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The 50 best movies on Hulu right now

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There’s a lot to love on Hulu right now.

If you’re looking for the best movies on Hulu, you’ve come to the right place. While the streaming service is better known for its collection of TV shows, there’s no shortage of good movies on Hulu. We update this list monthly, so you can count on each of these recommendations being available when you’re ready for your next night in. Here are the best movies on Hulu right now.

The best movies on Hulu in December 2018

1) Shutter Island

Martin Scorsese gets to play around in the B-movie sandbox with this twisty thriller. Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo play U.S. Marshals sent to the titular island to investigate the escape of a murderer. Every bit of new information creates more confusion for the Marshals and the audience. Shutter Island is the kind of movie that is one step ahead at every turn, but even astute viewers who figure out what’s coming will still be entertained watching the pieces fit into place.

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2) Amélie 

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3) Apollo 13

Ron Howard’s docudrama recounts the incredible story of how NASA raced against time to bring the stranded three-person crew of Apollo 13 back home from space. It’s so fantastic it’s hard to believe you’re watching a true story. Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, and Kevin Bacon give emotional weight to a movie that could easily just have been a thrill ride. Instead, viewers are stuck feeling the dread experienced around the globe as the world tuned in to see if our men would make it. —John-Michael Bond

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4) Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

This 2017 biopic depicts the origins of Wonder Woman on the comic book page and the polyamorous relationship between William Moulton Marston, the man who wrote her, and the women who helped inspire her. Rebecca Hall shines as Elizabeth Holloway Marston, a brilliant mind in her own right. It’s a worthy companion piece to Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, one that treats its subject matter with respect and dignity. —Michelle Jaworski

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5) I, Tonya

The main reason to watch I, Tonya is for Margot Robbie’s electric performance as Tonya Harding. The movie walks a tightrope by telling a story most of the audience already knows. The Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan feud has been covered ad nauseam over the years, but the film finds a new angle by focusing on Harding’s disastrous upbringing. The movie uses fourth-wall breaking commentary and an idiots-doing-crime approach to jazz up the story to great effect.

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6) Mulholland Drive

David Lynch’s 2001 film is about Hollywood dreams, but it also exists in its own dream space, bringing us under covers and through doors into an alternate reality. Mulholland Drive was supposed to be a continuation of Twin Peaks, and it took a long road to becoming a feature. But the hallmarks of the series are there: the blonde (Naomi Watts) and brunette Rita (Laura Harring) dynamic, ominous figures, and subconscious imagery. Billy Ray Cyrus makes a cameo, and it features a scene that will make you never want to go near a dumpster again. —A.S.

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7) Arrival

Aliens randomly show up and strategically place themselves across the globe, with humans falling into complete panic in response. Most movies would take this set up and deliver a city-destroying action-fest. Director Denis Villeneuve and writer Eric Heisserer aim for something more thoughtful and empathetic. It’s a movie about understanding and listening. This sci-fi thinker is one of the best movies of the decade.

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8) City of God

This 2002 Brazilian film about growing up under corruption, poverty, and violence in Rio de Janeiro moves as fast as a Martin Scorsese gangster movie despite containing enough tragedy for 10 depressing documentaries. Director Fernando Meirelles (with help from co-director Kátia Lund) imbues the film with such a sense of gritty realism, it could only be based on real-life experiences. At the same time, the film is so highly stylized, it’s also a uniquely cinematic experience, whether you watch it at home or in a theater. Instead of being buried under the weight of these contradictions, City of God thrives on them. For anyone interested in doing a deep dive, check out City of God: 10 Years Later, a documentary about the lives of the film’s young actors, which is also on Netflix. Beware though, the follow-up is almost as emotionally draining as the first go-around. —Chris Osterndorf

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9) 13 Assassins

Takashi Miike’s samurai epic 13 Assassins, a remake of a 1963 film of the same name, is one of the Japanese master’s best films. It’s about a group of assassins (as you could guess from the title) who team up in an attempt to kill the odious Lord Matsudaira Naritsugu. The first half of the film is restrained as the team comes together and forms its plan, but the film’s climactic battle pays off the buildup and rewards the audience’s patience tenfold (thirteenfold?). It’s roughly 40 minutes of immaculately staged action mayhem. It’s pure spectacle that will take your breath away.

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10) Disappearance of Alice Creed

This kidnapping thriller is an exercise in economical storytelling. It’s based on a play, so it’s no surprise that it makes great use of its limited sets. Alice (Gamma Arterton) is from a wealthy family and is snatched up by two criminals and held for ransom. Nothing goes according to the plan, and the clever script delivers a steady stream of satisfying twists.

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11) The Hunt for the Wilderpeople

First New Zealand gave us Peter Jackson; now it’s given us Taika Waititi. Jackson makes oversized spectacles, and Waititi has built his name on small-scale stories with strong characters (Eagle vs Shark, What We Do in the Shadows). That is, until Marvel recruited him for his own oversized spectacle (Thor: Ragnorok). Wilderpeople is such a delightful movie that you understand why Waititi is getting called up while also being greedy enough to want him to keep making movies where his is the main creative voice. The Hunt for the Wilderpeople is one of the best movies on Hulu.

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12) Blue Velvet

David Lynch’s 1986 film is, like so many of his films, a dream committed to screen, and it’s easy to see why it shocked audiences back then. Kyle MacLachlan stars as Jeffrey, a fresh-faced college student who (pre-Twin Peaks) starts doing some detective work after finding a severed ear while back in his hometown. This leads him to a singer named Dorothy Vallens (Isabella Rossellini) who welcomes him into her unhinged world—one filled with deviants, violence, and Dennis Hopper huffing gas. —A.S.

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13) The Blair Witch Project

The Blair Witch Project is one of the most important horror films of all time. Its critical and commercial success speak to the film’s popularity at the time of its release, but nearly 20 years later, it still holds up. If you saw the film when it opened in 1999, you either caught it before the hype reached its peak or you saw it to see what the hype was all about. It’s about three young filmmakers who get lost in the woods and go through some scary business. Much of the film’s genius derives from its simplicity. Presented as found footage and with unknown actors, it’s easy to get sucked in alongside the characters as they go deeper into the night and the mythology of the Blair Witch.

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14) Baywatch

This remake no one asked for sets out to be nothing but dumb fun and mostly hits the mark. If you think you would enjoy watching super attractive people like the Rock, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario, and other swimsuit-clad people run around a beach, Baywatch will get the job done. It’s a movie about lifeguards taking down a crime ring—you know what you’re signing up for. The movie is a (very) loose adaptation of the TV show, with enough winks and nods and expected cameos to please anyone watching for nostalgia’s sake. You don’t have to be a fan of the show to get a kick out of this new version, which is packed with enough jokes to help you beat the heat for two hours.

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15) The Exorcist

No film encapsulates the hopelessness and terror within a parent when an unknown ailment plagues their child quite like William Friedkin’s demonic classic. Looking back, it’s easy to forget how long The Exorcist takes before it becomes evident the devil is involved. When all hell finally breaks lose, the profane monstrosity within young Regan is brought to life by a terrifying, once-in-a lifetime performance by Linda Blair. You’ll never look at your child’s imaginary friend the same way again. —J.M.B.

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16) RoboCop

Some satires apply only to the time in which they were made while others become more prescient every year. Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop, from 1987, is set in a futuristic Detroit where the city has nearly collapsed (too real), everything is owned by massive corporations (too real), and controlled by a militarized police force (way too real). Peter Weller plays an injured officer that police force brings back from the brink of death to protect the city as a weaponized cyborg. RoboCop has a lot of cheesy effects and some seriously campy moments, but its mix of Frankenstein-like philosophy and politically charged themes ensures it holds up, debatably even better than the 2014 remake. —C.O.

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17) Colossal

We’ve all had bad hangovers, but Gloria (Anne Hathaway) has us beat. In Nacho Vigalondo’s Colossal, alcoholism is rendered as a literal monster, one that, in this case, destroys Seoul, South Korea, after Gloria spends a night getting tanked. It’s a monster movie where the monster is us. Jason Sudeikis and Dan Stevens also star. —A.S.

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18) Moonrise Kingdom

If you’ve ever seen a Wes Anderson movie before, you know what to expect here. It’s quirky, it’s got snappy dialog, the images are rendered with painterly precision. But what separates Moonrise Kingdom from his other work is its depiction of childhood. Leads Sam and Suzy are not precocious or pandering, and their relationship is nuanced and honest, despite the usual Anderson quirks. Just as he humanized high schoolers in Rushmore, Anderson again proves he has more respect for young people than most Hollywood filmmakers here. —C.O.

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19) Force Majeure 

In the aftermath of an avalanche, a wife accuses her husband of trying to save himself over his own family as the audience gets a raw and sometimes uncomfortable look at a marriage on the brink of falling apart. It’s a gripping character drama, and there’s even a familiar face in Game of Thrones’ Kristofer Hivju. —M.J.

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20) Byzantium

As far as vampire thrillers go, this one is comparatively low-key. Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan play a pair of vampires who have been on the run for hundreds of years. They try to live anonymously, but when their cover is blown, they’re on the run again. It’s arty fare and something that may test the patience of some. Director Neil Jordan creates a beguiling atmosphere, and Arterton and Ronan are strong leads, and combined they help carry the movie through clunky moments. Even if it isn’t totally successful in everything it sets out to do, it’s a worthy effort with enough highlights to make it worth your time.

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21) I Saw the Devil

This South Korean thriller pits two of the country’s most well-known actors (Choi Min-sik and Lee Byung-hun) as a cop and a serial killer, respectively. It’s a cat-and-mouse story, or maybe cat-and-cat is more appropriate, as Byung-hun relentlessly tracks and tortures the man (Min-sik) who killed his wife. The film is directed by maestro Kim Jee-woon, so you’re in good hands. I Saw the Devil is brutal and provocative, and if you have the stomach for it, it’s well worth a watch.

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22) Requiem for a Dream

Darren Aronofsky’s nightmare about drug addiction will never lose its potency. That’s a testament to both Aronofsky’s skill and the power of the story. Ellen Burstyn, Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, and Marlon Wayans all do career-best work as each of their characters chase their addictions further down the rabbit hole. Requiem is one of the ultimate one-timer movies. Everybody should see it at some point.

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23) Stronger

David Gordon Green’s film tells the story of Jeff Bauman, who lost his legs in the Boston Marathon bombing. Jake Gyllenhaal turns in a reliably good performance of Bauman, capturing his isolation and struggle as he adapts to his new life. Green does a nice job mixing in the personal story with the larger narrative of the bombing aftermath. While this is Gyllenhaal’s movie, Tatiana Maslany matches him beat for beat as Jeff’s girlfriend. Stronger embraces the struggle of people, and a city, temporarily broken but not beaten.

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24) Nerve

This Emma Roberts- and Dave Franco-starring techno-thriller is fast-paced fun. Roberts plays a woman looking for some extra money who decides to play a popular online game. In the game, called Nerve, players take on dares from anonymous viewers. For each completed dare, the player gets money instantly deposited into their bank account, so the allure to keep going is strong. Franco is one of the game’s best players, and when he teams up with Roberts, they become a popular duo. The movie is pretty dopey and gets pretty heavy-handed at the end, but it moves so fast that those concerns don’t really hit until long after the film is over.

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25) Hot Tub Time Machine

I can’t fault anyone for passing on another dude-bro comedy, but for those so inclined, Hot Tub Time Machine is a strong option. John Cusack, Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry, and Clark Duke star as four guys who combine a night of heavy partying and hot tubbing causes them to slip back in time to 1986. The movie has a lot of fun playing with time travel paradoxes, which lends even the less sophisticated jokes an air of wit. Hot Tub combines a likable cast with clever writing. If you’re in the mood, hop in the hot tub.

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26) Fences

After a successful run on Broadway, Denzel Washington brings this August Wilson play to the silver screen. Washington directs and stars alongside his stage costar Viola Davis in this 1950s-set drama about a man grappling with the life choices he made and the repercussions they have on his family. It’s a powerful film, and you’ll want to keep tissues nearby.

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27) Wonder

Get your hanky ready, because Wonder will do a number on your emotions. Based on the popular book, Wonder is about Auggie (Jacob Tremblay), a young boy with a medical condition that causes a facial deformity. After years of homeschooling, Auggie’s parents (Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson) send him off to school for fifth grade, where not everyone is so quick to accept Auggie as he is. The movie is a treatise on kindness, and is the kind of movie that will resonate with kids and adults alike. Wonder is an uplifting movie that wants to put good into the world.

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28) Heathers

Mean Girls before Mean Girls, Scream before Scream, that’s how I pitch this ’80s classic to people who haven’t seen it. It’s a satire and a biting black comedy. High school tales about the coolest of the cool and the people who want to undermine them are the forever-cool leather jackets of film.

29) The Shawshank Redemption

Seen today as a modern classic, The Shawshank Redemption bombed at the box office but thankfully still received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. Sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his wife, unassuming banker Andy Dufresne just wants to do his time and stay out of the way. Despite his best efforts, trouble and friendship find him behind bars, changing the lives of his fellow cellmates both within and outside the prison walls. Based on a Stephen King novella, The Shawshank Redemption is a feel-good film from the mind of a horror master. —J.M.B.

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30) The Big Lebowski

The Coen Brothers’ stoner comedy noir riff is the best. It’s the kind of movie that makes you smile just thinking about it. Nearly every aspect of the movie is calibrated perfectly. Jeff Bridges’ performance as The Dude is iconic, but do you realize how good he has to be to standout alongside characters like Walter Sobchak, Jesus Quintana, Maude Lebowski, and the excellent actors who play them? Bowling, ruined rugs, and marmots, have never fit together more nonsensically or more perfectly. I mean, you already know it’s great and if it’s available to you on any platform, it’s worth watching.

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31) Joe

Tucked away in the prolific Nicolas Cage’s filmography is this 2013 gem from director David Gordon Green. It’s a southern fried drama about the cyclical nature of violence. Cage plays Joe, an ex-con trying to get and keep his life on a better track. Joe takes a teenager, Gary (Tye Sheridan), under his wing, but Gary’s alcoholic father, Wade (Gary Poulter), poses an obstacle to both. Cage and Sheridan are both good, but it’s Poulter who steals the show. Poulter was homeless when Green found him and put him in the movie, and he gives a truly great and terrifying performance.

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32) Reservoir Dogs

Quentin Tarantino has made better films in his career, but none are tighter than Reservoir Dogs. The robbers with the colorful names are still wickedly entertaining, and Tarantino’s script retains much of its shine. Watching Reservoir Dogs now immediately transports you to a time before the poster image became a groomsmen picture staple, to a time when many of our favorite filmmakers were just getting started. Reservoir Dogs is the kind of movie that makes you stand and take notice, something that still happens on repeat viewings 25 years later.

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33) Thelma

Thelma is about a lonely college student struggling to reconcile her religious upbringing with the feelings she develops for a fellow student. To complicate matters more, Thelma long-suppressed psychokinetic abilities begin resurfacing. The movie is a bit of a mind-bender, and one that rewards viewers that are willing to go on the ride. Norwegian filmmaker Joachim Trier is a rising star in world cinema, and this is his most challenging film to date.

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34) Mom and Dad

Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair go off the deep end in Brian Taylor’s 2017 comedy-thriller about a mysterious event that causes parents to want to kill their kids. That conceit alone makes this film an acquired taste, but Mom and Dad also gives Cage the room to go completely over the top (like the scene where he destroys a pool table while singing “The Hokey Pokey”) so some dark humor seeps into the murderous rage. Cage doesn’t overpower the film. In fact, there are actually some touching, introspective moments between him and Blair. —A.S.

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35) World’s Greatest Dad

This is a pitch black movie. Vin Diesel couldn’t handle it with shades on at midnight. Robin Williams is a failed writer whose asshole of a son (to put it kindly) dies in a very unflattering way. So Williams doctors the crime scene and pens a loving suicide note, which of course becomes the most successful thing he’s ever written. The movie is raw, blunt, and funny. By the end it even becomes something you can embrace, if you make through all the darkness.

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36) Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

This is probably the last great film Johnny Depp and Tim Burton made, together or separately, before descending into parodies of themselves. Depp isn’t a natural singer, but his raspy voice makes for a good Sweeney. Ditto for Helena Bonham Carter, who steals the show as Mrs. Lovett, a role she was born to play. 2007 was a great year for film, but Burton’s excellent Sondheim adaptation is too often left out of the conversation. At the very least, Sweeney Todd deserves to be recognized as one of the best on-screen musicals of the last several decades. —C.O.

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37) The Faculty

When Robert Rodriguez and Kevin Williamson teamed up for this Invasion of the Body Snatchers riff, it was a big deal among horror fans. The Faculty may not be a classic, but it’s too much fun to let it be forgotten. Josh Hartnett, Elijah Wood, Clea DuVall, Jordana Brewster, Robert Patrick, Famke Jensen, Usher, and Jon Stewart head up a quintessential ’90s cast. The movie isn’t particularly scary, but more importantly it’s as entertaining as any popcorn horror movie out there.

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38) Borgman

Alex van Warmerdam’s Borgman is a tale of a modern-day bogeyman. The titular character, played masterfully by Jan Bijvoet, slowly infiltrates the home and life of an upper-class family by simply asking for a favor. He appears to be a drifter in need of a bath, but this isn’t a typical home-invasion thriller. There are no masked psychopaths or bumps in the night. Borgman is from another realm—a shape-shifter, a trickster—and his increasing control over the family is even more chilling given a lack of real motive. —A.S.

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39) Midnight in Paris

Written and directed by Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris is a feel-good movie that will make you want to book a trip to Paris in hopes of finding adventure. While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée’s (Rachel McAdams) family, a nostalgic screenwriter (Owen Wilson) travels back in time to the 1920s when the clock strikes midnight. He hangs out with F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and learns what’s missing in his own life in the process. —K.H.

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40) Ocean’s 11

Steven Soderbergh’s Vegas-set caper movie is nearly perfect entertainment. Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Julia Roberts are reliably strong presences, but the thing that cements Ocean’s 11’s status is the supporting cast. Everyone makes a meal of their scenes, from Matt Damon and Andy Garcia down to Bernie Mac, Don Cheadle, and Elliot Gould. A cable stable of the last 15 years, Ocean’s 11 is the kind of movie you can hop in at any point and find yourself sucked in for the rest of it. Movies this effortlessly cool make your streaming decisions for you.

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41) Election

Here’s the thing about Election: You need to watch it at least twice, preferably several years apart. How you feel about the sad-sack high school teacher played by Matthew Broderick, the ambitious overachiever student played by Reese Witherspoon, and their escalating feud—it might change depending on how old you are. But even if you find out you are always Team Broderick or always Team Witherspoon, it’s worth re-watching just for the laughs, which in classic Alexander Payne style, are born from familiar humiliation and recognizable human folly. 

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42) Goon

There’s a growing realization that Seann William Scott is an underrated actor. Yes, Steve Stifler, the Stifmeister. That guy. Scott has had woefully few opportunities to show his chops, but in movies like The Promotion and especially Goon, he gets to show off a deftness for more subtle humor and emotions than American Pie demanded. In Goon, he plays a hockey player who excels only at fighting, but it’s his ticket to a brief respite from the drudgery life has waiting for him. Goon proved to be a cult hit, and Goon 2 is in the can and awaiting release in the U.S.

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43) Ingrid Goes West

Single White Female gets a social media twist in Ingrid Goes West. Aubrey Plaza plays the obsessive Ingrid, who sets her sights on a prolific Instagram star, played with bubbly energy by Elizabeth Olsen. Ingrid is a character right in Plaza’s wheelhouse, and she’s exactly as good as you think she would be as an angry, socially awkward young woman. The breakout star here is O’Shea Jackson Jr., who proves that his work playing his father in Straight Outta Compton is no fluke. The movie doesn’t go quite as far as its strong cast is capable of going, but the result is still a satisfying comedy.

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44) Tangerine

So many movies are given infinite resources and still manage to feel so minuscule that they might as well not even exist. Sean Baker’s Tangerine, however, is a testament to how much filmmakers can achieve with very little. Shot on an iPhone, the movie cost relative pennies to make, but Tangerine is a hypnotic, extraordinary film about the friendship between two sex workers. That bond is tested over the course of a very long day, and the plot’s simplicity masks its power. After finding out her boyfriend isn’t faithful, Sin-Dee (Kiki Rodriguez) goes off on a quest to locate his mistress. Meanwhile, Alexandra (Mya Taylor) prepares for a performance at a local club. Filmed on a stretch of Santa Monica known as a nexus of prostitution in the city, Tangerine captures the feel of Los Angeles better than any film I’ve ever seen. It’s simultaneously stylish, low-key, and groundbreaking in its authentic depiction of life on the streets. —Nico Lang

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45) Sorry to Bother You

Boots Riley delivered one of 2018’s most audacious films with his directorial debut Sorry to Bother You. The Oakland-set satire follows Cassius (Lakeith Stanfield), a telemarketer who finds more success than he handle by wielding his “white voice.” Riley, directing from his own script, has an anarchic attitude toward the material, which results in some blistering social commentary and inspired creative choices. In addition to Stanfield, co-stars Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler, and Armie Hammer deliver dynamic, compelling performances. Sorry to Bother You isn’t for everyone, but everyone should get it a chance.

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46) The Good, the Bad, and the Weird

South Korean maestro Kim Jee-woon’s riff on the Man With No Name films is pure cinema. The titular trio is after treasure, but everywhere they turn there’s an army or bandits waiting to wreck their plans. The action set pieces are true showstoppers. They’re intricately choreographed and jaw-dropping in their scope. Movies don’t get much more fun than this.

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47) Jeff Who Lives at Home

The hyper-prolific brothers Jay and Mark Duplass delivered one of their best films with this 2011 dramedy. Jeff (Jason Segel) is a slacker who spends a day with his brother Pat (Ed Helms). What starts out as a simple errand turns into the brothers sneaking around to see if Pat’s wife is having an affair. Along the way the day turns out to be a major turning point in Jeff’s life. It’s not surprising that the Duplass brothers would find great, success in a movie centered on brothers.

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48) Beach Rats

Coming-of-age indie stories are a dime a dozen, but Beach Rats separates itself primarily through the lead performance by Harris Dickinson. Dickinson plays Frankie, a teen who spends his days hanging out with his deadbeat friends and his evenings online looking for older guys to hook up with. Frankie’s frustrations in exploring his sexuality and accepting himself are blunt and relatable. Beach Rats is the kind of movie that will always fly under the radar of most people, but those who give it a chance will find it rewarding.

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49) The Bank Job

The Bank Job is one of the most underrated films in Jason Statham’s filmography. He gives his fists and menacing scowl a break in favor of honest-to-goodness acting and the result is better than you’d think. Statham leads a team of robbers who take a job that should be a sure thing. But the deposit boxes the crew is after turns out to be more of a Pandora’s Box than a treasure trove. Secrets are revealed that threaten the job as much as any law enforcement, if not more so. The Bank Job is fun, smart, and has enough to surprises to stay one step ahead of viewers.

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50) Columbus

Acclaimed video essayist Kogonada makes his feature directorial debut with this low-key drama about a man (John Cho) who comes home to be with his ailing father and strikes up a friendship with a young woman (Haley Lu Richardson) tethered to the titular town. Every shot of Kogonada’s film is deeply considered, and the images are as well crafted as the architecture the characters obsess over. But at the heart of it are Cho and Richardson, who gives two of 2017’s best performances.

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Hulu movie list: What’s new on Hulu in December 2018: Movies and TV shows

Dec. 1
24: Complete Series (FOX)
24: Redemption (Special) (FOX)
Behind Tasty: Complete Season 1 (Buzzfeed)
Buzzfeed Unsolved: Sports Conspiracies: Complete Season 1 (Buzzfeed)
Killing Eve: Complete Season 1 (AMC)
The Wonder Years: Complete Series (ABC)
UniKitty: Complete Season 1A (Cartoon Network)
Worth It: Complete Season 5 (Buzzfeed)
12 Dates of Christmas (2011)
A Christmas Tree Miracle (2013)
A Dog for Christmas (2015)
A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner! (2011)
A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
A Fistful of Dollars (1967)
A Snow Globe Christmas (2013)
All Over the Guy (2001)
Angels & Demons (2009)
Apollo 13 (1995)
Bad Girls from Mars (1991)
Barbie: A Perfect Christmas (2011)
Barbie and Her Sisters in the Great Puppy Adventure (2015)
Barbie in a Christmas Carol (2008)
Best Seller (1987)
Beverly Hills Vamp (1989)
The Black Stallion (1979)
Blue Hill Avenue (2003)
Blue Jasmine (2013)
Blue Velvet (1986)
Bride and Prejudice (2004)
Bright Lights, Big City (1988)
Christmas Cupid (2010)
The Da Vinci Code (2006)
Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts (2007)
Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library (2017)
The Exorcist (1973)
Eve’s Christmas (2004)
The Firm (1993)
The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)
Gangs of New York (2002)
Gargoyles: Wings of Darkness (2004)
Glory Road (2006)
The Godson (1998)
Half-Shell Heroes: Blast to the Past (2015)
Halloween VIII: Resurrection (2002)
Happily N’Ever After (2007)
Happily N’Ever After 2 (2009)
Harry Brown (2009)
Hitman’s Run (1999)
King of the Mountain (1981)
Krampus Unleashed (2016)
Lane 1974 (2017)
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Living by the Gun (2011)
Lord of the War (2005)
Love at the Christmas Table (2012)
Malena (2000)
Mansfield Park (1999)
The Massively Mixed-Up Middle School Mystery (2015)
The Mistle-Tones (2012)
Mission Park (2013)
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)
The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear (1991)
Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994)
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008)
Operation Condor (1986)
Operation Condor II: The Armour of the Gods (1991)
The Pallbearer (1996)
Pixi Saves Christmas (2017)
Priest (1994)
Promise Land (1987)
Rags (2012)
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Ride (2014)
Righteous Kill (2009)
Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe (2009)
Serendipity (2001)
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Sideways (2004)
Silent Tongue (1993)
Sleepover (2004)
Snow (2004)
Snow 2: Brain Freeze (2008)
Snowglobe (2007)
Splitting Adam (2015)
Spy Game (2001)
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
Swindle (2013)
Switchback (1997)
Teresa’s Tattoo (1994)
Tombstone (1993)
Touchback (2011)
Trucks (1997)
Ulee’s Gold (1997)
Valkyrie (2008)
Windtalkers (2002)
With a Friend Like Harry (2000)
Wonderland (2003)

Dec. 2
The Powerpuff Girls (Reboot): Complete Season 3A (Cartoon Network)
Second Chance Christmas (2017)
Tangerine (2015)

Dec. 3
Adventure Time: Complete Season 10 (Cartoon Network)
Urban Country (2018)

Dec. 4
Wolfblood: Complete Season 4 (Cinedigm)

Dec. 5
F**K That’s Delicious: Complete Season 3 (Viceland)

Dec. 7
Into The Dark: Pooka!: Episode 3 Premiere (Hulu Original)
Killers (2010)
Why Did I Get Married Too? (2010)

Dec. 10
Graves: Complete Season 2 (Epix)

Dec. 11
Say You Will (2018)

Dec. 12
Deck the Halls (2006)
Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself (2009)

Dec. 13
I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016)
Let’s Be Evil (2016)
NASA: Above and Beyond (2018)
Nico, 1988 (2018)
Shelley (2016)

Dec. 15
Along Came the Devil (2018)
Boys and Girls (2000)
Fortress (2012)
Life of Crime (2013)
Smoke Signals (1998)
Snow Queen: Fire and Ice (2016)

Dec. 16
Amy Winehouse: A Final Goodbye (2011)
Michael Jackson: Life, Death and Legacy (2012)

Dec. 17
Damsel (2018)

Dec. 18
The Gardener (2018)
Winter Ridge (2018)

Dec. 19
The Killing: Complete Seasons 1-4 (AMC)
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: Complete Season 8 (Bravo)
A Most Wanted Man (2014)
His and Her Christmas (2005)

Dec. 20
Disorder (2016)
Food, Inc. (2008)
Skate Kitchen (2018)

Dec. 21
Marvel’s Runaways: Complete Season 2 Premiere (Hulu Original)

Dec. 22
The Devil’s Doorway (2018)

Dec. 23
The Detour: Complete Season 3 (TBS)

Dec. 24
Mighty Magiswords: Complete Season 2A (Cartoon Network)

Dec. 25
Mr. Pickles: Complete Season 3 (Adult Swim)
An American in Texas (2018)
Iron Man 2 (2010)

Dec. 27
Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card (Dubs): Complete Season 1 (Crunchyroll)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

Dec. 28
Into the Dark: New Year, New You: Episode 4 Premiere (Hulu Original)

Dec. 29
OK K.O., Let’s Be Heroes!: Complete Season 2A (Cartoon Network)
Eating Animals (2018)
Far From the Tree (2018)

Dec. 30
The Orville: Season 2 Mid-Season Premiere (FOX)
The Lovers (2015)

Dec. 31
The Crooked Somebody (2017)

What’s leaving Hulu in December 2018

Dec. 31
10 to Midnight (1983)
A View to Kill (1985)
Benny & Joon (1993)
Blue Chips (1994)Child’s Play (1988)
Death Wish 3 (1985)
Death Wish IV: The Crackdown (1987)
Diamonds are Forever (1971)
Die Another Day (2002)
Dr. No (1962)
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
From Russia with Love (1964)
Goldeneye (1995)
Goldfinger (1964)
Hoosiers (1986)
Invasion U.S.A. (1985)
Missing in Action II: The Beginning (1985)
Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
Ocean’s Twelve (2004)
Ocean’s Thirteen (2007)
Revenge of the Ninja (1983)
Soapdish (1991)
XXX (2002)
XXX: State of the Union (2005)

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Eddie Strait

Eddie Strait

Eddie Strait is a member of the Austin Film Critic Association. His reviews focus primarily on streaming entertainment, with an emphasis on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and other on-demand services.