Best films to stream this week: 7 Jul
- Emma Simmonds
- 7 July 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.
Fear Street Part 1: 1994 ★★★★☆
We've seen a few examples of it up to this point (from The Little Things and Captain Marvel to Mid90s), yet this is where 90s nostalgia begins in earnest as RL Stine's books get a Stranger Things-like treatment, but with added gore. Opting for a film trilogy, each instalment will be released weekly, with the 90s acting as a base for a series which skips back through the history of a cursed small town.
Nodding to Scream and Buffy the Vampire Slayer most noticeably, all three films are directed by Leigh Janiak (who helmed the very enjoyable Honeymoon back in 2014). Judging by the first part she's done a great job, nailing the nostalgia in a moody and artfully shot opener set in the unfortunate Shadyside, where a gang of pals – led by Kiana Madeira's Deena, her brother Josh (Benjamin Flores Jr) and her ex Sam (Olivia Scott Welch) – tangle with an ancient evil, with Maya Hawke providing the doomed, Drew Barrymore-recalling cameo.
Watch now on Netflix.
The Tomorrow War ★★★☆☆
Yes, it's daft and derivative but this big budget sci-fi spectacular from director Chris McKay delivers excitement in abundance as it plunges Chis Pratt's bewildered military man turned science teacher into a war unfolding in the future against an alien race. With the odds stacked dramatically against the now-civilian forces and the creatures as savage as they come, there's plenty of peril, while the film riffs effectively on climate change and cheeringly lauds scientific expertise. If you like the films that so evidently inspired it – the Alien and Terminator franchises, Armageddon, Starship Troopers, and more – you'll have a blast.
Available on Amazon Prime.
Raya and the Last Dragon ★★★★★
Now available to rent for those without Disney+, this empowering animated adventure boasts real wow factor as it draws on the culture and landscapes of Southeast Asia and throws in heaps of the most magical of fantasy. It finds Kelly Marie Tran's warrior princess Raya seeking out the last dragon in existence to help banish amorphous beast the Druun and restore peace to the realm of Kumandra. The dragon in question is the shape-shifting Sisu (voiced earnestly and hilariously by Awkwafina) and the pair gather together a ragtag band on their quest and battle against the formidable Namaari (Gemma Chan).
Available to watch on demand.
The Climb ★★★★☆
This genuinely hysterical anti buddy movie from writer-director-star Michael Angelo Covino focuses on the endlessly faltering friendship between his character Mike and Kyle, played by Covino's real-life pal and the film's co-writer Kyle Marvin. As he takes us through feats of endurance, family get-togethers, weddings, funerals and holidays, Covino directs with a fluid and surging style which adds immeasurably to the humour, which is by turns visual, incidental, laidback and outlandish. Gayle Rankin, Talia Balsam and George Wendt provide the wonderful support in a beautifully constructed comedy beast.
Available to watch on Sky Cinema.
A cast of beloved Brits – including George MacKay, Monica Dolan, Paddy Considine, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton and Bill Nighy – take on a heartwarming true tale in a film that looks to The Full Monty and Brassed Off for inspiration. It's the story of the 'Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners' campaign, a group of hopeful young gay activists who lent their support to a Welsh mining community during the 1984-85 UK miners' strike, an unlikely alliance that becomes a lesson in compassion
Watch now on BBC iPlayer.