Cast: Jules Willcox, Marc Menchaca, and Anthony Heald
Directed by John Hyams, this movie follows Jessica, a recently widowed woman played by Jules Willcox, and her escape from being kidnapped by a serial killer. Her escape leads her into the wilderness, but she is faced with the harsh elements of her surrounding environment and the harsh reality that she is being ‘hunted’, and not by a wild animal.
Genre: Horror, Drama
Cast: Janelle Monáe, Eric Lange, Jena Malone, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, Gabourey Sidibe
Writers and Directors, Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz, infuses the days of Southern slavery with modern times. Following Veronica, an African-American woman, trying to make sense of who she is while escaping from the plantation and her tormentors. Little does she know what the plantation really is.
3. Bill & Ted Face the Music
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, and Kristen Schaal
As the third installment of the Bill & Ted movies, it follows the, more middle-aged, duo time-travelling to steal a song from their future selves to save the world from collapsing in on itself. They need to write a song to unite the world – not too much to ask.
Cast: Kate Winslet, Susan Sarandon, Sam Neill, and Mia Wasikowska
In the attempt to reconcile her family before she dies from a degenerative illness, a mother asks her family to spend one last weekend with her at her beach house. Blackbird is a remake of a 2014 Danish film, titled Silent Heart, and directed by Roger Michell.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Cast: Genesis Rodriguez, Vincent Piazza, and Louis Cancelmi
After a snowstorm leaves a married couple stuck, and iced in, in their car, their circumstances become increasingly desperate as they try to survive in dropping temperatures. Directed by Brendan Walsh, this film is inspired by real events, and creates a chilling claustrophobic landscape.
6. Cut Throat City
Cast: Wesley Snipes, Shameik Moore, and Ethan Hawke
Directed by Robert Fitzgerald Diggs, otherwise known as RZA, this movie follows four friends involving themselves in a heist in New Orleans while in the throes of Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath.
7. Death of Me
Cast: Luke Hemsworth, Maggie Q and Alex Essoe
From the director of Saw, Darren Lynn Bousman, a married couple, Christine and Neil, spends a vacation somewhere on an island off the coast of Thailand. Not able to recall events from their night before, they attempt to remember what happened and find a suspicious video of Neil killing Christine. They frantically try finding the truth and leaving the island, but the island weaves an intricate web of murder and mystery around them.
8. Eternal Beauty
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Cast: David Thewlis, Sally Hawkins, and Billie Piper
Written and Directed by Craig Roberts, this movie portrays Jane, a woman with schizophrenia, trying to deal with her life and feelings of unhappiness. She unexpectedly meets someone who gives her a new sense of happiness and love.
9. Feels Good Man
Directed by Arthur Jones, the story follows the evolution of internet sensation, Pepe the Frog. Matt Furie, the creator, tries to reclaim the original image of Pepe as a cartoon character after he was taken by the alt-right and used as an image of hate.
10. I Am Woman
Genre: Music, Drama, Biopic
Cast: Evan Peters, Chris Parnell, and Danielle Macdonald
Directed by Unjoo Moon, the movie follows the life of Helen Reddy, an activist and musician from the 1970s. It tells the story of the famous song she wrote and sang, titled, ‘I Am Woman’ and how it was an important contribution to women’s empowerment.
11. Love and Monsters
Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Michael Rooker, and Jessica Henwick
Michael Matthews (Director) tells the tale of a changed world after it was hit by an asteroid and transformed cold-blooded animals into monsters and sent humans underground. As Joel decides to find his girlfriend, Aimee, he faces the dangers waiting on the surface.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Cast: Keira Knightley, Greg Kinnear, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
A British film, directed by Philippa Lowthorpe, follows a group of women as they endeavour to invade the live broadcast of the 1970 Miss World Competition in London, hosted by Bob Hope, a comedian from the US.
13. Out Stealing Horses
Cast: Stellan Skarsgård, Bjørn Floberg, and Tobias Santelmann
Based on Per Petterson’s Norwegian novel, this film follows 67-year old widower Trond, living alone in the country. He soon meets an old friend from his teenage years, which warms the oncoming cold grip of winter.
14. Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs
Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Sam Claflin, and Gina Gershon
Directed by Sung-ho Hong, this film is about princes cursed by a princess, who turns them into dwarves, but the only way to return to normal is if they find a pair of red shoes. The parody is a South Korean film and its title is from The Red Shoes, a Danish fairy tale.
Genre: Russian Science Fiction, Thriller
Cast: Oksana Akinshina, Pyotr Fyodorov, and Fyodor Bondarchuk
Directed by Egor Abramenko, Sputnik takes place in 1983 during the Cold War. It follows a cosmonaut survivor after a spacecraft accident entering the earth’s orbit. A psychiatrist is asked to assess him after it’s made clear that he is not the same since the accident. He finds out he is not the only one who came back after the accident.
16. Teenage Badass
Cast: Jim Adkins, Tucker Audie, and Rogelio Camarillo
Brad joins a new band and gets to play on the local news show, renewing his dreams for rock and roll stardom. After their show the band is asked to record with a famous producer, which makes their rock and roll studded dreams increasingly real, but the band’s dreams might come crashing down after a few incidents.
17. The Artist’s Wife
Cast: Lena Olin, Bruce Dern, and Juliet Rylance
Claire, wife of artist Richard Smythson, finds out that he is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. As his final art show is coming up, she is faced with the decision to finish his paintings for him.
18. The Owners
Cast: Maisie Williams, Sylvester McCoy, and Rita Tushingham
It’s a game of young versus old in Julius Berg’s (Director) thriller. A couple of youngsters find an empty house in the countryside, and a safe with a considerable amount of money, but when the owners arrive, an elderly couple, the intruders need to find a way to survive.
19. The Pale Door
Genre: Western Horror
Cast: Devin Druid, Zachary Knighton, and Melora Walters.
After a successful train heist a gang finds a girl called Pearl in a chest, who needs to find her way back to her hometown. As they take her back expecting their reward, as promised to them, they encounter another type of ‘gang’ they didn’t expect.
20. The Secret Garden
Genre: Family, Drama
Cast: Dixie Egerickx, Colin Firth, and Julie Walters
Based on the famous novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, a young girl left abandoned in British India after her parents died is eventually sent to live with her uncle in England. While she is not allowed to explore the house, she explores the estate and surrounding country and finds a secret garden.
21. The Secrets We Keep
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Cast: Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, and Chris Messina
Set in a post-World War II period, a Romanian woman’s peaceful life with her American husband is threatened when she sees a familiar German soldier. She acts out of drastic fear and kidnaps him.
22. The Silencing
Genre: Thriller, Action
Cast: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Annabelle Wallis
A man whose daughter was kidnapped seems to get another chance to find her when the local sheriff hears about the body of a girl found by the lake. He sets out to see the body, with no luck of it being his daughter, but it leads him on a hunt for the killer.
23. The Tax Collector
Genre: Action, Thriller
Cast: Shia LaBeouf and George Lopez
Two enforcers, known as the Tax Collectors, collect profits from local gangs for their boss in Los Angeles. They are faced with the return of an old rival, who threatens their business and their lives.
24. Valley of the Gods
Cast: Josh Hartnett and John Malkovich
A Polish and Luxembourg film, it follows the contrasting lives of a writer, a trillionaire, and a Navajo community. The writer endeavours to be the biographer for the trillionaire, but the two face different challenges amidst the trillionaire’s ambitious plans to mine sacred lands.
25. Waiting for the Barbarians
Genre: Period Drama
Cast: Johnny Depp, Robert Pattinson and Sam Reid
A magistrate in charge of an outpost starts to question his purpose for being there when he sees how poorly and cruelly a colonel treats the locals, to the point of death. This movie is based on the novel by South African writer, J.M. Coetzee.