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Monday, 11 January 2016

Your week in film (Monday, January 11 - Sunday, January 17)


After the news of David Bowie's death this morning, you'll forgive me for not really giving a fuck which films are on TV and at the cinema this week. All I really want to do is put on Alladin Sane full blast and skulk under my duvet for the rest of the day. Still, the show must go on and all that...

TODAY: Loads of good stuff out on VOD, DVD and Blu-ray, including the haunting 45 Years, Gaspar Noé shag-fest Love, NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton, and The Diary Of A Teenage Girl, which features a blistering performance from Bel Powley (pictured above with Alexander Skarsgård). The latter hasn't been deemed worthy of a Blu-ray release for some reason.
TUESDAY: Gulf War gold-heist kind-of-comedy Three Kings (Sky Select, 18:00) is still probably David O Russell's best film, although his latest, Joy, gives it a run for its money. George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube star (trailer below). Meanwhile, 30 Days of Night (ITV4, 00:45) is a much-underrated vampire flick featuring Danny Huston as one of modern cinemas scariest bloodsuckers. 


WEDNESDAY: Forget everything else tonight and watch Melancholia (Sky Arts, 22:00), Lars von Trier's disaster movie about depression, starring Kirsten Dunst. It really is quite something.
THURSDAY: Clint Eastwood directs and stars in High Plains Drifter (ITV4, 21:00), a Sergio Leone-inspired western full of violence and supernatural goings-on. It's bloody good, actually. Even better is Robocop (Sky Action, 23:45), Paul 
Verhoeven's 1987 sci-fi classic. Still haven't seen the remake.
FRIDAY: Selma, featuring David Oyelowo's powerful turn as Martin Luther King, finally debuts on Sky Movies Premiere today (11:45 and 22:00), but it's at the multiplex where the real action is with Hollywood big hitters The Revenant (trailer below), Creed and Room opening. All three picked up awards at Sunday night's Golden Globes luvvie-fest.


SATURDAY: It's clapped-out old action heroes night with Arnold Schwarzenegger taking on Mel Gibson. The Running Man (Channel 4, 23:40) is at least entertaining with Arnie's futuristic hero of the oppressed participating in a brutal TV game show. Lethal Weapon 4 (ITV, 22:35) sees Gibson reunited with Danny Glover to take on a master criminal-cum-martial arts expert. Rene Russo imbues the whole sorry spectacle with class it doesn't deserve. David Cronenberg's disturbing and nightmarish Spider (BBC2, 00:45) - starring Ralph Fiennes - is the one you should try and see though.
SUNDAY: Dominic Cooper is at the top of his game in The Devil's Double (BBC1, 23:30), a dark drama in which he plays both Uday Hussein - Saddam's son - and the Iraqi soldier forced to impersonate him. Also worth a look is Headhunters (BBC2, 23:00), a splendid European action thriller, starring 
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister in Game Of Thrones).
BLACKSTAR: I imagine the likes of The Man Who Fell To Earth (trailer below), Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence and The Hunger are likely to pop up, replacing regular programming, in tribute to the late Mr Bowie this week too. If we're really unlucky, they might also show Labyrinth.


This week's UK box-office top 10
1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens 
2. Daddy's Home
3. Joy R
4. The Danish Girl
5. Snoopy And Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie
6. The Good Dinosaur
7. In The Heart Of The Sea
8. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2
9. Spectre
10. Dilwale

R = Recommended

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