DESTROYER
2018, Annapurna Pictures, 123 min, Dir: Karyn Kusama

This gripping crime drama follows the moral and existential odyssey of LAPD detective Erin Bell (Nicole Kidman), who as a rookie had been placed undercover with a gang in the California desert, with tragic results. When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, Bell must work her way back through the remaining members and into her own history with them to finally reckon with the demons that destroyed her past. “It’s a blunt, deeply cynical look at the idea of justice in a place like Los Angeles. … Daring, yes. But Kusama has something far more important: vision (not to mention a formidable accomplice in Kidman).” - Peter Debruge, Variety.


LA LA LAND
2016, Lionsgate, 128 min, USA, Dir: Damien Chazelle

Written and directed by Academy Award nominee Damien Chazelle (WHIPLASH), LA LA LAND tells the story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern-day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams. “Every once in a while, you come out of a movie theater feeling like you’re walking on air. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it restores your faith in the power of cinema. Damien Chazelle’s dreamy neo-retro musical LA LA LAND is one of those rare films.” - Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly


THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE
2016, IFC Films, 99 min, Dir: André Øvredal

At the scene of a grisly familial massacre, a small-town Virginia police crew realizes its seemingly open-and-shut case is anything but when the nude corpse of a mysterious woman is unearthed in the basement. Seasoned coroner Tommy Tilden (Brian Cox) and his adult son, Austen (Emile Hirsch), are about to call it a night at their family-owned morgue/crematorium when the sheriff arrives with the Jane Doe in tow. Layer by layer, their forensic examination reveals evidence of inhuman internal injury belying Jane Doe’s eerily serene exterior; the they get closer to the truth of her death, they find themselves faced with their own mortality.


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