IN the week Showcase Cinemas launch their own online streaming service, and Warner Bros enforce an indefinite delay on the release of Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, documentaries dominate the newest offerings in the film world.

In the blue (red, green, orange, yellow and white) corner, Netflix delves into the Rubik’s realm of speed cubing. Can you solve the Rubik’s Cube? Meet the champions who can do it in the blink of an eye.

While it it is said that the average person takes three hours to complete the popular construction puzzle of Hungarian architect Ernő Rubik - or the best part of three decades in this critic’s case - a so-called speed-cuber can nail the challenge within seven seconds. Indeed, as it stands, the world record is held by Chinese whizz kid Yusheng Du, who smashed the challenge in just 3.47 seconds.

From director Sue Kim, The Speed Cubers documents instead the story of Yusheng’s record-holding predecessor Feliks Zemdegs and his 2017 rivalry with rising star Max Park. A pinch at only 40 minutes, the film packs a neat and surprisingly humane punch. Not least by virtue of Kim’s sensitive handling of Park’s Autism and the sugar sweetness of his friendship with Zemdegs.

Gently touching that it is, The Speed Cubers central draw must remain the sheer implausibility of watching its stars unravel Rubik’s Cube like they’re pealing bananas. It’s science and logic, sure, but also a little bit magic.

Also out this week, Maserati – A Hundred Years Against All Odds charts a historic century from the perspective of a luxury brand like no other.

Something of a scrappy outsider in the modern world of globalised car manufacture, the Maserati brand was born and bred to six brothers in the second and third decades of the 20th century. A survivor of two world wars, a fuel crisis and dramatically fluctuating sales, Maserati today counts Bradley Cooper, Lionel Messi and Gwen Stefani among its fans and shows little sign of stalling.

Written and directed by Philip Selkirk, A Hundred Years Against All Odds offers a celebratory tribute for fans and fans alone. Give or take the odd flare of insight, or curious pre-war film record, the film motors forth with petrol in its veins and blinkers for wing-mirrors. The story is an interesting one but the film’s appeal could hardly be deemed broad.