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In the greek film 'apples,' a mysterious condition leaves people without memories.

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Aris Servetalis plays a man who inexplicably loses his memory in Apples. Courtesy of Cohen Media Group hide caption

Aris Servetalis plays a man who inexplicably loses his memory in Apples.

I first watched Apples about two years ago, several months into COVID lockdown. At the time, the movie felt eerily of the moment, since its story takes place during a pandemic. In this pandemic, however, people aren't spreading a deadly virus; they're inexplicably losing their memories.

We see this happen in the opening scenes, when an unnamed middle-aged man (played by Aris Servetalis) leaves his Athens apartment one day, gets on a bus and falls asleep. When he wakes up, he can no longer remember his name, where he lives or where he was going.

He isn't carrying any ID, and so he winds up in a hospital where doctors examine him and wait for family members or friends to come and identify him. But no one shows up, and so the man is enrolled in a government program designed to help him and the many others like him cope with their amnesia.

He's placed in an apartment and given money for expenses. Each day he plays a cassette tape — the movie seems to be taking place pre-internet — and listens to a voice assigning him a specific task like "ride a bicycle" or "go watch a horror movie," in hopes that these experiences will help jog his memory. He's instructed to take Polaroids of these experiences and keep them in a scrapbook, which comes to resemble an extremely analog Instagram account.

It all sounds bizarre on paper. But Apples , the first feature from the director and co-writer Christos Nikou, unfolds with an understated deadpan wit that makes even its weirder touches seem plausible, even logical. At times it reminded me of some of the brilliant absurdist satires, like Dogtooth and Attenberg , that have put Greek cinema on the map over the past two decades.

But Nikou has a gentler, more melancholy touch. The script leaves a lot to the imagination: We learn no more about the cause or the outcome of the pandemic than we do about the avian attacks in Hitchcock's The Birds . We also don't learn much about the main character's background; there are no flashbacks to his earlier life and there's no voiceover narration, either.

But while the character is quiet and emotionally reserved by nature, Servetalis, the actor playing him, is a mesmerizing screen presence. Sometimes Nikou shoots him in close-up, and sometimes from a distance, creating a ghostly, disorienting effect. You can't stop watching him, whether he's walking the streets of an eerily underpopulated Athens or slicing and eating apples, his favorite fruit.

At one point he befriends a woman, played by Sofia Georgovassili, who's also trying to recover her memory through the government program. An attraction forms, but then quickly dissipates; their amnesia is more of a hindrance than a bond. Without their memories and their identities, it's hard for these two lonely, drifting souls to get on the same wavelength.

Speaking of memory: Watching Apples for the second time in two years, I was startled by how vividly I remembered much of it. In particular, I haven't stopped mentally replaying one extraordinarily moving scene in which our hero goes to a crowded dance club and begins doing the twist, losing himself in the music and the moment. Is he suddenly remembering how he used to dance, or is he blissfully surrendering himself to his amnesia? It's not immediately clear, and it's also not the only such ambiguous moment .

At times, our hero seems to experience flashes of clarity. He remembers his old address. He recognizes a dog from his old neighborhood. Is his memory coming back? But if so, why doesn't he share this good news with anyone, almost as if he preferred to stay in the dark? Is there some other explanation for what's going on?

I won't give anything away, especially since I'm not entirely sure myself. But as it unfolds, Apples seems to become a story about romantic loss as well as memory loss. Sometimes it suggests a lower-key version of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind , and like that tale of lost love, it asks whether some memories are best left forgotten.

As strange and singular as Apples is, its protagonist's condition hits on something universal. It's about how we deal with grief and loneliness, especially when memory becomes more of a curse than a blessing.

Review: Memory and identity vanish in soothing Greek existential drama ‘Apples’

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Memory, by choice or by accident, fails the aching characters in director Christos Nikou’s unassumingly superb first feature “Apples,” executive produced by Cate Blanchett , in which an epidemic of sudden amnesia sweeps across Greece.

Set in a nondescript past before smartphones became ubiquitous and analog technology still reigned (presumably the late 1990s, based on a movie referenced), the quiet film unfurls in a boxy aspect ratio and submerged in an opaque color palette of grays and light blues. The aesthetic choices exude a visual serenity that matches the story’s overall restrained tone.

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Expressionless, middle-aged Aris (Aris Servetalis) seems to be the latest victim of the unexplained affliction. Found on the bus sans documentation and with no family to claim him, he becomes an unidentified patient and begins a series of tests to determine what, if anything, he can recall. Like him, many others can’t remember who they were.

The illness not only removes all personal details from a person’s mind, but most information on how the world operates and its social norms. However, in Aris’ case, his predilection for the titular apples appears to suspiciously have been spared in the process.

To deal with those in his situation, the government has set up a program to help them start anew. Via cassette tapes, Aris receives a list of quintessential life experiences and skills he must pursue and document with a Polaroid camera. Some, like riding a bicycle or driving rely on muscle memory, while others push Aris out of his interpersonal comfort zone.

There’s a humorous absurdity to the tasks that seems to comment on our modern obsession with registering every moment with a camera. In a photo album, all these printed images of Aris’ new, forcefully constructed life accumulate like a tactile Instagram profile.

Aris Servetalis in a still from Christos Nikou's "Apples."

Greek film ‘Apples’ explores the role of memory in human existence

‘Could it be that we are the things we don’t forget? Because in a way, we are our memories,’ asks director Christos Nikou.

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One night at the movie theater, he comes across Anna (Sofia Georgovassili), another amnesiac also completing these pillars of the human condition to build a new identity. As a friendship develops between them, more questions emerge about who Aris and Anna are.

Gentle in their narrative approach, Nikou and co-writer Stavros Raptis play it close to the vest, letting the subtext and small shifts in the performance relay nods to its ideas on loss and reinvention. In their impeccable screenplay, one line of dialogue can inconspicuously but intensely expand our understanding of the offbeat premise and of Aris’ motivations.

There are other lyrical touches transmitted in thematically relevant imagery: Aris dresses up as an astronaut for a costume party, reaffirming in an unspoken manner the desire one can feel to leave behind all that you know, to explore new ground, to see one’s life from the outside in, like leaving the planet and looking back at it from outer space.

Even if one considers “Apples” part of the so-called Greek Weird Wave, such a subtly thoughtful and soothing approach to probe at existential concerns, rather than being predictably cynical or violent, makes it stand out.

That Nikou began his career as an assistant director to Yorgos Lanthimos on “Dogtooth,” while Servetalis appeared in that director’s 2011 film “Alps,” might inflate those assumptions about the collective bizarreness and deadpan humor that appears to characterize most of the Hellenic productions that reach our shores.

Late in the picture, in one of the film’s most surprisingly poignant scenes, Aris dances with abandon at a bar as if he has, for a moment or forever, forgotten about shame, reveling in a blissfully uninhibited state. It’s then that Nikou suggests the benefits of becoming a blank slate, unlearning fear and all other imposed social burdens. If no one knows who you were, not even you, then you can be a truer version of yourself.

Yet, what makes “Apples” a delicately affecting gem not to be missed is that the more its layers peel away, the more that apparently inconsequential facts like one’s favorite fruit gain importance as we examine who we become when we no longer have our baggage, both the beautiful and the sorrowful.

There’s a comforting benevolence to not recalling the pain once felt. If we could, we might agree to have all trauma wiped away, and have selective memory only treasuring the good parts of the past. But in reality, we tend to cling vehemently to what no longer is, because joy and suffering are often intertwined, components of a continuum that gives us meaning.

Forgetting can be a blessing, but perhaps the hurt that comes with not letting go is the price for having had a life worth remembering.

In Greek with English subtitles Not Rated Running time: 1 hours, 31 minutes Playing: Laemmle Monica Film Center, Santa Monica; Laemmle Playhouse 7, Pasadena

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‘Apples’ Review: Greek Memory Game Plays Like ‘Person, Woman, Man, Camera, TV: The Movie’

A metaphorical plague of amnesia cases finds real-world resonance in Greek director Christos Nikou's gently absurdist look at loss and reinvention.

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Apples

Christos Nikou couldn’t have anticipated the almost unrecognizable world into which he would be releasing his debut feature, “ Apples ,” but it’s a testament to the strength of this lonely and aloof tragicomedy’s central allegory that it adapts so well to our pear-shaped times. What might have been the latest oddity of the Greek Weird Wave — or else a surreal collection of live-action “The Far Side” cartoons — instead feels soulfully relevant as reality aligns with the speculative world Nikou imagined.

Tipped to play the fall-fest trifecta of Telluride, Venice and Toronto, “Apples” takes place amid what sounds suspiciously like a pandemic — an unexplained spike in amnesia cases — although the scientists and media are predictably unclear about what’s happening. This isn’t the near future but a sort of eerily simplified recent past, a nostalgically analog civilization before cellphones and social media, when human connections had to be forged the old-fashioned way. Something is selectively wiping people’s memories, although in certain cases, it can be a blessing to forget, like clearing the cookies from one’s browsing history.

Not everyone’s as keen on their recall as you-know-who, whose peculiar “person, woman, man, camera, TV” refrain suggests an ideal tagline for “Apples.” The person in this equation is played by bearded, blank-faced Aris Servetalis, a sullen Athens man who can’t seem to remember his name. Early on, he’s discovered sitting vacant-eyed on the bus, evidently a victim of this spontaneous amnesia phenomenon. He has no identification, nor any loved ones to claim him, so the authorities take him to the nearby Neurological Hospital, where doctors working in the Disturbed Memory Dept. have developed an experimental technique to help patients begin a new life.

The approach operates like “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” in reverse, and indeed, there are traces of Charlie Kaufman’s influence on Nikou’s understatedly absurdist script: The doctor prescribes the man a series of tasks — riding a bike, fishing for carp, paying for a lap dance — and a Polaroid camera with which to chronicle them. The resulting snapshots offer a wry commentary on 21st-century selfie culture, documenting what happened without any trace of enjoyment or enthusiasm. Will doing these things spark his memory? They’re certainly funny-sad to witness, like a Kafka character performing a silent-film comedy routine, as he awkwardly struggles with various situations.

As part of the program, our protagonist also gets a new apartment, which feels as forlorn and empty as the inside of his head. There’s more going on up there than lead actor Servetalis lets on, although it’s more effective for audiences to be left to speculate as he sits, eating an apple or staring off into the distance, like one of those melancholy humans lost in thought in an Edward Hopper painting.

At times, the man’s solitude is interrupted by stabs of recognition — not flashbacks (the movie remains stubbornly exterior to his experience throughout), but behavior that suggests some of his memories might still be intact. Of course, he’s actively building new ones through the hospital’s “New Identity” program. During a recommended outing to the cinema, he encounters a fellow patient, a woman (Sofia Georgovasili) who’s a few steps farther along in her recovery. She invites him to assist in her activities, which has the peculiar effect of allowing someone with no memory a chance to sample his future, since he’ll be getting the same assignments a few days later.

Will they fall in love? The question hovers as Nikou shows these two damaged people getting to know each other. The woman seems more responsive, more alive and open to the world, although there’s an explanation as to why the man appears so depressed, so reluctant to form connections. It’s treated as a twist, and sure enough, the movie deserves a second look with this new information in mind — unless your memory is good enough to replay it all in your head.

Nikou comes to this project having worked as an assistant director on Yorgos Lanthimos’ “Dogtooth” and Richard Linklater’s “Before Midnight,” but his voice feels distinct, more mature than those found in the disruptive debuts of his Greek peers. “Apples” has a ruminative quality that’s fairly uncommon in modern cinema, leaving space for audiences to project themselves into the man’s situation. But it also hides key information in the space between cuts, misleading us in ways that are consistent with the characters’ unreliable state of mind.

Overcast, underpopulated and squeezed into a subconsciously oppressive 4:3 frame, the movie isn’t meant to be realistic (authorities would surely have some other way of identifying people struck by amnesia, whether by fingerprints or DNA). Rather, it tickles the imagination, inviting us to consider the prospect of being given a new beginning, and whether starting from scratch would be such a terrible thing.

Reviewed online, Los Angeles, Sept. 1, 2020. (In Venice, Telluride film festivals.) Running time: 90 MIN. (Original title: “Mila”)

  • Production: (Greece-Poland-Slovenia) A Boo Prods., Lava Films production, with the support of the Greek Film Center, Polish Film Institute, ERT, EKOME, Creative Europe Media Program, in co-production with Perfo Prod., Musou Music Group. (Int'l sales: Alpha Violet, Paris.) Producers: Iraklis Mavroidis, Angelo Venetis, Aris Dagios, Mariusz Wlodarski, Christos Nikou. Executive producer: Nikos Smpiliris. Co-producers: Ales Pavlin, Andrej Stritof, Stefanos Ganos, Stavros Raptis.
  • Crew: Director: Christos Nikou. Screenplay: Christos Nikou, Stavros Raptis. Camera: Bartosz Swiniarski. Editor: George Zafiris. Music: The Boy.
  • With: Aris Servetalis, Sofia Georgovasili, Anna Kalaitzidou, Argiris Bakirtzis. (Greek dialogue)

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T he Rotten Tomatoes ratings system―good or bad? Well, I’d say it’s a bit better than the original way tomatoes were used to judge entertainment. Because even if we want to throw fruit at the screen, 21st century technology reminds us we don’t have to. Rotten Tomatoes will provide us with a fair Critic consensus before we even get to the theatre (saving us a ton of food and money).

So how does Rotten Tomatoes work, exactly? Is it a reliable judge of… characters … Okay, okay, hold your tomatoes please. Let’s get a behind the scenes look at how it all works.

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Rotten Tomatoes started in 2000 and it quickly became moviegoers go-to for reviews. But ever since Fandango acquired the company, it’s become even more well-known adding something called a “Tomatometer” score next to every movie and ticket listing. 

Critics have suggested that there is much more nuance and complication when it comes to the correlation between a Rotten Tomatoes rating and ticket sales. And while we will not get into that in this article, I think there is something to be said psychologically about seeing a rating right before you make your choice.

But I digress. 

I know for me, the ubiquitous nature of a Rotten Tomatoes score has made me feel like they hold more weight than they once did. But do they really hold more weight? How is the score actually calculated? And how are critics curated? 

Let's break it down.

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Rotten tomatoes rating system, how does the tomatometer work.

The Rotten Tomatoes rating system uses a scale better known as the “The Tomatometer.” This represents the percentage of positive reviews for a given film or show. The Tomatometer score is calculated after five reviews.

As the reviews come in, The Tomatometer measures the positive reviews against the negative ones and assigns either an overall score of fresh or rotten rating to the film or television show. 

A red tomato score indicating its fresh status, is designated when at least 60% of the reviews are positive. 

A green splat indicating rotten status, is displayed when less than 60% of the reviews are positive. 

If there is no score available, it usually just means the movie or show hasn’t been released or there aren’t enough reviews yet. So, now that we know how they’re calculated, who’s doing the reviewing? 

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Rotten Tomatoes is careful in its Critic curation. It won’t include just any critic’s review. It aggregates those who have been regularly putting out movie reviews over the last two years, and those who are considered active by Rotten Tomatoes standards. This just means they’ve published a review within the last year. While there are about 3,000 accepted reviewers (see the Tomatometer-approved critics criteria), usually only several hundred are actively reviewing for any given film. 

Many times, it’s much less. And Top Critics are counted with a separate score. So while the the Rotten Tomatoes rating system is really just general consensus, you can see some of the more renowned critics in a different space.

But it’s not just about the critics! You also get a fully rounded out review because you can also see how the audience feels. 

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This is a great feature of the site because it provides information from everyday moviegoers but also gives you some insight to see how close this score is to the critics’ scores. It can help you gauge if it’s truly a must-see or probably-pass. And it’s calculated similarly to critic reviews.

The Audience Score is designated by a popcorn bucket.

The score is the percentage of users who have rated the movie or show positively. There is also a section for Verified Ratings which includes those that have actually bought tickets. 

To receive a full popcorn bucket , at least 60% of users give a film or show a star rating of 3.5 or higher.

A tipped over popcorn bucket indicates that less than 60% of users have given it a 3.5 or higher. 

The most interesting finds are the ones that have a green splat for critics, and a full bucket of popcorn from the audience. 

While it’s rarely ever vice-versa, it happens, and it’s then when Rotten Tomatoes ratings may seem more subjective, and we wonder if the system works. And while reviews are opinion to some extent, the site boasts something called Certified Fresh, which brings a little more objectivity to the critique. 

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If a film or television show is awarded a Certified Fresh status, it’s being acknowledged that it’s met these requirements:

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Of course these stats could fluctuate, especially within the first few days or weeks of a film’s release. If it meets these requirements, it is automatically flagged for review.

When the Rotten Tomatoes staff can determine the movie or show is unlikely to fall below these numbers, it achieves its Certified Fresh status.

Similarly, if the Tomatometer score ever falls below 70%, it will lose this status. Because the Rotten Tomatoes ratings system is so general, RT certified fresh consideration gives the site more objective credibility. 

What does Rotten Tomatoes mean for movies

Is rotten tomatoes good for movies.

So, what's the bottom line? With the movie theater business under constant assault from the rise of streaming services, audiences are less and less likely to venture out to the movies. If they do happen to make it outside the house, they'll likely be extra picky about how they spend their money.

Will they choose an "untested" wildcard movie or one that has general approval from fans and critics? The answer is self-evident. On its surface, the Rotten Tomatoes rating system and Tomatometer seem to be a legitimate resource for the discerning consumer. 

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Alexander Payne has been accused of looking down on his characters in films like “ Election ,” “ Citizen Ruth ,” and “ Nebraska .” I’ve often found this criticism a little shallow but understandable, given the goofy personalities dominating those films and the line between finding people entertaining and mocking them. I bring this up because his latest, “The Holdovers,” contains not a scintilla of this element of his career. On the contrary, he loves these people. You can feel it in every frame, every line delivery, and every plot choice. And in an age of increasing cynicism, I think many people will love them too.

Payne bounces back from the disastrous “ Downsizing ” by reuniting with the star of arguably his most beloved film, “ Sideways .” Paul Giamatti gets his richest part in years as Paul Hunham, a brutal professor at the prestigious Barton Academy in the early ‘70s. (Payne joked in his intro that he’s been basically making ‘70s comedies his whole career, so he figured he’d finally set a film then.) Hunham is generally disliked by students and staff, although a colleague named Lydia ( Carrie Preston ) does make the grumpy old man Christmas cookies. When Hunham isn’t handing out failing grades and assignments over Christmas break, he’s yelling at students for the slightest infractions. He’s one of those guys who doesn’t have much power in his life, so he uses it belligerently, leaving him few friends.

Every holiday break, a few kids have to stay over instead of going home, which requires a lonely man like Paul to keep an eye on them, even assigning schoolwork because that's really all he knows to do. Through a series of events, the holdovers this break end up being pretty much just Paul, a student named Angus ( Dominic Sessa in a breakout role), and the head cook Mary (Da’Vine Joy Randolph). They’re three people at very distinct chapter breaks in their lives, but they will influence each other in a heartwarming and genuine way. David Hemingson ’s script is about those wonderful turns in our lives when a stranger can shift us off in a new direction that we hadn't considered and how they can come long after we think we're done adjusting. It’s got some undeniable clichés, but Payne and his crew find a way to make the life lessons organic, refusing to build their dramedy on predictable plot twists. After all, this one is about the unpredictability of life.

If Hunham is the reluctant father figure of this trio, Mary is the mother, a grief-stricken woman who has just lost her son in the Vietnam War. Randolph is understated and moving, finding the weight of grief. It just seems harder for her to move through the world. I can’t imagine the pain of losing a kid, but I believe it would make a lot of days like quicksand. On the other side of the table, Angus is a 15-year-old with razor wit but the kind of aggression that comes with uncertainty. His parents don’t want him over the holidays. He’s not sure where he goes after Barton. It could even be to Vietnam. To say that he reaches out to Hunham for guidance would be an exaggeration, but these two initial enemies start to understand one another. Hunham is a man who starts to examine how he got here through the friendship of a young man examining where he’s going.

All of this doesn’t capture how consistently funny “The Holdovers” is from beginning to end. Payne leans into Giamatti’s irascibility in the early scenes in hysterical ways that make it more powerful when those walls start to fall. Randolph doesn’t get many laughs but knows how to nail a punchline when given one. The real stand-out here is Sessa, who starts off a bit one-note but develops alongside the film. This is one of those acting turns wherein it feels like you’re watching a future star. He has the energy of both a leading man and a quirky character actor at the same time. You know, how it felt with ‘70s comedies when charm and relatability were key, and idiosyncrasy wasn't a crime. Sessa would have been a star then. He will be one now.

Hollywood has a long history of stories of “makeshift families that learn something,” but then why does “The Holdovers” feel so fresh? It’s probably because it’s been so long since one of these stories felt this true. Payne and his team recognize the clichés of this life lesson, but they embed them with truths that will always be timeless. Everyone has that unexpected friendship or even mentorship with someone who forever altered their direction in life. And everyone has that young person who has shocked them out of their stasis, either through revealing what they have become or failed to be. “The Holdovers” is a consistently smart, funny movie about people who are easy to root for and like the ones we know. Its greatest accomplishment is not how easy it is to see yourself in Paul, Angus, or Mary. It’s that you will in all three.

This review was filed from the premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.  "The Holdovers" opens on October 27 th .

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Please bookmark this page as we celebrate and list what is deemed the Top 20 Best and Highest Rated Movies on Apple TV+ of All Time.

Apple TV+ was launched on November 1st, 2019. What the streaming service lacks in original content, more than makes up with hardware. Apple TV+ was the first streaming service to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. That film was a little crowd-pleaser called CODA , which capture the hearts of Hollywood critics, but very few people actually saw it. That’s why we are here, however. To rank the very best films the niche streaming service has to offer.

If you are still deciding what to watch next, bookmark this page as we list what is deemed the Best, Highest Rated Apple TV+ movies of All Time. We’ve used Rotten Tomatoes as the benchmark, with the minimum reviews being 35 as a floor.

We will also share the IMDB rating to give you a sense of difference in objectivity. On top of this, if we have reviewed it on our site, we will also share the review with you. We will update this page every two months so audiences can keep up to date on the latest best, and most popular Apple TV+ movies as part of their subscription.

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25. the sky is everywhere (2023).

Official Premise: 

“A shy, teenage musician tries to keep things together in the aftermath of her older, more outgoing sister’s death.”

Cast: Grace Kaufman, Jason Segal. Jacques Colimon

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66% (58 reviews)

IMDB Rating: 5.6/10

M.N. Miller of Ready Steady Cut calls the film “An operatic, endlessly creative, and breathtaking visual poem of grief.”

24. Sharper (2023)

“Motivations are suspect, and expectations are turned chaos, as a con artist takes on Manhattan billionaires”

Cast: Julianne Moore, Sebastian Stan, Justice Smith

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69% (137 reviews)

IMDB Rating: 6.7/10

Linda Marric of The Jewish Chronicle said, “While Sharper’s genius resides in its ability to successfully outwit its audience, at no point does it feel labored or in the least predictable.”

23 . Palmer (2021)

“An ex-convict strikes up a friendship with a boy from a troubled home.”

Cast: Justin Timberlake, Ryder Allen, Alisha Wainwright, June Squibb, and Juno Temple

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72% (114 reviews)

IMDB Rating: 7.2/10

At Ready Steady Cut, M.N. Miller said, “ Palmer is an uneven experience that is not as transparent as it thinks it is or needs to be.”

22 . Finch (2021)

“A man, a robot and a dog form an unlikely family in a powerful and moving adventure of one man’s quest to ensure that his beloved canine companion will be cared for after he’s gone.”

Cast: Tom Hanks, Caleb Landry Jones, and Marie Wagenman

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74% (171 reviews)

IMDB Rating: 6.9/10

At Ready Steady Cut, M.N. Miller said, “ Finch attempts to ride on the coattails of a winning formula that isn’t earned.”

21. Greyhound (2020)

“The film follows a commander in the US Navy on his assignment commanding a multi-national escort destroyer group of four defending an Allied convoy of thirty-seven merchant and troop ships.”

Cast: Tom Hanks, Stephen Graham, Rob Morgan, and Elisabeth Shue

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78% (238 reviews)

IMDB Rating: 7.0/10

At Ready Steady Cut, Daniel Hart said, “Its reliance on the star lead defeats the objective of the war achievement — Greyhound has got this terribly wrong.”

20. Swan Song (2021)

“In the near future, a terminally ill man explores a heart-wrenching, emotionally complex solution to save his wife and son from grief by duplicating himself without them knowing.”

Cast: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Glenn Close, Awkwafina, Adam Beach

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79% (101 reviews)

IMDB Rating: 6.8/10

InSession film calls the film  “A stoic, moving film about working through anticipatory grief and coming to the realization that some things are bigger than ourselves.”

19 . Tetris (2023)

Official Premise:  

“The story of how one of the world’s most popular video games found its way to players around the globe. Businessman Henk Rogers and Tetris inventor Alexey Pajitnov join forces in the USSR, risking it all to bring Tetris to the masses.”

Cast : Taron Egerton, Toby Jones, Nikita Efremov

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82% (184 reviews)

IMDB Rating: 7.4/10

At Ready Steady Cut, we said, “ Tetris already had the building blocks to be something great and put a fresh spin on the Cold War-era film by making it a behind-enemy-lines legal 8-bit western where everyone makes up the rules as they go.”

18 . The Banker (2020)

“Revolutionary businessmen Bernard Garrett (Anthony Mackie) and Joe Morris (Samuel L. Jackson) devise an audacious and risky plan to take on the racist establishment of the 1960s by helping other African Americans pursue the American dream.”

Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

IMDB Rating: 7.3/10

At Ready Steady Cut, M.N. Miller said, “ The Banker offers a mild return but misses an opportunity on a larger investment.”

17. Hala (2019)

“Muslim teenager Hala copes with the unraveling of her family as she comes into her own..”

Cast: Geraldine Viswanathan, Jack Kilmer, Gabriel Luna, and Anna Chlumsky

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86% (37 reviews)

IMDB Rating: 6.2/10

16 . Causeway (2022)

“A US soldier suffers a traumatic brain injury while fighting in Afghanistan and struggles to adjust to life back home..”

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Brian Tyree Henry, Linda Emond, Jayne Houdyshell, and Stephen McKinley Henderson

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85% (168 reviews)

IMDB Rating: 6.6/10

At Ready Steady Cut, M.N. Miller said, “There is something to be said about a movie that lets the story play out with great patience and restraint. One that does not pander to nor patronize its audience. That is what you have in Causeway . An observational character study that feels extraordinarily human.”

15. Cha Cha Real Smooth (2022)

“A man who works as a bar mitzvah party host strikes up a unique friendship with a young woman and her teenage daughter.”

Cast: Dakota Johnson, Cooper Raiff, Raúl Castillo, Odeya Rush, Evan Assante, Vanessa Burghardt, Brad Garrett, and Leslie Mann

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85% (225 reviews)

IMDB Rating: 7.7/10

At Ready Steady Cut, M.N. Miller said, “Cooper Raiff’s latest film is not about reaching physical maturity but an emotional one. Cha Cha Real Smooth is funny, wonderful, and heartfelt, and also happens to be refreshingly honest.”

14. Stephen Curry: Underrated (2023)

“The coming-of-age story of Stephen Curry, from an undersized basketball player at a small college to becoming a larger-than-life NBA superstar.”

Cast: Stephen Curry

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87% (31 reviews)

InSession Film said, “ Stephen Curry: Underrated is a perfect family documentary for sports fans and anyone inspired by someone accomplishing their dreams. Just not as insightful as one could hope.”

13 . On the Rocks (2021)

“A young New York mother faced with sudden doubts about her marriage teams up with her larger-than-life playboy father to tail her husband.”

Cast: Bill Murray, Rashida Jones, Marlon Wayans

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87% (290 reviews)

IMDB Rating: 6.4/10

12. Who are you, Charlie Brown? (2023)

“Follows interviews with friends, family and more of the iconic comic strip to create a portrait of the late Peanuts creator.”

Cast: Drew Barrymore, Lupita Nyong’o

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89% (9 reviews)

IMDB Rating: 7.1/10

Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times called the film  “A suitably warm and breezy love letter.”

11 . Sidney (2022)

“Historians and film experts honor the legendary Sidney Poitier and his legacy as an iconic actor, filmmaker, and activist at the center of Hollywood and the Civil Rights Movement.”

Cast: Sidney Poitier

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90% (80 reviews)

IMDB Rating: 7.8/10

At Ready Steady Cut, Ricky Valerio said, “ Sidney is a fine-tuned documentary that should be watched for generations to come.”

10 . The Tragedy of Macbeth (2021)

“As ghastly witches prophesy that Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, will soon become the King of Scotland, ambitious Lady Macbeth prompts her husband to act.”

Cast: Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92% (87 reviews)

At Ready Steady Cut, M.N. Miller said, “Denzel Washington gives a thunderous performance in Joel Coen’s stamp on Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Macbeth .”

9 . Beastie Boys Story (2020)

“Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz share the story of their band and 40 years of friendship in a live documentary experience.”

Cast: Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz, and Adam Yauch

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94% (85 reviews)

At Ready Steady Cut, Daniel Hart said, “ Overall, Beastie Boys Story is a personal story, accounting as a long journey from start to finish, with a warm intimacy behind it, portraying how they went from kids to an established hip hop group. It combines 40 years of friendships and the live documentary concept is something that needs to happen more often.”

8 . CODA (2021)

“As a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults), Ruby is the only hearing person in her deaf family. When the family’s fishing business is threatened, Ruby finds herself torn between pursuing her passion at Berklee College of Music and her fear of abandoning her parents.”

Cast: Emilia Jones, Eugenio Derbez, Troy Kotsur, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Daniel Durant, and Marlee Matlin

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94% (297 reviews)

IMDB Rating: 8.0/10

7 . Boys State (2020)

“A thousand 17-year-old boys from Texas join together to build a representative government from the ground up.”

Cast: René Otero, Steven Garza, Ben Feinstein, Eddy Proietti Conti, Jack White, Malec Moghadam, and Robert MacDougall

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95% (141 reviews )

IMDB Rating: 7.6/10

At Ready Steady Cut, Daniel Hart said, “It goes without saying that Boys State gives a bleak future to the next wave of politics.. What is witnessed is incredible and it platforms a boot camp version of a young politician’s life. There are no doubt viewers will shake their head but undoubtedly they will not be able to look away..”

6 . Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry (2021)

“An intimate look at the singer-songwriter’s journey, navigating life on the road, on stage, and at home, while creating her debut album.”

Cast: Billie Eilish, Finneas O’Connell, Maggie Baird, and Patrick O’Connell

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96% (101 reviews)

Ready Steady Cut, Jonathan Wilson said, “All this gives Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry a much stronger sense of intimacy and at times invasiveness than something like Miss Americana. It’s both a gift and a curse at times, but it makes the film a must-see for fans and an eye-opening coming-of-age story for everyone else.”

5. The Velvet Underground (2021)

“The Velvet Underground explores the multiple threads that converged to bring together one of the most influential bands in rock and roll.”

Cast: Mary Woronov, Jonathan Richman, John Cale, Maureen Ann Tucker, Sterling Morrison, and Lou Reed

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98% (133 reviews)

4 . Come from Away (2021)

“7,000 passengers are stranded after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in a small town in Newfoundland, where they were housed and welcomed. Filmed live on stage at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater in New York City.”

Cast: Petrina Bromley, Jenn Colella, De’Lon Grant, Joel Hatch, Tony LePage, Caesar Samayoa, Q. Smith, Astrid Van Wieren, Emily Walton, Jim Walton, Sharon Wheatley, and Paul Whitty

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98% (42 reviews)

3 . Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues (2022)

“Follow the life and legacy of the master and so-called founding father of jazz, America’s first pop star, and cultural ambassador.”

Cast: Louis Armstrong, Sacha Jenkins, Sara Bernstein, Sacha Jenkins, Justin Wilkes, Julie Anderson, Brian Grazer, and Michele Anthony

Rotten Tomatoes Score:   98% (56 reviews)

IMDB Rating: 8.5/102

2. Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie (2023)

“Follows the life of beloved actor and advocate Michael J. Fox, exploring his personal and professional triumphs and travails, and what happens when an incurable optimist confronts an incurable disease.”

Cast: Michael J. Fox

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99% (147 reviews)

IMDB Rating: 8.1/10

Jenry K. Miller of Sight & Sound said, “Still is a nuanced meditation on the price of success.”

1 . Wolfwalkers (2020)

“A young apprentice hunter and her father journey to Ireland to help wipe out the last wolf pack. But everything changes when she befriends a free-spirited girl from a mysterious tribe rumored to transform into wolves by night.”

Cast: Honor Kneafsey, Eva Whittaker, Sean Bean, Simon McBurney, Tommy Tiernan, Jon Kenny, John Morton, and Maria Doyle Kennedy

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99% (173 reviews)

And that completes our Top 20 Best and Highest Rated Movies on Apple TV+ of All Time list. What’s your favorite movie on Apple TV+? Comment below.

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13 movies that received a perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes this year

Posted: December 26, 2023 | Last updated: December 26, 2023

<ul class="summary-list"><li><strong>BI rounded up the movies that got a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes in 2023 with 25 reviews or more.</strong></li><li><strong>Most of the films are eye-opening documentaries or international releases.</strong></li><li>"Concrete Utopia" is a modern-day "Lord of the Flies." </li></ul><p>Some of this year's best-reviewed movies are ones you may have missed.</p><p>Business Insider rounded up the titles that earned perfect Rotten Tomatoes scores this year with at least 25 reviews.</p><p>Three are harrowing documentaries that share themes of citizens fighting for freedom in their own countries. Others, like "The Teachers' Lounge," are entries for best international film at the 2024 Oscars.</p><p>The movie with the most reviews documents the early days of Russia's invasion of Mariupol, Ukraine.</p><p><em>All Rotten Tomatoes scores were current as of December 11, 2023, and are subject to change.</em></p><div class="read-original">Read the original article on <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/movies-rotten-tomatoes-perfect-score-100-percent-rating-this-year-2023-12">Business Insider</a></div>

  • BI rounded up the movies that got a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes in 2023 with 25 reviews or more.
  • Most of the films are eye-opening documentaries or international releases.
  • "Concrete Utopia" is a modern-day "Lord of the Flies."

Some of this year's best-reviewed movies are ones you may have missed.

Business Insider rounded up the titles that earned perfect Rotten Tomatoes scores this year with at least 25 reviews.

Three are harrowing documentaries that share themes of citizens fighting for freedom in their own countries. Others, like "The Teachers' Lounge," are entries for best international film at the 2024 Oscars.

The movie with the most reviews documents the early days of Russia's invasion of Mariupol, Ukraine.

All Rotten Tomatoes scores were current as of December 11, 2023, and are subject to change.

<p><a href="https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/concrete_utopia/"><strong>Number of reviews</strong></a><strong>:</strong> 25</p><p><strong>What it's about: </strong>Based on a webtoon, the South Korean disaster movie depicts the aftermath of a devastating earthquake in Seoul and the ensuing conflict that arises among its survivors when only one apartment building remains to house everyone.</p><p><strong>Why you should watch: </strong>Critics praised director Uhm Tae-Hwa for blending a dystopian disaster flick with a psychological survival thriller that's basically "<a href="https://variety.com/2023/film/reviews/concrete-utopia-review-1235787979/">Lord of the Flies</a>" on steroids.</p><p>The film is South Korea's best international feature film entry at the 2024 Oscars.</p><p><strong>Where to watch: </strong><a href="https://affiliate.insider.com?h=8685fca0c2e1c217f2747f1a344b42477d33e10f5a60b33e8971b926b7d88902&platform=msn_reviews&postID=65653d20bb2875d248bdf6b9&postSlug=movies-rotten-tomatoes-perfect-score-100-percent-rating-this-year-2023-12&site=bi&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.fandango.com%2Fconcrete-utopia-2023-233253&utm_source=msn_reviews">in select theaters</a></p><p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umQ9lkJ7Sbk">Watch the trailer here</a>.</p>

"Concrete Utopia"

Number of reviews : 25

What it's about: Based on a webtoon, the South Korean disaster movie depicts the aftermath of a devastating earthquake in Seoul and the ensuing conflict that arises among its survivors when only one apartment building remains to house everyone.

Why you should watch: Critics praised director Uhm Tae-Hwa for blending a dystopian disaster flick with a psychological survival thriller that's basically " Lord of the Flies " on steroids.

The film is South Korea's best international feature film entry at the 2024 Oscars.

Where to watch: in select theaters

Watch the trailer here .

<p><a href="https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bad_press"><strong>Number of reviews</strong></a><strong>:</strong> 27</p><p><strong>What it's about:</strong> Reporter Angel Ellis looks into the Muscogee Nation's censorship of journalists from fairly covering them months ahead of an election after sexual harassment allegations come to light.</p><p><strong>Why you should watch: </strong>Critics say it's an important look at how the freedom of the press to report both good and bad news fairly upholds democracy and what can happen if corrupt forces are allowed to control the news.</p><p>The film <a href="https://deadline.com/2023/01/sundance-film-festival-awards-2023-winners-list-1235241722/">won the Special Jury Award</a> for Freedom of Expression at the Sundance Film Festival.</p><p><strong>Where to watch:</strong> "Bad Press" is currently not streaming.</p><p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYOqk0c3R7s">Watch the trailer here</a>.</p>

"Bad Press"

Number of reviews : 27

What it's about: Reporter Angel Ellis looks into the Muscogee Nation's censorship of journalists from fairly covering them months ahead of an election after sexual harassment allegations come to light.

Why you should watch: Critics say it's an important look at how the freedom of the press to report both good and bad news fairly upholds democracy and what can happen if corrupt forces are allowed to control the news.

The film won the Special Jury Award for Freedom of Expression at the Sundance Film Festival.

Where to watch: "Bad Press" is currently not streaming.

<p><a href="https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/menus_plaisirs_les_troisgros"><strong>Number of reviews</strong></a><strong>:</strong> 28</p><p><strong>What it's about:</strong> The four-hour documentary follows the Troisgros' family restaurant, which has held a three-star Michelin rating for over 50 years in France.</p><p><strong>Why you should watch:</strong> Director Frederick Wiseman's 44th documentary provides an immersive, in-depth look inside a multigenerational family business that not only treats foodies to the meticulous assembly of dishes, but also the decisions behind new recipes at one of today's best restaurants.</p><p><strong>Where to watch: </strong><a href="https://affiliate.insider.com?h=2a745bb09ece78bb23335f51e357b9e3102dd5cfcd90c22f594966cb4812d005&platform=msn_reviews&postID=65653d20bb2875d248bdf6b9&postSlug=movies-rotten-tomatoes-perfect-score-100-percent-rating-this-year-2023-12&site=bi&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.fandango.com%2Fmenus-plaisirs-les-troisgros-2023-234286%2Fmovie-overview&utm_source=msn_reviews">in select theaters</a></p><p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNsTyFX-1o8">Watch the trailer here</a>.</p>

"Menus-Plaisirs – Les Troisgros"

Number of reviews : 28

What it's about: The four-hour documentary follows the Troisgros' family restaurant, which has held a three-star Michelin rating for over 50 years in France.

Why you should watch: Director Frederick Wiseman's 44th documentary provides an immersive, in-depth look inside a multigenerational family business that not only treats foodies to the meticulous assembly of dishes, but also the decisions behind new recipes at one of today's best restaurants.

<p><a href="https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/i_like_movies"><strong>Number of reviews</strong></a><strong>:</strong> 29</p><p><strong>What it's about: </strong>The comedy follows a socially awkward 17-year-old movie buff (Isaiah Lehtinen) who starts working at a video store and navigates a complicated friendship with his female manager (Romina D'Ugo) who doesn't have the same passion for movies as him.</p><p>Despite premiering at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2022, "I Like Movies" wasn't theatrically released until March 2023.</p><p><strong>Why you should watch: </strong>Critics have hailed "I Like Movies" as a sweet and funny coming-of-age movie for its genuinely moving and vulnerable performances from its leads, Lehtinen and D'Ugo, and its nostalgic reverence of the video store experience.</p><p>Globe and Mail named the film <a href="https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/film/article-best-canadian-comedies/">one of the best Canadian comedies ever made</a>.</p><p><strong>Where to watch:</strong> "I Like Movies" isn't available to stream or rent right now.</p><p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=godMZzeWTu0">Watch the trailer here</a>.</p>

"I Like Movies"

Number of reviews : 29

What it's about: The comedy follows a socially awkward 17-year-old movie buff (Isaiah Lehtinen) who starts working at a video store and navigates a complicated friendship with his female manager (Romina D'Ugo) who doesn't have the same passion for movies as him.

Despite premiering at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2022, "I Like Movies" wasn't theatrically released until March 2023.

Why you should watch: Critics have hailed "I Like Movies" as a sweet and funny coming-of-age movie for its genuinely moving and vulnerable performances from its leads, Lehtinen and D'Ugo, and its nostalgic reverence of the video store experience.

Globe and Mail named the film one of the best Canadian comedies ever made .

Where to watch: "I Like Movies" isn't available to stream or rent right now.

<p><a href="https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/a_disturbance_in_the_force"><strong>Number of reviews</strong></a><strong>: </strong>30</p><p><strong>What it's about: </strong>A documentary about the infamous "Star Wars Holiday Special" that was so bad it only aired once on CBS in 1978.</p><p><strong>Why you should watch:</strong> Disney+ doesn't even stream the holiday special, so it's incredible any sort of deep dive into this legendary piece of pop culture exists to explain how it happened.</p><p>The extensive look into the making of the special is a necessary watch for any "Star Wars" fan. It details the pressures creator George Lucas faced between the release of 1977's "Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope" and its 1980 sequel to provide some type of "Star Wars" content until the release of "Empire Strikes Back" and to help promote toy sales.</p><p>One of the most fascinating bits details how Robin Williams was reportedly turned down for the special because he was considered a nobody at the time.</p><p><strong>Where to watch: </strong>Available to rent and buy on <a href="https://play.google.com/store/movies/details/A_Disturbance_in_the_Force?gl=US&hl=en&id=kOXDGzcM4SU.P">Google Play</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ko1UGjdvT60">YouTube</a>, and <a href="https://affiliate.insider.com?h=cdfc4cc10cd35dd7d8d2e01de819171c7fa4a16ace0c8418a816b0bfb50eb5de&platform=msn_reviews&postID=65653d20bb2875d248bdf6b9&postSlug=movies-rotten-tomatoes-perfect-score-100-percent-rating-this-year-2023-12&site=bi&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.vudu.com%2Fcontent%2Fbrowse%2Fdetails%2FA-Disturbance-in-the-Force%2F2705982&utm_source=msn_reviews">Vudu</a></p><p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ko1UGjdvT60">Watch the trailer here</a>.</p>

"A Disturbance in the Force"

Number of reviews : 30

What it's about: A documentary about the infamous "Star Wars Holiday Special" that was so bad it only aired once on CBS in 1978.

Why you should watch: Disney+ doesn't even stream the holiday special, so it's incredible any sort of deep dive into this legendary piece of pop culture exists to explain how it happened.

The extensive look into the making of the special is a necessary watch for any "Star Wars" fan. It details the pressures creator George Lucas faced between the release of 1977's "Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope" and its 1980 sequel to provide some type of "Star Wars" content until the release of "Empire Strikes Back" and to help promote toy sales.

One of the most fascinating bits details how Robin Williams was reportedly turned down for the special because he was considered a nobody at the time.

Where to watch: Available to rent and buy on Google Play , YouTube , and Vudu

<p><a href="https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_teachers_lounge/reviews?intcmp=rt-scorecard_tomatometer-reviews"><strong>Number of reviews</strong></a><strong>:</strong> 31</p><p><strong>What it's about: </strong>A series of school thefts slowly drives a new teacher (Leonie Benesch) to her breaking point as she faces increasingly hostile colleagues and students after she confronts a potential perpetrator.</p><p><strong>Why you should watch: </strong>Director Ilker Çatak delivers a nerve-racking study of the lack of trust between students and teachers when a scandal arises on campus.</p><p>The German drama succeeds in making viewers as stressed as Benesch's character as rumors lead to retaliation and the situation escalates until its final minutes.</p><p>"The Teachers' Lounge" is Germany's entry for best international film at the 2024 Oscars.</p><p><strong>Where to watch: </strong><a href="https://affiliate.insider.com?h=6561d3674409ef087a14a8ba46ff46a21b668ba9d6a89e3dd06bf0cd70943fd6&platform=msn_reviews&postID=65653d20bb2875d248bdf6b9&postSlug=movies-rotten-tomatoes-perfect-score-100-percent-rating-this-year-2023-12&site=bi&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.fandango.com%2Fthe-teachers-lounge-2023-233654&utm_source=msn_reviews">in select theaters</a> starting December 25</p><p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?pp=ygUXdGVhY2hlcnMgbG91bmdlIHRyYWlsZXI%3D&v=kbUaACY8wRQ">Watch the trailer here</a>.</p>

"The Teachers' Lounge"

Number of reviews : 31

What it's about: A series of school thefts slowly drives a new teacher (Leonie Benesch) to her breaking point as she faces increasingly hostile colleagues and students after she confronts a potential perpetrator.

Why you should watch: Director Ilker Çatak delivers a nerve-racking study of the lack of trust between students and teachers when a scandal arises on campus.

The German drama succeeds in making viewers as stressed as Benesch's character as rumors lead to retaliation and the situation escalates until its final minutes.

"The Teachers' Lounge" is Germany's entry for best international film at the 2024 Oscars.

Where to watch: in select theaters starting December 25

<p><a href="https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/mami_wata/reviews"><strong>Number of reviews</strong></a><strong>:</strong> 32</p><p><strong>What it's about: </strong>Written and directed by C.J. Obasi, the black-and-white fantasy thriller follows two sisters who fight to hold their village together when members grow dissatisfied with their priestess who's supposed to serve as an intermediary of the tribe's water diety, Mami Wata.</p><p><strong>Why you should watch: </strong>Critics praised the cinematography for its striking juxtaposition of light and dark with The Hollywood Reporter calling the movie "<a href="https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-reviews/mami-wata-nigerian-feature-sundance-1235295421/">a dynamic study in color</a>." Critics also commended its ability to subvert viewer expectations by <a href="https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/mami-wata-movie-review-2023">lingering on certain shots for longer or shorter</a> than expected.</p><p>"Mami Wata" is <a href="https://thescoove.africa/cj-obasi-mami-wata-movie-nigeria-submission-for-the-96th-oscars/">Nigeria's entry for best international film</a> at the 96th Academy Awards.</p><p><strong>Where to watch: </strong>"Mami Wata" is currently not available to stream.</p><p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Tktsd2-dKA">Watch the trailer here</a>.</p>

"Mami Wata"

Number of reviews : 32

What it's about: Written and directed by C.J. Obasi, the black-and-white fantasy thriller follows two sisters who fight to hold their village together when members grow dissatisfied with their priestess who's supposed to serve as an intermediary of the tribe's water diety, Mami Wata.

Why you should watch: Critics praised the cinematography for its striking juxtaposition of light and dark with The Hollywood Reporter calling the movie " a dynamic study in color ." Critics also commended its ability to subvert viewer expectations by lingering on certain shots for longer or shorter than expected.

"Mami Wata" is Nigeria's entry for best international film at the 96th Academy Awards.

Where to watch: "Mami Wata" is currently not available to stream.

<p><a href="https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bobi_wine_the_peoples_president/reviews?intcmp=rt-scorecard_tomatometer-reviews"><strong>Number of reviews</strong></a><strong>:</strong> 32</p><p><strong>What it's about: </strong>The bio doc follows Ugandan pop star-turned-politician Bobi Wine who ran in the country's 2021 presidential election, using his music to expose the corruption of the decades-long dictatorial regime of Yoweri Museveni.</p><p><strong>Why you should watch: </strong>Wine's courage and unwavering desire to make Ugandan lives better are inspirational as he puts his life on the line against the military and police who try to silence him and his supporters. Wine and his campaign team continuously come under fire as they attempt to fight for democracy and a fair election.</p><p>Though it premiered at the 2022 Venice Film Festival, the doc wasn't released widely until October 2023 after its <a href="https://deadline.com/2022/09/venice-festival-natgeo-doc-films-acquires-worldwide-rights-for-bobi-wine-the-peoples-president-1235107710/">acquisition by National Geographic Documentary Films</a>.</p><p><strong>Where to watch: </strong><a href="https://affiliate.insider.com?h=bb4cab80a5a4d7c07c4c856b74f82a5a65792402fc23255f3e90c1cf00c9689e&platform=msn_reviews&postID=65653d20bb2875d248bdf6b9&postSlug=movies-rotten-tomatoes-perfect-score-100-percent-rating-this-year-2023-12&site=bi&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.disneyplus.com%2Fmovies%2Fdetails%2F4kanVZeQLfkG&utm_source=msn_reviews">Disney+</a>, <a href="https://affiliate.insider.com?h=27a892aad07f83be5da63bc5a11e68a486f812447192bf18bb489cec37cf53a7&platform=msn_reviews&postID=65653d20bb2875d248bdf6b9&postSlug=movies-rotten-tomatoes-perfect-score-100-percent-rating-this-year-2023-12&site=bi&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.hulu.com%2Fseries%2F539dbd76-a38a-4c24-b95c-3606e41d4a47&utm_source=msn_reviews">Hulu</a>, National Geographic's <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QXubl0V_8g">YouTube channel for free</a></p><p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Leqt5JhRa5A">Watch the trailer here</a>.</p>

"Bobi Wine: The People's President"

What it's about: The bio doc follows Ugandan pop star-turned-politician Bobi Wine who ran in the country's 2021 presidential election, using his music to expose the corruption of the decades-long dictatorial regime of Yoweri Museveni.

Why you should watch: Wine's courage and unwavering desire to make Ugandan lives better are inspirational as he puts his life on the line against the military and police who try to silence him and his supporters. Wine and his campaign team continuously come under fire as they attempt to fight for democracy and a fair election.

Though it premiered at the 2022 Venice Film Festival, the doc wasn't released widely until October 2023 after its acquisition by National Geographic Documentary Films .

Where to watch: Disney+ , Hulu , National Geographic's YouTube channel for free

<p><a href="https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/late_night_with_the_devil"><strong>Number of reviews</strong></a><strong>:</strong> 35</p><p><strong>What it's about: </strong>The supernatural thriller features late-night talk-show host Jack Delroy (David Dastmalchian) whose live 1977 Halloween broadcast with a parapsychologist and possessed teen gets out of hand.</p><p><strong>Why you should watch: </strong>The low-budget Australian film was praised for its clever found-footage format, Dastmalchian's "<a href="https://www.rogerebert.com/festivals/sxsw-2023-brooklyn-45-late-night-with-the-devil">phenomenally committed performance</a>," and its ability to capture the "<a href="https://www.thegate.ca/film/064283/toronto-after-dark-2023-wrap-up-late-night-with-the-devil-review/">glee of watching a television train wreck</a>" in real-time.</p><p>Even horror king Stephen King praised the movie as "<a href="https://twitter.com/StephenKing/status/1640133870275141635">absolutely brilliant.</a>"</p><p><strong>Where to watch: </strong>Nowhere, yet. IFC Films and Shudder will exclusively release the film in theaters at a future date. It will later be available to stream on Shudder.</p>

"Late Night With the Devil"

Number of reviews : 35

What it's about: The supernatural thriller features late-night talk-show host Jack Delroy (David Dastmalchian) whose live 1977 Halloween broadcast with a parapsychologist and possessed teen gets out of hand.

Why you should watch: The low-budget Australian film was praised for its clever found-footage format, Dastmalchian's " phenomenally committed performance ," and its ability to capture the " glee of watching a television train wreck " in real-time.

Even horror king Stephen King praised the movie as " absolutely brilliant. "

Where to watch: Nowhere, yet. IFC Films and Shudder will exclusively release the film in theaters at a future date. It will later be available to stream on Shudder.

<p><a href="https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_first_slam_dunk/reviews?intcmp=rt-scorecard_tomatometer-reviews"><strong>Number of reviews</strong></a><strong>: </strong>41</p><p><strong>What it's about: </strong>The "Slam Dunk" manga adaptation from first-time director Takehiko Inoue follows high-school student Ryota Miyagi and his basketball team as they seek to challenge rival champs.</p><p>Though the film premiered in Japan in December 2022, it wasn't released anywhere else until 2023, only hitting US theaters in July.</p><p><strong>Why you should watch: </strong>Critics adore the basketball movie for its gorgeous blend of 2D animation and CGI and its <a href="https://www.kpcc.org/podcast/filmweek/filmweek-haunted-mansion-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-mutant-mayhem-bobi-wine-the-peoples-president-and-more">sound design</a> which makes audiences feel like they're courtside at suspenseful games all while delivering a riveting underdog story.</p><p>Hailed as <a href="https://marioalegre.substack.com/p/the-first-slam-dunk-resena-critica-basquet">one of the best sports movies</a> ever made, the film won <a href="https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2023-03-10/the-first-slam-dunk-film-wins-japan-academy-film-prizes-animation-of-the-year/.195802">best animated feature</a> at the Fantasia International Film Festival and was named <a href="https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2023-07-31/the-first-slam-dunk-sand-land-anime-films-win-at-fantasia-intl-film-festival/.200833">animation of the year at Japan's Academy Film Prize ceremony</a>.</p><p><strong>Where to watch: </strong>"The First Slam Dunk" is currently not available to stream.</p><p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4nP-Zm9YAs">Watch the trailer here</a>.</p>

"The First Slam Dunk"

Number of reviews : 41

What it's about: The "Slam Dunk" manga adaptation from first-time director Takehiko Inoue follows high-school student Ryota Miyagi and his basketball team as they seek to challenge rival champs.

Though the film premiered in Japan in December 2022, it wasn't released anywhere else until 2023, only hitting US theaters in July.

Why you should watch: Critics adore the basketball movie for its gorgeous blend of 2D animation and CGI and its sound design which makes audiences feel like they're courtside at suspenseful games all while delivering a riveting underdog story.

Hailed as one of the best sports movies ever made, the film won best animated feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival and was named animation of the year at Japan's Academy Film Prize ceremony .

Where to watch: "The First Slam Dunk" is currently not available to stream.

<p><a href="https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/beyond_utopia"><strong>Number of reviews</strong></a><strong>: </strong>44</p><p><strong>What it's about: </strong>The documentary follows several families as they embark on life-or-death journeys to escape North Korea and the underground network that helped them.</p><p><strong>Why you should watch:</strong> Critics called the documentary an <a href="https://www.awardsdaily.com/2023/11/20/oscar-predictions-2024-the-color-purple-and-napoleon-enter-the-race/">eye-opening</a> suspenseful thriller that gives a peek at life under an oppressive regime and the lengths citizens will go to gain basic human rights.</p><p><strong>Where to watch: </strong>Available to rent and buy on <a href="https://affiliate.insider.com?h=76ce58e036e4fd09e9445f49eb8804e5e579fc0f9ee74baa1f027d0a8414ce0a&platform=msn_reviews&postID=65653d20bb2875d248bdf6b9&postSlug=movies-rotten-tomatoes-perfect-score-100-percent-rating-this-year-2023-12&site=bi&u=https%3A%2F%2Ftv.apple.com%2Fus%2Fmovie%2Fbeyond-utopia%2Fumc.cmc.uih3ies3189rqs5uftva0wtd%3Fat%3D1000l3V2%26ct%3Djustwatch_tv%26playableId%3Dtvs.sbd.9001%253A1715644394&utm_source=msn_reviews">AppleTV</a>, <a href="https://affiliate.insider.com?h=9304c7559408aef2c3fda091da8d9ee6d765ca7a7be24710756a19d60efee98e&platform=msn_reviews&postID=65653d20bb2875d248bdf6b9&postSlug=movies-rotten-tomatoes-perfect-score-100-percent-rating-this-year-2023-12&site=bi&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fvideo%2Fdetail%2F0O1SBX5TR0PG7DBK4KJAAEBUB2%2Fref%3Datv_dl_rdr%3Ftag%3Djustus1ktp-20&utm_source=msn_reviews">Amazon Prime</a>, <a href="https://play.google.com/store/movies/details/Beyond_Utopia?gl=US&hl=en&id=2lAw-4UqdU4.P&pli=1">Google Play</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hM290eH1b7U">YouTube</a>, <a href="https://affiliate.insider.com?h=82476e6bd8403a983ba7d62fdb422796b3021a216b39af816da3a35aee779d0b&platform=msn_reviews&postID=65653d20bb2875d248bdf6b9&postSlug=movies-rotten-tomatoes-perfect-score-100-percent-rating-this-year-2023-12&site=bi&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.vudu.com%2Fcontent%2Fbrowse%2Fdetails%2FBeyond-Utopia%2F2632708&utm_source=msn_reviews">Vudu</a>, and <a href="https://affiliate.insider.com?h=17ab3a7907193a67a5117922012f4166d0ea57351edba4a37bcc75aebb20b297&platform=msn_reviews&postID=65653d20bb2875d248bdf6b9&postSlug=movies-rotten-tomatoes-perfect-score-100-percent-rating-this-year-2023-12&site=bi&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.microsoft.com%2Fen-us%2Fp%2Fbeyond-utopia%2F8d6kgwxxmc8p%3Factivetab%3Dpivot%253aoverviewtab&utm_source=msn_reviews">Microsoft</a></p><p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMxGdR2cm84">Watch the trailer here</a>.</p>

"Beyond Utopia"

Number of reviews : 44

What it's about: The documentary follows several families as they embark on life-or-death journeys to escape North Korea and the underground network that helped them.

Why you should watch: Critics called the documentary an eye-opening suspenseful thriller that gives a peek at life under an oppressive regime and the lengths citizens will go to gain basic human rights.

Where to watch: Available to rent and buy on AppleTV , Amazon Prime , Google Play , YouTube , Vudu , and Microsoft

<p><a href="https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_disappearance_of_shere_hite/reviews"><strong>Number of reviews</strong></a><strong>: </strong>46</p><p><strong>What it's about: </strong>Narrated by Dakota Johnson, the documentary follows the life of sex educator Shere Hite who received backlash for her research and contribution to the discourse on the female orgasm published in her 1976 bestseller, "<a href="https://affiliate.insider.com?h=3ffcc9f87c7005cfbb3515e61f0dd2269e8499523d82ac1e69655293f676a87a&platform=msn_reviews&postID=65653d20bb2875d248bdf6b9&postSlug=movies-rotten-tomatoes-perfect-score-100-percent-rating-this-year-2023-12&site=bi&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FHite-Report-National-Female-Sexuality%2Fdp%2F1583225692&utm_source=msn_reviews">The Hite Report.</a>"</p><p><strong>Why you should watch: </strong>It's an important look at a feminist who wasn't afraid to speak openly about sexual health despite facing criticism that eventually drove her out of America as well as women's rights in general.</p><p><strong>Where to watch: </strong><a href="https://affiliate.insider.com?h=aafa280d8c784b09eb4cf0c9a6db2f61268fc94d4ac56a91edd1ce52a6955c6c&platform=msn_reviews&postID=65653d20bb2875d248bdf6b9&postSlug=movies-rotten-tomatoes-perfect-score-100-percent-rating-this-year-2023-12&site=bi&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.fandango.com%2Fthe-disappearance-of-shere-hite-2023-233985&utm_source=msn_reviews">in select theaters</a></p><p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmdSX7PuZ4w">Watch the trailer here</a>.</p>

"The Disappearance of Shere Hite"

Number of reviews : 46

What it's about: Narrated by Dakota Johnson, the documentary follows the life of sex educator Shere Hite who received backlash for her research and contribution to the discourse on the female orgasm published in her 1976 bestseller, " The Hite Report. "

Why you should watch: It's an important look at a feminist who wasn't afraid to speak openly about sexual health despite facing criticism that eventually drove her out of America as well as women's rights in general.

<p><a href="https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/20_days_in_mariupol"><strong>Number of reviews</strong></a><strong>: </strong>53</p><p><strong>What it's about:</strong> Directed by Pulitzer Prize-winning Associated Press journalist Mstyslav Chernov, the documentary follows Chernov and fellow press who stayed and became trapped in Mariupol, Ukraine for nearly three weeks as Russia began invading the country in 2022.</p><p><strong>Why you should watch: </strong>A tense, harrowing first-hand look at the Russia-Ukraine war, Mystyslav offers invaluable and graphic footage of people fleeing or hunkering down in makeshift shelters and of the medics desperately trying to save lives.</p><p>It's a difficult watch as Chernov's team captures the deaths and burials of civilians, including babies, while also running for their lives to get their footage to the press.</p><p><strong>Where to watch:</strong> Free to watch with <a href="https://affiliate.insider.com?h=909db2bb16ce51be97e67e7a670de93e8b2f72122a4201e299036194bf30ae0d&platform=msn_reviews&postID=65653d20bb2875d248bdf6b9&postSlug=movies-rotten-tomatoes-perfect-score-100-percent-rating-this-year-2023-12&site=bi&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fvideo%2Fdetail%2F0JQU7MNTLI71ZDV9LSHBOZP9KW%2Fref%3Datv_dl_rdr%3Ftag%3Djustus1ktp-20&utm_source=msn_reviews">PBS Documentaries</a>. Available to rent and buy on <a href="https://affiliate.insider.com?h=909db2bb16ce51be97e67e7a670de93e8b2f72122a4201e299036194bf30ae0d&platform=msn_reviews&postID=65653d20bb2875d248bdf6b9&postSlug=movies-rotten-tomatoes-perfect-score-100-percent-rating-this-year-2023-12&site=bi&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fvideo%2Fdetail%2F0JQU7MNTLI71ZDV9LSHBOZP9KW%2Fref%3Datv_dl_rdr%3Ftag%3Djustus1ktp-20&utm_source=msn_reviews">Amazon Prime</a> and <a href="https://affiliate.insider.com?h=555008bcd46279cb943af3343aa93030c6fa2e8a75f70e9197409ab269e0b879&platform=msn_reviews&postID=65653d20bb2875d248bdf6b9&postSlug=movies-rotten-tomatoes-perfect-score-100-percent-rating-this-year-2023-12&site=bi&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.vudu.com%2Fcontent%2Fbrowse%2Fdetails%2F20-Days-in-Mariupol%2F2797571&utm_source=msn_reviews">Vudu.</a></p><p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9H_Fg_5x4ME">Watch the trailer here</a>.</p>

"20 Days in Mariupol"

Number of reviews : 53

What it's about: Directed by Pulitzer Prize-winning Associated Press journalist Mstyslav Chernov, the documentary follows Chernov and fellow press who stayed and became trapped in Mariupol, Ukraine for nearly three weeks as Russia began invading the country in 2022.

Why you should watch: A tense, harrowing first-hand look at the Russia-Ukraine war, Mystyslav offers invaluable and graphic footage of people fleeing or hunkering down in makeshift shelters and of the medics desperately trying to save lives.

It's a difficult watch as Chernov's team captures the deaths and burials of civilians, including babies, while also running for their lives to get their footage to the press.

Where to watch: Free to watch with PBS Documentaries . Available to rent and buy on Amazon Prime and Vudu.

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Masters of the Air review – Spielberg and Hanks’s Band of Brothers follow-up is absolutely classic TV

With a sublime, star-studded cast and the backing of Hollywood royalty, this extravagant, thrilling series is finally here – and it’s worth the wait

T here has been a strange lack of hype around Masters of the Air. It is a huge, epic second world war drama, more than a decade in the making, filled with matinee-idol movie stars. It follows Band of Brothers and The Pacific, but moves the story from land and water to the sky. Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks are executive producers and Dee Rees and Cary Fukunaga are among its directors. Yet it is has arrived quietly and politely.

Why? It’s on Apple TV+, for one. Perhaps, too, it’s a casualty of an oversaturated age, in which too much television has been produced. I suspect the buzz is about to make a late appearance, though, because Masters of the Air is truly fantastic television. Over nine episodes, it follows the American men of the 100th bomb group as they undertake perilous aerial missions. As Barry Keoghan ’s Lt Curtis Biddick has it – and picture this in an old-time New York accent – they have to “knock one off and drop bombs on those Nazi fucks”.

The cast list is so large that the credits are stuffed with shots of actors we don’t even meet until far, far into the series ( Ncuti Gatwa and Bel Powley , for example), but at the heart of it all is the inseparable duo of Maj John “Bucky” Egan (Callum Turner) and Maj Gale “Buck” Cleven (Austin Butler). Bucky is a rabble-rouser and a drinker who fights with passion, while Buck is solid, sedate and tempers Bucky’s fire. Both actors are phenomenal. As quickly becomes clear, their missions are not so much fraught with danger as a compulsory ticket to a mortality lottery with dreadful odds. Every time they depart, there is no guarantee they will make it back.

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You might think this would make it hard to get attached to any of the characters, and that a wise viewer would try to avoid doing so, but this is far from the case. The emotional attachments are raw and almost immediate. Later in the series, we are told that many of those who survive refuse to get to know the new, younger intake; they know what it is like to lose friends. The Bloody Hundredth, as they were known, suffered enormous losses and Masters of the Air is determined not to glorify war.

But it is as thrilling as it is terrible. That is part of the reason that some of the men are able to go up again and again, despite the grim reaper hovering over the cockpit. You can tell they have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on it, although I watch most of the aerial battles with my hands clamped to my face, occasionally covering my eyes. When we are told that there is a minute until they reach the bombs’ target, it becomes the longest minute, and it is horribly, gut-twistingly tense. It is gory and harrowing, but never loses sight of its humanity.

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You can tell everything you need to know about it, in fact, from the opening credits, which are the most old-school cinematic opening credits I have seen in a long time. We get sweeping orchestral music, stormy skies, slow-motion shots of characters saluting, marching, staring into the distance as the wind buffets their perfect hair, small children staring wistfully at the skies. The feeling they evoke in me sits somewhere between must-see Sunday night drama and the blockbuster cinema of the 1990s.

Masters of the Air isn’t trying to be modern. It seems, at times, to actively resist it. But this leads to a timelessness that suits its mission very well. Apple is releasing the first two episodes together, then subsequent episodes weekly, which also seems apposite. For all of its wonders, Masters of the Air feels like the end of something – a season finale to the long-running series Extravagant TV. But if it is the last we will see of its kind, then what a way to go.

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The 96th annual Academy Award nominations raised the definitive movie question of the season: Is this the year of “Barbie” or “Oppenheimer?” We still don’t quite know since they each got multiple nominations (“Barbie” with eight and “Oppenheimer” with 13). In any case, it will be another excuse for us to use the term “ Barbenheimer .”

Kyle Buchanan, The New York Times’s awards-season columnist, previously had predicted that because of the amount of good movies and impressive talent we have been treated to this past year, it was hard to say what film, if any, was likely to sweep in the big categories of best picture, best director, best actor and best actress — and he was right. “ Oppenheimer ,” “ Barbie ,” “ Killers of the Flower Moon ,” “ The Holdovers ” and “ Poor Things ” all got nominations in the best picture category and for the most part, received nominations in all the big categories.

Here is the full list of nominees.

Best Picture

“American Fiction” Read our review

“Anatomy of a Fall” Read our review

“Barbie” Read our review

“The Holdovers” Read our review

“Killers of the Flower Moon” Read our review

“Maestro” Read our review

“Oppenheimer” Read our review

“Past Lives” Read our review

“Poor Things” Read our review

“The Zone of Interest” Read our review

Best Director

Jonathan Glazer, “The Zone of Interest” Read our review

Yorgos Lanthimos, “Poor Things” Read our profile

Christopher Nolan, “Oppenheimer” Read our profile

Martin Scorsese, “Killers of the Flower Moon” Read our Critic’s Notebook

Justine Triet, “Anatomy of a Fall” Read our profile

Bradley Cooper, “Maestro” Read our profile

Colman Domingo, “Rustin” Read our profile

Paul Giamatti, “The Holdovers” Read our profile

Cillian Murphy, “Oppenheimer” Read our profile

Jeffrey Wright, “American Fiction” Read our review

Best Actress

Annette Bening, “Nyad” Read T Magazine’s profile

Lily Gladstone, “Killers of the Flower Moon” Read our profile

Sandra Hüller, “Anatomy of a Fall” Read our review

Carey Mulligan, “Maestro” Read our review

Emma Stone, “Poor Things” Watch “Anatomy of a Scene”

Best Supporting Actor

Sterling K. Brown, “American Fiction” Read our review

Robert De Niro, “Killers of the Flower Moon” Read our review

Robert Downey Jr., “Oppenheimer” Read our profile

Ryan Gosling, “Barbie” Read our profile

Mark Ruffalo, “Poor Things” Read our review

Best Supporting Actress

Emily Blunt, “Oppenheimer” Read our profile

Danielle Brooks, “The Color Purple” Read our profile

America Ferrera, “Barbie” Read our profile

Jodie Foster, “Nyad” Read our review

Da’Vine Joy Randolph, “The Holdovers” Read our review

Original Screenplay

“Anatomy of a Fall”

“The Holdovers”

“May December”

“Past Lives”

Adapted Screenplay

“American Fiction”

“Oppenheimer”

“Poor Things”

“The Zone of Interest”

Animated Feature

“The Boy and the Heron” Read our review

“Elemental” Read our review

“Nimona” Read our review

“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” Read our review

“Robot Dreams”

Production Design

“Killers of the Flower Moon”

Costume Design

Cinematography, makeup and hairstyling.

“Society of the Snow”

“The Creator”

“Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One”

Visual Effects

“Godzilla Minus One”

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3”

Original Score

“Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny”

Original Song

“The Fire Inside” (“Flamin’ Hot”)

“I’m Just Ken” (“Barbie”)

“It Never Went Away” (“American Symphony”)

“Wahzhazhe (A Song For My People)” (“Killers of the Flower Moon”)

“What Was I Made For?” (“Barbie”)

Documentary Feature

“Bobi Wine: The People’s President”

“The Eternal Memory”

“Four Daughters”

“To Kill a Tiger”

“20 Days in Mariupol”

International Feature

“The Teachers’ Lounge,” Germany

“Io Capitano,” Italy

“Perfect Days,” Japan

“Society of the Snow,” Spain

“The Zone of Interest,” United Kingdom

Animated Short

“Letter to a Pig”

“Ninety-Five Senses”

“Our Uniform”

“Pachyderme”

“War Is Over! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko”

Documentary Short

“The ABCs of Book Banning”

“The Barber of Little Rock”

“Island in Between”

“The Last Repair Shop”

“Nai Nai & Wai Po”

Live-Action Short

“The After”

“Invincible”

“Knight of Fortune”

“Red, White and Blue”

“The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar”

Shivani Gonzalez is a news assistant at The Times who writes a weekly TV column and contributes to a variety of sections. More about Shivani Gonzalez

Apple scores record 13 Academy Award nominations, as culture-moving feature Killers of the Flower Moon lands 10 historic nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress for Lily Gladstone, and Best Director for Martin Scorsese

A behind-the-scenes still from “Killers of the Flower Moon” shows Leonardo DiCaprio, Lily Gladstone, Robert De Niro, and Martin Scorsese around a dining table.

Killers of the Flower Moon

  • Best Picture
  • Best Director: Martin Scorsese
  • Best Actress in a Leading Role: Lily Gladstone
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Robert De Niro
  • Best Costume Design: Jacqueline West
  • Best Production Design: Jack Fisk, Adam Willis
  • Best Original Score: Robbie Robertson
  • Best Original Song: “Wahzhazhe (A Song for My People)” — Scott George
  • Best Film Editing: Thelma Schoonmaker
  • Best Cinematography: Rodrigo Prieto
  • Best Costume Design: Janty Yates, David Crossman
  • Best Production Design: Arthur Max, Elli Griff
  • Best Visual Effects: Charley Henley, Luc-Ewen Martin-Fenouillet, Simone Coco, and Neil Corbould

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Killers of the Flower Moon earns 10 nominations and makes history for Indigenous representation with nods for Gladstone, Robbie Robertson for Best Original Score, and Scott George for Best Original Song “Wahzhazhe (A Song for My People)” Apple Original Films’ historical action epic Napoleon honored with three nominations, including Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, and Best Visual Effects

CULVER CITY, CALIFORNIA Today Apple was recognized with a record 13 Academy Award nominations, including 10 for Killers of the Flower Moon , which was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director (Martin Scorsese), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Lily Gladstone), Best Supporting Actor (Robert De Niro), Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Original Score, Best Original Song, Best Film Editing, and Best Cinematography.

With landmark representation for Indigenous artists, Gladstone makes history as the first Native American to land a nomination for Best Actress, and Indigenous artists Robbie Robertson and Scott George are recognized with first-ever nominations in the Best Original Score and Best Original Song categories, respectively. Additionally, George is the first member of the Osage Nation to be nominated for an Academy Award. Scorsese also makes history as he becomes the most-nominated living director, bringing his total to 10 total lifetime Academy Award nominations for Best Director.

Apple Original Films’ epic feature Napoleon , from Ridley Scott, earned three Academy Award nominations for Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, and Best Visual Effects.

“Thank you to the Academy for these nominations that celebrate both Killers of the Flower Moon , Martin Scorsese’s powerful film that has moved and inspired audiences across the globe, and Ridley Scott’s spectacular epic Napoleon , two stories that illuminate the human experience,” said Zack Van Amburg, Apple’s head of Worldwide Video. “From the dynamic and complex performances of Lily Gladstone and Robert De Niro, and the gorgeous cinematography, design, editing, and soundscape that immersed viewers in the world of the Osage Nation, to the majestic costumes, sets, and visual effects that brought Napoleonic France to vibrant life on screen, it is wonderful to see so many members of these brilliant creative teams recognized today. We applaud you all.”

“It has been such a rewarding experience to see the exceptional work of so many incredibly gifted artists from Killers of the Flower Moon and Napoleon nominated this morning,” said Jamie Erlicht, Apple’s head of Worldwide Video. “We are greatly appreciative to the Academy for these honors. At Apple, we are passionate about bringing stories to the screen that push creative boundaries and make a difference in our world, and we are thrilled for the recognition that has been given to these two special films with these nominations.”

With 13 nominations in total, Apple more than doubles its record for Academy Award nominations in a single year, and is among this year’s most-nominated studios since its launch just over four years ago.

This year’s historic Academy Award nominations for Killers of the Flower Moon follow Apple’s history-making wins at the 2022 Academy Awards, as CODA became the first motion picture starring a predominantly Deaf cast in leading roles to win Best Picture, and the first-ever film from a streaming service to land Best Picture. CODA star Troy Kotsur was the first Deaf male actor to win Best Supporting Actor, and writer-director Siân Heder landed her first-ever Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. In 2023, beloved Apple Original Film The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film.

Broadly hailed as a “masterpiece,” Killers of the Flower Moon recently received nine BAFTA Film Award nominations, including Best Picture, and has been honored as the Best Film of the Year by the National Board of Review, which named star Lily Gladstone as Best Actress, Martin Scorsese as Best Director, and Rodrigo Prieto for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography, as well as being named to the American Film Institute’s list of Motion Pictures of the Year. The film has also received over 200 accolades, in addition to recognition from over 30 critics groups globally, and has been named the No. 1 Best Film of 2023 by The New York Times and The New Yorker , and Best Film by the New York Film Critics Circle. Gladstone recently made history as the first Indigenous actress to win Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama at the 81st Annual Golden Globe Awards. Killers of the Flower Moon is now streaming globally on Apple TV+ following its worldwide theatrical run.

Following its debut in theaters, Napoleon has landed nominations from the BAFTA Film Awards, including Outstanding British Film, Costume Designers Guild Awards for Excellence in Period Film, Art Directors Guild for Excellence in Production Design for Period Film, and VES Award for Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects, among others.

The winners will be revealed at the 96th Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, March 10, 2024.

Apple Original Films were nominated for 13 Academy Award nominations in total:

Killers of the Flower Moon is set at the turn of the 20th century, when oil brought a fortune to the Osage Nation, who became some of the richest people in the world overnight. The wealth of these Native Americans immediately attracted white interlopers, who manipulated, extorted, and stole as much Osage money as they could before resorting to murder. Based on a true story and told through the improbable romance of Ernest Burkhart (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Mollie Kyle (Lily Gladstone), Killers of the Flower Moon is an epic western crime saga, where real love crosses paths with unspeakable betrayal. Also starring Robert De Niro and Jesse Plemons, Killers of the Flower Moon is directed by Scorsese from a screenplay by Eric Roth and Scorsese, based on David Grann’s bestselling book.

Napoleon is a spectacle-filled action epic that details the checkered rise and fall of the iconic French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, played by Oscar winner Joaquin Phoenix. Against a stunning backdrop of large-scale filmmaking orchestrated by legendary director Ridley Scott, the film captures Bonaparte’s relentless journey to power through the prism of his addictive, volatile relationship with his one true love, Josephine, showcasing his visionary military and political tactics against some of the most dynamic practical battle sequences ever filmed.

Momentum around the Apple Original Films slate continues to grow since the debut of Apple TV+ four years ago. In addition to Apple making history as the first streaming service to land the Academy Award for Best Picture with CODA , Apple Original Film The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse also recently earned the Academy Award for Best Animated Short, and recently debuted Napoleon , from director Ridley Scott, and The Family Plan starring Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Monaghan.

Upcoming Apple Original Films include the star-studded spy thriller Argylle , with Henry Cavill, Sam Rockwell, Bryce Dallas Howard, Bryan Cranston, Catherine O’Hara, John Cena, Dua Lipa, Ariana DeBose, and Samuel L. Jackson; an upcoming Jon Watts thriller starring Academy Award winners George Clooney and Brad Pitt, who will both produce under Clooney’s Smokehouse Pictures and Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment; Blitz , from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Sir Steve McQueen; an untitled Formula 1 feature film starring Brad Pitt from director Joseph Kosinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer; and more.

Apple TV+ offers premium, compelling drama and comedy series, feature films, groundbreaking documentaries, and kids and family entertainment, and is available to watch across all of a user’s favorite screens. After its launch on November 1, 2019, Apple TV+ became the first all-original streaming service to launch around the world, and has premiered more original hits and received more award recognitions faster than any other streaming service in its debut. To date, Apple Original films, documentaries, and series have been honored with 452 wins and 2,057 award nominations and counting, including multi-Emmy Award-winning comedy Ted Lasso and historic Oscar Best Picture winner CODA .

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