Best films to stream this week: 9 Jun

The Killing of Two Lovers

Our weekly guide to the best films available on home entertainment platforms

The future finally seems to be looking brighter but, with plans still feeling precarious and our viewing habits perhaps permanently changed, we'll keep casting our expert eye over the newly arrived films on TV and streaming services each week, bringing you the cream of the current movie crop. Let us do the decision-making for you, and then just sit back and enjoy.

The Killing of Two Lovers ★★★★☆

The director of God Bless the Child, Robert Machoian, is behind this tense examination of a desperate man in a dangerous state of limbo, whose potential for violence is laid out starkly at the outset. Clayne Crawford (TV's Lethal Weapon) plays David, who is separated from his wife Nikki (Sepideh Moafi). Though they are moving towards reconciliation, David finds himself angered and humiliated by her relationship with another man (Chris Coy's Derek). This artfully helmed film features powerful framing and an unsettling and unconventional score, while Crawford makes for a mesmerising lead.
Watch on Curzon Home Cinema.

Surge ★★★☆☆

Here's another chance to check out the impressive feature debut of BAFTA-nominated filmmaker Aneil Karia, following its recent cinematic run. This pacey little thriller is propelled by an intense performance from the superb Ben Whishaw, playing a man who has grown sick of existing in the shadows and who starts to give in to his often quite transgressive urges. Set in London, it sees Whishaw's Joseph get up to all sorts of bother – throwing caution to the wind romantically, causing a stir at a stranger's wedding, and worse – in a frantic film that embraces and emulates the hustle bustle of the big city.
Watch on BFI Player.

The Hurt Locker ★★★★☆

It's astonishing that Nomadland's Chloé Zhao was only the second woman to take home the Best Director Oscar, following her win at this year's ceremony. The first was, of course, Kathryn Bigelow, who won for her work on 2008's The Hurt Locker, which is currently available to stream on iPlayer. If you haven't seen it, it's an absolute must and even merits revisiting if you have; this horrifyingly tense military nail-biter is where Marvel's Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie made early impressions, while it also features Guy Pearce, David Morse and Ralph Fiennes in support.
Watch on BBC iPlayer.

The New Mutants ★★★☆☆

Josh Boone's long-awaited take on the X-Men comic book spin-off disappointed many when it finally hit cinemas last year, but we felt there was at least plenty of promise in its teens-in-peril / asylum-based take on superhero subject matter, even if it wasn't anywhere near scary enough. It's worth taking a chance on if you're a fan of such films, not least for the well-selected cast, which includes Maisie Williams, Stranger Things' Charlie Heaton, Brazilian star Alice Braga, and the always superb Anya Taylor-Joy (The Queen's Gambit, Emma.).
Watch on Sky Cinema.

mother! ★★☆☆☆

Our original reviewer wasn't one of them but this film from the always-interesting Darren Aronofsky had its fans, and with its transgressive, spiralling and outlandish antics and dream logic it was always going to provoke strong opinions. Apparently written in just five days and intended as a 'psychological freak-out', it's the story of an acclaimed poet (Javier Bardem) and his young muse (Jennifer Lawrence) who take in two troublesome strangers (Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer); that's just the beginning of a series of very odd and unfortunate events.
Watch on Amazon Prime Video.

The Hurt Locker

  • 4 stars
  • 2008
  • US
  • 2h 10min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow
  • Written by: Mark Boal
  • Cast: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Christian Camargo, Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse, Guy Pearce

Based on the accounts of a freelance writer who was embedded in Iraq, 'The Hurt Locker' presents an excoriating vision of the war as seen through the eyes of one particularly wired member of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit (EOD). Bigelow creates an unromantic vision of modern warfare, which is both, muscular and…

mother!

  • 2 stars
  • 2017
  • US
  • 1h 55min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Darren Aronofsky
  • Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris
  • UK release: 15 September 2017

The wife (Lawrence) of a poet (Bardem) live in a vast house in the middle of nowhere, until their life is interrupted by a surgeon (Harris), his wife (Pfeiffer) and their violent sons. Lawrence is astonishing, but other than that it’s an infuriating exercise in noisy style over substance.

The New Mutants

  • 3 stars
  • 2020
  • US
  • 1h 34min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Josh Boone
  • Cast: Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga, Blu Hunt, Henry Zaga
  • UK release: 4 September 2020

The X-Men story comes to a close with this tale of young mutants.

Surge

  • 3 stars
  • 2020
  • UK
  • 1h 45min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Aneil Karia
  • Written by: Rupert Jones, Rita Kalnejais, Aneil Karia
  • Cast: Ben Whishaw, Ellie Haddington, Ian Gelder, Jasmine Jobson

Joseph (Ben Wishaw) lives a quiet, modest life in London. A few strange incidents occur, and he finally boils over, setting off on a chaotic, frenzied journey of self-liberation.

The Killing of Two Lovers

  • 4 stars
  • 2020
  • US
  • 1h 25min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Robert Machoian
  • Written by: Robert Machoian
  • Cast: Arri Graham, Avery Pizzuto, Barbara Whinnery, Bruce Graham, Chris Coy, Clayne Crawford, Ezra Graham, Jonah Graham, Noah Kershisnik, Sepideh Moafi
  • UK release: 4 June 2021

In an attempt to save their family, a couple with four children decide to open their marriage. While they agree to see other people, David (Clayne Crawford) struggles to come to terms with Nikki's (Sepideh Moafi) new partner, Derek (Chris Coy).