Molly’s Game of Many Saints in Newark: The Seven Best Movies to Watch on TV This Week | Movies

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Drunk love punch

Emily Watson and Adam Sandler in Punch-Drunk Love.
Emily Watson and Adam Sandler in Punch-Drunk Love. Photo: AF Archive / Al-Alamy

Long before he fell in love with Oscar-contestant Licorice pizza, Paul Thomas Anderson’s style with romantic comedies is evident in this quirky 2002 movie. Adam Sandler plays star Barry, who runs a small business with ties to divers. His seven sisters spin him around, leading to comic outbursts of rage. Then, a sibling introduces him to Lena (Emily Watson) who has fallen in love with him—a bit oddly enough. Sandler brings his talent for physical comedy to a sweet caper that includes phone sex, hormones, multiple chocolate treats, and a raucous cameo from Philip Seymour Hoffman as ineffectual blackmail.
Friday, April 1, IMDb TV


People do nothing: Big in Japan

People do nothing: big in Japan.
People do nothing: big in Japan. Photo: Pictorial Press Ltd / Alamy

Kurupt FM’s gormless gang has been brought together in this hugely successful sequel to the parody TV series. When their former manager, Chabuddy G (a notable turnaround from Asim Chaudhry), reveals that their path has become a hit on a Japanese TV game show, the boys fly east to cash in on their newfound fame. But can they remain true to their roots in the garage? A cross-cultural comedy that cleverly focuses on the crew’s incompetence and misguided courage as they stumble across a foreign land.
Sunday, March 27, 11.55 a.m., 8 p.m. Sky Cinema premiere


Molly’s game

Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba in Molly's Game.
Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba in Molly’s Game. Photography: Michael Gibson/TIFF

The true story of an ex-skater who ran a high-stakes poker game for the greats and the not-so-good gets the treatment of Aaron Sorkin in this quick-witted catchy movie. Jessica Chastain is impressed as the smart but underrated Molly Bloom, who makes her way into the exclusive circle of big gamers in Los Angeles by fulfilling their gambling demands, until FBI charges hit her. Sparks flies with defense attorney Idris Elba, but the powerful – driven but sympathetic Chastain – is the main focus of the tale, drawing us into the inherently exciting world of poker.
Sunday 27 March, 10pm, BBC Two


no no land

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling from La La Land.
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling from La La Land. Photo: Dale Robinet/Associated Press

It didn’t win a Best Picture Oscar in the end, but honoring Damien Chazelle is part, and rewriting part of a classic Hollywood musical is a fun experience. Aspiring actor Mia (Emma Stone) and aspiring jazz pianist Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) are set in the Los Angeles heart of staple colors and idyllic sunsets – the film adores the city just as much as the couple. Dreams — the unfulfilled — temper their relationship, with Stone dancing and singing and Gosling off-Broadway (music by Justin Horowitz) to lend a natural touch to the stylized visuals. Southwest
Sunday March 27, 11.05pm, BBC One


Destry rides again

James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich in Destry Rides again.
James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich in Destry Rides again. Photo: Richter/Syntext/Universal/Allstar

The sight of glamorous Marlene Dietrich singing The Boys in the Backroom in a spit and sawdust saloon is enough to make George Marshall’s 1939 Western film a must-see. This was also James Stewart’s first laconic oats, and they make a vibrant, atypical pair. She is Frenchy, the star attraction in a small town run by corrupt landowner Kent (Brian Dunleavy); It’s Tom Destry, the son of a famous mayor, who has arrived to restore law and order using his wits instead of his guns.
Monday, March 28, 3pm, movie 4


Many Saints in Newark

Michael Gandolfini and Alessandro Nivola in The Many Saints of Newark.
Michael Gandolfini and Alessandro Nivola in The Many Saints of Newark. Photo: AP

David Chase returns to the world of The Sopranos with the origin story of Tony Soprano. The 1967 Newark race riots in New Jersey were the impetus to investigate the formative teenage years of Tony (played by Michael Gandolfini, son of James), and his relationship to his violent uncle Dickie Multisanti (Alessandro Nivola), Christopher’s father. The rivalry between Italian gangs and blacks in the region brings a new dimension to the mafia family series, but there’s plenty for TV show fans to savor, especially the younger but already petrified Livia (Vera Farmiga).
Friday, April 1, 12.40pm, 8pm, Sky Cinema premiere


The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Chloe Grace Moretz, Sasha Lynn and Forrest Goodluck in the Miseducation of Cameron Post.
Chloe Grace Moretz, Sasha Lynn and Forrest Goodluck in the Miseducation of Cameron Post. Photo: Christofel Group / Alami

The horrors of gay conversion therapy are set in Desiree Achavan’s engaging drama, set in 1993. Chloe Grace Moretz is a titular teen, who’s caught with a friend and sent to a Christian camp, God promised, to be cured of her “gender confusion.” Counselors Led by Jennifer Ell’s Dr. Marsh, they are more caught up in religious dogma than actual villains, but still have an increasingly disturbing influence on their fragile counts. Fortunately, Cameron befriends Jane (Sasha Lynn) and Adam (Forrest Goodluck), whose persistence gives her hope. .
Friday 1 April, 9pm, BBC 3

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