Best films to stream this week: 3 Mar

Best films to stream this week: 3 Mar

Moxie

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.

Moxie ★★★★☆

This rousingly feminist teen flick takes a slightly less in-your-face approach than the recent Booksmart, as it follows a shy 16-year-old who is struggling to emerge from the shadows. Hadley Robinson's Vivian finds her voice and taps into the other female students' frustrations when she begins publishing the titular zine. Suddenly she's at the forefront of a movement, just like her former rabble-rouser mum – played by the film's director and comedy fave Amy Poehler.
Watch now on Netflix.

The Dark and the Wicked ★★★★☆

Keeping things scarily simple, the director of The Strangers, Bryan Bertino, focuses on a pair of siblings (Marin Ireland and Michael Abbott Jr) who have returned to their family farm in Texas to help their mother care for their dying dad. What they find on arrival defies explanation and things just keep on getting nastier. Heavy on atmosphere, haunting imagery and immaculately timed frights, with The Dark and the Wicked Bertino shows he's a real master at the art of creating horror.
Watch now on Shudder.

The United States vs. Billie Holiday ★★★☆☆

The winner of Best Actress (Drama) at Sunday's Golden Globes, Andra Day is absolutely sensational as the titular, desperately troubled singer in what is, astonishingly, her first major performance. It's all about Day really, with director Lee Daniels (Precious) not exactly doing justice to Billie Holiday's eventful story, giving us a heavy-handed take on the material which focuses on a romance that may or may not have happened. But if you want to see a star being born, and believe us you do, it's worth checking out.
Watch now on Sky Cinema

Pixie ★★★☆☆

Available to rent after a brief theatrical run towards the end of last year, here's another woman stealing the show, and then some. Olivia Cooke (TV's Vanity Fair, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) brings vast quantities of charisma to a fun Ireland-set crime caper from British director Barnaby Thompson (St Trinian's), with a script penned by his son Preston. There's plenty of talent in the supporting cast too, which features Colm Meaney, Ned Dennehy, Dylan Moran, Ben Hardy and Alec Baldwin – the latter playing a corrupt priest, who is really not to be messed with.
Watch now on demand.

Queen of Earth ★★★★☆

Bringing MUBI's Alex Ross Perry focus to a close, 2015's Queen of Earth sees the director reunite with Elisabeth Moss following Listen Up Philip, while they would go on to collaborate unforgettably on 2018's Her Smell. Drawing on the work of Ingmar Bergman, Roman Polanski, Alfred Hitchcock and Woody Allen, the film is an intense study of a fraught friendship between Moss's Catherine and Katherine Waterston's Virginia. As a post-break-up Catherine – who is also grieving for her artist father – unravels, it's compelling and deliberately discomforting stuff.
Watch now on MUBI

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The United States vs. Billie Holiday

  • 3 stars
  • 2021
  • US
  • 2h 10min
  • Directed by: Lee Daniels
  • Written by: Suzan-Lori Parks
  • Cast: Andra Day, Trevante Rhodes, Natasha Lyonne, Garrett Hedlund, Miss Lawrence, Rob Morgan, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Evan Ross, Tyler James Williams, Tone Bell, Erik LaRay Harvey, Melvin Gregg, Dana Gourrier, Leslie Jordan
  • UK release: 26 February 2021

In the 1940s, Billie Holiday (Andra Day) was targeted by the government to try to radicalise the war on drugs. Led by Federal Agent Jimmy Fletcher (Trevante Rhodes), the Federal Department of Narcotics is ultimately aiming to stop her from singing her song, "Strange Fruit."

Queen of Earth

  • 4 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 1h 29min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Alex Ross Perry
  • Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Katherine Waterston, Patrick Fugit
  • UK release: 1 July 2016

Catherine (Moss) visits the lakehouse of her friend Virginia (Waterston) and, in struggling to get over the end of a relationship and the death of her artist father, entirely unravels. Extraordinary, intense study of the faltering friendship between two women, with brilliant work from Waterston and a barnstorming…

Pixie

  • 3 stars
  • 2020
  • UK
  • 15
  • Directed by: Barnaby Thompson
  • Cast: Olivia Cooke, Alec Baldwin, Ben Hardy
  • UK release: 23 October 2020

A young woman plans a heist to avenge her mother's death, only to be chased by gangsters across Ireland.

The Dark and the Wicked

  • 4 stars
  • 2020
  • US
  • 1h 33min
  • Directed by: Bryan Bertino
  • Written by: Bryan Bertino
  • Cast: Marin Ireland, Michael Abbott Jr., Xander Berkeley, Lynn Andrews, Julie Oliver-Touchstone, Michael Zagst, Tom Nowicki, Ella Ballentine
  • UK release: 25 February 2021

In rural Texas, on an isolated farm, a man is facing his last days with a terminal illness. His distant children return to be close to him, but as they do, an evil supernatural presence begins to terrorise the family.

Moxie

  • 4 stars
  • 2021
  • US
  • 1h 51min
  • Directed by: Amy Poehler
  • Written by: Tamara Chestna, Dylan Meyer
  • Cast: Hadley Robinson, Josephine Langford, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Lauren Tsai
  • UK release: 3 March 2021

A shy, 16-year-old is tired of the toxic environment at her highschool. Taking inspiration from her mother's defiant past, she anonymously publishes a zine that starts school-wide revolution.

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