As we’ve mentioned before, Peacock doesn’t tend to hang on to its movies for very long. Last month’s big additions, Fight Club, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Hell or High Water, have already left Peacock behind. Fortunately, a new batch of movies has arrived on Peacock. And on February 16, Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer will make its streaming debut seven months after it first hit theaters.
Peacock has a lot of Nolan’s films this month, including The Dark Knight trilogy and Inception, but we’re throwing the spotlight on Dunkirk because it’s a better companion movie for Oppenheimer. Our other picks for the month include Braveheart and Fatal Attraction. But that’s just the beginning of our complete roundup of the best movies on Peacock right now. You can find the rest of our picks below.
Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer may be the director’s best film to date, and it’s the leading contender to walk away with Best Picture at the Oscars. Cillian Murphy stars as J. Robert Oppenheimer, and the film explores his life in non-chronological order. As a young man, Oppenheimer becomes a pioneer in the realm of quantum physics before the advent of World War II makes him realize that Germany will weaponize nuclear fusion unless America beats it to the punch.
Oppenheimer’s difficult relationships with his lover, Jean Tatlock (Florence Pugh), and his wife, Kitty Oppenheimer (Emily Blunt), are also explored before he leads the Manhattan Project in building the first Atomic Bomb. And in flash-forwards, former Navy Rear Admiral Lewis Strauss (Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr.) develops a vendetta against Oppenheimer as he does everything he can to discredit and tarnish his legacy.
Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Stars: Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Florence Pugh
Director: Christopher Nolan
Runtime: 160 minutes
While Oppenheimer is a domestic World War II story, Nolan’s Dunkirk takes place in the aftermath of the Allies’ greatest defeat. The Battle of France has been lost, and the surviving British and French soldiers have been encircled on the shores of Dunkirk with little hope of rescue. As soldiers Tommy (Fionn Whitehead) and Alex (Henry Styles) scramble for their lives, they are forced to wonder if their new companion, Gibson (Aneurin Barnard), is a German spy.
Meanwhile, civilians and ordinary people answer the call to make the dangerous journey by sea to Dunkirk in an attempt to bring the soldiers home alive. It’s an extraordinary act of courage, and not everyone will be able to see the trip through to its end.
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Genre: Drama, War
Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard
Director: Christopher Nolan
Runtime: 106 minutes
Can you guess who will not be ignored? Glenn Close gave her most iconic performance to date in Fatal Attraction as Alex Forrest, a woman who has a brief affair with her colleague, Dan Gallagher (Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania‘s Michael Douglas). When Dan tries to pull back from Alex, she develops a dangerous obsession with him.
Not even physical violence can deter Alex from harassing Dan and threatening the safety of his family. As Alex repeatedly demonstrates, her threats are not idle. And if she has to kill in order to be with Dan, then she will.
Rotten Tomatoes: 74%
Stars: Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, Anne Archer
Director: Adrian Lyne
Runtime: 119 minutes
Mel Gibson won Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture for his work on Braveheart, a historical drama based upon the life of William Wallace (Gibson). In the late 13th century, Scotland is under the control of England’s King Edward (Patrick McGoohan). Although Wallace was a firsthand witness to the cruelty of King Edward’s men when they took control of Scotland, he doesn’t immediately rebel.
But when English soldiers murder Wallace’s wife, he unleashes his fury upon them and becomes one of the leaders during the First War of Scottish Independence. On the battlefield, Wallace proves to be an adept warrior. But even Wallace isn’t immune from treachery that threatens to destroy Scotland’s bid for independence from within.
Rotten Tomatoes: 76%
Stars: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Catherine McCormack
Director: Mel Gibson
Runtime: 157 minutes
After directing the first Doctor Strange movie for Marvel, Scott Derrickson returned to horror with The Black Phone, a harrowing story set in the ’70s. Mason Thames plays a kid named Finney, with Madeleine McGraw as his sister, Gwen. Both siblings are aware that someone has been kidnapping children in the area, but that foreknowledge doesn’t save Finny when The Grabber (Ethan Hawke) comes for him.
As The Grabber’s captive, Finney realizes he’s being toyed with. Finny’s only hope for escape is the enigmatic Black Phone, which allows him to speak with The Grabber’s dead victims. Meanwhile, Gwen’s emerging psychic power may help her find her brother through her dreams if she can muster up the courage to act.
Rotten Tomatoes: 81%
Stars: Mason Thames, Madeleine McGraw, Jeremy Davies, James Ransone, Ethan Hawke
Director: Scott Derrickson
Runtime: 103 minutes
Critics really didn’t take it easy on The Exorcist: Believer, but it’s a textbook case of a sequel that tells a familiar story with links to the first film in the franchise. Leslie Odom Jr. stars as Victor Fielding, a father whose daughter, Angela (Lidya Jewett), and her friend, Katherine West (Olivia O’Neill), go missing in the woods. When the girls return, both Angela and Katherine show signs of demonic possession.
Victor and Katherine’s parents, Miranda (Jennifer Nettles) and Tony West (Norbert Leo Butz), are at a complete loss for how to help their children. That’s why Victor turns to Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burstyn), the mother of Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair), who was possessed in The Exorcist. Chris has since become a best-selling author and an expert in exorcisms. But even Chris is overmatched by the twin possessions.
Rotten Tomatoes: 22%
Stars: Leslie Odom Jr., Lidya Jewett, Olivia O’Neill, Jennifer Nettles, Norbert Leo Butz, Ellen Burstyn
Director: David Gordon Green
Runtime: 111 minutes
The demons of Requiem for a Dream aren’t supernatural in nature, but they leave devastating carnage in their wake in Darren Aronofsky’s adaptation of Hubert Selby Jr.’s novel. This is a story about addiction and the heavy toll it takes on Sara Goldfarb (Ellen Burstyn), her son, Harry Goldfarb (Jared Leto, way before he played the Joker), his girlfriend, Marion Silver (Jennifer Connelly), and their friend, Tyrone C. Love (Marlon Wayans).
Addiction to amphetamines is a new experience for Sara, but her son and his circle of friends have been addicted to heroin for years. This film pulls no punches when the price of their drug habit finally comes due for all four lead characters. Requiem for a Dream may be a psychological drama, but it’s also a horror story in its own way. There’s no happiness to be found here.
Rotten Tomatoes: 78%
Stars: Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans, Christopher McDonald
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Runtime: 101 minutes
Freddy Fazbear, Bonnie, Chica, and Foxy may not have been household names in the ’80s, but these murderous animatronic creations will made a killing in their big-screen debut in Five Nights At Freddy’s.
As in the hit video games that spawned the movie, Freddy and his fiendish friends are dormant for most of the day. It’s only after midnight that they become unholy murder machines. That’s bad news for Mike Schmidt (Josh Hutcherson), the guy who was just hired as a security guard for the overnight shift. Suddenly, a cakewalk job becomes dangerous not only for Mike but also for his little sister, Abby (Piper Rubio). The animatronics only want Mike dead. For Abby, they have something else in mind…
Rotten Tomatoes: 29%
Stars: Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Lail, Piper Rubio, Mary Stuart Masterson, Matthew Lillard
Director: Emma Tammi
Runtime: 109 minutes
3:10 to Yuma is the second adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s story, and director James Mangold was up to the task of updating this Western tale. In 1884, a rancher named Dan Evans (Christian Bale) has the misfortune of being robbed of his horses by Ben Wade (Russell Crowe). And although Ben spares Dan’s life, he’s left him desperate for money.
When Ben is arrested, Dan accepts a significant payment to join the posse who are supposed to deliver their prisoner to the train referenced in the title of this movie. However, a lot of people want Ben dead before he can get there, and he won’t stop trying to get away.
Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Stars: Christian Bale, Russell Crowe, Peter Fonda, Gretchen Mol, Ben Foster
Director: James Mangold
Runtime: 122 minutes
Raymond Chandler’s hard-boiled private detective, Philip Marlowe, isn’t exactly in vogue anymore. But the classics never truly go out of style. In the 1975 adaptation of Chandler’s Farewell, My Lovely, Robert Mitchum steps into the role of Philip as he finds himself in the midst of two difficult cases that may be related.
In the first, a bank robber named Moose Malloy (Jack O’Halloran) hires Phillip to find his missing girlfriend, Velma (Charlotte Rampling). And in the second case, Phillip is helpless to prevent the murder of his client, Lindsay Marriott (John O’Leary). But not even police intimidation can keep Phillip from finding answers and solving the mystery.
Rotten Tomatoes: 76%
Genre: Mystery, Suspense
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Charlotte Rampling, John Ireland, Sylvia Miles, Anthony Zerbe
Director: Dick Richards
Runtime: 95 minutes