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The best films to stream now

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Photograph: Courtesy of Sundance Institute
Film

The Assistant

5 out of 5 stars

An unseen entertainment mogul haunts Kitty Green’s flawless thriller ‘The Assistant’, a hawkeyed probe into systemic abuses of power, set before the era of #MeToo. Harvey Weinstein is the obvious inspiration for the bigwig, and we get sufficient clues: a New York-based movie production house, a gruff, eerily familiar voice off-camera, the havoc he leaves in his wake. 

Where to stream it
: iTunes/ Apple TV, Amazon, Sky Store, Virgin, Google Play, Microsoft, Curzon Home Cinema, BFI Player



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Ema
Photograph: MUBI
Film

Ema

4 out of 5 stars

Clad in a tracksuit, with a shock of peroxided hair and a tonne of killer moves, twenty something dancer Ema (Mariana di Girolamo) explodes off the screen like a Roman candle in Pablo Larraín’s exhilarating, daring and deeply human drama. It's the exuberant yin to the stately yang of Jackie Kennedy biopic ‘Jackie’, Larrain’s last film, and it’s full of the pheromones of sexual discovery and the piss and vinegar of toxic relationships. 

Where to stream it
: Mubi

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Moffie
Photograph: Curzon
Film, Drama

Moffie

4 out of 5 stars

A viciously homophobic South African military training camp in 1981 is no place to be considering and exploring your sexuality like any teen might – but that’s exactly where 18-year-old Nicholas (Kai Luke Brummer) finds himself for the majority of ‘Moffie’. Writer-director Oliver Hermanus gives us an atmospheric and extremely tense war film that features little actual war – although there’s plenty of threat and conflict to go around.

Where to stream it: Curzon Home Cinema

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Cosmo Jarvis  and Barry Keoghan in Calm With Horses
Photograph: Altitude
Film, Drama

Calm With Horses

4 out of 5 stars

There’s a sense of claustrophobia in both small towns and criminal gangs, the product of closed-in horizons and limited ways out. That’s the trap in which Douglas ‘Arm’ Armstrong (‘Lady Macbeth’ star Cosmo Jarvis) finds himself in this surprising and often inspired Irish crime drama. 

Where to stream it
: Head to the official site for all the info

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Film, Drama

Honey Boy

4 out of 5 stars

Written by Shia LaBeouf as a rehab task, ‘Honey Boy’ is both a frank self-appraisal and a public apology from someone seeking to start over. Entrusted to the right director in Alma Har’el, it’s gruelling yet disarming. She gives his vulnerable exercise an unruly shape and maps the chaos of addiction with guts and style.

Where to stream it: Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube

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Colour Out of Space
Photograph: StudioCanal
Film, Horror

Color Out of Space

4 out of 5 stars

This HP Lovecraft adaptation from Richard Stanley (‘Hardware’) plays like ‘The War of the Worlds’ on ayahuasca. A meteor crashes and something alien emerges... only these minds are immeasurably more psychedelic than HG Wells’s fighty spacemen. 

Where to stream it: YouTube, Google Play

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Toni Morrison
Photograph: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Film, Documentaries

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

5 out of 5 stars

Many authors of towering reputation are serious and self-important, but in this affectionate, incisive documentary Toni Morrison proves to be as funny as she is intellectually rigorous. 

Where to stream it
: Sky Store, 
Virgin Media, Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, You Tube, Google Play

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Film

Bacurau

4 out of 5 stars

Welcome to the Brazilian town of Bacurau, the dusty hardscrabble setting for a supremely violent guilty pleasure of a movie that crams elements of the western, John Carpenter-y thriller beats, some mordant wit and a streak of peppery political commentary into one hugely entertaining modern exploitation flick.

Where to stream it: MUBI

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Systemsprenger
Film

System Crasher

4 out of 5 stars

‘System Crasher’ may veer towards being over-sympathetic in its approach to its violently problematic protagonist – the parentless Benni is a wrecking ball at times – but it delivers a powerful exposé of the limitations of the foster system. And with its impressive young star to the fore, it is heartbreakingly intimate. 

Where to stream it: Curzon Home Cinema

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Elisabeth Moss en 'El hombre invisible'
Universal Pictures
Film, Horror

The Invisible Man

4 out of 5 stars

A #MeToo horror film that couldn’t be any more timely if it shuffled into a courtroom with a Zimmer frame, ‘The Invisible Man’ retools HG Wells’s seminal sci-fi novel into a tart, scary statement on toxic men and their gaslighting ways. 

Where to stream it: 
Apple TV, Amazon Prime, Rakuten TV, BT TV, Sky Store

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New to streaming this week

Moffie
Photograph: Curzon
Film, Drama

Moffie

4 out of 5 stars

A viciously homophobic South African military training camp in 1981 is no place to be considering and exploring your sexuality like any teen might – but that’s exactly where 18-year-old Nicholas (Kai Luke Brummer) finds himself for the majority of ‘Moffie’. Writer-director Oliver Hermanus (‘Beauty’, ‘Shirley Adams’) gives us an atmospheric and extremely tense war film that features little actual war – although there’s plenty of threat and conflict to go around. 

Where to stream it: Curzon Home Cinema

Extraction
Photograph: Netflix
Film

Extraction

3 out of 5 stars

Until recently, Netflix might have been hoping this watchable but workmanlike action-thriller would draw in viewers fresh from a new Bond movie and looking to plonk down on their sofas and re-up on stunts, shadowy killers and a jaded protagonist fond of a drink or two. Fast forward a couple of months and – thanks to the lockdown – ‘Extraction’ is the new Bond film – or at least, as close as we’re going to get to it. Which, for all its muscular action sequences and extravagant pyrotechnics, is not very. 

Where to stream it:
Netflix

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