June 26th, 2017

Review: Martha Marcy May Marlene

★★★★ A bleak, disquieting excursion to the dark reaches of a woman’s dissatisfaction, Martha Marcy May Marlene is a character study as boldly unrelenting as its tongue twister title.

Review: Hugo

★★★★ Whether you know your Chaplins from your Keatons or not, the heartfelt wonder Hugo evokes for early cinema is relatable for even the most jaded of modern audiences.

Review: Arrietty

★★★★ For a studio capable of producing some decidedly adult fare, Studio Ghibli’s latest film is the best kind of kid-friendly: sweet, funny and populated with an army of impossibly cute characters, but also full of heart and possessing a distinctly positive moral outlook.

Review: Burning Man

★★★★ The first half-hour of Jonathan Teplitzky’s Burning Man is a frenetic series of excerpts from the life of Bondi chef, negligent father and all-round terrible human being Tom Kinnear (Matthew Goode), the jigsaw almost impossible to fit together because pieces jump forward and back through time and what little dialogue exists is naturalistic rather than expository.

Review: Take Shelter

★★★★ Curtis LaForche (Michael Shannon) is content, at least outwardly. His relationship with his family – wife Samantha (Jessica Chastain) and daughter Hannah (Tova Stewart) – is full of happiness, his job in construction pays well and gives him access to a great health insurance plan, and he works alongside his best mate using huge machinery to drill holes into the Earth. His daughter is deaf but they’re working on learning sign language and, thanks to his health insurance, she’s getting a bionic implant soon. There’s little more a man could ask for in financially and socially depressed America.