Best films to stream this week: 25 Nov
- Emma Simmonds
- 25 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.
One of the documentaries of the year, Collective follows a team of courageous investigative reporters and a former patients' rights activist as they expose and try to combat the corruption that has squeezed the life out of Romania's health service. Director Alexander Nanau takes us from the terrible 2015 fire at Bucharest's Colectiv nightclub, through the political fallout, before immersing us in continuing scandals, which have the power to shock and horrify. This nail-bitingly tense film also acts as a valuable lesson to anyone who takes good quality healthcare for granted.
Watch now on demand.
Mangrove / Lovers Rock ★★★★★
We've just reviewed the next instalment, Red, White and Blue, but two of Steve McQueen's superb Small Axe films are already available to watch on iPlayer, and they kickstart his anthology series in extremely impressive style. The Letitia Wright-starring Mangrove is a blazing recreation of a moment in history, which sees a community of Black Londoners fight back against their appalling treatment, while the blues party-based Lovers Rock is a seductive slice of hedonism and pop culture, featuring Top Boy's Michael Ward. Vivid portrayals of the Black British experience, the films look set to become landmarks, so catch them while you can.
Watch now on iPlayer.
Saint Frances ★★★★★
This comedic but truthful look at abortion and getting your act together is masterfully handled by first-time feature director Alex Thompson and writer-star Kelly O'Sullivan, who charismatically conveys every inch of her chaotic protagonist Bridget's angst and idiocy. When she takes a job as a nanny that she's really not qualified for, Bridget bonds with her feisty charge Frances (Ramona Edith Williams), whilst negotiating a fairly disastrous romantic situation, and providing a shoulder to cry on for one of Frances's mums (Charin Alvarez).
Watch now on demand.
French director Alice Winocour's sensitive drama might be centred around a flight into space, but it stays firmly grounded in the story of a mother who faces parting with her beloved daughter for a year when she is accepted on a mission to Mars. Eva Green is Sarah, the astronaut in question, with Zélie Boulant her appropriately named daughter Stella. Matt Dillon plays a creepy and patronising American colleague in scenes set in Russia's Star City, where Sarah gets put through her paces. It's a moving exploration of the maternal bond and the tension between motherhood and ambition, that focuses as much on Sarah's guts as her struggles.
Watch on BFI Player.
Lynn + Lucy ★★★★☆
The latest in BBC Two's British films season arrives on iPlayer and it's a provocative and powerful watch. Ostensibly the story of a smothering best friendship, Fyzal Boulifa's debut is a fable-like morality tale which digs into societal stigmas and mob mentalities; although shot in Essex, it could take place anywhere. First-time actress Roxanne Scrimshaw brings total credibility to her performance as trainee hairdresser Lynn, who is trying to reinvent herself after a decade as a stay-at-home mother. Her wild child pal Lucy (Nichola Burley) is a new mum struggling to adjust herself, before things go badly wrong. It'll leave you with plenty to mull over afterwards.
Watch on iPlayer.