By Brendan Lee
The Death of Stalin
From the creator of infamous TV comedy, Veep, comes a feature length film cut from a similar satirical cloth. Writer/director Armando Iannucci returns to the big screen with a tongue-in-cheek look at the death of one of history’s deadliest dictators. Banned in Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan, this social commentary might be one to line up for.
Prepare to be visually manipulated. Take slow, deep breaths and focus the mind in a desperate attempt to shut off from the horrors around you. Try, but fail, to hide from the fact that everything you’re scared of exists, solely, within your own head. Shot entirely on an iPhone, Unsane stars Claire Foy as she takes the troubled lead in Soderbergh’s latest, visceral feast.
Isle of Dogs
Wes Anderson is the undisputed king of quirky emotional escapades and is back with a new stop-motion fable. In a futuristic Japan, young Atari Kobayashi ventures to an island of quarantined canines and, with the help of a few certain mutts, searches amidst the waste for his own lost best friend.