EASTERN PROMISES
2007, Focus Features, 100 min, UK/Canada/USA, Dir: David Cronenberg

Among David Cronenberg’s most accomplished films, this thriller about the Russian mob stars Viggo Mortenson and Naomi Watts. On a rainy night in London, a pregnant Russian teenager arrives in a hospital badly wounded; only her baby can be saved, and Anna (Watts) sets out to locate the mother’s family. What she finds is a web of crime and deception - and a bizarre relationship with enigmatic mob driver Nikolai (Mortenson). Featuring one of the most memorable fight scenes in recent cinematic history, EASTERN PROMISES will keep viewers guessing until the very end.


THE IMPOSSIBLE
LO IMPOSIBLE
2012, Lionsgate, 114 min, Spain/USA, Dir: J.A. Bayona

Just after Christmas in 2004, a tsunami swept across the Indian Ocean killing more than 200,000 people; this riveting drama brings a personal focus to one of the deadliest natural disasters in history. Henry (Ewan McGregor) and Maria Bennett (Naomi Watts, in an Oscar-nominated performance) are vacationing in Thailand with their three kids when the tidal wave separates them; as oldest son Lucas (Tom Holland in a terrific debut) struggles to get his severely injured mother to a hospital, Henry scours the devastated area in a desperate search for them.


MULHOLLAND DR.
2001, Janus Films, 147 min, USA, Dir: David Lynch

In David Lynch's maniacal, notorious thriller, amnesia-suffering Rita (Laura Harring), who barely escapes murder on winding, hilly Mulholland Drive, makes her way down to Hollywood, where she sneaks into the apartment of bright-eyed aspiring actress Betty (Naomi Watts). When the two women encounter each other and try to piece together what happened to Rita, their descent into the freshly warped and hypnotically nightmarish Lynchian rabbit hole ensues. A lethal blue box, an unlucky director named Adam Kesher and a neon-glowing nightclub called Silencio are only the tip of the iceberg in this kinkily off-kilter neo-noir.


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