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BEATRIZ AT DIN­NER (M) For the main course, eat her words, US, 82 min

A movie that tells it like it is: wit­tily ar­gu­ing against what we have be­come as a so­ci­ety, and gen­tly weep­ing over what we could have been. Salma Hayek gives a ca­reer-best per­for­mance in the ti­tle role, a no-non­sense Mex­i­can masseuse in­vited to at­tend a din­ner party hosted by two rich clients. Beatriz is the only per­son seated at the ta­ble that isn’t worth mil­lions. But that isn’t about to stop her call­ing out the in­dul­gences, ex­cesses and self-cen­tred ways of her fel­low guests. Hayek’s in­tense ver­bal stoushes with John Lith­gow (play­ing a cruel and cal­cu­lat­ing prop­erty ty­coon) form a strong spine for a so­cially as­tute drama which won’t back off in its cri­tique of modern self­ish­ness and greed. Such fiery, spir­ited stuff is par­tic­u­larly apt in an era where Don­ald Trump is the in­cum­bent US President, and class di­vides are widen­ing all over the globe. Big-pic­ture stuff for what is es­sen­tially a very small movie. Co-stars Con­nie Brit­ton, Chloe Se­vi­gny. [Ex­clu­sive to War­rina]

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