Best films to stream this week: 16 Sep
- Emma Simmonds
- 16 September 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.
The Painted Bird ★★★★☆
Yes, it's gruelling but it's also gorgeous. This long, episodic tale unfolds in Eastern Europe during World War II and captures the encounters of a young Jewish boy (Petr Kotlár) who is seeking shelter but who finds compassion and hope in desperately short supply. Directed by Czech filmmaker Václav Marhoul, it's based on the 1965 Jerzy Kosiński novel, while Udo Kier, Stellan Skarsgård, Harvey Keitel and Julian Sands are amongst the eye-catching international cast.
Watch now on demand.
Memories of Murder ★★★★★
Those curious to know what Bong Joon-ho cooked up prior to his Oscar-winning Parasite should start right here with his second film and first masterpiece, an absolutely terrific little crime drama, made with typical cockeyed style and ample poignancy. Loosely based on a true story, it stars regular Bong collaborator Song Kang-ho (Parasite, The Host, Snowpiercer) and Kim Sang-kyung as detectives on the trail of a serial killer and has a ball with South Korean police incompetence and corruption. There are opportunities to see it again on the big screen too.
Watch now on Curzon Home Cinema.
Mired in controversy but well worth making up your own mind about, Netflix snapped this up following its Sundance debut, where it won first-time helmer Maïmouna Doucouré the directing prize. Set on and around a Parisian housing estate, it follows an 11-year-old girl from a Senegalese family as she swaps her strict Muslim upbringing for wild and free western ways, joining a twerking troupe and engaging with a worryingly adult world that she has little comprehension of. Although designed to be discomforting at points, for the most part it's a sensitively told tale about how confusing it must be to be a child of our time.
Watch now on Netflix.
Twenty years before his cinema-rescuing efforts with Tenet, British director Christopher Nolan gave us Memento, a similar mindbender on a much smaller scale, his second feature and the one that made people sit up and take notice (it was nominated for two Oscars in 2002's ceremony). Guy Pearce brilliantly portrays a man with short-term memory loss, trying to solve his wife's murder and getting all tangled up and tattooed in the process.
Watch now on iPlayer.
Le Mans '66 ★★★★☆
Known by the catchier moniker Ford v Ferrari elsewhere, this sleek and sporty number shows how the American car giant took on the established racing legend at the titular endurance race. Director James Mangold (Logan, Walk the Line) is behind the wheel, while the impressive ensemble is led by Matt Damon and Christian Bale as car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles respectively. If the film's racing scenes benefit from pulsating energy and that Oscar-winning editing, it's an emotional story about daring to dream and the urge to innovate too.
Watch now on Sky Cinema.