Archive of capsule reviews for top 50 films from UK streaming services

Lillian Crawford’s absolute favourite films on services such as Netflix and NOW might wind up here once they’ve left their original platform: simply click on the titles to find where to watch them now!

45 Years (2015)

Netflix UK has a fine selection of British films available, of which 45 Years, written and directed by Andrew Haigh, is one of the very best. Starring Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling as a couple undergoing a moment of crisis after four-and-a-half decades of marriage, it is a quietly devastating film about how even the person you are closest to can hide dark secrets.

20th Century Women (2016)

This 2016 drama from director Mike Mills is perfect summer viewing, set in sunny Southern California in 1979 and based on Mills’s own childhood. It’s a tribute to the women in his life, his formidable mother played by Annette Bening, a hapless photographer played by Greta Gerwig, and his best friend played by Elle Fanning. All three are magnetic to watch.

120 BPM (2017)

Premiering at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017 to great acclaim, 120 BPM is an epic and shattering film about the ACT UP movement in France during the 1990s. Directed by Robin Campillo and starring Nahuel Pérez Biscayart and Adèle Haenel, it’s worth searching through the Netflix catalog for this great queer gem.

The Age of Innocence (1993)

Netflix UK holds a plethora of Martin Scorsese movies in its library, but few could be more lavish than The Age of Innocence. Adapted from Edith Wharton’s classic novel about upper-class New York society, this exceptional film has an equally classic cast including Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Winona Ryder.

American Beauty (1999)

The directorial debut of Sam Mendes has been deemed increasingly controversial since release for its portrayal of an advertising executive’s infatuation with a teenage girl, not least because the former is played by Kevin Spacey. But with a stunning score by Thomas Newman and incredible performances from Annette Bening, Mena Suvari, and Thora Birch, it’s still an exceptional film.

Ammonite (2020)

The second feature from English filmmaker Francis Lee is a raw lesbian drama based on the life of palaeontologist Mary Anning, portrayed by Kate Winslet. She shares the screen with Saoirse Ronan as her lover, Charlotte Murchison, in this beautifully understated period piece set on the windswept coast of Lyme Regis.

An Angel At My Table (1990)

One of Jane Campion’s finest works, An Angel at My Table adapts three autobiographies by the New Zealand author Janet Frame. She is played by Alexia Keogh, Karen Fergusson, and Kerry Fox across Frame’s life, crafting an expansive triptych across an epic runtime originally conceived as a TV miniseries.

Benediction (2021)

The latest film from one of Britain’s best filmmakers, Terence Davies, reinvents the biopic to tell the story of World War One poet Siegfried Sassoon. The film features an astonishing performance from Jack Lowden in the lead role, as he navigates the trauma of conflict and his relationships with men.

Best Sellers (2021)

This delightful film pairs acting legend Michael Caine with Aubrey Plaza who delivers one of her finest performances as a young publisher attempting to uphold the legacy of her father’s publishing house after his death. She hunts down the elderly author Harris Shaw to convince him to let her publish his last book, leading to an unlikely friendship between the generations.

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Thirty-five years after the release of the original Blade Runner, director Denis Villeneuve created a truly astonishing sequel. Harrison Ford reprises his role as Rick Deckard, this time starring alongside Ryan Gosling as the mysterious Agent K and Ana de Armas as his AI lover. It’s quite a spectacle.

Bridesmaids (2011)

In 2011 Paul Feig shook up the American romcom when he directed Bridesmaids. Written by Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig, who stars in the lead role, the film changed the game for woman-led comedy and has influenced almost every film in the genre since. Still one of the funniest films out there.

Boiling Point (2021)

With a television series sequel also called Boiling Point in the works for the BBC, it’s worth watching the original film on Netflix. Adapted by Philip Barantini from a short film, the feature stars Stephen Graham as a chef in a restaurant kitchen alongside Vinette Robinson, Ray Panthaki, and Hannah Walters. Barantini uses a one-shot style to stay with the tension rising in the restaurant without ever looking aware, making for an uncomfortable but totally compelling experience.

Boyz N the Hood (1991)

Boyz N the Hood is a groundbreaking coming-of-age crime drama centering on the gang culture of South Central Los Angeles. It marked the directorial debut of director John Singleton, and features standout performances from Cuba Gooding Jr., Ice Cube, Laurence Fishburne, Regina King, and Angela Bassett.

Brooklyn (2015)

Adapted from the 2009 novel by Colm Tóibín by Nick Hornby, Brooklyn is a powerful tale of a young Irishwoman who emigrates to America during the 1950s in search of work. The film stars Saoirse Ronan, who was nominated for Best Actress at the Academy Awards, in one of the finest performances of her career.

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

One of the funniest films in the comedy horror subgenre, The Cabin in the Woods is the brilliant directorial debut of Drew Goddard which he co-wrote with Joss Whedon following collaborations on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. It’s hard to summarize without spoiling the jokes, but expect a deliciously dark spin on the slasher movie.

Cairo Station (1990)

Dive deep into the Netflix UK archive and you’ll find this hidden Egyptian classic from 1958 directed by Youssef Chahine and starring Farid Shawqi and Hind Rostom. There’s not a great selection of world cinema, or classic films, on the streaming service, but this Cairo-set crime drama is a standout.

Call Me By Your Name (2017)

Based on the 2007 novel Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman, this film from Italian director Luca Guadagnino has had a huge impact on queer cinema since its release in 2017. The film stars Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet as a pair of lovers in sumptuous Northern Italy, and will ensure that you’ll never look at a peach in the same way again.

Captain Phillips (2013)

Director Paul Greengrass knows that the most thrilling stories are ones that actually happened. For his 2013 film Captain Phillips, Greengrass restaged the events of the 2009 Maersk Alabama hijacking in which the ship, captained by Richard Phillips, was taken hostage by Somali Pirates. It features impressive performances from Tom Hanks and BAFTA-winning Barkhad Abdi as pirate leader Abduwali Muse. The thrills come from the unbearable tension between the two men, and the constant fear that one will finally snap.

The Card Counter (2021)

The follow-up to Paul Schrader’s thematically similar First Reformed is a gripping crime drama about a gambler dealing with an ethical crisis after an eight year term in military prison. The title character, William Tell, is magnificently played by Oscar Isaac at his most cooly elusive, appearing alongside Tiffany Haddish, Tye Sheridan, and Willem Dafoe.

Chicago (2002)

The last musical to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards, Chicago is a spectacular adaptation of the classic stage musical by John Kander and Fred Ebb. It stars Renée Zellweger as Roxie Hart and Catherine Zeta-Jones as Velma Kelly, the two smoking hot murderesses aided in their evasion of justice by the fast-talking lawyer Billy Flynn, played by Richard Gere.

Chicken Run (2000)

Netflix has been a champion of stop-motion animation in recent years, although one of the finest examples in their library is Aardman’s Chicken Run. Featuring the voices of Julia Sawalha and Mel Gibson, the film remains an endlessly quotable favorite of children and adults alike.

David Byrne’s American Utopia (2020)

Following in the footsteps of the great Talking Heads concert movie Stop Making Sense directed by Jonathan Demme, Spike Lee directed this breathtaking recording of David Byrne’s musical show, American Utopia. The concert includes a selection of later songs from the album of the same title, as well as a host of classic favourites.

Drive (2011)

Featuring what might be Ryan Gosling’s greatest performance, Drive is a heart-stopping thriller from director Nicolas Winding Refn. It follows Gosling as an unnamed Hollywood stunt driver who becomes involved in mob crime, and features a remarkable supporting cast including Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, and Oscar Isaac.

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019)

The Fast Saga continues to become faster and, well, furiouser with each instalment, reaching its peak with this spin-off movie focusing on side characters Luke Hobbs, played by Dwayne Johnson, and Deckard Shaw, played by Jason Statham. Stealing the show however is Vanessa Kirby, whose MI6-agent sister of Deckard adds some much-needed glamour to the franchise, as well as some staggering fight sequences.

The Hours (2002)

Based on Michael Cunningham’s 1999 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Hours is an incredibly special film weaving together the stories of three women across the twentieth century. At its heart is Virginia Woolf, played by Nicole Kidman, whose novel Mrs Dalloway has profound effects on characters played by Julianne Moore and Meryl Streep. It also features one of the best scores ever by Philip Glass.

Howards End (1992)

Few filmmaking teams created better literary adaptations than James Ivory, Ismail Merchant, and Ruth Prawar Jhabvala. Howards End, based on the classic novel by E.M. Forster is one of their finest, featuring wonderful performances by Emma Thompson, Helena Bonham Carter, and Anthony Hopkins.

Hugo (2012)

A family-friendly outlier in Martin Scorsese’s career, Hugo is a beautiful adaptation of the children’s book by Brian Selznick. The film stars Asa Butterfield and Chloë Grace Moretz as two children in a Paris train station who stumble upon the great pioneer of cinema, Georges Méliès, played by Ben Kingsley.

If…. (1968)

The collection of British films on NOW UK is excellent, and Lindsay Anderson’s 1968 satire is one of the finest available. The film stars Malcolm McDowell as a troublesome student at a boys’ boarding school who stages a violent revolt against the dons. Incredibly controversial upon release, it won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)

Taking the Ancient Greek play Iphigenia in Aulis by Euripides as its basis, this second English-language film from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos after The Lobster is a heartstopping thriller. Starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, and Barry Keoghan, it’s certainly not a film for the faint of heart.

Kramer Vs. Kramer (1979)

Adapted from Avery Corman’s 1977 novel by director Robert Benton, this American legal drama is really a showcase for the acting talents of its two leads: Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep. It tells the story of a couple’s divorce and its impact on their young son, allowing for reflection on the nature of parenting and post-marital life. The film won five Oscars, including Best Picture and acting awards for Hoffman and Streep.

Last Night in Soho (2020)

The final film to star both Diana Rigg and Margaret Nolan, Last Night in Soho is a rather different turn for British director Edgar Wright. The film is a psychological horror set in London, crossing between the present day and the 1960s, with Thomasin McKenzie and Anya Taylor-Joy in the lead roles.

Little Voice (1998)

This film based on Jim Cartwright’s 1992 play The Rise and Fall of Little Voice is an underseen gem. It stars Jane Horrocks as a young woman still living with her mother, played by Brenda Blethyn, with a deep love of her father’s classic record collection which she imitates to perfection in a show-stopping musical sequence.

Little Women (1994)

The 1994 adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic children’s novel remains, to many, the defining version. Directed by Gillian Armstrong, the film stars Winona Ryder as Jo March and features a standout turn from Kirsten Dunst as the young Amy March. An utterly delightful way to spend a Christmassy afternoon.

Love and Friendship (2016)

Following his ‘Yuppie’ trilogy and 2011 Great Gerwig-led comedy Damsels in Distress, director Whit Stillman made one of the finest adaptations of Jane Austen’s works. The film stars Kate Beckinsale as the recently widowed Lady Susan in her attempts to secure wealthy husbands for her daughter and herself. Co-starring Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Emma Greenwell, and Stephen Fry, the film is an elegant and beautiful recreation of Austen’s England, paired perfectly with Stillman’s scintillating dialogue.

The Lure (2015)

Quite possibly the weirdest film available on Netflix UK, The Lure is a Polish mermaid horror musical beautifully directed by Agnieszka Smoczyńska. Very loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Little Mermaid’, the film takes the Undine premise to tell the story of burgeoning womanhood and sexuality.

The Metamorphosis of Birds (2020)

Very much an outlier from the rest of the Netflix UK catalog, The Metamorphosis of Birds is best described as an experimental documentary from Portuguese visual artist Catarina Vasconcelos. It serves as a love letter to her family, and picked up a smattering of international film festival awards.

Midnight Express (1978)

One of the great prison dramas, Midnight Express is a harrowing depiction of a young American student attempting to escape from a Turkish prison. Based on the memoir by Billy Hayes, played in the film by Brad Davis, the film features a stunning score by Giorgio Moroder and a remarkable supporting performance from John Hurt.

Minari (2020)

Directed by Lee Isaac Chung, Minari is a beautiful film based on his own upbringing as part of a family of South Korean immigrants attempting to adapt to life in rural America in the 1980s. The film stars Steven Yeun, and features a Best Supporting Actress-winning turn from Young Yuh-jung that is not to be missed.

Miss Americana (2020)

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The essential film for any Swiftie (that is, a fan of one Taylor Alison Swift), Miss Americana is a powerful documentary in which its subject talks freely about the impact of international stardom on her life. Directed by Lana Wilson, it’s a rare insight offered by a pop star apparently at the top of her game to the outside world.

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)

All of the Mission: Impossible films are available on NOW, but the fifth entry might be the best. Starring Tom Cruise as the endlessly daring Ethan Hunt, the Impossible Missions Force must take on their biggest challenge yet in black ops terrorist group The Syndicate. The film peaks during a centrepiece sequence at the Vienna State Opera during a production of Turandot which brilliantly combines opera with action choreography.

Not Another Teen Movie (2001)

The parody film genre can be more miss than hit, but Not Another Teen Movie is one of the more enjoyable examples. Directed by Joel Gallen, the film pokes fun at every teen romantic drama from She’s All That to 10 Things I Hate About You, Pretty in Pink, and Grease.

Official Competition (2022)

This delightful Spanish-language comedy brings together Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, and Oscar Martínez for a hilarious examination of highbrow art and cinema. Cruz plays a director attempting to wrangle her two male stars to create a film sponsored by an ageing multi-millionaire who is fearful for his legacy upon his 80th birthday. Directed by Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohn, it’s a brilliantly black and provocative film.

Old (2021)

Often maligned, director M. Night Shyamalan should be embraced for his campy horror thrillers, and Old is no exception. With the delightfully absurd premise that a group of holidaymakers are rapidly aging on a beach they’ve stumbled upon, the film features terrific performances from a cast including Gael García Bernal and Vicky Krieps.

Ordet (1955)

There aren’t many films ranked in Sight & Sound’s “Greatest Films of All Time” on Netflix UK, but this Danish classic which placed 48th in the 2022 poll is. Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer, best known for The Passion of Joan of Arc, Ordet is an astonishing religious drama about a Lutheran priest beautifully played by Henrik Malberg.

Panic Room (2002)

David Fincher’s 2002 film Panic Room is one of his greatest and most suspenseful works, set largely within the title chamber where a mother and daughter played by Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart hide from a group of burglars who invade their home, played by Forest Whitaker, Jared Leto, and Dwight Yoakam. You might need your own safe space after watching this one.

Pan’s Labyrinth (2007)

The great Mexican director Guillermo del Toro knows how to tap into his audience’s nightmares, and his 2006 feature Pan’s Labyrinth is one of his best-loved fantasy horrors. Set in Spain in 1944, the impact of the Spanish Civil War is deeply felt in the beautifully horrible images that del Toro conjures on screen.

Paper Moon (1973)

There are some all-time greats in NOW’s “Classics” section, including this road movie by the great American director Peter Bogdanovich. Led by the endlessly charming Ryan O’Neal, he stars alongside his daughter Tatum O’Neal who gives perhaps the best child performance ever as they traverse Kansas and Missouri during the Great Depression.

Pig (2021)

Nicolas Cage puts in one of his greatest performances in this film directed by Michael Samoski as a truffle-hunter whose foraging pig is kidnapped from his forest hut. His quest to recover her takes him into the underbelly of the high-end restaurant industry that buys his finds, revealing dark secrets along the way before building to an emotionally devastating conclusion.

Pitch Perfect (2012)

With two sequels almost as funny as this one, Pitch Perfect lives up to its title. Directed by Jason Moore and written by Kay Cannon, the comedy features a plethora of American comedy stars including Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and Brittany Snow as the acapella group, the Barden Bellas.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

Set in late 18th-century France, director Céline Sciamma reached the height of her powers with this completely overwhelming lesbian drama. Starring Adèle Haenel and Noémie Merlant, the film explores the way gay women look at each other, and such desires when they were very much forbidden. Already a queer classic.

Pride & Prejudice (2005)

Joe Wright’s 2005 adaptation of Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen might not be as faithful as the 1995 BBC series, but it remains a sparkling cinematic vision of Austen’s world. Starring Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennett and Matthew Macfadyen as her Mr Darcy, the film brings to life the greatest of British romances.

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

With Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny released in 2023, there’s no better time to work through the complete series of films available on NOW UK. The first, Raiders of the Lost Ark, remains the greatest in the series and one of Spielberg’s most exciting cinematic adventures.

The Remains of the Day (1993)

The heritage films of James Ivory and Ismail Merchant exist in an elite category of literary adaptations all of their own, penned by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. Kazuo Ishiguro’s finest novel, The Remains of the Day, is brought perfectly to life in this film version, with two astonishing performances from Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson.

Roman Holiday (1953)

There are several films starring Audrey Hepburn available on NOW, and they are all magnificent—if only by virtue of the fact that she is in them. Hepburn won Best Actress at the Academy Awards for her turn in this scintillating picture directed by William Wyler and co-starring the ridiculously handsome Gregory Peck.

Sabrina (1954)

Perhaps Audrey Hepburn’s finest role, Sabrina sees her caught between two utterly irresistible suitors played by William Holden and Humphrey Bogart. It marked the end of Billy Wilder’s working relationship with Paramount, and certainly goes out with a bang. The 1995 remake starring Harrison Ford and Julia Ormond is also worth seeking out.

Selma (2014)

This 2014 biographical drama written by Paul Webb and directed by Ava DuVernay is an emotional look at the Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches of 1965. David Oyelowo gives a remarkable performance as Martin Luther King Jr., and the film picked up accolades for the song “Glory,” a protest anthem about the 2014 Ferguson protests, by Common and John Legend.

Sense and Sensibility (1995)

In the wake of hit series Bridgerton, Netflix UK has acquired a number of great costume dramas to watch alongside the show. Ang Lee’s Sense and Sensibility, with a screenplay adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel penned by Emma Thompson, is undoubtedly one of the finest of them all.

She’s Gotta Have It (1986)

Spike Lee’s 1986 black-and-white comedy made its way onto Netflix UK in 2017 when Lee adapted the film into a television series for the streaming service. Made on a small budget as Lee’s first directorial feature, the film continues to prove controversial but it’s an essential work in the career of one of the greatest directors.

Shirley (2022)

Shirley is director Josephine Decker’s excellent follow-up to 2018’s Madeline’s Madeline, developing further the exploration of mental health which runs through her films. This film tells a semi-fictional story of novelist Shirley Jackson, based on a 2014 novel by Susan Scarf Merrell, set during the writing process for Jackson’s 1951 novel Hangsaman. Elisabeth Moss is compelling in the lead role, alongside terrific performances from Michael Stuhlbarg and Odessa Young.

Snowpiercer (2013)

Before Parasite made South Korean director Bong Joon-ho a household name, Snowpiercer struggled to make its way to Western cinemas for years. Now widely available to stream, the film is an epic exploration of class divide set onboard a huge train, with an equally huge cast including Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, and Tilda Swinton.

Sunset Boulevard (1950)

Few films have held a more perfect mirror up to Hollywood than this 1950 masterpiece directed by Billy Wilder. Sunset Boulevard stars William Holden as a struggling screenwriter who becomes caught in the clutches of the silent film star Norma Desmond, played by Gloria Swanson, who gives an extraordinary performance.

Super 8 (2011)

J.J. Abrams’s 2011 science-fiction thriller is first-and-foremost an homage to the Super 8 movie camera on which many of Hollywood’s greatest directors started making movies. The film stars Joel Courtney and Elle Fanning among a group of teenagers in 1979 who get caught up in an alien invasion, leading to some extraordinary adventures.

Taxi Driver (1976)

Penned by Paul Schrader, Taxi Driver is one of Martin Scorsese’s more incisive looks at American class and toxic masculinity. The film features a magnetic lead performance from Robert De Niro as Vietnam veteran Travis Bickle as he moves through New York City at night. It also features the final score by Bernard Herrmann, an all-time great.

There Will Be Blood (2008)

Director Paul Thomas Anderson’s first collaboration with actor Daniel Day-Lewis is an epic and brooding adaptation of Upton Sinclair’s 1927 novel Oil!. While Day-Lewis took the Oscar for Best Actor, it is his co-star Paul Dano who gives the most mesmerising performance as a priest attempting to reckon with the oilman upturning his way of life in Southern California. The film also features one of Jonny Greenwood’s first scores, a haunting soundscape which makes the film’s tension utterly unbearable.

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

The writer Patricia Highsmith wrote some of the most riveting novels of the twentieth century, not least her series of books about the elusive Tom Ripley. This film adaptation directed by Anthony Minghella brings Highsmith’s characters to life through captivating performances from Matt Damon and Jude Law, alongside Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

To Catch a Thief (1955)

Few actresses have quite shone on screen like Grace Kelly, and To Catch a Thief is one of her finest performances. The plot is a fairly simple romantic thriller set on the French Riviera, brilliantly directed by Alfred Hitchcock, but it’s Kelly starring opposite the equally captivating Cary Grant which elevates the film to a higher status.

The Truman Show (1998)

While this might look like a regular 1990s Jim Carrey comedy, The Truman Show is infinitely more complex and interesting than most other films in the actor’s filmography. Directed by Peter Weir, the film imagines Truman Burbank as the central character in a huge reality television programme, directed by a God-like figure played by Ed Harris. As Truman discovers the nature of his existence, it leads to an existential crisis that questions the very nature of our free will.

Twilight (2008)

The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer has defined the personalities of an entire generation, especially in the series of film adaptations. While all of the franchise is available to stream on NOW, Twilight is excellently directed by Catherine Hardwicke and features the most compelling performances from Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.

Up In The Air (2009)

This comedy from Jason Reitman is a surprisingly beautiful treat. George Clooney is as suave as ever as a corporate “downsizer” tasked with travelling to offices to let people know that they are being made redundant. His co-stars Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick are equally charming, and transform the film’s simple premise into a beautiful and entertaining drama.

Velvet Goldmine (1998)

Directed by Todd Haynes, Velvet Goldmine has become a queer classic since its release in 1998. The musical drama follows fictional bisexual glam-rockstar Brian Slade, played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers, as he fakes his own death. The film has a glittering cast, including Ewan McGregor, Christian Bale, and Toni Collette.

Watership Down (1978)

Without doubt the best animated film available on NOW, Watership Down is a perfect adaptation of Richard Adams’s great, sprawling novel. Following a group of rabbits as they migrate from one warren to another after the seer Fiver has an apocalyptic vision, the film features a remarkable voice cast including John Hurt and Richard Briers.

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)

Based on the 2003 novel by Lionel Shriver, We Need to Talk About Kevin is a terrifying film from Scottish director Lynne Ramsay. It stars Tilda Swinton and John C. Reilly as the parents of a deeply troubled teenager, played by Ezra Miller, who goes on to commit some truly unspeakable acts of violence.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

With prequel film Wonka starring Timothée Chalamet on the way, it’s worth revisiting this family classic directed by Mel Stuart adapted from Roald Dahl’s children’s book. Gene Wilder created a rather sinister Willy Wonka in the leading role, with plenty of nightmarish sequences in the film, although his charm shines through, particularly in the memorable songs from the soundtrack.

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

The epitome of the label “classic”, The Wizard of Oz is an essential watch for everyone at every age. The film is based on L. Frank Baum’s children’s novel and stars Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale, one of the most iconic film characters of all-time. The film remains a Technicolor treat, and deserves to be rewatched again and again.

The World To Come (2021)

NOW isn’t the best streaming service for queer cinema, but The World to Come is a standout. Directed by Mona Fastvold and based on the story by Jim Shepard, the film follows two neighbouring couples in mid-19th century America with Katherine Waterston and Vanessa Kirby giving delightfully sapphic performances in the lead roles.

Zola (2020)

Perhaps the only film that will be based on a viral Twitter thread, Zola follows the true story of two women who travel to Tampa, Florida in search of money. Directed by Janicza Bravo and with a mesmerizing score by Mica Levi, the film stars Taylour Paige and Riley Keough in this bizarre story.