Best films to stream this week: 22 September
- Emma Simmonds
- 22 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.
The confident and well-conceived debut of Welsh director Prano Bailey-Bond stars rising star Niamh Algar (The Virtues, Calm With Horses, Deceit) in a 1980s-set story of moral panics and sanity-jeopardising obsession. Algar plays buttoned-up and fastidious film censor Enid, who becomes immersed in a nightmare akin to the 'video nasties' she examines, whilst searching for her missing sister. With echoes of Berberian Sound Studio, brilliant black comedy, striking visuals and a cast of much-loved UK talent (Michael Smiley, Nicholas Burns, Vincent Franklin, Felicity Montagu), Censor puts Bailey-Bond firmly on the filmmaking map.
Watch now on demand.
The Starling ★★★☆☆
Available to watch on Netflix from Friday, and in cinemas right now, The Starling is the latest from Theodore Melfi, a double Oscar nominee for the charming Hidden Figures. Combining askew humour and slightly laboured life lessons, this one is more in the mould of 2014's St Vincent, once again teaming the director with Melissa McCarthy, who lends credibility to the sometimes strange and sometimes mawkish story. It sees her supermarket worker Lilly struggling with the death of her baby daughter and the subsequent institutionalisation of her husband, Jack (Chris O'Dowd), and seeking help from Kevin Kline's therapist-turned-vet. Levity comes in the form of an amusing script and a very aggressive little bird.
Watch now on Netflix.
Everybody's Talking About Jamie ★★★☆☆
A star is born in Max Harwood, as this newcomer takes the lead in an adaptation of the hit West End musical. Pitching his performance just right, Harwood plays Jamie New, a 16-year-old schoolkid in Sheffield who dreams of becoming a drag queen and has to contend with a school bully (Samuel Bottomley), disapproving teacher (Sharon Horgan) and small-minded dad (Ralph Ineson). Sarah Lancashire plays Jamie's supportive mother Margaret, Lauren Patel his best friend Pritti, while Richard E Grant is Jamie's drag mentor Hugo. It's not quite as fabulously realised as we had hoped, but the songs are still great, with new number 'This Was Me' – poignantly sung by Frankie Goes To Hollywood's Holly Johnson – a highlight. You can also catch it in selected cinemas.
Watch now on Amazon Prime Video.
Gunpowder Milkshake ★★★☆☆
Receiving a simultaneous theatrical and Sky Cinema release is the latest from Israeli director Navot Papushado (Big Bad Wolves). It's a Kill Bill-evoking, Me Too-fuelled action comedy that also recalls John Wick as it introduces us to a secret world of assassins. The twist here is that most of the main characters are female: Karen Gillan's contract killer Sam leads the way, while her mother, Scarlet (Lena Headey), and her old gang (played by Carla Gugino, Michelle Yeoh and the mighty Angela Bassett) provide some nifty support. They come up against the male-dominated crime outfit The Firm, with some truly spectacular and sometimes farcical shoot-outs ensuing.
Watch now on Sky Cinema.
This brilliant and outrageously underrated hard-boiled thriller from Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, Jennifer's Body, The Invitation) features an almost-unrecognisable and Golden Globe-nominated Nicole Kidman in one of the roles of her – pretty incredible – career. She plays the angry and unkempt LAPD officer Erin Bell, who revisits her painful past as an undercover officer as she tries to track down the leader of a criminal gang, played by Toby Kebbell. The superb supporting cast includes Tatiana Maslany, Scoot McNairy and Bradley Whitford, while the action packs one helluva punch.
Watch now on iPlayer.