1917
2019, Universal, 119 min, UK/USA, Dir: Sam Mendes

Oscar-winning director of SKYFALL, SPECTRE and AMERICAN BEAUTY, Sam Mendes, brings his singular vision to this World War I epic, 1917. At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (CAPTAIN FANTASTIC’s George MacKay) and Blake (GAME OF THRONES’ Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake’s own brother among them. Nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Music Score (Thomas Newman), and Best Cinematography (Roger Deakins).


ERIN BROCKOVICH
2000, Universal, 131 min, USA, Dir: Steven Soderbergh

Oscar winner Julia Roberts is at her very best in the title role of this environmentally conscious biopic. Erin Brockovich was working as a clerk at a Southern California law firm when she discovered that residents of Hinkley, California, were being poisoned by chromium in their water supply. The subsequent class-action lawsuit spearheaded by the single mom against utility Pacific Gas & Electric resulted in a record-breaking settlement. Albert Finney co-stars as Brockovich’s boss, a seasoned attorney initially skeptical about the David vs. Goliath fight. “What's pretty original about the picture is that it focuses an investigative drama based on a true story around a comic performance.” - Amy Taubin, The Village Voice


SAVING MR. BANKS
2013, Walt Disney Studios, 126 min, USA, Dir: John Lee Hancock

Walt Disney fell under the spell of Mary Poppins not long after the book was published, and the magical English nanny’s 30-year journey from page to screen is reenacted here. Tom Hanks stars as Disney and Emma Thompson as Poppins author P.L. Travers, joined by an all-star cast including Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti and Rachel Griffiths.


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