THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE & HER LOVER
1989, Park Circus/Miramax, 124 min, Netherlands/UK/France, Dir: Peter Greenaway

Michael Gambon stars as a gangster who gorges himself at the restaurant he owns while his disaffected wife (Helen Mirren) plays gourmet food games in the kitchen with her lover (Alan Howard). This disturbing, visually audacious black comedy is Greenaway's unholiest masterpiece.


EYE IN THE SKY
2015, Bleecker Street Media, 102 min, Dir: Gavin Hood

In this timely thriller, British colonel Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren) conducts a top-secret drone operation tracking terrorists in Kenya. When intelligence reveals the group is planning a suicide bombing, the mission becomes more urgent – and more fraught with complications when a 9-year old girl enters the kill zone. This riveting look at the moral ambiguities of modern-day warfare costars Aaron Paul, Barkhad Abdi and, in one of his final roles, Alan Rickman as Powell’s commanding officer.


TRUMBO
2015, Bleecker Street Media, 124 min, USA, Dir: Jay Roach

Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo earned Oscars for ROMAN HOLIDAY and THE BRAVE ONE, but his name didn’t appear in the films’ credits – he’d been blacklisted in 1947. Bryan Cranston (of TV’s “Breaking Bad”) stars in this sharp-eyed and entertaining look at one of Hollywood history’s darker chapters, leading a great cast that also includes Diane Lane, Elle Fanning, Helen Mirren, John Goodman and Louis C.K.


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