(MA15+) Logan is the stunning third — and perhaps final — instalment in the Wolverine movies that have made Australia’s Hugh Jackman a Hollywood star. This is a Wolverine we have not seen before. This is Logan, a 50something man with a battered black suit, a limp, bloodshot eyes, scruffy beard. He scrapes a living as a limo driver along the US-Mexico border. His desperate life changes — for the worse — with the appearance of an 11 or 12-year-old girl named Laura. She has claws just like him, and knows how to use them. Logan is a fine example of the superhero film where fantasy is tame and reality is wild. Alone in Berlin (M) Berlin in 1940 is the setting for this grim drama in which an average couple (Brendan Gleeson, Emma Thompson) finds an unusual way to protest against Hitler and the Nazi regime. The film is, perhaps, rather too tasteful for its own good — but the story it tells is a timeless one of courage and self-sacrifice.
T2 Trainspotting (R18+) It’s fascinating to watch the 1996 heroin addiction tour de force Trainspotting today and think about who the young actors have been on-screen since. Now they have reunited for director Danny Boyle and screenwriter John Hodge in the much-anticipated sequel, Trainspotting, and sadly it will not be remembered as the best work of any of them. New material, such as Mark and Simon having to sing in a pub they plan to rob, feels more like a skit than something real.
Aquarius (R18+) A highly regarded and prized Brazilian film from director Kleber Mendonca Filho that stars the great Sonia Braga as a woman who has lived for most of her life in a low-level beachside apartment and now refuses to sell to a developer. There is so much that’s enjoyable here that the extended running time (nearly 2½ hours) seems even more excessive.
Richard III Kate Mulvany’s Richard III (pictured) is fascinating in Bell Shakespeare’s latest production. She brings a new perspective to this great villain, not because she is a woman (she plays the role as a man) but because of the level of humanity she allows to emerge, gradually at first, as Gloucester wades through blood and perfidy to become King Richard. Her Richard’s body is