In Review

What’s on this weekend? From The Name of the Rose to The Son

Your guide to what’s worth seeing and reading this weekend

The Week’s best film, TV, book and live show on this weekend, with excerpts from the top reviews.

TELEVISION: The Name of the Rose

Ammar Kalia for The Guardian

“A 14th-century rural Italian monastery might not seem like the most riveting setting for one of the best-selling novels of all time but Umberto Eco’s 1983 thriller is a slow-burning, engrossing tale of murder and the power of belief. Starring Rupert Everett as megalomaniac inquisitor Bernard Gui and John Turturro as noble friar William of Baskerville, this lavish adaptation is an intricate, engaging introduction to Eco’s world of religious corruption. A serious companion to the 1986 Sean Connery film.”

On at 9pm on 11 October, BBC Two

MOVIE: American Woman

Roxana Hadadi for AV Club

“At its best, American Woman brings to mind Erin Brockovich or 20th Century Women or Gloria Bell: films about how the constraints of gender, class, and age push down upon a woman in myriad ways. And Miller finally gets the chance to demonstrate what she can do as a proper protagonist, breaking away from the stereotypes she’s too often played.”

Released 11 October

BOOK: The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse

Review board for Waterstones

“Already a compassionate, heart-warming online phenomenon, Charlie Mackesy’s gently inspirational paintings and delicate calligraphic text fill this beautifully produced volume. The subtle, profound relationships between the quartet of titular characters form a plea for kindness and understanding in an often cruel and callous world. A reminder of the most important things in life. A book of hope for uncertain times.”

Released 1 October

STAGE: The Son

Dominic Cavendish in The Telegraph

“First seen at the Kiln theatre, Florian Zeller's harrowing portrait of a depressed teenage boy unravelling following his parents' divorce – with his nearest and dearest struggling to cope with his depression – features strong performances, impeccable direction from Michael Longhurst, and a fine translation from Christopher Hampton.”

Playing until 2 Novemberer at the Duke of York’s Theatre, London

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