New in cinemas: the film releases of the week

Brad Pitt takes you to the excessive Hollywood of the silent film era.

New in cinemas: the film releases of the week

Brad Pitt takes you to the excessive Hollywood of the silent film era. And Jennifer Lopez wants to get married on a desert island. Which isn't that easy.

Excesses in Hollywood: "Babylon - Intoxication of Ecstasy"

"La La Land" director Damien Chazelle takes you back to 1920s Hollywood with a star cast including Margot Robbie and Brad Pitt. "Babylon - Rush of Ecstasy" is a wild spectacle - with Diego Calva as a promising newcomer. The film tells of the era when the young film metropolis slipped from the silent film era into the age of sound.

Chazelle goes all out with lavish parties, lots of bare skin, bombastic film sets and decadent excesses. Brad Pitt plays a celebrated movie star, Margot Robbie an aspiring starlet.

Babylon - Rush of Ecstasy, USA 2022, 188 minutes, FSK from 12, by Damien Chazelle, with Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Diego Calva, Jean Smart, Tobey Maguire

"Shotgun Wedding": Action Comedy Starring Jennifer Lopez

The action-comedy "Shotgun Wedding" follows Jennifer Lopez and Josh Duhamel as a couple who plan to exchange vows on a deserted island - only to encounter a series of obstacles. For example pirates.

Darcy (Lopez) and Tom (Duhamel) are a couple from very different family backgrounds. Two worlds collide on the island - and the stress is inevitable. Then Darcy's actually so much cooler ex Sean (Lenny Kravitz) shows up at the party at the invitation of the bride's father.

So there's plenty of explosive material, but the film only really gets going when the wedding party is stormed by pirates - and it's up to the bridal couple to save their guests, who are all being held hostage.

Shotgun Wedding, USA 2022, 100 minutes, FSK 12+, by Jason Moore, with Jennifer Lopez, Josh Duhamel and Lenny Kravitz

"The Hamlet Syndrome": Youth in Ukraine

Shaped by the Maidan revolution almost a decade ago and by the political upheavals of recent years, young adults are looking for a future in Ukraine. Five of the "Generation Maidan" become in this documentary by the director duo Elwira Niewiera

The starting point of the documentary, which was filmed months before Russia invaded Ukraine, is a modern adaptation of Shakespeare's royal drama "Hamlet". In the artistic work, the participants reflect on their own experiences with violence, abuse of power and self-doubt. Hamlet's famous question about "to be or not to be" becomes a mirror of today's existential questions.

The Hamlet Syndrome, Germany, Poland 2022, 85 min., FSK - no labelling, by Elwira Niewiera

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