April Movies To Stream

Richard Jewell (Warner Bros.)

Clint Eastwood’s latest took a battering when it was released in cinemas (remember those?), concerning the authenticity of the journalist played by Olivia Wilde. But this remains a stately drama about an unlikely hero – the titular security guard who foils a terrorist bomb at the 1996 Olympics only to be finger-pointed by the media as a likely culprit. Paul Walter Hauser is superb as Jewell, as are Sam Rockwell (as his lawyer) and the Oscar-nominated Kathy Bates (his mother).

Cuck (Bounty Films)

Cuck is a feature by writer-director Rob Lambert that stars Zachary Ray as an angry extremist living in the San Fernando Valley. Rejected from the military, he spends his days ranting online about various groups he despises – including male liberals, or ‘cucks’ as they’re called. Delving into a seedy world of hardcore pornography and alt-right hatred, the ghost of Scorcese’s Taxi Driver looms large over this tale.

Escape From Pretoria (Signature Films)

Daniel Radcliffe’s post-Harry Potter career continues with interest, with this true-life story of Tim Jenkins, an imprisoned ANC activist who was locked away in a maximum security jail during the 1970s in Apartheid-torn South Africa. Like a modern-day Papillion, the film follows his attempt to escape with two fellow prisoners, after they hand-craft wooden keys to undo their locks. London-born Francis Annan is at the helm.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney)

After rebooting the Star Wars series with The Force Awakens, J.J. Abrams returned to the director’s chair for this ninth and final episode, The Rise of Skywalker. The film, which took just over $1 billion at the box office, sees Rey (Daisy Ridley), Poe (Oscar Isaac) and the others come face-to-face with an old enemy, who has secretly been amassing an army of followers. Now, finally, you can watch the entire saga back-to-back.  

Misbehaviour (Pathe)

Released just four days before the UK cinemas shut down, Philippa Lowthorpe’s tale about a feminist collective that plotted to shut down the 1970s Miss World beauty pageant was truly cut off in its prime. Thankfully, the VOD release has been brought forward for this lightweight but lively film, starring Keira Knightley and Jessie Buckley as the two women that spearhead the protests. An uncanny Greg Kinnear co-stars Bob Hope, the Hollywood star who presented that year’s contest.

All films available via video on demand.

James Mottram