1. Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Hard Knocks

Creators: Marty Callner

Starring: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The HBO reality series, which follows a single football team through their training camp and preseason, is back for its eleventh year—this time with playoff hopefuls the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

  1. Emelie

Emelie

Director: Michael Thelin

Screenplay: Rich Herbeck

Starring: Sarah Bolger, Carly Adams

The latest entry into the “psychotic babysitter” category of horror films is currently sitting at a cool 90% on Rotten Tomatoes.

  1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Director: David Yates

Screenplay: J.K. Rowling

Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston

They are going to be wringing dollars out of the Harry Potter series until we are old and gray and then long dead. This one, if you didn’t already know, is set in the magical land of muggles and magic-users, but does not feature the boy wizard himself.

  1. Rules Don’t Apply

Rules dont Apply

Director: Warren Beatty

Screenplay: Warren Beatty

Starring: Lily Collins, Alden Ehrenreich

Any movie set in the Golden Age of Hollywood is going to, at the very least, be pleasing to the eye. Add in reclusive genius/rich guy/insane person Howard Hughes as played by Warren Beatty and you’ve instantly got something watchable if uneven as this film is.

  1. Nocturnal Animals

Nocturnal Animals

Director: Tom Ford

Screenplay: Tom Ford

Starring: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal

Tom Ford made the jump from designer icon to very decent director with his film A Single Man and continued that trend with an admirable adaptation of Austin Wright’s novel, Tony and Susan. The film looks incredible but the content leaves something to be desired.

  1. Jackie

Jackie

Director: Pablo Larraín

Screenplay: Noah Oppenheim

Starring: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Billy Crudup

For being a two-hour close-up of Natalie Portman’s face, this movie was pretty good. She could have easily carried the film alone, but a rock solid supporting cast certainly helped as well.

  1. Adaptation.

Adaptation

Director: Spike Jonze

Screenplay: Charlie Kaufman

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep

Charlie Kaufman films are often befuddling and altogether strange and Adaptation. is no exception. Though the book is loosely based on the novel The Orchid Thief, but never rely in Kaufman for a 1:1 retelling.

  1. Frost/Nixon

Frost Nixon

Director: Ron Howard

Screenplay: Peter Morgan

Starring: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen

With all these comparisons to Watergate and Richard Nixon being thrown around about our current President, perhaps there’s no better time than now to refresh our memories about what unchecked power looks like.

  1. Girl with a Pearl Earring

The Girl With the Pearl Earings

Director: Peter Webber

Screenplay: Olivia Hetreed

Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Colin Firth

A movie based on a novel based on an oil painting.

  1. Happy Tears

Happy Tears

Director: Mitchell Lichtenstein

Screenplay: Mitchell Lichtenstein

Starring: Parker Posey, Demi Moore

Directed by the son of famed pop artist Roy Lichtenstein and starring two darlings of 90s cinema, Happy Tears focuses on two daughters who return home to care for their ailing father.

  1. Love Liza

Love Liza

Director: Todd Louiso

Screenplay: Gordy Hoffman

Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Annie Morgan

The world will never be the same without the genius of Philip Seymour Hoffman in it. In Love Liza, he gives one of his most compelling, if unsung, performances as a gasoline-huffing widower dealing with the suicide of his spouse.

  1. Martian Child

Martian Child

Director: Menno Meyjes

Screenplay: Seth Bass, Jonathan Tolins

Starring: John Cusack, Amanda Peet

Apart from the title, we have no idea what this movie is about. Is it about an actual Martian child? Or a child that just thinks he’s a Martian? Or maybe he’s just a little confused? Honestly, we just saw that John Cusack was in it and figured it couldn’t be all that bad.

  1. Max Payne

Max Payne

Director: John Moore

Screenplay: Beau Thorne

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis

Apart from Super Mario Bros., video game movie adaptations are pretty terrible. This one is no different starring everyone’s favorite working-class multi-millionaire actor Marky Mark.

  1. RocknRolla

RockNRolla

Director: Guy Ritchie

Screenplay: Guy Ritchie

Starring: Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson

Guy Ritchie—what happened? After making two of the best crime capers movies of the early-aughts (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch), he got married to Madonna and started farting out duds. RocknRolla is, at the very least, a decent attempt at a comeback but still falls short.

  1. Sunshine State

Sunshine State

Director: John Sayles

Screenplay: John Sayles

Starring: Angela Bassett, Edie Falco

These days, everybody’s so enamored with poking fun at Florida that they miss very decent, heartfelt films set in the Sunshine State like Sunshine State. The film centers on two women trying to save a town from developers but manages to weave in some pretty complex themes.

  1. Tango & Cash

Tango and Cash

Director: Andrei Konchalovsky

Screenplay: Randy Feldman

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell

Watched with fresh eyes, this movie is completely bonkers. It’s an unabashed 80s cop film with all the clichés you’d imagine plus healthy insinuations that there’s definitely something going on between the film’s leads.

  1. The Ring

The Ring

Director: Gore Verbinski

Screenplay: Ehren Kruger

Starring: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson

Despite spawning some pretty horrible sequels, the original, American-made The Ring was a pretty convincing fright fest with enough visual jump scares to stand the test of time.

  1. The Strangers

The STrangers

Director: Bryan Bertino

Screenplay: Bryan Bertino

Starring: Scott Speedman, Liv Tyler

“Strangers” torture a husband and his wife in this film, which is kind of like Funny Games (which Netflix will be featuring in August) but without all the cultural subtext.

  1. Thirteen Conversations About One Thing

Thirteen Conversations About One Thing

Director: Jill Sprecher

Screenplay: Karen Sprecher, Jill Sprecher

Starring: Alan Arkin, John Turturro, Matthew McConaughey

An ensemble drama made during the heyday of ensemble dramas.

  1. Game of Thrones, Season 7

Game of Throne Season 7

Creators: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss

Starring: Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage

It feels like Game of Thrones jut started and it will already conclude at the end of this month, which is the cruelest joke HBO could pull on anybody. Apparently, next season, every episode will be film length but that remains to be seen (and doesn’t make us feel any better about the series being over after just seven weeks).

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