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    The 45 Best Movies of 2024 – So Far

    Furiosa: The Mad Max Saga Credits: Jasin Boland Priscilla – ★★★★☆

    Sofia Coppola casts Elvis in the shadows, For To wonderful effect, this biopic focuses on his wife Priscilla, played thoughtfully and tenderly by Cailee Spaeny. Read full review

    One Life – ★★★★☆

    Anthony Hopkins plays the “British Schindler” Nicholas Wilton in this extraordinary true story. In 1938, Wilton traveled to Czechoslovakia to rescue more than 600 children (most of whom were Jewish), transporting them to British foster families away from danger. Read full review

    Snow Society – ★★★★☆

    The infamous 1972 Andean plane crash gets a third adaptation, with Spanish director J. A. Bayona crafting a harrowing and heartbreaking story in his native language, with a stunning score and added gravitas coming from the emotional voiceover of Uruguay's rising star Enzo Vogrincic. Read the full review  

    The Beekeeper – ★★★★☆

    Jason Statham is Adam Clay, a retired intelligence agent turned beekeeper. When the phishers drain the life savings of a sweet old retired woman who rents out her barn to Clay and his bees, prompting her to shoot herself, Clay seeks revenge. It's not smart, but this bloody action film is a real pleasure to watch. Read full review

    The Beekeeper Credits: Daniel Smith Mean Girls – ★★★★☆

    Lindsay Lohan's classic comedy about high school students vying for power in school, is brought perfectly into the Gen Z era in this musical remake by Tina Fey – now the rumors aren't just spreading, they're going viral on TikTok. And this is still a complete scream. Read the full review

    The End Where We Begin – ★★★★☆

    Just as Jodie Comer's nameless character gives birth, an apocalyptic flood hits this dystopian version of England. She, her child and her father are running. Comer is consistently convincing in the film's unstable world. Read full review

    Remains – ★★★★★

    In this story, set in the 70s, a teacher is forced to look after a student at the boarding school he works at during the Christmas holidays. He finds refuge in the ancient world while the modern one is torn apart; a student troublemaker is threatened by his mother with enrolling in a military academy; and they are joined by a serious school dinner lady. An award-worthy performance, as well as a well-deserved Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Yes'Vine Joy Randolph. Read full review

    We are all strangers – ★★★★★

    A relationship develops between Adam (Andrew Scott) and Harry (Paul Mescal), neighbors in a nearly empty new London high-rise. Meanwhile, Adam, long orphaned, one day visits his childhood home and discovers that nothing has changed – his parents seem to live the same way they did before they died. Andrew Hay's drama is an unusual romance and a supremely sad ghost story. Read full review

    The Color Purple – ★★★★☆

    This musical interpretation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about the struggles of black women in the American South in the early 1900s is a wonderfully joyful burst of joy. An irresistible all-singing, all-crying whiny novel – with sparkles. Read full review

    American Fiction – ★★★★☆

    Jeffrey Wright is excellent in this satire of the publishing industry's obsession with stories of black trauma. Frustrated that the only works sold these days by black writers are gritty memoirs about gun crime, trauma and terrible fathers, a teacher and author pens a mindless pastiche that, to his dismay, becomes a surprise hit. Read full review

    Migration – ★★★★☆

    A family of mallard ducks risk migrating south for the first time and leaving the corner of New England they call home in this gently formulaic and beautiful cartoon. with a fresh, vibrant score to boot. Read full review

    Zone of interest – ★★★★★

    Jonathan Glazer's Oscar-winning drama shows how evil can thrive in the most mundane of circumstances. It depicts the life of a family in a country house living next door to Auschwitz, where the father, Rudolf Höss, is the commandant. We don't see any of the camp's savagery immediately until the epilogue, but its horrors gnaw and scream at the edges of every frame. Read full review

    Zone of interest Photo: Album/Alamy Stock Photo Occupied city – ★★★★☆< p>Steve McQueen's sober four-hour documentary contrasts Amsterdam's hellish past with its cosmopolitan present to terrifying effect. We are forced to confront the fact that, within living memory, the horrific crimes of the Nazi occupation were committed on the same streets, parks and squares where the city's residents now live. Read full review

    A Taste of Things – ★★★★☆

    The film takes place in a rural French chateau in 1885. The film tells the story of the legendary gourmet Daudin Bouffan, who hired the brilliant chef Eugenie Chatagne for twenty years. They fell in love, but on Evgenia’s terms: Dodin’s numerous marriage proposals have so far been rejected. There are many dishes here, but they are always delicious. Read the full review

    The Promised Land – ★★★★☆

    The delightful Mads Mikkelsen plays a frontiersman in 18th-century Denmark pursuing his nearly unattainable dream of cultivating wild northern Jutland, where brutal winds and barren soil make farming impossible. This gritty Scandinavian remix of American Western tropes features fights with local landowners and a splash of romance. Read the full review

    This is Me… Now – ★★★★☆

    A crazy, unpredictable film-music video released in conjunction with Jennifer Lopez's ninth studio album. She uses a loosely connected series of dramatic scenes and musical numbers to reflect on her life as a serial monogamist. An amazing tour de force of pop art. Read full review

    Memory – ★★★★☆

    Jessica Chastain and Peter Sarsgard star in this gripping, original take on MeToo, in which a single mother, traumatized by sexual abuse by older boys at school when she was 12, is stalked by one of the group. He doesn't seem to remember his actions—Chastain's character doesn't know he has early-onset dementia. Read full review

    Perfect Days – ★★★★☆

    Depicting the daily routine of a toilet cleaner from morning to evening, this Oscar-nominated drama by Wim Wenders is a meticulously detailed character study and a beautiful portrait of everyday life in Tokyo. Read the full review

    Dune: Part Two – ★★★★☆

    This bold, visually stunning film picks up right where Denis Villeneuve's 2021 sci-fi epic left off. Exiled Paul Atreides Timothée Chalamet joins forces with Chani Zendaya and the local Fremen tribes of the desert planet Arrakis to exact revenge on those who destroyed his family. An extraordinary technological achievement. Read full review

    High & Low – ★★★★☆

    This gripping documentary, which features an all-star cast of interviewees, chronicles former Dior superstar John Galliano's rise to fame and subsequent revelation – he was found guilty of racism and anti-Semitic abuse in 2011 – led to him losing his job at Dior. Read full review

    Poor Things – ★★★★★

    The pregnant corpse of the eccentric young Englishwoman Bella (Emma Stone) is pulled from the Thames by Willem Dafoe's Godwin, who then experimentally implants the unborn baby's brain into the skull of his dead mother. Revived, she leaves Godwin to carve a sexy streak across Western Europe in this raunchy gothic comedy. An absolutely unique Oscar winner. Read full review

    Poor Things Photo: Moviestore Collection Ltd/Alamy Stock Photo Robot Dreams – ★★★★★< p>This wordless animated story follows a lonely dog ​​named Dog who mails orders to a robotic companion named Robot. They soon became fast friends. This wonderful tale of friendship will charm and amuse children and make adults cry. Read full review

    Road House – ★★★★☆

    Jake Gillenaal is Elwood Dalton, a former UFC fighter who is approached by a Florida bar owner in desperate need of help. The bar is constantly harassed by the local kingpin and his goons, who we soon discover are out to get a lucrative land deal from the bar. But Dalton, now the lead bouncer, is no pushover. This remake is pure entertainment. Read full review

    Io Capitano – ★★★★☆

    Two adorable teenage cousins ​​who dream of becoming pop stars abroad endure a grueling journey from Senegal to Europe in this intense drama. A harrowing yet hopeful migration odyssey whose title, I, Captain, refers to the treacherous sea crossing that marks the final leg of the teenagers' journey. Read full review

    Evil does not exist – ★★★★☆

    Oscar-nominated director Ryusuke Hamaguchi returns with an exploration of a rural Japanese community fighting to develop a nearby glamping camp whose septic tank would discharge effluent into a river. The film's great trick is to make us sympathize with both sides, as the title suggests, and the third act twist sets up a thrilling finale. Read full review

    Girls State – ★★★★☆

    This thought-provoking documentary, a follow-up to 2020's Boys State, follows 500 girls taking part in a week-long political boot camp in Missouri. Filmed shortly before the June 2022 decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, we watch friendships form, sometimes across ideological divides, and astonishingly nuanced debates unfold. Read full review

    Scoop – ★★★★★

    Rufus Sewell and Gillian Anderson deliver superb performances as Prince Andrew and Emily Maitlis in this Netflix drama that explores the origins of the infamous Newsnight interview. You will tighten your mouth, stunned by how this crash actually happened. Read full review

    Teachers' Room – ★★★★☆

    A small amount of money missing from a jacket in a high school teacher's lounge leads to a social disaster. This tense, Oscar-nominated German drama is intrigued less by the petty theft itself and more by the hysteria that ensues. Read full review

    Civil War – ★★★★★

    Ex Machina director Alex Garland imagines the complete social disintegration of a very near future version of the United States through the eyes of Kirsten Dunst as a Lee Miller-style photojournalist. Neither anti-Trump nor anti-woke, Garland is not interested in taking sides, but rather in taking sides with himself and what our growing mania for it is leading to. Read the full review  

    Civil War Credit: A24 via AP Abigail – ★★★★☆

    Matilda's Alisha Weir is an absolute force in this horror thriller about six criminals who get more than they bargained for when they kidnap a pampered prima ballerina for ransom – she's actually a bloodthirsty vampire. Read the full review

    Sometimes I Think About Death – ★★★★☆

    After a disappointing post-Star Wars series, Daisy Ridley finally finds her groove in this feel-good rom-com. The recent Sundance favorite follows Fran, a terribly shy (and essentially depressed) office drone from a dank Oregon port town who is coaxed into a warmer, more shared world by her affable new colleague Robert. Read full review

    The Boy Kills the World – ★★★★☆

    Bill Skarsgård plays “The Boy,” a John Wick-type figure avenging the murder of his family in this bizarre dystopia in which a Hunger Games-style televised blood sport takes place every year. As the deaf-mute Boy, played silently by Skarsgård, actor H. Jon Benjamin delivers his inner monologue. Read the full review

    The Contenders – ★★★★★

    Josh O'Connor and Mike Feist play two former doubles partners and best friends who have been vying for the affections of Zendaya's Tasha Duncan, the goddess of the American teen circuit, for years. It's the most enjoyable film of the year, with a tennis love triangle adding to the vibrant, racket-clanging atmosphere. Read full review

    The Fall Guy – ★★★★☆

    A stuntman becomes the scapegoat in a dark Hollywood conspiracy and must jump, fight and race to clear his name. David Leitch's film, based on the 1980s TV series of the same name, is witty, fresh and full of charm from leads Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt. Read full review

    Love Lies Bleeding – ★★★★★

    Kristen Stewart shines in this gruesome psychosexual thriller about the relationship between gym manager Lou (Stewart), who is part of a seasoned crime family, and an ambitious man. bodybuilder Jackie. Jackie is gradually drawn into the organized crime life of the Lu family. Director Rose Glass remains one to watch. Read full review

    Let It Be – ★★★★☆

    Michael Lindsay-Hogg's 1970 documentary about the making of the Beatles' final album, Let It Be, has been re-released after being out of circulation since the early '80s. At a very economical length compared to Peter Jackson's mammoth 2021 documentary about the same album, Lindsay-Hogg offers a fresh look at the final days of the Beatles. Read the full review

    Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes – ★★★★☆

    The fourth chapter of the reboot series follows Noah, the son of the leader of a chimpanzee clan who is enslaved by Proximus, a megalomaniac bonobo. He joins forces with May's young man to try to free them. It's (surprisingly) beautiful and amazing for a film that only has two characters who aren't apes, shot in motion capture. Read full review

    Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes Authors: 20th Century Studios La Chimera – ★★★★☆ <р>Josh O'Connor plays Englishman Arthur from the 1980s Tuscan countryside, originally an archaeological research area, but soon drawn into a small local troupe of grave robbers – Arthur can sniff out buried Etruscan antiquities that they can resell for a fortune. All this time he mourns his deceased beloved. A piece to ponder – about the loss of the sacred (grave robbery) and the struggle to move on (Arthur's grief). Read full review

    IF – ★★★★☆

    John Krasinski directs this story about 12-year-old Bea who discovers she can see people's imaginary friends (IF), many of whom have been abandoned by their people. The only person who shares her talent is neighbor Cal (Ryan Reynolds), and they team up to get MF back to work. Charming, sweet and touching. Read full review

    Treasure – ★★★★☆

    Set in the nineties, this British debut marks director Luna Carmoun as one to watch. We follow Maria from her original home with her loving but incapable hoarder mother, to her adopted family in later life, where she becomes aware of her mother's death and falls in love with her foster mother's former ward. Beautiful images, but with a taste for the disgusting. Read full review

    Hitman – ★★★★☆

    Richard Linklater and Glen Powell wrote this comedy thriller about Gary Johnson, an affable psychology professor who works part-time as a police investigator for embittered lovers planning to commit a crime. kill your partners. While undercover, he attracts the attention of a woman he is investigating, thus creating a body-swap comedy. Read full review

    Furiosa: The Mad Max Saga – ★★★★★

    Anya Taylor-Joy and Chris Hemsworth star in this sequel to 2015's Fury Road, which uses a simplistic approach to dialogue, an expansive epic structure, and incredible stunts to tell the story of Furiosa's character. Completely electrifying. Read full review

    Monster – ★★★★☆

    Léa Seydoux plays a young woman living in the 2040s who returns to her two previous lives (Paris in the 1910s and Los Angeles in the 2010s)—a process her current, coolly clinical society suggests to cleanse herself of her feelings. . and thus guarantee an elite social role. But in every life she is haunted by a mysterious and dangerous young man. A creepy, jumping structure, as torn as our heroine. Read full review

    Godzilla Minus One – ★★★★☆

    The latest installment in the Japanese franchise opens at the end of World War II (the title “Minus One” refers to Japan's desperate situation during that historical period). moment). An escaped kamikaze pilot's new job as a minesweeper puts him on the front lines of Tokyo's fight against Godzilla. Both a chilling and moving piece on the state of the nation. Read full review

    The Dead Do No Harm – ★★★★☆

    Viggo Mortensen writes, directs and stars in this Western about the romance between a sheriff and his wife, but which also focuses on her. and, more generally, about the difficulties faced by women in frontier life. Close attention to human relationships and all their shortcomings. Read full review

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