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

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 timely parables, WeLoveCinema has you well and truly covered…

 

New Releases

Apples

Where to watch it: Curzon Home Cinema

Christos Nikou, former protege of the great Yorgos Lanthimos, makes his feature debut with a sweetly strange story of an amnesia outbreak in Athens (read our full review).

 

Identifying Features

Where to watch it: Various digital platforms

A mother sets out to find her lost son against the hellish backdrop of the Mexican borderlands in this powerful migrant drama from first-time filmmaker Fernanda Valadez (read our full review).

 

The Bike Thief

Where to watch it: Various digital platforms

This modern riff on Italian classic Bicycle Thieves transposes the original setting to Brexit era London in order to craft a timely tale of the modern gig economy (read our full review).

 

Cowboys

Where to watch it: Various digital platforms

Steve Zahn and Sasha Knight co-star in a tender and timely drama about a father and his transgender son who escape to the great outdoors (read our full review).

 

Atlantis

Where to watch it: MUBI

Valentyn Vasyanovyc’s latest film follows a former soldier as he navigates a dystopian vision of Ukraine following a devastating war with Russia (read our full review).

 

Charlatan

Where to watch it: Various digital platforms

Agnieszka Holland helms a semi-fictionalised account of the life of Czech herbalist Jan Mikolášek, who became an unlikely cult figure in 1930s Europe (read our full review).

Still Streaming…

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).

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Reviews

In the Heights review – intoxicating musical is the film of the summer

Jon M. Chu's screen adaptation of the acclaimed Lin-Manuel Miranda musical is a relentlessly joyous explosion of life and colour

One in a Thousand review – a well-crafted tale of young queer love

Writer-director Clarisa Navas helms an impressive and highly personal story of romance set in a poor neighbourhood in Argentina

The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard review – a heinous and incomprehensible sequel

Ryan Reynolds's self-aware schtick wears dangerously thin in an ugly follow-up that seems to hate its own cast and audience

Fargo review – a yahsterpiece of the highest order

Is the Coens' chilly neo-noir about a simple kidnapping plot gone very wrong still as inspired as it was back in 1996? You betcha!