The Killing of a Sacred Deer

After such menacing dadaist comedies as Dogtooth (2009) and The Lobster (2015), Greek writer-director Yorgos Lanthimos settles down with a conventional suspense story about a buttoned-down cardiovascular surgeon (Colin Farrell in a thick beard) being harassed by a fatherless teenager with an ax to grind (Barry Keoghan). The filmmaker’s trademark weirdness creeps into the movie at times—particularly in the doctor’s bedroom, where his wife (Nicole Kidman) can arouse him only through the ritual of stripping down to her underwear and assuming an attitude of ravishment across the bed. But Lanthimos’s habitual tweaking of bourgeois values is diluted here by the familiar mechanics of the stalker plot, given a somber, arty staging and periodically goosed by the discordant strings of Hungarian avant-garde composer György Ligeti. With Bill Camp and Alicia Silverstone.