20. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
> Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
> Starring: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Michael Madsen
> Available on: Google Play Movies, YouTube, Apple iTunes, AMC on Demand, DIRECTV, Vudu, Redbox, Hulu, Showtime, FandangoNOW, fuboTV, Tubi TV, Sling TV, TNT, HBO Max, Microsoft Store, Amazon Video
In the second of Quentin Tarantino’s homage to various movie genres such as martial arts films, blaxploitation movies, and spaghetti Westerns, the Bride, played by Uma Thurman, continues her vengeance against her assailants and boss and ex-lover, Bill (David Carradine). Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes says the film delivers “a suitably hard-hitting sequel.” The critics Freshness rating is 84%, while the audience score is 89%, topping the first Kill Bill film.
19. Evil Dead II (1987)
> Directed by: Sam Raimi
> Starring: Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Vudu, Microsoft Store, AMC on Demand, Google Play Movies, YouTube, DIRECTV, IndieFlix, Redbox, FandangoNOW, Amazon Video, Fandango
No longer restrained by a shoestring budget, as he was while making “Evil Dead” (1981), director Sam Raimi (who later helmed three Spider-Man flicks) further realized his special effects-laden horror-comedy vision in the follow-up “Evil Dead II.” The inventive sequel — about one man’s efforts to survive demonic attacks in an isolated cabin — received approval from 97% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes, making it the highest rated of the four-film franchise.
18. Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)
> Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie
> Starring: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames
> Available on: Amazon Video, Vudu, Apple iTunes, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Microsoft Store, Epix, Amazon Prime Video, AMC on Demand, DIRECTV, Hulu, FandangoNOW, Fandango, Redbox
While most movie franchises get stale by the sixth installment, Mission: Impossible keeps getting better. Stylish and packed with stunts, the pulse-pounding “Mission: Impossible â Fallout” earned a 97% Freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes — the best reviewed film of Tom Cruise’s storied career — and an 87% audience score. The film was so popular that two more M:I films have already been announced.
17. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
> Directed by: Nicholas Meyer
> Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley
> Available on: Vudu, Amazon Video, FandangoNOW, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Apple iTunes, DIRECTV, Microsoft Store, Epix, Sling TV, Redbox, Fandango, Hulu, fuboTV
After the first Star Trek film disappointed fans and critics in 1979 (Chicago Reader critic David Kehr called it “blandness raised to an epic scale”), the iconic TV sci-fi program found its film footing with “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” Ricardo Montalban gives a legendary performance as the villainous Khan, a role later reprised by Benedict Cumberbatch in the most recent Star Trek franchise.
16. Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
> Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
> Starring: Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas
> Available on: Vudu, Apple iTunes, Amazon Video, AMC on Demand, DIRECTV, Redbox, Microsoft Store, FandangoNOW, YouTube, Google Play Movies
A worthy companion to the 1982 sci-fi classic, “Blade Runner 2049” hit theaters 35 years after the original. Despite terrific reviews from critics and audiences, “Blade Runner 2049” was a box office disappointment, with a domestic gross of $92 million on a budget of $150 million. The same could be said of the original, though it has since attained cult status.