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Best New Movies of 2024 (So Far), From ‘Furiosa’ to ‘Challengers’

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Perhaps the spiciest tennis film ever. A strange bodybuilding revenge thriller. A completely different Bible story.

When it comes to the movies of 2024, these are some of our favorite things.

Last year was one astonishing years for movies. However, this year it was a bit difficult. People are freaking out about box office receipts, and high-profile movies — most recently “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” and “The Garfield Movie” — aren’t exactly raking in the money; in fact, only five films have cleared the $100 million mark domestically by 2024. And the films themselves were generally just okay. Usually Hollywood brings back the really good stuff, and after ‘Madame Web’, ‘Argylle’ and other fairly mediocre fare, more quality is desperately needed.

Fortunately, there are also some outliers. Here are the best movies of 2024 so far, definitively ranked:

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10. ‘The First Omen’

‘The Omen’ franchise gets a nice refresh with this prequel to the original 1976 film. Nell Tiger Free stars as a young American novitiate in an Italian orphanage who becomes embroiled in a rogue conspiracy by the Catholic Church to birth the Antichrist let it become. There’s plenty of non-horror and a breathtaking gonzo finale, but feminist undertones and a current take on religion give depth and relevance to a demonicly effective chiller.

Where to watch: Hulu, Disney+

9. ‘The Book of Clarence’

Jeymes Samuel’s thoughtful and subversive take on the Biblical resurrection story stars LaKeith Stanfield as Clarence, a streetwise Jerusalem man in the time of Jesus. Seeing the power and swagger that Jesus has, Clarence proclaims himself “the new messiah,” attempts miracles and clashes with the Romans in a spiritually moving Everyman story that everyone can relate to, whether you whether you are religious or not.

Where to watch: Netflix

8. ‘Late Night with the Devil’

David Dastmalchian makes everything he’s in better, from the “Ant-Man” movies and “The Suicide Squad” to “Oppenheimer” and “The Boogeyman.” He gets a great lead role in this uncomfortable and baffling retro horror film, starring a late-night TV host from the 1970s who is tired of losing in the ratings to Johnny Carson and a supposedly possessed girl in a Halloween -gambling involved. that gets out of hand in a supernatural way.

Where to watch: Shudder

7. ‘Drive-Away Dolls’

Director Ethan Coen’s wacky crime comedy is a playful madness on the ‘Thelma & Louise’ model, with Geraldine Viswanathan and Margaret Qualley playing lesbian friends looking for a break from their everyday lives. While driving to Florida in a rental car, they find something strange in the trunk and end up on a campy, noir-splashing road trip. (Extra cool points for including a nice bit from cameo king Matt Damon.)

Where to watch: Peacock

6. ‘Furiosa: a Mad Max saga’

In the prequel to ‘Mad Max: Fury Road,’ Anya Taylor-Joy takes over the title role from Charlize Theron as young Furiosa embarks on an epic revenge mission featuring vehicular mayhem, explosive action sequences, unbridled road rage and the strangest villain Chris Hemsworth has ever seen. will encounter. probably played once. It’s no ‘Fury Road’, but ‘Mad Max’ mastermind George Miller once again delivers a wild and worthy dystopian thrill ride through the Wasteland.

Where to watch: In theaters

5. ‘hitman’

Glen Powell may be a rising star after “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Anyone But You,” but the real talent scouts have arrived since his wise ballplayer in Richard Linklater’s “Everybody Wants Some!!” They team up again for an irresistible noir comedy and Powell’s most diverse role yet: a nerdy philosophy professor who turns up as a fake killer on police crime and falls in love with a ‘client’ (Adria Arjona) who wants to steal her husband.

Where to watch: In theaters now, on Netflix Friday

4. ‘Challengers’

Just when you think sports movies are all the same, director Luca Guadagnino (“Call Me By Your Name”) serves up some arthouse top spin with his compelling, hot-blooded tennis melodrama. Mike Faist and Josh O’Connor star as young doubles partners and Zendaya is the teen singles sensation who creates an emotionally complicated love triangle that unfolds violently on and off the court over a tumultuous number of years.

Where to watch: Apple TV, Fandango at home, Amazon

3. ‘Love lies bleeding’

Eyes connect between amped-up Midwestern bodybuilder Jackie (Katy O’Brian) and introverted gym manager Lou (Kristen Stewart) and a love affair ensues. Then everything falls apart and bodies fall to the ground, in director Rose Glass’s sultry, sweaty and suitably bizarre neo-noir thriller. Come for the balls and barbells, stay for O’Brian’s fantastic star-making turn, deftly capturing the troubled soul beneath Jackie’s muscles.

Where to watch: Apple TV, Fandango at home, Amazon

2. ‘Civil War’

With his compelling cautionary tale, director Alex Garland takes our current political and cultural divide to a disturbing place and confronts audiences with what a real modern civil war would look like. The thriller doubles as a journalistic film, with Kirsten Dunst giving an excellent performance as a world-weary photographer who takes a rookie (Cailee Spaeny) under her wing on the dangerous road to a first for the ages.

Where to watch: Apple TV, Fandango at home, Amazon

1. ‘Dune: part two’

For a highly anticipated epic sci-fi film, director Denis Villeneuve’s 2021 ‘Dune: Part One’ was aggressively average. (Heck, that David Lynch “Dune” was more fun.) But all is forgiven now, Denis: “Part Two” is a sprawling, sandworm-filled triumph. Timothée Chalamet finally finds his feet as the messianic Paul Atreides – and delves into the thorny issues that come with being a savior figure – in a gripping, action-packed sequel that explores power, colonialism and religion.

Where to watch: Max