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A still from Blockers, where the parents have all the best jokes. Photo: Quantrell D. Colbert

Top five films to watch in Hong Kong this week (May 24-30), from Solo: A Star Wars Story to Blockers

Second Star Wars prequel is a thrilling crowd-pleaser, The Killing of a Sacred Deer a total head scratcher; then there’s a superhero with a difference and the funniest clash-of-generations film in years

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1. Solo: A Star Wars Story

While fans were justifiably concerned about the Star Wars spin-off film’s change of directors mid-production, this prequel about Han Solo is a thrilling crowd-pleaser. Alden Ehrenreich is a more than capable replacement for Harrison Ford in the role of the charismatic space pirate. (Opens on May 24)

2. Jupiter’s Moon

If you are tired of those boilerplate Marvel or DC Comics superhero blockbusters, then don’t miss this inventive sci-fi oddity by the Hungarian auteur Kornél Mundruczó, best known for his 2014 canine thriller White God. Here, a Syrian refugee miraculously attains the ability to fly after being shot. (Opens on May 24)

3. The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Psychological horror film or deadpan comedy? Bizarre shocker or the latest masterpiece from a maverick filmmaker? However you see it, this drama by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, starring Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman as a guilt-ridden married couple facing a most unusual dilemma, will bring you to your knees. (Now showing)

4. Blockers

Nominally a teen sex comedy in which three girls look to lose their virginity after the school prom, this surprisingly intelligent movie finds their parents – hilariously played by Leslie Mann, John Cena and Ike Barinholtz – owning most of the jokes. The funniest film about a generational clash in quite a while. (Opens on May 24)

5. Outrage Coda

Takeshi Kitano may be in his 70s, but the Japanese film icon hasn’t lost his aptitude for the stylish gangster mayhem that made him a global art-house star. For the uninitiated, this concluding film in his latest yakuza trilogy is a good introduction to the actor-director’s poetics of violence. (Now showing)

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