You know how we think: that for cinema is a passion that must be cultivated, day after day, both through the big screen and the small one. So going to the cinema to discover new films is fundamental, but it is also essential to do so thanks to the TV (and various devices) since every weekend we find ourselves on the streaming platforms of the precious news: this week, for example, there is Argentina, 1985 (with Ricardo Darín and Peter Lanzani) who had been presented at the Venice Film Festival, but also Raymond & Ray (starring Ethan Hawke and Ewan McGregor) fresh from the Rome Film Fest and the fantasy Academy of good and male (also starring Kerry Washington, Charlize Theron and Michelle Yeoh).
Naturally, the proposals of the free-to-air and satellite channels should not be overlooked, which this weekend also delight us with comedies such as Benvenuto Presidente (with Claudio Bisio) and The worst job of my life (with Gerard Depardieu).
Welcome President – Friday 21 October (21.25), Rai3
Directed by: Riccardo Milani
Cast: Claudio Bisio, Kasia Smutniak, Beppe Fiorello, Remo Girone, Massimo Popolizio, Cesare Bocci, Omero Antonutti, Michele Alhaique, Franco Ravera, Patrizio Rispo, Gianni Cavina, Piera Degli Esposti
Plot: Giuseppe Garibaldi, known as Peppino, is an unemployed mountaineer who lives in a small mountain village. One day he finds himself by mistake to be elected President of the Italian Republic. Having settled at the Quirinale, he will not let himself be overwhelmed by the intrigues and traps of politics, managing with his vein of anarchy and joyful madness to make everything work that was wrong before.
Truth or Dare – Friday 21 October (9.15 pm), Italy 2
Director: Jeff Wadlow
Cast: Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey, Violett Beane, Sophia Ali, Landon Liboiron, Nolan Gerard Funk, Sam Lerner
Plot: A group of friends decide to leave for a last university adventure. At one point they engage in a Truth or Dare contest, apparently harmless. In reality this race will follow them all the way home, forcing them to continue playing or face deadly consequences.
Dunkirk – Saturday 22 October (9.25 pm) Retequattro
Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Harry Styles, Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Cillian Murphy
Plot: We are in May 1940, after the invasion of France by Nazi Germany. The British army is busy freeing the allied troops, gets trapped on the beach with its back to the sea and faces an impossible situation as the enemy advances.
The curious case of Benjamin Button – Saturday 22 October (21.10), 27
Director: David Fincher
Cast: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Julia Ormond, Tilda Swinton, Elle Fanning
Plot: Benjamin was born at the end of the First World War. As soon as he is born he reveals all the characteristics of an eighty-year-old man and seems close to death, but his existence will prove to be the opposite of what the life of a normal man is.
Arctic – Sunday 23 October (21.20), Rai4
Director: Joe Penna
Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Maria Thelma Smaradottir, Tintrinai Thikhasuk
Plot: Overgard crashes with his plane in the middle of nowhere in the Arctic Circle. She will thus face an extreme struggle for survival against the cold, the search for food and the threat of a white bear.
Alexander – Sunday 23 October (9.00 pm), Iris
Director: Oliver Stone
Cast: Colin Farrell, Anthony Hopkins, Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer, Jared Leto
Plot: We are in 300 BC Alexander III of Macedon is a king and great leader who, having ascended the throne when he was just twenty, subdues much of the then known world. To tell the story of him is the old Ptolemy, the only follower of him arrived at a ripe age.
Movies on satellite
Christmas dinner – Friday 21 October (9.00 pm), Sky Cinema Romance
Director: Marco Ponti
Cast: Riccardo Scamarcio, Laura Chiatti, Michele Placido, Maria Pia Calzone
Plot: A family from Polignano a Mare gathers for the Christmas holidays. It is a pity that the Christmas Eve dinner turns out to be particularly eventful, between quarrels, betrayals and unexpected revelations.
Winter Story – Saturday 22 October (9.00 pm), Sky Cinema Romance
Director: Akiva Goldsman
Cast: Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly
Plot: The fates and love of thief Peter Lake and Beverly Penn, daughter of a wealthy man, cross past and present in 1916 and present-day New York.
The worst job of my life – Sunday 23 October (9.15 pm), Sky Cinema Uno
Director: Thomas Gilou
Cast: Kev Adams, Gerard Depardieu, Daniel Prevost, Mylene Demongeot, Jean-Luc Bideau
Plot: Milann is a young inmate forced to work in a retirement home to avoid going to prison. The boy befriends a group of retired seniors who are not really prepared to accept this new recruit, until they discover that Milann is an orphan like them. Meanwhile, he realizes that something is wrong, because the elderly never receive any visitors and the retirement home is stealing their money. He then decides to help them and organize an escape.
The Academy of Good and Evil – Netflix
Director: Paul Feig
Cast: Kerry Washington, Charlize Theron, Michelle Yeoh, Sophia Anne Caruso, Sofia Wylie, Laurence Fishburne, Jamie Flatters, Kit Young, Peter Serafinowicz, Rob Delaney, Mark Heap, Patti LuPone and Rachel Bloom
Plot: Sophie and Agatha are two friends who end up at opposite ends of a modern fairy tale, when they arrive at a magical school where young heroes and villains learn to protect the balance between good and evil.
Argentina, 1985 – Prime Video
Director: Santiago Miter
Cast: Ricardo Darín, Peter Lanzani
Plot: Film inspired by the true story of prosecutors Julio Strassera, Luis Moreno Ocampo and their young legal team who in a David vs. Goliath battle, under constant threat, had the courage to investigate and prosecute Argentina’s bloodiest military dictatorship ever. against all odds and in a race against time to do justice for the victims of the military junta.
Life After-The Fallout – Infinity +
Director: Megan Park
Cast: Lumi Pollack, John Ortiz, Julie Bowen, Shailene Woodley, Christine Horn, Austin Zajur, Yindra Zayas
Plot: Young Vada, along with Mia and Quinton, survived a school shooting because she was in the bathroom. From that day on, she has to learn to live with the emotional trauma she has suffered.
Above Suspicion – TimVision
Director: Phillip Noyce
Cast: Jack Huston, Emilia Clarke, Johnny Knoxville, Thora Birch, Sophie Lowe
Plot: Based on a true story, it tells the first case in America in which an FBI agent was charged with a crime. Mark, an FBI recruit, is transferred to a small town in Kentucky to wipe out a network of drug traffickers. Here the man begins a dangerous relationship with a trusted informant who dreams of escaping and changing his life.
Rosaline – Disney +
Director: Karen Maine
Cast: Kaitlyn Dever, Isabela Merced, Kyle Allen, Sean Teale, Minnie Driver, Bradley Whitford
Plot: We are in Verona. Rosaline Capuleti has a love affair with Romeo Montecchi, who remains clandestine due to the hatred between their two families. One day Romeo meets Juliet, Rosaline’s very young cousin, at a party and falls in love with her, completely forgetting the latter that she will try, in a rather clumsy way, to win back her ex.
Tell me about Lucy – RaiPlay
Director: Giuseppe Petitto
Cast: Antonia Liskova, Michael Neuenschwander, Linda Mastrocola, Mia Skrbinac
Plot: Nicole is a woman who loves to have every aspect of her life under control. Her daughter Lucy is eight years old and she is a supportive and problematic child. Her husband Rome, older than her, betrayed her and this put their marriage in crisis. Nicole is haunted by disturbing and inexplicable dreams. Dark presences manifest themselves in and around their isolated mountain villa. Reason is no longer sufficient to explain the distressing phenomena that arise. Lucy is clearly in danger and Nicole must find the strength to question all her certainties in order to save the child.
Another Happy Day – Pluto Tv
Director: Sam Levinson
Cast: Ellen Barkin, Demi Moore, Ellen Burstyn, Kate Bosworth, Thomas Haden, Ezra Miller
Plot: Accompanied by her two teenage children, Elliot and Sam, Lynn returns to the house where she grew up for the wedding of her son Dylan, from the previous union with Paul. However, the woman’s relations with her family and with Paul are rather strained.
Studio 54 – Nexo +
Director: Matt Tyrnauer
Cast: Steve Rubell, Ian Schrager
Plot: Documentary about Studio 54, one of the most famous clubs in New York in the 70s. Those who managed to enter enjoyed maximum freedom and could find themselves dancing with Truman Capote, Andy Warhol, Rudolf Nureyev, Muhammad Ali and Mick Jagger, among a thousand others. We are in New York in 1977 and the idea of Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, the managers of the restaurant, was simple: to propose every evening “the biggest party in the world”. This is how a nightclub on 54th Street in Manhattan became the center of the Universe.
The Party – MUBI
Director: Sally Potter
Cast: Patricia Clarkson, Cillian Murphy, Timothy Spall, Emily Mortimer, Kristin Scott Thomas, Bruno Ganz
Plot: Janet is elected Minister of Health and to celebrate she organizes a party with three couples of friends. The evening, however, turns into a drama when baffling truths are revealed.
The Hyenas – Lionsgate +
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Quentin Tarantino, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi, Chris Penn
Plot: Following a robbery gone wrong, gang members begin to suspect each other because it seems that someone has talked more than they should.
Raymond & Ray – Apple TV +
Director: Rodrigo Garcia
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Ewan McGregor, Maribel Verdú, Sophie Okonodo, Tom Bower, Vondie Curtis Hall
Plot: Half brothers Raymond and Ray have lived in the shadow of a terrible father, but despite everything both have kept a strong sense of humor. So his funeral is an opportunity to reinvent himself. There is anger, there is pain, there is madness, perhaps there is love and surely there is a job as a gravedigger.
But what does the brain tell us – Paramount +
Directed by: Riccardo Milani
Cast: Paola Cortellesi, Stefano Fresi, Tomas Arana, Teco Celio, Remo Girone, Vinicio Marchioni, Lucia Mascino, Ricky Memphis, Paola Minaccioni, Giampaolo Morelli, Claudia Pandolfi, Alessandro Roia, Carla Signoris
Plot: Giovanna is a modest woman, even boring, who divides herself between work at the Ministry, the school commitments of her daughter Martina and the teasing of her exuberant mother. However, you know, one must never pay attention to appearances: Giovanna, in fact, is a reality and a secret agent, engaged in very dangerous international missions. On the occasion of a reunion between old high school friends, the woman listens to everyone’s stories and realizes that everyone, just like her, is forced to suffer daily small and large oppressions to the limit of the absurd. So she, with all the means at her disposal, she will give life to hilarious situations that will serve to restore order in her life and in that of the people she loves.