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16 Fantastic Films You Can Watch FREE on iPlayer this January

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It’s a new year and BBC iPlayer have added some brilliant new films to their catalogue. There’s something for everyone from other-worldly sci-fi to exciting action, so leave the stresses of the day and let’s turn the ordinary into the extraordinary with this incredible selection.

Dunkirk

 2017 ‧ War ‧ 1h 37m

7.8/10 IMDb 93% Rotten Tomatoes

(c) Warner Bros. Pictures

Dunkirk details the evacuation of the eponymous commune in WWII, as British, French and Belgian soldiers try to escape whilst fighting off German forces.

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Watch on BBC iPlayer (available until the 25th of January)

The Revenant

2015 ‧ Drama ‧ 2h 22m

8/10 IMDb 78% Rotten Tomatoes

A legendary frontiersman, Hugh Man, is betrayed by one of his companions and left for dead after being attacked by a bear. He uses his force of will and survival skills to seek vengeance.

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Watch on BBC iPlayer (available until the 20th of January)

Phantom Thread

2018 ‧ Romance ‧ 2h 2m

7.5/10 IMDb 91% Rotten Tomatoes

Phantom Thread follows a haute couture dress maker who experiences a dramatic transformation, after falling for a waitress who becomes his lover and his muse.

Watch on BBC iPlayer (available until the 22nd of January)

Minority Report

2002 ‧ Sci Fi ‧ 2h 14m

7.6/10 IMDb 90% Rotten Tomatoes

In the future, crimes can be predicted before they happen. A man is a accused of a crime he is yet to commit and sets out to prove his innocence.

Watch on BBC iPlayer (available until the 27th of January)

La La Land

2019 ‧ Musical ‧ 1h 57m

8/10 IMDb 91% Rotten Tomatoes

(c) Lionsgate

An aspiring actress and jazz pianist meet and fall in love in Los Angeles while pursuing their dreams. Unfortunately their increasing success, puts pressure on their relationship.

Watch on BBC iPlayer (available until the 24th of January)

The Big Short

2015 ‧ Drama ‧ 2h 2m

7.8/10 IMDb 88% Rotten Tomatoes

In the 2000s, a group of financial experts note the corruption and instability in the US housing market and predict its collapse.

Watch on BBC iPlayer (available until the 8th of February)

Internal Affairs

1990 ‧ Crime ‧ 1h 49m

6.5/10 IMDb 88% Rotten Tomatoes

A corrupt policeman uses his fellow officers as part of his nefarious plans. An investigated is sent from the LAPD’s Internal Affairs division to stop him.

Watch on BBC iPlayer (available until the 1st of February)

Grease

1978 ‧ Musical ‧ 1h 46m

7.2/10 IMDb 75% Rotten Tomatoes

Two teenagers engage in a passionate love affair while vacationing in Australia, and part ways thinking that they will never see each other again. In the end, fate has other plans and they meet again.

Watch on BBC iPlayer (available until the 25th of January)

The Big Sick

2017 ‧ Rom-com ‧ 1h 55m

7.5/10 IMDb 98% Rotten Tomatoes

A Pakistani comic bonds with a graduate student at one of his stand-up shows, but is worried what his Muslim parents will think. After the student gets sick and falls into a coma, he becomes close to her deeply worried parents.

Watch on BBC iPlayer (available until the 19th of January)

Made in Dagenham

2010 ‧ Comedy Drama ‧ 1h 45m

7.2/10 IMDb 80% Rotten Tomatoes

A woman who works at the Ford Motor Co. plant in Dagenham, is enraged by the fact that the women who sew upholstery for car seats are seen as unskilled and made much less than men. She is spurred on by a union representation, and decides to lead a strike.

Watch on BBC iPlayer (available until the 30th of January)

Collateral

2004 ‧ Action ‧ 1h 50m

7.5/10 IMDb 86% Rotten Tomatoes

A cab driver learns that his passenger is an assassin on a deadly mission, he is taken hostage by the killer and strives to stop him before it’s too late.

Watch on BBC iPlayer (available until the 21st of January)

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

2005 ‧ Comedy ‧ 1h 16m

7.4/10 IMDb 95% Rotten Tomatoes

(c) DreamWorks Pictures & United International Pictures

The film follows a good natured inventor and his dog, who decide to work as pest control agents. They set out to rescue a village which is plagued by rabbits, before a vegetable growing competition.

Watch on BBC iPlayer (available until the 26th of January)

Far From the Madding Crowd

2015 ‧ Romance ‧ 1h 52m

7.1/10 IMDb 84% Rotten Tomatoes

A woman works on a farm in Dorset, and must contend with the trials and tribulations of life and the attention of three men. Ultimately she is torn between her independent spirit and love.

Watch on BBC iPlayer (available until the 16th of January)

Wallace and Gromit: The Wrong Trousers

1993 ‧ Short ‧ 29m

8.3/10 IMDb 100% Rotten Tomatoes

Wallace, a good natured inventor, takes on a new lodger. Unfortunately his new feathery lodger is planning a grand theft and Gromit, a mute dog, must work to stop him.

Watch on BBC iPlayer (available until the 9th of March)

Suite Française

2015 ‧ Romance ‧ 1h 39m

7/10 IMDb 76% Rotten Tomatoes

In German-occupied France, a lonely Frenchwoman, who’s husband is at war, begins a tentative romance with a German soldier who lives in her mother-in-law’s house.

Watch on BBC iPlayer (available until the 25th of January)

Mr Holmes

2015 ‧ Mystery ‧ 1h 38m

6.9/10 IMDb 88% Rotten Tomatoes

A long-retired elderly Holmes, sets out on one last adventure in an effort to solve the case that led to his retirement. He must grapple with an unreliable memory and rely on his housekeeper’s son to solve the mystery.

Watch on BBC iPlayer (available until the 31st of January)

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