The Sting1973. USA. Dir: George Roy Hill. With Paul Newman, Robert Redford. 129 min.
The stars and director of BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID reteam, as Redford's impetuous baby-face enlists the help of Newman's veteran charmer to tag a gangster for an elaborate revenge grift. The precisely convoluted plot keeps you guessing while the ensemble cast keep you laughing throughout this lively throwback to the Thirties, a winner of seven Academy Awards.
The Man Next Door2010. Argentica. Dir: Mariano Cohn, Gaston Duprat. With Daniel Araoz. 110 min.
This black comedy explores the complex relationships between class differences and social barriers through the story of two neighbors – a prestigious designer and a boorish car salesman – who must come to terms when the latter breaks through their common wall to make a window.
Presented as part of The Spanish Film Club series with the support of Pragda, the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain, and its Program for Cultural Cooperation with U.S. Universities.
The Avengers2012. USA. Dir: Joss Whedeon. With Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans. 95 Min
Cheeky wit and dynamic action mark what is both a satisfying franchise culmination and a simply entertaining standalone flick. Our greatest superheroes (plus a guy who shoots arrows well) unite, shaking up a volatile cocktail of egos and pouring out vengeance onto the space-foes that threaten Earth. Come worship at the church of Whedon – maybe we can all go out for shawarma after.
Vertigo1958. USA. Dir: Alfred Hitchcock. With James Stewart, Kim Novak. 128 min.
A police detective-cum-private eye must look into the apparent supernatural possession of a woman while also battling his severe acrophobia, making for one of film's best psychological thrillers. But don't take our word for it: Hitchcock's magnum opus of cinematic obsession just overthrew CITIZEN KANE's 50-year reign at the top of the Sight & Sound 'Critic's Top Ten' poll.