Before we begin this tour of amazing entertainment, here's a small disclaimer: at the time of writing in August 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.
This ambitious and hilarious flick follows a young black telemarketer who adopts a white accent in order to succeed at his job. But while his career leads to material glory, it also raises some red flags with his girlfriend, who is secretly part of a Banksy-style activist collective.
Sorry to Bother You is a triumph - sometimes confusing, often terrifying, always immersive and smart. It’s an assault on capitalism, racism, and consumerism delivered via an often laugh-out-loud narrative. Most importantly, it’s a movie with a lot to say, so sit back and let yourself be mesmerized.
2. Deadwood: The Movie
Cast: Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, Molly Parker, Paula Malcomson
Deadwood fans, rejoice! After being teased for years, the Deadwood movie is finally available. And just like the original series, it does not disappoint. As the residents of Deadwood gather to commemorate Dakota's statehood in 1889, saloon owner Al Swearengen clashes with Sheriff Seth Bullock, to mesmerizing results.
Deeply satisfying for fans looking for closure, Deadwood: The Movie is both a gift to viewers and a fond farewell to a critically acclaimed series. If you’re a fan of the series, you’ll love it. If you haven’t seen the original show yet, what are you waiting for?
3. Crazy Rich Asians
Cast: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Awkwafina, Gemma Chan
A critical and commercial success, Crazy Rich Asians is based on the book of the same name by Kevin Kwan. The plot follows Rachel, who accompanies her longtime boyfriend Nick to Singapore for his best friend’s wedding. She gets a chance to meet his family and is surprised to discover that they’re incredibly rich, making Nick one of the country’s most eligible bachelors. As a result, Rachel is thrust into the spotlight and has to deal with a horde of jealous socialites, as well as come head to head with Nick's disapproving mother.
A funny and charming rom-com, Crazy Rich Asians boasts a ridiculously talented cast and manages to make classic cliches of the genre feel brand new thanks to its clever script. The movie is both familiar and fresh, which makes it a satisfying and comfortable watch. If you’re a fan of romantic comedies, you can’t miss this one.
4. Mission: Impossible - Fallout
Cast: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Alec Bladwin
A critically acclaimed blockbuster, Mission: Impossible - Fallout finds Ethan and his team join forces with a CIA assassin to prevent a disaster of epic proportions.
A top-notch action flick, the movie is exciting, fast-paced, and packed with stunts. There’s plenty of humor as well, with the cast seamlessly coming together to deliver some amazing performances. If you miss seeing Cruise falling out of things, stream it at once.
5. First Man
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Corey Stoll
Starring Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, First Man tells the riveting story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon. The movie makes it a point to highlight the great sacrifice from both Armstrong and the US as he embarks on one of the most dangerous missions in history.
Visually stunning and well-acted, First Man is a treat for space movies fans. But even more than that, it’s an engaging and deeply human drama, showing us the many struggles Armstrong had to deal with. It doesn’t hurt that Gosling delivers a powerful and memorable performance.
Cast: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace
Based on a true story, Blackkklansman takes place in the early 1970s and centres on Ron Stallworth, the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a difference, Stallworth embarks on a dangerous mission: to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. To do so, he enlists the help of a colleague, Flip Zimmerman, and the two set out into the undercover investigation of a lifetime.
Coming from the brilliant mind of Spike Lee, the movie is engaging, electrifying, thought-provoking, and even funny at times. In other words, it’s impossible to get bored while watching this one.
7. First Reformed
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric Kyles, Victoria Hill
First Reformed revolves around the pastor of a small church in upstate New York, who spirals out of control after a soul-shaking encounter with an environmental activist and his pregnant wife. This causes the clergyman to come to terms with his own tormented past.
Bleak and intense, the movie embraces several weighty themes, but it does so beautifully. Furthermore, Ethan Hawke is spectacular as a man in the midst of a spiritual breakdown. First Reformed may not be your typical crowd pleaser, but it’s a delight for nights when you want something with a just a tad more substance.
Cast: Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Gabriel Byrn
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.
9. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Lily James, Meryl Streep, Cher
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.
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.
11. Bad Times at the El Royale
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Chris Hemsworth
Welcome to the El Royale, a run-down hotel that sits on the border between California and Nevada in the US. On one fateful night, the place becomes battleground to seven strangers who are looking for one last shot at redemption before everything goes terribly wrong.
Thanks to a smart script and powerful performances, Bad Times at the El Royale is beautiful to look at, delivering a pulpy mystery that viewers should have fun trying to resolve. Twisty and bloody, it’s a confusing amalgam of genres and themes, so prepared to be caught off guard on more than one occasion. You’ve been warned.
12. A Quiet Place
Cast: John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe
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.
13. Isle of Dogs
Cast: Koyu Rankin, Liev Schreiber, Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum
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.
14. Love, Simon
Cast: Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Jennifer Garner
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.
15. Lady Bird
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges
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.
16. Molly’s Game
Cast: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera
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.
17. The Shape of Water
Cast: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer
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.
18. Black Panther
Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o
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.
Cast: Nicolas Cage, John Travolta, Dominique Swain, Gina Gershon
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.
20. The African Queen
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley, Theodore Bikel
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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Adam Mathew is a writer for Finder, specialising in video games and TV. He's been the editor of magazines such as Ultimate Nintendo and Official PlayStation AU. His words may also be found in IGN, Gamespot, Kotaku, Red Bull, Game Informer and AusGamers.
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