1993, Buena Vista Pictures, 130 min, USA, Dir: George P. Cosmatos

This action-packed, all-star retelling of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral remains one of the most successful contemporary Westerns. Kurt Russell stands tall as Wyatt Earp, a lawman hoping to retire to the town of Tombstone, Arizona, only to find it plagued by a vicious band of outlaws known as the Cochise County Cowboys. Sam Elliott and Bill Paxton costar as brothers Virgil and Morgan Earp, and Val Kilmer gives one of his best-ever performances as the ailing but reliable Doc Holliday.

2014, Open Road Films, 117 min, USA, Dir: Dan Gilroy

Veteran screenwriter Dan Gilroy makes his directorial debut with this gritty nocturnal thriller. What paparazzi are to celebrities, Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal, who dropped nearly 30 pounds for the role) is to crime and accident victims, racing through Los Angeles with a video camera for gory scenes he can sell to a local TV news producer (Rene Russo). In his quest to be first with the most sensational footage, Bloom moves from cutting a few journalistic corners to increasingly dangerous risks. Bill Paxton costars.

1986, 20th Century Fox, 137 min, USA, Dir: James Cameron

Seven years after Ridley Scott’s original ALIEN, James Cameron took the reins with this sinister, explosive WWII movie in space, about a platoon of U.S. Marines stranded on planet LV-426. Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley is darker and richer here - haunted by alien nightmares, going face-to-face with her deepest fears. Watch for Cameron’s flawless feel for detail and pacing as he builds suspense scene by scene (the creatures don’t even appear until almost 50 minutes into the movie!) With Michael Biehn, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen and Paul Reiser.

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