2016, 109 min, Austria/Luxembourg, Dir: Dieter Berner

Egon Schiele (Noah Saavedra) was one of the most provocative artists in Vienna at the beginning of the 20th century, his life and work driven by beautiful young women as an era was coming to an end. Two women in particular had a lasting impact on him – his sister and first muse Gerti (Maresi Riegner) and 17-year-old Wally (Austrian Film Award winner Valerie Pachner), arguably Schiele’s one true love, immortalized in his now-famous painting “Death and the Maiden.” This opulent historical drama employs a series of flashbacks to focus on key periods and figures in Schiele’s life, as well as the radical paintings that, despite being recognized as exceptional by both daring artists such as Gustav Klimt and art dealers, scandalized Viennese society. Cinematographer Carsten Thiele flawlessly captures the decadence and vibrancy of turn-of-the-century Vienna.

2017, FilmRise, 107 min, USA, Dir: Marc Meyers

Filled with pathos and melancholy, this elegant character study spends a year in the company of a high school loner who would go on to become one of the most nefarious serial killers in the annals of crime. Jeffrey Dahmer’s (a heart-breaking Ross Lynch) parents are divorcing, his dad makes him change his hobbies, and his friends only want to force “dares” on him. By looking at a character for whom a lot could have been different, MY FRIEND DAHMER reminds us that monsters are not born but shaped through endless encounters with the world around them. The rest of the cast gamely match up to Lynch’s performance, including a brilliant Anne Heche as Dahmer’s equally lost-in-the-world mother.

2017, Focus Features , 106 min, Dir: Stephen Frears

A humorous exploration of race, religion, power and the farce of Empire through the prism of an unusual and deeply moving friendship, this extraordinary true story had been deliberately hidden for a century. In 1887, Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal) travels from India to present a ceremonial medal as part of Queen Victoria’s (Judi Dench) Golden Jubilee but surprisingly finds favor with the elderly monarch. The unprecedented and unlikely relationship causes a battle royale within the royal household, pitting the queen against court and family.

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