Some movies are so good that everyone should watch them at least once in their lifetime. But, in order to escape from the well-known classics, Bula put together in a list ten nominations for features released in recent years. All the selected ones have thought-provoking scripts, were well-evaluated by the specialized critic in cinema and are available in streaming: five on Netflix and five on Amazon Prime Video. Among them, “Joias Brutas” (2020), Benny and Josh Safdie stand out; “Between Knives and Secrets” (2019), by Rian Johnson; and “Sacrifice of the Sacred Deer” (2018), directed by Yórgos Lánthimos. The titles are organized according to the year of release.
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Despite having doubts about their relationship, a young woman travels to meet her boyfriend's parents, Jake. Upon arriving at their farm, she begins to feel strange and finds the in-laws' behavior bizarre. But in spite of this, she cannot leave, as a snowstorm strikes the region. Stuck on the spot, she starts to question everything she thought about her boyfriend and herself.
Howard Ratner is the owner of a jewelry store that is full of gambling debts. To resolve his situation, he wants to sell an uncut stone sent directly from Ethiopia. Initially, Howard offers the jewelry to one of his regular customers, but later realizes that he can profit much more by going to the auction. Only, before that, he needs to circumvent the collectors who chase him.
Goreng wakes up in a concrete cell marked with the number 48. His fellow prisoner explains that they are in a vertical prison, where there is nothing to do but wait for food, which comes through a platform that descends the floors. Thus, those in the first cells eat more, leaving only scraps for those at the lowest levels. Tormented by hunger, prisoners do whatever it takes to survive.
Ulisses is a 17-year-old who lives in a slum in Monterrey, Mexico. He is the leader of the “Los Terkos” gang, in which everyone identifies himself as “cholombianos”, a counterculture movement created by immigrants from Colombia. After a confrontation with a rival gang, Ulysses is threatened with death and decides to flee illegally to the United States. In the new country, he feels lonely and out of place.
In May 1940, UK Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain is forced to resign and appoints Winston Churchill as his replacement. Already in his early days in government, Churchill must deal with a major challenge: make a peace deal with Hitler or fight to the end against the Nazis. Amid pressures and oppositions, he tries to make the best decision for the country.
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Famous crime story writer Harlan Thrombley invites his whole family to celebrate his 85th birthday with him. But the day after the party, the housekeeper finds Harlan dead in his office. The police and private investigator Benoit Blanc are called in to investigate the case. From the dysfunctional family of the writer to the employees, Blanc examines everyone to discover the truth behind the murder.
Dani and Christian are a young couple with a relationship in crisis. But, after losing his entire family in an accident, Dani gives up the separation. The two travel with a group of friends to a summer festival that takes place in a remote village in Sweden. Dani hopes to relax and overcome mourning, but it all turns into a nightmare when villagers start performing scary pagan worship rituals.
American newspapers report that the government destroyed the tapes of the CIA's Investigation and Interrogation Program, created after the September 11 attacks. In charge of Senator Diane Feinstein, Agent Daniel J. Jones leads an internal investigation into the case. Despite having difficulty in obtaining the necessary documents, Daniel has devoted himself to the report for almost a decade, not knowing whether the revelations he discovered will ever be exposed to the public.
Steven is a married cardiologist and father of two children. He is highly regarded in his field, but he is actually an alcoholic. When a patient dies during surgery performed by him, Steven decides to approach the man's son, Martin, 16. He starts to present the boy and presents him to the whole family. But when Martin realizes he is being left out, he devises a plan for revenge against the doctor.
In the 1950s, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned stylist who works alongside his sister, Cyril, to dress up big names in the British elite. His inspiration comes from women who come and go in his life constantly. But, everything changes when he meets the intelligent waitress Alma, who becomes his muse and lover. Despite loving Woodcock, Alma does not accept his systematic and aggressive way.