1. Inside Man
This is one of my favorite Spike Lee movies and it features one of my favorite "How did they get away with it!!!" reveals in heist movie history.
Barry Jenkins is one of the best artists in Hollywood, and there is a reason this movie killed it at the oscars. It fucking rules and will make you feel like not many movies can.
'Mudbound' came out at a time when I wasn't sure Netflix would be able to make good original content. This movie proved me wrong and really was one of the most suprising films of the year.
4. The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind
Chiwetel Ejiofor is a an incredibly great actor at portraying emotions, and he made this movie with a passion that really comes through the screen. The story behind it is also incredibly fascinating in general.
5. Malcolm X
Another one of Spike Lee's best, this is one of my favorite Denzel performances ever. It's a must-watch in my opinion not just for it's value as a movie, but to learn more about someone that gets glazed over a lot in school history books.
There is some seriously powerful acting in this movie. If it doesn't make you tear up, I don't know what's wrong with you.
I recomended this movie before, but it really is simply incredible. The co-stars Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal were also the co-writers, and poured a lot of time and effort into this film about their hometown of Oakland.
The movie is good, but the story is even more important. If you don't have time for the movie, at least read about her story.
Jordan Peele has obviously catapulted onto the scene as a premier horror director, and his sophomore effort is incredibly suspenseful.
You've hopefully already seen this movie by this point, but if not, watch it ASAP.
This is a super raw film that has an authentic feel that not a lot of romantic dramas can capture. It also shows you a lot of NYC that otherwise goes unnoticed by cinema.
Like I mentioned before, Barry Jenkins is one of the great artists in Hollywood right now. This movie is so fucking beautiful and poignant, it still makes me mad how disrespected it was at the Academy Awards.
Kelvin Harrison Jr. is going to be a big time stud in this industry for a long time. His performance basically makes this movie as good as it is.
This is one of the more absurd, hilarious and overall entertaining movies you will watch, and thats a guarantee.
Not that it needs to be said, but this is obviously a relevant movie to everything happening right now. If you want to understand and look beyond just whatever you see on the news or your twitter feed, this is a great place to start.
This is a hilarious movie that is not only ahead of its time, but still very relevant.
2. Creed II
Once deemed "One of the worst sports movies ever" by Eddie, it is firmly in my list of good sequel movies.
If 'Parasite' wasn't by far the best overall movie of last year, this one probably would have won best foreign picture.
In the cinema debate, this is definitely art. It's not only beautiful, but it tells a story about the unfortunate reality for people being pushed out of their own neighborhoods.
5. Little Woods
I know I normally do movies that are free to stream, but it's literally $0.99. This is an indie movie that deserves more eyeballs because it's riveting and makes you feel something.