Home Cinema: Five films to watch right now

Home Cinema: Five films to watch right now

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Our new, weekly guide to the best films available on home entertainment platforms

Here at The List we tend to look forward to what's on the horizon, but when that's a whole lot of staying in knowing what to watch right now in the comfort of your home has never been more needed. To help ride out these challenging times, we will be casting our expert eye over what's new to TV and streaming services each week, bringing you the cream of the current movie crop. Let us do the decision-making for you, and then just sit back and enjoy.

Extra Ordinary – Netflix (★★★★☆)

The week's most notable Netflix release is a modestly budgeted supernatural comedy from Ireland that takes a deadpan approach to the undead and boasts that much-needed feelgood factor. Debut helmers Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman introduce themselves in sprightly style, employing stand-up Maeve Higgins as psychic driving instructor Rose, who finds a spark with Barry Ward's Martin Martin, as well as a fiendish foe in Will Forte's occult-dabbling pop singer Christian.
Watch Extra Ordinary on Netflix.

Manchester by the Sea – iPlayer (★★★★★)

iPlayer isn't everyone's first-choice destination for film, but you can find gems like Foxcatcher and The Beguiled on there now. Our pick this week though is Manchester by the Sea. If your heart can bear it and you never got round to it originally, Kenneth Lonergan's 2016 double Oscar-winner remains a must-see despite the controversy surrounding lead actor Casey Affleck. Affleck plays a handyman struggling to hold himself together after unspeakable tragedy. As wryly funny as it is gut-wrenchingly sad, it's masterful stuff indeed. Definitely one for a wallow.
Watch Manchester by the Sea on iPlayer.

And Then We Danced – Curzon Home Cinema / Vimeo on Demand (★★★★☆)

One of our top cinema recommendations last week comes quickly to home entertainment. Set in an aggressively homophobic Georgia, it's the meticulously captured story of a taboo connection between two male dancers, played by Levan Gelbakhiani and Bachi Valishvili. Swedish director Levan Akin explores notions of masculinity and national pride in a film that also shrewdly employs dance to add an extra emotional dimension.
Watch And Then We Danced on Curzon Home Cinema and Vimeo on Demand.

The Last Black Man in San Francisco – On Demand (★★★★★)

Inexplicably ignored when it came to awards season, one of the finest films in recent memory is now available to rent or buy. Joe Talbot's striking debut is a gorgeously melancholic and gently humorous indie located in the titular city, part-based on the life story of lead Jimmie Fails. Jonathan Majors plays Jimmie's stalwart best pal, with whom he gets into scrapes, while Rob Morgan, Finn Wittrock and Danny Glover are impressively cast.
Watch The Last Black Man in San Francisco on On Demand

La Belle Époque – On Demand (★★★★★)

Limited to just a handful of cinemas on release, this highly praised, high-concept rom-com from French director Nicolas Bedos went under most people's radar in the UK on its theatrical run late last year. However, our reviewer hailed it as one of year's best and now you can decide for yourselves. The prestigious players include Daniel Auteuil, Guillaume Canet, Fanny Ardant and Doria Tillier in an emotionally stirring story which finds a man attempting to recapture the first flushes of love in a very unusual way.
Watch La Belle Époque on On Demand

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Manchester by the Sea

  • 5 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 2h 15min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Kenneth Lonergan
  • Cast: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Lucas Hedges, Kyle Chandler, Gretchen Mol
  • UK release: 13 January 2016

Lee (Affleck) is a carefree small-town guy who, when his brother dies, is given the job of raising his nephew (Hedges). A masterful blend of high drama, quirky characterisations and incidental detail, with a soulful, heartbreaking turn by Affleck at its core.

Extra Ordinary

  • 4 stars
  • 2019
  • Ireland / Belgium
  • 1h 34min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Mike Ahern, Enda Loughman
  • Cast: Maeve Higgins, Barry Ward, Will Forte, Claudia O'Doherty

Psychic driving instructor Rose (Higgins) is called in to investigate Sarah (Coleman), the mysteriously possessed daughter of baaved woodwork teacher Martin (Ward). Wonderfully absurd supernatural comedy set in Ireland, teeming with terrific lines and played with deadpan brilliance by a fine cast.

And Then We Danced

  • 4 stars
  • 2019
  • Sweden / Georgia / France
  • 1h 45min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Levan Akin
  • Cast: Levan Gelbakhiani, Bachi Valishvili, Ana Javakishvili

Merab (Gelbakhiani) is a dancer, part of the National Georgian Ensemble, who finds himself falling for newcomer Irakli (Valishvili). Carefully observed romantic tale, grounded in individual struggles and showing the aggressively homophobic attitudes of the wider society.

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

  • 5 stars
  • 2019
  • US
  • 2h 1min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Joe Talbot
  • Cast: Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Rob Morgan

Jimmie (Fails) is obsessed with regaining ownership of the Victorian home that his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. A fond elegy for a city slipping from view, shedding light on many themes from the bonds of masculinity and the class divide in modern America.

La belle époque

  • 5 stars
  • 2019
  • France
  • Directed by: Nicolas Bedos
  • Cast: Daniel Auteuil, Guillaume Canet, Doria Tillier

Victor (Auteuil) is a sixtysomething cartoonist who’s kicked out by his wife Marianne (Ardant) for being boring, but he then takes his friend Antoine (Canet)’s offer to re-enact an earlier era of his life and live out a fantasy. Immaculately constructed, achingly romantic, with great performances, sparkling wit and a…

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