Best films to stream this week: 5 May

Best films to stream this week: 5 May

Tom Clancy's Without Remorse

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.

Nomadland ★★★★★

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.

Pinocchio ★★★☆☆

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.

The Last Photograph

  • 4 stars
  • 2017
  • UK
  • 1h 25min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Danny Huston
  • Cast: Danny Huston, Sarita Choudhury, Stacy Martin

Tom Hammond (Huston) is a short-tempered London bookshop owner whose bag is snatched; it contains the last photograph taken with his son Luke, who died 15 years earlier in the bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie. Huston as writer/director skilfully delivers a strong, sensitive and well-performed story of real-life pain…

Pinocchio

  • 3 stars
  • 2019
  • Italy, France, UK
  • 2h 5min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Matteo Garrone
  • Cast: Federico Ielapi, Roberto Benigni, Rocco Papaleo
  • UK release: 14 August 2020

The classic tale of the young wooden puppet who yearns to become a real boy gets the live action treatment in this Italian adaptation.

The Mitchells vs. the Machines

  • 4 stars
  • 2021
  • US
  • 1h 53min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Michael Rianda, Jeff Rowe
  • Written by: Michael Rianda, Jeff Rowe
  • Cast: Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Eric Andre, Fred Armisen, Beck Bennett, Conan O'Brien, Charlyne Yi, Sasheer Zamata, Mike Rianda, Olivia Colman
  • UK release: 30 April 2021

The robots have set out to take control. It's the end of the world. Humanities last hope lies with the dysfunctional Mitchell family.

Tom Clancy's Without Remorse

  • 3 stars
  • 2021
  • US
  • 1h 49min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Stefano Sollima
  • Written by: Taylor Sheridan, Will Staples
  • Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, Jodie Turner-Smith, Luke Mitchell, Jack Kesy, Brett Gelman, Lauren London, Colman Domingo, Guy Pearce
  • UK release: 30 April 2021

After the assassination of his family, Sr. Chief John Kelly (Michael B. Jordan) must pursue the Russian killers at all costs. Teaming up with SEAL (Jodie Turner-Smith) and a shadowy CIA agent (Jamie Bell), the three discover a conspiracy to send the USA and Russia into an all out war.

Nomadland

  • 5 stars
  • 2020
  • US
  • 1h 48min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Chloé Zhao
  • Cast: Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May, Charlene Swankie, Bob Wells

Chloé Zhao's Oscar-winning drama starring Frances McDormand, which follows a women who begins living as a modern day nomad across western United States after losing her job in the Great Recession.