Christmas has passed and there is still one important holiday left in 2023: New Year’s Eve. Unlike most holidays, New Year’s Eve is a day and night dedicated to non-stop partying. This usually involves getting dressed, buying alcohol or food (or at least Ring Dings and Pepsi), and enduring the rush of crowds as they say goodbye to 2023 and hello to 2024 .
Digital Trends has a different party in mind: a movie night. Why go out when you can stay home, log into your Netflix subscription and hang out with cool people like Timothée Chalamet, Julia Roberts or Jennifer Lawrence? The following list includes films from genres such as sci-fi, thrillers and comedies, as well as recently released new titles and classics from the 80s and 90s. It’s the perfect way to celebrate New Year’s Eve , and it’s also quite cheap.
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No Hard Feelings (2023)
Are you already craving summer? The best way to relive the sunny season is through Jennifer Lawrence and Netflix. One of the funniest summer comedies released last year was No strong emotions. The film focuses on Maddie Barker (Lawrence), who, on the verge of losing her childhood home after neglecting to pay property taxes, accepts an offer from a wealthy couple to deflower their introverted teenage son Percy (Andrew Barth Feldman, new to film but a Broadway veteran).
Yes, No strong emotions is bawdy and well-deserving of its R rating, but it’s also surprisingly sweet and, at times, touching. Lawrence has good chemistry with Feldman, and the bittersweet ending will make you feel good as we approach 2024.
The Killer (2023)
One of the best films of 2023 was David Fincher’s dark thriller The killer, starring two-time Academy Award nominee Michael Fassbender and Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton. The plot follows the main character, who embarks on an international manhunt following a botched hit in Paris.
Cool and elegant, The killer is aimed at action movie fans who enjoyed John Wick: Chapter 4 or any of Fincher’s past works like Se7en Or Zodiac. Fassbender shines as the titular assassin, whose deadpan delivery gives the film a nice comedic touch. Unexpectedly biting and wild, and delivering the kind of electrifying moments that make action films truly timeless, The killer will surely become a modern classic.
Field of Dreams (1989)
“If you build it, it will come.” Everyone knows this phrase and almost everyone knows that it was said in Field of dreams, the ultimate dad movie, if there ever was one. Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) is an Iowa corn farmer who receives a mysterious message while walking through his field. A menacing voice says, “If you build it, it will come.” » Ray then sees an image of Shoeless Joe Jackson (Ray Liotta).
Despite his financial difficulties, Ray plowed part of his land and built a baseball field. The field becomes a playground for the ghosts of famous baseball players, who begin playing games at night. However, Ray realizes that baseball is only the first step as the voice takes him on a journey of self-discovery across the country.
Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)
The original Ouija the movie is not good, but Origin of evil is the rare prequel that’s actually better than the original. When a woman decided to improve her seance act in 1967, she inadvertently called upon real dark spirits. When one of her daughters becomes possessed, she must fight to save her child and return the spirits to the realm from which they came.
Although it is a cipher plot, Fall of the House of UsherMike Flanagan’s sharp direction makes the film unsettling in a way that most horror films fail to accomplish. It’s a truly spooky film and an effectively spooky way to ring in the new year.
The Imitation Game (2014)
Oppenheimer was one of the most popular and critically acclaimed films of 2023. It’s not on Netflix yet, but if you want something like that, The game of imitations should do the trick. Like Oppenheimer’s treatment in the United States, England was unfair and unkind to Alan Turing after World War II. Turing also played a vital role in swinging the war in favor of the Allies through his codebreaking work at Bletchley Park during World War II.
Directed by Morten Tyldum, The game of imitations stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing, a British mathematician and computer scientist recruited to work for the British government in 1939. Due to his interest in cryptography, Turing and a team of cryptanalysts are tasked with deciphering the Enigma machine, the encryption device used by the Nazis. to send secret messages. With an intriguing premise, excellent performances from Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, and an Academy Award-winning literary script, The game of imitations is a smart World War II thriller that should satisfy fans of Oppenheimer or historical thrillers.
Leaving the World Behind (2023)
If you’re in a more vague mood, perhaps about the end of the world, we have the film for you. Adapted from Rumaan Alam’s 2020 novel of the same name, Leave the world behind stars Julia Roberts and Ethan Hawke as Amanda and Clay, a couple vacationing on Long Island. But their vacation takes a turn when two strangers (Mahershala Ali and Myha’la) arrive in the middle of the night to take refuge from a cyberattack. In their little refuge, the four characters must deal with a world that is rapidly collapsing around them.
Already one of Netflix’s most popular films, Leave the world behind is pleasantly absurd. As usual, Roberts is great and Hawke once again displays a boyish charm that has made him one of the most discreet actors around. Just leave your common sense and your Tesla at the door.
Dune: part two comes out later in 2024, so it’s a good time to go back and rewatch the original, which is one of the best modern sci-fi films. On Arrakis, the Galactic Empire’s most important world, Duke Leto Atreides (Oscar Isaac) has been given the near-impossible task of making peace with the native Fremen while maintaining the flow of spices that allows humanity to travel in space. But when House Atreides is betrayed by the Emperor and delivered to its rivals, House Harkonnen, Leto’s son, Paul Atreides (Wonka(Timothée Chalamet) and his mother, Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson), are forced to flee for their lives in the unforgiving wastes of Dune.
At only 3 years old, Dune still packs a visual and visceral punch, and the cast, which also includes Jason Momoa, Zendaya, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem and Dave Bautista, is even more impressive now that they’ve starred in hits like Spider-Man: No Way Home And Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in the years that followed. DuneIt’s a great way to transport yourself to another world without ever having to leave the comfort of your home.
Ignored when it was first released last year, Reptile is an intense crime thriller that never lets the audience feel too comfortable with its main character, Detective Tom Nichols (played by Benicio del Toro). In the film, a young woman named Summer (Matilda Lutz) has been killed and her body is discovered by her boyfriend, Will Grady (Justin Timberlake, taking a break from his pop songs). And it seems that several men in Summer’s life could have harmed her, including Grady himself.
As he digs deeper into the case, Nichols shares some details with his wife, Judy (Distraught star Alicia Silverstone). But even Nichols’ relationship with Judy may not be what it seems, as he is forced to re-examine his own life while searching for the answers that could bring a killer to justice. Reptile is a great showcase for lead star del Toro, who makes for an ideal noir hero: conflicted, brooding, and just a little dangerous.
Support Me (1986)
This one is for anyone feeling nostalgic or wanting a good coming-of-age movie. One of the best Stephen King adaptations of all time, Stay by me, takes place in 1959 in Castle Rock, Oregon. After learning the location of a missing boy’s body, 12-year-old Gordon “Gordie” Lachance (Wil Wheaton before he arrived on Star Trek: The Next Generation), and his friends Chris Chambers (River Phoenix), Teddy Duchamp (Corey Feldman) and Vern Tessio (Jerry O’Connell) decide to find the body in the hopes of being recognized as heroes.
Along the way, they encounter aggressive dogs, truly evil bullies, and slugs that appear in the most unlikely places. Unlike most of King’s works, Stay by me is not interested in the supernatural; instead, it addresses something much scarier: growing up and learning to let go. The last five minutes make for one of the great movie endings of all time, and you’ll be humming the title song until 2024.
My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)
Everyone laments the decline of theatrical romantic comedies, but why complain when one of the genre’s classics is right there in your Netflix queue? Julia Roberts is both the hero and the villain The wedding of my best friend, a unique twist on a classic story where the girl wants the guy even though he’s engaged to someone else. Roberts’ Julianne Potter tries to stop her best friend, Michael O’Neal (Scream VI‘s Dermot Mulroney), for marrying sweet Kimmy Wallace (Cameron Diaz), even though they seem perfect for each other.
Unlike most ’90s romantic comedies, The wedding of my best friend still holds up today, partly because it’s not afraid to get a little naughty. Roberts does some pretty shady things, but his actions are somewhat justifiable. The film is famous for its Chicago filming locations and Cameron Diaz karaoke scene, but the best sequence by far is Dionne Warwick’s spontaneous song. I say a little prayer.
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