DJANGO UNCHAINED
2012, Swank, 165 min, USA, Dir: Quentin Tarantino

Set in the South two years before the Civil War, DJANGO UNCHAINED stars Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles, and though success leads Schultz to free Django, the two continue to work together. Through it all, Django remains focused on one goal: rescuing the wife (Kerry Washington) he lost to the slave trade – a quest that leads to Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), the proprietor of the infamous plantation “Candyland.”


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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