The Favourite (2018) - SPOILER-FREE Review

The Favourite (2018) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos

Written by: Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara

Starring: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn, James Smith, Mark Gatiss

Runtime: 119 min

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 Churchill (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne's ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail Masham (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.

Sarah takes Abigail under her wing, and Abigail sees a chance at a 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 fulfill her ambitions, and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.

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The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) - SPOILER-FREE Review

The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos

Written by: Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou

Starring: Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan, Rafey Cassidy, Sunny Suljic, Bill Camp

Runtime: 119 min

Yorgos Lanthimos brings us a metaphorical story about Dr. Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell), a well-known surgeon, and the link between his actions through life, his family and Martin (Barry Keoghan), a fatherless teenager who Steven is secretly taking care of.

As Martin becomes to being closer to the family, his true purpose unfolds and threatens the family's well-being as well as it sets Steven's past menacingly in check.

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