FIERCE CREATURES
1997, Universal, 93 min, UK/USA, Dir: Fred Schepisi, Robert Young

The stars of A FISH CALLED WANDA reconvened for this underrated farce adapted from an idea by Monty Python’s Terry Jones and Michael Palin. A series of corporate mergers brings Jamie Lee Curtis to the Marwood Zoo, where the institution’s director (John Cleese) and its owner (Kevin Kline, in a dual role) have differing ideas on how to boost profits. Among the schemes that goes hilariously wrong: a plan to purge the zoo of all animals that aren’t violent enough to draw crowds of onlookers.


GATTACA
1997, Sony Repertory, 106 min, USA, Dir: Andrew Niccol

This sci-fi thriller is set in a dystopian future when social roles are rigidly constrained by genetics. By using someone else’s DNA, Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke) hopes to become one of Gattaca Aerospace Corporation’s flight navigators - a plan that is threatened when a Gattaca administrator is murdered. With Uma Thurman and Jude Law.


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


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