Moviegoers rejoice. TVNZ has renamed its OnDemand service TVNZ+ and has just added hundreds of films to its collection.
Acquired from a variety of sources and studios, the line-up features films in a variety of genres and from the past 65 years of cinema, ensuring there’s something for everyone.
After reviewing what was just released, Stuff to Watch has compiled a list of 10 titles that we are very happy to be available to stream for free now.
A Michael Caine classic, Daniel Craig’s pre-Bond ‘audition’ and one of the best sequels of all time are among more than 300 films that have just arrived on the broadcaster’s free streaming service. State.
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Although Alexander Payne smartly chose Matthew Broderick (once the coolest high school anarchist of the 1980s) as his social studies teacher nemesis, this comedy belongs in Reese Witherspoon’s Tracy Flick.
One of the great comic creations of the 1990s, Flick is a terrifyingly intelligent high school presidential candidate who will stop at nothing to secure the top job.
The Italian Job (1969)
One of the greatest British films of all time, this comedic comedy about a plan to steal good cargo from the streets of Turin creating a traffic jam still delivers plenty of thrills, spills and laughs over 50 years later.
While this is Michael Caine at his charismatic and quotable best, it’s also notable for the scene-stealing turns of Noel Coward, Benny Hill, Irene Handl, John Le Mesurier and those iconic yellow Minis.
Renee Zellweger deservedly dominated the 2020 awards season with this fabulous performance as faded performer Judy Garland.
Based on Peter Quilter’s play End of the Rainbow, it delves into the former Wizard of Oz star’s final years as she battles her demons and attempts to put on a string of shows in London.
LA Confidential (1997)
Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger, Guy Pearce, James Cromwell, Danny DeVito and Kevin Spacey were all part of the magnificent ensemble that director Curtis Hanson assembled for this adaptation of James Ellroy’s 1990 novel of the same name.
Set in the tumultuous and increasingly corrupt world of the City of Angels circa 1953, it follows the fortunes of three police officers – one right-handed, one brutal and one sleazy – as they investigate a series of murders with their own mark. of righteousness.
Layer Cake (2004)
Better known at the time as Mr. Claudia Schiffer, Matthew Vaughn’s debut in the director’s chair is nothing short of breathtaking, as he combines Guy Ritchie’s broad boy humor, frequent flashbacks, a cast of diamonds and dodgy geezers and colorful language, with some truly spectacular camera work, like a series of great game shots and POVs.
As in JJ Connolly’s cult 2001 novel of the same name, our “hero” is an anonymous young mobster (Daniel Craig) who is about to give up his hit game when his boss asks him for “a favor” involving finding the girl who “went astray”. It was the role that helped Craig land the coveted 007 job.
Based on real events recorded in journalist Martin Sixsmith’s 2009 book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, the drama involving veteran British director Stephen Frears is guaranteed to stir up the emotions.
A twist-filled tale (it doesn’t unfold in traditional Hollywood fashion), punctuated by two terrific performances from the ever-reliable Dame Judi Dench and a surprisingly earnest Steve Coogan. The pair have searing chemistry as their former hard news reporter helps the former teenage mum find the son who was taken from her 50 years ago.
Pretty in Pink (1986)
John Hughes is at his best with this teen romance about high school outcast Andie (Molly Ringwald), who suddenly finds himself the object of affection for one of the richest and most popular kids – Blane (Andrew McCarthy). However, dating someone from another social sphere is rather risky.
The brilliant cast also includes Jon Cryer, Annie Potts, Harry Dean Stanton and James Spader, while the sublime soundtrack includes New Order, Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark, Thompson Twins, Suzanne Vega and The Psychedelic Furs.
Spiderman 2 (2004)
Like The Empire Strikes Back and Batman Returns, it’s rare proof that sequels can be superior.
An early 21st century example of what a superhero movie could be, in the right hands and, just as importantly, with a well-cast nemesis for our protagonist to fight, Sam Raimi’s second outing at the helm of Tobey Maguire’s The Misadventures of Peter Parker is a frenzied roller coaster ride.
Brilliant scientist Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina), on the verge of creating safe and eternal renewable energy while aided by some AI appendages, is corrupted by having the power of the sun in the palm of his hand. A tragic accident later, he is reborn as the human Matrix Squiddie, Doc Ock, and is keen to pursue his science at all costs.
From the graphic novel-style opening credits reminding us of what happened in Part I, director Raimi perfectly captures the mood of the wonderful world of Spidey.
Source code (2011)
Jake Gyllenhaal is at his charisma best in this Hitchcockian sci-fi-tinged thriller from Duncan (son of David Bowie) Jones. He plays a former military helicopter pilot who wakes up to find himself on a train bound for Chicago sitting across from a woman he’s never met before (Michelle Monaghan). Even scarier, when he goes to the bathroom, the reflection he sees is not the one he remembers.
A story of isolation and loneliness, this mixes elements of Groundhog Day, The Jacket, 12 Monkeys, Time Crimes, The Matrix, Flight Plan and The Time Traveller’s Wife, Deja Vu and Unstoppable, to create an action movie captivating and thought-provoking that places character and plot above pyrotechnics and carnage.
One of the most underrated dramas of the 1990s, this biopic from writer CS Lewis is based on an earlier scene and teleplays from the film’s screenwriter William Nicholson. Most definitely a three-handkerchief tale, Richard Attenborough’s heartfelt drama focuses on the Chronicles of Narnia author’s relationship with American poet Joy Gresham.
As he did in the brilliant The Remains of the Day around the same time, Anthony Hopkins is unrivaled when it comes to portraying suppressed feeling, while Debra Winger was rightfully nominated for a Oscar.