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Celluloid Streams: Action, Indies and Star-Studded Casts

As the country stumbles into the school holidays, we have a selection of films which are streaming now to try and take your mind off it.

Short Term 12 (15) – Prime/iPlayer

With a cast including Brie Larson, Rami Malek, Kaitlyn Dever and Lakeith Stanfield, Destin Daniel Cretton’s drama about people living and working in a group home for teenagers was always likely to be good. However, it turned out to be one of the best films of the decade.

The Straight Story (U) – All4

David Lynch has made his reputation by dabbling in the bizarre and the unusual. From TV to film, his work has achieved cult status around the world and has often left audiences slightly baffled. In 1999 he shocked everyone by releasing the biographical story of an aging man who travels across America on a tractor to see his ill brother.

The Last Picture Show (15) – NOW TV

Peter Bogdanovich’s masterpiece was nominated for eight Academy Awards and remains an absolute masterpiece. Set in a small dying Texas town in the early 1950s, and shot in black and white, it follows two young friends facing up to adult life.

Zero Charisma (15) – Prime

The South by Southwest audience favourite focuses on a nerdy middle-aged Games Master whose power comes under threat with the arrival of a hipster geek. Andrew Matthews and Katie Graham’s film trawls the world of Dungeons and Dragons for laughs.

Mission Impossible: Fallout (12) – Netflix

While the Bond franchise seems to increasingly sink under its own weight, Mission Impossible just goes from strength to strength. Indeed, the 2018 edition is arguably the strongest film in the series, so far.

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