GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH
1990, Warner Bros., 106 min, USA, Dir: Joe Dante

Six years after the original, everybody’s favorite tiny "Woolly Bullies" return to take "a bite outta the Big Apple." When mogul Daniel Clamp (John Glover) decides he’s going forward with plans to evict the Chinatown restaurant that’s home to Gizmo and the first Mogwais so that he can level the building and create a Chinatown Trade Center, things can only get ugly. Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates and Howie Mandell, the voice of Gizmo, return, joined by Christopher Lee as Dr. Catheter.


THE CHOCOLATE WAR
1988, Park Circus/MGM, 100 min, USA, Dir: Keith Gordon

The triumphant return of one of the most criminally overlooked movies of the 1980s! This dazzling directorial debut by actor Keith Gordon (MOTHER NIGHT, SINGING DETECTIVE) is based on the book by Robert Cormier and compares favorably with J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye and Lindsay Anderson’s IF… for depicting the often surreal absurdity of boarding-school life. Ilan Mitchell-Smith is a student who resists the orders of headmaster Brother John (John Glover) to participate in a school-wide chocolate-selling fundraiser. He consequently incurs the wrath of the students’ fascist secret society, run by Wallace Langham and Adam Baldwin, who go to ridiculous lengths to break his will. Yaz and Peter Gabriel combine for one of the most haunting soundtracks of all time.


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