ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING
1987, Disney Pictures, 102 min, United States, Dir: Chris Columbus

When Chris Parker’s (Elisabeth Shue) boyfriend cancels their romantic dinner date at the last minute, she reluctantly agrees to a babysitting job. What starts off as a boring night quickly changes when Chris receives a frantic phone call from best friend Brenda (Penelope Ann Miller), who is stranded at a bus station in downtown Chicago. Chris agrees to pick up Brenda but has to bring the kids along with her. Their rescue mission quickly goes off the rails as a flat tire on the freeway sends them spinning into a night of chaos filled with one-handed homicidal tow truck drivers, a car theft ring, a blues bar with one sacred rule and the almighty Thor. Chris now must survive the night and gets the kids home safely before their parents return home.


THE DEAD ZONE
1983, Paramount, 103 min, USA, Dir: David Cronenberg

Director David Cronenberg helms one of the best Stephen King adaptations with Christopher Walken as a young man who receives the gift (or is it curse?) of second sight after a near death accident. Radical upheaval plagues his life as his marriage to Brooke Adams is thwarted, and he becomes involved in helping Sheriff Tom Skerritt track a serial killer. But foreseeing the apocalyptic behavior of power-drunk presidential candidate Martin Sheen provides him with his most tortuous challenge. One of Walken's most poignant, sensitive portrayals.


ESCAPE FROM L.A.
1996, Paramount, 101 min, USA, Dir: John Carpenter

Kurt Russell returns as Snake Plissken, the U.S. government’s go-to guy for dangerous missions in the dystopian future – a time when Los Angeles has been turned into an island prison camp for people whom tyrannical Cliff Robertson has declared undesirable. Hiding among them is a revolutionary who’s stolen the president’s super weapon, and Plissken has 10 hours to retrieve the device before a virus claims his life. Carpenter’s sequel to cult favorite ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK is packed with wicked satire, lots of action and a colorful supporting cast including Steve Buscemi, Peter Fonda and Pam Grier.


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