Director: David Lowery.
Starring: Casey Affleck. Rooney Mara. USA 2017. 92 mins.
The latest film from acclaimed director David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Pete’s Dragon) is a singular exploration of legacy, loss, and the essential human longing for meaning and connection. A white-sheeted ghost (Affleck) returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife (Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. Increasingly unmoored, the ghost embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life’s ineffable questions and the enormity of existence. An audacious, unforgettable meditation on the passage of time, A Ghost Story emerges ecstatic and surreal – a wholly unique experience that lingers long after the credits roll.
Contains infrequent strong language, images of dead bodies.
Director: David Leitch.
Starring: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Sofia Boutella. USA 2017. 115 mins.
Charlize Theron kicks serious ass wearing suspenders and stilettos in this slick, action-packed espionage thriller. She plays Lorraine Broughton, a top MI6 operative dispatched to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and retrieve a top-secret dossier. Here she meets station chief David Percival (McAvoy) and they form an uneasy partnership. “God, I think I love you,” Percival tells her admiringly. Who wouldn’t? Theron is cooler than ice as she stalks Berlin’s chilly streets and steamy nightclubs, pausing only to kiss a girl or knock back a vodka on the rocks. Adapted from Antony Johnston’s graphic novel The Coldest City, the movie is directed by David Leitch (John Wick and the upcoming Deadpool 2), who also happens to be Brad Pitt’s former stunt double. It’s fair to say action fans won’t leave disappointed.
Directors: Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk.
Featuring: Al Gore, Barack Obama, Donald Trump. USA 2017. 98 mins.
Ten years after his original Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore remains deeply committed to publicising the oncoming perils of climate change and, as this movie demonstrates, doing something practical about it. Taking over from original director Davis Guggenheim, directors Bonnie Cohen and Jon Shenk follow Gore as he travels the globe tutoring eco-activists as well as demonstrating to his global warming-denying critics that his original, dour predictions are already proving correct – Miami Beach’s regular floods, Hurricane Sandy putting Manhattan’s Ground Zero underwater, anybody? Footage of Barack Obama and Donald Trump’s efforts conversely to address and refute the fact of climate change are equally chilling, which is ironic considering that the fifteen hottest years on record have occurred since 2001. Sobering and heartening in equal measure.