Murder in the dark

Monumental Pictures

As far as memorable forays into filmmaking go, Tom Ford’s A Single Man was one sure to cement anticipation for what might come out of the brain once behind Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent next. Fragile, piercingly emotional, and featuring a performance from Colin Firth that (likely) helped him win an Oscar a year later, it was a deeply moving and personal but never self-indulgent portrait of grief, a distinct first outing destined to be remembered.

If anything, Nocturnal Animals – Ford’s follow up seven years later – proves that he’s hesitant to rest on the thematic and stylistic laurels deployed in A Single Man, playing in the bloody waters of trashy thrillers while dabbling in cold melodrama. The film exists somewhere between the hoop-earringed 1970s and the smartphone-anchored 2016, Andrea Riseborough donning large . It’s stuffed with top-shelf talent, from Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Michael Shannon in lead…

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