FIRST MAN
2018, Universal, 141 min, USA/Japan, Dir: Damien Chazelle

Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle reteams with LA LA LAND star Ryan Gosling for the riveting story behind the first manned mission to the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the decade leading to the historic Apollo 11 flight. Based on the book by James R. Hansen, this visceral and intimate account is told from Armstrong’s perspective, exploring the triumphs and the cost - to the astronaut, his family, his colleagues and the nation itself - of one of the most dangerous missions in history. With Claire Foy. "Damien Chazelle’s sweeping and intimate new film ... takes the conquest of difficulty as both theme and inspiration." - A.O. Scott, New York Times


THE BIG SHORT
2015, Paramount, 130 min, Dir: Adam McKay

In 2005, money manager Michael Burry (Christian Bale) is startled to discover highly rated mortgage bonds are based on delinquent home loans certain to default. As Wall Street bankers and government regulators ignore this ticking time bomb, Burry invents a financial instrument called the credit default swap in order to “short” the booming housing market. By the time things crash in 2008, he and a small group of contrarian investors (including Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt) will make billions yet will be forever changed by their experience, while millions of Americans lose their homes and the financial institutions responsible for the meltdown are bailed out by U.S. taxpayers.


BLADE RUNNER 2049
2017, Warner Bros., 164 min, Dir: Denis Villeneuve

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for decades. Nominated for five Oscars including Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Production Design. Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times said, “What’s remarkable about BLADE RUNNER 2049 is how good it is. The bottom line is indisputable: As shaped by Villeneuve and his masterful creative team, this film puts you firmly, brilliantly, unassailably in another world of its own devising, and that is no small thing.”


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