EN­TER­TAIN­MENT HIGH­LIGHTS

Salma Hayek stars in a drama-filled movie, while we lighten the mood with a Will Fer­rell com­edy.

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Abit­ing com­edy-drama that takes aim at Amer­ica un­der Pres­i­dent Don­ald J Trump, Beatriz At Din­ner lines up a row of the­matic ducks — class war­fare, the pur­suit of money, the in­abil­ity of the rich to em­pathise with those who have less — and then picks them off with mo­ments of startling truth and pithy hi­lar­ity. Salma Hayek plays Beatriz, a mas­sage ther­a­pist who ‘ac­ci­den­tally’ at­tends a din­ner party at the home of a wealthy client when her car breaks down. While wait­ing for a me­chanic, Beatriz breaks bread with her fel­low, but far wealth­ier guests, and finds her­self in an es­ca­lat­ing war of words with the con­fi­dent and charis­matic Doug Strutt. Dar­ing and provoca­tive, Beatriz At Din­ner has been strik­ing a chord with au­di­ences. “There have been so many dif­fer­ent shock­ing re­ac­tions,” says Hayek. “We did a screen­ing, and a woman came up to me sob­bing… it was so im­pact­ful for me. She said, ‘I am Beatriz’.”

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