THE NEON DEMON
2016, Broad Green Pictures, 110 min, Dir: Nicolas Winding Refn

Writer-director Nicolas Winding Refn’s first foray into horror follows Jesse (Elle Fanning), who moves to Los Angeles in pursuit of a career as a fashion model, only to find herself pursued by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will stop at nothing to devour her youth and vitality. Christina Hendricks, Jena Malone and Keanu Reeves costar in this blood-drenched thriller, shot with Refn’s customary visual panache.


TRUMBO
2015, Bleecker Street Media, 124 min, USA, Dir: Jay Roach

Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo earned Oscars for ROMAN HOLIDAY and THE BRAVE ONE, but his name didn’t appear in the films’ credits – he’d been blacklisted in 1947. Bryan Cranston (of TV’s “Breaking Bad”) stars in this sharp-eyed and entertaining look at one of Hollywood history’s darker chapters, leading a great cast that also includes Diane Lane, Elle Fanning, Helen Mirren, John Goodman and Louis C.K.


THE BOXTROLLS
2014, Focus Features, 96 min, USA, Dir: Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi

Much like stop-motion animation studio LAIKA’s previous CORALINE, this adaptation of British children’s author Alan Snow’s Here Be Monsters! brightens an occasionally dark story with truly magical visuals. Orphaned boy Eggs (Isaac Hempstead Wright) lives below the town of Cheesebridge with subterranean scavengers the Boxtrolls - who have been targeted for extermination by the evil Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley). Featuring the voices of Elle Fanning, Jared Harris and Tracy Morgan.


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