CARLITO’S WAY
1993, Universal, 144 min, Dir: Brian De Palma

Puerto Rican gangster Carlito Brigante (Al Pacino) gets out of jail determined to go straight, but his old associates - and an unscrupulous attorney played by a devilishly hilarious Sean Penn - have other ideas. De Palma and Pacino’s reunion following SCARFACE is another American epic, but one more tragic than comic - unlike Tony Montana, Carlito Brigante truly does have a soul to lose - as well as a woman he loves (Penelope Ann Miller) and a disco that De Palma turns into the most visually evocative nightclub this side of GILDA.


PANIC ROOM
2002, Sony Repertory, 112 min, USA, Dir: David Fincher

When Jodie Foster and her daughter (a pre-TWILIGHT Kristen Stewart) move into their spacious New York brownstone, they are intrigued to find it includes a high-security safe room - which comes in handy when intruders Forest Whitaker, Jared Leto and Dwight Yoakam come looking for a treasure that belonged to a previous occupant.


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