7 Reasons You Need Showmax

And it's not just because of these international films

By  | Sep 01, 2020, 01:06 PM

Don't have Showmax? Then you don't know what you're missing!

As well as the best in international movies, Showmax is also home to our favourite original South African shows like Life With Kelly Khulamo and Somizi & Mohale: The Union  and international binge box sets like The Wire, Siren and Maskers.

New additions for September include Knuckle City, a new season of Unmarried, and all the Mission: Impossible movies – there’s a feast of content on Showmax in September that’s sure to put a spring in your step.

New seasons of Siren and Ramy, and the hotly anticipated Lovecraft Country headline the series calendar this month. On the movie front, wide-ranging tastes are catered for, from Oscar nominee Harriet, about the former slave Harriet Tubman, to Sly Stallone in Rambo: Last Blood.

Movies on Showmax

Here's the seven best international movies available right now on our favourite streaming service.

The world’s kookiest family is coming to town and this poor little New Jersey suburb has no idea what’s about to hit it. When Wednesday Addams befriends the daughter of reality TV host Margaux Needler, who’s hell-bent on building the perfect planned community, the Addams family find themselves way out of their league when it comes to “assimilation."
When you’re finished, move straight on to Barry Sonnenfeld’s 1991 live action original with Anjelica Huston and Christina Ricci, which earned Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations. Showmax also has 1993’s hit sequel, Addams Family Values.


Based on a true story, this blockbuster drama is superbly led by Oscar winners Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman, and Oscar nominee Margot Robbie, all three of whom, Rolling Stone says, “come out blazing in this tale of how the women of Fox News brought down a predatory CEO,” adding, “It's explosive entertainment that means to make a difference.“ 
Penned by the Oscar-winning co-writer of The Big Short, Charles Randolph, and directed by four-time Emmy winner Jay Roach (Trumbo), Bombshell won a 2020 Oscar and a BAFTA for Best Makeup, with Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for Best Lead Actress (Theron) and Best Supporting Actress (Robbie). 

On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars realise they should have worked less and played more. Determined to catch up with their peers, the best friends try to cram four years of fun into one night.
Booksmart has a 97% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics consensus says, “Fast-paced, funny, and fresh, Booksmart does the seemingly impossible by adding a smart new spin to the coming-of-age comedy.”
Destroyer is a heavy-weight, neo-noir crime drama starring Oscar winner Nicole Kidman in a 2019 Golden Globe-nominated performance as a damaged ex-LAPD cop with a score to settle, some wrongs to right, and a history to set straight. As Variety says, “Nothing Nicole Kidman has done can prepare you for Destroyer.”  
This biographical crime thriller about one of America’s most notorious serial killers, Ted Bundy, is based on the memoir The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted Bundy, penned by Bundy's former girlfriend Elizabeth Kendall. 
Teen Choice Award winner Zac Efron (High School Musical, Hairspray, The Greatest Showman) plays Bundy in a People’s Choice nominated performance Variety calls, “controlled, magnetic, audacious, committed, and eerily right.”

Stella Grant (The Edge of Seventeen’s Haley Lu Richardson in a Teen Choice and MTV Movie Awards-nominated performance) is every bit a 17-year-old: she’s attached to her laptop and loves her best friends. But unlike most teenagers, she spends much of her time living in a hospital as a cystic fibrosis (CF) patient. Her life is full of routines, boundaries and self-control - all of which is put to the test when she meets an impossibly charming fellow CF patient named Will Newman (Riverdale’s Cole Sprouse in a People’s Choice Favourite Drama Movie Star-winning performance).

The 72nd biggest box office hit of 2019 globally, Five Feet Apart was nominated for both 2019 People’s Choice and Teen Choice awards for Favourite Drama Movie. 
MA | Horror
Octavia Spencer (The Help, The Shape of Water, Hidden Figures) kicks her Oscar-winning actress mould to the curb and stomps on it with her first starring role in this bonkers horror flick, with a little help from her best friend and former housemate, BAFTA-nominated writer/director Tate Taylor (The Help, The Girl on the Train), who hand-picked the stereotype-smashing role at her request.
Ma centres on a group of teens who luck out when middle-aged single Sue Ann (aka Ma) offers them her basement to hang out and party in. But just as it seems things couldn’t get sweeter, they begin to suspect there’s something a little off about Ma...
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