NOCTURNAL ANIMALS ★★★½☆
D: Tom Ford (A Single Man).
S: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Karl Glusman, Armie Hammer, Laura Linney, Andrea Riseborough, Michael Sheen.
Starts strongly, but the narrative and story-within-story don't end satisfyingly. Atmospheric. Self-conscious.
D: Ben Wheatley (High-Rise, A Field in England, Sightseers, Kill List, Down Terrace).
S: Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Michael Smiley, Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer.
CITY OF TINY LIGHTS ★★½☆☆
D: Pete Travis (Dredd, Vantage Point, Omagh).
S: Riz Ahmed, Cush Jumbo, James Floyd, Billie Piper, Roshan Seth.
Genre clichés but this London neo-noir has some merit. Reveals too obvious. Visuals a mess.
Riz Ahmed is ace.
LADY MACBETH ★★★★★
D: William Oldroyd.
S: Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Paul Hilton, Naomi Ackie, Christopher Fairbank.
Superlative. A British THRONE OF BLOOD.
Sophisticated take on gender, class, race.
Pugh knocks it out of the park.
TRESPASS AGAINST US ★★★★★
D: Adam Smith.
S: Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson, Lyndsey Marshal, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Rory Kinnear, Sean Harris.
"Hell hath no fury like a locked up super-goat," Colby Cutler (Brendan Gleeson)
Fassbender on FRANK form.
Electric, rare dialogue.
No trite resolution.