THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER
2017, A24, 109 min, UK/Ireland, Dir: Yorgos Lanthimos

Almost guaranteed to spark debate, director Yorgos Lanthimos’ (THE LOBSTER) journey into the heart of darkness is both a thriller and a parable on the evil of inaction. Colin Farrell is Steven, a brilliant neurosurgeon whose clinical attitude extends to his personal life; his interactions with his family feel as regimented as post-surgery conversations with colleagues. But Steven also has a strange friendship with Martin (Barry Keoghan), an awkward 16-year-old. Things take a bizarre turn when Martin tries to bring Steven into his family and makes the doctor a frightening proposition - a choice that will determine who lives and who dies. The uniformly great cast includes Nicole Kidman and Alicia Silverstone.


CLUELESS
1995, Paramount, 97 min, USA, Dir: Amy Heckerling

Writer-director Amy Heckerling’s sleeper hit plucks the privileged protagonist from Jane Austen’s 19th century novel Emma and plants her in a Beverly Hills high school of today. Rich, beautiful and popular, Cher (Alicia Silverstone in a star-making performance) is used to getting what she wants. When she gets a bad grade, she just plays matchmaker to her teacher, his grading standards relax, and the problem is solved. But when Cher teams with her BFF (Stacey Dash) to work similar magic with the tragically unhip new girl (Brittany Murphy), the effort backfires. Repairing relationships (and power-shopping) to get back on top of the social ladder, Cher winds up with a boyfriend of her own in this effervescent teen comedy. With Paul Rudd.


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