MINORITY REPORT
2002, 20th Century Fox, 145 min, USA, Dir: Steven Spielberg

In 2054, murder has been virtually eliminated in Washington, D.C. by a “pre-crime” unit of the police force that uses three psychics to predict killings before they occur. Stunned to learn that he has been named as a future killer, the unit’s chief, John Anderton (Tom Cruise), goes on the run, tracking down pre-crime creator Dr. Iris Hineman (Lois Smith) and psychic Agatha Lively (Samantha Morton) to find a flaw in the system before he’s captured by his colleagues. Based on a short story by Philip K. Dick, this stunning sci-fi thriller costars Colin Farrell and Max von Sydow.


SCAMMERHEAD
2014, 108 min, Canada, Dir: Dan Zukovic

In writer-director Dan Zukovic’s (THE LAST BIG THING) darkly comic neo-noir, legendarily unorthodox business hustler Silas Breece (Zukovic) has fled to the desert. Known around the globe for his epic investment schemes and silver tongue, Breece had been setting up deals for a cryptic international collective of financial backers and underworld criminal figures known as "The Consortium." After these increasingly elaborate projects collapse, it’s only a matter of time before Consortium hit men catch up with him ... but can his silver tongue talk his way out? Shot over 7 years in more than 30 locations around the world, this festival favorite features Emmy winner Alex Rocco and Bruce Glover in key roles.


THE H-MAN
BIJO TO EKITAI NINGEN
1958, Sony Repertory, 79 min, Japan, Dir: Ishiro Honda

A sexy, exotic dancer slinks across the stage, showered in flickering lights. A bebop combo wails, sax and drums riffing like Charlie Parker and Max Roach. Square-jawed gangsters with slick hair and flashy vines smoke, drink and watch, doted on by giggling bar hostesses. Just another night at Cabaret Homura, but the heat’s about to come down on these mobsters - that is, until an even more dangerous villain appears. Ishiro Honda’s genre-blending sci-fi thriller is a mix of detectives, hoods, radioactive goblins and atomic paranoia. Starring genre regulars Kenji Sahara as an idealistic scientist, Hisaya Ito as an evil drug lord and Yumi Shirakawa as a beleaguered cabaret beauty.


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