12 YEARS A SLAVE
2013, Fox Searchlight, 133 min, USA, Dir: Steve McQueen

Based on the 1853 autobiography of a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery, this exciting historical drama stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup, whose struggle to regain his liberty is thwarted by pitiless plantation owner Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender) and aided by Canadian carpenter Samuel Bass (Brad Pitt). Costarring Alfre Woodard and Paul Giamatti.


PRISONERS
2013, Warner Bros., 146 min, USA, Dir: Denis Villeneuve

With his six-year-old daughter and her friend missing, Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) turns to the police, and the lead detective on the case (Jake Gyllenhaal) arrests a suspect – the driver of an old RV that had been parked on Dover’s street. But after the man is released for lack of evidence, the desperate father takes matters into his own hands. This tense drama boasts an all-star cast including Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo and Paul Dano.


THERE WILL BE BLOOD
2007, Paramount, 158 min, USA, Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson

Heralded by several critics as the best film of the first decade of the 21st century, Anderson’s eight-time Oscar-nominated oil epic is a true cinematic masterpiece. Depicting mineral prospector Daniel Plainview (a brilliant Daniel Day-Lewis) and the brutal, bloody founding of his American oil empire, THERE WILL BE BLOOD is a soaring historical drama that both employs and ingeniously transcends the conventions of epic cinema - shocking and thrilling viewers at every turn. An enthralling exploration of greed, capitalism and violence, this opus thrives as a visually mesmerizing study of an ironfisted oil baron and the developing American frontier he reigns over.


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