This week’s cinema includes The Kingmaker, a provocative documentary on Imelda Marcos that traps the viewer between amusement and revulsion.
Jumanji: The Next Level is a slightly tired sequel to a reboot of the 1995 board game-inspired romp.
Pink Wall, on the other hand, is a lovely cinematic meditation on finding love in your 20s, and losing it.
Finally, Motherless Brooklyn is a detective noir about a private eye with Tourette’s, starring and directed by Edward Norton.
The Kingmaker ★★★★☆
Lauren Greenfield’s fly-on-the-wall look at Imelda Marcos, the former Philippines First Lady, goes from Louis Theroux to Luis Buñuel in 60 minutes flat, as a portrait of a lovable eccentric morphs into a surreal, unnerving treatise on the deathlessness of strong-man fascism. Watch and gulp.
Jumanji: The Next Level ★★☆☆☆
The sucked-into-a-Megadrive premise was good for one reboot of the 1995 enchanted-board-game romp: second time around, the glitches are showing. Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan et al are zapped back to the digital wilderness, where hazards include rickety comic gambits and mirage-like weightless CGI.
Pink Wall ★★★★☆
Actor-turned-filmmaker Tom Cullen (Weekend, Downton Abbey) brings us the sharp, stinging tale of a five-year romance from middle to end, via the beginning. Starring Tatiana Maslany and Jay Duplass, this honest drama zeroes in on some impressively hard truths about the road through adulthood.
Motherless Brooklyn ★★★★★
Edward Norton wrote, directed and stars in this New York noir, adapted from the Jonathan Lethem novel about a Fifties gumshoe with Tourette’s. Ghosts of Chinatown swirl in its unquiet mind.
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