The latest film from legendary documentarian Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens, Gimme Shelter), Iris pairs the late 88-year-old filmmaker (who passed away in March) with Iris Apfel, a quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style queen from New York. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. Iris portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are life’s sustenance and reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment. Despite the abundance of glamour in her current life, she continues to embrace the values and work ethic established during a middle-class Queens upbringing during the Great Depression.
Iris is out now
Southpaw tells the riveting story of Billy “The Great” Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal), reigning Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World. Hope seemingly has it all with an impressive career, a beautiful and loving wife, an adorable daughter and a lavish lifestyle. When tragedy strikes and his lifelong manager and friend leaves him behind, Hope hits rock bottom and turns to an unlikely saviour at a run-down local gym: Tick Willis (Forest Whitaker), a retired fighter and trainer to the city’s toughest amateur boxers. With his future riding on Tick’s guidance and tenacity, Billy enters the hardest battle of his life as he struggles with redemption and to win back the trust of those he loves.
Southpaw is out now
The newest film from Woody Allen sees the director grapple a witty film about academia and murder. Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix), a brilliant but burned-out professor takes a job at a small East Coast college, where his arrival causes a buzz and rumours to fly, particularly vis-à-vis his romantic history. Indeed, he quickly draws in two very different women – Jill Pollard (Emma Stone), who is a bright-eyed student in one of his classes, and Rita Richards (Parker Posey), a fellow professor in an unhappy marriage. But Abe finds it difficult to truly connect with either woman intimately, at least until a dramatic, existential act brings him mental clarity…
Irrational Man is out now
Fresh, exuberant and brilliantly paced, Dope is a smart comedy about a group of geeks who, through a series of missteps, end up with a stash of drugs that they have to sell in order to survive. Malcolm (Shameik Moore) and his friends Jib (Tony Revolori) and Diggy (Kiersey Clemons) are the outcasts of their school in a tough, gang-ridden neighbourhood. Constantly on the run, the friends bond over their obsession with ’90s hip-hop culture and their punk band. When Malcolm inadvertently ends up with a stash of ecstasy belonging to a notorious dealer (A$AP Rocky), they are forced to sell it, which sets them off on a crazy adventure. With a sparkling soundtrack, including new songs by Pharrell Williams.
Dope is out now