DANIEL ISN'T REAL
2019, 96 min, Dir: Adam Egypt Mortimer

If you’ve always wanted to see DROP DEAD FRED reimagined as a horror film, then this is your movie! Luke (Miles Robbins) is a Manhattan college student wrestling with his studies, his artistic inclinations and caring for his mentally ill mother. As a kid, he had an imaginary friend named Daniel - who suddenly reappears as an adult. Initially, Luke loves having Daniel around; he's exciting, daring and brimming with confidence, all qualities that Luke lacks. But it isn't long before Daniel's darker side emerges, and what follows is a thrilling and horrific look at mental illness through a genre lens. An absolute gut-punch, and one of the must-see films of 2019.


PURPLE NOON
PLEIN SOLEIL
1960, Janus Films, 117 min, France/Italy, Dir: René Clément

Alain Delon was at his most impossibly beautiful when PURPLE NOON made him an instant star. He plays Tom Ripley, a duplicitous American charmer in Rome on a mission to bring his privileged, devil-may-care acquaintance Philippe Greenleaf (Maurice Ronet) back to the United States. What initially seems a carefree tale of friendship soon morphs into a thrilling saga of seduction, identity theft and murder. This ripe, colorful adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s vicious novel The Talented Mr. Ripley is crafted with a light touch that allows it to be at once suspenseful and erotic, and features some gorgeous location photography of coastal Italy.


MAIGRET AND THE ST. FIACRE CASE
MAIGRET ET L’AFFAIRE SAINT-FIACRE
1959, Kino Lorber, 101 min, France/Italy, Dir: Jean Delannoy

Screen icon Jean Gabin returns as Georges Simenon’s redoubtable French inspector in this superbly crafted crime drama. The action starts when Maigret is summoned by the Countess (Valentine Tessier) to the Château de Saint-Fiacre, where she shows him a letter she has received predicting the day on which she will die.


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