Home Cinema 4: Five films to watch right now

Home Cinema 4: 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.

This week, with awards season fare starting to make its way into our homes there's never been a better time to catch up on what you missed.

Trolls World Tour

The first major Hollywood movie to go straight to streaming during the COVID-19 crisis is the similarly peppy sequel to the 2016 animated smash, which expands its universe to introduce five more troll tribes. The frenetic pace and Day-Glo visuals won't be for everyone, but it's catnip for kids and chock-full of delicious details – from its celebration of a wide variety of musical genres, to its smart casting (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Rachel Bloom as a rocker queen hellbent on world domination, Ozzy Osbourne as her dopey dad). And the witty script, which brings welcome doses of surrealism and cynicism to the party, means there's plenty for adults to enjoy too.
Watch Trolls World Tour On Demand

Just Mercy

Although it didn't attract the awards recognition it was undoubtedly striving for, this gripping and superbly performed legal drama is well worth your attention. Based on a true story of outrageous injustice, Just Mercy is an inspiring tale of fighting for what's right, even when the odds are stacked dauntingly against you. Directed by Short Term 12's Destin Daniel Cretton, it stars Michael B Jordan as a determined young lawyer, Jamie Foxx as his crestfallen client, languishing in jail for a murder he can't possibly have committed, and boasts Captain Marvel herself, Brie Larson, in support.
Watch Just Mercy On Demand.

Ordinary Love

A low-key drama about breast cancer might not sound like the escapism that we need right now, but this beautifully acted film is so full of human truth and hope that it's worth a bit of heartache. Written by acclaimed Northern Irish playwright Owen McCafferty, in his screenwriting debut, and directed by Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn (Good Vibrations), it finds a long-married couple struggling to come to terms with a worrying diagnosis. With Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville as its leads, it's painfully and sometimes amusingly real, offering some pertinent guidance on picking your way through difficulty.
Watch Ordinary Love On Demand.

Mindhorn

Silliness can be a real salve in stressful times and this cracking British comedy starring The Mighty Boosh's Julian Barratt is a laudably ridiculous look at a has-been actor trying and failing to master some actual heroics. Flanked by a fine ensemble – including Simon Farnaby, Essie Davis, Steve Coogan, Andrea Riseborough and Russell Tovey – Barratt (who co-writes with Farnaby) is exceptionally funny, launching himself into the most bonkers of shenanigans with incomparable aplomb.
Watch Mindhorn on iPlayer.

Ghost Stories

Another British gem shown recently on the BBC and currently residing on iPlayer is the genuinely creepy, sometimes flat-out frightening anthology film Ghost Stories, the screen version of Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman's hit stage play. Ingeniously adapted by the men in question, the pair turn their hands impressively to cinematic horror, infusing it with their own, knowing flavour and adding plenty of wry humour too – with comedians like Martin Freeman and Paul Whitehouse heading up a strong cast.
Watch Ghost Stories on iPlayer.

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Mindhorn

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • UK
  • 1h 29min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Sean Foley
  • Written by: Julian Barratt, Simon Farnaby
  • Cast: Essie Davis, Julian Barratt, Richard McCabe, Alex Wyndham, Alannah Olivia
  • UK release: 5 February 2017

Washed-up actor Richard Thorncroft (Barratt) was the star of an 80s British TV series in which he was an MI5 agent with an optical lie detector who could ‘see the truth’; in the present day, a serial killer case draws him in. Endearingly silly comedy with a fully committed performance from Barratt; fans of Partridge and…

Ghost Stories

  • 4 stars
  • 2017
  • 1h 38min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman
  • Cast: Martin Freeman, Alex Lawther, Nicholas Burns

Anthology movie in which three twisted tales are presented as three unexplained hauntings which sceptical Professor Goodman (Nyman) has to investigate. Beautifully shot and with plenty of frights, but maybe not enough surprises, it’s playful and wryly funny enough for the shocks to have full impact.

Trolls 2: World Tour

  • 3 stars
  • 2020
  • US
  • 1h 31min
  • U
  • Directed by: Walt Dohrn, David P. Smith
  • Cast: Anna Kendrick, Jamie Dornan, Sam Rockwell, James Corden, Justin Timberlake
  • UK release: 13 April 2020

The trolls go global in this animated sequel.

Just Mercy

  • 4 stars
  • 2019
  • US
  • Directed by: Destin Daniel Cretton
  • Cast: Jamie Foxx, Michael B Jordan, Brie Larson
  • UK release: 24 January 2019

Walter (Foxx) is convicted of the murder of a teenage white girl on the testimony of one felon (Blake-Nelson), despite a lack of incriminating evidence. Lawyer Bryan (Jordan) acts on his behalf. Old-fashioned, crusading legal drama which builds into an emotional and thought-provoking confrontation of the abiding racism in…

Ordinary Love

  • 4 stars
  • 2019
  • UK
  • 1h 32min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Lisa Barros D'Sa, Glenn Leyburn
  • Cast: Liam Neeson, Lesley Manville, David Wilmot
  • UK release: 6 December 2019

Joan (Manville) and Tom (Neeson) are a long-married couple whose contentment is shattered with Joan discovers a lump in her breast. The facts of cancer are covered in unsparing detail, but the acting makes it watchable, with Neeson investing Tom with gruff tenderness and Manville compelling as a woman who fears the worst.

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