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Mark Kermode joins Simon Mayo to give his verdict on the week's movies

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 7.3K Ratings

Mark Kermode joins Simon Mayo to give his verdict on the week's movies

    Joanna Hogg, Sing 2, A Journal for Jordan, The King’s Daughter, Amulet, Taming the Garden, Parallel Mothers and Flag Day.

    Joanna Hogg, Sing 2, A Journal for Jordan, The King’s Daughter, Amulet, Taming the Garden, Parallel Mothers and Flag Day.

    Joanna Hogg talks about her new film The Souvenir Part II.

    Mark reviews new animation Sing 2, about an anthropomorphic koala called Buster Moon and his friends who must persuade a reclusive rock star lion called Clay Calloway, played by Bono, to join them for the opening of a new show; Pedro Almodóvar directing Penelope Cruz and Rossy De Palma in Parallel Mothers, the story of two mothers who give birth on the same day; Amulet, about an ex-soldier, living homeless in London, and is offered a place to stay at a decaying house inhabited by a young woman and her dying mother; Flag Day, Sean Penn’s film about a father who lives a double life as a counterfeiter, bank robber and con man in order to provide for his daughter; Taming the Garden, a documentary following trees that are transported from the coast of the Republic of Georgia to the private garden of that country's former prime minister; Denzel Washington’s A Journal for Jordan, about a soldier who, before he is killed in action in Iraq, authors a journal for his son intended to tell him how to live a decent life despite growing up without a father; and the long-awaited The King’s Daughter, about King Louis XIV's quest for immortality leading him to capture and steal a mermaid's life force.

    Plus Simon and Mark talk through all the films on current release.

    Send us your sub 20 second instant reaction to any film attached to an email to mayo@bbc.co.uk for our feature ‘Lobby Correspondents’.

    Download our podcast from the Baby Sea Clowns app.

    We welcome your contributions: Email: mayo@bbc.co.uk Twitter: @wittertainment

    00:00:00 Podcast starts
    00:28:00 Top 10
    00:53:00 Joanna Hogg
    01:06:24 Taming the Garden
    01:09:20 Amulet
    01:23:02 Parallel Mothers
    01:30:11 Flag Day
    01:37:07 Sing 2
    01:48:20 Journal for Jordan
    01:51:46 The King's Daughter

    • 2 hrs 2 min
    Guillermo del Toro, Nightmare Alley, Belfast, A Journal for Jordan, Memory Box, The King’s Daughter

    Guillermo del Toro, Nightmare Alley, Belfast, A Journal for Jordan, Memory Box, The King’s Daughter

    Guillermo del Toro talks about his new film Nightmare Alley, the second film adaptation of the 1946 novel of the same name by William Lindsay Gresham. It stars Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett and Toni Collette.

    Mark reviews that film along with Sir Ken ‘Chuckles’ Branagh’s new film Belfast, which he discussed with Simon on last week’s show, about a young boy and his working-class Belfast family experiencing the tumultuous late 1960s; documentary Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road, looking at the career of Brian Wilson; Denzel Washington’s A Journal for Jordan, about soldier who, before he is killed in action in Iraq, authors a journal for his son intended to tell him how to live a decent life despite growing up without a father; and Mass, about which we talk to star Jason Isaacs.

    Plus Simon and Mark talk through all the films on current release.

    Send us your sub 20 second instant reaction to any film attached to an email to mayo@bbc.co.uk for our feature ‘Lobby Correspondents’.

    Download our podcast from the Baby Sea Clowns app.

    We welcome your contributions: Email: mayo@bbc.co.uk Twitter: @wittertainment

    • 2 hrs 5 min
    Sir Kenneth Branagh, The Tragedy of Macbeth, Cow, Scream, Ascension, Memoria and Save the Cinema

    Sir Kenneth Branagh, The Tragedy of Macbeth, Cow, Scream, Ascension, Memoria and Save the Cinema

    Sir Kenneth Branagh talks about his new film Belfast.

    Mark reviews Scream, set twenty-five years after the original series of murders in Woodsboro; Joel Coen’s adaptation of Sir William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth, about a Scottish lord who becomes convinced by a trio of witches that he will become the next King of Scotland; Save the Cinema, which tells the story of Liz Evans, who started a campaign in the 90s to save the Lyric Cinema; documentary Ascension, which explores the pursuit of the "Chinese Dream."; Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Memoria, about a woman from Scotland, who while traveling in Colombia begins to notice strange sounds; Andrea Arnold’s Cow, a close-up portrait of the daily lives of two cows.

    Plus Simon and Mark talk through all the films on current release.

    Send us your sub 20 second instant reaction to any film attached to an email to mayo@bbc.co.uk for our feature ‘Lobby Correspondents’.

    Download our podcast from the Baby Sea Clowns app.

    We welcome your contributions: Email: mayo@bbc.co.uk Twitter: @wittertainment

    00:00:00 Podcast starts
    00:25:10 Box Office Top ten
    00:52:10 Chuckles Branagh
    01:11:50 WTF
    01:15:04 Save the Cinema
    01:20:40 TV MOVIE OF THE WEEK
    01:24:15 Ascension
    01:29:08 Memoria
    01:37:10 Scream
    01:48:05 Cow
    01:52:15 The Tragedy of Macbeth

    • 2 hrs 2 min
    Peter Dinklage, Munich: The Edge of War, Minyan, Ailey, A Hero and Boiling Point

    Peter Dinklage, Munich: The Edge of War, Minyan, Ailey, A Hero and Boiling Point

    Ben Bailey Smith talks to Peter Dinklage about his role in Cyrano.

    Plus Anna Bogutskaya reviews the new 4k restoration of Truffaut's The 400 Blows; Boiling Point, which stars Stephen Graham as a head chef wrangling his team on the busiest day of the year; Ailey, an immersive portrait of dance pioneer Alvin Ailey, told through his own words and a new dance inspired by his life; American Siege, Bruce Willis's latest actioner; A Hero, Asghar Farhadi’s film about a man who is in prison because of a debt he was unable to repay; Munich - The Edge of War about a British diplomat who travels to Munich in the run-up to World War II; and Minyan, about a young Jewish man caught between thrilling private trysts and his repressive family in 1980s Brooklyn.

    Plus Ben and Anna talk through all the films on current release in the box office top ten.

    Send us your sub 20 second instant reaction to any film attached to an email to mayo@bbc.co.uk for our feature ‘Lobby Correspondents’. .

    Download our podcast from the Baby Sea Clowns app.

    We welcome your contributions: Email: mayo@bbc.co.uk Twitter: @wittertainment

    00:19:20 Box Office Top Ten
    00:55:00 Munich: The Edge of War
    00:59:28 American Siege
    01:04:10 Peter Dinklage
    01:22:40 Boiling Point
    01:29:20 Ailey
    01:34:00 A Hero
    01:37:42 Minyan
    01:43:10 The 400 Blows
    01:49:10 DVD of the Week

    • 1 hr 55 min
    Best of 2021

    Best of 2021

    Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo with their best reviews and interviews from 2021 including their chats with Sigourney Weaver, Emma Stone and Lakeith Stanfield and Mark's reviews of Wild Mountain Thyme, Greenland, Summer of Soul, Godzilla v Kong, Nomadland and No Time to Die. Plus the best dad jokes of the year.

    Email: mayo@bbc.co.uk Twitter: @wittertainment

    • 1 hr 52 min
    Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss, The Matrix Resurrections, The King’s Man, Titane and Licorice Pizza.

    Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss, The Matrix Resurrections, The King’s Man, Titane and Licorice Pizza.

    Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss talk about their new film, The Matrix Resurrections, in which we return to a world of two realities: one, everyday life; the other, what lies behind it.

    Mark reviews that film along with The Humans, a horror set in a pre-war duplex in downtown Manhattan; The King’s Man, the prequel to the Kingsman movies starring Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton and Rhys Ifans; Julia Ducornau’s Titane; Benedict Cumberbatch in The Electrical Life of Louis Wain about the English artist Louis Wain who rose to prominence at the end of the 19th century for his surreal cat paintings; Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza, which tells the story of Alana Kane and Gary Valentine growing up, running around and going through the treacherous navigation of first love in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles in 1973.

    Plus Simon and Mark talk through all the films on current release in the box office top ten.

    Send us your sub 20 second instant reaction to any film attached to an email to mayo@bbc.co.uk for our feature ‘Lobby Correspondents’.

    Download our podcast from the Baby Sea Clowns app.

    We welcome your contributions: Email: mayo@bbc.co.uk Twitter: @wittertainment

    • 2 hrs 11 min

Customer Reviews

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7.3K Ratings

7.3K Ratings

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What a podcast

Maybe the lads need a break more often cos my god they came back with a bang

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Fantastic film content

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Definitely recommend

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