LORO
2018, IFC Films, 150 min, Italy/France, Dir: Paolo Sorrentino

Director Paolo Sorrentino reunites with his THE GREAT BEAUTY star Toni Servillo to peer behind the curtain of recent Italian politics. Billionaire media mogul Silvio Berlusconi (Servillo) was first elected to lead the Italian government in 1994 and his lengthy, corruption-ridden tenure has resulted in a tax-fraud conviction, so there’s more than enough material for a juicy biopic. But as the title - which translates as “them” - suggests, this film is less focused on the ex-prime minister than on his sycophantic retinue. Released in two parts in Italy, the film won four Nastro d’Argento awards including Best Screenplay and Best Actress (Elena Sofia Ricci). “Sorrentino’s mastery of the unexpected visual shock is deliciously in evidence from the moment the title appears.” - Jay Weissberg, Variety.


EL ANGEL
2018, 118 min, Argentina/Spain, Dir: Luis Ortega

Dubbed “the Angel of Death” by the Argentine press, Carlos Robeldo Puch has spent the last 46 years in prison; this sexually charged true-crime story stars Lorenzo Ferro as the baby-faced killer. Though from a comfortable family, Carlos thinks of himself as a born thief and is soon drawn to high school classmate Ramón (Chino Darin), whose father is an ex-con, and the two young men quickly graduate from theft to murder. “A stylish period piece boasting solid performances, colorful visuals and a terrific vintage soundtrack.” - Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter.


BEAUTIFUL BOY
2018, Amazon Studios, 120 min, USA, Dir: Felix Van Groeningen

Belgian director Felix Van Groeningen’s (THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN) moving drama is based on the memoirs Beautiful Boy by David Sheff and Tweak by his son, Nic Sheff, offering two points of view on the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years. As father and son, Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet lead an outstanding cast that includes Maura Tierney and Amy Ryan. “Scrupulous and tenderly wounding - a drama that seizes and holds you. It’s a compelling movie whether or not it happens to speak to you personally, yet you can bet that a lot of people who have stood by and watched members of their families succumb to drug addiction are going to want to see it.” - Owen Gleiberman, Variety.


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