Best films to stream this week: 13 Jan
- Emma Simmonds
- 13 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.
Wonder Woman 1984 ★★★★☆
Speeding its way onto premium video-on-demand less than a month after its cinema release is the sequel to 2017's box office smash. If the critical verdict hasn't been universally glowing this time round, the film can be incredibly sweet and spectacular, with returning director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot still working wonderfully together. Featuring MeToo-themed commentary, romance, and top quality villainy from Kristen Wiig and Pedro Pascal, Wonder Woman 1984 is a superpowered blast from times past.
Watch now on demand.
Pieces of a Woman ★★★☆☆
From acclaimed Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó (White God), Pieces of a Woman may not be perfect but it features some outstanding moments. There's fine work from BAFTA winner Vanessa Kirby (former star of The Crown and winner of Best Actress at last year's Venice Film Festival for her performance here), playing a young woman grieving for her baby daughter, and there are plenty of memorable scenes in this desperately sad film, including a single-shot home birth and a bravura speech from the great Ellen Burstyn.
Watch now on Netflix.
Miss Juneteenth ★★★★☆
Beauty competitions have traditionally been fodder for comedy – from Little Miss Sunshine to Drop Dead Gorgeous and Miss Congeniality – but with Miss Juneteenth pageants forming part of celebrations that commemorate the end of slavery it's no laughing matter. Channing Godfrey Peoples draws on her own experiences of attending such events for her impressive first feature. She centres her story around a hardworking and heroic single mother (excellent work from Nicole Beharie), whose personal disappointments lead her to ignore the protestations of her disinterested daughter (Alexis Chikaeze), who she's entered into the titular competition.
Watch now on Sky Cinema.
Screening as part of MUBI's 'First Films First' season, Steve McQueen's knockout 2008 debut about Irish republican Bobby Sands' notorious hunger strike saw the director make the transition from video artist to filmmaker. It also provided the breakthrough role for actor Michael Fassbender, who McQueen would go on to collaborate with so fruitfully on Shame and 12 Years a Slave. Those who admired the director's recent Small Axe anthology series (still available to watch on iPlayer) may want to revisit his earliest work, or discover where it all began.
Watch now on MUBI.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy ★★★★☆
With Gary Oldman currently impressing in David Fincher's recently released Herman J Mankiewicz biopic Mank, here's the film he received his first Oscar nomination for back in 2012 (he would go on to win the Best Actor gong for the inferior Darkest Hour six years later). Oldman is subtle and sensational as the enigmatic George Smiley, while Swedish director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In) brings his outsider's eye beautifully to material, rendering this most British of spy stories (based on the recently deceased John le Carré's novel of course) moving, exciting, eccentric and totally, utterly hypnotic.
Watch now on BBC iPlayer.