GRAVITY
2013, Warner Bros., 91 min, USA, Dir: Alfonso Cuarón

In this critically acclaimed sci-fi drama, Sandra Bullock stars as Ryan Stone, who on her first mission is stranded in space when her shuttle is destroyed by debris. The collaboration of Cuarón, cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki and a team of talented artisans create cinema that will take your breath away even if your oxygen supply is unlimited. “In depicting the fearful, beautiful reality of the space world above our world, GRAVITY reveals the glory of cinema’s future; it thrills on so many levels.” – Richard Corliss, Time


THE ROCK
1996, Buena Vista, 136 min, USA, Dir: Michael Bay

FBI chemical weapons specialist Nicolas Cage and ex-convict Sean Connery (the only man to successfully escape from Alcatraz, aka "The Rock"), are enlisted to break into the former prison when a disgruntled U.S. general (Ed Harris) goes over the edge, seizing the island with his elite commandos and threatening to attack San Francisco if his demands aren’t met. Bruckheimer’s first film after splitting with partner Don Simpson, THE ROCK is a mega-octane action machine, delivered with characteristic skill and humor by director Michael Bay and acted by a superb cast including Cage, Connery, David Morse, Michael Biehn and William Forsythe.


SALVATION BOULEVARD
2011, IFC Films, 95 min, USA, Dir: George Ratliff

From his mega-church pulpit, Pastor Dan Day (Pierce Brosnan) has captured the affection - and much of the real estate - of a small western American town. Among his loyal flock is recovering Deadhead Carl (Greg Kinnear), who is given cause to question Day’s spiritual leadership by an atheist professor (Ed Harris). Carl soon finds himself caught between his devout wife (Jennifer Connelly), a hippie-at-heart security guard (Marisa Tomei) and an entire congregation eager to ensure that their church isn’t toppled by scandal. This caustic comedy, based on Larry Beinhart’s novel, proves there’s no fury like an Evangelical scorned. Ratliff’s 2001 documentary on a “Hell House” staged annually by a Texas church provided ample preparation for the director, who’s filled SALVATION BOULEVARD with laughs and insight. With Isabelle Fuhrman and Jim Gaffigan.


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