Best Films to Stream This Week in the UK

What to rent and stream, from a Ben Affleck basketball drama to a Tom Hanks-starring story about yet another competent captain...

Going to the cinema might not be an option for everyone right now, but bringing the magic of the big screen directly into your home is – especially as studios opt to release the latest films on VOD platforms instead.

As always, we've assembled the best of what’s streaming across a multitude of platforms and gathered them here to make choosing a great film as easy as possible. Whatever you're in the mood for, WeLoveCinema has you well and truly covered…

 

New Releases

Finding the Way Back

Where to watch it: Various streaming services

Awkwardly retitled for overseas distribution, Finding the Way Back (originally just The Way Back) follows Ben Affleck's alcoholic construction worker as he finds redemption coaching a high school basketball team. The pieces might sound familiar, but this is Affleck's most dedicated performance in years, a movie that worked as therapy for the actor following years of personal turbulence (read our full review).

 

Greyhound

Where to watch it: Apple TV+

Tom Hanks returns to the same territory as Sully and Captain Phillips in a yet another movie about a competent captain facing a crisis at sea – this one based on the true story of the 37-strong convoy of ships who manoeuvred through enemy waters at the height of World War II. If this is just what Tom Hanks movies are now, we're completely fine with that (read our full review).

 

The Old Guard

Where to watch it: Netflix

“Let's just say we're very hard to kill,” intones Charlize Theron, tapping into the high stakes action thrills that made her so memorable in Mad Max: Fury Road with Netflix's sleek superhero yarn The Old Guard. Based on the comic book of the same name, the story finds a group of undying warriors, long hidden from society, facing a crisis when they discover a new immortal in their midst.

 

Buffaloed

Where to watch it: Various streaming services

The immensely talented Zoey Deutch leads this likeable little comedy-drama about a scrappy Buffalo native who gets into the debt collection business. It's a dazzling showcase for its charismatic lead star, who has consistently impressed with show-stealing turns in Everybody Wants Some!! and Zombieland: Double Tap (read our full review).

 

Spaceship Earth

Where to watch it: Various streaming services

This intriguing and interesting documentary charts the strange and bizarre true story of “Biosphere 2,” which saw eight visionaries confined to a self-contained homestead for a period of two years. Led, cult-like, by eccentric polymath John Allen, Spaceship Earth offers a window into one of the weirdest social experiments of the '90s (read our full review).

 

Litigante

Where to watch it: Curzon Home Cinema

A stressed out single mother trying to keep her head above the water, facing an endless slew of professional and personal problems, powers this affecting but admirably unsentimental Colombian drama from filmmaker Franco Lolli, set in Bogotá and starring the author Carolina Sanín, who also happens to be the director's cousin.

Still Streaming…

Hamilton

Where to watch it: Disney+

The long-awaited, original cast performance of Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical phenomenon has arrived, forgoing its planned cinematic release in wake of the pandemic for an early unveiling on Disney+. A hip-hop retelling of the life of American “Founding Father” Alexander Hamilton, told primarily by way of a Black, Latino, and Asian cast, Hamilton deserves every bit of praise that has come its way. This filmed recording captures exactly what has made the show such a smash hit all over the world – two and a half hours of pure musical bliss.

 

Welcome to Chechnya

Where to watch it: BBC iPlayer

This essential and vital documentary from filmmaker David France presents the unfiltered, distressing realities of LGBTQ+ Russians as they flee the torturous Chechen regime. A harrowing watch, which outlines the history of the region's anti-gay purges, and hones in on activists' nail-biting rescue attempts to help members of the queer community to safer territory (read our full review).

 

Lynn + Lucy

Where to watch it: Various streaming services

British short filmmaker Fyzal Boulifa makes his feature debut with Lynn + Lucy, a powerful exploration of female friendship and forgiveness, led by strong lead performances from Roxanne Scrimshaw and Nichola Burley. The story finds two best friends from Essex, now settled into normal lives with their partners, unaware that a tragedy is about to test their friendship in a huge way (read our full review).

 

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

Where to watch it: Netflix

Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams are an unlikely Icelandic pop duo dreaming of Eurovision success in this silly, joyful, and – at times – euphoric ode to the campiest of all contests. Directed by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashes) and boasting an array of earwormy original songs, it marks a welcomed return to form for Ferrell after a decade of misfires. Who knew? (read our full review).

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Reviews

Howard review – Disney documentary is one for the fans

This touching tribute to one of Disney's most iconic lyricists has some fascinating insights, but could use more creative spark

Last and First Men review – a mildly fascinating alien object

The late film composer Jóhann Jóhannsson's one and only directorial effort is a strange and bewildering video essay, narrated by Tilda Swinton

Make Up review – a profoundly unsettling Cornish chiller

Claire Oakley's superb debut melds ghostly visuals with a very real and stark sense of place, to hypnotic effect

Proxima review – grounded sci-fi gives Eva Green her best role in years

Eva Green shines as a mother heading to Mars in a powerful but patchy look at space-age sexism