Best films to stream this week: 20 Jan
- Emma Simmonds
- 20 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.
One Night in Miami … ★★★★☆
One of the finest actresses of her generation, multi-award-winner Regina King, turns her attention to feature filmmaking after working behind the camera in TV for nearly a decade, and the results are as impressive as you'd hope. Kemp Powers adapts his own stage play, imagining a dialogue between four African-American heroes – Cassius Clay, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and NFL star Jim Brown – over one incredible night. The cast, including Clemency's Aldis Hodge and rising British star Kingsley Ben-Adir as Malcolm X, go beyond impersonation and King brings it together beautifully.
Watch now on Amazon Prime Video.
The surveillance and harassment of civil rights legend Martin Luther King is exposed in this incendiary and eye-opening documentary from Oscar nominee Sam Pollard, which compellingly weaves together immersive and gorgeously restored archive footage with FBI documents that are now in the public domain. Experts taking us through events include David Garrow, whose book provided the film's framework, civil rights trailblazers, and recent director of the FBI James Comey, while in interviews and speeches the words of the icon in question remain as powerful as ever.
Watch now on Spectrum.
What They Had ★★★★☆
Overlooked on its 2019 UK cinema release and now new to Netflix is, in the words of our reviewer, an 'expertly observed family drama'. What They Had stars acting powerhouses Hilary Swank and Michael Shannon, facing-off as siblings with differing views of how to care for their ailing mother (Blythe Danner), while the late Robert Forster adds additional dramatic heft as their father, who complicates things further by refusing to accept help. It's an authentic, sometimes humorous look at an all-too common predicament.
Watch now on Netflix.
Blithe Spirit ★★★☆☆
Dan Stevens continues to erase all memory of his role in Downton; this time he's partaking in an enjoyably ridiculous romp and throwing himself into it with admirable abandon. Isla Fisher and Leslie Mann play the women in his life – one of whom is deceased – and Judi Dench is the supposedly fraudulent medium who conjures chaos. It might lack the magic of David Lean's 1945 take on Noël Coward's deliciously dotty play, but the game performers give it some oomph, and with its slightly Sunday teatime-esque feel it may have found a more natural home on the telly.
Watch now on Sky Cinema.
99 Homes ★★★★☆
Ramin Bahrani's take on The White Tiger hits Netflix this Friday and in advance of that his nailbiting 2014 property market thriller, 99 Homes, is available to watch on iPlayer. That man Michael Shannon is at it again, playing a pitiless and corrupt real estate broker who offers one of his victims a job, knowing they have little choice but to accept. Andrew Garfield is the victim in question, a construction worker in dire straights, and the twisted relationship between the two men fuels a film with a strong social conscience, that also stars Laura Dern.
Watch now on iPlayer.