Writer-director Azazel Jacobs’ low-key marital comedy The Lovers takes a pair of underrated, underutilized performers and allows them to take centre stage. The pairing of Debra Winger and Tracy Letts as an unhappily married couple on the verge of a split makes for an inspired and engaging look at how unhappiness is just as much of a uniting force as joy and how time will make fools of us all.
Sing Street is a smart, touching, and completely charming riff on youth, 80s music, love, passion, and dreaming big. The cast is wonderful, and the music–from the soundtrack to the original songs–is perfect. It’s a film that needs to be seen, and reseen, and it will leave you smiling–I have no doubt about it.
From the United Kingdom comes Thorne: Sleepyhead, a modern and disturbingly realistic mystery about a sharp detective hunting for a serial killer that reminds him all too clearly of one of his early investigations that went terribly wrong.