MAPS TO THE STARS
Complex look at Hollywood and what it reveals about Western culture.
Also Starring: Julianne Moore, Carrie Fisher, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, Olivia Williams and Sarah Gadon.
Director: David Cronenberg
A loner tracks the gang who stole his car from a desolate town in the Australian outback with the forced assistance of a wounded guy left behind in the wake of the theft.
Also Starring: Guy Pearce
Director: David Michôd
A photographer for Life Magazine is assigned to shoot pictures of James Dean.
Also Starring: Dane DeHaan, Joel Edgerton and Ben Kingsley
Director: Anton Corbijn
Robert Pattinson plays a denizen of the Outback in the near future, after a worldwide financial collapse has sent many like him running to the still viable mines of the Australian desert. “It’s like a new gold rush,” says Michôd. “Where people from all corners of the world have come out to the desert to scrape out an existence. Petty criminals and miscreants and hustlers.” Guy Pearce, who had an uncharacteristically reserved role in Animal Kingdom, gets to sink his teeth into a nicely nasty part opposite Pattinson. “The basic story is really quite elemental,” says Michôd. “You’ve got a really dark, dangerous, murderous person in Guy’s character, and in Rob’s character you have a quite troubled and damaged, but beautiful and naïve, soul.”