Best films to stream this week: 27 Jan
- Emma Simmonds
- 27 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.
Quo Vadis, Aida? ★★★★★
The 1995 Srebrenica massacre might sound like devastating subject matter but this is a truly beautiful piece of filmmaking that's well worth braving. Aided by her outstanding leading lady, Jasna Ɖjuričić, Bosnian filmmaker Jasmila Žbanić has produced something hugely compassionate and compelling, which has race-against-the-clock tension as it documents a fictional interpreter's fight to save her loved ones from Ratko Mladić's troops. It's only January but we may have found one of our films of the year.
Watch now on Curzon Home Cinema.
Baby Done ★★★★☆
Alternatively, if you're in desperate need of a spirit-lifting laugh then what better to have a chuckle at than something as ubiquitous yet mind-blowing as pregnancy. Kiwi comedies tend to go down very well in the UK and this one's a real treat. Directed by Curtis Vowell and written by his wife, Sophie Henderson, Baby Done combines authenticity with some enjoyably outlandish scenes, with its story of an angry arborist (the excellent Rose Matafeo) who is trying to cram in some last-minute living before the birth of her baby alters things forever.
Watch now on Curzon Home Cinema.
Bill & Ted Face the Music ★★★☆☆
Speaking of laughs, for those who remember Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter's gormless rocker dudes fondly this reprisal from original writing duo, Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, hits a lot of the right notes, and is now available to rent. Sensibly bringing William Sadler's Death back into the fold and introducing a funny and not wildly dissimilar new adversary in the form of Anthony Carrigan's Dennis Caleb McCoy, the films finds the titular pair enjoying being dads to their grown-up mini-me daughters, before world-saving actions are once again required.
Watch now on demand.
The White Tiger ★★★☆☆
Many of you will have read Aravind Adiga's Booker Prize-winning novel and it's certainly interesting fodder for a film. Ramin Bahrani (99 Homes) takes the reins of a story that gives voice to India's enslaved underclass and powerfully explores the toxic master-servant dynamic. Relative newcomer Adarsh Gourav makes a powerful impression as driver and general skivvy Balram, and he's flanked by established stars Priyanka Chopra and Rajkummar Rao. There are shades of Slumdog Millionaire in the setting, social commentary and lively execution, but it gets even darker.
Watch now on Netflix.
The White Crow ★★★★☆
For his third film as director (following Coriolanus and The Invisible Woman) master thesp Ralph Fiennes digs into the story of Soviet-born ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev and his defection to the west, expertly assisted by screenwriter David Hare. Starring Oleg Ivenko as the adult Nureyev and Fiennes himself as ballet master Alexander Pushkin, it shifts between three time periods, spotlighting the dancer's childhood, the beginning of his ballet journey, and a key point in his career, six years later.
Watch now on iPlayer.