Pinocchio to Thor: Love and Thunder – the seven best movies to watch on TV this week | Television & radio


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Later this year, Guillermo del Toro will release his version of the classic nosy tale, but Disney has beaten him to the punch with his own remake. With the film’s mix of live action and animation, Robert Zemeckis is a pair of sure hands as a director, having previously starred with Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Inevitably, his former mucker Tom Hanks stars as Geppetto, the carpenter who builds a wooden puppet (voiced by Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) who comes to life but dreams of being a real boy. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is Jiminy Cricket, Pinocchio’s insect-conscious, while Cynthia Erivo’s Blue Fairy puts its spin on When You Wish Upon a Star and Keegan-Michael Key plays a menacing fox. Simon Wardel
Thursday, Disney+

color out of space

Nicolas Cage in Color Out of Space. Photograph: Landmark Media/Alamy

Richard Stanley’s psychedelic sci-fi merges an HP Lovecraft story with classic body horror society – then throws Nicolas Cage into the mix to guarantee mayhem. He plays an alpaca farmer whose life, along with that of his wife and two teenage boys, becomes increasingly nightmarish after a mysterious glowing meteorite crashes into his backyard. Its sickly magenta-violet emanations infect earth, water, flora and fauna, leading to visions, violence and madness. Cage is loose cannon but it fits perfectly into a gloriously hallucinatory experience. SW
Saturday, 9 p.m., AMC

The Incredibles

Always great – The Incredibles.
Always great – The Incredibles. Photography: DisneyPixar/Allstar

Pixar’s loving ode to superhero comics and James Bond movies gives its heroic couple arguably the toughest mission of their lives: childcare. After the “supers” are forced into retirement, Mr Incredible and Elastigirl – AKA Bob and Helen Parr – settle into a monotonous office life, fighting over three kids and trying not to use their powers to fight against The crime. It can’t last, of course, and Brad Bird’s animated adventure is having a lot of fun with their hesitant return to action, amidst secret lairs and island hideouts that Bond creator Ken Adam would have been proud. SW
Sunday, 3:50 p.m., BBC One

Eastern promises

Viggo Mortensen in Eastern Promises.
Viggo Mortensen in Eastern Promises. Photography: BBC Films/Allstar

Before Peaky Blinders, writer Steven Knight had already delved into a criminal empire – that of the Russian mob in the UK – in David Cronenberg’s murky tale of crime and morality. Viggo Mortensen plays cool as Nikolai, the London-based henchman of impulsive Kirill (Vincent Cassel), heir to mobster Semyon (a quietly dangerous Armin Mueller-Stahl). After a trafficked 14-year-old sex worker dies in childbirth, midwife Anna (Naomi Watts) finds herself in Nikolai’s orbit, where codes of loyalty and violence will be familiar to fans of the Brummie gang. SW
Tuesday, 11:15 p.m., BBC Two

Confessions of a Dangerous Spirit

Sam Rockwell in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.
Sam Rockwell in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.
Photography: Miramax/Allstar

For his directorial debut in 2002, George Clooney chose a ton of stories – the memoirs of American game show producer Chuck Barris. The creator of The Gong Show and The Dating Game (AKA Blind Date), Barris was also, according to him, a CIA assassin in his spare time. It’s a mesmerizing caper, lovingly shot in styles that shift over the decades (faded Technicolor for the ’60s; sharp black for the ’70s) and with an unapologetic Sam Rockwell as the quirky Barris. SW
Tuesday, 12:40 a.m., Sky Cinema Greats

Thor: Love and Thunder

Chris Hemsworth in Thor: Love and Thunder.
Chris Hemsworth in Thor: Love and Thunder. Photography: Disney/Allstar

Comedy is front and center again in the latest outing of Chris Hemsworth’s obtuse Norse god winner. This creates an interesting clash of styles with his nemesis, Gorr the Butcher God, played by Christian Bale. Gorr is a dark and sympathetic figure, who sets out to exact revenge on the deities who left his daughter to die. The dynamic is further complicated by the return of Thor’s ex, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman). She has terminal cancer but gets respite through Thor’s hammer, becoming Mighty Thor and stealing her thunder, into Taika Waititi’s scattergun but still a fantastic fantasy adventure. SW
Thursday, Disney+

cold mountain

Jude Law on target at Cold Mountain.
Jude Law on target at Cold Mountain. Photo: Cattleya Films/Allstar

Anthony Minghella nailed the kind of epic drama that was once commonplace in Hollywood with this 2003 historical romance. Jude Law plays Inman, a Confederate soldier who deserts to find his true love, Ada (Nicole Kidman), in Appalachia in Carolina. North. The daughter of a well-to-do preacher, Ada struggles to work her farm alone after her father’s death, until Ruby (a loud, Oscar-winning Renée Zellweger) shows up to straighten her out. A film of sumptuous landscapes and deep emotions, with distinct Homeric overtones. SW
Friday, 8 p.m., Sky Cinema Greats


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