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:
Double Jeopardy – 1st May
Lawyer Marc Hill helps clear the name of his girlfriend’s father, who is accused of murdering a man that was blackmailing him in R.G. Springsteen’s 1955 crime drama.
Frida – 2nd May
MUBI begins a Julie Taymor double-bill with this biopic of painter Frida Kahlo, but it’s just as worth watching for the superb lead turn from Salma Hayek.
Across The Universe – 3rd May
MUBI’s Taymor double-bill concludes with her 2007 musical romance, set in the 1960s.
A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness – 4th May
As The Sky Trembles And the Earth Is Afraid And The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers hits UK cinemas, MUBI dives back into the British artist’s back catalogue to find this 2013 collaboration with US artist Ben Russell, which follows a nameless person in a search for spirituality in the modern world – from pagan reenactments to Northern Lights.
In Darkness – 5th May
With the stunning, harrowing Son of Saul now in cinemas, MUBI presents this similarly shocking piece from director Agnieszka Holland, which explores the hiding of Jews in the sewers of Poland’s major cities during World War II.
Dirty Pretty Things – 6th May
With Stephen Frears’ Florence Foster Jenkins out in cinemas, the question, as ever, is which of the director’s earlier works MUBI will release. The answer? This 2002 treat starring Audrey Tautou about a Turkish maid who works at the same hotel as a kind-hearted doctor – where a black market secretly operates.
Fail Safe – 7th May
MUBI unveils a Cold War double-bill – and what better way to kick one off than a classic from the legendary Sidney Lumet, which sees the USA and the USSR on the brink of nuclear war.
Dr. Strangelove – 8th May
Hilarious. Dark. Provocative. Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 satire never gets old.
In The Bedroom – 9th May
Todd Field’s 2001 drama stars the incomparable Tom Wilkinson and Sissy Spacek, as we see the Fowler family’s only son, Frank, return from college with an older girlfriend – a mother of two with a husband she doesn’t want.
To Catch a Thief – 10th May
When a reformed jewel thief is suspected of returning to his former occupation, he must ferret out the real thief in order to prove his innocence. Alfred Hitchcock. Gracy Kelly. Cary Grant. What more could you want?
The Duellists – 11th May
MUBI kicks off Cannes by taking us back to the 1977 freshman feature of Ridley Scott, which won Best Debut Film award at the festival. It charts an epic feud between two Napoleonic officers, who fight 17 battles over several decades.
Coffee and Cigarettes – 12th May
Everyone from Bill Murray and Tom Waits to Roberto Benigni and RZA appear in Jim Jarmusch’s anthology of vignettes, which are all connected by (you guessed it) coffee and cigarettes.
A Touch of Sin – 13th May
Jia Zhangke’s A Touch Of Sin was barred a release in the director’s home country – understandable from the authorities’ viewpoint, but depressing for everyone else, because this is a timely look at the collateral damage that progress has wrought. Jia gathers four stories, each a pessimistic fable of poverty and violence, and uses them to make sweeping pronouncements on economic corruption, exploitation and misery. (Read our full review.)
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Last chance to stream: Titles leaving MUBI soon
Stranger than Fiction
Available until end of: 7th May
Available until end of: 8th May
Available until end of: 9th May
The Future (El Futuro)
Available until end of: 10th May
Androids Dream (Suenan Los Androides)
Available until end of: 11th May
Little Dieter Needs to Fly
Available until end of: 12th May
Available until end of: 13th May
Blue in the Face
Available until end of: 14th May
The Fourth Man
Available until end of: 15th May