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9 Must-Watch Releases on Netflix This January

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#1. E.T. the Extra Terrestrial (January 1)

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With the passing of screenwriter Melissa Mathison, her last script being Steven Spielberg’s recent The BFG, it’s a fitting time to return to the movie that made her a notable writer and Spielberg a master of movies for kids. It’s hard to not fall for the weird little titular alien who befriends suburban boy Elliot as he attempts to call his family in the stars. It has everything a kid could want in a sci-fi adventure: A secret to keep from the adults, an alien kids can teach all sorts of neat things, a daring escape from government cronies, a tragic fate of an almost-dead friend and the sheer spectacle of riding a bicycle through the air.

Mathison and Spielberg not only made this movie exciting and fun, but telling of the era where kids can be kids rather than what adults think kids should be. With so many themes repeated in Netflix’s original series Stranger Things, E.T. is the perfect follow-up film to season one or a carryover until season two.

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17 of the Most Fetch Back-to-School Movies

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[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t’s back to school time! Tragically, that means summer is coming to an end. On the other hand, that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun celebrating the impending school year with some of our favorite back-to-school movies.

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Whether our favorite back to school movies are set in the mean halls of a high school or a rowdy frat house at a college campus, these back-to-school movies will actually make school seem (gasp!) exciting.

Here are our 16 favorite back to school movies:

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All Marvel Movies Ranked from Worst to Best – Including Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2!

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has just landed in theaters, and Marvel fans everywhere are already obsessing over Baby Groot. Not to mention Rocket, Drax, Gamora and Star-Lord, of course! But where does Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 fit in with the rest of the Marvel movies?

We’ve even taken this a step further beyond MCU movies; did you know that Marvel has been involved in making superhero movies long before Marvel characters like Chris Hemsworth lit up the screen as Thor and Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange?

That’s right, we’ve ranked all the Marvel films (we didn’t count made for TV movies), starting with the first major release back in the 1980’s, culminating with the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in 2017. Check it out and let us know what you think!doctor-strange-green

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47. Fantastic Four (2015)

Fantastic Four was the worst rated Marvel movie of all time according to fans and critics. Flame off please.fantastic-four-2015-still

Rotten Tomatoes: 9% Critics, 19% Audience

Box Office: $168 million

 

46. Howard the Duck (1986)

Screw villains, Howard the Duck is the creepiest Marvel character around.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 13% Critics, 38% Audience

Box Office: $38 million

 

45. Man-Thing (2005)

Does anyone even remember this movie coming out?

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Rotten Tomatoes: 17% Critics, 12% Audience

Box Office: $1.1 million

 

44. Captain America (1990)

Yes, there was a Captain America movie before Chris Evans. Though only released theatrically in the UK, ‘Captain America’ remains a hard core fan favorite, despite lacking the specials effects of modern marvel movies.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 0% Critics, 16% Audience

Box Office: $10,173

 

43. Elektra (2005)

Ahhh, the good old days when Jennifer Garner had her Alias fame to fall back on. Still not a good movie.

Rotten Tomatoes: 10% Critics, 30% Audience

Box Office: $56.7 million

 

42. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012)

Nicolas Cage with a flaming skull head is just too much to handle in one movie, let alone a sequel.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 17% Critics, 32% Audience

Box Office: $132.6 million

 

41. Daredevil (2003)

We can’t rank Daredevil last because simply because it made WAY too much money. But our thought is that we’d have been better off had Ben Affleck not taken the role of Daredevil during the peak of his frat-bro style years. #NotAFan

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Rotten Tomatoes: 44% Critics, 35% Audience

Box Office: $179.2 million

 

40. Fantastic Four (1994)

This movie was never actually released, but a few illegal copies made their way into circulation years later.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 29% Critics, 27% Audience

Box Office: N/A

 

39. The Punisher (1989)

Vigilante justice and revenge on those who killed his family is the name of the Punisher’s game. Staring Dolph Lundgren.

 

Rotten Tomatoes: 28% Critics, 32% Audience

Box Office: $533,411

 

38. Fantastic Four (2005)

Not only was there a different Captain America in 1990, but Chris Evans also played a different superhero. We MUCH prefer him as Steve Rogers.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 27% Critics, 45% Audience

Box Office: $330.6 million

 

37. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

Chris Evans returns! Thank goodness he got out in time to play Captain America.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 37% Critics, 51% Audience

Box Office: $289 million

 

36. Punisher: War Zone (2008)

A pattern of vengeance turns the whole city of New York into a war zone. Staring Ray Stevenson.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 27% Critics, 42% Audience

Box Office: $10.1 million

 

35. Ghost Rider (2007)

Nicolas Cage played stunt motorcyclist Johnny Blaze in a battle against the devil in this mediocre-at-best movie.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 26% Critics, 48% Audience

Box Office: $228.7 million

 

34. Blade: Trinity (2004)

Good or bad, Wesley Snipes makes the Blade movies classics.

 

Rotten Tomatoes: 25% Critics, 59% Audience

Box Office: $128.9 million

 

33. Hulk (2003)

Oddly enough, critics enjoyed (but fans hated) the Eric Bana-helmed Hulk.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 61% Critics, 29% Audience

Box Office: $245.4 million

 

32. The Punisher (2004)

Despite John Travolta’s appearance in The Punisher, fans found the movie somewhat enjoyable. Starring Thomas Jane.

 Rotten Tomatoes: 29% Critics, 63% Audience

Box Office: $54.7 million

 

31. X-Men: Apocalypse 

Even with a plethora of characters and a massive battle scene at the end ‘Apocalypse’ didn’t quit live up to the rest of the X-Men franchise.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 48% Critics, 69% Audience

Box Office: $543.9 million

 

30. Spider-Man 3 (2007)

Toby Maguire’s last stint as Spider-Man was his worst.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 62% Critics, 51% Audience

Box Office: $890.9 million

 

29. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

Though Hugh Jackman gave it his utmost, he couldn’t rescue this film.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 38% Critics, 59% Audience

Box Office: $373.1 million

 

28. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

Plenty of action, little character development.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 58% Critics, 62% Audience

Box Office: $459.4 million

 

27. Blade II (2002)

Guillermo del Toro directed the middle installment of the Blade trilogy.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 57% Critics, 68% Audience

Box Office: $155 million

 

26. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

In general, fans were happy that this movie felt exceptionally comic-booky.

 

Rotten Tomatoes: 53% Critics, 65% Audience

Box Office: $709 million

 

25. The Wolverine (2013)

The Wolverine heads to Japan to face his inner demons. Critics praised the film for being true to the comics.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 69% Critics, 69% Audience

Box Office: $414.8 million

 

24. Blade (1998)

“If you wanna survive it, you better learn to pull the trigger!”

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Rotten Tomatoes: 54% Critics, 78% Audience

Box Office: $131.2 million

 

23. The Incredible Hulk (2008)

Edward Norton was finally able to show off his rage issues.

 

Rotten Tomatoes: 67% Critics, 71% Audience

Box Office: $263.4 million

 

22. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

Andrew Garfield made his debut as Spider-Man with positive impact, despite Tobey Maguire’s series just finishing up.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 72% Critics, 77% Audience

Box Office: $757.9 million

 

21. X-Men (2000)

Rebecca Romijn’s debut as Mystique was enough to win over the fanboys critics.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 81% Critics, 83% Audience

Box Office: $296.3 million

 

20. Spider-Man (2002)

Tobey Maguire made exploring his newfound powers loads of fun.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 89% Critics, 67% Audience

Box Office: $821.7 million

 

19. Iron Man 2 (2010)

Iron Man 2 was a bit played out after the first film, but it was still loads of fun.

 

Rotten Tomatoes: 72% Critics, 72% Audience

Box Office: $623.9 million

 

18. Thor: The Dark World (2013)

The saving grace of Thor: The Dark World was the addition of more Loki.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 66% Critics, 78% Audience

Box Office: $644.6 million

 

17. Iron Man 3 (2013)

Despite some hodge-podge over Ben Kingsley getting cast as the Mandarin, Iron Man 3 was a box office success.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 79% Critics, 79% Audience

Box Office: $1.2 billion

 

16. Thor (2011)

As doofy as a blonde hammer-wielding hero could be, Chris Hemsworth brought heart and zest to the god of thunder.

 

Rotten Tomatoes: 77% Critics, 76% Audience

Box Office: $449.3 million

 

15. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

It doesn’t get much more American than a man in a spangled outfit facing off against Nazis.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 80% Critics, 74% Audience

Box Office: $370.6 million

 

14. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

Old favorites met up with new stars–what could go wrong?

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Rotten Tomatoes: 91% Critics, 92% Audience

Box Office: $747.9 million

 

13. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

The Guardians of the Galaxy made their raucous comeback this year. It didn’t quite match the heart and hilarity of the first one, but who doesn’t love Baby Groot?

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Rotten Tomatoes: 81% Critics, 90% Audience

Box Office: $732.9 million*

*Still showing in theaters

 

12. Ant-Man (2015)

Scott Lang’s (Paul Rudd) sticky fingers come in handy when he must carry out a thieving mission. Oh, and we can’t forget Antony.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 81% Critics, 86% Audience

Box Office: $519.4 million

 

11. X2: X-Men United (2003)

Critics and fans praised the well-executed plot and solid acting.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 86% Critics, 85% Audience

Box Office: $407.7 million

 

10. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

The second Avengers film was action-packed, fun and had some heartfelt touches.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 75% Critics, 84% Audience

Box Office: $1.4 billion

 

9. Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Critics loved this film for the great villain (Doctor Octopus) and deep emotional focus.

 

Rotten Tomatoes: 93% Critics, 81% Audience

Box Office: $783.8 million

 

8. Big Hero 6 (2014)

Okay, so we didn’t realize this was a Marvel film until making this list. It’s pretty stinkin’ cute.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 89% Critics, 91% Audience

Box Office: $657.8 million

 

7. Deadpool (2016)

Deadpool was by far the raunchiest of the Marvel films so far, and we dig it.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 84% Critics, 91% Audience

Box Office: $778.6 million

 

6. X-Men: First Class (2011)

The star-loaded X-Men reboot (James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and more!) wowed critics and fans alike.

 

Rotten Tomatoes: 87% Critics, 87% Audience

Box Office: $353.6 million

 

5. Doctor Strange (2016)

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in Marvel’s newest release, and it’s been an instant hit with fans. Doctor Strange even helped push Disney past the $6 billion mark for 2016–it’s only the second time a studio has made that much in a year.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 90% Critics, 91% Audience

Box Office: $677.7 million

 

4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Packed with action and a hefty dose of political reality, this movie became an instant hit with fans. Not to mention, the Winter Soldier himself is pretty bad-ass.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 89% Critics, 92% Audience

Box Office: $714.4 million

 

3. Iron Man (2008)

Robert Downey, Jr.’s simple line, “I am Iron Man” sealed the deal.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 94% Critics, 91% Audience

Box Office: $585.2 million

 

2. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

It’s got killer tunes and quite possibly the weirdest characters ever, but somehow it works.

 

Rotten Tomatoes: 91% Critics, 92% Audience

Box Office: $773.3 million

 

1. (Tie) Captain America: Civil War (2016)

This movie was practically a better Avengers movie than Age of Ultron.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 90% Critics, 91% Audience

Box Office: $1.1 billion

 

1. (Tie) The Avengers (2012)

With an all-star cast including Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey, Jr., Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson, Marvel’s The Avengers managed to balance non-stop action with humor and wit.

 

Rotten Tomatoes: 92% Critics, 91% Audience

Box Office: $1.5 billion

 

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Top 7 Mila Kunis Movies and TV Shows You Need to Watch

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[dropcap]S[/dropcap]he’s cute. She’s sassy. She’s one of the hottest actresses around. But are there any Mila Kunis movies and TV shows that slipped under your radar?

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From hilarious comedies to psychological dramas, Kunis has had a well-rounded career. We’re choosing to ignore the little mishap that was Oz the Great and Powerful when praising her works, though.

Take a look out our top 5 Mila Kunis movies and TV shows you can’t miss:

1. Forgetting Sarah Marshall

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Kunis is irresistible as the Hawaii-dwelling babe helping Jason Segel get over his ex-girlfriend (played by Kristen Bell). In addition to their adorable chemistry, who can forget Segel’s hilarious vampiric musical stylings?

2. That ’70s Show

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Okay, so you probably didn’t miss this one. But who doesn’t want an excuse to rewatch Mila Kunis in her breakout role as Jackie Burkhart?

3. Black Swan

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Kunis plays a ballerina opposite Natalie Portman in this psychological thriller. As the two girls compete to play the lead character in Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, their dark and twisted sides begin to emerge. Of all the Mila Kunis movies and TV shows, this one is the most highly acclaimed. This film was nominated for five Oscars, and Portman earned a win for best actress.

4. Family Guy

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Mila Kunis herself doesn’t appear in this animated hit, but her voice does! She voices Meg Griffin, the unfortunate daughter in the Griffin family.

5. Bad Moms

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What’s motherhood really like? Well, Bad Moms shows that becoming a mother doesn’t always change people. In fact, sometimes it’s an excuse to have even more fun.

6. Friends with Benefits

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Okay, so this movie may not garner the critical acclaim of Black Swan, but it sure is fun. Plus, who wouldn’t like watching Justin Timberlake and Kunis flirting? Things get complicated when the two of them try to have fun by adding sex to their friendship.

7. Ted

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Even as the exasperated girlfriend, Mila Kunis manages to be endearing. When Mark Wahlberg wishes for his childhood teddy bear Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) to come to life, he finds himself still hanging out smoking pot and not getting much accomplished 30 years later. Kunis tries to get him back on track, but sometimes it takes drastic measures.

For more on Mila Kunis, follow her fan page on Facebook.

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