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SHORT CUTS
1993, Warner Bros., 187 min, USA, Dir: Robert Altman

Working from short stories by Raymond Carver, director Robert Altman creates a funny, tragic and wholly original portrait of Southern Californians whose lives intersect in surprising ways. The cast is one of Altman's best: Matthew Modine, Julianne Moore, Buck Henry, Lily Tomlin, Tom Waits, Andie MacDowell, Jack Lemmon, Lili Taylor and Robert Downey Jr. are just a few of the stars in this masterpiece.


MAGNOLIA
1999, Warner Bros., 188 min, USA, Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson

Director Paul Thomas Anderson’s mosaic of American life woven through a series of comic and poignant vignettes centers on one day in the San Fernando Valley. A dying father, a trophy wife (Julianne Moore), a caretaker (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a flashy and misogynist self-help guru (Tom Cruise), a police officer in love (John C. Reilly), a boy genius, an ex-boy genius (William H. Macy), a game-show host (Philip Baker Hall) and an estranged daughter (Melora Walters) each become part of a dazzling multiplicity of plots devolving into one magnificent story.


CHILDREN OF MEN
2006, Universal, 109 min, USA, Dir: Alfonso Cuaron

It is 2027, a dystopian future in which humans have lost the ability to procreate. Former activist Theo Faron (Clive Owen) embarks on a dangerous mission to transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary of sea-bound scientists in Alfonso Cuaron's revelatory science fiction meditation, heightened by the mesmerizing bravura of Emmanuel Lubezki's cinematography. With Julianne Moore and Michael Caine.


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