VICE
2018, Annapurna Pictures, 132 min, Dir: Adam McKay

Spanning a half-century, Dick Cheney’s (Christian Bale) complex journey from rural Wyoming electrical worker to de facto president of the United States is a darkly comic and often unsettling inside look at the use and misuse of institutional power. Guided by his formidable and unfailingly loyal wife, Lynne (Amy Adams), and mentored by the brusque and blustery Donald Rumsfeld (Steve Carell), Cheney insinuated himself into the Washington, D.C., fabric beginning with the Nixon administration. In 2000, he left his position as CEO of Halliburton to run as vice president to George W. Bush (Sam Rockwell) with the implicit understanding that he would exercise almost unchecked control. Cheney’s cunning and furtive political maneuvering have altered the American political landscape in ways that will continue to reverberate for decades to come, but it is clear there is more than one Dick Cheney - a man whose reputation in the public sector belies his private life and obvious devotion to his family.


LION
2016, The Weinstein Company, 118 min, Australia, Dir: Garth Davis

Garth Davis’ feature debut follows the journey of Saroo, a 5-year old boy alone in Calcutta after being separated from his family; 20 years after being adopted by an Australian couple, he uses Google Earth to search for his birth mother. Newcomer Sunny Pawar and Dev Patel are both tremendously affecting as the young and old Saroo, and they receive strong support from costars Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara and David Wenham in this heartwarming true story. “A sober and yet profoundly stirring contemplation of family, roots, identity and home, which engrosses throughout the course of its two-hour running time.” - David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter


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