Five Must-See Movies You May Have Missed In 2023

From dramas to docs, binge these flicks before the year ends.

In 2023, amidst the blockbusters and widely acclaimed films, there are a handful of cinematic treasures that might have slipped under the radar. From thought-provoking documentaries to spine-tingling horrors, this list unveils five must-see movies that deserve a spot on your watchlist before the curtains close on the year. Buckle up for a cinematic adventure beyond the mainstream as we delve into these captivating stories waiting to be discovered.

  • "Kokomo City"

    "Kokomo City" is a poignant and eye-opening documentary directed by first-time filmmaker D Smith. The movie unapologetically shines a spotlight on the lives of transgender sex workers, offering a raw and unfiltered look into their struggles and triumphs. This courageous and compelling film humanizes their experiences and challenges societal prejudices.

  • "Cinnamon"

    The legendary Pam Grier and Damon Wayans paired up for their first film together, the provocative Black Noir thriller "Cinnamon." Dropping on Tubi June 23, the directorial debut from Bryian Keith Montgomery Jr. is a mix of the Blaxploitation era with modern filmmaking. The movie follows a young couple in love who thinks they can escape their circumstance in a robbery, which ends in chaos. Grier plays “Mama” and Wayans is a shady business owner.

  • "Love to Love You, Donna Summer"

    The HBO film featured home footage, archived photographs, and never-seen-before clips capturing the life and work of Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Donna Summer. The critically acclaimed doc was co-directed between Academy Award-winner and Emmy winner Roger Ross Williams and Summer’s daughter, Brooklyn Sudano.

  • "The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster"

    Laya DeLeon Hayes, who currently plays Queen Latifah’s daughter on the hit CBS show "The Equalizer" and this year she starred in the horror flick "The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster." Written and directed by Bomani J. Story, the movie is a re-imagination of Frankenstein with Laya DeLeon Hayes as Vicaria, the scientist.

  • "Rustin"

    Bayard Rustin's remarkable contributions to the civil rights movement, despite facing discrimination as an openly gay Black man, is inspiring and deserving of recognition. The highly anticipated biopic stars Colman Domingo -- who has already received a Golden Globe nomination and is getting Oscar buzz -- Rustin and is directed by George C. Wolfe. The cast also includes Chris Rock, Jeffrey Wright, and Audra McDonald. The movie was produced by Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company, Higher Ground.

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