HELL OR HIGH WATER
2016, CBS Films, 102 min, Dir: David Mackenzie

Desperate to keep their family farm afloat, brothers Toby (Chris Pine) and Tanner (Ben Foster) turn to bank robbery. They’re pretty good at it – but a pursuing Texas Ranger (Jeff Bridges) is pretty good at his job, too. Taylor Sheridan’s Black List-winning script features well-drawn characters and a piercing take on Western ideals in an era of reverse mortgages. “A thrillingly good movie — a crackerjack drama of crime, fear and brotherly love set in a sun-roasted, deceptively sleepy West Texas that feels completely exotic for being so authentic.” - Owen Gleiberman, Variety.


EYES WIDE SHUT
1999, Warner Bros., 159 min, Dir: Stanley Kubrick

Thoughtful and masterfully crafted, the final film from legendary director Stanley Kubrick is this haunting meditation on marriage and infidelity. Then-real-life couple Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman star as Dr. William Hartford and his art curator wife Alice, whose relationship is put to the test when she reveals she almost slept with another man. Driven by doubt and curiosity, Dr. Hartford wanders the New York streets and eventually encounters a secretive gathering where sex and danger go hand in hand.


BLOW OUT
1981, Park Circus/MGM, 107 min, Dir: Brian De Palma

John Travolta gives one of his best performances as Jack Terry, a sound-effects man in the wrong place at the wrong time, who accidentally records a fatal car crash that might be a hushed-up political assassination. Combining forces with escort Sally (Nancy Allen) - an eyewitness with an, er, intimate knowledge of the crash - Jack begins piecing together the whitewashed incident, even as his and Sally’s lives become increasingly endangered. A brashly stylish reflection on the corruption of American patriotism and politics from director Brian De Palma. With John Lithgow.


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