Over the last ten years, the independent film studio known as A24 has earned a reputation for producing and distributing some of the most groundbreaking, thought-provoking, and emotionally resonant movies in modern cinema. And with your Livingston Library card, you can stream many of A24’s most noteworthy films for free on Kanopy. Check out some from the list below, or browse Kanopy’s complete selection of A24-produced films here. (Descriptions provided by Kanopy)
Everything Everywhere All At Once – 2022, directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert
When an interdimensional rupture threatens to unravel reality, the fate of the world is suddenly in the hands of a most unlikely hero: Evelyn (Michelle Yeoh), a flustered immigrant mother. As bizarre and bewildering dangers emerge from the many possible worlds, she must learn to channel her newfound powers and fight her way through the splintering timelines to save her home, her family, and herself in this big-hearted and irreverent adventure through the multiverse.
Lady Bird – 2017, directed by Greta Gerwig
Directed by Greta Gerwig (Barbie, Little Women) and nominated for five Oscars, Lady Bird is a warm, affecting comedy about a high schooler (Saoirse Ronan) who must navigate a loving but turbulent relationship with her strong-willed mother (Laurie Metcalf) over the course of her eventful and poignant senior year of high school.
Minari – 2021, directed by Lee Isaac Chung
A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, MINARI follows a Korean-American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother. Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, MINARI shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.
Marcel the Shell With Shoes On – 2022, directed by Dean Fleischer-Camp
Marcel, a one inch-tall shell, lives with his grandmother Connie, the only residents of their town after their neighbors’ sudden, mysterious disappearance. When a brush with fame gives him a chance at reuniting with his long-lost friends and family, Marcel’s big adventure begins in this bighearted and bittersweet, delightful and moving story of finding home.
Bodies Bodies Bodies – 2022, directed by Halina Rejin
When a group of rich 20-somethings get stuck at a remote family mansion during a hurricane, a party game ends with a dead body on the ground and fingers pointed everywhere. As they try to find the killer among them, fake friends and real enemies have to learn who to trust—and how to survive—in this fresh and funny Gen-Z meltdown.
Uncut Gems – 2019, directed by Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie
A charismatic jeweler (Adam Sandler) makes a high-stakes bet that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime. In a precarious high-wire act, he must balance business, family, and adversaries on all sides in pursuit of the ultimate win.
After Yang – 2021, directed by Kogonada
When his young daughter’s beloved A.I companion malfunctions, Jake uncovers details of the robot’s previously unknown life hidden in the android’s interior core. A secret stash of video memories suddenly leads Jake to surprising discoveries about himself and his family in this mysterious and haunting sci-fi film. Scored by Ryuichi Sakamoto in one of his final films & based on the short story “Saying Goodbye to Yang” by Alexander Weinstein.
Zola – 2021, directed by Janicza Bravo
Zola (Taylour Paige), a Detroit waitress, strikes up a new friendship with a customer, Stefani (Riley Keough), who seduces her to join a weekend of dancing and partying in Florida. What at first seems like a glamorous trip full of “hoeism” rapidly transforms into a 48-hour journey involving a nameless pimp, an idiot boyfriend, some Tampa gangsters and other unexpected adventures in this wild, see-it-to-believe-it tale.
The Farewell – 2019, directed by Lulu Wang
In this funny, heartfelt story, Billi’s (Awkwafina) family returns to China under the guise of a fake wedding to stealthily say goodbye to their beloved matriarch—the only person that doesn’t know she only has a few weeks to live.
The Lighthouse – 2019, directed by Robert Eggers
Two lighthouse keepers (Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe) fight each other for survival and sanity on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s. From Robert Eggers, the visionary filmmaker behind horror masterpiece The Witch.
The Bling Ring – 2013, directed by Sofia Coppola
A group of fame-obsessed teenagers living in the suburbs of LA use the internet to track celebrities’ whereabouts in order to rob their empty homes. Ringleader Rebecca leads Marc, Nicki, Sam, and Chloe on the ultimate heist of designer clothes and jewelry — and what starts out as teenage fun quickly spins out of control.
The Souvenir – 2019, directed by Joanna Hogg
In this exquisite story of first love, a woman falls into an intense, emotionally fraught relationship with a charismatic but untrustworthy older man. Enigmatic and enrapturing, The Souvenir is a lush, dreamlike portrait of young adulthood.
Midsommar – 2019, directed by Ari Aster
An American couple, their relationship floundering, travel to a fabled Swedish midsummer festival where they become trapped in a sinister nightmare.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer – 2017, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite, The Lobster, Dogtooth) and staring Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman, The Killing of a Sacred Deer is a heart-stopping thriller about a surgeon whose family is terrorized by a depraved teenager determined to take revenge on the doctor for a fatal past mistake.
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