SPIDER-MAN
2002, Sony Pictures, 121 min, USA, Dir: Sam Raimi

Stan Lee’s conflicted young superhero swings from the pages of Marvel Comics to the big screen in spectacular fashion in this first installment of the Spider-Man franchise. Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is just a kid with a crush on girl-next-door Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst) until a bite from a radioactive spider imbues him with super-strength, acute vision and the ability to climb walls and shoot webs from his wrists. These powers come in handy when Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe), the alter ego of an eccentric millionaire, arrives on the scene. Can Spidey save the city from this super villain, and will he get the girl of his dreams? Director Sam Raimi’s hyperkinetic action sequences pushed the boundaries of special effects and breathed new life into the superhero genre.


HUDSON HAWK
1991, Sony Repertory, 100 min, USA, Dir: Michael Lehmann

Bruce Willis is Eddie “Hudson Hawk” Hawkins, a master burglar who’s just been paroled from prison when he’s caught up in an international chase for a machine that transmutes lead into gold. The machine was designed by Leonardo da Vinci, who hid parts of it in his artwork, and it’s up to Hudson and his partner (Danny Aiello) to piece all it together. But with the Mafia, the CIA, the Vatican and the evil Mayflower Industries after him, it’s anybody’s guess whether the Hawk will get shot down or fly free. A roller coaster ride that swings from dynamic action sequences to outlandish humor, HUDSON HAWK swaggers with Willis’ signature brio (the actor cowrote the story). With James Coburn and Andie MacDowell.


LABYRINTH
1986, Sony Repertory, 101 min, UK, USA, Dir: Jim Henson

David Bowie and a young Jennifer Connelly star in this tour de force of live-action puppetry. Fifteen-year-old Sarah (Connelly), angry with her little brother, wishes him away to the imaginary land of the Goblin King from her favorite book. Her musings take physical form and she is granted 13 hours to rescue him from the phantasmagoric realm of her own creation, lest the boy become a goblin forever.


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