Go out: Movie theater
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Oscar Isaac (pictured, above) burns the screen as a former Guantánamo Bay detention camp guard who now makes a living as a top professional gamer in Las Vegas, in a character study muscular and flawless scripted and directed by Paul Schrader, the man who wrote Taxi Driver.
If you’ve ever wondered what The Crown would look like mixed in with Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, look no further than director Pablo Larraín’s gloriously unbalanced take on Christmas 1991 in Sandringham, which puts us Kristen Stewart’s Diana against the dark specters. of his in-laws, in an icy royal battle.
Elegantly done, better played, and more violent than most budget revenge thrillers, Bull boasts of Neil Maskell and David Hayman’s must-see performances, as brutally stabbed tough men from the wrong side of the tracks, and proves that British genre cinema of the Get Carter genre is alive and well.
It’s a truly packed week of adult movie releases (see above), but if you need something more family-friendly, look no further than Marvel’s latest, directed by Chloe Zhao, in which Sprite, Kingo, Ajak and several other former alien superheroes must save the planet from deviants. Catherine bray
Go out: Concerts
Pitchfork Music Festival
Wed to Nov 14; various locations in London
London’s premier music website festival features a 10.0 lineup, with a smörgåsbord of 50 adventurous sound artists over five days. Pop experimenters Hannah Diamond and Namasenda lead a PC Music label showcase, while Stereolab, Iceage, Remi Wolf (pictured above) and Nilüfer Yanya appear across town in a multi-site takeover .
Monday to November 27; the tour starts in glasgow
The Oxford alt-pop quartet embarks on a festive getaway, enjoying the slow success of their mind-blowing track Heat Waves. Originally released last June as the fourth single from parent album Dreamland, it recently made its UK Top 5 debut. Expect the roof to peel off these mid-sized rooms when it falls. Michael cragg
from Saturday to November 11; the tour starts Sage Gateshead
The world’s largest string quartet makes its first visit to the UK with its new band (violist Richard O’Neill joined the group last June). Their repertoire for this tour consists of quartets by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Smetana, Janáček and Dutilleux. André Clement
Archie Shepp and Jason Moran
Barbican Hall, EC2, Fri
Prominent among more than 20 genre concerts on the opening night of the city-wide 10-day London Jazz Festival, seminal saxophonist Shepp and star pianist-songwriter Moran will share their inspirations from Duke Ellington to Thelonious Monk and Beyond for the London premiere of their Let My People Go partnership. John fordham
Go out: To organise
55 Aldgate High Street, EC3, as of December 31
The Swamp Motel theater company dazzled during the lockdown with its ingenious trilogy of online drama thrillers, Isklander. Now he ventures back into the real world with an immersive show for up to four spectators. An invaluable book is missing and it’s up to the courageous participants to dive into the underworld to find it.
A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story
Nottingham Playhouse, until November 20; Alexandra Palace, N22, from November 26 to January 9
Christmas comes early in Nottingham with Mark Gatiss’ brand new adaptation of the Dickensian party classic. Gatiss will play the brooding specter Jacob Marley alongside Nicholas Farrell as Scrooge. Filled with thrilling special effects, it’s Scrooge’s story with a supernatural twist. The show moved to Alexandra Palace on November 26 for a Christmas run. Myriam Gillinson
The Yard Theater, E9, Monday to November 26
Multi-talented Lanre Malaolu is a dancer, actor, director, choreographer, filmmaker and once star of Hollyoaks, and his theatrical works are equally diverse. Inspired by true stories, Samskara uses hip-hop dance, spoken word, and physical theater to examine black masculinity in 21st century Britain across four generations. Lyndsey Winship
South Street, Reading, Thursday; on tour until December 18
After making a name for herself dismantling ridiculously sexist ephemera (see: her award-winning Edinburgh comedy, A Bic for Her), Christie is now tackling another scourge of women around the world: menopause. She’s not alone: her show Who Am I? is proof that the unnecessarily mysterious hormonal milestone is finally experiencing a cultural moment. Rachel Aroesti
Go out: Art
British Museum, WC1, Thu to 20 February
The art of Peru (above) is so ancient and extraordinary that some of it has been confused with the works of aliens. Drawings of the land of Nazca falsely associated with UFOs appear here alongside works from the Inca Empire and subsequent interactions with Spanish Christian culture, in what should be a gripping epic.
Maureen Paley Gallery, E2, December 19
This Nigerian-American artist paints subtle, mystical and sensual watercolors that create a dreamlike universe. Italo Calvino’s stories and traditional African beliefs are among his references. She spent the pandemic years on the move, living in a suitcase, but produced an alluring new body of work.
IWM North, Manchester, from November 10
This is a new permanent arrangement of the ceramic poppies originally unveiled in the moat of the Tower of London in 2014 to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. It opens in time for another November 11, another chance to remember those who died “like cattle,” as Wilfred Owen wrote.
Tate St Ives, as of January 16
At 13, this artist born in Kosovo finds himself in the Kukës II refugee camp in Albania. The drawings he made in the camp are at the heart of this installation in which his enlarged childhood images are displayed on hanging banners. Beauty and horror, landscape and war surround you. Jonathan jones
Stay at home: Diffusion
Mon, 9 p.m., ITV; then ITV Hub
This three-part proceeding has a stellar dramatic pedigree: Directed by Homeland’s Patrick Harbinson, it stars Game of Thrones’ Gemma Whelan as an officer caught up in labyrinthine police corruption linked to organized crime – which means it does. might just scratch that line from having to itch.
Sun, 9 p.m., channel 4; then Tout4
Connie Nielsen and Christopher Eccleston lead this psychological thriller about a seemingly lovely-living woman who loses a year of memory in an accident – and slowly realizes things were far from ideal to begin with. Come for the cast, stay for the spiral twists.
The curse of the Chippendales
From Friday, Amazon Prime
With a Dev Patel film and a drama series by Kumail Nanjiani in the works, the ’80s striptease phenomenon will soon experience a cultural moment. Learn about the history of Chippendale with these irreverent docuseries on the cloud of criminal activity (including murders) that stemmed from the outfit’s colossal success.
The narrowing next door
From Fri, Apple TV +
Forget the books: Successful podcasts are now the go-to fuel for real crime dramas. This high-caliber miniseries – starring Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd and Kathryn Hahn, and written by Georgia Pritchett of Succession – is based on a 2019 capsule about a therapist who insidiously invaded his patient’s life. RA
Stay at home: Games
Forza Horizon 5
The funniest touring simulator in video games will have us driving amazingly fast and beautiful cars through Mexico, for those who love breathtaking landscapes with their automobile chaos.
The Elder Scrolls Skyrim: Anniversary Edition
Bethesda’s epic fantasy dragon turns 10 this year, and there are some people who haven’t stopped playing it. It can now be revisited on modern consoles.
Grand Theft Auto Trilogy
Rediscover the three classic GTA PlayStation 2 games, GTA 3, Vice City and San Andreas – or, for the youngest fans of virtual crime, check them out for the first time. Keza MacDonald
Stay at home: Albums
Abba – Travel
The above-average Swedish hitmakers return with their debut album since the dismal 1981 opus The Visitors. Announced alongside a “digital concert residency” in London with state-of-the-art Abbatars, it features the immediately familiar lead singles Don’t Shut Me Down and I Still Have Faith in You as well as a Christmas that will soon be ubiquitous. song.
Snail mail – Valentin
Sketched on a battered acoustic guitar at a drug rehab late last year, songs from 22-year-old Lindsey Jordan’s second album are steeped in demons, both internal and external. The lead single Valentine picks up on the end of a relationship, its synth-saturated indie rock turns into a cathartic crescendo.
Radiohead – Kid A Mnesia
To mark the 20th anniversary of their game-changing and game-changing albums Kid A and Amnesiac, the best of Oxford are reissuing them in one album alongside a collection of rarities. The latter includes the elegant omen If You Say the Word, as well as the fan favorite Follow Me Around, which first surfaced in 1998.
Diana Ross – Thank you
On her 25th album assisted by Jack Antonoff, Diana Ross’s goals are clear: let’s all smile and have fun. So the strutting title track and string-drenched mid-tempo All Is Well both postulate the power of love, while the thrilling If the World Just Danced turns into a dancefloor-based utopia. MC
Stay at home: Brain food
Am i normal? With Mona Chalabi
Data reporter Chalabi revitalizes statistics in this fun podcast, calculating the numbers to answer key questions such as, “How long does it take to get over a breakup?” Or “How many friends should a person have?” “
Founded 25 years ago at the dawn of the web, the Internet Archive has since grown to house an incredible repository of 616 billion historical web pages, as well as millions of digitized library book collections from around the world.
The hermit of Treig
After 40 years of solitude, hermit Ken Smith, 73, lets the cameras observe his forest lifestyle in this moving documentary. Having recently suffered a stroke, he is now wondering if he can continue on his own. Ammar Kalia