THE IRISHMAN
2019, Netflix, 209 min, USA, Dir: Martin Scorsese

Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci star in Martin Scorsese’s THE IRISHMAN, an epic saga of organized crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century. Spanning decades, the film chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa, and offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organized crime: its inner workings, rivalries and connections to mainstream politics.


STEAMBOY
SUCHÎMUBÔI
2004, Sony Repertory, 126 min, Japan, Dir: Katsuhiro Ôtomo

Writer-director Katsuhiro Ôtomo’s follow up to AKIRA is just as brilliantly visualized as that earlier anime classic. In mid-19th-century England, boy inventor James Ray Steam receives a mysterious device from his grandfather with instructions to guard it carefully. When operatives from the O'Hara Foundation arrive to steal it, it becomes clear why: The “steam ball” can be used as a power source for highly destructive weapons. Again dealing with themes of science and militarism, Ôtomo has created a rip-roaring adventure that’s as entertaining as it is thought-provoking. In Japanese with English subtitles.


TRICK ‘R TREAT
2007, Warner Bros., 82 min, USA, Dir: Michael Dougherty

Equally funny and frightening, TRICK ‘R TREAT captures the spirit of Halloween through four intertwined stories set on the same block. Horny virgins, homicidal school principals, crotchety old men, nosy kids, and a sack-hooded hellraiser named Sam rub shoulders on All Hallows Eve, occasionally running afoul of the night’s traditions. This loving homage to such anthologies as TALES FROM THE CRYPT boasts superb production values and a solid cast including Anna Paquin, Brian Cox and Dylan Baker.


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