INCEPTION
2010, Warner Bros., 148 min, USA/UK, Dir: Christopher Nolan

Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction: stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb’s rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive. Now Cobb is being offered one last job that could give him his life back if he and his team can accomplish the near-impossible - not to steal an idea but to plant one. It would be the perfect crime … but the team faces a dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. Christopher Nolan’s meticulously constructed sci-fi thriller won four Oscars and features an all-star cast including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy and Michael Caine.


THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
2012, Warner Bros., 165 min, USA, Dir: Christopher Nolan

Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) finds himself up against both relentless evil force Bane (Tom Hardy) and mysterious jewel thief Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) as he is wrenched from retirement by the threatened destruction of all of Gotham City. Christopher Nolan wraps up his Batman trilogy with a satisfying, complex and insanely ambitious meditation on heroism and class that is arguably the greatest comic book film of all time.


BRICK
2014, Focus Features, 100 min, USA, Dir: Rian Johnson

This debut feature from writer-director Rian Johnson takes the cinematic traditions of hard-boiled film noir and wittily immerses them in fresh territory - a modern-day Southern California high school. Fiercely intelligent student Brendan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) prefers to stay an outsider, but when his ex-girlfriend reaches out to him unexpectedly and then vanishes, he enlists the aid of his only true peer, The Brain (Matt O’Leary), to get to the bottom of things. Brendan’s single-minded unearthing of students’ secrets thrusts him up against colliding school cliques and, most ominously, non-student criminal The Pin (Lukas Haas).


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