If you like films, Now TV and Sky are must-haves. They get the latest films before most other services and have a healthy back catalogue of classic films as well. Here are some of our favourites. Be sure to read our guide to the best box sets on Sky and Now TV as well while you're at it.
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I Am Legend
There are very few films where the lead actor can hold the attention of viewers without any support: I Am Legend is one of them. Will Smith plays scientist Robert Neville who is one of a few survivors who are immune to a man-made plague that turns humans into hideous mutants. While searching for other survivors, Smith is also trying to invent a cure that will subdue the bloodthirsty nature of those who have turned. But Smith is running out of time: he's fed-up of being alone and his patience for continually failing experiments may crack.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
We can't think of much better ways to spend a family night in than Into the Spider-Verse. And that holds true no matter whether your family involves a couple of kids or a bunch of nostalgia-stricken mega nerds. Our main Spider-Man is Brooklyn school kid Miles Morales but he's soon joined by his multi-verse counterparts in a silly, slidy two hours of chaos that wears its love for comic books on its splitscreens. Oscar-winning, written by Phil Lord and with anything-goes animation, this is the most fun Spider-Man, and - according to our Spider-Man movie rankings - the best.
Most astronaut movies present space travel as something shiny – something beautiful, majestic and highly controlled. Think glimmering spacecraft, pristine white astronaut suits and star-spangled vistas of the Milky Way. First Man, new Neil Armstrong biopic from Whiplash and La La Land director Damien Chazelle, gives a rather less sanitised impression of astronaut life in the 60s, as the US raced to put the first man on the Moon with its Apollo programme. The rockets are rickety, the spacesuits are vomit-stained and everything just looks a bit grubby. Things go wrong. Equipment malfunctions. Astronauts die. This unvarnished realism makes First Man compelling and essential viewing.
Ready Player One
Ernest Cline's Ready Player One was always destined to be a film – he sold the film rights before his 2010 book had even been published. It's a mash-up of 80s culture, a dystopian virtual reality future and a giant treasure hunt. Main character Wade, a bored teenager, spends most of his time in the Oasis, a vast VR landscape, chatting with friends and trying to make some money. His world is turned upside down as he helps to solve the first piece of a puzzle that could change the entire composition of the VR universe. Start a Sky Cinema Pass free trial
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
If you've wavered in your regard for the last true movie star recently, just know you will join the cult of Tom Cruise once you see this movie. 2018's Mission: Impossible – Fallout is two and a half hours of beautifully choreographed action, genuinely gripping does-his-own-stunts and playful plotting as Ethan Hunt returns to team up with the CIA to stop a nuclear attack on religious sites. Look, that part's not important. The chase scenes, the helicopters, all of Fallout's thrills – and there are many – are done with the utmost respect for the genre. By the end, it's like Oprah never had a couch. Start a Sky Cinema Pass free trial
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- Like Netflix, Now TV is a streaming service. You can watch on your phone, tablet or computer, or on a TV with a Now TV app installed. If your TV doesn't have a Now TV app, you can use a streaming box instead. Numerous devices support Now TV and you can buy the Now TV Smart Stick to plug into your TV to access Now TV.
“Sorry I’m late,” begins Deadpool 2. “I was rounding up all the gluten in the world and launching it into space where it can’t hurt us ever again,” says Deadpool as he jumps through a taxi window to escape a crowd of enemies, before returning to his fiance’s apartment. Deadpool was one of Marvel's most successful movies, and its sequel is no different. Ryan Reynolds returns and creates the mutant team X-Force to protect a young mutant from the super-strong telekinetic villain Cable, played by Josh Brolin. Start a Sky Cinema Pass free trial
Saving Private Ryan
Although it was first released two decades ago, Saving Private Ryan hasn't aged badly. The reason? The movie's underlying story remains as powerful as ever. The story follows the mission of one military unit to bring home solider Private Ryan. The soldier has been ordered to return from the front lines of World War Two after three of his brothers died in combat. The Oscar winning title will move you whether its the first time you've seen it or the tenth. Start a Sky Cinema Pass free trial
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Starring Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig, David Fincher's 2011 adaptation of the best-selling novel nails the tone and atmosphere. Mara shines in the leading role opposite Craig, who plays a disgraced journalist hired to investigate the disappearance of a teenage girl decades earlier. Whether you're fan of the books or not, it's a masterful crime thriller that will get under your skin. Start a Sky Cinema Pass free trial
From the guys behind Horrible Bosses, 2018's Game Night is well, a cut above Horrible Bosses. It's an incredibly silly ensemble comedy about a competitive game night that goes wrong and the only thing you need to know is this: it will make you laugh. Whether it's Jason Bateman's consummate straight man schtick, the plot that gets more ludicrous by each attempt to turn Every Single Scene into a game or team players Sharon Horgan and Jesse Plemons chiming in, you will chuckle, you will giggle, you may even snort. You're welcome. Start a Sky Cinema Pass free trial
Leonardo di Caprio finally won his Oscar for The Revenant, but he could easily have earned one for his turn in this 2006 feature. He plays Danny Archer, a conflicted ex-soldier running guns in war torn Sierra Leone circa 1999. The story revolves around the discovery of a massive diamond in an illegal mine and the role of the diamond mining industry in bankrolling ruthless warlords. Di Caprio is brilliant in the main role, pulling off a convincing Afrikaans accent in this tense and rewarding thriller. Start a Sky Cinema Pass free trial