Toy Story 2 at Radioactive: the seven best films to see on TV this week | Movies
Choice of the week
toy story 2
Pixar’s 1999 sequel to their hit animation surpasses the original in emotional breadth and dramatic invention. With a bittersweet twist that will quickly become the company’s trademark, John Lasseter’s comedy plunges Woody (Tom Hanks) into an existential crisis. After being kidnapped by evil shop owner Al (Wayne Knight), he must decide whether he belongs as a collectible – forever kept in a display case with his newly found cowboy brothers – or at home. with his owner Andy, knowing he will. eventually be thrown away. It’s not all angst, as Buzz (Tim Allen) and the other toys embark on a highly entertaining mission to save their friend.
Saturday June 4, 3:15 p.m., BBC One
Not a movie to watch right after a big meal. Julia Ducournau — who, with this and Titane, quickly becomes the heir to David Cronenberg’s body horror realm — delivers meaty drama about family and desire. Garance Marillier plays Justine (the name’s nod to De Sade presumably intentionally), a student who joins her older sister Alexia (Ella Rumpf) in veterinary school. While the former face a week of initiation rituals, the vegetarian Justine fights a new desire for flesh – of a particular kind. It is a splendid nightmare, with baroque flourishes and the relentlessness of tragedy.
Saturday June 4, 1:10 a.m., Channel 4
Marjane Satrapi’s eye-catching Marie Curie biopic is as much a story of what her discoveries in radioactivity led to as it is a story of a Polish immigrant in Paris battling prejudice to complete her groundbreaking work. Rosamund Pike brings fierce intelligence to her portrayal of the two-time Nobel Prize-winning scientist, showing us both the stubborn and crippled aspects of her character – but it’s the scenes of atomic bomb testing, radiation therapy and disaster. of Chernobyl that give a broader context to why she lived and died.
Sunday June 5, 9:30 p.m., BBC Two
Kubo and the two ropes
In this delightful animated fantasy, a one-eyed boy, Kubo (Art Parkinson) – who has the ability to magically bring paper to life – sets out to find his deceased father’s armor in order to defeat his evil grandfather, the moon king. He is aided in his quest by a monkey charm (Charlize Theron) and a samurai-turned-beetle (Matthew McConaughey). Travis Knight’s film is as delicate as the origami created by its hero, with a visual palette inspired by puppetry and Japanese art, but adds kid-friendly comedy as the genius and bickering trio face off against perils on land and sea.
Sunday, June 5, 12:45 p.m., Film4
The Serpent’s Embrace
The search for a mythical plant in the Amazon rainforest is the hook on which Ciro Guerra hangs his beautiful but dark meditation on the tragic effects of colonialism. The canoe journey of a 1909 German explorer, Theo, and his native shaman guide Karamakate is traced 30 years later by an American botanist, Evan, who also encounters Karamakate, now struggling with lost tribal memories. Their journeys take them through rubber plantations and Catholic missions, symbols of Western greed and insolence.
Tuesday, June 7, 1:35 a.m., Film4
There’s more than a hint of Oliver Twist in Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó’s uplifting fable, which boasts quality dog play. When Hagen, a crossbreed owned by teenage Lili (Zsófia Psotta), is kicked out by his father, he falls prey to pound workers and a man in the dogfighting business. As the mood darkens, the antagonistic relationship between father and child softens, but the film is really about what happens to Hagen – his features changing from questioning to fear to anger as his treatment by humans brings him, and the other abused dogs in town, to the brink.
Wednesday June 8, 1:55 a.m., Channel 4
Rookie FBI agent Clarice (Jodie Foster) enlists the help of imprisoned cannibal psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) to catch Buffalo Bill, a serial killer who skins his young female victims. But what will his dance with the devil cost him? Jonathan Demme’s 1991 thriller is a terrific procedural about using a criminal to catch a criminal, but it’s also a research-obsessed drama. Clarice is continually stared down by men who belittle her, patronize her, or manipulate her – Lecter’s cold, unblinking gaze is just the most obvious – with her success despite this disturbing scrutiny.
Friday, June 10, 10:45 p.m., ITV