THE SOCIAL NETWORK
2010, Sony Repertory, 120 min, USA, Dir: David Fincher

You don't get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies. Spurred on by a bitter taste for revenge after his girlfriend dumps him, computer whiz Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) creates a social networking site that evolves into an international phenomenon: Facebook. He and his partners quickly discover, however, that success comes at a very high price. Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s Oscar-winning script recalls both the rapid-fire newspaper comedies of the classic studio era and the smart adult dramas of the 1970s while remaining contemporary. Costarring Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake and Armie Hammer, and featuring an edgy original score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (which was also an Oscar winner).


LOUDER THAN BOMBS
2015, The Orchard, 109 min, Norway/France/Denmark/USA, Dir: Joachim Trier

In director Joachim Trier’s first feature in English, war photographer Isabelle Reed (Isabelle Huppert) - whose work has taken her to the most dangerous places in the world – dies in a car accident just a few miles from her New York home. She leaves a grief-stricken husband, Gene (Gabriel Byrne), and sons Jonah (Jesse Eisenberg) and Conrad (Devin Druid). Three years later, working on a retrospective of Isabelle’s photography, Gene tries to enlist his sons’ help, but Jonah is overwhelmed by his marriage and a new baby, and hard-hit teenager Conrad has withdrawn into the world of computer games. “A family drama of extraordinary beauty.” - Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal.


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