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    The Killing Of A Sacred Deer (2017)

    The new film from Yorgos Lanthimos, director of Dogtooth and The Lobster.

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    Starring Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman, the psychological thriller/revenge tale, inspired by Euripides, follows a surgeon who has to fight for the survival of his family. Here’s the official synopsis:

    Steven, a charismatic surgeon, is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behaviour of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.

    “The Killing Of A Sacred Deer” opens on November 3rd.
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    Speaking of DOGTOOTH, the beautiful actress who played the younger sister in that film committed suicide last week.

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    So I read on twitter that this got booed at Cannes last night...

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    And then this very detailed and positive review here:

    http://www.screendaily.com/reviews/t...ontentID=40296
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    The Killing of a Sacred Deer



    Looks like an interesting Lynchian horror film.
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    New trailer.

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    Press release!

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    Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman Star in the Critically Acclaimed Thriller Arriving on Blu-ray™ and DVD January 23

    SANTA MONICA, CA (November 27, 2017) – Director Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster) reunites with Golden Globe® winner Colin Farrell (Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, In Bruges, 2009) in one of this year’s most frightening thrillers, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, arriving on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital) and DVD January 23 from Lionsgate. Co-starringOscar® winner Nicole Kidman (Best Actress, The Hours, 2003), the 2017 Cannes Film Festival® Best Screenplay winner is an unforgettable thriller about the sacrifices one man has to make in order to protect his family.

    Dr. Steven Murphy (Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife, Anna (Kidman), and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob (Sunny Suljic) and 14-year-old Kim (Raffey Cassidy). Lurking at the margins of Steven’s idyllic suburban existence is Martin (Barry Keoghan), a fatherless teen he has covertly taken under his wing. As Martin begins insinuating himself into the family’s life in ever-more unsettling displays, the full scope of his intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression that will shatter the Murphy family’s domestic bliss.

    Unforgettably enthralling and suspenseful, the Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh™ The Killing of a Sacred Deer includes a behind-the-scenes featurette and will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital) and DVD for $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.

    BLU-RAY/DVD/DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES
    · “An Impossible Conundrum” Featurette

    PROGRAM
    Year of Production: 2017
    Title Copyright: The Killing of a Sacred Deer © 2017 EP Sacred Deer Limited, Channel Four Television Corporation, New Sparta Films Limited. All Rights Reserved. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2018 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
    Type: Theatrical Release
    Rating: R for disturbing violent and sexual content, some graphic nudity and language.
    Genre: Thriller, Horror
    Closed-Captioned: N/A
    Subtitles: Spanish, English SDH
    Feature Run Time: 121 Minutes
    Blu-ray™ Format: 1080p High Definition, 16x9 Widescreen 1.85:1 Presentation
    DVD Format: 16x9 Widescreen 1.85:1 Presentation
    Blu-ray™ Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio™
    DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio
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    Critic pet directors come in all styles and places. One of the biggest current ones is Greek art-house filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos. After garnering a Foreign Film Oscar nomination for his offbeat DOGTOOTH, Lanthimos made an even bigger splash with his first English-language film, THE LOBSTER(another Oscar nod; Screenplay). Now, despite being booed at Cannes, THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER is getting mostly positive reviews. What his supporters applaud is his "originality" and "unique vision". But, when a film like SACRED DEER comes along that is unrelentingly dire, being "unique" carries one only so far.

    As for it's "originality", SACRED DEER's plot about the sins of one family member being payed for by the entire family is as old as...well, in this case, 400 B.C. (Iphigenia in Aulis by Euripides)! The picture is finely photographed (in 35mm) by Thimios Bakatkis with some superb compositions. Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell do what they can with the material, as do the three younger co-stars. Some of the music choices are effective on their own (it's a compilation score).

    All of this makes it all the most disappointing that Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou's screenplay is so relentlessly aimless. The clipped dialogue, bizarre allusions and grotesque behavior may have worked within the context of an off-kilter film such as THE LOBSTER (even there, the movie ran out of ideas long before the finish line), but, in SACRED DEER it becomes a dirge.

    I understand the pull of seeing something different for critics who see a lot of movies. I value that as well. But, call me a philistine, but, I will take a modestly made movie with competent performances and a cogent script over the "original" and "unique vision" of a SACRED DEER.

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