ByJack Carr, writer at Creators.co
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Jack Carr

If you're that guy whose endless scrolls through the Netflix movie library usually result in an angry cry of "Where is Mad Max though?" or "No Batman v Superman, seriously?" (I know, I know, it was a joke), you're probably not alone.

But while the world's biggest streaming service sometimes lacks new movies and recent blockbusters, there's one which has a huge amount available at the push of a button — Now (available monthly without a HBO subscription) and HBO Go (the catch-up library for paying HBO subscribers).

What Can I Watch On HBO Now & HBO Go?

The premium channel might be best known for its award-winning series like Game of Thrones and Westworld, but the collection of new blockbusters available on its streaming service is pretty vast. Let's check out 20 of the best movies streaming on HBO Now and HBO Go in February 2017.

25. 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' (2016)

Rarely will you encounter a more controversial movie than . By now you've probably seen Zack Snyder's epic and know exactly which side of the fence you sit on — it's either one of the best movies of 2016, a hugely entertaining clash of egos from a master of all things visual or a depressing, confused grim-fest filled with plot holes and yet another unnecessary Batman origin story.

But even if it's no crowd-pleaser, Batman v Superman still has some interesting ideas, a killer soundtrack from Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL and, best of all, a brilliant big-screen debut by Gal Gadot's highly likeable Wonder Woman. The less said about Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor, perhaps, the better. One last word: "MARTHA!"

iMDB score: 6.8/10

24. 'Batman Returns' (1992)

Like Batman v Superman, Batman Returns is dark, but that's pretty much where the similarities begin and end. Tim Burton's second and best Batman movie introduces Michelle Pfeiffer as the definitive Catwoman, a purring seductress without morals who toys with Batman for sport and whose most criminal act is surely that latex catsuit.

Michael Keaton is a solid Batman and Danny DeVito a brilliant Penguin, while Christopher Walken is typically manic as the Nosferatu-esque villain Max Shreck, but this is Catwoman's show. The fact that we never got a spin-off (and that the next Batman movie was the rotten Batman Forever) still feels like a slap in the face.

iMDB score: 7/10

23. 'A Bigger Splash' (2015)

One of the most criminally underrated movies of 2015, A Bigger Splash is essentially a four-hander in which a rockstar (played by Tilda Swinton in possibly the most genius piece of casting ever) and her boyfriend chance upon the man who brought them together, a music producer who seems intent on creating a rift in the relationship.

Dakota Johnson, Matthias Schoenaerts and a scene-stealing Ralph Fiennes round out the excellent cast, all of whom are having plenty of fun in the sun — until the discovery of a body sends A Bigger Splash spiralling in a whole new direction.

iMDB score: 6.4/10

22. 'Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason' (2003)

It might be the worst movie in the Bridget Jones trilogy (I prefer the term "least best"), but you can't really go wrong with The Edge Of Reason if you're somebody who adores Renee Zellweger's charming British accent and her heroine's inability to remain standing at social events populated by eligible bachelors.

After the events of Diary, which ended with Bridget choosing Mark Darcy (Colin Firth on impeccable form), a series of unfortunate events results in Bridget being arrested for attempting to smuggle cocaine out of Thailand. Best not to ask too many questions — just roll with it.

iMDB score: 5.9/10

21. 'Brooklyn' (2015)

In Brooklyn, nominated for Best Picture at the 2016 Oscars, Irish immigrant Ellis arrives in the titular 'hood and begins a journey of self-discovery. If the story itself is hardly anything new, Saoirse Ronan's superb performance as Ellis, the period details — the film was shot in Montreal but convinces as '50s New York — and Brooklyn's emotional core combine to make a highly likeable coming-of-age tale.

iMDB score: 7.5/10

20. 'Central Intelligence' (2016)

If you love Kevin Hart and/or The Rock, you've probably already seen Central Intelligence, definitely the best film of 2016 in which Dwayne Johnson plays a beefcake rogue CIA agent whose high school nickname was Fat Robbie. If you don't, you already know that this big, dumb, surprisingly funny comedy is not for you.

iMDB score: 6.4/10

19. 'Crimson Peak' (2015)

Guillermo del Toro's flair for sumptuous visuals manifests beautifully in the Gothic horror/romance hybrid Crimson Peak, a twisted, R-rated ghost story which could only have been made by the Mexican auteur.

Mia Wasikowska plays Edith Cushing, a young woman drawn into a web of seduction and deceit involving a lavish mansion, a dashing Englishman and his flame-haired sister, both of whom seem to be sitting on a dark secret. Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain sizzle on screen, making up for a story which never quite matches the thrills of the atmosphere del Toro weaves.

iMDB score: 6.6/10

18. 'Deadpool' (2016)

Chances are, if you're the kind of person with even the tiniest bit of interest in a sweary, fourth wall-breaking, uber-meta superhero, you've already seen Deadpool and don't need convincing of how good it is. But if you hate superhero movies (my condolences), you might not realize that Deadpool really only counts as one on a technicality. It's basically just the most consistently funny R-rated comedy since Bridesmaids, with a little less bowel leakage.

iMDB score: 8.1/10

17. 'Eddie The Eagle' (2016)

The incredible true story of a British ski-jumper who became his country's first Olympic participant in the discipline for 60 years, Eddie The Eagle is a much warmer film than the snowy slopes on which it's set, the kind of uplifting story that won't change your life, but should at least provide a cheery distraction for an hour or two. Taron Egerton is reliably charming as the titular Eddie, while Hugh Jackman is perfect as the "mentor" who'd rather Eddie just gave up. Spoiler: He doesn't, or there'd be no movie.

iMDB score: 7.4/10

16. 'Everest' (2015)

In 1996, 12 people died attempting to reach the summit of Mount Everest, including eight climbers, over two hazardous days in May when a vicious blizzard hit. At a height of over 7,000M, the Texan climber Beck Weathers lost his sight. His guide died on the mountain, leaving him to sleep face down in the snow without cover or protection. Astonishingly, Weathers not only survived, but managed to make it a short way down the mountain before being evacuated by helicopter.

His nose, fingers, feet and lower right arm were amputated, but his nose was later reconstructed and he wrote a book about his extraordinary brush with death titled 'Left For Dead,' which became Everest, a surprisingly accomplished disaster film starring Josh Brolin (as Weathers) and Jake Gyllenhaal. As you'd imagine, this is two hours of pure tension and horror, but given that you'll almost definitely never experience it for real, the film is an entertaining, and smart, substitute.

iMDB score: 7.1/10

15. 'Gods of Egypt' (2016)

Let me first clarify that Gods of Egypt is not one of the best movies on HBO Now. It's probably not even one of the best movies starring Gerard Butler, and that's a low bar. It's a mess even hotter than the sands of ancient Egypt over which giant CGI snake-osaurs chase white men who shouldn't even be there, a beautiful travesty of cinema and a hilarious cautionary tale about what happens when Hollywood throws money at people with painfully dumb ideas.

And you should absolutely surrender two precious hours of your life to it.

iMDB score: 5.5/10

14. 'Harry Potter & The Order Of The Phoenix' (2007)

Translating an entire world from page to screen is never easy, but the Harry Potter movies did it exceptionally well, none moreso than Order Of The Phoenix, for my money the best movie in the series. David Yates takes the reins here, and his appetite for moodier visuals and blacker tone are the perfect fit for a story which begins to get seriously dark as Voldemort assembles his merry band of loyal Death Eaters and prepares to take out The Boy Who Lived.

Imelda Staunton is delightfully hideous as the fearsome, kitten-obsessed Dolores Umbridge, and the sequence at the Ministry (whose vast, relentlessly black halls are pumping out endless Nazi-esque propaganda) where Dumbledore's Army come face to face with the infamous Bellatrix Lestrange (an awesome Helena Bonham-Carter) is perhaps even greater than the final Battle of Hogwarts. A masterpiece.

iMDB score: 7.5/10

13. 'Jurassic World' (2015)

Before Jurassic World came out, it was hard to know whether the world really wanted another Jurassic movie. Turns out they did. In World, Claire, the corporate, weirdly emotionless manager of the new and expanded park (Bryce Dallas Howard) is forced to team up with Owen (Chris Pratt), a Navy vet and the only person in a 20km radius who's not a total moron, to contain the escaped Indominus Rex.

For some reason, Claire spends the entire movie in a cream suit (seriously, she works in the outdoors!) and a pair of ridiculous heels, perhaps to distract from a script which doesn't exactly stand up to intense scrutiny, or even a mild gust of wind. But Jurassic World is certainly entertaining, and maybe that's all that really counts.

iMDB score: 7/10

12. 'The Legend Of Tarzan' (2016)

Whether the legend of Tarzan is one which really needed to be told again is debatable, but the reliably gorgeous pairing of Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie conjure up some strong chemistry in this big-budget, visually-dazzling movie from Warner Bros which is already on HBO Now and HBO Go.

Christoph Waltz is on moustache-twirling villainous form as an evil Belgian, and Samuel L. Jackson is good value as always. Go into it expecting solid action-adventure movie thrills and you won't be disappointed.

iMDB score: 6.3/10

11. 'Mad Max: Fury Road' (2015)

Three decades after the last movie came out, Fury Road really could have gone either way. George Miller returns to direct and write a story set in a future ravaged by the scarce availability of essential resources like water. If that scenario doesn't sound so alien considering the current state of the world, Fury Road's relentless action sequences (which literally take up 85% of the movie) and intelligent feminist perspective certainly aren't the norm for a genre which is rarely so ambitious.

Tom Hardy does an excellent job as Max, who speaks rarely but can't shake the voices in his head, and Charlize Theron imbues Furiosa with an intense moral core and determination to do right by the five wives of the cruelly dictatorial Immortan Joe, as they attempt to escape their nightmarish circumstances. Fury Road is one of the best, boldest action movies in decades. A future this awful never looked so good.

iMDB score: 8.1/10

10. 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' (2015)

There's a lot to love about this horribly underrated movie from Guy Ritchie, whose dry British sense of humor rears its head at every turn, as two spies — Henry Cavill's suave CIA agent and Armie Hammer's less charming KGB operative — reluctantly travel to Rome with the daughter of a Nazi scientist (Alicia Vikander) to try and foil her father's plans and prevent nuclear warfare.

The script is lively, the action sequences as breathless as you'd expect from Ritchie, the jazzy soundtrack is a constant delight, and Elizabeth Debicki's camp high-society villainess is the definition of a scene-stealer. Only a slight shortage of plot twists keeps The Man From U.N.C.L.E. from being a truly great spy adventure. For fans of Bond or the sexy aesthetic of the swinging '60s, it's still highly entertaining.

iMDB score: 7.3/10

9. 'The Martian' (2015)

A movie about a man who gets stuck on Mars and has to find a way to grow plants to survive really doesn't sound like much of a crowd-pleaser, but The Martian proves a comeback for sci-fi legend Ridley Scott. Even if it's more about the journey than the destination — you never really believe that Matt Damon's astronaut Mark Watney is going to die a lonely, torturous death on the red planet — The Martian is still a smart story well told. The best thing about the movie, though? The fact that Scott has the courage to reject the popular notion that every blockbuster today needs the threat of an impending apocalypse to entertain.

iMDB score: 8/10

8. 'The Nice Guys' (2016)

When a film could feasibly belong to any of four or five different genres, it can be a hard sell. Wikipedia describes The Nice Guys as a "mystery-crime thriller neo-noir action comedy film," which isn't far from the truth and might explain why the Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe team-up was largely slept-on last year.

In future, though, it might be looked back on as a cult classic, a brilliantly sharp throwback to the era of the buddy comedy and one of Crowe's best roles in years. The story begins as the search for a missing, possibly dead porn star, and splinters off in various directions, no detour any more predictable than the last, but all highly enjoyable.

The Nice Guys arrives on HBO Now and HBO Go on January 28.

iMDB score: 7.4/10

7. 'Phil Spector' (2013)

The murder trial of the legendary music producer Phil Spector, whose Wall of Sound production style literally revolutionized rock n' roll in '60s and '70s, was a huge deal in America, where a celebrity being accused of murder is the ultimate in tabloid juice. HBO's movie Phil Spector casts Al Pacino as the man with the many wigs and Helen Mirren as his defense lawyer, a woman who finds herself questioning Spector's innocence while being drawn into his very, very strange world. The chemistry between two of Hollywood's ultimate modern-day legends sizzles.

iMDB score: 6.3/10

6. 'Race' (2016)

Hitler suffered an embarrassing rejection of his Aryan propaganda at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin when the black American sprinter Jesse Owens took home gold medals in four disciplines, including long jump and 100m. Guess what? White folks weren't superior after all!

Owens's journey is immortalized in Race, a film which hits all the beats you'd expect but does so in visually sumptuous style with a superb central performance from newcomer Stephan James. Supporting are Jeremy Irons, Jason Sudeikis, Carice Van Houten and William Hurt. One of the more underrated movies on this list.

iMDB score: 7.1/10

5. 'The Revenant' (2015)

The word "epic" may as well have been invented for The Revenant, Alejandro G. Iñárritu's highly visceral portrayal of explorer and hunter Hugh Glass's unlikely survival in the wilderness after being mauled by a bear and abandoned by his fellow trappers. Although the incredible tale is likely to have been wildly exaggerated over the years, Leonardo DiCaprio's performance is so raw you'll accept every beat of the story as stone-cold truth. Tom Hardy is also superb, and the visuals are a total feast.

iMDB score: 8/10

4. 'Spider-Man' (2002)

Long before there were six superhero movies a year, before the was the ultimate money-making machine, horror maestro Sam Raimi decided to make a Spider-Man movie. It could've been awful. It wasn't, and fifteen years on, Spider-Man remains a classic of the genre.

Tobey Maguire may have been a little old to play Peter Parker in school, but he nails his alter ego's wide-eyed bewilderment at suddenly possessing remarkable powers, and Kirsten Dunst is fantastic as Mary Jane Watson, the girl of Peter's dreams, and Willem Dafoe exudes egomaniacal menace when his billionaire scientist Norman Osborn transforms into the Green Goblin. Spider-Man feels more like a comic book movie than some of today's, and for that reason it's a total winner.

iMDB score: 7.3/10

3. 'Spy' (2015)

Spy could easily have been a dumb comedy in which CIA desk agent Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) heads out into the field and makes a total ass of herself. But this film's genius is that the joke's not on Susan but everyone around her, as she pursues the deadly Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne), an arms dealer who for mysterious reasons dresses like a "slutty dolphin trainer," and proves herself to be an easy match for Bradley Fine (Jude Law), the CIA's star agent and the object of Susan's affections.

It's that combination of Spy's talent for subverting expectations, getting big laughs out of absurd situations, and a properly hilarious supporting cast (Byrne is killer as the evil Russian princess, and Jason Statham displays a surprising gift for comedy as a macho agent who is also a monumental dumbass) which renders Paul Feig's film perhaps the best comedy of 2015. And you really can't go wrong with the line "Guys, there's a mouse on my tits."

iMDB score: 7.1/10

2. 'Straight Outta Compton' (2015)

Sometimes it takes a biopic to remind the world of somebody's genius. N.W.A. are among the most influential hip-hop acts of all time, but their greatness was over-shadowed by the drama surrounding their manager, Jerry Heller, the beef between members, Dr. Dre's own solo career going stratospheric, and the death of Eazy-E.

All of those things, and the music, come together to form a brilliantly complete picture of the highs, lows, influence and cultural impact of N.W.A. Ice Cube's own, clearly talented son O'Shea Jackson plays his dad to studied perfection, but of course it's soundtrack here which really makes Compton worth two hours of your time.

iMDB score: 7.9/10

1. 'Youth' (2015)

What happens when you approach the end of your life? Do you lose all appetite for living? Are the experiences we all dream of the sole preserve of the young? Those questions and many more are posed in Paolo Sorrentino's Youth, in which famed conductor Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine), now in self-imposed retirement, is forced to deal with all manner of existentialism during a stay at a Swiss spa.

Harvey Keitel, Paul Dano, Rachel Weisz and particularly Jane Fonda all contribute excellent performances as various notable players in Fred's life, and Caine taps into old-age apathy so well you'll spend most of the film praying to God you never experience it yourself. But there's hope in Sorrentino's moving, visually beautiful and frequently very funny film. Perhaps there really is more to life than youth.

iMDB score: 7.3/10

How many movies on this list have you seen, and which will you add to your watchlist on HBO Now and HBO Go?

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