Best virus-free movies to watch

 

HiberNation is your super-guide to everything you need to keep you engaged and entertained during the CoVid19 shut-in.

These are the best movies on streaming services which are worth watching while you are at home.

 

FAMILY MOVIES

CALM THE FARM

FROZEN 2 (PG)

DISNEY+

Fresh from being crowned the highest-grossing animated movie of all time, Disney+ has rush-released this overpoweringly popular musical sequel to the streaming world. This proven crowd-pleaser doubles down on both the gleefully goofy antics and asides of Olaf (Josh Gad) and a fleet of fresh catchy compositions.

THE CHAPERONE (PG)

AMAZON

A delightful family-friendly affair (scripted by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes) tracks Hollywood screen siren Louise Brooks' first steps on the road to fame and (mis) fortune during a tumultuous trip to New York City. The headstrong and capricious Louise is well played by rising star Haley Lu Richardson.

 

Charlotte's Web is a great family film.
Charlotte's Web is a great family film.

 

CHARLOTTE'S WEB (G)

FOXTEL, NETFLIX

The touching story of an unlikely friendship between a naive young pig named Wilbur and a motherly older spider Charlotte. This beautiful live-action adaptation of the classic children's book by E. B. White goes best when there's minimum interference from the human cast. Kids under 10 will love every minute of it.

 

Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce in a scene from the Netflix drama The Two Popes.
Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce in a scene from the Netflix drama The Two Popes.

 

THE TWO POPES (M)

NETFLIX

A surprisingly enjoyable look at life in the Vatican. Anthony Hopkins plays German-born Pope Benedict XVI, a remote and archly conservative leader who senses his time in the job is coming to an end. Jonathan Pryce is Argentinian Cardinal Bergoglio (the future Pope Francis), who also wants off the Vatican merry-go-round.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC (G)

FOXTEL, DISNEY+

Hum a few bars from any song in this delightful biopic of the Von Trapp family singers and the whole movie will immediately come to mind with crystal clarity. A family picture of the old school that will continue to stand the test of time. Julie Andrews leads the way with her usual endearing aplomb.

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ENERGY BOOSTERS

FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY (M)

FOXTEL, iTunes

This cheeky, scrappy-go-lucky affair is the true story of Saraya-Jade Bevis, a British pro wrestler who made a name for herself as the WWE star Paige. Interestingly, the movie is at its funniest and feistiest before Paige (played by Little Women's Florence Pugh) lands WWE legend Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson as a mentor.

SUZI Q (M) ***

GOOGLE, iTunes, YOUTUBE MOVIES

An engaging doco on the life of pioneering American rock star Suzi Quatro. The leather-clad icon herself is present as an open-hearted and honest contributor to her own story, as are family, friends, fans, a former husband and ex-bandmates. A fine portrait of a true one-off talent much loved her in Australia.

 

MAMMA MIA! Here we go again!
MAMMA MIA! Here we go again!

 

SPENSER CONFIDENTIAL (MA15+)

NETFLIX

One of the smarter dumb movies to come along in a while. Mark Wahlberg stars in the tile role, an unconventional private investigator who used to be both a police officer and a prisoner behind bars. When his former boss is murdered, Spenser must crack the case to clear his own name as the prime suspect.

MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN (PG)

NETFLIX

This is a rare movie sequel that markedly improves upon everything everybody so enjoyed about the original. Lily James is wonderful as a younger incarnation of (a conspicuously absent) Meryl Streep, while the spectacular final-act entrance of Cher to belt out Fernando takes the entire party to a gleeful next level.

 

Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) and Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.
Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) and Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.

 

 

FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW (M)

FOXTEL, AMAZON

This spin-off goes great if it's a disposable thrill ride you are chasing. Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham are the sworn frenemies who must learn to get along faster than they might have liked when they learn of a plot to poison the world with a body-liquefying chemical. Idris Elba co-stars as an insanely indestructible bad guy.

 

 

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NOSTALGIA TRIP

 

Margot Robbie stars in Once upon time in Hollywood.
Margot Robbie stars in Once upon time in Hollywood.

 

 

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD (MA15+)

FOXTEL (from next Friday March 27)

Maverick master Quentin Tarantino's love letter to a long-lost Tinseltown is a captivating gem. A big movie packed with small delights to savour, from the catchfly casual chemistry of stars Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, to the ethereal presence of Margot Robbie as the late Sharon Tate.

BLOOD DIAMOND (MA15+)

FOXTEL, NETFLIX

Some old-school Leo DiCaprio if you're itching' for more of the baby-faced wonder after his brilliant display in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. LDC plays a soldier of fortune in a compellingly confronting action pic set at the height of the 1999 civil war in the West African nation of Sierra Leone. Co-stars Jennifer Connelly.

THE CONVERSATION (M)

SBS ON DEMAND

Francis Ford Coppola filmed this chilling ode to the death of personal privacy in 1974, between the masterpieces, The Godfather Parts I and II. Gene Hackman is at his brilliant best as a sound surveillance expert who hears more than he should when he stakes out a young couple in a busy town square.

MISS POTTER (G)

GOOGLE, iTunes, STAN

The life and times of the celebrated children's author Beatrix Potter, who surfed a J.K. Rowling-like wave of success with her self-illustrated yarns at the turn of the last century. Renee Zellweger's chipper portrayal of Potter is a bustle-skirted bundle of squinty smiles and sudden blushes.

 

Martin Scorcese with the GoodFellas cast.
Martin Scorcese with the GoodFellas cast.

 

GOODFELLAS (MA15+)

FOXTEL

Here is why Martin Scorsese is regarded as one of the great filmmakers of our time. GoodFellas is the true story of Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), who rose swiftly through the ranks of organised crime, only to blow it all by contravening the mob's code on dealing in illicit drugs. Co-stars Irishman duo Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci.

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CATCH UP

KNIVES OUT (M)

GOOGLE, iTunes, YOUTUBE MOVIES

A cracking murder mystery rife with loose ends, dead ends and one heck of an unseemly end. The show is stolen - and never returned - by a kookily amusing Daniel Craig. He plays an unorthodox private detective who knows all the answers from the get-go, but remains unsure of the question until the closing scenes.

DANGER CLOSE: THE BATTLE OF LONG TAN (MA15+)

FOXTEL, AMAZON

The terrifying true story of The Battle of Long Tan during the Vietnam War, where 108 Australian soldiers had to hold their ground against a Viet Cong almost twenty times in number. In conveying the frightening logistics of the skirmish, the movie is a worthy tribute to those who found themselves in this living hell.

Scarlett Johansson, Azhy Robertson and Adam Driver in a scene from the movie Marriage Story.
Scarlett Johansson, Azhy Robertson and Adam Driver in a scene from the movie Marriage Story.

MARRIAGE STORY (MA15+)

NETFLIX

In a manner often bordering on miraculous, this unsparing portrait of the contemporary divorce process showed us much more of a good time than anyone expected. Powerhouse performances from Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver illustrate both sides of an argument that cannot and will not have a clear victor.

THE GUILTY (M)

SBS ON DEMAND

A gripping Danish thriller about a cop working the 000 line in a crisis response centre. A woman is being held against her will in a van. At home, alone, are her two children. If our hero reads the situation right, everyone just might make it through the night. If he gets its wrong, a terrifying tragedy could unfold. Amazing stuff.

FREE SOLO

DISNEY+

Last year's Best Documentary Oscar winner is the story of Alex Honnold, a climber determined to ascend an unforgivably sheer rock face standing almost a kilometre high. Not hard enough for you? He is doing it alone. With no ropes, or any protective gear. An action movie that never lets up getting real on you.

 

 

 

Originally published as Best virus-free movies to watch