Best films to stream this week: 1 September
- Emma Simmonds
- 1 September 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, 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.
A Quiet Place Part II ★★★★☆
Every bit as good as its smash-hit predecessor, and some might say even better, A Quiet Place Part II picks up straight after the events of the first film – nail-biting prologue aside – making it more of a continuation than a sequel. Once again directed by John Krasinski, who does a great job cranking up the tension and juggling the action, it stars his wife, Emily Blunt, doing without him as a co-star after his character's death in the original, with Evelyn now the sole carer for their three remaining kids. There's excellent work from Blunt and Millicent Simmonds as Evelyn's deaf and extraordinarily courageous daughter, Regan, while Cillian Murphy, Scoot McNairy and Djimon Hounsou also feature.
Watch now on demand.
The Forever Purge ★★★☆☆
The Purge films may have never quite lived up to their killer concept but they're action-packed and scary, with plenty of political commentary to chew on – even if it's hardly subtle. Following on from the third film in the series (the fourth was a prequel), and set in Texas amongst migrant workers and gun-toting libertarians, fifth instalment The Forever Purge sees those pesky New Founding Fathers of America re-elected and immediately reinstating the barbarism of the annual purge nights. As preposterous as it seems on paper, the tensions the film highlights ring depressingly true and there's something horribly believable about the whole affair.
Watch now on premium on demand.
The Iron Giant ★★★★☆
Based on Ted Hughes's 1968 book, this cracking 1999 animated adventure from double Oscar-winner Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille) – making his directorial debut – was the recipient of the BAFTA Children's Award for Best Feature, amongst many other gongs. It features the voices of Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr, Vin Diesel, Cloris Leachman and John Mahoney, and tells the story of a young boy who finds and befriends a giant alien robot and needs to protect it from destruction.
Watch now on Netflix.
Shot Caller ★★★★☆
Fans of Game Of Thrones' star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau should check out this underestimated effort where he takes centre stage to absolutely blistering effect. Director Ric Roman Waugh (who did a decent job with the recent Greenland) is channelling the great Michael Mann in a classy cops-and-robbers thriller that's strikingly shot by Dana Gonzales. And Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Donovan and Holt McCallany provide the hefty support in a film that does more than revel in violence, as it foregrounds the human cost of crime.
Watch now on Netflix.
Wonder Woman 1984 ★★★★☆
We had a lot of fun with this 80s-tastic, greed-is-not-so-good comic book sequel from returning director, Patty Jenkins. Part of the DC Extended Universe, Wonder Woman 1984 sees Gal Gadot's superhero / goddess and Chris Pine's fighter pilot / love interest back in action (with the latter raised from the dead in miraculous and touching fashion). There are some spectacular set-pieces, incredible costumes and, best of all, not one but two decent villains, played with vigour by Bridesmaids' Kristen Wiig and, another Game Of Thrones alumnus, Pedro Pascal.
Watch now on Sky Cinema.