By Anthony Horan|2018-01-09T04:31:16+00:00December 29th, 2017|
Ten Best 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, and in January there’s something 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.
Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) takes power and strips rank from Maximus (Russell Crowe), one of the favored generals of his predecessor and father, Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the great stoical philosopher. Maximus is then relegated to fighting to the death in the gladiator arenas. An epic movie you’ll want to watch over and over again, to say the least.
Using his love for comics as inspiration, teenager Dave decides to reinvent himself as a superhero… despite a complete lack of special powers. Dave dons a costume, dubs himself Kick-Ass, and gets to work fighting crime. He joins forces with the father/daughter vigilante team of Big Daddy and Hit Girl, then befriends another fledgling crime-fighter called Red Mist. But a scheming mobster soon puts their alliances to the test. This movie is ridiculously entertaining and action-packed. You’ll love it.
#3 The Brothers Grimm
Wilhelm and Jacob, also known as The Brothers Grimm, are dysfunctional schemers who go from town to town putting on shows that convince inhabitants they are getting rid of demons. After one such scam, a mysterious man brings them to a French general, who persuades them to battle the evil that has kidnapped 10 girls from a small village. During the investigation, the cynical Wilhelm and sensitive Jacob see things that point to real magic at work. Starring Matt Damon and Heath Ledger.
#4 Walk the Line
This highly acclaimed movie follows the rise of country music legend Johnny Cash. It begins with his days as a boy growing up on the family farm, where he struggles under the scorn of his father. As the years pass, Cash ends up in Memphis with his wife, Vivian, and breaks into the music scene after finding his trademark sound. While on tour, Cash meets the love of his life, singer June Carter. However, Cash’s volatile lifestyle threatens to keep them apart. An amazing cast – Joaquin Phoenix, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Reese Witherspoon – makes this movie a must-watch.
If you’re a fan of hilarious, but rude movies, this one’s perfect for you. It basically shows a day in the lives of two convenience clerks named Dante and Randal as they annoy customers, discuss movies, and play hockey on the store roof. Written and directed by Kevin Smith and shot entirely in black and white, this movie introduces several recurring characters from his films, notably Jay and Silent Bob.
#6 Horrible Bosses
Nick, Dale and Kurt are workers who would like nothing better than to grind their oppressive employers into the dirt. Quitting their jobs is not an option, so, fueled by alcohol and dubious advice from a criminal, the men devise a complex and seemingly foolproof plan to permanently rid themselves of their terrible bosses. The problem is, any plan is only as clever as the brains behind it. Starring Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, and Colin Farrell.
#7 Finding Nemo
Marlin, a clown fish, is overly cautious with his son, Nemo. When Nemo swims too close to the surface to prove himself, he is caught by a diver, and horrified Marlin must set out to find him. A blue reef fish named Dory joins Marlin and complicates the encounters with sharks, jellyfish, and a host of ocean dangers. Great animation and a heartwarming story make for a memorable movie for the entire family. Popcorn optional, but recommended.
#8 Bridget Jones’s Baby
Breaking up with Mark Darcy leaves Bridget Jones over 40 and single again. Feeling that she has everything under control, Jones decides to focus on her career as a top news producer. Suddenly, her love life comes back from the dead when she meets a dashing and handsome American named Jack. Things couldn’t be better… until Bridget discovers that she is pregnant. Now, the befuddled mom-to-be must figure out if the proud papa is Mark or Jack. A great addition to the Bridget Jones franchise, this movie will definitely make you giggle, if not laugh out loud.
#9 Crazy, Stupid, Love
Cal Weaver is living the American dream. He has a good job, a beautiful house, great children and a beautiful wife, named Emily. Cal’s seemingly perfect life unravels, however, when he learns that Emily has been unfaithful and wants a divorce. Over 40 and suddenly single, Cal is adrift in the fickle world of dating. Enter, Jacob Palmer, a self-styled player who takes Cal under his wing and teaches him how to be a hit with the ladies. What could possibly go wrong? Starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei and Kevin Bacon.
#10 Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
Peter Quill and his fellow Guardians are hired by a powerful alien race, the Sovereign, to protect their precious batteries from invaders. When it is discovered that Rocket has stolen the items they were sent to guard, the Sovereign dispatch their armada to search for vengeance. As the Guardians try to escape, the mystery of Peter’s parentage is revealed. Action-packed and extremely entertaining, this movie may not be as memorable as the first, but it will still bring on the laughs.
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 are 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!
January 2018 is shaping up to be a great month for Foxtel Now subscribers. Besides new movies, you can also stream new episodes of The X-Files, Suits, Better Things, and more!
Best of all, EVERYONE can grab the Foxtel Now free trial whether you’re a new user or existing Foxtel Play subscriber!