THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE
1992, Buena Vista Pictures, 110 min, USA, Dir: Curtis Hanson

After a sexual harassment lawsuit against her obstetrician husband destroys her life, Rebecca De Mornay decides to return the favor, working as a nanny for the woman (Annabella Sciorra) she considers responsible as she engineers her revenge. De Mornay is chilling as every parent’s worst nightmare in this box office hit, and Julianne Moore leaves an equally strong impression with one of her first big-screen performances.


L.A. CONFIDENTIAL
1997, 20th Century Fox, 138 min, USA, Dir: Curtis Hanson

Director Curtis Hanson brings James Ellroy’s epic, muckraking crime novel to vivid life, zeroing in on a racially charged murder case, media scandal-mongering and police corruption in 1950s Los Angeles. A white-hot ensemble cast sets off the fireworks, including Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kevin Spacey, James Cromwell, Danny DeVito and Kim Basinger, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her Veronica Lake-inspired performance. The rare book-to-movie adaptation that distills a novel’s sprawling grandeur into a devastating knockout punch.


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