Here are the films that are currently showing in Palma and Marratxi as of Wednesday, January 5.
Munich - The edge of war (2021)
Daily at Cine Ciutat...17.10...19.35
Plot summary: September 1938, following years of rising fascism in Europe, Adolf Hitler is intent on expanding Germany’s influence across Europe. In an effort to keep the peace, both sides strive to achieve a meeting between British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, and Hitler himself. Diplomats soon discover how tenuous peace is and perhaps war is inevitable. Adapted from the Robert Harris best selling novel, Munich: The Edge of War focuses on two University friends Hugh Legat and Paul von Hartmann played by George MacKay and Jannis Niewöhner respectively. The two find themselves working for the German and British Governments as tensions escalate and the risk of war between Britain and Germany becomes close to a reality. The one outstanding selling point of this intelligent film is veteran actor, Jeremy Irons’ role as Neville Chamberlain which has proven to be inspired casting as he lights up the screen every time he appears showing a sense of world weariness and dry wit. The two other standouts in the cast are the two leads Mackay proving himself a bona fide leading man fresh off the huge success of the First World War epic 1917. Niewöhner is a revelation in one of his first English language films, having excellent chemistry with MacKay. The film really comes alive when the two characters interact and we get a real sense of the ups and downs of the friendship and the appreciation they have for each other. This is a brilliantly executed film and it looks and sounds both sumptuous and believable. Director Christian Schwochow has previously been involved in Netflix’s The Crown and so clearly understands how to make grand scale historical projects like this gripping film.
Starring: George MacKay, Jannis Niewöhner, Jeremy Irons
Directed: Christian Schwochow.
Times: 2 hrs & 3 mins
The King's Man (2021)
Festival Park on Tuesday 11/1 at 22.10
*Daily morning showings until Sunday January 9
Plot summary: Any film that lists “Rasputin’s dance choreographer” in the credits deserves at least a look. And, to be fair, “The King’s Man” — a prequel to Matthew Vaughn’s films about elite British spies headquartered in Savile Row doesn’t let anyone down in terms of enjoyment. Mainly, it has the ever reliable Ralph Fiennes at its centre to ensure that the film holds together. As Orlando, Duke of Oxford and the spy agency’s founder, Fiennes lends a surprising gravitas to this slightly other-worldly feature. Set during World War I, as Orlando and his allies race to prevent a nefarious cabal from erasing Europe’s ruling class, “The King’s Man” leads us through a dense thicket of violence to present the origin story of an agency whose raison d’être, we are told, is world peace (A mission apparently concealed from the characters in the two previous films!). As you can imagine, International skulduggery fills the main frame of the film and the engagingly convoluted screenplay (by Vaughn and Karl Gajdusek) swerves from one exciting but unlikely action scene, to an impressive battlefield rescue, apparently realised without digital assistance. With that being said, it is an enjoyable action led romp - which carries off its slightly tongue-in-cheek appeal with a great deal of amused aplomb.
Starring: Harris Dickinson, Ralph Fiennes and Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Directed: Directed Matthew Vaughn
Times: 2 hrs & 10 mins
Spider-man: No Way Home (2021)
-Festival Park : Sunday (09-Jan)- 12:15... Tuesday (11-Jan) - 19:30
*Daily morning showings until Sunday January 9
Plot summary: The best of “Spider-Man: No Way Home” reminded me why we all used to love comic books, especially the ones about a boy named Peter Parker. There was a playful unpredictability to them that has often felt was lacking from modern superhero movies in the way they feel so precisely calculated. Yes, of course, “No Way Home” is incredibly calculated, a way to make more headlines after killing off so many of its event characters in Phase 3, but it’s also a film that’s often bursting with creative joy. Director Jon Watts and his team have delivered a true event movie, a double-sized crossover issue of a comic book that the young me would have waited in line to read first, excitedly turning every page with breathless anticipation of the next twist and turn.
Starring: Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Holland
Director: Jon Watts
Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes
The Matrix Resurrections (2021)
Now showing: Augusta Cinema.....Daily: 17.15
Festival park..... Tuesday (11-Jan): 21:25
Plot summary: For a good while, The Matrix Resurrections is fabulously batty. It’s cheeky and sly, comprising endless onion-layers, it’s funny and weird and witty and mad and even, at points, quite moving. Certainly we’ve never seen anything like it, not on this scale, not in a Hollywood blockbuster, not like this. The action scenes are fine — occasionally inspired, sometimes familiar; if you’re hoping for Resurrections to change the genre game again, you might want to temper your expectations. Some of the overtly CG stuff, feel like video-game cut-scenes. And, alas, some of the pomposity of those earlier limp sequels is resurrected too. Which is a shame, when it’s front-loaded with so much delightful good fun - It is also romantic and sentimental and sometimes touching. As they say nowadays, there is joy here, and a couple of gobsmacking ideas (one of them outstandingly morbid). So In all, ‘Resurrection’ is the best of the ‘follow-ons’ and well worth a visit.
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
Director: Lana Wachowski
Duration: 2 hours and 28 minutes
Silent Night (2021)
Now showing: Cine Ciutat... 21.55 (Daily)
Plot summary: l Everyone in Silent Night is slightly off-key, though always to different degrees and with different effects – and the film revels in that fact, at first. In the opening scene, we all get to watch them suffer as they’re forced to listen to Michael Bublé’s The Christmas Sweater. The closest we get to a kind of empathetic protagonist is Lily-Rose Depp’s Sophie, the American girlfriend of James, the nominal outsider. But these humorous dynamics can only last so long. There’s an early mention of a “pact” that strikes as quite odd. Someone says something about the Queen being in a place and it really doesn’t seem like she should be. With Sophie choking back tears, the truth is eventually spat out, sentence by sentence. And it’s an ambitious premise to kick off with, as the film slips from comedy into absolute fear. The film moves from sunny to grim. And grim in ways that are only accentuated by how innocently the whole thing seems to begin. This film literally creeps up on you - be prepared to be alarmed.
Starring: Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode and Roman Griffin Davis
Director: Camille Griffin
Duration: 1 hour and 32 minutes
West Side Story (2021)
Now showing: Cine Ciutat Daily:.19:10... 21:00
Festival Park...Tuesday (11-Jan): 17:45
Rivoli... Daily: 17:00
Plot summary: l Director Steven Spielberg’s much awaited re-make of West Side Story is quite brilliant. Most remakes aren’t usually up to the standard of the original - but this is a revelation. Like its 1961 former self, it is set in a derelict part of New York City with the teen gangs - the Jets and the Sharks up against each other. This being said, West Side Story was, and always has been, a love story - full stop. Spielberg catches the exuberance of the original and adds a little local reality to the storyline. In fact, this cinematic version of Romeo & Juliet reflects William Shakespeare’s pen in its romantic drive that often has audience members fiddling with hankies at certain times as the ‘star-crossed’ lovers’ embark on their doomed relationship. If the music is sing-along great, the dancing is bold and colourful with high colour intensity and swooping cameras making the best out some sensational choreography. It’s possibly wrong to pick out one star performance amongst many - but, Rachel Zeglar as the lovelorn Maria, does have a lovely voice to go with her latino beauty. Enjoy!
Starring: Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler and Ariana DeBose
Director: Steven Spielberg
Duration: 2 hours and 36 minutes
The Card Counter
Times at Festival Park: 19.45 (Tuesday January 11)
Plot Summary: The film, written and directed by Schrader, follows William Tell (Oscar Isaac), a gambler and former serviceman who sets out to reform a young man seeking revenge on a mutual enemy from their past. Tell just wants to play cards. His spartan existence on the casino trail is shattered when he is approached by Cirk, a vulnerable and angry young man seeking help to execute his plan for revenge on a retired military major. Tell sees a chance at redemption through his relationship with Cirk. Gaining backing from mysterious gambling financier La Linda, Tell takes Cirk with him on the road, going from casino to casino until the unlikely trio set their sights on winning the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. But keeping Cirk on the straight-and-narrow proves impossible, dragging Tell back into the darkness of his past.
Starring: Oscar Isaac, Tiffany Haddish & Tye Sheridan
Director: Paul Schrader
Duration: 1 hour and 51 minutes