Best films to stream this week: 24 June
- Emma Simmonds
- 24 June 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 still 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.
Athlete A ★★★★☆
The USA Gymnastics sexual abuse scandal is explored in a moving and insightful documentary from Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk (An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power) that's new to Netflix this week. Focusing on the sterling work of the Indianapolis Star who broke the story, it also speaks to survivors, including the 'Athlete A' of the title Maggie Nichols, building a galling picture of an organisation more interested in success than the safety of its young female athletes.
Watch now on Netflix.
Plus One ★★★★☆
Maya Erskine and Jack Quaid (son of Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan) make hugely appealing leads in this fresh and funny romcom from debut writer-directors Jeff Chan and Andrew Rhymer, which won the Narrative Audience Award at last year's Tribeca Film Festival. The acerbic approach is welcome, as a pair of long-time friends accompany each other to a series of weddings, with the potential for romantic complications hovering tantalisingly on the horizon.
Watch now on Netflix.
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon ★★★★☆
One of our favourite animated adventures from last year is new to Prime. The second big screen outing for Aardman's loveable fluffball ups the ante (and the anarchy), with sci-fi references and space adventures on the agenda this time round. Splendidly animated and filled to bursting with quintessentially British humour, the BAFTA-nominated Farmageddon will prove as delightful to adults as it will to their offspring.
Watch now on Amazon Prime Video.
With the Black Lives Matter movement maintaining its righteous momentum, now is the time to bone up on your black history. Ava DuVernay's passionately made and impeccably performed Selma is also the perfect film to fuel the fire of those who want to take a stand. Telling the story of the epic equal voting rights march led by Martin Luther King (David Oyelowo), it's impossibly stirring stuff. Another iPlayer tip this week is Raoul Peck's extraordinary, Oscar-nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro (which also secured 5 stars from us), an exploration of American racial politics which harnesses the words of the great James Baldwin.
Watch now on iPlayer.
Mr Jones ★★★★☆
It didn't get a lot of fanfare on its limited cinema release, but this impressive biopic of the Welsh journalist Gareth Jones, who helped expose the horrors of the Holodomor, provides an excellent platform for star James Norton, bagging what might be his best role to date. Directed by legendary Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland (Europa Europa, In Darkness) and co-starring Vanessa Kirby and Peter Sarsgaard, it's an angry and rewarding take on essential subject matter that will be an eye-opener for many.
Watch now on Sky Cinema.
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