Best films to stream this week: 28 July

Best films to stream this week: 28 July

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.

Dunkirk ★★★★☆

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.

Falling ★★★☆☆

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.

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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

  • 3 stars
  • 2008
  • US
  • 2h 2min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
  • Cast: Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf, Cate Blanchett, Karen Allen, Ray Winstone, John Hurt, Jim Broadbent

It's 1957, the Soviets have replaced the Nazis as the biggest set of thugs on the planet and Jones (Ford) has returned for his most outlandisih adventure yet. Russian baddie Spalko (Blanchett) is out to trick the hero into uncovering the secrets of a mythical crystal, a challenge which proves that the old dog still has a…

Dunkirk

  • 4 stars
  • 2017
  • 1h 46min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Christopher Nolan
  • Written by: Christopher Nolan
  • Cast: Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Cillian Murphy, Harry Styles

Survival story set during the battle of Dunkirk in WWII. The younger cast members acquit themselves admirably, including pop star Harry Styles; and, in its uncomfortable depiction of frightened men looking to save their own skin, this is far from straightforwardly patriotic fare. As he delivers non-stop visual audacity…

The Current War

  • 3 stars
  • 2017
  • us
  • 1h 45min
  • Directed by: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
  • Cast: Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Nicholas Hoult

The tale of the 19th century battle to become the company that runs America’s electrical system, featuring mercurial showman Thomas Edison (Cumberbatch) and stolid engineer George Westinghouse (Shannon). Despite elegant cinematography and impressive set-pieces, it feels like an epic saga squashed into a tight canvas; a…

The Human Voice

  • 2020
  • 30min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar
  • Cast: Tilda Swinton, Agustín Almodóvar, Miguel Almodóvar

Two living beings, a woman and a dog, both face abandonment.

Falling

  • 3 stars
  • 2020
  • Canada, UK, Denmark
  • 1h 52min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Viggo Mortensen
  • Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Lance Henriksen, Sverrir Gudnason
  • UK release: 4 December 2020

Viggo Mortensen writes, directs and stars in this drama about a conservative farmer who moves to Los Angeles to live with his gay son.