When Lee Israel falls out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception. An adaptation of the memoir Can You Ever Forgive Me?, the true story of best-selling celebrity biographer Lee Israel.
Richard E. Grant,
In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne (Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Weisz) governs the country in her stead. When a new servant Abigail (Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.
Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities, take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.
A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.
Jong-su bumps into a girl who used to live in the same neighborhood as him, who asks him to look after her cat while on a trip to Africa. When back, she introduces Ben, a mysterious guy she met there, who confess his secret hobby.
Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.
Felix van Groeningen
In Fabric is a haunting ghost story set against the backdrop of a busy winter sales period in a department store and follows the life of a cursed dress as it passes from person to person, with devastating consequences..
Haunting portrait of family turmoil told through the eyes of a teenage son
Paul Dano's directorial debut is a powerful achievement, one that lingers on. It's the portrayal of a teenage boy in 1950's Montana whose parents' marriage begins to crumble amid financial hardship and his mother's subsequent restlessness. It's an adaptation of Richard Ford's novel.
Ed Oxenbould is the teenage boy from whose vantage point the story is told. Carrie Mulligan portrays a mother who has no qualms about showing her true colors, as she meets an older, prosperous man. Jake Gyllenhaal is the hard-working father who has just seen his livelihood upended and finds himself at a crossroads. These three tremendous performances constitute the quiet but powerful life in this film, and keep the audience gripped to the very end. The potent screenplay adaptation is written by Dano and Zoe Kazan.
Dano shows the ability of a director who realizes the subtle power of understatement. That part of his craft is visible throughout the film and he clearly has an eye for conveying raw emotion without the use of any dialogue. The jarring spectacle of a family slowly disintegrating is seen through Oxenbould's innocent, anguished eyes. This is one of the best directorial debuts I've ever seen.
A quiet but powerful drama, this is a superior piece of cinema with incredible work all around. Highly recommended.
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