While everyone was watching Avengers: Endgame, Aladdin, and Terminator: Dark Fate, other less popular movies were released that are still worth your time. Many of them were nominated for prestigious awards and some of them even revealed a different side of celebrities that we didn’t know they had.
We at ViralSection love good movies and we try not to miss any films that are worth our attention. You will definitely find something to your liking among these 10 films.
1. The Highwaymen
Cinema and the media have been romanticizing Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow for many years but, in reality, they were robbers, cold-blood murderers, and they ruined a lot of lives. The film The Highwaymen restores justice. Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson portray the Texas Rangers Frank Hamer and Maney Gault — the true heroes that managed to catch the couple. This is a gripping criminal drama in the traditions of the best American films.
2. Where’d You Go, Bernadette
Cate Blanchett plays a talented architect, a mother, and an unusual woman. Her daughter is an outstanding student at an elite school. She also has a loving husband by her side. This seemingly perfect life turns out to be unbearable for Bernadette, so she just disappears. Where’d You Go, Bernadette is the screen adaptation of a novel by American writer Maria Semple. This is a realistic story about searching for yourself, about the love of a mother and a daughter, about how important justice is and how understanding your relatives are, and about how sometimes, you can only find the meaning of your life if you go far enough away.
3. The Irishman
An elderly Frank Sheeran remembers how his life changed beyond recognition after he met Russell Bufalino, a criminal. Frank turned into a gangster whose nickname was The Irishman. Director Martin Scorsese filmed a crime drama with Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in the leading roles. Despite the controversial reviews, it has a high IMDb score — 8.1.
4. Cold Pursuit
Nels Coxman (Liam Neeson), the main character, is an exemplary family man whose life changes dramatically when his son is murdered by drug dealers. When he wants to avenge his son’s death, he finds out that in a small northern town, there is an entire drug-dealing empire. Director Hans Petter Moland made Kraftidioten (In Order of Disappearance) in 2014. Cold Pursuit is a remake of that film from the same director, but in English.
5. Downton Abbey
The full-length Downton Abbey is something like a final episode of the TV series that has many fans. The film is centered around the King of England, who is going to visit the house. This is your chance to dive back into the atmosphere of the Abbey with all the costumes and decorations that many viewers have been missing since the show ended. If you haven’t seen the series, this is a great opportunity to get a glimpse of what it’s like.
6. Apollo 11
This is a documentary about the mission of Apollo 11, with Neil Armstrong, that landed on the Moon in 1969. This high-rated film (IMDb — 8.2) was a lot of work to do, with a big team of professionals that made it truly memorable and unique.
7. The Peanut Butter Falcon
Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz made a wonderful film with Zack Gottsagen in the main role. The actor has Down syndrome. His partners are Dakota Johnson and Shia LaBeouf. This is an indie film you should not miss. The main character is a charming guy named Zack, he doesn’t have a family so he lives in a nursing home. He wants to become a professional wrestler. The path toward his goal is through a raft trip with 2 lonely hearts, just like him.
8. The Two Popes
Pope Benedict (Anthony Hopkins) abdicates the post of the head of the Catholic church for Pope Francis (Jonathan Pryce). This film is based on the play by Anthony McCarten and it shows how difficult the path of 2 completely different people can be when they have to unite billions of followers across the world. The film is believed to become an Oscar contender in Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Cinematography.
9. Jojo Rabbit
If you see the name Taika Waititi in the credits (here he is the director, the scriptwriter, and he also plays one of the main roles), you can be sure that the film will be unusual. The story is centered around a 10-year-old boy who lives in Nazi Germany. He lost his father and nobody understands him, so he makes up an imaginary friend whose name is Adolf Hitler. This Hitler has nothing in common with the real person. The boy is trying to find himself in this new and difficult world. Despite the trailer, that looks comedic, the film is actually an anti-war drama with just a bit of humor. It is about kindness, love, and peace.
10. The Professor and the Madman
Oxford professor James Murray (Mel Gibson) is working on the first English language dictionary in history. His assistant is a psychiatric facility patient, W. C. Minor (Sean Penn). This is a film about the lives of 2 completely different people, who end up becoming partners and close friends. It took Mel Gibson 17 years to finally release the adaptation of Simon Winchester’s novel.
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