What a line-up! No, we’re not talking about the next big summer festival, or Man City’s latest team, but the films waiting for you on BBC iPlayer
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From award-winning smash hits like Philomena, The Big Short and Spotlight, to engrossing documentaries on subjects ranging from musical maestros to iconic daredevils, the question isn’t so much, “what should I watch?” but “what should I watch first?”.
Discover some of the movies available to watch right now on BBC iPlayer with seven of the best picks below…
Hankies at the ready for this real-life drama that won the BAFTA for Best Adapted Screenplay. Philomena Lee (Judi Dench), an elderly Irish woman, enlists the help of journalist Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) to try to find the son she was forced to give up for adoption in the 1950s.
The Big Short
An Oscar winner packed to the gills with top Hollywood talent (Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, Christian Bale, Marisa Tomei, Margot Robbie, we could go on…), this drama is based on Michael Lewis’ bestselling book of the same name, which details the events leading up to the financial crisis of 2007-08. You won’t regret this deep dive into the Wall Street shark tank.
This Oscar-winning hit about the child abuse scandal that rocked the Catholic Church in Boston in the early noughties is not only engrossing and brilliantly acted, but you also come away from it feeling like you’ve watched something genuinely worthwhile. Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo are both on top form as journalists who help uncover the horror.
Bros: After The Screaming Stops
This movie went viral when it first came out at the end of 2018, and with good reason. The sheer bizarreness of Matt and Luke Goss looking back at their time in one of the world’s biggest boybands, plus their absolutely spectacular quotes, make for one unbelievably compelling documentary – whether you were a Brosette back in the day or not.
It’s hard to imagine someone like motorbike-riding daredevil Evel Knievel being all that popular today, but in the 1970s he was a genuine megastar. This superb documentary offers an in-depth insight into the life of a true American superhero, and how his reputation eventually plummeted back down to Earth, like a stunt gone wrong. Kids, don’t try this at home.
Man On The Moon
You couldn’t pick a better person to star as madcap American comic Andy Kaufman than Jim Carrey. The actor is, after all, quite the eccentric himself. You can tell he put great thought and effort into the portrayal of one of his heroes, and he does a brilliant job of capturing the essence of one of America’s oddest, funniest and most tragic stars.
Kate Nash: Underestimate The Girl
Kate Nash has always been a musician at odds with the music industry. Her determination to keep total control over her creativity and finances has meant her journey has been far from easy, but it’s also made her who she is. Packed with enlightening interviews and intimate footage, Underestimate The Girl is a fascinating exploration of that journey.
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