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.


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.


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