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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.
A husband, falsely imprisoned for the murder of his wife, escapes from jail to track down the actual murderer, but not before having plastic surgery on his face and hiding out in a woman's apartment.
East of Eden
This truncated screen version of John Steinbeck's best-seller was the first starring vehicle for explosive 1950s screen personality James Dean, who plays Cal Trask, the "bad" son of taciturn Salinas valley lettuce farmer Adam Trask (Raymond Massey). Although he means well, Cal can't stay out of trouble, nor is he able to match the esteem in which his father holds his "good" brother Aron (Richard Davalos). Only Aron's girlfriend Abra (Julie Harris) and kindly old sheriff Sam Burl Ives) can see the essential goodness in the troublesome Cal. When Adam invests in a chancy and wholly unsuccessful method of shipping his crops east, his wealth plummets. In an effort to save the business, Cal obtains money from his estranged mother (the proprietor of a whorehouse) and invests it in a risky new bean crop. The gamble pays off (thanks in no small part to the war), but Adam refuses to take the money from Cal, and the resultant quarrel causes Adam to have a stroke. Released the same year as Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden provided Dean with his first Oscar nomination, for Best Actor.
The Color Purple
Celie, a young black woman living in America's rural South during the early part of the century, must struggle through the hardships meted out to her by family and husband in order to find the happiness which she deserves and that has long been denied her.
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.
Having spent much of his directorial career emulating Don Siegel and John Ford, Clint Eastwood borrows a page from the catalogue of Sam Fuller in Heartbreak Ridge. Eastwood casts himself as an old-fashioned Marine Corps sergeant who is out of step with the new-fashioned military. He returns to his old outfit as a gunnery sergeant, where he runs afoul of 1980s-style superior officers to whom the words "Gung Ho" are foolish anachronisms. But through his tough tutelage, Eastwood's lackadaisical platoon is whipped into a first-rate fighting machine, favoring teamwork over such New Age gobbledygook as "self-fulfillment." Eastwood's men prove their mettle during the invasion of Grenada.
The last son of Krypton lands in Kansas, is adopted by the Kents, discovers his origins and takes flight. After a series of miraculous rescues, the city of Metropolis becomes curious, but the Man of Steel soon faces his greatest adversary: the ruthless criminal genius Lex Luthor.
Stop-motion animation misadventures of a daring young girl who moves into a new house and finds a magic portal that whisks her into a seemingly perfect, parallel world where she uncovers some spooky secrets.
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.
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.
Director Mick Jackson teams with screenwriters Christopher Monger and William Merritt Johnson to tell the story of autistic icon Temple Grandin, a woman who refused to let her disorder limit her true potential. Adapted from Grandin's own writings, the film allows the audience to experience the world much like she does while recounting her colorful life and remarkable achievements from childhood to adulthood.
Empire of the Sun
Young boy struggle to bear a childhood filled with betrayal and frustration during World War II and later turns into a wise man.
Drop Dead Gorgeous
This faux documentary examines the behind-the-scenes machinations at a Minnesota beauty pageant, where a win-at-all-costs mother pulls out all the stops to guarantee a victory for her teenage daughter.
A riveting real-life study of New York mob life. Soon he finds himself the target of both the feds and his Mafia family, who feel that he has become a threat to their security with his reckless dealings.
The general manager of the Cleveland Browns faces hard choices on draft day as he tries to rebuild his team. While he deals with an unhappy owner, a disgruntled coach and temperamental players, the embattled manager strives for greatness.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Frodo Baggins, a Hobbit resident of the medieval Middle-earth, discovers that a ring bequeathed to him by his Uncle Bilbo is in fact the "One Ring," a device that will allow its master to manipulate dark powers and enslave the world. Frodo is charged by the wizard Gandalf to return the ring to Mount Doom, the evil site where it was forged millennia ago and the only place where it can be destroyed.
Needing a place to stay, a young slacker signs up for jury duty on a complicated case so he can be sequestered in a nice hotel in this broad comedy. Having no place else to go, he purposefully delays the case, much to the frustration of the other jurors.
In a small town in 1989 Maine, seven bullied kids discover that a malevolent force is preying on the local children. When they realize that the town's adults can't protect them, they band together to destroy the monster, a killer clown called Pennywise.
The Man Who Came to Dinner
Caricatures of the likes of Noel Coward and Harpo Marx add spice to this adaptation of the Kaufman-Hart comedy about a pompous critic who descends on an unsuspecting midwestern family.
The Most Dangerous Game
A game-hunting nobleman's private island is the stage for perverse games in which he tracks down and kills human adversaries. This top-notch first screen incarnation (shot on sets built for King Kong (1933)) of the famous short story was redone many times but rarely to such excellent effect.
Public safety takes a turn for the worse when a new class of police recruits, overrun with misfits and weirdos, become determined to graduate and do good despite the obstacles in their way, which include their befuddled commandant.
Geronimo: An American Legend
A native American decides to lead an armed resistance against the US Government, agthey they fail to fulfil their promises concerning the welfare of his people.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Frodo is tempted by the power of the ring as he nears the end of his journey to destroy it. The finale of Peter Jackson's blockbuster trilogy.