Best films to stream this week: 13 May

Best films to stream this week: 13 May

Little Women

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.

Never Rarely Sometimes Always ★★★★★

Fresh from award wins at both Sundance and Berlin 2020 but heading straight to digital in this strange new world, the third film from Eliza Hittman (Beach Rats) is a compassionate abortion drama which follows a Pennsylvania teen's journey to NYC to undergo a termination. Sensitively shot and beautifully performed by its young leads Sidney Flanigan and Talia Ryder, it's an absolute masterclass in how to cultivate concern for characters and how to tie political decision-making to its devastating consequences.
Watch now on Amazon Prime Video and iTunes.

Little Women ★★★★★

If it didn't warm your cockles at Christmas, or even if it did, Little Women arrives on home entertainment to provide us all with the comfort blanket we need. There will be tears, too, as this loving, largely faithful adaptation unfolds. Director Greta Gerwig infuses crucial notes of feminism, modernity and cheekiness and brings together an incredible ensemble which includes the Oscar-nominated Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh as Jo and Amy, and Laura Dern as Marmee. Available to buy and keep, it's definitely one to treasure.
Watch now on Amazon Prime Video, YouTube and Sky.

Bombshell ★★★☆☆

If Little Women seems certain to delight across the board, Bombshell is more divisive but, as it delves into the Fox News sexual harassment scandal, it's entertainingly assembled, suitably enraging and superbly cast – Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie are great, but it's worth watching for Charlize Theron's barnstorming performance as Megyn Kelly alone, though whether Kelly deserves such a formidable characterisation is another matter. Those unsure about director Jay Roach's commercial treatment of a sensitive subject should seek out one of our other recent recommendations, The Assistant, for a more nuanced take on the MeToo theme.
Watch now on Amazon Prime Video, YouTube and Sky.

The Lunchbox ★★★★☆

Following the untimely death of beloved Indian star Irrfan Khan, here's a reminder of what a charmer he could be. This gorgeous 2013 romantic drama from Ritesh Batra (who went on to direct The Sense of an Ending) was an international hit and secured itself a BAFTA nomination. Set in Mumbai, it sees a lunchbox delivery mix-up trigger a correspondence between a young housewife / culinary whizz (Nimrat Kaur) and an aging accountant (Khan). With mouth-watering cuisine and a heart-warming story, it's sure to lift sagging spirits.
Watch now on BBC iPlayer.

Becoming ★★★★☆

If Little Women and The Lunchbox aren't enough, then Netflix have the perfect cure for lockdown despair as Nadia Hallgren follows former First Lady Michelle Obama on the book tour for her smash 2018 memoir. Offering words of wisdom for challenging times, delivered with her trademark charisma, Michelle is a compelling subject indeed. Although it's not exactly warts and all, being carefully on-message, Michelle does speak frankly about her personal struggles – including her time in the White House and experience of racism – and the takeaway is a much-needed sense of positivity and hope.
Watch now on Netflix.

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