True to its name, HBO has always aimed to bring the box office to people’s homes. That’s easier than ever now thanks to the network’s twin streaming services, HBO Go and HBO Now. At any given time, the service offers hundreds of films, from obscure documentaries to summer blockbusters — but not all of them qualify as “great.” If you feel like streaming a movie and don’t want to waste your time on something subpar, we’ve rounded up the best movies currently on HBO.
Continuing the tradition of Seth Rogen dating women so, so far out of his league, Long Shot is another fine example of the chubby, charming underdog winning the girl in the end. When writer Fred Flarsky (Rogen) meets presidential candidate Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron), he slowly comes to realize that she is his former babysitter, whom he was completely smitten with. The awkward recognition leads to Fred joining Charlotte’s team as a speechwriter and, as you might expect, an “unexpected” romance blooms. Sure, it’s predictable, but it’s also raunchy, hilarious, and unleashes surprising chemistry between the two stars that makes for a lot of fun.
Rotten Tomatoes: 82 Percent
Stars: Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen
Director: Jonathan Levine
Runtime: 115 minutes
Tour de Pharmacy
After the success of 7 Days in Hell, a mockumentary about a legendary tennis match between two fictional idiots, the Andy Samberg-led team earned a second go-round via HBO. The result? Tour de Pharmacy, a story that spoofs the Tour de France by focusing on competitors’ use of performance-enhancing substances in the early 1980s. Samberg returns to play Nigerian rider Marty Hass, while Orlando Bloom, Freddie Highmore, Daveed Diggs, and John Cena appear as the other made-up competitors. Tour is filled with classic slapstick comedy, and the concept is bolstered by the inclusion of several veteran actors — we won’t spoil the hilarious surprises here — who play the “modern-day” versions of the film’s protagonists. Lance Armstrong’s cameo doesn’t hurt, either.
Rotten Tomatoes: 89 Percent
Stars: Andy Samberg, Orlando Bloom, Freddie Highmore
Director: Jake Szymanski
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 50 minutes……Read More>>