Best films to stream this week: 26 Aug
- Emma Simmonds
- 26 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.
Yes, God, Yes ★★★★☆
Our pick of last week's straight-to-streaming releases is a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age comedy from the screenwriter of Obvious Child, Karen Maine, in her directorial debut. Stranger Things' Natalia Dyer makes a hilarious and sympathetic protagonist playing a Catholic schoolgirl grappling with supposedly sinful desires at a religious retreat. Unable to contain her impulses, she's roundly judged by peers and adults alike, before their hypocrisy is reassuringly revealed.
Watch now on demand.
Available to rent after a brief spell in cinemas and an acclaimed run on the festival circuit last year – which kicked off with its Grand Jury Prize win at Sundance 2019 – is this masterful death penalty drama, from writer-director Chinonye Chukwu (alaskaLand). Starring the great Alfre Woodard as a proud prison warden overseeing death row, Clemency movingly details her crisis of conscience as she encounters a man (played by Aldis Hodge) who insists he is innocent.
Watch now on demand.
Zombieland: Double Tap ★★★☆☆
A decade after the original movie, the stars of the hit horror comedy return for more post-apocalyptic undead ass-kicking. Given that Oscar winner Emma Stone was amongst the original quartet, engineering this reunion is no mean feat; she joins Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg and Abigail Breslin as their dysfunctional pseudo-family go from The White House to Graceland and face-off against a new breed of super-zombie. If the gags have gotten a bit limp, it's still an action-packed sequel from returning director Ruben Fleischer.
Watch now on Sky Cinema.
Lady Bird ★★★★☆
Nominated for five Oscars, this effervescent comedy drama about adolescent angst shot acting favourite Greta Gerwig onto the directing scene in 2017 (she followed it up with the similarly acclaimed Little Women, of course). Saoirse Ronan is wonderful as 'Lady Bird' McPherson, a teenager negotiating the usual crises – including a difficult relationship with her well-meaning but abrasive mother (Laurie Metcalf), a bust-up with her best pal (Booksmart's Beanie Feldstein), and disastrous romances with suitors played by Lucas Hedges and Timothée Chalamet.
Watch now on iPlayer.
The Meg ★★★☆☆
Given the absence of a blockbuster season this year (the last-ditch efforts of Tenet aside), there's been a distinct lack of big dumb fun, so Prime adding one of 2018's most pleasingly daft movies to its roster gets the thumbs up from us. This mega budget B-pic was perhaps a victim of its own hype on release – how could a movie featuring action legend Jason Statham and a 75-foot megalodon ever live up to expectations? – but it eventually made serious money and there's lots to enjoy, particularly Statham's knowing and amusingly tetchy turn as the only man who can take the giant shark down. Thrillingly for fans, a sequel is in the works.
Watch now on Amazon Prime.
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