If you have been looking for a cheap source of top entertainment, you have probably heard of Redbox. The service which used to do DVD rental kiosk now has an online streaming rental service.
Much cheaper than the other premium services, you can sign up for a monthly subscription, or you can just rent the content that you want, making it available to your for between 1 and 25 days.
But is the content any good? You be the judge. We think that these are the 15 best movies currently available via Redbox.
21 Bridges (2019)
Starring the recently deceased Chadwick Boseman (yes, Black Panther), this action thriller focusses on an NYPD detective who shuts down the eponymous 21 bridges of Manhattan in order to track down two men suspected of killing their colleagues on the force. A classic cop action flick that does it better than most.
This directorial debut from Olivia Wilde stars Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein in the days before their high school graduation. These dedicated students decide that they need to let their hear down at least once before they walk away from high school forever. It is a much more sensitive treatment of otherness that many of the films it emulates.
Dark Waters (2019)
Mark Ruffalo stars in and produces this legal thriller that tells the story of Robert Bilott’s case against the chemical manufacturing corporation DuPont for contaminating a town. He is joined on screen by Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, and Victor Garber.
Yet another reimagining of the classic Jane Austin tale, this time with Anya Taylor-Joy in the titular role. What sets this version apart from those that have come before. Without any effort at all, it also manages to be a commentary on the current protracted digital isolation of today. Plus, it’s just an overall feast for the eyes.
The Farewell (2019)
A touching and unexpected American-Chinese comedy-drama all about saying goodbye to someone, only they don’t know that they are dying. Instead, the ailing member of the family thinks that everyone is getting ready for a wedding. It also dips into the meeting of Chinese-Americans with their families at home.
This was one of the most under-appreciated films of 2019. Constance Yu stars as a young stripper who gets taken under the wing of a more experienced colleague played by Jennifer Lopez. But when the financial crush undermines their business model, they need to branch out. The film has a healthy dose of heart.
John Wick 3 (2019)
Any action flick fans will enjoy this latest installment of Keanu Reeves kicking ass, alongside his Matrix partner Laurence Fishburne. This franchise might not break the mould, but it does what it does well. Expect a high death count as our assassin takes justice into his own hands again. Perfect for a drinking game.
Knives Out (2019)
This who done it made a big impression when it hit cinemas, not least because of its all-star cast. Daniel Craig, with a terrible American accent, stars as our detective, Christopher Plummer as our victim, and they are joined by Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, and many more. Can you crack the case before he does? (probably).
The Lighthouse (2019)
Robert Pattinson stars alongside Willem Defoe in this Robert Eggers film about two isolated sailors slowly pushing one another to the point of madness. The two sailors find themselves stranded in an isolated lighthouse where they must work together to find their escape back to civilization. The interaction between the two is dramatic and intimidating.
Florence Pugh turns in an epic performance at the center of this very unsettling horror It follows a group of friends as they travel to Sweden for a festival that only occurs every 90 years. They find that the festival is front for a pagan cult, and that they have been lured there for a very special reason.
Once Upon A Time in Hollywood (2019)
The latest offering from Quentin Tarantino, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie. The film recreates Hollywood in 1969 and brings together a fading talent and a rising star in classic Tarantino fashion. The meticulous sets create a world that you want to step into, and the whole film is characterized by Tarantino’s signature comedy and violence.
This biopic of the legendary Elton John stars Taron Egerton as the man himself, who was heavily involved in the creation. The story is a little sanitized, but it is visually and musically spectacular. Whether you are a fan of the man or not, this film is sure to entertain and delight.
Toy Story 4 (2019)
This is one animated movie series that just doesn’t get old. Woody and his friends are back for another adventure. In this installment, they deal with the loss of purpose associated with their child growing up. What do you do with yourself when the best thing you have ever been a part of is over.
Uncut Gems (2019)
Adam Sandler takes on a serious role as a diamond dealer in this film. But more important than this, he is a man at a point of crisis of his own making. He is going to need to take enormous risks if he is to keep all his lies and commitments in the air. And then, a priceless black opal enters the scene are raises the stakes even higher.
Director Jordan Peele has been compared to Hitchcock, and leading lady Lupita Nyong’o turns in a fantastic performance in this new horror gem. The film transitions from a family comedy, to a home invasion nightmare, to a surreal unpredictable final crescendo. It perfectly balances tension, humour, and holds up a stark mirror to society.