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Based on the tumultuous real-life experiences of legendary boxing champion Jake LaMotta, THE BRONX BULL chronicles his rise as a world-class boxer and his struggles with life outside of the ring, offering an unflinchingly honest look into the heart of a champion. (imdb)
A story about two lifelong criminals who maneuver through the shady underbelly of Los Angeles in search of wealth, love and redemption. (imdb)
In Compulsion, the often larger than life Amy (Heather Graham) is a vivacious and beautiful gourmet chef who is obsessed with cooking, overeats as a bulimic and uses food as a tool to dominate, be desired and control intimacy. She has imaginary dreams of hosting her own television food show. Growing up she was infatuated with her neighbor Saffron (Carrie-Anne Moss), a former child star who is now a sad, tragic and lonely introvert.
Owen Wilson once again voices speedy race car Lightning McQueen in this peppy sequel to the animated hit Cars. When he heads off to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix, Lightning also rolls straight into a case of international intrigue.
For two and a half years, Americans fought Against the British, Canadian colonists, and native nations. In the years to come, the War of 1812 would be celebrated in some places and essentially forgotten in others. But it is a war worth remembering-a struggle that threatened the existence of Canada, then divided the United States so deeply that the nation almost broke apart. Some of its battles and heroes became legendary, yet its blunders and cowards were just as prominent. (PBS website)
The Last Hit Man (2008) - Direct-to-Video
After he botches a hit, an aging assassin (Joe Mantegna) discovers that hes dying and decides to hide the truth from his daughter, whos also his business partner and getaway driver. When a younger hit man is sent to clean up the mess, he ends up impacting their lives in more ways than initially intended.
Two downsized Easter bunnies whose friendship starts to suffer when the multi-national corporation that owns all holidays decides to make some serious cutbacks. Hank and Mike are the Felix Unger and Oscar Madison of holiday mascots: They may seem like a mismatched pair yet their differences are precisely what's kept them together all these years. While Hank is a hard drinking ladies man, Mike can't seem to look past his own insecurities long enough to realize how truly miserable he is. (imdb)
A fateful event leads to a job in the film business for top mixed-martial arts instructor Mike Terry. Though his refuses to participate in prize bouts, circumstances conspire to force him to consider entering such a competition.
It takes a wide screen to fully capture Homer Simpson's stupidity, and The Simpsons Movie does it. In the eagerly-awaited animated feature film based on the hit TV series, Homer must save the world from a catastrophe he himself created. (20th Century Fox)
A young woman travels to a town where hunting is a very common sport and works as a dancer. But after accepting a ride from a stranger, she awakes naked in the woods, and the hunt is on. The young woman has a series of difficulties which lead to her constantly having a lack of choices. She has no money, and seems to be lied to as a standard course. The dancing job lacks the class she suspected, and is really in a seedy club with seedy people where she is expected to dance at least semi naked... (imdb)
Groomed by her overly ambitious mother, Anabelle is on the road to winning the Miss Texas Rose tiara when she dies tragically during a pageant. Her death lands her on the embalming table of Elvis, an embittered young man whose sense of family duty and love for his ailing father keep him from following his dreams. When Anabelle is miraculously resurrected on Elvis' embalming table, the two unexpectedly connect and sparks fly...
Your Mommy Kills Animals is an overall look at the animal rights movement showing the good, the bad and the ugly in the movement. This film also covers the landmark case against Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (better known as the SHAC 7) and the resulting conviction, which literally has changed the course of activism in this country. (Vagrant Films Releasing)
When Spence and Hogan graduate from college, life is bleak. They have to work for heinous divorce lawyers that torture them. Spence has a girlfriend from hell and Hogan just wants to start his life already. As luck would have it, our two young men are presented with an opportunity, they develop a club of young men devoted to the older woman, the "Cougar" if you will. It is this club that ultimately guides our two heroes into young adulthood. (imdb)
A successful businessman leaves his wife and family after a visit to a fortune teller. He embarks on a journey of self-discovery and redemption heading into New York's underworld where he kills a pimp and a wanna-be actress that lands him in jail.
Criminal Minds (2005) - TV Series
The cases of the BAU, an elite group of profilers who analyze the nation's most dangerous criminal minds in an effort to anticipate their next moves before they strike again.
Loosely based on a true story, this unique and inspiring comedy is a buddy movie with a fresh twist. (Wheels Up Films)
Based on a true story, Stateside follows the adventures of an outlaw rich kid who lands in the Marine Corps and, while on leave, falls in love with a crazy young actress/pop singer. This is a story of love that overcomes precarious trials and earns, for the spirit of youth, a heartfelt victory. (Samuel Goldwyn Films)
This documentary profiles former All-Star third baseman, broadcaster and Chicago Cubs legend Ron Santo and his lifelong battle with diabetes. (Emerging Pictures)
Jacobo Carrucci, an Italian painter, better known as Pontormo, lived and worked in the Florence of the Renaissance. He was a highly talented man selected by Duke Cosimo De Medici to do the frescoes of the basilica of San Lorenzo. This story deals with the painter almost at the end of his life. At that time, the Holy Inquisition was creating terror among the population. Those that were deemed heretic faced an imminent death. (imdb)
Joan of Arcadia (2003) - TV Series
illions of people speak to God. What if God spoke back? Life just got a hell of a lot more confusing for teenage Joan Girardi, who already deals with feeling out of place in her family : her police chief father, her somewhat overbearing mother, her geeky younger brother and former football star older brother, now paralyzed. They'd never believe her if she told them that God is talking to her. Does Joan have a higher purpose on earth, or are these strange conversations just in her head? (imdb)
A distant, slightly dysfunctional family is brought closer together when the father's long-estranged Uncle Nino comes from Italy to Chicago for a surprise visit. (imdb)
Women vs. Men (2002) - TV Movie
Paul Reiser, Joe Mantegna, Glenne Headly and Christine Lahti duke it out in this sexy comedy from the producers of thirtysomething! The marriages of Dana and Michael, and Brita and Bruce suddenly experience a meltdown after Dana catches Michael and Bruce enjoying that ever-popular 'spectator sport' the lap dance at a seedy strip club... (amazon.com)
A professional thief turns state's evidence on his Mafia boss and enters into the witness protection program. (imdb)
A young Trumpeter Swan who is born with muteness is vying for the attention of a beautiful pen. He overcomes this by learning to play the trumpet. (Wikipedia)
A trio of opera singers are reunited by a wedding ten years after their stormy breakup. (imdb)
Mob money gets in the hands of an innocent traveler. When the mob comes looking for it, it seems the dog has hidden it. As the money changes hands, people turn on each other.
Coming-of-age tale set aboard a shipping freighter traveling America's Great Lakes. Creating a memoir of his own experiences, writer and Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross, American Buffalo) tells the story of Dale, an Ivy League college student who briefly joins a world-weary crew. Exposed to a seafaring lifestyle which falls short of his literary visions, Dale instead finds the experience rich in unexpected ways... (imdb)
A young man with an addiction to gambling has managed to get himself into serious debt. In an effort to pay off the bookies, his uncle pulls a few strings and gets him a job working for a gangster who needs a "runner" to place bets with various bookies. The gangster keeps his new "runner" on a short leash, and for the most part the young gambler behaves himself... (imdb)
Anti-Semitism, race relations, coming of age, and fathers and sons: in Baltimore from fall, 1954, to fall, 1955. Racial integration comes to the high school, TV is killing burlesque, and rock and roll is pushing the Four Lads off the Hit Parade. Ben, a high school senior, and his older brother Van are exploring "the other": in Ben's case, it's friendship with Sylvia, a Black student; with Van, it's a party in the WASP part of town and falling for a debutante, Dubbie... (imdb)
The Last Don II (1998) - TV Mini-Series
As the elder don dies, his young heir moves into the position. He quickly proves to be as ruthless as he tries to discover who has launched a plot to overthrow his rule and may be infiltrating other families. In a left over plot line, his aunt discovers that the young don had her son murdered first setting her off in a plot to kill him. Then when she is stopped she is driven into the arms of a conflicted priest. (imdb)
The last American officials were airlifted out of Vietnam from the embassy roof in Saigon in 1975. Most have never returned. In 1998, World T.E.A.M. Sports organized a 16-day, 1100 mile bicycle expedition through once war-torn Northern and Southern Vietnam. A non-profit organization that focuses on events for the disabled, World T.E.A.M. Sports drew an array of veterans from the U.S. and Vietnam, as well as celebrity riders like Greg La Monde and Senator John Kerry. (imdb)
An inept group of small-time hoods has just six hours to carry out a hit for the local crime boss. But there's one major problem: The group's target -- an elusive mobster named Carmine Dellarosa -- doesn't seem to exist. Will the hoods be able to scare up a body before 5 p.m.?
Lee Simon, unsuccessful journalist and wanna-be novelist, tries to get a foot into the door with celebrities. After divorcing his wife Robin, Lee gets to meet a lot folks of the rich and / or beautiful, partly through journalism, partly because he has a script to offer. But life among those from out-of-this-world is hard, and his putative success always results in defeat. Meanwhile Robin meets a very desirable TV-producer and takes the first steps in the world of celebrities herself. (imdb)
Gomez is a middle-aged man who dreams of buying a gorgeous white suit in a nearby store, but doesn't have enough cash. He finds 4 more people of same size, who each give $20 and get to wear the suit for an hour each in return. But the suit is not just a suit - it makes wishes of the one wearing it come true. (imdb)
A series of comic vignettes illuminates the changing relationship of two hitmen over the years.
The Rat Pack (1998) - TV Movie
In the 1950's and 1960's Frank Sinatra was the head of the infamous "Rat Pack". He, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop worked and played together. This film dramatizes their volatile relationships with each other and the Kennedys, Marilyn Monroe, mobster Sam Giancano, Judith Cambell and the FBI... (imdb)
After lightening strikes Flight 109, the only chance for survival is a young girl. (imdb)
Chicago cabbie Mitch Lawrence is a man whose dreams are starting to fade. His only shining light is his loving and pregnant wife. When one of his clients, author Lou Webber offers him money to eliminate a drug dealer who is stalking him, Mitch refuses. Days later, Mitch is diagnosed with inoperable stomach cancer. He reconsiders Lou's offer, and for the sake of his wife and baby, eliminates the threat. (imdb)
The Last Don (1997) - TV Mini-Series
Sprawling Mario Puzo novel about an Italian family of gangsters draws the inevitable comparison to "The Godfather", but does find its own direction. Headed by Don Domenico Clericuzio, the family executes a rival gang on the night of the Don's daughter's wedding, including her new husband, the son of his rival. Unfortunately the daughter gets pregnant and the repercussions of the night drift into the future. (imdb)
This is a telling of the Jessica Savitch story, the newswoman who, in the 1970's, became the "First Woman Anchor". Sally/Tally is taken under the wing of Warren in a Miami newsroom and becomes a news star on TV. Despite her love for Warren, she takes the big chance and moves on to Philadelphia, where he follows to rescue her faltering career at the cost of his own - as she rises he falls. (imdb)
A lawyer is cursed by a gypsy to lose weight...and lose weight...and lose weight... (imdb)
When former cop and current security expert Jim Holland (Joe Mantegna) has a one night stand with Amanda (Kelly Lynch) after getting in her way roller-blading. That introduction turns out to be a well thought out plan by Amanda and her sister Molly (Naomi Watts), to obtain security codes to office of a client. (imdb)
After her daughter Julie is brutally raped and murdered, Karen McCaan (Sally Field) is turned down by the LAPD after she requests they keep suspect Robert Doob (Keifer Sutherland) in jail for good instead of paroling him. Nevertheless, the LAPD and the courts do decide to parole him and Karen turns to a group of hit man trainers for help... (imdb)
After spending seven years behind bars, Johnny Crown is back on the street, with lots of cash, a psychotherapy degree and a burning desire to find and punish gangsters who had killed his father. (imdb)
Paralyzed cop takes advantages of the sympathy he attracts to get rid of his wife and her lover.
Favorite Deadly Sins (1995) - TV Movie
Enter a world of sinfully funny send-ups of everyone's favorite vices. The laughs are on Denis Leary fallen in, "LUST", Joe Mantegna seduced by, "GREED", and Andrew Dice Clay roaring with, "ANGER". Watch as we turn their sordid lives into a living hell! (imdb)
A comic love triangle wherein Alexander falls in love with his younger brother's wife. (imdb)
Mickey Gordon is a basketball referee who travels to France to bury his father. Ellen Andrews is an American living in Paris who works for the airline he flies on. They meet and fall in love, but their relationship goes through many difficult patches. (imdb)
Baby Bink couldn't ask for more; he has adoring (if somewhat sickly-sweet) parents, he lives in a huge mansion... (imdb)
A millionaire is found dead of heart failure handcuffed to the bed with a home video tape of him and his lover. When cocaine is found in his system, and his will leaves $8 million to his lover, they arrest her on suspicion of murder. Her lawyer succumbs to her charms, and he begins a torrid and kinky affair with her. As new evidence turns up during trial, he begins to wonder if he's defending a murderer. (imdb)
A prepubescent chess prodigy refuses to harden himself in order to become a champion like the famous but unlikable Bobby Fischer. (imdb)
The Comrades of Summer (1992) - TV Movie
To teach a team of Russian wanna-be baseball players the finer points of the all-American game is no easy task, but for a grudgingly resentful, recently fired baseball manager from the States, the task is formidable. (imdb)
When childhood friends Al, Dennis and Eliot get together for Ray's wedding, which may or may not happen, they end up on a roller-coaster ride through reality. During one tumultuous, crazy weekend, they face adulthood and each other with new found maturity and discover what Queens Logic is all about. This comedy takes a look at friendship, loyalty, and love. (imdb)
Policeman Bob Gold has to capture a murder that not even the FBI has been able to find. But before he can even start he is re-assigned to the murder of an old lady in a black area. The evidence points at a Jewish group and he discovers connections between them and his previous case. (imdb)
The story of how Bugsy Siegel started Las Vegas. (imdb)
In this third film in the epic Corleone trilogy, Al Pacino reprises the role of powerful family leader Michael Corleone. Now in his 60's, Michael is dominated by two passions: freeing his family from crime and finding a suitable successor. That successor could be fiery Vincent (Garcia)... but he may also be the spark that turns Michael's hope of business legitimacy into an inferno of mob violence.
The Godfather Family: A Look Inside (1990) - TV Movie
A documentary on the making of the three Godfather films, with interviews and recollections from the film makers and cast... (imdb)
Alice Tate, mother of two, with a marriage of 16 years, finds herself falling for the handsome sax player... (imdb)
When Bandini, the head of a poor household of Italian immigrants in Colorado, gambles away the little money he has, he can no longer support his family. Through a good friend he manages to get a job as a bricklayer for a rich widow, Ms. Hildegarde. (follower)
Gino, an Italian-American shoe-shiner with a remarkable similarity to a certain mafia don, is paid to take the rap for a murder. Jerry, a two-bit gangster on probation, is given a chance for redemption by guarding Gino for the weekend. But instead of sitting around a dingy hotel room, Jerry decides to give Gino a weekend to remember, taking him to Lake Tahoe... (imdb)
A man framed in a jewel smuggling tries for an insanity plea and is sent to a hospital for review where he is confused for another doctor and takes over the hospital when a major storm hits. (imdb)
A psychiatrist's patient is in desperate need of money, so she agrees to help him. (imdb)
A San Quentin inmate, sentenced to life without parole, writes a play that catches the interest of a reporter. (imdb)
A judge commits suicide, and his secretary is found murdered. A homeless deaf-mute man, Carl Anderson is arrested for her murder. Public defender Kathleen is assigned by the court as his lawyer. She sets to find the real killer, and gets help from the congressional advisor, Eddie Sanger who is called to be on the jury panel. Together they discover a dangerous circle of corruption in high places. (imdb)
A young couple struggles to repair a hopelessly dilapidated house. (imdb)
Three unemployed actors accept an invitation to a Mexican village to replay their bandit fighter roles, unaware that it is real thing. (imdb)
The Real Life Adventures Of A Make-Believe Cop
An ex-newspaper woman who is now a suburban housewife can't resist getting involved in an investigation of the murder of a philandering dentist who had been having affairs with several of her neighbors. (imdb)
Elvis (1979) - TV Movie
Biographical movie about the famous rock singer Elvis Presley. (imdb)
Bleacher Bums (1979) - TV Movie
A video production of a play famous in Chicago but little known elsewhere. It takes place in the bleachers, the cheap seats set at the very back of a baseball stadium, where tickets were about a buck but the view needed binoculars. The characters are a bunch of Chicago Cubs fans, sitting in the bleachers watching a Cubs game on a summer afternoon. Most of them have been gathering here for some time and know each other, even if they might not necessarily like or tolerate each other. (imdb)