Compared to streaming giants like Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, and Peacock, Tubi is the only free service that allows viewers to stream movies and shows for free. It was recently noted in the Wall Street Journal that Hulu is currently the top dog compared to Disney+, especially since the service has lost subscribers over the years due to new services.
Tubi may not compare to these bigwigs and their budgets, but the streaming service offers a range of high-profile blockbusters that some new viewers might be surprised to see. From award winners to feel-good rom-coms, Tubi will amaze its viewers with its plethora of entertaining features.
Jake Gyllenhall, Ryan Reynolds and Rebecca Ferguson have all signed for Life. The sci-fi horror film is based in space as the camera follows a group of astronauts exploring the possibility of life on Mars.
The film received mixed reviews from critics and grossed over $100 million at the box office. However, it was nominated for two awards for its visual effects and for being a new sci-fi film. It’s not one of the best movies about astronauts and space compared to movies like The midnight sky but it’s up there.
The Matrix Franchise
The matrix was first released in 1999 and put the collective brain of the world into a puzzle. The idea of an alternate universe with a simulated reality was a new concept to embrace. Starring Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne, the first film grossed nearly $500 million at the box office and offered plenty of action scenes to keep viewers guessing.
Even more impressive, the first film won four Oscars, two Saturn Awards and two British Academy Film Awards. With success on their hands, the franchise has spun off into four films – the last of which released in 2021, Matrix resurrections.
The Divergent Trilogy (2014)
The divergent The series was based on a set of books written by Veronica Roth. The movies had an impressive roster with Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz, Theo James, Miles Teller, Maggie Q, and many more as main characters.
The film is set in the future where society is separated into groups or factions. If a person does not fit into these cliques, they are considered divergent. But when Woodley’s character, Tris Prior, learned there was a plan to eliminate all Divergents, she had to go into hiding while on a mission to save the others. The film spun off into three feature films and even has viewers theorizing about a new cast for another. Divergent film.
40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
In 2005, Judd Apatow wrote, produced and directed one of the funniest comedies of that year, The 40 year old virgin. Starring Steve Carell (and co-creator), the film followed his character, Andy Stitzer, who was still a virgin at 40.
While everyone around him seemed to sleep together effortlessly, Andy couldn’t bring himself to do it with the women in his life. Andy eventually fell in love with a woman named Trish (Catherine Keener) but had to come to terms with her secret life as a virgin. The movie had some of the funniest quotes of the year and grossed over $170 million at the box office. The film also won awards for the actors’ performances and lines.
In 2003, Marvel Studios and Universal Pictures released Pontoon. The film was based on the famous comic by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and showed the story and origin of the birth of Bruce Banner (aka Hulk).
After a lab accident went wrong, Bruce transformed into a massive, strong green creature that couldn’t be tamed. He quickly became one of the strongest Avengers. The film received generally positive reviews and featured big names like Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly and Sam Elliott.
Miss Friendliness (2000)
In 2000, Sandra Bullock starred as Gracie Hart in the comedy Miss Conviviality. The film grossed over $200 million at the box office and confirmed that Bullock is still America’s sweetheart.
In the film, Hart was a tough FBI agent who had to go into hiding for the Miss United States beauty pageant to get more answers about a domestic terrorist. Since she was an undercover and not an actual beauty agent, Hart had a hard time fitting in with the women who had been doing pageants since they were young. As for the action scenes, some fans didn’t know that Bullock was responsible for his stunts! The film was so beloved that a sequel was released five years later.
Monster in Law (2005)
Jane Fonda and Jennifer Lopez have teamed up as future in-laws for the romantic comedy, Monster in law. Lopez portrayed a woman named Charlie who was shocked when she met her famous (and mega-rich) future stepmother Viola.
Viola was not ready to let her only son marry a destitute person like Charlie and did everything she could to make Charlie’s life miserable. The comedy caused a stir, and Fonda and Lopez’s acting credits were applauded.
The Perfect Storm (2000)
What did The Perfect Storm a Blockbuster hit was that it was based on a true story by Sebastian Junger. The film centers on a group of commercial fishermen who stray from their usual territory and become stranded in the middle of the ocean during a tropical storm.
The drama of the disaster touched the hearts of viewers as the ship realized its fate. It grossed over $320 million at the box office and was nominated for two Oscars. It starred George Clooney, Diane Lane, Mark Wahlberg and William Fichtner. Due to the way the movie is dramatized, it is one of the best bad weather movies.
Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)
Crazy, Stupid, Love caused a major buzz in theaters due to the amazing cast attached to it. Between Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, and Julianne Moore, the film grossed over $150 million at the box office and told the story of love’s endless changes through the ages.
Crazy, Stupid, Love had likable characters who were all in their personal torment in the love department. In the film, Cal Weaver is stunned when his wife files for divorce. To get back on his feet, he hooked up with some sort of love guru who (unbeknownst to him) was also dating his daughter. The film was beautifully written and funny as it was moving.
Black Mass (2015)
Johnny Depp turned into a gang leader, James “Whitey” Bulger into Black Mass. The film was based on the non-fiction book Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mafia.
When FBI agent John Connelly returned to the Boston area, he ran into his old childhood friend, Whitey. With Connelly being an agent and Whitey being part of a gang, the two teamed up to take down a rival gang that got them both in trouble. Depp went on to win awards for his portrayal of the real-life mobster, and The Blockbuster grossed nearly $100 million at the box office. It is critically acclaimed and considered one of the best gangster films.
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