Good Time, Ingrid Goes West, The Nile Hilton Incident
Good Time (A24 Films)
on limited theatrical release now
Directed by Joshua Safdie and Ben Safdie, Good Time is a “psychotic symphony of propulsive intensity” anchored by a “career-defining” performance from Robert Pattinson (Remember Me). The film takes place over the course of one adrenalized night, as a botched bank robbery lands Constantine Nikas’ younger brother in prison. In a desperate race against the clock to save him, Constantine must embark on a twisted odyssey, drenched in violence and mayhem, through the mean streets of New York City. Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), Barkhad Abdi (Eye in the Sky), and Ben Safdie (Person to Person) star alongside Pattinson.
Planetarium follows two young American spirituals as they finish their world tour in Paris during the late 1930s. Fascinated by their supernatural gift, a powerful French film producer hires them to shoot an ambitious film. But in the vortex of cinema, experiments, and emotions, the sisters’ intimate relationship is tested by illness, their own ambitions, supernatural powers, and men. Directed by Rebecca Zlotowski (Grand Central). Academy Award-winner Natalie Portman (Black Swan) and Lily-Rose Depp (Tusk) star in the lead, with Emmanuel Salinger (Forget Me), Amira Casar (Call Me by Your Name), and Louis Garrel (Redoubtable) rounding out the cast.
In 2014, unarmed teenager Michael Brown was shot by police and left to die in the streets. This tragic event became the breaking point for the residents of Ferguson, Missouri. With racial tensions running at an all-time high, the residents banded together and a global movement for justice ensued. This documentary from filmmakers Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis takes an “unflinching look” at this story, told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe their movement. Whose Streets? is a “powerful battle cry from a generation fighting, not for their civil rights, but for the right to live”.
The Nile Hilton Incident is set weeks before the Egyptian revolution of 2011, as a police officer working within Cairo’s corrupt system is assigned to investigate the murder of a famous club singer. But what initially appears to be little more than a crime of passion leads him to the ruling elite of Egypt. To ensure justice is dealt, the detective decides to break every rule in the book, as he collides not only with the system, but himself. Written and directed by Tarik Saleh (Metropia). Stars Fares Fares (Zero Dark Thirty), Mari Malek (The Good Lie), Yasser Ali Maher (The Yacoubian Building), Slimane Dazi (Only Lovers Left Alive), and Hania Amar (Mohamed Dubois).
Having travelled extensively across northern England in The Trip (2010) and abroad in The Trip to Italy (2014), Steve Coogan (Philomena) and Rob Brydon (Gavin & Stacey) are back for another deadpan road trip. This time around, the guys are heading to Spain in search of culture, cuisine, and the perfect Mick Jagger impersonation. Expect “serious reflections on what it means to settle into middle age”, breathtaking locales, and plenty of hilarious off-the-cuff banter – after all, it’s what they do best.
Director David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) and screenwriter Gary Dauberman (Annabelle) take on the story of a possessed doll in Annabelle: Creation. The plot is set several years after the tragic death of a young girl, whose parents – a dollmaker and his wife – welcome a nun and several girls from an orphanage into their home. But they all soon become the target of the dollmaker’s twisted creation, Annabelle. Stars Stephanie Sigman (Spectre), Talitha Bateman (The 5th Wave), Lulu Wilson (Ouija: Origin of Evil), Grace Fulton (Badland), Samara Lee (Concussion), Anthony LaPaglia (The Client), and Miranda Otto (What Lies Beneath).
Thomas Webb, son of a publisher and his artistic wife, is looking to find his place in the world. Having moved from his parents’ New York’s Upper West Side apartment to the Lower East Side, he befriends his neighbor, an alcoholic writer who dispenses worldly wisdom – and a lot of not-so-healthy shots of whiskey. But Thomas’ world is about to take a dramatic shift, as he discovers his long-married father is having an affair. Determined to ruin the relationship, Thomas decides to sleep with his father’s mistress, kicking off a chain of events that will change “everything he thinks he knows about himself and his family”. Directed by Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer) and written by Allan Loeb (The Space Between Us). The Only Living Boy in New York stars Callum Turner (Green Room), Jeff Bridges (True Grit), Kate Beckinsale (The Aviator), Pierce Brosnan (GoldenEye), and Cynthia Nixon (Amadeus).
A down-on-his-luck taxi driver from Seoul is hired by a foreign journalist looking to get to the town of Gwangju for the day to cover a story. But they arrive to find the city under siege by the military, with citizens, led by a group of determined college students, rising up in a bid for freedom. What started as an easy fare soon turns into a life-or-death struggle in this “powerful” and true story set against the backdrop of the Gwangju Uprising, a critical event in modern South Korea. A Taxi Driver is directed by Hun Jang (Rough Cut). Stars Kang-ho Song (Snowpiercer), Thomas Kretschmann (King Kong), Hae-jin Yoo (The King and the Clown), and Jun-yeol Ryu (Glory Day).
Ingrid Thorburn is an unhinged social media stalker with a history of confusing “likes” for meaningful relationships. Her latest obsession is Instagram-famous “influencer” Taylor Sloane. But when Ingrid moves to Los Angeles and manages to force herself into the social media star’s life, their relationship quickly goes from “#BFF to #WTF”. The directorial debut from Matt Spicer, Ingrid Goes West is a “savagely hilarious dark comedy that satirizes the modern world of social media”. Stars Aubrey Plaza (The Little Hours), Elizabeth Olsen (Wind River), O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Straight Outta Compton), Wyatt Russell (22 Jump Street), and Billy Magnussen (Bridge of Spies).