If prolific reader Carrie Pilby (Bel Powley) watched romantic comedies the way she consumes books, she might see that her dispiriting year as a recluse was ending and that she’d wandered into a merry and bright fairy tale of New York.
More mournful than frightening, the ghost story Lavender centers on the loss of family. Jane (Abbie Cornish) remembers nothing about her own parents or siblings, and her disquieting photographs present abandoned farmhouses as haunted relics of a family’s absence.
The Phenom is the baseball movie Robert Altman never made. In his deglamorized sports drama, writer/director Noah Buschel explores the emotional struggles of promising pitcher Hopper Gibson (Johnny Simmons), who makes the leap from high school to the majors.