Sharper to The Form of Water: the seven greatest movies to look at on TV this week | Tv & radio

Kursk: The Last Mission.

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You anticipate movies about con artists to be knotty, however Benjamin Caron’s ingenious drama is as twisty and rug-pulling because it will get. Its episodic narrative – which works backwards in time – focuses on Justice Smith’s bookshop proprietor Tom, grad scholar Sandra (a standout Briana Middleton), Sebastian Stan’s unreadable grifter Max and his rich mom Madeline (Julianne Moore). Few of them are what they appear, and there’s an excessive amount of enjoyable available in second-guessing their strikes. It has the texture of a Michael Mann film in its fascination with the trendy however superficial world of high-end criminals, their methodology and, in the end, their hubris.
Friday 17 February, Apple TV+

Kursk: The Final Mission

Kursk: The Last Mission.
A tragic story … Kursk: The Final Mission.

The 2000 Kursk catastrophe, by which a Russian sub sank within the Barents Sea after a torpedo exploded in its bay, has been become a suspenseful drama by Thomas Vinterberg – even with the information that every one 118 crew members died. Matthias Schoenaerts offers the tragedy a human dimension as (fictional) officer Mikhail, one among a handful of preliminary survivors who deal with rising waters and diminishing oxygen. In the meantime, spouse Tanya (Léa Seydoux) faces secrecy and lies from the navy, whose rescue mission is hampered by chilly warfare paranoia and previous gear.
Sunday 12 February, 10pm, BBC Two


Gena Rowlands in Gloria.
Weapons blazing … Gena Rowlands in Gloria. {Photograph}: Most Movie/Alamy

John Cassavetes overlayed his oddball indie sensibilities on this thriller, which boasts a crackling efficiency by Gena Rowlands. She performs the titular ex-gangster’s moll, who finds herself on the run with a six-year-old boy, Phil (John Adames), after his household are murdered by mobsters. Largely filmed on the streets of New York, it fuses an observational type with a refreshingly unsentimental tackle the connection between a not very cute child and a frosty, impatient girl who can deal with herself.
Sunday 12 February, 10pm, Speaking Footage TV

Extraordinary Love

Lesley Manville in Ordinary Love.
The large C … Lesley Manville in Extraordinary Love. {Photograph}: Alamy

This beautiful drama is predicated on the experiences of author Owen McCafferty’s spouse, and so has an air of unadorned authenticity. Lesley Manville and Liam Neeson play a pair who’re put below pressure when she is recognized with breast most cancers, dealing with the remedy – surgical procedure, chemotherapy – and its side-effects, bodily and emotional. Administrators Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn floor the medical travails in a delicate portrait of a protracted and pleased marriage, its straightforward familiarity rendered flawlessly by the 2 leads.
Monday 13 February, 11.15pm, BBC Two

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Darkish Waters

Mark Ruffalo in Dark Waters.
David and Goliath … Mark Ruffalo in Darkish Waters. {Photograph}: Pictorial Press/Alamy

Todd Haynes’s righteous movie borrows Ken Loach’s trick of leaving you fired up about injustice and, unusually for a mainstream US drama, capitalism. Mark Ruffalo, the go-to actor for dogged, trustworthy sorts, stars as real-life lawyer Rob Bilott, who went from defending chemical firms to attacking them after a West Virginia farmer revealed a dump of poisonous waste by DuPont had killed his cattle and contaminated the water provide. A watch-opening story of dodgy follow and WTF revelations.
Tuesday 14 February, 11.15pm, BBC Two

The Form of Water

Sally Hawkins in The Shape of Water.
Love is blind … Sally Hawkins in The Form of Water. {Photograph}: Alamy

On your Valentine’s Day viewing pleasure, an Oscar-laden romance of affection in opposition to the percentages, by which a younger mute girl meets a misfit who understands her completely. Positive, he’s a 7ft amphibious creature, however no one’s excellent. Guillermo del Toro’s fairytale stylings and love of cinema are in full impact as night-shift cleaner Elisa (Sally Hawkins) bonds with an odd beast (Doug Jones) over Glenn Miller and hard-boiled eggs within the chilly warfare secret authorities facility the place it’s trapped. Michael Shannon is nice enjoyable as her nemesis, an nearly comically bigoted alpha-male colonel.
Tuesday 14 February, 11.20pm, Film4


From left: Milly Shapiro, Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne and Alex Wolff in Hereditary.
Household matter … (from left) Milly Shapiro, Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne and Alex Wolff in Hereditary. {Photograph}: Way of life footage/Alamy

A movie that turns its bloody nostril up on the gradual crescendo of chills usually present in horror films in favour of a string of game-changing shocks. Ari “Midsommar” Aster’s debut characteristic centres on the at all times sensible Toni Collette as Annie, an artist who creates intricate miniature homes full of disturbing, autobiographical element. She’s married to Gabriel Byrne’s Steve and has two children – and it’s the kids who play key roles within the unfolding terrors. Fears about motherhood, unprocessed trauma and inherited sickness mix in an unforgettable expertise. SW is nice enjoyable as her nemesis, an nearly comically bigoted alpha-male colonel.
Wednesday 15 February, 9pm, Film4