Good Movies on HBO

Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 9:02 am

Good Movies on HBO

When it comes to premium cable movie services in the United States, HBO is the benchmark of quality. Not only do they show first-run films, but they also offer a wide array of award-winning original programming. Sure, Encore may be the leader when it comes to the overall number of subscribers, but nobody in their right mind would choose them over HBO when it comes to sheer class.

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Since their debut in 1972, HBO has offered a number of premium movie channels. As of this writing, here’s what they have available:

Now that you know what channels are available, let’s take a look at some of the good movies on HBO that are currently playing:

MacGruber (2010) – Expanded from the short (and hilarious) skits on Saturday Night Live, MacGruber follows the efforts of a MacGyverwannabe (Will Forte) as he tries to get revenge on the man (Val Kilmer) who murdered his wife and plans to launch a nuclear missile at the nation’s capitol. A ton of pro wrestlers make a cameo, and they’re joined by Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillippe, Powers Boothe, and Maya Rudolph. Don’t expect your average comedy, and stay away if you’re easily offended.

The Hangover(2009) – A surprise hit at the box office, the film stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis as guys who head to Vegas for a bachelor party, wake up the next morning, and realize that the groom is nowhere to be found. With only hours until the wedding, they begin to retrace their steps and learn of all the trouble they stirred up the night before (including stealing a tiger from Mike Tyson).

A Mighty Wind (2003) – A mockumentary from Christopher Guest about a reunion concert of folk musicians staged to honor the passing of their former producer. The music is surprisingly catchy, and the likable comedic cast includes Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, Guest (who also wrote and directed), Michael McKean, Fred Willard, Jane Lynch, Harry Shearer, and Parker Posey.

Sherlock Holmes (2009) – Robert Downey Jr. scored another hit at the box office, this time starring as the world’s most famous detective. Along with this intrepid partner Dr. Watson (Jude Law), Holmes must scour 1890 London for a nobleman (Mark Strong) who dabbles in the supernatural and appears to have risen from the grave following his execution. Directed by Guy Ritchie, the British filmmaker behind Snatch and Rock and Rolla.

Date Night (2010) – Tina Fey and Steve Carell play a boring married couple whose lives get more interesting when they’re mistaken for another couple at a restaurant and wind up being pursued across New York City. Mark Wahlberg does a nice job of spoofing his own slick image, while James Franco and Mila Kunis are excellent in limited screen time. It’s far from a classic, but Date Night makes a solid rental that won’t offend anyone.

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The Blind Side (2009) – Sandra Bullock won a Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Leigh Anne Tuohy, a real-life Southerner who took in a scared African-American kid (Quinton Aaron) and helped guide him to a career in the NFL. But more importantly, she and her family taught him what it felt like to be loved. An inspiration tearjerker that will have women crying like babies down the stretch.

Old School (2003) – Hilarity ensues when a group of middle-aged misfits (Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell, and Vince Vaughn) start their own sorority for losers and oddballs. Intended as something of a comedic answer to Fight Club, the film co-stars Jeremy Piven, Elisha Cuthbert, Ellen Pompeo. and Juliette Lewis.

Drag Me to Hell (2009) – When she rejects the loan of an elderly gypsy woman, a bank employee (Alison Lohman) finds that she’s on the receiving end of a particularly nasty curse. Directed by Sam Raimi and co-starring Justin Long, Lorna Raver, Dileep Rao, and David Paymer.

Fast & Furious (2009) – The fourth film in the franchise, Fast & Furious reunites fast-driving Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), his girlfriend Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), his sister Mia (Jordana Brewster), and FBI agent Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker). More of the same action-packed street racing that you’ve come to expect, and fans of high performance vehicles will be in hog heaven.

Road to Perdition (2002) – After his wife and child are murdered by the deranged son (Daniel Craig) of his employer (Paul Newman), a mob enforcer (Tom Hanks) goes on the run with his surviving son and dedicates himself to getting revenge…even if he has to take on the mob to do so. Meanwhile, he’s being pursued by a hitman (Jude Law) who likes to take photographs of his victims. Set during the Great Depression, the film is based on the graphic novel by Max Allan Collins.

There are tons more good movies on HBO, but this list should give you a general idea of the types of films they show. And for those of you who are really nuts about feature films, I also suggest that you pick up a subscription to Netflix. They have over 100,000 movies and TV series to choose from, and their multiple subscription plans make them an option for even the tighest budget. There’s also the fact that we get a small commission when you sign up through our site, and that’s good news for us (since it helps us keep bringing you articles like the one above).

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