11 NEW INTERNATIONAL MOVIES ON SHOWMAX, FROM SWAN SONG TO F9: THE FAST SAGA
As the weekends become cooler, we need loads of movie choices to keep us entertained.
Here are 11 new international movies showing now on Showmax.
1.SWAN SONG | Drama
In Todd Stephens’ Swan Song, a formerly flamboyant hairdresser (multi-award-winning German character actor Udo Kier) takes a long walk across a small town to style a dead woman’s hair.
Nominated for 2022 GLAAD and Queerties awards, Swan Song has a 92% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with Slant saying the film “exhilaratingly bridges the gap between two vastly different eras in queer culture,“ adding that “as consistently hilarious as Swan Song is, the film’s tender side resonates just as memorably.”
Swan Song also stars Critics Choice Award winner Jennifer Coolidge (The White Lotus), Emmy nominee Linda Evans (Dynasty), and Teen Choice nominee Michael Urie (Ugly Betty, Younger).
2.F9: THE FAST SAGA | Action movie
“No matter how fast you are, no one outruns their past, and mine just caught up to me,” admits Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) in F9: The Fast Saga, the fifth-biggest movie of 2021. This time Dom must confront a world-shattering terrorist plot headed by his own estranged brother (John Cena).
Both Diesel and Cena were nominated for the People’s Choice Awards for their performances, as was Charlize Theron as Cipher. The all-star cast also includes People’s Choice nominees Jordana Brewster and Michelle Rodriguez, Grammy winners Cardi B and Ludacris, Emmy nominees Kurt Russell and Nathalie Emmanuel, and Oscar winner Helen Mirren, among others.
As Independent (UK) puts it, the seventh highest-grossing film franchise ever is “still delivering what audiences truly want: cars where cars absolutely should not be.”
3.OLD | Horror
From Oscar nominee M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense), the 2021 People’s Choice Award-nominated horror Old sees an idyllic holiday turn into a nightmare when visitors to a secluded beach realise they are ageing rapidly, reducing their entire lives to a single day.
The 46th biggest film of 2021, Old stars BAFTA nominee Gael García Bernal (Station Eleven, Y tu mamá también), multi-award-winner Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread), MTV Movie Award nominee Alex Wolff (Hereditary, Pig), Emmy nominee Rufus Sewell (The Man in the High Castle), Critics Choice nominee Thomasin McKenzie (Jojo Rabbit), and Critics Choice Super nominee Abbey Lee (Lovecraft Country, Mad Max: Fury Road), not to mention Nigerian BAFTA nominee Nikki Amuka-Bird (The Personal History of David Copperfield) and Rhodes University graduate Embeth Davidtz (Matilda).
As The New Yorker says, “Shyamalan has created a splendid throwback of a science-fiction thriller that develops a simple idea with stark vigour and conveys the straight-faced glee of realizing the straightforward logic of its enticing absurdity.”
M. Night Shyamalan’s multi-award-winning Split, starring James McAvoy as a kidnapper diagnosed with 23 distinct personalities, is also now on Showmax, as is The Visit, his award-winning horror about two siblings who become increasingly frightened by their grandparents.
4.I’M FINE (THANKS FOR ASKING) | Drama
When the Covid-crunch lands a recently widowed mother on the street, she convinces her eight-year-old daughter that they are only camping for fun, while she works to get a roof over their heads.
The micro-budget indie movie – funded largely on Coronavirus stimulus cheques – earned festival-favourite student filmmakers Kelley Kali (who also stars) and Angelique Molina the Special Jury Award at the 2021 SXSW Film Festival.
I’m Fine (Thanks for Asking) has a 95% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with RogerEbert.com calling it “a wondrous ride, rolling with charisma and heart,” and Variety saying, “The directors, their crew and ensemble do sweet work capturing the weight of a moment that has most everyone stretched thin.”
5.CHAOS WALKING| Fantasy
Tom Holland (aka Spider-Man) and Daisy Ridley (aka Star Wars‘ Rey) co-star in Chaos Walking, set in a world where everyone can hear men’s thoughts, all the time.
Directed by MTV Movie Award winner Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow, The Bourne Identity), Chaos Walking also stars BAFTA nominee Mads Mikkelsen (Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore), Emmy nominee David Oyelowo (Selma), Oscar nominees Demián Bichir (The Hateful Eight) and Cynthia Erivo (Harriet, The Outsider), and Teen Choice winner Nick Jonas (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle).
Chaos Walking is based on the multi-award-winning young adult fantasy The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, who also co-wrote the screenplay.
6.TILL DEATH | Thriller
In Till Death, Emma (People’s Choice nominee Megan Fox from Transformers) must fight for her life after she is left handcuffed to her dead husband as part of a sick revenge plot.
Till Death has a 90% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics’ consensus says, “Elevated by S.K. Dale’s inventive direction and Megan Fox’s committed performance, Till Death will part the viewer with all but the edge of their seat.”
Variety calls it a “glossy, entertaining lark” while The New York Times calls it “a tense cat-and-mouse game that, refreshingly, doesn’t take itself too seriously.”
7.RAY DONOVAN: THE MOVIE | Crime drama
Ray Donovan: The Movie picks up where the seventh and final season of the Emmy-winning series left off, with Ray (eight-time Emmy nominee Liev Schreiber) determined to find and stop Mickey (Oscar winner Jon Voight) before he can cause any more carnage.
With multi-award-winners Eddie Marsan (Wrath of Man, 21 Grams) and Dash Mihok (Silver Linings Playbook, Romeo + Juliet), Pooch Hall (The Game), and Katharine Moennig (The L Word) co-starring, the film also weaves together the present-day fallout from the Donovan/Sullivan feud with Ray and Mickey’s origin story from 30 years ago.
Prompted by fan protests at the show’s cancellation, Ray Donovan: The Movie has an 87% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with New York Magazine saying, “Ray Donovan: The Movie never feels like cheap fan service; it hints at what an entire eighth season could have been and provides just enough closure while avoiding easy conclusions for most of its characters.”
8.THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR | Horror
MTV Movie Award winner Lonnie Chavis (This Is Us) and Ezra Dewey (The Djinn) star in the horror-thriller The Boy Behind the Door, which sees two boys kidnapped and taken to a labyrinthine house in the middle of nowhere, where their only chance at survival is sticking together.
The movie has a 97% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics’ consensus says, “A tense, terrifying, and all-around outstanding feature debut for its co-directing duo, The Boy Behind the Door should thrill discerning horror fans.”
FilmWeek‘s Amy Nicholson calls it “the most nerve-wracking small horror film that I have seen in a very, very long time.”
9.BOSS LEVEL | Sci-fi action thriller
Boss Level stars Fangoria Chainsaw Award nominee Frank Grillo (The Grey) as a retired special forces soldier trapped in a time loop that constantly repeats the day of his murder as he tries to unlock the mystery behind his untimely demise.
Oscar-winner Mel Gibson (Braveheart), Oscar nominee Naomi Watts (Twin Peaks, Mulholland Drive), BAFTA nominee Michelle Yeoh (Crazy Rich Asians, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and MTV Movie Award winner Ken Jeong (Crazy Rich Asians, The Hangover) co-star.
“Boss Level powers up the increasingly crowded time-loop genre with a gleefully over-the-top sci-fi action thriller that revels in its own excess,” says Rotten Tomatoes.
10.THE RECKONING | Horror
From Emmy-nominated director Neil Marshall (The Descent, Game of Thrones), The Reckoning is set in London, 1665, where the great plague stalks the narrow streets, leaving death in its wake. Grace is a young widow haunted by the recent death of her husband Joseph. As fear and superstition take hold, she rejects the advances of her landlord and finds herself accused of being a witch…
Grace is played by Charlotte Kirk (Vice, Ocean’s 8), who co-wrote and executive produced alongside Marshall, winning eight Best Actress awards on the festival circuit and sharing five more for the screenplay. In all, The Reckoning has won over 40 international awards.
The cast also includes Fangoria Chainsaw Award nominee Joe Anderson (The Grey, Outsider, Hannibal), Monte-Carlo Golden Nymph nominee Steven Waddington (The Tudors, Sleepy Hollow) and Sean Pertwee (Event Horizon, Gotham’s Alfred Pennyworth), who won two Best Actor awards for his performance.
11.MAYDAY | Fantasy
A young woman finds herself in a dangerous, dreamlike land, where she joins an army of girls engaged in a never-ending war. But is she the killer they want her to be?
Winner of Best Cinematography at Raindance 2021 after having its world premiere in competition at Sundance, Mayday stars Grace Van Patten (Nine Perfect Strangers, The Meyerowitz Stories), Film Independent Spirit winner Mia Goth (X, Suspiria), two-time César nominee Soko (Her) and Oscar nominee Juliette Lewis (Yellowjackets).
Screen International says Mayday is, “strikingly styled and suffused with a punchy, militarised feminism”, not to mention “heady with symbolism and vengeful female energy.” They call the film “an enjoyable oddity, which benefits from handsome production design, an exceptionally photogenic cast and its tone of feisty, militant weirdness.”
CLASSICS TOO, FROM THE CONJURING TO FOCUS, SAN ANDREAS TO THE BODYGUARD
Showmax has also released a host of classic films recently, including:
- The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2, starring Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga and Emmy nominee Patrick Wilson in the second-highest-grossing horror franchise of all time.
- The crime comedy Focus, which saw Will Smith and Margot Robbie nominated for Best Kiss at the MTV Movie & TV Awards
- The Teen Choice Movie: Action nominee San Andreas, starring Dwayne Johnson
- Oscar-nominated classics like Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood in The Bridges of Madison County and Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner in The Bodyguard