Streaming: where to find the best Richard Linklater and Xavier Dolan films online

Two distinctive directors have lost their way with their latest releases, but there’s a substantial back catalogue of their finer films… Ordinarily, a week that includes new releases from directors Xavier Dolan and Richard Linklater would count as a major one in most cinephiles’ books. Two film-makers – one a prodigious enfant terrible who made seven films before turning 30, one a long-established godfather of American indie cinema – with little in common otherwise, they can both boast a prolific output, a distinctive stylistic signature, and a devoted club of admirers that all but deserted them on the two new films in question. For the coronavirus shutdown isn’t the reason you’re not seeing Dolan’s The Death and Life of John F Donovan or Linklater’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette on the big screen in the UK. After underwhelming in festivals and/or cinemas abroad, they were already slated to shuffle with little fanfare on to the usual VOD platforms this spring – a pretty sorry outcome for films that boast not