ALICE, SWEET ALICE
aka COMMUNION
1976, Warner Bros., 98 min, USA, Dir: Alfred Sole

Karen (Brooke Shields, in her first role) is all set for her first communion. But before the milestone event, she is found murdered - and her older sister, Alice, is the prime suspect. Alfred Sole’s stylish thriller draws from the Italian giallo films and Nicholas Roeg’s DON’T LOOK NOW, mixing psychological horror, mystery and Catholic guilt. Still criminally underseen, it helped baptize the burgeoning slasher-film genre that would explode the following year with HALLOWEEN


BLADE RUNNER 2049
2017, Warner Bros., 164 min, Dir: Denis Villeneuve

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for decades. Nominated for five Oscars including Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Production Design. Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times said, “What’s remarkable about BLADE RUNNER 2049 is how good it is. The bottom line is indisputable: As shaped by Villeneuve and his masterful creative team, this film puts you firmly, brilliantly, unassailably in another world of its own devising, and that is no small thing.”


TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY
2011, Focus Features, 122 min, France/UK/Germany, Dir: Tomas Alfredson

The long-awaited feature film version of John le Carré’s classic bestselling novel is set in England in 1973 as Cold War tensions wreak havoc on international relations. After a Hungarian mission goes bloodily awry, the head of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, known as Control (John Hurt), is forced out of the agency along with his top lieutenant, George Smiley (Oscar nominee Gary Oldman). But Smiley is soon rehired in secret to identify a Soviet mole at SIS, and as the list of suspects narrows, the emotional and physical tolls on the players enmeshed in the deadly international spy game escalates. With Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy and Colin Firth.


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