Best films to stream this week: 7 Oct

Best films to stream this week: 7 Oct

Rocks

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.

Rocks ★★★★★

Sarah Gavron follows up Suffragette with a fresh and very different spin on female solidarity which had a brief cinematic run last month. Produced in collaboration with her cast of young Londoners, it's a credible, sometimes painful look at friendship, hardship and parental neglect. Starring sublime newcomer Bukky Bakray as 'Rocks', it sees this entrepreneurial teen up against it when her mother abandons her and her adorable younger brother. Rocks is forced to fend for them both, at first in secret, and ultimately with the assistance of a close-knit gang of school-friends.
Watch now on Netflix.

David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet ★★★★☆

This feature-length video essay from the beloved conservationist makes a passionate and accessible plea to save our planet from imminent environmental catastrophe, a process of devastation described as well under way. Attenborough recalls his remarkable career over the same period which has seen dwindling biodiversity and soaring carbon emissions. Gracing cinemas just over a week ago, the documentary makes the move to Netflix and, while the grandeur of its vistas is somewhat dimmed by the small screen, the message remains just as powerful.
Watch now on Netflix.

The Last Tree ★★★★☆

Writer-director Shola Amoo's second feature (following his multimedia debut A Moving Image) is a semi-autobiographical film powered by a commanding central performance from Sam Adewunmi, that riffs on racial identity. It follows Femi, a boy of Nigerian descent, who is raised in rural Lincolnshire by a white foster mother before being returned to his birth mother in London where he struggles to fit in with her culture and preconceived notions of what a Black teen should be. It's a complex and insightful exploration of the Black British experience.
Watch now on Netflix.

Eternal Beauty ★★★★☆

One of Britain's finest actresses, Sally Hawkins, bags a real doozy of a role in this witty and subversive spin on mental decline from sophomore director Craig Roberts (best known for his roles in Submarine and Bad Neighbours). Hawkins plays a woman suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, who is the black sheep of an ostensibly conventional but actually pretty horrible family. David Thewlis, Billie Piper, Morfydd Clark and Penelope Wilton provide superb support in a film that encourages us to align ourselves with an enjoyably unusual heroine.
Watch now on demand.

Just Mercy ★★★★☆

This powerful legal drama, based on a real injustice, is the latest from Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12, The Glass Castle). It stars Michael B Jordan as idealistic young lawyer Bryan Stevenson, who shows remarkable determination as he attempts to free wrongly convicted death row inmate Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx). Tear-jerking, outrage-inducing and superbly performed, Just Mercy is unashamedly old-fashioned, crusading stuff that, in its depiction of institutional racism, still has huge resonance. Those in search of more blood-boiling, true-life legal shenanigans should follow it up with The Trial of the Chicago 7 (in selected cinemas now and playing on Netflix from Fri 16 Oct).
Watch now on Sky Cinema.

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