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Mark Kermode joins Simon Mayo to give his verdict on the week's movies

Mark Kermode joins Simon Mayo to give his verdict on the week's movies


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Mark Kermode joins Simon Mayo to give his verdict on the week's movies




Daniel Radcliffe and Sandra Bullock talk about The Lost City. Plus reviews of The Bad Guys, Morbius, True Things & Sonic 2.

Daniel Radcliffe and Sandra Bullock talk about The Lost City. Plus Mark reviews Morbius, which features show favourite Jared Leto as Biochemist Michael Morbius; True Things, Harry Wootliff’s drama starring Ruth Wilson as a young woman living on the fringes of society; Sonic the Hedgehog 2 with Jim Carrey; animation The Bad Guys, about several reformed yet misunderstood criminal animals who attempt to become good; and The Novice, about a college freshman’s obsessive physical and psychological...


Jake Gyllenhaal & Yahya Abdul Matten II, Ambulance, The Worst Person in the World, Chopper, Master and Escape from Mogadishu

Jake Gyllenhaal & Yahya Abdul Matten II talk about their roles in Michael Bay’s latest, Ambulance about two robbers who steal an ambulance after a heist. Plus Mark reviews Joachim Trier’s The Worst Person in the World, which chronicles four years in the life of Julie, a young woman navigating the troubled waters of her love life and struggling to find her career path, leading her to take a realistic look at who she really is, plus new Amazon film Master, horror The Spine of the Night,...


Simon Farnaby, The Phantom of the Open, Paris 13th District, Master, X, Deep Water and Three Floors

Simon Farnaby talks about his new film The Phantom of the Open, about Maurice Flitcroft, who managed to gain entry to The British Open Golf Championship Qualifying in 1976 and subsequently shot the worst round in Open history, becoming a folk hero in the process. Mark also reviews Paris 13th District, starring Noémie Merlant in Jacques Audiard’s latest; Amazon Prime’s Master, starring Regina Hall, about two African American women who begin to share disturbing experiences at a predominantly...


Sean Baker, Red Rocket, Turning Red, Wolf, Feast, The Seed, Great Freedom and The Adam Project

Director Sean Baker talks about his new film Red Rocket, about a washed-up adult film actor who returns to his small Texas hometown, Mark will also review Feast, about the infamous 2007 HIV incident in the Dutch city of Groningen, Turning Red, the latest animation from Disney, about a 13-year-old girl who turns into a giant red panda whenever she gets too excited; new horror The Seed, about a girls’ weekend away in the Mojave desert which becomes a tale of horror, death and alien invasion;...


Clio Barnard talks about Ali and Ava. Plus reviews of The Batman, The Weekend Away, Against the Ice and The Sanctity Of Space

Director Clio Barnard talks about her new film Ali and Ava, which stars Adeel Akhtar and Claire Rushbrook as the titular characters. Mark will also review The Batman, which stars Robert Pattinson and Zoe Kravitz as Batman and Catwoman in Matt Reeves’s new story featuring the Bob Kane and Bill Finger-created superhero; documentary Rebel Dread about the filmmaker, DJ, musician and commentator, Don Letts; The Weekend Away, about a weekend getaway to Croatia which goes quite badly wrong; Against...


Dave Grohl talks about Studio 666, plus Cyrano, The Duke, Gangubai Kathiawadi, Hellbender and The Godfather

Dave Grohl talks about his role in Studio 666, about Foo Fighters moving into an Encino mansion steeped in grisly rock and roll history to record their much anticipated 10th album. Mark reviews Cyrano, Joe Wright’s adaptation of the play; The Duke, about Kempton Bunton, a 60 year old taxi driver who steals Goya's portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London; Gangubai Kathiawadi, about a woman who becomes a powerful underworld figure; the re-release of The Godfather,...


Helen Mirren, Dog, The Real Charlie Chaplin, Here Before, jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy (Act 1), Kimi and Old Henry

Dame Helen Mirren talks about her role in The Duke. Mark reviews Dog, The Real Charlie Chaplin, Here Before, jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy (Act 1), Kimi and Old Henry. Plus Simon and Mark talk through all the films on current release. Send us your sub 20 second instant reaction to any film attached to an email to for our feature ‘Lobby Correspondents’. 00:27:17 Box Office Top 10 00:45:29 The Real Charlie Chaplin review 00:52:41 Helen Mirren interview 01:09:03 Dog review 01:14:49...


Andrea Riseborough, Death on the Nile, Marry Me, Flee, Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy and Petrov’s Flu.

Andrea Riseborough talks about her role in new drama Here Before. Mark reviews Chuckles Branagh’s Death on the Nile, about Hercule Poirot’s investigation of the murder of a young heiress in Egypt; Marry Me, in which musical superstars who are getting married before a global audience of fans when one of them learns of their fiance’s unfaithfulness; Flee, the true story of a man on the verge of marriage which compels him to reveal his hidden past for the first time; Ryûsuke Hamaguchi’s Wheel...


Jessica Chastain, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, The Souvenir Part II, Moonfall, Belle, Jackass Forever, the reissue of Jules et Jim

Jessica Chastain talks about The Eyes of Tammy Faye, an intimate look at the rise, fall and redemption of televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker Mark reviews The Souvenir Part II, about which its writer director Joanna Hogg spoke to Simon last week; Moonfall, about a mysterious force that knocks the Moon from its orbit around Earth and sends it hurdling on a collision course with life as we know it, directed by Roland Emmerich; The Jackass crew return 11 years later in Jackass Forever; anime Belle...


Joanna Hogg, Sing 2, A Journal for Jordan, The King’s Daughter, Amulet, Taming the Garden, Parallel Mothers and Flag Day.

Joanna Hogg talks about her new film The Souvenir Part II. Mark reviews new animation Sing 2, about an anthropomorphic koala called Buster Moon and his friends who must persuade a reclusive rock star lion called Clay Calloway, played by Bono, to join them for the opening of a new show; Pedro Almodóvar directing Penelope Cruz and Rossy De Palma in Parallel Mothers, the story of two mothers who give birth on the same day; Amulet, about an ex-soldier, living homeless in London, and is offered a...


Guillermo del Toro, Nightmare Alley, Belfast, A Journal for Jordan, Memory Box, The King’s Daughter

Guillermo del Toro talks about his new film Nightmare Alley, the second film adaptation of the 1946 novel of the same name by William Lindsay Gresham. It stars Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett and Toni Collette. Mark reviews that film along with Sir Ken ‘Chuckles’ Branagh’s new film Belfast, which he discussed with Simon on last week’s show, about a young boy and his working-class Belfast family experiencing the tumultuous late 1960s; documentary Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road, looking at...


Sir Kenneth Branagh, The Tragedy of Macbeth, Cow, Scream, Ascension, Memoria and Save the Cinema

Sir Kenneth Branagh talks about his new film Belfast. Mark reviews Scream, set twenty-five years after the original series of murders in Woodsboro; Joel Coen’s adaptation of Sir William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth, about a Scottish lord who becomes convinced by a trio of witches that he will become the next King of Scotland; Save the Cinema, which tells the story of Liz Evans, who started a campaign in the 90s to save the Lyric Cinema; documentary Ascension, which explores the...


Peter Dinklage, Munich: The Edge of War, Minyan, Ailey, A Hero and Boiling Point

Ben Bailey Smith talks to Peter Dinklage about his role in Cyrano. Plus Anna Bogutskaya reviews the new 4k restoration of Truffaut's The 400 Blows; Boiling Point, which stars Stephen Graham as a head chef wrangling his team on the busiest day of the year; Ailey, an immersive portrait of dance pioneer Alvin Ailey, told through his own words and a new dance inspired by his life; American Siege, Bruce Willis's latest actioner; A Hero, Asghar Farhadi’s film about a man who is in prison because...


Best of 2021

Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo with their best reviews and interviews from 2021 including their chats with Sigourney Weaver, Emma Stone and Lakeith Stanfield and Mark's reviews of Wild Mountain Thyme, Greenland, Summer of Soul, Godzilla v Kong, Nomadland and No Time to Die. Plus the best dad jokes of the year. Email: Twitter: @wittertainment


Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss, The Matrix Resurrections, The King’s Man, Titane and Licorice Pizza.

Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss talk about their new film, The Matrix Resurrections, in which we return to a world of two realities: one, everyday life; the other, what lies behind it. Mark reviews that film along with The Humans, a horror set in a pre-war duplex in downtown Manhattan; The King’s Man, the prequel to the Kingsman movies starring Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton and Rhys Ifans; Julia Ducornau’s Titane; Benedict Cumberbatch in The Electrical Life of Louis Wain about the English...


Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Lost Daughter, Spider-Man: No Way Home and Nine Days

Maggie Gyllenhaal talks about her new film The Lost Daughter. Mark reviews that film plus the rest of the week’s new releases The Tender Bar, about a boy growing up on Long Island who seeks out father figures among the patrons at his uncle's bar; Lola and the Sea, about an eighteen-year-old who lives in a foster home; Nine Days, about a reclusive man who conducts a series of interviews with human souls for a chance to be born; Mark Gatiss’s new version of The Amazing Mr Blunden, about modern...


Steven Spielberg, Ariana DeBose, West Side Story, Don’t Look Up and Being the Ricardos

Steven Spielberg and Ariana DeBose talk to Simon about West Side Story. Mark reviews that film, along with Don’t Look Up, which stars Leo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence as two low-level astronomers who must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet Earth; Clifford the Big Red Dog, about a big red dog; Being the Ricardos, Aaron Sorkin’s film about American comic actors Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz; Guy Ritchie’s Wrath of Man, about H, a cold and...


Riz Ahmed, Encounter, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City and C'mon C'mon

Riz Ahmed talks to Simon about his role as Malik Khan in Michael Pearce’s Encounter. Mark reviews that film, along with Silent Night, the horror/comedy Keira Knightley came on the show to talk about last week; Mike Mills’s C’Mon C’Mon, starring Joaquin Phoenix as a radio journalist embarking on a cross-country trip with his young nephew; Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, ​​set in 1998, an origin story which explores the secrets of the mysterious Spencer Mansion and the ill-fated...


Keira Knightley, Encanto, House of Gucci and Pirates

Keira Knightley talks to Simon about her role as Nell in Silent Night. Plus reviews of new Disney animation Encanto, about a young Colombian girl who has to face the frustration of being the only member of her family without magical powers; House of Gucci, which features last week’s guest Adam Driver as Maurizio Gucci, and tells the story of Patrizia Reggiani, an outsider from humble beginnings, who marries into the Gucci family; Pirates, written and directed by Reggie Yates, and tells the...


Adam Driver talks about his role as Mauricio Gucci in House of Gucci, plus film reviews.

Adam Driver talks about his role as Maurizio Gucci in House of Gucci. Plus reviews of Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog, with Benedict Cumberbatch as charismatic rancher Phil Burbank; Ghostbusters Afterlife, about a single mother and her two kids who arrive in a small town and begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind; Céline Sciamma’s Petite Maman, about a girl called Nelly who has just lost her grandmother and one...