Best films to stream this week: 19 May

Best films to stream this week: 19 May

The Woman in the Window

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.

Long Shot ★★★★☆

This hilarious 2019 romcom from Jonathan Levine features one of cinema's oddest couples. Charlize Theron plays the beautiful, elegant and outrageously accomplished Charlotte Field, who is preparing to run for the American presidency, Seth Rogen is her brash, cynical and slobby scriptwriter Fred, who she babysat many years before and who helps keep her grounded and wedded to her integrity when her ideals are compromised. It might not seem like a match made in heaven but both leads are sparkling comic performers, the script is very funny – and, trust us, it works.
Watch now on iPlayer.

Manchester by the Sea ★★★★★

This devastating drama won Casey Affleck the Best Actor Oscar back in 2017, though the actor has understandably fallen from favour in the wake of sexual harassment allegations. Writer-director Kenneth Lonergan also picked up the Best Original Screenplay award for his immaculately judged work, which combines terrible tragedy with winning and alleviating comedy as a traumatised handyman (Affleck) bonds with his teenage nephew (a superb Lucas Hedges). It's not always an easy watch but it's a beautiful and beautifully truthful piece of filmmaking, with Kyle Chandler and Michelle Williams amongst the exemplary support.
Watch now on iPlayer.

The Broken Hearts Gallery ★★★★☆

Geraldine Viswanathan (Blockers, Bad Education) is one to watch and she's absolutely irresistible in this wisecracking romcom from first-time helmer Natalie Krinsky that's both super cute and snarky, and which considers feminism and friendship as important as the romance. Dacre Montgomery (Billy from Stranger Things) is Nick, whose dream of building a boutique hotel in NYC is fading fast, while Viswanathan's Lucy is an arty graduate new to the city who finds her feet, and her self-expression, by creating the titular art display, inspired by her own break-up. Their path to true love is freshened up nicely.
Watch now on Sky Cinema.

The Woman in the Window ★★☆☆☆

We include this less as a robust recommendation and more to draw your attention to the release of this long-awaited adaptation of the hugely popular A. Finn novel, which was originally supposed to come out way back in October 2019. Atonement director Joe Wright has brought together a pretty stonking cast, with Amy Adams as the agoraphobic protagonist and Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman and Fred Hechinger as the family she's spying on. Anthony Mackie, Brian Tyree Henry and Jennifer Jason Leigh also feature in an adaptation that fans of the novel (or of films that are so bad they are kinda ok) may not be able to resist.
Watch now on Netflix.

High-Rise ★★★★☆

If you can't wait a few weeks to get your Tom Hiddleston fix – his much-anticipated MCU series Loki is due to premiere on Disney+ on June 9th – then why not check out one of his lesser-seen but equivalently fun roles, in Ben Wheatley's high-ly enjoyable adaptation of the titular JG Ballard novel? Another crack cast has been assembled, including Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss, Keeley Hawes, Sienna Miller and Jeremy Irons. They're the players in a transgressive and exuberantly helmed film that parodies the British class system. It documents a tower block's descent into anarchy, as it becomes every man, or woman, for themselves.
Watch now on Amazon Prime Video.

High-Rise

  • 4 stars
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 1h 59min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ben Wheatley
  • Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss

Adaptation of JG Ballard's dystopian novel about a high-rise apartment block which descends into chaos, with Hiddleston as bereaved doctor Robert Laing and Miller as his neighbour. Witty, scathing and uniquely cinematic, flecked with blood, guts and filmmaking genius.

Manchester by the Sea

  • 5 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 2h 15min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Kenneth Lonergan
  • Cast: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Lucas Hedges, Kyle Chandler, Gretchen Mol
  • UK release: 13 January 2016

Lee (Affleck) is a carefree small-town guy who, when his brother dies, is given the job of raising his nephew (Hedges). A masterful blend of high drama, quirky characterisations and incidental detail, with a soulful, heartbreaking turn by Affleck at its core.

Long Shot

  • 4 stars
  • 2019
  • US
  • 2h 5min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jonathan Levine
  • Cast: Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen, June Diane Raphael

Charlotte Field (Theron) is US Secretary of State and soon-to-be presidential candidate, Fled Flarsky (Rogen) is a journalist who she used to babysit; romance ensues. The gags are great and Raphael is hilarious as Charlotte’s chief of staff; the romance is less compelling, but it’s nice to see a hero happy to support a…

The Woman in the Window

  • 2020
  • US
  • Directed by: Joe Wright
  • Cast: Anthony Mackie, Amy Adams, Jennifer Jason Leigh

An agoraphobic woman spying on her neighbours witnesses an act of violence.

The Broken Hearts Gallery

  • 4 stars
  • 2020
  • US / Canada
  • 1h 48min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Natalie Krinsky
  • Cast: Geraldine Viswanathan, Dacre Montgomery, Utkarsh Ambudkar

After a break up, a young woman decides to start a gallery where people can leave trinkets from past relationships.