WISH I WAS HERE
2014, Focus Features, 106 min, USA, Dir: Zach Braff

Aidan Bloom (Zach Braff) could be the central character from GARDEN STATE ten years down the road, after the phone has stopped ringing and even his wife (Kate Hudson) thinks he should get a real job. But when his father’s (Mandy Patinkin) medical expenses start to mount and Aidan must pull his two kids out of private school, he lands a new role - that of homeschool teacher. “Sincere, funny, thoughtful and spiritual, often poignant, and with a deep strain of existential worry running underneath the whole thing.” - Sheila O’Malley, RogerEbert.com.


ALMOST FAMOUS
2000, Paramount, 122 min, USA, Dir: Cameron Crowe

Writer-director Cameron Crowe drew on his own memories as a teenage writer for Rolling Stone to create this incandescent coming-of-age tale (and earn a Best Original Screenplay Oscar). Despite worries from his mother (Frances McDormand), aspiring rock journalist William Miller (Patrick Fugit) lands a plum assignment covering the band Stillwater. On tour, he befriends groupie Penny Lane (Kate Hudson) and – against the advice of rock critic mentor Lester Bangs (Philip Seymour Hoffman) – Stillwater’s guitarist (Billy Crudup).


THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST
2012, IFC Films, 128 min, USA, Dir: Mira Nair

Based on the best-seller by Mohsin Hamid, this thriller from director Mira Nair (MONSOON WEDDING) explores the polarizing effects of both globalization and the war on terror. When Pakistani professor Changez (Riz Ahmed) sits down with an American (Liev Schreiber) in a Lahore teahouse to talk about the teacher’s pre-9/11 past as a Wall Street wunderkind, the life of a hostage hangs in the balance. Shot on three continents with an international cast including Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland and Om Puri, THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST forces viewers to confront their own biases along with the characters’ ever-shifting agendas.


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