Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Glory (Slava)

Oddly, the only two films that Ismay and I have been to see recently are both deeply tragic (or rather one is, and the other pretends to be), and yet are also comic (or rather one is genuinely if painfully comic, while the other has a few comic moments).  In one, the gripping but unsettling Bulgarian film Glory, the tragedy and comedy are integrally entwined. The other film is Three Billboards. Here is what we think of them (click on image for full reviews):

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Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

Annette Bening is always a joy to watch (see my post on 20th Century Women) and in the scene here when she and Jamie Bell disco-dance together one afternoon, in her cluttered lodgings, she is really flying; Jamie Bell is pretty watchable too. Click on image for full review.

The Florida Project

It's not often you see a film that affirms and celebrates a tender, loving relationship between a mother and small daughter; Brooklynn Prince and Bria Vinaite are brilliant as, respectively, six-year-old Moonee and her pink-and-green haired young mum Halley, living together in a cheap motel, purple-painted The Magic Castle, outside the walls of Disneyworld in Florida.  Click on image for full review ...

Loving Vincent

Oil paintings shimmer with Van Goghian light and movement in a visually entrancing  re-telling of the Van Gogh story. Click on image for full review ...

I Am Not a Witch

In this beautiful, strange and compelling debut feature film by Rungano Nyoni (born in Zambia and raised in Wales), a small girl in rural Zambia, played with a luminous, enchanting grace by Maggie Mulubwa, stands accused of being a witch.  Click on image for full review ...

The Party

Kristin Scott Thomas, Timothy Spall, Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones, Emily Mortimer and Cillian Murphy make up the talented ensemble cast in this short, sharp, up-to-the-minute, hilarious satire on the chattering classes written and directed by the wonderful Sally Potter. Click on image for full review ...

A Ghost Story

Rooney Mara stars as a young widow and Casey Affleck stars as her recently deceased husband who for most of the film is hidden beneath a large sheet in a ghost story that is at once ludicrous and weirdly haunting. Click on image for full review ...

The Big Sick

American/Pakistani stand-up comedian Kumail Nanjiani plays himself, and Zoe Kazan his girlfriend-soon-to-be-in-a-coma Emily Gordon, in this very funny but overlong romcom/ medical drama based on Nanjiani and Gordon's true story, as scripted by themselves.  Click on image for full review ...

The Beguiled

A starry cast appear to enjoy themselves hugely in this stagey Gothic tale of sex, mutilation and murder in the Deep South. Please click on image for full review ...

Kedi

You don’t have to be a cat-lover to enjoy this charming documentary on the street cats of Istanbul; you just have to be interested in people. Please click on image for full review ...