Best films to stream this week: 15 July

Best films to stream this week: 15 July

Bad Education

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.

Bad Education ★★★★☆

Premiering on TV after an acclaimed festival run last year, which saw its star Hugh Jackman attract particular praise, this comedy drama is not to be confused with Pedro Almodóvar's 2004 film of the same name. It's an impeccably judged portrait of a flawed character, from Thoroughbreds' Cory Finley, based on a real-life financial scandal in New York's Roslyn district. Jackman is mesmerising as the area's beloved superintendent of schools Frank Tassone, a man with significant secrets, with Allison Janney his equal as Frank's rather less cautious right-hand woman. Ray Romano, Annaleigh Ashford and Geraldine Viswanathan (as a fearless school reporter who sniffs out the story) provide strong support.
Watch now on Sky Cinema.

Litigante ★★★★☆

This absolute gem of a drama from Colombian director Franco Lolli finds a single mother struggling as she cares for her son and dying mother and becomes embroiled in corruption in her workplace. The film itself is a real family affair: the director's cousin Carolina Sanín makes her spellbinding debut in the lead, and she's flanked by similarly astonishing work from Lolli's mother Leticia Gómez – also making her debut. Beautifully shot, and alive to suffering and challenging relationships in a way that never feels remotely draining or depressing, Litigante is a near-masterclass in how to turn domestic strife into something spectacular.
Watch now on demand.

Finding the Way Back ★★★★☆

Ben Affleck explores some highly personal terrain in the latest gritty soul-searcher from Gavin O'Connor (Warrior). Combining sports movie traditions with a study of alcoholism, the film follows Affleck's Jack as he attempts to get his act together. Once a young basketball hotshot and now a drunken and solitary construction worker, Jack returns to the sport he knows and loves to coach his high school team, and hopefully find redemption. It's stirring stuff, especially worth watching to see Affleck back on form; inevitably drawing from his own battles with addiction, he turns in his best performance in years.
Watch now on demand.

Timbuktu ★★★★☆

New to MUBI is this astounding, Oscar-nominated African film from 2014. Inspired by the Islamic militant occupation of Timbuktu in 2012, this frighteningly credible narrative feature documents the imposition of a brutal jihadist regime by gun-toting but thoroughly ordinary outsiders, highlighting the hypocrisy, absurdity, fear and injustice. Director Abderrahmane Sissako shows incredible sensitivity to the community's plight, noting their small but important acts of resistance and foregrounding female courage in particular.
Watch now on MUBI.

Bad Lieutenant – Port of Call: New Orleans ★★★★☆

With Werner Herzog's latest – whimsical pseudo-documentary Family Romance, LLC. – recently hitting streaming platforms, Curzon Home Cinema have made some of Herzog's incredibly eclectic back catalogue available on their website, including Grizzly Man and, of course, Aguirre, Wrath of God. However, 2009's Bad Lieutenant is probably the most fun. Fans of Nicolas Cage's eye-catching performances will relish his work here, particularly a scene where he emerges from behind a door, electric razor in hand, to intimidate an old lady while shaving. With their shared love for the outlandish, Cage and Herzog are a match made in movie heaven.
Watch now on Curzon Home Cinema.

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