PANIC ROOM
2002, Sony Repertory, 112 min, USA, Dir: David Fincher

When Jodie Foster and her daughter (a pre-TWILIGHT Kristen Stewart) move into their spacious New York brownstone, they are intrigued to find it includes a high-security safe room - which comes in handy when intruders Forest Whitaker, Jared Leto and Dwight Yoakam come looking for a treasure that belonged to a previous occupant.


SE7EN
1995, Warner Bros., 127 min, USA, Dir: David Fincher

Morgan Freeman is a big-city homicide cop days from retiring when he’s assigned to a gruesome case that’s just one in what will turn out to be a string of murders. Saddled with a wet-behind-the-ears rookie detective partner (Brad Pitt), Freeman finds himself descending farther down into the urban inferno than he has gone in his entire career. Co-starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Kevin Spacey.


THE IMMIGRANT
2013, The Weinstein Company, 120 min, USA, Dir: James Gray

This Palme d'Or nominee from director James Gray was largely inspired by his grandparents’ experiences coming to America in 1923. Marion Cotillard stars as Ewa, a Polish immigrant whose sister is quarantined when the two arrive at Ellis Island. Desperate to help her sister, Ewa soon is caught between small-time pimp Bruno (Joaquin Phoenix) and his cousin, Emil (Jeremy Renner). Outstanding performances and striking cinematography (by Darius Khondji) bring the period’s gritty reality to life much better than any history book.


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