If you’re of a certain age you might well remember the actor named Robert Pattinson who, in the early 2000s, was in the midst of one of the most successful movie acting careers of all time. He was the charming and enigmatic lead in several Twilight films, which were hugely popular and, for a time, America’s second-most-watched films after the James Bond installments. Then, with his starring roles in the wildly popular comedy What Happens in Vegas and the sci-fi epic The Rover all but forgotten, he descended into a bit partville in which he’s appeared in some pretty rubbish movies (that would be The Favourite, Handsome, and now The King of the World). He’s still only 50, so maybe he’s got a few more years in him.

The King of the World, which opened in theaters this week, is a return to form for the English actor. It’s the third installment in the Money Heist series (the first two being 2014’s The Grand Tour and 2017’s The Mechanic). In this latest film, Pattinson plays a struggling novelist who agrees to help a group of corrupt bankers rob an art museum. Things go tits-up when the mastermind of the heist (Omar Sy) falls for one of the bank’s tellers (Diane Kruger) and tries to con her into marrying him. This, of course, sets up a battle royale between the conman and the real-life couple, with the charming but dimly lit Englishman getting in the way more than once.

As usual with a Robert Pattinson film, plenty happens. There’s violence, a bit of romance, some great dialogue, and lots of funny one-liners. But more importantly there are people (usually men) with guns. The King of the World also marks the return of BAFTA-winning writer John Le Carré to the big screen, and the opportunity to shine a light on some of the lesser-known stories from his storied career. As with the other films in the Money Heist series, this is a popcorn movie with multiplex appeal. Even if you’ve seen the previous films in the series you’ll feel like a fresh breeze blowing through the theaters as you watch this one. And I mean that in more than one way. So sit back, relax, and get ready to laugh (or at least smile) along with the brilliant story-telling of Agatha Christie. You might even learn something about love, life, and the art world along the way; all in all, the perfect way to spend a rainy day. Or a sunny day. Depends on where you are in the world.

The Man From London Who Knew Too Much

It’s fair to say that over the years, John Le Carré’s stories have become somewhat associated with his persona. Even The Man from London Who Knew Too Much, which was originally meant to be the first of a trilogy starring Gary Oldman as the legendary spy, was, in some sense, a collaboration between the author and the actor. The film, which was released in 1967, is a satire on the spy genre and features some great character moments, particularly between Oldman and Peter O’Toole. The irony, of course, is that the real-life O’Toole died two years before the film was released. The Man from London Who Knew Too Much is, essentially, an extended homage to the greats of film and theater who’ve come before. Some may even see it as a swan song for the old English actor. And at 83, it’s quite possible. But the film’s legacy will live on in the work of its leading man, who went on to direct several more of Le Carré’s novels, most notably 1968’s The Spy Who Loved Me and 1977’s The Little Drummer Girl. As with the other films in the series, there’s romance, adventure, and plenty of intrigue. O’Toole’s character, George Smiley, is getting on in years and, as usual, the author shows no mercy with his endings. Even if you’ve never heard of John Le Carré you’ll know exactly what’s going to happen by the time the credits roll. Guaranteed.

The Master of Many Tricky Tricks

The Master of Many Tricky Tricks is the second film in the Money Heist series and continues directly from the ending of the first one. The difference is that here we have a more mature and, for the most part, more successful Robert Pattinson. The English actor, who’s appeared in several films that don’t fit into the heist genre (The Laundromat, Bad Neighbors, and The Rover) has stepped back into mainstream cinema with several high-profile projects over the last few years. He headlined 2017’s The Lost City, which saw him team up with Charlie Hunnam for a story of survival in post-apocalyptic Vancouver. Earlier this year he was Oscar-nominated for Best Actor, and his work can be seen in theatres now, including The Lost City, which is one of the few films that was released in the last year to receive a theatrical re-release. The fact it received a limited theatrical run is a further testament to its popularity. Despite his burgeoning career, at least in the cinematic sphere, the star still has time for the occasional bit part. Most recently he was heard in the background of a short scene in the animated series Disneys Brave New World. Like its predecessors, The Master of Many Tricky Tricks is a crime caper with plenty of twists and turns. It is also the highest-grossing film in the series to date, beating out The Grand Tour for the title. One of the things that makes the film stand out is the seamless blend of live action and animation. It’s as close to a real-life equivalent to the cartoons we grew up on and it certainly doesn’t hurt that Sy, the mastermind behind the art heist, is one of the greats of anime cinema. He’s currently acting as the director of the blockbuster films Your Name and Isle of Dogs and is also one of the creative forces behind Netflix’s upcoming Black anime series Sex Criminals. Here are some highlights from the latest addition to Robert Pattinson’s resumé: