While Hulu’s TV library reaching impressive heights, it hasn’t quite built up the same collection of original films. Still, the stock it has is worth checking out one of the best new Christmas movies starring (believe it or not) Kristen Stewart, to a remarkable one Oscar winner directed by Chloé Zhao.
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Palm Springs fits right into the charming indie film category: its fresh sci-fi premise acts as a gateway to exploring deeper ideas. Cristin Miloti and Andy Samberg star as Sarah and Nyles, two strangers who meet at a wedding and do all kinds of things, including stumbling in a Groundhog Day time loop. Their only chance of escape seems to be linked to personal breakthroughs. Very happy with the landing, Palm Springs should be on your list of viewing destinations.
Big Time Adolescence is a coming-of-age movie told with an emphasis on the messiness of growing up. Pete Davidson plays a slacker who befriends 16-year-old Mo. Due to his influence, Mo tries new things, from alcohol to impressive girls at parties. Lessons, as you can expect, are learned. A smart ensemble, including Jon Cryer, is the icing on the cake that brings this heartfelt gem together.
If you love your Christmas movies with a hint of content, Happiest Season is one of the best new gems to slide on your holiday shelf. Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis star as loving couple Abby and Harper, who encounter a single key to their relationship: Harper hasn’t come out to her conservative family yet. With all the warmth of a Hallmark card without the cheesiness, and backed by a great supporting cast including Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie, and Dan Levy, Happiest Season is a smart, modern Christmas movie with emotional punch.
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Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland has won awards at film festivals and unsurprisingly won the award for best film, best director and best actress at the Oscars. A true workhorse, Zhao directs, edits and writes this contemplative and fascinating drama about a woman (Frances McDormand) who leaves her home to travel the American West. Get this: Members of the supporting cast are real nomads playing fictionalized versions of themselves. Check out this extraordinary video of the director who will be bringing her unique lens to Marvel’s Eternals later this year.
Sarah Paulson had a big year, starring Mrs. America, Ratched and Now Run, a thriller from Aneesh Chaganty (check out his excellent directorial debut Searching). In Run, Paulson plays Diane Sherman, a mother who takes care of her wheelchair-bound daughter Chloe (Kiera Allen). But their mother-daughter relationship is more troubling than it seems. Get captivated by the thrills, mystery and horror as Diane takes helicopter parenting to a new level.
Like the big one Fleabag once said, “Hair is everything.” Bad Hair may be able to take that to the next level. Set in the 1980s, the horror satire follows a young woman who reluctantly agrees to a braid – but changing her image to please the image-obsessed music industry has its repercussions. Absurdly funny and disturbing at the same time, Bad Hair unravels an entertaining fable that reflects on modern life.
Zombies, the Australian outback, and a school bus with happy kids are a mix that you can expect to end badly. Little Monsters follows kindergarten teacher Miss Caroline (Lupita Nyong’o) in her gigantic task of keeping her cargoes safe and oblivious to the carnivorous (and echidna) monsters. If she does it, she will be teacher of the year. With scene-stealing Josh Gad in tow, Little Monsters is ridiculously fun with a new brain to take on the genre.
It was only a matter of time before a documentary came out featuring the remarkable story of teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg. I Am Greta is an intimate take on Thunberg’s one-man school strike for climate action outside the Swedish Parliament. We also see a bit of her life as a shy student at Asperger’s. The rare footage is in the safe hands of Swedish director Nathan Grossman, who follows Thunberg’s thrilling impact from those stairs to the rest of the world.
At first glance, this extraordinary documentary by Bing Liu is a love letter to skateboarding. But scratch a little deeper and you will discover the vast depths of Minding the Gap. A rich and thoughtful story of young people growing up in 21st century America, it explores domestic trauma, systemic racism, and classism. It resonates outside of the skate park.