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From Jackass Forever to Carlos Acosta: a complete guide to this week’s entertainment | Culture


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Out: Cinema

Tami Faye’s eyes
out now
Christianity sure loves good narratives about ups and downs, and TV evangelist Tami Faye Packer’s 1970s story fits her perfectly. Starring Jessica Chastain as the woman at the heart of the world’s largest religious broadcast network, the movie is all about fake eyelashes, Liberace-esque interiors, and of course, music.

The Remembrance: Part Two
out now
Sequels to independent dramas are relatively rare, but it’s not necessary to see your first movie memorabilia before diving into this brilliant British ’80s film, which is well worth enjoying on its own terms, not least for the meticulous comic writer and director. Joanna Hogg employs the anatomy of her characters.

ass forever
out now
Of all the pop culture phenomena currently staged, Jackass is among the most memorable: a glorious, childish and whimsical mix of violence, stunts and gross gags that only get more and more appealing with age (unless you hate them for the first time. In this case, we wish you good luck.

belle
out now
Directed by Mamoru Hosoda of Japanese animation comes the most visually charming story of Studio Ghibli’s Satoshi Kon. Based on the movie Beauty and the Beast, but set in contemporary Japan, Belle interrogates the allure of virtual characters in a world where true intimacy is threatened. Catherine Bray


Out: wagons

Brockhampton
Sign… Brockhampton. Photography: Conor Cunningham

Brockhampton
O2 Academy Brixton, LondonFebruary 7th and 8th

After releasing six albums in four years, he’s been called “the best boy since One Direction” today. These two London shows, as well as a slot at Coachella, represent the final group performances ahead of the inevitable slew of solos and, let’s be honest, a reunion tour in the span of a few years. Michael Cragg

then now
Purcell Room, London, February 6
The London Sinfonietta premiere of works by Luke Lewis and Alicia Jane Turner, both products of the composer’s development scheme. Lewis’s work The Echoes Return Slowly is inspired by the recordings of ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax, while Turner Tell Me When You Get Home, for sopranos and ensemble, is an immersive exploration of walking alone at night. Andrew Clements

Dreamers Mark Lockhart
Bonnington Theatre, Arnold, near Nottingham, 10 February
Saxophonist and composer Mark Lockhart, founding member of Loose Pipe and Polar Bear, directs his imagination toward the fusion of improvised, hip-hop-influenced music with this new band. Longtime guitarist John Baricelli, who works here for keyboardist Elliot Galvin, adds an interesting wild card. John Fordham

Matt Maltese
From February 9 to 27rawari; The tour begins in Glasgow
London-born Maltese troubadour (below) scored an unexpected hit on TikTok recently with their shocking 2017 love song, As the World Caves In. Expect to overshadow the great songs from his third album, Good Morning It’s Now Tomorrow, on this month-long tour. MC


Out: art

Thao Nguyen Van
Thao Nguyen Phan’s walk on his 2020 Honda dream. Photo: Courtesy of the artist/Trong Minh Tuan

Thao Nguyen Van
Tate St Ives, from February 5 to May 2
The Mekong River is the subject of a video presentation, sculpture and paintings. Thao Nguyên Phan finds in this famous river a tide of metaphors and images of modern Vietnamese life. She deals with the environment, industrialization and traditional beliefs, blending contemporary art with folklore and finding inspiration in myth.

Mike Nelson
Gallery Matt, London, until March 5
This powerful imaginative artist revisits his fascination with mazes and caves of urban weirdness in the light of lockdown. It was Nelson’s 2000 installation, The Coral Reef at Matt’s Gallery in London, that made his name with its eerie sequence of deserted rooms filled with dark symbolism. Come back with a more claustrophobic maze.

Susan Rothenberg
Thomas Dean Gallery, London, until April 9the
Expressionism comes in waves – in the ’80s it was all the rage, then it was ridiculed as Hearst-era moodiness. Now, expression is ubiquitous in art once again, and Susan Rothenberg’s dreamlike horse paintings look more alive than ever in their emotional personal symbolism and fierce colour.

display windows
Various places, Coventry, until May 1
George Shaw grew up in a council house near Coventry, a subject obsessed with his art – a place where the forests are littered with rubbish, and the streets are frozen by the rain. Shaw’s drawings appear alongside works by Elizabeth Frink, Kathy Kollowitz, and others in this innovative display. Jonathan Jones


Out: The stage

Wuthering Heights
Sam Archer, Ash Hunter and Lucy McCormick in Wuthering Heights. Photography: Steve Tanner

Wuthering Heights
The National Theatre, London March 19ch then walk around
Emma Rice’s new movie about Emily Bronte’s passionate love story has stormed to The National. Lucy McCormick and Ash Hunter are lit up by strong music and dance, Cathy and Heathcliff.

forgiveness
Farnham Maltings, February 8, then a tour
Johnny Donahue presents a new one-man show after the success of Every Brilliant Thing. With trademark humor and compassion, Forgiveness, about childhood abuse, is his most personal offering yet. Miriam Gillinson

Acosta Dance: 100% Cuban
9 to February 12; The tour begins in London
Founded by the great ballet dancer Carlos Acosta, Havana brings a distinctive blend of contemporary, classical and Latin American influences onto the stage, immersing dancers in heat, life and exquisite technique. This tour brings back two existing pieces alongside the UK premieres of three Cuban choreographers. Lindsey Winship

nish kumar
Royal Margate Theatre, February 6; Touring May 17
Long an anti-wake disaster, Kumar became a poster boy in the “leftist comedy” campaign that reverberated (and refuted) the BBC when his satirical show The Mash Report was canceled last year. Now back to the road with the disguised headline that he won’t doubt your power, your control, supposedly standing behind his involvement in the culture wars. Rachel Oreste


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stay in: flow

Alan Mustafa, Tom Davis and Hugo Cheguin
Alan Mustafa, Tom Davis and Hugo Cheguin in The Curse. Photography: James Stack/Channel 4/Ben Blackall

a curse
February 6, 10pm, Channel 4
An ’80s crime thriller might not be exactly what you’d expect as the next People Just Do Nothing gang project, but this comedy—also starring Tom Davis—continues on the theme of wealthy rednecks. A group of friends are accidentally involved in a massive gold robbery and get jinxed in the process.

Anna’s creation
From February 11, Netflix
The boldness of social crook Anna Sorokin hit the Internet in 2018 thanks to the profile of New York magazine. Now the piece has inspired Shonda Rhimes’ drama: Julia Garner of the Ozark plays the crook, and Anna Chlumsky of Veep is the journalist behind the show.

Irreversible
February 7, 9pm, ITV
Sheridan Smith is a mother living a mysterious but powerful nightmare on vacation in Turkey in this four-pound tale from Danny Brockleyhurst (Brassic, Safe, The Stranger). When Smith’s teenage son is charged with sexual assault, the future of the entire family is left hanging in the balance.

This will hurt
February 8, 9pm, BBC One
Adam Kay’s brutal – and brutally funny – memoir of his time working in obstetrics and gynecology for the NHS has been turned into an incredibly grotesque and tense comedy-drama. Ben Whishaw plays the sleep-deprived author, underappreciated and exhausted in his days as a junior doctor. Outside


stay in: games

elementary world
An elementary world. Photo: Roll7

elementary world
Out 8 February, PC, PS4/5, Switch, Xbox
This awesome and cool skateboarding game gives you a cartoonish utopia and lets you lose it with a board.

Sevo
Out 8 February, PC, PS4 / 5
Stylish and intriguing kung fu game where you punch and slash your way through a modern Chinese city in a martial arts style revenge mission. Likewise, McDonald


stay in: albums

legendary
legendary. Photography: Ebru Yildiz

Legendary – Laurel Hill
out now
Following the success of 2018’s Be the Cowboy and its subsequent tour, Mitsuki Miyawaki (above) is set to debut in 2019. She seems to have appropriately revamped this sixth album, whether unloading her lopsided work-life balance while considering work for The knife, or she wears a Lycra for an ’80s synthpop from The Only Heartbreaker.

Kate Le Bon – Pompeii
out now
Over the course of five albums, Le Bon’s sound has transformed from fun psychological rock to something more tense and more skewed. It continues in Pompeii, where the Welsh singer-songwriter-producer (recently directed John Grant’s Boy from Michigan) marries raucous guitars, a horror soundtrack, and surreal lyrics to astounding effect.

Black Country, New Road – Ant from above here
out now
The post-rock band, free jazz and experimental pop gonzo are back with their second album, a year after hitting the top five in the UK for the first time, for the first time. Chaos Space Marine’s single-player recalls Pulp and Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, while the roughly 10-minute Snow Globes feel like a nightmare (in a good way).

Collective Animals – Timeboat
out now
After six years of stuffing the plate with, the avant-garde quartet (below) are back with their cute eleventh studio album. Its tone was set during lockdown, by head one Prester John – two separate songs blended together – and Walker, a rippling aquatic tribute to Scott Walker. MC


stay in: brain food

Human Resources
Human Resources.

Human Resources
audio notation
Journalist Moya Luthian MacLean’s podcast (above) examining the disembodied truth about Britain’s involvement in the transatlantic slave trade continues for season two. We start at the heart of the establishment, targeting the royal family’s position on abolition.

The British Museum
Connected
The museum’s YouTube channel is filled with curiosity, and the Curator’s Corner series is a highlight. Experts examine the details of current offerings, explaining the significance of everything from Hokusai drawings to the Inca writing system.

Imagine: Marian Keys
BBC iPlayer
Alan Yintobe kicks off a new collection of his peerless art documents with a visit to best-selling author Marianne Keys, who tells her life story with distinctive charm – from escape to London to finding fame and love. Ammar Kalia

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