From 'Enemy' to 'Locke,' here are nine lesser-known A24 films on HBO Max

From 'Enemy' to 'Locke,' here are nine lesser-known A24 films on HBO Max ...

Cinephiles who have subscribed to HBO Max have just received a serious treat. This month, HBO Max has included several films from A24's library, which has become the most popular independent studio in the industry with its dedication to bold and original storytellers. A24 has produced many of the greatest films of the past decade, including First Reformed, Uncut Gems, Lady Bird, The Florida Project, and this years Everything All At Once.

HBO Max gives A24 subscribers the chance to see (and re-watch) some of the company's finest films, including Under the Skin, Room, and Ex Machina. However, A24 cannot be defined solely by their greatest films. Some of A24's most significant bets on independent films didnt reach the height of Moonlight, and thats okay!

The HBO Max A24 collection includes some films that were either overlooked for major awards or simultaneously released on VOD, or that received mixed reactions from critics and viewers. Here are 9 lesser-known A24 films worth checking out.

Enemy (2014)

As a result of his work on Dune, Blade Runner 2049, Arrival, and Prisoners, Denis Villeneuve's name has become synonymous with epic storytelling. Enemy is a smaller (and much shorter) film than those, but it's nonetheless an ambitious one. Adam Bell (Jake Gyllenhaal) follows his dual gang as he discovers the existence of his Doppelganger. The two twins become obsessed with dominating each other's lives.

The End of the Tour (2015)

The End of the Tour is a documentary on Wallace (Jason Segal) as he gets accompanied on a press tour by the journalist Jesse Eisenberg (Jesse Segelberg). Rather than a traditional biopic story about Wallace's life, it is a series of moving conversations about the consequences of sharing your work. Segals moving performance deserves an Academy Award nomination.

Locke (2014)

Tom Hardy has given smaller, less physically demanding roles before, but he never got challenged by a role as much as in Locke. The film follows a man's life as he deals with a difficult workday, and as he tells his children why he isn't returning in a series of difficult phone calls. Its one of his finest performances in his career.

Mississippi Grind (2015)

Mississippi Grind is a great throwback to the 1970s gambling films, especially Robert Altman's 1974 classic two-hander California Split. As Gerry, a serial gambler who has buried himself in too much debt, Mendelsohn meets the perilous Curtis Vaughn (Ryan Reynolds), who seems to have the opposite problem: he always appears to win, but doesn't know what he should be celebrating.

A Most Violent Year (2015)

A Most Violent Year is one of those films that they simply don't make anymore. Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac) and his wife Anna (Jessica Chastain) are caught up in a battle to protect their company from thieves. Abel isn't willing to risk his honor, but Anna sees him as ignorant and selfish.

The Rover (2014)

The Rover is one of George Miller's finest Mad Max rip-offs. The post-apocalyptic Australian thriller follows Henry's ruthless brother, Reynolds (Robert Pattinson), who is forced to find his stolen car. Pearce shows a lifetime of regret on his face, never even stating his motivation for the film.

Slow West (2015)

Slow West is a strange, surrealist revisionist western that investigates the hero's journey. Before his award nominated role in The Power of the Dog, Kodi Smit-McPhee got to play another young western hero who learns about the nature of humanity from a toxic mentor. As he journeys in search of his true love, Rose Ross (Caren Pistorius) never stops to inquire whether Rose loves him or what Silas' true intentions are.

Son of a Gun (2015)

Son of a Gun may appear to be a standard DTV crime thriller, but Julius Avery's superb direction gives this true-crime story a razor sharp edge. It's not exactly Heat, but with Son of a Gun, you get a fantastic prison break movie, some hilarious heist sequences, and an absurdly funny McGregor performance.

The Spectacular Now (2013)

The Spectacular Now is a far more extensive take on the high school Romeo & Juliet style coming-of-age drama. It follows an unlikely romance that blossoms between the reckless partygoer Sutter Keely (Miles Teller) and the shy, poor girl Aimee Finecky (Shailene Woodley). It also demonstrates how difficult it is to stay in the moment.