Roman Polanski's thespian face-off

An impressive thespian face-off (Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly vs Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz) fuels Roman Polanski’s tart black comedy, in which two sets of parents pick up where their kids’ playground spat left off.

Question marks remain over whether this adap of Yasmina Reza’s play offers more than a predictable exposé of snobbery. Polanski thrives on such casual cruelty, positioning characters like chess pieces for each fresh attack.

The actors are enthusiastic pawns, and with so many plates spinning it’s fun guessing which will be smashed (or vomited over) next.

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