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Love and Friendship (dir. Whit Stillman)
Whit Stillman was at the vanguard of early '90s indie film movement. His low-budget masterpiece Metropolitan (considered one of the first indie films) and similarly iconic Last Days of Disco each captured a slice of the upper-echelon zeitgeist — the waning debutante scene and the disco lifestyle, respectively. Now, Whitman is back with another tale of high society misadventures. Stillman reunites with longstanding creative partner Chloe Sevigny for Love and Friendship, an adaptation of an unfinished Jane Austen novella about a seductive and manipulative woman (Kate Beckinsale).
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Nina (dir. Cynthia Mort)
The road to Nina was a bumpy one, to say the least. Zoe Saldana, who plays Nina Simone in the biopic, has spoken out about the controversy surrounding her casting. The beleaguered film also endured a lawsuit that director Cynthia Mort filed against the British backers of the film, Ealing Studios, for cutting her out of the decision-making processes, thus destroying her vision of the film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mort's lawyer wrote in the suit that the final cut of the film "doesn't reflect Mort's vision of Simone as a woman."
Tale of Tales (dir. Matteo Garrone)
A mind-bending mythical journey from the director of Gomorrah, this Cannes alum brings most dark fairy tales to shame. The visual imagery, ranging from macabre to breathtaking, is striking throughout; the performances, from Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly, Vincent Cassel, and more, are haunting. This is a must-see for fans of Edgar Allan Poe and Guillermo del Toro alike.
High Rise (dir. Ben Wheatley)
Tom Hiddleston plays a member of the one percent in this Orwellian dystopia in which a group of tenants engages in social warfare in their apartment building. (Delicatessen meets Mad Max, anyone?) A surging synth-based score by Clint Mansell accentuates the film's surreal scenes.
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The Lobster (dir. Yorgos Lanthimos)
In the not-so-distant future, a recently divorced man (Colin Farrell) is sent into quarantine for being single. Chock full of deadpan humor, The Lobster is the story of a man who must find the perfect partner before the clock strikes — lest the government turn him into an animal. In the vein of Dogtooth, Yorgos Lanthimos deals in social satire, revealing the absurdity of the dating game through ridiculous circumstances.