PAN’S LABYRINTH
EL LABERINTO DEL FAUNO
2006, Warner Bros., 118 min, Spain/Mexico/USA, Dir: Guillermo del Toro

In 1944, Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) arrives at the home of her new stepfather, a brutal Spanish army captain (Sergi López). While skirmishes between Franco’s forces and republican rebels rage in the surrounding countryside, Ofelia is drawn to an ancient maze, where a mysterious creature assigns her three tasks. As dazzling as its Oscar-winning art direction, cinematography and makeup are, what makes this multilayered fairy tale one of the greatest films of the new millennium is the masterful way it pushes viewers’ emotional buttons, evoking wonder, fear and relief at all the right moments.


THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT
1996, Warner Bros., 121 min, USA, Dir: Renny Harlin

Schoolteacher Samantha Caine (Geena Davis) has built a good life for herself and her daughter eight years after washing ashore with total amnesia. When a slight concussion and a private investigator (Samuel L. Jackson) restore some of her memory, Samantha realizes she had once been a highly trained assassin - and that she hasn’t quite escaped her past. Sharp dialogue from screenwriter Shane Black helps make this one of the most entertaining action thrillers of the 1990s.


FROM DUSK TILL DAWN (1996)
1996, Dimension Films, 108 min, USA, Dir: Robert Rodriguez

Bank-robbing brothers George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino (in a rare appearance in front of the camera) head to a Mexican safehouse after killing a Texas Ranger. But safety is the last thing they find south of the border, as they make an ill-advised stop at a strip club frequented by vampires. Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis, Salma Hayek and Cheech Marin costar in this wildly entertaining cult horror classic.


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