20 Best Movies on Starz Right Now

20 Best Movies on Starz Right Now

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Starz, Lionsgate’s streaming service, is geared towards movies more than shows. In this list, we count down the best movies on Starz that you didn’t know were available there, or maybe didn’t know about at all.

20. Dirty Pretty Things (2002)

7.0

Country

UK, United Kingdom

Director

Stephen Frears

Actors

Adrian Scarborough, Audrey Tautou, Benedict Wong, Chiwetel Ejiofor

Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as a disgraced doctor-turned-immigrant cab driver who inadvertently stumbles upon London’s black market organ trade. Audrey Tatou and Sophie Okonedo also star as fellow “illegals” struggling to make ends meet in the shadows of England. This film is about illegal immigrants, it is told from their perspective, and because of that it becomes so humane that it indulges in social commentary. It’s a really interesting, sometimes thrilling, watch.

19. Elle (2016)

7.1

Country

Belgium, France, Germany

Director

Paul Verhoeven

Actors

Alice Isaaz, Anne Consigny, Anne Loiret, Arthur Mazet

Moods

Challenging, Character-driven, Depressing

Arch-provocateur Paul Verhoeven received widespread acclaim for his assured and darkly funny adaptation of Philippe Dijan’s award-winning novel, his first film in the French language. 

It’s a controversial revenge thriller about a domineering businesswoman who is raped in her home by a masked man. Refusing to let the attack affect her life, she refuses to report the incident and tracks down the assailant herself.

Verhoeven directs the material with confidence and a troubling lightness of touch, while fearless Isabelle Huppert gives one of the best performances of her long and illustrious career. Some people found Elle empowering while others felt it perpetuated misogynistic attitudes. Either way, it makes for a passionate post-viewing discussion.

18. The Wife (2017)

7.2

Country

Sweden, UK, United Kingdom

Director

Björn Runge

Actors

Alix Wilton Regan, Anna Azcárate, Annie Starke, Björn Runge

Moods

A-list actors, Character-driven, Sunday

Directed by the award-winning Swedish filmmaker Bjorn Runge and adapted by Jane Anderson from Meg Wolitzer’s 2003 novel, The Wife has enjoyed great acclaim since premiering at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. The film follows the growing tension between acclaimed author Joseph Castleman and his wife Joan, who works as his secret ghostwriter, as Joseph is set to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. The direction is clean and careful with Glenn Close giving possibly one of the finest performances of her career as the supportive then increasingly resentful Joan. Emotional and funny at times, The Wife is a profound character exploration, celebrating womanhood and liberation.

17. Stan & Ollie

7.2

Country

UK

Director

Jon S. Baird

Actors

John C. Reilly, Shirley Henderson, Steve Coogan

Moods

Funny, No-brainer, Well-acted

John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan are fantastic in this biopic of a comedy double that governed turn-of-the-century Hollywood. The movie stars with a snippet of their success but is mostly focused on their later years. With their big hits behind them, Stan Laurel and Ollie Hardy embark on a disappointing tour across Britain while trying to get one last movie made. Their story is about how the creative bond between two lifetime performers evolves through time, successes, and failures. It’s a cute tribute to a duo whose lives weren’t so different from their comedic act.

16. Rounders (1998)

7.6

Country

United States of America

Director

John Dahl

Actors

Adam LeFevre, Alan Davidson, Allan Havey, Beeson Carroll

Moods

A-list actors, Sunday, Well-acted

In Rounders, Matt Damon plays a law student and reformed poker player who is forced back into the game in order to help his newly-paroled best friend (Edward Norton) pay off overwhelming gambling debts. It’s an enjoyable insider’s look into the world of high stakes gambling and of Poker specifically, giving the viewer compelling insights into Poker in terms of strategy as well as human psychology. Damon and Norton are well-cast in their roles — Norton particularly great as the sleazy and manipulative “Worm”. Not-overly-surprising in its storytelling, yet highly enjoyable from beginning to end, this one will appeal to fans of gambling and sports films, as well as those who enjoy modern film noir and pseudo-noir films with a nice dramatic edge.

15. Wonder Boys (2000)

7.7

Country

Germany, Japan, UK

Director

Curtis Hanson

Actors

Alan Tudyk, Bingo O'Malley, Charis Michelsen, Elisabeth Granli

Moods

A-list actors

Michael Douglas plays Grady Tripp, a craggy, lovable English professor struggling to finish the follow-up to a very successful first novel. It has taken him 7 years, and it’s an obvious metaphor for his ridiculous life. The character navigates various tragicomic dilemmas with a stellar supporting cast including Frances McDormand, Tobey Maguire, and Katie Holmes. His editor is Robert Downey Jr. and his nemesis is Rip Torn. Bob Dylan wrote the theme song. How do you not love this movie? It’s one of those films that feels like a warm, cozy house (despite the fact that it takes place in a Pittsburgh winter), and it’s a great blend of humor and drama.

14. A Fantastic Woman (2017)

7.8

Country

Chile, France, Germany

Director

Sebastián Lelio

Actors

Alejandro Goic, Aline Kuppenheim, Amparo Noguera, Antonia Zegers

Moods

Character-driven, Emotional

As heartbroken as you will be after watching this movie, you will feel nothing but triumph in the main actor’s debut role. This movie has very little hope to offer the viewer, except the small amount felt every time the main character, Marina, gets up again to fight another day. This film depicts grief in such a profound and personal way within a character who must remain relatively silent and alone most of the movie. You will quickly know why the film is called “A Fantastic Woman”.

13. The Squid and the Whale (2005)

7.9

Country

United States of America

Director

Noah Baumbach

Actors

Adam Rose, Alexandra Daddario, Anna Paquin, Bobby Shue

Moods

Dramatic, Emotional, Funny

Director Noah Baumbach’s autobiographical film is a strikingly realistic take on divorce and the turmoil it sets on an already-dysfunctional family. Bernard (Jeff Daniels) is a selfish decadent writer who’s splitting with his unfaithful wife Joan (Laura Linney). Their two sons, Walt (Jesse Eisenberg) and Frank (Owen Kline), are taking different sides that reflect their personality. This separation only reinforces their insecurities as they quickly fall into depression and grow away from their friends. The parents, however, find unconventional lovers just as quickly, Bernard with a student of his, and Jane with her son’s tennis coach. The Squid and the Whale is a funny, emotional, and gripping story that finds a perfect balance in tone despite dealing with bitter divorce and troubled adolescence.

12. Toni Erdmann (2016)

7.9

Country

Austria, France, Germany

Director

Female director, Maren Ade

Actors

Alexandru Papadopol, Andrei Mateiu, Bryan Jardine, Dana Marineci

Moods

Character-driven, Grown-up Comedy, Long

Good movies usually aren’t lengthy movies, unless we’re talking about cases like Toni Erdmann. It’s a supremely smart German-Austrian comedy that depicts the story of a Father-Daughter tandem in light of life’s weirdest, most inconvenient moments. Deciding to visit his daughter on a whim after his dog dies, Winfried (Peter Simonischek)—a man known for his outrageous pranks and many a disguise—flies to Bucharest. Ines (Sandra Huller), the daughter, buzzing with work to the brim in a very challenging job, to say the least, isn’t impressed. This leads to even more uncomfortable encounters as the estranged father poses as the title character, life coach to the disapproving daughter’s boss. On top of being a shrewdly observed and relevant movie, the brilliant writing by Maren Ade crafts something thoroughly enjoyable and heartfelt here, highlighting the importance of family bond in an oddly sweet way, and criticizing modern-day work ethic and the toll its taking on us. The beginning is a bit slow, but if you’re a bit patient you will be surprised how much this movie will reward you.

11. Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)

7.9

Country

UK, United Kingdom

Director

Mike Leigh

Actors

Alexis Zegerman, Andrea Riseborough, Caroline Martin, Eddie Marsan

Moods

Feel-Good, Heart-warming, Lighthearted

Happy-Go-Lucky is a Mike Leigh feel-good movie tells the story of Poppy, a North London teacher, whose story we follow through a number of different situations: driving lessons, solving work issues, having fun with friends, all while trying not to lose her optimism. The acting is superb, Sally Hawkins is a gem as Poppy, and one cannot describe it, one simply has to see it and enjoy it, because it leaves you smiling 🙂

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