John Lui Film Correspondent recommends

Logan, Elle, and more

Hugh Jackman in Logan.
Hugh Jackman in Logan.PHOTO: TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX

LOGAN (M18)

137 minutes/ 4 stars

A month after its release, the adrenaline-pumper of a superhero movie is still in cinemas.

Logan (Hugh Jackman) is a drunk who lives on the United States border with Mexico. Set about a decade from now, the world is free of mutants. Logan is a survivor and protects the sickly Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Caliban (Stephen Merchant, his gangliness put to great use here).

Director James Mangold (The Wolverine, 2013; 3:10 To Yuma, 2007) discards the plasticky digital look of The Wolverine and its predecessor X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) in favour of real car crashes and hard-edged violence.


ELLE (M18)

130 minutes/ 4.5 stars

Michele (Isabelle Huppert, above) is the autocratic boss of a successful video-game company. A shocking act of sexual violence is inflicted on her, a violation that colours everything revealed about her in the rest of the story.

Director Paul Verhoeven and screenwriter David Birke, in adapting Philippe Djian’s 2012 novel Oh..., make Michele sympathetic one moment and a monster the next. But as the story unfolds, the loose character sketch tightens into a thriller. When that transformation occurs, it pulls the rug out from underneath Michele, as much as it does the viewer.

WHERE: The Projector, Level 5 Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road MRT: Nicoll Highway WHEN: Various times ADMISSION: $13.50 INFO: Schedule and bookings at theprojector.sg


GET OUT (NC16)

104 minutes/ 4 stars

In this work of horror starring Betty Gabriel (above), writer-director Jordan Peele turns the screws of racial anxiety to breaking point.

Black man Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) is visiting the leafy suburban home of the parents of his white girlfriend Rose (Alison Williams), but underneath the liberal acceptance, something is off.

There are plenty of movies that address racial inequality, many of them mirthless and preachy. Not this film.

Peele, from the television sketch show Key And Peele, makes Chris an easy protagonist to get on the side of and, through his desperate eyes, see the creepiness just beneath the surface, waiting to pop out.


THE FOUNDER (PG13)

116 minutes/ 3.5 stars

The film opens with 50something Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton, above) speaking to the camera, persuading – or rather, pleading with – the audience to trust him.

He is selling blenders, but as all salesmen know, he needs to sell himself first.

The problem is, he no longer believes in his own patter and his order books are blank.

The story of the man who took a burger shop owned by two efficiency nerds in San Bernadino and turned it into a global enterprise is told as a bitter fairy tale, sometimes as black comedy.

WHERE: The Projector, Level 5 Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road MRT: Nicoll Highway WHEN: Various times ADMISSION: $13.50 INFO: Schedule and bookings at theprojector.sg

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 31, 2017, with the headline 'Film Picks'. Print Edition | Subscribe