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.
From a Powell and Pressburger season to a David Lean retrospective, here’s what’s new and coming soon to MUBI:
This week on MUBI
Bugsy Malone – 27th August
We coulda been anything that we wanted to be… Three gangsters walk into a room, but all of them are played by children. 40 years on from Bugsy Malone’s original release and that twist still lends a playful edge to an already impressive musical.
Chicago – 28th August
Bill Condon’s adaptation of the classic musical is a toe-tapping affair that even Richard Gere singing can’t derail.
Downhill Racer – 29th August
Robert Redford and Gene Hackman take to the slopes in Michael Ritchie’s thriller, which follows a smug downhill skier who joins the US ski team – and slides straight into conflict with its coach.
My Left Foot – 30th August
Daniel Day-Lewis delivers a career-best performance in a career full of career-best performances in Jim Sheridan’s powerful drama about Christy Brown, a boy with cerebral palsy in a working-class Irish family.
Grand Piano – 31st August
Speed but with a piano instead of a bus. When you put it like that, you wonder why no one’s made Grand Piano before. Sort of. But director Eugenio Mira has picked up the barmy baton before anyone else could, creating a thriller that takes its idea and runs with it all the way up the scale. Its sheer commitment to the silly concept is to be applauded.
49th Parallel – 1st September
MUBI begins a Powell and Pressburger retrospective with the third film made by the British writer-director team. The 1941 war thriller follows a Nazi U-boat crew stranded in Canada during the thick of World War II.
Scoop – 2nd September
Hugh Jackman teams up with Woody Allen for this overtly wacky crime comedy about a young journalism student (Scarlett Johansson) who, after communicating with a dead report from beyond the grave, suspects Jackman’s aristocrat of being a murderer. Allen’s turn as a magician is lacklustre, but this uneven film finds strength in Johansson’s central performance, which reveals her to be an unexpectedly good comic actor.
Los Sures – 3rd September
In the late 70s and early 80s, Los Sures was one of the poorest neighbourhoods in New York City. Diego Echeverria’s film, restored by the New York Public Library and UnionDocs, offers a portrait of the community at the time.
The Parallax View – 4th September
Warren Beatty stars in Alan J. Pakula’s 1974 thriller, which follows a political reporter, who suspects that the mysterious Parallax Corporation may have been involved in the assassination of a presidential candidate.
Great Expectations – 5th September
MUBI begins a David Lean triple with arguably the definitive adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic.
Munich – 6th September
One of Spielberg’s most underrated films, this 2005 thriller follows five men, who are chosen to hunt down and kill the Palestinian terrorists responsible for taking 11 Israeli athletes hostage and murdering them following Munich’s 1972 Olympics.
Evolution of a Filipino Family – 7th September
MUBI kicks off a Lav Diaz retrospective with his 2005 epic, which slowly chronicles the fall and rise of a poor farming clan.
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp – 8th September
MUBI’s Powell & Pressburger season continues with one of their many masterpieces: the 1943 portrait of General Candy, a veteran officer now out-of-touch with the war, whose career is unearthed through a series of flashbacks, including his relationships with three different women (Deborah Kerr).
If… – 9th September
Malcolm McDowell stars in Lindsay Anderson’s 1968 film that charts an allegorical revolution by the pupils in an old private school in England. The first of a back-to-school double-bill.
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Last chance to stream: Titles leaving MUBI soon
Available until end of: 3rd September
River of Grass
Available until end of: 4th September
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Deux Remi, Deux
Available until end of: 9th September
Above and Below
Available until end of: 10th September
The Talented Mr. Ripley
Available until end of: 11th September
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The Day of the Locust
Available until end of: 14th September