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Highly-rated yet little-known movies and shows on streaming

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agoodmovietowatch Spotlight is a series of sections that shine a light on excellence in under-represented cinema.

An HBO show that's almost too suspenseful to watch. It stars Riz Ahmed as a kid who steals his father's cab to go to a party, only to later find himself tangled up in a crime. Everything leading up to his arrest, while not necessarily indicative of anything criminal, boasts cut-throat suspense. And that's the magic of this show, it's taking familiar crime story arcs, adding flawless acting and incredible writing, and perfecting the thrills. You'll want to binge this show but, if your anything like me, your heart might not be able to take it.

8.0

Amy Adams stars as a troubled journalist investigating a serial murder and Patricia Clarkson stars as her (also troubled) mother. This duo of stardom is made to shine by director Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club) in a story that's as much about the journalist's family as it is about the gruesome crime she's investigating. All this makes for a raw and dangerously bingeable thriller drama that packs a lot of insight into the consequences of abusing others as well as self-abuse.

8.1

A sweet feel-good movie starring Nick Offerman as a dad who has to deal with his only daughter leaving for college and his record store struggling. The daughter is played by Kiersey Clemons who you might recognize from the show Easy. And Ted Danson has a great role too. This is a relatable and heartwarming movie, one of the best the so-called "indie" genre has known in a long time.

8.0
Best Film

A show about teens but hard to imagine it as one for teens. It's a mostly nihilistic look at the drug problems, self-esteem and body image issues, and online bullying that govern the lives of many teenagers today. So why or who should watch? I don't know, but I can tell you the plot runs like an impeccably-oiled machine, the acting is out-of-this-world, the music is epic, and if you're not affected by them, the issues are interesting to discover and discuss. Maybe everyone should watch, or maybe no one, but if you're looking for a well-made and edgy drama, this is one of the best.

8.4

An HBO show that's almost too suspenseful to watch. It stars Riz Ahmed as a kid who steals his father's cab to go to a party, only to later find himself tangled up in a crime. Everything leading up to his arrest, while not necessarily indicative of anything criminal, boasts cut-throat suspense. And that's the magic of this show, it's taking familiar crime story arcs, adding flawless acting and incredible writing, and perfecting the thrills. You'll want to binge this show but, if your anything like me, your heart might not be able to take it.

8.0

Amy Adams stars as a troubled journalist investigating a serial murder and Patricia Clarkson stars as her (also troubled) mother. This duo of stardom is made to shine by director Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club) in a story that's as much about the journalist's family as it is about the gruesome crime she's investigating. All this makes for a raw and dangerously bingeable thriller drama that packs a lot of insight into the consequences of abusing others as well as self-abuse.

8.1

A sweet feel-good movie starring Nick Offerman as a dad who has to deal with his only daughter leaving for college and his record store struggling. The daughter is played by Kiersey Clemons who you might recognize from the show Easy. And Ted Danson has a great role too. This is a relatable and heartwarming movie, one of the best the so-called "indie" genre has known in a long time.

8.0
Best Film

A show about teens but hard to imagine it as one for teens. It's a mostly nihilistic look at the drug problems, self-esteem and body image issues, and online bullying that govern the lives of many teenagers today. So why or who should watch? I don't know, but I can tell you the plot runs like an impeccably-oiled machine, the acting is out-of-this-world, the music is epic, and if you're not affected by them, the issues are interesting to discover and discuss. Maybe everyone should watch, or maybe no one, but if you're looking for a well-made and edgy drama, this is one of the best.

8.4