THE JUDGE
2014, Warner Bros., 140 min, USA, Dir: David Dobkin

Hank Palmer (Robert Downey Jr.) left Carlinville, Indiana behind years ago for a career as a lawyer; returning to his hometown for his mother’s funeral, he’ll need all the legal expertise he has to help his estranged father (Robert Duvall), a local judge accused of murder. Starring two-time Oscar nominee Downey and two-time Oscar winner Duvall, the top-flight cast includes Vera Farmiga, Vincent D'Onofrio and Billy Bob Thornton as the prosecutor gunning for Judge Joe Palmer.


CHEF
2014, Open Road Films, 115 min, USA, Dir: Jon Favreau

Writer-director Jon Favreau stars in this delicious comedy as chef Carl Casper, whose efforts to launch a restaurant in Los Angeles crash and burn. Returning to his native Miami, Carl hopes to bury the hatchet with his ex-wife (Sofía Vergara) and reclaim his spatula as proprietor of El Jefe Cubanos - a food truck he is determined to drive back to L.A. Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman and John Leguizamo are among the all-star cast.


SHORT CUTS
1993, Warner Bros., 187 min, USA, Dir: Robert Altman

Working from short stories by Raymond Carver, director Robert Altman creates a funny, tragic and wholly original portrait of Southern Californians whose lives intersect in surprising ways. The cast is one of Altman's best: Matthew Modine, Julianne Moore, Buck Henry, Lily Tomlin, Tom Waits, Andie MacDowell, Jack Lemmon, Lili Taylor and Robert Downey Jr. are just a few of the stars in this masterpiece.


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