A sure-fire way to ruin the perfect night on the couch is having to waste your precious binge time searching for the perfect flick. Fortunately, Stan is packed with a bunch of epic blockbusters.
To ensure you can start smashing the popcorn sooner, we’ve rounded up the very best movies on Stan right now. Happy bingeing.
True crime buffs will go nuts for this Stan exlcusive. The Kingmaker offers up an extraordinary look into the controversial political career of Imelda Marcos, the former First Lady of the Philippines, who during her husband's 21-year reign was widely believed to have illegally amassed a multi-billion U.S. dollar personal fortune, the bulk of which still remains unrecovered. This documentary tells cautionary tale of a powerful female leader whose questionable sense of reality divided a nation.
Holding The Man
Based on the memoir and stage play of the same name, Holding The Man, is a must watch—and we reckon one of the best movies on Stan right now. It tells the moving story of the 15 yearlong love affair between Timothy Conigrave (Ryan Corr) and the boy he fell in love with at high school, John Caleo (Craig Scott). Coming up against objections from family and societal pressures, their love is tested in ways most of us could never imagine. Yes you'll cry but thankfully you'll also laugh in this excellent piece of Aussie drama.
In this fast-paced mystery, we meet father Matthew Lane (Ryan Reynolds) whose daughter was allegedly abducted from his truck eight years ago. While police at the time were suspicious of his account, Cassandra was never found, and the case went cold… that is until now when the detective assigned to her case finds photos of her online, suggesting she’s still alive. The news sends Matthew into a spin as he disregards police advice and sets out to find Cassandra himself.
True crime buffs assemble this true story will give you chills. Adapted from Mara Leveritt’s book of the same name, this flick follows the story of a town torn apart by the brutal, satanic murder of three young boys. Three local, outcast teens are convicted and sentenced to death for the murders, but when evidence arises that perhaps the trio aren’t responsible (they were interrogated for 12 hours) they are finally released from prison after 18 years. Did we mention this is a true story! The flick features an all-star cast including Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon.
Homegrown funny gal Rebel Wilson teams up with Anne Hathaway in this hilarious flick. The duo play con-artists, one low rent (Wilson) and one high class (Hathaway), who after meeting during a sting in a ritzy casino decide to team up and take down the nasty fellas who wronged them…and swindle a naïve tech billionaire (Alex Sharp) along the way. This flick might not have won over the critics but it’s perfect for a Friday night viewing on the couch (with bulk popcorn).
The Sun Is Also A Star
You’ll need tissues for this sweet romantic drama. The Sun Is Also A Star tells the story of college bound romantic Daniel (Riverdale’s Charles Melton) and Jamaica-born pragmatist Natasha (queen Yara Shahidi). Both are unlucky in love and with Natasha’s family facing deportation, fate steps in causing them to meet and fall for each other over one magical day in New York City. But while they fall harder with every passing hour, Natasha’s time in the US is dwindling. See what we meant about the tissues?
Fighting With My Family
Based on the true story of ground-breaking WWF wrestler Paige, comes this epic, feel-good flick. Raised in a little-known UK town, Paige (played by Little Women's Florence Pough) and her rough as guts but lovable family live and breathe wrestling. So, when she’s given the chance to make it in the US with the likes of The Rock at the WWF, she’s got the weight of her family on her shoulders. Add in the fact that everything from her accent to her goth appearance makes her unlike any other female wrestler the world has seen before and you’ve got a classic underdog sport story. We dig!
The Girl In The Spider’s Web
The sequel to author David Lagercrantz’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo received a massive makeover when it dropped in 2018. We’re talking a new director and cast, including badass leading lady Lisbeth Salander. In this awesome flick, she’s played by Claire Foy (The Crown) and this time around the hacker is recruited by a tech giant to steal FireWall, a computer programme that can access codes for nuclear weapons. But when people of the underworld learn the programmes exists, Lisbeth becomes a deadly target from everyone including Russian thugs to terrifying figure from her past.
The Wolf Of Wall Street
Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, this beauty of a flick racked up a bunch of Oscar noms. If you haven’t seen it, the movie follows Belfort (played perfectly by Leonardo DiCaprio) and his incredible rise from lowly stockbroker to millionaire founder of the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont. But the American dream isn’t so sweet when Belfort’s dirty dealings are uncovered by the FBI and his perfect world begins to fall apart.
A Simple Favour
This dark comedy takes place in small-town America where mummy vlogger Stephanie (Anna Kendrick) forms an unlikely friendship with Emily, a fellow school mum and glamourous careerwoman. But when Emily ups and disappears without a trace, Stephanie tries desperately to find her, uncovering a string of lies and dark secrets along the way. You’ll laugh at the most inappropriate moments, be suitably terrified throughout and will be kept guessing with twists until the closing credits.
If you need just one reason to watch Creed II it’s Michael B. Jordan! Fortunately, the storyline is also incredibly good. In it, Jordan returns to his role as Adonis Johnson Creed, but this time round, he’s the heavyweight champion of the world. Under the tutelage of legend Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), Adonis must take on the biggest fight of his life against Viktor Drago. The catch? Viktor’s dad is former Soviet boxer Ivan Drago, the same man who killed Adonis’ father Apollo Creed in the ring 33 years earlier. Yep, this fight is about way more than just the belt. Throw in Tessa Thompson who returns as Adonis’ love Bianca Taylor and you’ve got one of the best movies on Stan right now.
Spy Who Dumped Me
Prepare for bulk lols with this one. Audrey (Mila Kunis) has her mundane life turned upside down when her ex-boyfriend turns up on her doorstep and reveals he’s a CIA agent–one that is being chased by a group of deadly assassins. Left with a secret, encrypted drive in her possession, Audrey teams up with her best pal Morgan (Kate McKinnon) and they escape to Europe in an attempt to allude the bad guys and save the world. Along the way the fumbling besties get themselves into hilariously outrageous situations that will have your stomach feeling like you’ve just done 100 crunches at the gym.
Boasting a truly epic all-star cast including Rihanna, Awkwafina and Anne Hathaway, this flick follows Debbie Ocean (the estranged sister of Ocean’s 11 Danny aka George Clooney) on her release from prison. Debbie (Sandra Bullock) has spent her entire prison sentence plotting the biggest heist of the century—stealing a necklace worth in excess of $150 million from the celeb-packed MET Gala. Once she puts together a team of dynamic crooks (like Cate Blanchett and Mindy Kaling), the game is on and anything is possible. Special shout out for the lust-worthy wardrobe featured in this one.
In this action-packed blockbuster Mark Wahlberg stars as James Silva, an operative of the CIA's most highly-prized and least-understood unit. Aided by a top-secret tactical command team (including the likes of former UFC champ Rhonda Rousey), Silva must retrieve and transport an asset who holds life-threatening information to an airstrip just 22 miles away. The problem? They have to ward off deadly assassination attempts—we’re talking everything from bullets to bombs—every step of the way.
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