Not sure what to stream this month? Unlike other lists, we’re here to recommend a variety of movies for every mood, from tears to trailblazers. Here are our picks for the best movies to stream in the UK this month.
The big screen classic
The 39 steps (1935) dir. Alfred Hitchcock
Directed by the master of suspense himself, The 39 steps is a thriller shrouded in mystery and tension. Loosely based on John Buchan’s 1915 novel, The Thirty-Nine Steps, the film stars Robert Donat as Richard Hannay; a Canadian carried away by the exploits of the mysterious spy network: the “39 steps”. More than 100 years after the start of Buchan’s novel, Hitchcock’s adaptation has cemented itself The 39 steps as a classic for fans of the big screen and left a solid legacy for modern spy thrillers. As you’d expect from such a beloved director, Hitchcock uses masterful cinematography and strong dialogue to create an atmosphere of intrigue and intensity, resulting in a fast-paced mystery that’s sure not to disappoint.
Available to stream on Amazon Premier
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005) dir. Garth Jennings
Garth Jennings’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy dares to adapt Douglas Adams’ beloved comedy sci-fi series. Backed by a star-studded cast of comedic juggernauts, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a perfect storm of chaotic comedy. The chemistry between Martin Freeman as Arthur Dent and Zooey Deschanel as Trillian is effortless, and fantastic appearances from Sam Rockwell as Zaphod Beeblebrox and Mos Def as Ford Prefect complement their dynamic perfectly. While die-hard fans of Adams’ series may be upset that the film isn’t a straight-forward adaptation and skips several major storylines, Jennings’ version takes on a life of its own as a separate entity. The dialogue is witty and fun, and thrives in the environment of silliness provided by the source material.
Available to stream on Amazon Prime
The ritual (2017) dir. David Bruckner
The ritual, directed by David Bruckner, is a British horror film that may seem stereotypical at first glance. However, it unfolds in a unique work of suspense and the totally unexpected supernatural. Although The ritual didn’t have too much success at the box office, it’s certainly worth a look. Seeming to be inspired by The Blair Witch Project (1999), The ritual follows a group of friends who travel through the Swedish wilderness on a memorial trip for their deceased friend. Rafe Spall confidently leads the cast as Luke, a man consumed with guilt surrounding the circumstances of their friend’s death. As their journey continues, the men become acutely aware that they may not be alone. The ritual is inspired by Norse mythology and the fear of the unknown, successfully creating an atmosphere of insignificance in men compared to the great supernatural horror that has befallen them.
Available to stream on quiver through Amazon prime
The jewel of foreign languages
Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) dir. Guillermo del Toro
Directed by Guillermo del Toro, Pan’s Labyrinth, Where El Laberinto del Fauno, follows Ivana Baquero as Ofelia, a young girl who enters a magical world beyond anything she could have dreamed of: Pan’s Labyrinth. The story is set against the backdrop of a troubled Europe and acts as a form of modern day fairy tale that challenges personal morals and behaviors. Del Toro won the Best Director Oscar with Pan’s Labyrinth, and it’s easy to see why. Its magic touch serves to underline the great grandeur of the cinematography constituting one of the best European films of recent years. Its iconic mystical creatures are both fascinating and terrifying. The film builds a world totally different from ours, and does it beautifully.
Available to stream on NOW television
Titanic (1997) dir. james cameron
Titanic is timeless. James Cameron’s romantic drama is a fictionalized account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912, following the fall of two young lovers in the face of tragedy. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet play Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bukater, two crossbred lovers from different social classes who only seek each other’s affection. The fact that the public already knows the outcome of the Titanic’s voyage makes the couple’s romance all the more tragic, knowing that they are doomed to torment and suffering once they leave Southampton’s White Star Dock . Although telling such a well-known story, Titanic manages to create a sense of intimacy that connects the audience to the plight of Jack and Rose. We support them constantly, and the fact that we know how short-lived their happiness will be only compounds the heartache that accompanies their struggle.
Available to stream on Disney+
Warm bodies (2013) dir. Jonathan Levin
At first glance, a zombie movie might not be your first choice for a feel-good movie. by Jonathan Levine Warm bodies, however, may surprise you. Very freely inspired by William Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet, we are introduced to a post-apocalyptic world that has been destroyed by an unknown plague. The surviving humans are at war with the zombies that now roam the Earth. Nicholas Hoult plays R, a zombie who isn’t quite like the rest of his species. Empathize with Julie, played by Theresa Palmer, a human who slowly forms a bond with him. The two must find a way to exist together in a world that wants to see them apart. Warm bodies is the perfect blend of romance and comedy that keeps you spellbound by the tracks at all times.
Available to stream on netflix
Everything, everywhere, all at once (2022) dir. Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert
Following the recent cinematic trend of featuring storylines that surround multiversal journeys, Everything, everywhere, all at once follows an unlikely hero who is thrown into a world of chaos across universes. Tasked with balancing all possible realities, Michelle Yeoh plays Evelyn Wang, a laundromat owner who struggles to express her affection for her daughter Joy. Their relationship is strained, and Evelyn’s multiversal situation is wrapped up in her family struggles. Directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, and produced by A24, the film features an almost entirely Asian cast whose performances are second to none. He’s witty and sharp, yet tender at the core. This sci-fi feature film finds meaning through its authentic depictions of how to choose love in a chaotic and lonely world.
Available to stream on Amazon Premier
cannibal holocaust (1985) dir. Ruggero Deodato
Before considering watching cannibal holocaust, it is important to be aware of its sensitive content; sex, sexual violence, bloody violence and the slaughter of animals. The cult horror feature (which has been banned in many countries and continues to be banned in some) revolves around a rescue team venturing into the Amazon, discovering a lost film shot by a crew of documentaries. This documentary crew has visited the area to study its native communities, but are unprepared for the tribe’s unusual appetites. So controversial was cannibal holocaust this director Ruggero Deodato has been charged with murder, as many believed it to be a snuff film due to its found sequence structure. It’s a cruel piece of cinema, however, it’s incredibly important within cinematic canons and pop culture. Considered one of the earliest examples of found footage cinema, cannibal holocaust is, to this day, as controversial as you can imagine.
Available to stream on Amazon Prime
words of Jesse Parker
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