Carnage (dir Roman Polanski; J Foster, K Winslet, JC Reilly, C Waltz)
Great 4-hander via Yasmina Resa; loyalties ricochet; behaviour degenerates; vomiting presides; don’t watch if you are claustrophobic; I’d be murderous too if I was shut in all day with the ramrod-like Foster.
Reversible Errors (Selleck, Macy)
Copycat killer communicates with camera obscura and anamorphsis; unusual and creepy – just how we like it.
True CIA story; Chris ‘Le Creepo’ Cooper slimier than whale nostrils, undone by assistant that looks 14.
All Good Things (Gosling, Dunst)
Unhinged, rich transvestite; serial killer hints but this is never concluded; Gosling poses for a time as organic shopkeeper to satisfy new wifey which is really stretching it.
The Well-Digger’s Daughter (French)
Trez drippy young leads in this story where nothing happens that the frogs do so well; the fathers are a scream; the baby gorgeous.
Butterfly on a Wheel (P Brosnan, G Butler)
Shades of T** G*** but with a much better ending; Brosnan really suits evil characters (no lingering Bondese at all).
The Ninth Gate (dir Roman Polanski)
Depp in 40s private dick mode chasing up very old bits of paper; keep eyes peeled for floating Girl Friday.
The Other Man (Banderas, Neeson)
Riveting; Banderas janitor/gigolo; Neeson, the cuckold, gets on his trail after wife conks out; bizarre ending.
Rendition (Gyllenhaal, Streep)
The Pledge (Nicholson, Wright-Penn, Mirren)
Lots of cameos in this serial killer catcher plot with a frustrating finale; Jack even buys a gas station to bide his time and gets lucky with Wright-Penn who has been uglied-down dramatically.
The Family Stone (Keaton, Danes, Parker)
Typical US rom-com rot including Christmas, cancer and a gay/deaf son with a black boyfriend who have a baby.
Mid-90s book full of moderately amusing anecdotes to inspire new writers; harmless fluff.