THE MERRY GENTLEMAN
2008, 110 min, USA, Dir: Michael Keaton

Michael Keaton directs and stars in this tale of a tormented hit man who finds a kindred spirit when he encounters an abused wife (Kelly Macdonald) hiding out from her cop husband (Bobby Cannavale). Roger Ebert called Keaton's directorial debut "original, absorbing, and curiously moving in ways that are far from expected."


HAMLET (1996)
1996, Warner Bros., 242 min, UK, USA, Dir: Kenneth Branagh

Director Kenneth Branagh updates Shakespeare's classic to the second half of the 19th century and presents it in all its unedited glory in this epic treatment, one of the last films to be shot in 70mm. Actor Branagh shines in the title role, but director Branagh wisely surrounds himself with an astonishing supporting cast that includes Julie Christie, Sir Derek Jacobi, Kate Winslet, Rufus Sewell, Charlton Heston, John Gielgud ... and even Robin Williams and Billy Crystal! Not to be missed on the big screen.


HENRY V (1989)
1989, MGM Repertory, 137 min, UK, Dir: Kenneth Branagh

Kenneth Branagh became an international star with his debut directorial effort, in which he also stars as the warrior king of the title. Emma Thompson is Henry's love interest, and Ian Holm, Christian Bale and Judi Dench are just a few of the supporting players. A film filled with both lyrical dialogue and smashing action sequences, HENRY V is as exciting as cinema gets.


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