HAPPY END

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Haneke Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Mathieu Kassovitz, Franz Rogowski, Fantine Harduin, Toby Jones. Another typically downbeat, disturbing and grim drama from the misanthropic Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke (The White Ribbon, Funny Games, Amour, etc). Set in the coastal town of Calais, the film follows the affluent but dysfunctional Laurent family, who live in luxury and seem unaware of the refugee crisis on their doorstep. The film works in heavy themes of matricide, suicide, power, corruption, Continue reading

BY THE SEA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Angelina Jolie-Pitt Stars: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie-Pitt, Niels Arestrup, Melanie Laurent, Melvil Poupaud, Richard Bohringer. A glamorous American couple holidaying in Europe arrive at a small seaside village, and settle into a beautiful little hotel overlooking the Mediterranean. But it is soon clear that their marriage is in crisis. Roland (Brad Pitt) is a writer who is suffering from a severe case of writer's block, and he finds inspiration at the bottom of a bottle. Vanessa (Angelina Jolie) is a former dancer who is battling a Continue reading