Best films to stream this week: 30 Sep
- Emma Simmonds
- 30 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 Boys in the Band ★★★★☆
Mart Crowley's landmark 1968 play is brought to the screen a second time and it's as heart-breaking and hilarious as ever. Featuring the cast of the 2018 Broadway revival, on fine form, the script fizzes with acerbic energy, even if it struggles to totally transcend its theatrical roots. It sees a group of gay friends gather for a birthday party in New York. As the host (The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons) gets increasingly drunk, he turns on the others, while the arrival of his straight college buddy really stirs things up.
Watch now on Netflix.
Miss Juneteenth ★★★★☆
This beautifully judged first feature from Channing Godfrey Peoples, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year, follows a former beauty queen and hard-grafting single mum as she pressures her disinterested daughter into the titular competition, with hopes of snagging her an educational scholarship. With the annual holiday marking the emancipation of slaves as the film's backdrop and the limited opportunities afforded to the Black community at the fore, it's a poignant look at keeping the flame of ambition alive whatever the challenges, starring a terrific Nicole Beharie.
Watch now on demand.
Renée Zellweger is electric in this moving take on the trials of the great Judy Garland during the last year of her life, as she suffers various professional and personal humiliations whilst retaining the ability to occasionally wow. A shoo-in for the Oscar the moment the film was unveiled at the end of last summer, the actress turns in a huge, film-enhancing and desperately touching performance, while British director Rupert Goold and writer Tom Edge (adapting Peter Quilter's play) push romance to the side-lines, making sure it's all about the star.
Watch now on Sky Cinema.
This tragic and terrifically vivid account of the rise and fall of British fashion designer Alexander McQueen – known by his first name, Lee, by those who loved him – who took his own life in 2010, was one of the outstanding documentaries from 2018 and was nominated for two BAFTAs in recognition. Scored by Michael Nyman (The Piano) no less, it takes us from McQueen's working-class Lewisham roots through wild success, controversy and drug dependency. It's helmed with apposite style by Ian Bonhôte and co-director Peter Ettedgui, while friends, family and collaborators remember McQueen fondly.
Watch now on iPlayer.
Queen & Slim ★★★★☆
New to Prime this week is the cinematic debut of music video legend Melina Matsoukas (best known for her collaborations with Beyoncé, she's the creative force behind the singer's 'Formation' video amongst others). It takes the lovers on the run film and turns it into an incendiary, idiosyncratic and visually unforgettable commentary on American race relations. British actors Daniel Kaluuya and relative newcomer Jodie Turner-Smith are a magnetic double act as they go from a disastrous first date to mutual dependency, after fleeing a violent traffic stop.
Watch now on Amazon Prime.