Just To Be Sure

Just To Be Sure

Imbued with the languid atmosphere of human connection, and moving (mostly) to the rhythm of fine classical scores, Just To Be Sure is like a psychological reprieve from the cascade of horror movies seen in the last season. No psychopath or allegory distracts from witty lines and mellow performances; no car chase or manipulator disrupts real feelings…

That Good Night

That Good Night

Dramatic depictions of mortality tend to tell a story of perspective and redemption. While Eric Styles’ screen adaptation of NJ Crisp’s play offers no major exception, the fact that John Hurt assumes the lead-role following his own real-life terminal diagnosis adds a profound dimension and pathos to this affecting film. Handed with the grim prognosis…

The Snowman

The Snowman

More psychopathic cinema than coherent drama, The Snowman is a jumble of disjointed puzzle pieces, of which some do not even belong to the central picture. At the centre is Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender), a brilliant but alcoholic police inspector in Oslo, who is now excluded from major cases. He maintains friendly relations with his ex-lover, Rakel…

Final Portrait

Final Portrait

The appeal of Final Portrait grows and grows. It is an episode in the life of Alberto Giacometti who is renown for his sculptures and paintings. Written and directed by Stanley Tucci, the film is based on a true account documented in a book by James Lord, an American writer and art critic, about an event of…

Mother!

Mother!

From the very first shots Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! unsettles, as an amorphous membrane heaves and pulsates, like some breathing organism. And, at the same time the walls of a house seem to be transmogrified, there are surreal impressions of fire and destruction. It will be a long time — a long time after we have left the…

Hampstead

Hampstead

In Hampstead acting veteran Diane Keaton plays Emily, a recent-widow in late middle-age, whose only inheritance is a tower of debt and bitter memories of her husband’s infidelity. She has an adult-son, Philip (James Norton), who holds his deceased father in high-esteem, something Emily never tries to blemish. Emily lives evasively: despite her financial woes, she maintains…

Kiki, Love to Love

Kiki, Love to Love

Bursting with colours of grapefruit flesh and fig, and moving to the vigorous rhythm of copulating wildlife, Kiki, Love to Love is like a collection of sensual frames from several dramas: scenes meant to be reprieves from main plots to delve into characters’ intimate moments, or distractions of yearning moods. Only, here, these distractions are in…