THIEF
1981, Park Circus/MGM, 122 min, USA, Dir: Michael Mann

Director Michael Mann's stunning debut feature stars James Caan as the professional thief of the title, a man whose desire for domestic tranquility clashes with his obligations in the underworld. Featuring a cast of standout supporting performances, with Jim Belushi as Caan's partner, Willie Nelson as his mentor and Robert Prosky as the deadly boss he has to please. Actual thieves served as technical consultants on the film, supplying an array of tools used in real heists.


GALAXY QUEST
1999, Paramount, 102 min, USA, Dir: Dean Parisot

Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman star in this delightfully daft send-up of TV sci-fi. The has-been cast of a “Star Trek”-like television show are suddenly kidnapped by an alien race who believe their TV show broadcasts were real. Watch for subtle and not-so-subtle jabs at the Trek franchise and pop culture in general: The “rock monster” is a mock tribute to William Shatner, who reportedly desperately wanted rock monsters in THE FINAL FRONTIER but had to cut his vision due to budgetary limits, while the evil warlord Sarris was named after unforgiving film critic Andrew Sarris.


JURASSIC PARK III
2001, Universal, 92 min, USA, Dir: Joe Johnston

Bizarre and wealthy thrill-seekers Paul and Amanda Kirby (William H. Macy and Tea Leoni) convince Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) to travel with them to Isla Sorna, the second InGen dinosaur lab. An unexpected plane landing finds the party in the midst of creatures unknown - and lethal - to the lab workers. Things go completely haywire when Dr. Grant discovers massive Velociraptor nests, and vicious dinosaur mothers willing to protect their young at any cost.


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