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The 36 Best Movies on Hulu Right Now (April 2024)

April 19, 202421 Mins Read

There are so many good movies on Hulu, from side-splitting comedies like Fire Island to passionate romances like Palm Springs to terrifying horror films like The Babadook. There are so many good ones, in fact, that it can be hard to wade through everything to find the cream of the crop. Never fear: We’ve compiled a list of the best movies on Hulu so you can find new and old favorites alike.

This list has been curated by top Collider editors with decades of combined experience — not to mention a deep knowledge of and passion for the medium. Only the best of the best is included. Read on to discover the best movies to watch on Hulu right now.

For more recommendations, check out our list of the best shows on Hulu, best documentaries on Hulu, and best horror movies on Hulu.

Editor’s note: This article was updated April 2024 to include Captain Phillips.

‘Captain Phillips’ (2013)

Rotten Tomatoes: 93% | IMDb: 7.8/10

Directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Tom Hanks as the title character, Captain Phillips is a biographical drama that follows the story of Captain Richard Phillips, who was taken hostage by Somali pirates in 2009. The screenplay (written by Billy Ray) was inspired by Phillips’ 2010 memoir about the incident. The movie also stars Barkhad Abdi and Catherine Keener and was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Captain Philips is Tom Hanks at his best, delivering an incredibly emotional performance as Phillips that’s sure to break your heart. And it’s not all emotional drama either, as Captain Phillips also has some extremely tense, edge-of-your-seat moments and sequences to keep you hooked as it navigates this sad, true story. Filled to the brim with intense, hard-to-watch scenes, Captain Phillips was a critical and commercial darling upon its release. Though it’s nowhere near as talked about now as it was when it first hit theaters, the film still holds up as a gripping story of real people facing terrible danger.

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‘Ocean’s Eleven’ (2001)

Rotten Tomatoes: 83% | IMDb: 7.7/10

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Ocean’s Eleven

Release Date
December 7, 2001

Steven Soderbergh

George Clooney , Cecelia Ann Birt , Paul L. Nolan , Carol Florence , Lori Galinski , Bernie Mac

116 minutes

Ocean’s Eleven is a 2001 heist movie directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Ted Griffin. A remake of the 1960 movie of the same name, the film follows Danny Ocean (George Clooney), who puts together a team of eccentric but highly skilled characters to rob three Las Vegas casinos in one shot. The film’s ensemble cast also includes Andy García, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Bernie Mac, Elliott Gould, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Eddie Jemison, Don Cheadle, Qin Shaobo, Carl Reiner, and Matt Damon. The first of a highly successful franchise, Ocean’s Eleven is the best of the lot, becoming a film that has inspired practically every heist movie made since the 2000s. From its talented cast and expert direction to the snappy writing and opulent production, Ocean’s Eleven checks off all the boxes for a thrilling, stylishly shot film that’s endlessly rewatchable. If you’re looking for a classic popcorn movie that’s also intelligent and well-crafted, Ocean’s Eleven is what you need.

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‘The Big Lebowski’ (1998)

Rotten Tomatoes: 80% | IMDb: 8.1/10

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The Big Lebowski

Release Date
March 6, 1998

Joel Coen , Ethan Coen

117 minutes

Directed by Joel Coen, who also co-wrote the script with his brother Ethan Coen, The Big Lebowski is an iconic cult classic crime comedy starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, and Sam Elliott. Los Angeles slacker Jeffrey Lebowski — aka “The Dude” (Jeff Bridges) — is assaulted in his home by two men who mistake him for a millionaire, Jeffrey “The Big” Lebowski (David Huddleston). When he seeks “restitution” from the other Lebowski, the Dude finds himself drawn into a messy situation involving a kidnapped trophy wife, a porn kingpin, and a bunch of European nihilists. Despite receiving mixed reviews when it was first released, The Big Lebowski is now considered one of the most significant American films of the 20th century. With a flawless script and entertaining performances, the film presents a unique portrait of a time, a place, and of course, a Dude. The Big Lebowski’s influence has long since spread beyond just film, even inspiring a religion and philosophy called “Dudeism.” While the Coen brothers have many acclaimed and popular movies in their filmography, The Big Lebowski stands out as one of their very best — and certainly one of their funniest.

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‘Anatomy of a Fall’ (2023)

Rotten Tomatoes: 96% | IMDb: 7.8/10

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Anatomy of a Fall

Release Date
August 23, 2023

Justine Triet

Sandra Hüller , Swann Arlaud , Antoine Reinartz , Samuel Theis

150 minutes

Read Our ReviewThe 2023 French legal drama Anatomy of a Fall was directed by Justine Triet from a screenplay she co-wrote with Arthur Harari. The film stars Sandra Hüller as a writer accused of killing her husband, the narrative bridging the criminal investigation with a psychological one. The movie also stars Swann Arlaud, Milo Machado-Graner, Antoine Reinartz, Samuel Theis, Jehnny Beth, Saadia Bentaieb, Camille Rutherford, Anne Rotger, and Sophie Fillières.

Anatomy of a Fall premiered at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, where it won the coveted Palme d’Or and the Palm Dog Award. In addition to these accolades, it was also a strong contender for the Queer Palm and won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. The film received a total of five Oscar nominations, not to mention widespread critical and popular acclaim.

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‘Poor Things’ (2023)

Rotten Tomatoes: 92% | IMDb: 8.0/10

Read Our ReviewOscar winner Emma Stone captivates in Poor Things, a uniquely fantastical story of self-discovery from Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite). Stone plays Bella Baxter, a science experiment hatched by an unorthodox scientist, Dr. Godwin Baxter (Willem Dafoe), determined to explore the world into which she was brought. Supporting Stone and Dafoe are Mark Ruffalo and Ramy Youssef, rounding out the impressive cast in the peculiar tale. Based on Alasdair Gray’s novel, Poor Things showcases an alternative Victorian London, blending a variety of genres highlighted by steampunk elements and Lanthimos’ signature comedic style.

Stone’s performance as a woman with a brain transplant whose body and mind are not synchronized is somehow charming, hilarious, and endearing all at the same time, grounding the whirlwind adventure, which could so easily fly off the rails due to the absurd plot.

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‘Dune’ (2021)

Rotten Tomatoes: 83% | IMDb: 8.0/10



Release Date
October 22, 2021

Denis Villeneuve

155 Minutes

In an absolutely stunning cinematic feat, Dune is part one of the epic science-fiction saga from director Denis Villeneuve. Based on Frank Herbert’s legendary novel, Dune stars Timothée Chalamet (Bones and All) alongside Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One) in the political allegory.

Highlighted by large-scale gorgeous scenescapes, vividly intricate costuming, and truly heroic stunt performances, Dune is a slow-burn narrative with a feast for the eyes. With the first installment ending without a conclusive resolution, Dune charmingly ensures audiences and Herbert fans are left eager for more. – Yael Tygiel

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‘Romeo + Juliet’ (1996)

IMDb: 6.7/10

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Romeo + Juliet

Release Date
November 1, 1996

120 minutes

Directed by Baz Luhrmann (Elvis), 1996’s adaptation of Romeo + Juliet tells the classic Shakespearian tale of lovers from feuding families but with a twist: it’s a modernized version. Even though it’s a modern setting, the film uses Shakespearian English. When it premiered, Romeo + Juliet was a box office hit, earning $147 million and being praised by critics for its inventiveness and visual aesthetic. The film is often used in schools as an accessible way to introduce students to Shakespeare while keeping a modern-looking visual.

The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio (Killers of the Flower Moon) as Romeo and Claire Danes (Homeland) as Juliet, also co-starring John Leguizamo (Moulin Rouge!), Harold Perrineau (The Edge), Lupita Ochoa, and Pete Postlethwaite (The Usual Suspects). It was nominated for Best Art Direction at the 69th Academy Awards and won multiple awards at the British Academy Film Awards, the Berlin International Film Festival, and the London Film Critics Circle Awards. – Emily Cappello

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‘The Creator’ (2023)

Rotten Tomatoes: 67% | IMDb: 6.8/10

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2023’s TheCreator comes at an interesting time. With the discussion of humans versus Artificial Intelligence more prevalent than ever, Gareth Edwards’ latest film puts that debate on display. The film tells the story of Joshua (John David Washington) as he fights against “The Creator,” an AI possessing a weapon that could end the entire human race. The twist: this weapon, which is the key to destroying The Creator, is an AI that looks, talks, and acts like a child (Madeleine Yuna Voyles). The film co-stars Gemma Chan (Eternals) and Academy Award winner Allison Janney (I, Tonya).

Director Gareth Edwards’s previous work includes Rogue One, a film that was a massive success when it premiered in 2016 and grossed over a billion dollars. While The Creator didn’t bring in major box office bucks, it was praised by critics, who highlighted the film’s visual effects, action sequences, and the great direction done by Edwards. – Emily Cappello

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‘Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood’ (2019)

Rotten Tomatoes: 85% | IMDb: 7.6/10


Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Release Date
July 24, 2019


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Quentin Tarantino’s 2019 film Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood has a lot packed into its almost three-hour-long runtime. One of those features is its incredible (and very large) ensemble cast, made up of Brad Pitt (Ocean’s Eleven), Leonardo DiCaprio (Killers of the Flower Moon), Margot Robbie (Barbie), Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild), Al Pacino (The Godfather), Dakota Fanning (War of the Worlds), Austin Butler (Elvis), and the late Luke Perry (Beverly Hills, 90210), just to name a few. This heavy-hitting cast of characters tells a reimagined story of the life and (almost) death of Sharon Tate (Robbie) as she related to Charles Manson in the late 1960s. The story is told through the lens of the fictional Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) and his stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt), both of whom are experiencing the effects of Dalton’s fading career.

The film won two Oscars for Production Design and Best Supporting Actor for Brad Pitt. Tarantino ended up turning the film into a full-length novel of the same name, which was published in 2021 with HarperCollins publishers. In the novel, Tarantino added extra background information on fans’ favorite characters, including Rick Dalton and Cliff Booth. – Emily Cappello

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‘How to Blow Up a Pipeline’ (2023)

Rotten Tomatoes: 95% | IMDb: 7.0/10

How to Blow Up a Pipeline poster

How to Blow Up a Pipeline

Release Date
April 7, 2023

Daniel Goldhaber

104 minutes

Director Daniel Goldhaber explores environmental justice through the use of property damage in the gripping drama How to Blow Up a Pipeline. Centering on eight young people who unite to take extreme actions to fight the climate crisis, How to Blow Up a Pipeline is an intensely thrilling, heart-pumping action film. Starring Ariela Barer (Runaways), who co-wrote the screenplay with Goldhaber and Jordan Sjol, the movie features a truly incredible cast alongside Barer, including Lukas Gage, Sasha Lane, Jayme Lawson, Marcus Scribner (She-Ra and the Princesses of Power), Jake Weary, and Forrest Goodluck.

Highlighted by powerhouse performances and a fascinatingly raw investigation into social justice and activism, How to Blow Up a Pipeline showcases talent without neglecting an unapologetically genuine story confronting harsh realities. – Yael Tygiel

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‘Personal Shopper’ (2016)

Rotten Tomatoes: 81% | 6.1/10

personal shopper

Release Date
October 19, 2016

Olivier Assayas

Kristen Stewart , Lars Eidinger , Sigrid Bouaziz , Anders Danielsen Lie , Ty Olwin , Hammou Graïa


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The 2016 Cannes Film Festival winner for Best Direction by Olivier Assayas, Personal Shopper tells the story of a young woman named Maureen (Kristen Stewart) in Paris who won’t leave the city until she finds contact with her twin brother, Lewis, who died three months prior. She and her brother had a pact before he died that they would contact one another from beyond, and she is battling her grief, waiting for that message. Working as a personal shopper to a celebrity, Maureen and Lewis are/were mediums and have spiritual connections to the world around them and each other. Adding to the drama is the fact that Maureen is suddenly receiving text messages from a mysterious sender, unsure of what is real and what isn’t.

The film was also written by Assayas and was considered a box office success, as with its limited release, it still earned $2.2 million against its $1 million budget. However, the film’s ending was booed at the Cannes Film Festival, which didn’t bother Assayas, who still won the Best Director prize. Despite the controversial conclusion, it was listed as one of Time magazine’s top 10 films of 2017. – Emily Cappello

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‘Alien’ (1979)

Rotten Tomatoes: 98% | IMDb: 8.5/10

I tried to re-create the infamous Alien scene where a creature comes out of someone’s stomach for a film project in college, and the best I could come up with was having my Stitch doll from Lilo & Stitch come out of my brother’s button-up shirt while he pretended to scream. My inspiration came from the 1979 horror-sci-fi classic Alien, directed by Ridley Scott and written by Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett. With an epic score by Jerry Goldsmith and brilliant performances from its cast, the film was a box office smash, earning $106 million worldwide. The story follows the crew of a spacecraft as they meet a deadly alien while investigating a transmission. When the crew attempts to hurt the creature, it oozes a corrosive acid. As they try to warn the rest of the world about this danger, they must also try to save themselves.

The cast is made up of Tom Skerritt (Top Gun), Sigourney Weaver (Avatar), Veronica Cartwright (The Witches of Eastwick), Harry Dean Stanton (Repo Man), John Hurt (1984), Ian Holm (The Lord of the Rings), Yaphet Kotto (Live and Let Die), and Bolaji Badeji as the Alien. The film received an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects and was nominated for Best Set Direction. It was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Original Score and a Golden Globe for the same category. It ushered in a new era for the genre and has had eight sequels, with a rumored television series on the way. With directors like Scott, James Cameron (The Terminator), David Fincher (Zodiac), and Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie), the films have continued their legendary status. – Emily Cappello

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‘The Heathers’ (1989)

Rotten Tomatoes: 93% | IMDb: 7.2/10



Release Date
March 31, 1989

Michael Lehmann


Plaid. Croquet. Murder. Heathers has it all. The 80s dark comedy follows the story of the three most popular girls in an Ohio high school, all of whom are named Heather. Enter Veronica (Winona Ryder), whose master plan is to murder each of the Heathers and frame those murders as suicides. She finds an unlikely confidante in Jason (Christian Slater), who helps Veronica with her scheme. “The Heathers” are made up of Shannen Doherty (Beverly Hills, 90210), Lisanne Falk (Less Than Zero), and Kim Walker (Say Anything), the last of which was cast in place of another actress, who passed it up because her parents disapproved of the film. Walker took on the role, as she was dating Slater at the time. Filming took only 33 days exclusively in Los Angeles and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1989. It is now considered one of the best coming-of-age films of all time.

Heathers has been turned into both a musical and a TV series of the same name. The musical ran on and off in different locations from 2010 through 2023, spending time in New York, Los Angeles, the West End of London, Brazil, Ireland, and Buenos Aires. The TV series had one season in 2018, airing on HBO in Europe and the Paramount Network in the US. Although the film is hailed as a cult classic today, when it premiered, it only earned $1 million against its $3 million budget, making it a huge flop. Some speculate that it went strongly against the warm, fuzzy world John Hughes had brought about with films like The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, and Pretty in Pink. No matter what your take on the film, it’s sure to make you have a sudden urge to play croquet. – Emily Cappello

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‘The Babadook’ (2014)

Rotten Tomatoes: 90% | IMDb: 6.8/10


The Babadook

Release Date
January 17, 2014

Jennifer Kent

Essie Davis , Noah Wiseman , Hayley McElhinney , Daniel Henshall , Barbara West


Read Our ReviewBased on the 2005 short film Monster, The Babadook crept its way into theaters in 2014, delivering a slow-burn psychological thriller that generated the scream heard ‘round the world. Written and directed by Jennifer Kent, the film was Kent’s feature directorial debut, and boy, was it a good one. The story follows Amelia (Essie Davis), a newly widowed mother to son Samuel (Noah Wiseman), as she unknowingly welcomes a sinister presence into their home by reading Samuel a book that shows up on her doorstep. To add to that insanity, Amelia’s grief and Samuel’s misbehavior are making it seemingly impossible for her to accept him as he is. As Samuel’s fear and paranoia of The Babadook grows, so does Amelia’s, and soon, the two are unsure what is real and what is coming from their terrified minds.

The film was met with fantastic reviews and grossed $10 million against its tiny budget of $2 million, which is impressive for a film that only had a limited release. What critics raved most about in the film is its deeper message, as it wasn’t just an “empty” horror riding only on jump scares. Instead, it contained a layered story that tackled grief, single parenthood, and the exhaustion that comes with both. If the real Babadook film is too scary for you, there’s always “The Pookadook,” The Simpsons parody featured on their 34th Treehouse of Horror special. Well, even the Pookadook made me cover my eyes, so maybe just choose a comedy if you’re easily frightened. – Emily Cappello

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‘Theater Camp’ (2023)

Rotten Tomatoes: 85% | IMDb: 7.0/10

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Theater Camp

The eccentric staff of a rundown theater camp in upstate New York must band together with the beloved founder’s bro-y son to keep the camp afloat.

Release Date
July 14, 2023

94 minutes

Read Our ReviewA poignant allegory for the post-pandemic financial struggles of the arts industry, Theater Camp follows run-down upstate New York theater camp AdirondACTS and the group of superstar wannabes that attend. After the founder of the camp, Joan (Amy Sedaris), sadly falls into a coma, the day-to-day running of the business is given to her son Troy (Jimmy Tatro), a man with no experience or interest in the arts. A story of zero to hero, Troy must battle a frustrated group of passionate attendees and a crippling financial burden in order to keep his mother’s dream alive.

Despite the plot suggesting AdirondACTS is a camp for amateurs, the actual cast of characters is a treat for the senses, starring Broadway star Ben Platt. Funny and touching, the narrative lures you in with its endearing humor before emotionally gripping you, thanks to some tender dramatic moments. Bags of fun and energy, it is impossible to find a moment’s boredom with Theater Camp — something that can also be said for the sort of organizations the film showcases… so make sure to support local theater. – Jake Hodges

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‘The Banshees of Inisherin’ (2022)

Rotten Tomatoes: 96% | IMDb: 7.7/10

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The Banshees of Inisherin

Two lifelong friends find themselves at an impasse when one abruptly ends their relationship, with alarming consequences for both of them.

Release Date
October 21, 2022

Main Genre

Read Our ReviewThis Academy Award-winning tale is set against the backdrop of the Irish Civil War and follows lifelong buddies Padraic (Colin Farrell) and Colm (Brendan Gleeson). On one seemingly ordinary day, Colm suddenly decides to end their friendship, leading to an in-denial Padraic refusing to let the truth sink in. With his persistence pushing Colm to madness, Padraic’s life is turned upside down when the feud turns violent and a final ultimatum from Colm reveals shocking twisted consequences.

A whirlwind narrative from writer/director Martin McDonagh, The Banshees of Inisherin is a pensive, thought-provoking tale with a unique sense of tension. Despite its seemingly remote setting, the film feels huge in its concept, with the backdrop of a Civil War only adding to the sense of scale. Both Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell are incredible and have electric on-screen chemistry with a performance as captivating as their work on In Bruges. Dramatic and gruesome, the plot still finds moments to breathe thanks to a genuinely funny script that provides a sense of comedic irony during some of the film’s toughest scenes. – Jake Hodges

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‘No One Will Save You’ (2023)

Rotten Tomatoes: 81% | IMDb: 6.3/10

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No One Will Save You

An exiled anxiety-ridden homebody must battle an alien who’s found its way into her home.

Release Date
September 22, 2023

Brian Duffield

Kaitlyn Dever , Ginger Cressman , Zack Duhame , Geraldine Singer

93 minutes

Read Our ReviewThis unique horror tale from Brian Duffield follows Brynn (Kaitlyn Dever), a woman who lives alone following the deaths of her loved ones and is shunned by the community around her. One fateful day, an alien invades her home, and after accidentally killing it, a venture into her town reveals that she is not the only one under attack. Now charged with defending her home as the invasion grows, can Brynn survive on her own?

A shining example of ‘show, don’t tell’ filmmaking, No One Will Save You has just five words in its entire runtime, meaning that Kaitlyn Dever’s lead performance is more pivotal than ever. Luckily, she excels with a script from Brian Duffield that finds tension at every turn. Despite the aliens invading, it is still perhaps the people around her that are the most villainous, with a message of human cruelty akin to that in 28 Days Later. Brooding and creepy, No One Will Save You is a great exponent of the recent trend of finding new ways of making horror. – Jake Hodges

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‘The Quiet Girl’ (2022)

Rotten Tomatoes: 97% | IMDb: 7.7/10

The Quiet Girl Movie Poster with Cait (Catherine Clinch) as the focal point

The Quiet Girl

Release Date
May 13, 2022

Colm Bairéad

Carrie Crowley , Andrew Bennett , Catherine Clinch , Michael Patric

94 minutes

Read Our ReviewThe Academy Award-nominated The Quiet Girl begins in rural 1981 Ireland and follows young Cáit (Catherine Clinch) after she is sent away from her family to live with foster parents for a summer. After being dismissed and neglected by her family for so long, Cáit grows under the care of Seán (Andrew Bennett) and Eibhlín Cinnsealach (Carrie Crowley) as she blossoms into the carefree child her previous life had disallowed her to be. However, the caring front of this doting couple contains one simple rule: there will never be any secrets. When Cáit discovers a hidden truth as her foster couple becomes more attached to her, what will the consequences be?

Poignant, pretty, and playful, The Quiet Girl is a delight that transcends both the public and critics, with it rightfully becoming the first ever Gaelic-language film to be nominated for an Academy Award. Catherine Clinch, among a sea of great performances, steals the show as the titular Quiet Girl as her life beautifully transitions from downbeat into magical and wonderous once she realizes life can be good. Director Colm Bairéad understands how to sensitively pace such a fragile narrative, creating a careful story full of stunning details that take its time to develop. – Jake Hodges

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‘Prey’ (2022)

Rotten Tomatoes: 94% | IMDb: 7.1/10

Prey 2022 Film Poster


Naru, a skilled warrior of the Comanche Nation, fights to protect her tribe against one of the first highly-evolved Predators to land on Earth.

Release Date
August 5, 2022

Dan Trachtenberg

100 minutes

Read Our ReviewThis action-adventure film from director Dan Trachtenberg follows the journey of Naru (Amber Midthunder) some 300 years ago. Set in the Comanche Nation, Naru has lived her life surrounded by highly-trained warriors, with her absorption of their lifestyle creating a fiery, talented warrior in her, too. When their lives become threatened by strange creatures, Naru takes it upon herself to fight back, with their terrifying foe unexpectedly a highly-evolved monster. As she stalks the titular prey, it is clear that this mission, even for a woman of her abilities, will require precision and perhaps a bit of luck.

Set in the immersive wilderness, Prey is a delight for many reasons, with one of those certainly its cinematography from DP Jeff Cutter. Sarah Schachner’s atmospheric score perfectly balances the on-screen action as the narrative twists and turns toward a dramatic finale. Well-paced, the movie doesn’t hold back as it hurtles through neatly choreographed action. Just like the prey its protagonist is trained to capture, from minute one, this movie hooks its audience and keeps them gripped until the end. – Jake Hodges

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