THE FAMILY FANG (M)
Though best known for his work as a comic actor, Jason Bateman (Horrible Bosses) has been steadily nudging along a directing career in recent times. (His work behind the camera on the new Netflix series crime series Ozark is sublime — be sure to check it out) This dark, deceptively engrossing comedy-drama sees Bateman partnered with Nicole Kidman to portray Baxter and Annie, the damaged adult children of two notoriously strange performance artists (Christopher Walken plays the father, say no more). Bateman and Kidman are a surprisingly effective team casting wise, despite the fact they look nothing remotely like biological siblings. Kidman’s measured performance
(as strong as her acclaimed showing in the recent miniseries Big Little Lies) really comes into its own in the film’s steadily unsettling second half. It is here that Annie must reluctantly confront her greatest fears about her prankster parents and their unhealthy love of the spotlight. Plenty of rewards here for viewers willing to roll the dice.