Look, we all know that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is going to blow our socks off at the end of the year. We already know that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is going to make our mouth’s gape in awe with two films – Guardians Of The Galaxy: Volume Two and Thor: Ragnarok. There are plenty of amazing films we can’t help but know about.
This is good news; it means that cinema is doing well – it also means that there will be plenty of films that fly well under the radar this year. We know the films mentioned above are going to be great – but this year has a lot of hidden gems, some that have already aired and others that are yet to arrive.
How can you watch? Well – get down to the cinema. In some circumstances, some of these films might be streaming on Netflix. To get around the regional barriers use a tool like www.flixusa.com.au. The film you want to watch might be on American Netflix, but not on the English version, or the version you usually use.
So, what films should we watch this year?
If you didn’t hear the online buzz – you definitely didn’t watch Get Out. The directorial debut by comedian Jordan Peele is a trippy, psychedelic wander through racial prejudices that don’t seem as harmful as they actually are. Get Out flew under the radar for many until it was released and it is certainly worth your time. This is a horror movie that won’t scare you, but it will stay stuck into your head for a long, long time.
A Cure For Wellness, by Gore Verbinski is where you need to head if you want to get unsettled. Inspired by the tale of Dracula, this movie features Spiderman’s Dane DeHaan as he searches a remote Alpine clinic for his manager. Everyone in this clinic? They are seriously ill – this is a disturbing slow burn. IT, the adaptation of the King classic won’t go under your radar, but this could be more shocking.
Not many films are brave enough to tackle physical disabilities, but Stephen Chbosky’s Wonder is something that is. It is aimed at a younger audience and focuses on the life of Auggie – who is seriously affected by a facial deformity that he suffers from. With switching perspectives, this film will go all out to tackle prejudice and judgement. A tear-jerker? Maybe. The book was a huge success, but the film might not be heard of by many.
If you are looking for feel good – look to the stars and space. Hidden Figures features a story that was pretty much hidden from the world – and features a team of African American women who try to help a space launch succeed through their use of mathematical data. The film stars Octavia Spender, Janelle Monae, and Taraji Henson as the leads and also features Kevin Costner and Kirsten Dunst. This story, a big part of the space race, flew under everyone’s radar, so don’t let the film fly under yours.