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.


CRAZY HEART
2009, Fox Searchlight, 112 min, USA, Dir: Scott Cooper

Jeff Bridges gives one of the best performances of his career as Bad Blake, a once-popular country musician who has been reduced to low-paying gigs in bowling alleys with teenage backup bands. When a young journalist (Maggie Gyllenhaal) tracks him down for an interview, he embarks on a relationship fraught with risks on both sides. Robert Duvall and Colin Farrell provide support.


SAVING MR. BANKS
2013, Walt Disney Studios, 126 min, USA, Dir: John Lee Hancock

Walt Disney fell under the spell of Mary Poppins not long after the book was published, and the magical English nanny’s 30-year journey from page to screen is reenacted here. Tom Hanks stars as Disney and Emma Thompson as Poppins author P.L. Travers, joined by an all-star cast including Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti and Rachel Griffiths.


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