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.


BARRY LYNDON
1975, Warner Bros., 183 min, Dir: Stanley Kubrick

Winner of four Academy Awards, including one for John Alcott’s marvelous cinematography (the all-candlelit interiors must be seen to be believed), BARRY LYNDON stars Ryan O’Neal as Thackeray’s flawed 18th-century soldier of fortune, struggling to find his place in a rigidly structured social hierarchy. Kubrick re-creates a bygone romantic era with a bittersweet wistfulness and a wealth of nuance and realistic detail. With Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee, Hardy Kruger.


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