The best films to watch at the cinema this week – and what to avoid

Tim Robey
Imelda Marcos in The Kingmaker

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Edward Norton on Motherless Brooklyn: “It’s LA Confidential with Forrest Gump in the middle”

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