Best Films to Watch in London and Stream This Week

With UK cinemas back in full swing, we highlight the best of what's new, from essential documentaries to the most moving dramas

And we're back! After what's felt like an endless limbo, UK cinemas have finally reopened their doors. Of course, we couldn't be more pleased about the return to our happy place – a darkened theatre, surrounded by our fellow movie lovers. But we also understand that maybe everyone's not ready yet. That's why our team has you covered with all the latest releases, be it in cinemas, or streaming from the comfort of your own home…

 

New in Cinemas and Streaming

Summer of Soul

Where to watch it: Get London showtimes

This essential documentary recounts the legendary but largely forgotten 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, which gathered together some of the greatest Black musicians of the day.

 

Deerskin

Where to watch it: Get London showtimes

Jean Dujardin plays a man who will stop at nothing to destroy every jacket in the world in this bizarre comedy caper from French director Quentin Dupieux (read our full review).

 

Two of Us

Where to watch it: Get London showtimes or watch it on Curzon Home Cinema

Barbara Sukowa and Martine Chevallier star in a passionate lesbian drama-thriller about two seventysomething women caught in a secret love affair (read our full review).

 

The Witches of the Orient

Where to watch it: Get London showtimes or watch it on Curzon Home Cinema

Julien Faraut’s enigmatic documentary tells the story of a group of female factory workers who became unlikely national heroes in 60s Japan.

 

High Ground

Where to watch it: Prime Video

A former WWI soldier and an Aboriginal missionary join forces in the unforgiving Australia outback for this bloody western about the cycles of violence.

 

Nowhere Special

Where to watch it: Get London showtimes

James Norton gives the performance of his career in this quietly moving father-son drama about a man prematurely facing the end of his life.

Still in Cinemas and Streaming

Black Widow

Where to watch it: Get London showtimes or watch on Disney+

Scarlett Johansson is back as super spy Avenger Natasha Romanoff in her long-awaited solo venture, co-starring Florence Pugh (read our full review).

 

Martin Eden

Where to watch it: Get London showtimes

Jack London’s classic novel about a young man in search of acceptance in the literary world gets a lavish adaptation starring Luca Marinelli (read our full review).

 

The Truffle Hunters

Where to watch it: Get London showtimes

This rich and delicious documentary hones in on the dying art of truffle hunting, the high stakes truffle market, and the dogs that make it possible (read our full review).

 

The Surrogate

Where to watch it: Get London showtimes

A young Black woman agrees to become a surrogate for a gay interracial couple in this smart contemporary drama (read our full review).

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Werewolves Within review – horror-comedy lacks bite and laughs

Sam Richardson and Milana Vayntrub star in a video game adaptation that quickly feels like it's going through the motions

Riders of Justice review – Mads Mikkelsen drives a fun revenge thriller

The Danish actor delivers another fine turn in an entertaining action-comedy that doesn't always get the balance right

Air Conditioner review – fascinating but distant Angolan magical-realist fable

The air conditioners of Luanda seem to develop a life of their own in a sweltering shaggy dog story that never fully reveals its hand

Girlfriends review – feminist classic feels just as fresh in 2021

Intimate, poignant and funny in equal measure, Claudia Weill’s celebrated 1978 indie finally gets a chance to shine on the big screen