The Killing Of A Sacred Deer (15)
Director Yorgos Lanthimos and co-writer Efthymis Filippou draw loosely on Greek mythology for a twisted and beguiling morality tale that tests a father’s love to breaking point. Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman deliver haunting performances as parents gripped by fear, while Barry Keoghan oozes righteous rage as a son on a mission to assuage grief with a sacrifice. A blackly humorous scene with a shotgun is a jaw-dropping flourish that reminds us of the writerdirector’s ability to smack gobs without straining credibility. Lanthimos gleefully plays with madness and almost nudges us over the edge of sanity with the characters.
The Son Of Bigfoot (PG)
A bullied teenager’s tragic past is exposed as a lie in Jeremy Degruson and Ben Stassen’s computer-animated romp, which hangs a traditional rites-of-passage story on the existence of an untamed creature from American folklore. The quality of the animation is solid, but character development is two-dimensional and the film’s bouffant arch-villain isn’t remotely threatening.