Goes out: Movie theater
Nicolas Cage stars as a man who is terrified to find out that he has appeared in everyone’s dreams. But this isn’t one of the wacky direct-to-video movies Cage sometimes appears in; it’s a well-regarded A24 release more along the lines of Cage’s work in Adaptation. Nic: it’s been a while, but it’s a welcome return.
Anatomy of a fall
In this Palme d’Or-winning courtroom drama, writer Sandra (Sandra Hüller) is accused of killing her husband, who has died after falling from the balcony of their alpine chalet. She says it must be suicide, but to support her version of events, their rocky marriage is dissected in a sensational murder case.
Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) goes through a wormhole where her powers as Captain Marvel mix with some other superheroes in a destabilized universe to form the Marvels. Or something like that. Who can keep up with these multiverses?
From The Joker to Stephen King’s It, creepy clowns have appeared as the effective antagonists of everything from comic book adventures to horror films. In this Halloween horror, a malevolent entity known as the Jester is the latest version of this trope, terrorizing a bunch of potential victims. Catherine Bray
Goes out: Concerts
16 to November 25; tour starts Glasgow
Four years after the death of their talisman Keith Flint, remaining members Liam Howlett and Maxim hit the road with their Army of the Ants tour. With Howlett recently teasing that they are back in the studio, there may well be new music locked in alongside their clutch of sonic hand grenades. Michael Cragg
London Jazz Festival
Various venues, until November 19
The citywide festival continues with star-studded lineups including drummer-producer Makaya McCraven (Nov. 11), lyrical trumpeter Avishai Cohen (Nov. 14), multi-Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Norah Jones (Nov. 16), post-Coltrane sax stars Joshua Redman (November 12), David Murray (November 16) and Charles Lloyd (November 17), and dozens more. John Fordham
Southampton, November 16; Cardiff, November 17; on tour until December 2
Harpist Ruth Wall and composer Graham Fitkin explore the subject of human migration over the centuries in a multimedia show featuring a specially commissioned light installation by artist Peter Freeman. Wall plays three different harps, and their sound is electronically manipulated by Fitkin. Andrew Clements
queen of the stone age
14 to 22 Nov; tour starts Manchester
With another UK Top 10 album under their battered leather belts in the form of June’s In Times New Roman… Josh Homme et al arrive. for a longer arena tour. Expect songs from that record alongside enduring, muscular live favorites such as No One Knows, Go With the Flow and Little Sister. MC
Goes out: Art
David Hockney: Drawing from Life
National Portrait Gallery, London, until 21 January
A portrait of Harry Styles (above) is among the new works added to this exhibition for its second outing. Originally opened as the Covid pandemic worsened, this terrific selection of Hockney’s portrait drawings, watercolors and prints was cut short by the lockdown. His reputation has grown since then and this is a welcome return.
National Gallery, London, 16 November to 3 March
This 18th-century Swiss artist used pastels to create his delicate, intimate scenes of refined contemporary life. Lavergne Family Breakfast, the centerpiece of this show, depicts a mother overseeing her child’s table manners. It is rendered in exquisitely sharp colors that give both faces a finesse like wax.
Burton Grange, Leeds, to 28 January
Would you like a visit to a haunted house? Gemma Anderson-Tempini brings bizarre phenomena to an atmospheric Victorian pile in Far Headingley, Leeds, in this installation created with the support of Artangel. But it is 19th century science, rather than ghosts, that haunts the event – specifically the strange idea of the fourth spatial dimension.
Fruitmarket, Edinburgh, until 28 January
Bhimji, who was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2007, shows highlights of his work since the 1980s. She has explored her own heritage as a Ugandan Indian, showing the trauma suffered by this community that was exiled by Idi Amin. Photography, film and installation provide a comprehensive taste of her art. Jonathan Jones
Goes out: Scene
100 club, London, Nov 15ember
Bands have tapped into the nostalgia market with 10th anniversary albums for years; now comes comics. This week sees Helm perform the entirety of 2013’s Hot’n’Heavy live in London. Prepare for all sorts of wrong lyrics, moshpit choruses and a voice like a gravel driveway. Rachel Aroesti
Seeta Patel Dance: The Rite of Spring
The Lighthouse, Poole, November 15; on tour until November 23
This inventive reimagining of The Rite of Spring using the South Indian classical dance form bharatanatyam was acclaimed at its premiere earlier this year and is now getting a short tour. In an ambitious production set to, with, Stravinsky’s famous score is played by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Lyndsey Winship
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, to 28 January
The candlelit theater celebrates its 10th anniversary with a suitably intense Ibsen play. It’s adapted and directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, whose work always feels bitingly modern, and with a super cast including Greg Hicks and Hattie Morahan. Miriam Gillinson
Palace Theatre, Manchester, November 11 to February 24; trip to 22nd of June
The first UK and Ireland tour of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s exciting and brilliant musical about the American founding father Alexander Hamilton. With Shaq Taylor (Girl from the North Country) as Hamilton and Sam Oladeinde (Assassins) as Aaron Burr. MG
Stay in: Streaming
BBC Three, Nov 13ember22:00
Noughties culture has gotten a bad rap lately, but there’s plenty from the decade to look back on fondly. This drama – adapted by Rocks writer Theresa Ikoko from DJ Target’s recent memoir – is set in east London amid the era’s nascent grime scene, where a group of teenage boys discover excitement and hope in an uplifting new sound.
netflix, Nov 16ember
That’s the big one. The final season of Peter Morgan’s clever and fast-paced royal drama covers 1997 to 2005, which means the deaths of Tony Blair, Kate and Will and, of course, Princess Diana. With the latter event still vivid in the collective memory, this superlative chronicle of the 20th century will hopefully be able to capture the sense of loss that gripped a nation.
A murder at the end of the world
Disney+, Nov 14ember
Before Elizabeth Debicki became The Crown’s Diana, the role was Emma Corrin’s shortcut to stardom. In this chilling murder mystery from Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij (creators of the creepy cult drama The OA), Corrin stars as amateur performer Darby Hart, who decides to investigate an unexplained death while on a retreat with a secretive billionaire ( Clive Owen).
Paramount+, Nov 11ember
Fans of creepy ghoulishness are in luck this week: this comedy from Nathan Fielder and Benny Safdie nouveau TV prankster Nathan Fielder and Uncut Gems co-director Benny Safdie is bound to be just as weird. It follows a seemingly hopeful couple (Fielder and Emma Stone) whose property-flipping TV show threatens to get them canceled—or worse. RAW
Stay in: Game
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III
Out now, PC, PS5, Xbox
The slick military shooter series is back as Captain Price and his crew track down the crazy ultra-nationalist Vladimir Makarov. The frenetic multiplayer mode features 16 classic maps from the series, and there’s an open-world zombie adventure. also. As inevitable and inescapable as ever.
Super Mario RPG
Releases November 17, Nintendo Switch
Originally released for the Super Nintendo console in 1996, this captivating spin-off took Mario off the platform and into role-playing adventures, courtesy of Square, creator of the Final Fantasy games. Now updated, it’s a nostalgic treat that should also please newcomers. Keith Stewart
Stay in: Albums
Baby Queen – Quarter Life Crisis
South Africa-born, London-based Arabella Latham’s musical journey as Baby Queen has so far involved support from both Courtney Love (“Lyrics SO Good”) and the producers of queer teen drama Heartstopper. Seven songs featured in the show appear on Latham’s debut, a coiled spring of self-discovery set to powerful alt-pop.
Beirut – Hatred
Zach Condon and his merry band of folk experimentalists return with a sixth album, their first in four years. Named after the Norwegian island Condon set up camp in 2019, it features songs you’d imagine started life around a small fire (So Many Plans) and others, such as Tern, flourishes of icy electronica.
Brandy – Christmas with brandy
It will be a busy holiday season for the fan-anointed Vocal Bible. As well as starring alongside Heather Graham in Netflix’s Best Christmas Ever! (out on Thursday) there is this Christmas opus with classic covers (Santa Baby, Deck the Halls) along with originals such as her winter warmer Christmas party for two.
PinkPantheress – Heaven Knows
In just two years, 22-year-old PinkPantheress has helped bend pop to her will via a distinctive sound that fuses bedroom sketches into filtered drum’n’bass. Her international breakthrough single, Boy’s a Liar Pt 2, is included here along with the Greg Kurstin-produced Mosquito. Guests include Ice Spice, Rema and Kelela. MC
Stay in: Brain food
Disney+, Wednesday, November 15
F1 superfan Keanu Reeves voices this dramatic series that explores the story of Honda Racing’s collapse in 2008 and its subsequent buyout by Ross Brawn, creating one of the sport’s most successful but short-lived new teams.
Keys to the kingdom
Former theme park employees Matt Gourley and Amanda Lund host this delightful series that examines the often bizarre world of children’s amusement. From dressing up as Disney princesses to breaking company rules, former employees say.
Google’s AI lab is testing a fascinating product that creates pieces of music based on text prompts. From haunting renditions of jazz vocals to strangely compelling “chillout”, sign up to start making your own descriptive tunes. Ammar Kalia