MIKE WARD’S SMALL SCREEN
YES, it’s another animated movie about a cute animal – in this case a Tibetan Mastiff, since you ask – who dreams of making it big in the music business.
But despite some top names doing the voices – Luke Wilson, JK Simmons, Eddie Izzard, and Lewis Black – it is disappointing, both in its gags and its music content.
REPLACE (18) you, for those healthily-skinned women destined to end up as Kira’s unwilling donors… THE CROWN: SEASON ONE (15)
CRITICALLY acclaimed and heaped high with awards, this excellent 10-part drama has been available until now only to Netflix subscribers.
Claire Foy gives an intimate portrait of a young Queen Elizabeth nervously acceding to the throne at the age of just 25.
It’s a lavishly shot and to-hell-with-thecost production with some superb performances, most notably Matt Smith as the Duke of Edinburgh.
Season two of the drama is on Netflix from December 8. NORMAN (15)
AGEING New Yorker Norman (Richard Gere) is a right shyster, making out he has big, powerful connections. Then one chance meeting really does strike gold. NEXT WEEK: THE WEEK AFTER:
(Download now, DVD and Blu-ray from Monday) PORTRAYING Britain’s iconic wartime leader (and I’d suggest that for once the word “iconic” is justified) poses a huge challenge to any actor, not least because it’s all too easy to lapse into caricature.
But Brian Cox is just tremendous in this classy, rousing biopic. Its focus is on the 96 hours leading up to the D-Day landings of June 6, 1944, and on Churchill’s battle of wills with Allied military leaders as to the best tactics. He’s desperate to avoid repeating the mistakes of World War One’s ill-fated Gallipoli campaign, for which he knows he shares responsibility. (DVD from Monday) (Download and DVD from Monday) THIS is a stylishly unsettling horror. In other words, it makes you go: “Bleaaaagh!” But it does it in a slickly filmed, coolly soundtracked kind of way. Kira (Rebecca Forsythe) is a young woman with a hideous disease, causing her skin to crumble and fall off. Which obviously isn’t good news. It’s arguably worse, mind ROUSING: Cox as Churchill
LAPPING IT UP: Rock Dog has a go at fame
There’s a vacancy for a new dictator in The Death Of Stalin, Armando Iannucci’s real-life farce. Steve Buscemi and Michael Palin are among the all-star cast.
Chris Hemsworth’s Norse god finds himself pitted against Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk in Thor: Ragnarok. Cate Blanchett and Jeff Goldblum join the series.