Writer-director Adam Rapp's gritty urban romance Blackbird unfolds in mid-1990s Manhattan. The picture dramatizes the ill-fated courtship between two melancholic heroin addicts - Gulf War veteran Bayliss (Paul Sparks) and ex-stripper Froggy (Gillian Jacobs) - as they fall in love and battle magnetizing addictions. The possibility of redemption waxes strong from time to time, with hope for some semblance of a "normal life" lingering quietly in the background, but Bayliss and Froggy never quite seem to find the strength and control to pull everything together. And in the end, they join one another on a downward spiral that leads inexorably toward mutual self-destruction.
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Based on the Holy Scriptures, with additional dialogue by several other hands, The Ten Commandments was the last film directed by Cecil B. DeMille. The story relates the life of Moses, from the time he was discovered in the bullrushes as an infant by the pharoah's daughter, to his long, hard struggle to free the Hebrews from their slavery at the hands of the Egyptians. Moses (Charlton Heston) starts out "in solid" as Pharoah's adopted son (and a whiz at designing pyramids, dispensing such construction-site advice as "Blood makes poor mortar"), but when he discovers his true Hebrew heritage, he attempts to make life easier for his people. Banished by his jealous half-brother Rameses (Yul Brynner), Moses returns fully bearded to Pharoah's court, warning that he's had a message from God and that the Egyptians had better free the Hebrews post-haste if they know what's good for them. Only after the Deadly Plagues have decimated Egypt does Rameses give in. As the Hebrews reach the Red Sea, they discover that Rameses has gone back on his word and plans to have them all killed. But Moses rescues his people with a little Divine legerdemain by parting the Seas. Later, Moses is again confronted by God on Mt. Sinai, who delivers unto him the Ten Commandments. Meanwhile, the Hebrews, led by the duplicitous Dathan (Edward G. Robinson), are forgetting their religion and behaving like libertines. "Where's your Moses now?" brays Dathan in the manner of a Lower East Side gangster. He soon finds out. DeMille's The Ten Commandments may not be the most subtle and sophisticated entertainment ever concocted, but it tells its story with a clarity and vitality that few Biblical scholars have ever been able to duplicate. It is very likely the most eventful 219 minutes ever recorded to film--and who's to say that Nefertiri (Anne Baxter) didn't make speeches like, "Oh, Moses, Moses, you splendid, stubborn, adorable fool"?
Co-directors Jon Erwin and Brent McCorkle tell the story of a '70s revival movement that brought together countless Christians in Southern California. With an unstable family, Greg Laurie (Joel Courtney) heads to California, seeking to change his life. He meets preacher Lonnie Frisbee (Jonathan Roumie) and pastor Chuck Smith (Kelsey Grammer) whose church accepts struggling young Christians. A spiritual movement ensues, changing the course of American history forever.
After her mother has an aneurysm, a 10-year-old girl is placed in the hands of her aunt, a convicted murderer. Over the next decade, the girl faces unspeakable atrocities while her mother searches for her.
Written and directed by Colm Bairéad, this Irish drama is an adaptation of Claire Keegan's novella Foster. Set in rural Ireland in 1981, the story follows Cait (Catherine Clinch), the quiet and shy nine-year-old daughter of abusive and impoverished parents who have many children. Anticipating the arrival of another baby, they temporarily send Cait to live with her distant middle-aged relatives, Eibhlín (Carrie Crowley) and Seán (Andrew Bennett). As Cait adjusts to her new surroundings and community, she discovers things that could affect their relationships.
Oscar-winning drama in which an ex-boxer returns to his native Galway in Ireland, hoping to lead a peaceful life after the tough years he spent as a successful fighter in America. But he realises he may have to fight the local squire to win the hand of the woman he loves.