Top 10 Movies on Foxtel Now

With multiple movie channels running 24 hours a day, Foxtel has a lot of airtime to fill with movies – and as a result, their movies library for on-demand viewing is huge, with the occasional blockbusters sharing space with a veritable history of modern cinema, with something there for just about every taste. The movies that are available on demand can be accessed also on Foxtel Now, formerly known as Foxtel Play. We dug into the catalogue to come up with ten movies well worth clicking the “play” button on.

2017 Must See Movies

#1 The Revenant

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A dark and powerful movie that set both Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy at the center of Hollywood attention. The Revenant tells the tale of 1820s frontiersman Hugh Glass (played by DiCaprio) as he struggles to lead a fur-trapping expedition to safety. Things go bad after the party is attacked by Arikara Native Americans. Glass, attempts to lead the remainder of the group to safety at a nearby U.S. fort. Things go from bad to worse after a grizzly bear attack and a mutinous betrayal. Leaving Glass for dead, the party move on – but Glass’ thirst for revenge sees him survive. Nominated for a slew of academy awards, The Revenant won Best Director (Alejandro G. Iñárritu), Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), and Best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki).

#2 Jurassic World

Jurassic World
A big blockbuster showdown to finish up! This continuation of the saga that began in 1993 with Spielberg’s Jurassic Park is – as you’d expect after over a decade – bigger, noisier and with state of the art special effects. Not that the original’s dinosaurs haven’t held up extremely well! It’s many years after the events of the original film, and a new theme park has been set up on the site of the original attempt. Scientists there have used genetic engineering to create a new breed of dinosaur. What could possibly go wrong? Big and loud, which is exactly what you want from a dinosaur movie!

#3 Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko
A cult favourite that is definitely not for the kids. Set in suburban Maryland, the movie follows its titular character Donnie (played by Jake Gyllenhall) – a bright, charming schizophrenic high-school student who recently stopped taking his medication. Donnie does little to hide his contempt for many of the people in his life and enjoys testing the authority of the adults around him. Donnie is also visited on occasion by Fran – a monstrous six-foot rabbit that only Donnie can see. Events take a strange turn when Frank delivers a prophecy – the world will come to an end in less than a month. Confronting and gripping, the film was the first feature film from writer and director Richard Kelly

#4 Finding Dory

Close encounters to the third kind
Did someone ask for family-friendly viewing? Pixar has the answer! Finding Dory is the sequel to Pixar’s 2003 visual blockbuster Finding Nemo. Once again featuring Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres), the story begins when the enthusiastic-yet-amnesiac blue tang goes in search of her long-lost parents. With the help of young clown fish Nemo and a host of other loveable characters (voiced by Hayden Rolence)  Dory heads to California in hopes of finding the place she once called home. Featuring the usual blend of stunning visual, outstanding voice talents, and family-friendy humour, Finding Dory has a firm place here in the top ten.

#5 Rogue One

Rogue One
Set in the Star Wars universe, this prequel to the very first Star Wars movie (Episode IV: A New Hope) tells the engaging story of how a band of freedom fighters thrown together came together to steal the plans for a galactic super-weapon. This is the first of several Star Wars spin-off movies planned by the studio – and it helps set the scenes for the remaining movies. Throw on the popcorn and get ready to make swooshing sounds! Who doesn’t like Star Wars?

#6 Deadpool

Deadpool
Are you a movie studio that needs to back-pedal away from a bad introduction? This is how you do it right. Deadpool offers an irreverent take on the superhero genre, with a plot that ret-cons it’s titular character’s past – in style. It all starts when wise-cracking mercenary Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) learns he has terminal cancer, and agrees to take part in a top-secret experiment in order to beat it. The horrific treatments work, leaving him with advanced healing powers. But they also leave him scarred and a little crazy. What’s the smart thing to do? Why, put on spandex and a face mask and start  hunting down those those responsible, of course! Worthy of it’s MA rating, this one’s for when you want violence and a chuckle.

#7 The Martian

The Martian
A faithful reproduction of the novel by Andy Weir, The Martian tells the story of lone astronaut Mark Watney (played by Matt Damon) after a tragic accident leaves him stranded on Mars. He must use his wits and ingenuity to turn an enclosed habitat into a sanctuary where he can wait for rescue. Directed by Ridley Scott, The Martian is am intelligent, thrilling, and surprisingly humorous story that lets Damon shine in his lead role.

#8 Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road
In need of some high-octane action? Look no further. This long-awaited reboot of the landmark Mad Max series sees loner Max (Tom Hardy) run foul of the mysterious Immortan Joe and his gangs. Max then teams up with Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) as she leads a group of warrior women rebels fleeing from the the tyrannical despot. Incensed at their actions, Immortan Joe calls together all the clans of the Wasteland, leading to a super-charged Road War that only has one outcome.

#9 Inside Out

Inside Out
Pixar has a reputation for entertaining animated films that make you think. And Inside Out is no different. This movie tells the story of Riley, a little girl who finds her her peaceful life shaken up by a move to the big city after her dad changes jobs. Faced with navigating a new city and making new friends at a new school, the emotional headquarters in her brain becomes the focus of activity as Joy, Anger, Fear, Disgust, and Sadness all vie for attention. Thought provoking and inspiring, this one is an instant Pixar classic.

#10 Spectre

Spectre
Ready for a night in? 007 delivers! Spectre starts out with a bang (as all James Bond films do) after a cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. At the same time, M faces down political forces that want to shut down the secret service and silence all who work for it. Join bond as he uncovers the terrible lies and secrets behind the organization known as SPECTRE!
That’s just our pick of ten of the many, many films that you can watch on demand on Foxtel Now (and make no mistake, there’s enough movies there to keep you occupied for a very, very long time). Give them a spin and see what you think – you might find a new favourite movie!

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