The new year is in full swing, and no matter how dire the news looks, at least we can take comfort in knowing there’s an insane amount of great animation out there and coming to you in the near future. And it’s easier to get your hands on than ever. In the age of streaming, there has never been as many anime and adult-skewing animated shows so accessible to fans old and new, meaning there’s a plethora of new shows for people to discover, as well as old shows saying their last goodbyes.

With the winter season almost over, there’s a whole group of new shows hitting the streaming services and networks that we cannot wait to see. Add to that the shows returning later in the year, and 2020 is promising to be an exciting year for animation fans.

With that in mind, we’ve prepared a list of the most exciting shows you should definitely keep an eye out for in 2020.


Castlevania: Season 3 (2020) 95%

Launched: March 5 on Netflix

Why We Can’t Wait: Dracula is dead, long live Alucard! After last season ended with the shocking death of the main bad at the hands of vampire hunter Trevor Belmost and Dracula’s own son Alucard, this season will see the world’s remaining vampire leaders grappling to fill the power vacuum and take control of the human livestock previously under Dracula’s control. This season promises to introduce plenty of new characters and lore from the Castlevania canon as well as original creations, and of course, some of the most brutal fight scenes in recent animation. With its third season just landing on Netflix, it’s about time Castlevania is recognized as one of the best video game adaptations ever made.


Altered Carbon: Resleeved (2020) 60%

Debuts: March 19 on Netflix

Why We Can’t Wait: Cowboy Bebop writer Dai Sato takes on Altered Carbon in this anime-feature spin-off of the Netflix Original live-action sci-fi series. Set on Planet Latimer, the film features former soldier and investigator Takeshi Kovacs, who takes “the worst job ever” protecting a tattoo artist working for the yakuza. The original live-action series, based on the novels by Richard K. Morgan, holds a 75% Fresh Tomatometer score averaged over two seasons; Joel Kinnaman starred as Takeshi Kovacs in season 1, with Anthony Mackie taking over the role in season 2 after the character is again resleeved, and Will Yun Lee appearing across both seasons as the original Takeshi Kovacs (or “Kovacs Prime”). Why can’t we wait for this animated expansion of the Altered Carbon universe? Watch that trailer again.


BEASTARS: SEASON 1 (2020)


Debuts: March 13 on Netflix

Why We Can’t Wait: Though comparisons to Disney’s Zootopia are inevitable, the upcoming adaptation of the popular manga, Beastars, is definitely not kid-friendly. In a universe populated by anthropomorphic animals, tensions rise between the carnivores and herbivores of Cherryton Academy after an alpaca student is brutally murdered. At the same time, a timid wolf called Legoshi must navigate a world where your entire life has been determined by being born into a certain species, as well as his new set of complex feelings for Haru, a dwarf rabbit with a bad reputation. Beastars is complex and rich – a murder-mystery, a high-school drama, a coming-of-age story, and a romance all in one.


TOWER OF GOD: SEASON 1 (2020)

Debuts: April 1 on Crunchyroll

Why We Can’t Wait: For years fans have been anticipating an anime adaptation of Tower of God, one of the most popular South Korean webcomics out there, and it is finally almost here. The anime deals with a mysterious tower with unique and strange environments that grants all sorts of wishes and powers to explorers who reach the top. Two kids decide to climb the tower one day, and find that it is more difficult than they ever imagined. The webcomic resembles the movie Snowpiercer, with its elaborate world-building, stunning action, and its tackling of heavy themes like classism.


HARLEY QUINN: SEASON 2 (2020)

Returns: April 3 on DC Universe

Why We Can’t Wait: Harley Quinn, the DC Universe hyper-violent, hyper-vulgar, and hyper-funny animated series starring one fantabulous Harley Quinn, was one of the best surprises of 2019, a show that followed Quinn as she broke up with Joker and tried to find her own way as a villain in Gotham. The show, much like the recent live-action movie starring Harley, is an offbeat take on the Batman mythos, with an off-the-chart jokes-per-minute ratio and a foul-mouthed and silly exploration of serious ideas that nevertheless will have you caring deeply for its titular character.


NO GUNS LIFE: SEASON 2 (2020)

Returns: April 2020 on Funimation

Why We Can’t Wait: One of the strangest and most criminally slept-on anime series from last year, No Guns Life is a gritty, cyberpunk thriller very much in the vein of Blade Runner, only it is set in a future where a war has turned many humans into cyborgs. It centers on a private detective with a literal giant revolver for a head, who gets involved in a conspiracy that could shatter society as he knows it. The show’s wild premise pulls you in easily, as does its dark metropolitan aesthetic, compelling stories, and — have we mentioned the character with a gun for a head?! Of course, expect tons of visually-inventive action, and an intriguing mystery.


Solar Opposites: Season 1 (2020) 92%

Solar Opposites (Hulu)

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Debuts: May 8 on Hulu

Why We Can’t Wait: Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland has developed a new animated show,and it promises to be as vulgar, violent, and hilarious as the ultra-popular Adult Swim series. The series focuses on a family of aliens forced to live in Middle America who will have to determine if Earth is awful or simply awesome – they also find that it’s very easy to kill a lot of people accidentally in this world. That the show already has a two-season order before it even premieres only serves to make us more excited for more Roiland shenanigans. What Futurama is to The Simpsons, Solar Opposites could be to Rick and Morty.


THE PROMISED NEVERLAND: SEASON 2 (2020)

Returns: October on Hulu

Why We Can’t Wait: The Promised Neverland was the rare show that masterfully blended science-fiction, mystery, and bone-chilling horror in one of the most impressive debuts of last year. Taking place in a secluded orphanage, the series follows a group of young orphans as they discover the dark and sinister truth behind what happens to kids who are “lucky” enough to be selected for adoption. The show boasts a cast full of adorable kids you’ll instantly fall for, sinister caretakers you won’t trust, and a terrifying atmosphere that makes Hereditary feel like a kids movie. Season 2 is coming up in October, making this the perfect watch for Halloween.


ATTACK ON TITAN: THE FINAL SEASON (2020)

Returns: Fall on Hulu/Funimation/Crunchyroll

Why We Can’t Wait: When Attack on Titan premiered all the way back in 2013, it instantly became one of the most talked about anime of the year. Viewers were entranced by its macabre dystopian world in which humanity is brought to near extinction by man-eating titans, and Titan crossed over into the pop culture mainstream. The show had gruesome violence, an intriguing story filled with mystery, compelling characters, and surprising twists – no wonder it was dubbed the Game of Thrones of anime. After three violent, surprising, and emotional seasons, we finally know what lies beyond the walls that protect humanity, which fundamentally changed what we knew of the show. Now that we’re headed into the fourth and final season, the possibilities are endless for Attack on Titan to get one kick-ass send-off.


UZUMAKI: SEASON 1

Debuts: TBD on Adult Swim

Why We Can’t Wait: Junji Ito is one of the most celebrated names in Japanese horror, so an anime adaptation of his classic manga, Uzumaki, is cause for celebration. The show follows the citizens of a fictional city plagued by a supernatural curse involving spiral patterns, which soon turns deadly as citizens start meeting gruesome deaths. The show is part psychological horror, exploring a town going insane, but also provides some very creepy body horror sure to have you squirming when it eventually hits our screens.


INVINCIBLE: SEASON 1 (2020)

Debuts: TBD on Amazon Prime Video

Why We Can’t Wait: After the success of The Boys in live-action, we can’t wait for more hyper-violent yet darkly-funny superhero stories, and Amazon’s animated adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s Invincible comic book series fits the bill perfectly. Featuring a star-studded cast that includes the voices of Mark Hamill, Steven Yeun, and J.K. Simmons, Invincible follows a teenager who is the son of the most powerful superhero on the planet, and who soon discovers his father’s legacy may be less than heroic. Despite its colorful nature and visuals, Invincible is notorious as a graphically violent comic, so expect a lot of animated blood when the show premieres later this year.

The past year gave us some superb Certified Fresh fare: Big Little Lies, Legion, American Gods, Better Call Saul, GLOW, Narcos, The Deuce, The CrownMaster of NoneStranger Things, Game of Thrones, and so much more — all of which you could binge, of course. But this isn’t that list. (See all of 2017’s Certified Fresh TV.)

Rotten Tomatoes’ staff chose 13 of our personal favorite series of 2017 that you should get to binging before the 2018 midseason premieres and returns are full swing.


Superstore 93% (NBC)

What It Is: A workplace comedy set in a big-box chain store.

Why You Should Watch It: Superstore is the rare comedy where the majority of the characters are working class and the brunt of the humor thankfully doesn’t come from mocking them for being working class. It’s a workplace comedy grounded in reality that deals with real issues, like immigration, divorce, gun laws, and workers’ rights, but isn’t afraid to veer into the surreal. (Why does Amy’s dad paint those creepy portraits of famous people? What happens to all the unclaimed lost and found items?) Superstore is a funny, weird, and thoughtful look at the lives of people behind your shopping experience. Catch up soon, because season 3 begins on January 4.

Where to Watch: Amazon, FandangoNowGoogle PlayHuluMicrosoftYouTubeVudu

Commitment: about 7.5 hours

Picked By: Sara Ataiiyan, Review Curator


Star Trek: Discovery 86% (CBS All Access)

What It Is: The Star Trek universe returns to small screens, but on an epic, big-screen scale. Discovery tells the story of exemplary First Officer Michael Burnham whose brash choice in one conflict is blamed for kicking off the Federation-Klingon war and ultimately lands her under the leadership of mercurial cowboy Captain Gabriel Lorca.

Why You Should Watch It: The Certified Fresh series is set in a turbulent, but intriguing time of war about a decade before James T. Kirk is to take the helm of the legendary Starship Enterprise in the 1960s original series created by Gene Roddenberry. The new, streaming-only series features a stellar regular cast, including The Walking Dead’s Sonequa Martin-Green as Burnham and the Harry Potter franchise’s Jason Isaacs as Lorca, as well as The Shape of Water’s Doug Jones, stage and screen actor Anthony Rapp, and newcomer Mary Wiseman. Its guest stars include Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), James Frain (Gotham), Wilson Cruz (My So-Called Life), Jayne Brook (Chicago Hope), and Rainn Wilson (The Office). Plus, binging Part 1 (nine episodes) of season 1 now gets you caught up in time for the premiere of Part 2, coming January 7.

Where to Watch: CBS All Access

Commitment: about 7 hours

Picked By: Debbie Day, TV Features Editor


The Keepers 97% (Netflix)

What It Is: In 1969, Sister Catherine Cesnick, a beloved Maryland teacher, was found murdered. The cold case haunted her former students for decades, and this series chronicles their passionate investigation and search for answers.

Why You Should Watch It: I began watching this series thinking that I was watching another murder mystery. Within its expertly crafted episodes, The Keepers focuses on much more than just the initial cold case, involving not only sexual abuse allegations in the Catholic school Cesnick taught at, but also an incredible triumph of the human spirit among her students. The women who were greatly moved by Cesnick, now mostly retirees, never stopped seeking justice for the woman who shaped their lives. Their passion united them with each other and the Cesnick family many years later — and brought them that much closer to getting justice for Sister Cathy and the children affected by abuse. The series manages to be both heartbreaking and heartwarming, and with cliffhangers at the end of every episode that will keep you watching (and crying).

Where to Watch: Netflix

Commitment: About 7.5 hours

Picked By: Grae Drake, Senior Editor


Planet Earth II 100% (BBC America)

What It Is: A follow-up to the BBC’s groundbreaking 2006 nature documentary series, Planet Earth II similarly utilizes pristine high definition footage to shed light on the lives of wild creatures in exotic locales as they employ remarkable strategies to survive.

Why You Should Watch It: At some point over the past year, you might have come across a short video of a young iguana on the Galapagos Islands scrambling across the sand to escape hundreds of snakes, eluding certain death by mere inches. That remarkable clip came from the first episode of Planet Earth II, and it’s just a small sample of what the series has to offer. Plenty of nature shows are educational — Planet Earth II shines because it’s also beautifully shot in ultra high definition, impeccably edited, and narrated by the peerless David Attenborough. Not only will you see rare species in disparate environments all over the world, but you’ll also see some familiar creatures behaving in ways never before documented on camera. It’s all fascinating stuff, and if you weren’t a nature junkie before, this might be the show to change you.

Where to Watch: Amazon, Google Play, Microsoft, Netflix, YouTube

Commitment: about 6.5 hours

Picked by: Ryan Fujitani, Editor


The Good Place 97% (NBC)

What It Is: Imagine waking up in a brightly lit office lobby and being told you’ve died and gone to “the good place” — then discovering that there’s been a mistake and you were really supposed to end up in the other place. What would you do? For Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell), the answer’s simple: lie through your teeth and rope your helplessly conflicted, mis-assigned soulmate (William Jackson Harper), an ethics professor, into helping you learn to be a better person. It’s a pretty high concept setup for a sitcom, but it’s really just the beginning for The Good Place, which has spiraled off into all sorts of smart, unpredictable, and above all hilarious directions over the course of its one and a half seasons.

Why You Should Watch It: Part goofball comedy about an afterlife filled with frozen yogurt and fraught with bureaucratic mixups, part surprisingly deep examination of ethics and basic human responsibility, The Good Place deftly balances gut-busting lowbrow humor against complex, thought-provoking themes — no surprise given that it comes to us courtesy of producer Michael Schur (30 Rock, Brooklyn Nine-Nine). It also benefits from one of the most talented ensembles on TV; aside from Bell and Harper, you’ve got the dramatic range and crack timing of Ted Danson, Jameela Jamil, and Manny Jacinto — plus the show’s increasingly indispensable secret weapon, D’Arcy Carden. The second season picks back up on January 4 — get yourself caught up now.

Where to watch: AmazonFandangoNowGoogle PlayHulu (five most recent episodes of season 2), iTunes NBC.comNetflix (season 1), on demand through your cable provider

Commitment: about 11 hours

Picked By: Jeff Giles, Curation Editor


The Return: The Return (2017) 94% (Showtime)

What It Is: A noir-tinged murder mystery. Surrealist art. A magnifying glass held on small-town America. Electricity. 27 years ago, Twin Peaks redefined primetime TV, and continued to build a cult legacy over the ensuing years. As high as anticipation was for The Return, the resulting series was impossible to predict: an enthralling, immersive experience that shattered its own history along with the boundaries of peak TV.

Why You Should Watch It: While the original series took place primarily in the Pacific Northwest, Twin Peaks: The Return widens its scope, stretching cross country with new locations and characters, but also upends the show’s trademark tone and style. The initial result is jarring: in early episodes, Lynch rejects the beloved quirky humor of the original series (but brings it back — stick with it!) in favor of a rabbit hole narrative reflective of Inland Empire and Mulholland Dr., a spiral that is infectious in its confounding plot lines and infinite mysteries. While his approach shuns a nostalgic view, tenderness is visible in Lynch’s treatment of familiar faces. Bobby, Norma, Hawk, the Log Lady, Cooper, and perhaps most poignant of all, Laura, have aged before our eyes, a reminder that at its core, Twin Peaks was and continues to be a meditation on the pain inherent with the passage of time and in unresolved grief.

Where to Watch: Showtime Anytime, on demand through your cable provider with a Showtime subscription

Commitment: 18 hours (with recommended prerequisite Fire Walk with Me, roughly 20 hours)

Picked by: Jenny Jediny, Critic Relations Manager


Castlevania 94% (Netflix)

What It Is: An animated series inspired by the classic vampire-hunting video game of the same name.

Why You Should Watch It: It’s the easiest binge on the planet, with only four episodes clocking in at under two hours. The animation is lush, with gothic castles and crypts and caverns to boot. It’s also about an all-powerful vampire on a revenge quest, so there are floods of blood and violence galore. But there is also a vampire hunter and plenty of humor that follows him as he tries to help the townsfolk he encounters stay out of the vampire’s way. This show will have you swinging between LOL and OMG moments through its four rollercoaster-like episodes that go down like blood-red candy.

Where to Watch: Netflix

Commitment: Only two bloody hours

Picked by: Beki Lane, Associate TV Editor


American Vandal 98% (Netflix)

What It Is: A true-crime mockumentary that doesn’t shy away from asking the important questions — in particular, who drew dicks on 27 faculty cars in the high school parking lot?

Why You Should Watch It: Don’t let the crass premise fool you, American Vandal is a brilliant send-up of society’s ongoing obsession with entertainment offerings like the Serial podcast and Netflix’s own Making a Murderer. It employs tricks of the investigative journalism trade and applies them to an ensemble high school cast. What begins as an attempt to clear one hopeless student’s name (Dylan Maxwell, who is brilliantly played by Jimmy Tatro) evolves into a complex web of reputations and intentions. By the end of the first episode, I was already swept up in the mystery and emotionally invested in Dylan’s defense. Throw in the show’s hilarious writing scene-to-scene, and you have one of 2017’s most delightful new series.

Commitment: About 4.5 hours

Where to Watch: Netflix

Picked by: J.S. Lewis, Media Coordinator


Mary Kills People 100% (Lifetime)

What It Is: ER doctor Mary Harris (Caroline Dhavernas) partners with a former plastic surgeon (Richard Short) to moonlight as a team of underground euthanizers for terminal patients in need while eluding a detective and potential love interest (Jay Ryan).

Why You Should Watch It: Brave and honest, Mary Kills People is one of the more emotionally intelligent shows currently running. While other amazeballs female star–led dramas like Good Behavior, The Girlfriend Experience, and Claws, too, stand out from the crowd, Mary is noteworthy for its truthful — with some added heightened antics for entertainment value, sure — portrayal of a topic still not easily discussed. These newer female-centric shows tend to outshine much of the male-lead opposition, rather than merely compete. Mary has a unique, evocative tone, with painfully empathetic characterizations in situations each of us hopes we never have to face.

Where to Watch: Amazon, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, Vudu

Commitment: About 4.5 hours

Picked By: Kerr Lordygan, Associate TV Editor


Chewing Gum 100% (Netflix)

What It Is: If Tracey Gordon had a £1,000, she would buy hair like Beyoncé, a lip reduction, red velvet cupcakes, and a dustpan and broom for her shop, probably. She’s 24, living in government housing with her well-meaning, but devoutly religious mother and sister, and she’s a virgin. But she’s going to change all of that with a little help from her friends, whether they mean to lend a hand or not.

Why You Should Watch It: Chewing Gum is on another level. Within the first five minutes you’ll laugh just as often as you squirm in your seat. The show captures the feeling of every awkward conversation you’ve ever replayed in your head a thousand times, only it’s not you, it’s the brilliant and whimsical Michaela Cole. You know, the girl from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, who turns around, eyes big and mouth gaping, to warn her fellow rebels of their impending doom? No? Well, you should. Her turn as Tracey earned her the 2016 BAFTA award for Best Female Comedy Performance, and for good reason. Cole is a singular comedic force. She’s so willing to explore the most uncomfortable of places with such endearingly horrific candor, it’s impossible to take your eyes off of her, though you’ll want to to catch the absurd, captivating performances of her very-game ensemble. Especially her religious zealot of a sister, played by the equally but differently brilliant Susie Wokoma. I’m not going to lie, Chewing Gum can be painful. Like, I need to hide under my bed for three years before I can ever talk to you again, painful. But Cole and company take on these cringe-worthy moments with fearless fervor that is more than worth the mere 6-hour binge time. For two seasons! Brilliant, init?

Where to Watch: Netflix

Commitment: 6 hours

Picked By: Hañalina Lucero-Colin, Review Curator


The Handmaid's Tale 83% (Hulu)

What It Is: The Handmaid’s Tale, based on the Margret Atwood novel of the same name, is a dystopian thriller about what happens when women lose autonomy over their own bodies. Set in the not-so-distant future, in a not-so-far-fetched U.S., we follow Offred (Elisabeth Moss), a handmaid who’s been ripped away from her husband and daughter and placed into the home of a high-ranking commander and his wife to serve as their birthing chattel. This is, more than anything, a story of survival and one woman’s journey to be reunited with her family by any means necessary.

Why You Should Watch It: Aside from this show being beautifully shot and incredibly well acted, The Handmaid’s Tale is a deep drama from which you rarely find a moment to come up for air. It is stressful, thrilling, complex, and heartbreaking. The currency of the show’s politics, Offred’s situation, and how women are treated from the beginning should not be taken lightly. It’s not hard to picture a world where birthrates have fallen and politicians are calling for women to have more children, which makes the show all the more compelling to watch. The series returns for its second season in April.

Where to Watch: Hulu

Commitment: About 10 hours

Picked by: Zoey Moore, Production Coordinator


Victoria on Masterpiece 87% (PBS)

What It Is: PBS series tells the story of young Victoria, who inherits the British throne after King William IV passes away and must forge her own path.

Why You Should Watch It: I almost chose The Crown or Outlander, because I’m obsessed with period dramas, and one historical drama you may have missed is Victoria starring Jenna Coleman. The acting and cinematography of the show is first rate, and you’ll be surprised what you learn about the early years of Queen Victoria’s reign. How an 18-year-old became a monarch, became a mother, and ruled during a time when women were not even able to vote, is fascinating to watch. I am personally drawn to the marital love and struggles between Victoria and her husband Prince Albert (Tom Hughes). There’s even a little Upstairs, Downstairs–type story telling (not as compelling as Downton Abbey), enough to give you an assortment of characters to root for. Season 2 debuts on PBS in the United States on January 14.

Where to watch: Amazon

Commitment: nearly 7 hours

Picked By: Eileen Rivera, Sr. Director of Production


Riverdale 84% (The CW)

What It Is: A town. A community. But it’s not all pom-poms, milkshakes, and maple syrup for the good people of Riverdale. Last season, Archie (KJ Apa), Betty (Lili Reinhart), Jughead (Cole Sprouse), and Veronica (Camila Mendes) were caught up in the whirlwind surrounding the murder of Jason Blossom. This time out, our heroes’ bonds are severely tested as a serial killer runs amuck in their town.

Why You Should Watch It: Stranger Things might get all the love for its expert pastiche of 1980s sci-fi films (no complaint here), but Riverdale’s scope is far wider: an omnivorous mixing-and-matching of 70 years of teenage popular culture. Sure, it sometimes veers into preposterousness (Archie’s vigilante group, Jughead’s always-hilarious noir prose), but mostly, Riverdale works because it’s aware of its campy trappings and is unafraid to revel in them. It’s also stylistically audacious, with its visual references to Zodiac, Pulp Fiction, and bathed in a neon glow that would do Wong Kar-wai proud. Even at its darkest, however, Riverdale is offering a sense of community — that of shared experience and an idealized past — that feels especially comforting in these divided times. Riverdale season 2 returns on January 17.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNow, The CW, Google Play, iTunes, on demand through your cable provider

Commitment: About 7 hours

Picked by: Tim Ryan, Senior Editor

Halloween is nigh upon us, and ’tis the season for ghoulish celebrations. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a handy list of well-reviewed movies and TV shows you can stream on Netflix right now, in case you want to get a head start on the spooky festivities. Whether you’re looking for a classic slasher flick, a pyschological thriller, a horror comedy, or even something you can watch with the kids, we’ve got you covered. See below for all of the selections.


1. ABCs of Death 2 (2014) 73%

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This follow-up to the 2013 omnibus film features 26 horror segments — one for each letter of the alphabet — helmed by 26 different directors.

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2. American Horror Story 77%

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Ryan Murphy’s horror anthology series boasts spooky environs, provocative themes, and top-notch acting from Jessica Lange, Dylan McDermott, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Zachary Quinto, and Frances Conroy. Seasons 1-6 are available to stream.

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3. The Babadook (2014) 98%

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Writer-director Jennifer Kent’s Golden Tomato Award-winning horror film tells the deeply unnerving story a widow and her six-year-old who are bedeviled by a storybook monster.

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4. Baskin (2015) 80%

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This Turkish horror film tells the terrifying tale of a group of cops who stumble into an otherworldly realm.

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5. Bates Motel 93%

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Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, and Olivia Cooke star in this reimagining of Norman Bates’ teenage years — those carefree days before he took over the family business and had to deal with constant nagging from Mother. Seasons 1-4 are available.

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6. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919) 99%

Arguably considered the first true horror film, this silent era classic tells the story of a traveling hypnotist with a murderous secret.

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7. The Canal (2014) 72%

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A film archivist discovers that the home he shares with his family was the site of a brutal murder and soon finds himself terrorized by evil visions and a dark presence in this Irish import.

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8. Castlevania 94%

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This Netflix animated series based on the classic video game franchise centers on the last in a long line of monster hunters, who attempts to keep his country safe from a vengeful vampire.

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9. Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005) 84%

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Tim Burton’s first foray into stop-motion animation follows a young groom-to-be named Victor (voiced by Johnny Depp) who unwittingly marries an undead woman (Helena Bonham-Carter) while practicing his wedding vows.

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10. Creep (2014) 90%

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Mark Duplass and director Patrick Brice star in Brice’s psychological thriller about an amateur videographer who agrees to film a man who lives in the woods for a day, only to discover the man may not be all that he seems.

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11. Cult of Chucky (2017) 79%

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The latest installment of the long-running horror franchise finds the demonic doll terrorizing a woman in an asylum, while his old nemesis attempts to save her.

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12. A Dark Song (2016) 90%

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This horror-tinged drama centers on two people who travel to a remote house to experiment with occult rituals.

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13. Deathgasm (2015) 88%

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While trying to escape their restrictive lives, two teens in a heavy metal band perform a piece of forbidden music that unlocks the gates of hell.

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14. The Den (2014) 78%

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After witnessing what she believes is a murder on an internet video chat site, a young grad student decides to investigate it herself and becomes the next victim.

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15. The Devil's Candy (2015) 92%

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Ethan Embry and Shiri Appleby star as a couple who move with their daughter into a new home, where the husband — and a deranged former resident who returns to terrorize them — is haunted by mysterious voices.

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16. Extraordinary Tales (2013) 58%

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Edgar Allan Poe’s dark words come to life in this animated anthology including stories such as “The Pit and the Pendulum” and “The Tell-Tale Heart,” narrated by the likes of Christopher Lee and Guillermo Del Toro.

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17. The Eyes of My Mother (2016) 78%

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This indie horror film centers on the immensely disturbing life led by a young woman after a shattering act of violence.

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18. Gerald's Game (2017) 91%

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Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood star in Mike Flanagan’s Netflix original adaptation of the Stephen King novel about a woman who is left chained to a bed when a sex game with her husband goes tragically wrong.

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19. Goosebumps (2015) 78%

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Jack Black stars in this fantasy adventure as author R.L. Stine, whose various Goosebumps creations come to life and terrorize his town. He must team up with his daughter and next door neighbor to stop the madness.

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20. The Hallow (2015) 70%

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In this thriller from the UK, a young family moves in to a secluded house, disturbing an ancient evil that resides in the woods nearby.

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21. He Never Died (2015) 88%

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Henry Rollins stars in this horror comedy about a grizzled depressive who literally cannot expire.

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22. Hellraiser (1987) 72%

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Clive Barker’s 1987 feature debut is a grisly affair that takes full advantage of his twisted imagination and births a memorable villain.

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23. The Host (2006) 93%

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South Korea’s highest grossing film ever at the time of its release, The Host is director Bong Joon-ho’s breakout film, a sci-fi monster flick that combines scares, laughs, and satire in service of a popcorn flick as entertaining as it is intellectually satisfying.

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24. Housebound (2014) 95%

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In this horror comedy from New Zealand, a woman sentenced to home confinement discovers her house is occupied by a malevolent spirit.

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25. Hush (2016) 93%

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Kate Siegel plays a young deaf author living alone who is terrorized by a masked killer (John Gallagher Jr.)… who then turns the tables on her attacker.

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26. The Invitation (2015) 89%

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A man accepts an invitation to a dinner party hosted by his ex-wife, an unsettling affair that reopens old wounds and creates new tensions.

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27. It Follows (2014) 96%

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Maika Monroe stars as a suburban Michigan teen who becomes infected with a malevolent spirit after a sexual encounter, and it won’t stop pursuing her until she gives it to someone else — or dies.

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28. iZombie 92%

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In this CW series loosely based on the DC comic, Rose McIver stars as Liv, a zombie who helps police solve murders by eating dead victims’ brains and absorbing their memories. Seasons 1-3 are available.

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29. Monsters (2010) 73%

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Scoot McNairy stars in this a low-budget sci-fi thriller about an attempt by the millitary to contain quarantined alien life.

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30. Penny Dreadful 91%

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Eva Green and Timothy Dalton lead an ensemble cast in Showtime’s gothic supernatural drama, which draws characters from classic literature like Victor Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and Dracula. All three seasons are available.

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31. Raw (2016) 92%

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This unusual horror/dark comedy/coming-of-age film centers on a lifelong vegetarian who discovers a taste for raw meat during her first year of veterinary school.

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32. The Returned 97%

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This French series, which aired in the US on SundanceTV and was subsequently remade in English, follows a small mountain community where the deceased begin reappearing, accompanied by unexplained supernatural phenomena. Both seasons are available.

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33. Santa Clarita Diet 89%

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Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant star in this Netflix original horror-comedy about a suburban couple dealing with the wife’s sudden appetite for human flesh.

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34. Sharknado (2013) 74%

Tara Reid, Ian Ziering, and John Heard star in this eerily plausible sci-fi adventure about a devastating storm that facilitates a shark attack on Los Angeles.

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35. Sleepy Hollow (1999) 69%

Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, and Christopher Walken star in Tim Burton’s take on the classic tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman.

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36. Stake Land (2010) 74%

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Directed by Jim Mickle, Stake Land is a post-apocalyptic indie horror road movie about vampire hunters that’s brimming with atmosphere.

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37. Starry Eyes (2014) 74%

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This sci-fi horror hybrid tells the tale of an ambitious actress who is unwittingly enlisted by a sinister organization for a strange performance.

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38. Stranger Things 93%

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This wildly popular Netflix original series follows a group of precocious teens in a small Indiana town in 1983 as they attempt to make sense of the supernatural phenomena happening around them. Season 1 is available now, and season 2 is set to drop on October 27.

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39. Supernatural 93%

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The demon-hunting Winchester brothers (played by Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) continue their quest to fight evil wherever they find it in this long-running CW horror series. Seasons 1-12 are available to stream.

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40. Teeth (2007) 80%

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Jess Weixler stars in this tongue-in-cheek horror comedy about a teenager who discovers she has teeth in her vagina. Yes, you read that correctly.

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41. They Look Like People (2015) 92%

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This psychological thriller centers on a man who is convinced the world is on the verge of being overtaken by demons and attempts to hide his fear from a friend. Is he going mad, or is it real?

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42. Train to Busan (2016) 94%

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This apocalyptic action-horror film from South Korea follows a group of passengers on a commuter train fighting to survive a zombie outbreak.

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43. The Transfiguration (2016) 85%

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This thriller follows a trouble teen fascinated by vampires who meets another outcast and forms a potentially fraught bond with her.

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44. Trollhunter (2010) 82%

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This Norwegian found footage horror comedy follows a group of college students in pursuit of a suspected bear poacher who instead stumble upon an unexpected discovery.

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45. Under the Shadow (2016) 99%

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This acclaimed horror hybrid from debuting writer-director Babak Anvari is set in war-torn Tehran and centers on a mother and daughter who may or may not be suffering from the presence of a Djinn.

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46. The Void (2016) 77%

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This horror film centers on the supernatural chaos that erupts after a policeman discovers a dying man and rushes him to treatment at a nearby hospital.

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47. The Wailing (2016) 99%

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This South Korean horror drama centers on a small town reeling from a series of brutal murders after the arrival of a mysterious stranger.

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48. The Walking Dead 80%

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Thoughtful and gory in equal measure, AMC’s wildly popular action drama follows the lives of a handful of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by zombies. Seasons 1-7 are available.

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49. We Are Still Here (2015) 95%

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Writer/director Ted Geoghegan makes a strong, stylish feature debut with this horror story about a grieving couple who move to a secluded home after the tragic death of their son; little do they know that their new home has a bloody past.

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50. Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994) 80%

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Wes Craven’s New Nightmare is a self-conscious meta deconstruction of horror films that also happens to be one of the strongest entries in the Freddy Krueger saga.

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Netflix animated series Castlevania recently broke a Tomatometer record, as the only video game adaptation to have a Fresh rating. So we decided to ask showrunner Adi Shankar how the curse was lifted.

“Rotten Tomatoes determines a lot for me personally as to what I watch and what I don’t watch, so that was a big moment in my life, man,” Shankar told us about receiving news of Castlevania‘s achievement. “Bigger than a high school graduation or a college graduation.”

At 32, Shankar is exactly the right age for someone to wax nostalgic over a Castlevania show, especially one that adapts the classic third NES game, 1989’s Dracula’s Curse. He also knows what it feels like to spend decades getting burned by lackluster video game movies.

“We are of that generation who were lied to and mismarketed to,” he said. “It’s about growing up and watching things that you love being disrespected and going, ‘No, when I get the opportunity, I’m not going to f— that s— up.'”


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So how did this series gain critical and audience acceptance in an era of Angry Birds and Resident Evils (they made seven!), and even when Castlevania‘s own creator Konami has all but abandoned making new games?

“It comes from being a fan,” Shankar explained, which makes sense considering he produces some of the highest-budgeted fan films around, including The Punisher: Dirty Laundry (starring Thomas Jane), Judge Dredd: Superfriend (he produced the 2012 Karl Urban movie), and Power/Rangers, a mordant Saban spoof with James Van Der Beek and Katee Sackhoff.

“This is something that was made for fans — actually made for fans, not at fans,” he continued. “The struggle for a lot of people adapting video games is they aren’t gamers. They don’t actually like the thing. A lot of dudes go, ‘What do kids like? Video games? OK, cool, get me a video game with a built-in fan base — that means they’re going to show up opening weekend to my movie.’ Nah, dude. They’re not going to show up. In fact, they’re going to go online and make fun of you for desecrating the thing they love.”

Castlevania was not “made from a place of ego. That’s the difference. There were no suits involved,” he said.

After revealing that he actually likes games more than movies, Shankar shared his five favorite games:

  • Metal Gear Solid (“Psycho Mantis reads your memory card!”),
  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night,
  • Mortal Kombat III (“MKII on steroids!”),
  • Halo 2,
  • the 1992 X-Men arcade game.

Castlevania season 1 is available to stream now on Netflix, with an eight-episode second season already greenlit. Shankar is also currently at work on an Assassin’s Creed anime series for Netflix.


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It’s always a horrible night to have a curse in Dracula country, but in real life, Netflix’s Castlevania just lifted another curse: It’s the first video game adaptation to get a Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Produced by Adi Shankar (Dredd, that dark web Power/Rangers spoof) and written by Warren Ellis (Astonishing X-Men, Iron Man), Castlevania is an American anime rendition of the Belmont clan’s eternal battle against Count Dracula, who resurrects every hundred years to menace the European countryside. Specifically, this adapts Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, the 1989 NES Game Pak that introduces iconic series characters, including vampire killer Trevor Belmont and Dracula’s cool quisling son Alucard.


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In Hollywood’s unhallowed executive halls, the candle of the video game curse burns hot. Adaptations typically flop at the box office and are always reviled by critics, including recent big-budget efforts like Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed. No video game movie has ever rated 60% or above — that includes direct-to-video fare (if they even get enough reviews for a Tomatometer).

While Castlevania‘s Fresh score derives from fewer than 20 reviews (the barrier of entry for a Certified Fresh rating), the critical admiration so far for the series’ mega-violence, Gothic trappings, and consuming romance — all true to the games — bodes well for future appraisals. So much so that the series is approved for an eight-episode second season, doubling the season 1 eps.


But this series is no mere miserable pile of secrets shared among critics: Castlevania is a hit among viewers across social media.


The series has also inspired a lot of art.

 

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Critics Consensus: Castlevania offers spectacular visuals and a compelling adaptation in its all-too-short first season.

Castlevania season 1 is  available to stream now on Netflix.


 


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There’s a rather unusual assortment of new titles available to stream this week, from a pair of recent Oscar nominees to a bona fide horror classic, as well as a sci-fi thriller from the 1930s, a famous cult favorite, and more. Read on for the full list.


New on Netflix

 

iZombie: Season 3 (2017) 100%

In this CW series loosely based on the DC comic, Rose McIver stars as Liv, a zombie who helps police solve murders by eating dead victims’ brains and absorbing their memories.

Available now on: Netflix


Lion (2016) 84%

Dev Patel stars in this true story about a man, adopted by an Australian family as a boy, who uses Google Earth to track down the small Indian village from which he disappeared as a child.

Available now on: Netflix


Castlevania: Season 1 (2017) 82%

This Netflix animated series based on the classic video game franchise centers on the last in a long line of monster hunters, who attempts to keep his country safe from a vengeful vampire.

Available now on: Netflix


The Void (2016) 77%

This horror film centers on the supernatural chaos that erupts after a policeman discovers a dying man and rushes him to treatment at a nearby hospital.

Available 6/28 on: Netflix


New on Amazon Prime

 

The Salesman (2016) 96%

Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning drama centers on a young Iranian couple whose relationship is tested when they are forced to move out from their apartment to the center of Tehran.

Available now on: Amazon Prime


Night of the Living Dead (1968) 96%

George A. Romero’s iconic debut set the template for the modern zombie film, and features tight editing, realistic gore, and a sly political undercurrent.

Available now on: Amazon Prime


Things to Come (1936) 93%

Raymond Massey stars in this classic sci-fi film, scripted by and based on an essay by H.G. Wells, that chronicles a devastating war and the broken society left in its aftermath.

Available now on: Amazon Prime


Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959) 66%

Ed Wood’s famously “bad” movie stars Bela Lugosi and Tor Johnson in a campy, low-budget sci-fi thriller about a detective and airline pilot who attempt to thwart and alien invasion. A colorized version is available to watch now on Amazon Prime.

Available now on: Amazon Prime


New on FandangoNOW

 

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005) 97%

Alex Gibney’s documentary details the rise and notorious fall of the energy corporation, profiling the rampant corruption that led to its undoing.

Available now on: FandangoNOW


Food, Inc. (2008) 95%

This incisive documentary focuses on corporate control (and the lack of governmental oversight) over the food industry.

Available now on: FandangoNOW


Mother (2009) 96%

Kim Hye-Ja and Won Bin star in South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho’s mystery about a developmentally challenged man, accused of murdering a young girl, and his doting mother who goes to extreme lengths to prove his innocence.

Available now on: FandangoNOW


The Queen of Versailles (2012) 95%

This fascinating documentary from Lauren Greenfield follows Jackie Siegel, wife of real estate mogul David Siegel, who struggles with a new normal after her family feels the effects of the 2008 economic crisis.

Available now on: FandangoNOW


Jesus Camp (2006) 87%

This eye-opening documentary provides an inside look at a summer camp for evangelical Christian children in North Dakota.

Available now on: FandangoNOW


The World's Fastest Indian (2005) 82%

Anthony Hopkins and Diane Ladd star in Roger Donaldson’s lighthearted drama about a New Zealand man who travels to the US with his trusty motorcycle in hopes of breaking the land speed record.

Available now on: FandangoNOW


Gifted (2017) 73%

Chris Evans and McKenna Grace star in Marc Webb’s drama about a man who comes into conflict with his mother over who should raise his young niece, a math prodigy.

Available now on: FandangoNOW


Going in Style (2017) 47%

Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin, and Ann-Margret star in Zach Braff’s comedy about a trio of old friends who plan a heist to take back the money they feel the bank has stolen from them.

Available now on: FandangoNOW

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