WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH HELEN?
1971, Park Circus/MGM, 101 min, USA, Dir: Curtis Harrington

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? novelist Henry Farrell penned the screenplay the this 1930s-set horror thriller. Middle-aged friends Adelle (Debbie Reynolds) and Helen (Shelley Winters) move to Hollywood to escape their past and open a dance studio for Shirley Temple wannabes - but threatening phone calls and Helen’s deteriorating mental state complicate matters. With Dennis Weaver and Agnes Moorehead.


BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD
2007, 117 min, USA, Dir: Sidney Lumet

Director Sidney Lumet returns to the crime genre with a vengeance in this devastating portrait of a family destroyed from within. Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke play brothers whose severe financial problems lead them to attempt a jewelry store heist -- a heist that, when it goes wrong, has ruinous consequences for the siblings and everyone who has the misfortune to know them. Lumet's consummate craftsmanship and an air-tight script by Kelly Masterson make this a modern day film noir that invites and earns comparison with classics like DOUBLE INDEMNITY and OUT OF THE PAST. With Marisa Tomei.


LIGHT SLEEPER
1992, Lionsgate, 103 min, USA, Dir: Paul Schrader

Willem Dafoe is an alienated drug courier in night-time Manhattan, faced with intimations of his own mortality in this underrated, neo-Bressonian crime film from the author of TAXI DRIVER. Dana Delaney gives a powerful, understated performance as Dafoe's ex-girlfriend fated for a tragic end, while Susan Sarandon shines as his drug-dealer boss experiencing her own painful spiritual growth.


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