WORDS AND PICTURES
2013, Roadside Attractions, 111 min, USA, Dir: Fred Schepisi

Alcohol and arthritis, respectively, have slowed the careers of writer Jack Marcus (Clive Owen) and painter Dina Delsanto (Juliette Binoche); the two now teach at an exclusive New England prep school. But both are re-energized when a debate rages across campus - which is stronger, words or images? Director Fred Schepisi’s skill in both of these areas has produced a romantic drama that’s as emotionally involving as it is thought-provoking. With Bruce Davison and Amy Brenneman.


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.


ULZANA’S RAID
1972, Universal, 103 min, USA, Dir: Robert Aldrich

When Ulzana (Joaquin Martinez) and a small band of Apaches escape from an Arizona reservation and begin killing settlers, a green cavalry lieutenant (Bruce Davison) is assigned to capture them with the help of a veteran scout (Burt Lancaster). The desert pursuit that ensues is both a tense tactical game and an unflinching look at how ethnic conflicts brutalize both sides. An underrated Western, expertly directed by Robert Aldrich (THE DIRTY DOZEN) from Alan Sharp’s intricate screenplay.


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