FAR FROM HEAVEN
2002, Focus Features, 107 min, USA/France, Dir: Todd Haynes

Two relationships challenge convention in a 1950s Connecticut town in this insightful drama that recalls the best work of Douglas Sirk. After Cathy (Julianne Moore) discovers her husband (Dennis Quaid) in the arms of another man, she grows closer to the couple’s black gardener (Dennis Haysbert). Winner of five Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Feature and Director.


INNERSPACE
1987, Warner Bros., 120 min, USA, Dir: Joe Dante

Lt. Tuck Pendleton (Dennis Quaid) volunteers for an experiment in which he is shrunk down to microscopic size; when rival scientists storm the lab, Pendleton is injected into the bloodstream of a hypochondriac (Martin Short) to protect the top-secret technology. This action-comedy take on FANTASTIC VOYAGE won an Oscar for Best Visual Effects. Costarring Meg Ryan.


POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE
1990, Sony Repertory, 101 min, USA, Dir: Mike Nichols

Carrie Fisher adapted her semi-autobiographical best-seller about an actress (Meryl Streep) struggling to get her career back on track after a stint in rehab, and to come to terms with her mother (Shirley MacLaine), who had been a star herself a few decades earlier. Streep’s Oscar-nominated performance makes one wish she got more comedic roles and, as usual in a Nichols film, even the smaller parts shine, with Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman, Richard Dreyfuss, Rob Reiner and Annette Bening among the supporting cast.


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