May 31 - June 3, 2018

Underrated Films of 2015: Part 1

MACBETH

MACBETH
Director: Justin Kurzel
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard

“By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.”
Justin Kurzel’s tragic vision is one of thrashing beauty, gleaming with tour-de-force performances from Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. This adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play is brought to the screen with tremendous style and grit.


 

STRANGERLAND

STRANGERLAND
Director: Kim Farrant
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving, Joseph Fiennes

A drama about a town’s search for a missing child in Australia, featuring another harrowing performance from Nicole Kidman. The material on display here is unpredictable and threatening!


 

ME AND EARL & THE DYING GIRL

ME AND EARL & THE DYING GIRL
Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Starring: Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke, RJ Cyler

Genuine, honest, meaningful, hilarious, warm, nostalgic, refreshing…These are a few adjectives evocative of this film; one that ultimately left audiences at a loss for words. The inspired camerawork and nuanced characters truly made the experience resonant and worthwhile.


 

BY THE SEA

BY THE SEA
Director: Angelina Jolie
Starring: Angelina Jolie-Pitt, Brad Pitt

The beautiful Angelina Jolie and her husband Brad Pitt created this ornate film while on their honeymoon in Malta, Italy. Together, they have created a classic European art curio ideal for connoisseurs of intimate screen acting. The locations are breathtaking and the narrative is complex, daring, and personal to Jolie’s fears and vulnerabilities.


 

GOODNIGHT MOMMY

GOODNIGHT MOMMY
Director: Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz
Starring: Susanne Wuest, Lukas Schwarz, Elias Schwarz

A mother returns home to her twin boys after having facial cosmetic surgery, however, under the bandages, is someone the children do not recognize. Never have I seen a horror film directed with such gut-wrenching tension throughout. Beautifully photographed with ethereal sound design, and masterfully crafted to haunt you long after you leave the theater. Pure malevolence!


 

CRIMSON PEAK

CRIMSON PEAK
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam

A visually stunning gothic romance from Guilmerro Del Toro. The film contains some of the most lush production design seen in any film from 2015, and was shamefully overlooked for an Oscar nomination. Definitely a must see for fans of the haunted house genre!


 

IRRATIONAL MAN

IRRATIONAL MAN
Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, Parker Posey

Not everyone can digest a Woody Allen film the way we embrace them, however, his relentless ambition to write/direct a new film each year is something to be admired! Irrational man features fine work from Joaquin Phoenix as a philosophy teacher in Newport, Rhode Island who is questioning his ability to change the world. Allen’s idiosyncratic script enhances the idealistic settings and craftsmanship of the cinematography.


 

THE WITCH

THE WITCH
Director: Robert Eggers
Starring: Anya Talor-Joy, Kate Dickie, Ralph Ineson

A terrifying horror film about a Puritan family trying to sustain themselves while in a forest inhabited by a grievous witch. A faithful representation of the most macabre time period in American History. Due to his excellent handling of this material, Robert Eggers(director), will also be creating the remake of the vampire classic, Nosferatu!

Kiel Stango
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