RULES DON’T APPLY
2016, 20th Century Fox, 127 min, USA, Dir: Warren Beatty

An aspiring young actress (Lily Collins) and her ambitious young driver (Alden Ehrenreich) struggle hopefully with the absurd eccentricities of the wildly unpredictable billionaire Howard Hughes (Warren Beatty) for whom they work.

It’s Hollywood, 1958. Small town beauty queen, songwriter, and devout Baptist virgin Marla Mabrey (Collins), under contract to the infamous Howard Hughes (Beatty), arrives in Los Angeles. At the airport, she meets her driver Frank Forbes (Ehrenreich), who is engaged to be married to his 7th grade sweetheart and is a deeply religious Methodist. Their instant attraction not only puts their religious convictions to the test, but also defies Hughes’ #1 rule: no employee is allowed to have any relationship whatsoever with a contract actress. Hughes’ behavior intersects with Marla and Frank in very separate and unexpected ways, and as they are drawn deeper into his bizarre world, their values are challenged and their lives are changed. The terrific ensemble cast includes Annette Bening, Matthew Broderick, Alec Baldwin, Haley Bennett, Candice Bergen, Dabney Coleman, Steve Coogan, Ed Harris, Megan Hilty, Oliver Platt, Martin Sheen and Paul Sorvino.


JOE
2013, Roadside Attractions, 117 min, USA, Dir: David Gordon Green

Adapted from the acclaimed Larry Brown novel, this taut drama stars Nicolas Cage as Joe Ransom, an ex-con working for a lumber company, who is rarely far from trouble. But when he meets a teen (Tye Sheridan of MUD) who shoulders even heavier burdens, Joe sees an opportunity to be something greater in life and becomes the young man’s protector. Shot on location in Texas with nonprofessional actors rounding out the cast, JOE is among the grittiest and most powerful evocations of the blue-collar South ever filmed.


THE GREEN INFERNO
2013, Open Road Films, 103 min, USA, Dir: Eli Roth

A group of college activists fly from New York to the Amazon jungle hoping to save endangered rainforests and become endangered themselves when their plane crashes near a tribe of cannibals. Noted horror helmer Roth (HOSTEL) returns from a six-year absence with a grisly feature that recalls such ’80s Italian shockers as CANNIBAL FEROX.


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