Best films to stream this week: 10 Feb

Best films to stream this week: 10 Feb

Greenland

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.

Malcolm & Marie ★★★★☆

This John Cassavetes-inspired, made in lockdown two-hander is a great platform for the talents of John David Washington and Zendaya. The latter had a hand in its creation when her acclaimed show Euphoria had to halt filming last year and she and writer-director Sam Levinson put their heads together to come up with an alternative. Shot in glorious black and white, Malcolm & Marie sees a glamorous couple weather an emotionally stormy night, as grievance after grievance is aired.
Watch now on Netflix.

Greenland ★★★☆☆

This decent disaster flick starts extremely promisingly, with talented director Ric Roman Waugh (who helmed the excellent Shot Caller – check it out) keeping things tight and credible, and serial macho man Gerard Butler putting in some of the most convincing work of his career. The threat in question is from a comet, set to wipe out all life on earth; with reactions plausibly rendered, things are really quite tense for a time. Events do get very familiar, but for those craving spectacular thrills alongside a compassionate approach to characters it's ideal.
Watch now on Amazon Prime Video.

Simple Passion ★★★★☆

Danielle Arbid's frank erotic drama isn't afraid to tell it like it is, as it depicts the highs and lows of a passionate and addictive affair. The director is immeasurably aided by sensational French actress Laetitia Dosch, who blew us away in Jeune Femme a few years ago and allows us to see every emotion her complicated character experiences. Her literature professor Hélène sacrifices her self-respect and relationship with her son to pursue something which can only end badly. Ukrainian actor Sergei Polunin (Red Sparrow) is very good too as the enigmatic and unreliable object of her desire.
Watch now on Curzon Home Cinema.

Song Without a Name ★★★★☆

Following its brief theatrical release towards the end of last year, this powerful Peruvian drama comes to MUBI. Set in 1988 and based on a child-trafficking scandal that rocked Peru, it follows a Quechua villager called Georgina (movingly played by Pamela Mendoza) whose newborn daughter is stolen by employees of a shady clinic shortly after she gives birth, and who seeks help from a journalist (Tommy Párraga) to track her down. With similarities to Alfonso Cuarón's Roma, not least its monochromatic cinematography and indigenous female lead, debut director Melina León gives us something atmospheric and affecting.
Watch now on MUBI.

In Fabric ★★★☆☆

This gloriously batty, giallo-inspired creation from the always-interesting Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio, The Duke of Burgundy) is as beautiful as it is bonkers. Creepy rather than outright frightening, and sporting a very British sense of humour, In Fabric sees a possessed dress cause all manner of mischief. Sidse Babett Knudsen, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Gwendoline Christie, Hayley Squires, Julian Barratt and Steve Oram are amongst the extremely appealing cast.
Watch now on BBC iPlayer.

In Fabric

  • 3 stars
  • 2018
  • UK
  • Directed by: Peter Strickland
  • Cast: Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Gwendoline Christie, Fatma Mohammed,

Sheila (Jean-Baptiste), a lonely, 50-something single mother, buys a 70s vintage dress which turns out to be mysteriously cursed. Ethereal, giallo-esque and with an appealing thread of off-kilter humour, it’s well-crafted and gorgeous to look at but not entirely coherent and (in its relentless use of the male gaze…

Song Without a Name

  • 4 stars
  • 2019
  • 1h 37min
  • Directed by: Melina León
  • Cast: Pamela Mendoza, Tommy Párraga, Lucio Rojas

Georgina (Mendoza) is a pregnant Quechua woman in 1988 Peru, whose newborn baby is taken away from her; next day, the clinic where it happened has gone too. Based on a true story, it’s a bureaucratic nightmare that morphs into a detective story, and if it could have used fewer poetic flourishes and more political context…

Passion Simple

  • 4 stars
  • 2020
  • France
  • 1h 39min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Danielle Arbid
  • Cast: Laetitia Dosch, Sergei Polunin, Caroline Ducey, Grégoire Colin, Slimane Dazi

Malcolm & Marie

  • 4 stars
  • 2021
  • US
  • 1h 46min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Sam Levinson
  • Cast: Zendaya, John David Washington, Kevin Turen, Ashley Levinson, Sam Levinson
  • UK release: 5 February 2021

Greenland

  • 3 stars
  • US
  • 1h 59min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ric Roman Waugh
  • Cast: Gerard Butler, Morena Baccarin, Roger Dale Floyd, Scott Glenn, David Denman, Hope Davis

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