THE FAVOURITE
2018, Fox Searchlight, 119 min, Dir: Yorgos Lanthimos

Early 18th century England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen’s companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfil her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.


THE BIG SHORT
2015, Paramount, 130 min, Dir: Adam McKay

In 2005, money manager Michael Burry (Christian Bale) is startled to discover highly rated mortgage bonds are based on delinquent home loans certain to default. As Wall Street bankers and government regulators ignore this ticking time bomb, Burry invents a financial instrument called the credit default swap in order to “short” the booming housing market. By the time things crash in 2008, he and a small group of contrarian investors (including Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt) will make billions yet will be forever changed by their experience, while millions of Americans lose their homes and the financial institutions responsible for the meltdown are bailed out by U.S. taxpayers.


VICE
2018, Annapurna Pictures, 132 min, Dir: Adam McKay

Dick Cheney was perhaps the most powerful Vice President in history; his policies changed the world as we know it. Christian Bale stars in this epic story about how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world as Vice-President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today. The top ensemble cast includes Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney, Steve Carell as Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Sam Rockwell as President Bush.


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