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Five films to stream this bank holiday weekend

Looking for something to watch this bank holiday weekend? Here are a few options. Most of us have...
Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

13.31 1 May 2021


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Five films to stream this bank...

Five films to stream this bank holiday weekend

Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

13.31 1 May 2021


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Looking for something to watch this bank holiday weekend? Here are a few options.

Most of us have probably worked through our Netflix queues after a few months of 'stay at home' - but thankfully there are a few interesting recent additions to the various streaming services.

With the weather not looking great for the next few days, here are a few films to consider if you're stuck indoor (for before and after the Line of Duty finale, of course).

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Nomadland (streaming on Disney+)

Chloe Zhao's film has dropped on Disney+ just days after it took home several of the big awards at the Oscars (including best picture, best director and best actress for Frances McDormand).

The film is a slower, less dramatic drama than the Academy tends to award - there's very little of the way of plot. The film instead focuses on modern American 'nomad' Fern (a supremely restrained McDormand) as she moves from job to job and place to place. She encounters many others (a cast of mostly non-actors playing versions of themselves) living a similar life.

It's slow for sure, but meet it on its terms and you'll find a thoughtful and compassionate film that's worth your time and attention - sad and challenging at times, but also with moments of joy and happiness. And American landscapes have rarely looked so beautifully desolate.

The Mitchells vs. the Machines (streaming on Netflix)

A family pick here. This new animated comedy has received some rave reviews in recent weeks, with critics hailing it as one of the freshest and liveliest animated films of recent times.

It has won some favourable comparisons to the delightfully imaginative Into The Spider-verse (unsurprisingly, since it shares some of the same creative team) - something which should be enough to convince many people to give it a shot.

Sound of Metal (streaming on Amazon Prime)

Sound of Metal has been mentioned frequently this awards season, and with good cause. This story of a rock drummer (a superb Riz Ahmed) losing his hearing is an incredibly well crafted and emotional drama.

One tip: play it loud. The film's rich, often surprising sound design - which includes long stretches of devastating silence - is truly remarkable.

Eighth Grade (streaming on Netflix)

Released a few years ago but recently added to Netflix's library, Eighth Grade is a brilliantly observed account of teenage life. It captures adolescence in all its awkward glory - often excruciating, but with moments of true joy as well.

The film is the directorial debut of Bo Burnham - the popular online comedian who also recently popped up in a lead role in Promising Young Woman.

The Fugitive (streaming on Amazon Prime)

A classic pick to finish up. The Fugitive was a blockbuster and critical hit back in 1993, and it's not hard to see why.

Richard Kimble's desperate race to prove he's innocent of his wife's murder remains as tense as ever, with plenty of iconic setpieces. Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones have both rarely been better than they are.

If you haven't seen it in a while, it's well worth revisiting. If you haven't seen it all, you've got one of Hollywood's finest action thrillers to discover.


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