SCHOOL OF ROCK
2003, Paramount, 108 min, Dir: Richard Linklater

Jack Black turns it up to 11 in one of his best performances. In this hit musical comedy, the Tenacious D frontman plays a down-on-his-luck musician who bluffs his way into a teaching gig at a prep school and decides that the kids need some lessons in rock & roll. While Joan Cusack and Sarah Silverman offer some resistance, the young band Black nurtures proves a formidable force.


CRADLE WILL ROCK
1999, Buena Vista, 132 min, USA, Dir: Tim Robbins

Based on a still-relevant true story, CRADLE finds writer/director Tim Robbins passionately examining the growing political skepticism and abandonment of arts support in 1930s New York City. Controversy arises over an Orson Welles theatrical production of Mark Blitzstein’s pro-union musical and a politically-charged Diego Rivera mural commissioned by Nelson Rockefeller. With an all-star cast (including Emily Watson, Susan Sarandon, Vanessa Redgrave, Bill Murray, John Cusack and many more), CRADLE brings to life some of the 20th century’s most significant figures.


ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES
1993, Paramount, 94 min, USA, Dir: Barry Sonnenfeld

When Gomez (Raul Julia) and Morticia (Anjelica Huston) welcome a new baby into the family, evil nanny Joan Cusack invades the household and sets her cap for Uncle Fester (Christopher Lloyd). Paul Rudnick's wickedly satirical script, which includes the brilliant conceit of sending the Addams kids off to summer camp, makes this the rare sequel that improves upon the original.


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