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ShowtimesFebruary 12:3:00 pm, 5:10 pm, 7:20 pmFebruary 13:5:00 pm, 7:10 pm
The culture of haute cuisine gets thoroughly roasted in this sizzling satire from director Mark Mylod (Succession). The Menu offers us a seat at the table with some one-percenters about to be served more than they bargained for. A self-contained farm-to-table paradise, Hawthorne Island represents the pinnacle of exclusive eats, serving celebrities and billionaires. The outliers in this evening’s clientele are Tyler (Nicholas Hoult), a devout foodie pilgrim, and his date, Margot (Anya Taylor-Joy), a layperson along for the free meal. Once seated they are welcomed by Chef (Ralph Fiennes), who precedes each course with a monologue. What all the guests seem to have in common are meaty secrets that each new dish hints at exposing, and only Margot seems immune to Hawthorne’s menu of manipulation. As this foodie fantasy gradually transforms into a culinary nightmare, we come to savour the film’s brilliantly sinister pairings of status and guilt.—TIFF