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Directed by Dan Gilroy
Written by Dan Gilroy
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Zawe Ashton, John Malkovich, Toni Collette, Natalia Dyer, Daveed Diggs, Billy Magnussen, Tom Sturridge, Alan Mendell, Mig Macario, Nitya Vidyasagar, Sedale Threatt Jr., Pat Healey, Steven Williams, Marco Rodriguez, Stefan Marks, Pisay Pao, Rob Brownstein, Peter Gadiot, & Mark Steger as Hoboman!
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It’s no breaking news that the art world is a pretentious world indeed. Still, I think there is something satisfying when a film so aptly captures that pretentiousness in an unflinching look at those overcome with a view that doesn’t go much further than the mirrored screen of their smart phones. VELVET BUZZSAW, with its wonderful performances and scathing view of the LA art scene, does just that. It also, eventually, becomes a light-hearted, yet gratifying horror film.

Jake Gyllenhaal leads an all star cast as an influential art critic named Morf, one of many people who get caught up in a supernatural mystery involving a mysterious recluse named Dease, who dies and leaves word that his paintings are to be destroyed after his passing. When an eager to succeed assistant art proprietor Josephina (ANT MAN & THE WASP’s Zawe Ashton) happens upon the paintings, she ignores his final wishes and attempts to cash in on them, immediately making her the hottest art dealer in town and making Dease an overnight sensation with his entrancing paintings. Partnering with her boss (an infamous, no-nonsense dealer named Rhodora Haze, played by Rene Russo), Josephina exhibits the pieces, which begin a series of murderous events. As important people in the art world begin to perish, Josephina suspects that the paintings are the cause of it all. But do Josephina’s desires for fame and fortune surpass her consideration for the bodies left in the painting’s wake?

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