THE FLINTSTONES
1994, Universal, 91 min, USA, Dir: Brian Levant

Fred Flintstone (John Goodman) is in the hot seat after being framed for embezzlement by his conniving boss, but wife Wilma (Elizabeth Perkins) and neighbors Barney (Rick Moranis) and Betty Rubble (Rosie O'Donnell) come to the rescue in this live-action adaptation that became an international box-office hit. Director Brian Levant and executive producers Kathleen Kennedy and Steven Spielberg bring Hanna-Barbera’s prehistoric cartoon world of Bedrock vividly to life with a cast of comedic legends and outstanding sets, costume and production design. Kyle MacLachlan and Halle Berry co-star as scheming villains, and Elizabeth Taylor’s cameo would prove to be her final big-screen appearance. Colorful dinosaur effects by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop round out this family-friendly gem.


THE MEG
2018, Warner Bros. Pictures and Gravity Pictures, 113 min, China/USA, Dir: Jon Turteltaub

Just off the Chinese coast, a deep-sea submersible is attacked by a gigantic, 75-foot shark that was thought to be extinct long ago. This shark's name? Megalodon! The only hope the crew has of escaping rests in the hands of Jonas Taylor, played by Jason Statham. Taylor has a history of deep-sea rescue missions but this isn’t the first time he’s met Megalodon. Can he overcome his fears and save not only the crew’s lives but his own? Jon Turteltaub directs this action-packed thriller guaranteed to make you jump out of your seat and think twice about getting into the ocean. Joining Statham in the international ensemble cast are Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao, Page Kennedy, Jessica McNamee, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Robert Taylor, Sophia Cai, Masi Oka and Cliff Curtis.


DETROIT
2017, Annapurna Distribution, 143 min, USA, Dir: Kathryn Bigelow

From director Kathryn Bigelow, and screenwriter Mark Boal, DETROIT is the dramatic true story of a racially motivated crime that took place over one dark night in 1967. Up-and-coming Motown musician Larry Reed (Algee Smith), six other young African American men and two young white women were terrorized by local police, despite the presence of the State Police, the National Guard and an African American security guard (John Boyega). Before the sun rose in the motor city, three of the young males were slain in cold blood. Set against the civil unrest of '67, DETROIT charts the crime and the survivors’ futile search for justice. Heartbreakingly, Larry Reed's dreams of stardom disappear as he struggles to find a way forward.


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