Best films to stream this week: 28 Apr

Best films to stream this week: 28 Apr

Stowaway

Our weekly guide to the best films available on home entertainment platforms

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.

Stowaway ★★★☆☆

This nail-biting and well-performed, if not quite perfectly realised, space adventure hinges on an excruciating moral dilemma. It's the sophomore feature from Brazilian filmmaker Joe Penna, whose acclaimed, Mads Mikkelsen-starring debut feature, Arctic, is also available to watch on Netflix. His second film stars Anna Kendrick, Daniel Dae Kim and the great Toni Collette as a three-person crew on a two-year mission to Mars, who discover a stowaway (Shamier Anderson) shortly after launch, before further and potentially life-threatening complications ensue.
Watch now on Netflix.

Black Bear ★★★★☆

Aubrey Plaza is on career-best form, putting in a playful and complex turn as a slippery devil of a filmmaker in Lawrence Michael Levine's twisty and psychologically satisfying comedy drama, which co-stars Christopher Abbott and Sarah Gadon and is set in a rural US retreat. There are plenty of surprises in store, which we won't ruin here; suffice to say, things are switched up rather fascinatingly in the second half of a film which fruitfully compares the mind-games that characterise some romantic relationships with director-star dynamics.
Watch now on demand.

Spring Blossom ★★★★☆

The beguiling debut of French director Suzanne Lindon (the daughter of actors Sandrine Kiberlain and Vincent Lindon) was shot when she was just 20. She also writes and stars in a film that's both a joyous homage to the French New Wave and that brings a refreshingly youthful, defiantly female perspective to a romance between a 16-year-old schoolgirl and a 35-year-old actor. Keeping us closely aligned with her heroine and swerving uncomfortable love scenes, Lindon takes the taboo and transforms it into a sweet, insightful and ultimately sad story.
Watch now on Curzon Home Cinema.

Baby Done ★★★★☆

You may know Kiwi comic Rose Matafeo from her acclaimed career as a stand-up (she's the winner of the 2018 Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Show) and her new sitcom, Starstuck, has just launched on BBC One / iPlayer. Fans of Matafeo's style will really enjoy her work in Curtis Vowell's outrageously funny, New Zealand-set Baby Done, which has made it to telly after its on demand release earlier this year. Written by Vowell's wife, Sophie Henderson, it deals with the terror of an unplanned pregnancy. Matafeo freaks out with real aplomb as a freedom-loving arborist and she's enjoyably flanked by Rachel House, Emily Barclay, Madeleine Sami and Matthew Lewis.
Watch now on Sky Cinema/Now.

Come As You Are ★★★★☆

Based on the hit 2011 Belgian comedy Hasta La Vista, this transgressive but sensitive comedy from Richard Wong sees three sexually inexperienced Americans with disabilities cross the Canadian border in search of a brothel which caters specifically to their needs. Starring The Royal Tenenbaums' Grant Rosenmeyer as its abrasive, quadriplegic lead, who's driving the plan, and Janeane Garofalo as his worried and slightly smothering mum, there's strong support too from Ravi Patel and Gabourey Sidibe. Alive to its protagonists' frustrations and lack of freedoms, the premise might sound a bit crass but the result is a likeably loose, funny and empathetic indie.
Watch now on Sky Cinema/Now.

Spring Blossom

  • 4 stars
  • 2020
  • France
  • 1h 13min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Suzanne Lindon
  • Written by: Suzanne Lindon
  • Cast: Suzanne Lindon, Arnaud Valois, Frédéric Pierrot, Florence Viala, Rebecca Marder, Arthur Giusi, Pauline Rugo, Dominique Besnehard
  • UK release: 7 March 2021

Tired of her peer group, teenager Suzanne (Suzanne Lindon) develops a relationship with Raphaël (Arnaud Valois), an older actor.

Baby Done

  • 4 stars
  • 2020
  • NZ
  • 1h 31min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Curtis Vowell
  • Written by: Sophie Henderson
  • Cast: Rose Matafeo, Matthew Lewis, Nic Sampson, Emily Barclay, Alice Snedden
  • UK release: 22 January 2021

Zoe (Rose Matafeo) discovers she's pregnant. Her boyfriend, Tim (Matthew Lewis), is delighted and eagerly steps into his new role as a father. Zoe takes the opposite path and, in denial, tries to live out her wildest dreams before the baby arrives.

Black Bear

  • 4 stars
  • 2020
  • US
  • 1h 44min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Lawrence Michael Levine
  • Written by: Lawrence Michael Levine
  • Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Christopher Abbott, Sarah Gadon, Paola Lázaro, Grantham Coleman
  • UK release: 23 April 2021

A filmmaker experiencing a creative block seeks silence and inspiration in a rural retreat, only to find that the woods summon her inner demons in intense ways.

Come As You Are

  • 4 stars
  • 2020
  • US
  • 1h 46min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Richard Wong
  • Written by: Erik Linthorst
  • Cast: Grant Rosenmeyer, Hayden Szeto, Ravi Patel, Gabourey Sidibe
  • UK release: 17 July 2020

Three young men with disabilities (Grant Rosenmeyer, Hayden Szeto, and Ravi Patel) head off on a road trip to a Montreal brothel that caters to customers with special needs. Sam (Gabourey Sidibe), a travelling nurse, takes them on this journey to have their first sexual experience and celebrate their new-found independence.

Stowaway

  • 3 stars
  • 2021
  • US
  • 12
  • Directed by: Joe Penna
  • Written by: Joe Penna, Ryan Morrison
  • Cast: Anna Kendrick, Daniel Dae Kim, Shamier Anderson, Toni Collette
  • UK release: 22 April 2021

A team of three astronauts on a mission to Mars find a stowaway on board.

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