From sunsets to previous lifetimes: the top seven movies to tune into this week on television.
Selection of the week
Charlotte Wells has created a truly beautiful and emotionally poignant film. The complexities of growing up and losing one’s innocence are intertwined with a summer vacation in Turkey, taken by 11-year-old Sophie (played by the charming and lovable Frankie Corio) and her father Calum (portrayed with depth by Paul Mescal). As they enjoy lazy days by the hotel pool, all-inclusive buffets, boat trips, and visits to ancient ruins, Calum’s underlying sadness begins to surface. While his relationship with his daughter brings comfort and tenderness, there is a lingering sense of something troubling him that we struggle to understand. This masterfully crafted story evokes the warmth of a cherished memory.
“On Sunday, February 11th at 10pm, tune in to BBC Two.”
Florence Pugh’s first notable appearance was in Carol Morley’s ethereal and sensual 2014 film. She portrays Abbie, a captivating student at an all-girls school who is the subject of envy for her classmates and teachers, including her best friend Lydia (Maisie Williams). However, when Abbie suddenly experiences a seizure without explanation, it triggers a series of mass fits among the other students. Is it a form of rebellion, shared grief, or simply the result of heightened teenage hormones? The film delves into elements of folk horror with references to works such as Picnic at Hanging Rock and the disorienting films of Nicolas Roeg, making for an unsettling viewing experience.
On Sunday, February 11th at 11:35pm, BBC Two will be airing.
This film, directed by Ron Howard, is based on Peter “The Crown” Morgan’s play and follows the remarkable events of British talkshow host David Frost’s 1977 interview with former US president Richard Nixon. Michael Sheen portrays Frost as a determined and self-absorbed media figure striving to regain success in the US. Frank Langella plays Nixon, who is bitter about his fall from power and eager to redeem himself. The clash of personalities between the entertainer and the politician creates compelling drama.
On Sunday, February 11th at 5:55pm, the movie “Sky Cinema Greats” will be airing.
onderful, wistful film by Celine Song explores the idea of a first love being the greatest love of one’s life. The protagonist, Nora, left South Korea for Canada at 12 years old and lost contact with her close friend and potential first love, Hae-sung. After 12 years, they reconnect through video calls, but their relationship is hindered by the inability to meet in person. The film delves into the impact of past experiences on current relationships and the choices we make regarding love.
Thursday 15 February, Netflix
I am who I am now: A Tale of Love
Jennifer Lopez, a seasoned performer in both acting and music, has released a new album along with a grand feature film. The film, directed by Dave Myers who is known for directing music videos, incorporates songs from This Is Me… Now with a mix of personal drama and grandiose scenes featuring vibrant and intricately choreographed fantasies. The film also includes appearances from her new husband Ben Affleck, Post Malone, Sofia Vergara, and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, showcasing the wide range of J-Lo’s interests.
On Friday, February 16th, the streaming service Prime Video will be available.
Reworded: “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One”
Tom Cruise cannot be stopped. The seventh installment in the highly successful espionage series is very similar to the previous six, but it’s incredibly easy to enjoy. The movie features inventive action scenes (especially the train scenes), daring stunts, some performed by Cruise himself, stunning global locations (such as Paris, Rome, and the Orient Express), and a complex plot involving Cruise and his rogue agents fighting against the internet. With the addition of new actors Hayley Atwell and Pom Klementieff, it’s another thrilling adventure for Tom Cruise.
On Friday, February 16th, at 11:15am and 8pm, the movie “Sky Cinema Premiere” will be airing.
In 1982, John Carpenter directed a horrifying remake that featured an alien invading an Antarctic research station. This alien had the ability to mimic any living being, making it different from its predecessor The Thing from Another World, where the alien was simply a man in a creature suit. The staff at the research station become paranoid as they are unsure who has been infected by the alien and who has not. However, MacReady, played by Kurt Russell, is certain that he is not infected and devises a plan for survival. The film incorporates elements of Cold War fears and Agatha Christie’s novel And Then There Were None as the alien slowly picks off the men one by one through mutation.
On the evening of February 16th, at 10:50pm, the movie channel Film4 will be showing.