Forget ‘Fantasy Island,’ set sights on ‘Portrait,’ ‘The Lodge,’ ‘Come to Daddy’

portrait-of-a-lady-on-fire-Portrait of a lady on fire 6Lilies Films_rgbBy Randy Myers

Here are my quick takes on what’s at movie theaters this weekend:

“Portrait of a Burning Lady”: This instant classic about a painter falling for her subject is both elegant and eloquent, and is also one of the very best films of the year. What a shame Oscar snubbed it and director Céline Sciamma. That final scene left me in a puddle. It will do the same for you. 4 out of 4 stars

“Fantasy Island”: ,This chintzy reboot lacks tension, ingenuity. and intelligence. Forget shrieking out “The Plane! THE PLANE!!,”  I want to scream out “THE PLOT!! THE PLOT!!” Avoid: It’s a tourist trap. 1 out of 4 stars

“The Lodge”: A horror movie you probably haven’t heard about but really should is this chillingly photographed mind-messer. Versatile Riley Keough plays a psychologically rubbed raw woman whose psyche unravels while stuck in an isolated cabin with her two unfriendly new stepkids. From visionary horror directors Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala of “Goodnight Mommy” acclaim, this one will chill you to the bone minus  the relentless gore. 3 out of 4 stars

“Come to Daddy”: Speaking of good movies that deserve more high-wattage promotion than the dopey  dud “Fantasy Island,”  here’s one way off  most radars. MVP Elijah Wood stars in this clever, twisty and original  thriller about a father and son reunion that creates some murderous possibilities. Wood continues to impress in indie horror/thrillers, and “Daddy” is one of his best efforts yet. Martin Donovan is terrific in a supporting role.  “Daddy” marks the arrival of director Ant Timpson, a most welcome new voice in horror.   3 out of 4 stars

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