Kate Winslet stars in the stylish but nasty and uneven ‘The Dressmaker’

In “The Dressmaker,” Kate Winslet plays Myrtle “Tilly” Dunnage, a seamstress who returns to her tiny Australian hometown, nursing a lifelong grudge against her former neighbors and hoisting a Singer sewing machine like a six-shooter. Set in the early 1950s, this toxic tale of madness, mendacity, perversity and revenge is a manic, ultimately wearying pastiche of that era’s cinematic genres. One minute it’s quoting the twangy foreboding of spaghetti Westerns, the next it’s paying homage to moody noir thrillers. Adapted from Rosalie Ham’s novel by director Jocelyn Moorhouse (who co-wrote the script with her husband, P.J. Hogan), “The Dressmaker” recalls … Read more

A LITTLE CHAOS

A LITTLE CHAOS Lionsgate and BBC Films present in association with LipSync Films A Potboiler/The Bureau Production A Film by Alan Rickman A female landscape-gardener is awardedthe esteemed assignment to constructthe grand gardens at Versailles, a gilt-edged position which thrusts her to the very centre of the court of KingLouis XIV. Can she overcome thechallenges of this new and complexworld, and the ghosts of her own past tragedy, to secure a future with the man she loves? Madame Sabine De Barra is an unlikely candidate for landscape architect of the still-to-be-completed palace of Versailles. She has little time for the … Read more