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Sorry To Bother You

Director: Boots Riley

Writer: Boots Riley

Cast: Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler, Steven Yuen, Omari Hardwick, Danny Glover, Kate Berlant, Armie Hammer, David Cross, Lily James

Cert: 15

Running time: 111mins

Year: 2018



What’s the story: A lowly telemarketer discovers as his fortunes improve the world seems to grow more insane.

What’s the verdict: Boots Riley’s wildly, willfully bizarre feature debut is so packed with invention, barbed satire, surrealism, egalitarian philosophy, and radical gear shifts it is best experienced with its surprises unspoiled.

So, we’ll try to provide a flavour of what to expect without revealing everything on the menu. But, how best to describe Sorry To Bother You?

Imagine if Get Out, Brazil, Being John Malkovich and Office Space go...

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Mother!

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Writer: Darren Aronofsky

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer, Domnhall Gleeson, Brian Gleeson

Cert: 18

Running time: 121mins

Year: 2017


 


What’s the story: A young woman is renovating her older husband’s childhood home after a catastrophic fire. But, when strangers appear at the door, events become increasingly unsettling.

What’s the verdict: Mother! is a film for anyone who hates having the family over for Christmas. Or throwing a large party in their home. Because Hell is definitely, defiantly other people in Darren Aronofsky’s extraordinary new movie.

A movie shrouded in secrecy before the emergence of a close-to-release-date trailer that seemed to give away the entire story...

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Criterion Collection: Lord of the Flies (1963)

Director: Peter Brook

Writer: None credited

Cast: Jack Aubrey, Hugh Edwards, Tom Chapin, Tom Gaman

Cert: PG

Running time: 92mins

Year: 1963


Film: medium_5
Extras:
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What’s the story: Young schoolboys, stranded on a tropical island after a plane crash, degenerate into warring beasts. Ralph (Aubrey) and Piggy (Edwards) attempt to maintain order. But, the other boys are more drawn to the violent choirboy Jack (Chapin).

What’s the verdict: Always depressing to declare a film about man’s innate barbarism is as relevant today as when released almost 55-years ago. But, Peter Brook’s Lord of the Flies, adapted from William Golding’s novel published almost 65-years ago, remains a cautionary fable.

The irresistible premise was borne of Golding’s musing to his wife, how would the child characters...

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The Lobster

The-Lobster-posterDirector: Yorgos Lanthimos

Writer: Yorgos Lanthimos

Cast: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Michael Smiley, Angeliki Papoulia, Ashley Jensen, Oliva Colman, Jessica Barden

Cert: 15

Running time: 118mins

Year: 2015


 


The lowdown: The crazy little thing called love has meat in its claws in The Lobster. Colin Farrell is David, a resident of The City, where singlehood is outlawed. Recently divorced, he has 45 days to find another partner in a luxury hotel or be transformed into an animal of his choosing (the eponymous lobster). Funny and disturbing, sometimes simultaneously, think Being John Malkovich meets The Notebook with script notes by Franz Kafka.

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The full verdict: The Lobster opens with an act of donkeycide. By the end of the film you’ll understand why, if

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Mood Indigo

Mood Indigo - quad posterDirector: Michel Gondry

Writers: Michel Gondry, Luc Bossi, Boris Vian (novel)

Cast: Romain Duris, Audrey Tatou, Gad Elmaleh, Omar Sy

Cert: 12A

Running Time: 94 mins

Year: 2014

The lowdown: Director Michel Gondry returns to his cut and paste comfort zone after the big budget bloat-fest of The Green Hornet. Enlisting the assistance of Monsieur ‘Populaire’ Romain Duris and the ever-adorable Audrey ‘Amelie’ Tautou, it’s an existential love story with visual gags and a too-cool-for-school score. Shame it’s all surface.

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The full verdict: For this dreamy but detached adaption of polymath Boris Vian’s sci-fi/romance novel: Froth on the Daydream (the title wisely changed to that of a Duke Ellington song), Michel Gondry uses every cinematic trick in his arsenal, including split scre...

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