ANOTHER TOUR (Cert 12, 116 min, StudioCanal, Comedy / Drama / Romance, available from September 24 on Amazon Prime Video / BT TV Store / iTunes / Sky Store / TalkTalk TV Store and other download and streaming services, available from September 27 DVD £ 19.99 / Blu-ray £ 24.99)
With: Mads Mikkelsen, Magnus Millang, Lars Ranthe, Thomas Bo Larsen, Maria Bonnevie, Magnus Sjorup, Silas Cornelius Van.
HISTORY teacher Martin (Mads Mikkelsen) gives random lessons to his bored students, sometimes verbatim from a well-crafted textbook.
His marriage to his wife Anika (Maria Bonnevie) stagnates – she works nights – and her sons Jonas (Magnus Sjorup) and Kasper (Silas Cornelius Van) barely register her presence.
At a meal for the 40th birthday of fellow teacher Nikolaj (Magnus Millang) with colleagues Peter (Lars Ranthe) and Tommy (Thomas Bo Larsen), the men debate psychologist Finn Skarderud’s hypothesis that an increase Sustained blood alcohol level (BAC) promotes relaxation, creativity and openness.
The friends forge a secret pact to get out of the rut by drinking.
The experience gives encouraging first results.
“I haven’t felt this good in ages,” exclaims Martin, who suggests they all raise their blood alcohol levels above 0.05%.
Another Round is a coming-of-age comedy-drama dedicated to the memory of the teenage daughter of Danish writer-director Thomas Vinterberg, who died during filming.
Its image takes away its refreshing premise, imbued with delicate notes of romance, tragedy and joy.
The cocktail glides smoothly, even with a generous sip of salty tears in the second half of the film.
Mikkelsen anchors the central cast with an emotionally rich and layered performance as a family man, who fears he has rooted himself in monotonous patterns after a carefree youth who promised a lot until fatherhood forced him to choose the security rather than ambition.
The hand-held camera work courtesy of cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grovlen is intimate and natural.
It’s a perfect fit as teachers’ lives spiral out of control and the screenplay, co-written by Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm, soberly acknowledges the dangers of heavy drinking.
SUPERNOVA (Cert 15, 94 min, StudioCanal, Romance / Drama, available from September 24 on Amazon Prime Video / BT TV Store / iTunes / Sky Store / TalkTalk TV Store and other download and streaming services, available from September 27 on DVD £ 19.99 / Blu-ray £ 24.99)
With: Colin Firth, Stanley Tucci, Pippa Haywood, Peter MacQueen, Nina Marlin
Sam (Colin Firth) and his partner, American novelist Tusker (Stanley Tucci), savored every second together on this side of the Atlantic.
When Tusker is diagnosed with dementia early on, the couple jump into an RV with their dog Ruby and embark on a dilapidated road trip to visit family, friends and important places in their relationship.
After a disturbing moment where Tusker goes into a daze, the two arrive safe and sound at the home of Sam’s sister, Lilly (Pippa Haywood), her husband Clive (Peter MacQueen) and their daughter Charlotte (Nina Marlin).
A surprise party seems to boost Tusker’s spirits, but a frank conversation with Lilly exposes his deep-rooted fears.
“You’re still the guy (Sam) fell in love with,” she says soothingly.
“No, I’m not,” Tusker laments, “I just look like him.”
Taking its title from the blinding explosion of a dying star, Supernova is a heart-wrenching drama about life with dementia that is unfortunate enough to twinkle shortly after The Father.
Writer-director Harry Macqueen’s film exists in the same narrative universe, juxtaposing the confusion of a patient with the angst of caring family members, but this smooth-paced road movie takes a more conventional approach to storytelling.
Firth and Tucci’s heartfelt performances blend their characters’ love story with palpable heartbreak.
An uninterrupted close-up of Firth’s feelings spilling out as tears sporadically run down his cheeks is particularly memorable.
The natural flow of the first scenes contrasts with a loaded and heartbreaking final act, stuffed with dialogue, which hits premeditated rhythms at the expense of sounding like a real cascade of emotions.
FOUNDATION (10 episodes, airing September 24 exclusively on Apple TV +, Sci-Fi / Drama / Action / Romance)
DAVID S Goyer, Batman Begins co-writer and Man Of Steel screenwriter, is an executive producer of this epic 10-part sci-fi drama based on the Isaac Asimov trilogy.
The first two episodes begin this week and further chapters begin every Friday, revealing a sprawling saga that will ultimately determine the fate of humanity.
Cleons, a long line of emperor clones, rule the Empire with an iron fist, led by Brother Day (Lee Pace).
He fears their reign, unchallenged for many years, will come to an end when people start to notice the bold claims of revolutionary Dr Hari Seldon (Jared Harris).
The historian predicts the imminent fall of the Empire and the need to rebuild humanity by establishing the Foundation on the far reaches of the galaxy.
Accompanied by loyal supporters including Gaal Dornick (Lou Llobell), Dr. Seldon defies the will of the Cleons and incurs their wrath.
MIDNIGHT MASS (7 episodes, streaming from September 24 exclusively on Netflix, Horror / Thriller / Romance)
MIKE Flanagan, creator of The Haunting Of Hill House and The Haunting Of Bly Manor, continues to tap into a rich vein of horror with a seven-episode limited series integrated into the small, isolated community of Crockett Island.
Residents are already divided before Riley Flynn (Zach Gilford) returned home in disgrace to face the repercussions of his actions.
Some neighbors are ruthless and Flynn works hard to regain their trust.
His redemption coincides with the arrival of the charismatic priest Father Paul (Hamish Linklater).
Unexplained and seemingly miraculous events ensue and religion takes a stranglehold on the community.
As faith turns into an illusion, some of the Crockett Islanders find their good fortune comes at a shocking price.
GOLIATH SEASON 4 (8 episodes, broadcast from September 24 exclusively on Amazon Prime Video, Drama / Thriller)
THE gripping Amazon Studios legal drama created by David E Kelley and Jonathan Shapiro ends with an eventful fourth series, which once again welcomes Billy Bob Thornton as grizzled lawyer Billy McBride.
When Patty (Nina Arianda) takes a job at a prestigious San Francisco law firm and sets her sights on the opioid industry, Billy joins her in the war of attrition against one of the most powerful goliaths in the world. America.
Their partnership is tested to the breaking point in a world where people with money and power hold all the aces.
Billy’s resolve falters as he suffers from chronic pain as Patty’s enthusiasm for a new job is tempered by the nagging feeling that she is being manipulated.
MR MAYOR (9 episodes, starts airing from September 24 exclusively on NOW TV, Comedy / Drama)
TED Danson plays a wealthy retired businessman with a misguided sense of civic duty in a sitcom created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, which has been renewed for a second series.
Neil Bremer (Danson) is frustrated at being just an embarrassment for his teenage daughter, Orly (Kyla Kenedy).
She’s running for president of the class, and Neil takes the opportunity to earn her respect by running for mayoralty in Los Angeles after the incumbent suffered a nervous breakdown and resigned from his post.
Despite his lack of experience and political sense, Neil triumphs in the election.
He appoints City Councilor Arpi Meskimen (Holly Hunter), whom he defeated, as his deputy and faces an uphill battle to prove his worth with the help of Chief of Staff Mikaela Shaw (Vella Lovell), strategist Tommy Tomas (Mike Cabellon) and Director of Communications Jayden Kwapis (Bobby Moynihan).