MONA LISA An ex-convict, thug and a high-class call girl make for an unlikely and dangerous couple in Academy Award-winner Neil Jordan’s (The Crying Game, Interview with the Vampire) tale of frustrated love on the cruel streets of London’s underworld. Bob Hoskins (Hollywoodland, Who Framed Roger Rabbit) stars in his breakout performance, for which he landed an Oscar nomination and a host of other major awards as George, a working class hood whose growing obsession with the exotic and cunning Simone (Cathy Tyson, The Serpent and the Rainbow) will lead him down a dark and bloody path. The magnificent supporting cast includes Robbie Coltrane (the Harry Potter series), Sammi Davis (Hope and Glory) and two-time Academy Award-winner Michael Caine (The Dark Knight). (1986, 104 min).
RAGGEDY RAWNEY The bonds of family and the power of love are pitted against the chaos of war in this lyrically evocative drama directed and co-written by its star, Golden Globe winner Bob Hoskins (Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Mona Lisa). Shell-shocked by his first experience of battle, a young army recruit (Dexter Fletcher) goes AWOL. Disguising himself as a female, he’s taken in by a band of gypsies who believe the boy is a deranged magic-woman and mystical seer known as a “rawney.” But when the boy falls for the gypsy leader’s beautiful daughter, it threatens to bring the horrors of war crashing down on the entire clan. (1988, 103 min).
THE LONELY PASSION OF JUDITH HEARNE Two-time Academy Award® winner Maggie Smith (The Harry Potter films, Gosford Park) delivers a stunning performance in this richly emotional tale of desperate longings, secret vices, and the power of romantic illusions. Painfully shy, unmarried but ever-hopeful, Judith Hearne (Smith) is immediately smitten by her new boarding house acquaintance, James Madden (Oscar® nominee Bob Hoskins, Who Framed Roger Rabbit). But is James in love with Judith… or attracted only by the money she can bring to his latest get-rich-quick scheme? A brilliantly acted, unforgettable dramatic tour de force from Oscar® nominated director Jack Clayton (Room at the Top). (1987, 116 min)