JACKIE BROWN
1997, Park Circus/Miramax, 154 min, USA, Dir: Quentin Tarantino

Jackie Brown (Pam Grier) supplements her meager income as a stewardess by smuggling cash into the U.S. for gun runner Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson) - until the day she gets busted at the airport. The cops pressure her to help them bring down Ordell, threatening prison if she refuses. With a sympathetic bail bondsman, Jackie arrives at a bold plan to play the opposing forces against each other. But matters get complicated by Ordell's confederates (Robert De Niro and Bridget Fonda), who have agendas of their own. Edited by Sally Menke.


THE INCREDIBLES
2004, Walt Disney Pictures, 115 min, USA, Dir: Brad Bird

“THE INCREDIBLES was everything that computer-generated animation had trouble doing,” noted writer-director Brad Bird of the challenges the action-adventure represented to his team at Pixar – but the end result was a blockbuster hit that earned Oscars for Best Animated Feature and Sound Editing. Craig T. Nelson and Holly Hunter provide the voices of Bob and Helen Parr, who live quietly with their kids in a Metroville surburb, until the arrival of the nefarious Syndrome (Jason Lee) prompts the Parrs to return to their previous identities as superheroes. Like the film’s visual design, Michael Giacchino’s retro-futuristic score has the feel of 1960s spy movies and comic books while remaining contemporary.


UNBREAKABLE
2000, Buena Vista Pictures, 106 min, Dir: M. Night Shyamalan

When the Eastrail 177 train from New York to Philadelphia crashes, all on board are killed except for security guard David Dunn (Bruce Willis). At a memorial service to the victims, he gets a cryptic message from Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson), an art gallery owner who believes Dunn may have extraordinary powers. A cult favorite that has spawned two sequels, this mind-bending deconstruction of superhero films co-stars Robin Wright and features a suspenseful James Newton Howard score.


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