The summer holidays are the perfect time to spend quality time with friends and family. But it’s also the perfect time to catch up on great movies you may have missed over the last few years. But, with so many options out there, how do you know what to watch? Here are our picks for the top 5 best international movies to stream on Showmax this December and January.
PALM SPRINGS | Stream now, first on Showmax
The wonderful indie romantic comedy Palm Springs follows two strangers who meet at a wedding in Palm Springs, only to get stuck in a time loop.
The movie stars Emmy winner Andy Samberg and Critics’ Choice Award nominee Cristin Milioti, who respectively won Best Actor and Best Actress in a Science Fiction/Fantasy Movie at the 2021 Critics’ Choice Super Awards, where the film also won Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Movie. Among other honours, Palm Springs won the 2021 Critics’ Choice Award for Best Comedy, after breaking the records for the biggest sale of a film at Sundance and the most-viewed film in its first weekend on Hulu.
The cast also includes Oscar winner JK Simmons, and Golden Globe winner Peter Gallagher, as well as award-winning Zimbabwean actor Tongayi Chirisa.
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THE MARKSMAN | Stream now, first on Showmax
Oscar nominee Liam Neeson stars in The Marksman as a rancher (and former US Marine) living on the Arizona border who becomes the unlikely defender of a young Mexican boy fleeing cartel assassins.
Critics’ Choice nominee Katheryn Winnick, Teresa Ruiz, and newcomer Jacob Perez co-star. Directed by triple-Oscar nominee and Clint Eastwood-collaborator Robert Lorenz, it’s the 90th biggest box office hit of 2021 so far.
WRATH OF MAN | Stream from 20 December 2021
MTV Movie Award winner Guy Ritchie and Critics’ Choice Nominee Jason Statham – the action dream team that gave us Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch and Revolver – are at it again in Wrath of Man.
Statham stars as H, a new security guard for a cash truck company, who faces mistrust from his crew after unleashing precision skills during a heist, leaving them questioning his identity, and his motives.
Wrath of Man also stars multiple Teen Choice Award nominee Josh Hartnett, multi-award winner Eddie Marsan, BAFTA nominee Niamh Algar, Laz Alonso, Teen Choice winner Scott Eastwood and Oscar nominee Andy Garcia.
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN | Stream from 20 January 2022
Everyone said Cassie (Carey Mulligan) was a promising young woman… until a mysterious event abruptly derailed her future. But nothing in Cassie’s life is what it appears to be: she’s wickedly smart, tantalisingly cunning, and she’s living a secret double life by night. Now, an unexpected encounter is about to give Cassie a chance to right the wrongs of the past in this thrilling and wildly entertaining story.
Writer-director Emerald Fennell won the 2021 Oscar for Best Original Screenplay – just one of 110 awards the film has won. Emmy winner Bo Burnham, Emmy nominees Laverne Cox and Connie Britton, Critics’ Choice nominee Alison Brie, Teen Choice winners Jennifer Coolidge and Adam Brody co-star.
THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLIDAY | Stream from 6 January 2022
Andra Day was nominated for a 2021 Best Actress Oscar and won Black Reel, Golden Globe and Webby Awards as legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday, who was targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics with an undercover sting operation led by Federal Agent Jimmy Fletcher, with whom she had a tumultuous affair.
Two-time Oscar nominee Lee Daniels directs this adaptation of Johann Hari’s book Chasing The Scream. Black Reel winner Trevante Rhodes, Screen Actors Guild nominee Garret Hedlund and four-time Emmy nominee Natasha Lyonne co-star.
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