Friday, February 23, 2024

From Champions to A Town Called Malice: a complete guide to this week’s entertainment

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Going out: Cinema

Champions
Out now
Since making a name for himself as a gross-out master with Dumb and Dumber (directed with his brother Peter), Bobby Farrelly’s films have been a mixed bag. He’s on familiar turf with this comedy about a short-tempered coach (Woody Harrelson) who must train a team of basketball players with learning disabilities as part of his community service.

65
Out now
Science-fiction action thriller written and directed by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, and starring, surprisingly, Adam Driver as a pilot who crash-lands on an unknown planet, only to discover he is somehow stranded on Earth – 65m years ago.

Scream VI
Out now
Almost 30 years ago, horror director Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street) teamed up with witty teen drama writer Kevin Williamson (Dawson’s Creek). The result was Scream (1996), and it birthed a juggernaut of a self-aware slasher franchise. This latest instalment sees Ghostface head to New York.

BFI Flare
BFI Southbank, London, and online, to 26 March
Flare is the BFI’s festival for LGBTQ+ film in the UK. Highlights include the closing night film Drifter, Hannes Hirsch’s coming-of-age film about a young man who follows his boyfriend to Berlin only to be abandoned by him after a few weeks. Catherine Bray


Going out: Gigs

Soweto Kinch and the London Symphony Orchestra.
Juju date … Soweto Kinch and the London Symphony Orchestra. Photograph: Mark Allan

Soweto Kinch and London Symphony Orchestra
Printworks, London, 16 March
A rare full performance of White Juju, saxophonist, rapper and genre-spanning composer Soweto Kinch’s sweeping poetic take on the crises and contradictions of modern Britain, with his powerful jazz quartet and the LSO’s chamber orchestra – segueing swing, ragtime, improv, classical music, hip-hop, spoken word, and a lot more. John Fordham

Il Trittico
Theatre Royal, Glasgow, 11, 15 & 18 March; Festival Theatre Edinburgh,
22 & 25 March

The one-act operas that make up Puccini’s Il Trittico – Il Tabarro, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi – are regularly performed individually. Productions of all three together, as the composer intended, are much rarer, but David McVicar directs the triptych for Scottish Opera. Andrew Clements

Tom Grennan
11 to 23 March; tour starts Cardiff
With his third album, What Ifs & Maybes, due in June, pop-rock upstart Grennan takes the opportunity to road-test some of the songs. Recent football-adjacent dance anthem Lionheart (Fearless) should get a suitably sweaty reaction. Michael Cragg

Berwyn
14 to 27 March; tour starts Glasgow
The rapper, producer and songwriter takes his emotionally raw songs on the road in support of single 3450. A recent feature on producer Fred Again’s Actual Life album should also help him build on his appearance on the BBC’s Sound of 2021 poll. MC


Going out: Art

Lonnie Holley’s Keeping a Record of It (Harmful Music), 1986.
Collage tuition … Lonnie Holley’s Keeping a Record of It (Harmful Music), 1986. Photograph: Lonnie Holley/ARS/DACS/Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio

Souls Grown Deep Like the Rivers
Royal Academy, London 17 March to 18 June
Collage, assemblage, textiles and patchwork summon up memory and resistance in this survey of Black art in the former slave-holding US states from the mid-20th century to now. Those who have taken up found stuff to stitch together an alternative art tradition include Lonnie Holley, Thornton Dial and Marlene Bennett Jones.

Empowering Art
Sainsbury Centre, Norwich, 12 March to 30 July
The Pacific north-west has a great artistic tradition that predates the US and Canada. The region’s intricately patterned masks, wooden buildings and sacred poles are among the most powerful indigenous art of the Americas. Today, that heritage is being reinvented and politicised by Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Morgan Asoyuf, Danielle Morsette and more.

Deep Horizons
Mima, Middlesbrough, to 18 June
Tony Robinson, TV historian and Blackadder’s Baldrick, is among the curators invited to delve into the collections of Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art and the Roberts Collection to create this show. Other deep divers include Dr Julietta Singh, maritime pilot Geoff Taylor and the artists Liliane Lijn and Fiona Crisp.

The Ugly Duchess
National Gallery, London, 16 March to 11 June
Renaissance art was not all harmony and beauty, this exhibition shows, but also revelled in the grotesque. Leonardo da Vinci’s frankly disturbing caricature drawings are the most extraordinary things here. The show centres on the painting by Quentin Massys, nicknamed The Ugly Duchess, that inspired a Tenniel illustration for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Jonathan Jones


Going out: Stage

Reflections of an Indian Dancer.
Career moves … Reflections of an Indian Dancer.

Reflections of an Indian Dancer
York Theatre Royal, 17 March; touring to 1 April
A solo show from classical Indian dancer Sooraj Subramaniam that weaves together dance and monologue. Subramaniam explores the forms he has spent his career mastering – Bharatanatyam, Kathak and Odissi – against a backdrop of insightful stories from his own life. Lyndsey Winship

Jayde Adams
11 March to 25 June; tour starts London
The Bristolian standup – and recent star of Strictly – has a way with a striking show title. Following previous offering The Ballad of Kylie Jenner’s Old Face comes Men, I Can Save You, in which she archly poses as a self-help guru sympathising with the plight of straight, white blokes disfranchised by wokedom. Rachel Aroesti

Black Superhero
Royal Court theatre, London, 14 March to 29 April
A brutal and funny portrait of one man’s life as it spirals out of control, careering between fantasy and reality. The debut play from actor and activist Danny Lee Wynter. Miriam Gillinson

Top Girls
Liverpool Everyman, to 25 March
Suba Das directs the 40th-anniversary production of Caryl Churchill’s strange and powerful play, which opens on a fantasy dinner sequence and explores the cost of success for a woman in a man’s world. MG


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Staying in: Streaming

A Town Called Malice.
Reign in Spain … A Town Called Malice. Photograph: Sky UK

A Town Called Malice
16 March, Now
Nick Love is behind this new 1980s-set drama about an out-of-favour south London gangland family trying to revive their fortunes on the Costa Del Crime. Lock, Stock’s Jason Flemyng plays patriarch Albert, while Goonies star Martha Plimpton is matriarch Mint Ma Lord.

Swarm
17 March, Prime Video
A new Donald Glover project – but this time the Atlanta creator is somehow not the headline talent. Swarm, a thriller about a music fan (Dominique Fishback) whose fixation with a pop idol takes a disturbing turn, has been penned in part by a 24-year-old Harvard grad called Malia Obama.

Extrapolations
17 March, Apple TV+
TV has been attracting Hollywood-grade talent for a while now, but even so this anthology series boasts a noteworthy cast: Meryl Streep, Sienna Miller, Diane Lane, Edward Norton, Tobey Maguire, Marion Cotillard, Forest Whitaker and more star in a series of interconnected tales about the toll of the climate crisis.

Jerk
14 March, 10pm, BBC Three/iPlayer
Tim Renkow’s PC-baiting sitcom about an American man with cerebral palsy determined to mess with well-meaning (and not so well-meaning) Britons returns for a third uncomfortable season, with our protagonist leaving behind his puppetry degree to become a movie star, drug mule and government adviser. RA


Staying in: Games

Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse.
Spooky action … Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse. Photograph: Koei Tecmo/Games Press

Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse
Out now, Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4/5, Xbox
A remake of a uniquely chilling Japanese horror game about photographing hostile ghosts. Guaranteed to spook you.

Valheim
Out 16 March, Xbox
This Viking-themed survival game has been lauded by PC players for its atmosphere, crunchy combat and fun construction. You can build everything from castles to harbours, but be ready to defend them. Keza MacDonald


Staying in: Albums

Fever Ray.
New Radical … Fever Ray. Photograph: Martin Falck

Fever Ray – Radical Romantics
Out now
Swedish experimentalist Karin Dreijer returns with a first album in five and a half years. Radical Romantics continues their passion for fusing the tender with the sinister, as showcased on the wobbly recent single Kandy. Production assistance comes from brother Olof and Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

Miley Cyrus – Endless Summer Vacation
Out now
The chameleonic Cyrus has veered from controversy-baiting hip-hop (2013’s Bangerz) to floaty folk-pop (2017’s Younger Now) to the bleached-mullet rock goddess of 2020’s Plastic Hearts. Billed as a love letter to Los Angeles, this eighth album sees her settling into sun-kissed pop-rock.

Dutch Uncles – True Entertainment
Out now
On their sixth album, Stockport’s answer to Talking Heads continue to indulge their passion for atypical time signatures. On Tropigala (2 to 5) they slyly reimagine Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 as a jerky ode to just about scraping by, while Poppin undulates around a stuttering synth configuration.

Nia Archives – Sunrise Bang Ur Head Against tha Wall
Out now
Billed as “six different moods soundtracking the recent chapter in my life”, the third EP by the recent Brit nominee finds her exploring kinetic jungle bangers (Baianá) and more downcast drum’n’bass shufflers. She could go anywhere from here. MC


Staying in: Brain food

Dwelling Podcast

Dwelling
Podcast
As the housing crisis in Britain worsens, host Marnie Woodmeade tells the stories of those who are looking to subvert traditional living practices and find their homes elsewhere. Among the fascinating interviewees are people living as river guardians and van-dwellers.

ASMR at the Museum
YouTube
Whispered narration, rifling pages and painstaking conservation are all key in this online series curated by London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, which has filmed the handling of its vast archive to hopefully trigger a soothing ASMR response.

Documentary: Jack B Yeats – The Man Who Painted Ireland
14 March, Sky Arts
Brother of the poet WB Yeats, painter Jack is the subject of this thoughtful documentary, charting his lesser-known life and career capturing the rolling vistas of his home in west Ireland. Writer Colm Tóibín narrates. Ammar Kalia

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