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The Latch Selections: The Best New Movies to Stream

Saltburn, best new movies to stream in Australia -- December 2023

With so many streaming services and so much content to consume, finding a movie to watch can be more difficult than ever. Gone are the days of heading to the video store on a Friday night and choosing from the movies that were available to rent on the day. It’s a double-edged sword — we no longer have to race to get that last copy of the hot new release, but with so many platforms all competing for our attention, it can be hard to find the best new movies to stream. That’s where we come in.

We’ve curated a selection of great films that are just waiting to be discovered from the comfort of your own screen. From gripping dramas to heartwarming comedies and pulse-pounding thrillers, our choices below have something for everyone. Whether you’re seeking an immersive escape, a thought-provoking journey, or just want something you can put on while you scroll through Instagram (because that’s valid, too!), we’ve got a film for you.

The Best New Movies to Stream

80 for Brady

Directed by: Kyle Marvin
Written by: Sarah Haskins, Emily Halpern
Starring: Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno, Sally Field
Synopsis: A group of friends made it their life-long mission to go to the Super Bowl and meet NFL superstar Tom Brady.
Where to watch: Streaming on Prime Video

Regardless of whether you’re a football obsessive or not, the talent and star power of 80 for Brady‘s cast alone is enough to draw you in. It’s not exactly an Oscar-worthy piece of cinema, but we don’t always want that! If you’re looking for a film that will make you laugh and pass some time, 80 for Brady will give you just that.

Book Club: The Next Chapter

Directed by: Bill Holderman
Written by: Bill Holderman and Erin Simms
Starring: Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen
Synopsis: Follows the new journey of four best friends as they take their book club to Italy for the fun girls trip they never had.
Where to watch: Streaming on BINGE

It doesn’t quite live up to the first Book Club film, but if you enjoyed that, then The Next Chapter is still worth checking out. It’s a light, feel good film that will make you smile and keep you entertained throughout.

Evil Dead Rise

Directed by: Lee Cronin
Written by: Lee Cronin
Starring: Mirabai Pease, Richard Crouchley, Anna-Maree Thomas, Alyssa Sutherland
Synopsis: A twisted tale of two estranged sisters whose reunion is cut short by the rise of flesh-possessing demons, thrusting them into a primal battle for survival as they face the most nightmarish version of family imaginable.
Where to watch: Streaming on BINGE

Not in the mood for a feel-good comedy? How about some scares? Evil Dead Rise brings the franchise back to life for its first film since the 2013 reboot, and the result is everything you’d want. It’s gory, gruesome, and often grotesque, and when combined with a healthy dose of dark humour, it’s a thoroughly good time.

Hot Potato: The Story of The Wiggles

Directed by: Sally Aitken
Written by: Sally Aitken
Starring: Anthony Field, Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Greg Page, Emma Watkins, Paul Paddick, Lachlan Gillespie
Synopsis: The incredible true story of early childhood teachers and friends, The Wiggles, who rock ‘n’ rolled their way into the hearts of millions around the globe in one of the greatest entertainment stories of all time
Where to watch: Streaming on Prime Video

A wholesome, heartwarming, and surprisingly emotional look at The Wiggles’ meteoric rise to global domination, Hot Potato: The Story of the Wiggles is bound to wiggle its way into your heart. Director Sally Aitken brings viewers behind the scenes as all the Wiggles, past and present, reflect on the journey of one of Australia’s biggest bands.

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

Directed by: James Mangold
Written by: Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, David Koepp
Starring: Harrison Ford, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Antonio Banderas
Synopsis: Archaeologist Indiana Jones races against time to retrieve a legendary artefact that can change the course of history.
Where to watch: Streaming on Disney+

For fans of the Indiana Jones franchise, Dial of Destiny delivers everything one could ask for. Harrison Ford works his indisputable star power on the big screen with ease, and the film delivers a classic, old-school feeling action blockbuster with. It’s escapist fun dialled up to a 10, and who doesn’t enjoy that?

Infinity Pool

Directed by: Brandon Cronenberg
Written by: Brandon Cronenberg
Starring: Alexander Skarsgård, Mia Goth, Cleopatra Coleman
Synopsis: James and Em Foster are enjoying an all-inclusive beach vacation in the fictional island of La Tolqa, when a fatal accident exposes the resort’s perverse subculture of hedonistic tourism, reckless violence and surreal horrors.
Where to watch: Streaming on BINGE

There’s no denying that Mia Goth has become a horror movie It Girl in the last few years, and Infinity Pool is the latest example of that. She and Skarsgård deliver compelling performances in this surreal, gripping, violent and unrelenting horror film that tackles greed, hedonism, privilege and power.

John Wick Chapter 4

Directed by: Chad Stahelski
Written by: Shay Hatten, Michael Finch, Derek Kolstad
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, George Georgiou
Synopsis: John Wick uncovers a path to defeating The High Table. But before he can earn his freedom, Wick must face off against a new enemy with powerful alliances across the globe and forces that turn old friends into foes.
Where to watch: Streaming on BINGE

If you’re looking for action, look no further than John Wick: Chapter 4. Not only is it an entertaining, satisfying addition to the franchise, its perfectly structured set pieces and breathtaking action sequences will make sure that the John Wick franchise is remembered as one one of the greats of the franchise, along with Die Hard, the Terminator franchise, and the Mission: Impossible films.

The Killer

Directed by: David Fincher
Written by: Andrew Kevin Walker, based on the graphic novel series The Killer by Alexis Nolent and illustrated by Luc Jacamon
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Tilda Swinton, Charles Parnell
Synopsis: After a fateful near-miss, an assassin battles his employers and himself, on an international manhunt he insists isn’t personal.
Where to watch: Streaming on Netflix

David Fincher is back with The Killer, a stripped down, meticulously crafted revenge thriller. With killer (pun intended) performances from Michael Fassbender and Tilda Swinton, you’ll be on the edge of your seat throughout.

Leave the World Behind

Directed by: Sam Esmail
Written by: Sam Esmail, based on the novel by Rumaan Alam
Starring: Julia Roberts, Mahershala Ali, Ethan Hawke
Synopsis: A family’s getaway to a luxurious rental home takes an ominous turn when a cyberattack knocks out their devices, and two strangers appear at their door.
Where to watch: Streaming on Netflix

An apocalyptic thriller that will keep you guessing, Leave the World Behind is the kind of film you’ll be left pondering for days.

Magic Mike’s Last Dance

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Written by: Reid Carolin
Starring: Channing Tatum, Salma Hayek, Ayub Khan-Din
Synopsis: Mike takes to the stage again, following a business deal that went bust, leaving him broke and taking bartender gigs in Florida. Mike heads to London with a wealthy socialite who lures him with an offer he can’t refuse.
Where to watch: Streaming on Prime Video

Admittedly, Magic Mike’s Last Dance may not quite reach the electrifying heights of the first two films, but it’s still worth a watch. If you’re after a film you watch with friends while drinking wine and picking at a cheese board, this is the one.

Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One

Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie
Written by: Bruce Geller, Erik Jendresen, Christopher McQuarrie
Starring: Tom Cruise, Hayley Atwell, Ving Rhames
Synopsis: Ethan Hunt and his IMF team must track down a dangerous weapon before it falls into the wrong hands.
Where to watch: Streaming on Prime Video

Following the massive success of Top Gun: Maverick last year, Tom Cruise proved once again that he’s the king of the action box office with Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One this year. The film delivers everything you expect from Cruise and his longtime director, Christopher McQuarrie — meticulously planned action sequences that keep you on the edge of your seat for far longer than you’d expect, punctuated with jaw-dropping stunts that will make you gasp.

Related: How Hayley Atwell Developed Her ‘Mission: Impossible’ Character As They Went

Related: ‘Mission: Impossible’: Simon Pegg and Pom Klementieff on What Sets ‘Dead Reckoning’ Apart

Monolith

Directed by: Matt Vesely
Written by: Lucy Campbell
Starring: Lily Sullivan, Ling Cooper Tang, Ansuya Nathan
Synopsis: A headstrong journalist whose investigative podcast uncovers a strange artifact, an alien conspiracy, and the lies at the heart of her own story.
Where to watch: Streaming on BINGE

Monolith premiered at the 2022 Adelaide Film Festival, and after a theatrical run in 2023, is now available to stream. A gripping, unnerving and tense debut feature from director Matt Vesely, Monolith is another worthy addition to the list of great movies filmed in South Australia.

Quiz Lady

Directed by: Jessica Yu
Written by: Jen D’Angelo
Starring: Awkwafina, Sandra Oh, Will Ferrell
Synopsis: A game-show-obsessed woman and her estranged sister work together to help cover their mother’s gambling debts.
Where to watch: Streaming on Disney+

Not looking for an epic, life-changing, serious drama with a three hour runtime? May we suggest Quiz Lady, a funny, breezy little comedy with an undercurrent of sisterly love. With a 99 minute runtime, you can’t go wrong.

Reality

Directed by: Tina Satter
Written by: Tina Satter
Starring: Sydney Sweeney, Josh Hamilton, Marchánt Davis
Synopsis: A former American intelligence specialist was given the longest sentence for the unauthorised release of government information to the media about Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections via an email operation.
Where to watch: Streaming on BINGE

Reality is a tense, uncomfortable, claustrophobic film driven by Sydney Sweeney’s powerhouse performance. At just 83 minutes, the film hooks you with its mix of mundane, everyday normalcies with blood-curdling, anxiety-inducing danger, and it doesn’t let you off until the end.

The Royal Hotel

Directed by: Kitty Green
Written by: Kitty Green, Oscar Redding
Starring: Julia Garner, Jessica Henwick, Herbert Nordrum
Synopsis: US backpackers Hanna and Liv take a job in a remote Australian pub for some extra cash and are confronted with a bunch of unruly locals and a situation that grows rapidly out of their control.
Where to watch: In cinemas now, or streaming on BINGE

Based on the 2016 documentary Hotel CoolgardieThe Royal Hotel is a visceral, slow burn thriller that will have a knot forming in your stomach as you wait for the inevitable to unfold. Unnerving, tense, and endlessly claustrophobic, Kitty Green’s skillful direction and Julia Garner’s magnetic performance make The Royal Hotel a haunting, unmissable experience.

Related: Julia Garner-Fronted Aussie Thriller ‘The Royal Hotel’ Will Screen at SXSW Sydney

Saltburn

Directed by: Emerald Fennell
Written by: Emerald Fennell
Starring: Barry Keoghan, Jacob Elordi, Archie Madekwe
Synopsis: A student at Oxford University finds himself drawn into the world of a charming and aristocratic classmate, who invites him to his eccentric family’s sprawling estate for a summer never to be forgotten.
Where to watch: In cinemas now, coming to Prime Video on December 22

Although Fennell takes a very loosey-goosey approach to the film’s 2006 setting — no, the 2007 film Superbad wasn’t available on DVD in 2006 — the mid-2000s vibes are sure to make any older millennial nostalgic. Perhaps one of the most divisive films of the year, Saltburn is a wild ride with a killer soundtrack that delivers laughs, gasps and more.

Scream VI

Directed by: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett
Written by: James Vanderbilt, Guy Busick, Kevin Williamson
Starring: Courteney Cox, Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega
Synopsis: In the next instalment, the survivors of the Ghostface killings leave Woodsboro behind and start a fresh chapter in New York City.
Where to watch: Streaming on Paramount+

Ghostface is back, and like Jason before him, he’s taking Manhattan. Scream VI is a chaotic bloodbath from start to finish, and perhaps the slasher franchise’s most brutal entry yet. With some clever twists, incredible set pieces, and another outstanding performance from Jenna Ortega in particular, Scream VI is a solid follow up to 2022’s “requel” Scream.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

Directed by: Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, Justin K. Thompson
Written by: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Dave Callaham
Starring: Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Brian Tyree Henry
Synopsis: Miles Morales catapults across the Multiverse, where he encounters a team of Spider-People charged with protecting its very existence. When the heroes clash on how to handle a new threat, Miles must redefine what it means to be a hero.
Where to watch: Streaming on Prime Video

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse isn’t just visually dazzling, it’s also one of the rare sequels that truly lives up to its predecessor. With a script that’s grounded in genuine emotion and enough laughs to balance it out, you can expect to see Across the Spider-Verse reach beyond the Best Animated Feature category at the 2024 Academy Awards.

Talk to Me

Directed by: Danny Philippou, Michael Philippou
Written by: Danny Philippou, Bill Hinzman, Daley Pearson
Starring: Sophie Wilde, Joe Bird, Miranda Otto
Synopsis: When a group of friends discover how to conjure spirits using an embalmed hand, they become hooked on the new thrill, until one of them goes too far and unleashes terrifying supernatural forces.
Where to watch: Streaming on Netflix

The debut feature from Adelaide-born twin brothers Danny and Michael Philippou — aka YouTube’s RackaRacka — Talk to Me was met with instant buzz after its January premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, and things haven’t slowed down since then.

The film was picked up by indie distributor A24, and soon dethroned Hereditary as A24’s top grossing horror film at the North American box office. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the sequel is already in the works.

Related: “We Can Text Ari Aster!”: Danny and Michael Philippou on ‘Talk to Me’ Success

Related: “Never Stop Making Stuff”: Danny and Michael Philippou’s Advice for Young Creatives

Theater Camp

Directed by: Molly Gordon, Nick Lieberman
Written by: Noah Galvin, Molly Gordon, Nick Lieberman
Starring: Ben Platt, Molly Gordon, Noah Galvin
Synopsis: The eccentric staff of a rundown theatre camp in upstate New York must band together with the beloved founder’s bro-y son to keep the camp afloat.
Where to watch: Streaming on Disney+

A self-aware, self-deprecating comedy that delivers laughs throughout, Theater Camp manages to walk the line of satire without crossing into nastiness. There’s humour, heart, and although it’s sure to become a favourite for those who’ve lived in the world, it’s a film that anyone can enjoy.

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