THE REVENANT
2015, 20th Century Fox, 156 min, USA, Dir: Alejandro González Iñárritu

The life of explorer Hugh Glass inspired this visceral adventure set in the 1820s. Golden Globe winner Leonardo DiCaprio is unforgettable as Glass, who is left for dead after being mauled by a bear but survives to track down his betrayer (Tom Hardy). Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, production designer Jack Fisk and costume designer Jacqueline West have defied the elements to bring some truly amazing imagery to the screen - not since DELIVERANCE has a film so powerfully captured both the beauty and the violence of the American wilderness.


12 YEARS A SLAVE
2013, Fox Searchlight, 133 min, USA, Dir: Steve McQueen

Based on the 1853 autobiography of a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery, this exciting historical drama stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup, whose struggle to regain his liberty is thwarted by pitiless plantation owner Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender) and aided by Canadian carpenter Samuel Bass (Brad Pitt). Costarring Alfre Woodard and Paul Giamatti.


L.A. CONFIDENTIAL
1997, 20th Century Fox, 138 min, USA, Dir: Curtis Hanson

Director Curtis Hanson brings James Ellroy’s epic, muckraking crime novel to vivid life, zeroing in on a racially charged murder case, media scandal-mongering and police corruption in 1950s Los Angeles. A white-hot ensemble cast sets off the fireworks, including Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kevin Spacey, James Cromwell, Danny DeVito and Kim Basinger, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her Veronica Lake-inspired performance. The rare book-to-movie adaptation that distills a novel’s sprawling grandeur into a devastating knockout punch.


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