URANIA DESCENDING
2016, Lamplighter Films, 69 min, USA/Austria/France, Dir: Tav Falco

From the legendary indie rocker (Panther Burns), performance artist and filmmaker Tav Falco, URANIA DESCENDING is a haunting journey into an imaginary Europe - part Guy Maddin, part Jess Franco. The incarnation of subversion, the insolence of deception, the exultation of vengeance. More than the story of an American girl on a one-way ticket to merry/sinister old Vienna who becomes embroiled in an intrigue to uncover buried Nazi plunder, this film advances the shadowy Expressionism of Tav Falco’s earlier oeuvre. It is a filmic poem infused with metaphor, mood and Stimmung, where the past overtakes the present and the present overtakes the past. The images flicker with the fateful caprice of tarot cards fingered in a Viennese bordello. Falco's films emerge as corporeal fables and offer cabalistic hygiene for a vital elegance.


GENIUS
2017, National Geographic, 120 min, USA, Dir: Ken Biller

The premiere season of National Geographic Channel’s first scripted anthology series is based on Walter Isaacson’s critically acclaimed book Einstein: His Life and Universe. Through 10 episodes, GENIUS charts how an imaginative, rebellious patent clerk, who couldn’t get a teaching job or a doctorate, unlocked the mysteries of the atom and the universe. Starring Geoffrey Rush (as the elder Albert Einstein), Johnny Flynn and Emily Watson.


LOGAN NOIR
2017, 20th Century Fox, 137 min, USA/Canada/Australia, Dir: James Mangold

“Nature made me a freak. Man made me a weapon. And God made it last too long.” Set in a bleakly familiar near-future, the latest installment of the X-Men franchise follows the final days of James “Logan” Howlett (Hugh Jackman, giving the performance of a lifetime), formerly known as Wolverine. Hiding in Mexico with a decrepit Professor X (Patrick Stewart), Logan is just trying to keep his head down and disappear. But when you’re a super-healing mutant with adamantium claws, trouble always seems to find you, and this time it comes in the form of a little girl named Laura (newcomer Dafne Keen). Bloody and graceful, dystopic yet hopeful, thrilling and profound, LOGAN is the superhero movie we always knew was possible, one that takes the source material seriously while still finding its own voice.


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