Good Movies on Epix

Friday, April 22, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Good Movies on Epix

Launched in 2009. Epix is a premium television service that’s a joint venture between MGM, Lionsgate, and Viacom. While they do show recent movies, Epix is also known for treating viewers to numerous works from the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s. So no matter what era you grew up in, there’s a good chance that Epix has something to please you.

The following list details some of the current good movies on Epix, although their rotation does change from time to time. Call your cable provider if they don’t carry Epix just yet, and in the meantime be sure to become a member of Netflix.

Star Trek (2009) – Out with the old and in with the new, as director J.J. Abrams rolls out this sci-fi blockbuster that tells how the crew of the USS Enterprise first came together. The highest-grossing film in the entire franchise, it stars Chris Pine as Captain Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, and Karl Urban as Dr. McCoy. Eric Bana serves as the villain in the form of a vengeful time-traveling Romulan, and other familiar faces include Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Winona Ryder, and Leonard Nimoy.

Nick of Time (1995) – Before he struck box-office gold as Captain Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp starred in this real-time thriller about a caring father who’s forced to carry out an assassination when his daughter is kidnapped. Christopher Walken is memorable as the ever-present heavy.

Harry Brown (2009) – Michael Caine is Harry Brown, a retired Royal Marine who fights back against the youth crime in his housing estate after his only friend is murdered. After more than four decades in the business, Caine hasn’t lost an ounce of his charm and presence, and it’s a pleasure to watch him play a ticking time bomb disguised under wrinkles and a perpetual frown.

Shutter Island (2010) – In this tension-filled thriller from Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio stars as U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels, a 1954 lawman haunted by the death of his wife. Along with his new partner (Mark Ruffalo), he heads to a psychiatric institute located on an island to investigate the supposed disappearance of one of the inmates. But Teddy quickly comes to believe that a massive cover-up is underway, a suspicious that is backed up by numerous patients and the less-than-cooperative attitude of the staff. This one will keep you guessing right up until the last few minutes, and the Robert Richardson cinematography is especially memorable.

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) – While it falls flat on several occasions, this adaptation of the toy and comic book franchise should still manage to keep your attention thanks to numerous explosions and lots of attractive men and women in tight-fitting outfits. Starring Dennis Quaid, Channing Tatum, Marlon Wayans, Ray Park, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Christopher Eccleston. The female hotness is supplied by Sienna Miller (as the Baroness) and Rachel Nichols (as Scarlett).

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Kick-Ass (2010) – Based on the comic book from Mark Millar, this adult-themed superhero movie centers around an average teen (Aaron Johnson) who decides to put on a costume and fight crime. After nearly getting himself killed, he takes his game up a notch thanks to his association with the crime fighting father/daughter duo of Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) and Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz). Co-starring Mark Strong and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (aka McLovin from Superbad). Of all the good movies on Epix, this is one of my current favorites.

Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) – Viewers who grew up in the ‘80s should appreciate this comedy about a group of pals who find themselves transported through time thanks to a hot tub and an illegal Russian energy drink. Numerous references are made to movie conventions from the period, and the likable cast includes John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, and Crispin Glover (in a predictably eccentric role). The soundtrack includes tracks from Public Enemy, Talking Heads, and Men Without Hats, and it’s almost as hot as the female co-stars (specifically the eye-popping topless scene courtesy of Jessica Pare).

From Paris with Love (2010) – While it doesn’t reinvent the wheel, this actioner about an ambitious low-level CIA operative (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) who’s forced to team up with a veteran agent (John Travolta) delivers plenty of explosions and bodies riddled with bullets. Travolta parodies a number of his lines from Pulp Fiction, and his over-the-top performance is a bright spot throughout.

Iron Man 2 (2010) – Robert Downey Jr. returns as Tony Stark, a billionaire industrialist who dons a suit of power armor to make the world a safer place. But in this sequel, he’ll have to contend with a crazed Russian genius (Mickey Rourke), a greedy rival (Sam Rockwell), and an old pal (Don Cheadle) who’s serving the interests of a concerned U.S. government. Gwyneth Paltrow and Scarlett Johansson lend plenty of sex appeal to the proceedings, and the entire soundtrack comes courtesy of AC/DC.

Precious (2009) – One part uplifting and about eight parts depressing, Precious is the Oscar-nominated film about an overweight girl (Gabourey Sidibe) growing up in the projects and trying to finish school and raise her Down syndrome baby known as “Mongo.” Illiterate and constantly abused both mentally and physically by her parents (including Mo’Nique in an Oscar-winning role), Precious dreams of overcoming her disadvantages and leading a fulfilling life. Also starring Lenny Kravitz and Mariah Carey.

That wraps up our look at some of the good movies on Epix. If you can’t get them on your television, you can also catch all the films listed above by becoming a member of Netflix. Yes, we do get a commission if you sign up with Netflix through our site, but it doesn’t cost you any extra and helps keep us in business.

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