Best films to stream this week: 14 Apr

Best films to stream this week: 14 Apr

True Mothers

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.

Songs My Brothers Taught Me

  • 2015
  • 2h 38min
  • Directed by: Chloé Zhao
  • Written by: Chloé Zhao
  • Cast: Irene Bedard, Dakota Brown, Cat Clifford

Highschooler Johnny and his 11-year-old sister JaShaun, who live on the South Dakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, face difficult questions after the death of their errant father. The film was shot entirely on location and features a cast of non-actors.

A Star is Born

  • 4 stars
  • 2018
  • US
  • 2h 15min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Bradley Cooper
  • Cast: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott
  • UK release: 5 October 2018

Jackson (Cooper) is a famous musician, his best years behind him, who discovers young singer Ally (Gaga) in a bar one night. What could have been yet another remake is a revelation: Gaga sings up a storm and is nuanced and convincing, but Cooper is extraordinary as co-writer, producer, director and star. Smart, funny and…

Sound of Metal

  • 4 stars
  • 2020
  • US
  • 2h
  • 15
  • Directed by: Darius Marder
  • Cast: Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke, Paul Raci, Lauren Ridloff, Mathieu Amalric
  • UK release: 17 May 2021

A new world opens up to a heavy-metal drummer that has lost his hearing.

Palm Springs

  • 4 stars
  • 2020
  • US
  • 1h 30min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Max Barbakow
  • Written by: Andy Siara, Max Barbakow
  • Cast: Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, Peter Gallagher, J. K. Simmons
  • UK release: 9 April 2021

Both Sarah (Cristin Milioti) and Nyles (Andy Samberg) must endure a wedding in Palm Springs. As the day continues, Sarah realises that Nyles can predict exactly what everyone will say and do. Sarah realises he's stuck in a time-loop and now she is too. As they relive the same day again and again, a romance develops…

True Mothers

  • 4 stars
  • 2020
  • Japan
  • 2h 20min
  • Directed by: Naomi Kawase
  • Written by: Naomi Kawase, Izumi Takahashi, Mizuki Tsujimura
  • Cast: Hiromi Nagasaku, Arata Iura, Aju Makita, Miyoko Asada
  • UK release: 16 April 2021

A middle class couple isn't able to conceive and decide to adopt a newborn boy. After six peaceful years, the family is contacted by his birth mother who demands his return.