Best films to stream this week: 12 May

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.

Apples ★★★★☆

Screening initially and exclusively on Curzon Home Cinema before being rolled out to cinemas when they start opening on the 17th, Greek director Christos Nikou follows in the footsteps of his countryman Yorgos Lanthimos (whose Dogtooth he worked as second assistant director on) with this marvellous and ultimately affecting oddity. It sees a pandemic of amnesia sweep the globe and zooms in on the middle-aged Aris (played beautifully by Aris Servetalis) as he enrols in a recovery programme and tries to forge a new identity using a variety of unusual, sometimes amusing techniques.
Watch now on Curzon Home Cinema.

Oxygen ★★★☆☆

Another superb performance powers this breathless little escape room-style thriller from French genre director Alexandre Aja (Crawl, Piranha 3D). Mélanie Laurent plays a woman who wakes up in a cryogenic chamber with no clue as to who she is, or how she got there. With her oxygen supply running desperately low she has to use her ingenuity to solve this nightmarish conundrum, with only the pod's operating system MILO (voiced by Mathieu Amalric) for assistance. It's a real nail-biter.
Watch now on Netflix.

Mortal Kombat ★★★☆☆

Fans of the enduringly popular video game are in for a treat with this reboot which improves on the original spin-off movies (admittedly that's not saying much) with better effects, fight scenes and casting, and a more gorily authentic approach to the game's ultra-violent 'finish him' moves. Debut director Simon McQuoid is at the helm, with Jessica McNamee, Joe Taslim, Hiroyuki Sanada and Chin Han amongst the po-faced fighters, and Josh Lawson on hand for some welcomely irreverent comic relief.
Watch now on premium video on demand.

Tenet ★★★★☆

Arriving on your telly for you to pore and puzzle over at your leisure, Christopher Nolan's spectacular sci-fi thriller took a brave stab at a cinema release last year. It pits time-bending secret agents John David Washington and Robert Pattinson against Kenneth Branagh's dastardly Russian oligarch, as the pair work to prevent an attack from the future, with Elizabeth Debicki playing the latter's abused wife, who is caught horribly in the middle of things.
Watch now on Sky Cinema.

Monster ★★★☆☆

Finally available for UK audiences to watch after its Sundance Film Festival debut back in early 2018, this crime drama from Anthony Mandler, based on Walter Dean Myers' novel, is a little heavy-handed, particularly in its somewhat pretentious narration, but it boasts an intriguing story and an unimprovable ensemble. Kelvin Harrison Jr. (Waves, Luce) plays a 17-year-old aspiring filmmaker from an affluent Black family who is charged with a murder he may or may not have had a hand in. Jeffrey Wright, Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Ehle, and that man John David Washington again, provide the exemplary support.
Watch now on Netflix.

Tenet

  • 4 stars
  • 2020
  • UK / US
  • 2h 30min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Christopher Nolan
  • Cast: Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Himesh Patel, Michael Caine, Kenneth Branagh
  • UK release: 26 August 2020

John David Washington is the new Protagonist in Christopher Nolan's original sci-fi action spectacle 'Tenet.' Armed with only one word - Tenet - and fighting for the survival of the entire world, the Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond…

Apples

  • 4 stars
  • 2020
  • Greece, Poland, Slovenia
  • 1h 30min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Christos Nikou
  • Written by: Christos Nikou, Stavros Raptis
  • Cast: Aris Servetalis, Sofia Georgovassili, Anna Kalaitzidou, Argyris Bakirtzis, Kostas Laskos
  • UK release: 7 May 2021

Set in an uncertain, analogue version of the recent past, Greek director Chrisos Nikou’s eerily timely Apples depicts a disease that leaves its victims with severe memory loss. There is a government treatment programme for people like Aris (Aris Servetalis) where they perform daily tasks prescribed by doctors and capture…

Mortal Kombat

  • 3 stars
  • 2021
  • US
  • 1h 50min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Simon McQuoid
  • Written by: Greg Russo, Dave Callaham
  • Cast: Lewis Tan, Jessica McNamee, Josh Lawson, Tadanobu Asano, Mehcad Brooks, Ludi Lin, Chin Han, Joe Taslim, Hiroyuki Sanada
  • UK release: 6 May 2021

With the Earth's very existence on the line, her greatest champions gather to fight the Outworld in the grand tournament, Mortal Kombat. Based on the 1992 video game series.

Oxygen

  • 3 stars
  • 2021
  • US / France
  • 1h 41min
  • Directed by: Alexandre Aja
  • Cast: Mélanie Laurent, Mathieu Amalric, Malik Zidi
  • UK release: 12 May 2021

Monster

  • 3 stars
  • 2018
  • US
  • 1h 38min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Anthony Mandler
  • Written by: Colen C. Wiley, Janece Shaffer, Walter Dean Myers, Radha Blank
  • Cast: Kelvin Harrison Jr., Jennifer Ehle, Tim Blake Nelson, Rakim "A$AP Rocky" Mayers, John David Washington , Jennifer Hudson, Jeffrey Wright
  • UK release: 7 May 2021

Steve Harmon (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) is a likeable honours student whose life is changed forever when he's accused of murder. A complex legal battle begins that threatens to send him to prison for the rest of his life.