Best films to stream this week: 2 June
- Emma Simmonds
- 2 June 2021
Our weekly guide to the best films available on home entertainment platforms
The future finally seems to be looking brighter but, with plans still feeling precarious and our viewing habits perhaps permanently changed, we'll keep casting our expert eye over the newly arrived films on 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.
If you fancy immersing yourself in some irresistible, sartorially stupendous wickedness then Cruella might just be the ticket. Emmas Stone and Thompson camp it up marvellously as the eponymous, soon-to-be bad gal and her even more villainous rival in this live action origin story from I, Tonya's Craig Gillespie, which is also available to watch in cinemas. Thompson plays ruthless fashion guru The Baroness, who takes the young, talented Cruella (then known as Estella) under her wing before a secret from their shared past sours things irretrievably and the fun really starts.
Watch on Disney+ Premier Access.
Dinner in America ★★★★☆
This crude, rude and very skilfully put together slice of anarchy from writer-director Adam Rehmeier introduces us to Kyle Gallner's unpredictable punk rocker Simon, who is on the run following an after-dinner arson incident and who finds refuge with the somewhat clueless family of Emily Skeggs' Patty. The pair chafe at first, with the wide-eyed Patty and the aggressively cynical Simon a very awkward fit, before they find common ground as outsiders and start to make pretty beautiful music together. Offering a scathing verdict on suburban values and superb lead performances, Dinner in America is an absolute blast.
Watch on Arrow Player.
Under the Skin ★★★★★
With the date for her feverishly anticipated and much-delayed Marvel solo outing Black Widow currently set for 9 Jul (fingers crossed it holds this time), fans of Scarlett Johansson's kick-ass antics shouldn't have long to wait now. In the meantime, why not revisit one of the actress's crowning achievements: her performance as a predatory extra-terrestrial in this Scotland-set 2013 masterwork from British director Jonathan Glazer (Birth, Sexy Beast). Working with co-writer Walter Campbell, Glazer freely adapts the novel of the same name from Dutch author Michel Faber and crafts something thrillingly atmospheric, visually astonishing and very unsettling indeed.
Watch on MUBI.
Saint Maud ★★★★☆
A double BAFTA nominee and the winner of three London Critics' Circle Film Awards (for Breakthrough Filmmaker, British / Irish Actress of the Year and British / Irish Film), Saint Maud is the unforgettable debut feature of writer-director Rose Glass. It stars the versatile and never-better Morfydd Clark and features superb work from the ever-excellent Jennifer Ehle. The latter plays a dying former dancer, who is assigned Clark's pious palliative care nurse Maud as she tries to live out her final days in some semblance of the hedonistic style she is accustomed to. Maud attempts to save this unrepentant sinner's soul and slowly loses her grip on reality.
Watch on Amazon Prime Video.
This first-rate psychological thriller from 2014 is based on a stranger-than-fiction true story that many will have missed. The third film from Bennett Miller (following Capote and Moneyball) subverts the road-to-glory sports movie and adopts an ominous air from the outset, presenting a twisted spin on the world of professional wrestling. It sees unhappy former Olympic gold medallist Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) fall in with eccentric billionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell) before things take a very dark turn. Foxcatcher picked up five Oscar nominations in 2015, with Carell and co-star Mark Ruffalo nominated for their outstanding supporting work and Tatum holding his own impressively.
Watch on BBC iPlayer.