SNOWPIERCER
2013, Radius-TWC, 126 min, South Korea, Czech Republic, USA, France, Dir: Bong Joon-ho

One of the most dazzling visions of our dystopian future since Ridley Scott’s BLADE RUNNER, this sci-fi thriller takes place on a train carrying the last survivors - Chris Evans, Ed Harris, Tilda Swinton and Octavia Spencer among them - of a manmade environmental catastrophe. But a rigid class structure has been imposed on the passengers, leading to a bloody rebellion.


ADAPTATION.
2002, Sony Repertory, 114 min, USA, Dir: Spike Jonze

From the team who brought us BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, director Spike Jonze and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, ADAPTATION is a brilliantly offbeat comedy starring Nicolas Cage as “Charlie Kaufman,” a confused L.A. screenwriter overwhelmed by feelings of inadequacy, sexual frustration and self-loathing - and by the screenwriting ambitions of his freeloading twin brother, Donald (also played by Cage). While struggling to adapt “The Orchid Thief” by Susan Orlean (Meryl Streep), Kaufman’s life spins from pathetic to bizarre. The lives of Kaufman, Orlean and orchid poacher John Laroche (Chris Cooper), the subject of Orlean’s book, become strangely intertwined as each one’s search for passion collides with the others’.


THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
2014, Fox Searchlight, 100 min, USA, Dir: Wes Anderson

Somewhere in Zubrowka, before WWII wiped that country off the map, sits the Grand Budapest Hotel; at its heart is concierge M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes). With faithful lobby boy Zero Moustafa (newcomer Tony Revolori) at his side, he keeps things running smoothly - until a priceless painting that could tip the balance of a family fortune arrives at the hotel. Writer-director Wes Anderson has assembled an all-star cast for this comedy-drama, with Oscar winners F. Murray Abraham, Adrien Brody and Tilda Swinton joining such regular collaborators as Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman and Owen Wilson.


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