The new year rages on, but the pickings at the multiplex remain mighty slim: a Robocop remake that no one asked for, an Endless Love remake that no one asked for, a big-money Pompeii epic, a love-through-time story that somehow doesn’t star Rachel McAdams, and a Liam Neeson vehicle whose generic title (Non-Stop) may have taken an entire minute to think up. But, as usual, we need not despair: we’ve got a diverse slate of indies, documentaries, and foreign films that will send you to the art house (or, more likely, the on-demand channel) this chilly month.
A Field in England
Release: February 7
Director: Ben Wheatley
Cast: Michael Smiley, Julian Barratt, Reece Shearsmith, Richard Glover, Peter Ferdinando, Ryan Pope
The latest from director Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers) has the casual gore and graphic violence of his earlier work — and the dryly absurd sense of humor — while vastly expanding his visual palate. In gorgeous black and white, he tells the tale of a trio of oddly matched deserters who are terrorized by a pair of dangerous fellows, as well as their own mushroom-induced paranoia. Its most memorable sequence is a bravura visualization of their ‘shroom trip — filled with hallucinogenic imagery, split screens, strobes, and general nightmare vision — but the entire film is as brazenly bizarre as that sequence, and equally unpredictable.