TRUE LIES
1994, 20th Century Fox, 141 min, USA, Dir: James Cameron

Director James Cameron reunites with TERMINATOR star Arnold Schwarzenegger, who leads a double life as Harry Tasker, a secret agent masquerading as a computer salesman, in this crowd-pleasing action film. Wife Jamie Lee Curtis has no idea she’s married to a James Bond-esque operative, and looks to used car salesman Bill Paxton to add some excitement to her life; she gets more than she bargained for when Harry takes on a Palestinian terrorist group. With Tom Arnold, Tia Carrere and Charlton Heston.


THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD
2007, Warner Bros., 160 min, USA, Dir: Andrew Dominik

This poetic portrait of hero worship gone bad has attracted a cult following for good reason – it’s one of the best Westerns of the last 30 years. Young Robert Ford (Oscar nominee Casey Affleck) is thrilled when he finally gets to ride with legendary outlaw Jesse James (Brad Pitt). But this new member of James’ gang soon is disillusioned by the difference between the man and the myth. Featuring Oscar-nominated cinematography by Roger Deakins, music by Nick Cave and strong supporting performances by Sam Rockwell, Jeremy Renner and Sam Shepard.


L.A. CONFIDENTIAL
1997, Warner Bros., 138 min, USA, Dir: Curtis Hanson

Director Curtis Hanson brings James Ellroy’s epic, muckraking crime novel to vivid life, zeroing in on murder, scandal-mongering and police corruption in 1950s Los Angeles. A white-hot slab of ensemble acting adds to the fireworks, including Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kevin Spacey, James Cromwell, Danny DeVito and Kim Basinger, who won a much-deserved Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance. One of those all-too-rare movie literary adaptations that matches the quality of the original book.


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