RULES DON’T APPLY
2016, 20th Century Fox, 127 min, USA, Dir: Warren Beatty

An aspiring young actress (Lily Collins) and her ambitious young driver (Alden Ehrenreich) struggle hopefully with the absurd eccentricities of the wildly unpredictable billionaire Howard Hughes (Warren Beatty) for whom they work.

It’s Hollywood, 1958. Small town beauty queen, songwriter, and devout Baptist virgin Marla Mabrey (Collins), under contract to the infamous Howard Hughes (Beatty), arrives in Los Angeles. At the airport, she meets her driver Frank Forbes (Ehrenreich), who is engaged to be married to his 7th grade sweetheart and is a deeply religious Methodist. Their instant attraction not only puts their religious convictions to the test, but also defies Hughes’ #1 rule: no employee is allowed to have any relationship whatsoever with a contract actress. Hughes’ behavior intersects with Marla and Frank in very separate and unexpected ways, and as they are drawn deeper into his bizarre world, their values are challenged and their lives are changed. The terrific ensemble cast includes Annette Bening, Matthew Broderick, Alec Baldwin, Haley Bennett, Candice Bergen, Dabney Coleman, Steve Coogan, Ed Harris, Megan Hilty, Oliver Platt, Martin Sheen and Paul Sorvino.


MRS. PARKER & THE VICIOUS CIRCLE
1994, Warner Brothers, 124 min, Dir: Alan Rudolph

Jennifer Jason Leigh gives one of her greatest performances as the brilliantly bitchy, emotionally tormented Dorothy Parker in writer-director Alan Rudoph’s wonderful, sardonic portrait of the legendary Algonquin Round Table of the 1920s. With superb supporting work by Campbell Scott as Parker’s platonic soulmate Robert Benchley, Matthew Broderick as love-’em-and-leave-’em writer Charles MacArthur, and a virtual who’s who of up-and-coming talent including Lili Taylor (as a hilariously-butch Edna Ferber), Gwyneth Paltrow, Peter Gallagher, Jennifer Beals, Martha Plimpton and Nick Cassavetes.


FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF
1986, Paramount, 103 min, USA, Dir: John Hughes

If you ever wanted to know how to fake illness, revive your neurotic best friend (Alan Ruck), get your girlfriend (Mia Sara) out of school, hack your academic record or anything else that will get you out of something you don’t want to do, this is the movie for you! Matthew Broderick reigns as the king of slacker cool in Hughes’ classic teen comedy, twisting and shouting his way across Chicago.


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