This true-life tale of female sexual harassment in the workplace got mixed reviews on its release, but there’s still much to savour from Jay Roach’s film. Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie all give splendid performances as three Fox News employees who fall foul of the reptilian CEO Roger Ailes – also brilliantly played by John Lithgow. Featuring a quicksilver script from Oscar-winner Charles Randolph, it’s a fascinating look at gender inequality that takes on even more resonance in the post-Harvey Weinstein world.
Nominated for six Oscars, Greta Gerwig’s take on Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel about a Massachusetts family is a real love-letter to the original book. Managing to be both classical and contemporary, it benefits from a glorious cast led by Saoirse Ronan – the star of Gerwig’s directorial debut Lady Bird – as budding writer Jo March. Others to watch out for include Meryl Streep, Laura Dern, Emma Watson and – stealing the show – Florence Pugh as the feisty Amy.
Due to being caught out by the closure of theatres due to the coronavirus situation, Pixar’s latest made just $103 million worldwide in cinemas – which is a huge shame. This tale of two elf brothers (Tom Holland, Chris Pratt) on a quest to bring their late father back for one day is a real tear-jerker and the best original movie from the animation company in some time. A really touching film story about the importance of family relationships, seasoned with some wonderful humour.
British filmmaker David Stuart Snell makes his feature debut with this sly genre-hopping thriller that begins as three friends (Lara Pictet, Meghan Carrasquillo, Alexandra Bokova) head into the Nevada desert for a bachelorette camping trip. Filled with memorable characters – though not ones you’d want to meet by your campfire – Snell crafts a deliciously warped tale of vengeance that makes the most of its eerily atmospheric locations and willing cast. Stays one step ahead of the audience to the last.
Finland’s J-P Valkeapää pulls off a real high-wire stunt with this drama about Juha (Pekka Strang), a neurosurgeon and father-of-one who never really got over the death of his wife. He finds relief, in the most extreme sense, when he meets a dominatrix named Mona (Krista Kosonen) and begins to visit her dungeon. It’s not one for the squeamish – there are some painful, disconcerting sequences. But treating BDSM with a level of earnestness not usually found in cinema, Juha’s journey is as uplifting as they come.
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