Maps to the Stars

Maps to the Stars

(2014)

David Cronenberg directs Mia Wasikowska, Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson and a menacing John Cusack in this multi-narrative dark comedy/satire on Hollywood and its toxic effect. Nominated for the Palme d'Or at Cannes 2014.... More

The Weiss family is the archetypal Hollywood dynasty: father Sanford (Cusack) a psychotherapist who has made a fortune with his self-help manuals; mother Christina (Williams) looks after the career of their son Benjie (Evan Bird, TV’s The Killing), a child star and a douche. One of Sanford’s clients, Havana (Moore), is an ageing actress pining for a comeback and whose dead mother - also an actress - haunts her.

Adding to the toxic mix, Benjie has just come off a rehab program he joined when he was nine and his sister, Agatha (Wasikowska), has recently been released from a sanatorium where she was treated for criminal pyromania.Hide

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This isn’t the first outlandish film from David Cronenberg, who made Crash (the sex-in-a-car one), A History of Violence and Existenz. But it could be the first to broach a few taboos, namely incest and mental health, all wrapped up in a wildly original, intensely weird yet cohesive plot. Starring Julianne Moore in an unforgettable turn as a self-serving star, and Mia Wasikowska as her schizophrenic personal assistant, Cronenberg explores Hollywood’s most damaged goods, somehow finding a very dark sense of humour along the way.


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  • This creepy portrait of Beverly Hills screw-ups is deeply silly, but it has just enough venomous bite Full Review

  • A gripping and exquisitely horrible movie about contemporary Hollywood - positively vivisectional in its sadism and scorn. Full Review

  • Comes off like a prank more than a coherent take on 21st century Hollywood, even if there are crumbs of truth and wit scattered throughout it. Full Review

  • Part showbiz sendup, part ghost story, part dysfunctional-family drama, the movie instead comes across as so much jaded mumbo-jumbo. Full Review

  • The Canadian horror maestro scrapes away the surface of Hollywood to discover a magnificently Cronenbergian outbreak of tortured families, reprehensible behaviour and extreme violence. Full Review

  • A script written in venom, Cronenberg on bullish form and a cast on full power; this is one of the best Hollywood take-downs ever mounted. Full Review

  • Filled with snarky insider jokes, satiric barbs attacking the rich and vacuous, bitchy one-liners. It's not without flaws, but... to find Cronenberg letting his hair down with what's essentially a comedy is an entertainment in itself. Full Review

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