Epix Hits: Movies on demand, streaming during Summer 2016

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If you watch movies on Epix Hits through PlayStation Vue, here’s the best way to see what’s on the demand. Go up to the Guide section at the top of the screen. Select movies on the left and move over to Channels and select Epix Hits.

As of July 22, Epix Hits had 863 movies on demand on PlayStation Vue, including action adventures, sci-fi, documentaries and suspense. The catalog is a bit smaller than in weeks past, but there is also an uptick and older movies. Some are fun B-level horror and sci-fi flicks that date back the 1950s. What’s below is not a Top 10 list, or a top 8. It’s just a list some movies worth checking out while they’re around. A little something for you to consider as you wade through the hundreds of movies now on demand with Epix Hits.

Terminator Genisys

John Connors sends Sgt. Kyle Reese back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor to protect his mom (and the future of humanity) in this fifth installment of the series. Yeah, I know. Sounds like the first movie, right? But there’s a guilty pleasure in dipping into the Terminator franchise one more time. Emilia Clark (from Game of Thrones fame) stars as Sarah Connor. Arnold Schwarzenegger is back as the Terminator, and Rolling Stone thought it was a pretty decent action flick, giving it three out of four stars. Isn’t that enough?

Interstellar 

Matthew McConaughey plays a former NASA test pilot as the Earth suffers from what’s described as an irreversible decline. A wormhole has surfaced near Saturn. McConaughey’s character is drawn into an effort to examine new planets for Earth’s inhabitants. Interstellar is the vision of Christopher Nolan, who brought about the only Batman movies you really want to watch.

The Devil’s Double

An Iraqi soldier is drafted into the role of playing the body-double of Uday Hussein, the eldest son of Saddam Hussein. Uday was notorious in real life for his murderous and vile behavior, and his body double must take up the role to be convincing. This is not a film for the meek. Also, it’s far from a completely true story. It’s partially based on the experiences of Latif Yahia. That said, it gives you a flavor of a time when anything went in the House of Saddam.

Death Wish (& Death Wish 2)

Charles Bronson plays a New York City Architect who becomes a vigilante after his wife is murdered and his daughter is raped. There have been a number of movies in recent years that have played upon the vigilante storyline, including scripts that involve unlikely kidnapping scenarios (yeah, I’m looking at you Liam Neeson). Bronson is the man you want to watch. And this film captures the angst of the 1970s, where the common man has lost faith in the criminal justice system. Sound familiar? The sequel is also a solid follow-up to the first film.

The Gambler

Mark Wahlberg stars in this 1974 remake of a college professor with a self-destructive streak who can’t stay away from the tables. If you’re a fan of movies that draw upon the world of underground gambling, then this movie is for you. Wahlberg’s character, Jim Bennett, quickly racks up a $240,000 gambling debt he can’t repay and further complicates his life by striking up a relationship with a student in his class.

 

Apocalypse Now
Captain Benjamin Willard (Martin Sheen) goes into the jungles of Cambodia during the Vietnam War on an assassination mission. Colonel Walter Kurtz (Marlon Brando), who appears to have lost his mind, is viewed as a god among a local tribe. Francis Ford Coppola delivered a visually stunning movie that captured the horrors of war. Epix Hits also has Apocalypse Now Redux on demand, which has an additional 49 minutes and restored footage. Oh, and Roger Ebert considers Apocalypse Now “one of the great films of all time.” FYI.

Escape from Alcatraz

Clint Eastwood plays an inmate named Frank Morris in this 1979 classic that offers a lot of style that today’s directors seem to have forgotten. Movies are visual mediums. Eastwood flicks are able to masterfully show the viewers the story rather than tell it through a lot of dialogue. Turner Classic Movies is also currently showing The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, another Eastwood masterpiece that delivers a story using the show-don’t-tell methodology.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (and films II – V)

While Netflix has the bragging rights to being the new home of the many Star Trek television episodes, you can still count on Epix Hits for the films starring the original cast of William Shatner as James T. Kirk, Leonard Nimoy as Spock and DeForest Kelley as Dr. McCoy. The second film, The Wrath of Khan, is easily the best of the series. Kirk deals with a mid-life crisis and the regrets that come with it. It’s the kind of conundrum that few films have been able take on in an engaging way.

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