RULES DON’T APPLY
2016, 20th Century Fox, 127 min, USA, Dir: Warren Beatty

An aspiring young actress (Lily Collins) and her ambitious young driver (Alden Ehrenreich) struggle hopefully with the absurd eccentricities of the wildly unpredictable billionaire Howard Hughes (Warren Beatty) for whom they work.

It’s Hollywood, 1958. Small town beauty queen, songwriter, and devout Baptist virgin Marla Mabrey (Collins), under contract to the infamous Howard Hughes (Beatty), arrives in Los Angeles. At the airport, she meets her driver Frank Forbes (Ehrenreich), who is engaged to be married to his 7th grade sweetheart and is a deeply religious Methodist. Their instant attraction not only puts their religious convictions to the test, but also defies Hughes’ #1 rule: no employee is allowed to have any relationship whatsoever with a contract actress. Hughes’ behavior intersects with Marla and Frank in very separate and unexpected ways, and as they are drawn deeper into his bizarre world, their values are challenged and their lives are changed. The terrific ensemble cast includes Annette Bening, Matthew Broderick, Alec Baldwin, Haley Bennett, Candice Bergen, Dabney Coleman, Steve Coogan, Ed Harris, Megan Hilty, Oliver Platt, Martin Sheen and Paul Sorvino.


BEETLEJUICE
1988, Warner Bros., 92 min, USA, Dir: Tim Burton

Yuppies Jeffrey Jones and Catherine O’Hara move into a new home only to find that it’s haunted by a ghost couple (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) with no intention of letting the new inhabitants stay. Their solution: the obnoxious miniature exorcist of the title, a hilarious comic creation played with gusto by Michael Keaton. In this, the first of Keaton’s collaborations with Tim Burton, the actor and director let their imaginations and enthusiasm run rampant to create a horror-comedy classic.


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