From the Film Vault

From the Film Vault Blog

Program Notes: Primal Fear (1996)

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"Gotcha" movies only work if you don't see the big reveal coming. The "gotcha" at the end of Primal Fear? I've never met anyone who wasn't completely suckered in by this thriller and by Edward Norton's hair-raising performance in his first major movie.

Program Notes: Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

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Witness for the Prosecution could be called the granddaddy of the “gotcha” movie. Audiences were stunned and delighted by the last-act revelation that gave the story its oomph.

Program Notes: Soul Surfer (2011)

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13-year-old Bethany Hamilton lost her arm to a shark attack and with it her chance to become a professional surfer. Her story is the subject of Soul Surfer, a solid film about family, faith, and the freedom of riding a board.

Program Notes: Presumed Innocent (1990)

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Presumed Innocent will keep you guessing. Here’s a flick that sends us up one blind alley and down another, sprinkles potential suspects in our path, and finally drops a revelation that will leave us reeling. All this and Harrison Ford, too.

Program Notes: Point Break (1991)

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Point Break is the film that put director Kathryn Bigelow on the map. It’s a crime melodrama fashioned to capitalize on the hunkish qualities of Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves and to deliver a full plate of action thrills.