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2008, Focus Features, 128 min, USA, Dir: Gus Van Sant

Director Gus Van Sant’s acclaimed biopic of one of America’s first openly gay public officials, Harvey Milk, brings both the man and his 1970s San Francisco milieu back to life. Sean Penn is perfectly cast as Milk, whose fearlessness in the face of prejudice brought him from a Castro St. camera shop to City Hall - where he was assassinated in 1978, along with Mayor George Moscone, by former Supervisor Dan White (superbly played by Josh Brolin). MILK was nominated for eight Academy Awards, winning two of them for Penn’s lead performance and Dustin Lance Black’s original screenplay. With James Franco and Emile Hirsch.

2004, Sony Pictures, 127 min, USA, Dir: Sam Raimi

The reluctant webslinger returns in this smash sequel! Two years on, the red-and-blue costume is weighing heavily on Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire). Along with other personal problems, the love of his life, Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst), is about to marry somebody else, and it seems that no issue of The Daily Bugle newspaper is complete without an attack on Spider-Man. But when a laboratory mishap transforms a scientist into the tentacled menace Doc Ock (Alfred Molina), will the danger be enough to pull Parker and his arachnid alter ego back into the game? This second installment in the Spider-Man film saga was an even bigger hit at the box office and with the critics, and earned a well-deserved Oscar for visual effects. With James Franco.

2010, Fox Searchlight, 94 min, Dir: Danny Boyle

When headstrong, adventure-seeking Aron Ralston (James Franco) finds himself trapped between a rogue boulder and a canyon wall during a rock-climbing excursion, he must do the unthinkable to free himself and save his life. Based on a true story, Danny Boyle directs with slick dexterity this tense, gripping script by Simon Beaufoy. Nominated for 6 Oscars, including Best Picture, Actor and Adapted Screenplay.

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