Best films to stream this week: 23 Sep
- Emma Simmonds
- 23 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.
Enola Holmes ★★★★☆
Radiating pure joy, Enola Holmes is the kind of empowered, buoyantly witty adventure we need right now. Starring the brilliant Millie Bobby Brown (of Stranger Things fame), it brings to the screen Nancy Springer's YA heroine, the teenage sister of Sherlock Holmes, and finds her hot on the trail of her missing mother (Helena Bonham Carter) in a race against her detective brother (an amusingly puffed up Henry Cavill). Directed by Fleabag's Harry Bradbeer, with Jack Thorne (His Dark Materials) scripting, it feels like the start of an exciting new franchise.
Watch now on Netflix.
The Devil All the Time ★★★☆☆
Although a little on the long side and probably too dark for some, the latest from Antonio Campos (Simon Killer, The Sinner) – exclusive to Netflix – is an elegantly assembled psychological thriller in which religion plays a disturbing part. Bringing together an astonishing cast of young talent (Tom Holland, Riley Keough, Eliza Scanlen, Bill Skarsgård, Mia Wasikowska and Haley Bennett), it's a series of interconnected stories featuring a cast of sleazy, tormented or hard-done-by characters. Based on Donald Ray Pollock's critically acclaimed debut novel, the author himself narrates, while man of the moment Robert Pattinson is a stand-out as a piece-of-work preacher.
Watch now on Netflix.
White Riot ★★★★☆
Rock Against Racism are under the microscope in this energetic and appealing documentary from Rubika Shah, which is also available to watch in cinemas. Showing the way the music scene was harnessed in the fightback against a rising tide of racism in the late 70s and early 80s, it features contributions from musicians and founders alike (including The Clash's Topper Headon and Red Saunders). White Riot recalls the movement's seminal gigs, their cut-and-paste approach to enacting change and the chilling fact of what they were up against. It's inspiring stuff that also serves to remind us that the fight is far from over.
Watch now on demand.
Terminator: Dark Fate ★★★★☆
Who'd have thought we'd ever be recommending another Terminator movie, given the mediocre or downright dreadful sequels that followed 1991's Judgement Day. Sensibly skipping over them and picking up where that film left off, the franchise's sixth instalment, Dark Fate, is directed by Deadpool's Tim Miller and boasts a story credit for series creator James Cameron. Most importantly, it returns Linda Hamilton to the fold as the indomitable Sarah Connor, alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger of course, and restores the 'heart, horror, focus and ferocity' to the series.
Watch now on Sky Cinema.
Continuing their 'Magnificent Obsessions: The Films of Pedro Almodóvar' season, MUBI present one of his finest. 2006's Volver secured a Best Actress Oscar nomination for its lead, a never-better Penélope Cruz, and tells the story of a mother (Carmen Maura's Irene) apparently returning from the dead to reunite with her grown-up daughters (played by Cruz and Lola Dueñas). Cruz's resilient Raimunda is one of Almodóvar's most memorable heroines in a film that's utterly gorgeous, mischievously witty and powerfully performed. If you haven't seen it, or even if you have, make it a must.
Watch now on MUBI.