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.
The King of Staten Island ★★★★☆
Our pick of last Friday's new release rentals is this beautiful comedic collaboration between Saturday Night Live's Pete Davidson and co-writer / director Judd Apatow that was intended for cinemas. Davidson stars in a painfully autobiographical tale of arrested development that finds his wannabe tattoo artist stuck in a long-term, suicidal rut following the death of his firefighter father, and driving his nurse mother (Marisa Tomei) to distraction. Bel Powley features, too, in this very forgiving story of life after loss that ultimately tends toward the feelgood.
Watch now on demand.
The Ground Beneath My Feet ★★★★☆
New to rent this week is this festival favourite from Austrian writer-director Marie Kreutzer. It paints a horribly realistic and compelling picture of a demanding work environment as it follows a management consultant (Valerie Pachner) approaching burnout whilst dealing with her schizophrenic older sister (Pia Hierzegger). Brilliantly acted and cleverly conceived, The Ground Beneath My Feet draws parallels between the women's faltering mental health and asks concerned questions about what kind of society we have become.
Watch now on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes and Google Play.
The Personal History of David Copperfield ★★★★☆
Those looking to inject a little joy into their lives need look no further than this exuberant, hilarious and only mildly subversive take on a classic, from Dickens aficionado Armando Iannucci. Although the colour-blind casting may catch your eye – as well as a marvellous Dev Patel as David, there's Nikki Amuka-Bird as Mrs Steerforth, Benedict Wong as Mr Wickfield and Rosalind Eleazar as Agnes – the ensemble (which also includes Tilda Swinton and Peter Capaldi) couldn't be bettered. And it's a film that seamlessly blends Iannucci's own brand of humour with the original's comic notes, in a very affectionate twist.
Watch now on Amazon Prime Video, Sky, iTunes and Google Play.
Little Joe ★★★★☆
Rising star Emily Beecham (Daphne, Sulphur and White) won Best Actress at Cannes 2019 for her work in this creepy drama from Lourdes director Jessica Hausner, which co-stars Ben Whishaw and Kerry Fox. It introduces us to a single mother and devoted plant breeder who creates a new species – dubbed 'Little Joe', in reference to her teenage son (Kit Connor) – which emits a scent proven to make those who care for it happy. Unfortunately, something sinister may be afoot in a story that explores maternal bonding, mood-altering drugs and mental health.
Watch now on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, and Google Play.
Hitting Netflix this week is a film that's proudly horrible, as the nerve-shredding Hereditary makes its appearance. The debut of Ari Aster (who went on to direct Florence Pugh in the mad-as-a-hatter Midsommar) sets family relations alight with relish, digging deep into the neuroses of a truly nightmarish clan, and specialising in chills and sporadic jump-scares before going all-out for the finale. It's well-acted by all, but leading lady Toni Collette is award-level good in one of her most complex performances to date. It's a classy but no less hair-raising horror.
Watch now on Netflix.
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