Top five films to watch in Hong Kong this week (March 2-8), from Toni Erdmann to T2 Trainspotting

Catch Hugh Jackman in his latest turn as Wolverine, Oscar winner Moonlight, and a refreshing British zombie romp

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 02 March, 2017, 7:30am
UPDATED : Thursday, 16 March, 2017, 11:28am

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1. Toni Erdmann

A 162-minute German comedy unlike anything you’ve seen, Maren Ade’s awards-laden drama – certainly one of the best world cinema titles from 2016 – sees a career-driven woman (Sandra Hüller) get a refreshed perspective about life from her prankish father (Peter Simonischek). (Opens on March 2)

2. Moonlight

It’s all very reasonable to second guess the best picture Oscar win of a low-budget independent film – about a gay, black and impoverished protagonist – for being politically motivated. But anyone who’s seen Barry Jenkins’ profound coming-of-age drama would tell you it’s a deserved winner. (Now showing)

3. T2 Trainspotting

Danny Boyle’s long-gestating sequel to his cult 1996 comedy is more than just another trip down memory lane. Reuniting with Ewan McGregor and his cohorts, the director makes splendid use of the time elapsed to muse on ageing and nostalgia with his older but not necessarily wiser cast. (Opens on March 2)

4. Logan

If this is indeed Hugh Jackman’s final outing as the aggrieved mutant Wolverine, as the actor clearly declared, his beloved X-Men character couldn’t have hoped for a better note to go out on than this surprisingly gory, uncompromisingly bleak send-off, with little regard for genre conventions. (Opens on March 2)

5. The Girl with all the Gifts

It must be tough being a doomsayer of zombie film trends these days. This inventive thriller by Scottish director Colm McCarthy is just the latest to add a delirious twist to the once-tired apocalyptic formula, ironically pitching its young “hungries” as the last hope of survival for humans. (Opens on March 2)

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