Inane sadism. Incompetently shot horror flick. Nondescript bikers are hunted by nondescript bikers.
A muddled philosophical legal procedural investigating culpability. Acting heavyweights enliven.
Out to own today:
A Ghost Story
THE CROWN [season two] ★★★★★
The psychological, the historical and the political. This is shaping up to be one of the greatest television shows of all time. To the creative team, please don't drop the ball.
DARK [season one] ★★★★☆
Netflix's first German series. A cross between BACK TO THE FUTURE and DONNIE DARKO. It sidesteps nostalgia in favour of ambition and elaborate storytelling.
THE SQUARE ★★★★½
D: Ruben Östlund (Force Majeure, Play, Involuntary).
S: Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West, Terry Notary, Christopher Læssø.
Looking at director Ruben Östlund’s last four films, each improves on the previous. Here he examines class, creativity and pretentiousness with a watch-through-your-fingers, excruciating, unsettling wit.
THE THIRD MURDER (Sandome no Satsujin) ★★★★½
D: Hirokazu Koreeda (After the Storm, Our Little Sister; Like Father, Like Son; I Wish, Air Doll, Still Walking, Hana, After Life).
S: Masaharu Fukuyama, Kôji Yakusho, Suzu Hirose.
This is a rarity: Everything on the screen has to be questioned. Hirokazu Koreeda effortlessly makes a legal procedural, where reliability of testimony is in fascinatingly short supply.
My review: http://www.filmaluation.com/the-third-murder.html
OUTSIDE IN ★★★½☆
D: Lynn Shelton (Laggies, Touchy Feely, Your Sister’s Sister, Humpday).
S: Jay Duplass, Edie Falco, Kaitlyn Dever, Ben Schwartz.
A man leaves prison after 20 years and tries to readjust. Director Lynn Shelton upped her comedy game with LAGGIES, and now ups her drama game.
My review: http://www.filmaluation.com/outside-in.html
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