The Animal Kingdom

With their numbing sameness, dystopian or end-of-world movie scenarios tend to grow tiresome, and even intolerable now that we have a four-year reference point for how true to life that stasis can be. Pre-COVID, French writer/director Thomas Cailley had been developing a premise involving the spread of a new kind of virus, and as fate would have it, world events gave his ideas new relevancy.

The Five Devils

A witchy tale of time travel, young love and sporty women, Léa Mysius’s sophomore feature is an entrancing puzzle film anchored by compelling performances.