SHIRLEY
2020, Neon, 107 min, USA, Dir: Josephine Decker

Renowned horror writer Shirley Jackson (Elisabeth Moss) is on the precipice of writing her masterpiece when the arrival of newlyweds upends her meticulous routine and heightens tensions in her already tempestuous relationship with her philandering husband (Michael Stuhlbarg). The middle-aged couple, prone to ruthless barbs and copious afternoon cocktails, begins to toy mercilessly with the naive young couple at their door. Winner of the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Auteur Filmmaking at the Sundance Film Festival. "As willfully unconventional as a literary portrait could possibly be, MADELINE'S MADELINE director Josephine Decker’s take on Shirley Jackson is a thrillingly perverse example of what happens when the shackles of biopic formula are cast aside." - Benjamin Lee, The Guardian.


THE INVISIBLE MAN
2020, Universal, 124 min, Australia/USA, Dir: Leigh Whannell

What you can’t see can hurt you. In this terrifying modern tale of obsession inspired by Universal’s classic monster character, Cecilia Kass (Elisabeth Moss) is trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist (Oliver Jackson-Cohen). Finally she escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding, aided by her sister (Harriet Dyer), their childhood friend (Aldis Hodge) and his teenage daughter (Storm Reid). But when Cecilia’s abusive ex commits suicide and leaves her a generous portion of his vast fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of eerie coincidences turns lethal, threatening the lives of those she loves, Cecilia’s sanity begins to unravel as she desperately tries to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.


QUEEN OF EARTH
2015, IFC Films, 90 min, USA, Dir: Alex Ross Perry

Catherine (Elisabeth Moss) enters a dark period in her life after her father, a famous artist whose affairs she managed, dies and she is dumped by boyfriend James (Kentucker Audley). Catherine heads out to her best friend Virginia's (Katherine Waterston) lake house for some much-needed relaxation but is soon overcome with memories of time spent at the same house with James the year before. As Catherine reaches out to Virginia for support, Virginia begins spending increasing amounts of time with a local love interest, Rich (Patrick Fugit), and fissures in the relationship between the two women send Catherine into a downward spiral of delusion and madness. A bracing, eerie look at the deep bonds of friendship and the horrific effects of such bonds being frayed.


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