Best films to stream this week: 11 Nov
- Emma Simmonds
- 11 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.
Lucky Grandma ★★★★☆
The sort of cheeringly rebellious film that will leave you with a little spring in your step, Lucky Grandma is a blast from start to finish. This extremely confident first feature from New York-based director Sasie Sealy has a troublemaking, chain-smoking pensioner at its core, brilliantly played by The Joy Luck Club's Tsai Chin. As the titular senior gets tangled up with gangsters and tries to hide a bag of stolen cash in New York's Chinatown, she's protected by enormous bodyguard Big Pong (Hsiao-Yuan Ha), resulting in one of the most endearing double acts in recent memory.
Watch now on BFI Player.
Queen of Hearts ★★★★★
The winner of a hatful of international and domestic prizes, this remarkable Danish drama takes a provocative look at the hypocrisy, recklessness and plain old criminal behaviour of a middle-aged lawyer, who puts her perfect family and highflying career on the line for an affair with her tempestuous teenage stepson. May el-Toukhy's film is an intimate, uncomfortable and highly complex portrait of a deeply flawed human being, who is brought to screen unforgettably by Trine Dyrholm.
Watch now on Mubi.
Perfect 10 ★★★★☆
Continuing the BBC's season of brand-new British films (last week's pick was the similarly promising and still available Make Up), iPlayer are streaming Perfect 10, following its recent BBC2 premiere and cinema release earlier this year. The directorial debut of Eva Riley is an authentic, Fish Tank-esque drama about a vulnerable, motherless teenage girl who gets into scrapes and bonds with a half-brother she didn't know she had, while perfecting her skills as a gymnast.
Watch now on iPlayer.
About Endlessness ★★★★☆
If recent events have made you despair, legendary Swedish director Roy Andersson knows just how you feel. Bled of colour and comprising various miserable predicaments, his recent films are explorations of the pain of being alive. They are also extremely funny, and the brevity and frequent universality of their scenarios makes them very watchable, despite an ostensibly arthouse appearance. About Endlessness is another ripper, as it takes us from broken shoes and cars to despairing priests and wartime anguish.
Watch now on Curzon Home Cinema.
A Hidden Life ★★★★☆
A wartime setting is explored in a much more prolonged and purely serious manner in the latest from Terrence Malick, who many felt had lost his way in recent years. Widely considered as a return to form, A Hidden Life premiered at Cannes 2019 and was released in the UK early this year. Unfolding over three absorbing hours, it tells the true story of Austrian conscientious objector Franz Jägerstätter (played here by August Diehl), a farmer living in a small, seemingly idyllic rural community who refuses to fight for the Nazis during World War II, to great personal cost.
Watch now on Sky Store.