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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 August 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) Taxi Driver

Taxi Driver’s anti-hero Travis Bickle is one of the most terrifying characters you’ll ever see. His mix of mental illness, toxic beliefs, and a tendency toward violence makes Bickle a character who wouldn’t be out of place in the world (real or cinematic) of 2018. Scorsese and Robert De Niro have taken audiences to some dark places, and ‘70s New York City is high on the list.

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3) 10 Cloverfield Lane

10 Cloverfield Lane came out of nowhere last year when was announced just two months prior to its release (it had previously flown under the radar as Valencia). For most of its runtime, it’s a taut locked-room thriller. It’s about a woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) who wakes up after a car crash in bunker belonging to a mysterious man (John Goodman). There’s another man stuck with them (John Gallagher Jr.) whose allegiances are hard to peg. The movie is a showcase for its cast and talented young director (Dan Trachtenberg). The ties to Cloverfield proved to be divisive among audiences, but it’s too good to miss out on.

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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) Brokeback Mountain

On one hand, Brokeback Mountain has received plenty of deserved acclaim. On the other hand, it’s still underrated. The story of Ennis and Jack’s romance is hopeful in the moments when the two men are together and able to be honest with each other and themselves. But it is absolutely devastating when they are apart and trying to live a lie as best they can. Despite the showier moments, one of the keys to the film’s success is the way it uses quiet moments to say all that it needs to.

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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) The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Fellowship of the Ring is the first and best installment in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. It’s the most fun, the most exciting, and contains the most memorable moments of the entire series. J.R.R. Tolkien gave fans maybe the most memorable ensemble in fantasy history with the mismatched group of creatures assembled here, and Peter Jackson brings their quest to life with equal thrills and pathos. If you’ve got a spare three hours and have somehow managed to ignore The Lord of the Rings all these years, you might as well get acquainted now.

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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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9) Zodiac

2007’s Zodiac is a film about obsession as much as it is the Zodiac Killer. David Fincher does a great job recreating the heightened panic and anxiety that gripped northern California in the late 1960s and early ‘70s. The first part of the film plays like a horror film before settling into something even more jangling, and it’s anchored by strong performances from Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, and Jake Gyllenhaal. Zodiac is Fincher working in his wheelhouse and at the peak of his powers.

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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) The Hurt Locker

Usually when people think about war movies, they think about gut-wrenching action. Kathryn Bigelow goes the opposite route for its thrills. Jeremy Renner stars as a Sergeant whose preference to do things his way doesn’t sit well with the rest of the bomb squad. The Hurt Locker is a trip-wire taut drama anchored by career-best work by Renner and strong support from Anthony Mackie. Bigelow’s work made her the first woman to win an Academy Award for best director. The Hurt Locker is a top-tier war film.

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13) Jackie Brown

Quentin Tarantino’s only film adapted from someone else’s work (Rum Punch by Elmore Leonard), Jackie Brown is a striking departure from the rest of his oeuvre. It has all the hallmarks of a QT film: crackling dialogue, rampant racial slurs, casual violence, and an impeccable soundtrack. But it’s also his most mature film. Pam Grier plays the titular character who gets caught up in an investigation targeting her boss, Ordell (Samuel L. Jackson). Everyone has an angle, and it’s the kind of movie where if you are trying to play someone, you’re getting played.

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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) Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

Kevin Smith has more acclaimed movies on his résumé, but none funnier than Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. The stoner duo (played by Jason Mewes and Smith) move from the sidelines to the spotlight as they set out to Hollywood in order to sabotage the movie based on their likeness. The movie plays like a greatest hits reel for Smith, and he packs the film out with enough references and familiar faces to make fans happy.

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16) The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

There’s a hypnotic quality to David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. You can feel it in the trailers for the film, and that intoxicating sensation swallows you up when you watch it. Brad Pitt stars as Benjamin, a man afflicted with a disease that causes him to age in reverse. Questionable southern accent aside, Pitt is quite good in the role. Watching Benjamin age backward against the backdrop of major 20th-century events creates an interesting juxtaposition. Like most Fincher films, Curious is technically dazzling and rewards multiple viewings.

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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. —Audra Schroeder

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18) Black Hawk Down

Ridley Scott’s Black Hack Down is one of his more underrated films, coming out in the shadow of Gladiator. It’s an incredible war movie, and it does a great job of throwing the audience into the middle of the action and is relentless. It’s muscular, potent filmmaking from a guy who has gotten out of shape.

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19) Traffic

Steven Soderbergh’s drug war opus is a harrowing and gripping film. Multiple storylines play out in an “it’s all connected” style, even though there’s little overlap. Traffic looks at the drug trade from the perspectives of the people trying to stop it on both sides of the border, the people who use drugs, and the people selling them. That mosaic approach can feel a bit ludicrous at times (of course, the hot-shot judge’s daughter is hooked on crack), but it’s all part of the bigger picture. Traffic is on the bubble of being a “one-timer” for being such a tough watch. But it doesn’t quite go dark enough to truly disturb, and Soderbergh’s filmmaking keeps you engaged even when you want to get away from the story.

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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) Bound

The Wachowski siblings burst on the scene with this slick-as-hell crime thriller. Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly team up to steal $2 million from the mafia. The plot is straightforward, and the movie rocks along at a fast pace. It’s a testament to the Wachowski’s talent that a movie with a minimal number of locations feels so kinetic and propulsive. Despite going on to work on significantly more expensive and complex films, Bound remains either the best or second-best Wachowski film (the other being The Matrix).

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23) Everybody Wants Some!!

Richard Linklater’s spiritual cousin to Dazed and Confused received the usual acclaim that accompanies most Linklater joints, but it didn’t translate to a big audience. That seems fitting, as it wouldn’t be right if Everybody Wants Some!! (the two exclamation points are important) didn’t find and build its audience the old-fashioned way just like Dazed did. The movie follows a group of baseball players as they navigate life on a college campus. Like most Linklater movies, Everybody’s is about the experience and characters rather than plot mechanics. Get you some!!

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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) Barbershop: The Next Cut

The third entry in Ice Cube’s Barbershop series might be its best. The movie, like the barbershop itself, has a looseness to it that makes you want to linger in the shop longer than you need to. The conversation is alternately fun and fierce. The ball-busting goes both ways, with everybody cracking wise and getting cracked on but always in a way that’s good-hearted. If that were all the movie had going, that would be enough for a fun time. But The Next Cut tackles larger issues, most notably the changing racial makeup and growing crime problems of Chicago. In a movie with the central idea of people hashing out the day-to-day of their lives, the thornier societal issues flow naturally out of the conversation, and the movie is consistently entertaining. The cast, including stalwarts Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Eve, Sean Patrick Thomas, Anthony Anderson, and newcomers Lamorne Morris, Nicki Minaj, and Common, has easy chemistry and the film’s two hours just fly by. 

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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) The Brothers Bloom

Before he made the leap to directing movies in a galaxy far, far way Rian Johnson charmed audiences with films like The Brothers Bloom, a movie about two con men brothers (Mark Ruffalo and Adrien Brody) and the eccentric mark (Rachel Weisz) of their most ambitious grift. All three leads are a delight here, as the globetrotting story never loses focus on its characters. Between this, the noir Brick, and the sci-fi Looper, Johnson has a knack for absorbing a genre and coming up with a story that winks and nods at its influences while remaining wholly original.

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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) Before Midnight

Midnight is probably the hardest film to watch in Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy, but it’s also probably the best. Released nine years after Before Sunset and 18 years after Before Sunrise, Before Midnight finds Celine and Jesse, the couple at the trilogy’s center, having moved past adolescent romance and youthful desire into middle-aged love… or something like it. The film suggests that ennui, complacency, and resentment are as much a part of growing old with someone as all that “happily ever after” stuff.” Does the third installment’s edge take away from some of the sentiment and passion of the first two? Sure, but in making Celine and Jesse an actual couple, it also finds a surprising beauty in its realism. There’s no word yet on whether Linklater plans to make a fourth installment, but if we never check in with Celine and Jesse again, it will have been worth it for the sad, funny, poignant look at aging and love we got here. —Chris Osterndorf

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30) 28 Weeks Later

Everybody loves Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later, but Juan Carlos Fresdinillo’s sequel is even better. Picking up six weeks after the rage virus ripped through Great Britain, 28 Weeks Later finds the U.K. overrun with military forces trying to contain the virus. The film follows a small group of survivors navigating the infected and the military. The film is relentlessly thrilling and features Rose Byrne, Jeremy Renner, Idris Elba, and Robert Carlyle.

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31) Talladega Nights

Ricky Bobby is every bit the equal of the more quoted and memed Ron Burgandy. Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are a comedy duo we should be thanking the gods for; we’re so unworthy of their greatness. People mistakenly think this movie rips on NASCAR, but it’s much friendlier in its ribbing and it’s funnier because it aims for silliness over anything else. 

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32) The Prestige

The Prestige may not be Christopher Nolan’s most ambitious film, or even his most action-packed or most mind-bending, but it does contain examples of everything he does so well. There are layers of twists, heart-stopping visuals, and perhaps most rewarding of all, it falls into the half of Nolan’s filmography where you actually care about the characters. In the lead roles, Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale shine as Robert Angier and Alfred Borden, respectively, two illusionists whose quest for revenge and desire to one-up each other takes them down a path of destruction. It’s one of the better movies ever made about the toxic side of competition and rivalry, and over 10 years later, the film’s ending still sends chills down the spine. Plus, David Bowie’s in it. What more do you need? —Chris Osterndorf

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33) Dr. Strangelove

Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 film about the chain of government and military command being disrupted in absurdly comedic ways, resulting in impending nuclear war, certainly still has some resonance today. George C. Scott is thrilling to watch as the high-strung General Buck Turgidson, and his physical comedy in the War Room is impeccable. And then there’s Peter Sellers in three different roles, including the titular doctor who doesn’t seem to have control over his hands and has some iffy thoughts about repopulation. —Audra Schroeder

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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. —Audra Schroeder

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35) Spaceballs

If you’ve never seen Mel Brooks’ 1987 Star Wars satire, now’s the time. Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis), Barf (John Candy), Dot Matrix (Joan Rivers), and more make up the ensemble cast, and the film’s many great lines and riffs will make you wish some of the newer Star Wars films and spinoffs had some better jokes. —Audra Schroeder

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36) A.I. Artificial Intelligence

Whether you like A.I. or not, it’s such a fascinating artifact that it cannot be dismissed. With Steven Spielberg bringing to life the story the late Stanley Kubrick worked on, this version of A.I. mixes two disparate sensibilities. It’s not hard to see how the story of a robot boy trying to become real to gain acceptance would appeal to both men. This hybrid version is tantalizingly close to being a masterpiece, but whatever it is, anyone serious about cinema should see it.

37) Manhunter

The original Hannibal Lecter movie, Michael Mann’s 1986 thriller takes Thomas Harris’ 1981 novel Red Dragon and bathes it in blue. Mann, who was coming off Miami Vice, stylized the adaptation, giving the story of FBI profiler Will Graham and serial killer Thomas Dolarhyde a glacial, dreamy quality. As the two men hunt each other, a narrative structure for Mann’s future films (Heat, The Insider) comes into focus. —Audra Schroeder

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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. —Audra Schroeder

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39) The Crow

This 1994 film might seem campy next to modern-day superhero movies, but no remake can replicate the oppressive darkness of The Crow. Brandon Lee’s embodiment of Eric Draven—a man who returns from the dead to avenge his murder and the rape and murder of his fiancée—is seamless—and made even more tragic by Lee’s accidental death on set. Director Alex Proyas doesn’t let any light in, sketching out a world where evil waits around every corner and the superhero can’t save everybody. But as Draven assures his young pal Sarah: “It can’t rain all the time.”  —Audra Schroeder

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40) 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. —Chris Osterndorf

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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. —Eddie Strait

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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) The Emperor’s New Groove

I’m not being facetious when I say this is my favorite David Spade performance. His brand of bone-dry sarcasm normally grates (for me at least), but this time he makes Emperor Kuzco believably entitled but doesn’t take it so far that you just hate the character. Spade is a worthy yin to John Goodman’s yang as a gentle giant Pacha. The story follows a familiar arc: Kuzco has to learn to be kind and let go of his selfishness, and Pacha is the poor man who has to teach Kuzco how to deal with people. It’s simple, it’s effective, and it’s hilarious.

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45) Bowfinger

It’s fair to say Bowfinger is the last great comedy for Eddie Murphy and Steve Martin. Martin plays Bobby Bowfinger, a fast-talking director who needs a big star to get his sci-fi movie, Chubby Rain, made. Except that big star, Kit (Murphy), doesn’t want to be in the movie, so Bowfinger begins filming Kit without his knowledge. The movie gets increasingly ludicrous and funnier as it goes. Murphy pulls double duty as Jiff, Kipp’s naïve and gentle brother, and scores plenty of laughs (and some pathos) in both roles. With a clever script and strong supporting cast—featuring Heather Graham, Christine Baranski, and Terence Stamp—Bowfinger is a forgotten gem. —Eddie Strait

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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

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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) Daddy Longlegs

If nothing else, it’s worth looking up Daddy Longlegs just for its poster. It’s about a father (co-star and co-writer Ronald Bronstein) who’s terrible at being a dad but nevertheless must forge ahead with his very limited amount of time with his sons. The movie, like its protagonist, will test the patience and comfort of its audience. If you’re looking for something different, look no further. The movie’s co-directors, Josh and Benny Safdie, are having a bit of a moment with their acclaimed film Good Time, so now’s a good time to check out their feature debut.

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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 August 2018

Aug. 1

Heartland: Complete Season 10 (Content Media)
10 Things I Hate About You (1999) (*Showtime)
A Conspiracy to Rule: The Illuminati (2017)
American Gigolo (1980)
American Ninja (1985)
American Ninja III: Blood Hunt (1989)
Babe (1995)
Be Cool (2005)
The Beatles: Made on Merseyside (2017)
Black Hawk Down (2001)
Black Mask (1996)
Black Rain (1989)
Bluefin (2018)
Boomerang (1992)
The Brady Bunch Movie (1995)
Bratz: The Movie (2007)
Bring It On: In It to Win It (2007)
Bring It On: Fight to the Finish (2009)
Cheri (2009)
Cold War (2012)
CSNY/Deja Vu (2008)
Curse of the Starving Class (1995)
Double Whammy (2002)
The Elephant Man (1980)
Extract (2009)
Fled (1996)
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)
Get Shorty (1995)
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
Heartbreakers (2001)
Hey Arnold! The Movie (2002) (*Showtime)
Hidalgo (2004)
High Noon (1952)
Hoosiers (1986)
The Hunt for Red October (1990)
The Hurricane (2000)
The Hurt Locker (2008)
I Went Down (1997)
In & Out (1997)
Jackie Brown (1997)
Jacob’s Ladder (1990)
Joe (2014)
John Grisham’s The Rainmaker (1997)
Kazaam (1996)
Leaving Las Vegas (1995) (*Showtime)
Loser (2000)
Lost in Translation (2003) (*Showtime)
The Nasty Girl (1990)
The Ninth Gate (2000)
No Way Out (1987)
Original Sin (2001)
Out of Time (2003)
Point Break (1991)
Pretty Woman (1990)
Private Parts (1997)
The Rock (1996)
Scary Movie 3 (2003)
Shanghai Knights (2003)
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Sheep and Wolves (2018)
Species (1995)
Species II (1998)
Species III (2004)
Stir of Echoes (1999)
Stir of Echoes 2: The Homecoming (2007)
The Swan Princess: A Royal Family Tale (2014)
The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today (2016)
Swan Princess: Royally Undercover (2017)
Teen Wolf (1985)
Teen Wolf Too (1987)
The Time Machine (2002)
The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) (*Showtime)
True Colors (1991)
Urban Legend (1998) (*Showtime)
The Usual Suspects (1995)
Young Guns (1998)
Young Guns II (1990)

Aug. 2

All at Once (2016)
America Divided: 201 (Epix Series)
The China Hustle (2018)
Ismael’s Ghost (2018)

Aug. 3

Animals: Seasons 3 Premiere (*HBO)
En Otra Piel: Complete Series (Telemundo)
Sharp Edges (1986)

Aug. 4

Marshall (2017) (*Showtime)

Aug. 7

Dating My Mother (2017)
Perfect Bid: The Contestant Who Knew Too Much (2017)
Wraith (2017)

Aug. 8

Bachelor in Paradise: Season 5 Premiere (ABC)
Castaways: Series Premiere (ABC)
Blood Ties (2013)

Aug. 9

America Divided: 202 (Epix Series)
Baskin (2016)
Desolation (2018)
Terminal (2018)

Aug. 10

Rosa Diamante: Complete Series (Telemundo)
Tim & Eric Bedtime Stories: Complete Season 2 (Adult Swim)
Borg Vs McEnroe (2018)

Aug. 11

Baby Driver (2017) (*Showtime)
The Cage Fighter (2013)

Aug. 12

Ballers: Season 4 Premiere (*HBO)
Insecure: Season 3 Premiere (*HBO)
Very Good Girls (2013)

Aug. 13

The Powerpuff Girls (2016): Complete Season 2 (Cartoon Network)

Aug. 15

The Actors (2003)
America’s Sweethearts (2001)
Duplex (2003)
The Monkey King 3 (2018)

Aug. 16

11 Minutes (2016)
America Divided: 203 (Epix Series)
Marrowbone (2018)
Role Models (2008)

Aug. 17

Minding the Gap (Hulu Documentary)
Perro Amor: Complete Series (Telemundo)
Stan Against Evil: Complete Season 2 (AMC)

Aug. 21

Eva La Trailera: Complete Series (Telemundo)
To The Moon and Back (2016)

Aug. 23

America Divided: 204 (Epix Series)
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

Aug. 24

Crime & Punishment (Hulu Documentary)

Aug. 26

Captain Fantastic (2016) (*Showtime)
Gangs of New York (2002)
Mother! (2017)

Aug. 28

Pasion Pohibida: Complete Series (Telemundo)

Aug. 30

Deuces Wild (2002) (*Showtime)

Aug. 31

The Terminator (1984)

Still not sure what to watch on Hulu? Here are the best movies on Hulu, what’s new, the best shows on Hulu, the sexiest movies you can stream on the service, Hulu documentaries, anime, and the must-see Hulu originals.

Here are the best thrillers and action movies to get your heart racing, classic movies when you want a blast from the past, sad movies when you need a good cry, and funny movies on Hulu when you need a good laugh.

Editor’s note: This article shares blurbs with some of our other streaming guides and is regularly updated for relevance.

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.

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