In Review

What’s on this weekend? From Le Mans ‘66 to Cinderella

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 War of the Worlds

Christopher Stephens for the Daily Mail

“Hopeless romantics suffering pangs of Poldark withdrawal symptoms can heave a sigh of relief. Demelza's back, and there's a hero on a galloping black horse to rescue her. H.G. Wells’s sci-fi classic The War Of The World might seem impossibly removed from the windswept Cornish saga that ended in the summer. But the similarities are unmistakeable…The fireballs that tear apart an English market town, the spinning globe that spits luminous rays causing men in tweeds to spontaneously combust, and above all the sight of a London reduced to red dust like a Martian landscape, these are all lovingly imagined.”

9pm on Sunday 17 November on BBC One

MOVIE: Le Mans ‘66

Nick de Semlyen for Empire

“While the film is long, it rips along at extreme velocity — and not just when it’s on the racetrack — thanks to a panoply of colourful, entertaining characters... A mid-1960s corporate rivalry may not seem like the stuff of fist-pumping, crowd-pleasing cinema, yet the battle is sketched with such élan, all high-gloss surfaces, scotch-swilling intrigue and rat-a-tat dialogue, that it’s impossible not to be drawn in... Even if you’re not a motorhead, chances are you’ll be thrilled by this high-velocity bromance, powered by zesty acting and Mangold’s meticulous direction.”

Out 15 November

BOOK: Carrie Fisher: A Life on the Edge by Sheila Weller

Charles Trepany for USA Today

“To say Carrie Fisher lived an eventful life would be an understatement. Before her fatal heart attack in 2016, Fisher had catapulted to icon status as Princess Leia in Star Wars, authored multiple books, wrestled with drug addiction and worked to destigmatize bipolar disorder, a condition she personally dealt with. All these facets of Fisher’s life and more are explored in great detail by author Sheila Weller in Carrie Fisher: A Life on the Edge, out Tuesday. Weller’s sources include Fisher’s friends and colleagues, who share stories and observations that are hilarious and heart-wrenching.”

Published 12 November

STAGE: Cinderella

Mark Brown for The Telegraph

“Mid-November is peak time for the perennial British complaint that Christmas seems to start earlier every year. However, few people would, surely, begrudge Northern Ballet its decision to get in early with this revival of its 2013 version of Cinderella…The company dance beautifully, with Abigail Prudames (as Cinderella) and Sarah Chun (as her ultimately less-than-evil stepmother) excellently dynamic and emotive. The finest dancing is reserved for the ballroom scene, in which Nixon’s ballet comes closest to capturing the story’s sense of magic.”

At the Theatre Royal, Newcastle, 12-16 November

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