Director: Lynne Ramsay
Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, Alex Manette

Scottish director Lynne Ramsay brought forth another film that delves deep into grief and guilt while being dumb light on things like story and dialogue. That leaves a lot of room for ART, which the Joaquin Phoenix-driven tale is full of. Phoenix stars as Joe, a suicidal ex-FBI agent who rescues trafficked girls. It’s probably best remembered as “the Joaquin Phoenix film with the hammer,” but don’t let the trailer fool you: This is much more about Phoenix trying to find something to live for after a life full of pain and aggression. As a rumination on what goes on in the minds of the suicidal, this film works like a beautiful piece of cinema. Just know that it’s deeper than its paper-thin plot. —khal