Best films to stream this week: 8 July
- Emma Simmonds
- 8 July 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, with entertainment options limited and caution being advised, knowing what to watch right now in the comfort of your home is still much needed. To help ride out these challenging times, we'll keep 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.
Lynn + Lucy ★★★★☆
Our highlight of last week's straight-to-streaming rentals, is the searing feature debut of British director Fyzal Boulifa. This provocative and painful drama about friendship, community and cruelty stars first-timer Roxanne Scrimshaw alongside Nichola Burley. Structured like a fable with the sense it could be set anywhere, Lynn + Lucy follows the titular besties whose relationship is tested by tragedy and the reactions of those around them. Filmed with intimate, unflinching focus and making a persuasive plea for more societal compassion, it's heart-breaking stuff.
Watch now on the BFI Player.
True History of the Kelly Gang ★★★★☆
Visionary Australian director Justin Kurzel (Macbeth) returns to his homeland to bust and create some myths around legendary outlaw Ned Kelly. Based on Peter Carey's novel, with a screenplay by Shaun Grant, the film stars George MacKay as Ned, with Charlie Hunnam, Nicholas Hoult and Russell Crowe in support, and Essie Davis (The Babadook) a scene-stealer as Ned's flawed and ferocious ma. Shot and performed with plenty of chutzpah, it's a punky, dynamic take on the material.
Watch now on demand.
Dark Waters ★★★☆☆
New to rent following a run in cinemas earlier this year is this intriguing environmental drama from Todd Haynes (Carol), starring Mark Ruffalo. With its high-calibre cast (which also includes Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins and Bill Camp) and esteemed director, Dark Waters was singled out as a potential awards contender ahead of its release, but some heavy handedness and the lack of a charismatic protagonist means, for some, it was a little disappointing. Nevertheless, the ongoing scandal of its fascinating true-life subject matter (involving the contamination of waterways by chemical manufacturing corporation DuPont) and reliability of Ruffalo make it required viewing regardless.
Watch now on demand.
Two Days, One Night ★★★★☆
Masters of immersing you in other people's grim predicaments whilst maintaining an essential lightness of touch, in 2014 Belgium's Dardenne brothers teamed up winningly with the great French actress Marion Cotillard. The result was a fluid, Oscar-nominated drama that follows a desperate factory worker as she tries to persuade her colleagues to forgo their bonuses in order to save her job, in a highly unusual race against the clock. If you've yet to catch it, make it a must.
Watch now on iPlayer.
If you've recently fallen for Portrait of a Lady on Fire (and who hasn't?) and haven't checked out director Céline Sciamma's previous film, here's your chance. Released soon after Richard Linklater's Boyhood, the unrelated and grittier but comparably brilliant Girlhood follows a girl gang, who get into scrapes and have each other's backs in the tough Parisian suburbs. Bolstered by a remarkable debut turn from Karidja Touré as its 16-year-old protagonist Marieme, and with a standout sequence involving her and her gal pals letting their hair down in a hotel room to Rihanna's 'Diamonds', it's quite simply unforgettable.
Watch now on MUBI.
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