russia said us arms shipments were adding fuel to the conflict and could lead to what it called "unpredictable consequences". the russian defence ministry says it has cleared the entire urban area of mariupol of ukrainian forces, claiming that ukraine has lost more than 4,000 fighters in the city. the bbc has not been able to verify these claims. disaster teams in the south african province of kwazulu—natal are on high alert for further floods, as more rain is forecast in the area this weekend. at least 400 people are now known to have died. plans to send asylum seekers from the uk to rwanda are a breach of international law, according to the un's refugee agency. sportsday will bring you the best of the day's sport in around ten minutes�* time, but now on bbc news, here's the film review with anna smith.
hello and welcome to the film review on bbc news. to take us through next week's cinema releases is anna smith. anna, what have we got this week? we've got a real mix, kind of something for everyone in a way. we've got upper 0peration mincemeat, which is the 19405 kind of wartime spy thriller starring colin firth and matthew macfadyen. then we're going to the jungle for the lost city. this is a romantic comedy with sandra bullock and channing tatum, quite different in flavour. and then finally, we are off to 17th—century italy for benedetta, which is the true—ish story of a lesbian nun from controversial director paul verhoeven. 0k. it's a pretty intriguing mix. let's kick off with
0peration mincemeat, which was the subject of a book by ben macintyre. it's an absolutely incredible story, isn't it? it's an extraordinary story, and this is the first film based on that book. there have been other films and tv series about this, but it really is an incredible true story in world war ii, where british intelligence basically plotted to plant a body in the sea near spain with false documents to imply that the allies were going to be invading greece rather than sicily, so effectively, to put the nazis off the scent. and let's see a clip in a second where we see colin firth and matthew macfadyen kind of in shock that their plan mightjust be working. i may vomit. i may vomit with you. every piece of intelligence says that the nazis are waiting for us in greece. and every piece of intelligence mayi be the greatest deception the nazis have ever played against it.
why do you think churchill. still believes this can work? because he has to. so, historic dramas based on what feel incredibly current at the moment, don't they, and my children, i know, have been intrigued by this story for years. does the film do justice to the facts? i think the level of detail is fascinating, and i think that's what i found the strongest element of this, is the detail that you see that they go into. there are a lot of scenes with two secretaries that helped out, played by penelope wilton and kelly macdonald, and the four of them have this wonderful repartee. there's a love triangle you don't need. i wasn't interested in that, but i think in terms of that detail, it's told in quite a safe, plodding fashion. there's a lot of fairly obvious exposition. it's quite reverent to the subject matter. but i think if you just want to know how the story played out, it's all in there. and, politically, is it coming from one particular point of view? well, it's a very patriotic british film, i would say. this isjohn madden,
who gave us shakespeare in love, i mean, the producers of the king's speech, it's that sort of flavour. i wouldn't say it's up there with those kind of awards—worthy films, but it's a very safe bet if you like this kind of subject. and i think he's playing to the right kind of crowd with this film. because we've seen darkest hour. we saw the king's speech years ago. and it sounds like maybe this one doesn't quite? i think it will play well in certain cinemas. i think for an older crowd, i think it's got a lot of appeal. i certainly found it pleasant viewing, interesting viewing. i thought sometimes when it attempted comedy, it didn't quite work cos it is tough subject matter to mine for comedy, but i think it's still a decent watch if you like the like the sound of it. and if you're a colin firth fan, of course, who is, well, who isn't? exactly. i'm definitely going to look this one up. thank you for that. let us move on now to something very different. the lost city, with a bit of harry potter, a bit of brad pitt. yeah. so, daniel radcliffe is in this as a sort of megalomaniac billionaire.
so, he kidnaps loretta, who's played by the wonderful sandra bullock. loretta is a romantic novelist. she's actually an academic, but she's sort of fallen on hard time and she's writing steamy novels, and she does these sort of public book launches with her cover model played by channing tatum, who's really sending himself up this as the handsome himbo, and they're just at the end of a book launch when daniel radcliffe's character kidnaps loretta and takes her off to the jungle, where he thinks that she can help him find some hidden treasure. this is a classic kind of hidden treasure story. think of films like romancing the stone from the �*80s. this is the kind of flavour that we're looking at, something we haven't seen too much of until recently, and i actually think this genre is coming back, and i thoroughly enjoyed seeing these two actors in particular — channing tatum and sandra bullock — together, slightly flipping the gender dynamic that you normally saw in those films. i mean, he's very clearly smitten with her. she thinks he's not bright enough for her.
she's the smarter one, but she's very, very willing to send herself up. and there's something about sandra bullock that's always so relatable and delightful and very finesse with the comic timing. and she is brilliant at what she does, but is she being the character that we sort of know and love her for? yes, i mean, that's what we want sandra bullock to do. we want her to be intelligent, but slightly ditzy. we want her to be the friend or the person that you want to hang out with and kind of... but also she produces this film, and she makes sure that it does something a little bit sharper, a little bit different in terms of gender. and brad pitt? brad pitt is so worth seeing this film for, and definitely hold on till the end credits, watch the whole thing, but he plays jack trainer, this kind of special ops kind of guru. because you see him with comedy so much... he's very good at when he does it. yeah. so i love to see him doing more, and he is indeed doing quite a bit more comedy. but definitely brad pitt steals the show. 0k.
a bit of light relief. it's like we all need that. benedetta, this is very striking to look at visually, isn't it? it's a stunning—looking film. it is hard to describe. it's from director paul verhoeven, who, of course, gave us basic instinct, showgirls and more recently, the rather more thoughtful film l. but he's kind of still known for those tawdry films. it's a french language film based on the true story and the book set in the i7th—century italy. and it stars virginie figure as benedetta. and it stars virginie efira as benedetta. now, she is a young girl who claims to have visions. she's very religious. she's devout. she's sent to a convent where she meets a young girl and they develop a controversial relationship. let's have a look at a clip.
i mean, there were lots of controversial elements of blasphemy and sex and power. at what point does it tip into vulgarity, do you think? vulgarity, i think in the erotic scenes, perhaps it does, but very knowingly. i mean, paul verhoeven always has this tongue in his cheek. and, you know, this is an element of satire and knowingness in this in how ridiculously over the top it is. i don't think anyone�*s expecting it to be fully, historically accurate. it's never dull. what i will say is it's never dull. i had some problems with it from a feminist perspective, i'm sure many religious people will have problems with it, but it is interesting film—making. it's going to be offensive? i think if you think it's going to be offensive to you, you'll know and you won't go
to see it. i don't think anyone that goes to see this, knowing paul verhoeven and knowing what we've just seen, is going to be surprised by what they see. they're going partly for shock value, but also, charlotte rampling's in this. it's a great exploration of power dynamics as well. i mean, you know, i definitely have my issues with it, but still really glad i saw it. found it very entertaining. and i do think it's worth watching if you're interested in cinema. and also, that story. it does look, as i said, visually very, very stunning, doesn't it? another movie that we're coming onto, marina, also looks beautiful. i went to see this again last night in the cinema because i'd only ever seen it on the small screen and i wanted to see it on the big screen. it's set in croatia, on the dalmatian coast, and absolutely beautiful. this is like going on a holiday, watching this film. you just remember what it's like to dive into the sea. absolutely stunning. i think i canjust about remember. yes, it's a long time ago for most of us. so, it's a lovely story of a young girl who's a teenager and she's living at home with her parents,
not really getting on well with her father, when a friend of the family, played by cliff curtis, comes to stay. and an interesting dynamic, she observes the way he's interacting with her parents, and we see through her eyes her finding out a little bit more about her parents' past and also becoming very intrigued by what she sees and perhaps intrigued by this man, thinking he's a very wealthy man. could he save herfrom the situation that she's in? but it's a young female director. it's also exec—produced by martin scorsese, and it's got a lot of weight behind it, this film. i think it's a stunning calling card for this director and really beautiful film to watch. uncomfortable moments, because you've got a young teenage girl with these two older men, a father and his friend. does it cross a line? it stays the right side, i think. and as i say, having a female gaze and the female director, it's very sympathetic towards her and it's never looking at her through their eyes. we're seeing the world through her eyes and she's trying to figure herself out. but she's got quite a lot of agency and is getting more and more as the film carries on.
and it's emotionally intriguing. it's almost like a mystery thriller drama of a woman trying to operate in a patriarchal society, but also kind of having more opportunities than her mother did. so, it's fascinating. definitely one, again, i am very keen to go and see. flea. now, i've heard amazing things about this. flea's a fantastic film. many people will have seen it already, but it's out on dvd now, so worth revisiting. it was nominated for three 0scars, which actually was ground—breaking at the time, for doc, animated and internationalfilm, and it's mostly animated. and it's a man narrating the story, a very emotional story about the fact that he was a refugee when he was a child from afghanistan, and he's now living in denmark, and he's about to get married, and he's telling his friend, the director, what he experienced, and the emotion in his voice as he retells his story is extraordinary. and the animation really, really brings it to life beautifully with some other voice cast members. and i think it's testament to the power of the imagination and the power of the animation as well. when i look back and i remember
this film, the first time i saw it, i was almost seeing it in live action in my mind because it was so vivid and so personal and it really puts you in this man's shoes. which maybe you can do because it is animation. yes, it allows you to do things you couldn't do with live action. and, again, many people might want to see this cos of the timing. we've had this big uk government announcement on sending refugees to rwanda. we've got ukraine, obviously refugees flooding through europe. but if you want to try and understand what it feels like, this is one to watch, although it's probably quite painful and difficult as well. it's harrowing in parts, but it feels like something we should all see. it's a timely watch. indeed, i agree. 0k. a really amazing mix of movies, anna. thank you so much for drawing that all together for us, and do tune in for more next time. thanks for watching. bye— bye.
hello and welcome to sportsday. coming up on the programme... stand—in steffen comes unstuck, as manchester city lose to liverpool in the fa cup semifinal. city's women do make it through, the three—time winners beating west ham. while in scotland, hearts beat hibs in the edinburgh derby to make the scottish cup final. and we'll round up the champions cup action, where there was agony for quins and marcus smith as they exit the competition. you are very welcome along to
sportsday this saturday evening. the quadruple is still on for liverpool. they are through to the final of the men's fa cup after a thrilling 3—2 win over manchester city at wembley. the top two sides in england played out a tense draw in the premier league last week — but in this one, liverpool were 3—0 up at half—time and looked to be cruising to victory until city mounted a comeback. 0ur reporter matt graveling was at wembley for us. it was a frantic final few minutes for liverpool, and age —— opened the scoring in the first ten minutes. -- opened the scoring in the first ten minutes-_ -- opened the scoring in the first ten minutes. and then an absolute howler from _ ten minutes. and then an absolute howler from goalkeeper _ ten minutes. and then an absolute howler from goalkeeper zach - ten minutes. and then an absolute l howler from goalkeeper zach stefan, gifting audio manet his first goal of the game. —— sadio mane. human 03
—— you will know that even a 3—0, it was not done. within 70 seconds of the restart, city's record—setting jack grealish getting his first goal of the game, and that is really how would state into the last minute, until bernardo silva popped up to make it 3—2just until bernardo silva popped up to make it 3—2 just before the final whistle. for liverpool, they will merge onto their first fa cup final for a decade, a trophy that has eluded them since they last won it in 2006. it will be playing either chelsea orchestra palace here next month. for —— or crystal palace. for manchester city, the dream of the trouble is done, but they're still in the lead in the premier league instilled in the premier league installingjim bentley. so instilled in the premier league installing jim bentley. so there could still be more pep guardiola versusjurgen klopp action still to come. i'v e i've not think neutral plans would complain —— i do not think neutral fans would complain. so city can't do the treble, but liverpool can do the quadruple?