Best films to stream this week: 9 Dec
- Emma Simmonds
- 9 December 2020
Our weekly guide to the best films available on home entertainment platforms
Here at The List we tend to look forward to what's on the horizon but, with entertainment options limited, knowing what to watch right now in the comfort of your home is still much needed. To help ride out these challenging times, we'll keep casting our expert eye over what's new to 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 film that will be sneaking onto a fair few best films of the year lists at the very last minute, David Fincher's glorious evocation of Hollywood's Golden Age, Mank, is one of the director's finest hours. It makes for a fitting tribute to his writer father, Jack, who penned the script years ago and died in 2003 before it could make it to the screen. It stars Gary Oldman as Herman J Mankiewicz, the screenwriter of Citizen Kane and deals with his deteriorating relationships with Orson Welles (Tom Burke), the inspiration for Kane, William Randolph Hearst (Charles Dance), and the bottle.
Watch now on Netflix.
If you're looking for something festive and whole-family-pleasing you could do an awful lot worse than Godmothered, a charming and subversive take on happily-ever-afters, which channels Elf, Groundhog Day and Bridget Jones (its director, Sharon Maguire, was behind two of those movies). Set in a snowy and rarely-more-lovely Boston, it stars Jillian Bell as an apprentice fairy godmother who pokes her magical nose into the life of Isla Fisher's TV producer and single mom, with predictably hilarious results.
Watch now on Disney+.
One of the horror highlights of the year, Host began life on genre streaming specialists Shudder and is now available more widely on digital, and on the big screen to boot. Taking up a mere hour of your time, it might be wee but it's near-perfectly formed. It assumes the form of a group Zoom call, where six friends are having a crack at a virtual séance to liven up lockdown. It certainly does that, and things go from funny and believably matey to very, very scary, with a sustained series of frights bringing the film to a chilling close. The mostly female cast are superb and, on strength of this, British director Rob Savage and his team have been snapped up by horror giants Blumhouse for a three-picture deal.
Watch now on demand.
Dirty God ★★★★☆
The final offering in BBC Two's excellent British films season attracted plenty of praise when it hit cinemas last year. From Dutch director Sacha Polak, it's the story of a young British mother, Jade (newcomer Vicky Knight), who is attacked with acid by her partner, leaving her with severe facial scarring that alters the way she is seen. Thoughtful and sometimes provocative in its portrayal of sexuality and single-motherhood, the film refuses to pigeonhole Jade as a victim; her actions can be problematic and selfish but she remains totally, utterly human.
Watch now on iPlayer.
County Lines ★★★★☆
We caught this one at the Glasgow Film Festival at the start of the year and it has finally reached cinemas and streaming. This eye-opening film is the directorial debut of New Zealand-born, London-based filmmaker Henry Blake. Expanding on his 2017 short, this former youth worker highlights the explosion in 'county lines' drug trafficking, where vulnerable young people are recruited to transport drugs from big cities to small towns. Beginning in London, it follows a 14-year-old social outcast (Conrad Khan) as he's taken under the wing of the shifty and flash Simon (Harris Dickinson), while his mum (Ashley Madekwe) struggles to keep things under control. It's an important exploration of a troubling issue.
Watch now on demand.