D: Yorgos Lanthimos (The Killing of a Sacred Deer, The Lobster, Alps, Dogtooth, Kinetta).
S: Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone.
What a period comedy! Wit pours from every pore. Sublime and masterfully crafted. The film includes an emotional kick, among the laugh-out-loud courtly games of influence and ambition.
THE WHITE CROW ★★☆☆☆
D: Ralph Fiennes (The Invisible Woman, Coriolanus).
S: Oleg Ivenko, Ralph Fiennes, Louis Hofmann, Adèle Exarchopoulos.
Ralph Fiennes is an excellent actor, but this is the third dud in a row for him as a director. An inert telling of ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev's defection during the Cold War.
D: Lee Chang-dong (Poetry, Secret Sunshine, Oasis, Peppermint Candy, Green Fish).
S: Ah-In Yoo, Steven Yeun, Jong-seo Jeon.
Six for six from director Lee Chang-dong. 148 minutes of gripping, creeping emotional devastation. Class and gender discourse are mixed into a story concerning crushing loneliness.
I FEEL GOOD ★★★½☆
Ds: Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern (Saint Amour, Le Grand Soir, Mammuth, Louise-Michel).
S: Jean Dujardin, Yolande Moreau.
The directing doyens of French comedy cinema inject some politics into their latest. Oscar-winning Jean Dujardin is game as a billionaire-wannabe twat.