Best films to stream this week: 2 Dec
- Emma Simmonds
- 2 December 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.
With his second feature (following 2012's Antiviral), Brandon Cronenberg steps out of the shadow of his iconic filmmaking father David, by offering his own twist on body horror. The sci-fi story involves brain implant technology, which allows one person to inhabit the psyche of another, something that a shadowy organisation is using to facilitate assassinations. Andrea Riseborough is one of the agents employed by Jennifer Jason Leigh's dastardly Girder, Christopher Abbott plays the patsy whose mind has been targeted in order to kill his girlfriend (Tuppence Middleton) and her monstrous tech mogul father (Sean Bean). Haunting imagery communicates the battle for a soul, while the excellent cast render it all-too convincing.
Watch now on Curzon Home Cinema.
Yes, God, Yes ★★★★☆
Arriving quickly on the streaming giant following its recent, low-key digital release is the winning directorial debut of Obvious Child's screenwriter, Karen Maine. Stranger Things' Natalia Dyer is spot-on as an earnest Catholic teen, who is overpowered by sexual urges amidst a chorus of disapproval. With the supporting cast including Timothy Simons from Veep and Donna Lynne Champlin from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, it's a marvellous little indie comedy, whose innocent air emphasises that there's no shame in what its protagonist is feeling.
Watch now on Netflix.
The Wolf of Snow Hollow ★★★★☆
Sneaking onto the rental scene with little fanfare is the follow-up feature from Thunder Road's Jim Cummings. We loved that film and this has lots to recommend it too. It once again focuses on a police officer in freefall, as Cummings' alcoholic officer is driven back to the booze when what seem like werewolf attacks plague his small town. The chaos of the investigation and spiralling mental situation of the protagonist – who gets into physical fights with colleagues and breaks his oven – adds an idiosyncratic, often darkly humorous twist to a familiar set-up. That it contains one of the final performances from the great Robert Forster gives you another reason to check it out.
Watch now on Amazon Prime.
Happiest Season ★★★☆☆
It might rely too heavily on traditional holidays-from-hell shenanigans but Happiest Season deserves major kudos for making the focus of its festive farce a loveable lesbian couple, and casting Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis no less. They deliver sparks and superb believability and are well supported by the likes of Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie, Mary Steenburgen, and Dan Levy from Schitt's Creek. Actress Clea DuVall (The Faculty, The Handmaid's Tale) directs, and co-writes with one of the film's scene-stealing stars, Mary Holland.
Watch now on Google Play.
Les Misérables ★★★★☆
With its audaciously appropriated title, Ladj Ly's crime drama – which marks his feature debut – is set in the Parisian commune of Montfermeil, following the 2018 World Cup, and is based on real police violence from 2008 that was observed and filmed by Ly. Oscar-nominated and the winner of Best Film at the 2020 César Awards, beating Portrait of a Lady on Fire, it draws attention to the abuse of poorer citizens from marginalised communities, shaping its social commentary into an energised and compelling tale.
Watch now on Curzon Home Cinema.