SUPER 8
2011, Paramount, 112 min, USA, Dir: J.J. Abrams

It is summer 1979, and middle-schooler Joe Lamb (Joel Courtney) and his group of friends in small-town Ohio are shooting a Super 8 film when they witness a catastrophic train crash. The pre-teens suspect the crash may not have been an accident when unusual disappearances and unsettling events begin to beset the town, and Joe’s father, local Deputy Jackson Lamb (Kyle Chandler), initiates a mission to uncover the truth. STAND BY ME meets Spielbergian sci-fi action in this coming-of-age gem from director J.J. Abrams (MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III, STAR TREK). With Elle Fanning.


ANIMAL CRACKERS
1930, Paramount, 97 min, USA, Dir: Victor Heerman

The Marx Bros.’ second film finds them running amok at a swanky Long Island estate where a priceless painting has been stolen. This invaluable record of their last Broadway show features Groucho’s immortal theme song, "Hooray for Captain Spaulding," the classic bridge game and dictating-a-letter routines, and delightful support from the legendary Lillian Roth, plus Louis Sorin, Robert Greig and, of course, Margaret Dumont.


TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME
1992, Warner Bros., 135 min, USA, Dir: David Lynch

In this prequel to the acclaimed television series TWIN PEAKS, David Lynch investigates the final days of the ill-fated Laura Palmer. In typical Lynchian fashion, mysteries beget more mysteries, and the dark side of the human condition coexists with moments of profound romanticism and visual poetry. An all-star cast includes Lynch regulars Kyle MacLachlan, Ray Wise and Harry Dean Stanton as well as Kiefer Sutherland, Heather Graham and Moira Kelly.


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