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The Beguiled

25 May 20173 stars

Cannes 2017: Colin Farrell sets hearts dangerously aflutter in Sofia Coppola's flustered melodrama

You have to wonder what possessed Sofia Coppola to remake The Beguiled. Thomas P Cullinan's 1966 novel is a slice of Southern Gothic that was famously filmed in 1971 by director Don Siegel with Clint Eastwood as the wounded Union soldier who arrives at…

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

24 May 20174 stars

Cannes 2017: Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman star in Yorgos Lanthimos's twisted horror

The first film that springs to mind when watching this deeply disturbing psychological horror from director Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster, Dogtooth) is Cronenberg's Dead Ringers. In the opening scene, a beating heart is laid out on the operating table…

Loveless

24 May 20174 stars

Cannes 2017: A child goes missing as a relationship crumbles in Andrey Zvyagintsev's chilling drama

Andrey Zvyagintsev has an unforgiving view of modern Russia, dissecting failings and vices with a surgeon's precision. Loveless may operate on a smaller scale than his last film Leviathan but it resonates with a similar sense of despair about the state…

Happy End

23 May 20174 stars

Cannes 2017: Michael Haneke is at it again, placing the bourgeoisie under a merciless microscope

Michael Haneke has spent more than 30 years mercilessly exposing the fears and hypocrisies of the middle classes. Slow-burning ensemble drama Happy End is no exception as it focuses on a powerful, privileged bourgeois family living near Calais, and…

The Meyerowitz Stories

23 May 20174 stars

Cannes 2017: Dustin Hoffman and Ben Stiller star in Noah Baumbach's compelling family portrait

Harold Meyerowitz (Dustin Hoffman) shuffles along the sidewalks of New York to an agitated beat. He's angry at the world for not recognising his art, despairing at his alcoholic wife Maureen (Emma Thompson) and unable to properly bond with his three…