5 films to watch this weekend
James R | On 22, May 2022
From Netflix and Amazon Prime Video to Sky Cinema and MUBI, let alone day-and-date, premium VOD and home entertainment releases, there are a lot of films out there to choose between. (See our streaming recommendations for what to watch right now.)
This weekend might just be the best of 2022 so far, with two five-star films arriving in living rooms: a chilling Norwegian horror and a heartwarming British story of acceptance. And that’s before we get to the winning rom-com Marry Me, now on disc and digital, and the hidden homegrown gem The Bright Side, not to mention the stunning savagery of Robert Eggers’ The Northman, which arrives on Premium VOD after its cinema run.
Speaking of cinematic action, Indian epic RRR is also now streaming in the UK (find out how to watch it in all language versions here), while those seeking more macho stunts can dive into Jackass 4.5 on Netflix UK.
Here’s our guide to the best new films to watch this weekend (receive this as a newsletter each weekend here):
1. Ali & Ava (Netflix UK)
Clio Barnard’s beautifully warm tale of acceptance and affection is an understated delight.
2. The Innocents (buy/rent)
This Norwegian chiller about three young children gaining special powers is one of the best horror films of 2022.
3. The Northman (rent)
Robert Eggers’ viking revenge thriller is a stunning, savage saga of hollow masculinity.
4. Marry Me (buy/rent)
Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson are absolutely charming in this sweet, funny and catchy music rom-com.
5. The Bright Side (Amazon Prime)
Gemma-Leah Devereux delivers a nuanced performance in this funny, thoughtful and moving drama about a stand-up comic with cancer.
Our full review – plus where you can watch it online
Struggling to keep up-to-date with UK film releases in 2021? See our guide to the big new movies coming soon to VOD.