Weekend DVD Recommendation

6-1-17 Happy Valley
Sarah Lancashire is so realistically natural as sergeant Catherine Cawood it feels as if you’re dropping in on someone’s real life in this drama series about crime in a rural Yorkshire where it seems no one is happy.

5-26-17 Five Came Back
The impact of five top Hollywood directors who served in World War II is examined in this Netflix documentary narrated by Meryl Streep.

4-7-17 Sing Street
Form a band and get the girl. That’s the premise of this irresistible story about an 80s Irish teen played by Ferdia Walsh-Peelo who finds out a way out through music.

3-24-17 The White Helmets
You won’t be able to tear your eyes away from the screen as you watch the volunteer rescue workers, profiled in the Oscar winning documentary short The White Helmets, who search through the rubble in war torn Syria looking for survivors.

1-13-17 Begin Again
Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightley, Catherine Keener, Hailee Steinfeld, and James Corden star in this musical love story about broken hearts that sneaks its way into your heart.

1-6-17 Miss You Already
Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette exude a natural chemistry as lifelong best friends whose friendship is tested when they have to face the unexpected challenges of life.

7-10-15 Blue Crush
Kate Bosworth and Michelle Rodriguez are surfer girls struggling to make it in Hawaii in this fun and cheesy summer flick.

12-20-14 Elf
Will Ferrell, Zooey Deschanel, James Caan, and Bob Newhart star in the story of Buddy, a man raised as an elf who innocently travels to New York City to find his real father in this truly funny holiday movie with possibly the best snowball fight scene in a film.

9-5-15 Fame
Irene Cara shot to fame in Alan Parker’s 1980 film about the struggles of students at New York City High School for the Performing Arts.

8-23-14 The Spectacular Now
Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller star in a a beautifully moving and realistic portrayal of young people coming of age, family and relationships.

8-1-14 The Staircase
Documentary filmmaker Jean-Xavier de Lestrade’s fascinating look at the trial of author Michael Peterson accused of murdering his wife.

6-27-14 Star 80
Mariel Hemingway, Eric Roberts and Cliff Robertson star in Director Bob Fosse’s exploration of fame, power and obsession.

5-9-14 The Good Son
Macaulay Culkin, Elijah Wood and perennial wife/mom Wendy Crewson star in this 90s thriller about a motherless young boy sent to stay with family who discovers his cousin Henry may be a cold-blooded killer.

5-2-14 The Hitcher
C. Thomas Howell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Rutger Hauer star in this suspenseful thriller about a young man on the road stalked by a relentless and cunning killer.

4-25-14 Mud
Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon are smoking hot as doomed lovers and Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland are touching and funny as the young boys who get tangled up in their twisted lives.

4-11-14 Imitation of Life
Claudette Colbert, Louise Beavers and Fredi Washington star in this drama about the friendship between two single mothers, one white and the other Black.

3-28-14 Amores Perros
Gael García Bernal stars in this tense time shifting drama from Oscar nominated director Alejandro González Iñárritu that explores the fragile connections shared by human beings.

3-21-14 Y Tu Mamá También
Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna star in director Alfonso Cuarón’s coming of age story about best friends who make some surprising discoveries about themselves during a youthful road trip.

3-14-14 Dirty Pretty Things
Chiwetel Ejiofor and Audrey Tautou star as illegal immigrants in London who are pulled into the dark and dangerous world of the black market organ trade.

2-7-14 Dallas Buyers Club
Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto both deliver Oscar nominated performances in this story about an AIDS patient who smuggles medication into the U.S. from Canada when the healthcare system fails him.

1-24-14 Blue Jasmine
Cate Blanchett stars in this Woody Allen character study of a woman slowly unraveling after she loses her husband, status and wealth.

12-20-13 Elf
Will Ferrell, Zooey Deschanel, James Caan, and Bob Newhart star in this story about an adopted man who believes he is an elf in a modern day Christmas classic that will bring out the kid in you.

12-6-13 Christmas in Connecticut
Barbara Stanwyck outshines both her romantic leads in this holiday classic about a New York City career woman who invents a perfect homemaker persona for a column and is then forced to keep up the act when her boss decides he’s going to bring a war hero for a visit to her ‘country’ home.

11-22-13 Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Steve Martin and John Candy are two opposites forced to travel together in order to make it home for Thanksgiving in this hilarious and touching comedy that is truly moving.

11-15-13 Orange is the New Black
Taylor Schilling leads an outstanding cast in this dramedy about women serving time in a federal prison.

11-8-13 Broadchurch
Olivia Colman and David Tennant are outstanding as two detectives trying to solve the murder of a young boy in a small English town in this character driven drama that looks at how a violent crime affects everyone it touches.

10-18-13 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, and Taraji P. Henson in a melancholy fable about love, family, mortality and the moments in life that can change everything forever.

9-27-13 Black Hawk Down
Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore and Eric Bana star in Ridley Scott’s tense, edge of your seat retelling of a U.S. Army Ranger mission in Somalia that went terribly wrong and led to the downing of two Black Hawk helicopters and casualties.

9-20-13 Jiro Dreams of Sushi
The tireless master sushi chef Jiro Ono is the inspiring subject of this documentary that reveals a man not only dedicated to and passionate about his work but also extremely wise.

9-6-13 Hustle & Flow
Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, and Taryn Manning are all outstanding in this story of a pimp trying to become the next Jay-Z and Howard earned a best actor Oscar nomination but it was Three 6 Mafia who walked away with an Oscar for best original song for “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp.”

8-29-13 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck star in this slow paced, mesmerizing story about the famous outlaw and the events leading up to his shooting by Robert Ford.

8-23-13 Winter’s Bone
Jennifer Lawrence received an Oscar nomination for her role as a teen girl looking after her family while searching for her missing meth dealing dad in rural Missouri.

8-9-13 House of Flying Daggers
Ziyi Zhang is a beautiful and dangerous member of a rebel group fighting against the Chinese government in this action packed martial arts epic.

7-19-13 The Intouchables
This French language film stars Francois Cluzet as a wealthy paraplegic man who hires a young African man with a prison record to be his caretaker and how that experience changes both their lives.

7-12-13 Yo Soy Boricua pa’ que tu lo Sepas!
Rosie Perez serves up a taste of Puerto Rican history and culture in this fun, personal and informative documentary about the island and its people.

7-5-13 Body Heat
Kathleen Turner, William Hurt, Richard Crenna and Mickey Rourke get caught up in greed, passion, and double cross in this steamy film noir.

6-21-13 The Fountain
Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, and Ellen Burstyn star in this creative and original film that spans through time to tell three intersecting stories that eventually culminate in a testament to the endurance of true love.

6-14-13 Kramer vs. Kramer
Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep both won Oscars in this story about a father and husband who discovers the meaning of fatherhood when he is forced to connect with his son when his wife walks out on him.

5-31-13 Spellbound
This Oscar nominated documentary takes a behind the scenes look at the intense and emotional journey of a group of kids on their way to the National Spelling Bee championship.

5-17-13 Enter the Dragon
Bruce Lee, John Saxon, and Jim Kelly star in this non-stop action martial arts classic.

5-9-13 The Bourne Identity
Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Chris Cooper, Brian Cox and Clive Owen star in this tight, fast-paced spy thriller that keeps your brain, heart, and adrenalin going as a CIA operative with no memory searches for clues to who wants him dead and his own identity.

4-26-13 Urban Cowboy
John Travolta, Debra Winger, and Scott Glenn. Travolta and Winger have great chemistry in this underrated story about what it means to be a cowboy in the modern day west.

4-19-13 End of Watch
Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña star as best friends and partners in this raw and immediate look at life on patrol in the gang controlled streets of South Central Los Angeles.

4-12-13 Collateral
Being Bad suits Tom Cruise as a charming but ruthless hit man who forces mild-mannered cabbie Jamie Foxx to drive him around as he eliminates a list of witnesses in this noir thriller from director Michael Mann.

4-5-13 The Hurt Locker
Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty star in this lean and tense drama about an army bomb squad and how their dangerous job psychologically affects each one.

3-29-13 Southland
Michael Cudlitz, Shawn Hatosy, Regina King, and Ben McKenzie star in one of the best and most realistic dramas about the life of cops and the streets of LA.

3-22-13 Pride and Prejudice
Keira Knightley is the fiery and prideful Elizabeth Bennett and Matthew MacFadyen is the judgmental Mr. Darcy in this romantic adaptation of the Jane Austen classic.

3-15-13 Crips and Bloods: Made in America
Director Stacy Peralta’s eye-opening documentary takes an in-depth look at the economic and political forces that led to the rise of gangland culture in South Los Angeles.

3-8-13 Sense and Sensibility
Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant, and Alan Rickman lead a great ensemble cast in this near perfect period romance that won Thompson the academy award for best adapted screenplay for the story of two sisters who struggle with love after they are left penniless by the death of their father.

3-1-13 Once
Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová are captivating in this charming and romantic story about two struggling musicians with complicated pasts who fall in love while making music together.

2-15-13 Reign Over Me
Adam Sandler is a man devastated by the loss of his family during the 9/11 World Trade Center attack and Don Cheadle is the friend who tries to help him put his life back together again in this affecting and overlooked drama.

2-7-13 Best in Show
Jennifer Coolidge, Eugene Levy, Jane Lynch, Catherine O’Hara, Parker Posey, Fred Willard are just some of the standouts in this funny behind-the-scenes look at the neurotic and competitive dog owners vying for the top prize at a dog show.

2-1-13 Inglourious Basterds
Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger, Mélanie Laurent and Christoph Waltz in an Oscar winning performance star in Quentin Tarantino’s wild and inventive tale of a WWII mission against the Nazis.

1-26-13 (500) Days of Summer
Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt star in this quirky romance about a girl who doesn’t believe in love and the guy who intends to win her heart.

1-18-13 The Salton Sea
Val Kilmer, Vincent D’Onofrio, Deborah Kara Unger and Peter Sarsgaard star in this dark and moody noir about a mournful trumpet player navigating the treacherous drug underworld of Los Angeles.

1-11-13 Our Idiot Brother
Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, and Adam Scott star in this slyly funny comedy about a seemingly goofball and sweet underachiever who turns out to have a lot more wisdom than his family gives him credit for.

1-4-13 Matewan
Chris Cooper, Mary McDonnell, David Strathairn, Kevin Tighe are a few of the outstanding cast members in this first-rate John Sayles saga about West Virginia coal miners and their fight against all odds to start a union.

12-28-12 The School of Rock
Jack Black is a down and out musician who impersonates a substitute teacher and turns a class of fourth graders into a first rate rock band

12-21-12 A Christmas Story
Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon, Peter Billingsley, and the voice of author Jean Shepherd star in this funny and timeless classic about a young boy who dreams of a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas, the  obstacles he must endure to get it and his wacky family.

12-14-12 Bad Santa
Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox, and Bernie Mac star in this dark and funny take on the meaning of Christmas.

11-30-12 Soul Surfer
AnnaSophia Robb, Helen Hunt and Dennis Quaid star in this family friendly, inspiring story about teen surfer Bethany Hamilton’s struggle and determination to surf again after losing an arm in a shark attack.

11-23-12 Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story
Fascinating inside look at the Memphis, TN label that dominated soul music in the 60s and early 70s and put Otis Redding on the map.

11-16-12 Fame
Irene Cara leads a young cast along with Debbie Allen and Anne Meara in this story about the highs and lows of students training at the New York City High School for Performing Arts in the hopes of achieving fame.

11-9-12 The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Hector Elizondo, and Martin Balsam star in this tense 70s thriller about a group of men who hijack a NYC subway train.

11-2-12 Breaking Away
Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern, and Jackie Earle Haley star in this charming, coming-of-age, underdog story about a small town have-not who dreams about being Italian, winning a bike race and the heart of a girl who seems out of his reach.

10-19-12 All About Eve
Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, Gary Merrill, Celeste Holm, and George Sanders lead a great cast in this sharp, witty, Oscar winner for best picture and screenplay that remains a timeless classic and one of the most quotable films of all time.

10-12-12 The Wrong Man
Henry Fonda is a struggling musician and Vera Miles his loyal wife whose lives are plunged into a nightmare when he is arrested in a case of mistaken identity in this tense and atypical Hitchcock drama.

10-5-12 The Raid: Redemption
Welsh writer/director Gareth Evans delivers a super fast-paced, stylish, non-stop, martial arts action thriller that will have you reaching for the rewind button.

9-28-12 The Weather Man
Nicolas Cage, Hope Davis and Michael Caine star in this funny and emotionally affecting story about a Chicago weather man looking for meaning in his life.

9-21-12 The Apartment
Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray all give stand out performances in this story about a corporate wannabe who falls in love with the boss’s girlfriend.

9-14-12 Rabbit Proof Fence
Three Aboriginal girls embark on a brutal journey back home after being torn from their families.

9-7-12 The Sea Inside
Javier Bardem in the inspiring story of a paraplegic man’s fight for the right to die with dignity and how it moves those around him to appreciate life.

8-31-12 Hachi: A Dog’s Tale
Richard Gere and Joan Allen star in this surprisingly emotionally affecting story about love, loyalty and man’s best friend.

8-24-12 Undefeated
This inspiring and Oscar winning documentary about an underdog high school football team and their dedicated coach is not to be missed.

8-17-12 Wild At Heart
Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, and Diane Ladd star in David Lynch’s trippy and sometimes violent road movie.

8-10-12 Manhunter
William Petersen is an FBI agent who turns to the man who almost took his life, Hannibal Lecter in order to help catch a brutal serial killer.

7-27-12 Coma
Michael Douglas, Genevieve Bujold and Richard Widmark. A young doctor seems paranoid when she starts investigating the unusual number of comas at the hospital where she works.

7-20-12 The Savages
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Laura Linney, and Philip Bosco star in this darkly comic story about a dysfunctional brother and sister who must deal with their aging father.

7-13-12 The Poseidon Adventure
Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters, and Red Buttons lead an outstanding cast about the struggle of a handful of passengers to survive after an ocean liner capsizes in this ’70s disaster film that still holds up.

7-6-12 You Can Count On Me
Laura Linney and Mark Rufalo.

6-29-12 Kick Ass
Aaron Johnson, Nicolas Cage, Chloe Grace Moretz. This offbeat take on the superhero genre doesn’t quite gel but Grace Moretz steals the movie as Hit-Girl.

6-22-12 Do The Right Thing
Spike Lee’s take on a hot summer day in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn.

6-15-12 Parenthood – TV Series
Craig T. Nelson and Bonnie Bedelia are the heads of the Braverman family, who can be as endearing and annoying as your real family members.

6-1-12 Take Shelter
Micheal Shannon and Jessica Chastain. Shannon is mesmerizing as a family man who fears he may be losing his mind after he starts having strange visions.

5-25-12 Flashdance
Jennifer Beals and Michael Nouri. Beals charms her way into the heart of her boss and viewers as a welder who dreams of being a professional ballerina in this beautifully shot slice of the ’80s that makes you want to visit Pittsburgh.

5-18-12 Notorious
Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant and Claude Rains. Hitchcock creates perfection in this story of romance, intrigue, and spies.

5-11-12 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Mark Ruffalo, Kirsten Dunst. Imaginative and haunting love story that asks what would happen if you could erase the memory of a failed relationship.

5-3-12 Freedom Riders
Inspirational documentary that chronicles the peaceful and ultimately effective fight by young civil rights activists to desegregate the interstate bus lines in the South.

4-27-12 The Birds
Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Suzanne Pleshette, and Jessica Tandy. Birds suddenly start attacking the residents of a small California town in this classically creepy Hitchcock thriller.

4-20-12 After Hours
Griffin Dunne and Rosanna Arquette in Scorsese’s take on one of those crazy nights every New Yorker has had at some point.

4-13-12 Once Were Warriors
Rena Owen, Temuera Morrison. Powerful story of a Maori family dealing with urban life and domestic violence.

4-6-12 Double Indemnity
Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Edward G. Robinson. Stanwyck is so good as a sultry schemer  you can’t help but root for her as she  takes MacMurray’s insurance agent on a murderously wild ride.

3-23-12 And Then There Were None
Guests invited to an island discover they are actually prey when they start being murdered one by one.

3-16-12 Lost in La Mancha
Johnny Depp, Terry Gilliam. Fascinating documentary account of how everything that could go wrong did go wrong on Terry Gilliam’s production of Don Quixote, which was never completed.

3-2-12 Margin Call
Zachary Quinto, Kevin Spacey, and Paul Bettany lead a great ensemble cast in this tense account of the lengths an investment bank will go to save itself from financial collapse.

2-24-12 Singin’ In The Rain
Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Jean Hagen and a 17 year old Debbie Reynolds star in this classic musical filled with iconic song and dance numbers.

2-17-12 Justified
Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins lead an outstanding cast in one of the best written shows on TV. The dialogue, action, and acting is so good you’ll be hitting rewind on the remote.

2-10-12 Precious
Gabourey Sidibe and Mo’Nique in a powerful story of an abused teen and her monstrous, broken mother.

2-3-12 Game of Thrones
A great cast brings to life this fantastical yet classic story of family and the struggle for power and survival in the mystical world of the Seven Kingdoms.

1-27-12 Bend it Like Beckham
Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers star in this upbeat story about an Indian girl torn between two cultures whose secret passion is soccer.

1-20-12 Touching the Void
Harrowing and inspiring true story of a mountain climber’s extraordinary journey down an Andes mountain after breaking his leg.

1-13-12 Hanna
Eric Bana, Saoirse Ronan, and Cate Blanchett. Bana is a rogue CIA agent who trains his daughter to be a super assassin in order to elude the ruthless operative determined to kill her.

1-6-12 Three Kings
A group of American soldiers out for themselves at the end of the Persian Gulf War discover just how treacherous their own government can be.

12-30-11 The Family Man
Nicolas Cage, Tea Leoni, and Don Cheadle. Nicolas Cage is a self-centered, successful career man whose guardian angel, Don Cheadle shows him he may not have it all when he gives him the chance to experience what life would have been like had he married his college sweetheart, Tea Leoni.

12-23-11 Miracle on 34th Street
Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O’Hara, Natalie Wood and John Payne. A department store Santa who claims to be the real Kris Kringle teaches a practical career woman and her equally logical young daughter about the true meaning of Christmas.

12-16-11 The Bishop’s Wife
Grant is at his most charming as Dudley, the angel sent to help Niven’s cranky bishop remember the true spirit of Christmas and Young is the bishop’s neglected wife who gives the angel a hint of earthly pleasures.

12-9-11 The Year Without A Santa Clause
Mickey Rooney and Shirley Booth are Mr. and Mrs. Clause in this timeless claymation special that will bring you right back to your childhood every time you watch it.

12-2-11 American History X
Ed Norton  is a white supremacist in this disturbing film that stays with you long after it’s over.

11-25-11 Stand By Me
Richard Dreyfuss, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Wil Wheaton, Jerry O’Connell and Kiefer Sutherland are the perfect cast in this timeless story of childhood, friendship and loss.

11-18-11 Unleashed
Morgan Freeman, Jet Li, and Bob Hoskins form an atypical cast in this unusual, ultimately touching action film about a man held captive by a mobster and trained to behave like a dog.

11-11-11 The Last of the Mohicans
Daniel Day-Lewis and Madeleine Stowe tackle the American frontier during the British and French war.

11-4-11 La Femme Nikita
An ex-junkie goes from convicted killer to glamorous, government trained assassin. The original and the best.

10-28-11 Poltergeist
Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams discover they have some unwanted guests after moving into a new house.

10-21-11 Rosemary’s Baby
Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes are a couple expecting their first child in this psychologically disturbing film. Ruth Gordon won a best supporting actress Oscar for her role as the sweet, elderly neighbor with ulterior motives.

10-14-11 Nueve Reinas
Who’s conning who? This fast-paced and slick film will keep you guessing until the very end.

10-7-11 Leon: The Professional
Gritty, stylish thriller and great cast led by Jean Reno, Gary Oldman and a star-making performance by Natalie Portman as a young girl hiding from a killer.

9-23-11 Go
Sarah Polley, Katie Holmes, Scott Wolf, and a standout Timothy Olyphant are among the varied cast in this fun and twisty drama from Doug Liman.

9-9-11 United 93
Riveting, difficult to watch, and inspiring documentary style account of the hijacking of United flight 93 on September 11.

9-2-11 Hot Coffee
Excellent documentary that exposes how so-called “tort reform” strips consumers of their rights.

8-26-11 West Side Story
Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno in my favorite movie musical. An update of Romeo and Juliet set in NYC with incredible music, choreography, and set design.

8-19-11 The Magdalene Sisters
A depiction of the brutal life young women are forced to endure in a 1960s Catholic asylum in Ireland.

8-12-11 To Kill a Mockingbird
One of the best and most faithful movie adaptations of a book with Gregory Peck as Southern lawyer Atticus Finch who defends a Black man accused of raping a White woman.

8-5-11 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
There have been a number of remakes but the  chilling 1956 version with Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, and Carolyn Jones as small town residents who discover something is very wrong in their town is still the best.

7-29-11 Night Must Fall
Robert Montgomery is a charming drifter hired by an elderly woman and Rosalind Russell is her niece who suspects he may be a murderer.

7-22-11 Rear Window
You can almost feel the summer heat coming off the screen in my favorite Hitchcock film with Jimmy Stewart as a NYC photographer and voyeur who suspects his neighbor of murder and Grace Kelly as his beautiful and surprisingly enterprising girlfriend who helps him uncover the truth.

7-15-11 Heaven Help Us
An ’80s favorite about first love and friendship set at a Brooklyn Catholic school with Mary Stuart Masterson, Andrew McCarthy and Kevin Dillon.

7-2-11 True Romance
Great cast led by Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette, killer dialogue, unforgettable scenes, and one crazy shoot out.

6-24-11 The Painted Veil
Edward Norton is an uptight doctor and Naomi Watts the unfaithful wife who travels with him to China to fight a Cholera epidemic.

6-17-11 Lars and the Real Girl
Ryan Gosling is Lars, an introverted young man who uses a blow up doll to hide from the harsh reality of love.

6-10-11 Something Wild
An unsuspecting man takes a ride with a sexy woman that turns into a dangerous adventure.

6-3-11 Moulin Rouge
Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman (robbed of an Oscar) star in this feast of music and dance anchored by a tragic love story.

5-27-11 The Ox-Bow Incident
Henry Fonda stars in this insightful Western about the nature of the mob mentality.

5-20-11 Bad Day at Black Rock
Spencer Tracy is an outsider in a small town with a secret in this suspenseful Western classic.

5-13-11 The Gunfighter
Gregory Peck as Jimmy Ringo, a notorious gunfighter who can’t escape his past.

5-6-11 Winchester ’73
James Stewart and Shelley Winters. Stewart shows a darker side as a cowboy in relentless pursuit of a stolen rifle.

4-29-11 All the President’s Men
Redford and Hoffman as Woodward and Bernstein, the reporters who brought down the Nixon White House.  One of the best political thrillers of all time.

4-22-11 Sunset Boulevard
William Holden and Gloria Swanson. Grabs you from the start with that body floating in the pool, great use of narration, and an unforgettable, haunting performance by Gloria Swanson.

4-15-11 Finding Neverland
Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet. Freddie Highmore is wonderful as the ‘Peter’ who inspired author J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan.”

4-8-11 The Last Station
Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren are mesmerizing to watch in this look at Leo Tolstoy’s last days and his wife, Sofya’s fight to keep him from giving away the rights to his literary works.

4-1-11 August Rush
Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and Freddie Highmore in an urban musical fairy tale.

3-25-11 Nowhere In Africa
A Jewish family emigrates to Africa before the start of WWII.

3-18-11 Looking for Richard
Al Pacino  takes on Shakespeare’s “Richard III” and makes it both relevant and accessible.

3-11-11 Adventureland
Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart channel coming of age in the ’80s to the beat of a great soundtrack.

3-4-11 Sliding Doors
Gwyneth Paltrow and one of my favorites, John Hannah in two parallel stories about the accidental nature of life or is it fate?

2-25-11 Glory
Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, Matthew Broderick, and ‘farmboy’ Cary Elwes. Denzel won a well-deserved oscar for his smoldering performance as an angry, union soldier. That single tear rolling down his face is unforgettable.

2-18-11 A Patch of Blue
Sidney Poitier befriends a young, blind, white woman. Shelley Winters is great as her trashy, abusive mother.

2-11-11 Imitation of Life
Fast forward through the Lana Turner scenes. The heart of this movie is Juanita Moore as a Black maid and Susan Kohner as her light-skinned daughter who rejects her mother to pass for white. You will be bawling by the end and if you’re not, you don’t have a heart.

2-4-11 Lilies of the Field
Sidney Poitier won the best actor Oscar for tangling with a tough group of nuns. Amen.

1-28-11 The Children’s Hour
Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine are teachers up against a false rumor and close-mindedness.

1-21-11 My First Mister
Albert Brooks and Leelee Sobieski. An offbeat teen and lonely, older man form a friendship.

1-14-11 We Shall Remain
Informative and deeply moving five-part documentary series about Native American history.

1-7-11 Seven Pounds
Overlooked and underrated. Original story, great acting and soundtrack. Jellyfish haters get over it.

12-24-10 Elf

12-17-10The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” and “The Year Without a Santa Claus

12-10-10 The Bells of St. Mary’s

 

12-3-10 Old Yeller.

 

11-26-10 The Family Man
Nicolas Cage and Tea Leoni. Underrated movie about the what ifs of life and the road not taken.

11-19-10 The Baader Meinhof Complex.
An intense look at the birth and evolution of the RAF terrorist group.

 

11-12-10 The Others. Nicole Kidman. Suspenseful, jump-out-of-your-seat, ghost thriller. Perfect for a dark, chilly night.

11-5-10 True Romance. Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette lead a great cast that includes Gary Oldman, Dennis Hopper, and Brad Pitt to name a few. Hands down some of the best dialogue of any film.

10-29-10 Drag Me to Hell, because nothing is scarier than a toothless, drooling, old hag sucking on your face.

10-22-10 Play Misty For Me, Clint Eastwood’s directorial debut and the blueprint for Fatal Attraction with Adrian Lyne almost lifting entire scenes, e.g., the suicide attempt.

10-15-10 Leave Her To Heaven. Gene Tierney is beautiful and scary good as the original Single White Female who marries an unsuspecting writer.

10-08-10 Killing Zoe. Eric Stoltz and Julie Delpy. A bank robbery in Paris gone bad–when do they ever go well?

10-01-10 The Vampire Diaries, Season 1. Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev, and Paul Wesley. Gotta love the conflicted, neck-snapping, bad boy vampire Damon. Who knew the whiny Boone from “Lost” could be this sexy and fun.

09-24-10 Mostly Martha. Martina Gedeck and Sergio Castellitto. Skip the American remake, “No Reservations” and watch the charming original.

09-17-10 Wall Street. Timely and resonant in light of the 2008 financial crisis that had global repercussions.

09-10-10 Educating Rita. Michael Caine and Julie Walters. A working class student and her alcoholic professor learn valuable lessons from each other.

09-03-10 Back To School. Rodney Dangerfield and Sally Kellerman. Dangerfield makes going back to school fun despite his drippy son.

08-27-10 Fast Times At Ridgemont High. Jennifer Jason Leigh and Phoebe Cates. Who’s better than Jeff Spicoli and Mr. Hand

08-20-10 Dirty Dancing. Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. The title says it all and Jerry Orbach gets my vote as one of the all-time best screen dads.

08-13-10 Jaws. Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider, and Robert Shaw. One of the scariest movies ever made.

08-06-10 What About Bob. Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss. A needy patient ruins his therapist’s summer vacation.

07-30-10 The Endless Summer. Great surfing footage and totally fun.

07-23-10 Bring It On. Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Bradford, and Eliza Dushku. Super fun cheerleading rivalry between the have and the have nots plus a nice guy gets the popular girl romance completes this upbeat comedy.

07-16-10 American Graffiti. Ron Howard and Richard Dreyfuss. A bittersweet last night together for a group of friends about to embark on adulthood.

07-09-10 Where The Boys Are. Surprisingly honest and mature look for its time at four girls on spring break.

06-18-10 Grease. Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta. The ultimate summer movie.

06-11-10 The Mist. Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, and Laurie Holden. A strange mist brings with it deadly, unknown creatures and traps a group of small town residents at the local supermarket.

06-04-10 Dexter, seasons 1-3 on DVD or Netflix streaming. Michael C. Hall. Addictive, sometimes disturbing look at a serial killer with a code who makes viewers question their own sense of right and wrong.

05-28-10 The Pacific. Devastating, emotionally wrenching depiction of the fighting in the Pacific during World War II.

05-21-10 Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Michael Cera and Kat Dennings. Two teens connect during a long and crazy night out in New York.

05-14-10 Duel. Dennis Weaver. Tense and gripping story of a driver relentlessly chased by a crazed truck driver bent on killing him.

05-07-10 Marty. Ernest Borgnine and Betsy Blair. Touching and beautifully acted simple yet powerful story of two people who look beyond the facade to find each other.

04-30-10 El Norte. The plight of a young, Mexican brother and sister who make the treacherous, illegal journey to the U.S.

04-23-10
 Let Him Have It. British film based on a true story of a developmentally disabled young man sentenced fo death for a crime he didn’t commit.

04-16-10 Twelve Angry Men. All story and great acting led by Henry Fonda. One of my all-time favorites.

04-09-10
 Something New. Sanaa Lathan and Simon Baker. An uptight, professional Black woman steps out of her comfort zone when she starts dating her laid-back, White landscaper.

04-02-10 Bowfinger. Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy. Totally hilarious and underrated comedy.

03-26-10 My Life Without Me. Sarah Polley, Scott Speedman and Mark Ruffalo. Polley plays a young woman who contemplates the end of her life.

03-19-10 White Light/Black Rain: The Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. An unblinking and devastating look at the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Japan, which ended World War II.


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