January 23, 2019
WidowsJanuary 27, 2019
Drama / 2018 / 129 minutes
Following up his 12 Years A Slave Oscar win with a longstanding passion-project, Steve McQueen's Widows moves the writer-director into new genre territory but with the same critically spectacular results. Teaming with Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, McQueen's adapted take on the 1983 British TV series is set in modern day Chicago and centers on a heist planned by four women (led by the always commanding Viola Davis) that will settle the debts of their criminal husbands, and how the complex landscape of crime and political corruption factors into their increasingly dire situation. McQueen proves yet again why he is a masterful visual storyteller, using the crime thriller structure to make astute observations on the bigger societal picture, and armed with an embarrassment of great actors delivers big on real-world drama, social commentary and action cinema thrills. With Michelle Rodriguez, Liam Neeson, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Collin Farrell, Robert DuVall and Daniel Kaluuyla.
Vox LuxJanuary 27, 2019
Drama / 2018 / 110 minutes
Coming out of the 2018 festival circuit with a well-deserved buzz, Brady Corbet's audacious Vox Lux sees the young actor transition to the director's chair with promising results. The unconventional story (narrated by Willem Dafoe) follows a pair of songwriter sisters who are thrust into fame’s spotlight following a terrible act of violence, then picks up 18 years later when another violent act finds its way into their volatile, fame-tainted relationship. As the pop icon that drives the narrative thrust Natalie Portman is both committed and convincing, matched in her performance by young co-lead Raffey Cassidy, who impressively shoulders complex dual roles. Corbet does a skillful job covering a lot of emotional ground, keeping the small moments naturalistic and intimate, then swinging for the fences visually when the film careens, inevitably, into big spectacle arena pop. With Jennifer Ehle, Stacy Martin, and Jude Law as a wonderfully gruff and ethically questionable manager.
Roxy Underground Film FestivalJanuary 30, 2019
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Don’t Look NowJanuary 31, 2019
Thriller / 1973 / 110 minutes
Nicholas Roeg's supernatural thriller Don't Look Now made headlines upon its 1973 release due to a controversial sex scene, overshadowing the fact that the British auteur had delivered one of the most poignant horror movies of the decade, if not all time. A moving, unsettling exploration of grief, the film details a married couple (Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie, both at the height of their careers) who travel to Venice as a way of dealing with the loss of their young daughter, only to be told by a local clairvoyant that their daughter is trying to warn them of danger from beyond the grave. Roeg employs a non-linear, elliptical editing approach to create an unnerving, dreamlike atmosphere augmented by the lush Venice location work, and beyond the infamous sex scene – which in fact plays as quite tender – both Sutherland and Christie give haunted, heart-wrenching performances. Add to that a shocker finale and a score by Italian maestro Pino Donaggio and you have a bona fide art horror classic.