AWAKENINGS
1990, Sony Repertory, 121 min, USA, Dir: Penny Marshall

Based on a memoir by neurologist Oliver Sacks, this life-affirming drama stars Robin Williams as a doctor working with catatonic patients at a Bronx hospital. Using “miracle drug” L-Dopa, he brings one of them (Robert De Niro) back to consciousness, but as the man struggles to reenter life after decades of dormancy, the limitations of the new treatment become clear. Featuring music by Randy Newman.


SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
2012, The Weinstein Company, 122 min, USA, Dir: David O. Russell

The latest film from writer-director David O. Russell stars Bradley Cooper as Pat Solitano, a teacher trying to put his life back together after a meltdown derailed his job and marriage. He is living with his Philadelphia Eagles-obsessed parents (Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver) when the mysterious Tiffany (Golden Globe winner Jennifer Lawrence) enters his life. The young woman could be the key to reconciliation between Pat and his wife - but she wants something in return. Adapted from a novel by Matthew Quick, this quirky romantic dramedy earned 8 Academy Awards nominations, including all four acting categories. With Julia Stiles and Chris Tucker.


1900
1976, Paramount, 245 min, Italy, Dir: Bernardo Bertolucci

Bertolucci tells the story of the first half of the 20th-century through the lives of a pair of friends born on the same day, one a peasant (Gerard Depardieu) and one an aristocrat (Robert De Niro). As the friends grow up and grow apart, their experiences encompass the changing political and economic climate of Italy, and of Europe as a whole. Donald Sutherland and Burt Lancaster also star in this stunning combination of the intimate and the epic.


Syndicate content