Not getting your art house fix from Netflix? Wish there were more indie films on Amazon Prime? Every week, we round up the new releases on MUBI, a subscription VOD service that hand-picks films from around the world.
This month, as Leonardo DiCaprio wins a Golden Globe for The Revenant, MUBI brings back two of his most underrated performances – and squeezes in time for a Godard weekender.
Mister Lonely – Sunday 10th January
Diego Luna and Samantha Morton star in Harmony Korine’s notorious indie, which sees a young Michael Jackson lookalike meet Marilyn Monroe, who invites him to live at a commune in Scotland with Charlie Chaplin and Shirley Temple. Any film that features a supporting turn from Leos Carax and Werner Herzog gets our vote.
Bandit Queen – Monday 11th January
Shekhar Kapur’s drama captures the true story of Phoolan Devi, who defied India’s patriarchy and formed a Robin Hood-like gang of criminals to reattribute wealth from landowners to poor farmers.
Psychodydrography – Tuesday 12th January
MUBI presents “America Lost and Found”, a three-film series of films by Peter Bo Rappmund. His landscape documentaries use animated still frames to capture America’s geography, here analysing the flow of water from mountain to aqueduct and from town to ocean.
Long Day’s Journey into Night – Wednesday 13th January
Eugene O’Neill’s landmark play, which depicts the life of a dysfunctional family (led by a morphine-addict mother and a father who drinks because he is no longer a famous actor). Katherine Hepburn plays the matriarch Mary Tyrone, with the legendary Sydney Lumet behind the camera.
Beijing Bicycle – Thursday 14th January
Director Wang Xiaoshuai won the Berlinale Silver Bear with this film about a man who travels from the country to the titular metropolis, where he is dazzled by the life on display, including his high-heeled neighbour, Qin.
Catch Me If You Can – Friday 15th January
With Leonardo DiCaprio bagging a Golden Globe for his turn in The Revenant, MUBI are celebrating with a double-bill of two performances that arguably deserved their own awards. First up is Steven Spielberg’s tale of a real life con man, which sees Leo on funny, charming form and Tom Hanks chasing him down. An underrated gem of a caper.
Revolutionary Road – Saturday 16th January
Director Sam Mendes brings his stage experience to bear with this perfectly-framed tale of domestic breakdown, as the marriage between Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet’s young couple falls apart, their dreams undone by lies and the society around them.
The Thirty-Nine Steps – Sunday 17th January
Hitchcock’s 1935 classic gets a remake in this 1978 thriller, which sees Robert Powell take on the role of Hannay, a wrong-man-on-the-run trying thwart the plans of Prussian sleeper agents to start WWI. It’s not quite Hitch, but the Big Ben finale is a superb piece of cinematic spectacle.
Loose Cannons – Monday 18th January
Ferzan Ozpetek’s 2010 film sees Tomasso, a reluctant soon-to-be-partner in his family’s pasta company, about to come out – only to have his plans thwarted by his brother.
Tectonics – Tuesday 19th January
MUBI continues its three-part Peter Bo Rappmund series with this portrait of seven state intersections along Nebraska’s border.
It Felt Like Love – Thursday 21st January
As Sundance kicks off for 2016, MUBI adds one of its favourite gems from the festival, which follows Lila as she hopes to emulate the sexual exploits of her more experienced best friend.
Weekend – Friday 22nd January
No words sum up MUBI than “Godard Weekend”. MUBI kicks off a full three days from the director’s 60s heyday with Weekend.
Last chance to stream: Titles leaving MUBI soon
Available until: 10th January
The Squid and the Whale
Available until: 17th January
Available until: 18th January
The Addams Family
Available until: 19th January
It’s a Wonderful Life
Available until: 20th January
Available until: 21st January
Available until: 22nd January
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