1996, Warner Bros., 135 min, USA, Dir: Ron Shelton

The director and star of BULL DURHAM reteam for this engaging romantic comedy set in the world of professional golf. Kevin Costner is Roy “Tin Cup” McAvoy, a gifted but reckless ex-golfer now content to hang out with his buddies on the driving range he owns. When a beautiful psychologist (Rene Russo) shows up for golf lessons, he’s immediately attracted but the woman already has a boyfriend (McAvoy’s former golf partner, now a tournament star). Tin Cup hits the comeback trail to battle his old rival for the U.S. Open title and Russo’s affections. With Don Johnson and Cheech Marin.

1977, Czechoslovakia, 99 min, Dir: Frantisek Vlacil

Director Frantisek Vlacil’s powerful and violent tale of a Moravian farmer faced with untenable choices is set amidst the political chaos of 1947. Retreating from a communist advance, a band of Ukrainian guerrillas hole up in a remote farmhouse where they take a family hostage. The farmer must decide whether it’s safer for his wife and children to resist or cooperate with their captors. Either choice carries a heavy price. With Juraj Kukura, Marta Vancurova. In Czech with English subtitles. "Plays like a cross between one of the more politicized spaghetti Westerns and Peckinpah's STRAW DOGS." - Michael Brooke, Sight & Sound

1993, Universal, 99 min, USA, Dir: Joe Dante

In this laugh-filled valentine to B-movie ballyhoo, John Goodman stars as Lawrence Woolsey, a filmmaker eager to exploit current events and such dubious cinematic advances as “Atomo-Vision.” During the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, he brings his new movie MANT ("Half man, half ant, all terror!") to Key West, Florida. The shifting relationships of the local high school kids add a nostalgic glow to MATINEE’s mix of Cold War paranoia and pop-culture schlock, right up to the climactic screening of Woolsey’s magnum opus. Cathy Moriarty is wonderful as the showman’s mistress/star.

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