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Children of Men (2006) Children of Men (2006) In a dystopian future of 2027, a bleak, harrowing, and yet ultimately hopeful vision of humankind's not-too-distant future unfolds. Stars Clive Owen, Clare-Hope Ashitey, Michael Caine, Julianne Moore; directed by Alfonso Cuaron. HBO
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) A couple erases memories of each other when their relationship sours, but the memory loss process reveals the value of what they had. Stars Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Elijah Wood, Kirsten Dunst; screenplay by Charlie Kaufman, directed by Micheal Gondry. HBO
Thank You For Smoking (2006) Thank You For Smoking (2006) A lobbyist fearlessly promotes cigarettes in this pointed political satire. Stars Aaron Eckhart, Maria Bello, Cameron Bright, Sam Elliott, Katie Holmes, David Koechner, William H. Macy, J.K. Simmons, Robert Duvall; directed by Jason Reitman. HBO
My Cousin Vinny (1992) My Cousin Vinny (1992) When a New Jersey teenager (Macchio) and his friend are arrested for murder in the Deep South, they must call in his lawyer-cousin Vinny (Pesci). Stars Joe Pesci, Marisa Tomei, Ralph Macchio, Fred Gwynne; directed by Jonathan Lynn. HBO
Ĉon Flux (2005) Ĉon Flux (2005) When sent to kill the head of State, an assassin working for rebel "Monicans," finds a new mystery. Stars Charlize Theron, Marton Csokas, Jonny Lee Miller, Sophie Okonedo, Frances McDormand, Pete Postlethwaite; directed by Karyn Kusama. SHOWTIME
Legends of the Fall (1994) Legends of the Fall (1994) Three brothers struggle to survive war, nature, romantic rivalry and prohibition in the remote West -- a modern classic. Stars Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Karina Lombard, Aidan Quinn, Julia Ormond, Henry Thomas; directed by Edward Zwick. SHOWTIME
Victor/Victoria (1982)  Victor/Victoria (1982)  She's a down-on-her-luck singer who dresses like a man to get work as a female impersonator. Not exactly 'The Sound Of Music' (or 'Mary Poppins') stars Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston & Lesley Ann Warren; directed by Blake Edwards. HBO
V for Vendetta (2006) V for Vendetta (2006) A masked avenger plots an explosive revolution in a sadistic future Britain in the Wachowski Brothers' thrilling adaptation of the graphic novel. Stars Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea, Stephen Fry and John Hurt; director: James McTeigue. HBO
Serpico (1973) Serpico (1973) The true story of the fearless man who many New York Police officers considered the most dangerous person alive: An honest cop. Stars Al Pacino; directed by Sidney Lumet. HBO
The Shawshank Redemption (1994) The Shawshank Redemption (1994) Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), is innocent but convicted of his wife's murder. He clings to hope, changing the lives of his fellow inmates. Also stars Morgan Freeman and James Whitmore; directed by Frank Darabont. HBO
Brazil (1985) Brazil (1985) A retro-future bureaucrat trys to correct snafus, meets his true love and becomes an enemy of the state. Excellent film! Stars Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist, Robert DeNiro, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm, Michael Palin; directed by Terry Gilliam. HBO
Lord of War (2005) Lord of War (2005) A gun-runner makes millions by trading weapons to those in world conflicts, and facing the outcomes. Stars Nicolas Cage, Bridget Moynahan, Ethan Hawke, Jared Leto, Eamonn Walker, Ian Holm; written/directed by Andrew Niccol. SHOWTIME
The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe (2005) The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe (2005) English siblings travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with guidance from a mystical lion. Stars Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Tilda Swinton; directed by Andrew Adamson. STARZ
Idiocracy (2006) Idiocracy (2006) Five hundred years in the future, the dumbing-down of America reaches the level of a national disaster. This hilarious modern masterpiece stars Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard, Justin Long; written and directed by Mike Judge. HBO
Born on the Fourth of July (1989) Born on the Fourth of July (1989) Based on the true story of Ron Kovic, a paralyzed Vietnam Marine, wounded in battle, who becomes an articulate anti-war activist. Stars Tom Cruise, Willem Dafoe, Kyra Sedgwick, Raymond J. Barry, Caroline Kava; directed by Oliver Stone. HBO
Election (1999) Election (1999) What does politics do to people? The office makes a difference, but even low offices make trouble. Stars Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein, Jessica Campbell, Mark Harelik; screenplay and directed by Alexander Payne. SHOWTIME
Serenity (2005) Serenity (2005) SF adventures of a Firefly spaceship's crew in a hostile future. Stars Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Summer Glau, Alan Tudyk, Ron Glass, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher, Chiwetel Ejiofor; written and directed by Joss Whedon. HBO
Accepted (2006) Accepted (2006) Slackers give new meaning to the term "B.S. degree" in this raucous comedy. Stars Justin Long, Jonah Hill, Blake Lively, Maria Thayer, Anthony Heald, Adam Herschman, Columbus Short, Lewis Black; directed by Steve Pink. HBO
JFK (1991) JFK (1991) In director Oliver Stone's tale of JFK's assassination and aftermath Kevin Costner stars as Jim Garrison. Not accepting official findings he builds a case for a conspiracy. With Sissy Spacek, Joe Pesci, Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Oldman. HBO
Enemy of the State (1998) Enemy of the State (1998) A corrupt politician and his NSA goons target a lawyer who accidently receives key evidence to a serious politically motivated crime. Stars Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Barry Pepper, Jon Voight; directed by Tony Scott. STARZ
Catch-22 (1970) Catch-22 (1970) Yossarian tries desperately to be certified insane during WWII, so he can stop flying missions. Stars Alan Arkin, Jon Voight, Orson Welles, Anthony Perkins, Bob Newhart, Paula Prentiss; directed by Mike Nichols. HBO
The Winslow Boy (1999) The Winslow Boy (1999) Based on a true story and Terrence Rattigan play, Arthur Winslow (Nigel Hawthorne) and family learn the royal naval academy has expelled his 14-year-old son. "Let right be done." Stars Jeremy Northam, Rebecca Pidgeon; directed by David Mamet. HBO
Harold and Maude (1971) Harold and Maude (1971) Young Harold (Bud Cort), rich, and obsessed with death, is changed forever when he meets life-loving octogenarian Maude (Ruth Gordon) in this cult classic. Also stars Cyril Cusack, Vivian Pickles; directed by Hal Ashby. HBO
X-Men - The Last Stand (2006) X-Men - The Last Stand (2006) The discovery of an antibody that turns mutants into normal humans results in war. Stars Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, Anna Paquin, Rebecca Romijn, Kelsey Grammer, Patrick Stewart; directed by Brett Ratner. HBO
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) The initial Star Wars movie begins Luke Skywalker's story! Stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, James Earl Jones, Kenny Baker; written & directed by George Lucas. HBO
Braveheart (1995) Braveheart (1995) 13th-century Scottish patriot William Wallace leads his people in a near-hopeless rebellion against the brutal forces of English tyranny. Stars Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Catherine McCormack. Brendan Gleeson; directed by Mel Gibson. HBO
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977) Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977) A man's encounter with a UFO leaves him changed and driven to penetrate a government UFO coverup. Stars Richard Dreyfuss, Francois Truffaut, Teri Garr; directed by Steven Spielberg. TCM
Apocalypto (2006) Apocalypto (2006) In a declining Mayan kingdom, the rulers insist building more temples and offering human sacrifices provide the keys to prosperity. Stars Rudy Youngblood, Dalia Hernández,Jonathan Brewer, Morris Birdyellowhead, Carlos Emilio Baez, Ramirez Amilcar; written, produced and directed by Mel Gibson. STARZ
Gone With the Wind (1939) Gone With the Wind (1939) Classic tale of Scarlett O'Hara's struggle to save her beloved Tara and find love during the Civil War. Stars Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland; directed by Victor Fleming. TCM
Sabrina (1954) Sabrina (1954) Smart, sassy and sophisticated with a good attitude about what business can mean. Stars Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden; screenplay credit as well as produced and directed by Billy Wilder. HBO
The Iron Giant (1999) The Iron Giant (1999) McCarthy-era Cold War fears resurface in this masterful animated adventure that fits for both children and adults. Stars voices of Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr., Vin Diesel and Christopher McDonald; directed by Brad Bird. HBO
Find Me Guilty (2006) Find Me Guilty (2006) Based on a true story - during the longest organized crime trial in U.S. history, one "wise-guy" defends himself! Stars Vin Diesel, Annabella Sciorra, Peter Dinklage, Aleksa Palladino, Linus Roache, Ron Silver; directed by Sidney Lumet. STARZ
Ultraviolet (2006) Ultraviolet (2006) Super-soldier Ultraviolet must use her incredible physical powers to protect a boy who may hold the key to stop a war between humans and Hemophages! Stars Milla Jovovich, Cameron Bright, Nick Chinlund, William Fichtner; directed by Kurt Wimmer. ENCORE
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) Jedis & friends defeat the Empire ! Stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Alec Guinness, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, James Earl Jones, Kenny Baker, Ian McDiarmid; written by George Lucas & directed by Richard Marquand. HBO
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) The "first" installment of the Star Wars series begins the tale ! Stars Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, Pernilla August, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, Ray Park, Ahmed Best, Frank Oz; written & directed by George Lucas. HBO
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) Harry finds himself selected as an underaged competitor in a dangerous multi-wizardary school competition. Stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Robbie Coltrane, Michael Gambon, Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, Jason Isaacs; directed by Mike Newel HBO
The Dead Pool (1988) The Dead Pool (1988) A deranged killer is eliminating San Francisco celebrities--one by one and now Dirty Harry's on the list too! Clint Eastwood stars; directed by Buddy Van Horn. HBO
The Music Man (1962) The Music Man (1962) A con man comes to "River City" with a scam involving a boy's marching band program, but things don't go according to his plan. Stars Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett, Paul Ford, Hermione Gingold; directed by Morton DaCosta. HBO
Shakespeare in Love (1998) Shakespeare in Love (1998) After he meets the beautiful Viola struggling playwright Will Shakespeare finds inspiration to turn his pirate melodrama into "Romeo and Juliet." Stars Joseph Fiennes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Geoffrey Rush, Tom Wilkinson, Judi Dench; directed by John Madden. ENCORE
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) The "second" Star Wars episode continues Anakin Skywalker's story! Stars Hayden Christensen, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Christopher Lee, Pernilla August, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, Ahmed Best, Frank Oz; written & directed by George Lucas. HBO
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) The second Star Wars movie continues the fight for freedom ! Stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Alec Guinness, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, James Earl Jones, Kenny Baker; written: George Lucas, directed: Irvin Kershner. HBO
The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002) The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002) Eddie Murphy portrays a maverick former space smuggler who transforms a seedy nightclub on the moon into a thriving business. Rosario Dawson co-stars as Pluto's lovely lounge singer and Randy Quaid as his robotic bodyguard. HBO
Everything Is Illuminated (2005) Everything Is Illuminated (2005) A young Jewish American takes an eye-opening trip in search of family history through the Ukraine in this film adapted from the best-selling novel. Stars Elijah Wood, Eugene Hutz, Boris Leskin, Laryssa Lauret; directed by Liev Schreiber. HBO
Captains Courageous (1937) Captains Courageous (1937) A spoiled rich boy is lost at sea and rescued by a fishing boat, where hard work and responsibility help him become a man. Stars Spencer Tracy, Freddie Bartholomew, Lionel Barrymore; directed by Victor Fleming. TCM
Sophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage [The Final Days] (2005) Sophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage [The Final Days] (2005) In 1943, one young woman stood up to the Nazis, her courage made her a legend, this is her story . . . Highly recommended. Stars Julia Jentsch, Fabian Hinrichs, Gerald Alexander Held, Johanna Gastdorf, André Hennicke, Florian Stetter; directed by Marc Rot SHOWTIME
Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee U.S. government policies exterminate American Indians. Stars Aidan Quinn, Adam Beach, Anna Paquin, August Schellenberg, J.K. Simmons; screenplay by Daniel Giat, based on portions of Dee Brown's book; directed by Yves Simoneau. HBO
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) The inspirational true story of a San Francisco salesman who successfully struggles to make his dream come true, bringing his young son along on his pursuit. Stars Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Thandie Newton; directed by Gabriele Muccino. STARZ
Protocol (1984) Protocol (1984) A cocktail waitress (Goldie Hawn) becomes a media heroine and is sent to the Middle East as a State Department envoy. Stars Goldie Hawn and Chris Sarandon; directed by Herbert Ross. HBO
Ace in the Hole (1951) Ace in the Hole (1951) A small-town reporter milks a local disaster to get back into the big time. [AKA The Big Carnival] Stars Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Robert Arthur; directed by Billy Wilder. TCM
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