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THE DARK KNIGHT
2008, Warner Bros., 152 min, USA, Dir: Christopher Nolan

Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) must protect Gotham City from the Joker (Heath Ledger, in an Oscar-winning performance), whose path of destruction turns Batman’s potential successor, district attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), into the disfigured villain Two-Face. The all-star cast includes Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine. While the bravura action sequences come fast and furious, Nolan’s exploration of the characters’ psyches - and the issue of vigilantism - is equally skilled.


GLORY
1989, Sony Repertory, 122 min, USA, Dir: Edward Zwick

In this epic Civil War drama, Matthew Broderick plays Col. Robert Shaw, a Boston abolitionist chosen to lead the Union Army’s first all-black regiment, the Massachusetts 54th. In spite of Confederate threats to execute all captured black soldiers and their commanding officers, the ranks of the 54th swell with volunteers, including gravedigger John Rawlins (Morgan Freeman) and escaped slave Trip (Denzel Washington). Though the Union treats them as second-class soldiers, the regiment becomes a fighting force, leading the charge on Charleston’s Fort Wagner. The 54th’s courage during that exceptionally bloody battle helped turn the tide of the war, bringing legions of black recruits to the Union cause. Winner of three Academy Awards®, including Best Supporting Actor for Washington. Screenplay by Kevin Jarre. “The magic of GLORY comes from the film itself. It speaks of heroism writ large, from people whom history had made small.” - Entertainment Weekly.


CLEAN AND SOBER
1988, Warner Bros., 124 min, USA, Dir: Glenn Gordon Caron

Hustler Daryl Pointer (Michael Keaton) checks himself into a rehab clinic in an attempt to hide out for a while, but soon has to face the fact that he's an addict himself. Michael Keaton gives one of his best performances as the cocaine-addicted Daryl, and Morgan Freeman and Kathy Baker offer top-notch support.


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