Compare wireless router and modem providers iiNet, Huawei, Telstra, Netgear, TP Link, Netcomm, D-Link and Optus on their performance & reliability, range of reception, speed, design, ease of use and overall satisfaction.
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Slow internet can be a struggle for many Australian households, with plenty of our favourite gadgets and services requiring a reliable connection to get the most out of them. But as much as we’d like to simply blame our providers for slow internet, it can sometimes be the modem itself that’s standing in the way of a good time. So, it’s best to know what you’re getting yourself into when it comes to selecting and using a router for your home, as it might save you some frustration down the line.
With plenty of brands and models available – and many internet providers bundling modems into their internet deals – narrowing down your options can be a buffering challenge. Add in all that industry jargon and a modem can be a tough buy indeed. That’s why Canstar Blue produces an annual review of routers and modems to find out which are up to speed with Aussie customer satisfaction, and which are lagging behind the times.
This year, close to 1,000 Australian adults told us about their experiences with the big-name modem providers listed. The eight brands have been rated in the following order for overall satisfaction:
Taking out the top spot for 2020 is iiNet, which scored an impressive five stars in every reviewed category (including overall satisfaction). It’s a tremendous result for the TPG-owned brand, and a massive step up from last year’s third place ranking.
Rounding out our top three modem and router brands of 2020 are Huawei and Telstra, in second and third place respectively. This year also sees the inclusion of Optus-sold Sagemcom devices, as well as modems from TP Link, D-Link, Netcomm and Netgear.
Read on as we guide you through everything you need to know about routers and modems, and explain what the eight brands in our review have on offer.
There are many brands and products out there, with some boasting similar-sounding names. This makes it difficult to find the wireless router that will be best for your needs.
A lot of internet providers will also give you a router when you sign up to a plan – often their own brand, or a re-branded one. However, the following eight brands can generally be considered as some of the biggest of the bunch. Here is an overview of what each has to offer.
One of three brands in this list that provides home internet plans as well as modems, iiNet may be a handy option if you don’t mind what type of router you get with your internet plan, or you don’t need a modem with all the bells and whistles. Modems are available from $0 on selected fixed-line broadband plans, or from $59.95 upfront on NBN plans (plus delivery).
iiNet currently uses two models for NBN customers, the TG-789 Broadband Gateway and the TP Link VR1600v; both options include 4 x Gigabit Ethernet ports and dual-band WiFi (5GHz and 2.4GHz). If you’re not on an NBN plan, you can also pick up ready-to-go modems for DSL, cable, FTTB, VDSL and ADSL2+ options.
While better-known for its mobile phones, Huawei offers a number of modems and portable USB dongles for consumers to use, making it a worthwhile option for those constantly on the move. Dongles include the E3372 and E8372 models, with the latter providing both Wi-Fi and LTE+ capabilities, multi-device connectivity and a minimum download of 150Mbps.
For those looking for a home internet solution, Huawei offers models such as the MT992 modem, which includes DSL uplink and multiple ports to suit your household. Similarly, Huawei also sells cluster routers for your business.
Another brand to offer both internet plans and outright modems, Telstra offers a an easy-to-use Smart Modem Gen 2 with NBN, cable, and ADSL home broadband plans. This modem can be bundled in with eligible broadband plans, or bought outright from $216.
Telstra’s Smart Modem also comes with 4G mobile backup, meaning that in the event of a network issue you’ll automatically be connected to Telstra’s 4G mobile network. This modem also features four gigabit Ethernet ports and dual band capability, but if range is an issue in your household, Telstra also offers a Smart Wi-Fi Booster for added reception.
One of the best-known brands in the world of routers, NETGEAR has proved a popular option for many households, with the brand also commonly used by internet providers in bundled deals. Not as readily available if you’re looking to purchase a modem outright, its modems are available through electronics retailers such as JB Hi-Fi.
Split into a number of model lines, the modem that will likely get you most excited is the ‘Nighthawk’ range, which includes a minimum of three antennas as well as VDSL and ADSL compatibility and wireless speeds of up to 4.6Gbps on $800+ models. However, cheaper options are available, with pricing beginning from around $79 upfront.
Offering models in either the Archer or TD range, TP Link provides options for all budget and usage needs, regardless of how internet-hungry your household is. The TD range is available in both 150Mbps and 300Mbps models and includes multi-functional USB ports and dual WAN ports, making it easy to use for both NBN and ADSL connections.
If you’re looking for something really serious, the Archer series might be more your speed, with most models having at least three antennas. This range is a little more expensive than the TD series, but does offer top-tier performance for bigger households and serious users.
Often used by internet providers in their bundled deals, consumers can additionally pick up a Netcomm modem from their local electronics store, with the Australian brand a popular option regardless of your internet needs. Prices are usually in the below-$250 range when buying outright, making the brand an affordable alternative to ultra-expensive hardware.
With NBN and ADSL models available, selected Netcomm modems include features such as a dual band Wi-Fi hotspot for both 5GHz and 2.3GHz frequencies, allowing everyone to get in on the action.
Offering a diverse range of modems and routers to suit all household sizes and budgets, D-Link modems can be purchased online via the D-Link website or just through your local electronics retailer. With range extenders and mobile broadband products also available, D-Link may be worth checking out regardless of whether you’re looking for a modem for your house, or something for on-the-go internet use.
While offering models for smaller households that don’t require a lot of firepower, D-Link also provides plenty for those looking to ‘go big’ on their routers. With the Cobra and Taipan models certain to catch your eye with their design – as well as their tri-band Wi-Fi capabilities – they are also some of the most expensive models available on the market.
Another telco supplying modems with broadband plans, Optus provides Sagemcom F@st models to NBN, cable, DSL and DSL Direct customers. All modems come with step-by-step set-up and troubleshooting instructions via the Optus@Home app, with additional support available on line, in stores and over the phone.
The standard Sagemcom F@st 5366TN model included with Optus plans offers improved WiFi range and stability, thanks to its 4×4 MU-MIMO capabilities. Like other brands in our review, it also includes 2.4GHz and 5GHz dual band support.
With close to 1,000 of this year’s survey respondents having purchased a new router or modem in the last 24 months, it’s important not to overlook the impact picking the right hardware can have on your broadband experience. However, it seems that overall we’re lazy when it comes to buying broadband equipment – 80% of respondents admitted to buying their router through their telco, with 61% purchasing it as part of their internet plan.
42% of respondents agreed that their router provides enough range for their entire house, but only 29% believe that their choice of hardware has improved their internet speed. With just 5% of respondents claiming to have researched routers before buying, and only 11% aware of the differences in router standards, there’s a huge knowledge gap among Australian broadband users that could mean many of us are missing out on getting the best performance from our internet plan.
On average, Australians spend around $166 on a new router. So if you do have the means to splurge, it may be worthwhile increasing your budget for a purchase that can take your NBN or broadband connection from average to outstanding.
The following table shows a selection of published unlimited Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100) plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool above to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.
The following table shows a selection of published unlimited Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50) plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool above to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.
The following table shows a selection of published unlimited Standard Evening Speed (NBN 25) plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool above to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.
The following table shows a selection of published unlimited Basic Evening Speed (NBN 12) plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool above to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.
A wireless router connects your personal devices – such as mobile phones and tablets – wirelessly to the internet. This is done through the router acting as a ‘link in the chain’ of your home’s wireless network, with the wireless router forwarding IP packets from one network to another. That is to say, a router is a device that joins two networks together, in this case being the router to the internet, and your router to your devices.
Routers are also used to ‘daisy chain’ networks around your home. This is particularly useful if you need to get wireless internet signals into the farthest reaches of your home. This can get complicated and the signal can potentially get diluted the more ‘links in the chain’ you have, but wireless routers do present a convenient way to ‘route’ the internet around your home.
Many people just ‘plug and play’ with their router, but knowing about your router’s Wi-Fi standards and bands, classification and features are important for selecting a capable wireless router for your needs.
You may have seen the various numbers and letters specifying your wireless router’s ‘standards’. Simply put, you should be looking out for routers with the standards of ‘802.11n’ or ‘802.11ac’. All standards are backwards and forwards compatible, but with data speeds increasing significantly since standards were introduced, it’s important to get a router with decent standards.
Higher-demand usage – like online gaming and downloading large files – is likely to need the 5GHz band, while lower-demand requests such as general browsing are likely shifted to the 2.4GHz band. This frees up the higher-speed band for those who need it.
Long story short, you should ideally be looking for a dual-band, 802.11ac wireless router at minimum. Failing that, an 802.11n router will do the job, and is the cheaper option if you’re on a budget –but be warned, any older standard and you run the risk of suffering from an inferior speed capacity.
Beyond the standards stipulated above, there are a few other numbers and letters to look out for when buying a wireless router. You might have seen codes starting with an ‘AC’ or ‘N’, followed by a three or four-digit number – N600, AC1900 and so on. This is the Wi-Fi classification and it’s worth paying attention to it. The numbers stipulate, with dual-band routers, the combined speed of both bands, rounded to the nearest 100. For example, (stay with us) ‘AC1900’ roughly means a 600Mbps link speed using the 2.4GHz band, and 1300Mbps using the 5GHz band.
So, the next time you see one of these classifications when shopping for a wireless router, know that the number roughly translates to maximum link speeds, and the faster your internet has the potential to be. However, as with most technology-related things in life, it takes two to tango:
Your wireless router’s classification is an important figure to look at, but do keep in mind that buying big doesn’t always equal big value if your devices don’t have the same designation.
In a market full of numbers and abbreviations, it can be tough to figure it all out. But one of the main things that you should be focusing on when it comes to finding a modem is whether it’s a single-band or a dual-band model.
A single-band modem uses the 2.4GHz band and has only one wireless signal, while a dual-band modem uses both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, allowing you to connect and use either wireless signal for your devices. Having two bands allows more devices to be connected without affecting the speed and strength of your internet (unless you’re connecting an army’s worth of phones and laptops).
As a result, single-band modems will suit smaller households who are looking for an affordable modem, or who don’t have a lot of devices to connect, while a dual-band modem will be suitable for most households, generally giving you a stronger signal strength and higher internet speed, although this will be dependent on your provider and plan.
In addition to single and dual-band modems, there are a number of brands that offer a tri-band modem, which, as the name implies, broadcasts three different signals. A tri-band modem will host one 2.4GHz signal, along with two 5GHz signals, in an effort to ensure that you have a seamless internet connection, particularly if you have multiple people and devices using a 5GHz signal. As a result, tri-band modems are the most expensive modems you can purchase, and are generally only worthwhile for larger households, or those who have plenty of devices that need high-speed connections.
Wireless routers generally vary in cost when they possess more bells and whistles and any nifty features. Features such as router range, connection quantities, security, and software designations – among other features – can all make or break a router experience.
The irony of a 5GHz band is that it can actually reduce the range of your router, as the higher frequency is more susceptible to obstacles. To increase your chances of a fast connection, you’ll need both a compatible device and fewer obstacles for the band to contend with. 2.4GHz bands are less susceptible to any obstructions and distance; however, with the two bands over the same distance and with no obstructions, the 5GHz one will be quicker.
While the 5GHz band may be great if your router is sitting directly in front of you, if you’re upstairs in another room surrounded by walls, while the router is downstairs in the kitchen, you might find yourself being connected to the 2.4GHz band more often. With only 42% of 2020’s survey respondents stating that their router has enough range for their entire house, buying a 5GHz wireless router may be a waste of money, though one with dual-band connectivity can still be a great investment.
Routers with an ‘N’ classification can support a maximum of 30 device connections, while ‘AC’ routers can support around 100. This is likely why the free Wi-Fi in public is so slow, as everyone is trying to connect and is overwhelming the wireless router. While 30 connections is probably more than enough for your household, if you’re running a small business with frequent clients and a few staff all trying to connect, you might find your wireless router in need of an upgrade.
Routers themselves act as a form of firewall simply by adding another ‘link in the chain’ for potential hackers and attacks to contend with. However, some routers offer additional security features, such as:
Other features clearly fall under the ‘bells and whistles’ category. Some routers feature extra support for wireless printers, as well as various USB slots for plugging in any media drives that can be accessed by everyone on the network. Other features, such as gigabit LAN ports, are also handy for getting the best speed possible, to connect your device directly with the wireless router. Ideally, good routers should have multiple LAN ports. These are just some of the features you can expect, and generally the more you spend the more of these bells and whistles you can expect.
No matter the brand of router, it pays to know a bit about the tech specs that are bandied about, as well as all the jargon related to speed and connectivity. Often, purchasing the most expensive wireless router out there isn’t always the best way to go, as you’ll need the latest devices to make the most of it.
It’s worth knowing a bit about your devices and if they can make the most of the latest technology, and then basing your wireless router purchasing decision from that. Chances are you could potentially save a few bucks in the process! Wireless router shopping can be a bit confusing, but with the right knowledge it can actually be a bit of fun, as well as ensuring that you can enjoy your next Netflix binge buffer-free.
This page was written and is regularly updated by Canstar Blue’s Telco Editor, Tara Donnelly. Having spent over seven years writing for and editing telco comparison websites, she’s an expert in all things phone & internet, including wireless routers and how to find the best deal for your home. She loves to highlight the next best deals, while also flagging the things you need to be aware of. Tara also acts as a spokesperson for Canstar Blue.
Our latest customer satisfaction research on wireless routers and modems saw a number of brands rated best in different categories:
Canstar Blue surveyed 3,067 Australian adults across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased or been given a new wireless router/modem in the last 2 years – in this case, 929 people.
Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then by mean overall satisfaction. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.
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Are you tired of Netflix and want to fire up Stan instead? If so, you’re in luck, because Stan is home to some of the best TV shows and new movies currently available in Australia. Stan is Australia’s homegrown answer to Netflix, and in many cases has an edge over its US rival:
In fact, there’s so much content on Stan that it can be overwhelming and you could easily spend hours trawling through the library deciding what to watch. So we’ve narrowed down some of the best shows and films to cure your boredom and streaming addiction, trying to include something for everyone.
This Anna Kendrick anthropology series is a fresh spin on the classic rom-com. Each season of Love Life, in which Kendrick stars in the first as Darby Carter, charts the main character’s journey across their love life, from first love to ‘forever soulmate’. In season one we see Darby as she arrives in New York, fresh out of college as an art history graduate, and follow her throughout her life as she navigates dating in the Big Apple. She also shares an apartment with two friends Sara (Zoe Chao) and Mallory (Sasha Compere), whose lives and romantic conquests weave in with Darby’s. Love Life is a fluffy, easy watch on a Sunday afternoon with the gals.
What happens when you combine a highly skilled spy and one of the world’s most psychotic and skilled assassins? The answer is no normal cat-and-mouse chase, but one full of mutual lust and obsession between two women — and one of the most exciting relationships on television right now. Sandra Oh stars as Eve Polastri, who is recruited for an off-the-books assignment with MI6 to track down the Russian assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer) - and she tracks her down all right. Season one and two are available to stream on Stan now, and season three should be on its way soon.
This show has made us want to move to Ireland, enrol in English at Trinity, and find an Irish boyfriend who wears silver chains. Based on Sally Rooney’s best-selling novel by the same name, Normal People follows the ever-complicated relationship and friendship of the on-again, off-again Connell and Marianne (played by newcomers Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones) over time as the two attend high school and later Trinity College together. Despite the glaringly obvious fact the two belong together, social and economic factors are constantly driving them apart. Normal People is one to watch (preferably all in once if you’re in the mood for a good cry), Connell and Marianne are the best will-they, won’t-they since Justin and Selena.
If you’re a fan of rom-coms or musicals or - better yet - a combo of both, you’ll want to check out Baker and the Beauty pronto! The television series, which is an American adaptation of an Israeli cult favourite, explores the relationship between a family-orientated baker and an international model and socialite after a chance encounter in a Miami restaurant. What follows is a clash of cultures and endless obstacles for the unlikely couple, cue the drama!
Ever get a song stuck in your head? Imagine only hearing songs. That's the life that Zoey now lives after a freak-accident in an MRI machine leaves her hearing the internal thoughts of those around her in song-form. Crazy? Yes. Catch? Also yes. Starring Jane Levy (Suburgatory) as Zoey, Alex Newell (Glee) as her genderfluid neighbour Mo and Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls) as Zoey's boss, the cast is as strong as the show's soundtrack. Catch weekly episodes as Zoey tries to navigate her newfound powers, as well as the repercussions of hearing everyone's internal thoughts.
When Josh Thomas’s Please Like Me came to a (incredibly depressing) close, there was a hole in our heart. Thankfully, the Australian comedian is making a comeback with his new American show, Everything’s Gonna Be Okay. The show stars Thomas as leading man Nicholas, a 25-year-old (slightly) narcissistic Aussie who is visiting his Dad and his teenage half-sisters in Los Angeles. Things take a turn for the worse when his Dad suddenly passes away, and Nicholas is left to be the official guardian of his two teenage sisters (played brilliantly by Maeve Press and Kayla Cromer), one of whom has autism (Cromer also has autism in real life). The three are forced to lean on each other to cope with the devastating loss, whilst navigating life as one of the most dysfunctional families in Los Angeles (and that’s saying something). Hilariously awkward and dangerously clever, Everything’s Gonna Be Okay is already a smash hit.
The show inspired by the life of the former editor-in-chief of ‘Cosmopolitan’ magazine has a new season, and critics are already calling it the best so far. For those unfamiliar, The Bold Type is a millennial Sex and the City as it follows three friends living in New York City working at fashion magazine ‘Scarlet’. Sutton (Meghann Fahy) has worked her way up to a fashion assistant, Jane (Katie Stevens) fights for her voice to be heard as an investigative journalist and Kat (Aussie Aisha Dee) fights for equality as a queer, black women running the magazine’s social media department. The show is known for effectively intertwining entertainment and education, with bold storylines exploring controversial issues such as women’s reproductive rights, abortion, gun control and the #MeToo movement.
The Loudest Voice is based on the rise and fall of the founder of Fox News, Roger Ailes. From shaping the Republican Party into what you know today, to the long line of sexual misconduct that brought down his career, the eight-part series is sure to get you hooked. The highly anticipated drama includes Russell Crowe, Naomi Watts, Sienna Miller, Seth McFarlane, Simon McBurney and Annabelle Wallis.
Welcome back to Mars Investigations HQ, Marshmallows. Hulu’s revival of Veronica Mars, starring Kristen Bell, will be available in Australia when it premieres on July 26, 2019. This time, spring breakers are getting murdered in Neptune and it seems it’s all part of a campaign to bring down the seaside town’s tourist industry.
Expect to see the same old familiar faces such as Mars’ dad, Keith Mars (Enrico Colantoni) as well as Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring), Wallace Fennel (Percy Daggs III) and Dick Casablancas (Ryan Hansen). Although the new episodes are expected to be much darker compared to previous seasons and the crowdfunded movie in 2014.
Ulysses, played by Avan Jogia, is just like any ordinary millennial teen trying to figure out how to survive the crazy roller coaster called life. But between all his romance fueled adventures, he starts to worry whether his premonitory dreams are a sign of something dark – or whether his drug habit is just catching up to him.
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Dust off your cassette mixtapes and get out your old flare jeans. Stan is bringing us back to October 19, 1987 – otherwise known as Black Monday. It marks the day of the worst stock market crash in the history of Wall Street, with the cause of it a total mystery. Well, “until now”.
Watch a bunch of misfit traders from The Jammer Group, a ragtag Wall Street firm led by Maurice “Mo” Monroe (Don Cheadle), live a life of excess and take on the blueblood, old-boys club of New York finance. Then see how it all comes crumbling down in this new comedy created by David Caspe and Jordan Cahan. Directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the Black Monday cast includes Andrew Rannells, Regina Hall, Yassir Lester, Paul Scheer, Kadeem Hardison, Horatio Sanz and Casey Wilson.
Aptly called I Am The Night, Chris Pine and India Eisley’s latest series is something you will want to binge and re-watch into the late hours. The weekly series on Stan is loosely inspired by a memoir of Fauna Hodel, a woman who was born after her grandfather allegedly raped his then 14-year-old daughter.
The incredible story starring Eisley tells how Fauna’s search for her birth parents quickly leads her on a path towards Dr George Hodel (Jefferson Mays), who turns out to be a Hollywood gynaecologist involved in multiple sex crimes and a prime suspect in the brutal murder of actress Elizabeth Short.
As Fauna digs further, she meets Jay Singletary. Played by Pine, Singletary is a disgraced reporter who quit his time doing hard news after unsuccessfully chasing down the infamous doctor. However, meeting Fauna may be his ticket back. The noir drama is created by executive producers Patty Jenkins, Sam Sheridan, Michael Sugar, and Chris Pine.
If there’s anywhere you wouldn’t want to be labelled a snitch, it would probably be behind bars. But that hasn’t stopped seven innocent citizens from going undercover to spill the truth on how their fellow inmates escape through the highly secure but flawed cracks of two American jail facilities.
Rules seem harder to follow for the law-abiding volunteers who each take up a false identity and get booked under a fake charge at either Clark County Jail in Jeffersonville, Indiana, or Fulton County Jail in Atlanta. Two months might seem like a short sentence, but it’s more than enough time to learn the ins-and-outs of perp life.
The documentary series shows what happens when participants accept different missions ultimately designed to expose problems in the facility and resolve them as best as possible - but without getting caught. Watch how the group try to survive in their new temporary home amidst suspicions, threats, and a participant willing to blow it all. You won’t regret it.
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While his latest role is no Mr. McDreamy, Patrick Dempsey’s new show might just be the perfect cure to help you get out of a streaming rut. Based on Joël Dicker’s bestselling novel of the same name, the 10-part series follows the indictment of literary figure Harry Quebert after the body of a missing young girl is discovered on his property – along with a manuscript of his most popular love story, The Origin of Evil. The show then begins to become a nail-biting page turner as we find out the book was inspired by a secret affair with Nola Kellergan, the girl found dead in his backyard.
The majority of the story is narrated through the eyes of Ben Schnetzer’s character, Marcus Goldman. Schnetzer is one of the stars in the show, playing a successful young writer mentored by Quebert and the only person willing to prove Quebert’s innocence.
‘Bloom’ is a gripping Australian mystery drama series which looks at the aftermath of a small country town devastated by a massive flood. But while the disaster killed five locals, the event also sprouted a mysterious new plant that can apparently restore youth.
The show is making big waves as the cast list includes some of the nation’s greatest on-screen legends, as well as a few talented actors new to the scene. Some of the cast members include Jacki Weaver, Terri Norris, Ryan Corr and Phoebe Tonkin. Bloom is similarly created by the critically acclaimed Glen Dolman, produced by Sue Seeary and shot by AACTA-winning cinematographer Geoff Hall. Mat Kat has also been confirmed to direct the final episodes of the series.
If you’re an Oasis fan (or even if you’re not), Liam Gallagher’s As It Was doco will get you feeling some kind of way (can someone please bring those brothers back together, this is getting too emotional). The documentary follows the rock’n’roll front man like you’ve never seen him before — ostracised, tied up in divorces, engaged in legal battles with his brother, and defeated from the failed post-Oasis Beady Eye. No longer riding the high of the Oasis years, Liam Gallagher takes matters into his own hands and sets out to make the greatest solo career comeback.
Easily one of the most-talked about movies of 2019, Parasite was the undisputed cinema darling of last year. Universally celebrated by awards shows, critics and audiences alike, the film became the first foreign language film to take home the Oscar for Best Picture, sparking its return to the top 10 of the Australian Box Office over six months after its debut. The story of class wars in South Korea follows an impoverished family who slowly infiltrate a wealthy family home by posing as unrelated professionals, which soon sours. The film is best gone into blind, so stop reading right there and start streaming!
Telling the powerful tale of redemption, Jirga follows an Australian soldier looking to make things right after accidentally killing a civilian while on tour in Afghanistan. Written and directed by Aussie Benjamin Gilmour, Jirga was filmed in Afghanistan - going against the recommendations of both the Afghanistan and Australian governments - with Gilmour wanting to showcase the beautiful landscape, as well as provide viewers with an authentic experience of modern life in the Middle East.
Whist we aren’t short of movie adaptations of Ned Kelly’s life, Stan’s new original film True History of the Kelly Gang takes a grittier direction as we see the famous bushranger and his family in their darkest hours yet. In fact, this movie adaption of Peter Carey’s Booker Prize winning fictional novel of the same name makes Heath Ledger and Orlando Bloom’s 2003 Ned Kelly look like a romantic comedy. George MacKay’s (Captain Fantastic) Ned is unhinged, slightly unlikeable, and certainly not a hero – but he is a man with a troubled past who will fight for his family. Big names also star alongside MacKay, including Russel Crowe, Nicholas Hoult, Charlie Hunnam and Essie Davis.
Adonis Creed (Michael B Jordan) is back for another round, reviving the Rocky franchise with Creed II — a movie co-written by Juel Taylor and Rocky Balboa himself, Sylvester Stallone (who also jumps back in the role as Creed’s trainer and mentor). The film also sees the return of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lungren), the Russian boxer who killed Adonis’ father in a devastating match that shocked the world. But this time the spotlight is on Adonis and Drago’s son Viktor (Florian “Big Nasty” Munteanu), who challenges Adonis for the title in an epic showdown that forces both men to confront their shared legacy, as well as question what’s worth fighting for and realise that nothing is more important than family.
The knock-out cast also includes Tessa Thompson, Wood Harris, Russel Hornsby, Andre Ward and Phylicia Rashad.
Steven, the “half-gem hero with a magical belly button”, is back home hoping to return to normal life with the Crystal Gems Garnet, Amethyst and Pearl. Unfortunately, someone else has other plans. The movie takes place two years after the epic events of the series’ last season, with Steven returning as a teenager in a movie musical that celebrates the series with big name artists like Chance the Rapper, Ted Leo and Aimee Mann.
Warning: this 2018 remake of Death Wish is not for the faint hearted and contains high impact violence.
Based on the classic Brian Garfields’ novel of the same name, the story follows Dr. Paul Kersey’s revenge spree as he hunts down the home intruders who violently attacked his wife (Elizabeth Shue) and daughter (Camila Morrone). But as a surgeon who is regularly faced with the consequences of the city’s violence, his motivations to bring vigilante justice quickly expands to the streets. When his deeds catch the media’s attention, the public begins to question whether Kersey is a “guardian angel or a grim reaper”.
This action-thriller is directed by Eli Roth and produced by Robert Birnbaum, Roger Birnbaum and Sylvester Stallone. Bruce leads the pack as Paul Kersey, starring alongside Vincent D’Onofrio, Dean Norris, Jack Kesy, Mike Epps, Len Cariou, Kimberly Elise, Beau Knapp and Ronnie Gene Blevins.
Mystery solved, Marshmallows! If you’ve managed to binge-watch every episode of Veronica Mars and don’t have a clue what to do next, Veronica Mars: The Movie is also available to watch on Stan. The crowd-funded flick sees the young sassy detective forced to return to Neptune after her ex-boyfriend becomes tangled up in a murder. Despite running away from her double life as a high-school student and amateur sleuth, the soon-to-be law school graduate can’t help but get pulled back into the game as a private eye. And unfortunately for the young detective, this case also coincides with the date of her high school reunion. The cast features Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantoni, Jason Dohring, Krysten Ritter, Ryan Hansen, Francis Capra and Percy Daggs III.
Angelina Jolie may have been the face of the Tomb Raider franchise for almost two decades, but now it’s up to Alicia Vikander to take the reigns as the newly adopted heroine. In the hopes of solving the very mysterious disappearance of her father, Lara Croft bravely embarks on the unknown as she ventures to his last-known destination ‒ a legendary tomb located on a mythical island somewhere near Japan. See how Croft became a global hero by using sharp intellect, blind faith and determination to push beyond her limits and overcome the unknown.
In the midst of slaying her role as Daenerys Targaryen in the Game of Thrones, Emilie Clarke was also busy pulling heart strings as Louisa Clark in Me Before You. This touching love story is based on Jojo Moyes’ bestseller of the same name in which Lou, a charming yet ordinary girl from a working-class family, accepts a job as the caretaker for Will Traynor (Sam Claflin). Will is a young wealthy corporate raider who became wheelchair bound after a speeding motorcycle crushed his spine, paralyzing him from the neck down.
Grab a box of tissues, open a tub of ice cream, and prepare to feel every single emotion as the film explores the meaning of love and sacrifice, and dives deep into the tough topic of euthanasia. The cast of Me Before You also features Janet McTeer, Steve Peacocke, Jenna Coleman and Charles Dance.
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