Best films to stream this week: 15 September
- Emma Simmonds
- 15 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.
This gorgeous, partially autobiographical look at the trials of a hardworking immigrant family in 1980s Arkansas was nominated for six Oscars and picked up one, for Yuh-Jung Youn's showstopping supporting performance as a salty grandma (she was comparably hilarious in her acceptance speech). Deftly executed from start to finish, it's the heartfelt work of Lee Isaac Chung. It stars Steven Yeun and Yeri Han as a South Korean couple looking to scratch out some success in the most challenging of circumstances and raise their two lovely kids – including an adorable 7-year-old Alan S Kim, who is a real scene-stealer.
Watch now on Sky Cinema.
Holy Motors ★★★★☆
Prompted by the recent cinematic release of his marvellous musical Annette, French director Leos Carax's much-loved Holy Motors hits MUBI and it's every bit as entertaining as the film that followed it, arguably even more so. This beautifully unpredictable work doesn't follow a conventional narrative and is open to interpretation, instead it trails performer Monsieur Oscar (regular Carax collaborator Denis Lavant, bagging the role of a lifetime) over a single day, as he takes on a series of bizarre and diverse assignments, and encounters a number of unforgettable characters, including those played by Kylie Minogue and Eva Mendes.
Watch now on MUBI.
The winner of three Oscars, including for Roger Deakins' epic cinematography, Sam Mendes' 'two-shot' World War I film makes its debut on Netflix. Actually employing long takes and clever editing so that it appears virtually seamless, it follows two young British lance corporals (played by George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman) who are ordered to carry a message to a colonel, calling off an attack which would jeopardise the lives of well over a thousand men. Their journey is a desperately perilous one, in a tense film peppered with short appearances by familiar faces, including Daniel Mays, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Andrew Scott and Mark Strong.
Watch now on Netflix.
Sorry To Bother You ★★★☆☆
Boasting 'all the spark and energy of a spinning Catherine Wheel' according to our original reviewer, Sorry To Bother You is the dynamic debut of writer-director Boots Riley, and winner of various gongs, including Best First Feature at the Independent Spirit Awards. Although perhaps on the overambitious side, it's hugely admirable as it combines strident politics, farce and quasi science-fiction to always-interesting effect. It stars the Oscar-nominated LaKeith Stanfield (Judas And The Black Messiah, Atlanta) as Cassius, whose flair for telemarketing sees him rise through the ranks and risk selling his soul, to the disgruntlement of his artist girlfriend, played by Tessa Thompson.
Watch now on iPlayer.
Incendies ★★★★☆ / Polytechnique ★★★★☆ / Enemy ★★★★☆
With Denis Villeneuve's Dune finally making its debut at this year's Venice Film Festival and rave reviews following, why not spend some time catching up on some of the lesser-known efforts in this master director's back catalogue ahead of the release of his latest next month? Recent additions to streaming service BFI Player are 2009's Polytechnique (which dramatises the 1989 Montréal Massacre), Villeneuve's blistering 2010 international breakthrough Incendies (which was Oscar-nominated) and the Quebecois filmmaker's first English-language work, 2013's horribly tense and wonderfully bizarre Enemy (which was shot before his box office hit Prisoners but released afterwards), starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
Watch now on BFI Player: Incendies, Polytechnique, Enemy.