Best films to stream this week: 7 Apr

Godzilla vs. Kong

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.

Godzilla vs. Kong ★★★★☆

Although it won't yet be seen on suitably super-sized screens, Godzilla vs. Kong is a reminder of the sheer scale and artistry of Hollywood spectacle at its finest. Providing the human backdrop to a unique dust-up between two iconic titans, the superb cast (Rebecca Hall, Alexander Skarsgård, Brian Tyree Henry) are often made to look very small, but a beautifully rendered King Kong provides the all-important pathos and director Adam Wingard (The Guest) excels at showcasing the effects and delivering exciting action set-pieces that prove that sometimes bigger is indeed better.
Watch now on premium video on demand.

Minari ★★★★★

This stunning, six-time Oscar-nominated domestic tale from Lee Isaac Chung draws on his own upbringing as it tells the moving and wryly amusing story of a family of South Korean immigrants who start up a vegetable farm in 1980s Arkansas. Starring Steven Yeun (Burning, The Walking Dead) as the stubborn patriarch and Yeri Han as his frustrated wife, there's also some superb scene-stealing from the adorable Alan S Kim as their seven-year-old son and Yuh-Jung Youn as a very unconventional grandmother.
Watch now on demand.

The Mauritanian ★★★★☆

Nominated for five BAFTA Film Awards, the winners of which will be announced this weekend, powerful prison drama The Mauritanian, from Scottish director Kevin Macdonald, tells the true story of Guantanamo Bay detainee Mohamedou Ould Slahi and his long fight for freedom. Jodie Foster picked up a Golden Globe for her supporting work as Slahi's attorney Nancy Hollander, while French star Tahar Rahim (A Prophet, The Serpent) puts in one of the best performances of his incredibly impressive career, as Slahi himself.
Watch now on Amazon Prime Video.

Raya and the Last Dragon ★★★★★

Those without Disney+ can now own this gorgeous, funny and uplifting Southeast Asia-inspired animation which utilises the vocal skills of Star Wars's Kelly Marie Tran and comic sensation Awkwafina. Gemma Chan, Daniel Dae Kim and Sandra Oh are just some of the supporting players in a film that is the perfect escape from pandemic-related despair. It follows brave female warrior Raya (Tran), who is looking to return her homeland of Kumandra to a state of peace and harmony with the help of the titular magical creature (voiced brilliantly by Awkwafina) and a wonderfully ragtag crew.
Available to buy now.

The Dissident ★★★★☆

Oscar-winning documentarian Bryan Fogel (Icarus) is behind this beautifully judged, BAFTA-nominated exploration of the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which counts Khashoggi's friends, colleagues and fiancée amongst its expert sources, as well as those who investigated his murder. Illuminating the reporter's state of mind leading up to his death, his long, varied and sometimes controversial career, and the specifics of the crime and its aftermath, it's an absorbing, informative and touchingly humane piece of investigative filmmaking, and a fitting tribute to a truly courageous character.
Watch now on Amazon Prime Video.

Godzilla vs. Kong

  • 4 stars
  • 2021
  • US
  • 1h 53min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Adam Wingard
  • Cast: Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza González, Jessica Henwick, Julian Dennison, Kyle Chandler, Demián Bichir
  • UK release: 1 April 2021

Two famous monsters battle it out.

Minari

  • 5 stars
  • 2020
  • US
  • 1h 55min
  • Directed by: Lee Isaac Chung
  • Written by: Lee Isaac Chung
  • Cast: Steven Yeun, Han Ye-ri, Alan Kim, Noel Kate Cho, Youn Yuh-jung, Will Patton, Scott Haze, Darryl Cox,Esther Moon
  • UK release: 19 March 2021

A Korean American family move to a farm in Arkansas. As they settle into their new space near the Ozark Mountains, they face a multitude of new challenges and discover what really makes a home and family.

The Mauritanian

  • 4 stars
  • 2021
  • US
  • 2h 9min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Kevin Macdonald
  • Written by: M.B. Traven, Rory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani
  • Cast: Jodie Foster, Tahar Rahim, Shailene Woodley, Benedict Cumberbatch
  • UK release: 1 April 2021

Mohamedou Ould Salahi (Tahar Rahim) fights for freedom after being detained without charge by the U.S. Government in Guantanamo Bay. After years in prison, he seeks out new help in defense attorney Nancy Hollander (Foster) and in their pursuit of freedom, they uncover a wide-reaching conspiracy.

Raya and the Last Dragon

  • 5 stars
  • 2021
  • US
  • 1h 54min
  • Directed by: Don Hall, Carlos López Estrada
  • Written by: Qui Nguyen, Adele Lim
  • Cast: Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Gemma Chan, Daniel Dae Kim, Sandra Oh, Benedict Wong, Izaac Wang, Thalia Tran, Alan Tudyk
  • UK release: 5 March 2021

Long ago, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, the evil forces from the past threaten the world and now, it's up to Raya (Kelly Marie Tran) and her pill-bug, Tuk Tuk (Alan Tudyk) to stop them. To do this, they'll have to find the last dragon.

The Dissident

  • 4 stars
  • 2020
  • US
  • 1h 59min
  • Directed by: Bryan Fogel
  • Written by: Bryan Fogel, Mark Monroe
  • UK release: 1 April 2021

Documentary examining the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the global cover up that surrounded his death.

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