Best films to stream this week: 12 Aug
- Emma Simmonds
- 12 August 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.
Perfect 10 ★★★★☆
With its Fish Tank-like focus on a gobby and neglected teen, and boasting similar levels of sensitivity, Perfect 10 marks the feature debut of writer-director Eva Riley. Set in the world of amateur gymnastics, it follows the talented but painfully self-conscious Leigh (superb newcomer Frankie Box) as she struggles to withstand the belittling of her peers and seeks to impress the older brother she never knew she had – Alfie Deegan's Joe. It's a compassionate, beautifully judged portrait of siblings gaining strength from each other.
Watch now on demand.
The winner of two Oscars at the 2020 ceremony, including for Joaquin Phoenix's blistering lead turn, Joker caused a storm with its gritty, incel-inspired take on the titular comic book character. Director Todd Phillips (Road Trip, Due Date, the Hangover films) shook up his comedy strewn CV by turning his hand to something far darker, delivering a violent and surprisingly fascinating rumination on contemporary masculinity and mental health.
Watch now on Sky Cinema.
The Assistant ★★★★☆
A chilly, leftfield and frighteningly credible spin on Weinstein and his ilk, from debut narrative feature director Kitty Green (known for her innovative documentary Casting JonBenet), The Assistant immerses us in the exhausting schedule of Julia Garner's Jane. Dogsbody to an unseen Weinstein-like film executive, she undergoes various humiliations and cruelties, which are all depicted as being simply part of the package, in a job that's sold as a fantastic opportunity to get a foot in the door.
Watch now on Sky Cinema.
With The Invisible Man catching fire commercially and critically, here's an opportunity to check out the previous film from writer-director Leigh Whannell (who also helmed Insidious: Chapter 3 and is the co-creator of the Saw and Insidious franchises). In this ingenious, efficient little sci-fi thriller, Logan Marshall-Green stars as the bizarrely named Grey Trace, who, following a heinous attack, becomes the recipient of an experimental computer chip implant, ceding control of his body and brain, with highly entertaining, and sinister, results.
Watch now on Netflix.
All About My Mother ★★★★★
Those in the market for a modern classic – something sumptuous, idiosyncratic and emotionally devastating – should look no further than Pedro Almodóvar's 1999 Oscar winner, now showing on MUBI, and available widely elsewhere. It follows Cecilia Roth's Manuela as she embarks on a journey of discovery, following the death of her teenage son. Taking in AIDS, transsexualism, faith and much more, and starring Penélope Cruz, Antonia San Juan, and Marisa Paredes, it's one of the director's very best. And that's really saying something.
Watch now on MUBI.
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