Not getting your art-house 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:
Henry V – 18th April
Laurence Olivier’s star-studded adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic history play is an epic, soaring piece of fimmaking, with Olivier not only carrying the role of the young king but helming the whole thing to boot. From the bravura opening, which seamlessly takes us from a theatre stage to a fullscreen landscape, to the ambitious scale of the battle scenes, this is perfect timing from MUBI, as it celebrates Olivier’s Shakespeare in the month that marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
Hamlet – 19th April
Winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor, Sir Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet is another defining take on a Shakespeare classic. Olivier is at his most inspired, both as director and as the eponymous melancholic Dane.
Calendar – 20th April
Atom Egoyan stars in his 1993 film alongside his wife, as he charts the tale of a couple who take photographs of Armenian churches for a calendar – only for the husband to grow increasingly jealous of their driver.
Black Hawk Down – 21st April
Ridley Scott’s gripping war film, which sees group of soldiers stuck in Somalia after a helicopter crash scuppers a mission, is gruelling, intense and no less relevant now than when it was released in 2001.
The Face You Deserve – 22nd April
“Until you turn 30, you have the face God gave you. After that, you have the face you deserve.” With Arabian Nights opening in cinemas this weekend (ahead of a MUBI release in May), the site takes us back to 2004 for his feature-length debut (never released in the UK) that tries convince a man, Francisco, that the quote is true.
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner – 23rd April
Stanley Kramer’s comedy is the kind of film that dared to tackle racial prejudice in the 1970s, with two parents challenged by their daughter bringing home a black fiance for dinner. As remarkable as its theme is its cast, which includes Spencer Tracey, Katharine Hepburn and – coming to dinner – Sidney Poitier.
Out 1: Noli me tangere – Monday 25th to Thursday 28th April
Two theater groups each rehearse avant-garde adaptations of plays by Aeschylus. A young deaf-mute begs for change in cafés while playing the harmonica. A young woman seduces men in order to rob them. As a conspiracy develops, the protagonists’ stories start to intertwine…
The legendary Jacques Rivette’s even more legendary film is a famously unwieldy beast, its 13-hour runtime only main manageable by being chopped up into eight feature-length episodes. Never one to resist a challenge, MUBI is giving film buffs a chance to binge their way through in a week, with two episodes released at a time in four stages: Parts 1 and 2 on Monday 25th April, Parts 3 and 4 on Tuesday, Parts 5 and 6 on Wednesday and Parts 7 and 8 on Thursday 28th April.
Note: Release dates for future titles are subject to change. A monthly subscription to MUBI costs £4.99 a month, with a 30-day free trial. For more information, visit www.mubi.com.
Last chance to stream: Titles leaving MUBI soon
The Passion of the Christ
Available until end of: 23rd April
Five Easy Pieces
Available until end of: 24th April
Available until end of: 25th April
War of the Worlds
Available until end of: 26th April
The Band’s Visit
Available until end of: 27th April
Available until end of: 28th April
Available until end of: 29th April
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Available until end of: 30th April
I’m Going Home
Available until end of: 1st May