We have two new releases for Friday January 31st 2020: The Lighthouse and Queen & Slim.

Read on for a selection of reviews or pop in to make up your own mind!

“The Lighthouse stands as a monument to two titanic performances. Pattinson’s easy naturalism curdles into something unnerving and evil here, while Dafoe goes full German Expressionist villain with the biggest screen performance since Daniel Day Lewis in There Will Be Blood.”
5/5 – Irish Times

“A towering triumph”
5/5 – RTÉ

“Very few films can make you scared and excited at the same time. Just like the lighthouse beam, this is dazzling and dangerous.”
5/5 – Guardian

“It’s a stunning showcase for Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe to unleash their wildest extremes, by positioning them at the center of a two-hander about a descent into madness in the middle of nowhere. It’s the best movie about bad roommates ever made.”

“The Lighthouse is a ferocious battle of wills, a tour de force of cold, clammy suspense and a protracted descent into cabin-fever madness. It is also a gorgeous piece of film craft, a chance to savor the visual glories of a bygone era of cinematic artisanship.”
LA Times

“The movie, building on “The Witch,” proves that Robert Eggers possesses something more than impeccable genre skill. He has the ability to lock you into the fever of what’s happening onscreen.”

“Call it a date movie but one that embraces black history, birthright, family, and protest – wrapped up with all the energy and tension of a neat little thriller.”
4/5 – RTÉ

“This is one of the best and most important movies of the year.”
4/5 – Chicago Sun Times

“There’s a particular thrill when all of a film’s many story elements — here, so dense with symbolism — come together with such thematic and emotional vigor. That intensity pairs exquisitely with the tenderness the film never wants to lose sight of.”

“Queen & Slim is an extraordinary Black Odyssey; a film whose tracks reverberate with echoes of the underground railroad.”
The Playlist

“As the film moves toward its painfully inevitable climax, Queen and Slim fulfills the promise made by Waithe and Matzoukas to create a new form of protest art. Their film isn’t meant to lionize these two everyday people-turned-folk heroes, but to celebrate their strength and pride.”
4/5 – Rolling Stone

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