Blockbuster May-nia: A Look at May’s Top Releases

May 2024’s blockbuster season kicks off with a star-studded action-comedy featuring Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt

As summer draws near, it signals the start of the blockbuster season for movie enthusiasts. Already, the season is heating up with major hits such as Dune: Part Two ($667.5M), Kung Fu Panda 4 ($419.5M), and Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire ($367.5M), all making substantial gains at the box office. With these successes paving the way, the stage is set for the arrival of the year’s most anticipated releases.

Starting in May, the summer lineup promises an exciting cinematic journey with a diverse range of films to suit various preferences. From adrenaline-pumping action flicks and heartwarming family stories to spine-chilling thrillers, here’s a look at some of the upcoming blockbusters in May:


The Fall Guy – 02 May 2024

Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Cast: Emily Blunt, Ryan Gosling, Aaron – Taylor Johnson

The Fall Guy follows Colt Seavers, an out-of-work stuntman, who is asked by his ex-girlfriend(movie director) to help with stunts for a troublesome action star. When the actor disappears, Colt sets out to rescue him, facing the darker side of Hollywood. Along the way, he hopes to win back his ex, rescue the film, and prove himself as the best stuntman.


Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire – 02 May 2024

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Cast: Carrie Coon, Mckenna Grace, Annie Potts

The new rendition of the beloved horror fantasy franchise, Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire introduces a new villain and the Ghostbusters, old and new, as they unite to save the world from an ancient evil threatening a second ice age.


Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey 2 – 02 May 2024

Genre: Horror, Thriller
Cast: Scott Chambers, Craig David Dowsett, Chris Cordell, Nikolai Leo

The sequel to the horror parody of A.A. Milne’s children’s story, Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey 2, picks up shortly after the first film’s events. The new movie will continue the murderous rampage of the residents of the Hundred-Acre Wood.


Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes – 09 May 2024

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Cast: Freya Allan, Kevin Durand, William H. Macy

Decades after Caesar’s sacrifice, a new ape society grapples with a power struggle. “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” rewrites the future in an epic clash for dominance. Will peace prevail, or will humanity rise again?


IF  – 16 May 2024

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, John Krasinski, Cailey Fleming

A young girl sees the forgotten imaginary friends of grown-ups! With Ryan Reynolds as her guide, she embarks on a heartwarming adventure to reunite lost friends and reignite the magic of childhood.


The Strangers: Chapter 1 – 16 May 2024

Genre: Horror
Cast: Madelaine Petsch, Gabriel Basso, Rachel Shenton

Is your home truly safe? “The Strangers: Chapter 1” rips open the idyllic facade of a quiet evening. Prepare for a night of bone-chilling terror as masked intruders turn a dream getaway into a desperate fight for survival.


Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga – 23 May 2024

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Hemsworth, Charlee Fraser

War rages across the Wasteland. Before she became the Imperator, Furiosa clawed her way to freedom. Witness her origin story in “Mad Max: Furiosa.” Anya Taylor-Joy ignites the screen in a high-octane prequel filled with sand, fury, and the fight for a future.


The Garfield Movie – 23 May 2024

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Cast: Chris Pratt, Samuel L. Jackson, Hannah Waddingham

Garfield is about to go on a wild outdoor adventure. After an unexpected reunion with his long-lost father – the cat Vic – Garfield and Odie are forced to abandon their pampered life to join Vic in a hilarious, high-stakes heist.


Tarot – 30 May 2024

Genre: Horror
Cast: Avantika, Olwen Fouéré, Jacob Batalon

Don’t peek into your future…it might stare back. “Tarot” unlocks a deck of nightmares. A group of friends dabble in forbidden rituals, unleashing a terrifying entity. Can they escape the chilling fate foretold in the cards?


For brands seeking to engage their target audience in a captivating and immersive setting, the summer season offers an unmatched opportunity to create lasting impressions and foster meaningful connections. Click here to start your cinema advertising journey.

Download our Screentalk Movie Planner to explore all the blockbuster releases coming in Q2 2024!



All The Latest Trailers From Super Bowl 2023

From Scream VI to Fast X, Super Bowl 2023 saw a string of enticing new trailers


The Super Bowl 2023 brought us more than just an epic football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles, it also gave us a sneak peek into some of the most anticipated movies of the year. Major movie studios including Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. and Disney all paid big bucks to promote their hottest titles.


From big-budget blockbusters to captivating dramas and spine-chilling thrillers, this year’s Super Bowl was a showcase of what’s to come from Tinseltown. Whatever genre it is you fancy, there was something for everyone during the trailer segment of the Super Bowl 2023. Here’s a rundown of all the movies that got a promotional boost during this year’s event.


Creed III

Release Date: 2 March 2023

30-second spot from Creed III at Super Bowl 2023 showcases more of the training and rivalry between Michael B. Jordan’s title character and Jonathan Majors’ Damian Anderson.




Release Date: 2 March 2023* (*Could be pushed to 9 March 2023)

Sony Pictures promoted 65 –  a science-fiction thriller starring Adam Driver as a pilot who crashes and becomes stranded on Earth 65 million years ago. Written and directed by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, the film also stars Ariana Greenblatt and Chloe Coleman.



Scream VI

Release Date: 9 March 2023

Courteney Cox, Jenna Ortega, and Melissa Barrera headline this new minute-long Super Bowl 2023 spot that offers a longer look at one of the thriller’s set pieces briefly glimpsed in the previous trailer.



Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves

Release Date: 20 April 2023

The Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves Super Bowl 2023 trailer goes a long way to promise how action-packed it will be. Though brief, the teaser is a fast-paced, breathless montage of multiple action set-pieces, mythical creatures and even a titular dragon.




Release Date: 6 April 2023 (International Release)

Ben Affleck’s next directorial offering sees Matt Damon play the man whose brainchild saw the birth of Nike’s Air Jordans. The first trailer for Air was revealed before Super Bowl LVII, with a big game spot along for the ride.



Guardians of Galaxy Vol. 3

Release Date: 4 May 2023

Disney used the Super Bowl broadcast to spotlight the third installment of Guardians of the Galaxy starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldaña, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper as the titular band of Marvel superheroes.



Fast X

Release Date: 19 May 2023

10 main movies in, it’s impossible not to know what you’re getting with the Fast & Furious franchise. The Super Bowl Fast X teaser and the full trailer released before it showed off all of the best parts: a new ostentatious villain in the shape of Jason Momoa, returning heroes and anti-heroes, major set-pieces, ludicrous physics and some good old-fashioned racing.



Transformers: Rise of the Beasts

Release Date: 08 June 2023

There’s more than just a sneak peek in this Transformers: Rise of the Beasts TV spot, because it’s not only a short promo for the film, but also an ad for Porsche, which is what Autobot Mirage transforms into in the trailer.



The Flash

Release Date: 15 June 2023

The first trailer for The Flash not only gives us a pretty good idea how the story might play out, but also reveals Michael Keaton in the Batsuit (and his Batmobile), Michael Shannon’s Zod, and Sasha Calle’s Supergirl, among other things. We also got a shorter minute-long TV spot for the film containing a lot of the same footage.



Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

Release Date: 30 June 2023

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, the fifth installment of the hit Indiana Jones franchise featuring the return of Harrison Ford as the titular swashbuckling archaeologist.




Click here to check out the leading brand commercials that aired during Super Bowl 2023.

Think cinema for effective advertising! Contact us.



Source: Empire, Variety

Why Comedy is a Genre for All

In a world with chaos all around, comedy is a saviour for all!


Scientifically, when we laugh, our body releases the chemical Endorphins – the body’s natural ‘feel-good’ chemical, and there’s truly nothing better than a hearty laugh to get these hormones activated.


Everyone enjoys a good comedy film from time to time, and here are four reasons why this genre is loved by all:



Be it a long day at work or school, the best way to unwind is by watching something light and funny. There is something about the punch lines, witty sense of humour and the extremely important timing and style of delivery by the actor/actors in question. There are so many facets to comedy, which makes us laugh and relax our nerves.


Develops a sense of humour:

Watching a comedy not only helps us feel relaxed and rejuvenated, but also supports in developing a sense of humour as our surroundings influence us and play a major role in our day-to-day interactions. Having a sense of humour is an essential life skill. Not only does it help us cope during difficult times in life, especially now with the outbreak of COVID-19, but also helps us increase productivity, leadership skills and even improve cardiovascular health!

Studies show that watching a movie of this genre can improve your blood pressure and keep it at an ideal level for up to 24 hours. In 2011, Oxford University conducted an experimental research with a sample set of candidates and concluded that those who watched comedy movies after experiencing painful stimuli had better pain tolerance as compared to those who did not watch comedy movies.


Makes us better people: 

Comedy helps us keep our health in check, contributes to our personality and plays a big role in our day-to-day lives. Humour is a form of coping mechanism for many, while doing so it also adds to our wit, spontaneity and leadership skills. In a survey conducted by Robert Half International, 91% of executives believed that having a good sense of humor is important for one’s career advancement, while a majority of the respondents said that a good sense of humour and work ethic are two vital qualities they look for in a good leader.


A Great Pass Time:

One of the main reasons we watch movies of this genre is because it is a great way to pass time. They are highly entertaining but they also keep us occupied! As per research on StatistaMost popular movie genres in North America from 1995 to 2020, by total box office revenue, comedy is the fourth highest revenue-generating genre (34.38 billion dollars) in the US, behind Adventure, Action and Drama. Additionally, as per research conducted by Motivate Val Morgan in 2017 – Cinema 360, comedy is one of the highest watched genres in the UAE, with 82.5% inclined towards watching comedy at the cinema.


Below are the comedy titles set to release in 2021:

Tom & Jerry  – February 2021, Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar – February 2021, Coming 2 America – March, 2021, Marry Me – May 2021, Rumble – May 2021, Free Guy – May 2021, Minions: The Rise of Gru – June 2021 and Boss Baby: Family Business – September 2021.


Upcoming comedy movies in 2021


Please Note – Movie release dates are subject to change.


Contact a member of our sales team for more information on cinema advertising opportunities alongside these comedy blockbusters.



Sources: Scientific American, Motivate Val Morgan, Maps of India, Statista, IMDB, Movieweb, WeForum, QZ, Forbes, Seat42f and Moviefone.


Movies to Watch this Halloween

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to indulge in activities such as carving pumpkins, decorating the house, buying a spook-tastic costume, applying ghoulish make-up and either heading out trick-or-treating, or enjoying the spooky day with friends and family.

But what does this day hold for those who have outgrown trick-or-treating? A Movie of course!

Nothing compares to watching a scary movie on this spooky day, for an altogether more bizarre indulgence. COVID-19 may have dominated us throughout most of 2020, but old traditions die hard, and there’s no better way than watching a movie to distract your mind from the stresses relating to the pandemic, and transport you to a world where the horrifying stuff isn’t actually real.

We at Motivate Val Morgan have got your spooky movie night covered with a roundup of some ‘all-time favorite’ monstrous, scary, truly freaky and the not so creepy magical kids flicks to get you in the spirit of Halloween this year.


The Witches:

An adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches is dark fantasy comedy film directed by Robert Zemeckis, featuring Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer and Stanley Tucci. Set in 1960s Alabama, the film follows an orphaned young boy stumbles across a conference of witches, while staying with his grandmother at a hotel, and gets transformed into a mouse by the Grand High Witch.

The Witches releases in cinemas across the middle East on 29 October 2020.

In addition to The Witches, here are 13 categories of scary movies to watch on-demand, some of which will trigger self-induced nightmares.


1. Monster Movies

One of the oldest forms of horror cinema, monster movies and their dreaded villains come in all shapes. Whether they’re aliens, ghouls or demons, monsters can represent a manifestation of our own fears. Such movies are often portrayed in a way wherein humans interfere with nature, ultimately leading to a monster attack.


A Quite Place


Bird Box



2. Deformed Humans

These are the kind of films where the antagonist is a deformed human, often seen wearing a mask following a horrifying accident.


Nightmare on Elm Street


Friday the 13th



3. Inanimate Objects

This horror category has a long history of haunted/ possessed inanimate objects that inspire guffaws instead of screams. Some of them are the work of a ghost, while some are just plain inexplicable. Yet they all have one thing in common: they’re kind of baffling.







4. Vampire

Vampires exist in the folklore of almost every society on earth. Therefore, it’s only natural that it’d be a story expressed in nearly every language and thus, films around the world.


Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter


Van Helsing



5. Found Footage

These are horror films which capture events on screen and are typically seen through the camera of the characters involved in real-time. Also usually involves an investigation after a video or audio footage that is found to discover instances of what actually happened.


Paranormal Activity


The Cloverfield Paradox



6. Schlock

Widely known as ‘Gore’ or ‘Splatter’ films, these films are light on character and plot and heavy on fake blood and guts. Mostly low on story and high on shock value.


Evil Dead





7. Supernatural

The widely popular horror category of all times, supernatural occurrences often include ghosts, spirits and demons. Many supernatural horror films have elements of religion relating to themes such as afterlife, the Devil, and demonic possession.


The Conjuring


The Exorcist



8. Curse

Films of this type are often cautionary tales, where a character unleashes a curse unknowingly or by failing to listen to a warning. While non-believers would think these as coincidences or publicity stunts in a movie setup, some of these are just too freaky to ignore.


The Curse


The Grudge



9. Serial Killer

A booming horror category! Serial killer movies are classic horror movies with plenty of incredible, terrifying and mind-boggling murders.


Silence of The Lambs


Malevolence 2



10. Zombie

Who doesn’t enjoy the living dead, the ones that are driven by hunger of human flesh, and are nearly impossible to put down permanently?


World War Z


Train to Busan



11. Comedy

Light hearted films with a mix of elements – they are both funny and scary, catering to a wide audience. No wonder these films have long been one of the most popular genres.


Scary Movie


Shaun of the Dead



12. Apocalypse

End of the world movies combine a rush of adrenaline with dread – for the ones that fancy pulse-quickening suspense.


Resident Evil: Apocalypse





13. Animated

Lastly, if you are bored of the same old horror movies making the rounds every Halloween, animated movies offer something different for everyone to look forward to.




The Addams Family


Team Motivate Val Morgan WITCHES you a SPINE-TINGLING Halloween!



Sources: Collider, Wikipedia, Premium Beat and ScriptFirm

Movies to Watch for Every Cinematic Yearning

Like it or not, we are all stuck inside the house these days as a result of the coronavirus crisis, and whether working from home or just chilling, it’s good to take a cinematic break

With cinemas closed and blockbusters-in-waiting – postponed for later this year or all the way through to next year, thankfully, there are many movies offering some form of escape during this time of distress.

Here’s a list of 100 amazing movies to watch in the comfort of your home:


When you need something out of this world


  1. Aliens (1986):Our queen Sigourney Weaver vs. a cosmic queen is a sci-fi all-timer.
  2. Arrival (2016):Amy Adams communicates with aliens and at this point we’re envying her hazmat suit.
  3. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982):Honestly, hanging out with E.T. sounds cool until the little guy eats all your Reese’s Pieces.
  4. Independence Day (1996):Will Smith clocks an outer-space creature in the face, more for invading Earth than eating his Reese’s Pieces.
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014):I am Groot, obviously.
  6. Galaxy Quest (1999):Like “Star Trek” if it was funny.
  7. Star Trek (2009):Like “Star Trek” if it was “Star Wars.”
  8. The Martian (2015):It’s nice to know that Matt Damon’s recipe for Martian poop potatoes is right there if ever needed.
  9. Moon (2009):You get two Sam Rockwells for the price of one awesomely intriguing lunar mission. What a deal!
  10. Star Wars (1977):Because who doesn’t want to learn the ways of the Force with Han, Luke, Leia and John Williams’ blasting score?


When you need a change in scenery


  1. Blade Runner (1982): Is Harrison Ford a robot or not? Feel free to think about that as you immerse yourself in neon noir.
  2. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998): Going on a Vegas acid binge with Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro is indeed a trip.
  3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001): Kids going off to a magical school and dealing with seriously dark stuff is somehow not child endangerment.
  4. How to Train Your Dragon (2010): A Viking boy having a scaly best friend is totally OK, though.
  5. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001): A three-movie, 11-hour trudge through Middle-earth to drop a ring into a volcano needs to start somewhere.
  6. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015):Ride eternal, shiny and chrome into a splendiferous post-apocalyptic wasteland with Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy.
  7. The Matrix (1999):You’ll want to choose the red pill because Keanu Reeves’ cyberpunk kung fu is top notch.
  8. The NeverEnding Story (1984):Come for the flying dragon dog, stay for that cult tune the “Stranger Things” kids sang.
  9. The Princess Bride (1987):Head to Florin, save Princess Buttercup and, most importantly, have fun storming the castle!
  10. The Wizard of Oz (1939):Good friends, cool shoes and Midwestern chutzpah are a must along the Yellow Brick Road. (Which has more flying monkeys than Fury Road.)


When you need family bonding time


  1. Back to the Future (1985):Teenage kid travels back to the 1950s to make sure his parents fall in love and Mom hits on him. That’s some future therapy bills right there.
  2. Father of the Bride (1991):Steve Martin’s overprotective patriarch is a must-see for the dads with daughters out there.
  3. Frozen (2013):From wanting to build a snowman to letting it go, Anna and Elsa are a sister act for the ages. (All ages, in fact.)
  4. The Incredibles (2004):With a bevy of superpowers and dinner-table issues, the Parr clan’s tale is the best Fantastic Four movie ever.
  5. The Godfather (1972):But don’t forget about the Corleone family, whose business involves betrayal, crime and murder. So that’s less than fantastic, in terms of the law.
  6. Little Miss Sunshine (2006):The Hoover family is crazy dysfunctional – and just plain crazy – but man, can they bust up a pretentious kid beauty pageant.
  7. Mary Poppins (1964):The Banks family is a hot mess when Julie Andrews thankfully flies in on her umbrella.
  8. Meet the Parents (2000):No one’s in-law circle of trust can compare to Robert De Niro whipping out a lie detector or discussing his nipples.
  9. The Sound of Music (1965):Even though there are Nazis, there’s plenty to sing about for the tuneful Von Trapps.
  10. Step Brothers (2008): Sorry, Anna and Elsa, as a sibling duo Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are much more fun in that nunchucking, boat-crashing, man-child way.


When you need a belly laugh


  1. Animal House (1978): It would never be made in the #MeToo era, but the Deathmobile, the food fight and John Belushi in a toga destroying a guitar still have no college-comedy equal.
  2. The Blues Brothers (1980):While the guys in the suits and shades get the title love, praise the gods of country andWestern for a scene-stealing Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles.
  3. Booksmart (2019):The female-centric standout proves teen travails are just as relatable now as they were when “The Breakfast Club” was in session.
  4. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986):Save Ferris! That’s it, that’s all you need to know.
  5. Ghostbusters (1984):A reminder that things can always be worse – in this case, full torso apparitions, a Sumerian god of destruction and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.
  6. Groundhog Day (1993):Bill Murray refuses to let a bucktoothed critter upstage him. Respect.
  7. The Hangover (2009):Mike Tyson singing Phil Collins isn’t even in the top five nuttiest moments in this bachelor-party-gone-wrong classic.
  8. Old School (2003):Indefinite self-isolation might make one ponder founding their own fraternity in their house. Just don’t go streaking, please.
  9. This Is Spinal Tap (1984):It’s the rock mockumentary that goes to 11, and the sting remains from “Big Bottom” not snagging an original song Oscar nod.
  10. Young Frankenstein (1974):A Mel Brooks marathon is guaranteed to lift all spirits but do start with the one starring Gene Wilder as a lovably kooky mad scientist.


When you need a good scare


  1. Evil Dead II (1987):The splatter-fest teaches you the essential lesson that if your hand gets hacked off, attach a chainsaw.
  2. The Exorcist (1973): The dreadful thought of the devil possessing a young girl is even more unnerving seeing it unfold in front of you.
  3. Get Out (2017):Good luck ever forgetting the image of Daniel Kaluuya’s teary horror upon realizing he’s in the Sunken Place.
  4. It (2017):A coming-of-age story first, a clown-laden fright fest second.
  5. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984):Slasher villain math: Freddy Krueger > Michael Myers > Jason Voorhees.
  6. Psycho (1960):Still an effective deterrent to showering, six decades later.
  7. Se7en (1995):A splendid smashup of genres (detective, noir, horror) and an eerie exploration of the seven deadly sins, but don’t look in the box, Brad Pitt!
  8. Shaun of the Dead (2004):If you’re going to watch a freaky outbreak movie in the time of coronavirus, at least make it a seriously funny British joint.
  9. The Shining (1980):OK, maaaaaaybe not the greatest film to watch in a time of self-isolation.
  10. The Witch (2015):If a goat named Black Phillip asks you, “Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?” just say no. (You might want to avoid talking goats in general.)


When you need a super-duper hero


  1. Big Trouble in Little China (1986):Only Kurt Russell could sell being the two-fisted, macho-talking, truck-driving sidekick in his own movie.
  2. Black Panther (2018):Wakanda – and Chadwick Boseman’s phenomenal royal warrior – forever!
  3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014):A well-crafted, outstanding political thriller in which Chris Evans just happens to be wearing star-spangled tights.
  4. The Dark Knight (2008):Heath Ledger’s Joker for the absolute win. (Christian Bale’s Batman is all right, too.)
  5. Flash Gordon (1980):He’ll save every one of us. It’s right there in the song.
  6. The Goonies (1985):Let’s see Batman or Captain America try to do the Truffle Shuffle.
  7. Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003):Clad in a Bruce Lee jumpsuit, Uma Thurman’s The Bride marries the look of a fashion icon with supreme sword-swinging vengeance taking out umpteen goons.
  8. Rocky IV (1985):Sure, Sylvester Stallone’s first “Rocky” was “the good one.” He pretty much has to take on the whole Soviet Union in this one, though!
  9. Superman (1978):Nobody has ever worn superhero threads – especially those of the iconic big blue boy scout – the same way as Christopher Reeve.
  10. Wonder Woman (2017):Gal Gadot’s ridiculously powerful Amazon princess learns that humanity is a bunch of warring jerks and helps out anyway.


When you need a history lesson


  1. All the President’s Men (1976):Whether you see shades of the past now or not, crusading journalists taking on a corrupt administration is simply riveting.
  2. Amadeus (1984):Mozart could write a mean classical tune, and his rivalry with Salieri here is a symphony of hedonism and drama.
  3. Ed Wood (1994):Tim Burton turns in a fascinating retro ode to the B-movie filmmaker and angora sweater aficionado.
  4. Hidden Figures (2016):One way to honor NASA pioneer Katherine Johnson, who died death last month at 101, is to watch Taraji P. Henson in this rousing civil-rights tale.
  5. Lincoln (2012):Man of many hats Daniel Day Lewis rocks the stovepipe headwear of the 16th president especially well.
  6. RBG (2018):Worried about the health of 87-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsburg? This documentary shows the notorious Supreme Court justice is made of the sternest stuff.
  7. The Right Stuff (1983):More than three wondrous hours detailing the backstory – in epic Hollywood fashion – of our first trip to space.
  8. 1776 (1972):Just think of it as the prequel to “Hamilton.”
  9. Spartacus (1960):Fun fact: Kirk Douglas was leading slave revolts when “Gladiator” Russell Crowe was a preschooler.
  10. Straight Outta Compton (2015):O’Shea Jackson Jr. plays dad Ice Cube in the N.W.A. biopic that’s a delight even if you aren’t into hip-hop.


When you need a great movie


  1. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969):Find yourself a ride-or-die BFF like Paul Newman and Robert Redford as infamous Old West outlaws. (But don’t do all the robbing.)
  2. Casablanca (1942):Hey, kids! If you ever wondered why Humphrey Bogart was a thing, watch this.
  3. Chinatown (1974):Jack Nicholson’s busted face is a signature look for a sublime L.A. film noir.
  4. Citizen Kane (1941):The greatest film ever made is actually pretty good. The hype is real!
  5. The Departed (2006):Leo, Jack and Damon in a Boston-set Scorsese mob movie? That’s wicked smaht casting.
  6. Die Hard (1988):It should be everyone’s goal to have the self-confidence to trudge across broken glass, take on a snarling Eurotrash supervillain and save the day, all on Christmas Eve.
  7. Jaws (1975):The first summer blockbuster is the mack daddy of man-eating shark flicks.
  8. North by Northwest (1959):Getting embroiled in a case of mistaken identity and getting chased by a crop-dusting plane equals a very bad, no-good day for Cary Grant.
  9. Parasite (2019):The South Korean movie just won best picture so maybe getting stuck at home is the best time to catch up? (Warning: It might cause paranoia about your basement.)
  10. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981):The perfect action film with an imperfectly flawed, square-jawed protagonist.


When you need a not-so-great movie


  1. Armageddon (1998):Let the record state that Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck were Space Force before it was cool.
  2. Cobra (1986):Crime is a disease, Stallone is the cure and this violent extravaganza is a transfusion of guilty pleasure.
  3. Con Air (1997):Much of Nicolas Cage’s whole career could fill this space, however, only one flick has characters named Diamond Dog, Swamp Thing and Cyrus the Virus.
  4. Highlander (1986):Ridiculous cheeseball plot, immortal warriors and killer Queen songs strangely go together.
  5. The Last Dragon (1985):We dare you not be earwormed by DeBarge’s “Rhythm of the Night,” the infectious tune that reflects the overall cult-movie mix of kung fu, romance and ‘80s style.
  6. Mommie Dearest (1981):Yes, it’s the one with “No more wire hangers!” But there’s much more melodrama throughout the bonkers Joan Crawford biopic as Faye Dunaway gives a masterclass in overacting.
  7. Over the Top (1987):The underdog plot centered on arm wrestling is nonsensical and yet completely rousing. It’s also proof positive that turning your trucker hat around always means business.
  8. Road House (1989):The one where Patrick Swayze rips a dude’s throat out.
  9. So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993):Forget “Wayne’s World” and “Austin Powers.” This is Mike Myers’ greatest hit, as a beat poet afraid of commitment and even more fearful of his maybe-a-killer new love.
  10. Xanadu (1980):The splashy, post-disco pop musical was made to be played on repeat constantly at roller rinks.


When you need your heart warmed


  1. About Time (2013):Domhnall Gleeson is a time-traveling dude, Rachel McAdams is his soulmate, and all the feels will be had.
  2. Field of Dreams (1989):The magnificent baseball film embraces the power of faith, belief and having one last catch with your dad.
  3. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946):Not just for Christmas anymore!
  4. Jojo Rabbit (2019):Taika Waititi plays Hitler in a satire focusing on human love over learned hate.
  5. Notting Hill (1999):You, too, will believe a regular schmo could date Julia Roberts.
  6. Rudy (1993):The best football movie’s most impressive trick is making you believe Sean Astin would survive two seconds on the gridiron.
  7. Silver Linings Playbook (2012):Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence together are an A-list romantic pairing – he plays a bipolar Eagle fan, she’s an acerbic widow – as well as a sizzling dance couple.
  8. Sing Street (2016):An Irish teen in the ‘80s forms a band to win over his crush and discovers no woman can truly love a man who listens to Phil Collins. (Sorry, Mike Tyson.)
  9. The Shawshank Redemption (1994):A memorable jailbird bromance from the mind of Stephen King.
  10. You’ve Got Mail (1998):The swoon-worthy Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan jam that feels ancient with the AOL email chime yet is oh-so-timeless.





Source: US Today