D: Paul Dano.
S: Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan, Ed Oxenbould, Bill Camp.
A shoulder shrug of a movie. Low-key family drama in a 1950s American small town, which seems to promise more than it delivers. The only stand out is Carey Mulligan's portrayal of disappointment.
CRYSTAL SWAN ★★★☆☆
D: Darya Zhuk.
S: Alina Nasibullina, Ivan Mulin, Yuriy Borisov.
That was heavy. Minsk, 1996, a young woman is desperate for an American visa. A disheartening portrait of a society where nobody matters but yourself.
D: Zhang Yimou (The Great Wall, Coming Home, The Flowers of War, Curse of the Golden Flower, House of Flying Daggers, Hero, The Road Home, Ju Dou, Red Sorghum).
S: Chao Deng, Li Sun, Ryan Zheng, Xiaotong Guan, Qianyuan Wang, Jun Hu, Lei Wu, Jingchun Wang.
An elaborate, inventive action film, with plenty of political cynicism. Epitomises the ornate, from the design and the choreography to the plot.