Movies on lockdown 6: Five films to watch right now
- Emma Simmonds
- 22 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.
Available to buy and keep in digital form after its theatrical release was cut short by the current crisis, this look at the eventful 1970 Miss World beauty contest gets an awful lot right. Bringing together an incredible ensemble (including Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jessie Buckley, Lesley Manville and Keeley Hawes), it boasts a striking sense of female solidarity, whilst acknowledging that not all women want the same things, or are seen in the same way. Misbehaviour might have been denied a box office crown but it's sure to win hearts on the home-front.
Watch Misbehaviour On Demand.
The Willoughbys ★★★★☆
Based on Lois Lowry's book, this animated adventure from Kris Pearn, director of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, boasts an attractive-for-adults voice cast (Will Forte, Maya Rudolph, Ricky Gervais, Martin Short, Jane Krakowski and Terry Crews all feature) and is colourful and chaotic enough to transfix kids. It's the story of four neglected siblings whose evil parents only have eyes for each other, forcing the children to fend for themselves. With good quality kids' films often in short supply, this is a winning, whole-family-pleasing mash-up of madcap, cynical humour with just enough hope.
Watch The Willoughbys on Netflix.
Selah and the Spades ★★★★☆
This somewhat confounding teen flick will provide a fix of adolescent bitchiness for fans of Heathers, Brick, Mean Girls, Cruel Intentions et al but it does enough of its own thing to stand apart. Star-in-the-making Lovie Simone plays Selah, the seemingly perfect co-head of one of an elite school's ruling factions, who inducts new kid Paloma (Celeste O'Connor) into her wicked ways. The first film from Tayarisha Poe shimmers with potential and flirts with danger.
Watch Selah and the Spades on Amazon Prime Video.
Circus of Books ★★★★☆
Those who powered through documentary phenomenon Tiger King and are craving more stranger-than-fiction fare, might find satisfaction in the gentler charms of this feature doc from Rachel Mason. Mason introduces us to her unassuming Jewish parents, who spent the bulk of their working lives running a hardcore gay porn store, largely in secret. Featuring contributions from adult entertainment legends such as Larry Flynt and Jeff Stryker, it's a film that's made with an unashamedly personal touch, as filmmaker and subjects bicker and share tearful confessions.
Watch Circus of Books on Netflix.
Here's one that did a disappearing act following its Sundance 2019 premiere, before quietly popping up on VOD. From Blumhouse Productions no less (makers of Get Out, The Purge and Insidious), this horror stars up-and-comer Kiersey Clemons (from the excellent, uplifting Hearts Beat Loud, check it out if you haven't seen it) and is helmed by JD Dillard, who shows a talent for suspense. It's a nicely performed survival horror / creature feature, which sees Clemons's capable, credible heroine Jenn wash up on a tropical island where something bad has clearly transpired. Like Blumhouse's recent smash The Invisible Man, gaslighting is a key theme, even if the setting is very different.
Watch Sweetheart On Demand.
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