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.
Long-awaited and bumped from big screen to small following the complications of Covid, the live-action Mulan makes its entrance and it's as grand as we hoped. A bonanza of vivid visuals, exciting action and courageous pronouncements, Kiwi director Niki Caro (Whale Rider) brings the beloved animation into the 'real' world with aplomb in the form of a martial arts spectacular that pits the tenacious female warrior (played by Yifei Liu) against Jason Scott Lee's fearsome Böri Khan and his fabulous witch sidekick (the great Gong Li). Jet Li, Donnie Yen and Tzi Ma are amongst the starry support.
Watch now on Disney+ Prime Access.
I'm Thinking of Ending Things ★★★★☆
The screenwriter of Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and writer-director of Anomalisa, Charlie Kaufman, delivers another highly eccentric mind-bender with this marvellous, blackly comic adaptation of Iain Reid's book, which finds a young woman (Jessie Buckley) on her way to meet her new boyfriend's parents (brilliantly played by Toni Collette and David Thewlis). As things get weirder and weirder in a film that flirts with horror tropes and has a tenuous grasp on reality, we're privy to our protagonist's thoughts on her beau (played by Jesse Plemons), including her burning desire to break-up with him.
Watch now on Netflix.
Marie Antoinette ★★★☆☆
With Sofia Coppola's latest, On the Rocks (starring Rashida Jones and Bill Murray), due in cinemas and on Apple TV+ next month, now's the time to revisit and perhaps reappraise some of her earlier work. Divisive at the time of release, her 2006 take on the tale of Marie Antoinette is a stunning confection, unafraid to divert from the usual period path. Coppola has a riot with the lavish indulgences of Versailles while poking fun at its rituals, and Kirsten Dunst is typically terrific as she takes her royal highness from child bride to party animal, earth mother and pariah. Future-star spotters will enjoy appearances from a young Jamie Dornan and Tom Hardy.
Watch now on Amazon Prime.
The Handmaiden ★★★☆☆
If our original reviewer wasn't totally sold, they were certainly in the minority. This beguiling and incomparably beautiful film from South Korean director Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Stoker, TV's The Little Drummer Girl) is inspired by the Sarah Waters novel Fingersmith. Set in Japanese-occupied Korea, it sees a pickpocket (Tae-ri Kim) hired to become the handmaiden to a Japanese heiress (Min-hee Kim) as part of a plot to steal her inheritance. Instead, the pair become romantically entangled in a story that offers dastardly behaviour aplenty, alongside ample twists and turns.
Watch now on Netflix.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy ★★★★☆
Forget The Snowman, the first English-language effort from Sweden's Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In) was a masterful, atmospheric, triple Oscar-nominated and double BAFTA-winning spin on John le Carré's classic espionage novel. Starring Gary Oldman as super spy George Smiley, in a performance of impeccable subtlety and dignity, it finds him ferreting out a traitor in MI6's midst, with John Hurt, Mark Strong, Colin Firth, and that man Tom Hardy again, flanking him.
Watch now on iPlayer.