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10 100% Fresh Movies on Rotten Tomatoes You Might Have Missed

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A 100% Fresh rating is a pretty rare feat in the world of Rotten Tomatoes. (The Godfather only made it to 99%.) Though it’s not surprising that Citizen Kane and Rashomon got perfect scores, we thought we’d spotlight fully fresh movies that might surprise you.

10. The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

Based on an acclaimed novel, writer/director Atom Egoyan’s The Sweet Hereafter deals with a school bus crash that kills 14 students and the class action lawsuit that follows. Grieving families and buried secrets are also major themes, so if you’re looking for a happy-go-lucky romp, this is not it. But despite the dispiriting subject matter, the lyrical film was a critical success. (The Toronto Film Festival named it one of the best Canadian films of all time.) Featuring a brilliant cast that includes Ian Holm and Sarah Polley, it’s a perfect film to watch as the days get as cold as a Canadian winter.


9. Taxi to the Dark Side (2007)

Winner of the 2007 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, Taxi to the Dark Side tells the story of a Afghan taxi driver who was beaten to death by American soldiers while at a detention facility. Alex Gibney’s film looks into the policies of torture and the nature of interrogations as a whole. While disturbing, this acclaimed doc illuminates a part of the military that most of us know little about.


8. Sound City (2013)

There’s a lot of documentaries with very high ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, but Sound City is a rare nonfiction film that doesn’t leave you feeling sad for humanity. Directed by Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, the film tells the story of a small recording studio in the San Fernando Valley that was used by Nirvana, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Red Hot Chili Peppers and more. It was also home to a Neve 8028 soundboard. Though soundboard history may not sound scintillating, it’s one of four that were ever made in the world and the documentary ends with a cavalcade of stars recording new songs just for the film. Plus, after watching you’ll be able to impress all your geeky sound design friends.


7. Hallelujah, I’m a Bum! (1933)

From 1933, Hallelujah, I’m a Bum! deserves 100% for its title alone. Starring Al Jolson as Bumper the jovial tramp, the film is a light romp about living as a hobo in the 1930s. (Oddly, costar Frank Morgan says “There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home” in this film years before he appeared in The Wizard of Oz.) With a Rogers and Hart score, this light comedy features some great songs and reminds us of a time when being a tramp was mostly adorable.


6. Atlantic City (1980)

In 1982, Chariots of Fire, Reds, On Golden Pond and Raiders of the Lost Ark were all nominated for the Best Picture Oscar and all are fondly remembered today. Yet the last nominee has been forgotten — even though it’s the only one to earn a 100% rating and get Oscar nominations in all four acting categories. Atlantic City stars Susan Sarandon as a blackjack dealer who gets mixed up with drugs and gangs in the decaying New Jersey seaside town. If anything, watch the film to see the remains of the real Atlantic City, since most of it was bulldozed to create newer hotels, casinos and places where Trump can hang his name in gold.


5. Bob Roberts (1992)

This political mockumentary from writer/director/star Tim Robbins is just as topical today as it was in 1992. Robbins plays Bob Roberts, a right wing folk singer who goes to great and duplicitous lengths to get elected to Senate. The film also features Gore Vidal, a young Jack Black (see him above) and Giancarlo Esposito of Breaking Bad fame. It’s a biting satire that holds up as one of the funniest political comedies of the ’90s or any decade.


4. Manson Family Vacation (2015)

The most recent movie on the list, Manson Family Vacation stars Jay Duplass and Linas Phillips as partially estranged brothers who eventually come together mostly because of Charles Manson. Yes, it’s a comedy, with some darker moments about family acceptance and being the odd one out, and it’s surprisingly light for a film about people obsessed with Manson. With great performances from the cast, this offbeat dramedy is an interesting examination of family relationships and dark obsessions that bring new hope.


3. The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952)

This 1952 film is based on a Ernest Hemingway story and stars Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner. Peck plays an adventurous writer reflecting upon his past loves and exploits as he lays nearly dying in Africa from an infected wound. If you’re a fan of Hemingway or a Gregory Peck completist, this forgotten film is a must-see.


2. The Ladykillers (1955)

No, not the Coen brothers movie starring Tom Hanks. The perfect rating goes to the 1955 original. Starring Alec Guinness as not Obi-Wan Kenobi and Peter Sellers, this comedy about a complicated heist made all the more complicated by a batty old lady still holds up. It’s pretty impressive considering screenwriter William Rose claimed he dreamt the entire film. Getting an Oscar nomination and a BAFTA award for a dream is pretty amazing. Sadly, our script for “I Didn’t Study for The Test and Also My Teeth are Falling Out” has yet to be made.


1. The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2014)

This animated tale of a little girl found in a bamboo shoot (who we later learn is from the moon) was nominated for Best Animated Film in 2014. It’s often listed with Spirited Away as one of the greatest anime films of all time. The American voice cast features Chloe Grace Moretz as the Princess, with Mary Steenburgen and James Caan as her Mom and Dad. Sadly, it lost the Oscar to another film with Japanese influence, Big Hero Six. Though we’re sure if Princess Kaguya had robots, it would’ve swept up all the awards.

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Holiday Extra Special

Make The Holidays ’80s Again

Enjoy the holiday cheer Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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Whatever happened to the kind of crazy-yet-cozy holiday specials that blanketed the early winter airwaves of the 1980s? Unceremoniously killed by infectious ’90s jadedness? Slow fade out at the hands of early-onset millennial ennui? Whatever the reason, nixing the tradition was a huge mistake.

A huge mistake that we’re about to fix.

Announcing IFC’s Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special, starring Tony Hale. It’s a celeb-studded extravaganza in the glorious tradition of yesteryear featuring Bridget Everett, Jo Firestone, Nick Thune, Jen Kirkman, house band The Dap-Kings, and many more. And it’s at Joe’s Pub, everyone’s favorite home away from home in the Big Apple.

The yuletide cheer explodes Wednesday December 21 at 10P. But if you were born after 1989 and have no idea what void this spectacular special is going to fill, sample from this vintage selection of holiday hits:

Andy Williams and The NBC Kids Search For Santa

The quintessential holiday special. Get snuggly and turn off your brain. You won’t need it.

A Muppet Family Christmas

The Fraggles. The Muppets. The Sesame Street gang. Fate. The Jim Henson multiverse merges in this warm and fuzzy Holiday gathering.

Julie Andrews: The Sound Of Christmas

To this day a foolproof antidote to holiday cynicism. It’s cheesy, but a good cheese. In this case an Alpine Gruyère.

Star Wars Holiday Special

Okay, busted. This one was released in 1978. Still totally ’80s though. And yes that’s Bea Arthur.

Pee Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special

Pass the eggnog, and make sure it’s loaded. This special is everything you’d expect it to be and much, much more.

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special premieres Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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It Ain't Over Yet

A Guide to Coping with the End of Comedy Bang! Bang!

Watch the final episodes tonight at 11 and 11:30P on IFC.

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After five seasons and 110 halved-hour episodes, Scott Aukerman’s hipster comedy opus, Comedy Bang! Bang!, has come to an end. Fridays at 11 and 11:30P will never be the same. We know it can be hard for fans to adjust after the series finale of their favorite TV show. That’s why we’ve prepared this step-by-step guide to managing your grief.

Step One: Cry it out

It’s just natural. We’re sad too.
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Step Two: Read the CB!B! IMDB Trivia Page

The show is over and it feels like you’ve lost a friend. But how well did you really know this friend? Head over to Comedy Bang! Bang!’s IMDB page to find out some things you may not have known…like that it’s “based on a Civil War battle of the same name” or that “Reggie Watts was actually born with the name Theodore Leopold The Third.”

Step Three: Listen to the podcast

One fascinating piece of CB!B! trivia that you might not learn from IMDB is that there’s a podcast that shares the same name as the TV show. It’s even hosted by Scott Aukerman! It’s not exactly like watching the TV show on a Friday night, but that’s only because each episode is released Monday morning. If you close your eyes, the podcast is just like watching the show with your eyes closed!

Step Four: Watch brand new CB!B! clips?!

The best way to cope with the end of Comedy Bang! Bang! is to completely ignore that it’s over — because it’s not. In an unprecedented move, IFC is opening up the bonus CB!B! content vault. There are four brand new, never-before-seen sketches featuring Scott Aukerman, Kid Cudi, and “Weird Al” Yankovic ready for you to view on the IFC App. There’s also one right here, below this paragraph! Watch all four b-b-bonus clips and feel better.

Binge the entire final season, plus exclusive sketches, right now on the IFC app.

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Everybody Sweats Now

The Four-Day Sweatsgiving Weekend On IFC

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This long holiday weekend is your time to gobble gobble gobble and give heartfelt thanks—thanks for the comfort and forgiveness of sweatpants. Because when it comes right down to it, there’s nothing more wholesome and American than stuffing yourself stupid and spending endless hours in front of the TV in your softest of softests.

So get the sweats, grab the remote and join IFC for four perfect days of entertainment.

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It all starts with a 24-hour T-day marathon of Rocky Horror Picture Show, then continues Friday with an all-day binge of Stan Against Evil.

By Saturday, the couch will have molded to your shape. Which is good, because you’ll be nestled in for back-to-back Die Hard and Lethal Weapon.

Finally, come Sunday it’s time to put the sweat back in your sweatpants with The Shining, The Exorcist, The Chronicles of Riddick, Terminator 2, and Blade: Trinity. They totally count as cardio.

As if you need more convincing, here’s Martha Wash and the IFC&C Music Factory to hammer the point home.

The Sweatsgiving Weekend starts Thursday on IFC

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