From classic prison escapes to blockbuster superhero flicks, Foxtel Now has plenty to offer avid movie buffs.
Before we begin this tour of amazing entertainment, here's a small disclaimer: at the time of writing in April 2019, these movies are available on Foxtel Now. That said, the ol' Fox tail is a changeable beast; content can cycle on and off the service with little to no warning at all. We'll do our best to keep this list updated on a monthly basis, but if you spot something that sounds like your deal today, dive into the stream sooner rather than later. And now, without further ado, here's the current cream of the crop.
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This unsettling flick follows the Graham family, whose matriarch passes away. In the aftermath, her daughter and grandchildren begin to discover terrifying secrets about their ancestry. Not only that, but they have to outrun a terrible fate they might have inherited.
Chilling and flawlessly acted, Hereditary isn’t recommended for the faint of heart. A terrifying portrait of a family's breakdown, the movie will keep up on edge for most of its run, constantly upping the creep factor. It’s one hell of a ride.
2. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
This charming sequel follows a young Donna as she embarks on a series of adventures through Europe in 1979. Along the way, viewers find out exactly how she met Harry, Bill, and Sam. In present day, Donna’s daughter Sophie is pregnant and works on renovating a taverna, reuniting with her mother's old friends and boyfriends in the process.
A feel-good and highly entertaining musical comedy, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again will have you sing along to ABBA’s biggest hits in no time. As long as you don’t expect too much plot-wise, you’ll have the time of your life.
3. Girls Trip
Girls Trip follows best friends Ryan, Sasha, Lisa and Dina, who are in for the adventure of a lifetime when they travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival. During the memorable trip, they rekindle their sisterhood and have enough fun to make audiences blush. But like in a good way.
While the jokes are good, what really makes the movie shine is the incredible chemistry of this friend group. Pure escapism, Girls Trip is a journey worth taking. Buckle up, as you’ll laugh out loud the entire way.
4. Deadpool 2
Sequels can be disappointing. Thankfully, that’s not the case with this one. Deadpool 2 follows everyone’s favorite mercenary, Wade Wilson, as he finds himself surprisingly protective of an angry teenage mutant. When the teen becomes the target of a soldier from the future, Deadpool puts together a team to keep the young boy safe.
Foulmouthed and hilarious, Deadpool 2 isn’t afraid to get emotional at times, which is likely to catch fans by surprise. Don’t worry - the movie is far from sappy, offering enough meta jokes and action sequences to last you until Deadpool 3 comes out. It does have plenty of depth, however, which ultimately may make it even better than the original.
5. The Big Sick
The Big Sick has all the ingredients of a successful romantic comedy - a talented cast, an intriguing premise, and a lot of heart. The movie follows Kumail, a Pakistani comic who starts a relationship with Emily, an American graduate student. As their feelings grow, Kumail becomes worried about what his Muslim parents will think of her, so much so that the two get into a huge fight. But when Emily suddenly falls into a coma, he rushes to her side and develops a strong bond with her deeply concerned parents.
To say that The Big Sick set a high bar for all rom-coms to follow would be an understatement. Loosely based on the real-life romance between Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani, the movie hits all the right notes while also taking on some heavy themes, which is no easy feat. A wonderful blend of laughs and drama, it will charm you from the very first scene.
Polarizing and thought-provoking, mother! follows a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests disrupt their life. Javier Bardem plays an acclaimed poet struggling with writer's block, while Jennifer Lawrence offers a nuanced performance as Mother, his wife and muse.
Directed by Darren Aronofsky, mother! is an ambitious movie about sacrifice and devotion, brimming with violence and biblical allegories. It might not be for everyone, but one thing’s for sure - it’s unlike anything you’ve seen before.
7. A Quiet Place
A post-apocalyptic movie with a unique premise, A Quiet Place follows a family struggling to survive in a world where they can’t make any sound - otherwise, they risk being attacked by extraterrestrial creatures with an acute sense of hearing.
Unsettling and inventive, A Quiet Place is the best kind of horror film, so intense that you yourself won’t want to make a sound in order not to miss anything. The cast is fantastic and the story as gripping as they come, but unafraid to get emotional at times. The characters may not be able to scream, but you’re the one who will be left speechless.
8. Isle of Dogs
A stop-motion-animated sci-fi directed by Wes Anderson, Isle of Dogs is set in a dystopian near-future Japan, where an outbreak of canine flu leads all dogs to be quarantined on an island. When a young boy arrives on the island to rescue his pup, his quest inspires a group of dog lovers to expose a government conspiracy.
Visually stunning, Isle of Dogs is a delight, an adventure tale full of warmth and heart. Thanks to the impressive ensemble cast and amazing animation, you’ll be talking about this one for days. Even if you’re more of a cat person.
9. Love, Simon
A charming rom-com, Love, Simon follows Simon Spier, a high school student who is yet to tell his family and friends that he’s gay. Things start to change when he falls for a classmate online, without knowing his identity, and get worse when a blackmailer threatens to out him to the entire school.
Groundbreaking and uplifting, Love, Simon is a lot of fun. At the same time, the movie is surprisingly deep and perfectly willing to approach emotional territory when required. You’ll be rooting for Simon in no time.
10. Lady Bird
This charming movie focuses on Christine ‘Lady Bird,’ who fights against but is exactly like her mother, loving and opinionated. Meanwhile, her strong-willed mom is struggling to keep her family afloat once her husband loses his job.
Lady Bird is a heart-warming coming-of-age story, one that perfectly captures those tumultuous times between teenhood and adulthood. Smart dialogue and amazing performances make this quirky movie a must-watch. Don’t worry, though - you’ll see that time flies by in the company of these complex characters.
11. Molly’s Game
Based on true events, Molly’s Game centres on Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade. This made her a target for the FBI, as her players included business titans, Hollywood stars, and even the Russian mob.
Coming from the mind of Aaron Sorkin, Molly’s Game is intriguing and exciting, with two amazing performances from Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba. Not to mention that the flick is stylish, riveting, and fun. If you’re looking for a good time, you can’t go wrong with this one.
12. The Shape of Water
The Shape of Water is an other-worldly fairy tale that centres on a lonely custodian whose life is changed forever when she stumbles upon a secret classified experiment in the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works. She ends up forming a close bond with a captured humanoid amphibian creature whom she stars visiting.
Coming from the brilliant mind of Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water is basically an inventive re-imagining of Beauty and the Beast, gorgeously shot and benefiting from an amazing performance from Sally Hawkins. Emotional, memorable, and haunting, the movie is endlessly captivating, brimming with fascinating characters. You won’t be able to look away.
13. Black Panther
This acclaimed Marvel flick centres on T'Challa, who has to lead the people of his technologically advanced country, Wakanda, following his father’s death. However, when an old enemy makes an appearance, T’Challa’s future reign comes into jeopardy, as does the fate of the entire world.
One of the best entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther is not to be missed. The movie has it all – an amazing ensemble cast, stunning special effects, and a captivating story. Besides the well-choreographed action scenes, it dazzles by offering a new spin on the genre thanks to broaching some thought-provoking themes. If you haven’t seen it in cinemas, now is the perfect time to give into the hype.
Even if you're not a fan of blockbuster action films, we'd honestly be surprised if Face/Off didn't woo you over. Because what's not to fall in love with here? You get elaborately choreographed, beautifully stylised ballets of over-the-top gun violence, for one thing. There's also the cat-and-mouse conceit of two top-notch actors, John Travolta and Nicolas Cage, being (literally) forced to play one another. This entire film is basically one big public service announcement on the very real dangers of identity theft. The more you know.
On one side of the battle, you have Sean Archer (Travolta), a no-nonsense Fed with a deeply personal grudge against flamboyant sociopath and criminal genius Castor Troy (Cage). When Troy is captured, Archer agrees to a covert, experimental medical procedure that will swap his own facial features for that of his arch-nemesis. Why the extreme makeover? Troy has hidden a time bomb somewhere, and only his incarcerated younger brother knows its location. Slight problem: Troy awakens from his coma and a table-turning begins, not to mention a bunch of slow-mo gunfights where doves inexplicably fly about as the combatants double-fist pistols.
15. Pulp Fiction
Strap yourself in for what is essentially three rollercoaster stories in one. Our first thread follows Vincent Vega (John Travolta), one part of a two-man contract-killer team on a job that goes sideways, thus necessitating the help of a third uber-fixer. At some point in time, his path will cross with Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis), a prizefighter who hasn't taken the fall as per the instructions of Vincent's boss. Last but not least we have Jules (Samuel L. Jackson), a stone-cold partner to Vincent who has an unlikely religious epiphany.
Quentin Tarantino's post-modern cocktail of black humour, time-twisted storytelling and pop-culture touchstones is an absolute must-see. This is Tarantino at his best, thanks to B-movie sleaze, left-field moments of pure shock, and a razor-tight script that regularly lilts from dirty wisecracks to deep philosophy. Pulp Fiction bent all the rules back in '94 and has lost none of its swaggering cool.
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16. The African Queen
Older than the hills – but a DNA parent to more than half-a-century's worth of lesser action-adventure flicks which shamelessly crib from it – this C.S. Forester adaption is Humphrey Bogart at his Oscar-winning best. Even after all this time The African Queen is funny, thrilling and effortlessly engaging.
Bogie plays Charlie Allnut, the gin-smashing captain of the titular tramp steamer that delivers supplies to far-flung villages during the height of WWI. When a provincial reverend dies during Germany's invasion of Africa, Allnut does the gentlemanly thing and offers to escort prim-and-proper missionary Rose Sayer (Katherine Hepburn) back to civilisation. These mismatched personalities are forced to come together in order to keep themselves alive on a rollercoaster ride of treacherous waters and Germans in gunboats. Rotten Tomatoes has this pegged as a well-cast, smartly written film that is indeed the perfect action-adventure flick.
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