Best films to stream this week: 22 July
- Emma Simmonds
- 22 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, 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.
Come As You Are ★★★★☆
This likeably frank and irreverent dramedy from Richard Wong is a remake of the hit 2011 Belgian comedy Hasta La Vista. It overcomes what seems like a crude premise (three American virgins head to a famous Canadian brothel) with its focus on something rarely seen on screen: the sexual desire and frustrations of those with disabilities. Featuring great work from Grant Rosenmeyer, Ravi Patel, Hayden Szeto and Janeane Garofalo (playing the overprotective mum of one of the sexual adventurers), it's finely judged and very funny.
Watch now on demand.
Father Soldier Son ★★★★☆
This unusually apolitical documentary about the American military, from Leslye Davis and Catrin Einhorn, hones in on seriously injured platoon sergeant Brian Eisch as he returns from active duty in Afghanistan, and readjusts to life as a civilian and single dad. It follows Eisch and his family over nearly a decade, as things change for the better and worse and his sons grow up absorbing and resisting their father's military mantra. Securing strikingly honest testimony from its participants and saying much about modern day America and masculinity, it's a compassionate look at a problematic profession.
Watch now on Netflix.
20th Century Women ★★★★☆
Writer-director Mike Mills (Beginners) deservedly secured a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination in 2017 for this frequently hilarious look at an unconventional domestic set-up in late 70s Santa Barbara. Featuring an all-star cast, led by Annette Bening as an exuberant, rule-breaking matriarch, it also stars Lucas Jade Zumann as her exasperated teenage son, who finds himself surrounded by female drama from the likes of Elle Fanning and Greta Gerwig, playing women enlisted to help raise this young man who, in the end, only add to his confusion.
Watch now on iPlayer.
Ad Astra ★★★★★
James Gray's immaculately crafted outer space daddy drama won the admiration of many critics following its Venice Film Festival premiere last year. Audiences were rather less keen on what is nevertheless an immersive and extraordinarily atmospheric film, fronted by a rarely-better Brad Pitt and co-starring Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga and Donald Sutherland. With Earth under threat, Pitt's ace astronaut must follow his long-lost father into space in an attempt to establish communication and save humanity. What some may find spectacularly indulgent, others will rank as out of this world.
Watch now on Sky Cinema.
Unusually philosophical and probing for a piece of fairly mainstream filmmaking, Luce is based on the play by JC Lee, who collaborated on the screenplay with director Julius Onah. This mystery hinges on an astonishing performance from rising star Kelvin Harrison Jr (Waves, The High Note), who is a slippery (possible) devil in the title role. Luce is rescued from war-torn Eritrea as a child and adopted by white parents before becoming the star of his high school. Tension arises from the fraught relationship that develops between him and his suspicious history teacher (Octavia Spencer), with his mother (Naomi Watts) not knowing what to think. It's a drama that places liberal guilt and America's relationship with race fascinatingly under the microscope.
Watch now on Sky Cinema.
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