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Awesome movies streaming right now that you (probably) haven't seen

Take your social distancing and self-isolation to the next level with these gems streaming now

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By Time Out Film |
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We’re living in strange times right now. Thankfully, being entertained at home is no longer reliant on popping out to your local Blockbuster and rewinding VHS tapes. Thanks to streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, BBC iPlayer, Now TV, the upcoming Disney+ and many more, we can unlock a glorious treasure chest of content with the click of a few buttons. 

However, with such bounty comes a dilemma: what should you watch? Each platform will have an algorithm that may suggest you view ‘Spy Kids 4’ on repeat. But if you’re bored with the adventures of those miniature espionage experts and looking to expand the catalogue of films you’ve seen, here’s a selection of great movies streaming right now that you may have missed. 

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The best films streaming right now that you (probably) haven’t seen

Blindspotting
Photograph: Ariel Nava
Film, Drama

Blindspotting

Funny, smart, moving… in this buddy movie-cum-social drama Daveed Diggs is an ex-con trying to stay out of prison and Rafael Casal is his fiery mate heading the other way.

Available on Netflix UK.

Joaquin Phoenix in Buffalo Soldiers
Photograph: David Appleby
Film

Buffalo Soldiers

This riotous satire on the US military starring Joaquin Phoenix didn’t play well when it premiered after 9/11. Happily, it’s okay to laugh at military incompetence again.

Available on Amazon Prime Video UK 

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Capernaum
Photograph: Sony Pictures Classics
Film, Drama

Capernaum

Nadine Labaki’s heartbreaker follows a Lebanese boy on the streets of Beirut. Trust us, it will make you cry until you’re a human raisin.

Available on Amazon Prime Video UK. 

Captain Fantastic
Photograph: Wilson Webb
Film, Drama

Captain Fantastic

Viggo Mortensen may not usually be associated with comedy but he’s a delight as an off-the-grid anarchist in this loveable story of family.

Available on BBC iPlayer.

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The Endless
Photograph: Rustic Films
Film, Thrillers

The Endless

Two brothers stumble on a UFO death cult in this dizzying sci-fi. You know when the clocks go back and for a minute you don’t know what time it is or who you are? It’s that, in movie form.

Available on Netflix UK.

Good Time
Photograph: A24
Film, Thrillers

Good Time

If ‘Uncut Gems’ was your first exposure to the Safdie brothers, what better time to discover one of their blistering earlier movies? Imagine ‘Dog Day Afternoon’ accidentally swallowed a bag of amphetamines.

Available on Netflix UK.

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Hounds of Love
Photograph: Jean-Paul Horré
Film, Thrillers

Hounds Of Love

The scariest thing to hail from Australia that doesn’t live in an actual web, this dark thriller follows a dope-dealing couple who spice up their fiery relationship by abducting girls. At least, until one of them turns the tables on them.

Available on Shudder, rent for £4.49.

 Il Postino
Photograph: Buena Vista International
Film, Comedy

Il Postino

This story of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda’s years in Italy delivers gentle lyricism in spades. Expect sun-dappled Mediterranean vistas and loads of poetry. 

Curzon Home Cinema, £3.99.

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Best Studio Ghibli films: Princess Mononoke
Photograph: Studio Ghibli
Film, Animation

Princess Mononoke

Studio Ghibli recently added its back catalogue to Netflix. This hard-edged fairy tale is a great place to kick off a Ghibli binge.

Available on Netflix UK.

Wake in fright - réveil dans la terreur
Photograph: United Artists/Eureka Entertainment
Film, Drama

Wake in Fright

A teacher stops in a mining town on his way home for Christmas and decides to stick around for a schooner of beer or two. Big mistake. Once witnessed, this Outback nightmare is impossible to dislodge. 

Available on BFI Player.

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