Not getting your arthouse fix from Netflix? Wish there were more indie films on Amazon Prime Video? Every week, we round up the new releases on MUBI, the subscription VOD service that hand-picks new and old classics from around the world.
Here’s what’s new and coming soon to MUBI:
This week on MUBI
The Day of the Locust – 15th August
John Schlesinger’s adaptation of Nathanael West’s novel, starring William Atherton, Karen Black, Donald Sutherland, is bleak depiction of Hollywood before World War II, turning the American Dream into a nightmare of alienation and desperation.
Me Quedo Contigo – 16th August
Artemio Narro’s 2014 Spanish film follows Natalia, a young woman who arrives in Mexico City, to find her boyfriend absent – and so she falls in with his friends, instead, and finds herself at an unusual party outside of town…
The Real Glory – 17th August
Nothing says American cinema like the swagger of Gary Cooper – just ask your grandma or great aunt. MUBI looks back at some of the actor’s work in a double-bill, beginning with this 1939 story of a small American contingent that tries to train rural tribesmen to defend themselves against fanatical Muslim radicals in 1906 Philippines.
The Westerner – 18th August
A horse thief is sentenced to hang, but is then caught up in the middle of a range war after falling in love with a local woman. William Wyler’s Western is as iconic as they come – not least because of Cooper in the lead.
The Hours – 19th August
Stephen Daldry’s powerfully sad drama about women from different time periods all somehow connected to Virginia Woolf may be mostly known for its false nose these days, but this is a moving showcase for three on-form actresses. Streep. Kidman. Moore. Have a hanky to hand.
Team America: World Police – 20th August
Two words: Matt. Damon.
Merry-Go-Round – 21st August
MUBI’s Jacques Rivette retrospective continues with his 1981 drama Merry Go-Round, which sees Elizabeth send telegrams to her old boyfriend Ben in New York and to her younger sister Leo in Rome to join her in Paris, where she is selling her dead father’s estate. When Ben and Leo arrive, though, a mysterious adventure begins.
How to Make Money Selling Drugs – 22nd August
Matthew Cooke’s documentary How to Make Money Selling Drugs outlines in simple steps exactly how it’s possible, buying into the Scarface myth while deconstructing it completely. If a chemistry high school teacher can do it, anyone can, Breaking Bad fans might think. This documentary actually proves it – and that makes its satirical message even more shocking.
The Boys from Brazil – 23rd August
Gregory Peck. Laurence Olivier. Steve Guttenberg. Together at last. Franklin J. Schaffner’s sci-fi thriller, based on Ira Levin’s novel, may sound like it has a cast from a bizarre parallel universe, but that’s a perfect fit for its alternate history plot, which sees Dr. Josef Mengele clone Hitler 95 times, hoping to raise the resulting boys in Brazil. His ultimate plan? Create the Fourth Reich. Ezra Lieberman, a Nazi hunter, learns of the plan and is determined to thwart it. The result is a 80s thriller steeped in paranoia as much as acting prowess.
The Summer of La Boyita – 24th August
Argentina has emerged as one of the most interesting filmmaking countries around in recent years. If you’re just discovering Argentine cinema, head back to 2009 with Julia Solomonoff’s film about Jorgelina, who escapes to the countryside with her father to get away from her boy-crazy sister.
Seance on a Wet Afternoon – 25th August
What do you do when your business as a psychic is going down the toilet? Simple: Get your husband to kidnap a wealthy family’s child so you can use your supposed powers to find it. What could possibly go wrong? Kim Stanley’s housewife and Richard Attenborough’s spouse soon find out.
Guys & Dolls – 26th August
Frank Sinatra and Jean Simmons crackle with charisma in this film version of the classic Broadway musical, which sees gambler Nathan Detroit bet Sky Masterson (Marlon Brando) that he can woo Sarah, a women who works at the Save a Soul Mission. With songs that sound as good as the characters’ names, anyone who doesn’t find themselves tapping their toes along should sit down and stop rocking the boat.
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Last chance to stream: Titles leaving MUBI soon
Only God Forgives
Available until end of: 20th August
Available until end of: 21st August
The Last Detail
Available until end of: 22nd August
It’s Such a Beautiful Day
Available until end of: 23rd August
On the Waterfront
Available until end of: 24th August
Available until end of: 25th August
Available until end of: 26th August
My Life, Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
Available until end of: 27th August
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Available until end of: 30th August