MINORITY REPORT
2002, 20th Century Fox, 145 min, USA, Dir: Steven Spielberg

In 2054, murder has been virtually eliminated in Washington, D.C. by a “pre-crime” unit of the police force that uses three psychics to predict killings before they occur. Stunned to learn that he has been named as a future killer, the unit’s chief, John Anderton (Tom Cruise), goes on the run, tracking down pre-crime creator Dr. Iris Hineman (Lois Smith) and psychic Agatha Lively (Samantha Morton) to find a flaw in the system before he’s captured by his colleagues. Based on a short story by Philip K. Dick, this stunning sci-fi thriller costars Colin Farrell and Max von Sydow.


SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK
2008, Sony Pictures Classics, 124 min, USA, Dir: Charlie Kaufman

After his wife leaves him, theater director Caden Cotard (Philip Seymour Hoffman) decides to stage his most ambitious piece, a production that will encompass his entire life. Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, ADAPTATION), here directing for the first time, uses Caden and the world he creates (which consists of a replica of New York built in a warehouse) to explore the vastness of human experience in all its emotional and intellectual complexity. The result: what Roger Ebert called the best film of its decade. With a stellar supporting cast that includes Catherine Keener, Michelle Williams, Hope Davis and Jennifer Jason Leigh.


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