TALE OF TALES
IL RACCONTO DEI RACCONTI
2015, IFC Films, 125 min, Dir: Matteo Garrone

Acclaimed director Matteo Garrone (GOMORRAH) makes his English-language debut with this fantasy-horror anthology film, which takes the classic PENTAMERONE collection of fairy tales as its source. An international cast including Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly, Vincent Cassel and Toby Jones stars in a trio of stylish fables exploring love, desire and obsession.


ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO
2003, Sony Repertory, 102 min, USA, Dir: Robert Rodriguez

The final installment of director Robert Rodriguez’s Mexico Trilogy stars Antonio Banderas as the gunslinging El Mariachi, hired by a CIA agent (Johnny Depp) to kill a renegade general (Gerardo Vigil) working with a drug-lord (Willem Dafoe) to overthrow the Mexican government. Like the Leone Westerns that helped inspire it, ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO is packed with larger-than-life characters and bravura action sequences. With Salma Hayek, Eva Mendes and Mickey Rourke.


ACROSS THE UNIVERSE
2007, Sony Repertory, 133 min, USA/UK, Dir: Julie Taymor

Acclaimed director Julie Taymor adapts The Beatles songbook as a romance set in the 1960s. Liverpool dockworker Jude (Jim Sturgess) travels to America in search of his estranged father and meets the privileged Lucy Carrigan (Evan Rachel Wood); as anti-war protests, music and drugs swirl around them, the two fall in love. More than 30 Beatles songs are heard in this joyous and visually dazzling rock musical, whose story of young people finding their way in a turbulent world remains universal.


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