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


A FISH CALLED WANDA
1988, Park Circus/MGM, 108 min, USA/UK, Dir: Charles Crichton

A tale of murder, lust, greed, revenge and seafood. It’s the Ealing Studios meets Monty Python and one of the funniest films ever made. Ealing great Charles Crichton (THE LAVENDER HILL MOB) directs John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin (“Don't call me stupid.”) Kline in his Oscar-winning performance. The best slapstick comedy this side of the Marx Brothers. A movie that manages to be smart, dumb and mean all at the same time.


MAN ON THE MOON
1999, Universal, 118 min, USA, Dir: Milos Forman

Audiences never knew quite what to think about Andy Kaufman, and this biopic from the creative team behind THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT will also keep you guessing. Jim Carrey earned a Golden Globe for his performance as the late comedian, shifting effortlessly between such Kaufman personas as Latka Gravas of TV’s “Taxi,” lounge singer Tony Clifton and inter-gender wrestling champion. Costarring Danny DeVito (who also produced the film) and Paul Giamatti, and featuring the music of R.E.M.


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