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.


LION
2016, The Weinstein Company, 118 min, Australia, Dir: Garth Davis

Garth Davis’ feature debut follows the journey of Saroo, a 5-year old boy alone in Calcutta after being separated from his family; 20 years after being adopted by an Australian couple, he uses Google Earth to search for his birth mother. Newcomer Sunny Pawar and Dev Patel are both tremendously affecting as the young and old Saroo, and they receive strong support from costars Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara and David Wenham in this heartwarming true story. “A sober and yet profoundly stirring contemplation of family, roots, identity and home, which engrosses throughout the course of its two-hour running time.” - David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter


EYES WIDE SHUT
1999, Warner Bros., 159 min, Dir: Stanley Kubrick

Thoughtful and masterfully crafted, the final film from legendary director Stanley Kubrick is this haunting meditation on marriage and infidelity. Then-real-life couple Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman star as Dr. William Hartford and his art curator wife Alice, whose relationship is put to the test when she reveals she almost slept with another man. Driven by doubt and curiosity, Dr. Hartford wanders the New York streets and eventually encounters a secretive gathering where sex and danger go hand in hand.


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