A24, the cult favorite indie film studio, has had one helluva year so far. It kicked off 2023 by winning the Oscar for Everything Everywhere All At Once and has steadily been rolling out some gems ever since. Some of our favorite films of the year hail from A24, like the anxiety-inducing thriller Beau Is Afraid, the charming romance Past Lives, and the sordid murder mystery Medusa Deluxe. And we can’t forget the still-in-theaters and critically acclaimed horror flick Talk to Me.
If you slept on any of the A24 films released this year or last, we’ve got you covered with a roundup of which flicks are worth your time, where you can watch them, and what’s in store for the coming months.
Which streaming service has the most A24 films?
At the time of writing, no single streamer is home to all A24 films. However, Paramount+ with Showtime appears to be the current home to the majority of the films released in 2022 as well as some older films, while Max houses a slew of older A24 films as well. We’re uncertain where the 2023 releases will land once they head to streaming, but based on late 2022 releases like The Whale and Pearl, it’s likely they’ll end up on Paramount+ with Showtime. Stay tuned.
Are A24 films from 2023 streaming?
While most of our favorite A24 films from 2023 have yet to hit streaming services, you can still watch the majority of them online thanks to digital retailers like Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, Vudu, and others. Here are the best ways to watch each of the 2023 A24 releases.
How to watch Beau Is Afraid
Mashable Film Editor Kristy Puchko said it best: Beau Is Afraid is “a film that is shocking, immersive and so emotionally raw that it’s essentially a three-hour-long panic attack as cinema.” The movie was written and directed by Ari Aster, who previously made Hereditary and Midsommar for A24. Beau Is Afraid is about a paranoid man trying to make his way to his overbearing mother’s house, accompanied by an internal chorus of chaos. Currently, Amazon Prime Video has the film available to rent for just $3.74 (regularly $5.99) or to purchase for $17.74 (regularly $19.99).
How to watch Past Lives
Past Lives isn’t just one of the best A24 films to come out this year, but “likely one of the very best films of 2023.” As Puchko noted in her review, it “avoids the buzz backlash by being sharply funny and refusing to play by rom-dram rules” and is the kind of film you “long to revisit.” It is currently only available to purchase from digital retailers rather than rent. Amazon Prime Video has it on sale for $17.74 in UHD, so you’ll save $2.25 compared to other retailers.
How to watch Sharper
While we didn’t get to review Sharper, Deadline called it a “deliciously twisty New York noir,” while Variety dubbed it “ambitiously overwrought.” See for yourself if you can follow this story of a con artist taking on Manhattan billionaires. Sharper is currently streaming on Apple TV+, which offers a seven-day free trial for you to test the waters. After your free week of watching, you can snag a subscription for just $6.99/month. You’ll also be able to watch other A24 films like Stephen Curry: Underrated and Causeway with an Apple TV+ subscription.
How to watch Medusa Deluxe
“Medusa Deluxe is an extravagant, relentlessly propulsive, and wildly entertaining film, rich with provocative performances, jaw-dropping ambition, astounding visuals — both squalid and sublime — and a dizzying blend of dark humor and persistent empathy,” writes Film Editor Kristy Puchko in her review. With a plot focused on a murder investigation at a rinky-dink hair competition and no central protagonist, it’s a “wildly ambitious” project that is not to be missed. You can rent the film in UHD from Amazon Prime Video for just $4.74 (reg. $6.99) or purchase it for $17.74 (reg. $19.99) for a limited time.
How to watch Earth Mama
If you’re looking for a tearjerker, Earth Mama — director Savanah Leaf’s feature debut — tells the heartbreaking journey of a pregnant single mother trying to prove her commitment to her children as the system works against her. The emotional film premiered at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and is now available to rent or purchase on Amazon Prime Video for $4.74 (reg. $6.99) or $17.74 (reg. $19.99).
How to watch You Hurt My Feelings
In You Hurt My Feelings, writer-director Nicole Holofcener uses “her trademark authenticity and sharp wit to create an incisive look at the small things we keep from each other — and to question why we do so in the first place.” It centers on a novelist overhearing her husband’s honest critique of her latest book — and the emotional turmoil that follows. As Mashable Entertainment Reporter Belen Edwards said, it’s “an endearing watch full of cathartic, sweetly funny moments.” You can currently rent the film for just $3.74 (reg. $5.99) or purchase it for $17.74 (reg. $19.99) at Amazon Prime Video as you await its streaming debut.
How to watch Showing Up
On the surface, Showing Up is a film about a sculptor preparing to open her new show while navigating the everyday drama of family and friends. But dig deeper and you’ll see that director Kelly Reichardt crafts a film that “speaks to the country’s economic stagnation, the sinking valuation of aesthetic beauty, and the sacrifices required to live a worthwhile, self-examined life,” as film critic Robert Daniels puts it. As we await a streaming date, Showing Up can be found on Amazon Prime Video for rent for $3.74 (reg. $5.99) or for purchase for $17.74 (reg. $19.99).
How to watch Talk to Me
If you’re looking for a horror flick that’ll make you scream, gag, and jump, Talk to Me is at the top of our list. It centers on a group of friends conjuring spirits using an embalmed hand — and ultimately taking it too far. Film Editor Kristy Puchko said it’s a “terrifically scary horror movie, thanks to powerful performances, creepy creature designs, a splash of blood and gore, and practical effects that’ll blow your mind and chill your spine.” Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait a bit to watch this gem at home, but you can still check it out in theaters.
Best for 2022 releases: Paramount+ with Showtime
For the most bang for your buck, snag a subscription to Paramount+ with Showtime for $59.99 for your first year — that’s 50% off its usual price. While most of A24’s 2023 films have yet to find their streaming homes, most of our favorites from 2022 have landed on Showtime. Some of those include The Whale, X, Pearl, Bodies Bodies Bodies, Everything Everywhere All At Once, and Marcel the Shell with Shoes On. The 50% off deal is only valid through Sept. 20, so be sure to hop on it if you want to save.
Best for older releases: Kanopy
Got a library card or university ID? You can stream thousands of movies for free on Kanopy, including a slew of older A24 films. You won’t find the 2022 or 2023 films on Kanopy, but plenty of standouts are available to watch at your leisure, thanks to the generous support of your public library or university. Some of those films include Midsommar, Eighth Grade, The Lighthouse, 20th Century Women, mid90s, and lots more.