Best films to stream this week: 14 Apr
- Emma Simmonds
- 14 April 2021
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.
True Mothers ★★★★☆
The Japanese entry for Best International Feature Film at this year's Oscars is a powerful and emotional domestic drama from Naomi Kawase which takes a look at the ethics of adoption, alongside other meaty issues like maternal rights and guilt, and male infertility. Exceptionally performed by all, the film follows both a pre-schooler's adoptive parents (played by Hiromi Nagasaku and Arata Iura) and his teenage birth mother (Aju Makita), flitting between the trio's past struggles and their present circumstances. Guaranteed to provoke more than a few tears, True Mothers is available to watch from Friday.
Watch on Curzon Home Cinema from Fri 16 Apr.
Sound of Metal ★★★★☆
The winner of two BAFTAs for its sound and editing, Darius Marder's Sound of Metal goes into the Oscars with nominations in an impressive six categories, including Best Picture. Lead actor Riz Ahmed also gets a nod for his deeply affecting work as Ruben, a heavy metal drummer coming to terms with rapid hearing loss. As his relationship with bandmate Lou (played by fellow Brit Olivia Cooke) and career are thrown simultaneously into jeopardy, Ruben heads to a rural shelter which may help him find the peace and acceptance he craves.
Watch now on Amazon Prime Video.
Palm Springs ★★★★☆
Fans of Groundhog Day-style time loops have really been spoilt for choice this year with The Map of Tiny Perfect Things and feminist horror Lucky giving their very different takes on coping with life on repeat. Sci-fi rom-com Palm Springs – which was shot back in 2019 and was recently nominated for two Golden Globes – is a lot more like the former; it boasts sitcom favourite Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) as its affable, slightly weary hero, with The Wolf of Wall Street's lesser-known Cristin Milioti impressing as his sardonic partner in crime.
Watch now on Amazon Prime Video.
A Star Is Born ★★★★☆
This exemplary, eight-time Oscar-nominated (it took home just a single gong for belting original song 'Shallow') romance from writer-director-star-producer Bradley Cooper takes a now thrice-told tale and gives it a new lease of life. Cooper and Lady Gaga have sensational chemistry as established but struggling star Jack and rising talent Ally, who find love, fall out, and collaborate unforgettably. It's a real heartbreaker.
Watch now on Netflix.
Songs My Brothers Taught Me ★★★★☆
The winner of the 2021 Best Director BAFTA and favourite to take home the matching Oscar, Chloé Zhao, has just wowed us all with her third film, Nomadland, making the prospect of a belated UK release for her 2015 debut very exciting indeed. The superb, fluidly shot and pathos-rich Songs My Brothers Taught Me focuses on Lakota Sioux siblings Johnny and Jashaun (John Reddy and Jashaun St. John) who live on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota with their alcoholic mother (Irene Bedard). As breadwinner Johnny plots his escape with his college-bound girlfriend, his young sister's own future begins to look more uncertain.
Watch now on MUBI.