Best films to stream this week: 5 May
- Emma Simmonds
- 5 May 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.
The winner of Best Picture, Director and Actress in a Leading Role at last week's Oscars, Nomadland is a stunning achievement from writer-director Chloé Zhao, who also crafted the superb Songs My Brothers Taught Me and The Rider (check them out on MUBI and rental respectively). Frances McDormand is typically incredible in the role of Fern, who loses her husband, job and hometown and takes to the road with other rudderless seniors (many played by real-life nomads) in an empathetic and unforced portrait of being cast adrift in modern America.
Watch on Disney+.
The Mitchells vs the Machines ★★★★☆
This high-energy sci-fi satire from writer-director Michael Rianda (co-directed and written with Jeff Rowe) features gloriously anarchic animation and a fab voice cast, which includes the voices of Broad City's Abbi Jacobson as a testy teen and Danny McBride and Maya Rudolph as her parents. The story involves a robot uprising led by Olivia Colman's dastardly AI, with the aforementioned dysfunctional American family representing humanity's last hope for survival. Produced by animation favourites Christopher Miller and Phil Lord (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The Lego Movie), it also boasts Eric André, Fred Armisen and Chrissy Teigen in support.
Watch on Netflix.
The Last Photograph ★★★★☆
This mood piece from director and star Danny Huston – adapted by Simon Astaire from his novel – finds bookshop owner Tom (played by Huston) searching for a stolen photograph of his son Luke (Jonah Hauer-King) that was taken shortly before he was killed in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, causing Tom's grief to be reawakened. Co-starring Stacy Martin, Sarita Choudhury and Jaime Winstone, The Last Photograph is strong, sensitive and well-performed, particularly by Huston who brings real emotional heft to his role.
Watch on demand.
Tom Clancy's Without Remorse ★★★☆☆
Taking pretty much the title alone from Tom Clancy's 1993 novel, this radical modernisation sees Navy SEAL John Kelly (Michael B Jordan) out to avenge the murder of his pregnant wife (Lauren London), with the help of his commanding officer (Queen & Slim's Jodie Turner-Smith), while Jamie Bell plays a shady CIA agent and Guy Pearce the US Secretary of Defence. Directed by Stefano Sollima (Sicario 2: Soldado), it's a pacey yet generic actioner with Jordan's intensity and physicality keeping things interesting, and robust work from the supporting cast.
Watch on Amazon Prime Video.
Nominated for two Oscars for its costume design and makeup and hair, this beautifully crafted, creepy and visually imaginative spin on the much-told fairytale is the latest from Italian director Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah, and the comparably fantastical Tale of Tales). It stars Roberto Benigni (who infamously took on the role of Pinocchio himself in a much-derided, self-made 2002 effort) as Geppetto, with the young Federico Ielapi excelling in the title role. Colourful characters and disastrous exploits abound in a film that's unafraid to address the more sinister aspects of the story.
Watch on Sky Cinema.