T2 Trainspotting (2017)

A sequel about sequels. Even from the very title (a cheeky reappropriation of the unofficial title of “Terminator 2: Judgement Day”), “T2: Trainspotting” makes it clear that it’s operating at a self-referential, metatextual level, that it’s well-aware of all its own contradictions, and that it’s interested in playing around and examining them, rather than selling…

Elle (2016)

An exceedingly measured, deliberate, precise “revenge thriller”, as I’d suppose you’d call it, from Paul Verhoeven. There’s nothing easy about this film. It’s difficult to have an easy reaction or judgement when there’s so much complicated and nuanced story and presentation here to mull over. It can’t have been easy for Verhoeven to shoot for…

Lion (2016)

“Lion” sells itself as a sort of family drama, with Dev Patel in the lead role in a very Oscar-season-styled journey to belong. Sounds nice enough. The actual film itself is a lot more strange, a lot more interesting, and a lot better. Honestly, if it wasn’t a true story, I’d consider this a science-fiction…