Some The best films of the last year as determined by our panel of 26 journalists from across the US, are still in theaters – but many are now available to stream online as well. You can find the films here:
1. “THE BANSHEES OF ISHERIN”
Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Kerry Condon star in The Banshees of Inisherin, which tells a tale of the ups and downs of the friendship between Farrell’s Pádraic and Gleeson’s Colm, while emphasizing haunting Irish landscapes. It can be streamed on HBO Max and rented on YouTube and Amazon.
2. “ALL AT ONCE, EVERYWHERE”
Produced by A24, the indie Everything Everywhere All at Once has been a critical success and crowd favorite since its release last spring. Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan and Stephanie Hsu carry a startling multiverse story about a Chinese-American family’s breakup and how they reunite through the existence of other versions of themselves. The film can be streamed on Paramount+ using a Showtime add-on.
Cate Blanchett portrays the renowned conductor Lydia Tár. As the title character, she’s smart, talented, and on a pedestal too high to fall off—but of course she does. Todd Field’s “Tár” explores the dichotomy between power and art and takes on the culture clashes that dominate politics and popular discourse. It can be rented and bought on Amazon and iTunes.
Writer-director Jordan Peele’s third horror blockbuster stars Keke Palmer and recurring Peele favorite Daniel Kaluuya. A story about a family’s thriving business, Hollywood horse brawlers delve into strange sci-fi territory when horses start disappearing from their ranch. It can be streamed on Peacock.
5. “THE WOMAN KING”
In The Woman King, Viola Davis is the leader of the Agojie, an all-female unit of warriors protecting the West African kingdom of Dahomey in the 19th century. The story follows Davis’ Nanisca as she trains young women for battle while defeating personal demons and enemies. Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, the film is available to rent on YouTube and Apple TV.
SS Rajamouli’s three-hour maximalist action epic RRR is one of India’s most expensive — and highest-grossing — films of all time. It mates two of Tollywood’s biggest stars, NT Rama Rao Jr. and Ram Charan, as revolutionaries fighting the British colonialists in 1920. The film topped Netflix’s streaming charts over the summer and is still available there.
7. “TOP GUN: MAVERICK”
36 years after the original Top Gun, Top Gun: Maverick takes audiences to new heights, with Tom Cruise reprising his role as Maverick. Cruise takes on a leadership and mentoring role for supporting cast members Miles Teller and Glen Powell. Top Gun: Maverick is available to rent on Paramount+ and Amazon.
8. “THE FABELMANS”
Steven Spielberg’s most personal film yet documents the joys and ultimate perils that fracture the Fabelman family forever. In a declaration of love for film and his family, Spielberg lets the viewer look behind his passion for film and his search for the meaning of family and life. The film can be rented from Amazon.
9. “WOMEN TALK”
Still only in limited cinemas.
Director Sarah Polley weaves the story of pervasive sexual assaults plaguing women in a Mennonite community. Women Talking is an adaptation of a 2018 book by Miriam Toews and stars Claire Foy, Rooney Mara and Frances McDormand. The film is still in limited theaters and is not yet available to stream.
10. “GLASS ONION: A KNIFE OUT MYSTERY”
Director Rian Johnson’s Knives Out sequel, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery sees the return of Daniel Craig’s Southern detective Benoit Blanc. The twisty crime thriller does what the original did best: allow troubled and murderous rich people to measure their egos and decipher who is a killer. The film can be streamed on Netflix.
Writer-director Charlotte Wells illustrates the bond between a father-daughter duo, portrayed by Paul Mescal and Frankie Corio. Aftersun focuses on those defining moments in adolescence when the world feels so big and filled with wonder that begins to fade as the reality of life peeks through the cracks and taints your memories. The film can be rented from Amazon and YouTube.
12. “DECISION TO LEAVE”
Director Park Chan-wook’s Decision To Leave is a Hitchcock noir that tells the story of an insomniac detective who falls in love with a beautiful suspect over a suspicious death he’s investigating. It is available for digital rentals on Apple TV and Amazon.
13. “PINCCHIO OF GUILLERMO DEL TORO”
The decades-old children’s tale “Pinocchio” is retold through the lens of Guillermo Del Toro’s dark mind. This isn’t the Disney version of Pinocchio – Del Toro’s still musical version explores themes of fascism. The cast includes Christoph Waltz, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton and Ewan McGregor. The film can be streamed on Netflix.
In “Elvis,” Baz Luhrmann’s vision transforms relatively unknown child actor Austin Butler into the King. The unconventional biopic tells the life of Elvis Presley from the perspective of his former manager Colonel Tom Parker, played by Tom Hanks. The film is available to stream on HBO Max.
15. “ALL BEAUTY AND THE BLOODSHED”
Still only in limited cinemas.
All the Beauty and the Bloodshed tells the life’s work of American photographer Nan Goldin, and it’s not just about photography. Directed by Laura Poitras This documentary looks at Goldin’s political activism and how the Sackler family’s sticky web of philanthropic interests in the art world intersected with their pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma, which faced a spate of lawsuits claiming it had helped create a triggering opioid addiction and an overdose crisis. The film is in limited theaters and not yet available to stream.
16. “AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER”
Still in cinemas.
After a 13-year wait, Avatar: The Way of Water delves into the family of original Avatar protagonist Jake Sully’s journey through adversity and loss. Director James Cameron builds a spiritual and visually arresting world in this sequel, starring Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana. The film is still in theaters and is not yet available to stream.
16. “THE WHALE”
Still in cinemas.
Brendan Fraser plays Charlie, the 600-pound main character from The Whale. Charlie is a father, an English teacher, and has terminal health problems that give him a life expectancy of a week. This week he tries to connect with his estranged daughter, played by Stranger Things actress Sadie Sink. The film is based on and adapted from the Off-Broadway play by Samuel D. Hunter. The film is still in theaters and is not yet available to stream.
Still in cinemas.
From “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle comes a journey into 1920s Hollywood hedonism and a drug-fueled feverish dream of the bygone cinema era. The film stars Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt and newcomer Diego Calva in a three-hour tale about filmmaking at a pivotal time for American cinema. The film is still in theaters and is not yet available to stream.
19. “SHE SAID”
Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan play New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, who uncovered decades of sexual assault and misconduct allegations against disgraced Hollywood film executive Harvey Weinstein. Her story was the catalyst that sparked a worldwide reckoning known as the #MeToo movement. The film can be streamed on Peacock.
20. “MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON”
Marcel the Shell With Shoes On is a feature length stop motion animated film based on the YouTube short films by Jenny Slate, who speaks Marcel in a high octave, and director Dean Fleischer Camp. The experience of being small, cute and unassuming is at the heart of the film about a mollusk. The film can be rented from Amazon.
21. “TRIANGLE OF SADNESS”
Swedish filmmaker Ruben Östlund has created a sparkling social satire that examines race, wealth, social class and inequality. It stars the late Charlbi Dean and Harris Dickinson as a model/influencer couple who end up on a sponsored yacht trip with other wealthy guests. Chaos ensues when the yacht gets stuck in the middle of a storm and the guests end up on a deserted island. The film later focuses on maid and ringleader Abigail, played by Dolly De Leon. The film can be rented on YouTube, Apple TV and Amazon.
Director Chinonye Chukwu revolves around Emmett’s mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, in a drama about the lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955. played by Danielle Deadwyler. The film follows the aftermath of Emmett’s brutal murder, Mamie’s personal trauma and her evolution into a civil rights activist. The film can be rented on YouTube, Apple TV and Amazon.
Still in limited cinemas.
“EO” is the story of a circus donkey who is snatched from its owner and embarks on a long, spiritual journey through the modern Polish and Italian landscapes, meeting kind and cruel people. It is a declaration of love to animals directed by Jerzy Skolimowski. EO is still in limited theaters and is not yet available to stream.
Turning Red is the first Pixar film to be directed exclusively by a woman. Directed by Domee Shi, who also directed the Oscar-winning short Bao, the animated film is a coming-of-age story about a Chinese-Canadian eighth-grader who transforms into a big, fluffy red panda—a walking metaphor for growing young women. Turning Red is available to stream on Disney+.
25. “NO BEARS”
Still in limited cinemas.
Iranian director Jafar Panahi was banned from filming for 20 years in 2010. Despite this, he has since directed five films, including No Bears. The film dramatizes Panahi shooting a film along the Turkish-Iranian border. In July 2022, Panahi was arrested on an old charge. He is now serving six years in prison and was unable to attend the premiere of “No Bears.” The film is still in limited theaters and not yet available for streaming.
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