Best Films to Stream This Week in the UK

With the country still in lockdown, we highlight the best new streaming releases, from digital festivals to insightful docs

With the UK still in lockdown, we'll have to wait a while longer for the proper big screen experience. Fear not: we’ve rounded up the best of the latest streaming releases to keep you entertained until the capital's dream palaces return. Whatever you're in the mood for, from bold dramas to enlightening documentaries, WeLoveCinema has you well and truly covered…

 

New Releases

Glasgow Film Festival 2021

Where to watch: Visit our dedicated page for more info

The Glasgow Film Festival 2021 runs from 24 February to 7 March – this year in its first completely online edition. Standout films include the beautiful coming-of-age drama Minari, Kelly Reichardt's bovine western First Cow, the weird Greek pandemic drama Apples, and documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman's four and a half hour tribute to the inner workings of the Boston government, City Hall (way more gripping than it sounds, we promise).

 

Ayouni

Where to watch: True Story

This documentary from Palestinian-Syrian filmmaker Yasmin Fedda is a powerful and perhaps even essential testament to those who have gone missing under the Assad regime. More than 150,000 people have vanished in the last 10 years alone; Fedda's film is a grappling with such insanities through the stories of two missing individuals and the toll it's taken on their families and friends.

 

Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry

Where to watch it: AppleTV+

Pop phenomenon Billie Eilish is the latest musical superstar to get her own “all access” documentary – this time on AppleTV+. Doubling as a deep dive into the making of her hugely successful 2019 album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? and a meditation on modern fame and all its trappings, it's an essential work for Eilish fans, but enlightening enough to make converts, too.

 

Pelé

Where to watch: Netflix

As arguably the world's best footballer, Pelé has left behind a towering legacy. In this accessible, authorised documentary, now streaming on Netflix, the great man looks back at his career and wonders what it all meant… and means now. Featuring insightful, intimate interviews with Pelé himself, it's a loving portrait made for both newcomers and fans alike.

Still Streaming…

I Care a Lot

Where to watch it: Prime Video

Rosamund Pike gives a career-best performance as a heartless scam artist in this wildly entertaining thriller from filmmaker J Blakeson – one that brings new meaning to the term “American psychos.” As a timely satire on the growing industry of “elder abuse,” I Care a Lot manages to be massively gripping and hugely enlightening in equal measure, a socially-minded yarn that shines a light on America's inept approach to care work (read our full review).

 

The Twentieth Century

Where to watch it: MUBI

The strange life of Canada’s tenth Prime Minister, Mackenzie King, is given an even stranger biopic in this surreal and playful film from Matthew Rankin. Filmed on 16mm and Super 8, it's a singularly absurd rewriting of history that's as much about the act of experimental filmmaking as it is its subject (read our full review).

 

Bad Tales

Where to watch it: MUBI

The lives of several families are drawn together through their children’s tragic experiences in this grim and disturbing satire of Italian blue collar life. Directed by the D'Innocenzo brothers, Bad Tales is a beautifully shot but bleak look at modern moral decay, not to mention a powerful study of the internet's effect on young people (read our full review).

 

The Kiosk

Where to watch it: True Story

The last days of a Parisian newsstand are captured in this charming documentary, shot with a headcam by the artist and filmmaker Alexandra Pianelli, whose mother owns the titular kiosk. As both a joyful look into the day to day business behind a newsstand, it also doubles as a fondly melancholic portrait of the last days of print media.

 

News of the World

Where to watch it: Netflix

Bourne director Paul Greengrass changes lanes for this more traditionally-minded western starring Tom Hanks, who channels his everyman charm into a story of a Confederate soldier-turned-newspaper reader who must escort a young girl – played by the phenomenal Helena Zengel – home after her family are brutally murdered. Blending sweeping set-pieces, beautiful production design, and exceptional performances, it's as thrilling as it is heartwarming (read our full review).

 

Slalom

Where to watch it: Curzon Home Cinema

The murky world of sports abuse is sharply deconstructed in Charlène Favier’s unflinching portrait of a talented young skier and her relationship with a toxic coach. Featuring a brilliant central performance from Noée Abita, Slalom probes the dangerous “win at all costs” mentality though the lens of a female coming-of-ager (read our full review).

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Reviews

The Father review – Anthony Hopkins delivers a tour de force

Florian Zeller's ingenious screen translation of his own stage play offers a terrifying insight into the realities of living with dementia

Red Moon Tide review – Spanish coastal tale is dripping with mood

This slow and ambiguous debut from filmmaker Lois Patiño, set in a tiny Galician village, makes for one strange and unsettling trip

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A promising lead performance isn’t enough to save this muddled and over-sexualised queer thriller from filmmaker Ryūichi Hiroki

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