2016. USA. Dir: Scott Derrickson. With Benedict Cumberbatch. 115 min.
A smug neurosurgeon loses his livelihood but finds new purpose when he’s drawn into a battle over the power to bend and shape the universe. is inter-dimensional trip blends science, philosophy, and magic as pretext for mind-bending visual effects, livening a well-trod genre with cheeky wit and awesome spectacle.
1992. UK. Dir: Sally Potter. With Tilda Swinton, Billy Zane. 94 min.
Commanded by the dying Queen not to grow old, the eponymous nobleman (Swinton) obeys; through the centuries Orlando’s age never changes – though hir gender suddenly does. This wonderful journey was originally conceived by Virginia Woolf but comes to life via the film medium, effortlessly bounding across time and circumstance with a free spirit.