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  • Beyond the Lights

    Beyond the Lights

    ★★★

    BEYOND THE LIGHTS (12)
    D: Gina Prince-Bythewood
    Relativity Media/Homegrown/Undisputed Cinema (Stephanie Allain, Reggie Rock Bythewood, Ryan Kavanaugh, Amar'e Stoudemire & Sharon Tomlinson)
    🇺🇸 2014
    116 mins

    Romance/Drama/Musical

    W: Gina Prince-Bythewood
    DP: Tami Reiker
    Ed: Terilyn A. Shropshire
    Mus: Mark Islam

    Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Noni Jean), Nate Parker (Kaz Nicol), Minnie Driver (Macy Jean), Danny Glover (Capt. David Nicol), Machine Gun Kelly (Kid Culprit)

    This small independent film from 2014 isn't without its flaws, but is certainly carried by two strong lead performances…

  • Little Children

    Little Children

    ★★★½

    LITTLE CHILDREN (15)
    D: Todd Field
    New Line/Bona Fide/Standard (Todd Field, Albert Berger & Ron Yerxa)
    US 2006
    137 mins

    Drama

    W: Todd Field & Tom Perrotta [based on the novel by Tom Perrotta]
    DP: Antonio Calvache
    Ed: Leo Trombetta
    Mus: Thomas Newman

    Kate Winslet (Sarah Pierce), Patrick Wilson (Brad Adamson), Jennifer Connelly (Kathy Adamson), Jackie Earle Haley (Ronnie McGorvey), Noah Emmerich (Larry Hedges)

    Figuratively speaking, Little Children is a modernisation of Flaubert's literary classic Madame Bovary, relocated from 18th Century France…

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  • Children of Men

    Children of Men

    ★★★★★

    CHILDREN OF MEN (15)
    D: Alfonso Cuáron 
    UIP/Strike (Hilary Shor, Marc Abraham, Tony Smith, Eric Newman & Iain Smith)   
    🇬🇧 🇺🇸 🇯🇵 2006
    109 mins

    Science Fiction/Thriller

    W: Alfonso Cuáron, Timothy J. Sexton, David Arata, Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby [based on the novel by P. D. James]
    DP: Emmanuel Lubezki
    Ed: Alex Rodriguez & Alfonso Cuáron
    Mus: John Tavernier
    PD: Jim Clay & Geoffrey Kirkland

    Clive Owen (Theo Faron), Julianne Moore (Julian), Michael Caine (Jasper), Clare-Hope Ashitey (Kee), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Luke), Danny Huston…

  • American Beauty

    American Beauty

    ★★★★★

    AMERICAN BEAUTY (18)
    D: Sam Mendes
    Dreamworks (Dan Jinks & Bruce Cohen)
    🇺🇸 1999
    122 mins

    Drama/Comedy/Mystery

    W: Alan Ball
    DP: Conrad L. Hall
    Ed: Tariq Anwar & Christopher Greenbury
    Mus: Thomas Newman
    PD: Naomi Shohan
    Cos: Julie Weiss

    Kevin Spacey (Lester Burnham), Annette Bening (Carolyn Burnham), Thora Birch (Jane Burnham), Wes Bentley (Ricky Fitts), Mena Suvari (Angela Hayes), Chris Cooper (Colonel Fitts), Peter Gallacher (Buddy Kane), Allison Janney (Barbara Fitts), Scott Bakula (Jim Olmeyer), Sam Robards (Jim Berkley)

    The title refers…