Films: Michael Stuhlbarg

The Shape of Water

  • 5 stars
  • 2017
  • US
  • 1h 59min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
  • Cast: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Lauren Lee Smith, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer
  • UK release: 16 February 2018

In 1962 Baltimore, Eliza (Hawkins) is a mute who works as a cleaner in a secret government facility alongside the chatty Zelda (Spencer); there she makes a connection with a mysterious monster (Jones). A wondrous tale of underwater love, with an apt and refreshing approach to female sexuality; from screenplay through…

Call Me by Your Name

  • 5 stars
  • 2017
  • Italy / France / Brazil / US
  • 2h 10min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Luca Guadagnino
  • Cast: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg
  • UK release: 27 October 2017

Oliver (Hammer) arrives at a country palazzo in Lombardy to be intern to the family patriarch (Stuhlbarg), but he slowly forms a strong bond with the 17-year-old son Elio (Chalamet). Sensitive and sensuous love story which treats characters and audiences with respect; one of the best films of the year.

Arrival

  • 5 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 1h 56min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
  • Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tzi Ma, Mark O'Brien
  • UK release: 10 November 2016

When 12 granite pod-like spaceships land on Earth, linguistic expert Dr Louise Banks (Adams) is recruited to try to communicate with their owners. Powerful, intelligent and profound sci-fi, with assured direction, impressive but restrained effects and anchored by a mesmerising performance from Adams as the brave…

A Serious Man

  • 4 stars
  • 2009
  • USA
  • 1h 45min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
  • Written by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
  • Cast: Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind, Sari Lennick, Fred Melamed, Aaron Wolff

An idiosyncratic gem filled with details dredged from the Coen brothers' fertile imaginations and woven into a tapestry as rich as anything they've produced in 25 years of filmmaking. Stuhlbarg is wonderful as a physics professor for whom everything is going wrong, and the rest of the cast is largely unknown, making this…

Afterschool

  • 3 stars
  • 2008
  • US
  • 1h 47min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Antonio Campos
  • Written by: Antonio Campos
  • Cast: Ezra Miller, Addison Timlin, Jeremy Allen White, Michael Stuhlbarg

Internet-addicted American prep school teacher Rob (Millar) catches two of his school pupils overdosing on camera while making a school video project. Compelling addition to high school genre.