The best new international movies on Showmax to watch this weekend

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Three words: Johnson. Statham. Elba. 

The only thing more satisfying than watching Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham whup each other’s asses is watching them team up to whup someone else’s. 

In Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw, two sworn enemies – Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs (Johnson) and British military elite operative-turned-outlaw Deckard Shaw (Statham) – are forced into an unlikely alliance when evolutionary anarchist Brixton (Golden Globe winner Idris Elba) threatens to unleash a deadly virus on humanity, with Deckard’s sister, rogue MI6 agent Hattie (Emmy nominee Vanessa Kirby from The Crown), about to become patient zero. 

Throwing some A-grade cameos into the mix are Oscar winner Dame Helen Mirren as Magdalene ‘Queenie’ Shaw; Golden Globe nominee Ryan Reynolds as CIA agent Victor Locke; and People’s Choice, Teen Choice, and Kids’ Choice-winning comedian Kevin Hart as Air Marshal Dinkley.

Rated 13VL, Hobbs & Shaw was the eleventh biggest film of 2019 at the global box office – and third biggest in South Africa. The crowd-pleasing blockbuster was nominated for four 2019 People’s Choice Awards, including Favourite Movie, and four 2020 World Stunt Awards, for Best Fight, Best Work with a Vehicle, Hardest Hit, and Best Stunt Coordinator.


As New York Post puts it, “Who would have thought that one of the most enjoyable buddy-cop movies of 2019 would star a Pokémon?”

21-year-old insurance adjuster Tim Goodman lives in Ryme City, a place where humans and Pokémon co-exist in harmony. As a kid, Tim wanted to become a Pokémon trainer, but things didn’t work out that way. Then his dad, ace private eye Harry Goodman, goes missing, and Tim meets Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu – a wise-cracking detective who’s lost his memory. Pikachu is astonished to learn that Tim can understand him, and together, the two set out to find out what happened to Tim’s dad. But something sinister is afoot in Ryme City, and it’s making everyone crazy.   

Golden Globe nominee Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) voices Pikachu, while Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) plays Tim. Kathryn Newton (Lady BirdBig Little Lies), Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (Godzilla, The Last Samurai), and Golden Globe winner Bill Nighy (Pirates of the CaribbeanLove Actually) co-star. 

Rated 7-9 PGV, Pokémon Detective Pikachuwas the 18th biggest box office hit of 2019 and was nominated for two People’s Choice Awards, including Favourite Family Movie, and three Teen Choice Awards, including Choice Comedy Movie.


People’s Choice winner Dwayne Johnson (Hobbs & ShawBallers) stars as former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Sawyer, who now assesses security for skyscrapers.  On assignment in China, he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze – and he’s been framed for it. A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and rescue his family, who are trapped inside the building, above the fire line…

The 32nd biggest box office hit of 2018 globally, Skyscraper was nominated by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Movies for a 2019 Saturn Award for Best Action-Adventure Film, and earned Johnson 2019 Kids Choice nominations for Favourite Movie Actor and Favourite Butt Kicker.

As The Wall Street Journal puts it, “The movie is great, outlandish fun because the star makes it so; he’s a soft soul in an action-hard body.