It’s close to impossible to see every movie released in a particular year, given the sheer number of titles that are released. Marketing budgets, target demographics, and the limited free time and disposable income of the average moviegoer are all factors that determine which movies are popular and which go largely unseen. There will always be films that fly under most viewers’ radars, whether it’s because of advertisements that depict a far different movie (Edge of Tomorrow) or off-putting, unpopular concepts (Obvious Child, Frank). Luckily, with access to obscure films becoming easier thanks to instant streaming services, movies that failed to gain an audience at the box office have a chance at a second life once released for home consumption. While all of the following 10 films were positively received by critics, you probably still missed them. Thankfully, there is always time to fix that.
10. Begin Again
It’s hard to get excited about a film like Begin Again, a musical drama that at first glance looks like nothing more than a vanity project for Adam Levine and CeeLo Green, who feature prominently in promotional materials. While it’s understandable to dismiss Begin Again because of this, the film ends up being surprisingly better than it has any right to be. Starring Keira Knightley as a disillusioned singer-songwriter and the always fantastic Mark Ruffalo as the music producer who sees her potential, Begin Again is not only a love letter to the city of New York (which, to fair, many films can also claim to be) but also a rallying call for the importance of creativity and inspiration. Begin Again is not really a film for the cynical crowd but even they may find it hard to resist its optimistic charm.