Best films to stream this week: 6 Jan
- Emma Simmonds
- 6 January 2021
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.
If you didn't catch the most hyped film of last year during its cinema run then it's now available to rent and you can enjoy scratching your head and teetering thrillingly on the edge of your seat like the rest of us. Christopher Nolan's shot at saving cinema still plays well on the small screen, with ingenious action scenes aplenty, John David Washington establishing himself firmly as a leading man, while Tenet's rental release also gives us the opportunity to revisit and properly reflect on one of the more mind-bending films in recent memory.
Watch now on demand.
Released straight onto Disney's streaming platform over the festive period, Soul will have been a Christmas treat for many a family, but it's the perfect cockle-warmer at any time of year. Pixar deliver delight in spades in a gorgeous animated adventure that finds a music teacher (voiced by Jamie Foxx) caught between life and death, fighting for his chance to finally prove himself as a musician, and befriending a newbie soul (Tina Fey), who runs him amusingly ragged. Rachel House, Richard Ayoade and Angela Bassett provide the sterling support.
Watch now on Disney+.
Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets ★★★★☆
Masquerading as a documentary but with significant fabricated elements, this booze-fuelled curio is still a fascinating prospect. Directed by siblings Bill and Turner Ross and with a truly marvellous title, it's ostensibly set in a Las Vegas dive bar on its dying day; that part is not true, but the assembled characters and their unscripted interactions add huge value and humour. The film also speaks powerfully about how such establishments can be both a crutch and the thing that kicks it away, and about our need to come together and connect. It's subject matter that makes it feel particularly poignant at this time.
Watch now on Curzon Home Cinema.
Phantom Thread ★★★★☆
Christmas traditionally sees the terrestrial channels fill their schedules with films and iPlayer is still playing host to many of the movies which aired on the BBC over the past few weeks – The Revenant, The Death of Stalin and Dunkirk amongst them. But our pick is Paul Thomas Anderson's magnificent fashion world drama, an appropriate winner of the 2018 Oscar for Costume Design, though it was a scandal that it didn't bag more. Daniel Day-Lewis and Lesley Manville are divine as sibling collaborators, while Vicky Krieps gives them a run for their money in a film that has a few surprises up its beautifully stitched sleeve.
Watch now on iPlayer.
About Endlessness ★★★★☆
Though it gave newer voices room to shine, 2020 was a little short on films from established greats, with many choosing to hold their work back rather than see their films skip cinemas. One whose latest did get a global release last year, after premiering at Venice in 2019, is Sweden's Roy Andersson, an absolute one-off of a filmmaker whose absurdist, melancholic and empathetic work can be identified by a single frame. Like his other recent films, About Endlessness is divided into easily digestible vignettes. What might seem on the face of it to be a very arthouse prospect is actually highly enjoyable and, however unintentional it may be, Andersson is one of the few filmmakers to have captured our current mood.
Watch now on Mubi.