THE FIFTH ELEMENT
1997, Sony Repertory, 126 min, France, Dir: Luc Besson

Writer-director Luc Besson dreamed up the amazing world of THE FIFTH ELEMENT while in his teens, later turning it into one of the most expensive (and successful) blockbusters ever produced in France. Bruce Willis is flying his taxi through 23rd-century New York City when reconstructed humanoid Milla Jovovich drops into it; she and four stones from ancient Egypt are the only things that can stop an evil power - and its emissary, Gary Oldman - bent on Earth’s destruction. Bursting with eye-popping special effects, costumes and production design, this is an over-the-top sci-fi thrill ride from start to finish!


EXISTENZ
1999, Park Circus/MGM, 97 min, USA, Dir: David Cronenberg

When leading game designer Allegra Geller (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is attacked by an assassin while conducting a focus group for her new virtual-reality game eXistenZ, she escapes into the game with marketing trainee Ted Pikul (Jude Law). Cronenberg is at his squirm-inducing, orifice-fetishizing best here, with great supporting turns from Ian Holm, Willem Dafoe and Sarah Polley.


HENRY V (1989)
1989, MGM Repertory, 137 min, UK, Dir: Kenneth Branagh

Kenneth Branagh became an international star with his debut directorial effort, in which he also stars as the warrior king of the title. Emma Thompson is Henry's love interest, and Ian Holm, Christian Bale and Judi Dench are just a few of the supporting players. A film filled with both lyrical dialogue and smashing action sequences, HENRY V is as exciting as cinema gets.


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