Best movies of 2024 so far, including Inside Out 2 and Bad Boys 4

Chris Tilly
Riley's many emotions in Inside Out 2.

A new Bad Boys movie and the long-awaited sequel to Inside Out are in cinemas now, and being added to our list of the best movies of 2024, so far.

We’re nearly half-way through the year, making now a good time to drop fresh films onto our list of 2024’s best movies (you can check out 2023’s best movies here, and the 14 best movies of 2022 here, while the best TV of 2024 can be found here).

The year is already off to a strong start already thanks to Dune 2, Late Night With the Devil, Civil War, and Challengers. And now we’re adding Inside Out 2, Bad Boys: Ride or Die, and horror movie Handling the Undead to the mix.

So scroll down for – in alphabetical order – the best movies of the year; aka our favourite films of 2024, which we’ll continue to update as-and-when new bangers are released.

Bad Boys: Ride or Die

Official Synopsis: The world’s favorite Bad Boys are back with their iconic mix of edge-of-your seat action and outrageous comedy but this time with a twist: Miami’s finest are now on the run.

What we said in our Bad Boys: Ride or Die review: “The best thing about Bad Boys 4 is how it emphasizes the importance of family. The franchise started nearly 30 years ago, with the first movie coming out in 1995 — since then, [Martin] Lawrence and [Will] Smith have always shown dedication to these roles. As such, Ride or Die focuses on the highlight of all four movies: the unwavering brotherhood of Marcus and Mike.”

The Beekeeper

Official Synopsis: In The Beekeeper, one man’s brutal campaign for vengeance takes on national stakes after he is revealed to be a former operative of a powerful and clandestine organization known as ‘Beekeepers.’

What we said in Dexerto’s review of The Beekeeper: “David Ayer’s direction and Statham’s physicality are the stars here, with the film (eventually) kicking into a watchable sequence-to-sequence rhythm of tactile, propulsive action that’s smartly cut and well-choreographed.”

Bob Marley: One Love

Official Synopsis: “Bob Marley: One Love celebrates the life and music of an icon who inspired generations through his message of love and unity. On the big screen for the first time, discover Bob’s powerful story of overcoming adversity and the journey behind his revolutionary music.”

Dexerto Review of the Bob Marley movie: “One Love is an entertaining biopic about a remarkable man; one which comes close to capturing Bob Marley’s essence. But that’s more to do with Kingsley Ben-Adir than the film’s sometimes clunky script. The actor hits all the right notes, capturing Bob’s passion, nobility, and revolutionary spirit, so you believe not only Marley’s musical genius, but also his ability to galvanize through a simple message of love. It’s a remarkable performance.”

Challengers

Official Synopsis: Challengers stars Zendaya as Tashi Duncan, a former tennis prodigy-turned-coach and a force of nature who makes no apologies for her game on and off the court. Married to a champion on a losing streak (Mike Faist), Tashi’s strategy for her husband’s redemption takes a surprising turn when he must face off against the washed-up Patrick (Josh O’Connor) —his former best friend and Tashi’s former boyfriend. As their pasts and presents collide, and tensions run high, Tashi must ask herself, what will it cost to win?

Dexerto Challengers review: “Movies used to be like this — needlessly cool, visually throttling, and horny in a way that’s more sloppy than chic. If a new era of big-screen eroticism does take off, then we’ll have Challengers to thank.”

Challengers also made it onto our list of the 40 greatest sports movies of all-time.

Civil War

Official Synopsis: Civil War is an adrenaline-fueled thrill ride through a near-future fractured America balanced on the razor’s edge.

Dexerto review of Civil War: “Those seeking political polemic on one wing or the other will be disappointed and (probably) neurotically irate — but they’re searching for something that intentionally isn’t there. 28 Days Later wasn’t really about zombies, nor was Ex Machina about the dangers of AI; Civil War isn’t interested in affirming or attacking your views, but lamenting it for not doing so is a willful misread of the film.”

Dune: Part Two

Official Synopsis: Dune: Part Two explores the mythic journey of Paul Atreides as he unites with Chani and the Fremen while on a path of revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family. Facing a choice between the love of his life and the fate of the known universe, he endeavors to prevent a terrible future only he can foresee.

What we said in the Dexerto review of Dune 2: “Dune: Part Two is a screen-quaking cinematic landmark that should hold the future of blockbuster filmmaking accountable; imperfect, cold, but mighty.

The First Omen

Official Synopsis: When a young American woman is sent to Rome to begin a life of service to the church, she encounters a darkness that causes her to question her own faith and uncovers a terrifying conspiracy that hopes to bring about the birth of evil incarnate.

Dexerto review of The First Omen: “Subtlety and realness are arguably the key to horror success, and they’re used to perfection in The First Omen. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill jump-scare experience (although there are a few of those); instead, it’s a tense, slow burn that builds to some truly horrifying moments – and when it hits, it goes straight for the jugular.”

Handling the Undead

Official Synopsis: On a hot summer day in Oslo, the newly dead awaken. Three families faced with loss try to figure out what this resurrection means and if their loved ones really are back.

Dexerto’s Handling the Undead review: “Handling the Undead does what any great horror movie should do: it worms its way into our souls and picks at our deepest, darkest fears. First and foremost, Handling the Undead is an achingly poignant study of grief. The fact it’s packaged as a zombie movie is simply a bonus.”

Inside Out 2

Official Synopsis: Inside Out 2 returns to the mind of newly minted teenager Riley just as headquarters is undergoing a sudden demolition to make room for something entirely unexpected: new Emotions! Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust, who’ve long been running a successful operation by all accounts, aren’t sure how to feel when Anxiety shows up. And it looks like she’s not alone.

Dexerto review of Inside Out 2: “If you want an easy and enjoyable way of reminding yourself that it’s okay to not be okay, Inside Out 2 smashes it out of the park. Proving that Disney is back on form, it’s undeniably the most successful sequel — and maybe movie outright — that the studio has had in years. Trust me… you’ve never wanted to have Anixety more.”

Late Night with the Devil

Official Synopsis: In 1977 a live television broadcast goes horribly wrong, unleashing evil into the nation’s living rooms. What unfolds next is shocking…

Late Night with the Devil review: “Late Night with the Devil is high-concept horror that plays out in a single location, delivers multiple scares in pretty much real-time, and serves as an effective star vehicle for longtime supporting actor David Dastmalchian.”

Love Lies Bleeding

Official Synopsis: Reclusive gym manager Lou falls hard for Jackie, an ambitious bodybuilder headed through town to Vegas in pursuit of her dream. But their love ignites violence, pulling them deep into the web of Lou’s criminal family.

Love Lies Bleeding Dexerto review: “Love Lies Bleeding, the jaw-unhinging sophomore feature from Rose Glass, is a gleefully gonzo midnight movie, but its vibes hold more weight than the story.”

Monkey Man

Official Synopsis: Inspired by the legend of Hanuman, an icon embodying strength and courage, Monkey Man stars Dev Patel as Kid, an anonymous young man who ekes out a meager living in an underground fight club where, night after night, wearing a gorilla mask, he is beaten bloody by more popular fighters for cash. After years of suppressed rage, Kid discovers a way to infiltrate the enclave of the city’s sinister elite. As his childhood trauma boils over, his mysteriously scarred hands unleash an explosive campaign of retribution to settle the score with the men who took everything from him.

Dexerto review of Monkey Man: “Monkey Man is exhilarating and exhausting in equal measure. The action is fast and frenzied, which frequently works in the film’s favor — most notably during a magical musical training montage — but sometimes to the movie’s detriment. While the story is much like a million revenge stories you’ve seen before, but given fresh legs through the Hindu philosophy and cultural iconography that’s laced throughout proceedings.”

Road House

Official Synopsis: In this adrenaline-fueled reimagining of the 80s cult classic, ex-UFC fighter Dalton takes a job as a bouncer at a Florida Keys roadhouse, only to discover that this paradise is not all it seems.

Road House review: “Road House is dumb fun that’s designed to appeal to our baser instincts. It’s also relentlessly entertaining from first punch to last, and a worthy successor to the cult classic on which it’s based.”

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