Home Cinema 3: Five films to watch right now

Home Cinema 3: Five films to watch right now

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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.

With the final batch of Studio Ghibli films due to hit Netflix tomorrow (including Howl's Moving Castle and Ponyo), it's going to be a good week for film, against the odds. Early releases, too, continue to pleasantly surprise; for those desperate for a dose of violent escapism, the enjoyably idiotic Vin Diesel actioner Bloodshot is already available to watch at home, just a couple of weeks after its cinematic debut.

Military Wives ★★★★☆

Another film that's been rushed to the rental market is The Full Monty director Peter Cattaneo's latest, which hit cinemas in early March and is recommended for those looking to lift their spirits with a dose of British pluckiness. Fronted by Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan, cast effectively to type as amusingly mismatched military spouses who start up a choir, Cattaneo recreates the blend of earnest sentiment and irreverent humour that won The Full Monty so many fans.
Watch Military Wives on On Demand.

Her Smell ★★★★☆

This 2018 film from Listen Up Philip's Alex Ross Perry missed out on a UK theatrical run, so its TV premiere is most welcome. Elisabeth Moss (star of last week's tip The Invisible Man) is gloriously unhinged in an up-close-and-angsty exploration of psychological and creative freefall. Fluidly shot and bitter and twisted in the extreme, it follows a female rocker with a toxic personality who terrorises those around her as she spins furiously out of control. Cara Delevingne, Dan Stevens, Amber Heard and Agyness Deyn co-star.
Watch Her Smell on Sky Cinema.

Vivarium ★★★★☆

Switching to a digital-only release following the closure of cinemas, this is one of our review picks of recent weeks. As he takes a darkly satirical, sci-fi-infused swipe at gender roles and parenthood, Irish director Lorcan Finnegan marks himself out as one to watch. Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg play a pleasant young couple whose encounter with an odd estate agent leads them to the housing development from hell, where their lives are inexorably altered. Poots in particular is outstanding, while its nightmarish, trapped-in-suburbia subject matter has acquired new resonance in these uneasy times.
Watch Vivarium on On Demand.

Three Identical Strangers ★★★★★

Everyone loves a stranger-than-fiction tale and Tim Wardle's BAFTA-nominated documentary really delivers on the twists and turns. Telling the story of separated at birth triplets who caused a media sensation in 1980s America when they were reunited, this funny, heart-warming and ultimately rather sad film digs into the curious circumstances surrounding their adoption. It features frank contributions from the men themselves, their loved ones and those able to shed some light on what turns out to be an extremely murky, ethically troubling situation.
Watch Three Identical Strangers on Netflix.

Bacurau ★★★★☆

With more than a touch of Alejandro Jodorowsky about it, this idiosyncratic Brazilian film from Juliano Dornelles and Kleber Mendonça Filho (Aquarius) – which played in cinemas just a few weeks ago – is full of exuberant flourishes and sinister surprises. Set in the outback and starring the great Sônia Braga (Kiss of the Spider Woman), it sees a group of, themselves far from angelic, villagers band together against murderous outsiders (led by Udo Kier) in an angrily satirical and ultraviolent western.
Watch Bacurau on MUBI.

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Three Identical Strangers

  • 5 stars
  • 2018
  • UK
  • 1h 36min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Tim Wardle
  • Cast: Bobby Shafran, Eddy Galland, David Kellman
  • UK release: 30 November 2018

Documentary about three men, Bobby Shafran, Eddy Galland and David Kellman, who had never met but who discovered in adult life that they were triplets. Wardle uses dogged journalistic focus and expert filmmaking to tell each jaw-dropping revelation, in a powerful and emotional study of family and identity.

Her Smell

  • 2018
  • USA
  • 2h 14min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Alex Ross Perry
  • Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Cara Delevingne, Dan Steven

A self-destructive rock star (Elizabeth Moss) fights against drugs, booze, fights and her own talent.

Bacurau

  • 4 stars
  • 2019
  • Brazil / France
  • 2h 11min
  • Directed by: Juliano Dornelles, Kleber Mendonça Filho
  • Cast: Barbara Colen, Thomas Aquino, Silvero Pereira

When Teresa (Colen) returns to her home village of Bacurau in the Brazilian outback, for her grandmother’s funeral, weird things start to happen. Sometimes elusive but nevertheless astonishing, with simmering frustrations boiling over into violence, it’s a stylish and confident indictment of the injustices running rife in…

Vivarium

  • 4 stars
  • 2019
  • US
  • 1h 37min
  • Directed by: Lorcan Finnegan
  • Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Imogen Poots, Jonathan Aris

Gemma (Poots) and Tom (Eisenberg) are a likeable pair who meet creepy property pusher Martin (Aris), who leads them to an eerie housing development from which there appears to be literally no escape. Engaging, vigorously performed sci-fi satire with a devastatingly simple concept; not wildly original but effective, and…

Military Wives

  • 4 stars
  • 2019
  • UK
  • 1h 50min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Peter Cattaneo
  • Cast: Teresa Mahoney, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sharon Horgan

Kate (Scott Thomas) is a colonel’s wife who, when troops go to Afghanistan, teams up with Lisa (Horgan) to form a choir. Inspired by a true story, it tugs unashamedly at the heartstrings and an excellent ensemble plus a little grit ensure that it properly earns its tears.

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