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    This year marks the 10th anniversary of Ben Affleck’s Boston crime-opus The Town. In honor of its release, we bring you 14 other movies that you should add to your watchlist if you enjoyed this iconic addition to the Irish-American crime-drama. While not all these movies are centered around Bostonians, or even take place there, they all share strong thematic and stylistic ties that can be grouped under the loose umbrella terms of “heist” or “crime movie”. Now, without further ado:
    Point Break
    Easily one of the most quotable and hilariously over-acted movies of the ‘90s, Point Break stars Keanu Reeves as FBI rookie Johnny Utah, who goes undercover amongst a group of surfers suspected of a series of bank robberies in Southern California. Utah finds himself enthralled by the pseudo-philosophy espoused and practiced by the surf-crew’s de facto leader, Bodhi, played with irrepressible glee by Patrick Swayze. This is one of Kathryn Bigelow’s earliest showcases as a master of fast-paced action, tense, stunt-heavy set-pieces, and slightly insufferable yet compelling male archetypes who are constantly searching for the next thrill, no matter how dangerous it may be. 
    Next up, we have one of the most influential and iconic movies of the ‘90s. If you’ve seen The Town and are serious about crime-thrillers and heist movies, it’s almost certain you’ve already seen Heat a handful of times. But this film is truly one-of-a-kind, namely because even to this day, its influence is felt in a vast number of movies and TV shows (has any one sequence—the botched bank heist—been referenced more in staging shoot-out sequences?). Absolutely nothing in this film has lost any of its fundamental power; it feels as fresh, thrilling, and ground-breaking as it did 25 years ago.
    Perhaps its biggest selling point would be that it served as the first time two of Hollywood’s most decorated leading men went toe-to-toe on-screen, as Robert De Niro, who plays master thief Neil McCauly, is chased by LAPD Detective Vincent Hanna, played by Al Pacino. In the hands of crime-movie auteur, Michael Mann, however, this seemingly by-the-books cops-and-robbers tale transforms into a sprawling, austere, high-octane—yet disarmingly intimate, moody, and atmospheric—movie about the interconnectedness of people and the psychological consequences their life-choices have on one another. The core of the film resides in these two men who, despite occupying different sides of the law, find themselves tethered by some intangible force, which can only really be defined as mutual respect. 
    STREAM IT HEREL.A. Confidential
    Next on our list is a classic period-piece from the ‘90s. L.A. Confidential is an episodic look at crime in mid-century Los Angeles—and namely, the intersecting avenues of police, crime, celebrity culture, and the media that were beginning to take shape. Working with a masterful script, Curtis Hanson delivers a knotty tale of corruption, lust, violence, and the burgeoning of the American media-industrial-complex’s obsession with true crime and police work.  
    The film picks up with clean-cut LAPD sergeant Edmund Exley (Guy Pearce), agreeing to testify against his fellow cops (who have been hit with a case of police brutality) in exchange for a promotion. This puts him directly at odds with his department and especially hard-nosed, roughhouse cop Bud White (Russel Crowe). White later develops a relationship with Kim Bassinger’s Lynn Bracken, a high-end prostitute and potential key witness in a mysterious café massacre, which has left White’s ex-partner murdered. Opposite them is Kevin Spacey’s smarmy sergeant Jack Vincennes, a narcotics officer who serves as an insider for TV networks and tabloid magazines to frame and bust high-profile public figures engaging in scandalous acts. Based on a James Ellroy novel, the film balances these multiple storylines in mesmerizing fashion, delivering a tense, tightly wound neo-noir thriller that explores the underworld of 1950’s Los Angeles in all its seedy glory. 
    STREAM IT HEREMystic River
    Moving into the 2000’s, our first entry from the new millennium is Clint Eastwood’s Mystic River. This is one of the bleakest entries on this list and perhaps one of the bleakest mainstream Hollywood films of the century thus far, dealing with themes of childhood trauma, sexual abuse, murder, betrayal, and vengeance. 
    The story opens with three childhood friends, Jimmy, Sean, and Dave, playing street hockey in Boston, when suddenly a car arrives with two men who take Dave away. Years later, Dave (played to perfection by a fractured, insular Tim Robbins) is revealed to have been sexually abused by the men who abducted him and is still struggling to cope with his trauma when he is implicated in the murder of Jimmy’s teenage daughter, Katie. Jimmy (Sean Penn), a former con who has stepped away from his criminal life, pursues his own form of an investigation into the murder, while Sean (Kevin Bacon), now a detective with the Massachusetts State Police, closes in on the truth. The film’s dark subject matter is matched by Clint Eastwood’s cold, eerie visual palette— a seemingly interminable overcast Northeastern climate, all muted blue-gray tones, and hard, shadowy night exteriors. This film further cemented Clint’s place among the top of the world’s filmmaking ranks and proved him to be a studio-filmmaker unafraid of exploring the darker corners of human nature.  
    STREAM IT HERELayer Cake
    Hopping across the pond for this next entry comes Matthew Vaughn’s energetic take on the British gangster film, Layer Cake. Vaughn cut his teeth producing fellow Brit Guy Ritchie’s smash-hits Lock, Stock, and 2 Smoking Barrels and Snatch, before turning over to directing his debut.
    With Layer Cake, Vaughn proved himself as a worthy successor to Guy Ritchie’s hyper-kinetic, comedic, rough-and-tumble style with a slightly more polished, less tongue-in-cheek London-set action-crime movie. Daniel Craig, in his first major leading role, plays an unnamed cocaine trafficker who runs a tight ship and refrains from partaking in any of the industry’s dirty business. We find him just as he has one foot out the door ready for retirement, when suddenly he is summoned by his boss, Jimmy, who informs him he must oversee the sale of one million ecstasy tablets from a lowlife criminal—which he soon discovers had stolen the ecstasy from a gang of Serbian war criminals. He is also to search for an associate of Jimmy’s daughter, the drug-addicted Charlie, who has disappeared. As Craig’s character has no choice but to adhere, he finds himself slipping further and further into the areas of the drug business he had painstakingly worked his whole career to avoid. The movie trades in efficient storytelling, wise-cracking dialogue, brutal violence, and a star-making turn from a pre-Bond Daniel Craig. 
    STREAM IT HEREThe Departed
    One of Scorsese’s very finest in his astonishing back-catalog, our next entry, The Departed, would make for a perfect double-feature with The Town. Despite the chorus of folks who dispute the Oscars for awarding Scorsese the Best Directing statue as a belated cop-out for past oversights (*ahem* Goodfellas *ahem*), this film is an absolute masterclass in big-budget, star-powered gangster movies. 
    Speaking of stars, this movie will go down as the final, truly great Jack Nicholson performance, whose turn as Irish Mob boss, Frank Costello, is one of the most memorable in movie history. Costello’s criminal enterprise extends to the Boston police department, as Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon), serves as a mole, while Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio), an informant for the police, has slowly been making his way up in Costello’s ranks. As Costello becomes convinced there is a mole in his gang, he urges Sullivan to dig him out, as Costigan becomes more and more suspicious that the police have their own double-crossing agent. This dual narrative structure (based upon acclaimed Hong Kong film Internal Affairs) is rightfully considered one of the great feats of screenwriting of the 21st century, but it’s truly the performances across the A-list ensemble—who collectively exude Boston grittiness and snarky-ness with such panache—that cements this film as the ne plus ultra of the Boston crime-drama.   
    STREAM IT HEREInside Man
    Next on our list, Spike Lee’s grandiose take on the heist-movie. Another great pairing with The Town, this movie may be fleet-footed and lighter in tone, but it is no less hard-hitting and invigorating in execution. This is Spike at the absolute peak of his powers, masterfully orchestrating different tones and storylines into a unified, cohesive work of pop-entertainment. 
    Inspired by canonical bank-robbery movies like Dog Day Afternoon, but unlike that iconic film insofar that it is told mostly from the perspective of the police, who in this case is NYPD hostage negotiator, Keith Frazier, portrayed with ultra-suave bravado by Denzel Washington. The film picks up as a group of bank robbers—led by Clive Owen’s cryptic, cunning Dalton Russell—stick-up and take hostage the workers of a Manhattan bank owned by Arthur Case (Christopher Plummer), a domineering, stoic man trying his best to keep hidden a shady past. Always three steps ahead of the viewer, the film manages to do the near-impossible: provide laughs, thrills, twists, and a high-stakes moral-quandary at its core, without ever giving the impression that it even broke a sweat. 
    STREAM IT HERELucky Number Slevin
    Our third entry from 2006 (what a year!), Paul McGuigan’s underrated gem is often overshadowed by other slick-talking, fast-paced crime movies like Pulp Fiction, Snatch, or The Departed, but is no less worthy of your attention if you are a true crime movie aficionado. 
    In the early-mid-2000’s, Josh Hartnett showed promise as one of Hollywood’s major leading actors, and it’s a shame that he never truly capitalized on this (hopefully things will change as he’s slated to appear in two major upcoming productions, most notably Guy Ritchie’s next effort, Wrath of God). As the titular Slevin, Hartnett showed a rare combination of effortless poise, charm, and charisma. In a case of apparent mistaken identity and being in the wrong place at the wrong time, Slevin is found in the empty apartment of his missing friend Nick by a couple of henchman working for The Boss (Morgan Freeman), who, mistaking Slevin for Nick, informs him he must pay back a huge gambling debt. Alternatively, Slevin’s debt will be relieved if he agrees to kill the son of The Boss’ rival, The Rabbi (Ben Kingsley), who he believes had his son murdered. Upon being freed, Slevin is then kidnapped by the Rabbi’s henchman, and informed he also has to repay him a large gambling sum. What ensues is a carefully plotted, tightly scripted thriller with big-time movie stars perfectly cast in their roles, and more than a few tricks up its sleeve that will keep you guessing at every turn. 
    STREAM IT HEREGone Baby Gone
    Next, we have Ben Affleck’s predecessor to The Town and his directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone. A seminal entry in the Boston crime-drama movie canon—and adapted from a book of the same name by Dennis Lehane, who also wrote the Mystic River novel which the movie was based on—this is a similarly bleak, unforgiving mystery thriller/portrait of people in crisis. 
    This story centres around the disappearance of a three-year-old girl, who Private Investigators Patrick (Casey Affleck, Ben’s brother), and his partner/lover, Angie (Michelle Monaghan) are hired to find. The girl’s mother (Amy Ryan, who was nominated for an Oscar for her performance), Helene, is a drug-addict who is revealed to have been involved in some shady dealings with her drug supplier. In similar narrative style to Mystic River, the plot leads you in one direction before completely upending your expectations. The movie ultimately serves as a morally ambiguous, emotionally charged, devastating and unwaveringly honest depiction of people struggling to do the right thing while at the most extreme cross-roads. 
    Released the same year as The Town, Takers takes the first spot on the 2010’s selection of our list. Trading The Town’s urban Bostonian grit for swanky Los Angeles glamour and high-wire set-pieces, Takers is the perfect movie for those who prefer their heist movies to be on the glitzier side and with a LOT of explosions, shootouts, and chase sequences.
    Seasoned professional Gordon Cozier (Idris Elba), the leader of a highly well-orchestrated group of bank robbers, agrees to carry out one last job when a former member of his crew, Ghost (rapper T.I.), proposes a job that would set them all up for life; robbing an armored car carrying $12 million. On their tail are cops Jack Welles (Matt Dillon) and his partner Eddie Hatcher (Jay Hernandez). As the heist plays out and the cops zero-in, it becomes clear that Ghost’s motives for the heist might not be exactly all that they appear to be. If you’re looking for some exciting, easy-to-digest, standard Hollywood action fare, then this will be right up your alley. 
    STREAM IT HEREKilling Them Softly
    Next on the list, we have Andrew Dominik’s follow-up to his widely hailed yet underseen masterpiece, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, which also saw the director reteaming with Brad Pitt. Here, they trade the American frontier setting and mythos for a modern tale of American idealism running its course.
    Pitt stars as Jackie Cogan, a jaded, unusually talkative hitman hired to find three low-level crooks who stage a robbery during a mob-run illegal poker game in Boston. Before locating the three goons on the run in Florida, he enlists the help of a former colleague, Mickey (James Gandolfini), a New York hitman who is a shell of his former self and has taken up a life of heavy drinking and indulging in prostitutes while serving parole. Taking the source material (crime writer George V Higgin’s 1974 novel Cogan’s Trade) and updating it to 2008 recession-hit America, this film is a sardonic, violently chaotic cautionary tale that uses the backdrop of an America in financial crisis—while simultaneously under the impression that a new beginning is on the horizon with the election of Barack Obama—as a frame for a story of two hitmen whose cynicism and disillusionment only becomes stronger and stronger. 
    The next addition to our list is the screenwriting debut of Dennis Lehane, Boston crime’s poet laureate, as he updates one of his short stories from 2009, Animal Rescue, and relocates his usual playing field of Boston to Brooklyn. The Drop is a smartly written, authentic-to-the-bone tale of blue-collar workers who are unwittingly tangled in a criminal underworld of mobsters and murderers.
    The lead character, Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy), is a quiet, soft-spoken bartender with a mysterious past, working for his cousin Marv (James Gandolfini) at a dive bar in Brooklyn. Some time ago, Marv forfeited ownership of his bar to a family of Chechen mobsters who use it as “the drop”— a safe-house for their illegal money to be collected. While working one night, the two of them are stuck-up and the bar is robbed by two masked assailants, which the Chechen mobsters threaten must be recompensed. This film is a solidly crafted thriller with unexpected warmth and heart beneath its thick layers of gruffness and machismo. Moreover, it’s an absolutely essential showcase for the brilliant Gandolfini’s talents, as this was sadly his swansong. 
    STREAM IT HEREHell or High Water
    Next up is Scottish director David Mackenzie’s Texan-sun-scorched Hell or High Water. What easily could have been a mere simulacrum of No Country for Old Men instead turned out to be an undeniable sleeper hit and one of the best films of 2016. 
    Chris Pine and Ben Foster play brothers, Toby and Tanner, respectively, who rob banks across small towns in Western Texas. Their robberies are reserved purely for branches of Texas Midlands Bank, as this bank threatens foreclosure on their ranch property following their mother’s passing from illness and the debt she took on for the property through a reverse mortgage. On their trail is aging Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton (portrayed with true aplomb by Jeff Bridges) and his close partner, Alberto Parker (played by underrated character actor Gil Birmingham). Despite trading in run-of-the-mill Western tropes, the film pumps new life into the genre with its soundly structured script, taut pacing, engaging characters, and elegiac, wistful tone. 
    Underseen upon release, the final movie on our list is Steve McQueen’s all-female heist movie, Widows. Penned by best-selling author Gillian Flynn, directed by Academy-Award winning filmmaker McQueen, and featuring an all-star cast of both seasoned veterans and up-and-coming talents, this film had all the makings for a global smash-hit. Despite its underwhelming box office returns, however, this film succeeds on almost all other fronts.  
    After a botched robbery of $2 million ends in Harry Rawlings (Liam Neeson) and his crew being gunned down by police, Veronica Rawlings (Viola Davis), Harry’s widow, receives a threatening visit from Jamal Manning (Brian Tyree Henry), the crime boss that Harry’s crew attempted to rob, and whose eyes are set on a local Southside Chicago political campaign. After discovering a set of detailed instructions laid out by her husband to rob the home of racist politician, Tom Mulligan (Robert Duvall), whose son, Jake Mulligan (Colin Farrell) is running against Jamal in the municipal race, Veronica enlists two other widows from Harry’s crew, Linda (Michelle Rodriguez) and Alice (Elizabeth Debicki), along with Linda’s babysitter, Bell (Cynthia Erivo) to carry out the heist themselves. McQueen’s concerns, however, extend beyond the heist itself; he gives us a view of life in southside Chicago and the socioeconomic discrepancies that result in characters like Jamal and his menacing, electric brother/enforcer, Jatemme (Daniel Kaluuya). Jettisoning one of the genre’s common tropes for a more sociopolitical and personal bend, this film focuses on a heist that is not really about money or power, but rather a way for these women to reclaim their identity and integrity. 
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    9 Movies To Watch Next If You Like Game Night

    Starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams, Game Night was a surprise hit to many. The film follows a married couple who look for their brother as he goes missing during a game night. But don’t let its simple premise fool you, with a sharp script, full-throttle characters, and a never-ending bag of twists and turns, Game Night packs a surprising punch. 
    Not bad for a film that centers around… well, you know… A game night. If Game Night had you rolling in laughter, which we're sure it did, you will definitely like these 9 movies on our list:
    Knives Out
    We don’t know if this one is meant to be a comedy, but boy is it hilarious. Knives Out follows the standard whodunit structure, and is set in the standard big mansion, but features an eclectic cast of not so standard characters. 
    Written and directed by Rian Johnson, the film follows a detective (Daniel Craig) who investigates the death of famous writer who died in his estate during a family get together. 
    And this inspector unearths a load of dysfunction on his way to find the culprit. Members of the family are all suspects, played by Tony Colette, Don Johnson, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Micheal Shannon, and Chris Evans, with Lakeith Stanfield as the assistant detective. What could possibly go wrong? 
    Horrible Bosses
    Batemen is back again for this action packed comedy also staring Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jenifer Aniston, and Colin Farrell. Horrible Bosses is about three friends who devise a plan to kill their bosses. Director Seth Gordon delivers a film full of situational irony, slap stick action, and all out laughs. The friends are funny, the bosses are funny, the side-characters are funny, and the events that ensue are hilarious.
    Okay, the films on this list prove that sometimes the simplest ideas make for the funniest movies. Tag is a movie about a group of friends, grown men mind you, who have been playing tag for the last 30 years. They decided it’s time to end their tradition, but only after playing one last game of tag before their undefeated friend’s wedding.  Somehow, this movie is half action half comedy… But then again, Jeremy Renner is in it, so I guess that makes sense. 
    Hot Fuzz
    From the team that brought us Shawn of  the Dead, Hot Fuzz is the second film of the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy. Director Edgar Wright is known for his action packed comedies, and Hot Fuzz fits right in the mix. The film follows prestige officer Nicholas Angel and his violent descent into the underworld of a seemingly peaceful town. 
    Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are hilarious together in the cop comedy and Wright definitely sets the standards with this one. Welcome all, to the new era of action adventure comedies… 
    Murder Mystery
    Adam Sandler and Jenifer Aniston team up for a mystery comedy directed by Kyle Newacheck. This is a fun version of Clue that takes place at sea. Together on a high-end yacht, a couple is framed for murder, it just so happens that Sandler’s character is a NY police officer. 
    But this film isn’t all laughs, penned by the screenwriter who did Zodiac and Basic, Murder Mystery has its share of suspense. So kick the feet back, cook up some popcorn, and press play.
    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
    Writer-director Shane Black may be the dark night of cop comedies, and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is one of his staple works. The film is a fun play on the old school private eye films of the forties.
    It centers around a thief, pretending to be an actor, who gets involved in a murder investigation, an aspiring actress, and a private eye. What makes the film even more fun is it stars Robert Downy Jr, Val Kilmer, and Michelle Monaghan. It’s nice to see Downy’s sarcastic humor blooming, and remember when you watch, this is pre Iron Man.
    The Nice Guys
    Another one from Shane Black, The Nice Guys follow two hired private eyes who battle to do right by a girl in hiding. Starring Angourie Rice, Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe, and Matt Bomer, The Nice Guys is again filled with Shane Black’s signature quirky, know-it-all characters who are as problematic as they are funny. Crime. Comedy with a shade of Darkness. What’s not to like?
    The Hangover
    Undisputedly the most popular film on our list, The Hangover follows the same format of our above-mentioned films, but in unprecedented excitement and fashion. Simple premise. Hilarious characters. Not stop action and laughs. It is the defining comedy film of the early 2000s, up there with the greats like Animal House, Groundhog Day Bridesmaids, and Airplane. If you’re a comedy fan and you haven’t watched The Hangover already, you probably should.
    Spy is a comedy that features Melissa McCarthy as a fish out of water CSI tech analyst who volunteers to be a spy operative after another agent is compromised. McCarthy is roll on the ground and laugh out loud hilarious throughout the film, and with a supporting cast of  Rose Byrne, Jason Statham, and Jude Law, Spy has a perfect blend of action and comedy. 
    We’ll call it the spy spoof of all spy spoofs! Yet somehow the film went under the radar, so grab your detective gear and go find a way to watch. 

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    8 Movies To Watch Next If You Love Juno

    Juno is that sort of quirky teen film that still manages to tug at the strings of deeper emotions. Writer Diablo Cody solidified herself in the film industry with this one, and stars Ellen Page and Micheal Cera etched their names in sand as well. If you like coming-of-age stories filled with hyper-intelligent, sarcastic teens who find themselves facing adult issues for the first time, check out this list of 9 movies like Juno.
    1. Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist
    Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist is a fun dance through the streets of Manhattan, featuring two high schoolers who fake being in a relationship to avoid their friends. 
    Peter Sollett takes that standard fake love turned to once in a lifetime love experience and makes it into a teen movie. Nick and Nora plays on all the standard tropes but presents some new twists and turns in its emulation of the teenage dream. 
    2. Tallulah
    Ellen Page came back to the Indie scene for Tallulah. But this time, Page is taking a baby, like actually taking a baby away from someone… Yes, literally. 
    Tallulah is about a young woman who takes a child away from her irresponsible mother and pretends it's her own. And of all places, the young woman decides to take the baby to her ex-boyfriend’s mother. The set up for conflict is there, and it plays all the way through. Whether you’re a teen or not, this movie will make you laugh and cry.
    And like always, Page delivers.
    3. Lady Bird
    Greta Gerwig’s surprise hit captures the coming-of-age story in a way that is too genuine to deny. Her main character, played fabulously by Saoirse Ronan, struggles to find her place in school, to navigate through her love life, and to find a promising future. She might have some issues with her identity too. I mean, you rename yourself Lady Bird for a reason right? 
    With a stellar cast to carry out Gerwig’s compelling middle class tale, Lady Bird is further strengthened by its setting, the somewhat untouched city of Sacramento.  The narrative serves as a reflection of a modern working-class family, but is unique in its perspective. Plus Timothée Chalamet's lines are hella tight. Ah, we butchered that one. Just watch the movie. 
    4. Adventureland
    Our first on the list featuring a male lead, Adventureland mixes a load of quirky sarcasm with a hormone filled love story. What else would you expect from Jesse Eisenberg and Superbad director Greg Mottola? 
    With Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, and Martin Starr in support, Adventureland is filled with great characters, good vibes, a bit of despair, and a whole lot of love. 
    5. Young Adult
    Like Juno, Young Adult is penned by Diablo Cody and directed by Jason Reitman. And again, these two teamed up to tell a cautionary tale, but one that is not quite the same.
    Young Adult is a film about, well, an adult who is not so young but happens to act like it. Charlize Theron stars as an alcoholic ghostwriter who travels to her hometown to reconnect with her ex-boyfriend, but things don’t exactly turn out as planned. 
    6. Submarine
    Submarine has a lot going on, and even more going for it. The characters are wild, fun, and equally bizarre. The story follows a Welsh teen whose priorities shift throughout the film. If you are familiar with The IT Crowd, then you probably know of director Richard Ayoade. That’s right, Submarine is his film. The young stars do well to support his script, and per usual, Sally Hawkins, Noah Taylor, and Paddy Considine don’t disappoint. 
    7. Easy A
    Starring Emma Stone, Easy A follows the story of a teen who lies to her friend about losing her virginity. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take long for her lie to spread across town. Easy A is a fun story about the power of rumor, the cruelty of teenage relationships, and the lengths young adults go for attention.
    8. Little Miss Sunshine
    This is a fun one that we all love. Filled with kid parents, and well, misguided kids. During the family’s epic quest to get to the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant, each character in the film undergoes serious ups and downs. 
    Yes, Little Miss Sunshine has coming-of-age elements in it, but it is a movie about family. And Abigail Breslin, Paul Dano, Steve Carell, Tony Collette, and Alan Arkin make up one hell-of-a family. 
    That is all we got for our list today, and if you enjoyed 8 Movies Like Juno, check out our list below. 
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    13 Mind-Bending Movies Like Ex Machina That Will Blow Your Mind

    After penning a few films for the great Danny Boyle, Alex Garland went on to solidify himself as a stand-out director with Ex Machina, a thriller about AI that redefined the sci-fi genre. Garland drags us through a philosophical exploration of artificial intelligence in a way that is visually compelling, suspenseful, and downright eerie. But then again, what else would you expect from the guy who wrote 28 Days Later and The Beach? 
    If you’re into AI, slow-burning suspense and violent endings - check out this list of movies like Ex Machina:
    1. Moon
    Moon is directed by Duncan Jones, the son of David Bowie. And if you watch this eerie sci-fi thriller, you probably agree that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
    Starring Sam Rockwell, Sam Rockwell, and well, Sam Rockwell, Moon features a protagonist who experiences a crisis near the end of his solo three year tour through space. This sci-fi thriller is unnerving, yet still fun to watch thanks to Rockwell’s fantastic performance. But fair warning, you might finish the film and question the value of your existence…
    2. Arrival
    Following a linguistics expert and her effort to crack language used by arriving aliens, Arrival is a film that unpacks the power of communication and how we perceive our future.
    Like many films that center on extraterrestrial visits, Arrival has all the fire-at-will vs. find-peace-at-all-costs conflict that you would come to expect, yet it is handled brilliantly by Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and director Dennis Villeneuve. Arrival provides a unique spin on the genre with a contemplative, sophisticated exploration of fate.
    3. Triangle
    Triangle follows a group of stranded passengers who jump aboard another vessel after their yacht is taken by a storm. Yup, you guessed it, things go from bad to worse. We could say Triangle repeats some of the more tropes of the standard sci-fi film, over, and over, and over again… Just watch it and you’ll get what we mean.
    4. District 9
    District 9 is about a group of aliens who are forced to live in harsh colonies, or districts, on planet earth until they find a government agent willing to help. This film is one of the more famous on our list, and rightfully so. They say good science fiction reflects on human society, well, District 9 serves, though it did face its share of controversy for some of its caricatures.
    5. Primer
    So, District 9 might have had the biggest budget on this list, but there is no arguing that Primer had the smallest. Made with a meagre $7,000, Primer closed to a million at the US box office alone. The film follows two tech buddies who somehow manage to build a time-machine, then spend the rest of the film dealing with the horrific repercussions of their failed test runs. Too bad they didn’t hire a random stranger to test their prize invention, like our guy in Ex Machina.
    6. Coherence
    Space, Sci-fi, they go hand in hand. But what about dinner parties? Coherence is unique in that aspect. The film focuses on a single dinner party, but during this dinner party, a comet passes overhead, and in some all-the-sudden cosmic interference the submitted urges of the party guests are surfaced in mind-bending fashion. Another one made on a pocket-budget, Coherence is a witty thriller that reflects on human despair.
    7. Annihiliation
    Ex-Machina’s director’s second film, Annihilation has its share of philosophical implications, but is a bit more vague. Garland scripted author Jeff Vandermeer’s book this time, bringing Oscar Isaac back as a supporting character and adding Natalie Portman for the lead. Portman plays a biologist and ex-soldier who travels to a scientifically enhanced region to find out what happened to her husband, only to find the region’s beauty is matched by its danger. Though ambiguous, Annihilation still packs a load of fun and hosts great character portrayals by its two leads.
    8. Solaris
    Alright, we’re back in space for the Steven Soderbergh directed remake starring George Clooney and Natascha McElhone. And no, this film is not about a space heist. Solaris is about a psychologist who travels to a space ship where the crew’s memories are visually manifesting and interacting with them. With Viola Davis and Jeremy Davies in supporting roles, Solaris is as entertaining as it is deep.
    9. The Fountain
    Darren Aronofsky and the tree of life, it can’t get much weirder than that, can it? In The Fountain, Aronofsky applies his visual style to a story about immortality, braiding together the story of three characters from different time periods. Though it was received poorly by some critics, others argue that The Fountain it was right on the mark. If you liked Ex Machina, we say it’s worth the watch.
    10. The Prestige
    This one isn’t so much sci-fi, but it’s got its share of tricks and turns that are signature to any Christopher Nolan film. Starring Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale, The Prestige is about two magicians and their bitter rivalry. And boy, is it a rivalry. The Prestige functions as a visceral dive into magician’s life during the industrial era. Even more, it uses its characters to touch on class, ambition, deception, and will. All in all, The Prestige is truly magic… Just not robot magic.
    11. Looper
    This one is a bit action, a bit sci-fi, a bit of fun Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and some questionable CGI. The film tells the story of ‘Loopers’ who carry out hits for a criminal organization of the future, but things go array when our protagonist is ordered to take out his future self. Looper is a fun catch the target with a bit of time travel on the side.
    12. Inception
    Dimensions, dreams, and the power of the human mind. Inception is the ultimate mind bender of mind benders. Nolan again displays his genius in this action-packed chase through… Well, dreams. Inception is crafted so beautifully that we forget all about the dive into dream state and watch at the edge of ours seats as the characters fight to break open secrets while at the same time struggling to subdue demons of their own. 
    With a cast led of Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, and Marion Cotillard, you got to watch and watch it close. Who knows, it may even make your all time favorite list, but don’t let us get in your head, experience Inception for yourself.
    13. Cube
    Another low budget sci-fi, Cube is about a group of strangers who awaken to find themselves in a giant Cube. Not so interesting at first sight. But the only thing is, this is a massive cube filled with deadly rooms, traps, and enough frustration to turn a family against each other, let alone a group of complete strangers. 
    Once again, this psychological thriller is frustratingly enjoyable from start to finish, although it may make you wary of mazes for a while, and other people for that matter.
    That’s all we got for our list of movies like Ex Machina. If you liked what you read, check out more of our lists below.
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    11 Movies To Watch Next If You Liked War Dogs

    While director Todd Phillips' comedic efforts are well known at this point (see The Hangover, Old School etc), War Dogs is funny in an entirely different way. Retelling the incredible true story of David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli, this crime/dark-comedy hit is breathtakingly exhilarating and hilarious right from the start. Whether you like the shady characters involved, the illegal-arms for sale or just the pure audacity needed to follow through, we've got 11 other movies that will provide another big dose of entertainment for you to binge on next.
    Check out our handpicked list / video below for the 11 best movies like War Dogs.
    The Top 11 movies like War Dogs:
    Lord of War American Made The Wolf of Wall Street American Hustle Blow The Big Short Goodfellas Catch Me If You Can Pain and Gain Kid Cannabis Molly's Game 1. Lord Of War
    Straight in with our number 1 recommendation, we've got Lord of War. If you like War Dogs then you'll absolutely love Lord of War. From arms dealing and smuggling to chasing the love of his life, Yuri Orlov (Nicholas Cage) is a man who always wants more. While it didn't break any records at the box office, this is a must-watch movie if you've never seen it before.
    2. American Made
    Still looking for more smuggling, drugs, and arms dealings? Well, American Made may well be the perfect movie to quench your thirst. Another one on the list inspired by a true story, it stars Tom Cruise as Barry Seal - an ordinary pilot who was initially recruited by the CIA. With the Medellin Cartel searching for a man to help fly their drugs without detection, Seal quickly catches their eye and finds himself becoming a large part of their operation. With the authorities never far behind, he must find a way to outrun them and stay one step ahead. Get comfortable and take a deep breath before watching this blockbuster hit.
    3. The Wolf Of Wall Street
    Moving along, we've included the Martin Scorsese movie - The Wolf of Wall Street. While it deals in financial crime instead of arms and munitions, it's no less exciting. With Leonardo DiCaprio portraying the real life account of stockbroker Jordan Belfort, this movie is a hyper-energized and exuberant riot. We know, you've probably already seen it a couple of times before, but there are some movies where you just can't go wrong.
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    4. American Hustle
    David O. Russell’s American Hustle is a black comedy that's part romantic hustle, part business hustle and part aspirational hustle. 
    This nerve-jangling, brazen and irresistible movie is loosely derived from a real story about how FBI agents in the late 1970s coerced a notorious conman into helping them entrap corrupt politicians. With a star-studded cast including Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, and Amy Adams, you'll have an amazing time watching it.
    5. Blow
    Next up on the list is the movie Blow. With Johnny Depp starring, he uses every ounce of his talent to captivate audiences in what many consider to be one of his finest performances. Similar to American Made, it chronicles the rise of the drug trade and in this case, how an American named George Jung built up an empire. Trust us on this one - if you've never seen it before, settle in and relax for a wild ride.
    6. The Big Short
    On pretty much any occasion you can’t go wrong with The Big Short. Who would have thought that finance could be so exciting? Based on the book by Michael Lewis which chronicles the 2008 financial crash, this movie manages to make the mundane exceptionally entertaining. With a star studded cast including Christian Bale, Steve Carrell, Ryan Gosling and more - it's a very different type of comedy crime movie.
    7. Goodfellas
    A true crime masterpiece. A legend in its own right, Goodfellas may well be the pinnacle of Martin Scorsese's career. DeNiro, Liotta, Pesci, there is simply too much talent on display.  If you’ve never seen it before then it's simply a must watch. Take a quick look at the trailer, it should be more than enough to get you interested.
    8. Catch Me If You Can
    Continuing on, we've got Catch Me If You Can. If you liked the audacious criminality of War Dogs, then Catch Me If You Can will not fail to keep you entertained. Leonardo DiCaprio portrays Frank Abagnale Jr, a 19 year old who successfully impersonates a doctor, a lawyer, and an airline pilot. Enthralling and yet somehow also a true story, this is one of our all time favorites.
    9. Pain & Gain
    Pretty much all of us would like instant wealth. However, none of us would go to extremes such as killing and robbing to fulfill our dreams like the protagonists of the movie Pain & Gain do. 
    Based on a true story, Michael Bay successfully navigates this brazen-action comedy about 3 bodybuilders from Florida who royally screw-up their own masterplan. Wired on an explosive cocktail of cocaine, steroids, and “personal growth" rhetoric, the characters take us on an adrenaline-charged journey through the world of crime.
    10. Kid Cannabis
    Next up on our list of gripping movies is the true-crime movie, Kid Cannabis, directed by John Stockwell. This is a story of a teenage dropout, Nate Norman, who becomes an unlikely drug kingpin as he builds a multi-million dollar business by smuggling marijuana from Canada to Idaho.
    Successfully managing the tonal shift from a dark comedy to a true-crime thriller, John Stockwell delivers a movie that is wild, witty, dark, and humorous all at the same time. This rags-to-riches movie will leave you speechless!
    11. Molly's Game
    And finally, wrapping up our list of movies like War Dogs, we have Molly's Game. Substitute out illegal gunrunning for underground gambling and you'll get a movie that feels quite similar to War Dogs. Fast paced, intriguing and extremely enjoyable, we've got no doubt that you'll enjoy this one.
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    8 Great Movies To Watch If You Like Training Day

    8 Great Movies To Watch If You Like Training Day

    After its release in 2001, Training Day quickly became one of the most talked about films of the decade. The blockbuster hit echoed many cop dramas that came before it, but no other film of this nature has captured the LA crime scene as well since. Combine the spectacular performances of Hawke and Washington with Antoine Fuqua’s gritty direction and David Ayer’s intense screenplay, it is no wonder fans are still raving about the movie today. 
    If King Kong ain’t got SH&% on Alonzo, let’s check out some movies that compare to Training Day. Here are eight films to watch next — 
    Joe Carnahan takes us into the depths of the narcotic underworld with his compelling characters and intense conflict in this dark mystery thriller.
    Narc centers around a suspended narcotics officer (Jason Patric) who returns to the police force to investigate a fellow officer's murder. He teams up with the slain officer’s partner, played by none other than Ray Liotta.
    This one flew under the radar, but it has the performances and intense plotline to match Training Day. And yes, we know what you’re thinking, Ray Liotta in another dirty cop role?… But trust us when we say Narc is worth the watch. 
    STREAM IT HEREStreet Kings
    After the death of his wife has left him vulnerable and disillusioned, Detective Tom Ludlow starts to question the dignity of his colleagues, but things turn from bad to worse when Ludlow is wrongly accused of killing a fellow officer. Street Kings is that kinda action packed cop against the world thriller that hardcore fans of the genre will love. With Keanu Reeves starring as the lead, who could be better at fighting his way out of corruption and heartbreak?
    Reeves doesn’t carry the load by himself, Street Kings is stacked with an exciting supporting cast, hosting the likes of Forest Whitaker, Chris Evans, Cedric the Entertainer, the Game, Common, and more. And yes, it’s classic David Ayer. We are talking bitter rivalries, bad blood, shootouts, gang violence, and vigilant justice… Sound familiar? 
    STREAM IT HEREBrooklyn’s Finest
    Like Training Day, this one is directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Ethan Hawke. No, no Denzel this time. I know, we’re sad too, but Brooklyn’s Finest makes up for Washington’s absence with the additions of Richard Gere, Wesley Snipes, and Don Cheadle.
    It is a bit more nuanced than the above films on our list, though equally dark. The film weaves the complications and struggles of three cops at different junctions in their respective careers. 
    One is ready to retire, one is in need of cash, and the other is deep undercover. As you could guess, their paths intersect in a way that is both emotional and violent, but you’ll have to watch Brooklyn’s Finest to find out how. 
    STREAM IT HEREEnd of Watch
    Filmed mostly with a handheld camera, End of Watch explores the story of two partnering police officers who patrol the streets of LA and the horrific discovery that leads to their downfall. It will make you laugh, it will make you smile, it will make you cry, just don’t watch it with your grandparents. 
    Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Micheal Peña, End of Watch might be the defining buddy cop drama of our era. These two have as much chemistry as Washington and Hawke, but the key difference is their characters are best buds from start to finish.
    STREAM IT HEREThe Departed
    Where Alonzo is the one plotting and scheming in Training Day, The Departed has infiltrators on both sides, with DiCaprio playing a cop who is trying to infiltrate an Irish Gang and Matt Damon playing a gang member trying to infiltrate the police force. Oh yeah, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, and Jack Nicholson star in this Martin Scorsese masterpiece as well…
    Can we say anything that hasn’t been said about The Departed? The script, adapted from Infernal Affairs, mirrors the flaws of cops and criminals beautifully. It’s violent, it is witty, it’s fun, and has earned enough acclaim to solidify its spot as one of the best ranked films of the century. 
    STREAM IT HERETriple 9
    Triple 9 follows a crooked cop (Anthony Mackie) who tries to set up his straight-edged partner (Casey Affleck) as the fall guy for an upcoming heist. Things don’t go quite as planned thanks to a few other beguiling characters played by Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet, and Woody Harrelson.
    Even with its stellar cast, Triple 9 underachieved at the American box office. Still, its plot has a whole lot of Training Day in it, and a hint of Reservoir Dogs too. If you want to check out movies like Training Day but with a western twist, look into Triple 9 Director John Hillcoat’s earlier films such as Lawless or The Proposition, they won’t disappoint. 
    One of the older movies on the list, Dark Blue features Kurt Russell in a classic chase to get the bad guy. To do so, Russel’s character has to overcome various obstacles that challenge his rough and tumble ways, including his Chief Officer and a new partner. 
    Set during the Rodney King Riots, Dark Blue showcases intense action from start to finish. Kurt Russel’s lead character mirrors Alonzo from Training Day in more ways than one, and like a lot of David Ayer’s work, this cop drama has been subject to criticism. Whether you love it or hate it, one thing is certain, Dark Blue doesn’t pull any punches.
    STREAM IT HEREGoodfellas
    Where the rest of the list is filled with cop-gangsters and gangster-cops. Goodfellas is a classic film about plan old fashioned… Gangsters. 
    Scorsese directs his signature tale of Henry Hill, highlighting Hill’s lifetime rise and fall through the ranks of the Italian mafia. Goodfellas wonderfully displays the do’s and don’t of the mafia all the while posing one simple question throughout the film — is it ever okay to snitch? 
    I wonder what the characters on this list would say to that? You’ll have to watch these 8 movies like Training Day to find out.
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    The 7 Best Movies Like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    Who doesn’t love a good espionage thriller? Released back in 2011, Swedish director Tomas Alfredson’s Cold War-set Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy quickly established itself as one of the very best of the genre. Boasting a killer cast of Britain’s top leading men, a dense, riveting screenplay adapted from a John le Carré novel filled with intrigue and depth, and a virtuosic sense of pacing and narrative control, this movie really epitomizes sophisticated espionage thrillers.
    If you're looking for more of the same, don’t worry we’ve got you covered. Check out these 7 movies like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
    1. Ronin
    Kicking things off, we have John Frankenheimer’s spy-heist epic, Ronin. Like the best of the genre, this movie keeps you guessing throughout whether the nature of what—or who—you’re seeing on screen is truly all that it—or they—really purport to be.
    For fans of the genre who relish in its more frenetic, high-wire aspects like gunfights, car-chases, etc., it’s here in spades. But much like Tinker Tailor’s Cold War context, there’s also a strong but subtle socio-political undertone to the film that gives it its heft and makes for a truly impressive voilà moment at the end.
    2. Spy Game
    Second on our list, we have Tony Scott’s ultra-suave action-spy-thriller, Spy Game. One of the best action movie directors in history was firmly in his groove when he took on this flashback heavy, race-against-the-clock espionage thriller starring two icons of their respective generations, Robert Redford and Brad Pitt. 
    If you are a fan of the trope of the master-spy who is just about to retire (or in the case of Tinker Tailor, already has retired) but then finds himself compelled to return out of moral obligation or unfinished business, then this one is for you. To boot, it’s an impeccably crafted action movie with a chemistry between its two leads that is so strong and magnetic it could override any electrical circuit.  
    3. The Good Shepherd
    Next up, we have Robert De Niro’s second outing as director, a semi-fictionalized take on the beginnings of the CIA, The Good Shepherd. Focusing on Matt Damon’s Edward Wilson, and spanning over decades and locales, this film takes a hard look at the agency and the men who went on to form it, revealing the details and human flaws of what has become such a mythical institution.
    If you’re into spy films like this and Tinker Tailor that are not too preoccupied with the more extravagant or action-heavy set-pieces commonly found in the genre and are more concerned with debunking the mystique of the shadowy world of spies and counterintelligence officers, then look no further. 
    4. The Lives of Others
    Coming in fourth on our list, we have Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s Oscar-winning, brooding Cold War surveillance-drama, The Lives of Others. This film out of Germany is a complex moral tale that involves a spy for East Germany’s communist regime slowly renouncing his ties to the state as he spies on a dissenting playwright and his wife.
    If you loved the bleak atmosphere and chilly aesthetic of Cold War-era London in Tinker Tailor, along with the focus on a more authentic, deglamorized depiction of spies at work, then we highly recommend this one.  
    5. Breach
    Next on our list, Hollywood screenwriter-extraordinaire Billy Ray returned to the director’s chair with this thrilling, true-to-life story about a high-ranking FBI officer accused of spying for Russia. This is a taut, suspenseful story told from the perspective of an underdog trying to take down an intellectually superior and formidable double-agent.
    Just as with Tinker Tailor, this one is perfect for those of you who are into procedurals of spies and intelligence officers doing their best to take down or expose a member of their own rank suspected of being a mole. 
    6. A Most Wanted Man
    Danish director Anton Corbijn’s timely, darkly engrossing spy thriller is next on our list. Sadly, this was the last leading role of Philip Seymour Hoffman before his death in early 2014. His portrayal of a disgruntled leader of a ring of spies hunting Islamist extremists in Hamburg is one of the finest of his storied career and a true testament to his range and capacities as an actor. 
    It’s hard to overcome the legacy of being the film with the last leading role of such an iconic figure gone too soon, but this film serves as an exceptional swansong. Its final sting operation—reminiscent of the one that takes place toward the end of Tinker Tailor—is so expertly paced and crafted, you might find yourself inadvertently holding your breath. 
    7. Bridge of Spies
    The final spot on our list goes to Steven Spielberg’s Cold War legal-drama epic Bridge of Spies. Scripted by British writer Matt Charman, along with help from none other than the Coen Brothers, this film explores in great detail the real-life negotiation between the U.S. and Soviet Union who agreed to exchange prisoners belonging to one another at the height of the Cold War.
    Fans of both legal-dramas and spy films will be delighted by this one. If you were taken away by the procedural nature of Tinker Tailor, the in-depth, extremely poured-over details of its composite elements and characters, along with the chess-match stratagems of the central conflict, then this one is a do not miss.  

    7 Incredible Movies Like Bad Times At The El Royale

    In a time where we're all easily distracted, Bad Times at the El Royale effortlessly manages to capture our full and very undivided attention. With no shortage of mystery, secrets and dangerous deceit - it has everything and more that's required for a great thriller.
    If you're here, we're guessing you enjoyed it quite a bit! Whether you liked the chest pounding suspense, the setting of one location or its fantastic plot - don't worry we've got you covered. Check out our handpicked list below for 7 incredible movies like Bad Times at the El Royale.
    Our 7 recommended movies like Bad Times at the El Royale:
    The Hateful Eight The Cabin in the Woods Murder on the Orient Express Identity Reservoir Dogs Knives Out The Usual Suspects 1. The Hateful Eight
    Kicking off our list of movies just like Bad Times at the El Royale (Bad Times), we have Quentin Tarantino's - The Hateful Eight. Call it a homage, imitation or pure inspiration - there's no doubt that Bad Times feels incredibly like The Hateful Eight.
    With the same undertones of violence threatening to shatter through the surface, we're confident that if you liked Bad Times then you'll love The Hateful Eight. Similarly situated under the setting of one location, there's more than enough twists and turns to get your blood pumping. If you haven't seen it already then look no further, you're in for a treat!
    2. The Cabin in the Woods
    Next up on our list we have The Cabin in the Woods. If you're looking for more murder, mystery and intrigue then this could be the perfect choice for you. With the added bonus of another Chris Hemsworth performance to admire, Cabin in the Woods will give you flashes of Bad Times but with a little more humor sprinkled in. While there are a number of worthy movies on this list, we'd definitely recommend you to find time at some point to dig into this one.
    3. Murder on the Orient Express
    Moving along, we've included the Kenneth Branagh movie - Murder on the Orient Express (2017). We're tempted to say ignore the trailer on this one because it really doesn't do the movie justice.
    Although it has a much different style than Bad Times, it shares the same elements of strangers who randomly come together only to find something that connects them all. Featuring the legendary fictional detective, Poirot, if you're a huge fan of murder mysteries then we're sure this has plenty on offer for you to enjoy.
    4. Identity
    Perhaps the most underrated movie on our list, we have Identity. While it didn't set any box office records, it's become something of a cult classic for a reason - it's incredibly good. If you're particularly looking for something that offers an abundance of spine tingling moments and more twists and turns than you can keep up with then look no further. Settle in, turn off the lights and prepare yourself for some serious goosebumps.
    5. Reservoir Dogs
    While we have already have one Tarantino movie on our list, we simply couldn't resist adding another. Featuring at number 5 - we have Reservoir Dogs. You've most likely already seen it before, but that doesn't change how irresistibly good it is!
    Another great pairing with Bad Times, this movie may seem more frenetic at times but its jarring violence and rigorous plot will feel very familiar. Our personal favorite Tarantino movie, it only gets better every time you watch it.
    6. Knives Out
    Continuing on, we have Rhian Johnson's - Knives Out. Perhaps the wildcard entry on our list, this Whodunit movie is immensely entertaining. While it doesn't provide the same level of thrills as Bad Royale, this rollercoaster ride will definitely have you on the edge of your seat. If you made it this far and still haven't settled upon anything you fancy, you'll be hard pressed to ignore this fantastic movie. Check out the trailer, it has more than enough to pull you in and wanting more.
    7. The Usual Suspects
    And wrapping up our list with a masterpiece, we have The Usual Suspects. Bad Times definitely reminded us of this one at times. Another thriller - this Oscar winner really needs no introduction! Clever, ambiguous and with plenty of twists and turns to try to keep up with, there's never a bad time to sit down and watch The Usual Suspects.
    And that's all we have! Hopefully you found something on this list to enjoy next! Check out some of our other articles if you're looking for more, handpicked, great movie recommendations.

    10 Movies To Watch Next If You Liked Atomic Blonde

    Atomic Blonde packed a vicious punch when it came out in 2017. With stunning cinematography and gritty action scenes, it remains one of our favorite movies from the year. Charlize Theron was incredible throughout, bringing a brutal physicality to the role which we definitely didn't expect. If you’re on the hunt for more of the same, don’t worry we’ve got you covered.
    Check out our list or video below for the best movies like Atomic Blonde:
    John Wick Kill Bill The Red Sparrow The Raid The Raid 2 Collateral Hanna Smokin Aces Haywire Salt 1. John Wick
    Kicking off our list of movies like Atomic Blonde, we've gone straight in with the John Wick series. If you think these two feel quite similar, that's because they are!
    Atomic Blonde and John Wick both share the same director and also the head of photography (David Leitch and Jonathan Sela, respectively). In fact, Charlize Theron specifically pushed to work with David Leitch after being impressed with his work on the first John Wick. If you're looking for more brutal fight scenes and stunning visuals, John Wick ticks all of the boxes and then some. Enjoy!
    2. Kill Bill
    While our previous entry may feel the most like Atomic Blonde, we'll admit - it's also lacking in some areas too. Most importantly, it doesn't have a bad ass woman leading the line. Kill Bill more than makes up for that! With Uma Thurman starring as an assassin on a mission for revenge, this classic by Quentin Tarantino will be one you'll definitely enjoy. Technically, it's more in the martial arts genre than a pure spy movie, but that doesn't change the fact that's it's scintillatingly good. If you've never seen it before, we can't recommend it highly enough. And you'll also have the added bonus of a Kill Bill 2 to binge through as well.
    3. Red Sparrow
    Moving along with another entry into the modern spy triller, we have the 2018 release - Red Sparrow. If you liked the bluntness and raw spectacle to Atomic Blonde, then we've got a feeling you'll love Red Sparrow too. Featuring a very underrated performance by Jennifer Lawrence and backed up with a stellar all round cast including Joel Edgerton and Jeremy Irons, there's a good chance this could be exactly what you're looking for.
    4. The Raid
    Next up, we have The Raid. If there's one movie on this list that we could forget about and watch all over again for the first time, it's The Raid. Easily one of the best action movies of the last few decades (we're deadly serious), there's a chance you might not have seen it yet. And if you have, well you already know what we're talking about, we're just here to give you another reminder of its sheer greatness. With a relentless onslaught of action throughout, it will definitely give you those Atomic Blonde and John Wick feels. Don't even watch the trailer, just stick on it and thank us later.
    5. The Raid 2
    We've decided to give the second installment of The Raid it's own place of honor on this list. It's not that we're not also big fans of John Wick 2 or Kill Bill 2, but there's just something extra special about The Raid 2. With some breathtaking cinematography like Atomic Blonde, this movie may well be responsible for ruining every other action movie you'll see after. While it wasn't a box-office record breaker, in our eyes it's hard to give it anything but a 10/10.
    6. Collateral
    Next up on our list we have Collateral. Tom Cruise and spy movies go hand in hand, so it's no surprise this is an extremely entertaining ride. Another great pairing with Atomic Blonde, this movie may feel more reserved at times, but Cruise is every bit as deadly in his role as an assassin. In our eyes, it might be one of the most underrated movies on our list and definitely deserves another look at if it's been a while for you.
    7. Hanna
    Continuing along with a superb entry, we have Hanna. Another one woman wrecking crew, in some universe it's almost easy to imagine Hanna as the pre-story for Atomic Blonde. It's slick, ferocious and isn't afraid to get its hands dirty, if you've made it this far and are still undecided - then we've got a feeling that Hanna could be the one you're looking for. Relax and settle in, there's plenty to enjoy about Hanna.
    8. Smokin Aces
    Most definitely our *wildcard* entry, we've decided to include Smokin Aces. And for good reason too - it's violently delightful. Perhaps one of the biggest movies that nobody remembers, its got an all star cast featuring the likes of Ben Affleck, Ryan Reynolds, Andy Garcia and much more! While it doesn't take itself too seriously, its provocatively engaging much like Atomic Blonde. Add it your list for another time or watch it now, we're pretty sure you'll like Smokin Aces.
    9. Haywire
    If you're specifically looking for movies that parallel the well choreographed fight scenes from Atomic Blonde, then look no further. Providing an abundance of authenticity, MMA fighter Gina Carano stars as a trained intelligence operative on the run.
    Directed by the ever reliable Steven Soderbergh, this entry has more than enough visual punch about it to keep you entertained all the way through.
    10. Salt
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZ40WlshNwUAnd wrapping up our list we have Salt. While many people will prefer Angelina Jolie’s action-comedy spy movie, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, we feel as though Salt is a much more fitting entry to consider. Like Atomic Blonde, it’s a high octane espionage thriller with sharp turns that will keep you guessing until the end.
    Hopefully you found something that caught your attention! Let us know if you think we missed a crucial addition to our list!

    11 Great Movies Like Crazy Stupid Love

    Crazy Stupid Love was filled with some great performances from Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and Steve Carrell. It was charming, funny and had everything else that's needed for a perfect romantic-comedy.
    If you’re on the lookout for more of the same, don’t worry we’ve got you covered. Take a look at our handpicked movies that are quite similar.
    11 Great Movies Like Crazy Stupid Love:
    Hitch Forgetting Sarah Marshall The 40-Year-Old Virgin Friends With Benefits No Strings Attached Focus The Big Sick What Happens In Vegas Love & Other Drugs How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days The Proposal 1. Hitch
    Kick starting our list of movies like Crazy Stupid Love, we've got Hitch. You've probably already seen it a couple of times before, but don't forget the reason why - it's pretty damn good! As far as rom-coms go, you can't go wrong with Hitch.
    2. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
    Moving along, we've included the Nicholas Stoller movie - Forgetting Sarah Marshall. If you're looking for another Ryan Gosling-esque, smooth-talking ladies man who falls in love, well.. this isn't that. In fact, Jason Segel's character is pretty much the complete opposite. But that's why its so fun! If you haven't seen it before, check it out. You'll definitely enjoy this one.
    3. The 40-Year-Old Virgin
    We've got another entry on our list featuring Steve Carrell. While it's not the textbook example of a rom-com, we couldn't resist including it. From start to finish, it won't fail to keep you laughing, and there's plenty of hopeless romance thrown in for good measure too. Hilariously entertaining and one of our all-time favorites, definitely consider The 40-Year-Old Virgin.
    4. Friends With Benefits
    Next up we’ve got Friends With Benefits. Who would have thought that Justin Timberlake could be so funny? Not only that, but his on-screen chemistry with Mila Kunis was straight fire. It's witty, it pulls on your heartstrings and it has everything else that's needed for an A+ rom-com.
    5. No Strings Attached
    We've listed No Strings Attached immediately after Friends With Benefits because they're pretty much the same movie. No we're serious, just check out the trailers. If you're more of an Ashton Kutcher fan over JT then go with this one instead! Not every movie needs to reinvent the wheel and we're fine with that. This is a true rom-com that will give you every bit of your money's worth.
    6. Focus
    One of the more recently released movies on our list, we've got Focus. Featuring Will Smith and Margo Robbie, just when you think you know where it's headed, it zig-zags off in the other direction. If you're looking for something that will keep you guessing then Focus is definitely worth a watch.
    7. The Big Sick
    Loosely based on some real life romance (between the writers, Emily Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani), we're huge fans of The Big Sick. If you like Crazy Stupid Love then we're confident you'll love this as well. Take a look at the trailer, it should definitely get you interested.
    8. What Happens In Vegas
    Moving on to number 8, we've included What Happens In Vegas. While it doesn't have the best critic reviews in the world, that doesn't matter one bit to us. Not all movies need to be artistic masterpieces and while this one isn't, that's okay - because it's pretty entertaining throughout. If you don't catch it now, add it to your list for another time.
    9. Love & Other Drugs
    The first 30 minutes of Love & Other Drugs feels very similar to Crazy Stupid Love. This time it's Jake Gyllnehall who takes on the leading role and he doesn't disappoint. Matching Ryan Gosling's effortless appeal, he's no slouch when it comes to picking up the ladies as well. If you've never seen it, there's more than enough to like about Love & Other Drugs.
    10. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
    In what comes as surely no surprise, we've included a Matthew McConaughey movie. In this case - How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. Is it ridiculously cheesy at times? Absolutely! But that's exactly why we like it. It comes with the territory of watching any rom-com, and this one is no different. Although it came out in 2003, it hasn't lost any of his magic and doesn't feel too dated.
    11. The Proposal
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2lYA7L7PZYAnd rounding off our list, we’ve got The Proposal. Featuring Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock, these two make an amazing on-screen pair. We've seen it a handful of times and will definitely watch it again. If you made it this far, maybe this is the movie for you.

    7 Movies To Watch Next If You Liked Logan Lucky

    Every now and then, Steven Soderbergh pops up and delivers another wildly entertaining movie. Logan Lucky definitely fits that bill. It's clever, humorous and has everything else that's required for a great heist movie.
    If you're on the hunt for more of the same, don't worry we've got you covered. Check out our handpicked list below for the 7 best movies like Logan Lucky.
    1. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
    Kicking off with our overall top recommendation, we've gone with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Oh, if only we could watch this gem of a movie for the first time again! It isn't strictly a heist movie, but there's more than enough action to keep you satisfied. Filled with top banter and witty humor, it's regarded as one of Robert Downey's finest performances along with Val Kilmer. Don't watch the trailer, don't read the write up if you haven't seen it before, just sit back and relax - you're in for a great ride.
    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Movie Description
    A unique set of circumstances bring a petty thief (Robert Downey Jr), a failed actress (Michelle Monaghan) and a private detective (Val Kilmer) together to solve a recent murder. Embroiled in a larger conspiracy, they must quickly follow the clues before it's too late.
    2. The Ocean's Trilogy
    Of course, if you're in the mood specifically for a slick heist movie then you can't go wrong with the Ocean's Trilogy. We're big fans of Ocean's 11, Ocean's 13 and Ocean's 12 in that order, but hey that's just us! Ocean's and Logan Lucky both share the same director, Steven Soderbergh, so it's no surprise why they feel quite similar throughout. You've likely seen them a handful of times already, but in our eyes, you can't go wrong with these classics.
    Ocean's 11 Movie Description
    Danny Ocean (George Clooney) is a smooth and sophisticated thief. Recently released from prison, he formulates a plan to commit the greatest casino heist of all time. Targeting not one but three casinos, he and his crew must ensure everything goes right or risk losing it all.
    3. Rock N Rolla
    Moving along, we've included the Guy Ritchie movie - Rock N Rolla. Another on our list that didn't smash box office records, but it definitely has a lot to it. If you enjoyed Logan Lucky then we're pretty confident you'll like this. Oozing comedy and with plenty of action, Idris Elba and Gerard Butler put in some great performances.
    Rock N Rolla Movie Description
    After deciding to invest their money into legitimate business dealings, two small time criminals suddenly find they have been swindled. Now owing vast amounts of money to a local gangster, they must steal whatever and from whoever they can, to repay their debt.
    4. Burn After Reading
    Next up we've got Burn After Reading. Who would have thought that Brad Pitt does comedy so well? From start to finish this rollercoaster ride will have you in fits of laughter. If you've never seen it before then we highly recommend you give it a chance. Take a peak at the trailer, or read the description, it should be more than enough to get you interested.
    Burn After Reading Movie Description
    When a disc containing sensitive information from the U.S Government finds its way to two ordinary people, they decide to use it as leverage in exchange for vast sums of money. Unaware of the dangerous consequences from holding the disc, they bumble their way from encounter to encounter somehow managing to stay just out of the line of fire.
    5. The Nice Guys
    Even as a standalone movie, you pretty much can't go wrong with The Nice Guys. It's so underrated, we still can't figure out why it doesn't get more love. Again, it's another action comedy rather than crime heist but it does feel quite similar to Logan Lucky. Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe make this a hilariously entertaining watch. If you don't watch it right away, be sure to add it to your list for another time.
    The Nice Guys Movie Summary
    Caught up in a plot to murder a young woman named Amelia, an amateur private eye (Gosling) teams up with a rough enforcer (Crowe) to stay one step ahead of trouble. As they do their best to track down Amelia before it's too late, they find themselves in the crosshairs too.
    6. Snatch
    Another entry on the list from director Guy Ritchie, we’re massive fans of Snatch. Maybe it’s a comedy masquerading as a crime heist? Who cares! This cult classic will keep you entertained from the very first scene (seriously, we’re not joking).
    Snatch Movie Description
    Set in London, a diamond heist gone wrong has wide consequences for everybody involved. Illegal boxing promoters, amateur robbers, unscrupulous dealers and a gypsy boxer must all tread carefully while the diamond passes from hand to hand.
    7. The Rundown
    And rounding off our list, we’ve got The Rundown. Featuring The Rock before his Fast and Furious days, this remains one of his most overlooked movies. Is it Oscar award-winning material? No, is it close to two hours of epic adventure and comedy? Yes. If you haven’t seen it before then give it a go, there’s more than enough to like about the Rundown.
    The Rundown Movie Description
    A bounty hunter named Beck (Johnson) must travel to Brazil and traverse the depths of the Amazon jungle to complete one last job for his employer. Caught in the midst of a bloody, local conflict, his job becomes more difficult as he becomes sidetracked in an effort to find a legendary treasure.

    5 Of The Best Movies Like Dead Poets Society

    Watching Dead Poets Society feels like a rite of passage that everyone needs to go through at least once. Inspiring, captivating and extremely emotional - it remains one of our favorite movies of all time. It captured a true masterpiece performance from Robin Williams that made us all want to be better and to do better with our lives.
    While no other movie will ever truly compare, if you're looking for that same kick, the same coming of age story, check out our recommendations below. These are our top 5 movies like Dead Poets Society.
    1. Good Will Hunting
    Right off the bat, we've gone with Good Will Hunting which shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. But hey, there's a reason why we love it and pretty much everyone else does too. It's mesmerizing from start to finish, with another incredibly powerful performance by Robin Williams which will definitely give you those Dead Poet Society feels. If it's been a while since you last saw it, then look no further, you'll be in good hands with this one.
    Good Will Hunting Movie Description
    Will Hunting is a prodigiously talented young man who chooses to embrace a simpler life instead of exploring his enormous potential. However, after anonymously solving a complex mathematical problem at MIT, his life begins to change. Trading off the comforts and security of home, he begins to open up, becoming more vulnerable on a personal and professional level.
    2. Mona Lisa Smile
    We're moving right along with Mona Lisa Smile. As a movie that many consider the female led version of Dead Poets Society, Julia Robert does a great job of playing the inspirational teacher. While it doesn't reach quite the same heights, we're big fans of this one nonetheless!
    A Mona Lisa Smile Movie Description
    Recently graduated from UCLA in 1953, free spirited Katherine Watson (Roberts) steps straight into a teaching role at the affluent, all-female Wellesley College. Underwhelmed by her students lack of aspirations, she challenges them to strive for more.
    3. Billy Elliott
    We simply had to include Billy Elliott on this list. A huge hit when it came out, at times it feels a lot like Dead Poets Society. If you're in the mood for another outstanding drama, then this one is perfect for you.
    Billy Elliott Movie Description
    Billy Elliott is a story of a young boy who remains true to himself despite the expectations of all those around him. Set during the 1984 coal miners strike in Britain, Billy discovers a passion for ballet instead of boxing. Possessing an abundance of natural talent and hard work, his fiery dance instructor pushes him to follow his dreams much to the objection of his family.
    4. The Breakfast Club
    You knew it was coming, right? A classic in its own right, we had to include The Breakfast Club. Revered as one of John Hughes' greatest accomplishments along with launching the Brat Pack, we will never stop marveling at its brilliance.
    5. School Ties
    And rounding off the list finally, we have School Ties. Although it wasn't the biggest hit at the box office, there is plenty to like all round with this one. Filled with a lot of familiar faces - Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Brendan Fraser star in this underrated sports drama. The trailer doesn't do it justice but we think it's well worth a watch.
    School Ties Movie Description
    After receiving a full scholarship to a prestigious prep school, David Green (Fraser) worries that he will become an outsider once people learn he is Jewish. Initially hiding the fact from his new friends, his worst fears are later confirmed as they subject him to widespread ridicule after finding out.

    7 Movies To Watch If You Liked American Made

    Doug Liman might not be a household name to many but he’s been quietly going about his business making movies like The Bourne Identity and Edge of Tomorrow, two of the best action movies from the last few decades. He re-teamed Tom Cruise for American Made, the real-life story of Barry Seal, a pilot employed by the CIA to fly recon missions in Central America. He ends up playing one side against the other when he also starts running drugs for the Medellin cartel.
    American Made is a super-slick comedy thriller that breezes along on the megastar charisma of Cruise, who is obviously enjoying the hell out of the role. Seal's exploits are the dark side of the American Dream, and if you like movies like this, you should definitely check out the following:
    1. Lord of War
    Switch out drugs for guns and you basically have Lord of War, Andrew Niccol’s flashy examination of the global trade in deadly weapons. Nicolas Cage is surprisingly restrained as Yuri Orlov, an opportunist who starts a career in gunrunning to make his fortune. His exploits take him on a globe-trotting adventure, pursued by an intrepid Interpol agent played by Ethan Hawke. 
    Lord of War pulls off a delicate balancing act, condemning the illegal arms trade while also offering riotous entertainment. Niccol serves up a fine cocktail of guns, explosions, fast planes and deadly situations for our amoral protagonist.
    2. Catch Me If You Can
    Steven Spielberg's bubbly jet-setting caper is another true crime story, charting the exploits of Frank Abagnale, the teenager who pulled off a variety of scams while posing as a doctor, a lawyer and an airline pilot in the '60s. 
    Leonardo DiCaprio is superb as the likeable young conman, matched by Tom Hanks as the devoted FBI agent trying to track him down. Christopher Walken received only the second Oscar nomination of his career for his terrific performance as Abagnale’s hard-working father.
    Spielberg directs this light-hearted tale with a real spring in his step, almost as if it were a palate-cleanser after several darker, more serious works. With Spielberg’s craft, impeccable period detail and John Williams’ jazzy score, Catch Me if You Can is effortlessly entertaining.
    3. American Animals
    Bart Layton takes a darker, grittier approach to a true-crime tale in American Animals. It is the story of four students who hatch a plan to steal a collection of rare books from their university library. Despite their carefully laid plans, the unlikely heist predictably goes awry.
    Layton takes the unusual approach of intercutting the action with interviews with the real people involved, giving the film a documentary feel. Of his young cast, fearless up-and-comer Barry Keoghan stands out as the instigator of the botched robbery. 
    It's a bold and impressive sophomore effort from British filmmaker Layton, who brings a clear-eyed outsider perspective to the story. He's also concerned with social issues such as peer pressure and toxic masculinity, which makes American Animals richer in texture than your average crime flick.
    4. The Mule
    There is more drug smuggling going on in The Mule, Clint Eastwood’s low-key yet charming crime drama based on the real-life story of “The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-year-old Drug Mule".
    Eastwood stars as Earl Stone a cantankerous eighty-something horticulturist. Estranged from his family and fallen on hard times, he starts running packages for a Mexican cartel to make some extra cash. They think he is the perfect candidate for the job due to his advanced age and spotless driving record, but the DEA is closing in..
    The Mule is an entertaining, old-fashioned film directed with Eastwood's usual efficient style, mixing mild danger with a few gentle chuckles as we follow Earl's journey. Eastwood the actor brings his familiar crotchety charisma to the lead part. He isn't really playing Earl, he's playing Clint Eastwood, just as he has with every role for the past sixty years - and we're totally OK with that. Bradley Cooper also stars as the sympathetic DEA agent on his tail.
    5. The Wolf Of Wall Street
    Much like American Made, Martin Scorsese takes a glamorous approach to criminality in his epic biography of Jordan Belfort. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as the unscrupulous broker who took on Wall Street and made millions through corrupt practices, all on a hard diet of drugs, booze and hookers. 
    Nothing exceeds like excess, and The Wolf of Wall Street is a whole lot of movie. Scorsese matches the hedonism of the story with a three-hour blow-out of master filmmaking, great tunes, debauched set pieces, massive performances and midget abuse. 
    DiCaprio gives a performance of scenery-chewing prowess, forming a demented duo with Jonah Hill, while Margot Robbie and Kyle Chandler bring some normality to the proceedings. Matthew McConaughey shows up for about 10 minutes, beats his chest and almost walks off with the whole movie. Some may suspect that Scorsese is a little too in awe of Belfort and his accomplices for comfort, but there is no denying this is the director working close to his best.
    6. Blow
    If there is a recurring theme on this list, it's that anyone can go a long way if they are prepared to combine American go-getting spirit with breaking a few laws. The same goes for Ted Demme’s Blow, the true story of George Jung, the man who established America’s cocaine market in the ‘70s with a little help from a guy called Pablo Escobar. 
    Take a little Goodfellas and add a lot of Boogie Nights and you have the style of this rise-and-fall story, which intoxicates us with luxury, thrills and excess in the first half before putting us through the wringer in the second. 
    Johnny Depp in his prime stars as Jung, matched for gorgeousness by Penelope Cruz. The colourful cast also includes Paul "Pee Wee" Reubens and Ray Liotta, who completes the Goodfellas connection. Demme does his best Scorsese impression, ladling on the style and packing the soundtrack with wall-to-wall rock classics.
    7. The Infiltrator
    We wrap up this list with The Infiltrator, another movie about drug cartels and the men who get involved with them, with often deadly results. This time we are on the side of law and order, following a U.S customs agent going undercover to expose a massive money-laundering operation run by Pablo Escobar.
    A post-Breaking Bad Bryan Cranston brings his usual craggy intensity to the role of Robert Mazur, the man who infiltrated the cartel and lived to tell the tale. He teams up with John Leguizamo at the head of a strong cast that also includes Diane Kruger, Benjamin Bratt and Jason Isaacs.
    Brad Furman competently directs this compelling true-life crime thriller. It is pretty routine stuff with few surprises, but the strength of the story still makes it a gripping watch.
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    7 Movies To Watch If You Liked Adventureland

    Director Greg Mottola rose to prominence with his laugh-out-loud, raunchy teen comedy Superbad. It was the sort of R-rated teen comedy that we never knew we needed. While most people expected his follow-up to be much in the same vein, Adventureland proved to be vastly different if not just as enjoyable. Involving a coming-of-age tale starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristin Stewart, it was light on the knee-slapping hijinks and heavy on the heartwarming and mature character-driven story.
    If you're a big fan of Adventureland like us, check out these coming-of-age films to enjoy next:
    1. The Way, Wack Back
    Written and directed by Jim Rash and Nat Faxon (The Descendants) The Way, Way Back is a superb and warm comedy about a teenager who takes a summer trip with his family, including his new stepfather. He ends up making friends in the oddest of places and begins to gain some much needed confidence and self-assurance. There are some terrific performances in The Way, Way Back, especially from future Oscar winner Sam Rockwell. The story feels a lot like Adventureland but that’s not a bad thing. In fact, it makes a wonderful double feature with Greg Mottola’s comedy.
    2. The Kings of Summer
    Another coming-of-age comedy about young boys becoming men, The Kings of Summer revolves around three boys who leave the stress and hassle of family life behind to spend their days in the woods with each other.  You’ll find a lot of similarities with Adventureland including the idea of teens growing up, young romance and the uncertainty of the future. While director Jordan Vogt-Roberts owes a lot to Greg Mottola and other directors who paved the way before, it’s most definitely a worthy addition to the genre.
    3. Superbad
    Bringing a dose of more out-and-out comedy than the other entries on our list, Superbad has much in common with Adventureland — and not just the fact that both are directed by the same man. It essence it's a story of two friends growing up and growing apart. It examines that important and life-changing time of adolescence when it’s time to grow up and put childish things behind. Of course, Superbad does that with a slew of R-rated jokes and gags. While it's a supremely fun and hilarious movie, that wouldn’t mean much if it didn’t have so much heart.
    4. Almost Famous
    Taking place in the 1970s, Almost Famous follows a young man who is sent on tour with the fictional rock band Stillwater. It’s on the road that he grows up in some major ways and learns a lot about love, life and the power of music. Heavily based on Crowe’s real-life experiences working for Rolling Stone, the movie definitely feels like it's grounded in reality. The people feel real, the story authentic and the memories feel so, so precious. This one is a masterpiece.
    5. Juno
    Next up we have Jason Reitman’s breakout hit - Juno. The movie that launched Ellen Page's career into the spotlight, it also kickstarted the career of renowned screenwriter Diablo Cody. It has a lot in common with Adventureland and other movies listed above but it has one important thing that sets it apart: a female protagonist. Juno is about a young, hip girl who gets pregnant and decides to keep the baby. Juno isn’t your typical teen girl and Page plays her to perfection. The rest of the cast is stellar too, including a fantastic Jennifer Garner and a scene-stealing Michael Cera. There’s a reason Juno was an Oscar contender: because it’s terrific.
    6. Dazed and Confused
    Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused remains one of our favorite movies from the 1990s. The cast is second-to-none, featuring many A-listers in their first onscreen roles. The story is simple enough: a group of high schoolers cut loose and look for fun and mischief on the first night of summer vacation in the late 1970s. The movie feels similar to Adventureland when it comes to the realistic and laid back characters and the lazy feel of summer. But it also feels different too. The movie is rich with a diverse and well-developed group of characters, not focusing on any one. It’s a bird’s eye view of the dog days of summer and that feeling you had when you were young and your whole life was ahead of you.
    7. The Spectacular Now
    And last but not least we have James Ponsoldt’s fantastic coming-of-age story - The Spectacular Now. It has laughs, of course, but it is heavy on the drama and is an in-depth examination of young love and the pains of growing up. The Spectacular Now has a killer cast and features some wonderful supporting turns from Brie Larson, Kyle Chandler and Jennifer Jason Leigh. It’s a gentle and heartfelt dramedy that is all-too-relatable to anyone who was ever young and in love. 

    13 Amazing Movies Like The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

    It's a tricky job delivering a faithful adaptation of a beloved book. But in the case of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, both moviegoers and book fans alike rejoiced at how incredibly good this movie turned out to be. It's a powerful and moving coming-of-age story that taps into something deep within, regardless of where you are and at what stage in life.
    While studios aren't often in the habit of letting authors handle the screenwriting efforts and certainly not the directorial duties, we're thankful that Stephen Chbosky was allowed to do both. If you're looking for more stories that will have you choking back the tears or feature coming-of age-tales, check out our handpicked list below. It's got something for everyone.
    Here are 13 similar movies like the Perks of Being a Wallflower (Updated for 2020):
    1. The Kings of Summer
    First up on our list we have Jordan Vogt-Roberts' free spirited and irresistibly charming feature - The Kings of Summer. It involves a group of teenagers who, after becoming frustrated with their overbearing parents, decide to embark upon a much needed adventure by moving to the woods. As with The Perks of Being a Wallflower, it is a true coming-of-age story with plenty of drama but perhaps a touch more humor.
    2. The Way, Way Back
    Second on our list, we have another endearing coming-of-age story courtesy of Nat Faxon and Jim Rash in their directorial debuts. The Way, Way Back focuses on another reserved teenager - in this case 14 year old Duncan (Liam James), who spends the summer holidays with his mother and her unstable boyfriend. Much in need of confidence and true friendship, Duncan stumbles into a job at the local waterpark where he is taken under the wing of the wisecracking manager.
    Just as with the Perks of Being a Wallflower, this one is perfect for those of you who are looking for something that will take a tight hold of your emotions and won't let go until long after it's over.
    3. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
    Our next entry is another movie that's based upon a novel, in this case - Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Like the very best of the coming-of-age genre, it has a special quality or rather feeling where you can't help but be captivated right from the start. The story centers around an impressionable and carefree teen who's outlook on life is forever changed after he befriends a fellow classmate who has a terminal illness.
    If you are looking for a story that will make you laugh, cry and also lift up your spirits high then this could be perfect for you.
    4. Love, Simon
    Coming in fourth on our list, we have Greg Berlanti's broody, heartfelt and funny teen-teen comedy, Love, Simon. This film from 2018 traverses along many of the same rehearsed themes of the genre, but it does so in way that's rarely as enjoyable and entertaining. It involves a closeted teen, Simon (Nick Robinson), who's carefully constructed image slowly begins to crack apart. With neither his family nor friends aware that he's gay, he finds it difficult to keep them in the dark as he searches for an anonymous classmate who he's fallen in love with online.
    If you've yet to see this instant feel-good story then we definitely recommend you check it out.
    5. The Spectacular Now
    Next up on our list, the excellent screenwriter James Ponsoltd returned to the director's chair with another hit-book-turned-movie about a high school teenager who has to contend with a worsening case of alcoholism. The Spectacular Now is a solemn and sensitive coming-of-age story that is refreshingly honest and authentic.
    With some fantastic performances from both Miles Turner and Shailene Woodley, their chemistry sizzles along beautifully to make this one of our favorite choices on our list.
    6. Lady Bird
    Moving along we have Greta Gerwig's first outing as a director with her 2017 release - Lady Bird. This film takes a hard look at the interpersonal bonds between a mother and her daughter despite their conflicting views and opinions. It approaches the subject with a firm foot in reality breaking the story down with things that we have or would say/do at one point in time.
    Just as with The Perks of Being a Wallflower, it's graced with an abundance of fine performances but notably Laurie Metcalf and Saoirse Ronan shine. Definitely add this to your list of movies to watch next.
    7. Adventureland
    At just over the halfway point of our list, we have Greg Mottola's universally adored comedy-drama, Adventureland. Jessie Eisenberg plays a young, graduate student who's expectations of a summer spent traveling abroad and dashed by unexpected financial difficulties. Forced to take a job at a local amusement park called Adventureland, things begin to shape up after he develops an unexpected relationship with a fellow employee (Kristin Stewart).
    While this is most definitely one of the most well known entries on our list, don't let that stop you from watching it once again. We've seen it at least a handful of times by now and its misadventures and thrills never fail to disappoint.
    8. Eighth Grade
    At number eight on our list, we have Bo Burnham's feature-length writing and directorial debut - Eighth Grade. Like many other entries we've included, it deals with the coming-of-age themes present in teenagers lives, but this is shown through a lens more up to the date with the current generation. Involving the mental insecurities and addiction to social media, it's a story of a young girl who looks for social acceptance from her classmates.
    Much like the Perks of Being a Wallflower, it takes on its weighty issues with a combination of grace, humor and superb execution.
    9. The Edge of Seventeen
    https://youtu.be/EB6Gecy6IP8Continuing along, we have Kelly Fremon Craig's ultra funny coming-of-age hit, The Edge of Seventeen. While many were quick to bill this as another formulaic addition to the genre, those early assumptions were soon dispelled as this turned out to be one of the best movies of the year.
    With sibling rivalry at the center of the story, it sees the tempestuous relationship between Nadine and her brother Darian get stretched to the limit after he starts dating her best friend Krista. While it features some great performances from Woody Harrelson and Haley Lu Richardson, Hailee Steinfield is undoubtedly the star of the show making this a must-watch if you've never seen it before.
    10. Paper Towns
    Coming in at our tenth spot on our list, we have Jake Schreier's charming and underrated mystery / comedy-drama, Paper Towns. Much like The Perks of Being A Wall Flower, this is another faithful and well-made adaptation to come to the big screen.
    It's a tale of adventure and intrigue that involves a young student "Q" (Natt Wolff) who joins the most popular girl in his school - Margo (Cara Delevingne) to carry out a night full of pranks and tricks on their fellow classmates. The next day "Q" finds that Margo has disappeared leaving him a slew of clues to follow and a heavy heart to nurse. While this entry isn't exactly like for like, if you're looking for a touch more adventure and mystery, you should definitely consider watching this one.
    11. Sing Street
    https://youtu.be/jYk2Vx1z6lkNext up we have the wildly entertaining, musical coming-of-age movie - Sing Street. In a story that can be found in every corner of the globe, it involves a young boy, Connor, who sets out to impress a girl he likes by creating a band. If musicals are right up your alley and you've made it this far without truly finding anything you're entirely sure about, then this could be the perfect option for you.
    12. 500 Days of Summer
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsD0NpFSADMComing in at number twelve and for our penultimate entry, we have Marc Webb's classic rom-com - 500 Days of Summer. With Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing Tom, a greeting card writer, the story skips back and forth through time, looking at the life-cycle of his now failed relationship with Summer (Zooey Deschanel). In reflecting upon their 500 days as a couple, he finds a renewed sense of vigor and appetite to begin living life to the fullest.
    While there's a big chance you've already seen this one before, it's a classic for a reason. With charming performances all around, it's a clever and heartwarming comedy that you know you can settle in for and simply enjoy the ride.
    13. The Breakfast Club
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSXBvor47ZsAnd last but certainly not least, we have John Hughes' seminal and much imitated coming-of-age hit, The Breakfast Club. Like a fine wine, this 1985 story has only gotten better with time. If you've run through all of the options and reached this point, then perhaps you were waiting for it all along. As a heavyweight of the genre, no matter when or how many times you've seen it, it's never a bad time to sit through it once again.
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    7 Great Movies To Watch If You Liked Street Kings

    If you enjoyed David Ayer's dirty-cop thriller Street Kings you're not alone. Sporting an all-star cast and a terrific script, it whipped around the bleak criminal underworld in a pulsating and bruising manner. As one of our guilty pleasure movies from the early 2000's, we've compiled a list of similar crime dramas that offer up a slew of crooked officers, shady crime lords and tug-of-war contests between morals and greed.
    Here are 7 great movies similar to Street Kings for you to binge on next:
    1. Narc
    Narc is a dark and compelling thriller about an undercover narcotics officer, Nick Tellis, who gets dragged into a murder mystery. Matched with a hulking menace of a partner (played to perfection by Ray Liotta), Tellis goes spiraling down a rabbit hole of revenge and violence. Joe Carnahan’s direction is very similar to David Ayer’s making Narc an especially great pairing with Street Kings. It almost feels like it exists in the same universe as Street Kings, and that isn’t necessarily one you want to be a part of. Be careful, Liotta gets downright scary in this one.
    2. Brooklyn’s Finest
    Director Antoine Fuqua made quite the name for himself after Training Day was released (another Street Kings contemporary that you’ll read about later). However, Brooklyn’s Finest can also be counted among his most enthralling pieces of work. Like Street Kings, it contains a star-studded lineup and follows a group of cops who get caught up in some not-so-admirable dealings. There are a lot of drugs, a lot of betrayal and a lot of questionable morals on show. It’s a great addition to any modern crime drama library.
    3. The Departed
    Moving along we have Martin Scorsese's epic action-thriller - The Departed. While corrupt cops have made their home in the previous two entries, the Departed seems to stretch that theme to the very limit leaving you wondering if anyone can be trusted. It's jam-packed with betrayal, violence and plenty of twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat throughout. If it's been a while since you last saw it then this is a superb option for you to binge on next.
    4. Triple 9
    Australian director John Hillcoat gave us a slick and enticing crime drama with 2016’s Triple 9. The movie revolves around a crooked cop (Anthony Mackie) looking to plan the heist of a lifetime. The only roadblock? His incorruptible partner, played by Oscar winner Casey Affleck. Hillcoat’s movie is an adrenaline rush of a story, pushed forward by a rapid-fire script and a stacked cast, much like Street Kings. It flew under the radar but it's well worth checking out when you’re looking for more dirty cops and their unsavory schemes.
    5. S.W.A.T.
    Director Clark Johnson is best known for his work on HBO’s masterpiece series The Wire, so you can bet he knows crime and cops well. His big screen adaptation of S.W.A.T. wasn’t the runaway success that some had hoped for but it still had enough crime drama and thrills to keep viewers engaged. Similar to Street Kings, S.W.A.T. relies on its cop-centered plot and a well-known cast, led by Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Farrell. It contains more hire-wire action than any other movie on this list so if that's what you're interested in, sit back and relax, it won't let you down.
    6. Rampart
    Director Oren Moverman is best known for his character-driven dramas so when he directed Rampart, we knew we were in for something special. Sure enough, Rampart is easily one of the best films on this list. A crooked cop drama like Street Kings and others listed above, Rampart has something the others don’t: a wildly entertaining and transformative performance from Woody Harrelson. Harrelson plays a tough, uncompromising LAPD officer who takes no prisoners and pulls no punches. It’s a shame he didn’t receive many awards for his work here because, next to Denzel Washington’s turn in Training Day, he gives one of the best performances on show. 
    7. Training Day
    If you haven't found anything thus far that piques your interest, why not settle with one of the greatest crime-thrillers of all time - Antoine Fuqua's Training Day. As the smash hit that rightfully earned Denzel Washington an Academy Award, it set a high bar for all other cop dramas since. It's a powerhouse of acting and tension, taking us deep into the dangerous universe of corrupt cops and undercover officers. It shares a lot of similar themes with Street Kings and while it also has a stellar cast you should make no mistake: Training Day is Denzel Washington’s tour de force. He is irresistible from start to finish. Any fan of Street Kings should wisely watch Training Day as well.

    7 Movies To Watch Next If You Liked Hell Or High Water

    David Mackenzie's Hell Or High Water proved to be a surprise hit when it came out in 2016. While it went on to garner many major award nominations, it benefited from an early freedom of anonymity that released audiences from all preconceived notions and expectations going in. Whether you enjoyed the traditional heist storyline play out, the stunning cinematography on show, or its Modern Western feel - it impressively offered something for everyone. If you're in the mood for more of the same then you're in luck. We've put together a list of movies that all share similarities, from the bleak and gritty aesthetic to the excellent screenwriting from Taylor Sheridan.
    Here are our recommended picks for movies similar to Hell Or High Water:
    1. Wind River
    Starting off with the most obvious and perhaps best choice (if you haven't already seen it), we have Wind River. Graduating from screenwriting duties (after his phenomenal success with Hell or High Water), Taylor Sheridan not only penned this fantastic Neo-Western murder thriller but he also stepped up to assume directorial duties as well.
    If you're serious about sitting through a true pairing to Hell Or High Water then Wind River ticks all of the boxes. It stars Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen as two members of law enforcement who are charged with hunting down a murderer on the Wyoming Indian Reservation. With haunting visuals and a suspenseful unease that constantly lingers just beneath the surface, it will hook you early on and delight in taking you along for the ride.
    2. No Country For Old Men
    Moving along, we have the Coen Brothers return to form with their critically acclaimed Western-thriller No Country For Old Men. Released back in 2007, this modern great is another movie that blurs the lines. Viewed by some as a straight thriller and by others as belonging strictly to the Western genre, it delights in subverting any and all expectations.
    Based on the novel of the same name, at its core, it involves an unflinching killer who picks up the trail of an army veteran after he finds a haul of cash from a drug deal gone wrong. There's no doubt that Jeff Bridge's character and performance (in HoHW) is largely inspired by Tommy Lee Jones' in No Country for Old Men. If it's been a while since you last saw it, then you can't go wrong with this one.
    3. The Rover
    Continuing along with another Modern-Western, this time swapping the plains of Texas for the Australian outback, we have David Michod's extremely underrated entry - The Rover. Sharing similar themes of bleakness and despair after the economic fallout, it involves a dystopian future where lawlessness rules the day. Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce star as two strangers who team up to survive in the barren plains while setting off to retrieve a stolen possession. While it's undoubtedly a much more sombre and gritty affair than Hell Or High Water, if those themes are what you're looking for then you'll find a lot to like about The Rover.
    4. Sicario
    Next up we have Denis Villeneuve's quick trigger action-thriller Sicario. This tightly wound and breathtaking feature merits an inclusion due to another screenwriting masterclass from Taylor Sheridan. With more blockbuster action on display, it marks a deviation away from the Westerns we've covered up until now. But if you're specifically looking for something with a bit of a faster tempo and you're a fan of Benicio del Toro and Emily Blunt, it's certainly worth watching again.
    5. The Place Beyond The Pines
    Perhaps the wildcard entry on our list, we have Derek Cianfrance's 2012 crime drama - The Place Beyond the Pines. If you liked Chris Pine and Ben Foster's brazen bank robbing heists then you'll similarly enjoy Ryan Gosling's visceral efforts. But apart from the initial flash and excitement of the cops v robbers, it's a story that runs much deeper and is centered around themes of family and fate. Much like Hell Or High Water, it's brilliant cinematography makes it well worth watching.
    6. Hold The Dark
    For our penultimate entry we have Jeremy Saulnier's gripping 2018 action-thriller - Hold the Dark. Starring well-known names such as Jeffrey Wright, Alexander Skarsgard and James Badge Dale, the story is centered upon a remote Alaskan village where young children begin to start disappearing. Much like Hell Or High Water, its desolate and unsettling aesthetic will ensnare your attention as it sets up a thrilling climax.
    7. Shimmer Lake
    And last but not least, we have one of our favorite movies from 2017, Oren Uziel's self-written and directed crime-thriller - Shimmer Lake. While it was released largely under the radar, it is a massively entertaining flick that has close parallels to Hell Or High Water. It involves another bank robbery and investigating Sheriff, but this time the brothers are divided as one of them is suspected to be involved in the heist. With well-rounded performances from Benjamin Walker, Wyatt Russell and Rainn Wilson, if you made it this far without fancying any of the previous choices, maybe this one is what you're looking for.
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    If you enjoyed Christian Gudegast's 2018 action-heist movie Den of Thieves you're not alone. With plenty of high-wire action sequences, some very unexpected twists and turns and a great ensemble cast, it was an exhilarating ride from start to finish. While there are no shortage of cops v robbers / thrilling heist flicks out there, we've provided 9 of the best options for you to binge on next.
    Here are our recommended picks for movies similar to Den of Thieves:
    1. The Town
    Swapping out the streets of L.A. for Boston, we have Ben Affleck's self-written and directed crime thriller - The Town. Much like Den of Thieves, this is a heist movie that holds absolutely nothing back. Whether it's the high-caliber rounds of ammunition fizzing by, the clever and meticulous planning involved or the screeching police sirens always a couple of seconds away - there's more than enough scintillating action on display to get your heart rate pounding and have you on the edge of your seat throughout.
    2. American Animals
    Moving along we have perhaps one of the most underseen movies on our list - Bart Layton's 2018 heist thriller - American Animals. As the trailer duly notes, this movie isn't based on real life events, they actually happened. It chronicles the story of four friends who set out to steal an extremely rare book from the Transylvania University library. Interspersed with interviews from people who were involved, this larger than life retelling will have you gasping for breath at the sheer audacity of the heist and the inevitable consequences that follow.
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    3. Inside Man
    Next up we have Spike Lee's fabulous 2006 heist thriller Inside Man. A worthy addition to the genre, this is a must-watch if you're serious about well-done heist movies. As with Den of Thieves, it features a star-studded cast with Clive Owen, Jodie Foster and Denzel Washington all bringing their A-game. If you don't mind a pinch less action and more brilliant planning and execution then look no further - you can't go wrong with this one.
    4. The Bank Job
    Continuing along we have another heist movie inspired by true events, Roger Donaldson's slick heist caper, The Bank Job. If you like watching all of the preparation and planning for the heist then you'll definitely enjoy this one. As with Den of Thieves, there's blistering action interwoven with a precise build up that leaves the payoff at the end all the more satisfying. If you've never seen it before then this could be a great option for you.
    5. Inception
    Now you you might be thinking you came here looking for heist movies and we've given you Chris Nolan's epic sci-fi thriller Inception - but stay with us. While it delves deep into dreams within dreams (and more dreams), in between those fascinating layers are of course the makings of a brilliant plot to steal top secret information (along with implanting ideas too). With Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ellen Page all on form fine along with the mesmerizing visuals, if you're okay with stepping a little outside the box then Inception is a terrific option.
    6. Triple 9
    Moving back into the territory of frenetic action flicks involving cops and robbers, we have John Hillcoat's gripping Triple 9. If you enjoyed Gerard Butler's band of corrupt and ruthless cops in Den of Thieves then you'll no doubt love Triple 9 play out with its own version. It involves a group of cops and former Navy SEALs who carry out a brazen wave of heists before things start to go very wrong. As the stakes build and a massive manhunt ensues, this electrifying tale zigs and zigs in all directions setting up a finale that you definitely won't expect.
    7. Heist
    Scott Mann's underrated action-thriller, Heist, is the first of two entries on our list to include Robert DeNiro. It involves him playing a casino boss who becomes the target of a heist after ruthlessly firing an employee. With capable performances from DeNiro alongside Jefrrey Dean Morgan, it’s a well-executed heist movie that makes for a great pairing with Den of Thieves.
    8. Hell Or High Water
    For our penultimate entry, we have David Mackenzie's captivating Hell or High Water. With Chris Pine and Benn Foster playing two brothers who decide to commit a string of robberies in order to save their family ranch, this sizzling and tense thriller is light on gunfights but more than makes up for it with a superb storyline. Like Den of Thieves, the local authorities are never far behind and a dangerous cat and mouse game plays out in ways you won't expect.
    9. Heat
    And if you haven't found anything you like by this point - why not go with Michael Mann's seminal masterpiece - Heat. Bringing together two iconic actors for the very first time, Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro, it's got everything and more that's required for a truly great action-thriller. With groundbreaking cinematography, its visceral action sequences will make you feel like you're right next to the blistering rounds of ammo as they fire off in all directions. If it's been a while since you rewatched this classic then settle yourself in for close to 3 hours of breathtaking entertainment.
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    5 Movies To Watch If You Liked Lord Of War

    One of the best movies from the class of 2005 and among Nicholas Cage's finest performances in a long and uneven career, Lord of War, is an authentic and thrilling window into the murky world of illegal gun-running and the larger international arms industry. If you enjoyed this iconic addition to the war/crime-drama genre, we've got 5 others that you should definitely consider watching next.
    Here are our recommended picks for movies similar to Lord of War:
    1. Three Kings
    While Nicholas Cage's Yuri Orlov made his fortune pilfering munitions and arms from the breakup of the Soviet Union and selling them into war-torn Liberia and Sierra Leone - Three Kings is a similar account following the fallout from the Gulf War. George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube star as a trio of U.S. soldiers who find a map containing the location of stolen Kuwaiti gold. Deeming it a well-earned reward from their participation in the war, they endeavor to secretly retrieve the gold with no one else the wiser.
    Much like Lord of War serves to point out the hypocrisy of the United Nations Security Council also being the world's largest suppliers of arms, David O Russell's 1999 hit also manages to pull of a brilliant action / heist movie while subtly critiquing the forever wars of the U.S. Watch if you like: Stylish war movies.
    2. War Dogs
    Next up we have Todd Phillips' superb, biographical dark comedy - War Dogs. This movie is as close as you can get to the story of Lord of War without re-watching it. Based on the real life memoir 'Once A Gun Runner', it involves two arms dealers who manage to secure highly lucrative U.S contracts totaling over $250million, to supply the Afghan National Army.
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    While it feels very different in style and tone to Lord of War, if you're set on more gun-running and illegal arms dealing then look no further. With blistering action and some capable performances from Jonah Hill, Miles Teller and Bradley Cooper there's plenty to like about War Dogs. Watch if you like: Movies based on real-life events.
    3. The Hurt Locker
    Moving along we have Kathryn Bigelow's critically acclaimed, action war thriller - The Hurt Locker. Departing from the theme of illegal arms dealing, it instead focuses on an elite Explosive Ordinance Disposal team who must combat the massive psychological stresses of defusing improvised explosive devices while on the front line.
    If you're looking for something that will give you a pure shot of adrenaline and have you on the edge of your seat then this is the one for you. Jeremy Renner's visceral performance will send your heart rate rocketing and leave you exhausted when it's all said and done. Watch if you like: Modern must-see movies.
    4. 13 Hours
    Continuing with another movie based on a real-life event (in this instance – the attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi), we have Michael Bay's 2016 action-war thriller 13 hours. It involves the heroic actions of the 6 Annex Security Team members as they fought to repel wave after wave of Islamic militant attacks.
    Surprisingly one of the most overlooked movies of the year, we’re confident you’ll find more than enough entertainment in Michael Bay's famed action-sequences and the ensemble cast featuring John Krasinski, James Badge Dale and David Costabile. Watch if you like: Michael Bay action sets.
    5. Traffic
    And last but not least we have Steven Soderbergh's crime-drama release - Traffic. As Lord of War explores the illegal sale of arms from the manufacturers to arms dealers to Governments, Traffic looks at the illegal drug-trade and the various parties involved.
    Much like Lord of War, it is a suspenseful and gripping thriller that builds up to a satisfying payoff at the end. If you've never seen this one before we highly recommend you add it to your list of movies to watch next. Watch if you like: Inter-connecting storylines.
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    5 Brilliant Action Movies Like True Lies

    In between the making of T2 and Titanic, legendary filmmaker James Cameron gave us one of the greatest action-comedies of all time, True Lies. With thrilling action-sequences that still hold up better than 99.9% of today's CGI nonsense, a brilliant side plot involving Bill Paxton and some good old fashioned buddy-cop humor, it's a window into all of the things we love about 90's movies. If you're in between sittings, or like us, waiting for the Blu-ray version to finally be released, check out these 5 movies that do their best to offer a similar level of enjoyment.
    Here are our recommended picks for movies similar to True Lies:
    1. The Man From U.N.C.L.E
    Kick starting our list, we have Guy Ritchie's return to form with the stylish and wildly entertaining black comedy - The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015). As a result of lackluster (or rather, nonexistent) marketing, this silky smooth feature went largely unnoticed at the time of release. But ever since then it's grown into something of a cult-classic as fans all over begin to appreciate it's appeal.
    Through Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander it's effortlessly charming, while it also has enough eye-pleasing action to move it along nicely. The banter is in line with True Lies even if the action is a touch more subdued. Watch if you like: Stylish action-movies.
    2. Mr. & Mrs. Smith
    Falling right back into step with a strict action-comedy, next up we have Doug Limon's Mr. & Mrs. Smith. With Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt playing a married couple of gun for hires who hide their profession from each other, this sizzling and lively ride is no doubt directly influenced by True Lies.
    Another entry that continues to hold up well to this day, if it's been a while since you last saw it then this could be a great option to stick on next. Watch if you like: Seductive action-comedies.
    3. Spy
    Next up we have Paul Feig's self-written and directed hit movie - Spy. Featuring some stunning backdrops for the locale and more importantly, a relentless onslaught of humor, this movie rather insists on making you laugh all the way through. Starring Melissa McCartney in a winning performance, if you're okay with less high-wire action and more humor then look no further. Watch if you like: Non-stop humor.
    4. The Rock
    Giving a nod to another fabulous action-movie of the 90's, we have Michael Bay's highly-esteemed The Rock. With Bay at the height of his powers, this movie stands up well on just about any list. Sharing common themes with True Lies such as tight-action sequences, a dangerous terrorist plot or the star-studded talent on display (Nicholas Cage, Sean Connery etc), there's no doubt that you'll be in good hands with this one. Watch if you like: Michael Bay.
    5. Demolition Man
    While Arnold Schwarzenegger undoubtedly reigned supreme as a heavyweight of the action genre, it's hard to ignore his opposing number Sylvester Stallone. As another larger than life 90's star, we've narrowed down his extensive action-packed resume to the 1993 hit - Demolition Man. Of course, Stallone has many more high profile movies but as a pairing to True Lies, this is the most fitting in both style and substance. Watch if you like: Sylvester Stallone.

    5 Movies To Watch If You Liked Mississippi Grind

    With a show-stopping performance from Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind is easily one of the best gambling movies to have come out in recent years. If you're in the mood to see more self-tortured gambling addicts with a need to play just more hand, then look no further - we've got you covered.
    Check out these 5 excellent movies like Mississippi Grind:
    1. Rounders
    Kicking off our list, it only feels right to start off with one of the most popular poker movies of all time - Rounders. Released to relatively little fanfare back in 1998, John Dahl's credible portrayal of the underground gambling scene has since grown from a cult-classic into one of the heavyweights of the genre. Much like Mississippi Grind's one-two punch from Ben Mendelsohn and Ryan Reynolds, Rounders draws some fantastic performances and on-screen chemistry from Matt Damon and Edward Norton.
    While it's not as jarringly gritty, if you're looking for something that's a little more high-octane and upbeat, then Rounders checks all of the boxes.
    2. Win It All
    Win It All shares a lot in common with Mississippi Grind. It too involves a struggling gambling addict who can't stay away from the tables despite continuing to lose every penny he has to his name. With a gutsy performance from Jake Johnson, if you enjoyed the pacing of Mississippi Grind and Ben Mendelsohn's never say die attitude then this could be what you're looking for.
    While this movie went under the radar due to its small budget and marketing, there's plenty of enthralling gambling involved with enough high-wire tension and excitement to keep you on the edge of your seat.
    3. The Grifters
    Next up on our list we have Stephen Friars critically acclaimed - The Grifters. While the story focuses on hustling rather than gambling, viscerally it feels very similar to Mississippi Grind. John Cusack stars a hustler caught in the middle between his estranged mother and swindling girlfriend as they all come together to carry out one big con.
    If you've never seen it before, then we definitely recommend you add this one to your list of movies to watch.
    4. The Gambler
    Moving along we have the crime-drama masterpiece, The Gambler. James Caan plays an intelligent English Professor who despite his best efforts, continues to get sucked back into gambling. With the debts racking up and his personal life spiraling, things take a turn for the worse as the mob come calling for what they're owed.
    Simply mesmerizing from start to finish, Caan's take on a man who can't shake off his gambling compulsion earned him a very well deserved Oscar for his efforts. Getting a top rating from us - it doesn't get much better than this classic.
    5. California Split
    And last but not least we have Robert Altman's stylish gambling comedy - California Split. A story of a man who continues to double up on his bets in search of a big payday, many people consider California Split to be the prime inspiration behind Mississippi Grind.
    This thrilling, hectic and well-executed movie will effortlessly reel you while it sets up a spectacular payoff at the end. If you liked Mississippi Grind then we're confident you'll be a big fan of this one as well.
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