Films to watch

We’re proud to present our carefully-selected, feel-good films to watch – we’re pretty sure we’ve picked out the wheat from the filmic chaff. Amongst our top films to watch list, you’ll discover a real treasure trove of movies, from predictable action flicks to breath-taking thrillers and other exciting genre types. Hopefully, our movie guide will help you dig up some great films this month…
  • Inception (2010)

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    2h 22min

    While for some Inception wasn't wholly well-received, the movie simply had to go on our list. Not only because the movie seems to get more intriguing the more times you watch it, but also because the plot is fascinating. After all, the film is essentially about intercepting dreams! Enjoy!

  • Dunkirk (2017) Bodega Bay

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    1h 42min

    A war film that most certainly packs a punch and most definitely helps us remember those amazing soldiers that fought during the world war, Dunkirk tells the story of allied soldiers from Belgium, France and the British Empire, surrounded by German troops.

    Director:
    Christopher Nolan
    Cast:
    Michael Caine, Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan
    Genre:
    Drama, Action & Adventure
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Blu-ray
  • Paddington 2 (2017)

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    1h 39min

    What is there not to love about Paddington bear? If you hadn’t already been hooked by the first film, the second one will most definitely capture your heart. Now settled with the Brown family, Paddington completes some odd jobs to raise money for a gift for his Aunt Lucy. When the gift is stolen though, things get interesting... Marmalade sandwich anyone?

    Director:
    Paul King
    Cast:
    Hugh Grant, Ben Whishaw, Hugh Bonneville
    Genre:
    Children & Family, Action & Adventure, Comedy
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Blu-ray
  • Pulp Fiction (1994)

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    2h 28min

    An all-star cast in a skillfully woven tale of small-time gangster life in a most ambitious and provocative film. Bruce Willis, John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson deliver career performances as petty thugs in LA's criminal underworld - where gritty confrontations, fast talk and perverse humour are all part of the daily grind. Nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award 1995, this boldly inventive and expertly orchestrated crime sage is hailed by critics as a landmark achievement in modern filmmaking!

    Director:
    Quentin Tarantino
    Cast:
    John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson
    Genre:
    Thrillers, Comedy
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

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    2h 8min

    In your quest for a good film to watch, be sure to add this one to your list. The movie shows the awful truth about how patients were treated in mental institutions back in the day, telling the story of someone who desperately wanted to break out, to break conventions, to revolutionise things, for himself and for the others.

    Director:
    Milos Forman
    Cast:
    Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Michael Berryman
    Genre:
    Drama, Collections
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • 12 Years a Slave (2013)

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    2h 8min

    Evidently, its key theme is slavery, and the corruption human nature can so easily reach. That said, it offers thoughts about numerous other worldly issues, namely the role of religion. There’s nothing sentimental about the way Steve McQueen depicts this and that’s what makes it so shocking. You cry because what you witness is truly horrific, not because the violins are playing. Ridley’s powerful script and McQueen’s directional skills display the wicked nature of society that allowed such a barbaric system.

    Director:
    Steve McQueen
    Cast:
    Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender
    Genre:
    Drama, Collections
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

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    1h 55min

    A breathless, thrilling tale about a Mumbai orphan who climbs from rags to riches, Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire is undoubtedly one of the best films to watch. This harrowing underdog’s story reaches a pinnacle in one of cinema’s most euphoric, upbeat endings, introducing the real India to hundreds of film lovers for the first time.

    Director:
    Danny Boyle
    Cast:
    Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Saurabh Shukla
    Genre:
    Drama
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • Fight Club (1999)

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    2h 13min

    This film is worthy of a place in the “what film to watch” list, largely owing to its fresh take on life – it’s not so much about violence, but about choices. It’s an aggressive, challenging, often vicious satire, all of which make for a truly awe-inspiring masterpiece. We follow a man’s psyche on an intellectual and emotional ride, as he takes an unfamiliar path towards rebellion against consumer society. 

    Director:
    David Fincher
    Cast:
    Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter, Meat Loaf
    Genre:
    Thrillers, Comedy, Collections
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King (2003)

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    3h 12min

    An amazingly powerful visual experience, Peter Jackson has crafted perhaps one of the finest written pieces of our era into this quintessential epic. Overall, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is one the most fine-tuned, cinematically flawless films ever made. Whether they’re of Mordor and the slopes of Mt. Doom, Minas Tirith, Pelennor Fields and Osgiliath, or the climb to Shelob's cave near Minas Morgul, Peter Jackson really portrays the true impact of these landscapes and images.

  • The Godfather (1972)

    2h 50min

    In late 1940's New York, Mafia 'Godfather' Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) gathers his three sons around him for daughter Connie (Talia Shire)'s wedding; the hot-headed Sonny (James Caan), ineffectual Fredo (John Cazale) and war hero Michael (Al Pacino), who chooses to distance himself from the family 'business'. When Vito is shot and wounded for refusing to sanction a rival family's heroin sales on his territory, Sonny temporarily takes over and embarks on bloody gang warfare. This results in him being killed in an ambush, and Michael finds himself nominated to succeed the ailing Vito.

    Director:
    Francis Ford Coppola
    Cast:
    Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan
    Genre:
    Drama, Collections, Classics
    Availability:
    Blu-ray, DVD

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