Personal Shopper

Kristen Stewart has a gripping and anxious presence in this unsettling and somewhat unsatisfying thriller from writer-director Olivier Assayas. She plays Maureen, a young woman marooned in self-imposed isolation in Paris after the death of her brother Lewis. An individual attuned to the spiritual world, Maureen is attempting to contact her departed brother, searching for certainty … Continue reading Personal Shopper

Elle

Paul Verhoeven doesn't do subtle. It's a view that's easy to countenance, if one only recalls his most famous films. Robocop; Total Recall; Basic Instinct; Starship Troopers perhaps most of all. These films wear their views openly, emblazoned on their sleeves the symbol, perhaps, of a winking smirk. Each has a position or hypothetical to explore, and does so brazenly. With … Continue reading Elle

Jackie

If Casey Affleck gave us a study of grief delayed and contained over the years in Manchester by the Sea, in Jackie Natalie Portman delivers a superb performance conveying the depths of shock and trauma caused by loss in its immediate aftermath. As the titular wife of JFK, Portman riddles Jackie with a sense of … Continue reading Jackie

Lion

It feels like only yesterday that a gangly, wide-eyed Dev Patel was a religiously conflicted and randy member of the original Skins gang. Fast forward a shocking decade, though, and Patel has just won a BAFTA, and will be in Los Angeles as a genuine Oscar contender this month. As riotously fun and notoriously controversial … Continue reading Lion