U TURN
1997, Sony Repertory, 125 min, France/USA, Dir: Oliver Stone

On his way to Las Vegas to pay off a debt, Bobby Cooper’s (Sean Penn) car breaks down near the small town of Superior, Arizona, where he becomes entangled with a femme fatale (Jennifer Lopez) and her husband (Nick Nolte) and everything that can go wrong, does. Based the John Ridley novel Stray Dogs, this riveting neo-noir thriller features a top-notch cast including Billy Bob Thornton, Jon Voight, Joaquin Phoenix and Claire Danes.


THE GENERAL (1998)
1998, Screen Media, 124 min, UK/Ireland, Dir: John Boorman

John Boorman was named Best Director at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival for this gritty B&W portrait of charismatic Dublin criminal Martin Cahill (a man who, before graduating to more serious offenses, had once burgled Boorman’s home). Brendan Gleeson is superb as the audacious hood, whose increasing infamy draws the attention of both the IRA and Irish police officer Ned Kenny (Jon Voight).


CATCH-22
1970, Paramount, 122 min, USA, Dir: Mike Nichols

After their triumphant collaboration on THE GRADUATE, director Mike Nichols and screenwriter Buck Henry reunited for this adaptation of Joseph Heller’s satirical WWII novel. The all-star cast includes Alan Arkin, Richard Benjamin, Art Garfunkel, Bob Newhart, Anthony Perkins, Paula Prentiss, Jon Voight, Orson Welles and Henry himself.


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