# 89 - Vice / Destroyer / The Manchurian Candidate
Physical transformation is the name of the game on this week’s Truth & Movies, as Christian Bale dons a bald wig and rubber chin to play former US VP Dick Cheney in Adam McKay’s unconventional biopic, Vice, before Nicole Kidman ditches her signature blonde locks to play a hard-boiled detective in Karyn Kusama’s noir procedural, Destroyer. Michael Leader, Sophie Monks Kaufman and Hannah Woodhead dissect all of that and look back at a classic of the Cold War era, 1962’s The Manchurian Candidate, for Film Club.
# 88 - Glass / Beautiful Boy / The Sixth Sense
It’s an M Night Shyamalan special on this week’s show – but don’t let that put you off. Host Michael Leader is joined by Manuela Lazic and Kambole Campbell, to discuss Glass, the director’s sequel-of-sorts to Unbreakable and Split, before revisiting his breakout feature from 1999, The Sixth Sense, in Film Club. Between that, we check in with star-on-the-rise Timothée Chalamet, who’s been earning plaudits for his portrayal of a young meth addict in Beautiful Boy, with Steve Carell playing his long-suffering dad.
# 87 - Stan & Ollie / Colette / 24 Hour Party People
Strained relationships are the flavour of the day on this week’s Truth & Movies, as we weigh up the respective merits of Stan & Ollie, a Laurel and Hardy biopic starring Steve Coogan and John C Reilly, and Colette, in which Keira Knightley plays the eponymous French popular author alongside a larger-than-life Dominic West. Forming a more harmonious union are host Michael Leader and regular critics Simran Hans and David Jenkins. Then it’s back to the halcyon Hacienda days of early ’90s Manchester for our Film Club, Michael Winterbottom’s 24 Hour Party People.
# 86 - The Favourite / Welcome To Marwen / Barry Lyndon
In the first Truth & Movies of 2019 we hitch a ride back to the heady days of Queen Anne care of Greek absurdist Yorgos Lanthimos. Michael Leader, Hannah Woodhead and Adam Woodward are on hand to heap praise on The Favourite’s cast, in particular the sublime Olivia Colman, before turning their attentions to Robert Zemeckis’ less successful – but no less strange – Welcome to Marwen, starring Steve Carell and Leslie Mann. Then in Film Club, it’s back to ye olde England for a welcome look back at Stanley Kubrick’s classic aristocracy satire, Barry Lyndon.
# 85 - Mary Poppins Returns / Little White Lies Top Ten Films Of 2018
In this special end of year episode of Truth & Movies, Michael Leader, David Jenkins and Hannah Woodhead look back over the past 12 months of moviegoing to select their 10 favourite films of the year. Before that, there’s just one more new release to review – and it’s a big one. Mary Poppins Returns does exactly what it says on the tin, with Emily Blunt in the iconic title role, but is it the cockle-warming singalong we were hoping for?