Logan Lucky (M) Director Steven Soderbergh’s big-screen comeback, Lucky, is a lighthearted heist movie, something he’s always done well. It’s plenty of fun thanks to its tricky, clever plotting and some interesting casting, most notably Daniel Craig, a very long way from his James Bond persona, as a crewcut, ice-blond thug serving time in prison. The jokey credits read: “and introducing Daniel Craig as Joe Bang”. Joe Bang is a well-known explosives expert, which makes him essential to the crew plotting to rob the NASCAR motor race to take place on Memorial Day on a track constructed over landfill and prone to sinkholes. The robbery is planned by the Logan Brothers, Jimmy (Channing Tatum) and Clyde (Adam Driver). Logan Lucky is a frequently smart and perfectly entertaining piece of cinematic fluff, and will doubtless be very successful. An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (PG) Al Gore has spent much of his professional life working to raise awareness about global warming, and describes the past 20 years of his environmental campaign as a “painful experience”. I’m not going to pretend to know how right or wrong Gore is about climate change, but that little self-reflection of his goes to one of the strengths of this documentary: it is not a polemic, not a rant, not dominated by political dogma or personal anger. The film required a late reworking to include Donald Trump’s election and his vow to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement on greenhouse gas emissions. The centre of the documentary is the lead-up to the Paris meeting, attended by representatives from almost 200 nations. The meeting followed the lethal terrorist attacks in Paris. In Paris, Gore has the support of then president Barack Obama and his secretary of state John Kerry. Georgetown, Texas, Republican mayor Dale Ross says: “Doesn’t it just make sense? The less stuff you put in the air, the better it is.” That’s the line I took out of An Inconvenient Sequel because to me, too, it makes sense.
Polina (PG) A young girl from Moscow yearns to dance for the Bolshoi Ballet, but her plans change when she falls for a French dancer and follows him to Aixen-Provence. Co-directed by celebrated French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj and screenwriter Valerie Muller, the film stars dancers rather than actors with the exception of Juliette Binoche, who has a key role as a dance instructor. Lovers of ballet should thoroughly enjoy the film though the treatment — based on a graphic novel — is rather conventional.
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