an on-screen appearance. Nevertheless, Michael Jordan and the newcomer Jonathan Majors manage to carry the film brilliantly. Some argue that Creed III reaches the peak of the series, making it a must-watch for both Creed enthusiasts and boxing aficionados.

Judy Blume Forever (Prime Video)

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Following the successful movie adaptation of Judy Blume's beloved novel, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, fans both young and old will delight in a new documentary on Prime Video that explores the remarkable life and achievements of the renowned author, encapsulated in Judy Blume Forever.

Told through the firsthand accounts of Judy Blume herself and various creatives influenced by her work, the documentary sheds light on her positive contributions to pop culture and the controversies she sparked during her lifetime. It serves as the perfect companion piece to Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.

Nope (Prime Video)

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From the imaginative mind of Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us) comes his first venture into the realm of science fiction with Nope. In the American Southwest, two siblings stumble upon something that defies human comprehension and are compelled to prove its existence.

Diverging from the practical horrors of Peele's previous works, Nope boasts a budget three times larger than that of Us. Fans of Peele's oeuvre have likely already indulged themselves with multiple viewings, but for those who have yet to experience it, now is the perfect time.

Bros (Prime Video)

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Bros is a refreshingly uncomplicated romantic comedy with a sensible premise: when two commitment-phobic men come together, will they find what they truly desire?

Showcasing a rare leading performance from Billy Eichner (The Lion King 2019) and Luke Macfarlane (Kinsey), Bros is an inclusive comedy brought to life by Nicholas Stoller, known for his delightfully irreverent works such as Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Neighbors. If that kind of humor resonates with you, Bros is an effortless recommendation.

Reggie (Prime Video)

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If your knowledge of baseball is limited to peanuts and Cracker Jacks, then Reggie could be the ideal film for you. Offering an exclusive look into the life of Reggie Jackson, this Prime Video documentary features the baseball legend himself reflecting on his legacy, the standards he set for other athletes, and how his skin color influenced public perception despite his achievements. Alongside appearances by Derek Jeter, Julius Erving, and Hank Aaron, archival footage showcases Jackson's triumphant moments.

Although some critics argue that the film may drag on at times, it offers a captivating opportunity to hear the insights of one of baseball's legends as he delves into his experiences within the sport. However, those expecting anecdotes about the time he attempted to harm the late Queen Elizabeth in The Naked Gun may be slightly disappointed.

The Northman (Prime Video)

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Robert Eggers and period pieces go hand in hand. Following the extraordinary critical reception of The Lighthouse, Eggers returns with an epic Norse thriller titled The Northman. Departing from his previous isolated and subdued works, The Northman features Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, and Anna Taylor-Joy, with a special appearance by Icelandic musician Bjork, in a tale loosely inspired by Norse mythology.

Drawing inspiration from the legendary figure of Amleth, our protagonist, the rightful heir to the throne, is exiled after his father's murder and his uncle's usurpation of power. Vowing for revenge, Amleth embarks on a nihilistic journey through awe-inspiring landscapes, primal battles, and a captivating fusion of religious and fantastical elements in an unforgiving universe.

Three Thousand Years of Longing (Prime Video)

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Renowned director George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road) presents his latest film, Three Thousand Years of Longing, featuring Tilda Swinton as a solitary scholar who stumbles upon an ancient bottle in Istanbul. Accidentally summoning a jinn portrayed by Idris Elba, she is offered a familiar but enticing deal: three wishes that reflect her genuine desires. What begins as a brief disagreement spirals into a trilogy of extravagant narratives, eventually revealing the jinn's entrapment in the very bottle it emerged from.

Both a commercial disappointment and a critical gem, Three Thousand Years of Longing caters to fans of Miller's grandiose cinematography. It weaves a bittersweet tale, delving into our relationship with escapism and loneliness. If you yearn for an adult fairy tale, Three Thousand Years of Longing is undoubtedly the film for you.

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Evil Dead Rise (Max)

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The Deadites make a horrifying comeback in the aptly named resurrection film, Evil Dead Rise. In a daring departure from the cabin-in-the-woods setting, the film takes us inside a cramped Los Angeles apartment. A single mother of two, accompanied by her sister, discovers the presence of the Necronomicon within the building. A desperate battle for survival ensues, while the newly found family dynamics add an extra layer of tension and fear.

A full decade after the previous Evil Dead installment, Evil Dead Rise signals the franchise's revival and establishes its future direction. Originally intended for release on Max, the overwhelmingly positive test screenings convinced the filmmakers to give it a theatrical release. Keen-eared viewers might even catch a brief cameo from a beloved character.

Reality (Max)

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Recent revelatory government documents have sparked a frenzy in the news cycle, and HBO's latest film, Reality, indicates that this fascination will endure. Gaining critical acclaim upon its release, Reality is a gripping drama based on the actual interrogation of Reality Winner, a former NSA translator charged with violating the Espionage Act. Winner's unauthorized release of government documents exposed Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Intimately exploring the mounting tension, Reality compellingly reflects real-life interrogation transcripts. At times, it almost takes the form of a documentary, immersing viewers in an intriguing narrative that significantly impacted contemporary American politics. Additionally, Sydney Sweeney delivers an extraordinary and transformative performance at the heart of the film.

The Wicked Plot Against Me (Max)

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Following his previous work on Wind River, Taylor Sheridan returns to the director's chair with Those Who Wish Me Dead, a contemporary thriller that masterfully unfolds a relatively straightforward concept. After witnessing his father's murder, a young boy finds himself under the safeguard of a survival expert who is determined to protect him as two assassins make it their mission to eliminate him as a key witness.

Starring powerhouses such as Angelina Jolie, Jon Berenthal, Nicholas Hault, and Tyler Perry, Those Who Wish Me Dead takes audiences on a gripping pursuit through the wilderness of Montana, heightened by the menacing backdrop of a raging forest fire. With an efficient runtime of 100 minutes, it serves as the perfect captivating experience for an otherwise uneventful evening at home.

The Magnificence of this Place (Max)

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As the United States once again enters the tumultuous period of elections, one might find it worthwhile to delve into the compelling documentary helmed by an online sensation. This Place Rules is not an exposé recounting the events of January 6, 2021. Rather, it entails Andrew Callaghan's journey across the nation in the months leading up to the chaotic incident, offering insights into the fringe groups whose ideologies may have paved the way for that fateful day. Along the way, intriguing interviews with controversial figures—such as the notorious conspiracy theorist Alex Jones—intermingle with occasional humorous obstacles, capturing a peculiar snapshot of a divided country.

While Callaghan's reputation has since been tarnished due to his behavior towards women and subsequent downfall, one cannot deny the hypnotic, train wreck-like allure of the interviews and footage showcased in the democracy-debunking This Place Rules. Produced by A24 and Abso Lutely Productions (creators of The Eric Andre Show and Nathan For You), this eclectic documentary guarantees a fresh perspective on a controversial subject matter.

In the Footsteps of a Legend (Max)

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It is inevitable that prominent historical figures will eventually have their lives documented through biopics. Luckily, 2022's Elvis shines a spotlight on one of the most remarkable figures of all time. With Austin Butler stepping into the iconic blue suede shoes, this film is brought to life by director Baz Luhrmann, known for his flamboyant style exhibited in The Great Gatsby (2013). Merging elements of contemporary soundscapes and period-specific visuals, Luhrmann delivers a dazzling homage to the extravagant life of Elvis Presley.

Regardless of one's overall opinion of the film, it is undeniable that Austin Butler's portrayal of Elvis is absolutely awe-inspiring, as if the man himself had never left us. Fans of Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge or the aforementioned Great Gatsby should certainly give Elvis a quick viewing for an experience like no other.

The Dark Beauty and Brutality Unveiled (Max)

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The devastating aftermath of the opioid epidemic continues to wreak havoc not only in the United States but worldwide. In the midst of this turmoil, who better to shed light on the issue than Nan Goldin? All the Beauty and the Bloodshed offers a meticulous exploration of both the opioid crisis and the Sackler family's involvement in it.

Having personally experienced the effects of opioid addiction, Goldin's relentless pursuit of justice against the Sacklers is vividly portrayed through seven distinct chapters. This remarkable documentary combines Goldin's narration with archival footage and her ongoing collaboration with the advocacy group P.A.I.N. (Prescription Addiction Intervention Now).

The Lost Ones (2023)

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Duration: 1 hr 40 min | Genre: Horror Thriller Mystery | Director: Nathaniel Martello-White

Cast: Ashley Madekwe, Jorden Myrie, Bukky Bakray, Michael Warburton, Caroline Martin

Both penned and helmed by Nathaniel Martello-White, The Strays weaves a captivating tale that delves into themes of classism, privilege, and perception through a distinct lens. Building tension and suspense, this film draws comparisons to Get Out as a psychological thriller that unfolds in an idyllic suburban town. The stellar ensemble, led by Ashley Madekwe (The Umbrella Academy), brings to life the character of Neve—a wife and mother who has meticulously constructed a flawless existence through meticulous details and deceitful facades. The Strays skillfully probes Neve's sanity and perception, meticulously unraveling her world as she begins to notice strange intruders undermining her delicate reality. – Yael Tygiel

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Nimona's Unforgettable Adventure (2023)

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Duration: 1 hr 41 min | Director: Nick Bruno, Troy Quane

Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Riz Ahmed, Eugene Lee Yang, Indya Moore

Adapted from the beloved graphic novel, Nimona is a delightful animated action-comedy co-directed by Nick Bruno and Troy Quane. With a screenplay by Robert L. Baird and Lloyd Taylor, Nimona presents a visually stunning animation style that seamlessly blends elements of science fiction futurism with medieval aesthetics. This whimsical tale showcases the vocal talents of Chloë Grace Moretz as Nimona, a spirited and adaptable shape-shifter, alongside Riz Ahmed as Ballister Boldheart, a knight unjustly accused of murder. Together, Nimona and Boldheart form an unlikely bond as they fight for their freedom and forge unbreakable connections grounded in trust, love, and the essence of family. – Yael Tygiel

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Intense Emotions Unleashed (2023)

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Duration: 1 hr 43 min | Genre: | Director: Granz Henman

Cast: Axel Stein, Diana Amft, Tobias Schäfer

Hard Feelings takes audiences on a vibrant escapade through German adolescence, where two inseparable friends grapple with the complexities of puberty and the overwhelming surge of hormones that irresistibly draws them closer. Revealing a lighthearted and fantastical perspective, this film personifies the challenges of bodily transformations in a playful manner. Teens, who often find themselves at odds with their changing bodies, will delight in watching the protagonists verbally negotiate with their own anatomical parts to resist making the worst possible choices. Altogether, this movie promises a jovial experience that will undoubtedly stimulate laughter and exhilarate viewers.

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Immersed in a World of Imagination (2023)

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Duration: 1 hr 35 min | Genre: Drama | Director: Marta Karwowska

Cast: Jan Cieciara, Dobromir Dymecki, Anna Krotoska

Based on the novel by Polish author Natalia Osińska, Fanfic offers a poignant exploration of gender and sexuality through the evolving relationship between two teenagers embarking on a profound journey of self-discovery. As their friendship transforms into something deeper and more profound, they grapple with the intricate conundrums of personal identity. The film fearlessly confronts the issue of transphobia as it captures the protagonist's struggles with gender dysphoria and isolation, forever on the outskirts of high school's social circles. Additionally, the story delves into the complex dynamics between the character and her father, who relentlessly pressures her to conform to traditional femininity. Delivering contemplative and beautifully shot sequences, Fanfic provides an intimate depiction of self-exploration that resonates universally.

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Unveiling the Enigmatic Intrigue (2022)

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Duration: 2 hr 5 min | Director: Olivia Newman

Cast: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Taylor John Smith, Harris Dickinson

Drawing inspiration from Delia Owens' novel, Where the Crawdads Sing effortlessly intertwines elements of mystery and suspense within a captivating romance. Set in the enchanting North Carolina marshland, the film revolves around a resilient young girl named Kya (Daisy Edgar-Jones) who, despite her neglectful upbringing, possesses an unwavering determination. When a local man's life is tragically extinguished, Kya becomes ensnared in a complex web of suspicion, entangled in a love triangle involving the charismatic Chase (Harris Dickinson) and her supportive confidante, Tate (Taylor John Smith). Showcasing breathtaking visuals and an enthralling narrative, Where the Crawdads Sing is an enthralling romantic tale with a dark twist. – Taylor Gates

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Once Again (2023)

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Duration: 1 hour and 25 minutes | Genre: Comedy Drama Romance | Director: Jonatan Etzler

Starring: Hedda Stiernstedt, Maxwell Cunningham, Elinor Silfversparre

Once Again is a reverse 13 Going on 30 meets Groundhog Day. A Swedish film, Once Again follows Amelia (Hedda Stiernstedt), as her birthday wish transports her back to 2002, her 18th birthday, making her relive the same day over and over. Similar to the concept of 17 Again, Once Again explores universal themes of friendship, rectifying mistakes, and reassessing life decisions. The film creatively and delightfully delves into a story that may seem repetitive, with an enjoyable screenplay by Sofie Forsman, Tove Forsman, and Mikael Ljung. – Yael Tygiel

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A Traveler’s Guide to Romance (2023)

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Duration: 1 hour and 36 minutes | Genre: Comedy Romance | Director: Steven Tsuchida

Starring: Rachael Leigh Cook, Scott Lý, Missi Pyle, Ben Feldman

Written by Eirene Donohue, A Traveler’s Guide to Romance is a romantic film about resilience and second chances. Starring 90s teen romance icon Rachael Leigh Cook (She’s All That), A Traveler’s Guide to Romance tells a beautiful love story born from heartbreak when Amanda Riley (Cook) embarks on a journey to Vietnam for a tourism assignment, where she accidentally encounters a charming and free-spirited tour guide portrayed by Scott Lý. Notably, the first Netflix film shot in Vietnam, A Traveler’s Guide to Romance offers an eye-opening adventure featuring Missi Pyle and Ben Feldman. – Yael Tygiel

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Rulers of Mulberry Street: Love Reigns Supreme (2023)

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Duration: 1 hour and 49 minutes | Genre: Family Comedy Drama | Director: Judy Naidoo

Starring: Jonathan Taylor, Kogie Naidoo, Liam Dunpath, Shaan Nathoo, Hamish Kyd

Written and directed by Judy Naidoo, Rulers of Mulberry Street: Love Reigns Supreme is a playful family film about two kids on an adventurous rescue mission. As the second installment in the Rulers of Mulberry Street series, Love Reigns Supreme follows Ticky and Baboo as they strive to save their grandmother from the clutches of a former police officer, Commander Veerasamy. Through perseverance and passion, the duo stages an elaborate musical performance, pretending to be Bollywood celebrities in their mission to free Granny Chetty. Rulers of Mulberry Street: Love Reigns Supreme combines the camaraderie of The Little Rascals with the grandeur of Trolls, overflowing with heartfelt moments. – Yael Tygiel

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A Ghostly Encounter (2023)

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Duration: 2 hours and 6 minutes | Genre: Comedy Adventure | Director: Christopher Landon

Starring: Jennifer Coolidge, David Harbour, Tig Notaro, Anthony Mackie

A Ghostly Encounter is a whimsical horror comedy about a family relocating to a new town and encountering the spirit that haunts their house. Writer/director Christopher Landon captures the inherent playfulness of David Harbour, who shines with his natural comedic timing, portraying the ghost Ernest. Blending genres, A Ghostly Encounter seamlessly transitions from humor and horror to action and mystery, as it delves into how Ernest's presence turns the family into overnight sensations, attracting attention from the media, fanatics, and even the government. Supported by a star-studded cast including Anthony Mackie and Jennifer Coolidge, A Ghostly Encounter offers wholesome entertainment for the whole family. – Yael Tygiel

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With an impressive lineup of streaming movies across various platforms, cinephiles are in for a treat. From the edge-of-your-seat thrillers like "Renfield" and "Knock at the Cabin" on Peacock, to the star-studded comedies like "Murder Mystery 2" and "Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody" on Netflix, there is something for everyone. Hulu brings its own unique flavor with intriguing titles like "Door Mouse" and "Clock," while Prime Video offers a mix of genres with films like "Creed III" and "Nope." Max keeps the excitement alive with spine-chilling flicks such as "Evil Dead Rise" and "Reality." As we eagerly anticipate the upcoming releases like "The Strays" and "Nimona," it's safe to say that the future of streaming movies looks bright. So grab your popcorn, sink into your favorite spot on the couch, and let the magic unfold with these captivating cinematic experiences.