Antonio Campos' take on the Christine Chubbock suicide is all about the stunning Rebecca Hall.
A decade later David Fincher's serial killer film still stands tall as a study in administrative futility.
Paul Thomas Anderson's dives into the British fashion world of the 1950s, and creates an difficult romance.
Tom Cruise is in top form in Doug Liman's sly take on the life and times of one Barry Seal.
John Carroll Lynch's ode to veteran American actor Harry Dean Stanton is a small-town masterpiece.
Gary Oldman's portrayal of Winston Churchill is the bright, shining light in a film about England's time of woe.
Roger Mitchell's "My Cousin Rachel" is 19th-century period drama without surprises.
Trey Edward Shults' low budget thriller links a killer plague with human mistrust and fear wins out.
Trent Haaga's screwball horror flick is crazy girl power on blood-spangled speed.
The first "Pacific Rim" included a nod to the human race. The second is pure monster alley.
Directed by: Darren Aronofsky
Starring: Javier Bardem, Jennifer Lawrence, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Harris
The frustrated, blocked writer has been at the center of some excellent films, including "Sunset Boulevard" (1950, featuring a naive William Holden) and "The Shining" (1980, with an insane Jack Nicholson). The writer in "Mother!", a needy, self-consumed, nameless Javier Bardem, yearns to recapture the Famous Poet status he once had.
Seeking stimulation, intense experience, and ultimately adulation of the highest order, he invites a series of strangers into his isolated (it lacks even a driveway) Victorian mansion, much to the chagrin of his much younger, devoted, overwhelmed, socially isolated, and soon-to-be pregnant wife (Mother, played by Jennifer Lawrence).
Things get out of hand, first in small ways —guests/invaders, among them a wonderfully irritating Michelle Pfeiffer, violate the couple's space and privacy and call their relationship into question — then on an epic scale that some viewers will find excessive, others gross and offensive.
Religious symbolism abounds: Cain and Abel, the virgin birth, the stigmata, and a horrific communion. "Rosemary's Baby" meets "Apocalypse Now."Reviewed by: William Graebner and Dianne Bennett