GOODFELLAS
1990, Warner Bros., 146 min, USA, Dir: Martin Scorsese

Irwin Winkler produced this quintessential mob epic, directed by Martin Scorsese and based on Nicholas Pileggi’s Wiseguy. Ray Liotta stars as Henry Hill, a real-life mobster, whose captivating narration rivals that of previous Scorsese antihero Travis Bickle. Joe Pesci won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor as charismatic sociopath Tommy DeVito, and Robert De Niro shines as the brutal Jimmy Conway. Filled with memorable characters, a wealth of atmosphere, beautiful tracking shots by cinematographer Michael Ballhaus and, as always in Scorsese films, an amazing soundtrack. The all-star cast also includes Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino, Frank Vincent and even a young Michael Imperioli ("The Sopranos") in the small but memorable role of Spider.


APPLAUSE
2009, World Wide Motion Pictures Corp., 85 min, Dir: Martin Zandvliet

When washed-up actress Thea Barfoed (a magnificent Paprika Steen) finishes her stint in rehab, her first priority becomes regaining custody of and re-forming bonds with her two sons. But this is easier said than done, and as Thea feels herself slowly slipping toward her former demons, she confronts the hardest fight of her life. In Danish with English subtitles.


MONSTER
2003, Newmarket Films, 109 min, Dir: Patty Jenkins

Charlize Theron is riveting in her Oscar-winning performance as one of America's first female serial killers, Aileen Wuornos. A highway prostitute in Florida, Wuornos suffers one too many degradations and ultimately snaps, killing her clients so that she can steal their money without offering up her own body. Christina Ricci co-stars as Selby, Wuornos' lover, who dissolves into a jittery, frightened mess during the course of the nine-month killing spree.


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