D: Brie Larson.
S: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Joan Cusack, Bradley Whitford, Mamoudou Athie, Hamish Linklater, Martha MacIsaac, Karan Soni, Annaleigh Ashford.
Larson's directorial debut is quirkiness dialled to almost unendurable levels. The film needed a twist.
THREE CHRISTS ★★½☆☆
D: Jon Avnet (Righteous Kill, 88 Minutes, Fried Green Tomatoes).
S: Richard Gere, Peter Dinklage, Bradley Whitford, Walton Goggins, Stephen Root, Kevin Pollak, Julianna Margulies.
The message is worthy, and applicable beyond psychology, but the film is overlong and overwrought. Is not EXPERIMENTER.
D: Scott Cooper (Black Mass, Out of the Furnace, Crazy Heart).
S: Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Ben Foster, Peter Mullan, Stephen Lang, Jesse Plemons, Q'orianka Kilcher, Adam Beach, Wes Studi.
Cooper keeps nearly making good movies. The commentary is spoken out loud instead of shown. The ending is problematic.
THE THIRD MURDER (Sandome no Satsujin) ★★★★☆
D: Hirokazu Kore-eda (After the Storm, Our Little Sister; Like Father, Like Son; I Wish, Air Doll, Still Walking, Hana, After Life).
S: Masaharu Fukuyama, Kôji Yakusho, Suzu Hirose.
Kore-eda effortlessly makes a legal procedural, where reliability of testimony is in fascinatingly short supply.