The 20 best movies to watch on Now TV right now
Sky's £9 a month Now TV pass is bringing the movie fight straight to Netflix's door, with up to 800 movies ready to beam themselves straight to your screens at the press of a button.
We've whittled down a list some of our favourites that are currently available, ranging from animated adventures to bullet-riddled explosion feasts.
Snuggle down, and feast your eyes on these:
In what we’re sure the typical academic would consider an entirely natural turn of events, Ghostbusters charts the story of three ‘parapsychology’ professors being booted out of their easy life at university when their research is deemed spurious, whereupon they go into business as a ghost removal service.
Really, though, this is a vehicle for Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray at the top of their game, crafting a surprisingly successful collision of special-effects, sci-fi and comedy.
Best In Show (2000)
16 years after This Is Spinal Tap alerted us to the concept of the mockumentary, its director and star Christopher Guest returned with Best In Show, a movie that uses a similar format to explore – and of course, poke gentle fun at – the weird world of dog pageants. Focussing on several entrants to Philadelphia’s prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (which is a real thing!), much of the film’s humour comes from improvised dialogue.
Guest (who plays one of the competitors himself) realises that human behaviour is stranger than any animal’s, and mines this seam ruthlessly. Hilarious and just a little bit heartwarming.
Wreck it Ralph (2012)
Mistake this for another cookie-cutter children's animation at your peril. John C Reily puts on his voiceover hat and steps into the huge clumpy shoes of Ralph, the villain in fictional video game Fix-It Felix. Tired of being the bad guy, he goes on a quest to become a hero, getting lost and ending up in a diabetically sweet candy world where he befriends an adorable little girl called Venellope (Sarah Silverman) in the process. Plenty of visual gags for the kids, with tonnes of funny videogame cameos and references for us.
Dredd eradicates the memory of Stallone’s dire 1990s Judge Dredd with the subtlety of a high-ex bullet. Stripping everything back to basics, the film dumps you in the decaying urban sprawl of Mega-City One. There’s no ‘origins’ tale here, just a day in the life of a stoic, grim-faced judge, jury and executioner, as he puts a fresh-faced rookie through her paces and ends up in the crosshairs of a vicious crimelord.
In a world of sanitised science-fiction, Dredd is a startlingly brutal affair — a modern-day dark, focussed, bloody John Carpenter-style production that pulls no punches and deserved to do far better at the box office.
Training Day (2001)
Denzel Washington's portrayal of a hard-as-nails LA narcotics detective with questionable motives and methods for catching drug peddlers is positively chilling. Ethan Hawke joins him as a new recruit who gradually begins to see the true colours of his rogue mentor, with violent consequences. Mr. Washington at his finest, with plenty of guns, violence and cameos by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg thrown in for good measure. Warning: the clip above contains profanities.