Best films to stream this week: 28 Oct

Best films to stream this week: 28 Oct

The Lighthouse

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.

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm ★★★☆☆

While it can't quite top the audacity and novelty of the first film, the return to the big screen of Sacha Baron Cohen's Kazakh clown – a role which earned him a Golden Globe last time round – can still be chalked up as a success. This time, he's supported by newcomer Maria Bakalova, gamely playing Borat's mistreated daughter Tutar, who finds feminism and a place in his affections. Best of all, is the now-much-talked-about closing prank, featuring a certain American politician in an extremely compromising situation.
Watch now on Amazon Prime Video.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 ★★★★☆

Despite the Oscars being pushed back to April next year and fewer mainstream movies being released, we've already seen a number of films worthy of awards consideration when such events finally go ahead. Aaron Sorkin's real-life inspired drama, for one, may eventually find itself in the mix. Featuring an extremely impressive ensemble, which includes Eddie Redmayne, Jeremy Strong, Mark Rylance, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and that man Sacha Baron Cohen again, it's a film that draws together a complex legal fight and competing narratives with real flair.
Watch now on Netflix.

Calm with Horses ★★★★

The stunning feature debut of filmmaker Nick Rowland follows the reluctant enforcer for an Irish criminal clan. Played by a bulked-up Cosmo Jarvis (from Lady Macbeth and Farming), 'Arm', as he's known, struggles to carry out the violent acts that are continually asked of him, whilst showing tenderness towards his autistic son. Jarvis conveys Arm's turmoil with heart-wrenching credibility, and he's wonderfully flanked by a rogue's gallery of supporting characters, played by the likes of Barry Keoghan, David Wilmot and Ned Dennehy.
Watch now on Netflix.

Rebecca ★★★☆☆

Worth watching for its sumptuous stylings and Kristin Scott Thomas's Danvers alone, Ben Wheatley's take on the classic Daphne du Maurier tale has plenty to recommend it but fails to fully do justice to the superb source material and escape the shadow of the 1940 Alfred Hitchcock classic, while Armie Hammer is forgettable as Maxim de Winter, a role that Laurence Olivier made fascinating. Nevertheless, the director of Kill List, Sightseers and High-Rise is an interesting choice at the helm and he adds a few flourishes, while Lily James is a decent and eventually quite daring heroine.
Watch now on Netflix.

The Lighthouse ★★★★★

While we settle into what may be a long wait to see his take on the Caped Crusader (Matt Reeves's The Batman is currently scheduled for March 2022, but has already been pushed back twice), here's Robert Pattinson in one of his finest performances to date, going toe-to-toe with the great Willem Dafoe and acquitting himself admirably. The pair play lighthouse keepers, trying to keep it together on a remote New England island during the 1890s as storms rage. The Witch's Robert Eggers once again shows himself to be a master of suspense in a film shot in Oscar-nominated monochrome that takes us on a very disturbing psychological journey.
Watch now on Sky Cinema.