THE HATEFUL EIGHT
2015, The Weinstein Company, 187 min, USA, Dir: Quentin Tarantino

For this wintery Western, writer-director Quentin Tarantino has marshaled an all-star cast including Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth and Bruce Dern. In post-Civil War Wyoming, a blizzard brings eight desperate characters - a combustible mix of bounty hunters, lawmen, criminals and ex-soldiers from both sides of the war - under the roof of stagecoach stopover Minnie's Haberdashery; it’s anybody’s guess who will make it out alive. Featuring glorious widescreen vistas and music by Ennio Morricone, Tarantino’s eighth film pulses with blood and betrayal.


THE DRIVER
1978, 20th Century Fox, 90 min, USA, Dir: Walter Hill

An extremely tough, pared-to-the-bone noir, vastly underrated on its initial release, THE DRIVER pits existential getaway driver Ryan O’Neal against pitbull detective Bruce Dern in a cat-and-mouse pursuit through the wasted underbelly of mid-’70s Los Angeles. Walter Hill’s homage to Jean-Pierre Melville and the Euro crime film offers spectacular car chases and, in her first Hollywood film, Isabelle Adjani.


THE 'BURBS
1989, Universal, 101 min, USA, Dir: Joe Dante

This mix of comedy and horror was putty in the hands of director Joe Dante. Ray Peterson (Tom Hanks) decides to spend his weeklong vacation just hanging around the house, but that turns out to be less relaxing than expected thanks to new neighbors the Klopeks. Strange noises and bulky garbage bags coming from their house arouse Ray’s suspicions, and when another neighbor vanishes mysteriously, he and his friends on the block team up to discover what secrets lie in the Klopeks’ basement. With Bruce Dern and Carrie Fisher.


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