1961, 20th Century Fox, 135 min, USA, Dir: Robert Rossen

Paul Newman is unforgettable as pool shark Eddie Felson, who shakes his loser persona when heartless gambler George C. Scott teaches him the psychology of winning. Eddie realizes too late that obsessive victory over the unbeatable Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason) is empty, since the cost is the destruction of his crippled alcoholic lover (Piper Laurie), in this intense, back-alley poem by director Robert Rossen.

2010, New Video, 115 min, Brazil, Dir: Jose Padilha

Following on the success of 2007’s ELITE SQUAD, director Jose Padilha returns with this breathlessly gripping sequel. Lieutenant Colonel Nascimento (Wagner Moura), formerly a special operations captain, is now a high-ranking official, but he and his second-in-command, Captain Andre Matias (Andre Ramiro), are accused by human rights activists of prisoner execution. Thus begins a bloody political dispute spanning years, involving everyone from government officials to paramilitary groups and criminal kingpins in the Rio de Janeiro slums. In Portuguese with English subtitles.

1977, Rainbow Releasing, 92 min, USA, Dir: Henry Jaglom

Sergeant Jack Falen (Dennis Hopper) is returning home from Vietnam on special assignment: to accompany the body of his friend by train to California for burial. On the way, the mentally splintery Jack engages in nebulous conversation with a number of fellow train passengers, and the lines between reality and hallucination begin to blur. "Dennis Hopper [gives] the best performance of his career in Henry Jaglom's devastating psychological drama on the effects of the Vietnam war on the American psyche." - Peter Biskind, author of Easy Riders, Raging Bulls

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