MOTHER!
2017, Paramount, 121 min, USA, Dir: Darren Aronofsky

A young wife (Jennifer Lawrence) learns a lot of hard truths about her passionate but enigmatic husband (Javier Bardem) when their house is set upon by visitors who may or may not have malicious intentions. Writer-director Darren Aronofsky crafts an ambitious, divisive - and absolutely masterful - exercise in psychological suspense rich in allegory, metaphor and visceral horror that ranks with the best of Roman Polanski and Tobe Hooper. Jennifer Lawrence is fearless and powerful as the heroine through whose eyes we experience all the terror, poignancy, and exhilaration of Aronofsky’s fiercely original vision. Costarring Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer.


PELÉ: BIRTH OF A LEGEND
2016, IFC Films, 107 min, Dir: Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist

An icon in his native Brazil, Pelé is widely considered the greatest soccer player of all time, and this exciting biopic traces his rise from childhood poverty in São Paulo to the beginning of his career with the Santos team and first World Cup victory in 1958. Newcomers Leonardo Lima Carvalho and Kevin de Paula play the pre-teen and teenage Pelé, respectively, with Vincent D’Onofrio, Rodrigo Santoro and Diego Boneta costarring.


REQUIEM FOR A DREAM
2000, Lionsgate, 101 min, USA, Dir: Darren Aronofsky

Writer-director Darren Aronofsky adapted the Hubert Selby, Jr., novel about mothers, sons, drugs and letting your demons take over your rational self. Jared Leto, Marlon Wayans, Jennifer Connelly and an Oscar-nominated Ellen Burstyn turn in stellar performances in this hard-hitting film about the corrosive nature of addiction in all its forms. Once again working with PI cinematographer Matthew Libatique, Aronofsky juggles characters’ subjective and external worlds with an innovative visual style to evoke a nightmare that’s impossible to shake.


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