Best films to stream this week: 28 July
- Emma Simmonds
- 28 July 2021
Our weekly guide to the best films available on home entertainment platforms
Our entertainment options may have increased of late but, with viewing habits perhaps permanently changed and plans remaining precarious, 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.
The Human Voice ★★★★☆
It's a mark of Pedro Almodóvar's considerable clout as a director that his short, half-hour film was treated to a brief theatrical release earlier this year. 'Freely based' on Jean Cocteau's play of the same name, it's Almodóvar's first film in the English language and sees the great Tilda Swinton awaiting the arrival of her errant lover, who is about to leave her. Swinton gives a tour de force performance as her unnamed protagonist hangs by a thread and confesses all in an emotional phone-call, while the film is as playful, colourful and exuberantly melodramatic as you'd expect from the auteur in question.
Available on MUBI.
The Current War ★★★☆☆
Although it feels like it's only scratching the surface of the fascinating race to power the world, the talented director of Me And Earl And The Dying Girl, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, has produced something pacey and visually striking that entertains as much as it informs. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison and Michael Shannon as his rival George Westinghouse and with an ensemble that also includes Tom Holland, Katherine Waterston, Matthew Macfadyen and Nicholas Hoult, it's a classy, if not quite illuminating enough, take on the material.
Available to watch on Netflix.
The Indiana Jones quartet
With the fifth film – from director James Mangold and featuring Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Mads Mikkelsen and Antonio Banderas alongside Harrison Ford – in production and scheduled for release next summer, now would be a great time to revisit Steven Spielberg and George Lucas's original quartet, which have just joined the line-up on Amazon Prime Video. And with the kids off school what better way to keep them occupied than with an education in adventuring.
All available on Amazon Prime Video.
On and off screen, patriotism can feel problematic but Christopher Nolan's ability to deliver pure cinema takes this remarkable World War II story beyond simple flag-waving as it becomes something impossibly immersive and exciting, which deservedly picked up three Oscars in 2018 (for its extraordinary editing and sound). Cutting between events on land, sea and in the air, we're in the thick of it as Allied soldiers are besieged by German forces ahead of their heroic evacuation. Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh and Harry Styles are just some of the familiar faces amongst an enormous, and impressive, cast.
Watch now on BBC iPlayer.
This extremely well-acted and stunningly shot film is a great showcase for the historically underexploited Lance Henriksen, who has been a staple of genre cinema and is compellingly horrible here. We've seen several notable portrayals of dementia sufferers recently (Anthony Hopkins in The Father, Stanley Tucci in Supernova) and Henriksen is right up there with them in terms of credibility, though his misogynistic and bigoted farmer is far less sympathetic. Written and directed by Henriksen's co-star Viggo Mortensen, in his feature debut, it's sensitive and plausible, if a bit on the gruelling side.
Available to stream on Sky Cinema.