Best Films to Stream This Week in the UK

With cinemas on the cusp of reopening, we highlight the best new streaming releases, including a fascinating doc about retirement

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 documentaries, WeLoveCinema has you well and truly covered…


New Releases

Some Kind of Heaven

Where to watch it: Various digital platforms

Lance Oppenheimer helms this fascinating documentary about the world’s largest retirement community, a hedonist paradise concealing a dark underbelly (read our full review).


The Woman in the Window

Where to watch it: Netflix

Joe Wright’s long delayed thriller, starring Amy Adams as a woman confined to her apartment who witnesses a murder, finally arrives on Netflix.



Where to watch it: Netflix

Mélanie Laurent gives a dazzling solo performance in Alexandre Aja’s “one room” thriller about a woman who wakes up inside a futuristic chamber with no memory (read our full review).



Where to watch it: Various digital platforms

This starkly drawn moral tale tells the story of two students at a Catholic seminary who must decide whether to collaborate in totalitarian Czechoslovakia.



Where to watch it: True Story

Molly Stuart’s documentary paints a captivating portrait of a young woman who’s imprisoned for refusing to do military service in her homeland of Israel (read our full review).


Born in Flames

Where to watch it: MUBI

Lizzie Borden’s 1983 cult classic, now restored and re-released thanks to MUBI, is a blazing work of feministic futurism, set in a dystopian vision of NYC

Still Streaming…


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).



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).

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