The 18 Best Films Of The 21st Century, According to Rotten Tomatoes

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Earlier generations may have had Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert to help them decide whether to see or skip a movie, but today's film buffs largely rely on Rotten TomatoesAccording to the Los Angeles Times, 36 percent of U.S. moviegoers check in with the popular review website—which aggregates hundreds of published film reviews to calculate “fresh” or “rotten” scores for movies and TV shows—before seeing a motion picture. So in order to find the 21st century's best films so far, IndieWire dove deep into the Rotten Tomatoes archives, compiling a list of the site’s "freshest" films of each year since 2000.

According to the Rotten Tomatoes data, Jordan Peele's much-lauded and (highly popular) Get Out dominated 2017’s film offerings, with a 99 percent positive score out of 295 critical reviews. It scored slightly higher than the year's other critically acclaimed movies, like The Big Sick, Dunkirk, Wonder Woman, and Lady Bird.

Barry Jenkins’s Academy Award-winning film Moonlight was the top choice of 2016, with a 98 percent score gleaned from 305 reviews. Mad Max: Fury Road, Boyhood, Gravity, and Argo were the “freshest” films of 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012, respectively, according to the site's rankings. Big franchise films stole a couple of the top spots: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows—Part 2 won 2011, The Dark Knight dominated 2008, and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers was 2002's big hit.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Pixar ended up dominating the list, with 2001’s Monsters Inc., 2003’s Finding Nemo, 2004’s The Incredibles, 2007’s Ratatouille, 2009’s Up, and 2010’s Toy Story 3 all beating out animated and non-animated films alike in the years they were released. Aardman Animations's stop-motion comedy Chicken Run was the only non-Pixar animation to make the list, winning the top spot for 2000 with a score of 97 percent out of 170 reviews. Murderball, a documentary about wheelchair rugby, was the only nonfiction film to make the cut, scoring an average 98 percent across 138 reviews in 2005, while 2006 belonged to The Queen.

While Rotten Tomatoes isn't always the most accurate way to determine a film's quality, the ratings do provide a rough idea of whether or not professional film critics on the whole liked it.

[h/t IndieWire]

5 Game of Thrones Characters Who Need to Survive the Final Season

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Helen Sloan, HBO

"When you play the Game of Thrones, you either win or you die."

These words have haunted Game of Thrones ever since Ned Stark, the assumed protagonist of the show, was killed off in the first season of HBO's fantasy epic. You either win or you die. Even if you're a main character, even if you're a likable character, even if you're a sympathetic character. Nobody is safe. With the eighth and final season on its way, the question everyone is asking is: Who will survive to see the end of the series?

While leaks, intentional and otherwise, have confirmed that Jorah Mormont will likely live, it can be safely assumed that someone as evil as Cersei Lannister will probably (hopefully) be killed off. Here are the people who will most likely tell the Many Faced God "Not today."

1. TYRION LANNISTER

Peter Dinklage in 'Game of Thrones'
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Fans have literally threatened to riot if ​Tyrion Lannister dies. Undoubtedly the most popular character the show has presented, Tyrion's transformation wouldn't be complete if he were killed off. And at this point, watching him triumph against all odds and conquer his family's legacy is half the reason to watch the show. If anyone can win the Game of Thrones, he can—even if he has teased otherwise.

2. LORD VARYS

Conleth Hill as Lord Varys in 'Game of Thrones'
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While even purely political players in the Game of Thrones can be killed off, Lord Varys has always kept a healthy distance between himself and anything even resembling action. He always plays on his own terms and makes sure he has an exit strategy at all times. If anything manages to kill him, it better be some huge, shocking event, because he's not going to die from just anything.

3. SAMWELL TARLY

John Bradley as Samwell Tarly in 'Game of Thrones'
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​Many people have noticed how the loyal Samwell Tarly is more or less a self-insert character ​meant to represent author George R.R. Martin. While it's entirely possible Samwell might get a hero's death by sacrificing himself to save Gilly and Baby Sam, Martin still has huge sway over the show, and it's unlikely he'd let them kill "him" off.

4. JON SNOW

Kit Harington in 'Game of Thrones'
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Not only has Jon Snow already died and come back from the dead, but he's been the de facto protagonist of the series since his not-daddy Ned Stark was killed off all the way back in season one. And while the series clearly has no qualms about killing off main characters, the huge reveal of his actual parentage is too big for the show to just kill him off right afterwards.

5. SANSA STARK

Sophie Turner in 'Game of Thrones'
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Of the three remaining Stark siblings, Sansa seems to be the most likely to get out of the show alive. Apart from actress Sophie Turner inadvertently giving away her character's fate with a tattoo, her survival is all but guaranteed because her special skill, a political instinct she learned from Littlefinger, is perfectly suited to allow her to maneuver herself into a secure position.

Ezra Miller Reportedly Returning for Fantastic Beasts 3

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While fans of Ezra Miller might been upset to hear the news his standalone Flash film for the DC Extended Universe is having production pushed back to late 2019, it's reportedly in part to make time for another major role.

As Variety reported the Flash film was getting pushed back, they seemingly also confirmed Miller's involvement in the third installment of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The second film in the series, ​The Crimes of Grindelwald, hits theaters on November 16, and details of the third movie are unknown at this time.

"The third film in the [Fantastic Beasts] franchise begins shooting in July, which would cause scheduling headaches," Variety reported. "The standalone Flash film is now expected to commence production in late 2019. That likely means the superhero adventure won’t debut in theaters until some time in 2021."

Although Miller's character, Credence Barebone, is still a bit of a mystery, it seems he will make it through the second film and will be featured in the third. Johnny Depp, who plays Gellert Grindelwald, confirmed his involvement in the third movie to ​Collider, and it would be safe to assume the series' protagonist Newt Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne, will be involved.

We hope to learn more about Credence and the rest of the gang (​Nagini included!) when Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits theaters next month.

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