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Film: Ted

Family Guy’s Seth MacFarlane makes his feature-film debut with this comedy, in which Mark Wahlberg’s childhood wish for his teddy bear to come to life comes true – only for ‘Ted’ to become a sleezy slacker that holds him back and jeopardises his relationship with Mila Kunis.

It’s a Judd Apatow-alike brom-com, but expect the smut and gross-out gags to be dialled up here.

On general release August 1
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis
| 15 | 106mins

Film: The Flowers of War

A war-torn epic set in 1937 Nanking as the Japanese invade, it is spectactular and harrowing, combining visceral set pieces with carefully drawn characterisation.

Bale is John Miller, a mortician who has the misfortune of being in town to take care of the funeral of a deceased Catholic priest just as Japanese forces invade the city.

He takes refuge in a church (Westerners enjoy dispensation from the savage onslaught), along with a group of schoolgirls and a harem of prostitutes, where he is forced to put his boozy, self-serving ways behind him to save the girls and preserve some modicum of humanity amidst the surrounding barbarity.

Starring: Christian Bale, Ni Ni, Xinyi Zhang
15 | 145mins | out August 3

Comedy: The Comedy Store

Legendary comedy venue, which counts among its line-up this evening MC Rufus Hound, GP-turned clown with the ‘shit neck’ Paul Sinha, former Joke of the Fringe winner Zoe Lyons, self-confessed pessimist Mike Gunn, and topical teaser Paul Thorne. Splitting of the sides is absolutely guaranteed.

Comedy Store
SW1Y 4EE. Aug 3. 7.30pm & 11pm. £20/ £15 
Tube | Leicester Square 
thecomedystore.co.uk


Exhibition: Hendrix – Hear My Train A Comin'

This new exhibition marks Jimi’s 70th birthday and looks at his nine-month, star-making period in London (including his last show in June ‘67 at which Beatles McCartney and Starr were in attendance).

It features more than 100 artefacts, including records, letters, photos and clothing, such as his famed Westerner hat.

The Hospital Club
WC2H 9HQ. Until Aug 31. Free
Tube | Covent Garden 
thehospitalclub.com

 


Theatre: 1936

During a pedestrian 80 minutes, Tom McNab introduces us to those involved in the run-up to the 1936 Olympics, as Hitler is persuaded the Games could become an Aryan propaganda exercise and American official Avery Brundage reneges on a US team boycott promise. The info’s here, but the dissemination prosaic.

Sadler’s Wells, Lilian Baylis Studio, EC1R 4TN.
Until Aug 5. £25 
Tube | Angel 
sadlerswells.com


Film: Sound of My Voice

Peter and Lorna, a couple and documentary- making duo, set out to investigate a strange cult led by the enigmatic Maggie (Brit Marling, last year’s excellent Another Earth) who claims to be from the future.

It’s a superb premise, combining indie-flick characterisation with a distinctive thriller flavour, and observations of the danger inherent in group mentality.

On general release Aug 3


Dance: Play Without Words

Ten years after its premiere, Matthew Bourne’s sultry dance drama is as ambiguous as ever. Inspired by Joseph Losey’s 1963 film noir, The Servant, it’s a wordless evocation of the period played out against Terry Davies’ atmospheric, jazz-based score.

A witty, sinister account of swinging Sixties role reversal.

Sadler’s Wells
Roseberry Avenue, EC1R 4TN
Until Aug 5. £12+ 
Tube | Angel 
sadlerswells.com 

 

Photos: Simon Annand

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