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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 • 647 Ratings

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

    Keira Knightley, Encanto, House of Gucci and Pirates

    Keira Knightley, Encanto, House of Gucci and Pirates

    Keira Knightley talks to Simon about her role as Nell in Silent Night.

    Plus reviews of new Disney animation Encanto, about a young Colombian girl who has to face the frustration of being the only member of her family without magical powers; House of Gucci, which features last week’s guest Adam Driver as Maurizio Gucci, and tells the story of Patrizia Reggiani, an outsider from humble beginnings, who marries into the Gucci family; Pirates, written and directed by Reggie Yates, and tells the story of three eighteen-year-old friends on their journey from North to south London on New Year's Eve 1999; documentary First Wave, which follows nurses, doctors, and administrators as they responded to the COVID-19 pandemic; historical drama Lapwing, about an isolated group of salt farmers who arrange illegal passage to Europe for an Indian Gypsy family in hiding; horror Shepherd, and Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn, about a school teacher who finds her career and reputation under threat after a personal sex tape is leaked on the Internet.

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    00:00:00 Podcast starts
    00:18:50 Box Office Top Ten
    00:43:18 Pirates
    00:49:25 Keira Knightley
    01:02:56 First Wave
    01:04:54 WTF 1
    01:10:04 Lapwing
    01:25:04 Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn
    01:33:06 House of Gucci
    01:42:03 Shepherd
    01:49:44 DVD of the Week

    • 1 hr 55 min
    Adam Driver talks about his role as Mauricio Gucci in House of Gucci, plus film reviews.

    Adam Driver talks about his role as Mauricio Gucci in House of Gucci, plus film reviews.

    Adam Driver talks about his role as Maurizio Gucci in House of Gucci.

    Plus reviews of Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog, with Benedict Cumberbatch as charismatic rancher Phil Burbank; Ghostbusters Afterlife, about a single mother and her two kids who arrive in a small town and begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind; Céline Sciamma’s Petite Maman, about a girl called Nelly who has just lost her grandmother and one day meets a girl her same age building a treehouse; Halle Berry stars and directs in Bruised, about a disgraced MMA fighter who finds redemption in the cage and the courage to face her demons when the son she had given up as an infant unexpectedly reenters her life; KIng Richard, which stars Will Smith as Richard Williams, father of tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams; Drive My Car, about a stage actor and director happily married to his playwright wife who one day she disappears and documentary Dear Future Children, about three young female activists in Hong Kong, Chile, and Uganda coping with the staggering personal impacts of their activism.

    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’.

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    00:00:00 Pod starts
    00:25:00 Top Ten
    00:49:10 Petite Maman review
    00:53:40 Adam Driver
    01:11:40 Bruised review
    01:31:26 King Richard Review
    01:36:40 Drive my car review
    01:46:10 Ghostbusters Afterlife
    01:54:37 Dear Future Children

    • 2 hr 4 min
    Andrew Garfield, Tick, Tick... Boom!, Mothering Sunday and Cry Macho

    Andrew Garfield, Tick, Tick... Boom!, Mothering Sunday and Cry Macho

    Andrew Garfield talks about his role in Tick, Tick… Boom!, about a promising young theatre composer who on the cusp of his 30th birthday navigates love, friendship and the pressures of life as an artist in New York City.

    Plus reviews of Clint Eastwood’s neo-Western Cry Macho, about a one-time rodeo star and washed-up horse breeder who takes a job to bring a man's young son home and away from his alcoholic mother; Mothering Sunday, starring Olivia Colman and Colin Firth in a film about a maid living in post-World War I England who secretly plans to meet with the man she loves before he leaves to marry another woman; Keyboard Fantasies, about Beverly Glenn-Copeland, a Black transgender musician, who becomes a cult icon three decades after the release of his album Keyboard Fantasies; documentary Becoming Cousteau, which takes a look at the life, passions, achievements and tragedies surrounding the famous explorer and environmentalist; Hungarian war drama Natural Light and documentary Procession, about a group of survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests who battle for justice.

    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

    00:25:10 Top ten
    00:52:28 Andrew Garfield
    01:07:72 Tick Tick Boom review
    01:14:23 Cry Macho
    01:25:09 Procession
    01:33:49 Mothering Sunday
    01:41:54 Natural Light
    01:46:20 Keyboard Fantasies
    01:49:47 Dettori

    • 1 hr 59 min
    Kristen Stewart, Spencer, The Card Counter, Eternals and Finch

    Kristen Stewart, Spencer, The Card Counter, Eternals and Finch

    Kristen Stewart talks to Simon about her role as Princess Diana in Pablo Larrain’s Spencer, which Mark also reviews.

    Plus we have reviews of Paul Schrader’s The Card COunter, which tells the story of Oscar Isaac’s ex-military interrogator turned gambler haunted by the ghosts of his past; Chloé Zhao’s Eternals, the latest Marvel film about a race of immortal beings who lived on Earth and shaped its history and civilizations, starring Richard Madden, Gemma Chan and Angelina Jolie; Red Notice, which stars Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot; thriller Bull, about a man who mysteriously returns home after a 10 year absence to seek revenge on those who double crossed him years ago; western Old Henry, starring Tim Blake Nelson as a farmer who takes in an injured man with a satchel of cash and Tom Hanks in sci-fi drama Finch.


    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’.

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    • 2 hr 1 min
    Chloe Zhao, Thomasin McKenzie, Last Night in Soho and Antlers

    Chloe Zhao, Thomasin McKenzie, Last Night in Soho and Antlers

    Chloe Zhao talks about her new film Eternals, Thomasin McKenzie tells us about starring in Edgar Wright’s new film.

    Plus we have reviews of Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone on its 20th Anniversary re-release; Antlers, set in an isolated Oregon town, about a middle-school teacher and her sheriff brother who become embroiled with her enigmatic student, starring Jesse Plemons; Last Night In Soho, Edgar Wright’s film about an aspiring fashion designer who is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters a dazzling wannabe singer; Azor, about a private banker from Geneva who goes to Argentina in the midst of a dictatorship to replace his partner, who disappeared overnight; Sadie Frost’s documentary Quant, about the life and legacy of 1960s fashion icon, Mary Quant, which features Kate Moss and Vivienne Westwood; Seven Samurai, Akira Kurosawa’s seminal film about a poor village attacked by bandits; The Nowhere Inn, St. Vincent’s film in which she sets out to make a documentary about her music, but when she hires a close friend to direct, notions of reality, identity, and authenticity grow increasingly distorted and bizarre; and the reissue of Blade, which stars Wesley Snipes as a half-vampire, half-mortal man who becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires.

    Edith and Anna also talk you through the best and worst films on subscription-free TV next week, and recommend a home entertainment purchase in DVD of the Week.

    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

    • 1 hr 46 min
    Denis Villeneuve, Dune, The French Dispatch, The Harder They Fall and The Boss Baby 2: Family Business

    Denis Villeneuve, Dune, The French Dispatch, The Harder They Fall and The Boss Baby 2: Family Business

    Simon and Mark’s guest is Denis Villeneuve, who talks about his film Dune, based on Frank Herbert’s 1965 science fiction novel and starring Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya.

    Plus we have reviews of The Boss Baby 2: Family Business, in which the grown Templeton brothers have become and drifted away from each other; The Harder They Fall, Jeymes Samuel’s Western starring Regina King; Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch, set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional twentieth century French city, starring Léa Seydoux, Timothée Chalamet and Christoph Waltz; Dear Evan Hansen, the film adaptation of the Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical about Evan Hansen, a high school senior with Social Anxiety disorder and his journey of self-discovery and acceptance following the suicide of a fellow classmate; Bigfoot Hunters, in which a clickbait journalist is sent to the Appalachian foothills to cover a Bigfoot Convention and discovers there's more to this listicle than meets the eye; The Bacchus Lady, which deals with the issue of elderly prostitution in South Korea and Lucky Chan-sil, about a film producer who finds herself unemployed with the sudden death of her long-time collaborated director.

    Mark and Simon also talk you through the best and worst films on subscription-free TV next week, and recommend a home entertainment purchase in DVD of the Week.

    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 hr 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
647 Ratings

647 Ratings

DJ Chestnutz ,

The gold standard.

I wonder if the incels complaining that the show is too political notice it’s categorized under Society and Culture. That might overlap with politics sometimes big fella.

For the adults in the room, this is a fantastic show about movies (including how they might be digested by other people outside of ones own pea sized narcissistic brain). Thoughtful, funny, incisive, and brilliant.

Niban #2dj ,

23 Apr ‘21

Don’t bother if Simon and Mark are away. Not worth your time.

coffeeteacoffee ,

Comfort food for the soul

Just let them talk. Everything is going to be all right in the end. Also, discover films you haven’t heard of and music you haven’t heard of. (For instance, the Wombats, Pugwash, the Divine Comedy, and the Duckworth Lewis Method. ) Tickity-tonk, etc.

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