Ingrid Goes West (2017)

Aubrey Plaza is fantastic in this send-up of social media, always so captivating and finding attention-grabbing ways to play scenes. The script and direction are a bit pat at times but mostly do an enjoyable joy of prodding social media and celebrity culture, but Plaza’s performance sails high above and elevates the film to something…

Good Time (2017)

Robert Pattinson excels in this shaggy heist film. The film starts well and ends well, focusing on Pattinson’s character’s disabled brother, but sags in the middle when the story of the brother’s relationship is completely derailed for Pattinson having episodic crime adventures with other characters. It never really coalesces. The film is interesting in how…

It Comes at Night (2017)

A well-executed drama/horror more interested in how people grapple with the fear of the sort of horrific things horror films tend to focus on, than those actual threats and horrors themselves. The characters are well-defined and the script (and cast) do good work making every player’s position understandable at all times – nobody is the…

Wonder Wheel (2017)

“Wonder Wheel” has some fantastic lighting and while a lot of the film’s scenes are staged perhaps overly theatrically, the locations are always inviting. The highlight of the film are the long takes where the entire colour scheme slowly shifts across the frame, as the capable cast continue their performances. Even a cast as capable…

The Florida Project (2017)

A sleepy, loose two hours in the world of a child in a hilariously garish motel near the economic edge of Disneyworld in Florida. It unfolds as a stream of consciousness day-to-day of a child’s carefree life in the American summer break. There’s not much in the way of plot, or motivations, or character arcs,…

Call Me by Your Name (2017)

A charmingly loose, languid exploration of a rare love bound by time. The film covers the slow courtship of a boy and man separated by many years in age, over a gorgeous Northern Italian summer. It’s a sensual film, as the character’s slow orbiting of each other eventually reaches fevered peaks. Director Luca Guadagnino finds…

Loving Vincent (2017)

A stunning seminal work, an entire feature film comprised totally of oil paintings, every frame an individual painting. The amount of work that went into “Loving Vincent” is staggering, and the result is visually peerless, breathtakingly gorgeous. The ambition here is astonishing, as so many years and years and scores of artists put in so…