Best Films to Stream This Week in the UK

With cinemas still closed, we highlight the best new streaming releases, from this year's big Oscar winner to a Japanese swan song

While cinemas in the UK remain closed, we'll have to wait a bit 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

Nomadland

Where to watch it: Disney+

Winner of three Oscars, including Best Picture, Chloé Zhao’s beautiful ode to life on the American road arrives on Disney+ right on time, and features yet another landmark turn from the great Frances McDormand, who claimed her third Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as the nomadic Fern (read our full review).

 

The Mitchells vs. The Machines

Where to watch it: Netflix

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller put their unique and witty stamp on this brilliantly funny animated yarn about a family battling evil androids (read our full review).

 

Labyrinth of Cinema

Where to watch it: MUBI

The final film from visionary Japanese director Nobuhiko Ôbayashi is a frantic, operatic three-hour love letter to this thing we call cinema (read our full review).

 

The Disciple

Where to watch it: Netflix

Chaitanya Tamhane helms this quiet drama about a musician whose attempt to master his instrument is upended by a rapidly changing world (read our full review).

 

Here Are the Young Men

Where to watch it: Various streaming services

Anya Taylor-Joy co-stars in an intensely drawn drama of toxic masculinity about three Irish friends, based on the acclaimed novel by Rob Doyle (read our full review).

 

Beast Beast

Where to watch it: Various streaming services

Danny Madden’s feature debut offers a disconcerting look at American adolescence, featuring a star-making performance from newcomer Shirely Chen (read our full review).

Still Streaming…

Black Bear

Where to watch it: Various digital platforms

Aubrey Plaza gives her best performance yet in this twisty meta movie about trauma and filmmaking from writer-director Lawrence Michael Levine (read our full review).

 

Red Moon Tide

Where to watch it: MUBI

A village in the Spanish region of Galicia finds itself frozen in time in a strange but fascinating portrait of a community that’s dripping with ominous mood (read our full review).

 

I Blame Society

Where to watch it: Various digital platforms

Gillian Wallace Horvat stars as a filmmaker-turned-serial killer in a self-referential mockumentary send-up of post-MeToo Hollywood (read our full review).

 

Homeward

Where to watch it: Curzon Home Cinema

This drama of cultural displacement and family reconciliation finds an estranged father and son  transporting a body through the Ukrainian countryside (read our full review).

Other Features

Best Films to Stream This Week in the UK

With cinemas still closed, we highlight the best new streaming releases, including the latest addition to the Greek weird wave

Leonardo DiCaprio Orders an American Remake of Another Round

Appian Way have won the remake rights to the Oscar-winning tale of debauchery and dancing, with DiCaprio potentially poised to star

Whistle Along to the Teaser Trailer for Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story

Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler co-star in the legendary Hollywood director's take on the 1961 Best Picture winner

Oscars 2021: Nomadland Takes Home Best Picture, Best Actress & Best Director

Chloé Zhao makes history as first Asian woman to win Best Director, while Frances McDormand claims her third Oscar for Best Actress

Reviews

Charlatan review – gorgeously composed but often frustrating biopic

Agnieszka Holland's portrait of a 20th century faith healer is insightful and beautifully shot, though let down by some glacial pacing

Identifying Features review – a mother’s hellish journey through Mexico

The debut film from Fernanda Valadez is a quietly tense and brutal descent into the borderlands, as a woman searches for her lost son

The Bike Thief review – compelling parable of the gig economy

This Brexit era riff on De Sica's neorealist classic is a great calling card for Alec Secăreanu but suffers from a slightly pedestrian script

Apples review – affecting examination of what we remember

Athenians are afflicted with contagious amnesia in a powerful directorial debut about the unexpected comforts of forgetting