Movies on the Big Screen as They Were Meant To Be Seen.
THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST
Dir: Mira Nair
Based on the best-seller by Mohsin Hamid, this thriller from director Mira Nair (MONSOON WEDDING) explores the polarizing effects of both globalization and the war on terror. When Pakistani professor Changez (Riz Ahmed) sits down with an American (Liev Schreiber) in a Lahore teahouse to talk about the teacher’s pre-9/11 past as a Wall Street wunderkind, the life of a hostage hangs in the balance. Shot on three continents with an international cast including Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland and Om Puri, THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST forces viewers to confront their own biases along with the characters’ ever-shifting agendas.
Dir: Martin Scorsese
TAXI DRIVER director Martin Scorsese and writer Paul Schrader return to the gritty streets of Manhattan - in an ambulance. This time Nicolas Cage (in one of his best performances) takes the wheel as burnt-out paramedic Frank Pierce, bedeviled by a heroin epidemic that’s gripped the city and haunted by the patients he couldn’t save. His partners on the graveyard shift deal with the chaos of the job in varying ways: Ving Rhames appeals to God, while the brutal Tom Sizemore puts his trust in a baseball bat. An underrated meditation on how tenuous the ties to life and to sanity can become.
Dir: Alfred Hitchcock
Montgomery Clift plays a priest who undergoes a crisis of faith when he hears a murderer's confession; as the film progresses, he takes on the man's guilt as his own, both literally (as police wrongly suspect him of the murder) and psychologically. The French critics of the 1950s considered this to be one of Hitchcock's major works, and it remains among his most underrated masterpieces.