Jacques Audiard’s latest is a meandering melodrama that finds the emergence of companionship and perhaps love in people broken emotionally and physically. Starring Marion Cotillard alongside relative unknown Matthias Schoenaerts, Rust and Bone is a bruiser of a film that ultimately fails to pack an emotional punch.
A jaw-lockingly sinister look at the side of modelling never really explored by Tyra Banks Co, Girl Model is a sparse but affecting documentary about the under-age beauty business, its victims and its beneficiaries. Director David Redmon does well to keep quiet, leaving it to his subjects to sketch out an deeply worrying world of exploitation and sexualisation.
One-to-watch Gareth Edwards makes his directorial début with Monsters, a micro-budget alien invasion movie that has been garnering (largely) positive reviews and misleading comparisons to last year’s District 9. While Monsters might not live up to the hype, that’s hardly its fault – this is a sweet but uncompromising look at humanity that doesn’t necessarily pander to the popcorn crowd.
Having largely dropped the slapstick and pop-culture references for one-off masterpiece How To Train Your Dragon, DreamWorks return to what is ostensibly their comfort zone with Megamind, a post-modern take on a genre previously tapped by rival animation studio Pixar. Mindful of their past mistakes however, Megamind is another animated heavyweight that should have Pixar stand up and take notice.
A dinner among friends quickly descends into a surreal, nightmarish expose of the darkest human traits in low-budget, high-ambition project The Dinner Party. A great platform for many emerging British talents, the film nevertheless gets rather stuck in its own storyline – leaving an admittedly fabulous soundtrack to do most of the emotional legwork.