D: Ciro Guerra (Birds of Passage, Embrace of the Serpent).
S: Mark Rylance, Johnny Depp, Robert Pattinson, Gana Bayarsaikhan, Greta Scacchi, David Dencik, Harry Melling, Bill Milner, Sam Reid.
An unnamed frontier of an unnamed empire. Director Ciro Guerra continues his penetrating interrogation of colonialism and its aftermath. This lacks the verve of BIRDS OF PASSAGE, but the starry cast elevate the theatrical presentation.
THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON ★★★½☆
Ds: Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz.
S: Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, Zack Gottsagen, Bruce Dern, Thomas Haden Church, John Hawkes, Jon Bernthal.
Shia LaBeouf reminds of how agreeably he can conjure a leading role. Zack Gottsagen has spot-on timing. On the surface, it is hard not to be swept along by the winning camaraderie. But the film does not hold up to deep scrutiny.