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STILL ALICE (12A) JULIANNE Moore delivers an Oscar-winning perfor- mance as a forty-something mother faced with an early diagnosis of this cruel dis- ease in Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s heartfelt drama. Based on the novel by Lisa Genova, Still Alice simply, yet power- fully, conveys the emotional devastation for the central character and the ripple effect for her family. Cel- ebrated linguistics profes- sor Alice Howland (Moore) leads a charmed life. She has a husband John (Alex Baldwin) and three grown- up children, Anna (Kate Bosworth), Tom (Hunter Parrish) and Lydia (Kristen Stewart), who are forging divergent paths through life. But when Alice begins to forget simple vocabulary, she seeks guidance from family medic, Dr Benjamin (Stephen Kunken). He rules out tumours or a stroke but suspects that Alice is exhib- iting the early symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Tests confirm the doctor’s fears and since the condition can be passed down, Alice calls together her brood. She advises her children to be tested, which poses a dilemma for Anna and her husband Charlie (Shane McRae), who are ex- pecting twins. Anchored by Moore’s spellbinding work, Still Alice is a modern fam- ily portrait that will strike an unsettling chord. Rating: Four stars


BUSINESS (15) DAN Trunkman (Vaughn) is a salesman at Dynamic Pro- gressive Systems, who sacri- fices precious time with his wife (June Diane Raphael)

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nates the relationship. Three years later, Nicky is in Bue- nos Aires at a race car circuit for a scam involving team owners Garriga (Rodrigo Santoro) and McEwen (Rob- ert Taylor). The stakes are high and Garriga is protected by a straight-shooting body- guard called Ownes (Gerald McRaney), who thinks sleep is for wimps. Just as Nicky is poised to initiate his elabo- rate scheme, Jess reappears and throws the veteran con man into an emotional tail- spin.

Rating: Three stars OSCAR WINNER: Julianne Moore stars as Dr. Alice Howland in Sony Pictures Classics’ Still Alice

and two children (Britton Sear, Ella Anderson), to earn meagre commissions on the road. Following an argument with spiteful sales manager Chuck Portnoy (Sienna Mill- er), Dan quits and establishes himself as a hardworking small-business owner. His fledgling company, Apex Se- lect, has two employees: Mike Pancake (Dave Franco), the butt of many of the film’s mean-spirited jibes, and Timothy McWinters (Tom Wilkinson), who is trapped

in a loveless marriage and craves sexual thrills from other women: “I would settle for one shade of grey,” he la- ments. Dan breathes a huge sigh of relief when he closes a major deal with Jim Spinch (James Marsden) that sim- ply requires a handshake in person. Dan flies off to close the deal, flanked by Timothy and Mike. Upon arrival, the trio learns that Chuck is in town to steal the business for Dynamic so Dan resorts to extreme measures to win

the contract, embarking on a madcap series of misadven- tures that includes an embar- rassing detour to a gay fetish event with Spinch’s assistant (Nick Frost). Meanwhile, back at home, Dan’s son is bullied mercilessly about his weight. Rating: Two stars

FOCUS (15) NICKY Spurgeon (Will Smith) is a master of misdi- rection, who can sweet-talk

cynical targets into falling for his money-making schemes. Aided by a large crew of pick- pockets and accomplices in- cluding right-handmanHorst (Brennan Brown) and techni- cal wizard Farhad (Adrian Martinez), Nicky follows the money. During carnival sea- son, he operates out of New Orleans and becomes amo- rously entangled with novice Jess Barrett (Margot Robbie). After one major sting, Nicky acknowledges his distracting feelings for Jess and he termi-

IT FOLLOWS (15) AN AIR of doom pervades the opening frames in which a nameless teenager flees her home and screeches away into the night in her fam- ily’s car. The next morning, the girl is dead – her bones snapped and limbs contorted into a horrific tableaux. The focus shifts to virginal Jay, 19, (Maika Monroe), who has decided to give herself to her boyfriend Hugh (Jake Wea- ry). A first night of passion culminates in Hugh restrain- ing Jay. “You’re not going to believe me but I need to you to remember what I say,” he barks, informing Jay that she is now the target for a mani- festation that can take the form of family, friends or to- tal strangers. On cue, a naked woman staggers out of the dark. Back home, Jay’s sister Kelly (Lili Sepe) and friends Yara (Olivia Luccardi) and Paul (Keir Gilchrist) console her but are reluctant to be- lieve Hugh’s outlandish story. When the youngsters clash with the sexually transmitted menace, they acknowledge the deadly threat and go on the run with Jay and neigh- bour Greg (Daniel Zovatto). Rating: Four stars

Keaton stars in unmissable black comedy

BIRDMAN – winner of 4 Oscars, including Best Motion Picture and Best Achievement in Direct- ing, will be screening at The Riv- erfront from Monday–Tuesday, March 9-10. It is a black comedy that focusses on a washed-up ac- tor trying to relive his glory days and reinvent his image in a new Broadway play. Michael Keaton takes the lead

role as Riggan Thomas – an actor known for his role as a superhero named Birdman, which led him to a pathway of fame and wealth. Casted as a “one-time” movie ac- tor, Riggan attempts to shed his old image and create himself a new reputation by writing, direct- ing and starring in a Broadway play. On his path of reinvention, Riggan cannot shake Birdman, who is a constant voice inside his head trying to persuade him to leave the theatre and head back to his old life and continue with The Birdman instalments, which his fans so eagerly miss. On top

of fighting with his mind, Riggan has to deal with egotistical movie star Mike, played by Edward Nor- ton, a daughter fresh out of rehab (Emma Stone) and movie critics who are not convinced by his new upcoming role. With his acting career and personal life in tatters, the boundaries begin to blur as we watch Riggan struggle in the days leading up to the opening of his Broadway play. Birdman is Alejandro González

Inarritu’s first comedy and fifth film in 14 years of his directing ca- reer. As well as a fantastic direc- tor, cinematographer Emmanual Lubezki, known for his brilliant work on Gravity, has outdone him- self with Birdman as the film ap- pears as one continuous take. Having won multiple awards and numerous nominations, Birdman is a triumph on every creative level. No true movie lover would dare miss out on this film, with its laugh-out-loud moments and pow- erful storyline.

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