THE STANDOFF AT SPARROW CREEK
2018, 88 min, USA, Dir: Henry Dunham

Set over the course of one night, this razor-tight thriller focuses on an imploding militia searching for the traitor in its midst, whose actions resulted in a shooting at a cop’s funeral. With the clock ticking and every second counting against them, retired cop Gannon (James Badge Dale) must utilize his old skills to discover exactly what machinations pervade this ragtag group. Henry Dunham’s exquisite script is married with gorgeous cinematography, painting in rich, complex hues a section of society often represented simplistically on screen, forging an indelible humanity in a set of characters whose actions are often difficult to empathize with.


THE HURT LOCKER
2009, Summit Entertainment, 131 min, USA, Dir: Kathryn Bigelow

Bringing together realistic action and intimate human drama, this landmark film won six Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. In the summer of 2004, Sergeant Sanborn (Anthony Mackie) and Specialist Eldridge (Brian Geraghty) are part of a small counterforce trained to handle Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), a high-pressure job that leaves no room for mistakes. When Staff Sergeant James (Jeremy Renner) takes over the team, Sanborn and Eldridge are shocked by his reckless disregard for military protocol and basic safety measures, and it seems only a matter of time before disaster strikes. Co-starring Ralph Fiennes, David Morse, Evangeline Lilly and Guy Pearce.


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