MOTHER!
2017, Paramount, 121 min, USA, Dir: Darren Aronofsky

A young wife (Jennifer Lawrence) learns a lot of hard truths about her passionate but enigmatic husband (Javier Bardem) when their house is set upon by visitors who may or may not have malicious intentions. Writer-director Darren Aronofsky crafts an ambitious, divisive - and absolutely masterful - exercise in psychological suspense rich in allegory, metaphor and visceral horror that ranks with the best of Roman Polanski and Tobe Hooper. Jennifer Lawrence is fearless and powerful as the heroine through whose eyes we experience all the terror, poignancy, and exhilaration of Aronofsky’s fiercely original vision. Costarring Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer.


MARJORIE PRIME
2017, FilmRise, 98 min, USA, Dir: Michael Almereyda

Adapted from Jordan Harrison’s play, this moving look at the intersection of human memory and artificial intelligence has Lois Smith reprising her stage role as the title character. In the early stages of dementia, 86-year-old Marjorie lives in Long Island with her daughter, Tess (Geena Davis), and son-in-law, Jon (Tim Robbins). At Jon’s suggestion, Marjorie has been provided with a holographic version of her late husband to slow her memory loss - but the presence of a re-creation of her father doesn’t sit so well with Tess. Co-starring Jon Hamm.


THE INVISIBLE GUEST
CONTRATIEMPO
2016, Film Factory, 106 min, Spain, Dir: Oriol Paulo

At the center of a locked-room mystery is Adrián Doria (Mario Casas), a successful businessman who has been discovered in a hotel suite with the body of his lover. Charged with murder, he enlists top-notch witness preparation expert Virginia Goodman (Ana Wagener). As the clock ticks down to the start of Doria’s trial, Goodman’s relentless questioning of her client’s defense brings to light some troubling inconsistencies. With strong performances and plenty of plot twists, this superbly crafted thriller delivers on the promise of Paulo’s earlier THE BODY.


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