Must-Stream Movies: 3 for Oscar Isaac

We're celebrating another birthday, and this week it's Oscar Isaac's 42nd, so we've picked out three of his best flicks you absolutely need to stream.

By Jesse Conner

Must-Stream Movies for Oscar Isaac

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Some have said this actor is reminiscent of Hollywood greats Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. Today, we're celebrating Oscar Isaac because it's his 42nd birthday.

Isaac is most recently known for his work on Disney's blockbuster "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," and upcoming films like the highly anticipated "Dune" and the animated sequel "The Addams Family 2."

This rising star is only just getting started, so while we wait for theaters to reopen everywhere, check out three of his best films streaming and celebrate Oscar Isaac's day!

  • 1Balibo

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    One of Isaac's earliest films, which still happens to be his highest rated film to date, is the story of the tragic events that occurred just before the Indonesian invasion of East Timor involving the Balibo Five, a group of five journalists who were captured and killed. Isaac plays the role of Jose Ramos-Horta who was a bodyguard for an Australian journalist named Roger East. Both men tried to uncover the story behind what happened to the Balibo Five.

    Now streaming on: Amazon Prime Video

    Balibo

    Drama / 2009

    Roger East and Jose Ramos-Horta travel to East Timor to investigate the Balibo Five murders.

  • 2Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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    Even though many have recognized Isaac for various other films, this is definitely the film he's most known for around the world. Acting as his introduction into the Star Wars saga, Isaac plays a talented X-wing fighter pilot from the Resistance named Poe Dameron. Not only is he one of the coolest characters that joined the saga in the last decade, he's also the one who gave Finn his name (previously known only as stormtrooper FN-2187) after joining forces and forming their bromance.

    Now streaming on: Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, & VUDU

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Action / 2015 / PG-13

    Thirty years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, the galaxy faces a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the First Order. When a defector named Finn crash-lands on a desert planet, he meets Rey (Daisy Ridley), a tough scavenger whose droid contains a top-secret map. Together, the young duo joins forces with Han Solo (Harrison Ford) to make sure the Resistance receives the intelligence concerning the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the last of the Jedi Knights.

  • 3Ex Machina

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    Isaac’s next must-stream movie casts him as the CEO of a search engine company named Blue Book. The film involves an artificial intelligence in the form of a robot named Ava, and has Isaac pushing every button and boundary to test if his AI can handle his emotional stress testing. Seeing as it's an A24 film production, we can pretty much assume not everything will go according to plan - what could go wrong with a robot that looks like a human, sounds like a human, but has yet to show any real emotions or empathy?

    Now streaming on: Showtime, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, & VUDU

    Ex Machina

    Drama / 2015 / R

    Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson) a programmer at a huge Internet company, wins a contest that enables him to spend a week at the private estate of Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac), his firm's brilliant CEO. When he arrives, Caleb learns that he has been chosen to be the human component in a Turing test to determine the capabilities and consciousness of Ava (Alicia Vikander), a beautiful robot. However, it soon becomes evident that Ava is far more self-aware and deceptive than either man imagined.

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