Natalie Portman gives a bravura performance as a hugely successful if petulant music star who has refused to let the early tragedy of her life (a school massacre in which she was an unlikely survivor) define her. Spanning decades in the star’s life, the film looks at the perils of fame and the blurred lines that once divided private from public but also considers extremism and gun culture. Scott Walker scores.
Listen to our review of Vox Lux in the May film podcast. It’s the first film discussed: