Best films to stream this week: 24 Feb

Best films to stream this week: 24 Feb

I Care a Lot

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.

I Care a Lot ★★★★☆

Recalling her superlative work in Gone Girl, Rosamund Pike twists the knife yet again in this black comedy from J Blakeson, the director of The Disappearance of Alice Creed. These two Brits take on the American legal and healthcare systems as they tackle the subject of guardianship, with Pike's devious Marla Grayson assuming legal responsibility for numerous vulnerable seniors and determined to exploit them for every last cent. Peter Dinklage and Dianne Wiest deliver the complications, while Eiza González and Chris Messina also feature.
Watch now on Amazon Prime Video.

Pelé ★★★☆☆

An absolute must for football fans, or those oblivious to the titular icon's sporting achievements, this glossy documentary from Ben Nicholas and David Tryhorn is, of course, full of fabulous football. But anyone looking to understand who Pelé is away from the beautiful game, and what being worshipped like a god does to a man, will struggle with the star's reluctance to answer difficult questions, and the film's disappointingly cursory approach to his flaws.
Watch now on Netflix.

Bad Tales ★★★★☆

Here's an extreme reminder of the impact adult anger and anxiety can have on children, and one that demands we sit up and take notice. Something of a realist fairytale, the latest from Italy's D'Innocenzo brothers follows a number of suburban families, whose hatefulness toward each other is eclipsed only by their cruelty toward their own kids. The winner of the Silver Bear at the 2020 Berlin International Film Festival and a hatful of other prizes, Bad Tales is made with real panache and keen sense of the consequences of our actions.
Watch now on MUBI.

To Olivia ★★★☆☆

If John Hay's look at the marriage of American actress Patricia Neal and British writer Roald Dahl doesn't quite capture the unique character of its subjects, it has plenty to recommend it. Keeley Hawes is as emotionally credible as ever as Neal, and though Hugh Bonneville's Dahl suffers most from the film's sometimes flat execution he's a solid-enough choice. But the material is very interesting and with Conleth Hill and Geoffrey Palmer adding value and Outlander's Sam Heughan making an excellent Paul Newman (Neal's co-star on Hud, the film which would win her an Oscar) To Olivia is still worth your while.
Watch now on Sky Cinema.

Stan and Ollie ★★★★☆

This Golden Globe-nominated biopic from 2018 features some inspired casting, with Steve Coogan and John C Reilly playing Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy – the world famous comedy duo, who weren't always able to keep the flame of fame alive. Both men are on top form in a classy and affectionate look at the gruelling nature of showbiz and the challenges of being a double act, from Scottish director Jon S Baird (Filth).
Watch now on BBC iPlayer.

Stan & Ollie

  • 4 stars
  • 2018
  • UK / Canada / US
  • Directed by: Jon S. Baird
  • Cast: Steve Coogan, John C. Reilly, Shirley Henderson, Danny Huston, Nina Arianda, Rufus Jones, Susy Kane

Stan Laurel (Coogan) and Oliver Hardy (Reilly) are touring postwar Britain in the hope of bankrolling their next picture, but their time seems to be passing. A classy, ambitious look at the gruelling nature of showbiz, weaving Laurel & Hardy’s routines into the fabric of the story; Coogan is particularly good and it’s…

Bad Tales

  • 4 stars
  • 2020
  • Italy
  • 1h 38min
  • Directed by: Damiano D'Innocenzo, Fabio D'Innocenzo
  • Written by: Damiano D'Innocenzo, Fabio D'Innocenzo
  • Cast: Elio Germano, Barbara Chichiarelli, Gabriel Montesi, Max Malatesta, Ileana D'Ambra, Lino Musella
  • UK release: 18 February 2021

In the suburbs of Rome, family tensions are at breaking point. Ultimately, it's the children who will finally bring it all crashing down.

I Care a Lot

  • 4 stars
  • 2020
  • US
  • 1h 58min
  • Directed by: J Blakeson
  • Written by: J Blakeson
  • Cast: Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage, Eiza González, Chris Messina, Dianne Wiest, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Macon Blair, Lance Norris, Alicia Witt, Damian Young

Marla Grayson (Rosamud Pike) is a professional, court-appointed guardian for many elderly wards with no living heirs or family. While used to seizing her appointed wards assets through dubious but legal means, Marla and business partner/lover Fran's (Eiza González) well-oiled racket gets more than they bargained for with…

Pelé

  • 3 stars
  • 2021
  • UK
  • 1h 48min
  • Directed by: Ben Nicholas, David Tryhorn
  • Cast: Pelé
  • UK release: 23 February 2021

A documentary on the extraordinary 12-year rise of footballer Pelé, from young superstar to national hero during one of the most turbulent eras in Brazil's history.

To Olivia

  • 3 stars
  • 2021
  • UK
  • 1h 39min
  • PG
  • Directed by: John Hay
  • Written by: John Hay, David Logan
  • Cast: Hugh Bonneville, Keeley Hawes, Sam Heughan, Geoffrey Palmer, Conleth Hill
  • UK release: 19 February 2021

The story of actress Patricia Neal (Keeley Hawes) and writer Roald Dahl's (Hugh Bonneville) turbulent marriage.

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