The Turning Point (Netflix)
“It takes 5 minutes to understand the whole story of your life – a sad story,” says Jack (Andrea Lattanzi) to Ludovico (Brando Pacitto) in this Italian film by Riccardo Antonaroli. Jack is a thief who runs away from the mafia after stealing his money. He breaks into Ludo’s apartment and takes refuge there. Ludo, lazy, has been suffering from depression for a year. He is studying economics, but wants to become a cartoonist. As Jack fixes a lamp in the apartment, he tells Ludo, “If I had time, I’d fix you too.” An unlikely bond forms between the two, with Jack acting as a mentor. But the mafia is closing in on them.
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Heropanti 2 (in theaters)
Tiger Shroff is back in this sequel to his 2014 hit, Heropanti. He plays “computer genius” Babloo, though as always he actually plays Tiger Shroff, a lovable young man who can smash his head around and dance up the storm. Nawazuddin Siddiqui as flamboyant cybercriminal and composer AR Rahman collects their paychecks.
Twenty-five twenty-one (Netflix)
It’s 1998 – a world of tapes, pagers, phone booths and cell phones with no caller ID – Na Hee-do (Kim Tae-ri) and Ko Yu-rim (WJSN’s Bona) are high school fencers, both nationally. team. They are a group of five friends: Ji Seung-wan, Moon Ji-woong, and Baek Yi-jin (Nam Joo-Hyuk) being the other three. Yi-jin, 22, is four years older than them. The series follows their ups and downs for a decade, but is essentially a love story between Hee-do and Yi-jin and how they break up. Both are a joy to watch – one outspoken, the other restrained. But this K-drama tries to pack too much in, including world events like 9/11, and it’s downfall.
Wind Chess (MUBI)
A lost and found masterpiece from Iran is now streaming on MUBI. We wrote in our review: “Everything teeters on the edge of evil. Rumor has it that Hadji has a preference for young boys. After being struck down by a flail, Aghdashloo’s heavy breathing as she helps carry the body out of the room seems to suggest other efforts. Later in the film, what begins as a playful love scene between the maid and her lover turns into a scene of violence. The music, although played on Iranian instruments, sounds like avant-garde jazz. Even the elements acquire an unstable feverishness as the film progresses, with the Greek chorus of women washing clothes finding themselves in the middle of a sudden thunderstorm.
Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal (in theaters)
This Vijay Sethupathi, Nayanthara and Samantha-star is a bit too shy for what he promises. We wrote in our review: “Polyamory? What is that! The film is shy to the point of even talking about sex. A painful scene glosses over sex and marriage using pista and badam as euphemistic semaphores.
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