Best films to stream this week: 4 Nov
- Emma Simmonds
- 4 November 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.
On the Rocks ★★★★☆
An appealing father-daughter duo are at the heart of this delightful comic caper from Sofia Coppola which riffs on her beloved Lost in Translation. Rashida Jones stars as exhausted writer and mother of two Laura, who begins to suspect her husband (played by Marlon Wayans) is cheating on her. Bill Murray is Laura's loyal but rakish father Felix who shamelessly fuels her suspicions, proposing that they play detectives and spy on her spouse – something he ends up enjoying rather too much.
Watch now on Apple TV+.
His House ★★★★☆
Debut director Remi Weekes delivers an original and emotionally impactful spin on the haunted house horror flick that's recently wrapped up a cinema run. There's plenty of satire and style even for those who aren't big genre fans. Sope Dirisu and Wunmi Mosaku are a pair of South Sudanese asylum seekers temporarily housed in a run-down British property by Matt Smith's apparently matey but really pretty patronising caseworker. Traumatised and plagued by ghostly visions, the lack of compassion and outright hostility the couple encounter may be the most horrifying aspect of all.
Watch now on Netflix.
In the aftermath of Halloween, we've another fine chiller to recommend (check out our full list of recent horror tips). Australian director Natalie Erika James uses dementia as the basis for her striking debut. It focuses on the female contingent of a family as a daughter and granddaughter deal with a forgetful elderly matriarch, whose whole home seems to be affected by her condition – a manifestation which threatens to consume them all. Emily Mortimer, Robyn Nevin and Bella Heathcote play the three generations with terrifying conviction.
Watch now on demand.
The Painter and the Thief ★★★★☆
A stranger-than-fiction tale is relayed with ingenuity in this gripping account of an unusual and remarkable friendship from Norwegian director Benjamin Ree that recently bagged the Documentary Feature Audience Award at the London Film Festival. It follows Czech-born artist Barbora Kysilkova who, after suffering the theft of two of her prized paintings, befriends one of the men who stole from her, Karl-Bertil Nordland. With complex and sympathetic personalities at its heart, it's a beautiful study of overcoming assumptions.
Watch now on BFI Player and Curzon Home Cinema.
Make Up ★★★★☆
British director Claire Oakley's excellent and unsettling first feature made its debut in cinemas earlier this year and is already available to watch on your telly. It's a deliberately difficult-to-define film, full of tension and intrigue, which blends social realist and genre tropes and is set in a wind-battered Cornish holiday park. Molly Windsor (Three Girls) plays teenager Ruth, who gets a lot more than she bargained for when she visits her boyfriend (Joseph Quinn), who has been working at the park over the summer. Suspecting him of having an affair, she turns her attentions to his confident colleague Jade (Stefanie Martini), who stirs up something in Ruth that she can't quite cope with.
Watch now on iPlayer.