BEST SINGERS-TURNED-AC­TORS MOVIES TO STREAM

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To­mor­row’s re­lease of the sure­fire hit re­make of A Star Is Born will have every­one rav­ing about the au­then­tic act­ing of pop diva Lady Gaga. Here are five other mu­si­cians who have landed the jump from mi­cro­phone to movie screen...

8 MILE (2002) NET­FLIX, AMA­ZON

For­mer chart-top­ping hell­raiser Eminem acquits him­self well in this pseu­doau­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal take on his early days as a wannabe rap­per from the wrong side of the tracks. The classy di­rec­tion of Cur­tis Han­son fil­ters el­e­ments of Rocky, Satur­day Night Fever and Pur­ple Rain through Eminem’s own myth­i­cal pub­lic im­age for an au­then­ti­cally gritty re­sult. Co-stars Brit­tany Mur­phy.

THE SO­CIAL NET­WORK (2010) FOX­TEL NOW, STAN

Singer Justin Tim­ber­lake re­mains the un­sung hero of this mas­ter­ful, con­tentious biopic of Face­book web ty­coon Mark Zucker­berg. Tim­ber­lake steps ef­fort­lessly in­side the shoes of Sean Parker, a co-founder of Nap­ster never short on over­con­fi­dent moves or un­der­hand tac­tics. The movie it­self is as rel­e­vant as ever, with its eerily ac­cu­rate com­men­tary on the ever-widen­ing gap be­tween the on­line world and the real world.

HID­DEN FIG­URES (2016) FOX­TEL NOW

One of the most in­flu­en­tial singer­song­writ­ers (and style in­flu­encers) in the world right now, Janelle Monae can also hold her own as a charis­matic ac­tor in a man­ner so many of her peers can­not. She is a stand­out here in the rivet­ing true story of a group of black fe­male math­e­ma­ti­cians em­ployed by NASA dur­ing the cru­cial pre-Apollo years of the US space pro­gram. A lively, il­lu­mi­nat­ing great all-ages ex­pe­ri­ence.

MOONSTRUCK (1987) FOX­TEL NOW, STAN

Best per­for­mance ever by a mu­si­cian tran­si­tion­ing from record­ing stu­dio to sil­ver? The in­com­pa­ra­ble Cher would have to go close here. She won a Best Ac­tress Os­car for her flaw­less por­trayal of an Ital­ian-Amer­i­can wall­flower sick and tired of wait­ing for her mamma’s boy fi­ance (Danny Aiello) to walk her down the aisle. Once our hero­ine finds so­lace in the em­brace of a brother-in-law-tobe (a young Nico­las Cage), all hell breaks loose.

FIGHT CLUB (1999) FOX­TEL NOW, AMA­ZON

Sadly, what hap­pened at the 2011 AFL Grand Fi­nal didn’t stay at the 2011 AFL Grand Fi­nal for the once-all-con­quer­ing Meat Loaf. How­ever, the burly bel­ter has enough fine notches on his act­ing belt to ar­gue he shouldn’t just be re­mem­bered for his nadir as a song butcher. Mr Loaf was never bet­ter on screen than as the ill-fated, big-hearted Bob Paul­son, the only warm char­ac­ter in a cold, cold movie.

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