Best Films to Watch in London and Stream This Week

From a Benedict Cumberbatch western to Will Smith's best in ages, here's what to watch this weekend at home and in the capital...

UK cinemas are back in full swing and here at WLC 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 know 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

Drive My Car

Where to watch it: Get London showtimes

Ryûsuke Hamaguchi delivers his best film yet with this self-consciously epic, three-hour tale about a director and his driver (read our full review).

 

The Power of a Dog

Where to watch it: Get London showtimes

Jane Campion's first film in twelve years is a dizzying, unpredictable exploration of desire starring  a career-best Benedict Cumberbatch (read our full review).

 

Petite Maman

Where to watch it: Get London showtimes

This little gem from Portrait of a Lady on Fire filmmaker Céline Sciamma is a warm, Miyazaki-like fairytale with a touch of the supernatural (read our full review).

 

King Richard

Where to watch it: Get London showtimes

Will Smith gives his best performance in over a decade in this crowd-pleasing tennis flick as the irrepressible father of the Williams sisters (read our full review).

 

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Where to watch it: Get London showtimes

Paul Rudd stars in this long-awaited continuation of the iconic series, helmed by original director Ivan Reitman’s son, Jason (read our full review).

 

Rocky IV: Rocky vs. Drago – The Ultimate Director’s Cut

Where to watch it: Get London showtimes

Sylvester Stallone returns to the fourth installment in his classic boxing franchise to deliver the definitive take on the Soviet story.

 

Winter's Night

Where to watch it: MUBI

This slow-burn Korean drama from Jang Woo-jin  finds a couple returning to the place where they spent the first night together.

Still in Cinemas and Streaming

Tick, Tick… Boom!

Where to watch it: Get London showtimes

Andrew Garfield soars in Jonathan Larson's life-affirming musical, directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda in his feature debut (read our full review).

 

Mothering Sunday

Where to watch it: Get London showtimes

Eva Husson’s tender adaptation of the Graham Swift novella is a meditation on memory that burns with an unmistakable passion (read our full review).

 

Natural Light

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

With shades of Russian classic Come and See, this gruelling war film follows Hungarian troops caught in a firefight in the Nazi-occupied Soviet Union (read our full review).

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Céline Sciamma's latest Petite Maman joins a host of strange and otherworldly features about doubles, look-alikes and duplicates

Every Jane Campion Film, Ranked

To mark the arrival of The Power of the Dog, Steph Green looks back on the acclaimed New Zealand director's landmark filmography...

10 Must-See Films at UK Jewish Film Festival 2021

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Reviews

Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn review – raucously funny takedown of modern society

Rude, irreverent, stupid and yet cuttingly witty and intelligent, Radu Jude’s Berlin winner is like Brass Eye by way of Slavoj Žižek

Encanto review – lively Disney animation can’t escape a muddled story

The House of Mouse's 60th animated feature is gorgeous to look at, but it's let down by a confusing narrative and forgettable songs

Lapwing review – 16th-century drama of bristling brutality

Philip Stevens’ unsettling debut, set on the Lincolnshire coast, tells of a forbidden romance between a mute woman and a Romani man

Pirates review – zippy and funny ’90s nostalgia trip

Reggie Yates' directorial debut, set over the course of a single New Year's Eve in London, is both deeply personal and light as a feather