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In 1860s Texas, a small-town county sheriff, his cantankerous old deputy, an alcoholic lawman and a young gunslinger try to keep a murderous thug jailed long enough for the U.S. marshal to arrive on the scene.
This drama written and directed by Megan Park sees the devastating effects of a school shooting on a group of high school students. Brooding Vada (Jenny Ortega), Vada's larger-than-life gay best friend Nick (Will Ropp), and semi-famous Youtuber Mia (Maddie Ziegler) all try to compute what has happened, whilst attempting to piece together their lives during their fragile and soul-searching teenage years. Niles Fitch, Lumi Pollack, and Julie Bowen co-star.
An unemployed young man avoids his father and a bully while trying to help his best friend pay back a debt to a drug dealer.
Based on a novel by Thomas Heggen and previously a successful Broadway play, this film boasts an all-star cast giving an all-star performance. The prequel to Ensign Pulver, a short-term TV series and a TV special, it is a humorous WW II story of a crew with cabin fever. With a commanding officer who is slightly off the wall to begin with, when the crew of the South Pacific cargo freighter decide to alleviate their boredom with practical jokes, usually at their captain's expense, tit for tat becomes the watchword as the captain decides to get even. The secondary story line revolves around the ship's cargo officer, Mr. Roberts, who wants to see some action and so must be transferred off the cargo vessel.
A Time to Kill
An adaptation of John Grisham's first novel that depicts the story of how a white lawyer defends a black man who is on trial for killing his daughter's rapists in a racially divided Mississippi town.
While visiting a woman with Alzheimer's, a man recounts the story of a pair of star-crossed lovers in the '40s. A sentimental drama.
The Gold Rush
The silent classic features the Tramp trying his luck in Klondike and gold is not the only thing he finds there.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
This adaptation of J.K. Rowling's first bestseller follows the adventures of a young orphan who enrolls at a boarding school for magicians called Hogwarts, and unravels a mystery connected to a diabolical wizard who vanished years ago.
Romance, World War II intrigue, a heroic American expatriate, a brave Czech freedom fighter, arrogant Nazis, patriotic Frenchmen, blackmail, black-marketeers and the usual suspects make this Best Picture even more an audience favorited as time goes by. Director Michael Curtiz scored an Oscar, as did the script. Romance, World War II intrigue, a heroic American expatriate, a brave Czech freedom fighter, arrogant Nazis, patriotic Frenchmen, blackmail, black-marketeers and the usual suspects make this Best Picture even more an audience favorited as time goes by. Director Michael Curtiz scored an Oscar, as did the script.
Although there were Westerns before it, Stagecoach quickly became a template for all movie Westerns to come. Director John Ford combined action, drama, humor, and a set of well-drawn characters in the story of a stagecoach set to leave Tonto, New Mexico for a distant settlement in Lordsburg, with a diverse set of passengers on board. Dallas (Claire Trevor) is a woman with a scandalous past who has been driven out of town by the high-minded ladies of the community. Lucy Mallory (Louise Platt) is the wife of a cavalry officer stationed in Lordsburg, and she's determined to be with him. Hatfield (John Carradine) is a smooth-talking cardsharp who claims to be along to "protect" Lucy, although he seems to have romantic intentions. Dr. Boone (Thomas Mitchell) is a self-styled philosopher, a drunkard, and a physician who's been stripped of his license. Mr. Peacock (Donald Meek) is a slightly nervous whiskey salesman (and, not surprisingly, Dr. Boone's new best friend). Gatewood (Berton Churchill) is a crooked banker who needs to get out of town. Buck (Andy Devine) is the hayseed stage driver, and Sheriff Wilcox (George Bancroft) is along to offer protection and keep an eye peeled for the Ringo Kid (John Wayne), a well-known outlaw who has just broken out of jail. While Wilcox does find Ringo, a principled man who gives himself up without a fight, the real danger lies farther down the trail, where a band of Apaches, led by Geronimo, could attack at any time. Stagecoach offers plenty of cowboys, Indians, shootouts, and chases, aided by Yakima Canutt's remarkable stunt work and Bert Glennon's majestic photography of Ford's beloved Monument Valley. It also offers a strong screenplay by Dudley Nichols with plenty of room for the cast to show its stuff. John Wayne's performance made him a star after years as a B-Western leading man, and Thomas Mitchell won an Oscar for what could have been just another comic relief role. Thousands of films have followed Stagecoach's path, but no has ever improved on its formula.
When he has a vision of his flight to Paris crashing, a teen traveling with his French club makes a scene and they are all kicked off the airline. The plane goes down and the survivors are grateful, but Death hunts them down.
Re-telling of Louisa M. Alcott's classic story of four New England sisters growing up during the American Civil War. June Allyson and Elizabeth Taylor star.
Kong: Skull Island
A disillusioned soldier and a photojournalist join an expedition to Skull Island, an uncharted territory in the Pacific. There, the group get caught up in an ongoing war between a gigantic ape called King Kong and the area's indigenous predators.
Love to Love You, Donna Summer
An in-depth look at the iconic artist whose voice and artistry became the defining soundtrack of an era.
When Todd Anderson (Storm P) signs a 30-million-dollar contract with the New Jersey Nets after being named the number one NBA draft pick of the year, his mother (Jenifer Lewis) vows to prevent her son from forgetting his roots. Not used to balancing his new life with his old, Todd mistakenly invites family and friends from his old neighborhood to his multi-million-dollar house for a cookout on the same day of an important endorsement interview. Though his extravagant family cookouts were welcome at his old digs, Todd's stuffy new neighbors -- particularly the conservative Republican Judge Halsted Crowley (Danny Glover) -- are less than thrilled with the arrival of Todd's massive family. Complicating the situation further is the eccentric neighborhood security guard (Queen Latifah), who takes on the heady assignment of ensuring that none of the private community's rules are broken, as well as two thugs who, determined to get an autographed pair of sneakers, hold up the cookout at gunpoint. Directed by Lance Rivera, The Cookout also features performances from Ja Rule, Eve, Farrah Fawcett, and Jonathan Silverman.
A desperate father robs a casino owned by a dangerous mobster to pay for his daughters medical bills. When his getaway driver gets cold feet, he's forced to hijack a city bus filled with innocent civilians in an attempt to get away.
In 1938, Jezebel was widely regarded as Warner Bros.' "compensation" to Bette Davis for her losing the opportunity to play Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind. Resemblances between the two properties are inescapable: Jezebel heroine Julie Marsden (Davis) is a headstrong Southern belle not unlike Scarlett (Julie lives in New Orleans rather than Georgia); she loves fiancé Preston Dillard (played by Henry Fonda) but loses him when she makes a public spectacle of herself (to provoke envy in him) by wearing an inappropriate red dress at a ball, just as Scarlett O'Hara brazenly danced with Rhett Butler while still garbed in widow's weeds. There are several other similarities between the works, but it is important to note that Jezebel is set in the 1850s, several years before Gone With the Wind's Civil War milieu; and we must observe that, unlike Scarlett O'Hara, Julie Marsden is humbled by her experiences and ends up giving of her time, energy, and health during a deadly yellow jack outbreak. Bette Davis won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Julie; an additional Oscar went to Fay Bainter for her portrayal of the remonstrative Aunt Belle (she's the one who labels Julie a "jezebel" at a crucial plot point). The offscreen intrigues of Jezebel, including Bette Davis' romantic attachment to director William Wyler and co-star George Brent, have been fully documented elsewhere. Jezebel was based on an old and oft-produced play by Owen Davis Sr.
The Green Mile
Death row criminal John Coffey has been sentenced for the murders of two innocent girls, but his kind manner doesn't seem to fit the mold of a cold killer. The prison guards soon discover that Coffey seems to have supernatural powers of healing.
Unforgettable for its tragedy, this unique dramatic outing marks the auspicious directorial debut of screenwriter/actor Billy Bob Thornton, who also plays the lead. Set in the Deep South and filmed with a languid pace that some may find interminable, the film begins in a dingy mental hospital where the fully-grown but childlike Karl Childers stares into space as another inmate recounts the grisly details of his past crimes. Later a college journalism student and her camera operator show up to hear Karl's chilling story of how he came to commit a shocking homicide at the age of twelve. As a result, the slightly mentally retarded man has spent his life in the institution. Now due to budget cuts, he is being released with no place to go and little money. No one is worried that the violence will recur, for Karl, though slow-witted, realizes he did wrong and does not want to harm anyone. An administrator takes pity and gets Karl a simple job at a mechanic shop in Karl's hometown. He has a rare gift for fixing things, but finds the outside world bewildering at best. Outside a local laundromat, Karl meets and befriends Frank Wheatly (Lucas Black), a troubled boy who lives with his widowed working mom. When Frank takes Karl home, Frank's kindly mother Linda (Natalie Canerday) decides to let him stay with them. Soon Karl meets Linda's gay workmate and close friend Vaughan (John Ritter). He also meets the brutish Doyle (Dwight Yoakam), Linda's hard-drinking, opinionated, increasingly abusive redneck boyfriend. With the introduction of these characters, the stage is set for a tragic final confrontation.
I Married a Witch
As she burns at the stake, a 17th century witch, Jennifer (Veronica Lake), places a curse on her accuser (Fredric March), so that from this day forward, all of his descendants (each played by him) will be unhappy in marriage. After several hilarious through-the-years examples (the Civil War-era Fredric March runs off to battle rather than endure his wife's nagging), we are brought up to 1942. Wallace Wooley (March) is a gubernatorial candidate, preparing to wed snooty socialite Estelle Masterson (Susan Hayward) -- the well-to-do daughter of a publisher who is backing him. A bolt of lightning strikes the tree where Jennifer had been executed three centuries earlier, thereby freeing the spirits of Jennifer and her warlock father, Daniel (Cecil Kellaway). Wallace meets Jennifer when she materializes in a burning building, obliging him to save her life. The revivified sorceress does everything in her power to induce Wallace to fall in love with her -- even destroying the ceremony in which the wedding is supposed to take place. The attempts succeed, and the two marry, but on their wedding night, Wallace refuses to believe Jennifer's claims that she is a witch. Frustrated, she attempts to convince him by doctoring the gubernatorial election -- in his favor. Based on the Thorne Smith novel The Passionate Witch, the rollicking I Married a Witch can be considered the forerunner of the TV series Bewitched, but only on a surface level. The film had been scheduled to be directed by Preston Sturges and to be released by its producing studio, Paramount; the end result was helmed by René Clair (his second Hollywood film), and was distributed by United Artists.
The Shawshank Redemption
An innocent banker is sentenced to life in a state prison for the murder of his wife and her lover; he is abused by other inmates until he is befriended by a cynical lifer.
Space Jam: A New Legacy
NBA athlete LeBron James forges an unlikely friendship with the Looney Tunes to overcome the shady Goon Squad basketball team after being trapped in a computer simulation of a basketball league by a nefarious artificial intelligence.
A divorcée fights to support two daughters by waitressing, and then starts a successful business. Meanwhile, she is bled by her spoiled eldest for more than any teenager needs.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the wizard and a group of dwarves seek a dragon's treasure, and encounter a series of incredible obstacles over the course of their epic journey.