Passed Away (1992)
Summary: A bunch of eccentric relatives gather for their patriarch's funeral. (imdb)
The Botany of Desire (2009)
- TV Movie
Summary: A documentary look at how four plants have achieved success with the aid of humans. Describes the origin and propagation of apples, tulips, marijuana, and potatoes.
This Must Be the Place (2011)
Summary: A bored, retired rock star sets out to find his father's executioner, an ex-Nazi war criminal who is a refugee in the U.S. (imdb)
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
Summary: The third installment in Michael Bay's trilogy travels back to 1969's historic moon landing, when Neil Armstrong and his Apollo 11 cohorts touch down in the Sea of Tranquility ... and discover what appears to be a downed Transformers craft. Flash forward to the present, and the Decepticons are ready to exact revenge on Optimus Prime and the rest of the Autobots. Shia LaBeouf returns as Sam Witwicky, the Autobots' human ally.
Summary: Redheaded young girl Madeline is very good at getting into trouble, but she's also fantastic in solving problems as well, and her school-mistress Miss Clavel is not too approving of her. The biggest problem comes up when Lord Covington decides to sell the Madeline's school. (imdb)
Hidden in America (1996)
- TV Movie
Summary: Bill Januson (Beau Bridges) is at the end of his rope. His wife has died, he's lost his job, and he has no education or marketable skills to fall back on. He must find a way to provide for his family, but his fierce pride prevents him from accepting help from the well-intentioned -- if somewhat misinformed -- doctor (Bruce Davison) who treats Bill's sick daughter. After facing obstacle after obstacle, will Bill swallow his pride and let him help?
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)
Summary: Guinevere Pettigrew, a middle-aged London governess, finds herself unfairly dismissed from her job. An attempt to gain new employment catapults her into the glamorous world and dizzying social whirl of an American actress and singer, Delysia Lafosse. (imdb)
Summary: Based on a true story, this film tells the story of a Korean war veteran who ends up in a mental institution. He finds the conditions intolerable, and fights to change them, just as he fights for his own dignity as a resident.
Burn After Reading (2008)
Summary: A dark spy-comedy in which an ousted CIA official's memoir accidentally falls into the hands of two gym employees intent on making the most of their find.
Johnny Skidmarks (1998)
Summary: Johnny Scardino is working for blackmailers, photographing wealthy guys in seedy motels. One such assignment turns the wrong way and blackmailers die one by one. Is Johnny the next on the list? (imdb)
The Good Old Boys (1995)
- TV Movie
Summary: An aging cowboy must choose between his desire to remain free and the responsibilities of maintaining a family. (imdb)
The Good Dinosaur (2015)
Summary: A dinosaur gets separated from his family, and attempts to find his way home. He meets a human boy along the way, and the two work together to brave the elements.
Hail, Caesar! (2016)
Summary: A Hollywood fixer in the 1950s works to keep the studio's stars in line. (imdb)
Isle of Dogs (2018)
Summary: Set in Japan, Isle of Dogs follows a boy's odyssey in search of his dog. (imdb)
Talk of Angels (1998)
Summary: This is the story of a young Irish woman who comes to Spain to escape from the pressures she feels about her impending marriage to a political activist in Ireland. But in Spain in the 1930's, taking a job of governess in a wealthy family, she finds the same kinds of political unrest. In fact, it isn't long before she finds herself attracted to a married man who is similarly involved in the struggle against fascism and Franco... (imdb)
Olive Kitteridge (2014)
- TV Mini-Series
Summary: A look at a seemingly placid New England town that is actually wrought with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy, all told through the lens of Olive, whose wicked wit and harsh demeanor mask a warm but troubled heart and staunch moral center. The story spans 25 years and focuses on Olive's relationships with her husband, Henry, the good-hearted and kindly town pharmacist; their son, Christopher, who resents his mother's approach to parenting; and other members of their community. (imdb)
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Summary: A pair of lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out and find them. (imdb)
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)
Summary: Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent - Madagascar style. (imdb)
Promised Land (2012)
Summary: A salesman for a natural gas company experiences life-changing events after arriving in a small town, where his corporation wants to tap into the available resources. (imdb)
The Butcher's Wife (1991)
Summary: A clairvoyant thinks she's met her husband to be because she's seen him in her dreams. They marry quickly, and return to the husband's ("the butcher"), home in the city. She has a big impact on everyone she meets by anticipating their questions and actions and advising them on their love life. Her interference then brings her into contact with the real man of her dreams. (imdb)
Paradise Road (1997)
Summary: Fact-based recounting of a group of women who are imprisoned on the island of Sumatra by the Japanese during World War II and used music as a relief to their misery. (imdb)
Miller's Crossing (1990)
Summary: A highly styled 'genre' film which can perhaps be seen as a pastiche of all gangster movies. Tom Reagan is the laconic anti-hero of this amoral tale which is also, paradoxically, a look at morals within the criminal underworld of the 1930s. Two rival gangs vie for control of a city where the police are pawns, and the periodic busts of illicit drinking establishments are no more than a way for one gang to get back at the other. Black humour and shocking violence compete for screen time as we question whether or not Tom, right-hand man of the Irish mob leader, really has a heart. (imdb)
Primal Fear (1996)
Summary: Guilty? Innocent? Those questions aren't for Chicago attorney Martin Vail to decide. When Vail hears that a penniless altar boy is accused of murdering the local archbishop, he snaps up the case, eager for the media spotlight. Little does he know that it will uncover a viper's nest of corruption...
Raising Arizona (1987)
Summary: A surreal, hyperactive farce in which a bumbling petty thief and the lady cop who keeps arresting him fall in love and decide to start a family. When they discover they can't have babies, they steal one from a furniture mogul who has just sired a set of quintuplets. The joys of parenthood are soon marred, however, by the difficulties of raising an infant on the run. The none-too-bright couple must flee across the southwestern desert in order to elude the villainous biker that has been hired to retrieve the tyke. (20th Century Fox)
Scottsboro: An American Tragedy (2000)
Summary: A look at the infamous "Scottsboro Boys" case that occurred in Alabama in 1931, in which nine young black men were arrested, tried and quickly convicted in the rape of two white women, despite overwhelming evidence that showed their accusers had falsely accused them and the fact that one of the women later admitted that no rape had in fact occurred.
The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)
Summary: A noirish tale set in 1949, about a dissatisfied barber who hears from a customer about a speculative business venture. The barber, Ed Crane, is prompted to reflect on the direction he wishes his life to take, and on what he might do to change his current direction.
Lone Star (1996)
Summary: John Sayles' murder-mystery explores interpersonal and interracial tensions in Rio County, Texas. Sam Deeds is the local sheriff who is called to investigate a 40-year-old skeleton found in the desert....As Sam delves deeper into the town's dark secrets, he begins to learn more about his father, the legendary former sheriff Buddy Deeds, who replaced the corrupt Charlie Wade... (imdb)
Blood Simple (1984)
Summary: A bar-owner in Texas is certain that his wife is cheating on him and hires a private detective to spy on her. This is just the beginning of a complex plot which is full of misunderstandings and deceit. Ethan and Joel Coen's first feature film. (imdb)
City by the Sea (2002)
Summary: The gripping story of a dedicated police officer who discovers that the chief suspect in his current murder investigation is his own son. (Warner Bros.)
Summary: Jerry's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of pregnant Marge Gunderson.
Laurel Canyon (2002)
Summary: A rigorously honest exploration of relationships between people with wildly divergent world views. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Short Cuts (1993)
Summary: While helicopters overhead spray against a Medfly infestation a group of Los Angeles lives intersect, some casually, some to more lasting effect. Whilst they go out to concerts and jazz clubs and even have their pools cleaned, they also lie, drink, and cheat. Death itself seems never to be far away, even on a fishing trip. Starring Andie MacDowell, Fred Ward, 'Jack Lemmon' , Julianne Moore, Matthew Modine, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tim Robbins. (imdb)
Something's Gotta Give (2003)
Summary: A sophisticated romantic comedy from writer/director Nancy Meyers which proves that in matters of the heart, you can expect the unexpected.
Summary: A pair of whacked-out cartoon-like exterminator/hitmen kill the owner of a burglar-alarm company, and stalk the partner who hired them, his wife, and a nerd framed for the murder, who tells the story in flashback from the electric chair.
Hidden Agenda (1990)
Summary: When an American human rights lawyer is assassinated in Belfast, it remains for the man's girlfriend, as well as a tough, no nonsense, police detective to find the truth (imdb)
Summary: Jerry and his two pals, Russ and Syd, are just looking for some easy money to help them break out of their nowhere lives in their nowhere town... (imdb)
Beyond Rangoon (1995)
Summary: Laura is trying to pick up the pieces of her life after the murder of her husband and son, and goes on vacation with her sister to Burma... (imdb)
Friends with Money (2006)
Summary: Friends With Money examines the shifting relationships between four women who have been friends all of their adult lives. Now as they settle into their early middle age, their friendship is increasingly challenged by the ever-growing disparity in their individual degrees of financial comfort. (imdb)
Mississippi Burning (1988)
Summary: Two FBI agents with wildly different styles arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists. (imdb)
Wonder Boys (2000)
Summary: Grady Tripp (Douglas) is a 50-ish English professor who hasn't had a thing published in years -- not since he wrote his award-winning Great American Novel seven years ago. It's hardly surprising, then that his college's annual literary festival fills the former wonder boy with more than his usual quota of self-doubt and anxiety. This festival weekend, however, proves even worse than he could have imagined as he finds himself reeling from one misadventure to another in the company of a new wonder boy, his most gifted writing student James Leer (Maguire). (Paramount Pictures)
North Country (2005)
Summary: Inspired by a true story, North Country follows a woman's journey on a road that will take her farther than she ever imagined, ultimately inspiring countless others, and leading to the nation's first-ever class action lawsuit for sexual harassment. (Warner Bros.)
Aeon Flux (2005)
Summary: In this futuristic sci-fi thriller set 400 years in the future, Charlize Theron stars as Aeon Flux, the top underground operative at war with the totalitarian regime governing what appears to be a perfect society. But is this perfect life hiding a perfect lie? Aeon is on the front lines of a rebellion that will reveal a world of secrets. (Paramount Pictures)
Summary: A hideously scarred and mentally unstable scientist seeks revenge against the crooks who made him like that. (imdb)
Almost Famous (2000)
Summary: William Miller is a 15 year old kid, hired by Rolling Stone magazine to tour with, and write about Stillwater, an up and coming rock band. This wonderfully witty coming of age film follows William as he falls face first to confront life, love, and lingo. (imdb)