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Quaranstream: Films coming to your sofa fresh from cinemas

Staff Writer

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With the coronavirus pandemic ongoing, many people are staying home and socially distancing to slow down the spread – or self-isolating after displaying symptoms themselves. At the same time, group gatherings have been discouraged and cinemas have closed their doors, leaving the entertainment industry facing a serious struggle – new James Bond film No Time to Die and Disney’s Mulan have both been postponed – and cinema staff tragically being laid off by some chains.

For audiences at home, there’s the disappointment of missing out on some major new theatrical releases. Except, thanks to streaming video, there’s some hope on the horizon, in terms of escapist entertainment. Universal has moved quickly to release The Hunt, The Invisible Man and Emma all on-demand this week, much earlier than they normally would if they were playing in cinemas, while Curzon Artificial Eye continues to showcase arthouse titles and world cinema with its own platform, Curzon Home Cinema. Distributor Modern Films has switched from releasing Haifaa al-Mansour’s The Perfect Candidate in cinemas to a VOD debut.

And, with films increasingly released early on digital to buy before later being available to rent (alongside their DVD release dates), people don’t have to wait as long as they once did to catch movies in their living room.

Here’s our guide to the big recent cinema releases coming to your sofa in the weeks ahead:

Misbehaviour – 15th April (Premium VOD)

In 1970, the Miss World competition took place in London, hosted by US comedy legend, Bob Hope. At the time, Miss World was the most-watched TV show on the planet with over 100 million viewers. Claiming that beauty competitions demeaned women, the newly formed Women’s Liberation Movement achieved overnight fame by invading the stage and disrupting the live broadcast of the competition.

Available on: Amazon Prime Video / Sky Store / Apple TV / Google Play / Rakuten TV

The Host – 17th April

A opportunity arises for Robert Atkinson, a London banker who risks his bank’s money to leave the mundane behind to start a new life in the feature debut of Keeping Faith director Andy Newbery.

Available on: Amazon Prime Video / Sky Store / Apple TV / Google Play / Rakuten TV

Selah and the Spades – 17th April

Five factions run the underground life of Haldwell School, a prestigious east coast boarding school. At the head of the most powerful faction – The Spades – sits Selah Summers, walking the fine line between being feared and loved. Jharrel Jerome and Lovie Simone star in Tayarisha Poe’s teen drama.

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

Why Don’t You Just Die! – 20th April

Andrei, a detective and the world’s most horrible father, brings together a terrible group of people in his apartment: his resentful actress daughter, an angry thug, and a cheated cop. Each one of them has a reason to want revenge. The feature-length debut of director Kirill Sokolov comes with the Arrow Videos seal of approval, which should be enough for any genre fan.

Available on: Amazon Prime Video / Sky Store / Apple TV / Google Play / Rakuten TV

A Guide to Second Date Sex – 20th April

From Rachel Hirons, starring George McKay and Alexandra Roach, this romantic comedy follows Laura and Ryan, who are perfect for each other: they both love Meryl Streep, have been totally destroyed by previous relationships, and they have no idea what they are supposed to do tonight. They also both know that they’ll have to pretend to be completely different to how they’ve ever been previously, in the hope of getting it right this time…

Available on: BFI Player

Moffie – 24th April

To be a moffie is to be weak, effeminate, illegal. The year is 1981 and South Africa’s white minority government is embroiled in a conflict on the southern Angolan border. Like all white boys over the age of 16, Nicholas Van der Swart must complete two years of compulsory military service to defend the Apartheid regime

Available on: Curzon Home Cinema

Calm with Horses – 27th April

Directed by Nick Rowland, starring Barry Keoghan and Cosmo Jarvis, this drama is set in darkest rural Ireland, where ex-boxer Douglas ‘Arm’ Armstrong has become the feared enforcer for the drug-dealing Devers family, whilst also trying to be a good father to his autistic young son. Torn between these two families, Arm’s loyalties are truly tested when he is asked to kill for the first time.

Available on: Curzon Home Cinema

Trolls World Tour – Out Now (Premium VOD)

Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake return in an all-star sequel to DreamWorks Animation’s 2016 musical hit.

Available on: Amazon Prime Video / Sky Store / Apple TV / Google Play / Rakuten TV

The Hunt – Out Now (Premium VOD)

In this sly satire, a group of elites gather to hunt ordinary Americans for sport. But one of The Hunted (Betty Gilpin) fights back against The Hunters’ leader (Hilary Swank).

Available on: Prime Video, iTunes / Apple TV, Sky Store, TalkTalk TV, Google Play, CHILI

The Invisible Man – Out Now (Premium VOD)

Cecilia (Elisabeth Moss) tries to rebuild her life after the death of her abusive partner. But before long, she begins to question whether or not he is truly gone.

Available on: Prime Video, iTunes / Apple TV, Sky Store, TalkTalk TV, Google Play, CHILI

Emma – Out Now (Premium VOD)

Jane Austen’s beloved comedy about finding your equal and earning your happy ending is reimagined in this delicious new film adaptation of Emma.

Available on: Prime Video, iTunes / Apple TV, Sky Store, TalkTalk TV, CHILI

Cuck – Out Now

When a frustrated loner gains popularity as an Alt-Right vlogger, the online echo chamber turns his fears into a deadly rage.

Available on: Amazon Prime Video / Sky Store / Apple TV / Google Play / Rakuten TV

The Truth – Out Now

For his first feature set outside Japan, Hirokazu Kore-eda unites French screen legends Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche in a powerful and emotional story of family conflicts.

Available on: Curzon Home Cinema

Fire Will Come – Out Now

Amador (Amador Arias) has been imprisoned for setting fires. When he is released from prison after two years, nobody is awaiting his return. He moves back to his hometown, a small village hidden in the mountains of rural Galicia, to live with his elderly mother, Benedicta (Benedicta Sánchez), and their three cows.

Available on: Curzon Home Cinema

Le Mans ’66 – Out Now

American automotive designer Carroll Shelby and fearless British race car driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary vehicle for the Ford Motor Co. Together, they plan to compete against the race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.

Available on: iTunes / Apple TV, Prime Video (Buy/Rent), Google Play, Sky Store

Last Christmas – Out Now

Nothing seems to go right for young Kate, a frustrated Londoner who works as an elf in a year-round Christmas shop. But things soon take a turn for the better when she meets Tom — a handsome charmer who seems too good to be true.

Available on: iTunes / Apple TV, Prime Video (Buy/Rent), Google Play, Sky Store

Frozen II – Out Now

Elsa the Snow Queen has an extraordinary gift — the power to create ice and snow. But no matter how happy she is to be surrounded by the people of Arendelle, Elsa finds herself strangely unsettled. After hearing a mysterious voice call out to her, Elsa travels to the enchanted forests and dark seas beyond her kingdom — an adventure that soon turns into a journey of self-discovery.

Available on: iTunes / Apple TV, Prime Video (Buy/Rent), Google Play, Sky Store

Luce – Out Now

A liberal-minded couple, Amy and Peter Edgar, are forced to reconsider their image of their adopted son after they discover he has written an extremley disturbing essay for his class at school.

Available on: iTunes / Apple TV, Prime Video (Buy/Rent), Google Play, Sky Store

Swallow – Out Now

A young housewife in a seemingly perfect marriage develops pica, the irresistible urge to ingest inedible objects and material.

Available on: iTunes / Apple TV, Prime Video (Buy/Rent), Google Play, Sky Store

Doctor Sleep – Out Now

Struggling with alcoholism, Dan Torrance remains traumatised by the sinister events that occurred at the Overlook Hotel when he was a child. His hope for a peaceful existence soon becomes shattered when he meets Abra, a teen who shares his extrasensory gift of the “shine.” Together, they form an unlikely alliance to battle the True Knot, a cult whose members try to feed off the shine of innocents to become immortal.

Available on: iTunes / Apple TV, Prime Video (Buy/Rent), Google Play, Sky Store

Harriet – Out Now

From her escape from slavery through the dangerous missions she led to liberate hundreds of slaves through the Underground Railroad, the story of heroic abolitionist Harriet Tubman is told.

Available on: iTunes / Apple TV, Curzon Home Cinema, Prime Video (Buy/Rent), Google Play, Sky Store

The Aeronauts – Out Now

In 1862 headstrong scientist James Glaisher and wealthy young widow Amelia Wren mount a balloon expedition to fly higher than anyone in history. As their perilous ascent reduces their chances of survival, the unlikely duo soon discover things about themselves – and each other – that help both of them find their place in the world.

Available on: Amazon Prime

Portrait of a Lady on Fire – Out Now

France, 1770. Marianne, a painter, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. Héloïse is a reluctant bride to be and Marianne must paint her without her knowing. She observes her by day, to paint her secretly.

Available on: Curzon Home Cinema / MUBI UK

Bacurau – Out Now

A filmmaker decides to travel to a village in the interior of Brazil to make a documentary. As days go by, he begins to discover that the locals are not exactly what they appear to be.

Available on: Curzon Home Cinema, MUBI UK

Knives Out – Out Now

The circumstances surrounding the death of crime novelist Harlan Thrombey are mysterious, but there’s one thing that renowned Detective Benoit Blanc knows for sure — everyone in the wildly dysfunctional Thrombey family is a suspect. Now, Blanc must sift through a web of lies and red herrings to uncover the truth.

Available on: iTunes / Apple TV, Prime Video (Buy/Rent), Google Play, Sky Store

The Perfect Candidate – Out Now

The director of Wadjda returns to Saudi Arabia with the tale of one woman’s quest to challenge not only the system but also herself. It follows a determined young Saudi doctor’s surprise run for office in the local city elections sweeps up her family and community as they struggle to accept their town’s first female candidate.

Available on: Curzon Home Cinema, BFI Player

Vivarium – Out Nowh

Hoping to find the perfect place to live, a couple travel to a suburban neighbourhood in which all the houses look identical. But when they try to leave the labyrinth-like development, each road mysteriously takes them back to where they started.

Available on: iTunes / Apple TV, Curzon Home Cinema, Prime Video (Buy/Rent), Google Play, Sky Store

Bloodshot – Out Now (EST)

Starring Vin Diesel, the actioner follows marine Ray Garrison who, after he and his wife are murdered, is resurrected by scientists and enhanced with nanotech to make him a killing machine. As his memories begin to return and remembers who killed him, he begins to plot revenge.

Honey Boy – Out Now (EST)

When 12-year-old Otis begins to find success as a television star, his abusive, alcoholic father returns and takes over as his guardian, and their contentious relationship is followed over a decade.

Available on: iTunes / Apple TV, Prime Video (Buy/Rent), Google Play, Sky Store

Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker – Out Now (EST)

When it’s discovered that the evil Emperor Palpatine did not die at the hands of Darth Vader, the rebels must race against the clock to find out his whereabouts. Finn and Poe lead the Resistance to put a stop to the First Order’s plans to form a new Empire, while Rey anticipates her inevitable confrontation with Kylo Ren.

Available on: iTunes / Apple TV, Curzon Home Cinema, Prime Video (Buy/Rent), Google Play, Sky Store

Sulphur and White – Out Now

We all carry secrets. Experiences that define us. David carries his but they burn at him. Eat away at his soul. He sets out to build his career in the cutthroat world of financial trading. He is single-minded to the point of ruthless and manages for a time to stay on top. But his life begins to crumble as his childhood memories threaten to destroy him. He meets Vanessa, the love of his life, who wants to find a future for them if only David can find a way to heal his deep emotional wounds. Mark Stanley and Emily Beecham star in this true story, directed by Julian Jarrold (Brideshead Revisited).

Available on: Curzon Home Cinema / Amazon Prime Video / Sky Store / Apple TV / Google Play

Charlie’s Angels – Out Now

Remake of the action adventure written, produced, directed by and starring Elizabeth Banks. Female agents known as Angels are working for the security agency owned by the mysterious Charles Townsend. Now a global enterprise, Angels all over the world are tasked with protecting important people and their assets. Led by their handler Bosley (Banks), Angels Sabina (Kristen Stewart) and Jane (Ella Balinska) must work together when whistleblower Elena (Naomi Scott) reveals dangerous technology being developed that could potentially create a deadly weapon.

Available on: Amazon Prime Video / Sky Store / Apple TV (iTunes) / Google Play / Rakuten TV

Just Mercy – Out Now (Rent from 20th April)

Released early by Warner Bros. on digital, this drama tells the true story of young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Brie Larson). One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence.

Available on: Amazon Prime Video / Sky Store / Apple TV (iTunes) / Google Play / Rakuten TV

Fire Will Come – Out Now

Amador (Amador Arias) has been imprisoned for setting fires. When he is released from prison after two years, nobody is awaiting his return. He moves back to his hometown, a small village hidden in the mountains of rural Galicia, to live with his elderly mother, Benedicta (Benedicta Sánchez), and their three cows. Amador does not speak much and remains guarded and stern when the villagers make small talk with him. He becomes aware that there is gossip about his past. The rhythm of nature persists until one night when a fire starts to devastate the region and Amador is unfairly blamed for it.

Available on: Curzon Home Cinema

Jumanji: The Next Level – Out Now

In Jumanji: The Next Level, the gang is back (Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan) but the game has changed. As they return to Jumanji to rescue one of their own, they discover that nothing is as they expect. With more action and surprises, the players will have to brave parts unknown and unexplored, from the arid deserts to the snowy mountains, in order to escape.

Available on: Amazon Prime Video / Sky Store / Apple TV (iTunes) / Google Play / Rakuten TV

VFW – Out Now

A typical night for veterans at a VFW turns into an all-out battle for survival when a desperate teen runs into the bar with a bag of stolen drugs. When a gang of violent punks come looking for her, the vets use every weapon at their disposal to protect the girl and themselves from an unrelenting attack.

Available on: Amazon Prime Video / Sky Store / Apple TV (iTunes) / Google Play / Rakuten TV

Sonic the Hedgehog – Out Now (Early VOD)

The world needed a hero – it got a hedgehog. Powered with incredible speed, Sonic embraces his new home on Earth – until he accidentally knocks out the power grid, sparking the attention of uncool evil genius Dr. Robotnik.

Available on: Amazon Prime Video / Sky Store / Apple TV (iTunes) / Google Play / Rakuten TV

The Iron Mask – Out Now (Buy from 1st June)

Action legends Jackie Chan (Rush Hour) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (Total Recall) team up in this high concept fantasy historical epic.

Available on: iTunes / Prime Video (Buy/Rent) / Rakuten TV / Sky Store

Martin Margiela: In His Own Words – Out Now

An intimate profile of Martin Margiela, one of the most revolutionary and influential fashion designers of his time.

Available on: Curzon Home Cinema / Sky Store / Apple TV (iTunes)

Who You Think I Am – Out Now

Juliette Binoche is on enchanting form in this Catfishing drama.

Available on: Curzon Home Cinema

Blue Story – Out Now (Rent from 20th April)

Best friends Timmy (Stephen Odubola) and Marco (Micheal Ward) go to the same high school in Peckham but live in neighbouring London boroughs. When Marco’s beaten up by one of Timmy’s primary school friends the two boys wind up on rival sides of a never-ending cycle of postcode gang war in which there are no winners … only victims.

Available on: Amazon Prime Video / Sky Store / Apple TV (iTunes) / Google Play / Rakuten TV

The Rhythm Section – Out Now (Rent from 27th April)

Blake Lively stars as Stephanie Patrick, an ordinary woman on a path of self-destruction after her family is tragically killed in a plane crash. When Stephanie discovers that the crash was not an accident, she enters a dark, complex world to seek revenge on those responsible and find her own redemption. Based on the novel by Mark Burnell, directed by Reed Morano.

Available on: Amazon Prime Video / Sky Store / Apple TV (iTunes) / Google Play / Rakuten TV

Richard Jewell – Out Now (Rent from 27th April)

Directed by Clint Eastwood and based on true events, Richard Jewell tells the story of the security guard who discovers a bomb at the 1996 Atlanta Games and takes swift, heroic action, saving countless lives.

Available on: Amazon Prime Video / Sky Store / Apple TV (iTunes) / Google Play / Rakuten TV

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