2007, Paramount, 127 min, Dir: Matthew Vaughn

This enchanting adaptation of the Neil Gaiman novel is one to put alongside THE PRINCESS BRIDE as a fantasy classic. To prove his love, Tristan Thorn (Charlie Cox) travels through a portal from his English village to the magical kingdom of Stormhold to retrieve a falling star. He discovers that the star has taken the form of the beautiful Yvaine (Claire Danes) – who is being pursued by a trio of witches and the heirs to the Stormhold throne. Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Peter O’Toole and others provide top-notch support.

2016, 102 min, Croatia, Dir: Snjezana Tribuson

It’s a Christmas tale with poisoning in writer-director Snjezana Tribuson’s charming feature. An opera singer, a handyman, a pastry shop worker and a farmer are all looking for love and coming up empty until a strange series of events – driven by cockroaches, beet-root soup and an opera aria – brings these lonely lives together. Ksenija Marinković, Renata Pokupić and Ozren Grabarić lead an outstanding cast in this feel-good film. In Croatian with English subtitles.

1966, 20th Century Fox, 100 min, Dir: Richard Fleischer

Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch and Donald Pleasence lead a miniaturized mission into the surreal landscape of the human body, in order to dissolve a comatose scientist’s cerebral blood clot. Exciting action and stunning, psychedelic F/X combine in director Richard Fleischer’s most purely thrilling picture.

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