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tv   The Film Review  BBC News  January 9, 2021 7:30pm-7:46pm GMT

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and now, to mark her centenary, there's a new book about her life, and the energetic spirit of hungary's most successful gymnast remains intact. translation: am i 100 years old? let's blow the candles out! now it's time for a look at the weather with chris fawkes saturday was a cold of the uk with the weather will be turning mile of the weather will be turning mile of the many others over the next few days. overnight tonight we have clout in vain turning to scotland, turning depth in northern ireland and northern england. —— cloud and rain. visibility down to 100 metres in places, widespread frost, this gives them icy stretches as we start of sunday, sunday going to be a milder day for all of the uk, really, mist for claiming to give bright skies in the south, further north cloud in rain, particularly across western scotland with a
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particularly persistent here. milder temperatures, still cold enough that snow showers in shetland, monday and at the mall day for most is, if anything a little bit... exemption from northern scotland where it could be cold enough to see some further falls of snow but for many of us temperatures around 79 degrees. —— 7—9. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines: the latest coronavirus figures show there's been 1,035 more deaths in the uk, taking the overall total to more than 80,000. a new campaign in the uk is urging people to abide by lockdown rules — scientists and senior public health officials are warning that, despite the lockdown, even tougher restrictions may be necessary. the queen and the duke of edinburgh have received their first covid—i9 vaccinations. the queen is 94 years old and prince philip is 99.
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an indonesian passengerjet has crashed into the sea shortly after taking off from jakarta. 62 people were on board. donald trump has been permanently banned from twitter because of concerns his tweets could incite more violence. democrats reveal the draft of a new impeachment resolution against donald trump — the president elect accuses him of inciting an insurrection and endangering the security of the us. at least four people have died as a result of a storm that has covered spain with its heaviest snowfall for 50 years. now it's time for the film review with anna smith.
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hello, and welcome to the film review with me, anna smith. i'm filling in for mark kermode to review this week's home releases. by the time wonder woman 1984 came out in mid—december, only a fraction of eu cinemas were actually open. but i have good news. everyone will be able to watch it at home from wednesday. cheering this sequel from pattyjenkins begins with a flashback to the utopian world of thymiscira, before jumping into the 1980s. diana prince, played by gal gadot, is now living in washington, dc.
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she is leading a double life, working for the smithsonian and occasionally leaping into superhero mode to thwart robbers and joyriders and the like. she then meets a more complexed foe in would be oil baron max lord, who's played by the mandalorian‘s pedro pascal. i take what i want in return. in terms of tone, this feels deliciously 1980s. there are shades of everything from ghostbusters to back to the future to big. there's also an air of vintage dc films like superman and batman returns. i'm ready to go. i think we can do better. political and feminist messages are here if you choose to look for them, which i certainly do, but the tone is a little lighter than the first film. we won't be doing that today. bridesmaids star kristin wiig is a standout as diana's colleague barbara minerva. her journey from clumsy, mild—mannered scientist to the super villain cheetah is immensely enjoyable, and aided by terrific works by costume designer lindy hemming.
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barbara, what did you do? meanwhile, steve, played by chris pine, makes a return in somewhat dubious circumstances. it's not the only preposterous plot point, but i was still swept away by this film's action, breezy nostalgia and positive spirit. wonder woman 1984 will be on premium video on—demand from wednesday the 13th of january. now to a documentary about a unique actor and comedian, the late robin williams. he was always able to power through it. and he'd become this guy that you knew, remembered and loved. the way that he was able to battle the inner turmoils, he was a freaking warrior. it no longer feels loyal to be silent about it, but maybe more loyal to share. when williams took his own life in 2014, the media speculated about the reasons. an autopsy laterfound he had
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previously undiagnosed lewy body dementia. nearly every region of his brain was under attack. he experienced himself disintegrating. robin's wish probes into his final months and suggests that the neurodegenerative disorder was behind his suicide. these lewy bodies that were in nearly every region of his brain. the actor's widow gives a detailed testimony and an interview with sean levy, director of night at the museum 3, is equally poignant. i remember him saying to me, "i don't know what is going on, "i'm not me anymore." not all the interviews in the film work so well. chats with neighbours feel a bit like filler and lectures from medical experts have a defensive tone as if straining to set the record straight. it does at least succeed in doing that, and in raising awareness about a debilitating disease. but its focus remains unclear. this is neither a scientific documentary nor a satisfying biography.
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it only covers part of williams's career and private life. it only covers part of williams' career and private life. but there is enough archived footage and heartfelt tribute in robin's wish to remind you of a funny, kind and fiercely intelligent man. the thing that matters are others. that's what life is about. it's out on digital and on—demand now. what if we could eliminate everything from the stage except the stuff that we care about the most? without cables or wires, what would be left? well, it would be us and you... and that is what the show is. now to the world of music and david byrne's american utopia. spike lee directs this concert film of byrne's live broadway production which features songs from the band talking heads as well
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as his solo work. the concert is engagingly simple and technically brilliant. byrne and musicians perform with wireless instruments. they're meticulously choreographed and sartorially coordinated, yet each use individual charisma. music it's an energetic show that preaches hope amid political turmoil. a cover of the janelle monae's protest song hell you talmbout is particularly powerful. i was lucky enough to see byrne on his american utopia tour, and this comes pretty close to capturing the magic of that live experience. it's on digital now and available on dvd from monday the 11th of january. listen. listen! do you hear that? it's really strong. it's great. she sounds really good. hi, baby.
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now a new film that has just come to netflix, pieces of a woman, starring vanessa kirby. the crown actress puts in a phenomenal performance as martha, a woman who tragically loses her newborn child. the film opens with the detailed depiction of her agonising labour. i found it incredibly tough to watch but it's a rare and a very important perspective to see in cinemas. this comes from real life partners director komel mundruczo and writer kata weber. they gradually shift the tone from an exploration of grief to a courtroom drama. we need somejustice here! no, you need. that is what you want, that is what you need! that is your way, not my way! that is what you need! shia labeouf, recently the subject of a lawsuit himself, plays martha's partner, while ellen burstyn is tremendous as her mother. who cares about what they think?
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this is about me. this is about my life. pieces of a woman is on netflix now. next up, a documentary set in a monastery in the himalayas. sing me a song is the follow—up to thomas balmes's happiness about an eight—year—old monk in the village of leah. this picks up on the same child ten years later when he isjuggling monastery life with a more worldly ritual — social media. as he meets a prospective girlfriend on wechat, the film cuts to her life as a singer in the city of timpu.
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sing me a song is an intriguing portrait of a changing community, but it raises more questions than answers. it's available on—demand now. hello! you're just in time for a not party. we're not having fun in celebration of not closing. onto a blend of documentary and drama, bloody nose, empty pockets is a film set on the last night of a vegas dive bar. anybody want a drink or shot? tell a story? as a series of characters roll—up for a long session, it's easy to believe this is a fly on the wall reality show. but bloody nose, empty pockets is actually filmed in new orleans, with a hired cast playing versions of themselves or whatever they feel like doing as the booze flows.
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what kind of a party is it if an australian guy doesn't take his pants off? i've been saying that for years. in a casting process that sounds a lot of fun, film—maker brothers bill and turner ross scoured late night dives to find drinkers with stories to tell and got them used to having cameras around. the result is a staged, but evocative evening with effecting moments of truth. many punters talk about what led them to the bar scene. pam says that her childhood ambition was to be immature and she loves that it is thanksgiving every day. the mood can be maudlin, but it is more bittersweet than depressing, as these folks find community with virtual strangers. if you're missing your local boozer, then bloody nose, empty pockets is on—demand now. finally, to a film that is definitely pure fiction — vanguard, starring jackie chan.
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run! the actor's seventh collaboration with director stanley tong casts him as tang, the boss of an international security firm called vanguard. they are protecting a chinese accountant who has fallen foul of the mob. and his daughter has equally foolishly advertised her exact whereabouts on instagram. after a face—off in london's chinatown, tang and his team of attractive, quick—thinking operatives head to africa to protect this innocent influencer and they find her frolicking with computer—generated lions, unaware that a team of surly thugs are out to kidnap her. much like the plot, the action scenes are completely over the top. at one point, a truck made out of gold smashes into a shopping mall in dubai. the dialogue is a mixture of mandarin, english and arabic, but either way, the script feels like a combination of bad b movies
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and scooby—doo cartoons. gurning baddies referred to meddling brats and ticking bombs. vanguard is so absurd it's occasionally entertaining. but whether it is worth your hard earned cash is another matter. it's available on—demand now. thanks for watching the film review, with me, anna smith. mark kermode will be back next week. meantime, stay safe. hello, and welcome to sportsday — i'm gavin ramjaun. thanks forjoining us tonight. this is what's on the way. non—league chorley say hello to the fourth round of the fa cup — they beat derby with a rendition to remember. # never mind, i will find someone like you! # i wish nothing
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but the best for you! # so their dream goes on. the dream's over for west brom and sam allardyce. his former club blackpool score an upset, against their premier league opponents. and australia appear on course to win the third test against india hello, and welcome to sportsday. non—league side chorley have written themselves another chapter of remarkable fa cup history this afternoon. they beat derby county of the championship by 2—0. derby were missing all their first team, due to a coronavirus outbreak. but sixth tier chorley took full advantage — and are now one of the last 32 teams left in the competition.


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