SHOPLIFTERS
MANBIKI KAZOKU
2018, Magnolia Pictures, 121 min, Dir: Hirokazu Kore-eda

“Whatever’s in a store doesn’t belong to anyone yet.” That’s the motto of Osamu Shibata (Lily Franky), patriarch of a loving, if larcenous, family living on the margins of Tokyo. When the Shibatas take in a neglected 5-year old, they show her the ropes of shoplifting, but the girl’s arrival brings unforeseen consequences. The Palme d’Or winner at the 2018 Cannes International Film Festival. “This wise and insightful film is delicate, poignant and unexpectedly powerful. More than that, under Kore-eda’s sensitive, casually assured direction, SHOPLIFTERS imperceptibly deepens as it goes on, revealing secrets and lies and expanding its emotional effect on the way to its moving ending.” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times.


THE ORACLE
1985, 94 min, USA, Dir: Roberta Findlay

Jennifer (Caroline Capers Powers) and her husband move into an apartment formerly owned by a psychic, where they find her old automatic writing device, the Oracle. Using it at their housewarming party, Jennifer makes contact with a murder victim, whose spirit asks her to investigate his death - but by doing so, Jennifer becomes a target of the killer.


CUTTER'S WAY
1981, Park Circus/MGM, 105 min, Dir: Ivan Passer

When Richard Bone (Jeff Bridges) spots a guy dumping something in a garbage can on a rainy night, he doesn’t think much of it – until he learns that a murder took place in the same area. When Bone is placed at the scene and becomes a suspect, he and his friend Alex Cutter (John Heard) try to solve the crime, but find themselves awash in conspiracy theories and moral ambiguities.


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