BEING JOHN MALKOVICH
1999, Universal, 112 min, USA, Dir: Spike Jonze

Director Spike Jonze and writer Charlie Kaufman made their feature debuts - and earned Oscar nominations - with this surreal fantasy. When puppeteer Craig Schwartz (John Cusack) gets a job at the strange LesterCorp, he discovers a secret portal leading into the mind of John Malkovich. When Schwartz’s wife (Cameron Diaz) and co-worker (Catherine Keener) learn of this, they begin using the actor to advance their own agendas.


THE REVENANT
2015, 20th Century Fox, 156 min, USA, Dir: Alejandro González Iñárritu

The life of explorer Hugh Glass inspired this visceral adventure set in the 1820s. Golden Globe winner Leonardo DiCaprio is unforgettable as Glass, who is left for dead after being mauled by a bear but survives to track down his betrayer (Tom Hardy). Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, production designer Jack Fisk and costume designer Jacqueline West have defied the elements to bring some truly amazing imagery to the screen - not since DELIVERANCE has a film so powerfully captured both the beauty and the violence of the American wilderness.


CANDYMAN
1992, Sony Repertory, 99 min, USA, Dir: Bernard Rose

Perhaps the greatest horror film of the ’90s is this cerebral and chilling classic by director Bernard Rose, based on Clive Barker's short story “The Forbidden.” Virginia Madsen plays a grad student researching urban legends when she comes across the tale of Candyman, a frightening one-armed man who appears when you say his name into a mirror five times; he’s played brilliantly by Tony Todd. Score by Philip Glass.


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