A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
2005, New Line Cinema, 95 min, USA/Germany/Canada, Dir: David Cronenberg

This thriller from director David Cronenberg stars Viggo Mortensen as a pillar of a small town community who runs a diner and lives a happy and quiet life with his wife (Maria Bello) and two children. But their lives are forever changed when Mortensen thwarts an attempted robbery and is lauded as a hero by the media, attracting the attention of two brutal mobsters (William Hurt and Ed Harris) who believe he is someone else. “A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE shifts its tone faster and better than any film I can think of … from the deeply serious to the deeply unnerving to the outright parodic with breathtaking speed and effect.” – Manohla Dargis, New York Times.


DARK CITY
1998, Warner Bros., 100 min, USA, Dir: Alex Proyas

Alien "Strangers" whose world is dying collect a group of humans for study in order to find out what makes the heart and mind tick - in solving the mysteries of the human soul, they hope to save themselves. Every night at midnight they erase their subjects' memories and plant new ones - but one man, Murdoch (Rufus Sewell) proves resistant to the experiments and goes on the run, pursued by detective Bumstead (William Hurt) as he falls in love with torch singer Emma (Jennifer Connelly). Working from a script he wrote with Lem Dobbs and David Goyer, director Alex Proyas uses this sci-fi concept to explore the most profound philosophical issues relating to memory, experience, and what it means to be human.


BROADCAST NEWS
1987, 20th Century Fox, 133 min, USA, Dir: James L. Brooks

“He personifies everything that you've been fighting against. And I'm in love with you. How do you like that? I buried the lead.” In James L. Brooks’ groundbreaking, astute critique of televised media’s slippery transition from hard news to fluff pieces, Holly Hunter, Albert Brooks and William Hurt make up the three points in a wonderfully complex love triangle. Jane Craig (Hunter) is an endearingly neurotic and talented broadcast news producer, whose close friendship with bright but sparkle-lacking correspondent Aaron Altman (Brooks) is thrown into trouble when a handsome, charismatic and simple-minded rookie anchor (Hurt) becomes the sensation of their show - and a confusing romantic interest for Jane. All three leads were nominated for Oscars, with additional nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. With Jack Nicholson in an unbilled role as intimidating, god-like anchor Bill Rorich.


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