FIRESTARTER
1984, Park Circus, 114 min, USA, Dir: Mark L. Lester

After rocketing to fame in E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, pre-teen Drew Barrymore was tapped for the lead in this Stephen King adaptation. She plays Charlene “Charlie” McGee, a girl with pyrokinetic powers that government agency “The Shop” is eager to harness; her father (David Keith) also has psychic abilities, which he uses to protect his daughter from Shop agents. Sharing the screen with fiery special effects is a top-notch cast - including George C. Scott, Martin Sheen, Louise Fletcher, Art Carney and Heather Locklear - and an electronic score by Tangerine Dream.


THE DEAD ZONE
1983, Paramount, 103 min, USA, Dir: David Cronenberg

Director David Cronenberg helms one of the best Stephen King adaptations with Christopher Walken as a young man who receives the gift (or is it curse?) of second sight after a near death accident. Radical upheaval plagues his life as his marriage to Brooke Adams is thwarted, and he becomes involved in helping Sheriff Tom Skerritt track a serial killer. But foreseeing the apocalyptic behavior of power-drunk presidential candidate Martin Sheen provides him with his most tortuous challenge. One of Walken's most poignant, sensitive portrayals.


THE VESSEL
2016, Outsider Pictures, 90 min, USA/Puerto Rico, Dir: Julio Quintana

In the feature debut from writer-director Julio Quintana, a Latin American fishing village is recovering from a tsunami. Ten years after a tidal wave washed dozens of elementary school students out to sea, young Leo (Lucas Quintana) nearly drowns. The local priest (Martin Sheen) sees his recovery as miraculous, and when Leo begins to build a strange structure out of the old school's remains, the whole town wonders if this is a sign from God. This enigmatic drama was executive produced by Terrence Malick, whom Sheen credited with his own spiritual awakening after the two had collaborated on the 1973 classic BADLANDS. In Spanish with English subtitles.


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