SIDEWAYS
2004, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 123 min, USA, Dir: Alexander Payne

Writer-director Alexander Payne's fourth feature film (following CITIZEN RUTH, ELECTION and ABOUT SCHMIDT) starts with two old friends setting off on a wine-tasting road trip . . . only to veer dizzily SIDEWAYS into a wry, comedic exploration of the crazy vicissitudes of love and friendship, the damnable persistence of loneliness and dreams and the enduring war between Pinot and Cabernet. Thomas Haden Church plays Jack, a womanizer who is about to be married. Best friend/wine lover Miles (Paul Giamatti) takes his buddy on a tour of the wine country as a last hurrah before Jack ties the knot. The two buddies soon find themselves caught in a heady mix of wine and woman, with Jack's upcoming nuptials fast approaching.


MORGAN
2016, 20th Century Fox, 87 min, USA, Dir: Luke Scott

Luke Scott makes his feature directorial debut with this sci-fi thriller penned by Seth Owen, whose taut screenplay was named to the 2014 Black List. Corporate troubleshooter Lee Weathers (Kate Mara) is dispatched to a top secret research facility to investigate a terrifying accident. There she meets Morgan (Anya Taylor-Joy), a seemingly innocent bio-engineered being whose existence poses both infinite promise and incalculable danger. Michelle Yeoh, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Paul Giamatti costar.


12 YEARS A SLAVE
2013, Fox Searchlight, 133 min, USA, Dir: Steve McQueen

Based on the 1853 autobiography of a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery, this exciting historical drama stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup, whose struggle to regain his liberty is thwarted by pitiless plantation owner Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender) and aided by Canadian carpenter Samuel Bass (Brad Pitt). Costarring Alfre Woodard and Paul Giamatti.


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