Selection of the week
After conquering a powerful sci-fi property in Blade Runner 2049, Denis Villeneuve boldly goes for Frank Herbert’s epic novel about galactic empires – and reappears triumphant. It is only one of two, giving him time to explain how the noble Paul of Timothée Chalamet – heir to the House Atreides – finds himself on the desert planet Arrakis (AKA Dune) under the threat of powerful forces that would destroy his family. Combining Game of Thrones machinations with tribal mysticism and medieval technology, this luxurious epic has the narrative scan and visual grandeur we expect from the best space operas, intertwined with a pleasing lack of helix.
Friday, April 15, 10.40, 20.00, Premiere of Sky Cinema
All Old Knives
Eight years after a hijacking of an Islamic plane turned into a bloodbath, CIA agent Henry (Chris Payne) is called in to locate the mole in the service that helped hasten the disaster. So far, so much Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – but Henry’s main suspect is Celia’s ex-girlfriend (Thandiwe Newton). Janus Metz’s well-played espionage mystery has many tense espionage flashbacks, but at the heart of it is a two-way street: the couple shares their dinner and memories of the event, but both have vague motives at best.
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You can count on Charles Dickens for a fascinating plot – and this 1946 film in his novel pays homage to it – but it is to David Lynn’s rich reference to the early 19th century that the metaphor really comes to life. From Kent’s damp swamps to the dusty, decaying estate of Miss Havisham and the hustle and bustle of London, Pip’s transformation from a blacksmith boy to a young snob, with the courtesy of an anonymous benefactor, takes on depth. John Mills is solid as Pip, but the second cast is what shines, especially Martita Hunt as Miss Havisham and Francis L Sullivan as the Jaggers lawyer.
Saturday, April 9, 14:00, BBC Two
The dead Greek surrealist George Lanthimos directs a coach and horses (and the strange duck) through the drama costume with this turbulent story set in the courtyard of 18th-century Queen Anne. A love triangle develops when new maid Abigail (Emma Stone) plots to usurp her cousin, Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz), as confidant of the silly, silly Anne (an interpretation of humor and astonishing passion by Olivia Colman’s award-winning) . In a nod to Kubrick Barry Lyndon, he turns using only candles, bonfires or natural light, adding a wow factor to wit.
Saturday, April 9, 21.15, Channel 4
Actor Paul Dano’s directorial debut, co-written with Zoe Kazan, is a film of quiet despair, tenderly from Richard Ford’s novel. In the big, lonely Montana area of the 1960s, 14-year-old Joe (an alert Ed Oxenbould) is drawn to his parents’ unresolved dramas. Proud, restless Jerry (Jake Gyllenhaal) gets a job to fight forest fires, and disgruntled Janet (Carrie Mulligan) uses her freedom to explore what life has to offer – but will she include her family?
Monday 11 April, 23.40, BBC Two
Seemingly an unusual story, this intense drama about a standup comedian contemplating her early life is more of a psychological anatomy of her protagonist than a popular female empowerment. The great Maxine Peake does not give a quarter as a “Funny Cow”, raised in poverty and violence, but with the determination to find an escape through the men’s club circuit of northern workers. It’s a tough world where (always male) comics are rude and racist, and director Adrian Sergold and writer Tony Pitch (who also plays her boyfriend) punch her in the face.
Wednesday, April 13, 1.30 am, Channel 4
He is now 50 years old, but the masterpiece of Francis Ford Coppola remains the cornerstone of any cinematic depiction of the Italian mafia – and arguably the kind of crime as a whole. As Marlon Brando’s Don Corleone tries to maintain his empire as the feud between the mob’s families turns into open warfare, two of his sons – the impetuous successor Sonny (James Caan) and the more restrained, thoughtful Michael ( ) – represent different paths to success. . Directed by opera and full of excellent performances, it is an offer you can not refuse…
Friday, April 15, 20:00, Sky Cinema Greats