GARDEN STATE
2004, Fox Searchlight, 102 min, USA, Dir: Zach Braff

Zach Braff earned a “Best First Feature” Independent Spirit Award for this wonderfully nuanced dramedy, in which he stars as a TV actor who returns to his hometown after the death of his mother and learns to look at his life in new ways. Co-starring Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard and Ian Holm, and featuring a Grammy-winning soundtrack.


ANOTHER WOMAN
1988, Park Circus/MGM, 81 min, USA, Dir: Woody Allen

With noisy construction going on where she lives, philosophy professor Marion Post (Gena Rowlands) rents a room in another building to complete her new book in peace. But now she’s next to a therapist’s office and can overhear the patients - among them an expectant mother (Mia Farrow) whose problems strike an unexpected chord with Marion. The top-flight supporting cast includes Gene Hackman, Blythe Danner, Ian Holm and, in his final film, John Houseman. This Bergman-esque drama (shot by Sven Nykvist) is among Allen’s most absorbing.


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!


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