THE HURT LOCKER
2009, Summit Entertainment, 131 min, USA, Dir: Kathryn Bigelow

Bringing together realistic action and intimate human drama, this landmark film won six Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. In the summer of 2004, Sergeant Sanborn (Anthony Mackie) and Specialist Eldridge (Brian Geraghty) are part of a small counterforce trained to handle Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), a high-pressure job that leaves no room for mistakes. When Staff Sergeant James (Jeremy Renner) takes over the team, Sanborn and Eldridge are shocked by his reckless disregard for military protocol and basic safety measures, and it seems only a matter of time before disaster strikes. Co-starring Ralph Fiennes, David Morse, Evangeline Lilly and Guy Pearce.


ARRIVAL
2016, Paramount, 116 min, USA, Dir: Denis Villeneuve

With all of humanity on the brink of chaos after alien spacecraft land on Earth, the military enlist top linguist Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams) to decipher the ships’ communications and find out why are they here. Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker costar. “Anchored by an internalized performance from Amy Adams rich in emotional depth, this is a grownup sci-fi drama that sustains fear and tension while striking affecting chords on love and loss.” - David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter


THE IMMIGRANT
2013, The Weinstein Company, 120 min, USA, Dir: James Gray

This Palme d'Or nominee from director James Gray was largely inspired by his grandparents’ experiences coming to America in 1923. Marion Cotillard stars as Ewa, a Polish immigrant whose sister is quarantined when the two arrive at Ellis Island. Desperate to help her sister, Ewa soon is caught between small-time pimp Bruno (Joaquin Phoenix) and his cousin, Emil (Jeremy Renner). Outstanding performances and striking cinematography (by Darius Khondji) bring the period’s gritty reality to life much better than any history book.


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