Home Cinema 4: Five films to watch right now
- Emma Simmonds
- 7 April 2020
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
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.
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.
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.
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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