LION
2016, The Weinstein Company, 118 min, Australia, Dir: Garth Davis

Garth Davis’ feature debut follows the journey of Saroo, a 5-year old boy alone in Calcutta after being separated from his family; 20 years after being adopted by an Australian couple, he uses Google Earth to search for his birth mother. Newcomer Sunny Pawar and Dev Patel are both tremendously affecting as the young and old Saroo, and they receive strong support from costars Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara and David Wenham in this heartwarming true story. “A sober and yet profoundly stirring contemplation of family, roots, identity and home, which engrosses throughout the course of its two-hour running time.” - David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter


EYES WIDE SHUT
1999, Warner Bros., 159 min, Dir: Stanley Kubrick

Thoughtful and masterfully crafted, the final film from legendary director Stanley Kubrick is this haunting meditation on marriage and infidelity. Then-real-life couple Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman star as Dr. William Hartford and his art curator wife Alice, whose relationship is put to the test when she reveals she almost slept with another man. Driven by doubt and curiosity, Dr. Hartford wanders the New York streets and eventually encounters a secretive gathering where sex and danger go hand in hand.


TO DIE FOR
1995, Columbia, 106 min, USA, Dir: Gus Van Sant

There’s nothing that up-and-coming TV weather woman Suzanne Stone (Nicole Kidman, in one of her most audacious performances) won’t do to get what she wants. After marrying a man (Matt Dillon) for his business ties, she feels tied down by his desire for children and seduces a troubled teen (Joachin Phoenix) to get him to eliminate her bothersome husband. Buck Henry’s biting script uses the real-life Pamela Smart case as inspiration for riffs on naked ambition, the justice system and the media circus. Keep your eyes peeled for a cameo by director David Cronenberg as a mob hitman! "An irresistible black comedy and a wicked delight." – Janet Maslin, The New York Times


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