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above: Rosamund Pike in I Care a Lot (2020, Netflix) 

In the Dark

Smiling Through Clenched Teeth

I Care a Lot

Directed and written by Jonathan Blakeson ◆ Produced by Andrea Ajemian and Sacha Guttenstein ◆ Distributed by Netflix

The Shrike (1955)

Directed by José Ferrer ◆ Written by Ketti Frings ◆ Produced by Aaron Rosenberg ◆ Distributed by Universal Pictures


Rosamund Pike is one of the most versatile and accomplished actresses in film today. Whether she’s playing a woman whose family is killed by 1840s Indian savages in Hostiles, or a sociopath who plots to implicate her husband in her supposed murder in Gone Girl, she can be depended upon to deliver a flawlessly convincing performance. Even in her first film role, Die Another Day, in which she played the villainous Miranda Frost against Pierce Brosnan’s James Bond, she displayed a magisterial hauteur that was fully capable of freezing the socks off Her Majesty’s most debonair killer. And she was only 21.

Now, in the uniquely chilling I Care a Lot, she uses her talent to play frostiness to marvelous effect as Marla Grayson, a lesbian entrepreneur icily devoted to skinning the wealthy from behind a dazzling smile. The film is a curdled examination of America’s industrial approach to dealing with our geriatric population. It answers the frequently asked question: What...

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