Best films to stream this week: 31 Mar

Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan in Ammonite

Ammonite

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.

Ammonite ★★★★☆

While it's sad for such a beautiful film to be denied a big screen release, Francis Lee's BAFTA-nominated follow-up to the highly acclaimed God's Own Country is a must-see on any sized screen. Kate Winslet bags her best role in a decade as overlooked fossil hunter Mary Anning, whose discoveries would make her a palaeontology legend. Saoirse Ronan plays Charlotte Murchison, who would also become famous in the field, in a film that speculates that the two were involved in a romantic relationship, something it portrays rather touchingly.
Watch now on premium video on demand.

Tina ★★★★☆

The tumultuous life of Tina Turner is explored in this fascinating documentary by the directors of the Oscar-winning Undefeated, Daniel Lindsay and TJ Martin. Taking us from her traumatic relationship with the abusive Ike Turner, to her incredible solo success and rock reinvention, Tina's story is told by the living legend herself, alongside pals such as Oprah Winfrey, Tina's husband Erwin Bach, and collaborators like songwriter Terry Britten and her biographer Kurt Loder. It's a rousing and eye-opening account of triumphing over adversity.
Watch now on Sky Documentaries / Now TV / altitude.film.

The Kid Detective ★★★★☆

Available to rent after an extremely limited theatrical run at the end of last year, Evan Morgan's excellent first feature toys winningly with cliches as it introduces us to a former child prodigy, whose detective skills were the talk of his small town until he failed to solve a major mystery. Adam Brody plays the private dick in question as he takes on a new murder case, hoping to restore both his reputation and self-esteem. Funny and ultimately surprisingly subversive, it's an impressive calling card from the debut director and features spot-on work from Brody.
Watch now on demand.

Detroit ★★★★☆

The tenth feature from Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow might be set in 1967 but it remains tragically and persistently pertinent as it deals with an incident of appalling police brutality, committed against a group of Black partygoers, that took place during the Detroit Rebellion. John Boyega, Will Poulter, Jason Mitchell and Anthony Mackie head up the impressive ensemble, while Bigelow and her Hurt Locker cinematographer Barry Ackroyd capture events though an unrelenting, unforgiving lens.
Watch now on BBC iPlayer.

Prevenge ★★★★☆

The third in BFI Player's 'Woman with a Movie Camera Introductions' is from the marvellous Susan Wokoma (Truth Seekers, Year of the Rabbit, Enola Holmes) who has opted to champion Prevenge, the 2016 debut feature from director-star Alice Lowe. Also featuring Kate Dickie, Kayvan Novak and Gemma Whelan, this provocative, blackly comic and rather unique revenge tale sees a heavily pregnant woman embark on a homicidal rampage, and it was shot whilst Lowe was very pregnant herself.
Watch now on BFI Player.

Ammonite

  • 4 stars
  • 2020
  • 2h
  • 15
  • Directed by: Francis Lee
  • Cast: Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Jones

Romantic drama inspired by the life of British palaeontologist Mary Anning and her romantic relationship with Charlotte Murchison.

Prevenge

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • UK
  • 1h 28min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Alice Lowe
  • Cast: Alice Lowe, Kayvan Novak, Gemma Whelan, Kate Dickie

Ruth (Lowe) is an expectant mother who starts to hear her unborn baby urging her to kill people. Lowe's blackly comic, squirmingly uncomfortable directorial debut is remarkably well-realised, with an impressive cast and her own eerily passive, brilliantly-timed performance at the core. Enjoyably provocative.

Detroit

  • 4 stars
  • 2017
  • US
  • 2h 23min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow
  • Cast: John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, Algee Smith, Will Poulter
  • UK release: 25 August 2017

In Detroit, 1967, during city-wide rioting, armed police descend on the Algiers Motel and subject innocent partygoers to a vicious all-night interrogation. Bald, confrontational, uncomfortable filmmaking which uses an impressive ensemble (Boyega, Poulter, Mitchell, Mackie) to bring home the force of state-sanctioned…

The Kid Detective

  • 4 stars
  • 2020
  • Canada
  • 1h 37min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Evan Morgan
  • Cast: Adam Brody, Sophie Nélisse

Tina

  • 4 stars
  • 2021
  • US, UK
  • 1h 58min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Dan Lindsay, T. J. Martin
  • Written by: Dan Lindsay, T. J. Martin
  • Cast: Tina Turner

A documentary that dives into the life and career of superstar Tina Turner.