Uncut Gems

A charismatic jeweller makes a high-stakes bet that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime. In a precarious high-wire act, he must balance business, family and adversaries on all sides in pursuit of the ultimate win

Adam Sandler was, frankly, robbed of an Academy Award nomination for this. The oft-critically-maligned megastar delivers his best performance to date, as towering presence Howard Ratner, in Ben Safdie and Josh Safdie‘s riveting crime caper about a compulsive gambler who puts everything on the bet of a lifetime. Idina Menzel delivers a killer supporting turn as Howard’s long-suffering wife. Masterful Uncut Gems is so suspenseful and high-stakes it might give you a nervous breakdown; it is essentially a two hours-plus anxiety attack. At its heart, this is a picture about an addiction; Howard cannot, will not stop until he’s ruined everyone’s lives, and until he is stopped.