THE PLATFORM (R21)
94 minutes/streaming on Netflix/3 stars
This Spanish-language science-fiction thriller has a premise that comes from the "concepts dreamed up by over-stimulated first-year students late one night in a dorm room" book.
Set in an alternate-reality multi-storey prison block where inmates eat what is left of the food sent down from the upper floors, this allegory about capitalism finds its freshness in black humour and horror shocks.
PHANTOM THREAD (NC16)
130 minutes/streaming on Netflix/3.5 stars
In this 2017 drama, director Paul Thomas Anderson once more explores human monsters made terrible by their obsessive nature.
Celebrated fashion designer Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) is a man whose genius is matched only by his overwhelming need for control over every aspect of his life, including his lovers.
His sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) takes care of the day-to-day business in his London apartment, which doubles as his studio. He falls in love with waitress Alma (Vicky Krieps) but inevitably, the relationship falters once she gets a taste of his compulsions.
The pace is stately, and the visuals are lush, pushed along nicely by the neo-classical music score of frequent Anderson collaborator Jonny Greenwood (of British alternative rock band Radiohead).
The film earned six Oscar nominations, including for Best Original Score, and won for Best Costume Design.
SORRY TO BOTHER YOU (R21)
106 minutes/streaming on HBO Go/4 stars
This 2018 comedic dig at capitalism and broken race relations mixes the sweet with the sour, the silly with the serious.
Cassius (Lakeith Stanfield) takes a soul-crushing telemarketing job and rises up the corporate ladder because on the phone, no one can tell he is black.
But the "whiter" he becomes, the more estranged he is from his girl, the activist Detroit (Tessa Thompson).
Musician-turned-film-maker Boots Riley cranks up the volume in the anarchic third act.