While we always get excited about the latest Netflix series or original movie, sometimes you just want a good Hollywood blockbuster, or to catch that film that everyone has been talking about but you missed at the cinema. While Netflix is pretty inconsistent when it comes to providing the big budget Hollywood flicks (and it is set to get harder with the release of the Disney channel), there are some great Hollywood blockbusters that you can watch on the streaming service right now!
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
IMDB Score 8.5/10
The fist half of the culmination of this phase of the Marvel universe. As we wait patiently for the final chapter to eventually hit streaming services so that we can watch it over and over and over again, go back to where it all started and scream at your screen about all the mistakes that were made and how they could have stopped Thanos before he snapped his fingers. Starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Junior, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pratt, basically all the Chrises…
Black Panther (2018)
IMDB Score 7.3/10
Yet another Marvel film that fans will want to watch over and over in order to pick up on all the Easter eggs. Starring Michael B. Jordan as the eponymous hero and the king of the super advanced, but super secret African nation of Wakanda. The first black superhero to headline his own film since Blade – oh and Wesley Snipes tried to make this film happen back in 1992! It is currently the 9th highest grossing film of all time.
Book of Eli (2010)
IMDB Score 6.9/10
While this film is a bit older than some of the others on the list, you still can’t beat a good blockbuster starring Denzel Washington, supported by the talented Mila Kunis. This is a post-apocalyptic neo-western that follows nomad Eli, as he tries to deliver a copy of a mysterious book to a safe location.
IMDB Score 7.9/10
Another slightly older film, but one I heard a lot about but missed as cinemas. Twelve years in the making, it was filmed between 2001 and 2013 with young actor Ella Coltrane playing himself at his various life stages. He is a young boy in Texas growing up with his divorced parents, played by Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke. The unique way that this film was made is enough to make it worth watching.
Cloud Atlas (2012)
IMDB Score 7.4/10
Infamously one of the most expensive movies ever made, this science fiction drama based on the David Mitchell novel stars Tom Hanks and Halle Berry. They each play a number of different characters as the events of the film unfold over six different eras in time. They play the same souls as they evolve over a number of lifetimes, and the actions of their past selves face their future challenges.
The Fighter (2010)
IMDB Score 7.8/10
Mark Wahlberg stars in this biographical sports drama about professional boxes Micky Ward. It chronicles how we went from a family boxer winning small purses for his family as a “stepping stone” to be defeated, to a genuine contender. Christian Bale and Amy Adams also give stand out performances, making this film a genuine stand out.
The Hateful Eight (2015)
IMDB Score 7.8/10
Watch the three hour extended edition of Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece where you can take bathroom breaks without missing anything. Featuring an all star cast including Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh and staples Tim Roth and Michael Madsen, this is a grizzly western. It starts when eight strangers seek refuge from a blizzard in a stagecoach stopover not long after the American Civil War.
IMDB Score 6.8/10
Before the reboot takes over, watch the original film starring Ron Perlman and directed by Guillermo del Toro. While it may seem a bit dated when measured against the many superhero movies that have followed it, there is a lot to recommend this film. This film does not take itself too seriously and mixes wit and humour with fantastic visuals. Watching it is just an overall good time.
Incredibles 2 (2018)
IMDB Score 7.7/10
While we are all busy talking about Marvel, this may be the true greatest superhero franchise of all time! This sequel to the original 2004 film sees our favourite superhero family back and working to restore the public’s lost faith in superheroes, while dealing with their daily family drama. Expertly directed by Brad Bird for Pixar, this is a family friendly flick that offers layers of meaning sure to appeal to any audience.
IMDB Score 7.4/10
Imagine if you could maximise your potential with a single pill that allows you to use the full power of your brain. Bradley Cooper stars as a struggling writer who comes across just such as drug. All of a sudden, his options are limitless, but at what cost? The film inspired the Netflix original series, which is also currently streaming.
IMDB Score 7.4/10
Written and directed by Barry Jenkins and starring Trevante Rhodes, this film follows the life of its main character through youth, adolescence and early adult life as he tries to deal with is sexuality, identity, and the repercussions of abuse. This film received significant praise when it was released for being something personal and important, also expertly executed. A must see.
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
IMDB Score 4.9/10
Despite its relatively low ratings, this is still a must see for any fan of the Star Wars universe. Directed by Ron Howard, it stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo and tells the story of how he became the infamous smuggler of the later movies, including hooking up with Chewbacca and meeting Lando Calrissian. What could have made this film better? Casting Harrison Ford and using CGI to make him appear like his young self?
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
IMDB Score 8.4/10
While we might we watching Far From Home at the cinema, this is the Spiderman movie that everyone is talking about! Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman, this animated feature is set in the not too distant future when teenager Miles Morales also finds himself bitten by a radioactive spider and developing the powers of Spiderman. When Spiderman dies, Morales takes up the mantle, with a little help from multiple Spidermans from multiple different dimension, with multiple problems.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
IMDB Score 7.1/10
As we wait for the next instalment in the new Star Wars franchise, go back and watch the first episode, which assured us all that the next generation of Star Wars was in good hands with Disney. Starring all our favourites from the original movies, as well as talented newcomers Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, the film managed not to take itself too seriously, but never makes a mockery of the classic material.
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
IMDB Score 7.9/10
It’s the end of the world as we know it! So many of our favourite actors from the Marvel universe won’t be back, so we will have to go back to the classics. Take on Marvel’s look at the Norse end of the world with Ragnarok. Chris Hemsworth stars as Thor, while Tom Hiddleston steals the how as Loki. Cate Blanchett puts in a good performance as the villain.