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Set in the glamour of 1950's post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the centre of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames.
Women come and go through Woodcock's life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love. Paul Thomas Anderson (‘There Will Be Blood’ - also with Day-Lewis) paints an illuminating portrait both of an artist on a creative journey, and the women who keep his world running. There is such pure delicious pleasure in this film, in its strangeness, its vehemence, its flourishes of absurdity, carried off with superb elegance. Could this really be Day-Lewis’ final film (as he has promised)? We hope not!
USA 2017 Paul Thomas Anderson 115m
The extraordinary true story of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth), and his attempt to win the first Golden Globe round the world yacht race in 1968.
Firth is haunting as the mild-mannered English businessman who took on some of the world's greatest professional sailors, in a non-stop attempt to circumnavigate the world. The dangerous solo voyage brought extreme physycal and psychological challenges to Crowhurst - with devastating results. Rachel Weisz stars as his anxious wife praying for his safe return, and David Thewlis is the Fleet Street reporter who fuels Crowhurst’s fantasy of sailing in the race. Director James Marsh (Theory of Everything) brings us this extraordinary tale of a man going to sea, and the family he leaves behind.
UK 2017 James Marsh 101m
When scientists discover how to shrink humans as a solution to over-population, Paul (Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in order to get small and move to a new downsized community - a choice that triggers life-changing adventures.
Part relationship comedy, part environmental warning, Alexander Payne’s (‘Sideways’, ‘About Schmidt’) ‘Downsizing’ is a beautiful, confounding creation. In the near-future, overpopulation has so ravaged the planet that science has turned to “downsizing” – shrinking humans to about five inches in height. Those who choose to “go small” live in tiny communities with all the tiny pleasures of tiny modern life. Paul and wife Audrey are about to make one small leap when – there is a twist. What follows is entirely unpredictable and delightfully humane in its twists and turns, and is definitely one of the most original and interesting films of the last year.
USA 2017 Alexander Payne 135m