1940, IPMA, 120 min, USA, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

With the advent of World War II looming, action reporter Johnny Jones (Joel McCrea) is assigned the job of European correspondent for his New York newspaper and told to track down the secret treaty made by two unnamed European countries and a famous diplomat, Mr. Van Meer. Of course this assignment proves more treacherous than Johnny bargained for, and a deadly, positively Hitchcockian game of cat-and-mouse ensues. Look for the now-famous umbrella sequence, tracking a killer’s getaway, and the eerily cinematic windmill scene. With Laraine Day and George Sanders.

2004, TLA Releasing, 111 min, Italy, Dir: David Grieco

It is 1984 in Kiev, and communist professor Andrej Romanovic Evilenko (Malcolm McDowell) is dismissed from his teaching position after charges of pedophilic behavior toward one of his students. Thus begins the harrowing real-life tale of a serial killer who terrorized Russia, raping, killing and cannibalizing women and children, with magistrate and family man Vadim Timurouvic Lesiev (Marton Csokas) assigned to catch the psychopath before more civilians fall prey to his depravities.

2003, Lionsgate, 79 min, USA, Dir: Chris Kentis, Laura Lau

Susan (Blanchard Ryan) and Daniel (Daniel Travis) take a daylong scuba diving trip while vacationing in the Caribbean. When a miscount happens on their tour boat, the couple is left behind in the middle of the ocean, with darkness descending and a stealthily increasing school of sharks circling ominously in the waters below. A terrifying breakout hit at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, OPEN WATER is a startling docudrama that takes the familiar horror trope of the lurking, unseen shark and gives it an unsettling home-movie feel.

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