Best films to stream this week: 21 Apr
- Emma Simmonds
- 21 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.
Promising Young Woman ★★★★☆
This year's winner of the Best Screenplay and Outstanding British Film BAFTAs, Promising Young Woman, goes into Sunday's Oscar ceremony with nominations in five categories. It's the dynamic feature debut of Killing Eve's season two showrunner Emerald Fennell, who is also known for playing Camilla in The Crown. Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan is absolutely sensational as Cassie, who's hell-bent on humiliating men who are nowhere near as nice as they seem. With a bold, poppy colour-scheme, great tunes and an irresistible air of mischief it's a fun and fired-up take on the battle of the sexes.
Watch now on Sky Cinema / Now TV.
Love and Monsters ★★★★☆
The Maze Runner's plucky protagonist Dylan O'Brien flexes his comic muscles playing a far less courageous and rather adorable character in a similarly apocalyptic setting. This surprisingly sweet monster movie from Michael Matthews (nominated for Best Visual Effects at the Oscars) channels Zombieland and Tremors but brings more sincerity to the table as O'Brien's hapless Joel sets out from the bunker where he's been cowering in an attempt to reconnect with his former girlfriend Aimee (Jessica Henwick from Game of Thrones). Although Michael Rooker and his button-cute sidekick Ariana Greenblatt provide some enjoyable support, it's undeniably O'Brien's film – with the actor expanding his repertoire way beyond running.
Watch now on Netflix.
County Lines ★★★★☆
This eye-opening and well-informed drama is a subscription exclusive to BFI Player this week. It's the feature debut of New Zealand-born, London-based filmmaker Henry Blake, who draws on his experience as a youth worker to dig into the titular brand of drug trafficking, which specifically targets vulnerable kids. BAFTA's EE Rising Star nominee Conrad Khan brings plenty of pathos to his performance as 14-year-old protagonist Tyler, who is groomed by Harris Dickinson's chilling dealer, with Tyler's worried mum played affectingly by another BAFTA nominee, Ashley Madekwe.
Watch now on BFI Player.
Following up his acclaimed debut, Lebanon, Israeli director Samuel Maoz won the Silver Lion at the 2017 Venice Film Festival with his striking sophomore feature, which is also military-themed. Bitingly political and playing out in comedy-of-errors style, Foxtrot is split into three distinct sections that follow the parents of an IDF soldier and the soldier himself. It once again demonstrates Maoz's mastery of visual storytelling – with a scene where its hero, Jonathan (Yonaton Shiray), dances a foxtrot under a clear blue sky, using his rifle as his partner, a particular stand-out.
Watch now on iPlayer.
Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar ★★★★☆
Bridesmaids was always going to be hard to top, but screenwriter-stars Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig have a lot of fun trying with this outrageously absurd and often very funny caper, now available to watch on non-premium rental. It sees middle-aged besties Barb and Star (Mumolo and Wiig) tangle with a dastardly villain (also played by Wiig) when they visit the eponymous resort town. Fifty Shades' Jamie Dornan lets his hair down for a change as he parties with the ridiculous pair and gets stuck into a sensationally bizarre musical number.
Watch now on demand.