Wondering what to see? In a weekend likely to be dominated by extensive coverage of the Glastonbury Music Festival, there are still some new additions to online and terrestrial programming to really look forward to.
In addition to the streaming debut of Doctor Strange 2Both Disney and the BBC are using the upcoming start of the Wimbledon Tennis Championship to show two tennis biopics at the same time.
While the excellent battle of the sexes (2017) is streaming on Disney+, you can catch it Borg McEnroe (2017) on BBC 2 on Saturday 25th at 22:30 (later on BBC iPlayer).
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Elsewhere, Netflix has a new action comedy titled Kevin Hart The man from Toronto also starring Woody Harrelson and Kaley Cuoco. Meanwhile, last year’s disappointing rate is in the SEEN Saga, Spiral: From the Book of the Sawwill also make its Netflix debut alongside Jon Stewart’s political drama-comedy. Irresistible (2020) starring Steve Carell.
These are our picks for the best films 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, Spiderman) triumphantly returns to the world of Marvel in this downright zany second installment in the series Doctor Strange Saga streaming now in IMAX and 4K on Disney+.
In his role as the enigmatic Stephen Strange, Benedict Cumberbatch (The imitation game, The power of the dog) is by Elizabeth Olsen (WandaVision), MCU favorite Benedict Wong and newcomer Xochitl Gomez. Meanwhile, Rachel McAdams, Hayley Atwell and Chiwetel Ejiofor also performed.
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A few months after the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021), Strange (Cumberbatch) finds himself battling a new and powerful foe. Strange befriends America (Xochitl Gomez), a gifted teenager with the magical ability to open portals to parallel worlds, and must find a way to stop his troubled girlfriend Wanda Maximoff/ (Olsen) from changing the fate of the universe forever change.
Raimi delivers an engaging, fast-paced, and decidedly playful second cinematic appearance for one of Stan Lee’s most beloved comic book characters. The acclaimed director has given us an interpretation that, perhaps unsurprisingly, is often weirder, gory horror than the usual superhero fodder we’ve come to expect from the MCU.
Fueled by some great performances from Cumberbatch, Chavez and Olsen, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness remains one of the most unconventional films in the franchise and arguably the most likable.
Also new on Disney+: Trevor The Musical (2022), battle of the sexes (2017), Whirlpool time machine (2010), Meet Dave (2008)
Borg versus 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 successful players met in the men’s final at Wimbledon. in the Borg versus 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 vocal young American tennis ace who arrives at Wimbledon after a great season with a mission to dethrone the unbeatable Bjorn Borg (Gudnason). Despised by the crowd at Wimbledon and its empires alike, McEnroe spits, drops F-Bombs and even berates the crowd for booing him.
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On the other hand, after winning every tournament on the circuit, Borg (Gudnason) feels overwhelmed by fame and success. As his impending marriage nears, a stressful losing streak has left the normally cool and unperturbed player in a deep depressed state.
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Metz cleverly uses flashbacks to delve into the players’ formative years as teenage tennis champions to understand what drives them. Borg is presented to us as a quietly pensive Ice King, superstitious to the point of pathology and obsessed with order. Beside him, McEnroe’s brash and shambolic antics stick out like a sore thumb, all the while managing to complement his opponent’s more zen demeanor.
Although Borg is portrayed as the more likable of the two, Metz and screenwriter Ronnie Sandahl deliver a brilliantly complex character study of John McEnroe, a man who was initially dismissed by most as a poor loser who would eventually become one of the sport’s most beloved characters should.
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Shia LaBeouf is phenomenal in a role he was clearly born to play. LaBeouf consistently captures the essence of McEnroe, giving everything he can and then some. Meanwhile, Sverrir Gudnason’s understated but compelling portrayal of Borg elevates this, if insignificant, biopic beyond its original premise.
Also on BBC iPlayer: Casablanca (1942), kick ass 2 (2013)
The survivor (2021) – NOW with a Sky Cinema membership (from June 26th)
in the The survivor, rainman Director Barry Levinson tells the true 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, Ben Foster (Kill your Darlings, Leave no trace) as Haft and Billy Magnussen (In the forest, no time to die) as the SS officer who forced him to fight fellow prisoners to stay alive.
Vicki Krieps (phantom thread, Bergman Island), Dar Zuzovsky (hostages), Peter Sarsgard (night movements, jackie) and Danny DeVito also star.
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New York, 1950s. Jewish boxer Harry made his mark on the racetrack as a famous Auschwitz survivor. But despite his talent, Harry only has one wish in life, and that is to be reunited with his first love, Leah (Zuzovsky), who is now believed to have perished in the camps.
After exhausting all avenues in his quest, Harry reluctantly agrees to an interview with riotous journalist Emory Anderson (Sarsgaard) in hopes that Leah might read it.
While it’s not exactly earth-shattering in its originality, there’s a great story to be told here, and Foster gives a strong and beautifully understated performance. Krieps is also fantastic as Miriam, Harry’s ailing wife, but ultimately it’s Magnussen who gives the best performance of his career here, stealing every single scene.
Also new at NOW: Clifford the big red dog (2021), King Richard (2021), The Electric Life of Louis Wain (2021)
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