D: Jason Reitman (Tully; Men, Women & Children; Labor Day, Young Adult, Up in the Air Juno, Thank You for Smoking).
S: Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, Molly Ephraim, Kaitlyn Dever, Ari Graynor, Sara Paxton, J.K. Simmons.
Well written but annoying camerawork. A dissection of the implosion of a presidential political career. Has a myriad of sympathies.
VOX LUX ★★★★★
D: Brady Corbet.
S: Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Raffey Cassidy, Stacy Martin.
As with Ali Abbasi's BORDER (2018), this is that rarest of movie offerings: A work that feels like a cinema island of its own creation. Natalie Portman is a force of nature.
D: Karyn Kusama (The Invitation, Jennifer’s Body, Aeon Flux, Girlfight).
S: Nicole Kidman, Sebastian Stan, Bradley Whitford, Toby Kebbell, Tatiana Maslany, Beau Knapp, Scoot McNairy.
With this and WIDOWS, cinema is reclaiming the crime thriller from television in spectacular fashion. Nicole Kidman eviscerates the screen as a broken detective hunting a bank robber.