FACE/OFF
1997, Paramount, 138 min, USA, Dir: John Woo

A wild, dizzying thrill ride of a pulp epic that is probably the closest in spirit to Woo’s earlier Hong Kong thrillers. Federal agent John Travolta and psychotic master criminal Nicolas Cage exchange identities when a bizarre undercover operation to coax information out of Cage’s brother goes horribly wrong. Cat-and-mouse pyrotechnics mushroom as the beleaguered undercover man feverishly tries to recapture his nemesis - and his face. With Joan Allen and Gina Gershon. “A cinema of violent delirium so breathtaking it plays like visual poetry.” - Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times.


MATCH
2014, IFC Films, 92 min, USA, Dir: Stephen Belber

Adapted from his 2004 play, writer-director Stephen Belber’s engrossing character-driven drama centers on Tobi Powell (Patrick Stewart, outstanding here), a Juilliard ballet instructor who has been asked to do an interview about dance in the 1960s. When the interviewer (Carla Gugino) shows up with her husband (Matthew Lillard), the man starts asking Tobi some very personal questions and it soon becomes clear that their visit has nothing to do with choreography.


HACKSAW RIDGE
2016, Lionsgate, 139 min, USA/Australia, Dir: Mel Gibson

This is the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. Doss was the first conscientious objector awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Costarring Teresa Palmer, Vince Vaughn, Luke Bracey, Sam Worthington, Hugo Weaving and Rachel Griffiths. “Thanks to some of the greatest battle scenes ever filmed, Gibson once again shows his staggering gifts as a filmmaker, able to juxtapose savagery with aching tenderness.” - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone.


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