THE FIFTH ELEMENT
1997, Sony Repertory, 126 min, France, Dir: Luc Besson

Writer-director Luc Besson dreamed up the amazing world of THE FIFTH ELEMENT while in his teens, later turning it into one of the most expensive (and successful) blockbusters ever produced in France. Bruce Willis is flying his taxi through 23rd-century New York City when reconstructed humanoid Milla Jovovich drops into it; she and four stones from ancient Egypt are the only things that can stop an evil power - and its emissary, Gary Oldman - bent on Earth’s destruction. Bursting with eye-popping special effects, costumes and production design, this is an over-the-top sci-fi thrill ride from start to finish!


SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
2012, The Weinstein Company, 122 min, USA, Dir: David O. Russell

The latest film from writer-director David O. Russell stars Bradley Cooper as Pat Solitano, a teacher trying to put his life back together after a meltdown derailed his job and marriage. He is living with his Philadelphia Eagles-obsessed parents (Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver) when the mysterious Tiffany (Golden Globe winner Jennifer Lawrence) enters his life. The young woman could be the key to reconciliation between Pat and his wife - but she wants something in return. Adapted from a novel by Matthew Quick, this quirky romantic dramedy earned 8 Academy Awards nominations, including all four acting categories. With Julia Stiles and Chris Tucker.


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