GOOD WILL HUNTING
1997, Miramax, 126 min, USA, Dir: Gus Van Sant

When an MIT mathematician (Stellan Skarsgard) posts a difficult problem, janitor Will Hunting (Matt Damon) solves it before the professor’s students. Will is comfortable mopping floors and hanging out with working class friend Chuckie (Ben Affleck), but the professor sees wasted potential and points the troubled young man in the direction of therapist Sean Maguire (Robin Williams) – who is carrying his own emotional baggage. A commercial breakthrough for director Gus Van Sant, the box office hit brought Oscars to Williams for Best Supporting Actor and to Damon and Affleck for their Original Screenplay. With Minnie Driver.


GONE BABY GONE
2007, Miramax, 114 min, Dir: Ben Affleck

In this mesmerizing neo-noir, two detectives search the most unsavory corners of Boston for an abducted four-year-old girl. With a screenplay by Ben Affleck and Aaron Stockard based on the Dennis Lehame novel, GONE BABY GONE boasts an outstanding ensemble cast: Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan, Ed Harris and Morgan Freeman. Of particular note is Amy Ryan, who received an Oscar nomination for her turn as a deadbeat mother who viciously capitalizes on the media coverage of her daughter’s disappearance.


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