Want to know what to watch? On a weekend that is likely to be dominated by full coverage of the Glastonbury Music Festival, there are still some new additions to the online and terrestrial program to get really excited about.
In addition to the streaming debut of Doctor Strange 2both Disney and the BBC are taking advantage of the impending start of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships to show not one, but two tennis biopics.
while the excellent Battle of the Sexes (2017) will be streamed on Disney+, you can catch Borg McEnroe (2017) on BBC 2 on Saturday 25 at 10:30 pm (later on BBC iPlayer).
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Elsewhere, Netflix has a new Kevin Hart action comedy titled The Toronto Man which also stars Woody Harrelson and Kaley Cuoco. Meanwhile, last year’s disappointing installment in the IT SAW saga, Spiral: From the Serra Bookwill also make its Netflix debut alongside Jon Stewart’s political drama comedy, Irresistible (2020) starring Steve Carell.
These are our picks for the best movies to stream in the UK this weekend.
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Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness (2022) – Disney+ (pick of the week)
Sam Raimi (army of darkness, Spider man) makes a triumphant return to the world of Marvel in this decidedly wacky second installment of the series. Doctor Strange saga, which is streaming in IMAX and 4K on Disney+ now.
Reprising his role as the enigmatic Stephen Strange, Benedict Cumberbatch (the imitation game, the power of the dog) is joined by Elizabeth Olsen (WandaVision), MCU favorite Benedict Wong and newcomer Xochitl Gomez. Meanwhile, Rachel McAdams, Hayley Atwell and Chiwetel Ejiofor also appeared.
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A few months after the events of Spider-Man: No Way Homand (2021), Strange (Cumberbatch) finds himself fighting a powerful new adversary. Befriending America (Xochitl Gomez), a gifted teenager with the magical ability to open portals into parallel worlds, Strange must find a way to stop his troubled friend Wanda Maximoff/(Olsen) from altering the fate of the universe forever.
Raimi delivers an engaging, fast-paced, and decidedly fun second cinematic outing for one of Stan Lee’s most beloved comic book characters. The acclaimed director has given us an interpretation that is, perhaps unsurprisingly, often a stranger bloody horror than the usual superhero fodder we’ve come to expect from the MCU.
Elevated by some fantastic performances, courtesy of Cumberbatch, Chavez and Olsen, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness remains one of the most unconventional films in the franchise, and undeniably the most easily enjoyable.
Another new feature on Disney+: Trevor The Musical (2022), battle of the sexes (2017), hot tub time machine (2010), Meet Dave (2008)
Borg vs McEnroe (2017) – BBC iPlayer (from 25 June)
In the summer of 1980, one of the greatest tennis matches in the history of the sport took place when two of the most talented players met in the men’s Wimbledon final. Inside Borg vs McEnroedirector Janus Metz brings the story of the two men to life in this beautifully crafted biopic starring Shia LaBeouf and Sverrir Gudnason.
LaBeouf is John McEnroe, a young American tennis star who, after a great season, arrives at Wimbledon with one mission in mind: to dethrone the unbeatable Björn Borg (Gudnason). Scorned by the Wimbledon crowd and its empires, McEnroe spits, drops F-bombs and even berates the audience for booing him.
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After winning every tournament on the circuit, Borg (Gudnason), on the other hand, is feeling overwhelmed by fame and success. As their impending nuptials approach, a stressful losing streak has resulted in a generally cold and carefree player’s deep depressive state.
Watch the trailer for Borg vs McEnroe
Metz deftly uses flashbacks to delve into the players’ formative years as teenage tennis champions in an attempt to understand what motivates them. Borg is introduced to us as the silently brooding ice king, superstitious to the point of pathology, and obsessed with order. Beside him, McEnroe’s brash, chaotic antics stick out like a sore thumb, while managing to complement his adversary’s more zen demeanor.
While presenting Borg as the more sympathetic figure of the two, Metz and screenwriter Ronnie Sandahl present a brilliantly complex character study of John McEnroe, a man initially dismissed by most as a sore loser, who would go on to become one of the sport’s most popular figures. .
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Shia LaBeouf is phenomenal in a role he was clearly born to play. Capturing McEnroe’s essence throughout, LaBeouf gives it all he can and then some. Meanwhile, Borg’s understated and compelling portrayal of Sverrir Gudnason elevates this biopic, albeit a smaller one, beyond its initial premise.
Also on BBC iPlayer: Casablanca (1942), kick ass 2 (2013)
The survivor (2021) – NOW with a Sky Cinema subscription (from June 26)
Inside The survivor, rain man director Barry Levinson tells the real-life story of Harry Haft, an Auschwitz concentration camp survivor turned boxer. Based on a biography written by Haft’s own son Alan Scott Haft, it stars Ben Foster (Kill their loved ones, leave no traces) as Haft and Billy Magnussen (inside the forest, No Time to Die) as the SS officer who forced him to fight other camp prisoners to stay alive.
Vicki Krieps (Ghost Topic, Bergman Island), Dar Zuzovsky (hostages), Peter Sarsgaard (night movements, jackie) and Danny DeVito also star.
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New York, 1950s. Jewish boxer Harry gained fame on the circuit as the famous survivor of Auschwitz. But despite his talent, Harry has only one wish in life, and that is to be reunited with his first love, Leah (Zuzovsky), who is now believed to have died in the fields.
Having exhausted all avenues in his quest, Harry reluctantly agrees to an interview with thought-provoking journalist Emory Anderson (Sarsgaard) in hopes that Leah can read it.
While not exactly impressive in its originality, there’s a big story here to be told and Foster delivers a strong, beautifully understated performance. Krieps is also fantastic as Miriam, Harry’s long-suffering wife, but ultimately it’s Magnussen who delivers the best performance of his career here, stealing every scene in the process.
Also new on NOW: Clifford the big red dog (2021), King Richard (2021), Louis Wain’s Electric Life (2021)
Watch a trailer for King Richard below