This week’s cinema sees documentarian Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna) return with his portrait of the great footballer Diego Maradona.
In the big-budget release of the week, Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson don the trim suits of the Men in Black.
Bill Nighy stars in the quirky and poignant Sometimes Always Never, a tale of family, loss and Scrabble.
Finally, on Netflix, Martin Scorsese’s Rolling Thunder Revue looks at Bob Dylan’s great mid-Seventies tour.
Diego Maradona ★★★★★
After Senna and Amy, Asif Kapadia returns with another outstanding documentary portrait of a superstar prodigy turned outcast. He tells the story of the Argentinian footballer’s life with Goodfellas-like swagger.
Men in Black: International ★★☆☆☆
Marvel’s Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson join the alien-squishing franchise, with uninspired results. Emma Thompson tries her best to invest it with world-weary wit, but the plot doesn’t know what to do with her, Liam Neeson, or (to be honest) itself.
Sometimes Always Never ★★★★☆
Frank Cottrell Boyce’s tale of a Scrabble-obsessed family who’ve suffered an aching loss is full of eccentric wordplay and gentle melancholy. The performances, especially from Bill Nighy and Sam Riley as an estranged father and son trying to pick up the pieces, are full of rumpled nuance.
Rolling Thunder Revue
When one of the greatest rock tours of all time began in October 1975, it was seen by relatively few people. Bob Dylan’s raggle-taggle band of folkies, poets, film-makers and playwrights, among them Allen Ginsberg, Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell, were off in their own world, but Scorsese’s smart, slippery film – a work of creative non-fiction – shows how the Rolling Thunder Revue became iconic.
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