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Music, mystery and Minions! There’s plenty of variety to offer moviegoers this week, both on the big screen and on the small screen. Good viewing !
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Elvis (buy/rent on all major platforms)
Baz Lurhmann – the filmmaker behind Moulin Rouge!, Romeo and Juliet and The Great Gatsby to name a few – is certainly a unique case, so it’s no surprise that his take on Presley’s story is told in a way that only he could pull off: theatrical, frenzied and sparkling like one of the famous combinations of the King.
Purists might shudder at the electrifying soundtrack – daringly mixing Elvis with hip-hop, among other things – but this biopic reminds us of what a musical magpie Elvis was, drawing from many styles and mixing them with his own style. It’s a job that relatively unknown Austin Butler as Elvis more than handles (throwing up some sensually sexy moves along the way). Co-stars Tom Hanks – under many prosthetics – as Presley’s rather dodgy manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
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The Princess (sky documentaries)
Considered the ‘definitive examination’ of the late Diana’s life, the princess expertly uses only archival footage to tell the story of her journey from kindergarten teacher to the world’s most famous woman . And it’s a journey with many bumps in the road, as we know. But what the princess reminds us via expertly chosen clips is that, through it all, Diana has remained poised and (at least outwardly) calm. Her world may have crumbled around her, but she had never been anything but regal.
Minions: The Rise of Gru (rental on all major platforms)
We’ve barely run out of Minions content over the past few years, but this fifth entry in the Despicable Me franchise still manages to be fun and effortlessly entertaining. The story is a prequel, with an 11-year-old Gru (again voiced by Steve Carell) who plans to become a supervillain with the help of his Minions. And while Carell still deserves a lot of love, it’s really those little yellow, banana-loving sidekicks who once again steal the show. Long may they continue.
Father Stu (buy/rent on all major platforms)
Mark Wahlberg’s latest was all but ignored when it hit theaters earlier this year, but despite some occasionally goofy philosophers, it’s worth a watch. The story is true: Stuart Long (Wahlberg) was a screwed up amateur boxer who went from trying to impress a handsome Sunday school teacher with his charm to realizing that his calling in life was actually to to be a Catholic priest. It’s quite the U-turn. Luckily, Wahlberg steps into the role, savoring the story of grit and determination, and turning what might have been cheesy into something undeniably inspiring.
My old school (cinemas)
Prepare to be jaw-dropping as you watch this true story of high schooler Brandon Lee, a teenager who enrolled at Bears Den Academy on the outskirts of Glasgow in the mid-90s. So far so normal. But Brandon’s complex background and unusual looks also hid a major secret. Using interviews with former students, wonderfully retro animation, and actor Alan Cumming appearing in place of a camera-shy Brandon, it’s a haunting but real-life mystery. always entertaining. Exceptional.
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Zoey Deutch continues her rise up the Hollywood ladder with another film that showcases her exceptional acting skills. She plays Danni, a young woman eager to succeed as a social media influencer who discovers that an online misunderstanding might just give her the life she dreams of. But how to continue to lie? The jokes are certainly twisted, but Deutch’s ability to balance anxiety, despair, and laughs is truly impressive. With Dylan O’Brien.
Jackass Forever (Sky Cinema)
It may have been twenty years since the first Jackass movie, but not much has changed in the world of the notoriously dumb daredevils. Maybe not all of the original actors are here yet and those who look a little less worn (who wouldn’t, considering what they’ve been through?!) but the format of this Jackass’ fourth compilation remains reassuringly similar to the others: Johnny Knoxville, Steve O, Wee Man and the crew (now including now – shock horror! – a few women too) crack each other up doing stupid and dangerous things. Is it Shakespeare? Of course not. But it’s still very funny.
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