THE BIG SHORT
2015, Paramount, 130 min, Dir: Adam McKay

In 2005, money manager Michael Burry (Christian Bale) is startled to discover highly rated mortgage bonds are based on delinquent home loans certain to default. As Wall Street bankers and government regulators ignore this ticking time bomb, Burry invents a financial instrument called the credit default swap in order to “short” the booming housing market. By the time things crash in 2008, he and a small group of contrarian investors (including Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt) will make billions yet will be forever changed by their experience, while millions of Americans lose their homes and the financial institutions responsible for the meltdown are bailed out by U.S. taxpayers.


VICE
2018, Annapurna Pictures, 132 min, Dir: Adam McKay

Dick Cheney was perhaps the most powerful Vice President in history; his policies changed the world as we know it. Christian Bale stars in this epic story about how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world as Vice-President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today. The top ensemble cast includes Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney, Steve Carell as Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Sam Rockwell as President Bush.


STEP BROTHERS
2008, Sony Repertory, 98 min, USA, Dir: Adam McKay

TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY stars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly reunite for this comedy hit in which they play coddled men living with their respective single parents. When their folks fall in love and marry, the two guys become stepbrothers and must learn to get along with each other and start shouldering adult responsibilities. Mary Steenburgen and Richard Jenkins costar.


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