The Little Death:
Funny-man Josh Lawson (Any Questions For Ben?) steps behind and in front of the camera for this boundary-breaking comedy about the sex-capades of six Australian couples. Lawson is daring in his multi-story narrative, with sensitive and taboo topics like rape and fetishes out in the open. This Aussie flick is an exploration of sex, love, relationships and human connection, and boasts am impressive cast line-up that includes Bojana Novakovic, Lachy Hulme, Lisa McCune, Patrick Brammall and Kate Mulvany. With a premise this smutty, is nice to see Lawson’s has handled all areas with humorous flair and originality and has created a film that thinks with its head and not its… well, y’know.
The Little Death is out now
Georgian filmmaker Nan Ekvtimishvili (Lost Mainland) has delved into her childhood to this gritty, grown-up world of war and masculinity. It’s 1992, Tbilisi where 14 year olds Eka – Lika Babluani and Natia – Mariam Bokeria are best friends, and the film depicts their unforgettable story friendship, love and family within a world of upheaval. The girl’s are forced to abandon their innocence in a world of total disrespect for authority, war and adolescent trials and tribulations. This neo-realist film is filthy, abrasive and dreary, with long takes and two excellent young actresses at its heart. Anchored by their radiant performances and beautiful cinematography by the renowned Oleg Mutu (The Death of Mr. Lazarescu), this gripping and profoundly affecting film marks the directors and talent as among the most exciting new talents in world cinema.
In Bloom is out now at Palace Cinemas.
The Skeleton Twins:
After ten years of estrangement, twins Maggie (Kristen Wiig; Bridesmaids) and Milo (Bill Hader; Superbad) coincidentally cheat death on the same day, prompting them to reunite and confront the reasons their lives went so wrong. As the twins’ reunion reinvigorates them, they realise the key to fixing their lives may just lie in repairing their relationship. This black comedy teams SNL regulars and Paul co-stars Wigg and Hader on the big screen and the marks only the second film for director Craig Johnson (True Adolescents). In the same vein as Little Miss Sunshine and The Savages, the razor-sharp wit of the script took out the top screenplay prize at the Sundance Film Festival winner and is definitely a must-see for the twins of this world… and everyone else.
The Skeleton Twins is out now
Life of Crime
Jennifer Aniston (Friends), Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption) and John Hawkes (Deadwood) star in this wildly entertaining caper about two ex-cons whose plan to kidnap a real estate developer’s wife doesn’t go quite as smoothly as expected. What they didn’t bank on was that the husband has a secret mistress (Isla Fisher; The Great Gatsby) and has absolutely no desire to get his wife back. Awkward. This offbeat American drama (adapted from the novel by Elmore Leonard) has an all-star cast and impeccable art direction, building an entertaining and hilarious period piece with an aesthetic to rival American Hustle. Evoking the spirit of some of the greatest film adaptations of Leonard’s novels (Get Shorty, Out of Sight and Jackie Brown) director Daniel Schechter serves up a twisty comedic gem.
Life of Crime is out now exclusively to Nova cinemas