CITY HALL
1996, Warner Bros. , 111 min, Dir: Harold Becker

Academy Award winner Al Pacino stars as New York City mayor John Pappas, a populist leader who harbors ambitions for the presidency. Brilliant young strategist Kevin Calhoun (John Cusack) serves as the mayor's idealistic deputy – but their office comes under fire after a shootout between a hero cop and a Mafia-connected drug dealer leaves a small child dead. Also starring Academy Award winner Martin Landau, Bridget Fonda and Danny Aiello, this taut political thriller reveals the dirty little secrets of democracy and the pursuit of power at any price.


BEING JOHN MALKOVICH
1999, Universal, 112 min, USA, Dir: Spike Jonze

Director Spike Jonze and writer Charlie Kaufman made their feature debuts - and earned Oscar nominations - with this surreal fantasy. When puppeteer Craig Schwartz (John Cusack) gets a job at the strange LesterCorp, he discovers a secret portal leading into the mind of John Malkovich. When Schwartz’s wife (Cameron Diaz) and co-worker (Catherine Keener) learn of this, they begin using the actor to advance their own agendas.


1408
2007, The Weinstein Company, 104 min, USA, Dir: Mikael Håfström

Based on a Stephen King short story, this hit horror thriller stars John Cusack as a writer who specializes in debunking accounts of the paranormal. When he gets an anonymous tip that Room 1408 in New York City’s Dolphin hotel is haunted, he insists on checking in - despite hotel manager Samuel L. Jackson’s warning that he may not live to check out. With Mary McCormack and Tony Shalhoub.


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