D: Robert Schwentke (Insurgent, R.I.P.D., Red, The Time Traveller’s Wife, Flightplan).
S: Max Hubacher, Milan Peschel, Frederick Lau.
A Nazi deserter kills dozens of other Nazis to survive. Visceral, brutal, allegorical. Expertly crafted.
LADY BIRD ★★★½☆
D: Greta Gerwig (Nights and Weekends).
S: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothee Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein.
Doesn't reinvent the growing pains dramedy, but acting from Ronan and Metcalf is excellent. Witty and awkward.
WHO WE ARE NOW ★★★★☆
D: Matthew Newton.
S: Julianne Nicholson, Emma Roberts, Zachary Quinto, Jimmy Smits, Lea Thompson, Jason Biggs, Jess Weixler.
In the same league as anguished-filled I'VE LOVED YOU SO LONG. Is both bleak and hopeful.
D: Deniz Gamze Ergüven (Mustang).
S: Daniel Craig, Halle Berry, Lamar Johnson, Rachel Hilson.
Disappointing. Feels slight. The 1992 Los Angeles riots from the perspective of a sweet family.