Following on from last week’s post of some suggestions of film and TV shows to watch while you’re stuck at home, I thought I’d recommend some films that you might never have seen before and are free to watch on Netflix and Amazon Prime.
As always, these are my choices, so you’re not likely yo see many horror films here, but there may be a few that will pique your interest,
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I’m not sure it’s possible to say the best film of the year is released in cinemas on January 1st, but Jojo Rabbit is going to feature on many Best of 2020 lists.
The new film from writer/director Taika Waititi is almost perfect in every way: incredibly funny, touching, heartbreaking and really well acted.
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Little Women is the tale of the four March sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy and their journey from youngish girls in to young women.
This new film version, adapted and directed by Greta Gerwig, is the most modern, feminist take on Louise M Alcott’s beloved tale yet.
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One of the great things about films is watching actors act.
That probably sounds strange – of course actors act. But quite often these days actors are working against a green screen, battling super-villains or heading in to space. Don’t get me wrong, I love those films too, but sometimes it’s nice to see actors who are just acting, showing what they can do on screen in a film without loads of special effects and noise.
That is exactly what Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville do in Ordinary Love, the tale of a middle-aged couple dealing with a life-changing issue.
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Andy Murray: Resurfacing, released by Amazon Prime in 200 countries and territories around the world, offers viewers a glimpse behind the scenes of how a man at the top of his game was brought to rock bottom by injury. And how he slowly climbed back up that mountain when it looked like he might never play again.
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You would think re-teaming Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones in a film co-written by Jack Thorne would guaranteed box office success. Alas, not.
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Western Stars is a dreamy, toe-tapping, reflective film celebrating Bruce Springsteen’s album of the same name.
The majority of the film is taken up with Springsteen and his band performing the album live in a barn on his property in New Jersey. In between songs, Springsteen ruminates on life, love, the past and the future.
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If you were a music fan in the 1990s you couldn’t miss Aussie rock band INXS, and in particular the band’s frontman Michael Hutchence.
He was the charismatic frontman whose life became tabloid folder, and his suicide in November 1997 shocked the music world.
New documentary Mystify: Michael Hutchence looks at what drove Hutchence, at heart quite a shy young man, into becoming a global superstar, and attempts to offer some answers as to why he decided to take his own life.
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The Crawley family and those who work for them debut on the big screen in Downton Abbey, based on the ITV Sunday night series.
Set in a couple of years after the series ended, the inhabitants of Downton are all a flutter with the news the King and Queen are to visit the house during a tour of Yorkshire.
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On this week’s That’s A Wrap podcast with me and Angie Greaves we’re discussing a Beyonce symposium being held by the British Film Institute.
Plus. is Bey getting back together with Kelly and Michelle for a Destiny’s Child reunion? Joan Collins returns to the big screen, what links British actor Toby Jones to Justin Timberlake and my thoughts on Marvel’s latest, Doctor Strange.
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