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.
Hot on the heels of its latest global exclusive, 88:88, this week, MUBI takes a look back at the early work of High-Rise’s Ben Wheatley and Kevin Smith and continues its John Cassavetes retrospect. Here’s what’s new and coming soon to the site:
Four Rooms – Monday 14th March
Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Allison Anders and Alexandre Rockwell team up to direct this anthology of takes that all take place in a hotel on New Year’s Eve – all tied together by poor Ted, the new-on-the-job bellhop…
P.S. Jerusalem – Tuesday 15th March
With the Human Rights Watch Film Festival currently underway in London until 18th March, MUBI joins in with the online release of this documentary, which sees filmmaker Danae Elon return to Jerusalem after living abroad for several years. It follows a screening of the film at the Barbican (12th March) and Picturehouse Central (14th March).
Husbands – Wednesday 16th March
MUBI continues its John Cassavetes retrospective with the addition of 1970’s Husbands, which sees a common friend’s sudden death bring three men, married with children, to reconsider their lives and ultimately leave together. But mindless enthusiasm for regained freedom will be short-lived…
The Quiet Man – Thursday 17th March
MUBI marks St. Patrick’s Day with what it argues is the best Irish film of all time. John Ford’s 1952 classic stars John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara as an American boxer who returns to his home country and falls for a local redhead. Romance, drama, comedy and two Johns at the top of their game? It’s hard to disagree.
88:88 – Friday 18th March
The latest in MUBI’s ongoing run of global exclusives, 88:88 is the densely layered feature debut of digital cinema incendiary Isiah Medina, which tackles issues of time, love, knowledge, poetry and poverty.
Down Terrace – Saturday 19th March
A Brighton mob family try to smoke out the informant responsible for putting their son in the slammer. Of course, as the stakes are raised and the walls start closing in, it’s only a matter of time before they turn on their own.
Wheatley’s debut film is a micro-budget marvel about domestic gangsterism in middle England. Filmed in a matter of days for the cost of a packet of fags, Down Terrace does so much with very little. It’s the Argos Sopranos. Bad decisions and the banality of violence given a Pound Shop twist.
(Read our full review.)
French Cancan – Sunday 20th March
The only words more exciting than “Moulin Rouge”? Jean Renoir. Jean Gabin stars in his story of a wily impresario juggling the love of two beautiful women in 19th-century Paris.
Clerks – Monday 21st March
MUBI brings a double-bill of Kevin Smith classics this week, kicking off with 1994’s Clerks, which follows the uneventful life of Dante Hicks, a clerk at a New Jersey convenience store, who gets called into work on his day off. The result is one of the most fondly remembered slacker comedies from the 1990s – and a vital expose of the working conditions for independent contractors on the Death Star.
Chasing Amy – Tuesday 22nd March
The third of Kevin Smith’s New Jersey Trilogy stars Ben Affleck as comic book artist Holden, who falls in love with fellow artist Alyssa, only to be thwarted by her sexuality, his friend’s attitude and his own misgivings about himself. The result is a sensitive and honest exploration of gender, friendship and sex.
Gloria – Wednesday 23rd March
MUBI’s John Cassavetesr retrospective continues with this crime thriller about a showgirl who becomes the reluctant guardian of the young boy from next door, after his family are killed by the mob. Gena Rowlands is so good in the lead that she earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination in 1981.
The Band’s Visit – Thursday 24th March
Eran Kolirin’s 2007 Israeli comedy gently explores cross-cultural conflict by following the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra as they arrive from Egypt for an important event – only to find there is no delegation to meet them.
The Passion of the Christ – Friday 25th March
MUBI marks Good Friday with the addition of Mel Gibson’s violent, graphic account of Jesus’ crucifixion.
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Last chance to stream: Titles leaving MUBI soon
You Can Count on Me
Available until: 19th February
Available until: 20th February
Life Is Beautiful
Available until: 21st February
The Birth of a Nation
Available until: 22nd February
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A Beautiful Mind
Available until: 26th February