Best films to stream this week: 8 September

Best films to stream this week: 8 September

The Suicide Squad

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.

The Suicide Squad ★★★★☆

The 10th film in the DC Extended Universe has been described as a standalone sequel to 2016's little-loved Suicide Squad but it plays like it's trying to erase the original from our collective memory. Guardians of the Galaxy's James Gunn moves over from Marvel to take the helm of another fun comic book ensemble romp that takes the violence up a notch, whilst making broad swipes at puffed-up patriots (through John Cena's ironically named Peacemaker) and American intervention abroad. Margot Robbie again steals the show as the effervescently awful Harley Quinn, while Idris Elba is enjoyably jaded, David Dastmalchian is enjoyably odd, and Sylvester Stallone has a laugh as the voice of the dopey, and very hungry, King Shark.
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Riders Of Justice ★★★★☆

Receiving a lot less marketing fanfare than The Suicide Squad but delivering just as much fun in an equivalently violent way, Riders Of Justice features barnstorming work from Mads Mikkelsen, playing a shell-shocked soldier whose wife is killed in a train crash, which may have not been entirely accidental. This explosive and almost superhumanly kick-ass character is nicely teamed with Nikolaj Lie Kaas's more reserved statistician, with the pair out for bloody revenge. It's the latest from Danish director Anders Thomas Jensen and those familiar with his work – which includes 2015's Men & Chicken – will know to expect something pretty batshit, and the director certainly doesn't disappoint.
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The Father ★★★★★

The winner of two Oscars (for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor), The Father is the remarkable cinematic debut of novelist and playwright Florian Zeller, who has adapted his 2012 play Le Père with Christopher Hampton. It finds a disorientated Anthony (played by Anthony Hopkins, in one of the performances of his career) battling with the ravages of dementia in a flat that feels increasingly unfamiliar. Olivia Colman plays his devastated daughter Anne with typical brilliance, while the cinematography and production design conspire cleverly to add to the confusion and place us unforgettably inside the protagonist's head.
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The Reason I Jump ★★★★★

The experiences of a group of non-speaking people with autism are explored in this extremely eye-opening documentary that shines a light on a hidden world. Its starting point is the somewhat controversial book by Naoki Higashida, with his insights dotted throughout the runtime, while the book's translator, the acclaimed British author of Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell, also contributes. But the film is most notable for the voice it gives to several other individuals with autism and their families from around the world.
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Cinderella ★★★☆☆

It's a story that's undoubtedly been told too many times but this feminism-fuelled musical revamp from Pitch Perfect's Kay Cannon at least offers a fresh take on the fairy tale. Singer Camila Cabello gives it some oomph as Ella, who now has ambitions of being a dress designer and is less fixated on being swept off her glass-slippered feet, while Frozen's Idina Menzel is a worthy adversary as her wicked stepmother, Vivian. A rapping town crier (Doc Brown), sexist king (Pierce Brosnan), pouting prince (Nicholas Galitzine) and 'Fabulous Godmother' (a very entertaining Billy Porter) are amongst the support.
Watch now on Amazon Prime Video.