9 amazing films for the evening

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In this selection of interesting films of various genres, everyone will find something to suit their mood! Whether you’re in the mood for a heartwarming drama, a thrilling adventure, or a laugh-out-loud comedy, our curated list of 9 amazing films for the evening has you covered. And if you’re looking for a little excitement before your movie marathon, why not explore the thrilling world of online gaming at WantedWin? It’s the perfect way to kick off an evening of entertainment.

1. Emily 2022

  • Rating 6.6
  • Genre: detective, thriller
  • Actors: Emma Maki, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Finn Whitehead, Alexandra Dowling, etc.
  • Country: USA
  • Director: Damian Cifron

The plot takes the viewer to the English village of Hohert, where in the middle of heather hills hides the house of the parish priest Patrick Bronte. Unlike his other children, his middle daughter Emily grows up withdrawn, preferring lonely walks to socialising with people. She is increasingly drawn into a world of fantasy, while her sisters have outgrown these childish pastimes and hint to Emily that she is strange.

The sisters are more interested in the arrival of the charming vicar William Waitman, who has managed to inspire the congregation with his heartfelt speech. However, rebellious Emily seems immune to Mr Waightman’s eloquence, leaving him utterly baffled and searching for a way to save her lost soul.

2. Nope 2022 

  • IMDb Rating 6.8
  • Genre: sci-fi, horror
  • Actors: Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Brandon Perea, etc.
  • Country: USA
  • Director: Jordan Peele

Brother and sister Heywood inherit from their father the famous stables “Heywood Hollywood”, located on the Hollywood plains. Once these stables supplied film studios with horses for westerns, but now it is a loss-making business that can barely stay afloat. And the plains are cursed, as if the sky above the ranch is always doing something wrong: then falling objects from above, then there are terrible sounds.

But when one day something resembling an alien craft flashed across the sky, the enterprising Heywoods rejoiced – they would no longer have to make ends meet! They film the UFO and sell the footage to some TV show for big bucks. The Heywoods purchase top-of-the-line equipment to film the footage, but… then something happens that makes them question the success of this business plan.

3. Life 2016

  • Rating: IMDb 6.6
  • Genre: horror, sci-fi
  • Actors: Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson, etc.
  • Country: USA, UK
  • Director: Daniel Espinosa

The action takes place on the ISS, which has become a working platform for specialists from different countries. Recently scientists managed to intercept a module returning from Mars and now they have a sample of Martian soil at their disposal. Exobiologist Hugh immediately takes it to the laboratory and, oh wonder, finds a large single-celled organism in it.

The Martian is named Calvin. He shows a great desire for life and grows not by the day, but by the hour. And although he’s still a baby, he’s already showing curiosity and the beginnings of intelligence. So, when Hugh lost his vigilance, the baby immediately escaped. But the team remains calm, because the ISS has measures in place for any force majeure. Well, so they thought.

4. The Lobster 2015

  • Rating: IMDb 7.1
  • Genre: melodrama, sci-fi
  • Actors: Colin Farrell, Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly
  • Country: Ireland, Great Britain, France
  • Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

In the not-too-distant future, people are not allowed to be single. All widowed or divorced people are sent to a special hotel where they are given 45 days to arrange their personal life. If during this time the individual does not connect himself with relations, his consciousness is transferred into some animal. This procedure is compulsory, but they are allowed to choose an animal of their liking – democracy, as it is.

The protagonist David, who became single after twelve years of marriage, immediately became a client of this dreary hotel. David wants to believe that he will be able to get a couple in due time, as the choice of singles at first glance here is large. But that’s not a fact, so his plan B is to become a lobster, because they live for over a hundred years.

5. Game Night 2018

  • Rating: IMDb 6.9
  • Genre: comedy
  • Actors: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler, Billy Magnussen, etc.
  • Country: USA
  • Director: John Francis Daly, Jonathan M. Goldstein

Max and Annie, gamblers by life. Board games, charades, puzzles, word and city games – they can play anything. They have also got their friends hooked on so-called “night games”, which often makes their house quite noisy. One night, Max’s older brother, Brooks, was an uninvited guest.

Max’s mood is expectedly low, because the rich brother is always trying to make him look like a loser. And now he came to lure the players to his posh house, offering to play a quest, which will be remembered for a long time. The prize to the winner will be the keys to his fancy car, so friends rashly agree to play to get the promised adrenaline charge very soon.

6. The Shape of Water 2017

  • Rating: IMDb 7.3
  • Genre: sci-fi, melodrama
  • Actors: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer, Doug Jones.
  • Country: USA, Mexico
  • Director: Guillermo del Toro

The action takes place in the early 60s. Nothing much happens in the life of the mute cleaning lady Elise. On weekdays she mops the floor in a secret research laboratory, and in her spare time she dances and watches musicals with her neighbour. Everything changes when a unique object is brought into the lab – an amphibian man.

Eliza guesses from his sad fish eyes that the sea monster is as lonely as she is. She begins to visit the creature more often to share its loneliness, and gradually something of a friendship develops between them. As luck would have it, at this time the experimental scientists have accelerated their crazy plans and clouds have gathered over the relationship between the monster and the cleaning lady. Eliza is going to do whatever it takes to save her heartfelt mate.

7. I Care a Lot 2020

  • Rating: IMDb 6.4
  • Genre: Thriller, Comedy, Crime
  • Actors: Peter Dinklage, Rosamund Pike, Eisa Gonzalez, Dianne Wiest.
  • Country: UK, USA
  • Director: J. Blakeson

Marla Grace once piously believed that if you work hard, you will succeed, but she quickly realised how foolish she was. Now she works as a professional carer who, under the guise of caring for lonely old people, takes their money. Elderly lady Jennifer Peterson was supposed to be the perfect ward. She made false certificates of health and sent to a special boarding house, giving Marla to dispose of her property.

But as soon as the swindler stretched her greedy hands to the old woman’s capital, as it turned out that she has a loving son – a mafia leader, with whom jokes are bad. But only with Marla is no joke, and to prove it, she is going to fight back to the formidable mafioso.

8. Fall 2022

  • Rating: IMDb 6.4
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Actors: Grace Fulton, Virginia Gardner, Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
  • Country: USA, UK
  • Director: Scott Mann

Seven months after the death of her rock climber husband, Becky is still inconsolable. She always kept Dan company on his outings, but he fell off a cliff right in front of her eyes and she’s not sure she’ll ever want to climb again. However, a persistent friend, motivated by a desire to lift Becky out of her lingering depression, persuades her to climb an old 600 metre high tower in the middle of a vacant lot.

Looking at the rickety, rusty structure with bolts falling out of it, Becky begins to realise how risky their venture is, but probably relying on good old-fashioned luck, she dismisses all doubts.

9. The Limehouse Golem 2016

  • Rating: IMDb 6.5
  • Genre: detective, thriller
  • Actors: Bill Nye, Olivia Cooke, Douglas Booth, Sam Reid, Maria Velverde
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Director: Juan Carlos Medina

In the dysfunctional neighbourhood of Limehouse there is a series of murders, which at first glance are unrelated. The terrified residents believe that the Golem, a clay mythical character, is behind the crimes. Inspector Kielder, who used to be a burglar, is assigned to investigate the case. He is not subject to superstition and is not familiar with local legends, so he starts to look for criminals among living people.

Meanwhile, the police find the corpse of playwright John Cree, who, judging by the evidence available, was poisoned by his wife, former actress Elizabeth. The inspector comes up with a theory that the Golem case and the playwright may be connected, and starts digging in that direction.

Derek Knightly
Derek Knightly
Co-creator of the website Tonights.TV. Who lives and breathes the world of movies and television.


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