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Jennifer Lawrence can do the flashy and the fantastic (Don’t Look Up, X-Men, Red Sparrow), but she’s also adept at the downbeat and down-at-heel. The latter is evident in Lila Neugebauer’s new drama about Lynsey, an Army engineer sent home to New Orleans to recuperate after an IED hit her truck in Afghanistan. She is beginning to overcome her physical injuries, but the psychological side is more problematic, coupled with her conflicting feelings about home and family. The film’s aching heart is her budding friendship with amputee mechanic James (the excellent Brian Tyree Henry), neither of whom is willing or able to reveal their deep-seated pain to the other.
Available now, Apple TV+


Enola Holmes 2

In trouble…Millie Bobby Brown in Enola Holmes 2. Photo: Alex Bailey/Netflix

After a gratifying debut in 2020, it was inevitable that Millie Bobby Brown’s teenage nose would return for more fourth-wall-breaking Victorian adventures. Now running her own detective agency, separate from her famous brother Sherlock (Henry Cavill), Enola takes on the case of a missing factory girl, using her innate intelligence and curiosity, as well as all her brave reserves. A breezy time is guaranteed with the return of director Harry Bradbeer, not to mention Helena Bonham Carter as the scene-stealing Holmes matriarch.
Out now, Netflix


Manchester by the sea

Michelle Williams and Casey Affleck at Manchester Seafront.
Family Matters…Michelle Williams and Casey Affleck in Manchester By the Sea. Photo: StudioCanal/UPI/Allstar

Kenneth Lonergan doesn’t make many films – this is only his third to date – but it’s always worth the wait. His 2016 drama also takes its time, but the emotional payoff is immense as it follows caretaker Lee (an Oscar-winner, Casey Affleck) who returns to his hometown after the death of his brother to take care of his nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges) to take care of. Revelations about his past life with ex-wife Randi (Michelle Williams, as moving as ever) are sustained as we watch as Lee grapples with a past that threatens to overwhelm him.
Saturday 5 November, 12.50am, BBC Two


sapphire

Earl Cameron in sapphire.
Fighting prejudice… Earl Cameron in Sapphire. Photo: Alamy

A major film in the history of black British cinema, Basil Dearden’s 1959 drama uses a murder case to examine the state of race relations in that country. Nigel Patrick’s Chief Inspector Hazard investigates the murder of Sapphire, a mixed-race young woman who was passed on to her fiancé David (Paul Massie) and his family as white. A range of racist attitudes are voiced and questioned, from the stoicism of her brother (Earl Cameron) to the thoughtless prejudice of Sapphire’s friends and the bigotry of landlords and cops alike.
Wednesday, November 9, 9 p.m., Talking Pictures TV


Wild Indian

Michael Greyeyes in Wild Indian.
Long shot…Michael Greyeyes in Wild Indian.

Violence breeds violence in this dark, disturbing drama. A deadly childhood shootout simmers in the minds of two Native Americans: Makwa (Michael Greyeyes), a successful but emotionally distant businessman; and his cousin Teddo (Chaske Spencer), a repeat offender who has just been released from prison. Their opposing ways of dealing with it come to a head in a film from Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr. that touches on heritage, identity and the devastating effects of history.
Wednesday, November 9, 12:05 a.m., Film4


The lady in the van

Maggie Smith in The Lady in the Van.
Keep calm…Maggie Smith in The Lady in the Van. Photo Credit: Nicola Dove/Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

A Maggie Smith double bill begins with Nicholas Hytner’s glorious 2015 version of Alan Bennett’s fact-based yarn. She plays Mary Shepherd, an eccentric, homeless woman who has settled in her Bedford van in the writer’s driveway – and has never left. Alex Jennings plays Bennett, amused and bewildered by the force of nature Mary, whose fascinating history and imaginative stories provide most of the film’s comedy and pathos. Smith is, of course, perfectly cast, intimidating anyone in front of her with a dismissive look or a haughty retort. Her 2014 comedy-drama My Old Lady follows at 10:40 p.m.
Thursday 10 November, 9pm, BBC Four


My father’s dragon

My father's dragon.
Best friends… My father’s dragon. Photo: Netflix

Here’s another little gem from Cartoon Saloon, the Irish animation studio that brought us Wolfwalkers, full of colorful action and bizarre but believable characters. Nora Twomey’s film, adapted from the 1948 children’s novel by Ruth Stiles Gannett, takes young Elmer (voiced by Jacob Tremblay) from rural bliss to urban poverty to a fantastical floating island. There, he and a kind but inept dragon, Boris (Stranger Things’ Gaten Matarazzo), must somehow save the land from doom while dodging wild animals led by Ian McShane’s silverback gorilla.
Friday, November 11, Netflix

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