THE INVITATION
2015, Drafthouse Films, 98 min, USA, Dir: Karyn Kusama

Set high up in the Hollywood Hills, THE INVITATION turns a familiar reunion scenario into a supremely terrifying thriller that is as sophisticated, thoughtful and disturbing as anything you’ll see in a long time. Will (Logan Marshall-Green) returns to his former home to attend a dinner party mysteriously arranged by his ex-wife, Eden (Tammy Blanchard), and her new husband, David (Michiel Huisman). As he reconnects with old friends, Will succumbs to an overwhelming paranoia that something is desperately wrong and that he is surrounded by dark forces. “A perfectly pitched exercise in psychological dread.” - Justin Chang, Variety.


RATTLE THE CAGE (ZINZANA)
2015, 91 min, United Arab Emirates/Jordan, Dir: Majid Al Ansari

Talal (Saleh Bakri) wakes up in a jail cell with no memory of the night before or how he got there. Things get even worse with the arrival of Dabaan (Ali Suliman), a brilliant psychopath who seems determined to play vicious, unpredictable mind games with him. Talal’s confinement soon becomes a fight for survival and a race to discover exactly what is motivating the murderous Dabaan. Anchored by two riveting performances, this taut thriller is filled with outrageous twists, ambitious camerawork and flashes of violence. In Arabic with English subtitles.


LEGEND (2015)
2015, Universal, 131 min, UK/France, Dir: Brian Helgeland

Based on the novel The Profession of Violence, LEGEND follows the criminal history of notorious twin gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray (both played by Tom Hardy), who terrorised London’s East End throughout the 1960s and left a legacy of fear and respect that persisted for decades. Told from the perspective of Reggie’s wife, Frances (Emily Browning), the film is unflinchingly violent and brilliantly funny, with a strangely glossy look at the East End that provides a wonderful counter-balance to the Krays' gruesome acts of brutality. Christopher Eccleston provides memorable support as the almost-comical detective Leonard “Nipper” Read, who is determined to bring down the Krays.


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