Pachinko (2022)

Where’s it on? Apple+ TV

Kogonada and the BFI have form, as they say. He’s been a regular contributor of video essays to Sight and Sound, displaying a reverence for great filmmakers. With his first feature, Columbus, he joined them. His second, After Yang, matches it for emotional impact, and now comes Pachinko. Over eight episodes (half helmed by Kogonada, the rest by Justin Chon) we look at four generations of a Korean family, told – and the reviewers seem unusually unanimous on this – with a sweep and skill that marks it out as a major achievement from a very special talent.

The Worst Person in the World (2021)

Where’s it on? Cinemas nationwide and at BFI Southbank

Some phrases will chill. ‘A Mark Wahlberg comedy’, for example. This week’s equivalent is ‘A Norwegian romcom’, which, if used, might have prejudiced the chances of Joachim Trier’s global hit before it hit (and wowed) Cannes a year ago. Renate Reinsve is Julie, whose life we intrude on during her years of indecision on who to love. Trier brings a tricksy approach to the telling, but it’s his star who wins the plaudits for making it so relatable for so many.

I’m All Right Jack (1959)

Where’s it on? Talking Pictures, Friday 5:55pm

I'm All Right Jack (1959)
© Courtesy of Criterion

The online spread of the #Antiwork message is a cue to give the Boulting Brothers, John and Roy, a closer look. They laughed at power, reflecting their own socialist values (John served in the Spanish Civil War as an ambulance driver) by lampooning the church, army and, best of all, the workplace. I’m All Right Jack treats everyone – executives, trade unions, workers – as equally oafish, from gormless Stanley (Ian Carmichael) to pompous Marxist Fred (Peter Sellers). Sub-plots about arms sales and labour strikes chime with our times, and The People’s Front of Judea surely have roots here.

Ambulancen (2005)

Where’s it on? Netflix

If your response to a new Michael Bay film involving the emergency services is nein nein nein, then skip that remake and try the original. The set-up is identical: two desperate brothers turn to robbery, and are forced to flee in a stolen ambulance. Nee-naw mayhem follows, with Thomas Bo Larsen (Another Round) watchable as ever, and director Laurits Munch-Petersen bringing it in almost an hour ahead of Hollywood.

Molly’s Game (2017)

Where’s it on? BBC2, Sunday 10pm

Aaron Sorkin is back in the West End and brings the weekend to a close with his adaptation of Molly Bloom’s memoirs. They begin with sporting glory lost, then a wild pivot to high-stakes poker and FBI intrigue. Sorkin does the funnies (“This courthouse is located within spitting distance of Wall Street. I know this from my personal experience trying to spit at it.”), while Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba and Jeremy Strong all feature. Chris O’Dowd impresses as a memorable schlub.

Originally published: 25 March 2022