Review: Ready Or Not

Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett Stars: Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Andie MacDowell Throughout 2012's past-lives cascade Cloud Atlas, a recurring phrase bounces into the mouths of some of its many characters; "The weak are meat, and the strong do eat." It's a neat catchphrase for the theme of exploitation coursing through the intermingled narratives. Ready Or …

Review: Hustlers

Director: Lorene Scafaria Stars: Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B Hustlers has been called 'the female Goodfellas' which assumes that the two films and their audiences ought to be delineated by gender, which therefore does a disservice to both. Just as women can take pleasure and nourishment from Goodfellas (a film which I, a man, have …

Review: Her Smell

Director: Alex Ross Perry Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Gayle Rankin, Agyness Deyn Brady Corbet's self-serious essay on stardom Vox Lux culminates with Natalie Portman's Celeste powering out her greatest hits, letting all of the carnage of her personal life fall away in a dance of pop purity. Now imagine that instead of cutting to credits, a …

Review: The Beach Bum

Director: Harmony Korine Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Snoop Dogg, Zac Efron Matthew McConaughey's perma-stoned poet burn-out Moondog careers through his life like an intoxicated playboy crashing his jetski into a pier somewhere down along the Florida Keys. The spectators will stand, slack-jawed, Moet & Chandon in hand until, lo and behold, that fortuitous bastard comes bobbing …