The Power of the Dog – first-look review

The latter’s thespy instincts and over-baked accent (“Well, ain’t that purdy”) are no match for his co-star’s compelling subtlety. “I’m not your brother, you’re a cheap schemer,” he says, as her face crumples. These powers, such as they are, do not serve her. But to keep going, and growing, we need your support. Campion’s style is textured naturalism with the occasional dash of symbolism thrown in for fun, such as in one sexually-charged moment when Phil is simultaneously talking to Peter and banging a giant fencepost into the ground. Little…

The Hand of God – first-look review

It’s a luxuriant and well-crafted film that brings a sense of spectacle to what is a story that’s interested in the highs and lows of low-slung domestic living, though every moment that works is usually trailed by one that doesn’t, making for frustratingly uneven viewing. Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino co-opts the term for this jolly cinematic bildungsroman based on his own upbringing in Napoli during the ’80s, where the hand of some divine force moves people like chess pieces around a giant board and fate deals its daily surprises. Perhaps…

The Card Counter – first-look review

Indeed, the only truly successful characters in the film are one of William’s regular poker opponents, a Ukrainian man styled as Mr USA who, along with a pair of lackeys, chants, “U-S-A! The Card Counter – first-look review It’s Taxi Driver with poker chips in Paul Schrader’s phenomenally entertaining existential thriller.Here are the rules for the Card Counter drinking game. Little White Lies is committed to championing great movies and the talented people who make them. Double Johnnie Walker. Tom Collins with Tanqueray. A crackerjack finale leads to the film’s…