Whether it is a live gig, a new film or a game to play at home, our critics have your plans for this week covered
Sat 2 Oct 2021 01.00 EDT
No Time to Die
Originally due out April 2020, this may be Daniel Craig’s final outing as 007. There is new blood in the form of Rami Malek’s villain, Lashana Lynch as a fellow agent, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge reporting for co-writing duty.
Freakscene: The Story of Dinosaur Jr
Even if you’re not familiar with US grungers Dinosaur Jr, you’ll know the music they influenced. Showcasing their scuzzily confrontational indie rock, as well as the band’s dysfunctional relationships, this enjoyable homage connects the dots through a deft collage of archive, ancient photos, flyers and interviews with key figures, including Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth.
Set in the Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin’s now gentrified urban district, this modest indie meta-drama offers a wink-wink portrait of actorly vanity. Directed by Daniel Brühl (Zemo in Captain America: Civil War), he also stars as a smug actor called Daniel, waylaid before an important audition for a superhero movie.
BFI London film festival
Wed to 17 Oct
Bringing a bumper crop of premieres fresh from Cannes and Venice, a strong lineup includes Palme d’Or winner Titane, The Lost Daughter starring Olivia Colman, Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog, and the superb The Souvenir: Part II. Catherine Bray
Bad Boy Chiller Crew
Mon to 21 Oct; tour starts Manchester
Ahead of a six-part documentary series on ITV2, Bradford’s bassline warriors kick off their biggest tour. Keep an ear out for the ravey Don’t You Worry About Me, a summer Top 40 hit.
Touring to 21 Oct
Nearly a decade after appearing on The Voice, dance-pop powerhouse Hill recently scored a UK Top 10 with her debut album, Only Honest on the Weekend. Built for lost nights on sticky dancefloors, it should provide plenty of bangers for her UK tour. Michael Cragg
Fergus McCreadie Trio
Lit & Phil Library, Newcastle upon Tyne, Sun; Bristol Beacon, Wed; Albany Club, Coventry, Thu; The Stables, Milton Keynes, Fri
Prize-winning Scottish pianist McCreadie’s Celtic roots and folk scene experiences bring a signature richness to his trio’s dynamic chemistry of old-school jazz, swing, rock, funk and improv outbursts. John Fordham
Serenades for Wind
St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich, Wed; touring to 10 Oct
The Britten Sinfonia return with music for wind, dominated by Mozart’s Serenade in B flat, K361. Before that there’s Mark Simpson’s Geysir, named to evoke the music’s eruptive character.
We Are As Gods
Battersea Arts Centre, SW11, Wed to 10 Oct
A celebration of dance and life created by choreographer James Cousins and performed by 70 dancers in the BAC’s beautiful rooms, rooftops and secret stairways. A night of dance, duets, spoken word and feasting.
The Long Song
Chichester Festival theatre, to 23 Oct
Stage adaptation of Andrea Levy’s novel, which tells the story of three women living in 19th-century Jamaica during the final years of slavery. Miriam Gillinson
Romeo & Juliet
Royal Opera House, WC2, Tue to 25 Feb; Birmingham Hippodrome, Wed to 30 Oct
Two different companies roll out Kenneth MacMillan’s masterful take on Shakespeare: the Royal Ballet features real-life couple Francesca Hayward and Cesar Corrales, while Birmingham Royal Ballet has national dance award winner César Morales partnering Momoko Hirata. Lyndsey Winship
Moth Club, E9, Thu
Mixed bill nights can be hit and miss, but Knock2bag resembles an impeccable record label, curating lineups that combine leftfield staples with the most promising fledgling acts. This week’s edition features standup stalwart Suzi Ruffell, ex-Footlights president Ben Pope and Aussie eccentric Ray Badran.
Serpentine South Gallery, W2, Thu to 30 Jan
Born in Haiti in 1937 and based in Paris since the 1960s, this painter of surreal disjointed stories mixes comic strip boldness with global politics and an irony all his own. He was one of the first pop artists in France, looking at “everyday mythologies” with a critical eye: a radical Tintin.
Anish Kapoor: Painting
Modern Art Oxford, to 13 Feb
The sculptor takes up the brush to paint gruesome scenes of human sacrifice. Kapoor has taught himself figurative painting to create eerie perspectives and gorily real body parts – but these works are joyously unhinged exercises in splashy, mostly red, fun. Bold new moves by a great artist.
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, to 9 Jan
Young Scots ponder the national story in a multimedia exhibition that has fun with the “ruins” of the past. Famous and forgotten events are revisited in video projections that promise both violence and swearing.
Pace London, W1, Fri to 13 Nov
Rothko painted these works when he was sinking into despair in the 60s, yet they are entrancing. Depressed and angry as he was, he couldn’t help creating poems of colour. He plunges you into the abyss yet fills you with inspiration.
Out now, Netflix
It might have a glitzy cast – Margaret Qualley stars alongside her mother, Andie MacDowell – but this drama is a decidedly unglamorous affair. Inspired by Stephanie Land’s memoir detailing the time she spent as a cleaner and single mother, it’s a story of gruelling poverty set amid other people’s mess.
The Problem with Jon Stewart
New episodes Thu, Apple TV+
The ex-Daily Show host tackles one of America’s most pressing problems every fortnight. This isn’t the kind of smart political satire Stewart perfected in the 00s, but a deeper dive into the issues affecting vulnerable citizens.
Sun, 9pm BBC One, available now on iPlayer
In 60s London, a bubbling undercurrent of fascism prompts a young Jewish woman to infiltrate a neo-Nazi organisation. It’s packed with nail-biting tension, fascinating social history and great acting talent, including Rory Kinnear, Eddie Marsan and Samantha Spiro.
Blair & Brown: The New Labour Revolution
Mon, 9pm, BBC Two
The makers of the intricate and pacy Thatcher: A Very British Revolution return to chart Labour’s last reign, from the early 80s doldrums to the devastation of the 2008 crash. RA
Far Cry 6
Out on Wed
The latest in this series of guerrilla-liberation shooters goes to a fictional Cuba, terrorised by a dictator played by Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito.
Jett: The Far Shore
Out on Tue
This chilled-out, aesthetically pleasing sci-fi game has us exploring an ocean planet and its wildlife in a tiny ship.
Out on Fri
Here’s a nice, relaxing experience for the weekend: being chased through an abandoned space station by sinister futuristic war robots. Keza MacDonald
Sam Fender – Seventeen Going Under
Out on Fri
Assumed by some to be another Sheeran-alike, North Shields lad Fender soon dismissed those suspicions with his gritty indie debut, Hypersonic Missiles. This muscular follow-up marries kitchen-sink tales of fractured families, violence and emotional catharsis to widescreen Springsteen rock.
BadBadNotGood – Talk Memory
Out on Fri
After a five-year hiatus, the feted Canadian instrumental trio return with their mostly improvised fifth album. The two lead singles find them flexing their sonic muscles, with the nine-minute long Signal from the Noise venturing into swampy prog-jazz while the taut Beside April skips along at a pleasingly brisk pace.
James Blake – Friends That Break Your Heart
Out on Fri
Fresh from collaborations with Kehlani and Slowthai, alt‑choirboy Blake releases his fifth album of tactile electronica. Featuring co-production from Take a Daytrip, retired YouTuber Joji and Blake’s partner Jameela Jamil, its lead single Say What You Will finds him musing on outsiderdom.
Lala Lala – I Want the Door to Open
Out on Fri
London-born, Chicago-based singer-songwriter Lillie West, AKA Lala Lala, expands both her sound and vision on this third album. Her penchant for lo-fi indie rock now comes buffeted by bubbling electronica and expanding synths – shown expertly on album highlight Diver – while introspective blood-letting has been replaced by lyrics that are more outward-looking. MC
Boots and Beards
BBC One, Wed
The BBC’s regional documentary strand, Our Lives, focuses this week on Scottish cousins Naveed Baksh and Kashif Butt, who set up a hillwalking group for their local Asian community. A fascinating insight into diversifying access to natural spaces.
Bodies, season three
Podcast, available weekly
Allison Behringer’s medical mystery podcast has built a committed following over two seasons, exploring in each episode the stories behind one person’s health issues. From ALS to eating disorders and Covid-19, Behringer interviews with curiosity and compassion.
Abigail Thorn’s wildly popular YouTube channel has bloomed from a resource for online philosophy lessons in the wake of the 2012 university tuition fee hike to engaging, in-depth episodes covering everything from Platonic dialogue to mental health.