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What's on T.V. Picks + Netflix / Amazon / Disney+

What the students should watch this week to tie in with our drama activities!


How do you rate this week's picks?


Monday 27th May, BBC1, 7:45pm

Superhero adventure starring Tom Holland, Zendaya and Benedict Cumberbatch. After Peter Parker's secret identity is revealed to the world, he and his friends find their lives turned upside-down. Peter decides that he can fix things by turning back time, and turns to Doctor Strange for help. But complications in Strange's spell lead to a rift in the space-time continuum, allowing uninvited guests into Peter's world.

Daniel (Age 11) - ★★★★★

'Spider Man No Way Home was a great film!

The action scenes were awesome and creative.

I loved seeing all the villains from the other spider man films and seeing the other spider men.

The storyline was gripping and exciting with the perfect balance between action and character development. The ending had an awesome fight scene with everybody in it and the very end was interesting and didn't do what you expected it to do.

All and all it was a great film with great action and a great storyline.'


Saturday 25th May, Film4, 4:35pm

Into the Spider-Verse

Animated action adventure featuring the voices of Shameik Moore and Jake Johnson. Teenager Miles Morales is bitten by a radioactive arachnid and develops superhuman abilities like those of local hero Spider-Man. When Spidey is taken out of action by villain Kingpin, Miles must step up to prevent an unstable supercollider from sending New York into another dimension. But he soon finds he's not the only spider-being in town...

Mason (Age 5) - ★★★★★

"The best bit of the movie is Spider-Man jumping. 5 stars!"

Across the Spider-Verse

Teenager Miles Morales is reunited with Gwen Stacy and encounters a team of Spider-People charged with protecting the multiverse. The emergence of a deadly new threat divides opinion on the best course of action and Miles finds himself pitted against former allies. Animated adventure, featuring the voices of Shameik Moore and Hailee Steinfeld.

Stewart - ★★★★★

"The Spider-Man movies do it again! This is another epic, bonkers thrilling piece of cinema. Fantastic characters and vocal cast, the animation is outstanding (sometimes stunningly beautiful - see Gwen's emotional reconnection with her father).

There's still a lot of comedy in there, including a dopey villain on the verge of becoming super powerful and there's fun to be had when all the multiple Spider-Man's arrive - but the tone is ultimately a bit darker here which really grounds the film with some emotional gravitas. Don't miss it! And I'm rooting for Miles in part 3!"


3. Jan's Marvel Journey! - FILMS: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 / Spider-Man: Homecoming / Thor: Ragnarok / Black Panther / Avengers: Infinity War / Avengers: Endgame

Streaming Disney+

Jan (Age 12): ★★★★1/2

"I really enjoyed this film, it was great. Peter Quill was brilliant, Rocket the Raccoon was hilarious, Baby Groot was awesome, Mrs Smurf (Nebula) was creepy, Mrs Shrek (Gamora) was a bit overdramatic in my opinion, Drax was weird but sometimes quite funny, Yandu was really good, Quill's dad (Ego) was terrifying, Mantis was strange.

The storyline was brilliant, finding out about Quill's parentage, yet still saving the galaxy. I love Baby Groot, he is hilarious, but still pretty cool. Rocket and Quill's arguments were entertaining to watch, I don't think what the result of Rocket's theft was good for the Guardians.

Overall, a pretty good film, which was a bit overdramatic. I'm watching 'Spiderman Homecoming' next"

Jan (Age 12): ★★★★★

"I love this film!!! This movie is about Peter Parker becoming an Avenger, and it shows the 'friendly neighbourhood Spiderman' becoming more of a worldwide superhero. Tony Stark, Happy Hogan, Captain America (in his wierd educational videos), Aunt May, Ned, Flash, the villian who looked like a modern version of green goblin, and Peter, were all perfect!

The action scenes were brilliant and the storyline was flawless. To be honest, there isn't anything bad to say about this film. I really enjoyed watching all the different suits Peter used, and the one at the end which Tony Stark revealed looked awesome!!

Overall, a perfect film for someone like me, if you like any marvel films, then you'll love this one!! 'Thor: Ragnarok' is next."

Thor: Ragnarok

Jan (Age 12): ★★★★1/2

"Hulk is back in the MCU! I loved this film. The story was excellent and the cast did great.

I think seeing that other side of Odin before his passing was a brilliant touch to the film. The power of Hela was scary, she broke Mjolnir. This made me depressed, I think that a Thor with no Mjolnir is like a sandwich without cheese, it just doesn't work.

The film was a tad overdramatic in scenes, but this wasn't bad enough to ruin the film (or my review).

I can't wait to watch Black Panther next!"

Black Panther

Jan (Age 12): ★★★★1/2

"Brilliant film! I really enjoyed watching it. T'challa and T'chaka were played perfectly. Most characters were great, but Klaue was weird. Killmonger was amazing, his personality was weird but it became clear in the end who he exactly was. Agent Ross was okay, Nakia was mid, Shuri was pretty good, and M'baku was kinda confusing, but he still was great.

I loved how wakanda was a hidden metropolis, how they hid themselves, and how reluctant they were to share all of their vibranium.

Overall, it was an amazing film, with few strange characters, and a brilliant superhero at the center of it all. Next I'm watching Avengers: infinity war."

Infinity War

Jan (Age 11): ★★★★★

"Amazing movie! I loved every second of it! My favourite characters in this film were Peter Parker ( Spider-Man), Tony Stark( Iron Man), Vision, Steve Rogers( Captain America), and Peter Quill( Star Lord). The last few scenes, in my opinion, were the best, as they were action-packed and full of drama. Thanos is a scary figure in this film, but Thor is incredibly powerful - he got closer to killing Thanos than any other Avenger or Gaurdian. The film was great all-round. There wasn't a moment i didn't enjoy watching. I am watching Ant man and the Wasp next, I hope it is going to be an awesome film!"


Mylo (Age 13) - ★★★★★

"This film was very entertaining and was full of brilliant action filled scenes. I thoroughly enjoyed it and was intrigued by the plot that thickened with every minute that passed by. The film was filled with many sad moments but and had an end that left you wanting more but overall, I thought that this film was great."


4. FILM: Once Upon a Studio (2023 short)

Streaming - Disney+

As part of the centenary celebrations of The Walt Disney Company, favourite hand-drawn and computer-animated characters unite for the first time in a film created especially for the 100th anniversary. Written and directed by Dan Abraham and Trent Correy, Once Upon A Studio welcomes 543 stars of more than 85 feature-length and short films for a tribute to storytelling and the magic of the medium. Heroes and villains, princes and princesses, comic sidekicks and inveterate scene-stealers from the annals of Walt Disney Animation Studios vie for attention


5. FILMS: Tenet (2020) / Memento (2000)

Sunday 26th May, BBC2, 10:00pm / 12:20am


Sci-fi adventure starring John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki and Kenneth Branagh. A former CIA operative is recruited to help save the world from a dangerous arms dealer who has access to a device that can reverse time. In order to foil this threat, our hero must master the act of chronological "inversion" - but is it already too late?


Thriller starring Guy Pearce and Carrie-Anne Moss. Leonard Shelby is determined to avenge the murder of his wife, but is hampered by short-term memory loss following a blow to the head. Forced to record everything with copious notes, Polaroid photographs and even tattoos, Leonard's obsession leads him into a world where no one can be trusted.


6. FILM: Luca (2021)

Streaming - Disney+

Set in a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera, Disney and Pixar's original feature film "Luca" is a coming-of-age story about one young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer filled with gelato, pasta and endless scooter rides. Luca (voice of Jacob Tremblay) shares these adventures with his newfound best friend, Alberto (voice of Jack Dylan Grazer), but all the fun is threatened by a deeply-held secret: they are sea monsters from another world just below the water's surface.


7. FILM: Close (2022)

Saturday 25th May, BBC4, 9:00pm

Drama starring Eden Dambrine and Gustav De Waele. Growing up in rural Belgium, 13-year-old best friends Léo and Rémi spend all their time together in an idyllic coexistence. But when they start at a new school, their schoolmates begin to speculate on the boys' relationship and a deep rift forms between the friends that has tragic consequences.


8. FILM: Kung Fu Panda 4 (2024)

Available to buy / rent - Sky Store

4 - Skadoosh! Jack Black's Po returns to find and train a new Dragon Warrior while a sorceress plans to summon all of his past enemies for revenge. With Awkwafina, Seth Rogen and Actor of the Week, Dustin Hoffman.

Jan (Age 12) - ★★★★

"This film was mediocre. I liked the story of Po, now that he is choosing the next dragon warrior. Po's journey from a noodle shop to dragon warrior still entertains me. I think that Zhen was awesome and the whole family of criminals were pretty cool. I didn't really like the Chameleon though.

The main problem with this film is that it is so predictable; 'Po goes to fight the worst villain he has faced so far, then he loses the fight, then he wins the fight'. That is pretty much what happens in Kung Fu Panda movies.

The storyline and the way Po has to move on from being dragon warrior is what highlights this film for me.

Overall, an okay film, with some good and bad qualities."


9. FILM: Bohemian Rhapsody (2008)

Streaming - Disney+

Biographical music drama starring Rami Malek. London, 1970: living with his parents, Farrokh Bulsara dreams of becoming a rock star. So when local group Smile loses its lead singer, he convinces guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor to give him a shot. With the addition of bassist John Deacon and Bulsara changing his name to Freddie Mercury, the band Queen is born - but the path to world domination is a bumpy one.


10. FILM: Green Book (2018)

Streaming - Netflix

Road-movie drama starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. New York, 1962. Nightclub bouncer "Tony Lip", in need of temporary employment, gets himself hired as a driver for concert pianist Don Shirley. It transpires that Shirley, a black man, requires not only transport but protection during his upcoming tour of the segregated Deep South. Though the intellectual Shirley and the slovenly, bigoted Tony initially clash, a firm friendship develops.



Lucia (Age 10): ★★★★★

"In my review of the film, Lilo and Stitch, I would rate it 5 stars. This is because the storyline is heartwarming and makes the viewer feel positive. Lilo is an 8 year old girl who visits an adoption centre hoping to adopt a dog. Lilo doesn’t end up adopting a dog however, she ends up with an extraordinary alien, who she names Stitch. Lilo picked Stitch because he ran to her to give her a hug when he first saw her. Stitch has a beautiful heart but causes mayhem and chaos on earth. An example of this is when he built a brilliant mini city with Lilo’s toys in her bedroom and then destroyed it straight away. Lilo and Stitch is a great family film and is very entertaining for every age, from adults to very young children. My favourite character is Stitch because he is very funny and cute. For instance, when Lilo bought him an ice-cream he rubbed it on his head, not knowing what to do with the ice-cream. It is a great film!"

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