Best films to stream this week: 3 Feb
- Emma Simmonds
- 3 February 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.
Don't let the sedate pace put you off, Déa Kulumbegashvili's remarkable debut feature was the toast of last year's festival circuit for a reason (it picked up a prize at Toronto and a hatful at San Sebastián, amongst others). Set in Georgia, it zooms in on the struggling spouse of a Jehovah's Witness community leader, played by the mesmerising Ia Sukhitashvili. Kulumbegashvili has won comparisons to such greats as Carlos Reygadas (an executive producer here) and Michael Haneke, but she brings a distinctly feminine touch to the material, alongside significant tension and an absolutely unflinching eye.
Watch no on Mubi.
The producer-director of acclaimed docs The Case Against 8 and The Keepers, Ryan White turns his attention to the murder of North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un's half-brother, Kim Jong-nam – an audacious assassination, carried out by seemingly unwitting perpetrators, Siti Aisyah and Đoàn Thị Hương, who believed they were performing a prank. Despite the bizarre circumstances of the crime, White offers a considered and compassionate take on this stranger-than-fiction tale.
Watch now on Dogwoof.
The Capote Tapes ★★★★☆
Another marvellous documentary making its debut is this highly entertaining look at the incomparable Truman Capote, featuring newly unearthed audio interviews with his nearest and dearest and a number of notable talking-head contributions too. Norman Mailer, Lauren Bacall, Slim Keith and Capote's lover Jack Dunphy offer their verdicts on the titular tapes, and adopted daughter Kate Harrington, mucker Dotson Rader and talk-show host Dick Cavett appear. There's a fair bit of speculation about and a few extracts from Capote's scandalous unpublished text 'Answered Prayers', while the author himself steals the show in numerous amusing archive clips.
Watch now on Curzon Home Cinema.
Saint Maud ★★★★☆
British writer-director Rose Glass absolutely smashed it last year with this unforgettably intense debut feature about a tormented palliative care nurse. It's nominated for an impressive eight awards at the London Critics' Circle Film Awards, which are due to be announced on Sunday. Welsh star Morfydd Clark lends sensational conviction to the titular nurse, while Jennifer Ehle is her match as Maud's poor, unfortunate patient, a dying ex-dancer who refuses to go quietly and whose soul Maud is determined to save.
Watch now on demand.
The second film from talk-show host turned director Jon Stewart – following 2014's Rosewater, about a journalist's detainment and interrogation in Iran – stays in political territory, but takes a much lighter tack. Steve Carell plays an abrasive Democrat strategist who's keen to win rural voters back and is excited by the potential of a retired marine colonel (Chris Cooper), whose speech defending the rights of immigrants goes viral. When he rocks up in the colonel's small Wisconsin town and becomes embroiled in local politics, he's quickly joined by his Republican rival (Rose Byrne). Although there are plenty of predictable fish-out-of-water antics, there's also an appealingly surreal streak to the comedy and Irresistible has a few surprises up its sleeve.
Watch now on Sky Cinema.