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The best films you may have missed this year

The best films you may have missed this year

The post-Christmas Day pre-New Year limbo period is your perfect chance to catch up on some of 2019’s finest movies

With so much to feast your eyes on, it’s no surprise that the odd gem sometimes goes unnoticed…

Best films of the year round-up

Luckily for you, we’ve put together this handy list of cracking flicks that you can gorge yourself on over the coming days – you’ve earned your chance to put your feet up in front of the telly. There’s a new year on the horizon, and there’s no better time to catch up on the flicks that may have gone unnoticed over the past year.


Grab a notepad and pen – you may well want to jot a few of these down…

The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind

Find it on Netflix

After standout performances in the likes of Selma and 12 Years A Slave, British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor writes, directs and stars in this captivating true-life drama about a boy who constructs a wind turbine in a small Malawian village.


Triple Frontier

Find it on Netflix 

This thrilling drama sees Ben Affleck lead a group of US Army soldiers to carry out an audacious heist against a fearsome South American drug lord. An action-packed romp from director JC Chandor.


The Laundromat

Find it on Netflix

A star-studded cast including Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas come together in this bonkers crime comedy from acclaimed (and seriously eclectic) director Steven Soderbergh that sees an ordinary woman attempt to expose a far-reaching financial fraud.


Unicorn Store

Find it on Netflix

Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson and Samuel L Jackson reunite for this quirky comedy. Larson, making her directorial debut, stars as a 20-something artist who realises her childhood dreams with the guidance of Jackson’s mysterious salesman.



Find it on Netflix

A terminal diagnosis forces two neighbours to form an unlikely friendship and embark on a journey across America in this touching comedy drama starring Mark Duplass (Bombshell) and Everybody Loves Raymond’s Ray Romano.


Marriage Story

Find it on Netflix

Adam Driver? Great. Scarlett Johansson? Even better. Writer/director Noah Baumbach? Ooh, colour us intrigued. All three combining for a sad yet brilliant comedy drama about a failing marriage that sees each at the top their game? YAAAS! 


I Am Mother

Find it on Netflix

A teenage girl raised by an android inside a post-apocalyptic bunker begins to question everything she knows when a mysterious woman appears. Thrilling sci-fi drama starring Hilary Swank and Rose Byrne.


Between Two Ferns

Find it on Netflix

The Hangover’s Zach Galifianakis returns to the rickety chair between the titular plants for this feature-length outing of the cult web series, starring a multitude of famous faces alongside a couple of well-watered pieces of greenery.


High Flying Bird

Find it on Netflix

Ever the auteur, Steven Soderbergh shot 100% of this exciting sports drama on an iPhone, giving the film a unique look. An agent (Moonlight’s André Holland) lobbies to break a basketball lockdown that is threatening to bring the sport to a standstill.



Available in Sky Cinema on demand

Sure, Oscars are cool, but this ridiculously good Japanese family drama snagged the enormously prestigious Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2018. An unconventional story following a hodge-podge family of misfits as they shoplift to survive poverty in modern-day Tokyo, it thoroughly deserved the prize.


Solo: A Star Wars Story

Available in Sky Cinema on demand

Combine the intergalactic wonder of Star Wars with the adventure and humour of Indiana Jones and you’ve a good idea of what awaits in Solo, the captivating origin story of legendary smuggler Han Solo starring Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Read more about that scruffy-looking nerf herder here


Sorry To Bother You

Available in Sky Cinema on demand

One of the sleeper hits of 2018, this surreal, razor-sharp “sci-fi comedy” from director Boots Riley stars Atlanta’s Lakeith Stanfield as a young telemarketer whose innate ability to mimic a “white voice” shoots him up the industry ladder and forces him to navigate a bizarre yet familiar world.


The Incredibles 2

Available in Sky Cinema on demand

It’s worth watching this because it’s the long-awaited sequel to Pixar’s superhero smash hit from 2005. It’s also worth a watch for the greatest ever animated sequence involving a raccoon and a powerful shape-shifting baby. If you don’t think that sounds amazing… we’ll stop there, because of course you do. Click here for more Incredible superhero action.


Big Fish & Begonia

Available in Sky Cinema on demand

Fans of Studio Ghibli’s acclaimed output of animated masterpieces will find plenty to love about this touching, epic story in which a fantastical girl visits the human world as a dolphin and finds herself falling for a boy.



Available in Sky Cinema on demand

John David Washington (son of Denzel) and Adam Driver deliver career-best performances as a black and Jewish detective duo working undercover to bust a unit of the Ku Klux Klan in this Oscar-winning crime comedy, based on a true story, from acclaimed writer/director Spike Lee.


Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Available in Sky Cinema on demand

Into The Spider-Verse isn’t just one of the best animated films of the past decade, it’s arguably the best superhero film ever made. A unique artistic style, engaging story and memorable characters make this cross-dimensional action romp a must-watch for any superhero fan. Find our more about your favourite neighbourhood Spider-Men (and girls, and pigs) here


First Man

Available in Sky Cinema on demand

La La Land director Damian Chazelle ditches his musical roots with this stunning biopic of Neil Armstrong and his journey from successful test pilot to history-making astronaut. Intense, gorgeous and absorbing… Ryan Gosling’s face is, as ever, a delight to stare at. Oh, yeah, the film isn’t bad either.


Mortal Engines

Available in Sky Cinema on demand

Based on the popular series of books, this fantastical adventure takes place in a steampunky post-apocalyptic world where cities are now mobile monsters that can consume one another. Expect plenty of action and no shortage of jaw-dropping set pieces in this CGI-laden epic.


Last Flag Flying

Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video

Boyhood director Richard Linklater delivers this touching drama in which Vietnam veterans Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell and Laurence Fishburne reunite when Carell’s son is killed in Iraq. As funny as it is thought-provoking, Last Flag Flying is well worth a watch.


Guava Island

Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video

Sun, sea, comedy, weirdness and banging tunes make for a unique musical experience from writer/star Donald Glover and director Hiro Murai (who collaborated on Atlanta and the astonishing Childish Gambino video for “This Is America”). Glover and Rihanna play a couple throwing a music festival unlike any other.


Late Night

Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video

Emma Thompson’s world-weary talk show host knows she needs some fresh material, and semi-accidentally hires Mindy Kaling – who also wrote the screenplay – to overhaul her scripts and ratings in this riotous comedy drama.



Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video

The 19th-century massacre of protesters in Manchester is documented in sobering detail by writer/director Mike Leigh in this brilliant historical drama, with Maxine Peake in her usual captivating form as a woman caught up in the chaos.



Find out what’s on Sky Cinema

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Watch on the go

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How to watch Netflix with Virgin TV

If you have a TiVo® box or Virgin TV V6 box, powered by TiVo®:


Press home on your remote

Select Apps & Games

Select All Apps 

Select Netflix


If you’re already a Netflix subscriber, you can also access the app through Search & Discover or by pressing Red on channel 204. Just sign in with your existing login and start watching. And you’ll only have to log in the first time you use it. 


If you’re new to Netflix, then you’ll need to subscribe to use the app. The easiest way to do this is by going to You can also subscribe using the Netflix app in Apps & Games.


How to watch Amazon Prime Video with Virgin TV

Prime Video is available to all Virgin TV customers with a V6 box, powered by TiVo®. Simply sign up to Amazon Prime Video via their website, and you can log in on the box. And because Prime Video is fully integrated into TiVo®, you can search without even going into the app. Just select Search & Discover from the Home menu and type in the name of the show or movie you’re after.

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