Home Cinema 2: Five films to watch right now

Home Cinema: Five films to watch right now

The Invisible Man

Our 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.

Last week our picks (including the sublime The Last Black Man in San Francisco) were a little more male-dominated, but this week it's mostly about the ladies, fighting the good fight in a variety of scenarios.

The Invisible Man (★★★★☆)

Screening in cinemas until their abrupt closure, where it did incredibly brisk box office, The Invisible Man slips into your living room after Universal took the bold step of scrapping the theatrical release window in response to the coronavirus crisis, meaning new releases like Emma. (highly recommended for the romantically inclined) and another of our recent tips The Hunt are hitting home entertainment extremely early. Our pick of this week's embarrassment of cinematic riches is this gaslighting-themed, hugely suspenseful skew on the classic horror tale, helmed by Leigh Whannell (director of the outrageously enjoyable Upgrade, writer of the seminal Saw) and starring the ever-awesome Elisabeth Moss.
Watch The Invisible Man on On Demand.

Frozen II (★★★☆☆)

If the early release of The Invisible Man et al will delight adults, here's something for the kids, as the smash-hit animation sequel is brought forward, offering parents some respite after the closure of schools. Idina Menzel's Elsa takes centre stage when her and sibling Anna (Kristen Bell) delve intriguingly into their past. Whilst not up there with the phenomenon that is the original, it's a beautifully animated, suitably magical journey with plenty of stirring sentiment, terrific tunes and that all-important sisterly solidarity.
Frozen II on On Demand.

The Platform (★★★★☆)

When the news is grim, some don't mind miring themselves in further misery, especially when it's outlandishly executed, and this Spanish sci-fi horror from director Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia provides the ultimate escape into something even more unpleasant. Acquired by Netflix after impressing at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, it's set in a high-tech prison where the inmates share a limited amount of food, delivered via the titular platform. Cleverly conceived and furiously satirical, for a film so down on humanity it makes for a surprisingly enjoyable ride.
Watch The Platform on Netflix.

Judy & Punch (★★★★☆)

The blackly comic, utterly idiosyncratic directorial debut of Australian actress Mirrah Foulkes stars Mia Wasikowska as the abused Judy, the brains behind a puppet show fronted by Damon Herriman's volatile Punch, who has reason to seek revenge following a couple of appalling incidents. Helmed with panache and gutsily performed by Wasikowska, Judy & Punch offers a bonkers, feminism-fuelled take on the traditional seaside spectacle.
Watch Judy & Punch on On Demand.

Swallow (★★★★☆)

Here's an interesting indie you're almost certain to have missed. Debuting on digital in the UK after playing the international festival scene, Carlo Mirabella-Davis's first feature is a creepy and quirky treat. Stunningly shot by Katelin Arizmendi, it sees a 1950s-style affluent housewife rebel against what is expected of her in a surreal and dangerous fashion when she begins swallowing strange objects. In a film that tackles the taboo subject of an unwanted pregnancy, Haley Bennett is mesmerising, hiding a complex personality behind a shiny, subservient shell.
Watch Swallow on On Demand.

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Frozen 2

  • 3 stars
  • 2019
  • US
  • 1h 43min
  • U
  • Directed by: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
  • Cast: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff
  • UK release: 22 November 2019

Elsa (Menzel) and Anna (Bell) head off on a dangerous journey after Elsa hears voices calling her to a distant land. The plot is less involving than the character interaction, but Olaf (Gad) is the comedic highlight and while it may be less compelling than the original, it's got all the ingredients for a hit.

Judy & Punch

  • 4 stars
  • 2019
  • Australia
  • 1h 45min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Mirrah Foulkes
  • Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Damon Herriman, Benedict Hardie
  • UK release: 15 November 2019

In sort-of Middle Ages Britain, puppeteer Judy (Wasikowska) is increasingly concerned by her husband Punch (Herriman) and his drunken aggression. This fictional origin story of the puppet show is a dark, funny, highly impressive feature debut by writer-director Foulkes, and despite a few stumbles it shows clarity of…

The Invisible Man

  • 4 stars
  • 2020
  • US / Australia
  • 2h 4min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Leigh Whannell
  • Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Harriet Dyer
  • UK release: 28 February 2020

Cecilia (Moss) flees her abusive partner, optics experimenter Adrian (Jackson-Cohen), and then hears that he’s dead; but he still seems to be around. Whannell milks minimalist set-ups for maximum effect, and Moss projects raw dread and ‘final girl’-ish fortitude. A low-budget but high-resonance exercise in sweaty-palmed…

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