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.
I’m Still Here
If you’ve just seen The Joker, or are planning to, and need a little context around who Joaquin Phoenix really is then this flick might just confuse you even more—but it is excellent viewing none the less. I’m Still Here is a mockumentary spoof directed by Casey Affleck, who follows Phoenix around in the aftermath of his retirement from acting and his attempts at forging a new career as a hip-hop artist. It’s delves into issues of mental health way before his transformation into The Joker and is well worth a watch.
Probs don’t watch this baby if you’re about to jump on a plane anytime soon, or you do if you’re into that kind of thing. Flight is Denzel Washington at his best—he scored an Oscar nom for it. In it he stars as Whip Whitaker, a commercial pilot who is hailed a hero when he miraculously crash-lands his plane after it suffers a mechanical failure. The only problem? He’s a functioning alcoholic and his dark, closely-guarded secret is about to be exposed on an international level.
Lovers of brawling beefcakes, this one is for you. Warrior follows Tommy (played by a jacked-up Tom Hardy), an ex-marine, who after returning from duty enlists his father (Nick Notle), a recovering alcoholic and former wrestling coach, to train him for an MMA tournament. The flaw in the plan? Tommy’s brother Brendan (Aussie Joel Edgerton), a reformed bad boy-turned-teacher, decides he wants to fight too. The even bigger flaw in the plan? These brothers have a whole bunch of messed up, unfinished business between them. This underrated gem is absolutely worth a Friday night screening.
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.
Ready Player One
They often say books are better than the flicks, but we reckon when it comes to Ready Player One, Steven Spielberg’s offering changes that. Based on the 2011 best-selling novel of the same name, Ready Player One takes place in the year 2045 where the world has become a harsh and depressing place. In an effort to escape their mundane existence most of the population turn to the virtual reality game OASIS. When OASIS creator James Halliday leaves his immense fortune and control of the game to the winner of a contest an unlikely hero in the form of Wade Watts appears. Expect a fantastical universe of discovery and danger with a heavy dose of 80s influence.
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.
Avengers: Infinity War
You don’t have to be a marvel fan to love this movie—although if you are you’ll get a serious kick out of seeing all your fave badass superheroes together on screen. Infinity War see’s the likes of Ironman (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) join forces to take on their biggest nemesis yet, Thanos, as he attempts to steal all six of the Infinity Stones and end civilisation as we know it. Prepare yourself for one the biggest blockbuster battle scenes.
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.
Solo: A Star Wars Story
This flick is rewinding the clock, following a young Han Solo, a 190-year-old Wookie named Chewbacca and a gang of galactic smugglers on a wild adventure. Finding themselves indebted to a gangster, the crew devises a daring plan, but find themselves in dire need of a ship. Enter Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover), the smooth owner of the perfect vessel, the Millennium Falcon. A fast-paced space adventure, offering a backstory we didn’t know we needed (but we’re so glad they made it), this one is a goodie for both veteran fans and franchise newbies.
Mad Max: Fury Road
This iconic post-apocalyptic film, is the fourth outing in the Mad Max series. Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max (played by Tom Hardy) believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa (Charlize Theron). They’re escaping a Citadel tyrannised by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. As a result, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War. Even if you’ve seen this one before, take it for another spin, it’s worth it.
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